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16 - CAPE GAZE'I'YE, Fridayt Holiday Continued from page 1 Beach. "Weatherwise it was a lousy weekend with terrible meter rev- enue," said City Manager Greg Ferrese. '`The crowds just weren't here, but at least there were no major incidents to report." The city brought in a measly $36,510 in meter change this past weekend, compared to $51,409 during the same period last year, and that's with 326 meters being increased by a quarter per hour. "This is very disappointing - we'd have to back past 2000 to come up with figures anywhere that low," Ferrese added. He noted he felt sorry for Catts & Lynam, who operate the beach chair and umbrella rental service, as the beaches, what remains of them, were fairly deserted. On the bright side, Ferrese said he received a number of compli- ments on Phase I of the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project that was dedicated May 21 and he wasn't aware of any confu- sion over the new Rieno parking meters that replaced the tradition- al meters between Second and Fifth streets. Rehoboth restaurants May 30 - June 5, 2003 Most retail sales steady in Lewes It was a mixed bag for Lewes businesses over the soggy Memo- rial Day weekend, according to Betsy Reamer, execcutive director of the Lewes Chamber of Com- merce. "From a retail standpoint it was fair but better than expected given the forecast," said Reamer. "Restaurants with outside seating might have suffered but most did as well as last year. It wasn't all gloom and doom." The weather was just right for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fac- tory on Second Street. "If it rains too hard we suffer like everyone else," said co-owner Roberta Wut- tke, "but cool, cloudy days with a little drizzle still allowed people to get about." Employee Nancy Berg said for the most part, customers seemed to go with the flow. "A few said they'll believe the weather fore- cast next time," said Berg. "How- ever, most people just decided to drown their sorrow with choco- late." The Rehoboth Outlet loca- tion easily broke last year's record, said Wuttke. Kelly Sharp, manager of Cafd Azafran, said the Memorial Day crowd was fantastic. "We had a record weekend with Sunday be- ing our busiest day," said Sharp. Naturally, with cloudy, cool enjoy good business weather the cafe's top sellers were While not as crowded as last coffee and espres. Memorial Day weekend, Re- Teresa Ford, owner of Kids hoboth restaurants still had good Ketch in downtown Lewes, said business. "It was huge," said Arena's. Beach Bar and Deli manager Dave Hamer. "The weekend was fantastic; we ran soine of our best numbers ever." Hamer said Are- na's served over 1,000 meals on Saturday alone. Summerhouse manager Susan Krick said the weather did affect her business, but only slightly. "Well, a lot of families stayed home, but we're very grateful for our business," Krick said. "It was very close to last Memo- rial Day weekend." Sydney Arzt, owner of Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant. "I was pleasantly surprised, Sat- urday was busier than last year," she said." This is the first summer since Delaware's indoor smoking ban went into effect and many tourists could have been expected to react adversely. However the opposite seems to he the case. "We have few out-of-towners light up, but they were under- standing," said Hamer. Krick re- ported the same. '`The people were wonderful. I had to sweep a beck of a lot of cig- arette butts up outside," Krick said. "But, I think guys are meet- ing more girls outside than in- side." Arzt reported the same. "My customers seemed pleased that there was no smoking," she said. "I have a relatively small venue and not having smoke im- proves the environment." the extended holiday weekend was fairly busy. "Sales were above last year," said Ford. "We may have had fewer people in town but they had less to do." Sat- urday proved to be the shop's busiest day, she said. Gavin and Lou Braithwaite own three shops in the downtown area: Puzzles, The Stepping Stone and Union Jack. "All three stores were up 26 percent," said Lou. "This was our best Memorial Day ever. People didn't seem too upset with the weather because they were happy to he able to get around." Sunday saw the largest number of customers, she said. "Awesome," was the word Striper Bites owner Matt Disabati- no had to say about his restauramt business over the weekend. 'q'his year was relative to last year e:x- cept the busy days were switched around," said Disabatino, noting the restaurant served more cus- tomers this year on Sunday. The Buttery, which recently un- derwent historic renovations, al,o pulled in a strong weekend, ac- cording to Manager Sandy Lee. Bookings at The Inn at Carnal Square were down by about 25 percent, according to Manager Rhonda Weldon. "We were much busier during the midweek than the weekend," she said. Deanna Wagamon, owner of the woman's boutique Deanna's, said the weather just was not suitable for summer. "Women were not in- terested in looking at summer clothes, Deanna said, "and it was too cold to take their clothes off to Continued on page 17 Submitted photo Even a visit by Channel 10/Phi/adelphia NBC weathercaster Glen "Hurricane" Schwartz couldn't keep the rain and fog from casting a damper on Rehoboth Beach over Memorial Day Weekend. Schwartz, center, broadcasted llve from Rehoboth in front of the Star of the Sea Condominium, where Channel 10 has a weather camera positioned on top of the building. Schwartz's helicopter landed near Indian River Inlet for the visit, before traveling on to Cape May, N.J. on the only sunny day of the week, May 20. Shown with him are Beth Thomas, gen- eral manager of sales and rentals at Star of the Sea, and her assistant manager, Steve Cal- varese. Holiday sees sf0000Lrp increase in DUI arrests By Kerry Kester Delaware State Police saw a sharp increase in DUI arrests during the Memorial Day weekend. Troopers arrested 21 people for driving under the influence, compared to only five in 2002. One of the DUI ar- rests involved a combative driver who narrowly avoided a Route 1 crash. Another involved a crash that damaged six vehicles and a steel Dumpster. Police arrested Maureen Russell, 29, of Rehoboth, after a reckless incident involving a brief police chase on Route 1 at 2:15 a.m., May 25. According to Sgt. Walter Newton, state police spokesman, Russell allegedly drove a 1997 Honda Accord from Sussex 265A, but instead of crossing the median to travel southbound, she drove south onto the northbound lane. RUSSELL "The Honda Accord passed a marked state police cruiser, which was heading south in the southbound lanes," said Newton. ''The troop- er attempted to get Russell's attention by activating the cruiser's emergency equipment and using the siren. The Honda continued south in the wrong lane as it approached the Nassau bridge. The trooper sped up to get to the south side of the bridge but was unable to stop a northbound SUV that had already reached the bridge's apex, said Newton. "Fortunately, the SUV's driver was able to swerve out of the way of the Honda. The trooper pulled his car across the northbound lanes in an attempt to stop Russell," he said. Russell nearly struck the trooper, who was outside his vehicle. ''The trooper got back into his car and began heading south, attempting to warn oncoming motorists of the pending danger," said Newton. Oth- er trog. pers by then had reached the Five Points inter- section and although Russell attempted to get into the southbound lanes, a trooper forced her to stop by blocking her in. "The trooper reached in her car and placed it in park prior to removing the keys," said Newton. "Amazingly, no one was hurt." Police reported Russell was combative while she was transported to Troop 7 and while she was processed. Newton said she not only refused to be fingerprinted and have her photo taken, she allegedly also took the fingerprint cards from the processing area and stuffed them down her pants. Russell was charged with DUI, first-degree reck- less endangering, reckless driving, resisting arrest, refusing to have her photograph and fingerprints tak- en, disorderly conduct, disregarding a police offi- cer's signal, misdemeanor theft, second-degree crim- inal mischief, improper lane change, no insurance card in possession, failing to use a signal and travel- ing the wrong direction on a roadway. She was re- manded to the Depamnent of Correction in default of $7,500 cash bond, pending further court action. Car flight mars six State troopers also responded to an unusual DUI- related case, May 24, when six vehicles and a Dump- ster were damaged. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said at 10:10 p.m., Robert Mehlmann, 60, of Secane, Pa., was driving a 2001 Chevy S10 pickup truck southbound on Sussex 297, when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the Sussex 312 inter- section. Mehlmann allegedly passed through a dead-end and into a private parking lot, The front end of the Chevy struck the rear end of a Dodge Caravan. That car struck the left side of a Honda Accord, and the right side of the Accord was then crushed into a steel Dumpster. The impact on the Dumpster forced its right side into the left side of a Chevy Lumina. The right side of the Lumina then struck the left side of a Ford F 150 King Cab. "While all those impacts were occurring," said Oldham, "the Chevy was airborne from striking the first vehicle. While it was in midair, it rotated on its left side and slammed to the ground on its left side. Once it hit the ground, it moved slightly and hit a Ford 150 pickup, which sustained damage to the glass. Although Mehlmann was admitted to Beebe Med- ical Center overnight, he was not injured. He was properly restrained in the vehicle, and the airbags de- ployed. Mehlmann was cited for DUI and failing to stop at a stop sign. Rehoboth nets DUI Rehoboth Beach Police Department also respond- ed to a unique DUI case at the onset of the holiday weekend. PFC Jaime Riddle was conducting a rou- tine traffic stop at 9:30 p.m., May 22, when he dis- covered the driver of the vehicle was a fugitive from Philadelphia. Riddle charged David S. Wolpert, 32, of Philadelphia, with DUI and being a fugitive from another state. The Philadelphia charges pending against Wolpert include robbery, assault, theft and conspiracy. Wolpert was remanded to Sussex Correctional Insti- tution without bond, pending extradition to Pennsyl- vania.