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8 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette event. I know it is a lot of work. Letters )) Great job. Diane Hanson Continued from page 7 Mayor of Dewey Beach the best Sea Witch Festivals ever. A lot of hard work and plan- ning surely paid offand brought DBP's Sea Witch events a additional dollars to our local Success economy. I must admit that immediately Over a thousand trick or treat- after the Sea Witch parade was ers and their families filled the over, it was alarming that traffic sidewalks of Coastal Highway was allowed to drive down Re- in Dewey Beach Oct. 24 as part hoboth Avenue. This was despite of the chamber of commerce's the fact that masses of pedestri- Sea Witch Festival. Princesses, ans were walking in the middle of animals, zombies and creatures Rehoboth Avenue - parents with of all kinds tricked and treated toddlers, people with pets, etc. their way up and down Dewey's The sidewalks were at maximum stretch of Coastal Highway, capacity, and spectators who stopping at Dewey businesses to were in the street area should collect candy and treats, includ- have been able to walk down the ing homemade chocolates and avenue without motorists trying hot doughnuts. to dodge them on either side. The steady crowds continued The police do a free job keep- up to the beach on Dagsworthy ing the street closed to vehicular where they enjoyed a haunted traffic immediately after the July graveyard, bonfire, spooky sto- 4th fireworks celebration. The ries, refreshments, and a D] with same courtesy should have been continuous dancing throughout afforded with this popular tradi- the evening! The Dewey Business tion. Partnership is thrilled with the Sadly, a large amount of litter record-breaking attendance at and debris was left in the street our third annual event. - a byproduct of the parade. By It is very evident that Dewey keeping the streets closed for Beach may become "the place to a short period, the sanitation be" Friday night of Sea Witch. department could have gotten The partnership would like to in and swept the streets or used thank all who were involved in blowers and brooms to tidy the making the night a success! We would like to thank Carol Ever- area. After attending the 2014 St. hart, the chamber of commerce, Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, and the Town of Dewey Beach I was amazed how efficiently that for their support. We would also city handles the crowd disburse- like to thank the Dewey Beach ment and litter issues. Surpris- Police and the Delaware Office ingly, within 30-45 minutes there of Highway Safety for provid- are very little signs that a parade ing hundreds of flashlights and ever marched down Columbus reflective safety gear for the par- Drive. Our town might take a cue ticipants. Many thanks to our vol- from them for the 2015 festivities, unteers who assisted in setting up Mike Behringer and running the event: Suzanne Reheboth Beach and Donald Palladino, Carol and Nelson Dempsey, Rob and Trent Marshall, Ross Deckman, Reid Dewey mayor appreciates Carey, Steve Montgomery, The Halloween events Starboard, Chris Mal, Pat Wright, Amanda Pace, Karen McMahon, The Halloween festivities in Christina Solloway, Jim Laird, both Dewey Beach and Re- Jimmy O'Connor, Phil Winkler, hoboth were magnificent, and the and Kristine lohnson of Minute weather couldn't have been bet- Man Press. ter. The trick or treating, haunted A very special thank-you to cemetery and bonfire in Dewey community group Friends of were all big hits with record at- Dewey, who provided over 200 tendance. It was terrific to see all free soft pretzels at the bonfire! the little kids dressed up and trick And of course, we would like or treating down the streets of to thank Commissioner Gary town, and diners in town enjoyed Mauler for his donations of Hal- watching the kids stop by. We loween props, the Jolly Trolley, appreciate the DBP putting on and all of our business members this wonderful family friendly Barefootin' Continued from page 7 blowing winds in the south- ern Pacific keep blowing, the water that gets piled up along the Asian rim eventually has to slosh back. At that global scale it's very powerful. And so we see it in our politics. Con- servatives, typically, like the status quo. Conserve. Liberals are typically agents of change. Liberal winds have been push- ing leftward for several years. Conservative winds are now pushing back, leading locally to a complete Republican sweep of every contested race in Sussex County in Tuesday'S election. Democrats Pete Schwartzkopf and loan Deaver must be feeling like lone rang- ers. There are liberal pockets in Lewes, Long Neck, Milton and Rehoboth Beach, but they are being increasingly surrounded by generally conservative, tradi- tional Sussex County folks, and the rapid influx of conservative people from surrounding states who are flocking here to escape higher taxes and increasing regulation. We live in a dynam- ic world, whether it be nature or politics. who participated in the trick or treating! Another successful event for the partnership, and we could not have done it without the generosity and support of the dedicated people and businesses in our amazing community! Kelly Ranieri executive director Dewey Business Partnership Rehoboth Jazz Fest no place for politics I have enjoyed the Rehoboth Jazz concerts for five years. Satur- day's performance featuring Patti Austin showed me that it was just a matter of time until an enter- tainer chose to use this venue as a platform to communicate their political preference. To inflict the audience with her beliefs regard- ing the U.S. border situation was unprofessional and out of line. She continued by referencing Paul McCartney's song (Let 'era In) saying "we may feel this has a whole new meaning." Visibly provoked, I left the concert. Gloria Mannion Lewes Rehoboth Jazz Festival is about great memories When I got a call from Maddy Lauria asking how Bill and I met at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festi- val in October 2000, I could have talked for hours, Thanks Charlie ]oseph for remembering our story and sharing it with Maddy. Jazz has always been part of the good memories in my life, and meeting Bill here in Rehoboth Beach is the best memory of all. As Maddy reported, I was here that weekend in October 2000 with a good friend, Sandy Poppiti. Sandy was running for mayor in Wilmington and I was help- ing her with her campaign. That weekend was a break before the final push to election. Sandy al- ways claimed credit for the good karma that led to meeting Bill. After all, what are the chances that a divorced woman in her 50s, single for 30 years, could meet someone like Bill this way? That night, Sandy and I had gone first to Adriatico where Tim Eyerman and the East Coast Offering always played. When I had lived in the D.C. area, I used to go see Tim play at a club in Alexandria, Va., and it was great to see him in Rehoboth. I remember spotting Bill there and we did make eye contact. Later, my friends and I moved on to Sir Guy's, now Fins, on Rehoboth Avenue to see Alfie Moss and Dexter Koonce. Alfie is from Wilmington and Sandy knew that I would enjoy their music. I was standing at the top of the stairs enjoying the music when I felt a tap on my shoulder, turned and there he was - Bill Bell is his name. What are the chances? We tailed and listed to Alfie and made a date to get together back in Wilmington for dinner. As I told Maddy, my first thought was - Wow, what a nice- looking man. Going through my mind was that other thought "at least we both like jazz, so let's see if we have anything else in common." Bill and I have been together ever since and we have been to jazz festival every year. When we were married in January 2003, Mile Moss and Dexter Koonce came and played and made our wedding even mote special. I'm told I even joined them at the mic for "No Woman No Cry." Some of the memories are bit- tersweet, however. Tim Eyerman is no longer with us. I know that Linda DiDomenicis misses those days when he played outside her store in First Street Station. Sandy Poppiti, the first friend I made after moving to Delaware, developed very aggressive breast cancer shortly thereafter, and Sandy is no longer with us either. At this year's festival, Bill and I were at Cultured Pearl watching Pare Miller and her performance reminded both of us so strongly of Vessa Fulton, another dear friend who loved performing at Jazz Festival, who we also lost to . cancer. Meeting here at jazz festival is partly responsible for us moving here in the summer of 2003. We decided that this is where we wanted to build our new life to- gether, and I don't think we could have done it as well anywhere else. When we are working with clients from out of state wonder- ing if they will like living here in coastal Delaware, we often share our story with them. We answer their question "What is there to do here in the off-season" by telling them about about the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival fol- lowed by the Film Festival and all the cultural events that take place here all year long. Bill and I look forward to the next 25 years of jazz at the beach in Delaware! Kathy SperI-Bell Broker/Owner Active Adults Realty Lewes It will be hard to fill McGuiness's shoes I just learned that Kathy Mc- Guiness, the founding president of Rehoboth Beach Main Street Inc., has left the board after serv- ing for the entire 18 years of the nonprofit's existence. Exiting to devote attention to her post as a city commissioner and other volunteer activities, Kathy leaves a remarkable legacy. For 11 of those years, I worked directly for and with Kathy in my job as RBMS executive director. From 1999-2009 she was my di- rect supervisor and either board president or treasurer. Before, during and after that time, Kathy was directly responsible for spearheading (and hands-on working for) communication between the city and businesses during the four-year Rehoboth Avenue streetscape project, The Dolphin Project (with the Rehoboth Art League), including fundraising and installation of bronze dolphin sculptures, Chocolate Festival (with Friends of the Library), Community Unity Dinner, and launching downtown gift certifi- cates, etched bricks, sign grants for businesses, Restaurant Week, Mardi Gras/Gumbo Contest, summer coupon book, holiday decorating contest, regional tour- ism ads and more projects far too numerous to mention. Many of these programs continue to thrive, and others have morphed into other exciting economic development programs for down- town businesses and residents. And we cannot forget Kathy's singular vision, persistence and hard work to bring July Fourth fireworks back downtown in the late 1990s, and her continued chairing of the fireworks com- mittee. She led Rehoboth and state police, DelDOT, city, Coast Guard and fireworks reps in putting together 18 years of safe, never cancelled (thanks, Mother Nature) spectacular shows. In addition, each year, Kathy chaired the successful fireworks fundrais- ing effort, always leaving seed money in the fund for the follow- ing year. In recognition of all this strictly volunteer work, Kathy received the Governor's Award for Tourism Person of the Year in 2002, a Southern Delaware Tourism Award, and the awe- some selection of RBMS, from a field of thousands of Main Street Communities, as a 2009 Great American Main Street - one of the top five Main Street organizations in the country. My hat is off to the volunteer or volunteers who will be leading the 2015 Main Street fireworks committee and working like Kathy did to keep inventing new programs to keep downtown thriving. Her shoes will be very hard to fill. Fay Jacobs Rehoboth Beach Kudos go out to Milton planning and zoning All the votes have been counted, and any and all hatch- ets buried. Now comes the time to look to an enterprise where everyone comes up a winner. A new business is coming to Milton. Debbie and Rich Suilovsky have been featured in the Cape Gazette as having received the go-ahead from Milton's Planning and Zoning Commission and many await, in happy anticipation, the Bacchus Wine Bar's hoped-for St. Patrick's Day 2015 opening. And here is where everyone wins: Thanks to a responsive and insightful P&Z team and a chairman in Mr. Barry Goodin- son who can't help but consider the best interests of everyone who will be touched by this new downtown enterprise, safeguards aplenty have been built into the Sulkovskys' upscale wine bar conditional-use permit and hours of operation. Way to go P&ZI A big, big thank you to Mr. Goodinson and his Planning and Zoning Commission team; still, their sound decision-making comes as no surprise. After all, this is the team that has worked tirelessly to craft Mikon's Com- prehensive Plan - hard work and with an ongoing effort to wel- come the public wholeheartedly into the process has aroused a warm sense of community spirit. Bravo! Continued on page 9