Letters to the Editor -- August 5, 2011

Cottage Tour a hit, thanks to many

As co-chairs of the 20th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour that is held in support of the South Coastal Library, Karen and I would like to offer our most sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone responsible for helping to make this year’s tour, our 20th anniversary, such an outstanding sell-out success.

The committee members were: Carol and Charlie Kopay, Diane and Bob Maddex, Mary Ann and Dave Flickinger, Paul Denault, Joan Gordon, Bob Bertram, Joan Thomas, Chris Aumiller, Jean Newins, Ginny McDowell, Cynthia Headman, Susan Basile, Linda Kulin, Carol Kester, Jay Headman, Dick Fox, Joe Lane, Cathy Schultz, Thea Chandross, Kathy Green, Janet Parham, Barbara Carlson, Judy Marcucilli and Donna Philpitt.

These men and women worked hundreds of hours in the coordination, preparation and implementation of the tour. Also, without the dedicated 400-plus volunteers who return to us year after year. serving as hostess coordinators, hostesses, ticket sellers, traffic coordinators, parkers, sign installers, flower arrangers, advertising sales and raffle sellers, this event would not be able to take place. Thanks to all!

We are totally indebted to the 10 homeowners who loaned us their homes for the two days of the tour. Thanks to Kit Dorrier and Frank Hurley, Jessica and John Barbour, Janet and Frank Kelly, Connie Britell, Kathy and David Green, Lois and Sam James, Kelly and Wally Kennedy, Sandy McDaniel and Curt Callahan, Lisa Luby and Jay Ryan, and Cindi and Denny Mather. We thank you for your graciousness in sharing your homes and for putting up with many visits during the preparation for the tour.

Our raffles were a huge success, and for that we thank the six restaurants: (1) DiFebo’s Bistro on The Green at Bear Trap; (2) DiFebo’s on Route 26; (3) Off the Hook; (4) Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill; (5) The Parkway Restaurant; and (6) Sedona, plus the seven local artists who donated wonderful pieces of art for the raffle: (1) Tara Funk Grim; (2) Cheryl Wisbrock; (3) Laura Hickman; (4) Aubré Duncan; (5) Tinsel Hughes; (6) Dorothy Harrison Braun; and (7) Carol Dyer. Thanks to each of you for your support! The happy winners have all been notified and the names of all winners will appear in the next issue of “The Connection.”

Without the many advertisers in our booklet, on the tote bag, and the many generous donors who made financial contributions to our tour, the tour would not be so successful, and we offer our sincere thanks. We hope we can count on your continued support again in 2012!

The Adopt-a-House program was wonderful again this year, and thanks go to the following local organizations for their support in providing coordinators and hostesses in the homes. They are: South Coastal Delaware Chapter #5226 of AARP; the Barefoot Gardeners of Fenwick Island; Bay Forest Homeowners; Gardeners By The Sea; Cripple Creek Ladies; Lord Baltimore Women’s Club; Salt Pond Women’s Club; Shore Democrats; Southampton Homeowners; and the South Bethany Women’s Club. In addition, we have many other hosts and hostesses who volunteered outside of these organizations, and to you all we send many thanks.

To the Beebe Medical Center, which has provided the tour with booties for many years, you have our sincere thanks and appreciation. To the Towns of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island and their police departments, we thank you for your cooperation in coordinating the parking logistics for our tour participants – we totally appreciate your help!

We also thank Father David Kelley of St. Ann’s Church and the Rev. Richard Smith, pastor of St. Luke-St. Andrew Parish in Ocean City, for allowing us to use their parking lots for parking and to shuttle our attendees to one of the homes in Fenwick, and to Nicholas Borodulia, MD, of the Fenwick Medical Center for allowing us the use of the Greek Orthodox Church parking lot.

Special thanks go to our local newspapers and publications who give us so much advance coverage of this event. Your support over the years has helped us tremendously.

We also would like to thank Gov. and Mrs. Jack Markell for once again graciously serving as our honorary chairpersons and for their support of the South Coastal Library.

Finally, thanks to all of you who attended the 20th anniversary tour. We hope that you enjoyed all of the homes, and we look forward to hosting you at next year’s tour. Mark your calendars for Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26, 2012, and be sure to make your reservations early. Visit our Web site at www.beachandbaycottatgetour.com for more information on the tour. Again, thanks to all of you for your continued support of the South Coastal Library.

Faith M. Denault and Karen M. Taylor,
2011 Beach and Bay Cottage Tour

Harry puts the hat on again

I had someone who graduated from college No. 1 and then No. 1 in law school from the same college. He said that he did not understand my last letter to the editor. He said I was not specific enough. I think he spent too much time around atomic particles.

So, here goes:

I asked you to Google some items:

• Agenda 21 – Agenda 21 is a U.N. project related to sustainable development though environmental means: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFIM; http://www.freedomadvocates.org, then click on Agenda 21 – the Blueprint to Advance Sustainable Development.

• Wildland Project: This is another U.N. project. Go to youtube.com and then in their search area, type in “wildland project.” It will lead you to proper video.

• ICLEI: Another U.N. project: http://www.morphcity.com/iclei. This link has so much info, including Agenda 21, depopulation and more.

The above links have more information than I can list in this short letter.

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach

Carmen introduces himself to community

My name is Tony Carmen. I am a retired small-business owner originally from the city of Baltimore, Md., and I have been a Bethany Beach homeowner for the past 30 years. Since 1981, my family has enjoyed all that Bethany Beach has to offer. During that time, I have served on the town Communications Committee and been active with community events. I have witnessed vast growth and development in the town, and I believe that now is the time when my business and community experience can prove to be helpful to the town.

My educational background, studies and experience in business law, and sense of community has laid the foundation that has launched my career into a successful business venture that lasted 25 years in the city of Baltimore. Tony’s Music Ltd. was incorporated in 1976 and was a fixture in the Baltimore city business community, providing quality musical instruments and repair services, as well as planning for outdoor events and sound system design. I was included in a Maryland Public Television production about successful businesses in the region.

During my business career, I was an active member of various business and community organizations, including the Highlandtown Merchant Association and Maryland Retailers Association, as well as being a supporter of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Tourism who facilitated soundstage entertainment to visitors of the city of Baltimore. I worked closely with many community leaders for festivals and community events throughout the greater Baltimore area.

Recently, I founded the Mary Ellen Hope Foundation in memory of my wife, who was a 12-year breast cancer survivor. Through the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, I have participated in and sponsored events to benefit the community.

In upcoming events, the Mary Ellen Hope Foundation will provide funds for Delaware Hospice and Transition Hospice, cancer research and helping Delaware families who are battling cancer. Also, a portion of the fund is allocated to public services in the town of Bethany, such as the public library and the fire department.

I believe in supporting local business organizations and associations as part of my civic duty. I am a member of the Bethany-Fenwick and Rehoboth-Dewey Chambers of Commerce. In working together, we can offer quality services and products and ensure that our entire region thrives. My mission, if elected to office, is to make a difference in the Bethany Beach area in order to promote economic progress and address environmental concerns, as well as local and state issues that may impact the area.

Tony Carmen
Bethany Beach