Letters to the Editor -- November 19, 2010

Youngs explains his situation on council
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the voters of South Bethany and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I wish to apologize to the voters of South Bethany – particularly those who voted for me – for not completing my full term on the town council.

I ran on a platform of transparency and communication. My aim was to make local government more transparent to the citizens and communicate council activity to the voters. After 18 months on the council, with the park issue as the breaking point, I discovered that I could not fulfill the commitments I made to citizens on transparency and communication.

Even being on the council, I was not privy to the backroom decisions that were being made. I knew as little about what was going on and what was planned to happen as those not on council. I experienced the frustration of those who attended council meetings, voicing their concerns at said meetings – having them heard, but not heeded. It was as though the words were never spoken, for the impact they had on the council decisions.

I resigned as a matter of conscience. I did not resign for dramatic effect, or I would have gone out with a bold flourish, much as my neighbor does with his drum practice. I went quietly, because it was a matter of principle.

I made a commitment I could not fulfill, and it was time I recognized it and quit making believe I could make a difference. In good conscience, I could not continue on under false terms. I could not deliver on the promises I made, so I did the only thing my integrity would allow: I resigned.

Hopefully, others will try with more success than I had.

Rob Youngs
South Bethany

Hastings thanks volunteers, voters

It has been my fortunate experience in these last several years to have the opportunity to run for public office, be elected and serve in public office, and also not be elected. It is also a privilege to meet so many wonderful people and become connected to them in a small way.

It is difficult to reach out and say thanks to so many individuals that have helped along the way, so I will do the next best thing and use the media. I would like to thank my wife and family for all their love and support, without them, I would not have been able to run for public office. I will always hold in the highest regard and gratitude my campaign team, folks within the 41st as well those in surrounding Districts. The days of mass communication and personal encouragement were the rope that bound us together. Volunteers are the backbone of any campaign, and without all of you I could not have run for office.

Most importantly are you, the voters. I have heard many personal stories, some humorous, some interesting and some very sad and moving, and have enjoyed learning about each and every one of you! Thank you for your support, your belief in me and your confidence that I would have served you well. I was very proud to have been a candidate for the 41st District for the House of Representatives. Again, my thanks to all of you for your support.

Greg Hastings

Reader grateful for response from police

I would like to extend heartfelt kudos and appreciation to all the police who showed up at my home the night my husband passed away. It’s nice to know that our local law enforcement officers care enough to respond, and we’re grateful for their efforts.

Helga Brown

Lewes Historical Society is thankful

The Lewes Historical Society has had a terrific autumn 2010 and would like to thank all those who made it possible.

Our Cannonball Run 5K & Trenny Elliott Memorial Walk on Sept. 19 was a fun event, with nearly 150 participants – thanks to all the runners and walkers who experienced “Delaware’s Most Beautiful Race Course.” Thanks to the City of Lewes, Beebe Medical Center, PNC Bank, Quest Fitness and to Bert Long and Chuck Ungerbuehler for crafting our unique – and highly prized – cannonball trophies.

On Oct. 2, we hosted our annual Autumn Craft Fair. Nearly 4,000 attendees enjoyed a festive atmosphere, fantastic American crafts and the beauty of the Historic Complex. Dozens of volunteers made the day possible under the leadership of Betsy Von Dreele, Bert and Penny Long, Steve Rogers, Pat Staby, Marilyn Ridzon, Sue Bartley, Joan Beck and Connie Ballato.

This past Columbus Day weekend, the Society celebrated its Annual Fine Art Show & Sale, postponed because of the February blizzards.

We would like to thank all the artists for working with us and understanding the challenges in rescheduling the event; the Cape May-Lewes Ferry staff, especially Peggy Mitchell and Nikky Fisher, for hosting the event and making sure anything that was needed was available.

PNC Bank was our title sponsor for the 2010 Art Show and Wilgus Associates was co-sponsor; Larry Fifer Esq., Schab & Barnett PA, and Aerie Art Gallery also supported the event. Our restaurant supporters – Striper Bites, Kindle, Half Full, The Buttery, Café Azafran, Greene Turtle at Five Points and Blue Moon ensured all the attendees at our Preview Party weren’t going to go hungry.

The support from Rich Garrett, Kyle Falgowski and the Children’s Beach House truly made the event possible. And thanks to the more than 150 attendees at the Friday Preview Party and thousands who visited over the weekend.

We are always overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our community and thank you all.

Mike DiPaolo, Executive Director
Lewes Historical Society

Fenwick Lions grateful for parade contributors

The Fenwick Island Lions Club thanks Selbyville and neighboring communities who came out and enjoyed the Halloween Parade that was a “roaring” success.

Thanks to the Indian River Junior ROTC, the Indian River High School Band, Stephen Decatur High School Band, Sussex Central High School Band, Sussex Tech High School Band and the Southern Delaware School of the Arts Steel Band, the children who came in costumes, the many floats and others who marched in the parade.

This parade would not be possible without the support of Town Manager Bob Dickerson and staff at Town Hall, the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department, the Selbyville Police Department, the volunteer fire police, DelDOT and the following businesses: PNC Bank, Arby’s, Bunting & Murray Construction Co., Cactus Café, Chrome World, Doyle’s Restaurant, Food Lion – Selbyville, Ace Hardware, Happy Harry’s, Rite Aid, Georgia House, Hastings Funeral Home, Hoban Service Center, Hoban Insurance, Honest Joe’s Pawn Shop, Dr. James K. Kramer, McDonald’s, Midlantic Marine Center, Mountaire Farms, 113 Boat Sales, Pepsi of Salisbury, South Penn-Delta Sales and WSFS.

We also want to thank the announcers of Scott Broadcasting and the judges, Sen. George Bunting, Rep. Gerald Hocker, Rep. Greg Hastings, County Councilman Vance Phillips and the Rev. Jim VanDerWall.

The Fenwick Lions also appreciate the assistance of the Lord Baltimore Lions members and the Indian River High School Leos who helped make this one of the best Halloween parades enjoyed by the families in the area.

Fran Pretty, Parade Chair
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Lioness club thankful for support

The Lord Baltimore Lioness Club would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the community for making this year’s bingo a huge success. In these times when so many are hurting, it is rewarding to know that we live in an area where people are still willing to make a difference. To all the businesses that supported our venture, as well as all the individuals who attended and/or donated, we again wish to express our appreciations.

Lord Baltimore Lioness Club

Lions thank community for dinner support

The Fenwick Island Lions Club wants to thank the community for coming out and supporting our recent successful spaghetti dinner. We also want to recognize the Indian River High School Leos, who also assisted us in serving the dinners.

We thank the following businesses who continue to support us by donating supplies and food: Grottos Pizza, Mancini’s, Hockers Supermarket, G & E, DiFebo’s, Marvin’s Market, Al Casapulla’s, Al Jordan’s Rooftop, Devito’s Deli, Johnson’s Country Market, Seashore Realty, Brasure’s Pest Control, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Ocean Side Pizzeria, Lighthouse Liquors, Snow Pharmaceuticals LLC, Harpoon Hanna’s, Treasure Beach (Jerry Adkins), Bob’s Marine Service, Boulevard Ford, Fisher’s Popcorn, Hastings Funeral Home, Kay Tingle & Associates, Shady Park, West Fenwick Carwash, Solutions Plus, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Brandywine Assisted Living, Harris Teeter, PNC Bank, Gregory & Associates, Dirty Harry’s restaurant and Mio Fratello restaurant.

We especially want to thank Scott Fornwalt for allowing us to use the Fenwick Crab House and staff to hold this spaghetti dinner. As in the past, the food that was left over was given to Diakonia, a shelter in Ocean City.

The community support and the generosity of all of these businesses enabled us to have a successful fundraiser; and, you should know that 100 percent of the money raised goes back to serve the needs in the community.

Sam Mooney, Committee Chair and Second Vice-President
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Event a success, thanks to volunteers, sponsors

Sound United Methodist Church recently held a Soup, Sandwich and Silent Auction event on Oct. 23, 2010. This event not only serves as a fundraiser for our church but also supports our community outreach efforts. It was received with great success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses and kind donors for their generous support:

Amber Peterson, Atlantic Books, Baja Beach House Grill, Bayside Rug Co., Bayville Bakery, Bayville Package Store, Bayville Postal Services, Bethany Trading Company, Beverly Mattox, Blue Scoop, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Brasure’s Carpet Care, Brasure’s Pest Control, Coconut Kids, Commander Hotel, Common Grounds, Countryside Café, D.B. Fries, Dairy Queen, Dentistry in the Pines, Donna’s Family Cut and Curl, Doyle’s Restaurant, Fenwick Floators, Fenwick Hardware, Fenwick Island Surf Shop, Fisher’s Popcorn, Fudge Factory, Galaxy 66, Giant Food of Millville, Harpoon Hannah’s, Harris Teeter, Hawaiian Crab, Hoban’s Service Center, Hocker’s Car Wash, Holly Kia of Selbyville, Jeffrey Auxer, Jim and Janice Hudson, Jimmy’s Kitchen, John Reider, Johnson’s Country Market, Ken’s Bayside Subs and Pizza, Kite Loft, Lighthouse Sound Restaurant, Lovin’ Life Limo Service, Mancini’s Restaurant, Marvin’s Market, North Bay Marina, Oceanside Subs and Pizza, Old Pro Golf, PNC Bank – Harris Teeter, Patti’s Hallmark Shop, Phillip’s Seafood Restaurant, Premier Jewelry, Rosalie Reed, Sea Level, Seaside Country Store, Selbyville Pet and Garden, Slainte Pub and Restaurant, Sweet Dispositions, Tina’s House of Hair, Tony’s Pizza, Treasure Beach General Store, Warren’s Station, and West Fenwick Car Wash.

Sound United Methodist Church

Men’s Club has succesful golf tourney

The St Ann’s Men’s Club would like to thank all the participants and the following donors for their generous contributions to our recent very successful golf outing at Salt Pond. The Men’s Club will use the profits to continue and add to its charitable work.

Our donors are Angel Hair Studio, Atlantic Books, Bayville Package Store, Beam Insurance, Blue Water Grill, Cottage Cafe, Cripple Creek Golf, DiFebo’s restaurant, Dirty Harry’s, Fisher’s Popcorn, Float Ors, Frog House, Giant Foods, Harpoon Hanna’s, Harris Teeter-Salt Pond, Hudson General Store, Ken’s Pizza, Lobster Shanty, Mancini’s, Mickie’s Crabhouse, Millville Pet, Nantucket’s restaurant, Ocean View Diner, The Parkway restaurant, PNC Bank (Bethany), Romeo’s, Ruddo’s Golf, Salt Pond Gold Course, Tee II Green Golf and Warren Station.

Thank you.

Jim Kennedy and the Golf Committee
St. Ann’s Men’s Club