Letters to the Editor -- August 6, 2010

It takes a village to have a Cottage Tour


As the saying goes, “It takes a village”! As co-chairs of the 19th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, Karen and I would like to offer our most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the “village” responsible for making this year’s tour another outstanding sell-out success.

The committee members were Carol and Charlie Kopay, Mary and Richard Legatski, Diane and Bob Maddex, Mary Ann and Dave Flickinger, Paul Denault, Joan Gordon, Bob Bertram, Jean Newins, Ginny McDowell, Cynthia Headman, Susan Basile, Linda Kulin, Carol Kester, Jay Headman, Dick Fox, Joe Lane, Cathy Schultz, Marilyn Zuckerman, Barbara Carlson, Karen Lett, Judy Marcucilli, Barbara Natkowitz, Debbie Idema, Donna Philpitt and Bev Greenberg.

These men and women worked hundreds of hours in the coordination, preparation and implementation of the tour. Also, without the 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 Gayle and Frank Kelly, Karen and David Morin, Paige Etzler, Judy and Bill Phillips, Nella and Pat Neary, Marylou and Gil Tietz, Paula and Mark Dieste, Leslie Kopp and Chuck Coltman, Phyllis Alexander and Sharon and Paul Dillon. 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 big success, and for that we thank the six restaurant: Bistro at Kool Bean, DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap, DiFebo’s on Route 26, Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill, The Parkway and Sedona, plus the six local artists who donated wonderful pieces of art for the raffle. They are: Tara Funk Grim, Cheryl Wisbrock, Laura Hickman, Aubré Duncan, Tinsel Hughes and Dorothy Harrison Braun. Thanks to all of you for your support! The happy winners have all been notified.

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 in 2011 for the tour’s 20th anniversary.

The Adopt-a-House program has again expanded, and we would like to thank the following local organizations for their support in providing coordinators and hostesses in the homes.

They are: South Coastal Delaware Chapter #5226 of AARP; Barefoot Gardeners, Bear Trap Ladies Group, Bay Forest Homeowners, Gardeners By The Sea, Kiwanis, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Shore Democrats, Southampton Homeowners, South Bethany Women’s Club, VFW Post 7234 Ladies Auxiliary and the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach.

In addition, we had many other hosts and hostesses who volunteered outside of these organizations, and to you all we send many thanks.

To the Beebe Medical Center, who has provided the tour with booties for many years, you have our sincere thanks and appreciation; and 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 are so appreciative of our local newspapers and publications who give us so much advance coverage of this event. Your willingness to help with the advertising of this wonderful event 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 individuals who attended the 19th annual tour. We hope that you enjoyed all of the homes and we look forward to hosting you at next year’s tour, which will be our 20th anniversary. Mark your calendars for Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28, 2011, and be sure to make your reservations early.

Visit our Web site at www.foscl.com for more information on the tour and other upcoming events that will be held on behalf of the South Coastal Library. Again, thanks to all of you for your continued support.

Faith M. Denault

Karen M. Taylor


2011 Beach and Bay Cottage Tour

Community thanks Hocker for efforts


We would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge state Rep. Gerald Hocker for his time and dedication in advocating for the community and the Board of Directors of Plantation Park.

Having our roads blacktopped has been a long-standing major project for our community, but the funding simply has not been there. Rep. Hocker has been very instrumental in helping us obtain state funds, and now, coupled with money from our treasury, the work has begun on our roads. Though it is true the work will be costly and take some time to complete, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

All of the Board of Directors, since the Park’s inception, have tried in their own way to make Plantation Park a better place to live. We thank our new Board of Directors for continuing to make this community one of the finest places to live here at the shore.

Many of us in the community feel the new Board of Directors should be thanked also for the work done since taking office. The plowing of the streets during one of the worst winter snowfalls made it much easier for all of us to get around. The planting of flowers and shrubs at the entrances to the Park on Parker House Road gives the Park a welcoming feeling. The installation of attractive speed signs and street lights have made the streets safer for walking, jogging, biking and children playing. All of these improvements are helping us all to have a better way of life here at Plantation Park.

Thank you.

Cindy and Tony Nicastro

Nunzio Nicastro


Hocker family grateful for support with events


The Hocker Family would like to thank the employees who donated their time to help make the Justin Lowe Foundation fundraisers such a success. The “Sundae on Sunday” events at both Hocker’s Grocery & Deli and the new Kwik Chef restaurant, along with the Hocker Car Wash “Justin Days,” have made it possible for the Hocker businesses to donate over $7,000 to Justin and his needs.

This is a prime example of how a local business with local employees can join together with the community to help a family in need. It was so uplifting to see the positive outreach from our community and patrons even with the current economic conditions. It shows we care!

We, again, would like to thank the employees and all who attended for Justin’s cause.

Gerald and Emily Hocker, and family

Ocean View

Delaware Seashore State Park says ‘thanks’


On behalf of Delaware Seashore State Park, I would like to express how grateful we are to the local businesses of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach for all of their generous donations to our 30th annual Sand Castle Contest. Without all of the amazing donations we received, the contest would not have been such a great success.

The event took place on Saturday, July 10, and drew a crowd of about 100 participants, despite rainy weather conditions. We were able to send every single one of our competitors home with a prize!

This would never have been possible without the generosity of the following businesses: Sea Shell City, Seaside Country Store, Blue Heron Gifts, A Novel Idea, Sweets n’ Treats, Indulgence, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Sea Level Designs Inc, Bethany Surf Shop, Handbags and Accessories, Sand Palace Motel, Ruddertown, Scully’s Café, Wings To Go, Alley Oop, BooksandCoffee, Franco’s Pizza, Ed’s Chicken n’ Crabs, Mama Celeste’s, Nick’s Cheese Steaks, Muncheezzz, Mama Maria, Woody’s East Coast, Starboard, Electric Banana, Venus on the Half Shell, Christmas Spirit, Dolphin Dreaming, Lily Pad, Rehoboth Beach Variety, Ryan’s Beach Store, Tanger Outlets, Delaware State Parks, Toys from the Attic, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co., Tickled Pink, The Bake Shoppe, Dolly’s, Gidget’s Gadgets, Snyder’s Candy, Irish Eyes Pub, Boire’s Hair Design, L. Baker-Mary Kay, Bethany Plaza Scoops, Tidal Rave, Bethany Beach Florist, Beach Cottage, Angel Hair Salon, Armand’s Pizzeria, Bethany Cycle & Fitness, Cattails, Big Peaches Bar & Grill, TCBY, Mickey’s Crab House, Baja Beach Grill, Penguin Diner, Freaky Tiki Teez, Purple Parrot, Quiet Storm, The Gallery Espresso, Fischer’s, Nicola Pizza, Salt Air, Seasons Pizza, Dewey Beach Surf Shop, Rita’s Italian Ice and Stingrays.

Despite these challenging economic times, these businesses kindly donated prizes for our contest in order to support their community and the visitors to our state park.

We cannot say thank you enough to this remarkable group of local businesses. Because of them, we were able to put on this free event for sand castle contest participants from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Virginia.

Next year marks the 31st Annual Delaware Seashore State Park Sand Castle Contest, and our hope is to make it an even bigger and more memorable experience for everyone who chooses to come out to participate or even just stroll around and watch the magic take shape.

We sincerely appreciate your support of this and the rest of our programming efforts at Delaware Seashore State Park. To learn more about other programs and special events in our Park Region, check out our Web site at http://www.destateparks.com/programs/delaware-seashore.asp.

Jim Hall, Interpretive Manager

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

Delaware Seashore State Park