Chef Robbie Bedell would like to dedicate this column to his dear friend, Kenneth Coolidge, who passed away at 35 on Feb. 7, 2014.
In the past few years, our little corner of the state has seen many new restaurants. Some of them come, and some of them go. I like to try them all, with the hope of highlighting the chefs. Today, I’m happy to share recipes from my new favorite restaurant — the Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop, located at 97 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach, on the walkway beneath Mango’s restaurant. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.
Before I highlight a restaurant, I eat there at least twice to see if the food is consistently good and if readers of this column will want to eat there. If I don’t like the food, I don’t go back, and you are none the wiser. I ate at the Jetty three times — two breakfasts and one lunch — before asking Chef Robbie Bedell if he would provide recipes for a column. As you can see, we both hit the jackpot!
I took an immediate liking to this accomplished young chef. He’s kind, caring, considerate, and when he sent the answers to my questions via email, he told me that his family is his “rock and support system. They are the power in my life. We have seen tragedy and miracle alike. My mother is my idol, and her soul pushes me in time of defeat.”
The mother in me welled up when she read that lovely tribute.
Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced its September show theme, “Welcome to my World,” which will be open to the public Sept. 3-30. “Welcome to my world” is designed to be an invitation to glimpse and participate in realm of the Gallery One artists’ world. Each artist has a unique view, and each painting a different thought.
Dale Sheldon’s “Autumn Near Greve” glows with the “glorious colors seen in autumn in Tuscany, which are a feast for the eyes. The rich golds of the fields play against the cool hillsides in the distance, and the dramatic dark greens found in the trees complement the iconic red roofs.”
“View from my Garden” is the path Laura Hickman takes every day in her “summer world.” Watering the flowers and pool cleaning are never a chore. Sunlit grass and colorful flowers are so preferable to her “winter” world, she said.
Joyce Condry’s mixed-media painting “Waste Not Want Not” describes the evolutionary aspects of a painting. “I just can’t throw anything away! If a painting isn’t working, I might be able to make it work someday.”
A celebration is planned for the 10th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Party on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street in Milton. The party will aim for an atmosphere of cool elegance, in pale blue and shimmering silver as they celebrate this anniversary in style.
Delmarva Bike Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary Sept. 17-20 in three locations: Winterplace Park and the Shorebirds’ stadium in Salisbury, Md., and Rommel Harley-Davidson in Seaford.
Kids are heading back to school, and that means it’s time for fall sports. Is the young athlete in your house playing football this year? It’s a great sport, and it teaches so many positive lessons about teamwork and fair play, to say nothing of all the positives that come with being active and staying in shape. Like any sport, though, football has its risks.
Football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. The latest numbers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2013, show some 881,700 football injuries were suffered by kids between the ages of 5 and 18.There are numerous studies that have looked at the issue of kids and football injuries, too. They show that about 20 percent of football players between the ages of 8 and 14 are injured during the typical school football season.
The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative relationships.
DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the first-ever “Boo-B-Que By the Sea,” a two-day statewide barbecue cook-off competition beginning Friday, Oct. 30, at Delaware Seashore State Park. The event will also feature the first live auction for low-digit surf-fishing tags, on Saturday, Oct. 31.
As I lay looking up the Texas-shaped water splotch on the ceiling — the one I’ve been meaning to paint over for approximately two years now — I wondered how I could possibly be so miserable when just yesterday I had lain in the very same place, looking up at the very same Texas-shaped water splotch, and been perfectly content. I had been perfectly happy, even. Maybe, even happier than I had been in a long time.
After their most successful season in over a decade, the bar for third-year head coach Jodi Stone and the Indian River High School field hockey team has officially been raised. This year, they’re aiming to score more goals. This year, they’re aiming to break the .500 mark. This year, they’re aiming for a Henlopen South title.
And after posting a 5-9-1 record in 2014, with three of those losses decided by two goals or less, and returning the majority of their 2014 roster, for the first time in more than a decade, the Indians could very well hit their target.
“We feel really good about this year,” said senior defender Callie McDowell of the expectations. “Last year, we had four or five games where we lost by one, could have tied, or did tie. We’re looking to put those in the win column this year. Every year, we just keep getting better.”
“We’re raising the bar,” added Stone. “We’re definitely there. We turned the corner last year.”
For the first time in nearly four decades, the Indian River High School football team won’t open their season with Ray Steele or Jimmy Bunting at the helm. But while both coaches will certainly be missed, newly appointed head coach and IR alum/former All-State selection Phill Townsend is ready to lead his squad into a new era, while at the same time building upon the impressive legacy and proud tradition set by his predecessors.
“We miss Coach Steele, but you just keep moving on, doing what you’re doing. I’m not really changing too much, I’m just tweaking it,” Townsend explained. “He did such a great job, and Coach Bunting before him. I’m just continuing their legacy, bringing my own twist.”
And just as the Indians’ will see a new, yet familiar, face holding the clipboard on Friday nights, they’ll also see some new, yet familiar, faces making impacts on the field, as voids left several by key seniors from 2014 need to be filled and former underclassmen step up to fill them.
Frankford was the site of some national pickleball action last weekend, when the First State Pickleball Club hosted their Summer Classic on their official courts at John M. Clayton Elementary School.
Pickleball players from as far as Florida and Arizona made their way to Delaware for the tournament, with around 100 of them joining spectators and guests to form the number “50” on the courts for an aerial shot in honor of the sport’s 50th anniversary.
Several local players finished strong, with the full results of the tournament as follows:
Shorebirds fans will get their final chance to see their team in action in 2015 as Delmarva approaches their final homestand of the season, spanning from Saturday, Aug. 29, to Wednesday, Sept. 2.
They’ll face Hickory during the five-game stretch, before hitting the road to take on Lakewood for the final games of the 2015 season.
Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office this week was investigating an early morning house fire in Ocean View in which one person was killed. Firefighters found a person deceased inside the burning house in the 100 block of Woodland Avenue on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, just after 2 a.m.
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company responded to reports of a house on fire at the southern corner of Woodland Avenue and West Avenue, also adjacent to Balsa Street. Firefighters found flames engulfing the two-story dwelling, reported the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
State fire investigators were still investigating the fire’s origin and cause mid-week. Although the house’s three street-facing sides appeared to be intact, the southwest side was engulfed in flames, leaving only charred timbers.
An Ocean View dermatologist is reportedly practicing medicine in blatant disregard of his being on probation, and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office is calling for his license to be revoked.
On Aug. 14, the AG’s Office submitted an official Complaint and Motion for Temporary Suspension of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite, M.D., who practices at the Center for Dermatology offices in Dover and at 118 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.
In October of 2014, Brathwaite was punished with five years’ probation that prohibits him from performing biopsies and surgical procedures, plus a $10,000 fine for “willful and wanton negligence” of patient safety. The Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (BMLD) found that he only seemed to diagnose patients by using biopsies (instead of less-invasive procedures) and that his unsterilized equipment could lead to dangerous cross-contamination of blood products.
Following the resignation of two council members this month, the Town of Frankford was unable to come to a unanimous decision as to who should fill the seats earlier this week.
A special meeting was called by the council following the resignation of Jesse Truitt on Aug. 3 and Velicia Melson on Aug. 11, to potentially appoint two citizens to finish out their terms.
According to the town charter, the positions must be filled within 45 days from the date of resignation. Truitt’s seat must be filled by Sept. 17, while Melson’s must be filled by Sept. 25.
At the Aug. 18 meeting, Mayor Joanne Bacon said four residents had sent letters of interest. Council Members Charles Shelton and Pam Davis said they had not seen all four names.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office this week was investigating a fire that occurred in a three-story, wood-framed residence in North Bethany on Aug. 12 and caused heavy damage to that structure and exposure damage to two other residences.
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry R. Miller said the fire was noticed about 11:15 p.m. in the 29000 block of Cove Way in Cotton Patch Hills, by neighbors who made contact with the occupants, and both occupants escaped without any injuries.
Firefighters from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived on scene to find heavy fire in the garage, extending into the main residence. The BBVFC, assisted by the Millville, Roxanna, Frankford, and Rehoboth Beach fire companies responded on the initial dispatch.
Deputy fire marshals spent most of the day processing the scene, looking for the fire’s origin and cause. The fire’s origin, Miller said, was determined to be located in the area of the garage, while the cause was still under early this week investigation, with no indication of a suspicious fire at this time.
Fire damages were estimated at $750,000. Victims of the fire were being housed by neighbors early this week.
Students attending Indian River High School for the first time are being invited to New Student Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 27. Parents and students meet in the auditorium at 6 p.m.
“For the next two hours, I have all the parents, and all the kids are with the assistant principals, staff members, and students,” said Principal Bennett Murray of plans for that night. “They do a scavenger hunt, learning all the different places of the school and some secrets to being successful in high school.”
The students will not only become familiar with the layout of the high school — they’ll get a chance to meet other incoming freshmen. Through team-building activities, they’ll get ready to see a few familiar faces on the first day of school.
Several schools getting new leadership
Indian River School District is getting a little shake-up in the administrations of several schools. Here are the most recent changes:
• Char Hopkins is moving from principal of John M. Clayton Elementary to become the district’s director of Leadership Development.
• Heather Cramer is moving from assistant principal at Georgetown Elementary to become principal at John M. Clayton. (The Georgetown assistant principal position is open for applications.)
• Judi Brittingham is moving from assistant principal at Sussex Central High to principal at the G.W. Carver Academy.
• Karen Oliphant is moving from assistant principal at Sussex Central High to assistant principal at the G.W. Carver Academy.
It was a pioneering effort, but South Bethany’s canal diffuser experiment was a wash.
After a two-year study, air diffusers placed in the Petherton Drive canal have not significantly increased the dissolved oxygen in the nearly stagnant dead-ends of the canal.
“We did this as an experiment, because we thought it would increase dissolved oxygen,” said George Junkin, town council member and a champion of water quality in the town’s canals. “There was no significantly measureable increase in the canals.”
Using the neighboring Anchorage Drive and Brandywine Drive canals as a control, the Town tested regularly at three different depths in the shallow canals fed by the Little Assawoman Bay.
Police reported this week that alcohol was a factor in an incident that began as a missing-person case and ended with a severely injured police officer.
On Aug. 8, the South Bethany Police Department responded to a report of a missing person. When officers arrived on scene, it turned out to concern a 25-year-old white man who had left his friends to swim in the bay, said Cpl. Patrick Wiley, public information officer for the SBPD.
He was afloat at the southern tip of town, between the Plymouth canal and the Bayview Park community, Wiley said.
Well, we’ve hit that little bubble between the hectic days of summer madness and the hectic days of Labor Day weekend.
Schools through the region have swung back into gear, meaning fewer families are taking their week-long vacations, and more service employees have returned to college. On the bright side, there has been some relief as far as traffic congestion and lines at restaurants. On the dark side, economic realities are starting to bite again, and many local shops and restaurants are finding themselves understaffed, particularly during weekdays.
You want to know what’s a good time?
Yes, picking through a bunch of steamed crabs with your friends while enjoying some cold adult beverages is definitely a good time. And, sure, hanging out on the beach with your loved ones on a “Sunday Funday” is always a good time. And I suppose calling that number etched into the wall in the bathroom stall that promises a good time could do just that, but Tom Maglio doesn’t always answer his home phone, so there are no guarantees on that one.
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Last week, the Ocean View added a Honda Pioneer — an off-road vehicle — to its police department. The vehicle was entirely paid for through a grant from the Special Law Enforcement Agency Fund (SLEAF).
“All the drug-seizure money is combined into a pot. By law, it’s set aside for law-enforcement purposes,” explained OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Then the different law enforcement agencies that participate and contribute to SLEAF — and not all do — have the opportunity to apply to the SLEAF committee to fund certain law-enforcement projects.”
The department received approximately $12,000 to purchase the new off-road vehicle. It will be used to patrol the newly opened Assawoman Canal Trail, as well as other areas of the town not accessibly by car.
“We’ve been talking about getting one of these for a while. Ever since we knew the canal [trail] was being built, we knew we needed a way to control the canal,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw, noting that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control uses the same vehicle. “It’s also good if we need to get back on the Bear Trap golf course, because our cars don’t always fit.”
Through a donation, the Ocean View Police Department now has a more efficient way of dispensing the life-saving opiate-overdose medication naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan.
The new kits, called EVZIO, are an auto-injector of naloxone to counteract the effects of a suspected opioid overdose. The kits, which cost approximately $500 each, were donated by David Humes of atTAcK Addiction, a nonprofit whose mission is to spread the word about addiction by educating students, and the community, assisting families in their quest for information and supporting those in recovery.
The group was instrumental in having Delaware legislation pass allowing anyone — be it emergency personnel or good Samaritans — to carry the lifesaving drug, if certified.
OVPD Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw said each kit comes with a trainer device, as well as two live shots.
The Sussex County Council this week deferred voting on a proposed moratorium on off-premisess signs, following a public hearing.
“Typically, what you’d consider off-premisess is more of a billboard-type application, but there are small ones also,” said Lawrence Lank, director of Planning & Zoning.
County Administrator Todd Lawson said the County is currently in the process of trying to schedule a signage workshop to address the council’s concerns.
“There is an intent to bring together the County Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment — all 15 members — along with our legal staff, our Planning & Zoning staff, and walk through the ordinance as a whole,” he said. “From that point we will come back and get to work on introducing a new ordinance from the feedback we would receive.”
During the public hearing, Georgetown attorney David Hutt, who has represented numerous applicants’ billboard applications over the last several years, spoke in opposition to the moratorium and offered his assistance to the council moving forward.
When Quaker merchants migrated from Philadelphia to Delaware in the early 18th century, they attracted shipwrights and ship carpenters to the fledgling community that evolved into the city of Wilmington. In 1740, William Shipley, Joshua Way and David Ferris contracted to have the first vessel built in Delaware for the foreign trade at the foot of Market Street on the Christina River.
As Richard Urban points out in “The City That Launched a Thousand Ships,” over the period ending in 1775, shipyards in Delaware built more than 300 vessels for coastal and foreign trade. One story holds that the ship named the Nancy, built in Wilmington and at the time anchored in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, was the first to raise a quickly-sewn-together American flag when it learned the colonies declared their independence from the British in 1776.
In the 1850s, two firms — Harlan & Hollingsworth and Pusey & Jones — located along the Wilmington waterfront began to perform ship repair and engine installation work. Pusey & Jones also contracted to build its first iron steamship, the Flora McDonald. Harlan & Hollingsworth soon followed with construction of the steamers the Ashland and the Ocean. The shipyards fostered numerous supporting industries in the Wilmington area.
Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail. The one-mile trail is part of a regional network of trails, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, physically linking communities that share a boundary with the trail.
“This trail is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of engaged community members who recognize that this is an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Sussex County,” said Markell.
“It was residents in Ocean View, Bethany and South Bethany neighborhoods who saw the value of creating a trail along the Assawoman Canal and worked together with the State to turn their vision into a reality. They share our belief that investments in our trails and pathways support our overall health and wellbeing, while helping to grow our economy.”
In the works for seven years, the trail will directly connect the municipalities of Ocean View, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and the communities of Sea Colony and Bahamas Beach Cottages.
A concept plan, developed with a team of local residents, was released in 2011, after public outreach. Project partners included Ocean View, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, residents in Bahamas Beach Cottages, Sea Colony, Salt Pond and Waterside, and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation.