Letters to the Editor — October 2, 2015

Responders respond with pride at event


On Sunday, Sept. 20, the very recipients of the funds generated by the 4th Annual Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike, presented by Meris Properties, our first responders, were called to action.

In the very early morning of Sept. 20, David Marine, a 37-year-old athlete from Pottstown, Pa., collapsed while walking with fellow triathletes to the Bethany boardwalk bandstand for the Opening Ceremony. Immediately, eight members of the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) Chief Brian Martin and members BBVFC Fire Police and other emergency staff sprang into action.

Our first responders immediately started cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and were able to use the defibrillator and other lifesaving measures immediately. Fortunately, due to his immediate care, David is today, alive and well. Our first responders saved his life!

In a recent email to the race directors, David said, “I love doing the Bethany tri! Sorry to worry everyone. [I am] lucky that all the first responders were there for me. [The] good news is that I’m doing well; please let everyone know that.”

“Thank god for our first responders! We could not have picked more deserving beneficiaries for this event! Safety is Focus Multisports’ No. 1 priority in the planning and execution of all of our events.” said Rick Hundley, race director.

“We are grateful to our well-trained and capable first responders, today and every day. They are critical members of the team for our athletic events, but also in our everyday lives. We are so glad that we can help equip them to continue their good work through our fundraisers.” said Ernie Felici, race director.

With the news that David was responding well to care at Beebe Medical Center, the triathlon, duathlon and aquabike events commenced with a prayer of thanks and safety led by Rev. Mary Allen from St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

Mother Nature also rejoiced by arranging wonderful weather, calm seas, a school of playful dolphins, and an appearance by a highly coveted whale during the swim leg!

The weekend-long schedule of events began with a pre-race party at the world famous Starboard in Dewey Beach, Del., and also benefitted Autism Speaks (AutismSpeaks.org) and Share-A-Lot (sharealotcares.com), in addition to first responders.

Including Meris Properties, there are other sponsors to thank: PNC Bank, ResortQuest Real Estate, Run & Tri Rehoboth Beach, Giant Foods, Bethany Blues, Wilgus Associates, Peninsula Oil, Sea Colony Homeowners Association, Coastal Point, 3rd Wave Beer, The Delaware Wave, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, Baja Beach House Grill, Cycling Center of Coastal Delaware, Delmarva Two Way Radio, The Starboard, Mangos, D.J. Padraig, D3 Corp, Creative Resource Group, ARES, Armand’s Pizza, Bethany Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, The Bicycle Connection, Bricks Multisport, Dickey’s Frozen Custard, The Dispatch, Hook’em & Cook’em, Ann Kangas Public Relations, Mid-South Audio , Ocean RV Center, Southern Delaware Tourism, Tansey Warner Real Estate along with Seashore Striders, Racine Multisports, U.S. Candids, Oceanonva Spa, Mid-South Audio and J&A Racing.

Special thanks to our dedicated and awesome volunteers — you rocked!

Save the date for next year: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.

For more details, including finish times, or if members of the community would like to thank our first responders with a donation, visit: www.bethanybeachtri.com.

Bethany Beach First Responders

Go Red a hit, thanks to many


Thanks to so many who attended the 9th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon & Fashion Show, which was recently held at Baywood Greens and was our most successful to date.

The success of the event would not be possible without our sponsors: Beebe Healthcare; Delaware Electric Co-op; Fulton Bank; Gutter Helmet; Jeanine O’Donnell-State Farm Insurance; Preston Automotive Group; Shelter Construction; WSFS Bank; and Zumba Fitness Instructors.

Dr. Rajinder Prasad was the speaker and informed everyone about heart disease and women, as well as the new program at Beebe Healthcare, the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

We also want to thank the following merchants and restaurants, and individuals who so generously donated money, merchandise and gift certificates for the Silent Auction and Chinese Auction. They are: 1776; Aquamarine Boutique; Mike Bacher, Realtor; Bay Road Package Store; Baywood Greens; The Beach Jetty; Bethany Blues; Micha Seto of Blooming Boutique, Lewes Gifts, & Treasures; Boulevard Ford/Lincoln-Georgetown-Lewes; The Buttery; Cape Pharmacy; Casapulla’s South; Chick-fil-A; Linda Dahl; Deanna’s & Piccolino’s; The Dental Group; East Coast Garden Center; Frankie & Louie’s Italian Market; Go Brit Fish & Chips; Harry and David; Harry K-Atlantic Jewelery; Hermit’s Hut, Thomasville, PA; Hooked Seafood & Martini Bar; Johnny Janosik; Kids Ketch; Lavender Fields; Lewes Bake Shop; Louie’s Pizza; Tiffany Hart- Mary Kay Cosmetics; Molly McAuliffe; Carol McDonald; Michy’s Restaurant, Bar & Relaxed Dining; Movies at Midway; Nassau Valley Vineyards; New Beginnings Church, Ephrata, PA; Nicola’s Pizza; Notting Hill Coffee Roastery; Ocean Grill Lewes; Pacific Wines & Spirits; Procino-Wells & Woodland LLC Law; Rehoboth Beach Country Club; Something Comfortable; State Farm Insurance; Summerhouse; Tanger Outlets; De Taylor; Touch of Italy; Two Friends; Sandy Farrell of Twila Farrell; Walgreens-Lewes; Windsor’s Flowers & Plants.

The committee members were Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Kay Burgee, Lutie Davis, Mary Esposito, Shirl Hudak, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Nicholls, Muriel Pfeiffer, Sandy Roberts and Connie Shockley.

And we cannot forget our great models: Marina Baird, Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Anastasia Boehm, Scott Crothers, Judith Hannan, Neepa Jani, Lisa Mc Donald, Joan Nicholls, Geri Pease, Sandy Roberts, Connie Shockley and Lynn Toth.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again at this event on Sept.14, 2016.

Judy Aliquo and Patricia Sandy, Co-Chairs
Go Red for Women Event