Letters to the Editor — December 5, 2014

Reader wants hiked fees used wisely


DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is proposing increases in certain user fees.

Maybe they can use some of the increase to remove the trees that they killed several years ago or do we have to look at them for the next two decades. Maybe they will also resume the war on Phragmites which are taking over our wetlands.

They ask the private citizens to combat the spread of Phragmites while they let it spread freely on State-owned land. I am told that the last spraying on park area occurred several years ago and a drive up Route 1 from Fenwick to Rehoboth Beach clearly shows the result. Lots of dead trees and acres of Phragmites decorate the drive.

More money seems to be the driving factor so maybe they will put our money where we can see the results.

Walt Berwick

Turkey Trot a hit, thanks to many


On Thanksgiving morning, more than 433 walkers, runners and 35 dogs participated in the 7th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot.

Fenwick and other locals and visitors to the surrounding communities gathered to celebrate giving by “trotting” from Lewes Street, south to the Maryland line, and back. Each year, this event grows and gets better thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, participants, and sponsors. I wish to send my thanks in this letter.

There is no charge to participate in the 2.2-mile fun run, but we encourage donations and seek sponsorships each year in support of a select charity. Last summer, we lost a dear friend, savvy businessman, generous philanthropist, and lovable character — Matt Haley of SoDel Concepts. The organization he founded — Global Delaware Fund — was the primary beneficiary this year, in Matt’s honor. Formed in January 2011 with the goal of administering goods and services to at-risk children and to those in distressing situations, locally and internationally, Global Delaware Fund provides aid, including food, clothing and shelter, as well as counseling, scholarships and educational grants. By way of a hands-on approach, Global Delaware aims to create long-term sustainability for entire communities in need.

For more on information Global Delaware, visit: wwwtheglobaldelawarefund.com

Our goal was to raise $5,000, in honor of Matt and his good work, and I am thrilled to report the goal was achieved.

We also collected oodles of non-perishable food donations and donated them to Bethel Tabernacle Church of God Helping Hands Food Bank in Frankford. Thanks to Ann Raskauskas of Bethany Area Realty for coordinating the delivery of the food items.

Many generous sponsors provided incredible support. Most sincere appreciation to: Platinum Level Sponsor: Pottery Place, Perks Café; Gold level sponsors: The Guide, hipAHA, Fenwick Island Boot Camp, Just Hooked, Rehoboth Beach Running Company, Rooster’s Nest and Wayne Lyons of the Leslie Kopp Group; Silver level sponsors: Gallo Construction, Hockers Deli, Nantucket’s, Seashell City and Steve Morgan of Fairfax Mortgage Investments, Inc.; and Bronze level sponsors: The Dispatch, DJ Batman, Island Construction, Surf’s Edge Deli and Tidepool Toys.

My thanks to the sponsors for their support, to the runners and walkers who joined us, to the volunteers, especially hipAHA Fenwick Island Boot Campers, who helped make this event the most successful in our seven year history, and to everyone who bought a commemorative tee-shirt!

Special thanks to Pottery Place Perks Cafe for the post-event hospitality.

Local runner favorites Blake Hundley and Devin Hundley, of Bethany Beach, won the Men’s and Women’s races, respectively. Special thanks also to Body + Soul and Dimitra Yoga for the prizes for the first-place finishers.

It is my pleasure to thank everyone involved for making the 7th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot a success. I am awed by your generosity of time, talent and treasure.

Lori Martin
Fenwick Island Turkey Trot