Letters to the Editor--July 22, 2011

Parade committee says thanks

I am writing this letter on behalf of all committee members to express a special thanks to all those who devoted their time to make the Bethany Beach 28th Independence Day Parade a special event.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Bethany Beach officials, their staff and town employees, Bethany Beach Police Department, Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Co. and Ladies Auxiliary, the Bethany Beach ambulance corps., the fire police, the Public Works Department and their crew.

Thank you also to St. Ann’s church and the Christian Church Conference Center for the use of their facilities and grounds. A special thanks to those who sold T-shirts and who purchased them and to Jennifer Carter, a very talented local artist, for her help in the design of the T-shirts and her donation of a painting for the grand-prize winner. Without the support of all of these parade components for the months leading up to and after the parade, this event could not be a success.

In addition, thanks to the local businesses who provided trucks for our musical groups: Lord’s Landscaping, G&E Hocker’s, Kent Landscaping and a truck and a truck with trailer from Complete Tree Care; also, to Walgreens/Happy Harry’s, Food Lion, Giant and Shore Stop for their donation of water to the parade; and to Shore Foods for ice.

The parade committee is an all-volunteer group. All funds to cover the cost of this event were realized from the business community, civic groups, homeowners associations, civic-minded citizens and the sale of T-shirts. We also want to thank DiFebo’s restaurant for sponsoring Cooking For a Cause and to Greg Mavraganis for sponsoring the Bethany Beach July 4th Firecracker 5K. Thank you all for your generous support.

A special thanks to the scores of bicyclists who used the bike kits and their talents to decorate their bikes as they rode the parade route and to the number of community groups and businesses who entered floats and, of course, to the walking organizations.

In addition, thanks to those who participated in the 23nd annual horseshoe-throwing contest, which was a great success. We must thank Ruthie’s Bethany Bakery for sponsoring the pie eating contest. There were approximately 185 participants, and the winner was Paul Gamble, who ate his pie in 1 minute and 54 seconds.

From everyone connected with this annual fun and successful show of small town Americana, our sincere thanks.

Philip C. Rossi, Chairman
Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade Committee

Reader wants rights in town for all

Yes, this resident has always wanted sidewalks and bike paths throughout our beautiful community – ask Mayor Gordon Wood.

The path along the Assawoman Canal is a perfect extension of a healthier and more attractive world in Ocean View. Several of our town’s developments have sidewalks and paths. The development of Hunter’s Run has sidewalks, front and back driveways for every home owner and a lovely lake. I hope our sidewalk development connects all of us to them and all the other developments in our town.

Shoveling snow is not a significant issue unless you believe that our annual snowfall here in Ocean View will increase in intensity and to a greater portion of our winter. We can easily endure a total of 10 to 30 days with snow on our sidewalks and thoroughly enjoy 11 months of the year of safe foot traffic. Keep our roads open, but do not worry about the sidewalks for such an insignificant period of time in the winter. Drainage help and safety are well worth the investment.

Bear Trap resident Mary Iaci stated that “only 15 percent of their people live there full time.” What she did not tell you is that 85 percent of the property owners in Bear Trap pay a significant portion of the property taxes in our Town of Ocean View and they have no vote in Ocean View elections. Some “locals” do not want any “aliens” having a vote in how the Ocean View Town Council decides to spend their property tax monies.

Welcome to Ocean View politics and the strangle hold on a very “limited democracy.” I am a local and this property-tax-paying resident wants every one of the property tax payers to be included as a local and not as “aliens.”

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Family grateful for support of many

On behalf of the entire family of Sue McCabe, we would like to express our appreciation to Melson Funeral Services and the Bethany Beach Fire Hall for helping us to honor our mother’s life.

We also want to sincerely thank her friends, neighbors and colleagues for their overwhelming support during this time of tragic loss. Your presence in her life was a source of great happiness and, in her death, your friendship has provided more comfort and support than mere words can express!

While her smile and zest for life will never be replaced, we hope you will continue to keep our mom’s spirit alive by living every day to its fullest and never take one day for granted. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow’s a mystery. But today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.”

Family of Sue McCabe

Touch-A-Truck event a huge success

The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area DE would like to thank the sponsors, supporters, volunteers, truck drivers and the community for their generous support of the fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event, which raised $9,000 for the March of Dimes of Delaware.

Thank you, first and foremost, to our sponsors: Atlantic Theaters; Beacon Pediatrics; Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers; Short’s Marine; A.P. Croll; Child’s Play by the Bay; Kids’ Ketch; Kucharik Landscape Company; Pioneer Materials; Schell Brothers; Scott Hanna Painting; George Bunting of State Farm Insurance, Rehoboth; Jeanine O’Donnell of State Farm Insurance, Lewes; and Sussex Eye Center P.A.

We greatly appreciate all of our supporters for their contributions: Baywood Greens, Betty’s Classic American, Blue Rhino, Cape Gazette, Cascading Carlos, Brian K. Hall with 97.5 and 105.9 Cat Country, Coastal Cakery, Concierge by the Sea, Cultured Pearl, Dataguard Inc., Deli 88, Downtown Cowgirl, Fifer Orchards Local Fresh Market, First State Disposal, Funland, Grand Rental Station, Jake’s Seafood House, Jiffy Lube, Jungle Jim’s, Kmart, Kaya Wellness &?Yoga, Lewes Printing, Logomotive, M Squared, Melissa Clampitt with Lia Sophia Jewelry, Napa Auto Parts, Nicola Pizza, Peninsula Golf &?Country Club, Peppers, Pierson Comfort Group LLC, Rita’s of Rehoboth Beach, Sandbox Press, Starbucks, SuperFresh and TLC Tray Inc.

A special thank-you to Rehoboth Beach Big K (Kmart), who generously hosts this event in their parking lot each year.

Thank you to the MOMS Club volunteers, the March of Dimes volunteers and all the community volunteers.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it if the truck drivers had not given up their time to be there. They put forth an amazing effort to entertain and educate the children, and the more than 1,700 people who attended loved seeing their vehicles.

Thank you to the coordinators and drivers for A.P. Croll, Al’s Trucking, Allen Family Foods, Angerstein’s, BayRic Motorsports, Blue Hen Organics, Boozer Excavation, Burris Logistics, Cape Henlopen School District, Cat Country, Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers, Complete Tree Care Inc., Dataguard Inc., Delaware State Police Troop 7, J&J Powerwashing, Jerry’s Paving, Kucharik Landscape Co., Milton Lions Club, Mr. Natural, Pioneer Materials, Pugh Trucking, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, Rehoboth Beach Vol. Fire Co., Short’s Marine, Sussex County EMS, Tom Kat’s Ice Cream, Tri-Gas and Oil, U.S. Postal Service, Vita Coco and ZLooks Mobile Detailing.

The MOMS Club also appreciates all of the businesses who hung signs and helped advertise our event, and everyone who attended Touch-A-Truck. Check out www.TouchaTruckDE.com for pictures of the event. We look forward to next year!

Laura Kucharik, Touch-A-Truck Committee
The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area DE