TRAFFIC ALERTS & GAS PRICES: BEST GAS PRICES: $2.21 at WAWA near entrance to Rehoboth Beach ... Moderate to heavy traffic. Please be advised that road work on Coastal Highway, between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, may cause delays, or lane closures, through 2016. Also, be aware of new pedestrian crossings. Expect slower traffic.

Traffic Alerts and Info: Memorial Day through Labor Day avoid travel on mid mornings or early afternoons on Saturdays as this is "Moving In Day" for weekly renters, and traffic is usually very heavy.  If you must travel on Saturday, be in the downtown parking areas by 9:00am.  Avoid leaving Rehoboth Beach late Sunday afternoons, as well as early Monday mornings.  On rainy days, Route 1 is very congested due to outlet shoppers.  Be sure to exercise caution and patience during your travels on Route 1 as there are many last minute lane changes and turns made. For a live traffic update:  Listen to 1380AM on your radio or go to www.deldot.gov/information/travel_advisory. Live beach traffic cameras: click here.
It's a Law!!! No texting or talking on cell phone unless a Blue-tooth device is used. Must have "hands free".

Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Exhibit of the Winning Photos of the Delaware Beach Life Magazine Photography Contest Opens

  An exhibit of the winning photos of this year’s Delaware Beach Life Photo Contest will open at the Museum November 4, 2016 and will run through March 12, 2017. This small, but mighty exhibit of award-winning photographs were chosen from among more than 200 entries.  These images capture the many forms of life on Coastal Delaware. “Several of the entries provided unusual views of commonplace scenes, which elevated them to winning status,” said Terry Plowman, the magazine’s editor and publisher. Several of the photographers will be present to discuss their work.
  The Museum is open Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. At this time the Museum is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue just past the canal bridge, and next to the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce. Parking is available and the Museum is handicap accessible. 
  For information about Museum Memberships and future events, please call 302-227-7310 or visit our website at www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.      

Who better than St. Nick himself to host holiday gift giving!  
Making good on its promise to share their fundraising with the Sussex County community, on Dec. 2, officials from Festival of Cheer, Inc. presented Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation (CHEF) with a $3,000 check to benefit the non-profit organization’s support educational initiatives for the Cape Henlopen School District.
The gift come from the fundraising activities at Winter WonderFEST, organized by Festival of Cheer, Inc.   “The success of this event is why we couldn’t wait to begin sharing gifts with deserving organizations such as CHEF,” says Peter Briccotto, producer of this first-year event designed to support non-profit organizations serving Sussex County. “The money we raise during Winter WonderFEST stays right here in Sussex County.' Schedules for the Christmas Village and the Light Spectacular, along with ticket information is available online at www.wonderfestde.org.

"Winter WonderFest" Brings Family Fun to Sussex County.  New "Christmas Village' Includes Carnival, Live Music, Skating & Holiday workshops for all Ages.
Yes, Santa, there really is a lot to do in Sussex County this year.   Beginning with a dazzling light show that will light up Cape Henlopen State Park, it’s just one of the many Winter WonderFEST attractions bringing new excitement to the Cape Region for the 2016 holiday season. The 2-mile “Light Spectacular” drive-thru holiday light show features over 60 magical light displays created by renowned designer John Brandano.   With over 30 years’ experience, Brandano, whose innovative lighting displays have been showcased along the East Coast, was selected for the Cape Henlopen project because of his commitment to engineering environmental conservation into each of his designs.  “This project is very special since carloads of families will get to see the show with such close proximity from the comfort of their vehicle.  And experience this unique park in a whole new light-- pun intended!” says Brandano with a smile.  “The lighting just adds the magic of the Christmas holiday.”

NEW NON-PROFIT’S COMMITMENT SUPPORTS SUSSEX COUNTY CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY ATTRACTIONS.
Christmas in Sussex County is going to be a lot brighter this year thanks to the collective efforts of the newly-formed Festival of Cheer, Inc. -- the non-profit organization committed to supporting the needs of Sussex County with its new Winter WonderFEST holiday venue in Lewes, DE. The Festival of Cheer Board members represent an enormous amount of professional and business experience to carefully craft this first-time event geared to the needs of Sussex County. Their collective commitment and passion for our community is second to none!

Festival of Cheer’s mission is two-fold.  First, create an inaugural event to provide a holiday venue that helps Sussex County residents and visitors create holiday memories locally, while raising funds to support C.H.E.F. -- Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation, and Beebe Healthcare, plus provide grant funding for deserving non-profit charities.  Second, ensure that funding exists to make Winter WonderFEST an on-going community venue next year, and for years to come.

Winter WonderFEST information including activities, dates, and times, along with sponsorship opportunities is available online at: www.wonderfestde.org .For information by phone, call 302.727.0221 

U.S. Lighthouse Society's Passport Stamps for Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse and the Lewes Life-Saving Station are Available at The Lewes Historical Society
The Lewes Historical Society is excited to now offer passports and stamps for the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Passport Program.  Lighthouse Passports are available at The Lewes Historical Society’s Zwaanendael Club Museum Store for $15.00.  The Lewes Historical Society stamp locations for Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse and the Lewes Life-Saving Station include the Cannonball House Maritime Museum at 118 Front Street, Ryves Holt House at 218 Second Street, and the Zwannendael Club Museum Store at 302 Savannah Road, all located in Lewes, Delaware.
For more information about the U.S. Lighthouse Society, visit www.uslhs.org.  To learn more about The Lewes Historical Society, visit www.HistoricLewes.org.

Explore the Wonders of Public History at The Lewes Historical Society with a Summer Internship
The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for its 2017 summer internship program. Internships must be completed over the summer (May - August). Start and end days are negotiable based on your academic calendar.
Typically, a single stipend internship is awarded per Summer 10 week session, though each internship is also available for class credit for students currently enrolled in a BA level college or university History/Social Science related program.
Collections and Research Internship-   Education & Visitor Services Internship-
For more information including application specifics, stipend figures, and details about the Society’s General Public History Internship please visit https://www.historiclewes.org/2017-public-history-internships or contact Marcos Salaverria, Director of Education at 302-645-7670 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rehoboth Beach Ranked #2 in "Happiest Seaside Towns in America"
Coastal Living magazine rankes Rehoboth Beach second in it's contest. Many who live, work and visit here agree! By the way, #1 was Stuart, Florida.

Lewes Historical Society Joins Delaware Library Catalog, Receives Grant to Update Website
The Lewes Historical Society is adding its library collections to the Delaware Library Catalog thanks to the efforts of Society collections volunteer Barbara Nonnemaker who is entering close to 4,000 records from the Society's in-house database.  The Society expects to add select records from its archives to the Delaware Heritage Collection as well. The Lewes Historical Society's library and archives are available to use free of charge and by appointment.  Access to parts of the collection are available at www.historiclewes.org.  The Delaware Library Catalog is searchable at lib.de.us  to explore our library collection as well as libraries across Delaware. If you are interested in donating historical materials to the collection or scheduling a research visit, please contact the Society at 302-645-7670 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additionally, the Society has recently been awarded a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund of Jacksonille, Florida to improve access to all its collections via its own website.

RBFS Annual Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award. First place was awarded to Towson University graduate, Max Radbill, for his short comedy, “Movie Palace.” The Honorable Mention recipient is Miami Dade College graduate, Fredrick Criswell, for his action short, “White Blood Cell.” The first place price is a $1,000 cash prize and the Honorable Mention prize is a $250 Staples gift card. The recipients were acknowledged at the Closing Celebration of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival on November 15. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com , or call 302-645-9095.

Delaware State Parks Tops in Nation
During a September 15, 2015 ceremony in Las Vegas, The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, announced Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Division of Parks and Recreation has won the 2016 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in the state parks system category. Amenities include Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park, a water-park, Brandywine Zoo, two golf courses, two marinas and a Civil War fort, among others. Also the Gordons' Pond trail in Sussex County.

The City of Rehoboth Beach smoking ban is in effect.
The smoking ban includes the beach (except for up to 20 areas on the beach designated as smoking permitted areas which will be clearly marked), the Boardwalk, the Bandstand Plaza, City parks, and the street ends adjoining the Boardwalk. Signage is in place to delineate the designated smoking areas. The approved ordinance can be read by clicking here.

Pay-by-Phone-Parking
A system for pay-by-phone parking is in Rehoboth Beach. Drivers are able to pay for parking with a credit card by dialing a phone number or using a smart-phone application. This new system replaces the credit card system. This does not eliminate the ability to pay for parking with quarters. For more information about pay-by-phone parking, visit www.parkmobile.com.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel earns top honors
AAA Mid-Atlantic has awarded the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel the Four Diamond Award, the travel agency's highest designation for the hospitality industry. Only 3.8% of the hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean have received a Four Diamond rating, according to AAA.

Delaware's beaches #1
State Summary: Delaware..Ranked 1st in Beach Water Quality (out of 30 states). Dewey Beach was among the "superstar" beaches in the United States, according to the report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Click here to read more.

Rehoboth Beach beach video
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Family Vacation Critic names Rehoboth Beach one of the 2015 Ten Best Beaches for Families
If you could create the ultimate beach for your family, what would it look like? Would it have calm, clean waters and powdery, soft sand? Would it be situated near other attractions, such as a playground and boardwalk? Would there be casual places to eat nearby, along with spacious, yet affordable places to stay? Rehoboth Beach has all of those qualities and then some.

Free Admission Policy Initiated for Visitors to Rehoboth Beach Museum
Admission to the Rehoboth Beach Museum at 511 Rehoboth Avenue will be free for all visitors. Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, “We want to encourage more vacationers and residents alike to make visiting - and revisiting - the museum a must-do activity when they are downtown, and we think a no-charge admission policy will help achieve that goal”. Summer hours for the Rehoboth Beach Museum are Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. Starting November 1, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Monday, Thursday and Friday- hours will be 10am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday-11am-3pm. Click here for more information.
Rehoboth expands parking for disabled.
The Board of Commissioners voted to list the new parking spots in its code at a July 16, 2010, meeting.  The new locations in Rehoboth Beach are: Two at Dos Locos Restaurant, Two at Nicola Pizza, Two at the Greene Turtle, Four in the ocean block of Maryland Avenue, One at Grenoble Place, and One at Baltimore Avenue.  The city has also been working to make the corners of intersections accessible, as well.

 Delaware Beach Life Magazine
Featuring top-notch writing and beautiful photography, this magazine is produced not only for those who live at the beach year-round, but also for part-time residents, seasonal visitors, and ''armchair travelers'' who just want to keep in touch. 302-227-9499, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cape Gazette
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