TRAFFIC ALERTS & GAS PRICES: BEST GAS PRICES: $2.53 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. 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 http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/#advisories . 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 PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER PARKING PROGRAM
This summer the Rehoboth Beach Public Library will again fundraise to benefit the library. They will be “selling” parking privileges in their spaces behind the library after hours during the metered period; Memorial Day until two weeks after Labor Day. The tags are not valid when the Library is open. The Library would like to extend an opportunity for purchase to local businesses. The cost will be $500.00 per space for the metered period. Spaces are provided on a first come, first serve basis. For more information or to purchase please contact: Alison Miller, Library Director at 302-227-8044 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DELDOT REPAIR WORK ON CANAL BRIDGE
Repair work by Cianbro Corp. on the drawbridge crossing the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is scheduled to start Monday, April 8, 2019 with completion no later than August 31, 2019 for both the Rehoboth canal bridge and the canal bridge in Lewes. Bridge repair work in Rehoboth includes replacing the existing drive system that raises and lowers the drawbridge and upgrading the bridge’s mechanical and electrical systems. There are also minor structural repairs being made, and the structural steel components will be coated. During construction there will be occasional lane shifts with nighttime lane closures and detours. Detours will be done outside the peak summer season.  https://www.capegazette.com/article/work-canal-bridge-rehoboth-set-begin-soon/175312

Children’s Book About Lewes Wins Delaware Press Association Award
The Lost Locket of Lewes, written by Ilona E. Holland,Ed.D., illustrated by Judy Love wins first place in children’s book -- fiction category, Delaware Press Association Communications Contest 2019.   The Lewes Historical Society is proud to announce that its publication, The Lost Locket of Lewes, won the first place award in children’s fiction from the Delaware Press Association. In this beautifully illustrated book, readers join Virginia and Rodney as they discover a world in Lewes that spans two centuries. Through its unique blend of fiction and nonfiction, readers are introduced to life in Lewes in 1893. Kings Ice Cream was a fish market then and Biblion a men’s clothing shop. Leah Burton, the daughter of Dr. Rodney Burton, helps the twins solve the mystery of the locket. Author Ilona Holland drew inspiration for the story from an actual locket owned by the Lewes Historical Society. The keepsake containing a lock of hair and a photograph was found on Lewes Beach after the Great Blizzard of March 1888. No one knows how it ended up on the beach or who once owned it. After researching the Journals of the Lewes Historical Society and interviewing Hazel Brittingham and Mike DiPaolo, Dr. Holland created this original story for all ages. Since the book’s release in September 2018, Ilona has visited many area schools to share both the book and the creative process of writing historical fiction. Children respond with enthusiasm and keen interest as they learn about life in Lewes in 1893 and engage with the mystery and humor of the story.

The Lost Locket of Lewes is available at the Lewes History Museum Store and from their online shop, as well as at KidsKetch in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth.

Rehoboth Beach Museum Initiates Storytelling Past and Present
Rehoboth Beach, DE—Local storyteller and author Ed Okonowitz will launch a new storytelling program at the Rehoboth Beach Museum on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 2 PM. Throughout the spring, the Museum will feature both prominent storytellers as well as “open mike” type of events where the public will be invited to share stories on a specific theme.
At the first event of the series on March 21, Mr. Okonowitz will discuss “Storytelling from Brandywine to the Bay” where he will weave in tales of history, humor, romance, and mystery, all set in familiar sites between the headwater of the Brandywine and the banks of the Delaware Bay. The audience will learn about the region’s rich history through yarns, folk-tales, and historical and contemporary pieces.
To initiate the new storytelling program at the Museum, Mr. Okonowitz will also discuss the art of telling a good story, and how to build to a suspenseful,well-constructed story that will hold an audience’s attention.
In April, the Museum will begin a monthly program, “What’s Your Story?” where members of the public will be invited to come in and tell their own stories on a specific theme. Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, “Before television, radio and social media, a common form of entertainment was storytelling. Storytellers are the custodians of early history. A storyteller tells from memory rather than reading from a book. It is this tradition that we hope to recreate at the Rehoboth Museum.”
Ed Okonowitz is experienced in the art of creating stories to entertain and inform. A Delaware native, he presents storytelling programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region at conventions, libraries, private and public events, and in schools and colleges. He retired from the University of Delaware where he taught as an editor, and for many years he taught courses in folklore, storytelling, talk radio, and feature writing. This program is funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum.
Space may be limited so reservations are required. Please call (302) 227-7310 to insure your space. The program is free for members. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. The Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue. There is free parking and the museum is handicap accessible. For information on upcoming programs, visit our website www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.

Flight of the Phoenix to Raise Funds for Teenage Burn Survivors
The mythical bird, the Phoenix, was identified in many cultures including Greek, Egyptian, Judaism, and Christianity. The Phoenix was reincarnated and rose with a brilliant shine. This example can be compared with experiences that children, teens, firefighters and wounded warriors experience following their devastating, disfiguring and potentially disabling encounter with severe burns, yet rebound from their positive experiences at a special camp.

The Adaptive Sports Center located in Crested Butte, CO enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. One activity is The Roger Pepper Adventure Camp for Teenage Burn Survivors. There are survivors from the local region who have attended the facility. The camp will be the recipient of the proceeds raised at the Inaugural Flight of the Phoenix 5K run and walk on April 27th. Attendees will also learn more about fire prevention, precaution, and protection.

Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill located at 2000 Delaware 1, Dewey Beach, DE 19971, is hosting the events. The 5K run and 1 Mile Non-Competitive Walk will be Saturday April 27th. Bring the entire family. The run and walk will begin at 10:00 AM followed by a fun festival of food, beer for those age 21 and over, music, kids’ games, as well as the programs offered by the state firefighters. There’s something for everyone. www.races2run.com/beach-races-2 .

Races2Run and Highway One Companies Announce the 17th Summer Series
For the 17 th year the Highway One Companies and Races2Run are sponsoring 10 walk/runs from May 27th until September 7th at well-known establishments in Dewey Beach. Awards are given at each race including gift cards for winners. Other awards go to top 3 winners in five-year age categories from 9 to 80 and to top walkers. Visit http://www.races2run.com/dewey-beach-series for details for each of the Ten Sisters events and to register early and get a discount. If you complete all 9 events (Dewey Color Run not mandatory) there are special series-end awards.

Rehoboth Beach featured in “25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with Kids in the USA
Find the full article at: https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2019/02/07/best-family-beach-vacations-kids-usa/
Best RN Programs in Delaware - 3rd Annual Ranking
Beebe Healthcare has been named the #1 RN nursing school program out of 7 accredited nursing schools in Delaware by RegisteredNursing.org in it's 3rd Annual State RN Program Rankings. To view the rankings please visit:
> https://www.registerednursing.org/state/delaware/#rankings
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> We've used an extended five year weighted scoring methodology to show first-time test taker NCLEX-RN pass rate consistency of program graduates. The methodology can be found here:
> https://www.registerednursing.org/rn-ranking-methodology/

Good news! Two DART Beach Bus Routes - Routes 201 and 204 - now run year-round. They will operate every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park & Ride lot, along DE Route 1 corridor to Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth Park & Ride and Rehoboth Boardwalk. Route 204 operates between the Lewes Park & Ride and Downtown Lewes, including the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Free parking will now be offered at both the Lewes and Rehoboth Park & Rides. In addition, the following Sussex County services (Routes 206, 212 and 215) provide Saturday service year round.

Read more here for information about fares and how to connect with the services:  https://www.dartfirststate.com/dtc.ejs?command=PublicDTCPressReleaseDisplay&id=7309

DART BUS SCHEUDLE CHANGE MAY 20, 2018
Changes to DART Statewide Bus Services become effective Sunday, May 20, 2018. The new schedules are available online at New Schedules. Most routes have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections. Highlights of the changes include a new Sunday morning round trip on Routes 2 & 6; Route 13 downtown routing change; and Route 18 express trips added. New Intercounty Route 307 will begin weekday service between Lewes, Milford and Dover; New Route 210 will provide a circulator service in Milford making connections easier to Intercounty Route 303 to Georgetown or Dover, and to new Route 307 to Lewes or Dover at the Milford Walmart. In addition, DART’s Beach Bus routes begin daily service on Monday, May 21, from Lewes Transit Center and Rehoboth Park & Ride to downtown Lewes and Ferry Terminal, Rehoboth Boardwalk, outlets, Long Neck, Millsboro, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD.
DELAWARE DESTINATIONS IN 360 DEGREES
The three-minute video created for the Delaware Tourism Office, features Rehoboth Beach, Trap Pond and Nemours Estate in a virtual tour of the state. In order to promote tourism in new and captivating ways, the tour immerses viewers in the New Castel and Sussex County attractions. The video is available to view at the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza on I-95 from 10AM – 2PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or on the Delaware Tourism website, https://www.visitdelaware.com/  click and drag on the video to get the 360 degree effect.
NEW LOCAL BOOK BY NEW LOCAL AUTHOR
Sandie Gerken, Dagsboro resident, is proud to announce the publication of her new book, STORIED SUSSEX: A collection of historical events and stories that have shaped Sussex County, Delaware. The book is available in soft cover for a cost of $19.99. Written originally as history articles for local newspaper, High Tide News, Sandie offers these varied narratives of Sussex County because local history matters to her. Local natives and newcomers, alike, will enjoy reading and learning about events, places, traditions, industries, people, and pastimes that chronicle Sussex County’s past. Indeed, Sussex has a storied past! STORIED SUSSEX is offered through publisher, Judy Layman of Layman Enterprises (www.laymanenterprises.com, formerly High Tide News).  Visit www.StoriedSussex.com  to order by mail ($19.99 plus $8.95 shipping and handling). The book will also be available at local bookstores and various other locations in Sussex County. Storied Sussex can also be purchased directly from the author for $19.99. For information, contact Sandie Gerken at 302-732- 6835 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Best Little Beach Towns To Visit in Summer
Rehoboth Beach made the top 10!  https://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/best-beach-towns-visit-summer .
USA TODAY 10 BEST READERS’ CHOICE TRAVEL AWARDS
Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk is one of the winners of the Best Delaware Attraction category in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.  For complete information, click here.
Rehoboth Beach a Top Summer Family Destination - TripAdvisor
With summer quickly approaching, TripAdvisor recently compiled a list of “Top Summer Beach House Destinations for Families” and Rehoboth Beach tops the list!  You can find the full article here.
Rehoboth Beach Named One Of “Fifteen Waterfront Towns You Absolutely Must Visit”!
Rentals.com has named Rehoboth Beach as one of “fifteen waterfront towns you absolutely must visit”.  To view the complete article, click here

Rehoboth Beach Museum's Call for Volunteers
Members of the public who are looking for volunteer opportunities are encouraged to contact the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Volunteer opportunities include greeting visitors, working with the archives, and completing research on objects in the permanent collection. The museum offers a relaxed working atmosphere and is handicap accessible. Volunteers can work for a few hours a month or a regular weekly schedule. Those interested are encouraged to call (302) 227-7310 and ask for the museum director, Nancy Alexander.

WE’RE WINNERS AGAIN!
 
The City of Rehoboth Beach has received two new awards and recognitions – “Top 10 Family Beaches” from Family Vacation Critic and  “11 Mid-Atlantic Small Towns that Will Charm Your Socks Off” from www.WhereTraveler.com.

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.

Rehoboth Beach Ranked #2 in "Happiest Seaside Towns in America"
Coastal Living magazine ranks 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.

Delaware State Parks Tops in Nation
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.

Rehoboth Beach beach video
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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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