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April 14th, 2015

Destination? Sawgrass North, Schell Brothers Community, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


I never miss an opportunity to see real estate.  I guess that went with the territory for many years…my late husband, John, was a Broker and owner of his own real estate company in Bethany Beach.  So, when my neighbor, Chris, asked me to go check Sawgrass North I jumped in her car ready to go.  Sawgrass North is located at 35546 Betsy Ross Blvd., on Old Landing Rd. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


Sawgrass North is a Schell Brothers community.  It is private, gated, and just by Rehoboth Bay.    It has a clubhouse, pool, fitness, tennis and basketball courts.  And….lawn maintenance is included.

Meet Adam Pettengell….He is the Community Sales Manager at Sawgrass North.  Cel. 302-228-2719.  Website? Email:  His personality comes through as friendly, knowledgeable about real estate and what he is selling…and most of all a good sense of humor.  Even though I could have taken his photo on site, I decided to use the portrait of Adam in the Master Bedroom.  With that kind of personality, he can sell anything.


This 3,300 sq.ft. model home was already sold,  completely decorated.  Schell Brothers has an in-house designer.

The Tour…

The house has beautiful colors.  The people that are moving to Sawgrass North are those that are completely new to the Delaware Beaches, and also those that are downsizing…so tired of the up-keep of a much larger home.  They want more time to play and less time to spend working on the home.

If you do want to do some business from home, this area is perfect!!


The Kitchen is very open and conducive to entertainment.



The Living Room is spacious.  Two views; from the first floor and from the loft area on the second floor.



Master Bedroom, First Floor.



If you would like to dine indoors…love the table and the finished look.  Otherwise, outdoors on a beautiful day is the way to go.  Outdoor entertainment!!


Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  They are beautifully decorated, reminding us that we are at the beach and fresh colors set the moods.






Bathrooms are comfortable and laundry room has everything needed.


Stop by and say hello to Adam….he really is so nice!!


August 31st, 2014

Tonight’s Post, John Merryman, III, Ernest C. Raskauskas, ECR, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Our Beginnings at the Delaware Beaches

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.   helen keller


My post starts tonight with those words because as many of you know, my husband, John Merryman, III passed away August 31, 2013.  I remember saying…1 month…2 months, then, 6 months….and now it has been 12 months.

It is very hard for me to talk about John in the past when he is so much in our present.  John would be happy of the things that we, as a family, have accomplished.  I will leave it at that, since it is more private.


I have so many photos of John.  He did not like his picture taken, but now that over the years I have done so, I am so happy.  Some of them are pretty funny, and he would just shake his head if I put them here.

He, actually, did not want us to dwell on his passing.  We miss him, so we do.

A few weeks ago, I came full circle.  Mr. Ernest C. Raskauskas was in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Mr. Raskauskas hired John as a realtor back in 1977.  John came to interview at the beach and the rest is history.  John learned so much from this man….contract writing and real estate in general. Mr. Raskauskas was a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C.  He is a philantropist, who has given his time, funds, and full heart to those causes that are dearest to him.

Back in the day his real estate company was called East Coast Resorts.  They developed Bethany West, Bayberry Woods, and The Villas of Bethany West, among others developments.  Many of the real estate companies started in Bethany at the time, were started by realtors that had worked for Mr. Raskauskas, including Tidewater Realty, which my husband started in 1988.


I saw Mr. Raskauskas on his visit to the beach and I asked him how he was and he answered “I am still here”.  He is witty, so intelligent and the patriarch of a family of 9 children.  Mrs. Raskauskas was the ultimate matriarch, as well.

John and I became part of their family.  They treated us like their children.

I wanted to get together with him.  His daughter, Annie, was John’s best friend, along with Jay.  So I asked her if I could come to see him at her house.  I brought food, and we celebrated John’s life.  Our life, in Bethany started with him.  It was so nice to visit and have dinner with him and remember “the good old days”.


Thanks to Mr. Raskauskas who picked the reading for the evening.  Psalm 23 (King James Version)….The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….

Just a few of us there….our friend, Carol, as well.  She had known John for so many years too.

Carol, Annie, Mr. R.

Carol, Annie, Mr. R.

Today, John, Michael, and I celebrated John’s life with our own ceremony….and then just like John would have wanted us to do we went to eat at the diner in downtown Bethany.

John’s prize possesion was his family….he loved Michael and John.  He showed them how to ski, hunt, fish, play golf, baseball, and throw the lax ball.  The three of them had a ball when skiing.


Now it is just the two of them….with me at their sides.


Putting one foot in front of the other, taking it easy and handling things just like John would have wanted us to do have made the path easier.  So, until next time…..I can hear John saying…enough is enough, pleeeeease!!  Talk to you later.


May 24th, 2014

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, It Looks Like Summer, It Smells Like Summer, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


Prior to the early 50’s, it took some time to get to Bethany Beach.  There was no railroad connection.  Until 1920, visitors to this coastal town would have to take a steamer…the Atlantic, across Rehoboth Bay to Ocean View and then travel by horsedrawn carriage to Bethany.


On Friday, I could not find parking in Bethany.  That’s the norm during the summer months.  All the construction work on the streets was finished…amazing job.


Bethany is considered to be a quiet resort, and during the winter months, it actually is…but Summer 2014 is here….some came in bikes too!!

One the Bethany Beach’s trolleys was waiting.  At only $.25 per ride, it is the best deal in town.  For the schedule and more info., please visit


All is in place for a great season ahead:

The beach looked so inviting…..I heard this little boy said:  “I am so ready, I am going in the ocean.”  Maybe the water is not warm enough yet…soon, though.



Already visitors were occupying the Boardwalk’s benches….great place to people watch.


The center of Downtown Bethany Beach is the Bandstand.  Entertainment schedule can be found on the above mentioned website.


Then, I stopped for a moment… was the smells, French fries, and salt air.  Love living at the beach!


May 22nd, 2014

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Events, Bethany Beach Breast Cancer, 5K Fun Run & 3K Walk, Vance Kane Memorial Fund, Little Pink Houses of Hope, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

A sense of community, small town atmosphere, a family destination….the ocean, tax free shopping, and plenty of dining…..that’s Bethany Beach, Delaware.


A big shout to Ann (Annie) Raskauskas, who never stops.  She is the founder of the Annual 5K Fun Run & 3K Walk.  This event happens the second week-end in May every year.  Once again plenty of runners and walkers came to Bethany Beach to help with a good cause.


Annie welcomed everyone…the teams, which were so funny, trying to out do each other.  The theme for 2014 was “Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer”.





Carol got everyone to stretch before the run on the Boardwalk, and presented this young winner with her prize.



This is a feel good event.  So many supporters; everyone knows someone with breast cancer.  This year’s beneficiaries were:  Vance Kane Memorial Fund, supporting Beebe’s Breast Health Center, 302-644-2900.  And, Little Pink Houses of Hope, providing week long beach retreats for breast cancer families.  This year’s retreat is coming up the first week in June.  Their website is



My late husband, John, was a big supporter of the Bethany Beach Breast Cancer.  A banner thanking us, his family, was much appreciated.


Even though this event is already over, the work begins immediately for 2015.  If you are interested in donating or knowing more about Bethany Beach Breast Cancer, please visit

So, pencil it on your calendar….Second week-end in May.  Already the theme for next year is settled.  Talk to you later.


May 4th, 2014

Destination? Annual 5K Fun Run, 3K Walk, Annual Bethany Beach Event, Saturday, May 10th, Rain or Shine!, Bethany Beach Bandstand, Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer!, Bethany Beach, The Quiet Resort, Southern Delaware


It does not matter if it rains or shine, this annual event will go on as scheduled for Saturday, May 10th.

Please note that pre-registration is available online until May 8th and costs $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.  FREE t-shirts are guaranteed for those that pre-register.  You can also register on the day of the event when sign-up and check-in begins at 7:00 a.m.

Location?  The Bethany Beach Bandstand, which is the life of this Quiet Resort.


To register online, please visit  Questions?  Please contact Ann at 302-537-9700.

This year’s event theme:  Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer.  It is all about the cause, so just come and participate…4-legged friends can be included, as well.  Remember that they have to be on a leash.

Looking forward for one of the best years ever for this Fun Run/Walk….Bethany Beach is the perfect spot for fund-raising.  The town is somewhat quiet now, but on Saturday, May 10th, Bethany will be running, walking and celebrating.


Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer, 5K Fun Run/3K Walk will benefit this year, Beebe Healthcare Beebe Medical Foundation, Vance Kane Memorial Fund, and Little Pink Houses of Hope.

Prizes will be awarded for most spirited outfits.  Dress in your best baseball gear…team, individual, strollers, wheelchairs, dogs!!!

Almost everyone of us has been touched in some way by breast cancer…..a Mother, a Friend, a Sister…


On Friday, May 9th Packet Pick Up at Bethany Area Realty located at 778 Garfield Parkway (Rt. 26) in Bethany Beach.

Saturday, May 10th:

Same Day registration from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Stretching at 8:45 a.m.

Announcements at 8:50 a.m.

Race Starts at 9:00 a.m.

At the completion of the race/walk a post event celebration will take place where Baseball/Ballpark style snacks will be provided along with great tunes by DJ Seaside Jimmy.

Have a great time!!


April 6th, 2014

Delray Beach, For Sale, 2BD Condo, Waterfront, Boating Community, Tennis, Swimming, 24 Hour Guard Service, Florida Living! South Florida, Palm Beach County

I have been to my friend’s townhouse so many times.  And, she is selling it through Ann Alexander & Associates. Tel. 561-573-7168.  Website?

When my friends, Cindi, and Madelon and I stopped last week to say hello and have a bite to eat, I decided that even though she has a realtor, word of mouth through social media has proven that it does get the message through.  We are all so connected in many ways….at times too many.  Nevertheless, if you are looking in South Florida, you might want to check this property out.

Anita’s condo is at 210 Captains #716.  The community provides, boating, tennis, swimming pools, yacht club, exercise facility and 24 hr. guard service.  The selling price does not include all these facilities, though.  The listing price is $376,000.  The condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and one half bath on the first floor.  It is 1,749 square feet.  There are also stairs to have in mind.

Captain’s Walk is very well maintained.  We arrived and parked in the guests parking spaces.


Her entry is quaint and we were so glad to see plants thriving in the Florida sunshine.  After the winter we have had up north seeing color was so welcoming.


Her condo is bright and with plenty of cross ventilation.  To the right the half bath, followed by the kitchen.


The bright kitchen has a pass through to the spacious dining/living area.



Other angles from the living/dining area.



The sliding doors lead to a 14 x 8 screened porch, providing ample views of the C-15 Canal.


Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.



Second Bedroom


It is an easy condo to maneuver.  Going back downstairs to the main living area.


Please note that there are 2 HOA’s that are paid…Captains Walk and Pelican Harbor.  One for $270 and one for $276.00.

If you are interested, please call Ann Alexander & Associates to the tel. number above given and make an appt. to tour Anita’s Place.

Have a great day!

October 5th, 2013

Real Estate, Delray Beach, Florida, Coralina Village, Walk to Beach, Bike and Walk to Downtown Delray Beach, 1024 Coralina is For Sale, The Village by The Sea, Palm Beach County, South Florida, It’s a Lifestyle!!


Delray Beach, Florida, is also known as The Village by The Sea.  This town is a destination for many.  Some go on vacation, others make it their home during the cold northeast winters.  It is so easy to get to; 2 airports are within 30 minutes from Delray.  Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach International.

When you arrive in Delray Beach, you will see the big Pineapple at the entrance of town….it welcomes Visitors to this Village by the Sea.


What I love the most about Delray is the beach.  It is so unobstructed and the water is so clear.  You park yourselves on that beach and just relax…


Coralina Village is a complex of a dozen townhouses.  It is located a few blocks south from the famous Atlantic Avenue, where all the restaurants, shops, art galleries, and bars are located.  You can look and look, but I can tell you that you will not find another complex in Delray with this type of location.  Mediterranean style, by the beach, and it does have its own private pool.  The southern exposure makes this unit light and airy, with no buildings obstructing its backyard.


For Sale:  1024 Coralina, Delray Beach, Florida, 33483.  This property is listed with Kelley Lake Johnson of Tauriello & Co., located in the heart of Delray Beach.  Her tel. is 561-703-3839.  To see the photos and virtual tour, please visit  It is a turn-key unit.  All furniture is included….even the spices.  All you need is your toothbrush and a few personal items.


Living, dining, kitchen, den and 1/2 bath are all on the first floor.






1024 Coralina is unique, because even though all townhouses have 2 car garages, this one only has 1 1/2 garages, due to the fact that the owners made an office out of half of the garage for additional space inside.


Upstairs the laundry room, master bedroom (and bathroom) with tongue and groove ceiling, and 2 guests bedrooms sharing a bathroom.




Each bedroom has its own balcony, as well.

A patio and yard in the back is the perfect spot early in the morning, early in the evening or eating al fresco.  And, during March, the gardenia bush is gorgeous.


Since the beach is only a block away, it is the ideal setting for an early walk or jog.  You can exercise and walk all morning long, right by the beach on A1A.



It has been said that the mark of a Great real estate agent isn’t how Many houses he or she shows you, it’s how Few!!  The realtor who will find the right house for you is the agent who will listen to you…what you need, and what you would want to spend.  He or she will also know what you’ve got your heart set on and what will, actually, make you crazy….so, what did you say you were looking for?

Talk to you later…

June 24th, 2013

Bethany Beach, Delaware, Out & About in The Quiet Resort, Top 10 Best Beaches for Families, Coastal Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Summer of 2013


Bethany Beach, Delaware, was founded by members of the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Chirst, of Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.  “Bethany still reflects the character of the early settlers who were looking for a haven of rest for quiet people.”


Bethany is quiet during the winter months and residents love it that way.  It is a time to recharge and enjoy this beautiful coastal town in Southern Delaware.  For many years I was one of those residents.  My children’s playground was Bethany Beach.  Family Vacation Critic has named Bethany Beach as one of the 10 Best Beaches for Families for 2013.


When you arrive in Bethany, “Chief Little Owl” will be welcoming you to the town.  The original statue was created by Peter Wolf Toth, who in his own way wanted to give thanks to the U.S.  I remember him working on his statue, carving away, for months in the early 1970s.  He created more than 50 wooden sculptures of famous Indans and donated at least one to every state.  “Chief Little Owl” pays honor to the Nanticoke nation.  The first statue stood in that spot until 1992, but was destroyed by high winds.  The newest version was created also by Peter Toth, from a red cedar log from the Pacific Northwest which should last from 50 to 150 years.


Bethany Beach has a Sister City….Periers, France.  Periers is located in the northwest of France just a few miles from the Normandy beaches, on which the allied armies came to the rescue of France on June 6, 1944.  The citizens of Periers, who were liberated from German oppression on July 27, 1944 have welcomed American solders and their family members who have visited the town for these many years.  On the sign you can see the seal of each town shown linked together by “twinned in friendship”.  The sign is located on Garfield Parkway.

You have to give credit where credit is due….Thanks to Melinda who has beautified the Town of Bethany Beach.  Digging, planting, weeding, maintaining, it is a full time job.  The town looks awesome!



Right by the Totem Pole, at the intersection of Garfield Parkway & Rt. 1, you will find the office for the Town Hall.  The Bethany Beach History Museum is located in the foyer of the Town Hall.  The exhibits contain memorabilia and photographs from the Bethany Beach area.  Admission to the Museum is free of charge.  It opens weekdays throughout the year from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  During Sundays, in the months of July and August, it will open from Noon until 3 p.m.



The Town Park is adjacent to the Town Hall.  It gets hot at the beach, so this park is the perfect place to take a break; where you can sit, relax, and even work on your computer.  It is wireless and it is smoke free.




If you are a resident of Bethany or you are vacationing, please note that on Sundays, from 8 a.m. until Noon the Farmers’ Market will be right by the parking lot of the PNC Bank on Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Ave.  You cannot miss it, because Garfield Parkway is Main Street.


Bethany Beach is a very walkable town because is not very big.  You can go from the beach, to shop, eat, relax at the Town Park, or take the kids to the playground, or play basketball, all within a couple of blocks.


The perfect way to go out and about in Bethany is with your bike. You will find plenty of spaces to park it.


But, the Trolley will take you all through town and beyond.  It runs from Memorial Day through mid September, continuously, between 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Please note that the last pick  up on Atantic and Garfield is at 9:45 p.m.  On the half hour starting at 9:30 a.m.  Please note that during a lunch break or dinner break there may be little or no service daily from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  You can flag the Trolley down anywhere along the route for pick up or discharge, except on Rt. 26 and Rt. 1.  No pick-up or drop-ff on Jefferson Bridge or Rt. 26.  With a trolley far of only $.25 each way, you know you cannot beat that.  Also, the driver does not make change, so have your quarter ready. For more info, please call 302-539-8011 or check the schedule by visiting


It was great to see Bethany so crowded, because after a quiet winter it was as if it was screaming….Look at Me Now!!  Garfield Parkway was full of visitors, and so was the Boardwalk….the beaches?  Everywhere you looked the umbrellas were up.





All streets in Downtown Bethany Beach lead to the beach….make sure you read all the beach regulations.


The weather for this first official week of the Summer of 2013 continues to be fantastic.  It almost makes you forget all the rain we have had lately.  Enjoy the beach, kick back and relax….that’s what you are here for!!


Note:  Some of the info. for this post was taken from

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