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August 30th, 2017

John Merryman, III, Husband, Father, Friend…Always will Celebrate his Life, Temple Health, Philadelphia, PA

“I have had a good life.” john merryman, III…Those were my late husband’s, John, words a few days before he passed away on August 31, 2013.  I will keep this post short as he did not want his family to dwell on his passing.  He wanted us to move forward and so we have, one foot in front of the other.  I always say that 10% is what happens to you and the rest 90% is how you react.  It does not matter how prepared we are for a loved one’s departure eternally from our side, it is still an adjustment.

Our friends mention him a lot.  He was hard to forget.  A dry sense of humor, quiet, and a true gentleman.  My good friends are always at my side.  Tomorrow they will be there, as well.  We will have dinner and remember the good times we had with him.  He was a foodie when the word was not even in the dictionary.

He loved Michael and John above all else. John is 33 and Michael is turning 30 on 9/4.  Getting together with friends was priceless.

Our friends, Annie, Cathy, and Ron he would be so thankful for all the help they have given me.

One person that he would have enjoyed immensely would have been our granddaughter, Sophia.  She is something else.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain….”  So, life continues, as it should, one step at a time.


Note:  Close to my heart is the research currently under way at Temple Health for Pulmonary Hypertension.  If you have someone in need of help please contact Dr. Anjali Vaidya, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant 215-707-7636 or write  If you would like to contribute, please contact Katie Beddis, Senior Director of Development, Medical Education and Research Building. 215-707-9459, or write  Ask for information and mention my name, Gloria Merryman.

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!!


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

June 22nd, 2013

North Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resorts, Private Beaches, Oceanfront, Breathtaking Views, The Preserve, Gated Community, Real Estate, For Sale, Delaware Beaches, Low Property Taxes, No Sales Tax, Southern Delaware


Oceanfront, nothing beats it…the sound of the waves is so relaxing, and the breathtaking views of the  ocean…priceless!!  After visiting The Preserve in North Beathany Beach, Delaware, I truly see why these beaches in North Bethany are so desirable.

North Bethany is known for its miles of private beaches.  The Preserve was established, I believe, 15 years ago.  There are about, maybe, 5o homes in this gated community.  It has pool and tennis courts.  It also has lifeguards during the summer months.

Looking South

Looking South

Looking North

Looking North

This fabulous home is located at 39700 E. Hamptons Lane, in The Preserve in North Bethany.  It has 5/6 bedrooms, landscaping, awesome views, oceanfront, and plenty of amenities to let you kick back and relax in style!!


The back of the house….the ocean with an amazing wide beach; no crowds…all private.



The house is offered at $4,199,000 and it is listed with Tidewater Realty, located at 32892 Coastal Highway, The Starboard Center, Suite 6, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.  Broker? John Merryman, III  Tels. 302-539-7500, 302-245-5900  Website?  Please visit the website if you would like to see a virtual tour of the home featured on this post and for other interests in the real estate market in Bethany Beach, North Bethany and coastal Delaware.


Tidewater Realty, has had a presence in Bethany Beach, Delaware for many years.  John Merryman, III founded Tidewater Realty in 1988, after being in real estate in Bethany Beach for 12 years.  It is a boutique style real estate firm, catering to customers that want personal attention all the time.

Gorgeous day at the Delaware Beaches…Enjoy!!


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