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March 21st, 2010

Fin Whale…Stranded…Delaware Beaches…Fenwick Island…


I have never seen a dead stranded whale.  I decided to take a ride to Fenwick Island and see if I could find it.  Driving from Rehoboth, the direction is south and a little bit before entering the town of Fenwick I saw cars parked on the side of the road by the beach.  That was the site.

It was so sad to see such a majestic animal beached on such a beautiful day.


I still had to walk on the beach and I could see some people standing by the edge of the water.  A representative from the MERR Institute was there and was giving information.  The MERR Institute, Inc., located in Nassau, Delaware is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles.


MERR stands for The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. It is authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the State of Delaware to be the official stranding respondents for the Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles of Delaware.


MERR responds to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles wether they are alive or dead.  They conduct research on marine species, education and outreach programs for schools and groups.  They participate in the Northeast Regional Stranding Network.

Please visit their website,  You may also e-mail them to  Their telephone number is 302-228-5029.  This also the number for the Stranding Hotline.  If you ever encounter such a situation, please do not disturb or attempt to return a stranded animal to the water.  This telephone number is the number to call at any time.

As a group of us were standing just staring at the whale, the MERR representative told us that this was a Fin Whale.  It is the second largest whale known to man.  This particular one was 62 feet.  Already samples were taken for analysis.  This whale was also middle age.


This whale will be transported to, I believe, an area of the State Park, and a necropsy will be performed.  Apparently, the odor will be intense, to say the least.  Then after everything is finished it will probably be buried.  Every state has its own procedures in dealing with something like this.

Autopsy vs. necropsy?  An autopsy is performed on humans and a necropsy is for any other specie.  This info. is courtesy of my niece, Joanne, who is at vet school in North Carolina.

I wanted to find more info. on the Fin Whale and it was interesting to find out that besides being the second largest whale, it is also the second largest living animal after the blue whale.  It can grow to be 88 feet long.

The Fin Whale is long and slender.  The fin whale’s body is brownish-grey with a paler underside.

The whale has a series of 56-100 pleats or grooves along the bottom of the body that run from the tip of the chin to the navel that allow the throat area to expand greatly during feeding.  It is a filter-feeder, feeding on small schooling fish, squid, and crustaceans.


Fin whales have been known to leap completely out of the water.  It is also one of the fastest whales with speed of 23 miles per hour.

The Fin Whale was heavily hunted during the 20th century and is an endangered species, with only about 3,000 remaining in the Southern Hemisphere.

I asked the MERR volunteer what she thought it could have happened to this whale and she said that until its necropsy is finished they will not know.  But she did mention that apparently a report was called in that a ship in the Channel had hit a whale and the whale went under.  It is not sure if it is this whale, but they will look for signs of trauma and a broken jaw.

I said how sad and she said not to be; a lot will be learned from studying this beautiful whale.

 Note:  Information on Fin Whales was taken from



See you…have a great evening….

March 20th, 2010

Something Comfortable…New Location…New Season…New Possibilities…Delaware Beaches…Ocean City, MD…Tour the Shop…Again, this post is for women only…



Maybe you are one of the readers that have caught on to a special store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Back on 11/21/09, I wrote a post on a store called Something Comfortable.  You can check that post by clicking on the November month and scroll down to the 21st.  Now, I want to write about Something Comfortable again because this store’s new location is right on the Avenue.  The new address is 122 Rehoboth Ave., the website is and the telephone is 302-227-6180.



Something Comfortable is owned by Sue Petty.  Phyllis Papadopoulos works at the shop and both women are Comfort Specialists, as well as professionals in bra fittings.  Phyllis will always be wearing her signature look; the measuring tape.   We all need to be fitted from time to time especially as our bodies change.  These is the perfect place; no intimidation and they will be honest.  The right fit will make your whole outfit look better. Call them up to make an appointment. 

Christine is a new addition to the shop.  She will be there to help you with your selections.



You know, this really has been a truly beautiful week-end.  Spring is in the air and, officially, is that time of the year.  It is also that time of the year for spring cleaning; not only of items in your home but also items like toiletries, make-up, old clothes, coats and yes…those bloomers and granny underwear.  Updating your intimate apparel is a personal boost.



When I was young I never went into lingerie stores but it seems that at this point in time young women are very into the Pj’s, loungewear and intimate apparel craze.  New fabrics and colors are so updated. You find sizes for everyone wether you are slim or full figure.


Something Comfortable looks great.  This location is so much bigger.  The colors chosen for the walls and the dressing rooms are very appealing.  They now have 3  dressing rooms with plenty of mirrors. 


You will find a wide assortment of bras, panties, camisoles, corsets, chemise, robes and shapewear.  Let’s talk shapewear, shall we?  The brand Spanx by Sara Blakely, which is one of the many name brands available, is a gift from heaven for every woman that wants slimming intimates, comfortable shaping hosiery and tights and body shapers. 



All in all, Something Comfortable carries about 52 brands; Betsey Johnson, Hot Flash PJ’s, Useful Chick Stuff, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph Lauren to name a few.


Hanky Panky, another popular brand they carry, has comfortable thongs; stretch lace, lace and cotton and low rise.  They are so comfortable, you will barely notice you are wearing anything.



When I was at the store I started looking at the white intimate apparel.  They were so crisp and I was thinking about my friends, whose daughters are now getting married.  Something comfortable has a whole section devoted to this special occasion.





They are still carrying  the bra bags.  As I described in my first post, these bags are perfect for traveling.  As you well know a lot of the contour bras are very expensive so these bags will keep their shape.  You can fit 6 in one bag depending on the size.  They come in original or buxom. 

The store has so many things to give girlfriends, mothers, bridal party or that significant other.  For example, they carry Wine Tee’s and they are t-shirts that will either say, Wines Constantly, Group Therapy, Wine a bit..You’ll Feel Better.  They look great with jeans and they come in extra small to 2X.


I just got the cutest slippers for my birthday from a friend.  She knows how much I have enjoyed this store.  She does too, as well.


Please visit their website above mentioned.  In it you can see all their brands and sign up to receive information on specials, etc. etc. 


Even though this store is really for women, men don’t have to feel isolated.  They carry some items for them, as well.  You can also see them on the website.

At the moment, the hours of operation are: Monday’s through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 until 5 p.m.

There is also free shipping with U.S. orders of over $50.00.

Something Comfortable would like you to help them celebrate their first year.  There is a $10 gift certificate towards your first website order of $50 or more.

Women of all ages like to feel good and there is nothing better than the feel of new lingerie, pj’s or loungewear.  Something Comfortable has gift certificates available for purchase.  So, all of you guys that might read this blog, this is a great tip for you, free of charge.



You can tell it is getting warmer at the beaches; hard to find a parking space….Talk to you later…

March 18th, 2010

Indian River Inlet…The Scenery…The Beach…The Bridge…Delaware Beaches…



Rt. 1 or Coastal Highway is the road that takes you back and forth from the Delaware Beaches to Ocean City, Maryland or vice versa.  It is a beautiful drive and on a day like today it could not have been better.


If you happen to be on this road you will eventually cross over the Indian River.  This is a river and estuary, approximately 15 miles long, in Sussex County in southern Delaware.


Indian River rises approximately 2 miles southwest of Georgetown and flows east, past Millsboro, its head of navigation.  Then, it enters Indian River Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Henlopen.  The lower 6 miles of the river form a navigable tidal estuary stretching westward from Indian River Bay, which is protected from the open ocean by 2 sand bar peninsulas. 


We are in the process of getting another bridge so construction is going on at the moment.


Today I was driving both ways and upon coming back to Rehoboth I stopped my car right on the bridge.  It was such a beautiful early afternoon, the waves were perfect; a few surfers were enjoying the beginning of spring.

I never get tired of this view.  How lucky for all of us that live here to be able to experience it so frequently.




Talk to you later…..



Note:  A reminder that if you would like to see What’s Happening at the Beaches this week-end, just scroll down on my blog to the post of March 14th.  The Culture and Cuisine event at the Rehoboth Art League has been cancelled this Saturday.

On Saturday, at P.U.P.S. of Lewes on 123 Second St., 302-645-9012 there will be the 4th Annual Pet Pagent-Winterfest that had been rescheduled.  It will start at 2 p.m.  Registration will be at Noon on the day of the event.

This is the perfect time of the year to dress up your pets and show them off to the crowds.  Prizes will be awarded for formalwear, casualwear, owner look-alike and for children only.  For more info. please call their telephone number. The website is Back on November 17, 2009, I wrote a post of P.U.P.S. of Lewes so all you have to do, if you want to see it since I have great pictures of the store, is click on November under Archives and scroll down to the date.


Another Note:  Information on Indian River (Delaware) was taken from

March 17th, 2010

Betty’s…Restaurant…Review…Delaware Beaches…Lewes…Flavor and Atmosphere without Paying through the Nose…



At this time of the year 3 of us, who have been friends for a long time, get together to celebrate our birthdays.  Usually, it is either breakfast or lunch but this week we chose dinner.  We are getting to the point where our birthdays fall into different brackets on the birthday scales.  You know what I mean; many years ago it used to be the 20 to 35 bracket; then it was the 35 to 50 bracket and now, oh my gosh!, it is the 50 to 65 bracket.  Unbelievable!! 

So, we decided to enjoy our evening at Betty’s.  This is the new sister restaurant to Fish On in Lewes, Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach, Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, Catch 54 in Fenwick Island and Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth Beach.  Betty’s will definitely be able to keep up with this bunch.

Betty’s is the latest idea in restaurant development of Sodel Concepts.  This company also has Plate Catering, which is a catering company able to serve a thousand guests or just a few.  For more information, you can visit their website

Of the restaurants owned by this company, I have been to several, but only have actually reviewed one.  On 8/25/09 I reviewed Fish On in Lewes; if you would like to see what I wrote all you have to do is click on August under Archives and scroll down to the date.  Now Betty’s is my next review.

Betty’s is at the Midway Shopping Center located on Rt. 1 or Coastal Highway.  It really is between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.  The address is 18585 Coastal Highway #23.  Tel. is 302-645-6160. You can visit the above mentioned website to see the menu, but don’t worry, I will tell you what we had.

Previously, at this location, there had been 2 other restaurants.  If I remember correctly they were very dark inside.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how well they were able to manage and bring light into Betty’s.  As you come in, you will find a very open restaurant with tables comfortably placed.

My friends were waiting for me at the bar and had already made a few friends.  The bar is conducive to friendly chatter because it is not a high bar.  It is at the height of a dining table with really nice chairs.  You can eat there, as well. 


We were lead to our booth.  Six people could fit easily.  The restaurant has booths, individual tables and also a few bar tables, as well.  Even though the restaurant is completely open, the noise level was controlled.  Popular tunes were playing in the background.

I think the decor is retro but not so much that it becomes a theme. I liked it.


In how many ways can you say something was really tasty?  As I am about to tell you what we ordered, I will also want to let you know that after my first bite, the word that came to mind was “yummy”.

We ordered for starters the Home Style Deviled Eggs, Mustard Cream, Shaved Celery, and Radish.  This is the second time I have been in a restaurant and found deviled eggs on the menu.  The first time was at The Office in Delraly Beach (my post on 1/16/10) and those had a truffled oil.  Betty’s deviled eggs were delicious and traditionally prepared.

We had the House Garden Salad.  At first I questioned myself, why order a plain garden salad, but it was crisp and fresh and the house mustard vinaigrette dressing was light and refreshing.

The entrees were all, again, “yummy”.  We tasted each other dishes.  We all ordered something different; perfect for my reviews.

I ordered the Braised Beef Short Rib Stroganoff, with a wild mushroom  rosemary cream, veal demi glace, and egg noodles. The beef melted in your mouth and the combination of the cream and egg noodles and peas was comfort food at its best.


Another dish ordered was the Grilled Salmon, with a mustard BBQ, pickled root veggies and a creamy corn pudding.  It was beautifully presented.  The sauce was even had a hint of citrus.  It was great.  A discussion about polenta followed the tasting of the dish.


The next dish ordered was an Opened Faced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich, on white bread, mashed potatoes, and mushroom veal gravy. It had a large pile of roast beef that smelled and tasted very good.  What a combination!


Our sweet ending was a cherry crumbled pie.  We all shared and thank God, otherwise and extra walk around the block would definitely be a must.


Other desserts were Nora’s Pretzel Salad, Banana Cream Pie and of course, how could you be at Betty’s and not have Apple Brown Betty?

Our waitress was Abby and she was so friendly and easy to talk to.  I asked her if people were wondering who Betty actually is.  Some have asked, but not many.  I guess Betty could be anyone; a grandmother, an aunt, Betty Poop, Betty & Veronica and Betty Crocker. 



Betty’s is simple with uncomplicated dishes and great prices.


Note:  I was not sure if my husband could eat at Betty’s because of his gluten allergy but they said that entrees could be adjusted to his needs.  Also, Betty’s will start having daily specials next week.


It is beautiful today in the Delmarva Peninsula.  Talk to you later….I have to go and get my brisket….

March 15th, 2010

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!!…Recipes…Irish Pubs…Corned Beef…Colcannon…Delaware Beaches…Ocean City, Maryland…



I don’t pretend to be Irish.  I don’t remotely look Irish but St. Patty’s Day is one of those days when I do like to eat like the Irish.

I have a few recipes for that special day given to me by Louise, my mother in law.  No, she is not Irish either. 

Before I give you those recipes; and I am giving them out way in advance so that you have time to go to your favorite market and get all the ingredients, I want to tell you what I found out.

“The earliest Irish immigrants to Delaware were the Scots-Irish, who arrived in the 17th century as indentured servants.  The Reverend Francis Makemie, who was born in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland in 1658, arrived in Philadelphia in 1683 to minister to them.  He then joined with six other ministers and began to form the first United States Presbytery to minister to them.  By 1706 the New Castle Presbytery was officially established in Delaware, though its earliest Church had already been built in 1654.”  This information was taken from the Irish Culture Club of Delaware, whose mission is “Promoting the spread of Irish Culture and Traditions among ourselves and friends of the Irish.”  Please visit their website for much more information.


Irish Spiced Corned Beef


4 to 5 lb. corned beef

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

2 tblsps. molasses

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. peppercorns

1 tsp. celery seed

6 cloves

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

1/4 tsp. mustard seed

1/2 tsp. allspice

Put beef in a shallow pan.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over beef.  Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once.

Place beef and marinade in deep pan; add enough water to cover beef.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until tender.

Note:  Approximately 2 servings per pound.

Serve with Colcannon.


Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish.  It is made from mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, butter, salt and pepper.  It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions, chives, garlic, boiled ham or Irish bacon.  The song Colcannon, also called The Skillet Pot, is a traditional Irish song that has been recorded by many artists.




Butter for greasing heatproof platter or shallow casserole

1/2 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced and cut in 1″ pieces

5 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks

5 tbsps. butter cut in pieces

1 bunch green onions sliced with some green

salt and white pepper to taste

1 cup grated Irish cheddar or Havarti cheese

Boiled baby carrots – optional

Grease an ovenproof platter or shallow casserole with buter or margarine.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook cabbage in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 2 minutes.  Scoop out cabbage and reserve cooking liquid.  Drain in colander.

Cook potatoes in the same pot in the cabbage water until tender.  Drain and mash in a ricer or electric mixer (not a food processor), adding the pieces of butter. 

Stir in drained cabbage and green onions. Season to taste with salt and white pepper, if you want to.

Spread mixture on prepared platter or casserole.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake until dish is heated and cheese bubbles, about 25 minutes.

If desired, surround mixture with boiled and drained baby carrots.

Makes 8 servings.


Baked Corned Beef Brisket


1 corned beef brisket

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 tbsps. prepared mustard

whole cloves

ginger ale – about 1/2 cup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Remove meat from package and place on a rack in a pan, fat side up.  Cover with aluminum foil, sealing foil to edges of pan.  Bake for 2 1/2 hours.

Mix brown sugar and mustard well. 

After brisket has cooked for 2 1/2 hours, uncover it, score the fat into diamond shapes and place a clove in the center of each diamond.

Cover top and sides of meat with the brown sugar mixture.

Return meat to oven and roast an additional 30 to 45 minutes, until well glazed.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes.  Slice and remember to always slice meat across the grain.

Makes 4 to 6 servings, depending on the size of the brisket. 

This dish pairs well with the Colcannon recipe, given above.


Well, maybe you don’t feel like cooking.  That’s understandable; in that case the following are a few of the Irish Pubs at the beaches.

Delaware Beaches

In Lewes — Irish Eyes, 213 Anglers Rd., –

In Lewes — The Greene Turtle, 17388 N. Village Main Blvd. #21 at the Village of Five Points –

In Milton — Irish Eyes, 105 Union St.,  – www.irisheyescom and remember that Milton is north of Rehoboth and Lewes.

In Rehoboth — Finbar’s Irish Pub, 316 Rehoboth Ave., –

In Rehoboth — Irish Eyes, 52 Rehoboth Ave., –

In Rehoboth — Stoney Lonen Irish Pub & Eatery, 208 Second St., –

In Fenwick Island — Smitty McGee’s Raw Bar & Restaurant, Rt. 54 West Fenwick –


Ocean City, Maryland

Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 4810 Coastal Highway (could not find a website)

The Greene Turtle, 11601 Coastal Highway – For other locations, please visit

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille, 4th Street & the Boardwalk (at the Shoreham Hotel) –


“There once was a man from O.C., Who knew how to eat and drink free.  He came to the pub, got a pint and some grub, and then borrowed the money from me.” by Seamus O’Twain (taken from Shenanigan’s website)


Note:  Information on Colcannon was taken from


Have a Good One!!  Talk to you later…

March 14th, 2010

What’s Happening?…Events…Films…Activities…Delaware Beaches…Ocean City, MD…Delray Beach, Florida…The beaches are busy…


Spring forward with lots of events and activities.  Living at the beach means you can be as busy or as lazy as you would want to be.  Following is what is coming to these areas this week:



Thursday, March 18th  through Sunday, March 21st – Fiddler on the Roof, the beloved family musical will be at the Cape Henlopen High School presented by Space Theater Co. in conjunction with Cape’s Theatre Arts Academy Students.  Beautiful music and extraordinary dancing.  Thursday’s through Saturday’s performances will be at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday it will be at 3:00 p.m.  For more info. please visit


Milton, Delaware (north of Rehoboth and Lewes)

Friday, March 19th – Hands of Harvest Sneak Preview!! – at 7:00 p.m. at the Milton Theater, located at 110 Union Street, Milton.  This is a film event co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Milton Historical Society.  This winter series, Delmarva Roots, are held on Fridays and feature films about the rich history of the Delmarva region.

For more info. please call the Film Society office at 302-645-9095 ext. 1, and the Milston Historical Society at 302-684-1010.  The admission is $4.00, and you can reserve your ticket by calling the above tel. numbers.

Hands of Harvest is a documentary film that offers a glimpse into a renowned American Industry being kept afloat by foreign labor.  Due to the unwilligness of the younger generation of local women to pick crabs for a living, picking houses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore have relied on Mexican women on seasonal H2-B visas to process the Atlantic blue crab.  Blue crabs are a crucial economic resource, and local watermen are struggling to keep their livelihood and culture intact in the face of imminent demise.  The film will also document the lives of the Mexican women who, in an effort to provide for their families, are ….Running time 56 minutes.  There will be a question and answer after the screening.


 Rehoboth Beach

Beginning Thursday, March 18th at Doggies at the Beach located on 18806 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24) New Puppy and Doggie Classes with a new trainer.  Puppy clases are from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. and doggie classes start at 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Five consecutive weeks.  The trainer is from the Mispillion Kennel Club,  For more info. please call 302-644-8200 or visit the website

Doggies at the Beach has a Discount Vet Vaccination Day.  Put it on your calendar because it will be Saturday, April 10th from 9 a.m. until noon on a first come first served basis and dogs and cats are welcomed. 

Need grooming?  Doggies at the Beach has 2 master groomers on staff.

I use this company for my dog, Addy, for her overnight stays, so I can really recommend them.


Another date to put on your calendar is April 24th.  Now, don’t roll your eyes and … o.k. here it is.  A Pet Psychic will be in town at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites.  Her name is Diane Roadcap.  The charge is $50 for 20 minutes; she takes cash only, no credit cards.  If they have 2 dogs in the same household, it will be $20 extra.  If you are interested, please call the hotel at 302-226-0700 and ask to speak to Brenda Luckenbaugh who is the General Mgr.  The hotel is located on 36012 Airport Rd., Rehoboth Beach.

Pet Psychic, Diane Roadcap, has been talking to animals her whole life.  She is an animal communicator.  She is a native to the Washington D.C. area.  She has appeared on numerous t.v. shows and made hundreds of personal appearances.  For more information, you can visit


At the Rehoboth Art League – located on 12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-8408.  Website is

Girls Night Out – Wednesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 24th – Adults – Come with a friend or just come and meet a new friend.  One session, or both.  A new creation each week to give as a gift or for yourself. 

On 3/17 – Celebrate St. Patty’s Day by creating unique picture frames using fabric, paints, baubles and beads.  $45 for member and $80 for future members. $10 for materials.

On 3/24 – Keepsake Boxes – Gild, decorate, paint and customize.  A box to suit your memories.  Again it is the same price as above.

On Saturday, 3/20 at 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday, 3/27 at 10:00 a.m.- Culture and Cuisine – Ages 15 to Adult – Discuss major topics in the arts and culture of the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico; including Puerto Rican Art in its universal context as well as its culture with Jose Weidner-Ahorrio.  Lunch will be provided and recipes will be shared.  $65 for member and $100 for future members.  I might have to attend one of these.  For more information please call the above mentioned telephone or visit the website.


Saturday, March 20th – Merchant’s Attic II Garage Sale at the Rehoboth Convention Center on Rehoboth Ave.  From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


Ocean City, Maryland

Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 21st – Home, Condo & Garden Show at the Ocean City Convention Center located on 4001 Coastal Highway in Ocean City.  Tel. 410-213-8090.  Website. Ideas on decorating, remodeling, building or accessorizing your home.  What’s new in all aspects of home and garden, all in one roof.

The event will include the Health Craft Show, a “Fine Arts Row”, door prizes, raffle drawing for Temple Bat Yam and more.  Friday is from Noon until 6 p.m., Saturday is from 10 until 6 p.m. and on Sunday is from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Admission.

On that same date at the same times and at the same location is the Arts & Crafts Fair.  Artists showcasing their most creative and unique crafts, gifts and decor for your home or condo.  Admission includes the Home, Codo & Garden Show.


Delray Beach, Florida

Monday, March 15th – at 7:00 p.m. at Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, Randy Wayne White will signing his new novel, Deep Shadow, the 17th in his Doc Ford series.  A onetime veteran fishing guide, he lives in an old house built on an Indian mound and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille on Sanibel Island, Florida.  Deep Shadow-When his 2 friends are trapped under a remote Florida lake, Doc Ford finds 2 murderers waiting for him on the shore, intent on finding….. The Mystery Book Store is located on 273 NE 2nd Ave, (Pineapple Grove District) in Delray.  Tel. 561-279-7790 and the website is

Wednesday, March 17th – At 5:30 p.m. at Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store located on 273 NE 2nd Ave., in the Pineapple Grove District.  Tel. 561-279-7790.  Website – 100 Best Mysteries of the Century Book Club will discuss Lush Life by Richard Price.

Now, only a Village by the Sea can put this event together:

On Thursday, 3/18th with a rain date of Friday, 3/19th – It is Savor the Avenue – Award Winning Grand Table Event.  Atlantic Avenue is transformed into the longest dining table in Florida.  18 participating restaurants offering prixe fix menus and wine pairings by Santa Rita Wines.  For more info. please call 561-279-1380 ext. 3 or visit, or

This is how it works.  By going into the websites above mentioned you will be able to see which restaurants will be participating and their menus.  You will then call the particular restaurant that caught your attention and make a reservation.  There is limited seating and even though it was said that you needed to reserve by Friday, March 12th, you can still try. 

The location is Atlantic Ave. from Swinton Ave. to East 5th Ave.  Charity: The Office Depot Foundation which strives to make a positive impact on children, families and communities.  The restaurants will be donating $5 for every reservation made for the event.

How to Check in:  You must first check-in with the host/hostess of the restaurant you made your reservation with to receive your entry bracelet.  This will allow you to attend the cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. and to receive a ticket for one complimentary cocktail.   Your entry bracelet will be checked prior to seating at the Grand Table at the assigned area for the restaurant that you chose to dine with at 6:30 “sharp” for the Grand Toast.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. – It will be the grand debut of Downtown Delray’s Worthington Place.  Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., then at 6:30 p.m. is the Grand Toast at the Grand Tables, sponsored by Palm Bay International and Marquis de la Tour. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dining, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Art Auction in Worthing Park and 9:00 – Midnight is After party sponsored by Il Bacio Lounge and Russian Standard Vodka.

Saturday, 3/20 – Green Market at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. – In the street on SE 4th Ave., just South of Atlantic Ave. – Local produce, baked goods, food and music.

Saturday, 3/20 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, 3/21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. is the 5th Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament at the beach adjacent to Anchor Park in Delray Beach.


Have a great week!!  Talk to you later….

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March 12th, 2010

New Life Thrift Shop…LRAC…Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches…Delaware Beaches…Lewes…Rehoboth Beach…Serving the Delaware Beaches…



I was going through my house, peaking into the closets and wondering if I should start my spring cleaning.  I have perfectly good items that I am not really using and are in good condition.

I used to take them to the Salvation Army right there on Rt. 1, but that’s gone.  I have taken items, in the past, to the New Life Thrift Shop, located at 34686 Jiffy Way, Lewes, DE 19958.  Even though, it is Lewes, the Thrift Shop is right there on Rt. 1 or Coastal Highway; behind the Jiffy Lube and across Bethany Blues.  The tel. is 302-644-0171.


The very first time I dropped items off, I never got out of the car.  It was like a drive through.  I just dropped my stuff and kept on going.


Yesterday, I decided to learn a little bit about New Life Thrift Shop and I got out of the car and asked to talk to someone.  I mentioned that I had a website/blog style and wanted to write about the shop.


I met Jerry Peregoy.  Jerry has taken over for the past year the helm of the Thrift Shop.  We sat down and he was so friendly and easy to talk to.  A lot of times I try not to write too much; I am so interested in looking at the person in the eyes.  Jerry is enjoying what he is doing; a happy man, with a nice smile and sparkling eyes.


The New Life Thrift Shop started 15 years ago.  Dutch Kelley started it in the Epworth Church building on Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach.  I know Epworth well because my youngest son attended its pre-school many years ago.  From Epworth they went to a place in Old Landing Rd. and from there they went to Rt. 1 and the present site was purchased.



New Life Thrift Shop is under the umbrella of LRAC, which stands for the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches.  There are quite a few churches; different denominations, together meeting the needs of others.  LRAC is working for the common good of the community through action and service.  They do have a website:  In it you will find its purpose, faith statement, membership information and contacts.


I still could not get over how organized this building was.  It really runs like a well oiled machine.  There is a space and a corner for everything; signs designating isles, shelves, really, you have got to see it to believe it.  This is not your average thrift shop.  The merchandise is in very good shape.  You will find sofas; all shapes and sizes, t.v.s (they are getting some flat screens now), clothing, toys, dolls, books, houseware, pictures, armoires, lamps, sinks, and believe or not they have had boats, Rvs. and they just sold a car for $850 with 35,000.  Check the pictures.





New Life Thrift Shop is tax exempt because is non-profit.  Every single person is a volunteer.  They are really the first arm of LRAC.  All the churches involved donate, but the bulk of monetary donations, after paying debts, electric, heating, etc. really comes from New Life.

This Thrift Shop does not give anything away.  There is a system to be followed.  It is open to the public just like any other store.  But, for people in desperate need, the first step for them is to contact the local proper organizations like Casa San Francisco, Habitat for Humanity, Lend a Hand, or Social Services.  These organizations will take all needed information and will send these people to New Life Thrift Shop with a set amount to spend.  New Life Thrift Shop will give them 25% off.  I saw the prices allocated to some of the merchandise and they are good.



LRAC has a Board.  They meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at rotating churches.  The meetings are open to the public.

If a person decides to put something on lay away, then a deposit is required.  They will then put the merchandise in another building (they have 3 buildings on the property), and it should be paid up and picked up within a few weeks; otherwise, it is put back for sale and the deposit is not returned.



New Life Thrift Shop can deliver and pick up items.  All you have to do is call 302-644-0171 and make arrangements.  They do this only during the week.

Gift Certificates are available for purchase and redeemable in merchandise only.

There is something to be said for their system; it works!!

I really enjoyed talking to Jerry and Dutch.  They introduced me to Florence who is the person in charge of the money.

Please note that since this organization works only with volunteers, they are always looking for help.  If you have a few hours or a day here or there, please give them a call or stop by.  There is a short form to fill out; I got one.  Maybe, I might even see you there.

Go ahead; take one

Go ahead; take one


Hours of Operation are:

Mondays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Sundays, closed


Have a great week-end.  See you and talk to you later….

March 11th, 2010

What’s Going On?…Events…Activities…Delaware Beaches…Rehoboth Beach…Ocean City, Maryland…Delray Beach, Florida…A very busy week-end…


 I think I am beginnin to notice a rise in the events and activities at the Delaware Beaches and Ocean City, Maryland.  I guess it is getting warmer and people are out and about.

Delray Beach is at the height of their season and it is crowded and warmer there.

This is what is in store for you if you are visiting any of these beaches:


Friday, 3/12 through Sunday, 3/14 – The 19th Annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Delaware, at 1:00 p.m.  Rehoboth Ave. and the Boardwalk.  I wrote a post about this event on March 7th.  All you have to do is scroll down to that date.  More information?  Please visit

Saturday, 3/13 – Second Saturday Destination Art Walk.  Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  From 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Check out the downtown art galleries.  For more info. please visit


Ocean City, Maryland

Saturday, 3/13 is the AGEHR III Spring Festival – It is an annual handbell concert featuring 350+ handbell ringers.  It is free and open to the public. Location: Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 800-626-2326.  At 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, 3/13 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 60 St. South to 45 St. on Coastal Highway.  It is Maryland’s second largest St. Patty’s Day Parade.  Parade starts at Noon.  For more information, please call 410-289-6156.

Saturday, 3/13 and Sunday, 3/14 – It is the 30th Annual Ocean City Hot Rod & Custom Car Show.  This is the premier indoor car show, showcasing some of the top cars in the Mid-Atlantic area along with special attractions and live entertainment.  It will be held at the Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway.  Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There will be an admission charge.  For more info. please go to Tel. 410-798-6304.


Delray Beach, Florida

At the Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, 273 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 33444.  This store is in the Pineapple Grove District, off of Atlantic Ave. Tel. is 561-279-7790.  Website is

Friday, 3/12 at 7:00 p.m. – Bob Morris will be signing the First Edition of Baja Florida which is the 5th book in the Zak Chasteen series.

Sunday, 3/14 at 3:00 p.m. – The Sunday Sleuths Book Group discusses The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah.

Monday, 3/15 at 7:00 p.m. – Randy Wayne White signs First Edition of Deep Shadow.

Friday, 3/12 at the Crest Theater, located at the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, at 7:00 p.m. Address is 51 N. Swinton Ave., Tel. 561-243-7922.  Website is  Broadway star and recording artist, Avery Sommers, will be performing a special concert of Broadway tunes from America’s Songbook and will share career highlights and memories of performances with Nell Carter, Burt Reynolds and othe stars. 

This concert is to benefit the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum of Delray Beach.  The Spady Museum is a non-profit organization located at 170 NW 5th Ave., in Delray.  The museum is dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing the African-American history and heritage of Florida.  For tickets please call the museum at 561-279-8883.

Saturday, 3/13 – Green Market – 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  In the street on SE 4th Ave., just South of Atlantic Ave.  This is a great market with local produce, music, food and flowers.  I wrote a post on this Market on Saturday, 2/27.  To see it, all you have to do is go under Archives on my blog on the left hand and click on February and scroll to the date. You will be able to see photos.

Saturday, 3/13 – Ride and Remember – Historic Tour of Delray Beach.  Riders will take a tour of Delray Beach with the main focus being 5 historic districts.  It is a 2 hour bus tour that is interactive and narrated by people who are passionate about preserving Delray Beach.  Riders will disembark for a closer look at 3 historical sites along the way.  Departure location: Delray Beach Parking Garage at NE 1st St and NE 1st Ave., at 10:00 a.m. $12 for member, $15 for adults, $10 for children.  Reservations: 561-279-8883.  Sponsored by the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.

Saturday, 3/13 – St. Patrick’s Day Party at Old School Square, located at 51 N. Swinton Ave. from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Pre and post parade party.  Food, drinks and live Irish music.  The parade will be from 2 until 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3/13 – Parade – Party – Beer Pong! – Beginning at 2:00 p.m. downtown Delray Beach. Join Square One as they march with friends from Tim Finnegans Irish Pub in Delray’s St. Patty’s Day Parade.

Then, meet them at Tim Finnegans for an all Irish After Party.  Square members get a free green beer with their membership card.  The mayhem will continue from 5 until 9 p.m. as Square One and Tim Finnegans co-host the 1st Annual Irish Beer Pong Tourney.  $20 per participant to play.  Winner gets a cut and remaining proceeds go to Old School Square’s Arts Scholarships Fund!!  For more details, email Rocio at or call 561-243-7922, ext. 307.

Tim Finnegans is located in the plaza at the NE corner of Linton Blvd. and Federal Highway in Delray; directly behind Sea View Optical.

Sunday, 3/14 – Black N Bleu Art & Music Festival at Old School Square Entertainment Pavilion.  Address is 51 N Swinton Ave.  This is a fundraising event for Tri-County Humane Society and Big Rivers Children’s Foundation.  It starts at 12 until 6 p.m.  Over 75 booths to display works of art and sell their creations, as well.  Admission is $7 and kids under 12 are free.  More info? Visit


Near Delray Beach, in Boyton Beach, Florida

Saturday 3/13 and Sunday 3/14 – Arts & Crafts Show and Sell Trunk Show – Location:  Art-Sea Living Gallery & Studio, 1628 S. Federal Highway, Boyton Beach, FL 33435. 12 creative vendors; jewelry to sculptures to handbags.  All handmade, one of a kind items.  On Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sunday 12 until 5 p.m.  For more info. please visit or call 561-737-2600.


As usual, when you are visiting the Beaches, just kick back and relax!!!  Talk to you later…


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