Concerns about Rehoboth’s imperiled character have long been spurred by large houses. Now there’s a related point of conflict, and this argument holds water.

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From the Holiday 2014 issue


Rosemarie and Bill Bahan fell in love with Rehoboth for its quainter aspects. After renting “forever,” they bought a cottage on Hickman Street 25 years ago, coming from Washington, D.C., on weekends and summers until they retired and moved there full time a decade ago. Bill notes that he and his wife didn’t even discuss retiring there; it just went without saying.

Rosemarie describes being friends with everybody on their block, having parties that closed part of the street. Bill adds that “this was a family community, staying in family homes. We didn’t rent them. Families all came and stayed for the summer.”

Their small three-bedroom cottage, built in 1932, is flanked by similar homes. But Rosemarie points toward two others that are to be torn down and replaced by a much larger, eight-bedroom house. Yet another large home is going up at the other end of the street. Still reeling from a big rental house constructed last year that has brought noise and parking issues to their neighborhood, the couple fear more changes ahead, and more problems. “We lost the community-type atmosphere,” Bill says.

The Funny, the Fabulous and the Confounding

By Pam George
From the Holiday 2014 issue

MattHaleyThe man behind the restaurant and philanthropic empire was a whirlwind of energy and ideas. Those who knew him best tell what made him special, and why he will be dearly missed.

The sun shone bright and unseasonably warm on Sunday, Sept. 28, when more than 2,000 people gathered at The Freeman Stage at Bayside to commemorate the life of Matt Haley, who had died the previous month following a motorcycle accident in India. From the video clips to the passionate speakers to the spirited rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil,” the event was joyful, inspiring and, of course, sad.

It had been a year of enormous highs and crushing lows for Matt, whom I met in 2001 shortly after he opened Redfin, now Bluecoast Seafood Grill, in Bethany Beach. Not that the Washington, D.C., native’s life was ever easy.

Return of the Slam Dunk basketball tournament is seen as a boost for businesses and sports lovers

By Larry Nagengast | Photograph by Marc Clery
From the Holiday 2014 issue

Slam DunkSome of the nation’s top high school basketball players will display their talents at Cape Henlopen High School during Christmas week, but supporters of the revived Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament say the event is about much more than three days of nonstop fast breaks in a packed gymnasium.

“It means a lot more feet on the street,” says Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

No one is quite sure how many feet that will be “but it can’t be anything but positive,” she says.

The Delaware Sports Commission, a state agency within the Delaware Economic Development Office, is sponsoring the tournament, which will bring in 11 highly rated teams from six states and Washington, D.C., to join five from Delaware for a long weekend of holiday hoops and hoopla.