May 052015

The Delaware Wave Newspaper recently featured The Penguin Diner, located in downtown Bethany Beach just one block from the ocean, with their recently renovated décor and menu.

After weeks of renovation, the Penguin Diner debuted its brand new look and reopened its doors to the public Friday, April 24.

Updates to the restaurant include a new “icy blue” color scheme, updated bar, walls and flooring, specially-made lighting fixtures and new artwork adorning the walls.

“We’re so excited … our new look, our new décor — everybody’s worked so hard for this day and we’re really excited about this summer,” said owner Katie McLeod at Thursday’s ribbon cutting.

Read the entire story and view additional photos here.


Apr 072015

This original story appeared on The Cape Gazette. To view photos click here.

Bethany Beach — A female gray seal pup sighted at Bethany Beach over the weekend got a lucky break when volunteers with the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute noticed she was underweight and suffering from a mouth injury.

The seal pup, dubbed Lily, was sighted on the beach the morning of April 4. Volunteers set up a watch throughout the day to monitor the little pup and educate the public. She stayed right along the water’s edge, but close-up photographs and binoculars revealed that she had an open wound on her mouth, and possibly other wounds as well.

MERR consulted with experts at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey, who believed Lily had signs of a broken jaw.

Fixing Lily meant catching her first. She scooted back into the ocean after the rescue team’s first try, so volunteers retreated to the dune and out of Lily’s sight. The pup eventually returned to the beach and began to crawl into a rescue crate. It took a bit of coaxing to get her all the way in, but MERR spokesman Rob Rector said it was the most accommodating seal MERR has had the chance to rescue.

Local veterinarians were recruited for the first night of Lily’s initial treatment and stabilization. The next day, she was transported to the Marine Animal Rescue Program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. There, Lily will receive long-term care while she undergoes further diagnosis and treatment, Rector said.

Lily’s injuries may include a broken jaw, Rector said.

“She has a long road ahead of her, and her prognosis is not yet known, but we will hope for a happy outcome for this beautiful little seal pup,” Rector said. “Special thanks to the community at Ocean Village for their support, and to the MERR volunteers who put in very long hours to help get Lily to safety. And again, to the Doctors Geibel for their willingness to help this seal in need.”

Jul 032014

4th of July Fireworks Changes

Hurricane Arthur is shaking up Independence Day plans in Coastal Delaware and Maryland.

4th_starfishWe’re going to post the fireworks and event changes here as we find out more information.

Bethany Beach:

Tomorrow’s 4th of July parade is cancelled. Fireworks moved to Saturday, July 5.

Ocean City, MD:

Fireworks moved to Saturday, July 5, with an estimated start time of 9:30. U.S. Army Drum Downrange and Braylee Morrison will NOT perform.

Ocean Pines, MD:

Fireworks moved to Sunday, July 6, with an estimated start time of 9 p.m. Freedom 5k moved to Saturday, with registration at 7 a.m. and race at 8 a.m. The Independence Day Celebration at the Sport Core Field is also moved to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.