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Beebe Healthcare to Host Hiring Events in November

LEWES, Del. – Beebe Healthcare will be hosting multiple hiring events in November.

Candidates must bring a copy of their resume and wear a mask. Please RSVP online by visiting this webpage and selecting the date: https://tinyurl.com/2p95u932. You may also call 302-645-3336 or email employment@beebehealthcare.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Working at Beebe is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, a feeling of community, and Beebe is a wonderful place to call home. Beebe’s success is a direct result of our team members. Their care for the health and safety of their community is obvious. Attracting and retaining the best healthcare professionals is a priority. Come, join a team of heroes!

For complete job descriptions and requirements for any of the listed positions, go to https://www.beebehealthcare.org/careers.

Environmental Services Event
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 9

Beebe is conducting on-site interviews at the Sunshine Café on the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. A $1,000 sign-on bonus is being offered.

Job roles include:

  • Floor Techs
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Services

Nutritional Services Event
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 12

Beebe is conducting on-site interviews at the Sunshine Café on the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. A $1,000 sign-on bonus is being offered.

Job roles:

  • Nutritional Services Assistant
  • Patient Care Hostess

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people who live in, work in, and visit the communities we serve. Beebe Healthcare has three campuses:

  • the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center;
  • the Rehoboth Health Campus; and
  • the South Coastal Health Campus.

Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiovascular, oncology, orthopaedics, general surgery, robotic surgery and women’s health. Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a home health program and a comprehensive community health program.

For more information about Beebe Healthcare, visit beebehealthcare.org.

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Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute Earns Innovator Award for On-Site Primary Care

Patients receive the right treatment at the right time, all in one place.

ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute has received the Association of Community Cancer Center’s (ACCC) 2022 Innovator Award for its person-centered model of care which embeds a primary care provider in the cancer center for patients undergoing treatment who do not have a primary care provider.

The Graham Cancer Center located in Newark, Delaware is among the first cancer programs in the nation to offer a program of this kind to patients.

“Earning the prestigious ACCC Innovator Award for our primary care practice is an accomplishment that belongs to our entire cancer care team, which has worked long and hard to develop this unique program designed to improve our patients’ long-term health,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Primary Care for Cancer Patients

Patients diagnosed with cancer frequently have one or more concurrent chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, COPD or diabetes.

Cancer treatment can make these chronic medical problems worse, so it is important for patients to continue to see a primary care provider during their treatment, which can also help eliminate unnecessary emergency department visits.

The new primary care practice builds on the success of the Graham Cancer Center’s Oncology Express Unit, a program that offers urgent care to cancer patients in distress during treatment.

“We conducted an informal survey that found as many as 15% of our patients did not have their own primary care provider,” said Cancer Program Clinical Director Cindy Waddington, MSN, RN, AOCN.

“Having a primary care provider onsite working closely with the entire cancer care team helps ensure that essential patient care beyond cancer treatment is not delayed,” Waddington said.

Patients are referred to the practice by their oncologists for any non-cancer health concerns. Since opening in January 2021, the program has received referrals to care for 234 patients.

“Primary care in oncology has been a long-standing challenge for cancer patients and cancer programs,” said Family Nurse Practitioner Debra Delaney, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC, who provides primary care services at the Graham Cancer Center.

“Thankfully, we’ve been able to solve that challenge by addressing the whole person and promoting healthy living for the long-term.”

Delaney helps patients manage their chronic medical conditions by monitoring their labs, refilling prescriptions and coordinating and communicating about any referrals they many need.

“Following their cancer treatment, we help our patients transition to another practice, so they can continue to receive care for their primary care needs,” she said.

The ACCC featured the program on its BuzzBlog.

According to the ACCC, Innovator Award winners demonstrate the ability to advance the goals of improving access, quality and value in cancer care delivery, while also providing replicable solutions for other cancer programs and practices.

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ChristianaCare Opens Pediatric Care Center With 24/7 Services in a Kid-Friendly Setting

Families in northern Delaware and surrounding areas have a new option for pediatric care

Today ChristianaCare opened a new 14-bed Pediatric Care Center that provides 24/7 combined short-stay inpatient and emergency care for children and teens. The new center is located on the first floor of the Center for Women’s & Children’s Health on ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus.

“This new facility is an exciting step in our continued journey to create the absolute best care for children and families in our community,” said David Paul, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

“The Pediatric Care Center will significantly improve access to care for children, enhance the patient experience and address the needs of families who want high-quality care in a child-friendly environment.”

Highlights of the Pediatric Care Center

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Kid-friendly setting designed specifically for children and teens, separate from the adult ER.
    14 patient beds providing emergency, short-stay inpatient, and observation care.
  • Emergency care for children under 18.
  • Caring, expert pediatric hospitalists, pediatric urgent care and pediatric emergency care physicians.
  • Evaluation of children and adolescents with mental health concerns and give appropriate referral sources for follow-up care.
  • X-ray, ultrasound and other diagnostics.

The 24-hour Pediatric Care Center will be able to evaluate and manage 90% of the pediatric cases currently seen in the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department. The center expects to care for an estimated 6,300 patients the first year, with volume projected to grow 5% each year.

The Pediatric Care Center also provides expert care to children and adolescents with behavioral health emergency needs and appropriate referral sources for follow-up care.

“Our new Pediatric Care Center makes it easier than ever for families and children to receive excellent care when they need it, in a special space designed just for them,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, system chief operating officer at ChristianaCare and President, Union Hospital.

“The center will care for the special needs of pediatric patients, making it convenient for them to receive dedicated, expert resources for hospital-based, non-trauma emergency and inpatient care all in one location.”

On Your Child’s Team

The 8,400 square-foot facility provides 14 beds for emergency and short-stay inpatient and observation care.

“We offer 24/7 pediatric emergency care 365 days a year,” said Megan Mickley, M.D., MBA, FAAP, FACEP, medical director, who is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and fellowship-trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Ultrasound.

“The Pediatric Care Center team is a diverse, multidisciplinary group led by pediatric physicians trained in a variety of backgrounds, including emergency medicine and hospital medicine,” she said.

“Our goals are not only to provide exceptional quality of care for children, but also to improve access to and expand pediatric care services for our neighbors. We look forward to being a trusted partner for pediatric care in our community.”

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Beebe Healthcare Opening New Primary Care Office in Selbyville

LEWES (Sept. 28, 2022) – Beebe Healthcare is excited to announce Beebe Medical Group’s next Primary Care location conveniently located at “Bayside Corner” at the intersection of Routes 54 and 20 in Selbyville. The exterior structure is in the process of being built with a tentative opening in mid-2023.

Beebe Primary Care Selbyville is expected to have 10 exam rooms, which would allow for approximately five primary care providers. The goal is to create increased same-day sick visit access for established Beebe primary care patients and have extended hours of operation.

“Beebe Medical Group is excited to expand primary care access in our South Coastal area,” said Christina Onolaja, Director of Primary Care for Beebe Medical Group. “Our Medical Group continues to grow, and we are committed to increasing access to high quality care that’s close to home for the people of Sussex County.

More information will be available as construction is finished. If community members are looking for a primary care provider, they can call 302-645-3332 to find a Beebe provider accepting patients.

“Beebe Healthcare has developed our strategic plan that looks at how we provide comprehensive care throughout Sussex County,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “That includes Selbyville and the South Coastal area, so we are so thrilled to bring this location to the community thanks to some great partnerships.”

“Bayside Corner” is across from the Bayside community and is being developed by the Carl M. Freeman Companies.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Beebe Healthcare to Bayside Corner,” said Nick Freeman, Vice President of Commercial and Hospitality for the Carl M. Freeman Companies. “Beebe’s commitment to serving the community aligns with our mission of creating retail spaces that best serve the area’s needs. Proximity to healthcare benefits not only our residents at Bayside, but the neighboring communities.”

Beebe Medical Group includes 20-plus specialty offices in more than 40 office locations throughout Sussex County. When patients see providers that are within the Beebe Medical Group, they enjoy the experience of seamless electronic medical correspondence between office visits, outpatient facilities, and the hospital.

Practices include the specialties of: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General and Bariatric Surgery, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Neurology, Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders, Surgical Oncology, Urology, and Women’s Healthcare.

Four Walk-in Care Centers serve the community in Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown, Millsboro, and Millville from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people who live in, work in, and visit the communities we serve. Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Health Campus; and the South Coastal Health Campus. Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiovascular, oncology, orthopaedics, general surgery, robotic surgery and women’s health. Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a home health program and a comprehensive community health program.

For more information about Beebe Healthcare, visit beebehealthcare.org.

For 75 years Carl M. Freeman Companies has created places that enrich lives through their innovative and inviting places to live, work, shop and play. The company has developed and managed more than five million square feet of commercial space for shopping center and office use, servicing more than 1.1 million square feet of retail and built award-winning beachfront and golf course communities.

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Beebe Healthcare Names Respiratory Therapist Nancy Collick as Winner of First Annual PHIL Award

LEWES, Del. – Beebe Healthcare is proud to present its first annual Pulmonary Health and Illnesses of the Lungs (PHIL) Award to Nancy Collick, a respiratory therapist who has served Sussex County for over 30 years. Collick is recognized as a valuable leader within Beebe’s respiratory and emergency departments; someone who provides clinical excellence for patients while treating everyone who surrounds her with kindness and compassion.

The PHIL Award is a nationally recognized hospital-based program that honors respiratory therapists who provide outstanding care and treatment for patients with life-threatening pulmonary illnesses. It was created in 2006 by the family of Philip C. Lamka, who was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease and courageously battled his condition for three years. Their foundation, FACES, aims to give hope to patients facing life-threatening lung diseases while celebrating the respiratory therapists who bravely care for them. The PHIL Award is presented annually to one respiratory therapist at each participating hospital who demonstrates genuine dedication to their practice, with an understanding that each breath matters. Nominations are accepted from clinical providers, hospital leadership, and patients.

“Nancy is an unsung hero who has earned a reputation as being among the ‘best of the best’ here at Beebe,” said Chris Steele, EKG, EEG, Director of Respiratory Therapy. “She is always smiling and carries a positive attitude that brightens people’s days. Her dedication shines brightly and was especially apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy regularly covered extra shifts and worked overtime to assure our patients in need were taken care of. She is an irreplaceable part of our team.”

As winner of the first annual PHIL Award, Collick received the FACES Foundation’s appreciation sculpture, along with paid tuition to attend a professional conference in Delaware.

“Nancy serves as an incredible role model for her colleagues in Respiratory Therapy, the Emergency Department, and for all members of the Beebe Healthcare team,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, President & CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “She is a skilled clinician with a long history of providing excellent care to every patient she encounters. She is truly deserving of this award.”

Featured Image (l-r): Dr. David Tam, President & CEO; Nancy Collick, Respiratory Therapist; Chris Steele, Respiratory Director; Tom Protack, Beebe Foundation President; Dan Mapes, Executive Director of Diagnostic and Satellite Services.

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Governor Carney Announces Central Delaware Career Expo

Expo aims to showcase a variety of local career opportunities for students and adults

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney on Tuesday announced a family-friendly career fair for youth and adults to explore careers in construction, health care, education, public service, and more. The Governor’s Central Delaware Career Expo is a one-day event on September 21 that will expose middle school students, and adults looking for a career change, to training programs and career paths in many high-demand industries. The Expo will be held at the Blue Hen Corporate Complex in Dover.

“We currently have more jobs available than we have people looking for work, and that’s a great outlook for folks looking for a career,” said Governor Carney. “We hope the Central Delaware Career Expo will connect Delawareans with in-demand careers and training opportunities to strengthen Delaware’s workforce.”

This event will showcase a variety of central Delaware’s fastest growing industries to middle and high school students just beginning to explore local career opportunities, as well as adults looking to start a new career and/or re-enter the workforce.

The student portion of the event, held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., will feature interactive presentations and activities geared towards giving students a first-hand experience of what they can expect from their fields of interest. The student portion of the expo is organized by school districts and charter schools, and is invitation only.

“As a local superintendent, I am excited to assist in planning the Governor’s Central Delaware Career Expo. We have designed a fun, interactive, and informative event to support our community’s workforce and employers across a range of career areas,” said Amelia E. Hodges, Ed.D., Superintendent of the POLYTECH School District. “It will be a great opportunity for local students and adults to connect directly with central Delaware employers and workforce training options as they plan for a career or take the next step in their current career.”

The 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. portion of the event will be open to everyone in the community, but with more of a focus on adults seeking career opportunities.

“As the executive Director of the Greater Kent Committee I am thrilled to be a partner organization of the Governor’s Career Expo,” said Shelly Cecchett, Executive Director of the Greater Kent Committee. “The opportunity to connect young people with high demand careers and to connect adults with pathways to upskill their current profession is incredibly important to our business community as well as our workforce. This hands on event should truly showcase the workforce opportunities in Central Delaware.”

Featured industries include construction, health care, education, transportation, manufacturing, public service, and more.

Visit Governor Carney’s website for more information about the Central Delaware Career Expo.

This article was originally posted in the Delaware News by the State of Delaware at: https://news.delaware.gov/2022/08/30/governor-carney-announces-central-delaware-career-expo/

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Gen Z Delawareans Share Perspectives at TEDxYouth@Wilmington

Chances are you have tuned into at least one TED talk. TED began some 30 years ago as a Technology, Entertainment and Design conference and has morphed into a forum that covers virtually anything in more than 100 languages. The TED organization is a prestigious global platform for select individuals who commit to the TED motto, “Ideas worth spreading.” The goal is to inspire and motivate audiences with captivating information and stories under the TED umbrella, Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The ‘X’ in TEDx indicates that it is an independently organized TED event. Thanks to an initiative led by TEDxYouth@Wilmington organizer Dr. Dan Young and his 15-year-old daughter, Kathryn Young, there is now a TEDxYouth@Wilmington platform for students giving them the opportunity to share their perspectives with their peers as well as a broader audience of stakeholders interested in the perspectives and experiences of Delaware Gen Z’s in Delaware. In June of this year, eight Delaware GenZ’ers shared their opinions, and ideas on how to make the world a better place through the lens of their experiences.

Kathryn Young, who also took on the role of moderator for the day in addition to her co-organizer duties was joined by a diverse group of students including Azhar Alfalahi; Ella Trembanis, Editor for the Middletown High School newspaper, Tara Brown; Leola-Christine Titus-Morris, the 16-year-old CEO, non-profit founder and author, Grace Umoren-Udo Student Success Ambassador and Leel Dias.

In their candid and thought-provoking sessions, they discussed everything from the sense of feeling connected, assimilating to other cultures, mental health, creating your individual path forward, advancing equity in America and being empowered. Young and his daughter are planning more Delaware Gen Z TEDxYouth@Wilmington programs for the fall. In the meantime, check out one of the 8 sessions from Ella Trembanis and discover why she recommends taking the side roads when traveling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvB_6ymHF8E

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Rehoboth Makes Fodor’s Best Boardwalk List

The 12 Best Boardwalks in America

We’ll Be Falling in Love!

Strolling along a boardwalk while diving into an ice cream cone or testing each other’s bravery on a classic pier-side thrill ride is practically a right of passage for having a proper summer. These 12 destinations host some of the best boardwalks across both coasts of the U.S.—and sometimes even in-between. From cult classic spots like Atlantic City, New Jersey, to newer, celebrity spotting outposts like Venice, California, and beyond, here are 12 of the best boardwalks built for summer across America.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

WHERE: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City’s boardwalk is internationally famous. It is said to be the world’s first and longest boardwalk dating way back to 1870. The structure’s original intent was to protect the nearby hotels from unruly ocean waves, but over time, as the boardwalk grew to its current length of 5.5 miles, it became an international entertainment hub. Explore the high-end hotels and casinos like the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, or take a swing at Atlantic City Miniature Golf. Walk the adjacent piers, which offer visitors several additional attractions and shopping spots. Check out the Central Pier Arcade and Speedway for extensive choices of arcade games. At “Steel Pier,” take a ride on the carousel or the observation wheel overlooking the city. Nearby, “Garden Pier” is the arts and cultural center of the boardwalk, featuring the Atlantic City Historical Museum and Atlantic City Art Center. 

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Long Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: Long Island, New York

New York is famous for its classic boardwalks, including the famed Coney Island and Playland Beach (known as the place in the movie Big, where Tom Hanks’s younger self wishes to be a grown-up before realizing adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be). But the Long Beach Boardwalk on Long Island made a bigger and better come back after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which is a must-visit. This 2.1-mile boardwalk dates back to 1914, and today is a great spot to grab an ice cream and set out for a stroll next to the clean sandy beach. The walkway is teeming with quirky boutiques and unique eateries to explore. Head to Skudin’ Surf School & Shop for surf lessons, board rentals, and other cool gear, or snap a picture in front of the highly Instagrammable Long Beach Osprey Wings. 

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Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: Santa Monica & Los Angeles, California

The Venice Beach Boardwalk is internationally renowned for its quirky street performers, talented artisans and vendors, buff “Muscle Beach” athletes, and the plethora of tasty food and drink choices along this 2-mile stretch of sand. Start the journey at the end of the Santa Monica Pier, where Pacific Park offers amusement park rides and funnel cake choices. Traveling south along the boardwalk, bikers, joggers, roller bladers, and walkers can enjoy unending sights of the California coastline flanked by a palm-tree-lined walkway. Scope out popular stops like The Waterfront, which sits directly on the boardwalk and serves tasty eats and curated cocktails in a spirited setting, or enjoy a more “elevated” atmosphere at High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin, which overlooks the boardwalk for the ultimate sunset view.

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Floating Boardwalk of Coeur d’Alene

WHERE: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Who says boardwalks have to be on land? In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, visitors can explore the World’s Longest Floating Boardwalk, which is 3,300 feet in length, 12-feet wide, and 10-feet deep, with a 60-foot-long bridge. Visitors can hang out on the marina and enjoy the opportunity to rent out paddleboards, pontoons, or speed boats. At the Boardwalk Bar, adults can buy a beverage that can be enjoyed anywhere across the walkway. At Marina Cantina, try a signature cocktail and dive into some light bites while enjoying live music every Friday and Saturday evening. And it’s not just a “summertime boardwalk.” Each year at Christmas, this stretch of wood is brilliantly illuminated as part of the Holiday Light Show, featuring America’s tallest floating Christmas tree as well as 1.5 million lights and 100-plus displays live on the boardwalk.

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The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade

WHERE: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk received the official trademark of “America’s Boardwalk.” This 1.2-mile-long stretch of promenade in the heart of the Grand Strand leads visitors through the sand from 14th Avenue to the 2nd Avenue Piers in Myrtle Beach. It’s home to a number of festivals and events throughout the summer and is a favorite destination for visitors of any age. Walk along the pathway and enjoy oceanfront views of the sea. Ride the iconic Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and stop at various shops and restaurants along the path, such as Riptydz Oceanfront Grill, Rooftop Bar, and Landshark Bar and Grill. This boardwalk is getting a $3.7 million facelift at the moment; the traditional wood surface is being replaced with new decking from Plyler Park to Eighth Avenue North, with work scheduled to be completed later this summer.

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: Carolina Beach, North Carolina

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is a vintage icon dating back to 1887. Visitors can enjoy tasty food, shopping, and even seasonal attractions on this pathway that feels like a nostalgic blast into beach days past. Those with a sweet tooth can Britt’s Donut Shop to dive into a handmade donut—this legendary, cash-only shop dates back to 1939 and still serves their original, family-made recipe. Those who’d prefer something heartier can stop by the Carolina Smokehouse for some of the best barbecues in the region. Hurricane Alley’s perch on the Boardwalk offers ocean views, beachy beverages, and local craft brews with classic seafood selections and light snacks. Stop into the Carolina Beach Arcade just a block from the ocean for a break from the southern sun and ride the brand new 95-foot Ferris Wheel that just opened in Spring 2022.

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Ocean City Boardwalk

WHERE: Ocean City, Maryland

The classic Ocean City Boardwalk spans three miles offering amusements, games, and rides. Plus, visitors can encounter live music and street performers on any given day. Enjoy the scenic sights from the top of the Ferris wheel, or squeal with excitement on the roller coaster. Slow down and hop back in time on the carousel, which dates back to 1902, and was installed in 1912—it’s the country’s oldest continuously operating carousel with two tiers of elaborately carved and painted animals. Explore the diverse foodie scene offering everything from iconic Maryland crab cakes to fresh-baked pizza. Grab some cotton candy, homemade fudge, saltwater taffy, or a hot funnel cake, or cool down at one of the ice cream parlors on the boardwalk.

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Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach’s one-mile beach boardwalk offers visitors the chance to dive into classic summer fun with beach snacks, games, shopping, and major attractions such as “Funland,” an amusement area and arcade that’s been operating for over 60 years. There are nearly two dozen rides at Funland, ranging from low-key classics like the carousel to more thrilling adventures like the “Superflip360” or “Freefall.” After working up an appetite at Funland, listen to the sounds of the free summertime bandstand concerts, dive into a “Big Daddy Funnel Cake” at Starkey’s Funnel Cake Factory, and curb any seafood cravings at Obie’s By the Sea. The boardwalk is open to bicycles from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. from mid-May through mid-September. But be warned that roller blades and skateboards are prohibited from mid-May through mid-September.   

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Virginia Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Dating way back to 1888, Virginia Beach’s famous 3-mile boardwalk is a perfect spot for visitors of all ages to enjoy some summertime fun. The path is 28-foot wide and has a separate bike path for two-wheel thrill-seekers. Check out live entertainment at one of four oceanfront stages on 7th, 17th, and 24th and 31st streets. Art enthusiasts can admire the range of nautical sculptures decorating many side streets leading to Atlantic Avenue. Be sure to stop at King Neptune—this 24-foot, 12-ton bronze statue stands at the gateway to Neptune Festival Park on 31st Street (and is a great photo opp). There are dozens of places to grab a bite, like popular local restaurants, Waterman’s—and history buffs should check out The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum for a unique and historic educational opportunity.

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Mission Beach Boardwalk

WHERE: San Diego, California

Spanning 3.5 miles from North Pacific Beach to South Mission Beach, San Diego’s iconic Mission Beach Boardwalk has it all. Guests can step into one of the dozens of local shops, restaurants, or parks along the walkway—and the boardwalk is also popular amongst bikers as it offers equipment for rent. Stop at Belmont Park, which is free to enter since visitors pay only for the attractions they’d like to try. Thrill-seekers can embark on the historic, restored wooden roller coaster or enjoy some friendly competition with a game of laser tag. There’s also a tilt-a-whirl and a carousel, among other exciting rides. Grab a bite to eat and settle in for some people (or surfer) watching with a classic cream cone at Beach Treats, or a quintessentially SoCal Dole Soft Serve. The Mission Beach Boardwalk is what seaside summer dreams are made of.

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Navy Pier

WHERE: Chicago, Illinois

Completed in 1916, Chicago’s Navy Pier feels like the ultimate boardwalk experience. Head to Pier Park for a ride on one of Navy Pier’s most iconic attractions: the magnificent Centennial Wheel, which soars to nearly 200 feet and offers unrivaled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. There’s also a carousel, a wave swinger, mini-golf, and a drop tower for thrill-seekers. Check out the Navy Pier Beer Garden for free and live outdoor music performances and local craft brews from Tangled Roots Brewery. And there’s of course, a seemingly never-ending array of Chicago classic food options on the Pier, like Giordano’s (legendary Chicago deep dish pizza) and Garrett Popcorn Shops (the Original Chicago-Style Popcorn). Look out for Fireworks lighting up the night from Wednesday through Saturday nights, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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Kemah Boardwalk

WHERE: Galveston Bay, Texas

In Texas, travelers can explore the Kemah Boardwalk overlooking Galveston Bay, which features a variety of themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for visitors of any age. Dine at boardwalk classics like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Landry’s Seafood House, or Aquarium Restaurant, which serves guests a great view of the 50,000-gallon aquarium full of diverse marine life. This boardwalk also offers plenty of carnival festivities, including a 36-foot carousel, a 65-foot Ferris wheel, and exciting rides like the Boardwalk Bullet. Relax and listen to some live music at Kemah Boardwalk’s Summer concert series called “Rock the Dock” every Thursday night at 7 p.m., beginning on June 19th.

This article by Molly O’Brien was originally posted on Fodor’s Travel website at: https://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-12-greatest-boardwalks

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Artful Living in Delaware

New York native Jean Dahlgren creates new life as president of Delaware College of Art and Design

Jean Dahlgren had no intention of leaving Albany, New York, where she was the dean of undergraduate programs at Russell Sage College. She was tenured and had just bought a new home.

So, when a friend emailed her about a job posting in Delaware, she initially ignored it. Curiosity, however, eventually got the better of her, and she contacted the search firm about the position of president at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD).

“I thought, ‘Geez, that’s interesting,’” she says of the job description. Although she’d been with Sage College for 30 years, she took the train to Wilmington for an interview. “When I came here, I was so taken with the staff, the mission and the city — really with everything,” she recalls.

On the way home, the New York native decided that she would move if she received an offer.

That offer came, and in August 2018, Dahlgren became the first female president of the two-year art school located in the heart of Wilmington’s downtown Creative District. “I feel very, very grateful to be leading the school right now,” she says. And she feels equally fortunate to be a Delawarean.

Delaware Weather and Winterthur and More

From the start, Dahlgren appreciated Delaware’s weather. A native of the Adirondack region, she was accustomed to a long winter, “mud season” and then a hot, humid summer. “I love having a spring and fall,” she says. “My flowers came up here in March — that’s mind-blowing to me.”

The growing zone isn’t the only thing that makes her happy. “Delaware’s location shouldn’t be overlooked,” she says. “It’s such a pivotal place between Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia.”

Most of the DCAD student body, which has grown under Dahlgren’s leadership, lives within an hour of the school. That’s also true of the faculty. Both benefit from the many museums in the region.

“The Delaware Art Museum has arguably one of the most important illustration collections in the country, and illustration is one of our popular majors,” notes Dahlgren, who holds master’s degrees in fine arts and graphic design.

When Dahlgren’s two daughters visit, they tour Winterthur Museum & Gardens – known for its collection of American decorative arts – and Nemours Estate. “They are blown away,” Dahlgren says. “It’s amazing the kind of natural and built resources we have here.”

Those resources include dozens of major universities throughout the region where students can continue their education after completing DCAD’s two-year programs. Since coming on board, Dahlgren has expanded DCAD’s partnerships with institutions such as the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Moore College of Art and Design and Goldey-Beacom College.

A Taste for the First State

Dahlgren says it’s easy to form beneficial relationships in Delaware, especially compared to New York State. U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester comes to DCAD art exhibition openings and has been a commencement speaker. Dahlgren has met fellow Delawareans President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and when Governor John Carney spots her in Starbucks, he gives her a wave.

Indeed, Delawareans often rub elbows with movers and shakers in restaurants, and, as Dahlgren discovered, there are many of them. “I had no idea there was such a foodie culture in Delaware,” says Dahlgren, who frequents Mrs. Robino’s and Bardea Food & Drink in Wilmington.

She hasn’t tried scrapple, although she’s seen it. “That,” she says of the breakfast meat popular in Delaware but little-known outside the region, “was a new thing.”

Since arriving in Delaware, the college president has been collecting “fun little Delaware facts,” such as that local love of scrapple. Another is the state’s nickname: Delaware is the “First State” because it was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

“Delawareans are very proud to be from the state,” she notes, “and now I understand why.”

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