COASTAL BUZZ: Catching up on what's happening

This new sign for the Midway Shopping Center went up last week.  Art Deco.  Cool.  Sabrina Hill said her mom and dad, Richard and Norma Lee Derrickson, like the art deco look.  Kind of goes with the movie business that Richard has been involved in all his life. BY DENNIS FORNEY
August 29, 2013

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 - After three months of being away, a lot to notice locally.  Big pieces: Building is going crazy and Realtors are scrambling for inventory. Many business people have told me they're having a good summer businesswise.

But first, congratulations to Mayor Jim Ford and Mayoress Teresa on the birth of their first grandchild.  Their daughter, Maren, delivered Silas James William Lankford on Sunday, Aug. 25.  Maren is married to Ryan Lankford and they live in Michigan. The mayor said mom and her son are doing well.

Back to the summer's business:

King's Ice Cream is feeling the positive flow of lots of people, Heidi Lowe says sales are good at her jewelry studio, Rick Bell at Harvard Business Services told me July was the biggest month he's had in all of his years in the incorporation business and he expects the same for the year. Matt Carter says kayak and stand-up paddle board business is strong and Max at Silverworks says the same. An inordinate amount of rain this summer has dampened sales for some of the Boardwalk businesses in Rehoboth.  They get a lot of business off the beach and when people aren't on the beach they feel it.

I need to check with the folks at Funland and Nicola to get a sense of the summer from their viewpoints.  I've found them to be good bellwethers over the years.

Here are a few photographs that capture some other new stuff I've noticed.

Final note: remember that attitude and posture have to be cultivated your entire life.  Dale Carnegie, in his classic How To Win Friends and Influence People, wrote in an early chapter: Don't Criticize and Don't Complain.

Onward and upward.