|by Mark Aguirre|
|A Chat with Sara Tammany and Carole Levitsky
Sara Tammany and Carole Levitsky are two of the first people I met when I began to work to become a city commissioner. They were quick with kind words of support and encouragement. I'll always be grateful for that. The two of them also have had an even longer history of being supportive of our community.
Mark: What first brought you to the Rehoboth Beach area?
Sara: I've been coming here since I was two months old. I'm a native Delawarean, so I was bound to end up here no matter what. This is where we planned on retiring. We bought a lot and had a house built here in 1994.
Carole: Sara grew up in Wilmington and I grew up in New York City. We commuted from Wilmington for two years. Then we moved here permanently in 1996. Sara worked for a bank and I always did real estate appraising. Sara quit her job to come work with me. And that was it.
Mark: Tell us about how you met.
Carole: We worked together at Sears and Roebuck thirty two years ago. We were friends for a couple of years and then wound up together. We have been together for twenty nine years. Sara and I were in sync from the beginning and right on down the line.
Mark: Tell us about what you do.
Carole: We own a real estate appraisal business with our partners, Steve White and Wayne Williamson. Officially we started the company eight years ago. Steve, Wayne, and I have been working together for twenty years. Ours is a long term friendship.
Mark: Is there advice you would give to anyone considering relocating to Rehoboth Beach to
begin a new career?
Sara: The advice I would give is to believe in yourself, work hard, and serve your clients with one hundred and ten percent. The bottom line is that most of the local people support one another. As long as you have a good work ethic you can be successful.
Mark: You've been a generous supporter of non-profit organizations in the area. Tell us about that.
Sara: We believe in giving back to the community. We've been very, very blessed. So we think it is only right to give to people who are less fortunate. Two of the most important organizations we support are the annual CAMP Rehoboth Sundance and Meals on Wheels. We're also active in our church, St. Edmond's, and support efforts to help the community there.
Mark: Do you have a little known Rehoboth Beach pleasure?
Sara: We work seven days a week, so our greatest pleasure is our house. We finish the work day and then return every evening to enjoy our home. Second to that we also enjoy the many wonderful bars and restaurants in town.
Mark: Where do you go to escape?
Sara: We have a home in Florida near Fort Myers. Sometimes, we're asked if we are ever going to live there permanently, but I was born in Delaware and plan to stay here. We go to Florida for a few days every month. That's our mini-vacation.
Mark: If there was one thing about Rehoboth Beach you could preserve forever what would that be?
Carole: The quaintness of the small town. If you walk into the post office they call you by your first name. We like how well gays and straights get along. It doesn't matter if you are gay, straight, purple or whatever. We have friends that are all very different, and we all have a good time together. It's a good atmosphere. We have settled in here and are not going anywhere.
Mark Aguirre, a regular contributor to Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners. He may be reached at MarkAguirre@aol.com.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 11 August 12, 2005