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This Week's News
After months of controversy and financial drama, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary closed the doors of its facility near Georgetown suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 14. But even its end was dramatic.
Local resident Don Welsh got a surprise recently when he saw a commercial for an unexpected product: the Indian River School District.
“When a man wakes up in the morning with no children and school taxes and sees commercials on television,” it’s frustrating, Welsh said. “There’s things to be spent on, rather than radio or television.”
Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel joined the town’s staff in August of last year. Within that brief time, the Town has seemingly whipped into shape and had a seemingly positive and uneventful year.
As a result of exposure to popular Tex-Mex and Mexican-style fast-food chains, many Americans may have a skewed perception of what authentic Mexican cuisine actually entails. But Oscar Benavides and DiAna Barrientos — husband and wife business partners and natives of Mexico — have brought a taste of true Mexican culture to Selbyville with their restaurant, La Sierra.
Leslie Kopp said the best part of her job is helping people find their dream vacation home. People from all over seek the perfect escape at the Delaware beaches.
“It’s rewarding,” Kopp said. “It’s fun.”
Her real estate team’s enthusiasm and prime location have helped the Leslie Kopp Group earn a spot in the Real Trends Top Thousand lists for at least three consecutive years.
Residents of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s ambulance district — encompassing the towns of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, and the private Sea Colony community — can expect to see an increase in the ambulance service fee charged to them by those entities for the coming year.
For the past eight years, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation has raised funds for charitable causes with their annual Caribbean Christmas event, held at Mango’s Beach Bar & Grille in Bethany Beach.
Sussex Technical High School suffered an unexpected loss Friday, Nov. 15, when a Georgetown student was found unconscious at the school and later pronounced dead.
Only one thing stands between the Town of Selbyville and what is essentially a $2.5 million grant: the public. Residents can vote in a referendum on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to approve or deny funding for a new water filtration system.
Artist Brian Quattlebaum — a Bethany Beach native — grew up galvanized by the sea, surfing and fishing along the Delaware coast, heavily influenced by his surroundings.
This holiday weekend, art aficionados can stay warm in creative style while getting an early start on holiday shopping during the 19th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST).
This Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m., artist Ellen Rice will release her third depiction of Fenwick Island Lighthouse, “Night Settles Over Fenwick.”
Where is the best classroom in Sussex County? It just might be in the great outdoors. As a crossroads of ocean, bay and marsh, James Farm carves out a chunk of ecology on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View and offers it up for the education of the public.
Although it is generally believed that the idea of offering thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrims who settled here from England in the 17th century, it was not until the 18th century that days of thanksgiving were promulgated in this country. In 1777, the Continental Congress declared a national day of thanksgiving for the 13 states, but for just that year. Otherwise, individual governors declared observance if they desired a day of thanksgiving. (The Pilgrim Story, Plimoth-on-Web).
Bethany Beach Books — a local, independent bookstore — has partnered with the Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Frankford to bring a showing of Universal Studios, “The Grinch” to the Clayton Theatre, in the hopes of helping to “Save the Clayton.”
Christmas parades can light the night and warm the heart, so locals can enjoy a night — or three — of holiday cheer with Selbyville, Millsboro and Georgetown Christmas parades.
Those looking to get into the holiday spirit need look no further. The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club will be holding its annual train display at the Georgetown Public Library each Saturday through Dec. 14.
For the second year, Hocker’s/G&E grocery markets are offering specialty products to go along with its deer processing services.
“We’ve been butchering deer longer than I am old,” said Gerry Hocker. “It’s part of what grew the business and part of what we do. Last year was the newly added specialty deer processing.
The Frankford Town Council met on Monday, Nov. 18, after a six-week hiatus focusing much of its discussion on holiday decorating — both that done by the Town and by its residents. That included a decision to cancel the Town’s annual holiday decorating competition.
“You’ve got a lot of expenses,” said Town Administrator Terry Truitt. “[The issue] is going to go on every year.”
Delaware’s memory of World War II was finally set in stone Nov. 9 with the dedication of a new World War II memorial in Dover. With plenty of public parking in Dover, it’s a short walk to Legislative Avenue, where the memorial resides. The monument faces William Penn Street on Legislative Hall’s south side.
I thought it was time for another question-and-answer article. If you have questions that you are either too shy or afraid to ask someone, email me, and I will try to get you an answer.
Q. How tight should I make my dog’s collar?
A. The collar should fit snuggly enough that it cannot slide over your dog’s head. You should only be able to slide two fingers underneath of the collar.
Indian River High School senior Cassia Steck has enjoyed being in the spotlight since she was a little girl.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will usher in the holiday season with a program of orchestral and vocal music at the “Holiday Joy” concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church, at Route 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View and on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen High School Auditorium in Lewes.
Groundbreaking ceremonies aren’t just for board members anymore. More than 200 current and prospective students took part in their own groundbreaking for Delmarva Christian High School’s new Arts & Athletic Center on Nov. 15.
Just two years ago, the Indian River High School basketball team went 0-19. Last season, under then-first-year head coach Mike Fabber, they went 10-10. This season, with a new confidence and more experience for key players, the Indians have their sights set on a state championship.
Surfers, bodyboarders and skimmers are always looking to charge bigger waves, throw bigger airs and push the limits in their respective sports, in any way possible. So when local pro skimboarder Bill Baxter introduced pro surfer Colin Herlihy and pro bodyboarder Brian Stoehr to winching — a new form of towing into waves — they took off with it.
Seven points was the difference between the end of the 2013 Indian River High School football season and the team advancing to the next round of the DIAA playoffs, in their 42-35 loss against St. Georges Tech two weeks ago.