Bethany Beach

BREAKING NEWS: Referendum public meeting postponed until Monday

The Indian River School District's public referendum meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 24 has been postponed due to inclemenent weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at East Millsboro Elementary School.


Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:19am

Beebe gets another Distinguished Hospital Award for excellence

For the fourth year in a row, Beebe Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Beebe is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive the award four years running, and the distinction puts them...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:50pm

Hocker hosts first 'Coffee's on Me' as state senator

Same-sex marriage? Check. Gun control? Check. IRSD referendum? Check.

“What do you want to talk about?” said state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th), to the audience at his latest “Coffee’s on Me” talk. “Gun control? Video lottery machines at...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:44pm

First-responders train for large-scale emergencies

On the cold, rainy afternoon of Jan. 18, about 40 emergency responders geared up at Ocean View Police Department to prepare for an event they hope never happens. They were finishing a two-day seminar on managing casualties in a large-scale...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:40pm

Farrar retiring as Bethany Beach entertainment director

Many people may know her as the “Bandstand Lady,” but Gloria Farrar is much, much more than that. And after more than a dozen years with the Town of Bethany Beach as its entertainment director, she said she has decided to pass the baton on to...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:34pm

Flagship hotel proposed for downtown Bethany

Efforts to enhance business and year-round activity in downtown Bethany Beach have been expanded in recent years, with new events and town officials working with downtown business owners to encourage people to come downtown, shop downtown and eat...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:46am

Free SAT diagnostic test to be held at South Coastal Library

For high school students looking to improve their SAT scores, an SAT practice diagnostic test might be just the ticket.

This weekend, a free SAT practice test will be administered at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach by Jim Weeks...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:37am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch issued, up to 6 inches of snow predicted Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night, Jan. 17, projecting snow accumulations of between 2 and 6 inches.

The NWS is predicting that rain will mix with snow starting...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:40am

BREAKING NEWS: Four men arrested for Plantation Park home-invasion

Delaware State Police detectives have arrested four suspects in a home-invasion robbery that occurred in Plantation Park near Frankford on Thursday evening.

According to police, the incident occurred around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10,...

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:44am

BBVFC seeks new members

Looking for a way to get more involved in the community? The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is always seeking new people who have a personal desire to serve in a challenging, meaningful way, and an upcoming open house will give the public...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:13am

Ring in the New Year by exercising like the Eskimos

The 17th annual Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos will be held in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

“It actually started out as a Kiwanis event,” said Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Operations and Events Manager Helen Ball. “Then a...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:07am

AARP chapter donates to several organizations

The AARP’s South Coastal Chapter 5226 held their December luncheon meeting at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club last week and gave donations to several local organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the South Coastal Library, the Millville...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:33am

St. Martha's readies for expansion in downtown Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will be getting a makeover soon, with demolition of their 1,200-square-foot vicarage and its replacement with a 5,400-square-foot social hall, kitchen, nursery and offices.

The Rev. Mary L....

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:17am

Bethany BoA splits on ‘detached’ garage

Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment members were divided last week on the issue of what constitutes a “detached garage” and whether the related town code regarding accessory structures is ambiguous.

The BoA on Wednesday, Dec. 12, heard the...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:34am

Hair of the Dog to run through Bethany Beach again

The 2nd annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K will take place on Jan. 1 in downtown Bethany Beach.

“This is a charity event for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation,” explained Race Director Rick Hundley, who has also served on the board of...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:31am

Bethany grants variance needed for sale of 1953 home

When can 10 inches be the difference between selling a house and not selling a house? When those 10 inches are the amount the house intrudes upon legal setbacks, as a case before the Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments proved last week.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:20am

Christmas dinner can be Off the Hook this year

If cooking for a full house this Christmas doesn’t sound like fun, or maybe your brood is slowly getting smaller as children move away and do their own thing, why not order in? Off the Hook Market in Bethany Beach is offering ready-to-cook...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 5:37am

FOSCL makes book donation easy with drive-through service

Book lovers can donate to a local cause and skip some of the heavy lifting, thanks to the Friends of the South Coastal Library. In preparation for their semiannual book sale this coming February, the Friends group will be collecting gently used...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:54am

Streetscape project expected to begin in February

Bethany Beach officials announced recently that a new, “very aggressive” schedule for construction of the Streetscape project had been sent to the Town by consultants JMT, with construction now expected to begin in February on the north side of...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:33am

Bethany takes a second look at holiday construction fines

By M. Patricia Titus

News Editor

They weren’t shopping for it, but six construction companies working in Bethany Beach on Black Friday got a little “gift” from the Town, and it came with its own bill: a ticket for doing construction...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:29am

Bethany recognizes mistake, drops citations

People who love Bethany Beach truly love Bethany Beach.

They mention how quiet the town is, or how well the beach is maintained or the quaint shops downtown that add to a terrific walking experience on a sunny day. The quaintness and peace...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:22am

Quilting group helping comfort victims of Hurricane Sandy

Tiny Tots a volunteer group of about 45 women affiliated with St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach has been busy quilting, but they’ve now put their mission of making baby quilts on hold for a bit.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:30am

Bethany ready for Holiday Happenings this weekend

Holiday traditions run the gamut — everything from special dishes for a holiday meal to games played on a special day or the way that holiday tree is selected and trimmed. And, in coastal Delaware, there are religious services, charity events,...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:10am

Justin's Garden is next project for beach

Since 2010, Justin’s Beach House has provided respite for families in need, and organizers are now working to create a back yard that matches that spirit.

The Justin W. Jennings Foundation plans to transform the entire yard of the home...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:43pm

Bethany council confirms Church/Neff property as future park

The Bethany Beach Town Council this week approved a resolution confirming the future use of the former Christian Church and Neff properties as a park, though what exactly that park will contain or look like remains to be determined.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:29pm

Thanksgiving weekend offers peek in to local artists’ studios

From South Bethany to Bethany, Ocean View to Dagsboro, little Southeastern Sussex is full of artists willing and able to open up their working studios and galleries to people who are interested in seeing them in action, creating their...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:32am

QRCF offers up another merry Caribbean Christmas

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to spend a little time in the Caribbean, enjoying food, drinks and music? It’s an opportunity presented just once a year in coastal Delaware. On Dec. 1, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:28am

County planners postpone Castaways vote again

To the dismay of many of those following the Castaways applications for the change of zones and a conditional use through Sussex County Planning & Zoning, P&Z has again decided to postpone a decision.

Sussex County Planning &...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:01am

Following distinguished service career, Drew still serves

This Veterans Day, like many, conjures up images of soldiers laying down their life for their country, of core values like honor, courage and commitment, of old men that relive their time at war fondly, but with a mist in their eyes as they tell...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:05am

Capriotti's offers delivery, community mindset

Just in time for Thanksgiving, although it is popular all year long, Capriotti’s now delivers its famous Bobbie sandwich — the nationally acclaimed best-seller — complete with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Well, that, and...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:49am

New bridge survives Hurricane Sandy

On Oct. 30, Gov. Jack Markell announced that after much concern, it has been determined that the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, also known as the Indian River Inlet Bridge, did not sustain any structural damage during Hurricane Sandy.

“One of...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Hurricane Sandy swings hard, community still standing

After anticipating Hurricane Sandy for days in advance, expecting the worst and hoping for the best, the area was hit with winds and rain from the brunt of the storm for most of the day and into the night on Monday as she made landfall near...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:09am

Tidepool Toys & Games to celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 10

On Nov. 10, Tidepool Toys & Games will join more than 500 stores across the country to celebrate the third annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

Coastal Point • File photo

“When you shop at an independent toy store, you are...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 6:49am

WEATHER ALERT: Flooding and wind warnings in effect as conditions worsen from looming Sandy

A coastal flood warning is in effect until midnight Monday night, as the eye of Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall south of Atlantic City, N.J., according to National Weather Service officials. A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 9:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Level 2 Driving Restriction starts at 5 a.m.; only essential personnel permitted on roads

Gov. Jack Markell has ordered a Level 2 Driving Restriction begining as of 5 a.m., Monday, October 29,2012. Until further notice, no motor vehicles should be operated on any road in the State of Delaware unless operated by essential personnel: "...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 8:27pm

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware National Guard continues preparation

The Delaware National Guard is continuing to position troops and equipment as #SandyDE approaches.

“Within the next 12-18 hours, we will have approximately 250 support personnel in place and ready to assist with the needs of the state and...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 10:52am

WEATHER ALERT: Electric utilities offer tips for storm preparation

The Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, offered the following tips for local residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the anticipated related power outages:

If a severe...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 3:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey being closed now

High water across Route 1 north of Indian River Inlet Bridge has forced Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to begin the process of closing Route 1 between Dewey & Bethany Beach. Please share with others who may be affected.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 1:41am

BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations,...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:13pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:44pm

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:54pm

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday,...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:24pm

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:05am

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Wags, Witches and Warlocks headed for Bethany Beach

The second annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks Festival will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Sat., Oct. 27, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28.

Coastal Point • File photo
An Oompa Loompa stands...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm