Bethany Beach


Bethany council considers capital priorities

Bethany Beach Town Council members met on Monday, Nov. 17, to consider a number of pending issues, with likely the most important among them being how they wish to prioritize the town’s capital funds in the coming year or more. With...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:22pm

Bethany's founding church ready for update

When members of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church headed for the Delaware shore as a place for religious retreats in 1901, it led to the eventual founding of the Town of Bethany Beach, which even now houses the church’s conference center...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:19pm

Bethany woman cuts a fine figure

What is it that inspires people to do great things? Are they driven by a social stigma to be better than the rest, or is it a more personal drive which propels them? For one local mom, it’s simply the desire to do – the human aspiration to tackle...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:27pm

Popular First State sandwich shop moving into Bethany

Everyone has their specific tastes when it comes to that quintessential sandwich — perfectly sliced cold-cuts, piping hot cheesesteaks, an endless supply of toppings for just the right flavor. No other shop born in the state, however, has become...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:22am

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

Wilgus aims to take worry out of home ownership

In a coastal community there are many things for a property owner to worry about. Weather conditions are often harsh; houses are often rented out; and, often, the home owners are living elsewhere for many months of the year. Tim Hill is the...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:11am

Boardwalk-widening bids to be opened Oct. 29

The issue of possibly widening Bethany Beach’s boardwalk by 8 feet has yet to generate a consensus in the town, and town council members agreed on Oct. 20 to hold off on deciding when and how to proceed with the idea until at least next month....

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:26am

Bethany continues record of laudable audits

It won’t come as a surprise to many who keep an eye on Bethany Beach’s finances, but the town yet again this year earned positive marks from its auditing firm, Trice, Geary & Myers. Members of the town’s Audit Committee met in recent weeks to...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:05am

Bethany planners kick off new term

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met on Saturday, Oct. 18, for the first monthly meeting of their 2008-2009 term.

The commission welcomed new member John Gaughan, who was formally appointed to the commission by Mayor Tony McClenny,...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 6:31am

If life hands you rain, plant a rain garden

What is a rain garden? How is it different than a pond? Who should plant one?

Sally Boswell, education and outreach coordinator for the Center for Inland Bays, answered all these questions and more for the Fenwick Island Environmental...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

Chilean native and local favorite releases second album

Isabel Umanzor recently held a release party at for her original CD “Siete Días” at Salsa Matteo’s in Bethany Beach. Umanzor has been working on this, her second CD, for almost two years, recording it at the AMI Seagull Studios at Salisbury...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:45am

Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week, combined with the offshore force of Hurricane Kyle, caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 9:17am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

Bethany to honor past council members

Bethany Beach’s town hall will soon honor past town council members, with a unanimous vote by the current council on Sept. 19 to spend about $26,000 to create a “memorial wall” that will list members of the council from 1923 to the present — and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:59am

Bethany Blues brings BBQ to the gridiron

For years, Bethany Blues has established themselves as one of the most talked-about restaurants in the region. And in upcoming weeks, they will be giving back to the community in a big way.

“We have a number of kids working here who go to...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:53am

CIB board softens recommendation on landfill

The Board of Directors for the Center for Inland Bays bypassed a resolution put forth by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and instead passed a different motion, with a vote of 3-2.

The CAC approved a resolution...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:51am

Pre-construction begins on Inlet Bridge

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks, state and local officials, residents and others were on hand at a Sept. 17 event to unveil the design for a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:47am

Big Peaches helps out family in a big way

Life undoubtedly works in mysterious ways, and no one knows that better than Ray Butler and his family. Only two months ago, Butler — a devoted husband and father of three kids, sixth-grade social studies teacher at Millsboro Middle School and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:38am

Friends plan gathering to celebrate life of Powell

The spirit of Billy Powell will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Bethany Beach. Powell, a 1972 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, and a past Bethany Beach lifeguard and captain, died of melanoma in September 1983 at the age...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:17am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

McClenny takes the reins in Bethany Beach

After serving two years as the mayor of Bethany Beach, Councilwoman Carol Olmstead stepped aside Wednesday, opening the floor for any of five of her fellow council members to take the lead role in the town’s government. Declining Vice-Mayor Tony...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:40am

New inlet bridge plans unveiled

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, many area professionals and residents had their questions (and prayers) answered as state and local officials unveiled the new plans for the long-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:32am

Ryan’s small-business roots core to campaign

For Kay Ryan, running for representative for the state’s 38th District will be like an extension of the last seven years of her life before her retirement.

Special to the Coastal Point • John Dux
Candidates for state office, Bryon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:26am

Little Red School House celebrates 20 years

It’s hard to miss the Little Red School House, complete with an antique school bell on top, on Bayard Road. The building, which blends in with the scenery and looks as if it were an actual restored school house, was, in fact, built just 20 years...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 9:57am

Popular local bread gets new local outlet

By popular demand, Old World Breads is now available at Good Earth Market in Clarksville. On Fridays and Saturdays, Steve Kogler’s Old World Breads, famously known and sought-after at the area farmers’ markets — especially for the cinnamon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:24am

Community pulls together for a cause

Earlier this summer, on July 17, 29-year-old Megan Hammel was tragically killed in a car accident at Five Points in Lewes, leaving behind three children, all younger than 8. This week, musicians, business owners and members of the community will...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 6:35am

BREAKING NEWS: McClenny becomes mayor in Bethany Beach

After serving two years as the mayor of Bethany Beach, Councilwoman Carol Olmstead stepped aside Wednesday, opening the floor for any of five of her fellow council members to take the lead role in the town’s government. Declining Vice-Mayor Tony...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 7:27am

Young, Killmer, McClenny and Gordon elected in Bethany

Two of three incumbents seeking re-election to the Bethany Beach Town Council were ousted on Saturday, with Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny the only incumbent on the ballot to retain his seat. And, after narrowly failing to unseat Mayor Carol Olmstead...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:16am

Storm has minimal local impact

With Tropical Storm Hanna already clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, Sept. 6, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic and see what,...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:17am

BREAKING NEWS: Young, Killmer, McClenny and Gordon elected in Bethany

Two of three incumbents seeking re-election to the Bethany Beach Town Council were ousted on Saturday, with Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny the only incumbent on the ballot to retain his seat. And, after narrowly failing to unseat Mayor Carol Olmstead...

Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 1:12pm

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:54pm

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:12am

Art festival canceled due to tropical storm

While the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival has traditionally has enjoyed great weather, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce representatives on Friday morning announced the cancellation of this Saturday's 2008 festival, due to the...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 8:13am

UPDATED: Artists ready to take to the boardwalk

Note: This event has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This Saturday, artists and crafters from across the region will come together for the 30th year of a summer tradition in Bethany. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival,...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 5:51am

UPDATED: Bethany elections set for Saturday

Note: Bethany Beach officials confirmed Friday that scheduled voting in town council elections on Saturday would take place as planned, between noon and 6 p.m. at the town hall, regardless of the weather.

However, they noted that the town...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 9:12am

Former Bethany Beach police officer sentenced in theft case

The Delaware Department of Justice confirmed this week that former Bethany Beach police officer Robert L. Talbot pleaded guilty in Sussex County Superior Court on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to one count of Theft by False Pretense and one count of...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 6:56am

Flip-flop accident gives boutique a drive-through entrance

Joan Thompson and Kent Kneisel weren’t really planning a big remodeling project at the year-old Bethany Beach location for their boutique Anything Goes, but one motorist this week didn’t leave them any choice.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 6:50am

Sussex County EOC monitoring tropical storms

Officials at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center announced Wednesday that they were closely monitoring Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to pass off the coast of...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:03am

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Electric Co-op issues peak alert for Wednesday, Thursday

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, when its membership is expected to be using the greatest...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:06am

All (six) flags flying in Bethany Beach

Having all but closed the books on a complete zoning code overhaul that has taken years, Bethany Beach planning commissioners are now looking at a whole new slate of issues that they — and the town council — believe need to be tackled in the near...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:15am

Yuppy Puppy caters to dogs and dog lovers alike

Jamie Idzi is not your typical small-business owner. After graduating from high school in 2004, Idzi started vacationing in Bethany Beach from her home city of Baltimore, Md. While in Bethany, Idzi worked at the downtown dog boutique Yuppy Puppy...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:35am

Boardwalk Art Festival opens new doors for artists

On Saturday, Sept. 6, downtown Bethany Beach will once again be transformed into a colorful spectacle of artistic beauty and talent. More than 130 fine artists and crafters will pour onto the boardwalk, transforming the ocean-set backdrop into a...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:16am

Team Nessa makes way for special guest

There’s not a brick or any mortar in sight, yet Justin’s Beach House will be welcoming its first guest this September, just in time for the Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:49am

Bethany Beach turns eye to green initiative

Bethany Beach Planning Commissioners set the stage on Aug. 16 for potential future changes to the town code and new initiatives in the town that would help it become more “green.” They took a substantial portion of their monthly meeting for...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:30am

Bethany approves funding for park design

Three years after completing the purchase of undeveloped property on the opposite corner of Route 1 from the town hall and agreeing to some sort of open-space or park use, Bethany Beach officials may finally be ready to start making some concrete...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:10am

Bethany nears end of summer season

Despite rumors of a substantially slower-than-usual summer season, Bethany Beach has been a relatively busy town this summer, according to Town Manager Cliff Graviet. Graviet gave Bethany Beach Town Council members an update on the season thus...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:08am

North Bethany lifeguard first of her kind

Lifeguards are an essential part of summertime enjoyment, providing safety, reassurance and security to vacationers and beach-goers alike. At the head of each lifeguard patrol is the captain, a strong individual who carefully measures the...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 6:32am

New church dedicated on Route 17

The Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, was downstate Aug. 14 for the dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a mission church of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.

During the two-...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 6:18am

Police crack Ocean View-area theft ring

Ocean View police have filed 56 charges each against a pair of suspects in connection with a widespread series of thefts throughout the Ocean View area in the last two months. Additional arrests in the cases and more than 100 charges against the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:53am