Bethany Beach

Special Bible goes 'green' too

Thirteen young members of Saint Ann’s Youth Organization (SAYO) gathered recently under the direction of their coordinator Dawn Zimmerman and used part of a school holiday to listen to a teaching by Andy Zampini of the Wilmington Dicocese Office...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:44pm

Seaside Craft Show to bring Bethany boardwalk to life

This Saturday, the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee will host the 5th Annual Seaside Craft Show on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. The open-air show, free and open to the public, will welcome 103 artists and crafters from...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:42pm

Charity quilt puts Bethany Beach in spotlight

The St. Ann’s Quilters are back and, this time, their one-of-a-kind quilt captures the things that make Bethany Beach unique. In all, 17 quilters from the Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church have been working feverishly since September 2008 to...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:40pm

Taste ready to take off

This Sunday, the 10th Annual Taste of Coastal Delaware, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will be taking center stage at the Sea Colony Marketplace, along Route 1 near Bethany Beach. For $35, the public can sample foods and...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:37pm

JWJ Foundation gets some help from Ravens Roost

As construction of Justin’s Beach House nears its start, the Justin W. Jennings Foundation is seeing more and more community involvement. This Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Ravens Roost No. 96 at Greg’s Bayside Restaurant in Fenwick Island will...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:18pm

Bandstand gearing up for hot summer nights

After a Memorial Day weekend full of entertainment, the Bethany Beach boardwalk bandstand is now gearing up for a full summer of music, dance and drama, nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, and most Wednesday evenings, until...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:16pm

Noise amendment adopted in Bethany

Though a legal challenge could be looming, Bethany Beach Town Council members at their May 15 meeting voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the town’s existing noise ordinance that is designed to remove an unused finite measure of violation...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:37am

Referendum set on Bethany council terms

After splitting 4-3 on the issues at a prior council meeting, Bethany Beach Town Council members on May 15 opted to table proposed ordinances instituting term limits and increasing the length of council terms to three years. Instead, the council...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:31am

Ray Ray’s bringing Snack Shack cuisine to Taste

Ray Ray’s Snack Shack in Bethany Beach may be less than a year old, but already it’s becoming a stand-out stop for passers-by and hungry visitors. On June 7, co-owners and brothers, Alan and Ronnie Zizmor will bring their beach-inspired dishes...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:29am

Businesses look to enhance tourism as summer season arrives

As business owners on both the Delaware and Maryland shores can attest, Memorial Day weekend kicks off one of their most anticipated weekends of the year, as vacationers ready their trips to some of the best-loved beaches in the Mid-Atlantic....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:59pm

Hunger Walk along boardwalk set for May 31

While businessmen and politicians the world over struggle to deal with the economic crisis, 1.1 billion impoverished people struggle to survive on only $1 a day. In simple terms, that breaks down to one in six people who struggle against hunger...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:35pm

Noted artist finds her muse in Bethany Beach

There’s little that artist Marian Osher isn’t inspired by. When she begins a project, from her painted buffalos mounted on floor canvas to the hanging dreamcatcher mobiles against colorful backdrops, she finds a way to connect with the art. Not...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:24pm

Bethany considers rights-of-way regulation

At their workshop on Monday, May 11, Bethany Beach Town Council members discussed a possible resolution designed to establish standards and regulations governing town-owned rights-of-way “as prescribed in ordinance 197-1A.”

That ordinance...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:22pm

Bethany sets June hearings on park, tower

At their workshop on Monday, May 11, the Bethany Beach Town Council discussed a concept for the development of the former Church and Neff properties, which includes both space for a park and, possibly, a new water tower.

Town Manager Cliff...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:20pm

For mother-daughter crafters, it's in the bag

This past Sunday was a special one for mothers everywhere, but when you have the connection that Flossie Vogel shares with her daughter, Joy Cadden, every day feels like Mother’s Day. The two have become synonymous throughout the area with dance...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:28pm

Library statue dedicated to Priscilla Cole

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) was on hand at the South Coastal Library on Friday, May 8, to take a tour of the newly renovated library and assist in the unveiling there of a heron sculpture created in memory of Priscilla Cole by local artist...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:47pm

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:32am

All can be fair in business

There’s something different about things that are hand made. Things an artisan took pride in and worked on with skill and with calculation — things that have a story.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
These custom pieces of pottery were...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:07am

Bethany looking at cap on terms

After repeated discussion of the idea during council workshops in the last year or so, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 4-3 on April 18 to move forward with legislation that would restrict council members to six consecutive years on the...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:12am

Bethany approves speed bumps on Collins

Having heard considerable opposition at a February public hearing and their March council meeting to a plan to create a pedestrian walkway along Collins Avenue, the Bethany Beach Town Council on Friday, April 17, opted to look at alternative...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:11am

Bethany planners working on survey

Bethany Beach is due to start work on its five-year comprehensive plan update this year, and members of the Planning Commission have wasted no time in getting a head start on the subjects they’ll need to tackle to start designing the document...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:16pm

Bethany looks at changes to noise ordinance

Bethany Beach council members offered no formal response in March to a request for assistance from the Walsh family, who own a home next door to Captain Jack’s Mini-Golf, at the edge of the town’s downtown commercial district. But at their April...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:02am

Bethany beach replenishment delayed until June

Bethany Beach officials announced this week that the anticipated replenishment of the town’s beach to restore it to its engineered design has been delayed until June 1. The project is now slated to be finished around June 12, barring further...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:54am

South Coastal Library readies for action

The doors of the new South Coastal Library and Joshua M. Freeman Cultural Center in Bethany Beach will be opening next week for the first time. Starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 20, the South Coastal Library will once again operate at its 43...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:50am

Vaginal birth after Cesarean an uphill battle, but still possible

Suzanne Davis of Bethany Beach, after having twin boys and her third son – all delivered by cesarean section – always felt like she had missed out on something. With her twins, she went into labor early and had an emergency c-section at just 29...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:05am

Bikers prepare to 'Ride to the Tide' once again

Motorcyclists are revving up their engines this weekend, all for a meaningful purpose. The Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter I are teaming up again with Special Olympics Delaware for the third annual Ride to the Tide event, set to raise funds for...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

Special events, worship highlight holy week

An Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m. at the bandstand in Bethany Beach on Sunday, April 12, organized by member churches of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. Ann...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:42am

New ambulances welcomed into Bethany

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, founded in June of 1948, is a volunteer organization with 77 members and a Ladies Auxiliary of almost 30 members. Through their coordinated efforts, the men and women of the company monitor every property...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:32am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

Bethany adopts parking, property tax increases

Bethany Beach Town Council members last Friday voted unanimously to adopt a proposed $4.9 million budget for their 2010 fiscal year, which begins April 1. The budget includes a 3 percent increase in property taxes, from 16 to 16.5 cents per $100...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:17am

Bethany council drops Collins Avenue project

On a split vote, Bethany Beach Town Council members on March 20 voted not to proceed with a plan to create a pedestrian walkway along the south side of Collins Avenue, as recommended by a pedestrian and bicycle safety study in 2005.


Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:14am

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

Coastal Point Monica Fleming
Linda Maxwell was recently named Teach of the Year at Frankford...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:05am

Bethany Beach church to hold prayer vigil for peace

Bethany Beach Christian Church will be holding an Easter Prayer Vigil for Peace from 3 p.m. on Good Friday to 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

“Our focus this year for the church has been peace,” said explained organizer Bonnie Rae.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

CIB stays neutral regarding PCS suit

Citing a desire to stay objective on the matter as a potential technical resource, the board of the Center for Inland Bays will not take a formal stand on Sussex County’s lawsuit against DNREC over buffers.

The lawsuit questions DNREC’s...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

Bethany Beach aims for stimulus funding

As Rehoboth Beach prepares to complete its ongoing boardwalk renovations with $7.4 million in money resulting from the federal stimulus package, Bethany Beach officials are also hoping to tap into the $131 million granted to Delaware for highway...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:33pm

Bethany meets with geo-thermal installers

With volatile energy prices and a new nationwide interest and appreciation for green technology, geothermal heating and air systems are becoming more and more prevalent in both new construction and retrofits.

Geothermal systems have been...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:27pm

Bethany considers council term length, limits

Though the idea of term limits and changes to the length of town council members’ terms has been floated in Bethany Beach several times in recent years, the council has only recently moved to officially consider such changes. It was a topic for...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:10am

Bethany 'on solid financial footing'

While some neighboring towns are struggling to keep red ink off their balance sheets, Bethany Beach’s finances are healthy, Finance Director Janet Connery reported to the town council at their Feb. 17 workshop.

“Actions taken in past years...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:08am

Surf’s Up riding high through the winter

Businesses throughout the country are feeling the effects of a slumping economy, but that hasn’t discouraged Billy Lewis one bit. This year, he opted to keep the doors of his Bethany Beach business, Surf’s Up, open all year, a decision few...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:33am

South Coastal Library inches to re-opening

For the past week, it’s been all work and no play for the staff of at the South Coastal Library, as the move back to their renovated location on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach got under way. For 14 months, the library operated out of its temporary...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:17pm

Contractors to offer scholarships to local students

Contractors for a Cause, a foundation devoted to giving back to the community through the works of area contractors and their associates, has been a growing effort in recent years. From their Spring Gala and golf tournaments to their work with...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:55pm

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:19pm

Slow progress on Route 26 improvements

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project has long been a hot topic for locals living and working near the beach, and for visitors to the southern Delaware shore, as it is a main way to get to there.

Perhaps just as popular a topic a...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:41pm

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:28pm

Local beaches much changed in five years--5 year anniversary section

There is no question that one of the biggest changes to the Delaware shore in the last five years is the completion of major reconstruction projects for area beaches. After years of suffering from beach erosion and risk to homes near the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:26pm