Bethany Beach


Photographer prepares for festival debut

An extended Irish family serves as the backbone that supports Maureen Dyer Ickroth’s faith, beliefs and newfound passion for photography. She has enjoyed the opportunity to practice her craft so much that she has earned a spot this year as one of...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:06pm

St. Ann's bazaar returns with nautical quilt

The Parish of St. Ann’s in Bethany Beach is renowned for their summer bazaar, and this year, there doesn’t look to be any disappointment for those who look forward to the event each year.

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Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:08pm

Novak comes to Bethany Beach

Infamous Washington political journalist Robert Novak appeared at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday to sign his, perhaps surprisingly, candid memoir, titled “The Prince of Darkness.” The memoir chronicles Novak’s life as a journalist from his...

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:01pm

Bethany seeing huge summer downtown

Downtown Bethany Beach has been very busy this summer, and it may get a little busier. Town Manager Cliff Graviet reported at the council’s July 20 meeting that in all the ways the town measures its transient summer population, business has been...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 9:12am

Bethany Beach limits non-resident votes

Bethany Beach officials on July 20 adopted a variety of changes to the town’s voting and referendum rules, aimed at maximizing the ability of some citizens to vote while restricting the votes of some non-residents and better ensuring that future...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 9:11am

Harry hysteria hits home

Hundreds gathered outside Bethany and Fenwick bookstores as Friday turned into Saturday last week to get their hands on the seventh and final chapter in the Harry Potter saga, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Standing, and sometimes...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 7:18am

Blue Surf gets mixed reception

While Bethany Beach officials have been supportive of plans to redevelop the landmark oceanfront Blue Surf Motel as a mixed condominium-retail area, the McCabe family and builder Coleman Bunting struck out on two of four requests made to the town...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 7:08am

Mini-golf business scores complaints

The return of miniature golf to Bethany Beach this summer garnered a warm response from most of the town, with residents citing the need for family-friendly activities in the downtown area after the town’s only course closed after the summer of...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 5:38pm

Bethany approves refendum changes

Bethany Beach Town Council members on July 20 considered sweeping changes to the town’s rules regarding referendums.

In the wake of the successful petition last year for referendum over a controversial provision in the town’s new...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 5:34pm

Blue Surf asking town for transformer space

The redevelopment of the landmark oceanfront Blue Surf Motel in Bethany Beach started off with a bang last year, with resounding approval by the town’s Design Review Committee of a plan mixed retail/residential space in a style that some consider...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:41pm

Native plants complete chamber renovation

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce began much-needed building renovations in 2005, aiming to nearly double the size of the Chamber’s office and better meet the needs of the booming number of visitors and businesses that make use of the...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:40pm

Harry Potter madness kicks off

Tucked in back rooms, hidden from hordes of crazed fans, local bookstores are stilling quietly holding onto their most prized possession of the year and likely of the new millennium. Late tonight, though, hundreds of copies of “Harry Potter and...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:38pm

Bethany Beach police ready for night out

On Thursday, July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Bethany Beach Christian Church’s conference center, across from Bethany town hall, will be filled with families and public safety officers for the Bethany Beach Police Department’s annual Night Out....

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:24pm

Deadline nears for Bethany Beach candidates

Potential candidates for seats on the Bethany Beach Town Council have less than a week to make up their minds about whether they’re going to make a run for a council seat this year, with a deadline to file their Application for Candidacy at town...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:23pm

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

The chance to grab tickets for the 16th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is quickly dwindling. This year, 10 homes throughout the Bethany and Fenwick areas will be featured, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the South Coastal Library....

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 3:02pm

Gunn attracts a crowd in Bethany

A line wrapped around the side of Bethany Beach Books last Friday evening, with residents and visitors eager to get a word in with Tim Gunn, co-star of Bravo’s successful fashion design reality show, “Project Runway.”

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Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Annual 4th of July parade a cool change

Mother Nature spared participants in the annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July parade last week, with mild temperatures and refreshing breezes uncharacteristic of the first week of July at the Delaware shore. Bright sun, however, highlighted the...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Fabulous Dialtones call in this weekend on the bandstand

As anyone who has seen their show knows, there’s nothing monotonous about the Fabulous Dialtones, the 9- to 10-piece rock-and-roll band that will embellish the Bethany Boardwalk bandstand this weekend for the seventh straight year.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Boardwalk Arts Festival preps for 29th year

This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce will host the 29th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, in which more than 100 artists and crafters will bring their creations together for a day of entertainment and...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:44am

Timetable on beaches taking shape

Beachgoers in Bethany Beach could see beach reconstruction activity as soon as this week, according to state beach guru Tony Pratt, program administrator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s)...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:25am

Bethany Beach to hold elections on Saturday

Bethany Beach voters will head to the polls this Saturday, Sept. 8, to select candidates to fill three seats on the town council. Regardless of the outcome, at least one new face will be seen behind the council table starting later this month....

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:22am

Fire officials block ambulance tax legislation

Leaders from Delaware fire companies statewide blocked a state bill that would have allowed residents of the Bethany Beach fire district to vote on a special tax to fund ambulance service there, officials said this week.

State Sen. George...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Library readies for expansion with help from Cottage Tour

As official negotiation of temporary leasing is confirmed and signed, the South Coastal Library, located on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, will be relocating during time of construction, which is expected to start this fall.

The expansion...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs. A tax would only be imposed on lots...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

OVPD targets bicyclist's safety tonight

A combination of an influx of foreign students riding their bicycles to and from work daily and an inordinate amount of traffic on local roadways — primarily Route 26 — has prompted the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) to take a pro-active...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

First day fruitful for farmers' market

The opening day of the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market was just peachy for the local farmers, farm families and food producers who came out to sell their produces directly to the public on Sunday, July 1.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Local photographer shares deep sea splendor

Many people dream of deep-sea SCUBA diving along tropical coral reefs in the Caribbean, or through the cold, mysterious waters of New England. For Janna Schneider, however, that dream has become very much a reality, and one that may ultimately,...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Public fireworks displays offer safe, patriotic fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Delaware is one of only five states in the country that ban all consumer...

Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:10am

No holds barred at Anything Goes

While her Rehoboth store in the Village by the Sea is preparing for its 19th summer, owner Joan Thompson’s new Anything Goes in Bethany Beach will try its hand at its Route 26 location for its first big season.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Jean Workman Richards

Jean Workman Richards of Bethany Beach passed away Saturday, June 23, 2007.

Daughter of Raymond “Sonny” and Marion “Boots” Workman, she is survived by her sister, Joanie; brothers, Ray and Kenny; her sons and daughters, Jay, Joe, Julia,...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany farmers' market to open Sunday

After weeks of anticipation and months of work, the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market is set to open, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 1, in the Mercantile Peninsula Bank parking lot in town. The market will run for eight consecutive...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Group officially recommends long eastern bypass

The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.

Some 19 out of the members —...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Captain Quint bumps buffet in Bethany

If the Bethany bandstand sounds a little more tropical than usual this Sunday, don’t be alarmed. For their fourth year, the now eight-piece Maryland band Captain Quint will be gracing the stage to bring some island flavor to southern Delaware....

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bennetts go from grist mill to peach orchard

Traveling north on Route 20 in Dagsboro, it’s hard to miss the 2,500 peach trees that line 25 acres on the roadway’s east side. The Bennetts’ peach trees, where locals have picked their own peaches since the mid-80’s — coupled with the Parsons’...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Charity home making believers in Bethany

Summertime beach homes and family fun have always gone hand in hand, but this season, one Bethany Beach house is about to become even more welcoming than many could have ever expected.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Townhome development presented to town

Plans to build a 57-unit townhome development on Beaver Dam Road, adjacent to existing Millville town limits, came up for review by the town’s annexation committee and other neighboring property owners at a June 21 meeting.

The nearly 11-...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Madame Chef stirs up some new services

With summertime trips to the beach, it can be stressful enough organizing and hosting visits with friends and family. The last thing a lot of people want to worry with is preparing meals and dinner parties.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators pass absentee ballot amendment

Bethany Beach officials and citizens who have been closely monitoring state legislators’ consideration of amendments to state election code got a welcome bit of news late in the day on June 14, with the passage of House Bill 120 by the state...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Ambulance service tax gets boost

As expected, state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th) introduced a bill last week that would allow local residents to vote on a special tax to pay for ambulance services in the Bethany Beach fire district.

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany council approves memorial race

With some key items postponed from their June agenda until at least July, members of the Bethany Beach Town Council on June 15 dealt with several items that were devoid of much controversy.

The council approved, on a 5-0 vote with Steve...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany considers beach smoking ban

Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on June 14 dealt with an issue that has generated controversy nationwide — the question of banning smoking on the public beach.

As smokers have generally increasingly been driven...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany narrows down referendum changes

Changes recommended for Bethany Beach’s referendum process after a successful call for repeal of the town’s height allowance for pitched roofs last year have been debated by the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee for months.

Narrowing...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Differences remain over Route 26 sewer project

Discussion of the planned sewer expansion project on Route 26 continued at a second meeting between area business owners and county officials on Wednesday, but the various parties still appear to be a long way from a plan that would satisfy...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Tax increase coming for ambulance service?

Legislation expected in Dover within days would allow the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to propose a tax increase in its district to pay for ambulance service that currently is provided through the Millville Volunteer Fire Company but...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

It's audit time again in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach finances, while tighter these days, have proven so well managed by Finance Director Janet Connery that, come audit time, members of the Audit Committee are used to looking far forward rather than at the numbers immediately in front...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany tables change to BoA numbers

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week tabled what was the most controversial of the proposals to make changes to the town’s Board of Adjustments: the move from three members to five.

The increase in membership was itself generally...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach revs up for some summer fun

The finishing touches for Bethany Beach’s revitalized bandstand are coming into place this week, with final adjustments to the new sound system complete and the lighting system following in its footsteps.

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Friday, May 25, 2007 - 7:20am

Bethany museum draws volunteer docents

The appeal for new docents for the Bethany Beach town museum has been a considerable success. As of Tuesday, a dozen people had expressed interest in being among those who provide extra information about the exhibits hosted in the town hall lobby...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 7:16am