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Friends seek support for ailing mother

Amanda Parkinson’s story is one that puts things in perspective. She hasn’t asked for media attention, and for her children’s sake probably doesn’t want media attention, but by all standards, Parkinson is in a very tough spot.

Diagnosed...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany re-ups with beach lobbyists

South Bethany Town Council members voted to renew their share of a contract with beach replenishment lobbyists Marlowe & Company at the Dec. 9 council meeting, entering their second year with extra-governmental support for local replenishment...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z defers decision for eagles

Bald eagles threw a monkey-wrench into the works of an eight-lot subdivision planned for Bunting Road west of Dagsboro, near Pepper Creek and Piney Creek, when it came up for review by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD honors departing board member

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board and Superintendent Lois Hobbs honored outgoing member Greg Hastings at their Dec. 13 meeting, directly on the heels of his official resignation from the board.

Hastings has been...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Hastings ready for state board

Greg Hastings has served on the Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board for more than 12 years now, but publicly announced his resignation this week, in preparation for a move to the state Board of Education.

Hastings’ resignation...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local legislators outline plan for 2006

Sen. George Howard Bunting may be a Democrat, and Rep. Gerald Hocker may be a Republican; but they seem to get along well enough, as evidenced at a recent Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.

Bunting and Hocker,...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Big Easy to bid adieu this weekend

They’ve had a good run at the Big Easy Seafood and Steakhouse, but owner Jerry Richard recently announced he’d pass the torch after this weekend: Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.
This weekend will be patrons’ last chance to enjoy the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View prepares to borrow $4 million

The big Ocean View police station project is out for bid, and Ocean View Town Council authorized the town to borrow up to $4 million to finance the project at the Dec. 6 council meeting.
As Mayor Gary Meredith noted, the operative term was...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville applies for housing grants

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed Monday to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) for the town again this year. The grants help low-income property owners and landlords with low-income tenants make needed...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville considers multiples issues

The Selbyville Town Council has approved — again — a resolution for an $850,000 bond for water and sewer system improvements, based on votes in 2000 and subsequent years. The re-approval of the council resolution was needed due to some minor...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

County eyes possible changes to clusters

There seems a consensus on Sussex County Council that the Cluster Development Ordinance (enacted August 2004) may have a few loopholes that need closing. Council enacted a moratorium on new cluster developments last week and continued the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

No timetable for local beach projects yet

The impact of detailed language in the federal Energy and Water bill for the 2006 fiscal year on beach reconstruction projects in Bethany Beach and South Bethany is still unclear, according to DNREC beach replenishment guru Tony Pratt.

“...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro trio sweeps election

Incredibly high election turnout, incredibly unambiguous result. Dagsboro residents swept in three new town council candidates — three candidates who entered the race as a team, running on a platform for change.

Patti Adams, Wayne Baker...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Streetscape plans up for review in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and officials will get a new perspective on a long-running plan for the town at a special meeting set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the town hall. The long-touted Streetscape project for Garfield Parkway will be the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford to apply for improvement grants

Frankford Town Council took the bull by the horns Dec. 5 when they unanimously decided to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) in an attempt to revamp their community. The grants are earmarked for refurbishments and renovations to...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

State targets January for Assawoman start

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) may start work on the Assawoman Canal dredging project as early as mid-January, according to DNREC’s Chuck Williams (Soil and Water Conservation).

The Sierra...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Court denies Assawoman Canal appeal

A Tuesday, Nov. 29, ruling from Delaware’s Court of Chancery appears to have rejuvenated state efforts to complete a long sought-after dredging of the Assawoman Canal.

The canal, roughly 4 miles in length, runs south-southeast from the...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local Guardsman returns from Iraq

The flags are in — Ryan Redman is home. The Army National Guardsman returned from Iraq earlier this month — safe and sound, much to the delight of his parents, Clarksville-area residents Ken and Donna.
“He’s home for good,” his mother...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro explains response to contaminated water

Early on Nov. 28, Dagsboro Mayor S. Brad Connor admitted he was disappointed by the tenor of the criticisms he and other council members had received in the wake of the recent contamination of Dagsboro’s central water system.

Many of those...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro approves two cluster projects

Dagsboro town council moved forward on two new subdivisions with cluster overlays at the Nov. 28 council meeting: (1) the Village at Pepper Creek project (87 lots), north of the John M. Clayton School, west of Main Street, and (2) Charlie Zonko’s...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Annual holiday parade set for Friday

Area residents can get what will likely be their first glimpse of Santa Claus this year at the popular Selbyville Christmas Parade, set to step off Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Santa will again conclude the parade this year with his arrival via...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Events set to kick off Bethany holidays

Bethany Beach will open its arms to the spirit of the holidays this weekend with the annual Holiday Happenings, set for Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

Saturday’s events will focus on the family, with a fun-filled lineup of...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island deadlocks on front yards

Fenwick Island Town Council members debated a clarified requirement for front yard setbacks (how close to the street property owners can build something) at the Nov. 18 council meeting but ended up in a 3-3 deadlock (Council Member R. Chris Clark...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.
...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

County pauses to amend clustering

About a month ago, Sussex County Council members started considering some changes to the cluster subdivision ordinance (enacted in August of 2004), and got right back on it after the Thanksgiving break.

They still haven’t settled on just...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

District hears from JROTC supporters

Is the Indian River School District (IRSD) considering a budget cut in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) department? If so, school board members have some public opinion to weigh after the Nov. 22 IRSD School Board meeting.

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Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Meet the candidates for Dagsboro Town Council

Patti Adams
She’s a teacher at Frankford Elementary School, just a few miles south of town, and has been for quite a while. Adams has been teaching local kids, and now kids of local kids, for 35 years. A lifelong resident and John M....

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany West becomes focus for flooding

Pennsylvania Avenue is Bethany Beach’s most notorious area for major flooding problems, but those visiting the town’s post office during heavy rain events will have to wait a little longer for any attempts at improvement.
Engineers have re-...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro prepares for council election

Dagsboro residents have seen some quiet election cycles in years past — in fact, many times there haven’t been enough candidates to bother with an election at all.
Something’s changed. Even with two council members (Clay Hall and Jamie...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Charitable foundation prepares to luau

Fie on winter’s chill — locals will have a Caribbean Christmas this year. Saturday, Dec. 3, anyway, as the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) gears up for another annual open house mixer and benefit.
It’s “Tommy Bahama Formal” this...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany approves plan

South Bethany has a 99.44-percent approved comprehensive development plan (CDP), as of a special meeting/workshop on Nov. 17. Town council members voted 6-0 at that meeting (Mayor Gary Jayne absent) to forward an updated CDP to the state for...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany local honored at Prime Hook

Milton Cooper — a man to be reckoned with. At age 91, Cooper admits he doesn’t go out in the duck blind anymore. But until just a few years ago, he was still out there, shotgun cocked, listening, waiting.
He said he’d started hunting ducks...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Streetscape plans presented in Bethany

Bethany Beach officials have set Dec. 10 as the date upon which two plans for the proposed “Streetscape” project for Garfield Parkway will be presented to the town council and the public.
It is to be a refresher for both entities, since it...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z recommends parking changes

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended approval of several ordinance changes at its Nov. 17 meeting, including some potentially contentious parking requirement changes. But the commissioners were split on the most...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View receives stormwater tutorial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission returned to design templates for the Route 26 corridor at a Nov. 17 workshop, spending most of the meeting in question-and-answer with Sussex Conservation District’s Jessica Watson.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Preserving stardom

Fame is fleeting — a moment in the sun, and the crowd disperses.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY: Twin brother lieutenants Greg and Chris Zielinski, standouts on the U.S. Air Force Academy’s tennis team, stand in front of the ‘wall of fame’ at...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany council asked to support SB100

Bethany Beach Town Council members were not prepared to officially put the town behind efforts to gain two at-large seats for the Sussex County Council when the issue was put before them at their Nov. 18 council meeting.

Resident Dennis...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers single lot ordinance

Under the guidance of a new chairman and with new membership in place, Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Committee met Nov. 17 to proceed with updates of town codes.

Town Council Member and CORC Chairman Lew Killmer took over the...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Planners move to provide aid

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members found a way out of a difficult situation at their Nov. 19 meeting, agreeing to put forward an ordinance amendment that would allow an expedited Board of Adjustments hearing in cases requiring an emergency...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro water ruled nearly clear

It’s not quite ready to drink just yet, but town officials in Millsboro and Dagsboro reported forward progress on the central water situation earlier this week.

Both towns ran into elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) last month —...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County studies land trust model

Affordable- to moderately-priced housing once again topped the agenda of the Sussex County Council, at the Nov. 15 meeting.

Members of the Diamond State Community Land Trust (CLT) brought a model for Sussex and Kent counties before Sussex...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach bandstand gets demolished

It’s the end of an era in Bethany, with this week’s demolition and removal of the old Bethany Beach bandstand. The old stage was getting pretty ragged around the edges, but many longtime residents are still probably a little sad to see it go....

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach replenishment timeline expected soon

One of the most-asked questions in Bethany Beach and South Bethany these days is: When will they start putting sand on the beach?

With $3 million lined up to be allocated for the two towns’ beach reconstruction project in the 2006 fiscal...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers parking, driveway rules

The Bethany Beach Traffic and Parking Committee (T&P) meets rarely — usually only the mandated twice a year — despite its purview over what has become an increasingly difficult summer traffic and parking situation in the town.

Though...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Committee tackles Bethany's zoning future

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s zoning ad hoc committee (ZAC) has only met twice, but it’s already nearing the end of its appointed task – consideration of a list of possible zoning modifications developed with area builders. The question...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany hears from Sharp Energy

Sharp Energy’s Eric Mays and Ron Patrick attended this month’s South Bethany Town Council meeting, Nov. 10, to answer questions about propane service. Specifically, 1) did Sharp ever plan to extend the existing mains to serve new areas around...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Preservation efforts continue in Bethany

Efforts to preserve historical homes in Bethany Beach continue, but at a slow pace, as preservationists debate how best to proceed with grass-roots endeavors and more official efforts from the town.
Members of the Cultural and Historical...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

State student council represented heavily by district students

The Indian River School District (IRSD) holds a majority at the Delaware Student Council Association (DSCA) this year, with three out of five students hailing from district schools.

From Selbyville Middle School, Abigail Boettinger was...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Disparate interest brought together in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark admittedly expected a bigger turnout for the Nov. 4 Your Town meeting he had helped organize in the town. But at the conclusion of the two-hour event with several dozen people in attendance, he...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local art studio tour returns for 11th year

Oh, there’s a local art scene, alright — you just have to know where to find it. Nov. 25 and 26, the Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will make that just a little easier.
This year’s class of 16 artists is scattered...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm