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IRHS boosters ready to play long ball

Wanted: Baseball sluggers, high-school age and younger, to participate in the Indian River Baseball Boosters’ long-distance hitting contest at the new high school on Nov. 11.
Twenty bucks gets hitters in the door, but more money generated...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Halloween parade set for October 26 in Selbyville

One of the highlights of the year in Selbyville will arrive Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the annual Halloween parade steps off on its brief route through the streets of the town at 7 p.m.
Organized by the town’s Lions Club, the parade is one of...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Work starts on 2006 craft show

The committee organizing the Seaside Craft Show in Bethany Beach is already planning for the second edition of the event, set for June 3, 2006.

Committee members met Oct. 15 to continue efforts for marketing the event and to send out...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chamber membership reaches 800

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it recently signed up its 800th member, Lynch Publishing Inc. of Ocean City, Md.
Other new members helping the Chamber reach the milestone include Temple Bat Yam, Geri Dibiase...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island officials quash robbery rumors

Rumors that Fenwick Island police were slow to respond to a Sept. 14 bank robbery in the town due to staffing and communication problems are unfounded, according to town council members.

At the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda, the council...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville by the sea one step closer

The Millville Town Council has given the second of three required approvals for the Millville by the Sea development (formerly named Millville Township).

Council members at their Oct. 11 meeting granted unanimous approval for the more...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville invests in future police department

Millville Town Council members looked into the future at their Oct. 11 meeting and decided that they should take a positive step toward the eventual formation of a police department in the town.

Mayor Gary Willey reported that he had met...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local senator requests public-private primer

Unclear just what financiers are talking about, when they refer to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)? You’re not alone.

Toward learning a little more, local Sen. George Howard Bunting (20th District) has asked colleagues and Gov. Ruth Ann...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

County holds off on housing issue

By all accounts, the committee studying a moderately-priced housing initiative has taken a major step in the right direction, but Sussex County Council reached consensus at the Oct. 11 council meeting that the program still needs work.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View seniors manage to connect

Not a week goes by that Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle hasn’t scheduled one activity or another. But just what it is they do is a little harder to pinpoint.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle members get...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local Democrats host Insurance Commissioner

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn stopped near Bethany Beach area on Oct. 11, to share from his area of expertise, before members of the Southeastern Sussex Democratic Club, at the Cottage Café.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Truck parking, commercial area discussed

It was a time for revisiting a number of old issues at the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda (WWA) in Fenwick Island.

Resident Gail Warburton again raised the issue of delivery truck parking on Farmington and other residential side streets....

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mississippi town beneficiary of local funds

Funds donated by local towns will be going to aid the residents of storm-devastated Waveland, Miss.

With the decision made by members of a Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) committee last week, a total of $53,000 in cash donations...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT talks Inlet Bridge redesign

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is safe, for now. And, devastating impact on local economies notwithstanding, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will certainly close it down if that ever changes.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Old Tymers heading toward goals

Some seniors move south when winter comes to the Delaware coast, seeking to live more comfortably. But a handful of area elders have made the cross-country trek to St. George, Utah, for the Huntsman games to see if they are worthy to move onto...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View leases interim police building

Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to move forward into lease negotiations, in an effort to move the Ocean View Police Department out of its roughly 20-by-30 foot present home, and into a more spacious triple-wide trailer near Bear Trap,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford creeps toward water fix

Yet again, the main topic of discussion around Frankford remained the problems with central water, at the Oct. 3 town council meeting.

Crystal Holland, a regular at council meetings but a rare speaker, broke silence. “We keep hearing about...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro council offers reminder

Dagsboro’s new central water system is ready to go, and town residents are starting to hire plumbers to come install the hookups. They will need to do so before the one-year grace period expires, or incur the rather hefty impact fee (nearly $3,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

County introduces parking ordinances

Sussex County Council introduced four ordinances, all related to parking, at the Oct. 4 council meeting, and while they won’t reappear on the agenda until Nov. 17 (at county Planning and Zoning), Council Member George Cole made clear he’d...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fall fishing tournament this weekend

Anglers have just a few more days to register for the Annual Fall Surf-fishing Tournament sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at early-bird rates.

The 26th edition of the popular Annual Fall Surf-fishing Tournament is...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT reviews inlet bridge design

Roadwork continues around the Indian River Inlet Bridge, but the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking another look at designs for the bridge itself. Anticipating the single bid the department had received would prove much more...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mickey's the site for Gulf states relief

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed many more, but in spite of mother nature’s worst, just as many have turned out to throw their support behind those in need. To that end, Mickey’s Family...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Giving aid

Fenwick Island police officer Jason Bergman didn’t have much warning that he would be heading to the devastated Gulf Coast region to provide relief to hurricane victims.
Special to the Coastal Point • JASON BERGMAN:
National Guardsmen...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Familiar face at county

Chip Guy’s name has been plastered all over the front pages of the (Wilmington) News Journal for years now. Now he’s made the headlines himself , in a way other than writing them himself — as he’s done since early 2000.
Coastal Point • SAM...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville approves $400,000 water bond

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously approved two resolutions at their Oct. 3 meeting, agreeing to form a committee to investigate vacating Long Street to allow access to two properties and approving the sale of $400,000 in bonds to fund...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Indian River High School gets dedicated

Indian River School District (IRSD) personnel, distinguished guests, students and parents gathered in the beautiful, state-of-the-art auditorium of the new Indian River High School for dedication ceremonies on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Coastal...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Book discussion a hit

Joan Maloof, an environmental issues and biological sciences professor at Salisbury University, stopped at the iLand ArT gaLLerY in Fenwick Island last weekend (Oct. 1) to sign copies of her new book, “Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Those students are...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany passes referendum

The results are in, and residents of South Bethany overwhelmingly supported council’s request for permission to spend up to $970,000 for a new police station and town hall. Turnout was light — much lighter than what the town typically sees for...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

FIPD continues efforts for Gulf Coast region

When Jason Bergman returned to his regular duties with the Fenwick Island Police Department last week, he had a surprise waiting for him.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:
Officer Jason Bergman with some of the boxes of goods...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View studies radio towers

Someone is raising a 50-foot-tall ham radio tower in Ocean View, less than a block away from town hall. But while some of the neighbors have expressed concerns about its appearance, not even town hall has much say in governing amateur radio...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View designs business district

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has started work on what will eventually become a design template for the newly rezoned business district along Route 26.
The P&Z met on Sept. 15 to hash out some of the details....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mixed reception for multi-family projects

Despite concessions made by applicants Gregory and Patricia White, members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voiced concerns about their proposed four-home multi-family project near St. George’s Church at Omar Road....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fall golf tourney nearly sold out

Local golfers are already taking a swing at the rare opportunity to play the only tournament set at the brand new Bayside Resort Golf Club in its inaugural year.

With more than two weeks left before the Oct. 14 Annual Fall Golf Outing...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Townhouse project gets preliminary approval

Dagsboro Town Council sent a controversial, 470-unit, medium-density residential project (General’s Green) back to the drawing board last month. At this month’s council meeting, Sept. 28, they waved a 318-unit, high-density townhouse project...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sierra Club tours Assawoman canal

About a dozen kayakers and a couple canoeists, Sierra Club members and guests, toured the Assawoman Canal on Sept. 25, for what may be one of the last trips down the canopied waterway, as it exists today. Several days earlier, the Department of...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's all in business in Fenwick Island

It was a topsy-turvy day for those used to the normal flow of an agenda for the Fenwick Island Town Council. Mayor Peter Frederick turned the usual order of things on its head, starting off a new council initiative that emphasizes the performance...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick rejects more docks, boat lifts

The people spoke, and the Fenwick Island Town Council listened, voting 5-1 not to expand allowances for docks and boat lifts on the town’s canals at their Sept. 23 meeting.

The vote followed in the wake of a survey of property owners that...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island codifies apartment rule

Fenwick Island’s town council accepted a series of amendments to the town code Sept. 23, codifying what has been standard practice as regards the building and operation of apartments in the town’s commercial district.

The proposed...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

PSC forecasts Artesian rate shakeout

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) is still working through a fine detail or two, still determining how much revenue growth is fair, how much is too much, for public utility Artesian Water.
The PSC chopped Artesian’s 2004 request for...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local schools pass grade

Indian River School District students continued to pace state averages, according to results from the Delaware Department of Education (DEDOE), released last week.

The spring cycle of the Delaware State Testing Program (DSTP) involves...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

County proceeds on Western Sussex study

Sussex County Council discussed a potential $500,000 contract for a Western Sussex sewer study at the Sept. 20 council meeting — specifically, the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

Assistant County Engineer Russ...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forms group to address zoning

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission at their Sept. 17 meeting officially approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to work on a proposed zoning overlay system for the town.

The system was targeted as a possible method to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

PRD Grandfathering clarified in Bethany

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members agreed Sept. 17 to clarify the rules governing grandfathering of planned residential developments (PRDs) on properties less than 50,000 square feet in area.

The grandfathering was limited to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Changes in the water for Bethany

There are changes in the water for Bethany Beach, and one of those changes is coming despite a less-than-enthusiastic reception from town officials.

While the town recently elected to replace the chlorine it has been using to disinfect its...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Billboard plan dead in face of opposition

They didn’t have to bring in any extra seating, but the turnout of Fenwick Island-area residents in opposition to a billboard proposed near the town was apparently enough to influence the applicant: He signed in for the hearing before the Sussex...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Event raises thousands for hurricane relief

Hundreds of local businesses came together in the last few weeks to raise funds for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Coastal Point • DARIN J. MCCANN:
Michelle Parrill, left, and Crystal Layton, right, present a check...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

SSA rep explains government benefits

Local Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) hosted Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Ben Shamburger for another “town hall meeting” on Sept. 15, in the brand new auditorium of the Indian River High School.

It was warm, the air...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Blueberry wars' spark over signage

The berries are sweet, but the competition for customers has apparently turned sourer than all the lemons in a large meringue pie.

Frankford is the site of one battle in the county’s “blueberry wars,” with the competition between two...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm