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Waiting-area bars get go-ahead from Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Council members in a close vote Sept. 16 elected to strike the so-called “sunsetting” provision of the town’s recent waiting-area bar allowance.

The council had made the temporary or “sunsetting” allowance — due to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick to weigh docks, boat lifts again

On Friday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m., the Fenwick Island Town Council will hold a public hearing in the town hall to receive testimony on a proposed amendment to the town code, Chapter 160 — Zoning, Paragraph 6-b, regulations for docks and boat...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

A novel idea

The Dennis home, just off the beaten path at the north end of Dagsboro, is ship-shape top to bottom — the lawn looks like a putting green, the driveway is freshly seal-coated. And indoors, lady-of-the-house Joyce Taylor “J.T.” Dennis has created...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local restaurateur ventures westward

Jerry Richard, famous for his Bethany-area Big Easy restaurant (and, more recently, Outrigger’s Seafood Grille, near Fenwick) is at it again. He’s joined forces with Dagsboro resident Mike Oxbrough, and together they’re transforming the former...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT offers explanations and apology

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives described the converging factors that created this year’s $200 million budget shortfall, and subsequent placement of myriad Sussex road projects in “deep freeze,” at the annual...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local aid efforts expand

Like most communities throughout the nation, the towns of the Delaware shore are seeking to offer whatever help they can to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. From special fund-raising jars on the counters of local eateries to formal...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Billboard proposal alarms residents

Some residents and property owners in the Fenwick Island area hope their opposition to a county variance request couldn’t be any plainer if they put it on a billboard.
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Residents do not wish to see a...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford steps closer to clean-up of town

Frankford Town Council voted unanimously to move forward on a short list of uninhabited, dilapidated houses on Mill Street, at the Sept. 12 council meeting. This is step two, as Council Vice-President T. Maynard Esender pointed out. An ad hoc...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville approves real estate offices on Route 26

Millville Town Council held another relatively succinct council meeting on Sept. 13, sans Mayor Gary Willey (out for surgery, but recovering nicely, according to Council Member Gerry Hocker).

Hocker said they’d approved two changes of zone...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local organization reins in feral cats

Bethany Town Cats (BTC) members spent a day selling jewelry and crafts — and trying to find homes for a cat or two — at the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, last weekend. The organization never spends more than it has, noted BTC...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

SDSA welcomes new principal to fold

Incoming Principal Loriann White should provide a smooth transition at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA). Like her predecessor, Tim Fannin, White was there at the beginning.

She recalled Indian River School District...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beautification remains focus in Fenwick

Members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee continued their efforts Monday, following up on a number of projects spearheaded by the committee and aimed at making the town even more aesthetically pleasing.

Topping the agenda for...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Clothing businesses share a space in Millville

The 66-year-old J. Wilgus Dry Cleaning company has opened a new pick-up and drop-off location at the Shops of Millville (on Route 26), and embroiderers Precision Sportswear will be sharing the Wilgus storefront.
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Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany outlines evacuation route

South Bethany Police Chief Joe Deloach outlined a hurricane evacuation route for the town and immediate vicinity, at the Sept. 9 council meeting. It follows narrow roads, through several twists and turns, but may be highly effective in one regard...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers P&Z authority on plans

Can the county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission members use subjective judgment in denying subdivision plans, if those plans technically meet code requirements?

This was the question attorney Heidi Balliet (Tunnel & Raysor)...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

New season brings other changes

As the heat of Indian summer fades and the first autumn leaves begin to fall from the trees, more changes in Delaware’s beach communities than simply the number of cars on the road and how much skin is covered by the average attire.

In...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick council wrangles with the details

The Fenwick Island Town Council will continue to hold its informal “workshops-without-agenda” (WWA) on the second Saturday of the month, with a decision made by council members at just such a meeting Sept. 10.

Recent WWAs have conflicted...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward announced the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fat Tuna plans to raise funds for Gulf states

Restaurateur Michelle Parrill of Fat Tuna Grill and radio exec Crystal Layton of FM-106.9, “The X,” will hold a charity auction at Fat Tuna on Saturday, Sept. 17, to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“That was supposed to be our ‘...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Centex is contributing $...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Inlet bridge becomes a two-lane road

Motorists may feel a slight pinch driving over the Indian River Inlet these days — the bridge narrowed to one lane in either direction on Sept. 6.

However, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representative Bob King said the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lumber hikes in Katrina aftermath

Two area lumber companies weighed in last week, following diminished supply from sawmills along the Gulf of Mexico, and a spike in demand for lumber in those areas as people flooded out by Hurricane Katrina prepare to rebuild.

At Dukes...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices hit another record

While some predicted gasoline prices would reach $4 per gallon or higher nationwide and rumors of looming rationing abounded in the days following damage to oil and gas production from Hurricane Katrina, average prices nationwide and throughout...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fresh Pond restricted through 2010

Delaware Seashore State Park is mainly the marina and beaches around the Indian River Inlet. However, the park has a stepchild along the north borders of the Salt Pond as well — the approximately 800-acre Fresh Pond area.

The Department of...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Nanticoke ready for annual pow-wow in Millsboro, Sept. 10, 11

The Nanticoke Indian Association will welcome people to the Millsboro area from across the United States and Canada this weekend, Sept. 10-11, for the tribe’s 28th annual powwow.
The yearly celebration delivers two days of Amerindian...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Carter to feature new artwork this weekend

Bethany Beach artist Jennifer Carter has produced a series of new works — all in her usual shore-side theme — in anticipation of a number of artistic events coming in the second season.
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Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

4-H'ers get a good jump on first day of school

“Blue Birds” 4-H/summer camp participants at Hickory Tree, near Selbyville, started gearing up for their first day back to school after summer vacation with the receipt of backpacks stocked with school supplies on Aug. 29.

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Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View weighs fate of historic home

Ocean View is trying to build a Department of Public Works (DPW) building, a group of property owners is hoping to establish a historical district, and a 103-year-old house is caught in the middle.

The town purchased the Shores property on...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Second season arrives

September is here again, and residents around the Sussex coast can again collectively exhale, having survived the stress of another summer season. More and more so every year, however, locals are likely taking another deep breath at the end of...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Water and sewer get the vote

The Selbyville electorate, in a referendum Wednesday, Aug. 31, authorized town officials to borrow $2 million for sewer and water distribution projects.

“It’s important for the town because we can expand our water and sewage into our...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Greyhounds leave town

Bethany Beach residents Monte and Cheryl Wisbrock were for many years the local contacts for Greyhound bus tickets in “downtown” Bethany Beach. They gave it up when they moved their business (Bethany & Resort Rental Service) to the Hickman...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island council votes to settle lawsuit

The Fenwick Island Town Council Friday, Aug. 26, voted to allow its insurance carrier, Scottsdale Insurance Company, to resolve the lawsuit brought by former police Maj. William Manning against the town and council members past and present.

...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Smith looking to keep Frankford rolling

Duncan Smith will be taking over for retiring Principal Sharon Brittingham at Frankford Elementary School this year, and he recognized his predecessors for their efforts.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Duncan Smith is the new principal at...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro diverts development

Dagsboro Town Council voted unanimously, in consecutive motions, to send two potential residential housing projects back to the drawing board for refinement at the Aug. 26 town council meeting.

Representatives from Riverview Associates...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hocker draws a good crowd for coffee

Hocker’s Deli — not the place one might expect to find a rather substantial public meeting, but more than 30 area residents turned out for an Aug. 31 meet-your-legislator forum, hosted by Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District).
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Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shoulder season arrives

Labor Day marks the beginning of between time bridging one summer and the next. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to convince out-of-towners that the September-to-May spell is not the ‘off-season.’ Rather, the chamber wants...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sussex runners support cancer research

Local members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training celebrated completed preparations for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon with a kickoff party on Aug. 26.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Members of the local Leukemia...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local gallery features Bishopville artist

Constance “Tinsel” Hughes will hold a one-woman exhibit this weekend at the Beach Cottage, Route 26 in Ocean View (83 Atlantic Ave). She specializes in local landscapes and seascapes in a traditional, realist style.
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Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany marks 20th year for Jazz funeral

Every year for the past 20, locals have given summer a proper send-off on Labor Day, with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral (Monday, Sept. 5 this year).
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Jazz musicians make their way down the boardwalk in...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View CHEER opening draws crowd

The Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center was bittersweet, as perhaps all important things are. The Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Color Guard hoisted the flag — the first time it had flown over the new...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick moves forward on makeover

As sand continues pumping into Fenwick Island’s beaches, the town’s streetscape has been chosen for a green makeover. The town council passed a motion Friday, Aug. 26, to approve the twofold Living Fence Project.

Fenwick Island will...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fall gardening

Okay, summer’s over. It’s time to kick off the flip-flops and put on your gardening gloves. There’s work to be done!

Fall, with its milder temperatures and more plentiful rainfall, is a golden season for gardeners. There are things that...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Moving Sand: Fenwick Island begins process of building new beach

Atlantis is risen in Fenwick Island this week, as dredging outfit Bean Stuyvesant replaces sands lost to the tides over the past 13 years.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Contracting company Bean Stuyvesant goes to work on the Fenwick...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

County discusses new appeals process

Sussex County Council considered draft legislation that would create a new appeals process for parties aggrieved by county decisions regarding subdivisions, at the Aug. 23 regular council meeting.

County Attorney Jim Griffin worked some...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD reports on accountability ratings

The Indian River School District (IRSD) appears quite “Superior,” to judge from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports at the Aug. 23 School Board meeting.

The IRSD improved to, or held steady at, the top AYP rating of Superior in 10 out...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

All steam ahead in Bethany Beach

Friday night was good to incumbents in Bethany Beach. The town council’s three officers — Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice Mayor Carol Olmstead and Secretary-Treasurer Tony McClenny — all won reconfirmation at the 7 p.m. reorganization meeting, which...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Writers participate in a workshop on poetry and fiction.
The...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Brand new school welcomes new staff

Big changes around the Indian River School District (IRSD) this year — 47 new teachers in all, according to district Superintendent Lois Hobbs, and a new assistant principal at the new Indian River High School.

Mike King has stepped in as...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm