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Work on Bethany museum progresses

With the inaugural edition of the Seaside Craft Show behind them and considered “an enormous success,” members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) are shifting their focus back to one of the committee’s core...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville shop covers all the bases

Twenty years come September, and the Miller’s Creek shop, or shops, rather, are still plugging along, under the same ownership and offering, in many cases, the same merchandise.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Debby Evans confers with...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

World Series organizers optimistic for 2005

The largest youth sports league in the world will be holding one of its most important events in Sussex County.

Little League Baseball Inc. will hold its Senior League Softball World Series in at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View hears revenue prospects

Ocean View Town Council applauded departing Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Member Jeanne Mueller at the top of the June 7 council meeting, and sailed unruffled through another hour and a half of business. Things wrapped up on a lively...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Parents offer support for behavior mod

Three local parents — Cathy Berzins, Rebecca Mais and Patrice Pikulsky — recently formed up as the Safety in Our Schools (SOS) committee, with the goal of supporting the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) threatened behavior modification...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Manufactured housing sector faces council

Sussex County Council members spent most of the afternoon presiding over the public hearing for a proposed 1,600-unit residential plus commercial development on 836 acres of farmland between Milford and Milton. (They deferred, awaiting a...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick drafts $1.437 million budget

Fenwick Island Town Council and Budget Committee members met Tuesday, June 7, to make final tweaks to the town’s budget for the 2006 fiscal year. The final draft budget is scheduled to be presented to the town at the council’s June 24 meeting, in...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Teacher of the year defines passion for stage

And the winner is — James DeBastiani.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) makes the tough call every year — which of 14 candidates (one from each school) will be crowned Teacher of the Year for the entire district.
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Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Post office to discuss expansion

U.S. Postal Service officials will hold a public forum on Thursday, June 16, to discuss the planning of a new, expanded Ocean View-Millville-Clarksville post office. The meeting will be at the Millville firehouse and start at 6:30 p.m.

The...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville closer to water expansion

Selbyville officials are eager to begin the process of expanding the town’s water service area.

That expansion has come a bit closer in recent weeks, with the arrival of an agreement between the town and Artesian Water that would...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

The trolley rides

The new, larger Bethany Beach trolley arrived last Thursday smelling of freshly sanded oak. The interior sparkled with untarnished brass handrails and the exterior gleamed with a pristine coat of paint.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
The...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Brittingham leaves her mark on school

Headmaster Sharon Brittingham has spearheaded the transformation of Frankford Elementary from an underperforming institution into an academic exemplarity. On June 30 she will head out for good.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Sharon...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford Town Council talks interconnection

Frankford Town Council moved one step closer to a cooperative agreement with the town of Dagsboro at the June 6 council meeting, following a discussion on emergency water interconnection.

Dagsboro’s central water system is now online, with...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany talks beaches and buildings

South Bethany Town Council met twice last week, for various workshops, special meetings and reorganization. Lloyd Hughes maintained attendance through what would be his last meeting as a member of council on June 2 (he declined to file for...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

BFACC members welcome secretary of state to breakfast

The Hon. Harriet Smith Windsor stopped by Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island on June 2, for breakfast and an informal chat regarding her duties as Delaware Secretary of State.

Windsor gave a little personal background. A Millsboro native,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

DNREC proposes easy lagoon permits

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) unveiled a plan for expedited construction approval in manmade lagoons and canals at a June 1 workshop in Bethany Beach.

A scattering of interested residents,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

The light keeper

Ed Chiasson’s place on Route 54 is just beautiful — drunk drivers have smashed into his hedgerow a time or two, but other than that, it’s green and quiet, with extensive landscaping and flower garden.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY
Ed...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Trout lands at Cripple Creek

Like all the business people in the area, Brian Trout is preparing for the busy season. Trout is the head pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club and has been on the job a little more than two months.

He officially started April 1,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

School district hears steel drums

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board dealt with a full agenda at the May 24 School Board meeting — according to Finance and Business Director Patrick Miller, the executive session let out well after 1 a.m.

However, the...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View considers town road project

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reviewed conjoined site plans — (1) for a World Gym facility, and (2) for a pair of office buildings — at the May 19 P&Z meeting.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Indian River...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

County initiates sewer study

Sussex County Council covered a range of local sewer projects at the May 24 council meeting — specific district expansions around Millville and Ocean View, and a massive study for Dagsboro-Frankford and West Sussex.

• The Beaver Dam...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dorfman tapped for Bethany council seat

On a 5-1 vote of six Bethany Beach town council members, Jerry Dorfman was selected May 20 to fill the council seat recently vacated by Robert Degen. (Degen, previously the council’s only non-resident member, cited other demands upon his time in...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT presents preliminary Route 113 options

More than 100 area residents stopped by the Millsboro Fire Hall on May 23, and more than 50 headed down to the Selbyville Fire Hall the next day, to find out just how much impact Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans for a limited...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

CORC talks open seats

The Bethany Beach Town Council’s selection of Jerry Dorfman to fill the council seat vacated by Robert Degen means there are now two seats available to be filled on the town’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC).

The recent...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Flood-relief options discussed in Bethany

Members of Bethany Beach’s Flood and Drainage Committee got a more detailed explanation of the options and hurdles involved in reducing flooding problems in the North Pennsylvania Avenue area last week, on the heels of recent news that plans for...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick hosts Delaware MADD reps

Delaware Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) founder Dolly Banks addressed locals gathered for the Fenwick Island Town Council meeting on May 20 – two days after the eighth anniversary of the death of her 23-year-old son, Michael.
Coastal...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany seeks input

Bethany Beach officials are considering potential future uses for the town’s newly acquired properties on the northwest corner of the Route 1/Route 26 intersection, and ideas from citizens are actively being sought.

According to Council...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Berlin artists to display at Peninsula

Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride, both from Berlin, Md., will exhibit their paintings at the Peninsula Gallery May 28 through June 29. A reception to meet both artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., May 28. Both specialize in “plein air” work,...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gary's offers heathy choices

It all started in Dewey Beach, 15 years ago — and then Paul Noone brought Gary’s Bethany Beach Grill (BBG) to the Bethany area.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Mike Weyerman, left, and Paul Noone hold the fort at Gary's Bethany Beach Grill...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

A blending of talent

Could there be anything more pleasant than walking into a room graced by a touch of La Dolce Vita? A little brick shop in Millville, opposite the Masonic Lodge on Route 26, offers just the pick-me-up.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
From...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Church aims to collect food for the hungry

Vacationers with leftover food no longer need to worry about throwing it away. From June 4 through Sept. 10 at the Bethany Beach Christian Church, unopened packaged foods will be collected and delivered to the Helping Hands Food Bank at the...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro considers planning commission

Dagsboro Town Council took another look at the Village on Pepper Creek application at the May 23 council meeting, now revised for consideration as 88 single-family homes. The parcel lies west of Main Street, near the old Indian River High School...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany group recommends one-way streets

The controversial recommendation of a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) workgroup to consider one-way streets in Bethany Beach will, indeed, get full consideration by citizens and officials.

That news was delivered by Town...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Contractors work for area cancer respite

Several local builders recently set out in search of land and materials, with plans to build a retreat near the Bethany coast for weary cancer patients and their families.

Contractors for a Cause has been around for while now, as...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Indian River seniors organize own Baccalaureate

There will be a Baccalaureate celebration on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m., in the gym at Indian River High School.

Event coordinator Danita Robinson stressed that all were welcome to attend. As Robinson pointed out, pastors from different...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Learn about the world of marine science

Free, guided tours of the University of Delaware’s marine research complex in Lewes will resume on Friday, June 3. Tours will be offered every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 a.m., during June, July and August.

Each tour is led by a...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean City to feature sand castle contest

A swath of Ocean City beach will become a construction site on June 11, but the structures rising from the sand most likely won’t survive the evening tide.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

GOP women ask for action

At a meeting of the DelMarVa Republican Women, held at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Md. on April 26, Delaware National Republican Committee Member Priscilla Rakestraw said that women can make a big difference in the 2006 elections.

“...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shorebirds to raise money for cure

There will be two guest celebrities in the middle of the Shorebirds Memorial Day festivities who will be helping the team raise funds and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter Eastern Shore Region. “Smallville” stars...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Assateague holds youth programs

Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service and Maryland Conservation Corps are offering the following youth group programs at Assateague State Park this summer.

Youth group members can to discover the ecology of...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

History to come to life

Delaware history and the Lewes maritime culture will come to life at the Zwaanendael Museum this Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29, as the Zwaanendael Museum, located at the intersection of Savannah Road and King’s Highway in Lewes, hosts the...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art league offers children's art classes

The Rehoboth Art League will offer weekly art classes for children this summer. Children’s classes are tailored to make art projects age appropriate and ensure that children are with other students close to his or her age. The summer class sizes...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

DNREC looking for environmentalists

Do you know a student in Delaware who should be recognized for his or her work in protecting the environment?

It’s nearing the deadline for submitting nominations for the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award and DNREC is looking for...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bingo hits the beach

Grab something red, white and blue. Bingo-A-Go-Go hits the beach for the sixth summer with an event on Saturday, May 28 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first game will be called at 7 p.m.

Bingo-A-Go-...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lecture series at Art League begins

The first lecture in a three-part series on Post-Impressionism will be given at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, by Sandra Denney at the Rehoboth Art League.

Denney will present an overview of the works of Paul Gauguin and Henri Raymond Marie de...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Deldeo finishes off St. Joe's academic and athletic career in style

Cara Marie Deldeo (Indian River High School) graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s University Saturday, May 14, and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa in recognition of high attainments in scholarship. She was first in her field of study...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Money school offers classes

The Delaware Money School was created in December 1999, by Jack Markell, Delaware State’s treasurer. It offers free classes throughout the year on topics such as investment strategies and retirement planning. More than 10,000 students have...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

REMAX honors top associates

REMAX By The Sea recently honored it top sales associates for 2004 at a sales breakfast meeting. The agents were awarded for their outstanding sales and contributions to the communities they serve.

Receiving the Top sales award was Vickie...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local police participate in campaign

Continuing through May 31, local police departments — including those in Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, South Bethany and Selbyville — will join Delaware State Police in participating in the fourth annual Click It or Ticket campaign...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

UD professor receives national recognition

Thomas Hanson, as assistant professor of marine biology-biochemistry at the University of Delaware, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Deemed one of NSF’s highest honors...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm