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Library celebrates with literature

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presented during the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p....

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beekeeping course for next Saturday

The Delaware Beekeepers Association is hosting a short course to introduce the public to the basics of beekeeping. The goal of the course is to prepare a novice to be a successful beekeeper this year and to lay the proper foundation for an...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Women's Day Celebration seeks nominees for 2006

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2006 Women’s Day Celebration sponsored by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The closing date for nominations is May 15.

Nominees age 18 or older must have been Sussex...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local groups give scholoarship money

Sorority offers Grise scholarship

The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority grants at least one Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship award of a minimum of $250 to a qualified high school graduate. The student must reside in...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sussex has voice muted on HB 36

Below the C&D Canal, Delaware is a true blue state. Sussex and Kent Counties voted Bush for president and Lee for Governor in the last election.

However, the numbers have it in New Castle County. Apparently, Smyrna marks a bit of a...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Potential Selbyville water project intriguing

Expansion of Selbyville’s water system was a hot topic at the town council’s April 4 meeting. Residents of outlying areas came to the meeting, seeking information in the wake of a letter sent out by the town. The letter was aimed at gauging those...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View talks water

A central water system for Ocean View took another giant leap forward this week, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives talked financing at the April 5 town council meeting.

USDA’s Denise MacLeish and Lisa Fitzgerald...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford hears requests from Church

Nearly 20 members of Frankford’s Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church attended the April 4 town council meeting.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The crowd gears up for the CBS meeting at the South Coastal Library on Tuesday,...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View continues zoning modifications

Ocean View Town Council adopted two new zoning ordinances at the April 5 town council meeting, one regarding business signage and the other restricting multifamily development.

The sign ordinance will give multiple businesses on the same...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Planning & Zoning defers action on Riverview project

Members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously on March 31 to defer action on the application of Riverview LLC (a Caldera Properties holding) to rezone as MR-RPC (medium-density residential district,...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Watch for the eclipse this evening

The moon will take a bite out of the sun on Friday, April 8 — or at least it will appear to do so, when a partial solar eclipse will take place. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the southern U.S., while the immediate area will enjoy...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

QRCF prepares for inaugural tourney

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has come of age, and will expand its popular Big Drive for Charity competition into a full-blown golf tournament this year.

In the past, the foundation had partnered with parent Bethany-...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Dr. D. straightens out schools, backs

Local chiropractor Dr. Donald Hattier, aka “Dr. Don,” aka “Dr. D,” has spent the last 52 years doing a little bit of everything.
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Hattier
Now running for re-election to his second term on the Indian...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island brainstorms on budget

The earliest stages of drafting Fenwick Island’s budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year began Saturday, April 2, with a workshop aimed at determining the town’s overall needs. The process should be approximately 30 days in length, targeting...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

District details homestretch at Indian River

The new Indian River High School is almost, nearly, practically complete.
Work has taken longer than expected, and has cost more than originally anticipated. However, according to Indian River School District (IRSD) personnel, there’s a...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Reps work to safeguard shipwrecks

Legislators from the area have commissioned some housekeeping work to prevent a repeat of the archaeological mishap off the Lewes coast.

There, a sand-pumping dredge churned through an underwater site, throwing historic artifacts onto the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

CBS seeks greater voice at county level

Sussex County Council members, take notice. The eastern voting bloc wants more of a say in county affairs, and the numbers are behind them.
Special to the Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The crowd gears up for the CBS meeting at the South...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bunting brings teacher's perspective

Incumbent School Board Member Nina Lou Bunting knows teaching.
Bunting is a relative newcomer to Indian River School District (IRSD) governance — she’s running for re-election to her second (three-year) term on the School Board.
...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour rolls on again

With spring finally sprung, lovers of long-distance bicycle rides are revving up for all the open air and open road the warmer weather can provide.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED BY THE BETHANY-FENWICK AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Bicyclists...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

It's that time again ... change your clocks

It’s time to “spring forward” again. Clocks in the area will be turned forward one hour at 2 a.m. standard time on Sunday, April 3, making it 3 a.m. daylight-saving time. Clocks will “fall back” one hour on Oct. 30, 2005.

A few daylight-...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Model railroad buffs share piece of history

Next stop, Bethany Beach.
The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club (DSSRRC) held a workshop with a historical twist at the South Coastal Library on March 26.
Special to the Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
A 1958 Marx Company layout at the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick signage talks proceed

Even Building Official Patricia Schuchman agrees it may be time for some accommodations in how Fenwick Island’s commercial signage works. But what those changes might be — and how they come about — is still in the earliest stages of discussion....

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD wins state award

The Indian River School District’s Meet the Challenge program has been named a 2005 winner of the prestigious Superstars in Education Award given by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Challenge was initiated in November 2001...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Library has full slate for Literary Week

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presentedduring the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Church gives a lift with event

Need a spiritual lift after a long, dreary winter? Celebrate the renewal of spring with contemporary Christian music, drama, puppet shows and testimony by the members of the music ministry team Captive Free on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Novel writing workshop to begin in Rehoboth

The newly formed non-profit, Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, will host a two-part novel-writing workshop on Saturday, April 9, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Corner Cupboard Inn at 50 Park Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The Guild’s...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Rotary helping with food

During the week of April 2-9, Southern Sussex Rotary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry.

The Community Food Pantry provides basic food items to those who are unable to purchase enough food to get through the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Craft show in need of volunteers

The Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show Committee is looking for a few good volunteers. Plans for the June 4 craft show are proceeding, and the committee is seeking extra hands to help with the final stages of planning and carrying off the inaugural...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chamber offers 10 reason to join

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce annual Member-Get-A-Member Campaign has hit its halfway marker. Members only have three more weeks to recruit new business members and earn their “bucks” to go shopping at the April 27 Business After...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

DNREC on the search

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is announcing the start of the 2005 Young Environmentalist of the Year award program. Awards will be given to students deserving recognition for their efforts in protecting the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local organizations offer scholarships

Sorority offers Grise scholarship
The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority grants at least one Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship award of a minimum of $250 to a qualified high school graduate. The student must reside in the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

NARFE changes name, not plan

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) has a new name. It is now the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. The acronym — NARFE — and the mission will remain the same: protecting and enhancing the earned...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Murder in Long Neck

The Delaware State Police (DSP), Homicide Unit, charged Millsboro resident Aris G. Mouzakitis in connection with a double murder on March 28, according to a March 29 press release.

Mouzakitis, 53, allegedly assaulted his estranged wife,...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bits and Pieces

Bethany church holding Sunday school classes
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD approves 2005-06 calendar

Students in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will still be able to work (or play) until Labor Day next year.
However, unlike this year, they should be out before the third week of June.

The IRSD settled on the 2005-2006...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County matches for open land donations

Sussex County Council signed off on a pair of Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) partnerships at the March 22 council meeting.

SCLT President/CEO Wendy Baker said the trust had acquired or helped acquire 2,500 acres of open space in Sussex...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

RPD, canal street ends top planning agenda

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a sketch plan for another small planned residential development (PRD) at their meeting on Saturday, March 19.
The PRD is slated for the property of Mark and Kiki Zachary at 877...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Royal Farms sets up shop

Look no further, Dagsboro just landed a 24-hour Royal Farms convenience store.
“Right now we’re looking for communities that are in need of this type of establishment,” said Royal Farms public relations associate Karen McGagh.
Coastal...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Medians move forward in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council tentatively awarded a $135,000 Route 1 median landscaping project to Greenscape Landscape at the March 18 council meeting.
Engineer Chuck Hauser of Davis, Bowen & Friedel (DBF) said he was still checking...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany takes a look into town's future

The future of development and zoning in Bethany Beach has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the town. In recent years, town officials and property owners have repeatedly returned to the topic of the need for zoning changes, architectural...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View P&Z pushes amenities

A 22-townhouse project came before Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for final review on March 17. P&Z members questioned several aspects of the plan, but eventually agreed to consider it approved, contingent upon their receipt of...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Start your engines

Di Febo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach is organizing a police escorted, traffic free motorcycle ride to raise money for a fallen officers’ education fund.
The “1st Annual Ride to the Beach” is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, with a silent...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mitchell signs on to IRSD school board

Last year, 2004, was the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) biggest ever for capital improvements. It was probably also the biggest year ever for glitches, construction budget overruns, crews going for lunch and never coming back, etc.

...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chamber planning hardhat cocktail party

It’s been a noisy, dusty week at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Construction crews have torn out the old flooring and gutted the bathrooms in preparation for continuing renovations at the Visitors Center (Route 1, Fenwick Island)....

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes $10.2 million budget

Members of Bethany Beach’s Budget and Finance Committee met briefly Friday, March 18, to complete final review and markup on the town’s $10.2 million budget for its 2006 fiscal year.
Last-minute changes were largely constrained to...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany's 'dog days' go unchanged

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) voted Friday, March 18, to keep in place the town’s existing date for permitting dogs on the beach after the summer season.
Acting on a request from resident Lois Lipsett,...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Helicopter rushes injured worker to care

A construction worker was recovering early this week from injuries sustained at a Bethany Beach construction site.
A ladder failure caused the fall on Friday, March 18, while the sub-contractor was working in the 300 block of Wellington...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick considers event for lighthouse

Fenwick Island Town Council heard a proposal for an “aquathlon” to benefit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse Foundation at the March 18 town council meeting.
Kent Buckson of Surf Racer Sports presented the plan for a half-mile swim/five...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm