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Parade prep begins

Memorial Day and the start of the traditional summer season are still weeks away, but members of the Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee are already deep in preparation mode for the annual patriotic celebration.
Already, the...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD board rescinds calendar

Two big issues, one big Indian River School District School Board meeting.
Concerned residents filled the Frankford Elementary cafeteria on April 26, as School Board members rescinded the previously agreed upon calendar for 2005-2006 and...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

One-way traffic proposed in Bethany

Judging by the lukewarm participation in Monday’s workshop on proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety measures in Bethany Beach, few of the town’s citizens realized that one-way roads would be among the proposals presented by the Delaware...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View considers upscale restaurant

Restaurateur David Harkness presented plans for the Oak Arbor Inn at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Route 26 last week — first, before the Ocean View Board of Adjustment (BOA) and then before the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

County council defers on Moose Lodge

Sussex County Council held public hearing on the Loyal Order of Moose application at the April 26 council meeting.

Earlier this month, the county’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recommended approval for a new East Sussex Lodge,...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Golf show hits the green the weekend

The fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Golf Show swings into the Ocean City convention center this weekend when golfers from all over will be in area to play during the busiest golf package weekend of the year.

The show, presented by Pohanka...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Plans for Pennsylvania Avenue spring a leak

The concept of a pump to help alleviate flooding in Bethany Beach’s Pennsylvania Avenue area will have to be reconsidered, Town Council Member Harry Steele and Town Manager Cliff Graviet revealed at the April 21 meeting of the town’s Flood and...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany candidate point to openness

The atmosphere surrounding South Bethany Town Council is considerably more harmonious than it once was, according to Council Member Richard Ronan.
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Filing for reelection to what would be his fifth...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View prepares for potential disasters

Relax — no one has suggested any likelihood of a disaster striking this area. However, as husband and wife team Tom and Pat Sheeran pointed out, that’s the problem — there’s no way to predict.

Best to be prepared, and the Sheerans showed...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville shop to benefit Alzheimer's study

Barbara Kenyon will celebrate her late grandmother’s birthday on Sunday, May 1, with the grand opening of her new Forget-Me-Not Shoppe in Millville.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Barbara Kenyon, in her new shop.
It will be an...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Postal workers welcome IR class prez

Indian River High School’s senior class president Deniz Nhan took the helm at the Frankford Post Office on April 21 (for the day).
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Postmasters Deniz Nhan and Tammy Cohee performing the swearing-in ceremony...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT talks third lane in Millville

Nothing’s final until the steamrollers roll and the road stripers stripe, but it now appears the SR 26 Mainline project, slated for completion in 2010, will include a center turn lane from the Assawoman Canal through Clarksville.

Delaware...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick makes move to expand dock allowances

Many Fenwick Island property owners who were not previously permitted to have a dock at their canal-side or lagoon-side properties may soon have that option. The Fenwick Island Town Council, at its April 22 meeting, heard a first reading of a...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Voting reform group meets May 4

Citizens for a Better Sussex (CBS), a grassroots political activism group calling for greater county representation in eastern Sussex County, will meet Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., at the South Coastal Library (Bethany Beach).

CBS advocates...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Golf tournament to benefit wellness

The 1st Annual Jake’s Seafood House Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, at the Marsh Island Golf Club to benefit The Wellness Community-Delaware. Enjoy fabulous prizes, a buffet luncheon and drinks afterward at Jakes’ Seafood House...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beebe to raise awareness of osteoporosis in May

Beebe Medical Center will offer free screenings for osteoporosis in May on different days and locations around Sussex County. May is Osteoporosis Prevention Month.

No appointments are necessary for the non-invasive screenings, which take...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local post celebrates Vietnam vets

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have proclaimed May 1-7 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Week, and the local Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Quillen’s Point) will be holding a kickoff celebration on May 1.

Perhaps unbeknownst to many Americans, May...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Volunteers needed to assist with terrapin project

Each year in mid-May, just as people are heading for the beaches, unfortunately, so are the female diamondback terrapins. The terrapins live in the Delaware Inland Bays, but the females lay their eggs in the soft sands of the beach dunes.

...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Delaware Tech annual gala sold out for upcoming weekend

Starry, Starry Night, the annual spring gala fundraiser hosted by the Owens Campus Development Council of Delaware Technical & Community College in collaboration with underwriters Discover Bank and Atlantic Theatres — The Movies at Midway is...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Turtles need help when the rubber hits the road in the spring

Delaware’s turtles are coming out of hibernation and will soon be crossing roads as they search for nesting sites and, in some cases, make the journey from wintering habitats to summer haunts. The species Delawareans are most like to see on the...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

31st Annual Health and Awareness fair

The Roxana CHEER Senior Center is hosting its 31st Older Americans’ Health and Awareness Fair on May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will be held at the senior center in the Edward Pyle State Service Building located on Route 20 in Frankford...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

State park closing stretch of beach for nesting plovers

Two pairs of piping plovers, Delaware’s endangered beach nesters, are setting up housekeeping at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Gordon’s Pond beach.

According to Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Marnie Pepper, two nests with two eggs...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Marriage Licenses

John Wayne Marvel of Houston, Del. & Inge E. Bradley of Lincoln, Del.; Patrice Momplaisir of Seaford, Del. & Jenny Mereus of Hurlock, Md.; Gervis Gardner Shugart III & Irina Viktorova Moiseyeva, both of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Lee K....

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville man arrested in road-rage incident

A 57-year-old Millville resident was arrested Saturday, April 16, at approximately 6:30 p.m. after an incident at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach.

According to Pfc. Joanna Robertson, public information officer for...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany election

Once again, the town of South Bethany has attracted enough civic-minded citizens to have an election. It will be a best three-out-of-four race again this year, with Council Member Lloyd Hughes stepping down after more than 12 years.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick police to clamp down on alcohol

While thousands of Delaware high school students are preparing to attend proms in the coming weeks, the Fenwick Island Police Department, in partnership with the State of Delaware Office of Highway Safety, is preparing to make sure their special...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

May opening date for Ocean View restaurant

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, the new restaurant by Matthew Haley and Bryony Zeigler (the creators of Redfin Seafood Grill in North Bethany Beach and Fish On! in Lewes), will open this May in Ocean View.

Haley and Harry Geller teamed up to...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Clear Space Productions announces second round of auditions for 'Oklahoma' ensemble cast

Clear Space Productions has announced a second round of auditions for the ensemble cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” This is an opportunity to join in professional-level performance starring established and emerging actors.
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Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany considers restricting non-resident votes

Some non-resident property owners in Bethany Beach could potentially lose their right to vote on town ballot issues, if certain revisions to the town’s voting regulations are made.
The issue was raised at the April 14 meeting of the Charter...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD slims workforce

The Indian River School District (IRSD) has eliminated several positions in the wake of a budget crunch associated with the completion of the district’s two high schools.

District representatives put a positive spin on it, saying they...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

County takes a look at Riverview project

Sussex County Council took another look at the Riverview project north of Millville on April 19, but deferred action: awaiting a recommendation from the planning and zoning (P&Z) commission.

The builders are seeking a residential-...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Politicos celebrate Ocean View water

It’s Earth Day once again (April 22), and various governmental representatives stopped by the new Town Hall in Ocean View a week prior, to celebrate the town’s recent financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local Democrats question county reps

Two Republicans walked into a Democratic club meeting — and responded to some polite questioning.

Sussex County Council Members George Cole (District 4) and Vance Phillips (District 5) came to the Cottage Café on April 19, at the formal...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

No exception for Sea Villas driveways

Residents of the Sea Villas in Bethany Beach may have some adjustments to make in their parking practices. Members of the town’s Planning Commission voted Saturday, April 16, that the properties are not due any sort of exception from the 20-foot...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Waiting-area bars allowed to continue

At its April 15 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 5-2 to extend a provision allowing the operation of “waiting-area bars” at restaurants in the town. The contentious discussion focused on a 16-seat bar area at Bethany Blues.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany grants exception due to flooding

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments during its April 18 meeting unanimously granted an exception to Anna Mae Buhl for the moving and raising of the garage-apartment on her property at 104 Central Boulevard.

Buhl and builder Mark Dieste...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Filing deadline for Bethany seat is May 18

Bethany Beach Town Council Member Bob Degen dropped a bit of a bombshell at the council’s April 15 meeting, announcing his resignation from the council and town committees, effective May 1.

The council’s only non-resident member, Degen...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

School board candidate advocates inclusion

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling is strong on social consciousness, in business and in life. He went into special education for adults with disabilities with this philosophy in mind: “You can either hate it, or you can see the value that exists...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany continues overlay zone discussion

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission continued their discussion of zoning overlays at their April 16 meeting, working through the details and potential impact of the idea before possibly bringing it to the town council for approval....

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville gets a peak at future

One set of sketches, so many questions.
Officials and representatives of Millville Township LLC presented their sketch plans to the town council and a group of eager residents during the town’s regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 12...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Trucks going in and out of the 84 Lumber property in...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

County reintroduces open space talk

Sussex County Council once again turned to the issue of open space requirements at the April 12 council meeting, continuing work begun last year.

Council adopted two ordinances related to minimum open space requirements in new developments...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Tournament brings in scholarship funds

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Alpha Eta chapter, has raised enough money at their first-ever golf tournament to fund not one, but two, $5,000 scholarships for graduating Indian River High School seniors.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick business leaders brainstorm on future

Members of the Fenwick Island business community came together Wednesday, April 13, to discuss their vision for improving the town’s commercial area. The event was inspired by similar visioning workshops held for the town’s property owners in...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Meredith remains Mayor after election

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith was sworn in for a second term at the April 12 special meeting, following a strong showing at the polls over the weekend.
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Meredith.
Meredith defeated challenger Wally...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Coastal Moose to get go-ahead on location

An application for a new lodge location for the Loyal Order of Moose Inc., East Sussex Lodge #2542, received preliminary approval recommendations from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 7.

The lodge currently...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick prepares to cover its beach

With the summer only an arm’s length away, the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Committee met April 9 to review lifeguard decorum and responsibilities, discuss plans for a July 2 community beach bonfire and set parameters for the planned junior...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany reviews town plan

It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.

The commission members have...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford considers four-duplex project

Frankford resident Dean Esham addressed the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week (April 7 P&Z meeting), asking for a change of zone to accommodate four duplexes at 65 Reed Street.

However, Esham’s application...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm