Bethany Beach News

Town of Bethany Beach, DE

Population:

  • 1,077 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Third Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers

Elections:

  • First Saturday in September, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 214 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Jack Gordon, Mayor
  • Lew Kilmer, Vice-Mayor
  • Jerry Dorfman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph Healy
  • Rosemary Hardiman
  • Chuck Peterson
  • Margaret Bogan Young

Town Manager:

  • Cliff Graviet

Town Clerk:

  • Lisa A. Kail

Director of Finance:

  • Janet Connery

Building Official:

  • Susan Frederick

Public Works Director:

  • Brett J. Warner

Standing committees:

  • Audit Committee, Board of Adjustments, Board of Assessment, Budget & Finance Committee, Charter and Ordinance Review Committee, Cultural and Historic Affairs Committee, Design Review Committee for C-1 & C-2, Planning Commission,

Police:

  • Mike Redmon, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1000

Town Office:

  • (302) 539-8011

Beach patrol:

  • Joe Donnelly
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend (on Saturday) and each day thereafter until Labor Day Monday, and each weekend through September.

Trash pick-up:

  • Every Monday during the offseason and every Monday (Zone 1) & Tuesday (Zone 2)based on two zones during the Summer season.

Curbside recycling:

  • Every other Wednesday in the offseason, and every Wednesday (Zone 1) & Thursday (Zone 2), based on two zones during the Summer season.

Bethany Beach Books offering Halloween-themed stories

Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival

Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.

Bethany Beach Sidewalk Sale set for holiday weekend

Bethany Beach business owners are slashing prices this Columbus Day weekend, looking to sell off what’s left of their summer inventory and offer visitors and locals alike a chance for some great deals in the process.

Zumbathon set for Oct. 18 at Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.The third annual Zumbathon at the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The event has raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research during each of its first two years, but participants don’t have to be Zumba experts to join the effort for the cause.

“You don’t even ever have to have done Zumba before,” said Sea Colony Activities & Fitness Manager Jen Neal. “It’s just to help support the cause and come have fun for two hours.”

During the two-hour dance party, participants are being encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness, and there will even be an award for best-dressed.

DNREC struggling to maintain local beach crossings

After another summer of the trek to the ocean being a little too tall of an order for some beachgoers, Tony Pratt of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management division stopped by Fenwick Island town hall on Sept. 26 to discuss dune maintenance with the town council. The core problem with maintaining beach accessibility, he said, is too much to do with too few resources.

Library offering full fall slate

This fall, the South Coastal Library will continue its mission to provide service to the community, not only through providing information resources and reading materials, but also through its wide variety of programming.

“In the programming, we try to touch on everything that people might be interested in or needing in their lives,” said Barbara Litzau, assistant director of the library.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks coming back

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks Halloween festival is set to return to downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The event will feature a parade at 10 a.m., which is open to “pets, boys and ghouls of all ages,” organizers noted. Registration for parade participants will begin at 9 a.m., with a $5 pet donation welcomed.

Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company & First Responders held their annual Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event in Bethany Beach on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Below are the reace results and awards as supplied by the events staff.

Bayside Tennis Club celebrates 40th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Every Labor Day Weekend, Bayside Tennis Club commemorates another summer season with their yearly Labor Day picnic. This year, however, the South Bethany-based club had even more reason to celebrate, as the season marked their 40th anniversary.

“Usually that’s our Labor Day picnic that we have and this year it turned out to be [our] 40th,” said board President Al Preziosi.

Established in 1974, some of the club’s founders and original members were not only there to mark the occasion at the club’s Pavilion, but even still play tennis on the courts, including founder and former South Bethany Commissioner, George Reese.

“He’s still playing today, he’s 80-some years old and he’s good,” claimed Preziosi, noting that he hopes to still be playing at that level when he reaches Reese’s age.

Preziosi joined the club in 2001 as an avid tennis player, and eventually became a board member. However, now 40-plus years ago, the club actually began as South Bethany Recreation Association at the then-rented property.

‘Macbeth’ set to bubble on the beach

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.“Double, double, toil and trouble” — the witches’ caldron will bubble on the beach at the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and those who attend can bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic and friends.

For the fourth year, the Brown Box Theatre Project is bringing free outdoor performances of a different Shakespeare play to Delmarva. This year, we are being treated to “Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic.

Whether one’s last connection with Shakespeare was in high school or you are a devotee of the bard, audiences are consistently delighted by Brown Box’s innovative, enthusiastic, youthful and totally professional treatment of every scene.

The Brown Box Theatre Project was founded in 2009 by Kyler Taustin, who grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from Emmerson College’s theater directing program. He saw a need for classical and contemporary theater to be equally available for all members of any community, not just the privileged few.

Ice, ice bucket: Wilgus Associates get frosty for a friend

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.There have been many people spilling buckets of ice water on their heads lately. Locally, Wilgus Associates, an insurance, property management, real estate company, recently added another 40 people to the nationwide roster of people who have done the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. But Wilgus Associates did it for a loved one: their own Tim Hill, company vice president.

“Some people think it’s kind of a fad on the Internet, but it’s real people who have this debilitating, 100 percent fatal disease,” said Hill.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, the brain is unable to control, or even initiate, movement in the muscles, often leading to paralysis.

Salt Pond to hold inaugural tournament and Rally for the Cure

Next month, golfers from far and wide may participate in the Salt Pond’s first Rally for the Cure golf tournament.

Bethany election set for Saturday

The annual election for the Bethany Beach Town Council will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, from noon to 6 p.m., to elect four council members to two-year terms. The five candidates include incumbents Jack Gordon, Rosemary Hardiman, Lew Killmer and Margaret Bogan Young, and challenger Bruce Frye.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

Bethany’s beach ready for some football — if lifeguard agrees

Bethany Beach Town Council members at their Aug. 15 meeting voted unanimously to adopt two revised regulations regarding recreational activities on the town’s beach.

Bethany mourns loss of McClenny

Former Bethany Beach Mayor Tony McClenny, 70, died on the morning of Monday, Aug. 25, after battling a brain tumor that had suddenly been diagnosed in January and that had forced him to resign from the town council in February in order to seek treatment.

yArt Sale takes center stage this weekend

A large private residence will resemble a European outdoor market this weekend, as the ninth annual “yArt” (Art in the Yard) show returns to Bethany Beach.

Nick and Julie Kypreos will open their gates at 33258 Kent Avenue on Aug. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

It’s a free art show, but all raffle proceeds will go to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Labor Day Monday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.For the 29th year, Bethany Beach will mark the unofficial end of the summer season with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, this Labor Day Monday, and a silent auction Friday, Aug. 29, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“For the past 29 summer seasons, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has been held to celebrate the season’s end and to help the local residents ease back to the slower pace of off-season living,” said assistant chairperson Carolyn Bacon. “It is one last chance to celebrate the final moments of the summer season with an event that is marked by music, humor and good fellowship.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the north end of the Bethany Beach boardwalk, spectators can join in a funeral procession and enjoy the music of three jazz bands as they make their way down the boardwalk to the Bethany Beach bandstand.

“The Jazz Funeral has become a quirky Bethany Beach tradition, and all are welcomed to join in,” Bacon said. “Our goal is for every one of the 2,000 or more people who attend to enjoy themselves and to feel free to celebrate the end of the summer season in their own personal way.”