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Audit nearly complete as IRSD plans Nov. 22 referendum

The Indian River School District’s budget is not keeping up with their students’ needs, so the local Board of Education has decided to host a current-expense referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

How much will they request? The board hasn’t decided.

Bethany aims to address housing bulk with tradeoff system

The size — or, more specifically, the appearance of size — of homes in Bethany Beach is an issue that has long been discussed by the Town and many of its citizens. Large new multi-story homes built next to the town’s traditional single-story cottages and moderate-sized beach homes on pilings have been a point of contention between property owners and neighbors for years.

Opposition voiced to County’s revised proposed sign ordinance

Following a revamping of the original draft ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signs, a new series of public hearings is being held by the Sussex County Council. This week members of the public who spoke at the first hearing voiced opposition to the proposed ordinance as written.

Be informed and prepared in case of emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The campaign aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

In Sussex County, residents have access to local resources to help them stay safe.

IRSD para-educator charged with sexual assault of student

An Indian River School District para-educator was arrested Sept. 20 on allegations that she had engaged in sexual acts with a 17-year-old male student who was enrolled at her assigned school.

The Georgetown Police Department arrested Nicole M. DeGirolano, 23, of Millsboro, on four counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision.

Just a few finishing touches: Officials celebrate Route 26 improvements

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.The orange barrels are almost gone.

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project is so close to wrapping up that the dignitaries gathered on Sept. 19 to cut the ribbon for the expanded roadway.

Rain moved the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting off the road and into the Millville fire hall, which DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan joked was perfect for testing the drainage.

Construction officially began in January of 2014, with an aim to improve drainage, traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

But road crews had started working long before that, since utility lines were moved the preceding winter, and the surrounding side-roads had been renovated to create a smoother alternate route in the preceding years.

Recycling regs to tighten for businesses and multi-family housing

Delawareans are doing well with recycling, and now it’s businesses’ turn to catch up. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control plans to update recycling regulations to ensure everyone’s doing their part, including businesses, nonprofits, schools and multi-family-housing neighborhoods.

Millville buildings go up and down, construction

A pirate ship may be coming to Millville. That’s the theme of playground equipment that Town staff are considering for the new town park.

Millville’s two biggest projects are proceeding according to plan, as a police and municipal building goes up, and as old buildings are cleared for the future Millville Town Park.

DSP Explorers program to hold open house Sept. 27 at Central

The Delaware State Police Explorers program consists of young men and women who have an interest in law enforcement.

IRSD: Bracelets at high school just a joke in ‘poor taste’

Parents told they shouldn’t be concerned

Indian River School District officials said this week that the blue bracelets making their way around Indian River High School on Sept. 19 were nothing more than a bad joke.

Several students were distributing blue rubber bracelets printed with the words “Kill yourself” and a swastika, according to district officials.

November ballot taking shape

Primary elections were held earlier this week to determine what candidates would represent their political parties in the November general election.

Democrat Lisa Rochester won the Democratic spot for Delaware’s lone representative in Congress, with 43.76 percent of the vote. She will be running against Republican Hans Reigle, Green Party candidate Mark Perri and Libertarian Scott Gesty.

Community asked to ‘thank a police officer’ this Saturday

There are some jobs that are more dangerous than others — in which men and women put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect citizens. This weekend, hundreds of people are getting together to recognize the efforts of those who serve in law enforcement.

Ocean View discusses fire siren, spending

For years, Ocean View residents who live near the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s secondary fire alarm have asked for it to be put out of commission.

Although the hours of the siren’s operation have been reigned in to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., those who serve on the Town’s Fire Siren Task Force Committee sent a list of questions to the department following a June meeting.

Frankford continues to discuss audit, Mountaire well permits

Although the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released a report on its inspection of the Town of Frankford’s financials, the town council and some citizens are dissatisfied with the findings.

It’s about competition: South Bethany increasing police pay

The South Bethany Police Department needs to up its pay scale if it wants to remain competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, said Police Chief Troy Crowson. So the town council approved a $13,031 budget amendment to increase all salaries.

Millville’s Botchie named state’s Town Manager of the Year

For perhaps the first time, Debbie Botchie was speechless at a Millville Town Council meeting. But she had just been named Delaware’s Town Manager of the Year for 2016.

That’s a high honor among the 57 municipalities and three counties included in Delaware League of Local Governments.

IRHS celebrates AP test scores, award winners for 2015-2016

This past spring, Indian River High School students collectively took 152 Advanced Placement exams. They blew those exams out of the water, earning “qualifying scores” on 76 percent of those exams, far exceeding the national average of 57 percent. They also won about two dozen scholar awards.

Council member to host Fenwick Island ‘Town Talks’ series

Fenwick Island Town Councilwoman Julie Lee is beginning a series of informal Town Talks, starting Friday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m., after the next town council meeting.

“It’s all for the positive; it’s open to the public,” Lee announced at the August council meeting.

Operation SEAs the Day touches veterans’ families

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Operation SEAs the Day alumni Alexandra (right) and Vicki (left) give each other an emotional hug while discussing what the week-long beach vacation has meant for their families.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Operation SEAs the Day alumni Alexandra (right) and Vicki (left) give each other an emotional hug while discussing what the week-long beach vacation has meant for their families.“I don’t know what we expected, but I know it was nothing like what we received,” said Vicki, whose family attended Operation SEAs the Day as a Very Important Family (VIF) last year. “It was so overwhelmingly generous… It just completely, completely blew us away.”

The mission of Operation SEAs the Day is “to organize and facilitate a beach-week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. [To provide] a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”

The fourth installment of Warrior Beach Week 2016 ran Sept. 6-11 and provided 25 wounded veterans and their families the opportunity to enjoy a beach vacation.

Vicki and her Army veteran husband, Adam, of Lancaster, Pa., returned to Bethany Beach this year with their family, serving as alumni for the event.

Inspiration on The Point

Amputee and canine companion kayak local waterways daily

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.“On my kayak, I’m mobile — it’s the best feeling,” said Sylvia Peters. “I can go where I want, look at the birds, see deer, watch the sky and move freely.”

Peters had an above-the-knee amputation of her right leg six years ago. She lives alone with her “friend” Noel, her dog. Together, almost every day, spring through fall, for about two hours, they go kayaking.

When Peters moved into her home in Selbyville 23 years ago, she was surrounded by woods and cornfields.

“People wondered why I moved into the boondocks,” said Peters. “I had Ocean City friends who refused to visit me in the evening; they thought it was too dark and scary.”

Now, Peters’ still-shady, secluded street is surrounded on all sides by the homes and golf course of Bayside, off Route 54.

Artillery Park at the Fort Miles Museum now open

Among dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Fort Miles Museum’s newest exhibit, the World War II Artillery Park, was officially opened this week, with DNREC and the Fort Miles Historical Association hosting Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Cemetery’s youngest recognized with monument

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Bishop William Francis Malooly of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington uses holy oil to bless on Sunday, Sept. 11, the new memorial that will bear the names of babies buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery near Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Bishop William Francis Malooly of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington uses holy oil to bless on Sunday, Sept. 11, the new memorial that will bear the names of babies buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery near Dagsboro.For years, some of the babies buried at Gate of Heaven cemetery were barely recognized there — with plastic markers that were meant to be only temporary left as the only recognition of their brief lives.

Those babies might have come from families unable to provide a marker, for whatever reason. More than a year ago, they caught the attention of one man who made it his job to make sure they were properly memorialized.

Joe Mulholland of Ocean City, Md., stood at the cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 11, and said it was his late wife, Jane, who pushed him toward the project. It was visiting Jane’s interment spot at Gate of Heaven that made Mulholland aware of the babies’ unmarked graves.

“She would have said, ‘Joe, get busy!” he said, smiling, surrounded by family and friends at a ceremony dedicating a monument for babies laid to rest at the cemetery. “She motivated me,” he said, adding that his wife loved all children but had a special affinity for babies. “It’s a great feeling” to see the project come to fruition, Mulholland said, adding, “I was only one part; there were a lot of parts to it.”

Community invited to give ‘Heroes’ Welcome’ to veterans

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Week 2016 is well under way, but there is still time for community members to get involved.

Fenwick town council considers changes to its election law

Trusts will be addressed

After facing confusion in back-to-back elections, the Fenwick Island Town Council sat down recently to discuss their intentions for voter and candidate eligibility.

County takes comments from residents on all-hazards plan

As part of its five-year update to Sussex County’s All Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center recently invited county residents and property owners to attend a public meeting to review and comment on the final draft of the plan.

White Marlin Open prize controversy heading to the courts

Controversy and questions continue to swirl around the awarding of prize money in Ocean City, Md.’s 43rd Annual White Marlin Open, after tournament directors put a hold on the expected payout of $2.8 million in prize money for the sole qualifying white marlin in this year’s tournament. On Aug.

Selbyville fears pollution from Mountaire stormwater proposal

After attracting millions of dollars in government funding to clean up their water, the Town of Selbyville has qualms about letting Mountaire dig a new stormwater system between the Town’s two primary water supplies.

Nanticoke Powwow set to dance through the weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 39th annual Powwow this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, at the tribe’s powwow grounds near Millsboro.

The powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that draws participants from all over the country each year. For Native Americans, organizers said, it is a chance to both reconnect with their heritage and educate others through dance.

“Just come and dance and sing with us,” said Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro. In addition to dance sessions on both days, there will be vendors offering Native American food and crafts, and museum tours throughout the two-day celebration.

Primaries take the stage Tuesday

It is officially that time of year, when Americans 18 years or older may exercise their constitutional right to cast their votes for those running for local, state and federal office.

The state’s primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote in the state primary.

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