Financial concerns dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ocean View Town Council, as council members wrangled with falling revenue, an increasing need for space for town operations and questions about how much value to place on a public safety program championed by the town’s police chief.
The Millsboro Art League (MAL) has announced that its annual Fall Art Show & Contest will open Sept. 28 and run through Nov. 1, at MAL’s gallery at 203 Main Street in Millsboro Town Center.
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.
Last week, the Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved design plans for the Assawoman Canal Trail, Phase I, which would establish a trailhead parking lot and canal trail.
The commission reviewed a land development plan submitted by Becker Morgan Group on behalf of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation, related to the future trail.
Arrests have been made at three local convenience stores in recent weeks, for the alleged sale of illegal prescription drugs. The medications were allegedly being sold at La Sierra, at 58 West Church Street in Selbyville, Danny’s Pizzeria on 48 N. Main Street in Selbyville and at Taco Town at 34051 DuPont Boulevard in Frankford.
During the mid-August raids, the Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) seized prescription-style drugs and substances, more than 500 bootleg DVDs and approximately $88,000 in cash, officials said.
“It all started with a routine visit that one of our agents made,” said Lt. Kevin Jones, DATE operations supervisor, who oversees statewide enforcement. “It was discovered that one of these businesses in Selbyville were selling prescription medication over the counter. An arrest was made there … and then we learned that there were several other locations that were doing the same thing.”
Rather than mourn the early death of a local entrepreneur and worldwide philanthropist, Sussex County will celebrate the life of Matt Haley, when the Freeman Stage at Bayside hosts a public celebration of his life on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m.
Restaurateur Matt Haley died Aug. 19 after a motorcycle collision in the mountains of northwestern India, while he was on a six-week humanitarian mission to India and Nepal.
Based in Rehoboth Beach, Haley was founder and CEO of the Matt Haley Companies, which includes eight restaurants under the SoDel Concepts banner, including NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, Bluecoast in North Bethany and Papa Grande’s and Catch 54 near Fenwick Island.
His friends and staff were heartbroken by the news. It was only knowing that Haley wouldn’t want the restaurants to close that kept his friends and employees returning for the first few days.
Facing nearly a full house of residents, Mediacom representatives joined a Millville Town Council workshop to directly hear concerns about service, straight from the horses’ mouths.
The Town of Millville has a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the cable TV, Internet and phone service provider. However, that contract only covers cable television, which was intended as the main topic of discussion.
The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.
The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the progress of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) flood ordinance.
The County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which requires the County to adhere to requirements of the federal government and, more specifically, FEMA.
“At this time, FEMA has required all municipalities throughout country that participate in NFIP to update their flood maps, as well as the regulations that govern construction within a flood zone,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.
Nearly 10,000 students attend schools in the Indian River School District, and school officials aren’t done counting, since state funding is based on student populations on Sept. 30. At this point, the IRSD has 9,872 students — a number that will likely increase in the next week.
That’s already 437 students more than last year’s 9,435 students.
“That’s the state’s indication of how much money we are going to receive,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele at the school board’s most recent meeting.
Because the State of Delaware funds a certain number of staff based on unit count, IRSD is currently understaffed, until that additional funding arrives for about 30 more positions.
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.
Sussex County launched Smart911 last week, an online service allowing any Sussex County resident the opportunity to create a safety profile for their household.
After being ousted from his position as school principal in January, John Turssline of Ocean View is on administrative leave from Indian River School District after violating a personal restraining order. Turssline was the assistant head of school (similar to assistant principal) at G. W. Carver Academy, an alternative school in Frankford.
After receiving concerned correspondence from residents, the Town of Ocean View held a workshop in order to discuss possible solutions to safety concerns.
The Sussex County Council was given an overview of the Sussex County 2016-2021 Capital Transportation Program Request earlier this week.
Where should pets go during a storm evacuation? How can you treat substance abuse? What happens in search-and-rescue? What’s your own cholesterol level?
The answers to many health and safety questions can be found in Millville Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you are 50 years of age or older, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware invites you to continue your education, while meeting other community members with similar interests.
With some old details ironed out, Millville Town Council approved the revised final site plan application for Millville by the Sea’s Lakeside Village neighborhood of 45 single-family lots. The original 70 quad-plexes were nixed for space constraints.
The revised trail, bridge and rest area also fit engineering concerns as developers await the wetlands permit for building.
Good food, great music, fun games and more can all be found in Millsboro this weekend.
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold the second annual Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Held entirely at the Millsboro Little League Complex, attendees may enjoy a day filled with tasty food, crafts, a beer garden and more. All-day tickets for adults cost $5 and children ages 12 and under may attend for free.
Music lovers should bring their lawn chairs and set up for a day of great music. Starting at 11 a.m., Flatland Drive will perform, followed by Brady J at 12:30 p.m. Dirt Road Outlawz will take the stage at 4 p.m., followed by the Bo Dickerson Band. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will close out the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Delaware State Police (DSP) are still seeking the public’s help in a Millsboro homicide investigation.
William Toomey, 45, of Millsboro, a driver employed by Delaware Beach Taxi was found deceased in the cab on Aug. 20.
Trick Trucks of Millsboro will host their first-ever Truck & Jeep show this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their Millsboro store location at 24572 Betts Pond Rd.
The event will be free to the public to attend or compete in, and will feature food, music, games, a raffle and giveaways throughout the day.
Ashley Conroe jokes that she’s done 4-H since she was born. So she followed through, earning the Diamond Clover Award earlier this summer, only Delaware’s second winner.
Also a lifelong athlete, Conroe’s community service project was helping other people stay active for years to come. She installed three exercise stations on the Indian River High School cross-country course.
“But it’s open to the community,” Conroe said. The grassy course is open to the public when students are not on campus (holidays, weekends and weekdays after 5 p.m.).
With help from her dad at home, Conroe built a wooden stepping station, balance beam and curl-up bar.
“All are wooden to make them safe for the environment,” Conroe said, also adding “birdhouses so people who weren’t exercising could take a nice walk.”
Conroe also installed a footbridge for the course, which earned her Girls Scout Gold Star Award.
Ever since Phil Iacangelo began gardening along the canal of his South Bethany home, he’s noticed a greater sense of community on York Road.
Watering the daisies, daylilies, coxcomb and crape myrtle early in the morning, Iacangelo is often greeted by joggers, cyclists and pedestrians.
His public garden not only starts conversations, but this year it won the Adopt-A-Canal 4th annual decorating contest.
Sponsored by the Community Enhancement Committee (CEC), the Adopt-A-Canal program lets residents take ownership and beautify their neighborhood.
“I think Phil adopted it about 40 years ago when we first moved here. He loves it,” said his wife, Cicily.
Sometimes the first step to being healthy is just knowing what’s going on inside.
Thousands of employees and spouses under State of Delaware can get free health screenings through DelaWELL, which recently visited John M. Clayton Elementary.
In Frankford, people were tested for blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar/glucose levels, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).
“I think the more people know their numbers, the better of they’re gong to be, because knowledge is power,” said Gov. Jack Markell, who took the test.
Women looking to learn about self-defense, shooting, hunting and more can do just that next month, during the Lower Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) second annual Women in the Outdoors event.
Local author Bob Ackerman has just released his second novel, The Doppelganger Project, a riveting “what if” retelling of World War II, which Ackerman describes as “historic science fiction.”
When Pat Moulder thinks about U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, she envisions the monotony.
“They’re in a really drab place. Everything’s brown and black and gray,” Moulder said.
So she’s very excited that Millville residents will brighten the holidays of servicemen and -women overseas with Stockings for Soldiers.
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.
The State of Delaware held primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in which 40 candidates vied to represent their parties on November’s general election ballot.