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Frankford appeals Mountaire well permit approval

Earlier this month, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small related to well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.

Millsboro man charged after 8-month human trafficking investigation

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Delaware State Police, along with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division and the Ocean City Police Department, concluded an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly operating in Sussex County with the arrest of two area men.

The good, the bad and the ‘room for improvement’

Special education is “an ever-evolving specialty,” said Heather Statler, who has dedicated her career to the subject. Now, this Indian River School District board member is chairing the new Special Education Task Force, which will review the district’s entire special-ed program.

Clarification

In our Aug. 12 article “IR educator: Teachers undermined as parents demand special treatment,” we referenced the IRSD board’s decision-making on additional admissions to the East Millsboro Elementary School Spanish Immersion program. The four students who were recommended did go through the lottery process with all applicants.

White Marlin Open organizers put a hold on $2.8M payout

After initially awarding a $2.8 million prize for the lone qualifying white marlin caught in Ocean City, Md.’s 43rd Annual White Marlin Open after fishing closed on Aug. 12, tournament directors mid-week issued a statement suggesting that the winning anglers may have violated the tournament’s rules and may not be awarded the lucrative prize after all.

Former OV employee loses appeal

A former Town of Ocean View employee recently lost an appeal to the Delaware Superior Court after the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board found she was disqualified for unemployment benefits.

LB students get help from women’s group

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.More than four dozen students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School will receive backpacks filled with school supplies to start their school year, thanks to the efforts of a group of local women.

The idea for the backpack project came about as a group of women who live in the Bishop’s Landing development collected their usual money for local charities during their monthly luncheon. The women decided that they wanted to contribute backpacks and came up with filling 50 packs as their goal.

First, the backpacks themselves were purchased, and into each one was placed a supplies list for one of the grades at Lord Baltimore, which encompasses kindergarten through fifth grade. The individual backpacks were then taken by households in Bishop’s Landing and filled with everything from dry erase markers to earbuds.

Agenda — August 26, 2016

Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.

Quantity up, quality improving on Chesapeake crab catch

Devotees of the Chesapeake Bay’s most notable crustaceans rejoiced this spring when results of the 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey predicted a second straight year of record population growth.

Still, according to several area experts, quantity doesn’t always equal quality.

County approves bid for Rehoboth EMS facility

In February of 2015, Sussex County purchased 3 acres of land on Plantation Road in Rehoboth Beach to be used for the Medic 104/EMS 100 facility. At its Aug. 23 meeting, Bobby Schoonover, technical services division manager, provided an update to the county council regarding the project.

Indian River School District schools holding open houses

Schools in the Indian River District will host a series of open houses in the coming weeks.

Open houses are designed to allow students and parents to meet teachers and staff, view class lists and tour school buildings. A number of schools will host multiple sessions during a three-day period, with each session catering to a different grade level.

Agencies team up to take down pot grow

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to seize more than 100 marijuana plants growing in a field west of Ocean View on Friday, Aug. 12. Authorities estimated the street value of the plants to be $214,000.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to seize more than 100 marijuana plants growing in a field west of Ocean View on Friday, Aug. 12. Authorities estimated the street value of the plants to be $214,000.Through the collaborative work of more than 10 local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement officials last Friday were able to seize 107 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $214,000.

“As our public safety needs increase in Sussex County, all of the police agencies are trying to enhance our collaboration on criminal investigations. This is one of those initiatives. Spearheaded by Chief [Robert] Longo of Milton Police Department, through the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association, we came up with the idea to do some marijuana irradiation,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

The Delmar, Georgetown, Milton, Ocean View and Selbyville police departments worked with the DEA Task Force, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Police Aviation unit and Natural Resources Police, as well as the Maryland and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug teams, as part of “Operation Summer Harvest,” which looks to address the growing drug issues in Sussex County.

Selbyville wins emergency grant for water treatment

As troublesome as Selbyville’s water problems have been, the Town has landed in a safety net of state and federal funding. The Town recently earned a $500,000 emergency grant toward its new water plant.

Between the USDA Rural Development grant and a previous state Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, Selbyville will get more than $3 million in free money toward the new plant.

Organizers plan for Police Appreciation Day

Next month, event organizers are asking local residents to take some time between Sept. 15 and 17 to show their appreciation for the men and women whose duty it is to protect and serve.

Tuckahoe Acres celebrates half-century of family refuge

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Raeann Yuslum and Lois Cochran, both of Middletown, Pa., relax by the Tuckahoe Acres pool. Both have been spending summers at the campground for years.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Raeann Yuslum and Lois Cochran, both of Middletown, Pa., relax by the Tuckahoe Acres pool. Both have been spending summers at the campground for years.What started 50 years ago with one man’s wish to leave a legacy for his young family is now a refuge for scores of families, a place to call “home away from home” by the bay.

When the Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort campground opened in 1966, just 26 days before Van Browne died at the age of 33 from a rare form of cancer, his wife, Duane, was not sure she would be able to continue with the business.

Their son, Mark Browne, was 9 years old at the time; he now oversees the 65-acre campground that, in the height of summer, functions like a small village, with its own store, church services held in a brand new pavilion, a white, sandy beach alongside the bay and a tight-knit community of campers who look after each other, the Browne family and the community at large.

But that first year, it took considerable fortitude for the Browne family to move forward with Van Browne’s vision.

Family members — especially Mark Browne’s grandfather Herbert Calhoun and friends Sydney and Agnes Hurley — pitched in, and somehow the campground made it to a second season.

Fenwick bids farewell to outgoing officials

As July came to a close, three people approached retirement from their duties at Fenwick Island Town Hall.

After 10 years of service apiece, outgoing Town Council Members Diane Tingle and Bill Weistling Jr. opted not to run for reelection this year. Meanwhile, Merritt Burke IV served his final days as town manager before becoming CEO of Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR).

Fenwick Island swears in new town council members

With one hand on the Bible, three Fenwick Islanders swore to this week serve as town council members in accordance with the Town Code, state and U.S. constitutions.

Vicky Carmean, Bernie Merritt Jr. and Gardner Bunting officially began their two-year terms at a Aug. 16 reorganization meeting.

Millsboro man charged with seventh DUI after OVPD stop

The Ocean View Police Department recently charged a Millsboro man with his seventh DUI offense.

Woman gets 15 years in prison for role in Millsboro robbery

A 31-year-old Wilmington woman will spend 15 years in prison for her part in a home-invasion robbery that led to the shooting death of two Millsboro men. Rachel Rentoul pled guilty to Home Invasion, Robbery First Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree in Sussex County Superior Court on Aug. 10.

Thins we love

The summer weather brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.

Democrats hold picnic, honor Deaver

Joan Deaver, the lone Democrat on the Sussex County Council, was honored July 12 at the Annual Eastern Sussex Democrats Picnic, held at Hurdle Farm near Harbeson. Deaver recently announced she is stepping down after serving two terms as councilwoman for District 3.

Sierra Club donates memorial bench in Haon’s honor

Coastal Point • Submitted: Carolyn Haon, widow of Harry Haon, seated at center-left, and their son, Jay Haon, seated at right, gathers with Stephanie Herron of the Sierra Club, seated at center, and the IBF Board of Directors, back row and kneeling, at the dedication of a memorial bench for the late Fenwick Island Town Council member and environmental advocate.Coastal Point • Submitted: Carolyn Haon, widow of Harry Haon, seated at center-left, and their son, Jay Haon, seated at right, gathers with Stephanie Herron of the Sierra Club, seated at center, and the IBF Board of Directors, back row and kneeling, at the dedication of a memorial bench for the late Fenwick Island Town Council member and environmental advocate.On Aug. 5, representatives of the Sierra Club met with members of the Board of Directors of the Inland Bays Foundation to dedicate a memorial bench in honor of the late Harry Haon, a past IBF member.

The memorial bench, made of 100 percent recycled material and inscribed with a brass appreciation plate, was placed in front of the Fenwick Island Town Hall. The bench was donated by the Sierra Club based in Wilmington.

Haon was known as a champion of environmental causes in Delaware. In addition to supporting the activities of the Sierra Club, Haon was a member of the Fenwick Island Town Council, and participated as a board member at both the Center for Inland Bays (CIB) and the Inland Bays Foundation(IBF). The IBF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to returning Delaware’s waters to their original fishable and swimmable state.

Beauty contest: Community decorates South Bethany canals

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The top three groups in this year’s contest pose for a photo in front of a South Bethany canal end.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The top three groups in this year’s contest pose for a photo in front of a South Bethany canal end.Inviting residents to decorate public space has given South Bethany a series of miniature parks. With five miles of canals, the town has plenty of canal ends that people have decorated and planted for the 6th Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.

The Adopt-A-Canal program lets residents take ownership and beautify their community.

“It just truly makes a difference. We’re seeing — as the years pass — the growth of the canal ends,” said organizer Councilwoman Sue Callaway. “And it still gets the community involved in doing something for the town, and it [gets] people together to work on many of them.”

In a municipality where the primary Town revenue is realty-related taxes, South Bethany’s success depends partly on residents who maintain a pleasant living space.

Hudson sworn in as new Millsboro town manager

Replaces Lingo, who served town for 38 years

<strong>Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted</strong> Sheldon P. Hudson has assumed town manager duties in Millsboro.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted Sheldon P. Hudson has assumed town manager duties in Millsboro.For the first time in more than 23 years, the Town of Millsboro will have a new chief administrative officer, as the Millsboro town council unanimously voted Sheldon P. Hudson in as the municipality’s new town manager at the town council meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1.

Hudson fills the role left by the long-tenured and recently retired Faye L. Lingo, who was honored with a goodbye ceremony after making her retirement public on Tuesday, July 5, marking July 29 as her official last day after 38 years with the Town.

“She’s definitely missed — that’s for sure,” said Hudson of his predecessor. “She always had a smile on her face.”

Hudson had previously spent seven months serving as assistant town manager, which he said was invaluable in preparing him for his new role at the helm.

“I was really fortunate to have those seven months with Faye,” he said. “I was able to really learn more about the needs facing this town.”

A lifelong area resident and graduate of Indian River School District schools, Hudson went on to attend Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a degree in political science. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in government from Regent University.

Route 26 a model for future construction projects

Questions or complaints? Please call!

That has been the Delaware Department of Transportation’s public message throughout their 2.5-year construction project on Route 26.

Millville wants lower speed limit near park

Millville contains a road that is 0.3 miles long, bends sharply in an L-shaped curve and has a new playground coming that will soon attract pedestrians, cyclists and more cars.

And, inexplicably, tiny Dukes Drive has an un-posted speed limit of 50 mph.

‘GMoney’ now striding strongly into recovery

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Garrett Rogers holds a pack of ‘GMoneyStrong’ bracelets he and his family are giving away in appreciation for all the support they have received while he recovers from his injuries.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Garrett Rogers holds a pack of ‘GMoneyStrong’ bracelets he and his family are giving away in appreciation for all the support they have received while he recovers from his injuries.Garrett Rogers’ summer has been anything but carefree, as the 10-year-old Millsboro boy recovers from a mid-May car accident.

In recent weeks, however, the boy many have gotten to know by his baseball jersey number — 22 — has finally gotten to do something he lives and breathes for: play baseball.

It might “just” be whiffle ball, with shortened bases and a belt for his physical therapist to grab onto if he starts to falter, and so far, he plays not on a field but in the gym at Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, where he has been since the accident; but for Garrett, as well as his family and friends, it’s glorious.

Garrett’s aunt, Kim Cooper, said Garrett is looking forward to ending his in-patient stay at the hospital. Currently, the plan is for him to be discharged at the end of August. At that point, he will continue out-patient physical therapy at the hospital four or five days a week for a few more weeks. He and his mom, Wendy Rogers, will stay at the nearby Ronald McDonald House. Wendy has stayed at the hospital since Garrett was transferred there shortly after the accident, Cooper said.

After months of review, auditor releases report on Frankford

Last week, the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released its report on the inspection of the Town of Frankford.

Fenwick Island election sees new and familiar faces

The ballots have been counted, and the Fenwick Island Town Council has a new lineup after the Aug. 6 election.

The three winners were council newcomer Bernard “Bernie” H. Merritt Jr. (258 votes), incumbent Gardner Bunting (241) and former councilwoman Vicki Carmean (203).

They defeated candidate Kevin Carouge (154).

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