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.
Would-be Bethany Beach Town Council members will have a chance to make their cases for the job to current council members on March 21 at 1 p.m., when the council convenes a special meeting to hear from those seeking to fill the seat recently vacated by longtime councilman and mayor Tony McClenny, due to health concerns.
On Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach will hold an adult panel educating against the death penalty.
Fittingly, oyster shells lay across the parking lot, left by seabirds that dropped them to access the soft meat inside, as dozens of people recently walked across the light rubble to attend DNREC’s second public workshop on developing Delaware’s shellfish aquaculture regulations.
Every great artwork should have a place on the fridge, but more than 100 Selbyville students of all ages also have their work on display for Kids ART Month.
Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
Those who have visited Memorial Pond at the Assawoman Wildlife Area in the last six months have probably noticed a big difference in the pond’s bank. The tiered levels now leading down to the water are part of a bank stabilization project conducted by Troop 281 Eagle Scout Jackson Jorss.
This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.
The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, presented by Bank of America, is returning in 2014, with four days of events in more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.
Beebe Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm for Beebe Healthcare, kicked off a year of festivities last week in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Board members of the foundation and of Beebe Healthcare joined Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of the foundation, and Jeffrey M.
“I’m working on an amazing movie,” Melanie DeForrest texted to her sister, Maria DeForrest.
“At first, I didn’t make much of it,” said Maria. “Mel is always passionately enthused about her projects.”
But the monthly texts continued, “No, this one’s different,” then “There’s Oscar buzz,” then “It’s gonna to be a game-changer for Matthew (McConaughey)!” And, finally, nearly a year later, it was, “Oh, my goodness — the makeup department got nominated for an Oscar!!”
In response to which Maria posted on Facebook, “A HUGE day for my sister, and I just had to share because I’m so proud of her and how far she has come. Dallas Buyers Club made it to the top three for ‘Best Makeup’ and is an official nominee for the 2014 Oscars!!!”
Indeed, both these two Sussex Central High School graduates have much to be proud of.
Just months after starting the school’s first-ever dance team, the Del Tech Diamonds were put to the test in front of a lively crowd at the University of Delaware on Friday, Feb. 21, performing the halftime show for the Delaware 87ers — a semi-pro basketball team.
Representing southern Sussex County in the show were 2013 Indian River graduate Adriana Alarcón Sosa and Milford-graduate-turned-Selbyville-local Carina Aguilar, who said they “brought it on” in their first-ever live performance.
“We brought it,” Aguilar recalled enthusiastically. “The audience loved us. I was ecstatic to be a part of Del Tech’s dance team.”
“It was an amazing and unforgettable experience,” added Alarcón Sosa. “After we finished our dance, all my girls felt accomplished and proud of how far we came in such little time.”
In the program’s first year, the team members only had about a month to prepare for the show, overcoming inexperience as a whole, as well as differing levels of experience within the team.
“We made history, pretty much because we have never had a dance team until this semester,” Alarcón Sosa explained. “We practiced for over a month. To come up with a team in such little time — everybody was really impressed.”
Though some of the girls on the squad are just starting out, Alarcón Sosa and Aguilar have both been dancing since they were young.
A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester.
Police officers never know what danger lurks behind a closed door, like last autumn, when Lt. Brian Wilson entered a home with shooter at large. In moments like those, “you just fall back on your training,” he said.
The Selbyville Police officer was well-trained — and fortunate — enough to maintain his composure, help the victims, arrest the subject and then win the 2014 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award as a result.
The Valor Awards are given to an EMT, a paramedic, a firefighter and police officer from each town. Wilson won the overall honor for going above and beyond the call duty in the department and community.
Bethany Beach mayor Tony McClenny resigned his position as mayor and town council member at the conclusion of last Friday’s town council meeting, with an emotional reading of a letter addressed to his “dear friends” and detailing the information provided to him the day before by doctors at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who are treating him for the brain tumor with which he had been diagnosed in
Ocean View resident Walter Curran will take the seat as the town’s mayor in April.
“He will do a good job as mayor of Ocean View,” said Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood of Curran.
The deadline to file to run for the soon-to-be-vacant mayoral seat was Feb. 25, and Curran was the only resident to file for the position.
The North Korea government is known to abhor Americans and arrest Christians. Yet, somehow, Heidi Linton is allowed to visit the reclusive nation four times a year. She told the tale of those visits recently at St. Matthews By-the-Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island.
Linton visits Korea for several weeks at a time to ensure that charity shipments reach their destination, as well as for training, technical projects and relationship building. She is executive director and co-founder of Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), a nonprofit openly providing humanitarian aid under a Christian banner.
The CFK cannot distribute Bibles or preach, she noted, “but our actions speak loudly [to the people]. When they see Christian love … it is so contrary to their fears and expectations” that they ask questions, which Linton said leads to attitude changes.
When students get the courage to tell the school board about a class that made them more outspoken and successful in school, you listen.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is designed to increase learning and achievement for “middle of the road” students at Millsboro Middle, Georgetown Middle and Sussex Central High School.
Brides-to-be will be heading to Millsboro this Saturday for the 19th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show.
Held on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, the show offers something for everyone, while planning their special “I dos.”
Approximately 30 wedding vendors will be in attendance, offering entertainment, transportation, makeup, dresses and more.
On Saturday, March 22, the Fun Car Rallye II will be held to benefit Justin’s Beach House.
“We did this last year for them,” noted Bob Lueckel, who is organizing the event. “My wife and I, Nancy, we set up the rally and picked up the roads, drive the route and look for questions to ask people as they’re on the route.”
Last week, Dr. Lois James spoke with first-graders at Lord Baltimore Elementary School about the importance of dental health.
“February is Dental Health Month,” explained James. “I think just increasing their dental IQ at a young age really helps, and it’s just lots of fun.”
Seawater runs through the veins of McGuigan men. Matthew McGuigan was lured seaward, just like his father and grandfather, and now the Indian River High School senior has received three congressional-level nominations to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
“I’ve grown up on boats. The ocean is a major part of my life,” said McGuigan, whose grandfather attended Merchant Marine, and father has done everything on the water, from commercial fishing to owning a tackle shop. “I feel great way make living is to be on the water.”
The Nanticoke River and its tributaries flow through historic Seaford, Del., once the home of William Henry Harrison Ross. Delawareans remember Ross as the former state governor, and many have visited his home, which still stands imposingly on 20 of the plantation’s original 1,398 acres.
The following Indian River High School students received High Honors for grades between 93 and 100 for the most recent marking period:
An arson fire occurred in the early hours of Feb. 22 at JS Bennett & Son in Millville, causing an estimated $30,000 worth of damage, according to authorities.
Millville Volunteer Fire Company responded at 4:17 a.m. where they were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
Calling all chocolate lovers: The 24th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival will be held this Saturday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
Millsboro Automart has been a part of the Preston Automotive Group family of dealerships since 1987. Now, after months of renovations, their new facility is complete, accommodating more than 120 used vehicles on the lot, as well as five service bays that accept all makes and models of vehicles.
“We really have something special in Millsboro,” said Dave Wilson Sr., owner and president of Preston Automotive Group. “Not only do we have a one-of-a-kind dealership in the nation, but it is also a museum.”
Inside the new facility, the focus is on a fun atmosphere, complete with checkerboard flooring and décor featuring old car memorabilia.
“That was done by the owner,” said Van Salter, director of operations for Preston Automotive group. “We really didn’t have a superintendent on the job. Everything on the inside was his vision.”
Delmarva Power on Feb. 18 began issuing natural gas rate refunds to customers. The refund, which will include interest paid to the customer, is a result of the most recent natural gas rate case settlement in October 2013.
Walking down King Street in the vibrant city of Charleston, S.C., Craig Conover keeps his sunglasses on and peers over his shoulder as he stops at Starbucks to order his morning coffee, before making his way to the Akim Anastopoulo Law Firm and starting his workday.
Delaware Seashore State Park is offering an informal birding program with a park naturalist on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. Open to seasoned birders, as well as beginners, the program focuses on the basic techniques and pointers necessary for a great birding experience any time of year.