Bethany Beach

A lifesaving Seeing Eye dog retires in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Ann Tansey enjoys a little leisure time with Galen, who is now recently retired.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Ann Tansey enjoys a little leisure time with Galen, who is now recently retired.When Ann Tansey awoke from surgery to suddenly find herself blind, she first imagined herself standing at the beach with a guide dog. Nearly 13 years later, she’s retiring the black Lab that gave her independence for 11 years, even in blindness: a loving old dog named Galen.

“He has given me every moment of his life, loyalty and love and protection,” she said. “I would like to give him a royal sendoff.”

Tansey retired Galen on his 13th birthday, Nov. 11, buying him a New York strip steak to celebrate. Fittingly, that was Veterans Day.

“He is my veteran,” Tansey said. “He has saved my life. He has defended me against all danger.”

‘We are a team’

A native of Virginia, Tansey has lived for almost 40 years in Bethany Beach, moving there with her late husband, Joseph Tansey, a former FBI agent, lawyer and founder of Tansey Real Estate. Despite the blindness that eventually challenged her, she was still an independent woman who once ran for public office. Not wanting to burden her sons, she began learning how to live a blind life.

“You can’t just go get a dog,” she noted.

Mind, Body & Sole expands in Bethany Beach

Mind, Body & Sole, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 24, celebrating the expansion of the current spa in Bethany Beach. Members of the business community and patrons joined them for the expansion party and ribbon-cutting.

Fran Hasson to hold signings for second book

Fran Hasson, a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild and Eastern Shore Writers Association, has released her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.”

Book and bake sale set for Dec. 13 in Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Steen’s to continue providing beach concessions for next two years

Steen’s Beach Service will continue to provide beach equipment rental concessions to residents and visitors to Bethany Beach for at least the next two years.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously, with Councilman Joe Healy absent, to renew Steen’s current contract for an additional two years.

Groundbreaking set for Bethany Boathouse restaurant

The Bethany Boathouse, the latest venture for Cottage Café owners Brent Poffenberger and Tom Neville, will hold a public groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., with a reception immediately following at the Cottage Café.

Caribbean Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the 10th annual Caribbean Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Book and bake sale set for Dec. 13 in Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Bethany discusses taking over beach concessions

There was a collective grumble in Bethany Beach Town Hall earlier this week, as many property owners came out to support Steen’s Beach Service, which has been operating in the town since 1957, following the announcement that the Town would be looking into providing beach concessions itself.

Hocker coffee serves up discussion of oysters and rent hikes

For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.

The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim Hill was diagnosed with the disease. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the clinic.

Cocktails Curing Cancer comes to 14 Global, Nov. 13

Happy hour is on a mission at the first Cocktails Curing Cancer event in Bethany Beach.

Started in Burlington, Vt., Cocktails Curing Cancer is a non-profit helping in the fight against cancer, one cocktail at a time. The Nov. 13 event comes to 14 Global from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Ryan offers talk focusing on female spymasters during the Civil War

“Let’s go back in history,” is a phrase Tom Ryan often says at the beginning of his presentations about the Civil War.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival gives back

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 36th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on Sept. 6, presented by ResortQuest. The one-day show is the area’s premier juried fine-arts festival, featuring more than 100 artists and attracting thousands of people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to the streets and businesses in downtown Bethany Beach.

Summer of 2014 declared a success in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach officials on Oct. 17 reported the summer of 2014 as a “very successful, very busy summer.”

Town Manager Cliff Graviet offered praise for new events director and media coordinator Julie Malewski and her work on the slate of entertainment options offered by the Town.

Bethany Beach adopts Smart911 service

The Town of Bethany Beach recently joined Sussex County in offering its residents a time-saving program designed to help prepare them in an emergency. The online service, called Smart911, is an aid for first responders to access critical information when a caller dials 911.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks set for this Saturday in Bethany

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival, presented by the Leslie Kopp Group, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

The event, designed to benefit the Sussex County SPCA, is open to residents, visitors and their pets, and will feature costume contests, a costume parade, hayrides, pumpkin painting, dog-cookie decorating, a D.J. and much more.

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.

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