It’s still in there.
Well, we’ve hit that little bubble between the hectic days of summer madness and the hectic days of Labor Day weekend.
Schools through the region have swung back into gear, meaning fewer families are taking their week-long vacations, and more service employees have returned to college. On the bright side, there has been some relief as far as traffic congestion and lines at restaurants. On the dark side, economic realities are starting to bite again, and many local shops and restaurants are finding themselves understaffed, particularly during weekdays.
You want to know what’s a good time?
Yes, picking through a bunch of steamed crabs with your friends while enjoying some cold adult beverages is definitely a good time. And, sure, hanging out on the beach with your loved ones on a “Sunday Funday” is always a good time. And I suppose calling that number etched into the wall in the bathroom stall that promises a good time could do just that, but Tom Maglio doesn’t always answer his home phone, so there are no guarantees on that one.
Reader questions public comments
Reader encourages people to take survery
Residents of the Dirickson Creek area in Sussex County are being invited right now to take an online opinion survey being conducted by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. I write to strongly urge Dirickson Creek area residents to take the survey! It could be vital to the future of your beautiful area, and to the value of your home. Take the survey! (Here’s the official link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiricksonCreek.)
Not every problem is a permanent one.
Yes, things are somewhat difficult in Frankford right now. Over the past several months we have seen the town solicitor, a popular police chief and two council members resign their positions (the chief technically retired, and an able one has replaced him, but it is still a significant loss). Public meetings have turned into confrontational affairs between council members and residents, council members against council members and residents against residents. The Town is owed tens of thousands of dollars from residents, and for a small town, that can be near-crippling in terms of operational functionality.
On occassion, I have “filter” issues.
No, not the kind of filter one would find with an air conditioning unit, nor the kind that keeps coffee grounds out of your cup every morning. I’m talking about that metaphorical internal filter we’re all supposed to possess that provides us guidance in terms of what information we should share outwardly, and what we would best be served just keeping to ourselves.
It’s the one that has saved millions of marriages over the years when a husband is asked, “Do I look fat in this?” The one that kicks in to offer a breath of sanity when a guy built like a Mack truck on steroids looks directly into your eyes at a bar and asks, “You got something to say?”
Reader questions public comments
I understand that Don Hattier is a respected community leader and offers his wisdom and skills both as a practicing chiropractor, a proud member of the IRSD Board, an active volunteer at the Cape Henlopen Fort Miles restoration and events.
However, Tuesday morning, while on air at WXDE-105.9 FM, he was asked by the host about the selection of the new school board member chosen at Monday night’s meeting. He was extremely complimentary to her and included among her outstanding qualities: highly knowledgeable about special education, being conservative and holding christian values.
Lost in the attention being paid locally to the recent election in Fenwick Island, two softball World Series taking place down the road and a prominent local town councilman resigning in the middle of a meeting is the fact that Bethany Beach will not have a town council election this year.
Greetings from Roxana!
Well, technically I’m writing this from my comfy chair in the air-conditioned Coastal Point Worldwide Headquarters in Ocean View, but the majority of my time this week has been spent in Roxana, sitting on hard bleachers with my head turning a kaleidoscope of colors from an unrelenting sun, while an army of partially-digested hot dogs practiced marching drills in my belly.
And it has been awesome.
Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.
Bethany parade a hit, thanks to many
Praise has rolled in for the 2015 edition of our Bethany Beach July 4th parade.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Fenwick Four,” and the group’s collective effort to win seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council following the scheduled Aug. 1 election. Some of that talk has been good, while some of it has been not-so-good.
But there’s definitely been talk.
As journalists, we’re not supposed to root for things.
That’s just the reality of life. No matter how hard we prepare, plan or maintain something, from our personal lives to our jobs, sometimes bad things just happen. What makes a difference is how we react.
Somewhere after cursing out my fantasy baseball team and trying to learn how to juggle chicken tenders on YouTube during an Internet marathon the other night, I stumbled across an interesting series of blogs written by Janet Lindenmuth on the Widener University law library website.
We try to play the part of neutral observers here.
It’s our job to relay information to you, the readers, in a clear and concise manner, without prejudice. If we do what we’re supposed to do, our readers can make their own decisions based on the best information available to them at the time.
There’s a lot to be said for that big puddle of water over to our east.
If there is one weekend that stands out above all others for our humble little community by the shore, this would be it.
We are currently a nation that is, at best, divided.
On a Thursday evening in April, more than 30 women gathered at the Sea Colony Tennis Center in Bethany Beach. They came with a covered dish, gift bags filled with toiletries, scarves, jewelry and other donations in celebration of Mother’s Day. They were there as part of a group called Delaware by the Sea Womenade.
State police were investigating a serious crash last Saturday night in Fenwick Island, centered around a 9-year-old pedestrian who reportedly stepped out into Route 1 and was struck by the front bumper of an SUV. The boy was listed in critical condition, and no charges have been filed against the driver.
Here’s a fun exercise...
Clear your mind of all the day-to-day stresses that are overtaking it at any given time. That’s it. Just close your eyes, pull back on a deep breath and let your subconscious wander off to a place of abject nothingness. You there? Good, let’s do this.
Sometimes, a negative gives birth to a much more enduring positive. About one year ago, in May 2014, Sussex Unity was born of an ugly exchange involving two county council members.
The exchange, during which two council members attacked the NAACP as a “racist” organization and withheld $200 for a youth program, can be heard on our website at http://www.sussexunity.org/about-sussex-unity/.
By a 4-1 vote, Sussex County Council this week voted to change the name of the airport in Georgetown to Delaware Coastal Airport.
What was the name of the airport before, you might ask.