• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• The Town of Bethany Beach will hold its annual Holiday Happenings at town hall on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., featuring cookies, hot chocolate, holiday music, face-painting, beach wagon rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides through town. Santa will arrive at 4 p.m. There is no rain date. The event is free and open to the public.
• Construction on the Bethany Beach Streetscape project has resumed in the beach block “loop” of Garfield Parkway. The improvements are part of a $2.4 million project designed to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety. Closure of the loop and adjacent roads, including Atlantic Avenue, can be expected.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts.
• The Town has compiled the results of its park survey regarding the former Christian Church/Neff property. They are available online at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/1890.
• Bethany Beach ended its pay-to-park season on Sept. 15. Pay-to-park will resume May 15, 2015.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended Sept. 30. They will return on May 15, 2015.
• The South Bethany Planning Commission will meet Monday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.
• The next regular town council meeting is Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Friday, continuing Dec. 5.
• Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing Dec. 10.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15. They will resume May 15, 2015.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The 7th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Fun Run/Walk was set to take place on Thursday, Nov. 27, at Lewes Street at the ocean. A free fitness warmup will start at 7:40 a.m., with the 2.2-mile run/walk starting at 8 a.m. Leashed pets are welcomed, and costumes are encouraged. Starting at 7 a.m., Pottery Place will offer complimentary coffee, oatmeal and hot chocolate, continuing after the event. There is no charge to participate, but donations are being collected for the Global Delaware Fund.
• The Fenwick Island Charter & Ordinance Committee will meet Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion and possible action on: Chapter 160 (Zoning) – Commercial Setbacks; a proposed new ordinance on drainage system maintenance; and Chapter 88 – Flood Damage Reduction (Freeboard); as well as possible discussion and review of Comprehensive Plan items.
• The next regular town council meeting is Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
• Fenwick Island’s trash and recycling pickup has returned to its fall schedule. The Town, which is now performing yard-waste pickup, also plans additional yard-waste pickups later this year.
• The Town of Fenwick Island no longer allows the burning of a cigarette, cigar, pipe or other matter or substance that contains tobacco on its beach or in its parks. There is a fine of $100 for each instance. Signs are posted at the entrance to locations where smoking is prohibited.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.org.
• The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• Town offices will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• The Town of Ocean View now has a Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The Town of Millsboro will hold its next monthly council meeting on Monday, Dec.1, at 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center.
• The Town offices will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville Town Council’s next regular meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
• The second annual Millville Holiday Market will be held at Town Hall and Millville U.M. Church on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes food, hand-crafted jewelry, clothes, decorations, gifts, snacks and more.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The Town of Frankford will hold its monthly council meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.
• The Town offices will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Dec. 2.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Dec. 3.
• The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
• The Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., with the Santa House opening at 5:30 p.m.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• A Planning & Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• The next Dagsboro Town Council meeting is Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• Sponsorships and entries are now being accepted for the Christmas Parade, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11.
• The Dagsboro town council election is scheduled for Dec. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall. There are two positions open, each with two-year terms, and four candidates have filed: William Chandler, Cathy Flowers, Patrick Miller and Norwood Truitt. Voters may vote for up to two candidates. Requests for absentee ballots must be received at town hall by Friday, Dec. 5, at noon. Absentee ballots may be received up to closing of the polls on election day. • Sponsorships and entries are now being accepted for the Christmas Parade, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11.
• The Town of Dagsboro is seeking people to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Anyone who is interested should contact Town Hall for more information.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• There is no school Nov. 26-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• Elementary school progress reports will be released Friday, Dec. 6.
• Committee meetings are scheduled at the IRSD Educational Complex in Selbyville on Monday, Dec. 8: Curriculum at 3:15 p.m.; Policy at 4:30 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• The Health Curriculum Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at IREC in Selbyville.
• Parent conferences are 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 (middle school), Dec. 11 (high school) and Dec. 12 (elementary school and SDSA).
• The next regular School Board meeting is Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.
• School Choice applications are due Jan. 14, 2015.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• County offices will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• Sussex County administrative offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, for the annual Mildred King Luncheon.
• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online at www.sussexcountyde.gov. The entire council packet is now being made available on Mondays, mid-day, before the weekly Tuesday council meeting.
State of Delaware
• As part of DART’s Transit Redesign Plan, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has adopted increases to existing service between Delmar and Georgetown, and pilot flex bus services in the Georgetown, Millsboro and Seaford area. The new transportation options are in addition to current DART fixed route and para-transit services.
• Nighttime lane closures can be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project, which involves replacement of crossroad pipes, milling the existing road surface, full-depth patching of existing road failures and placement of a full-width asphalt overlay. The work includes construction of a right turn lane from Route 1 southbound to Fred Hudson Road; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fenwick Island town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany; Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach from Route 1 to South Bethany town limits. The project also includes replacement of crossroad pipes on Route 1 from Fenwick town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany and Route 1 from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany. Nighttime lane closures on Route 1 will be limited to the hours of 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday evenings until Friday mornings. Daytime lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The construction is anticipated to be complete by late November (based on 140 calendar days for the contract), officials said. Motorists are being encouraged to check online at www.DelDOT.gov for construction updates and real-time travel information for this project and others.
• Work on the Route 26 Mainline and Detour Routes Improvement Project this week is expected to include lane closures, with traffic alternating using a flagging operation on Route 26. Work is also set to include ongoing work on the installation of the privately owned Tidewater Utilities Inc. water line between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane, with lane closures with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging operation. Overall, the 4-mile-long project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal and will widen the existing two-lane roadway to include two 11-foot travel lanes with 5-foot shoulder/bike lanes and a 12-foot wide continuous shared center left-turn lane. Construction is scheduled to last for at least 2.5 years. George & Lynch is building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville. Foul weather, such as rainstorms and blizzards, could push the schedule beyond than the planned September 2016 end date. Regular Route 26 project meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. The public is being encouraged to attend or to get email updates from DelDOT via the project page for the Route 26 project at www.deldot.gov. For additional Route 26 project information or concerns, residents and businesses can contact Ken Cimino at (302) 616-2621, or Kenneth.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.