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In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.
At some point, life gets real for most of us. Dreams dwindle, passions fade, and the weight of responsibility can sometimes force us to make decisions that we never intended on making in order to meet what we perceive as acceptable societal standards.
The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2014: the 3rd Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.
The 6th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. The 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick Island, and then goes south to the Maryland state line and back. All are welcome, including leashed pets. Holiday or any festive costumes are encouraged.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”
Todd Hickman received the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lighthouse Award during the annual Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green on Oct. 17.
A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.
After netting close to two decades of success in Baltimore, the owners of Ropewalk Tavern have made a comfortable addition, introducing their culinary know-how and warm environment to Fenwick Island with the Ropewalk Oyster House. Taking over the location where Captain Pete’s once stood in early June this year, Ropewalk aims to bring a welcoming aura paired with an adaptive menu, thanks to general manager Molly Thomas and corporate executive chef, Frank Campanella.
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc., Lise O’Connell of SendOutCards and Ronald Lewis of Sustaining Support LLC joined together to announce and celebrate their ventures into the Quiet Resorts business community.
A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.
“It’s all about remembering Sussex County … years ago,” said organizer Beverly Mattox.
Earlier this week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce announced that Executive Director David Martin was resigning his position due to personal reasons.
Martin had joined the Chamber in January, having previously worked for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he served as vice president.
Incoming Chamber Board President Kami Banks of Banks Wines & Spirits has taken on the role and responsibilities of acting executive director until Martin’s replacement is in place. Banks said she is confident that, with the staff’s help, the Chamber will continue to provide its membership with quality services.
Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the addition of three new builders to the community of Bayside, near Selbyville.
Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere to enjoy dunking their favorite foods or snacking on others.
“Do you like cheese, meat and chocolate? How can you go wrong?” said Mike Gable, executive chef.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) this week advised motorists of daytime lane closures on Route 54/Road 58/Lighthouse Road in the Selbyville area for the installation of a crossroad pipe at Sand Cove Road (Route 394).
For the first time, local lifeguards got to shine in the night, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Lifeguard Award Ceremony as a standalone evening event.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with the help of Opera at Morgan and the Morgan State University Choir, will help to celebrate the conclusion of another successful season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.
When looking for outdoor furniture, buyers are often seeking something made well, something that will last and something that will look good. Teak — a hard, closely grained wood that is high in natural oils — is a seemingly perfect choice.
On Wednesday, July 31, the Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding a children’s story time, with stories, songs and activities at the Fenwick Island Town Park at 10 a.m.
Fenwick Island officials were told this week that work on the planned beach replenishment project being coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin there as soon as late this coming week or perhaps the following week and will likely take three to four weeks. A specific start date and location was still not available, but officials said recently that they hope the resulting beach closures and inconvenience to beachgoers can be minimized.
Delaware has always been the First State, and its beaches come in first, too. In addition to having top water quality conditions, Delaware’s own Rehoboth and Dewey beaches were recently again named superstar beaches for 2012 by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the non-partisan international environmental group that annually assesses all beaches in 30 coastal states.
Fenwick Island officials and citizens offered a welcome to one of the town’s newest businesses this week, taking note of the immediate popularity of the restaurant Ropewalk. But the welcome came with a chorus of concern about the unusual step they have taken to handle limited parking at the restaurant.
When Bill Fox went to buy a bus for his new business venture, he didn’t know that it would be a meaningful exchange.
This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.
There will be no election in Fenwick Island this year, although there will be some changes in the council makeup. Roy Williams is set to take over the council seat held by Vicki Carmean, who will retire after 13 years on the council, effective in early August.
Fenwick Island streets and structures were inundated with water during Hurricane Sandy, but updates to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps in the near future could actually lower the flood elevations of many properties in the town. That could mean property owners could actually build closer to the ground than they do now.