Fenwick Island News

Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

Population:

  • 379 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • First Saturday in August, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 800 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944; (302) 539-3011, fax (302) 539-1305

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Audrey Serio, Mayor
  • Gene Lagnan, Vice-Mayor
  • Diane Tingle, Secretary
  • Gardner Bunting, Treasurer

  • William Weistling
  • Roy Williams
  • Todd Smallwood

Town Manager:

  • Linda Pole

Town Clerk:

  • Agnes DiPietrantonio

Finance Assistant:

  • Josie Correnti

Building Official:

  • Patricia Schuchman

Standing committees:

  • Beautification/ Parks & Recreation, Beach, Environmental, Planning, Board of Adjustments, Board of Elections, Audit, Budget, Building, Charter and Ordinance, Commercial Action, Emergency Management

Police:

  • William Boyden, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Tempe Steen

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-2000

Beach patrol:

  • Tim Ferry, Captain
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend each summer (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) and then two more weekends thereafter, and every day through Labor Day and then two weekends after Labor Day.

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April, Monday only. May through September, Monday & Thursday. Heavy trash pickup, June 8, 9 & 10 and September 9, 10, & 11.

Curbside recycling:

  • A voluntary townwide curbside recycling program through DSWA has been instituted beginning in 2008. Property owners may sign up on the town Web site or at town hall. Pick-ups are on Fridays, weekly from May to September and bi-weekly during the other months. The Fenwick Island Lions Club also collects aluminum cans in a bin behind town hall.

Fenwick approves farmers’ market changes, oyster festival

Fenwick Island is taking steps to ensure the town’s farmers’ market can remain in the town going into the future, even if the property where it is currently held is sold. At their March 28 meeting, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance that dictates where the market can be located to include improved vacant lots, as well as unimproved ones.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Delaware Budokan honors three students

Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was held on March 20, in front of friends, family, fellow students and the instructors who oversee the students’ test routines.

Crabcake Factory sinks its claws into Delaware with new bayside location

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Every year, the surrounding beach resort communities of Sussex County see more than their fair share of restaurants come and go. While not every establishment has the same reasons for eventually closing its doors, the good ones tend to stick around — and the really good ones tend to continue to open up new locations.

The Crabcake Factory USA has seen that kind of growth, most recently opening up its third location — its first location in Delaware — right off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island, on the bayside, next to Captain Mac’s.

The location offers striking bay views. After completely renovating the property, and with more than 18 years of popularity just down the road in Ocean City, Md., the Crabcake Factory management team has no doubts that their newest location is right where they’re supposed to be.

“We’ve got a good local following up here,” said Crabcake Factory Bayside General Manager (and former general manager of the original Crabcake Factory on 120th Street in Ocean City) Eric Morris. “We wanted to grow into Fenwick. A lot of our existing 120th street client base lives up here. We just felt like it was a real need in this corridor to have a nice quality, casual atmosphere.”

Food bank asks community for helping hand

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.

Lighthouse Yoga & Dance offers movement for all

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.

“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”

Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.

“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”

More volunteers needed for beach grass planting March 22

More volunteers are needed at Delaware Seashore State Park for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event, set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. The event, now in its 25th year, helps protect Delaware shorelines by planting Cape American beach grass on sand dunes at beaches along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Fenwick offers advertising space on lifeguard stands

After the program’s launch in the summer of 2013, the Town of Fenwick Island is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise on the Town’s 11 lifeguard stands for the 2014 season.

Memories of WWII London linger with local woman

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Gwen Cavanna was barely a teenager, living in London, when Great Britain declared war on Germany 75 years ago, in 1939. Now living west of Fenwick Island, she remembers city life in London’s most difficult days.

Cavanna was born 1926, living several years each in her parents’ humble flat (sharing a lavatory with nine people), with her grandmother and also in a convent. When she was nearly 12, Cavanna returned to her mother, Violet Bicknell, who had worked hard to secure a home with two bedrooms and “indoor plumbing, which I had never seen in my life,” Cavanna said. The girl was mystified about a large white box in the kitchen. It was a refrigerator.

Fenwick Island actively asking for bids on shuttle service

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously this week to request proposals from potential municipal shuttle service operators for the 2014 summer season, acting on a recommendation from the town’s parking committee.

Fenwick Island seeks grant for sea-level-rise assessment

The Town of Fenwick Island is applying for another grant that could potentially help it and its property owners deal with the impacts of sea-level rise.

Fenwick moves forward with shuttle concept

Fenwick Island officials are looking to make getting around town a little easier for residents and summer visitors alike, with a proposal to establish a municipal shuttle service that would take people from their homes in Fenwick to local businesses or the beach, or between local businesses, and back home again during the summer season.

Beachgoers, mariners urged to let sleeping seals lie

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) is reminding beachgoers and boaters that seals are once again in the area. Delaware has four different species of seals that visit area waterways during the winter months and can often be seen resting and sunning themselves on rocks, docks, beaches and other landing areas throughout Delaware, they noted.

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

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.

Local artist turns passion into success

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.

Chamber, QRCF to welcome New Year with full slate

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.

Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving day

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.

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

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.”

Hickman receives Lighthouse Award at Chamber member celebration

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.

Residents of The Refuge concerned about proposal for new apartments

A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.

Ropewalk ties seafood with tavern experience in Fenwick

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.

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

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.

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

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.