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.

Young farmers help grow family traditions

For generations, local farm families have been staples throughout the area’s agricultural community, providing residents and visitors alike with some of the freshest products and produce in the region. While names such as Johnson, Parsons, Bennett, Megee and Hudson have served as mainstays of Sussex County’s farming scene for centuries, it’s the younger generations who will be carrying on the tradition for years to come.

Area chefs get local with their recipes

Farmers’ markets throughout the area have been helping local growers get their product to the people in a very direct way, but as Bethany Beach’s farmers’ market is demonstrating, it’s not just the general public who choose the local produce and goods offered at the markets. Restaurants throughout the region rely heavily on the breads, fruit, vegetables and other products from local producers to help assemble their menus, and at Bethany’s farmers’ market, cooking demonstrations have been sharing the benefits of bringing local flavor right into the kitchen, at home and at area restaurants.

This week's Beach and Bay Cottage Tour

For nearly two decades, the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour has been benefitting the Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL), which has, in turn, served as a crucial element of the library’s tremendous expansion and recent reopening. The South Coastal Library and Joshua M. Freeman Cultural Center celebrated its grand reopening this past May, thanks to community funded events and a capital campaign headed by FOSCL.

Local sewer projects get big funding boost

With the Rehoboth Bay as the backdrop, state and local officials accepted a check from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $19.2 million on Thursday, July 2. The money, provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help to finance wastewater projects – many in Sussex County – which, in turn, will support the health and welfare of the area’s citizens, as well as the environment. It will also bring about 450 much-needed jobs to the area.

Family’s gift grants local woman 20 years of life, and going …

Like many people who receive an anonymous gift, Lynne Emminizer has a need to let people know what it means to her.

The real scoop on Sap’s Pudding

Produce is undoubtedly the core of the merchandise at local farmers’ markets, but John Sapienza is proving that there’s plenty more to buy there. The chef and restaurant proprietor has been in the food industry for 25 years, and he exerts his “shop local” mind frame to the fullest. That is precisely why Sap’s Pudding has become an instant classic at the Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market.

Bethany’s Haden starring as ‘Oliver’

In 1838, Charles Dickens penned his second novel, popularly known as “Oliver Twist.” Written originally as a socio-economic criticism, the story of Oliver was the first written featuring a child protagonist and is perhaps one of Dickens’ most famous tales. Various movie and stage adaptations have been created throughout the years, and on July 16 and 17, Clear Space Productions and The Freeman Stage at Bayside will be presenting the timeless tale, in musical fashion, with “Oliver.”

Fenwick dumps Dumpster-screening ordinance

After much discussion, the Fenwick Island Town Council this week voted down on a first reading a sanitation ordinance that would have required commercial Dumpsters in the town be screened with fencing.

Holiday weekend hopping on Freeman Stage

Fourth of July festivities at the Freeman Summer Stage at Bayside will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, with two performances of the Olney Theatre’s musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” and a special free concert by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band on Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

FIBP gets into shape at World Gym

Topping last year’s award-winning performance at the United States Lifeguarding Association’s Nationals competition in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is a challenge for the Fenwick Island squad, headed by 20-year captain Tim Ferry, but that’s not stopping them from trying. As the lifeguards of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol (FIBP) get into the summer season, they’re taking their Friday-morning training from the beach to strengthen themselves at World Gym in Ocean View.

Fenwick cancels council election for second year in a row

On Tuesday, June 16, the Fenwick Island Board of Elections announced nominees for four town council seats with terms of 2009 through 2011. Three of the four incumbents up for election – Vicky Carmean, Todd Smallwood and current Mayor Audrey Serio – registered to run for re-election, while Councilman Chris Clark did not file to run again.

Beach Daze combines food, fun and affordability

The Fenwick Island area’s newest dining experience is all that, and then some. In fact, owner Jimmy Kraft has welcomed twins John and Randy Fels as managers, to transform it into the ultimate triple threat: restaurant, bar and seafood market. Combine those with a great view and affordable pricing, and you have Beach Daze.

Magee, Bennett ready to open area’s farmers’ markets

Next week kicks off another season of the Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island farmers’ markets, and judging by last year’s success, this summer should be a promising one. Ellen McGee of McGee Farms is hoping that a new location and an additional market day during the week will help bring in even more business to the Fenwick market.

It’s getting easier going green

To promote more attendance at their meetings, the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee will meet in the evening next month. Their July meeting will be held on July 8 at 7 p.m.

Steel workers keep inlet bridge local

Assembling the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is a daunting task. But for a handful of local workers, the undertaking is a sigh of relief in a struggling economy.

BREAKING NEWS: Mosquito spraying planned throughout area

Weather permitting; the Mosquito Control Section of the State of Delaware is planning insecticide application during daylight hours on Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Fenwick subdivison approved despite vocal opposition

Typically, the name “Bora Bora” evokes images of calm, tranquil beaches and relaxing comfort. But in Fenwick Island, the name is currently at the center of discontent and controversy. On Wednesday, May 29, the town council voted unanimously at a public hearing to approve the subdivision of two lots into three on Bora Bora Street, much to the dismay of some surrounding property owners.

Fenwick Lions' pride stretches to Selbyville

The Selbyville Town Council was met by a full house Monday night at their monthly council meeting, but Bruce Schoonover, president of the Fenwick Island Lions Club quickly assured the council that the bevy of attendants were not there as disgruntled citizens. Representatives from the organization came by to introduce themselves and meet the council, as Schoonover announced the Fenwick Island Lions Club will now be encompassing Selbyville, as well as Fenwick.

Fenwick Island welcomes summer 2009

With the Memorial Day weekend behind us and warm temperatures and sunny skies dominating the week, local coastal towns and their businesses are welcoming the summer season of 2009 with a return to summer rules, entertainment offerings and plenty of places to shop and eat. And, as summer visitors return and part- and full-time residents head back to the beaches, Fenwick Island is no exception.

Barefoot Gardeners hosting plant sale Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners Club of Fenwick Island will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1600 Coastal Highway at the corner of James Street and Coastal Highway, by Pottery Place.

The sale, hosted by the club of about 50 members will feature many different types of plants.

New classes and 24-hour access make Energy Gym a standout

Energy Gym – formerly American Health and Fitness – on Route 54 in West Fenwick Island knows a thing or two about catering to its members. That’s precisely why husband-and-wife team and owners Tony and Gina Hall took Energy Gym to the next level, bringing in new equipment and just last fall, converting the gym to a 24-hour facility.

Memorial Day Carnival to kick off Freeman Stage season

The 2009 Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off this Saturday, May 23, with the “St*ARTS and Stripes” Memorial Day Carnival at 2 p.m. At the event, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts will be performing one of their plays, “Twice Upon a Time”; the Army Band Broadway Trio and the Indian River Junior ROTC will be performing; and the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre will perform “Peter Pan.” There will also be games for the kids and patriotic crafts.

Businesses look to enhance tourism as summer season arrives

As business owners on both the Delaware and Maryland shores can attest, Memorial Day weekend kicks off one of their most anticipated weekends of the year, as vacationers ready their trips to some of the best-loved beaches in the Mid-Atlantic. Earlier this month, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast at Mango’s in Bethany Beach, where guest speaker and Delaware tourism director Linda Parkowski explained the dynamics of tourism within the state and what businesses particularly need to be aware of this year.

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Baxter International Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, in an investigation.

Fenwick explores Twitter and Facebook

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council may soon become a bunch of “twits” – in a good way, that is. At last Friday’s regular council meeting, the council discussed the idea of introducing new-age communication throughout the town by means of a Facebook and Twitter page. Web pages for the Town of Fenwick with the social networking Web sites could provide residents with another source for acquiring information.