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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
After a months-long search, Fenwick Island this week appointed a new town manager: Wilmer E. “Win”Abbott IV, of Clayton, Del.
Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009
... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday...
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has issued a coastal flood advisory... which is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday.
UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound through the work zone. The lane closure was to be in effect Tuesday, April 14, through Friday, April 24.
The Fenwick Island Town Council on March 27 approved a first reading of a change to Chapter 52-14, Violations and Penalties, to add the language that “any person convicted of violating Article 111 prohibitions shall be fined $250. Each day of a separate continuing violation shall be deemed a separate offense.”
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009
Fenwick Island and its residents are no novices when it comes to the environmental movement or the idea of “going green.” The town has had an environmental committee for more than five years now, and they have a successful oyster-gardening program. Just recently, on March 29, they also celebrated the first anniversary of the culmination of their “tree triage” program.