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In honor of Earth Day, the South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) landscaped a Town-owned canal end.
Members of the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) have been working for more than a year compiling information, interviewing longtime residents, collecting photos and raising funds to publish history of the town titled “The Best Little Beach in Delaware,” after the town’s longtime slogan.
“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.
LaRoue, who has an associate’s degree in drug and alcohol counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, said she didn’t know her son was using until he was arrested last spring.
With the use of heroin growing steadily over the last few years, many people have been affected. Whether you know it or not, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers may be dealing with a hidden addiction. It could be your boyfriend, whose behavior recently changed, your middle school science teacher, or your own child.
Here are two stories of how the heroin epidemic has hit close to home.
The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.
Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.
Former South Bethany town councilman Tim Saxton has filed to run for council once again, in the May 24 election.
Saxton, a home owner in South Bethany since 1996, previously served on the town council from June 2009 through May 2011 and served as its treasurer, as well as the first chair of the Budget & Finance Committee established in 2009. The committee’s goal is to gain wider input in the Town’s budget process from owners with financial and business expertise.
Saxton has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, overseeing operations for the conduct of research programs. His work included long-range planning and budgeting.
In 2011, Saxton said, his career necessitated moving to Colorado, but he has now returned to his home in South Bethany and said he is looking forward to once again becoming a part of the town council leadership.
South Bethany resident and town council member Pat Voveris filed this week to run for mayor of the town in the May 24 election.
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.
The Bethany Beach area could see at least one new restaurant next year, as owners of the Cottage Café are proposing to flank Route 1 with beach eateries by building a new restaurant across the highway from the existing establishment.
The South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) is moving forward with plans to publish a SBHS calendar for 2015, but with a different twist. The SBHS will sponsor a photo contest of scenes taken in South Bethany. The winning pictures will be featured in the 2015 calendar, which is expected to be available in the early summer.
A decade ago, newspaper veterans Susan Lyons and Darin McCann joined forces and created what you are currently reading — the Coastal Point.
The parents and guardians of students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School received an automated phone call from Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 15, informing them that changes were being made in the coming days to the principal and assistant principal roles at the school.
At 87, Bob Hesaltine has helped build 100 entire houses for families in need, but he hasn’t received a dime. He is the oldest volunteer in Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.
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.
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.”
Last week the Town of South Bethany announced that residents Carol Stevenson and Maryann and Dick Schmitt had won first place in the 3rd Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.
South Bethany’s Community Enhancement Committee is currently hosting its 3rd Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest, running through Sept. 2.
The contest was created to help spur community spirit and recognize those families who adopted canal ends.
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.
At their council workshop last week, South Bethany Town Council members discussed possible changes to the Town’s building permit fees.
Tristan Smyth has been involved in Boy Scouts since he was 11 years old. Now as an active member of Ocean View Troop 281, he hopes to attain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
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.
The South Bethany Town Council held a workshop this past week and will most likely vote on a Mediacom franchise agreement at their upcoming regular council meeting.
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.
The South Bethany Town Council dove into the summer season by hearing from residents at their workshop this week about sand, grass and bike racks.
With the arrival of another summer season in the area’s resort towns also come a number of changes, both from the winter months and from how visitors to the area may remember things being last summer.