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Is New Year’s Eve a holiday? That is the question plaguing Fenwick Island in the first days of 2022, following an accusation by a former Fenwick Island town council member that a Town official improperly ordered construction workers to pack up and go home on Dec. 31, 2021.

By unanimous vote, the Ocean View Town Council this week approved spending $4,429 to hire the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Demography (CAD) and Survey Research to assist with redistricting in the town, in association with the 2020 Census.

A new shopping center is set to be constructed off Route 26 in Millville, with the town council’s approval Tuesday, Jan. 11, of final site plans for the project, to be called Millville Square.

Newly appointed Millsboro Town Council member Faye Lingo was feeling a little nervous this week as she anticipated being sworn in next month to fill the seat vacated when former mayor Michelle Truitt resigned from the council in November.

As plans continue for a new Aldi grocery store to open in Millsboro this year, Aldi officials are expected to be at the next Millsboro Town Council meeting, seeking preliminary site-plan approval.

A public hearing to discuss amending the Town of Millsboro’s Zoning Code, to allow signs advertising businesses located in the Highway Commercial District to be larger and taller, is expected to be held during the next Millsboro Town Council meeting.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott hotel will once again host the resort town’s own version of a New Year’s Eve tradition when, at the stroke of midnight, a lighted beach ball will drop to signal the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Another Fenwick tradition returning this year is the Fenwick Freeze — the Jan. 1 event in which participants begin the new year with a dunk in the frigid ocean water. Fenwick Islanders will take to the water around 10:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Day-of registration will be from 9 to 10 a.m.

In 2005, a young couple, Ronni and Matt, working in the Bethany area, met and started finding common ground. They lived in Maryland, but played on the Fenwick Beaches, where Ronni’s parents lived — life was good.

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) are continuing the New Year’s Day tradition in 2022 with the Annual Hair of the Dog Run and Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge. Run, walk and plunge into the New Year with these fu…

Pat Schuchman’s husband described her first week on the job as a “baptism by fire” and he wasn’t far off. There was no fire, but there was a pandemic. Then came the flood.

South Bethany Town Council voted to join its neighboring beach communities to petition the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to reduce the speed on Route 1 by 5 miles per hour, voting for safety and reducing from 35 to 30 miles per hour travel pace on the three miles of Coastal …

South Bethany residents who live on South Anchorage Street have always tried to beautify their berms and add plantings or create extra space for trash pick-ups. Many of the residents who testified last week at the South Bethany Town Council objected strongly to receiving a Thanksgiving Week …

The South Bethany Town Council voted this week to join its neighboring beach communities to petition the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to reduce the speed on Route 1 by 5 miles per hour, voting to request a contiguous 35 mph travel pace on the 6 miles of Coastal Highway from…

The Millville Town Council has approved final site plans for the 124-unit Hudson’s Reserve development, to be located on Route 17 (Roxana Road) at the intersection with Pepper’s Corner Road.

The Ocean View Town Council this week approved a request from Town Manager Carol Houck to take $6,487 from the Transfer Funds portion of the Town budget to fund the building of a concrete pad for a new evidence shed and to create a secure impound area, both required for the Ocean View Police…

A proposal by Millsboro Town Councilman John Thoroughgood, to allow Town employees to hunt deer on Town-owned property, was tabled, with a recommendation by Acting Mayor Tim Hodges to let those interested pursue it their own, maybe by forming a hunting club.

At the first Millsboro Town Council meeting since Michelle Truitt resigned from the council on Nov. 23, Acting Mayor Tim Hodges took the mayor’s seat, with no introduction or mention of his new role. He welcomed the public and asked everyone to stand to say the “Pledge of Allegiance,” then p…

As guests began arriving at John West Park for the Town’s annual holiday celebration last Saturday, the Ocean View Historical Society’s Hall’s Store was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by dignitaries including Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, state Rep. Ron Gray, Ocean View Mayo…

As Ocean View Town Councilman Tom Maly continues to regain vigor after a bout with the coronavirus that confined him to bed for four days, he said he is grateful for thoughtful friends who delivered hot soup.

Less than two weeks after Millsboro mayor Michelle Truitt suddenly resigned — giving no reason but issuing a statement saying only the decision was made “after much thought and discussion with my family” — Council President Pro-Tem Tim Hodges will take over as acting mayor.

By a vote of 143 to 77 — and with a larger voter turnout then usual — Millsboro residents this week approved a referendum allowing the Town to borrow up to $38 million to build a new police department and complete upgrades.

Fenwick Island’s Business Development Committee met for the first time in nearly two years on Friday, Nov. 19, with an agenda meant to rekindle a mutually beneficial relationship between town officials and the business community.

The Ocean View Town Council, at its Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting, passed on second reading an ordinance stipulating the Town has a right to trim back trees, shrubs and other vegetative growth that interferes with, or is injurious to, rights-of-way or water lines or that interferes with Town operations.

A proposed new bus in Ocean View that would take passengers along Atlantic Avenue to Bethany Beach will have to wait, due to the high cost.

As Frankford’s three new part-time officers take to the streets this month, the Frankford Police Department is also partnering with the Frankford Public Library to help keep the community safe from fraud.

Every available space at Millsboro Town Hall — indoors and outside — will be used to accommodate about 100 vendors selling goods at the first Christmas Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12.

A longtime member of Fenwick Island’s Board of Adjustment confronted the town council at a recent meeting, about the manner in which he and other board members were replaced following a council election in August that resulted in four of five council positions changing hands.

Plans are continuing to place a Blue Star Memorial, affixed to a boulder, at Atlantic and Woodland avenues in Ocean View, with the goal of unveiling it by spring.

Comcast is beginning work in Bethany Beach that will bring the full suite of Comcast services, including fiber-optic internet service, to the community. The estimated completion date for the work, contingent on weather, is in the late winter or early spring of 2022.

About 15 Millsboro residents attended a special Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, to hear a repeat presentation explaining why the town wants their permission to borrow up to $38 million.