This Week's News
The State of Delaware held primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in which 40 candidates vied to represent their parties on November’s general election ballot.
As summer traffic flows away from Route 26, construction will kick into high gear. On Oct. 1, daytime lane closures are permitted to resume, and Ken Cimino wouldn’t be surprised if night lane closures continue, as well, leading to a combined 21-hour work shift, from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.
The Frankford Town Council continued its discussion of potential pension plans earlier this week.
Trena Giddings, a human resource specialist from the State of Delaware’s Office of Pensions gave the council a presentation on the State’s county/municipal police and firefighter plan on Sept. 8.
The Town of Ocean View is working with the State’s benefits office to facilitate the enrollment of the Town’s employees into the State’s group health insurance program.
Many high-paying jobs require at least some college or training. That’s one reason Sussex Central High School seniors recently discussed the college and scholarship process with Delaware Department of Education officials and Gov. Jack Markell.
In the cool autumn breeze of Sept. 8, Markell remembered a Wilmington student who never thought she could afford college, including the application fees. But the Class of 2015 is the second year benefitting from a Delaware and College Board agreement that “if you come from a family without a lot of money, you can apply to up to eight colleges without paying any application fee,” Markell said.
With scholarship help, that Wilmington student got a full ride to Stanford University.
Students can visit www.DelawareGoesToCollege.org for more information.
The Selbyville Town Council is holding its nose — and its breath — over the stinky situation at the Mountaire poultry processing plant in town.
The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.
For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.
Selbyville resident Devon Gordon, 18, has pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony in Sussex County Superior Court. Gordon was arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, after Selbyville police received. 911 call about a 3:30 a.m. stating that a female had been shot.
It had to be a startling scene for anyone who happened to pass by the park on that summer morning in 1979.
Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the fall campaign for the midterm elections, which are seen as a referendum of the sitting president or his party.
Delaware State Police troopers this week charged a 19-year-old Rehoboth Beach man and a 24-year-old Millsboro man in connection with a series car break-ins and a shooting incident that occurred in the Reserves of Nassau development in Lewes in August.
School bus routes are affecting more than just parents. Sharon Moore and her coworker stood before the Indian River School District Board of Education on Aug. 25 to share how direly the new bus schedule could affect Guardian Angel Daycare.
“Double, double, toil and trouble” — the witches’ caldron will bubble on the beach at the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and those who attend can bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic and friends.
For the fourth year, the Brown Box Theatre Project is bringing free outdoor performances of a different Shakespeare play to Delmarva. This year, we are being treated to “Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic.
Whether one’s last connection with Shakespeare was in high school or you are a devotee of the bard, audiences are consistently delighted by Brown Box’s innovative, enthusiastic, youthful and totally professional treatment of every scene.
The Brown Box Theatre Project was founded in 2009 by Kyler Taustin, who grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from Emmerson College’s theater directing program. He saw a need for classical and contemporary theater to be equally available for all members of any community, not just the privileged few.
Most people think total knee replacement is for elderly people who haven’t been very active. Even older men and women who have led active lifestyles believe it’s something they won’t have to think about until well into their golden years. If you’re one of those people, you need to think again.
While the dog days of summer may be dwindling, the hot dog days are just getting under way in Fenwick Island, as Twilley’s Hot Dog Hut opened its doors last week, just in time for Labor Day. Owned by Fenwick local Mark Twilley, who brings extensive restaurant-industry experience, the venture has been a long time in the making.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. To actually be in the town I grew up in — it’s awesome, it makes it even better,” he said of being able to launch a business in his home town. “A lot of friends and family have come in to help support me, and I’m greatly appreciative of that and, hopefully, the word of mouth spreads and [we] just keep picking up the business.”
Twilley said he got the idea for the business when he and his girlfriend, Tara Sansone, were brainstorming ideas for things that the area was missing.
There have been many people spilling buckets of ice water on their heads lately. Locally, Wilgus Associates, an insurance, property management, real estate company, recently added another 40 people to the nationwide roster of people who have done the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. But Wilgus Associates did it for a loved one: their own Tim Hill, company vice president.
“Some people think it’s kind of a fad on the Internet, but it’s real people who have this debilitating, 100 percent fatal disease,” said Hill.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, the brain is unable to control, or even initiate, movement in the muscles, often leading to paralysis.
The state legislature approved the creation of a military school for young men in Wilmington in 1859, but its contribution to education in Delaware was short-lived. It could not survive the increasingly confrontational political atmosphere following the outbreak of hostilities between the states.
Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.
One of the most popular activities in Delaware Seashore State Park is to comb the undeveloped beaches for seashells and other signs of marine life. Occasionally, park visitors are lucky enough to spot pieces of sea glass that have washed up in the surf.
In 1965, Jeanne Smith graduated from the Beebe School of Nursing. About 10 years later, she returned to Beebe as a staff nurse, splitting her time between the hospital and a private doctor’s office.
Living just 15 minutes from Phillip C. Showell Elementary, the school’s new principal can’t wait to get involved in her school community, and Heather Bethurum’s short commute to Selbyville means she can really live in her school community.
“It’s so much easier to be involved in evening things,” she said, coming from Millsboro. “It’s important to go to the festivals or see kids at the grocery store sometimes, and I didn’t see that at Seaford. I loved my school, but it was just time to consolidate.”
Bethurum was principal of Blades Elementary in Seaford for two years. Before becoming assistant principal, she taught art and enrichment.
In the beginning of her PCS tenure, Bethurum is “just getting to know everybody. There are so many things that are working here so well. The challenge is not to change things that are working so well,” but step into the system and make changes together. “The staff here is very capable. I’d rather come in alongside them.
“What a fabulous school. The staff has been so friendly,” Bethurum said. “The community’s been wonderful.”
She’s worked with returning Assistant Principal Brandon Snyder on a revamped schedule and local emergency responders for drills.
A hockey puck, toothbrush, headphones, door, box springs, showerhead and barstool. What do these things have in common? All were collected during last year’s Coastal Cleanup, spanning the State’s 97-mile eastern coastline.
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another night of “Songs & Stories” at Annabella’s in Lewes (1201 Savanah Road). The event, which starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until about 8:30, is free and open to the public.
When Ray Rice had to describe the Feb. 15 incident in which he struck his then-fiancée and now-wife, Janay Rice, he explained exactly what happened.
The Indian River High School soccer team took the field to defend their 2013 state championship title last Friday, starting the season with a convincing 8-0 road win against Worcester Prep.
Senior midfielder Daniel Garza got the Indians on the board early with a fifth-minute score after being set up by sophomore midfielder Mac Smith, to make it 1-0. Garza would tally an assist of his own in the 15th minute, finding senior forward Luis Cruz for Cruz’s first goal of the 2014 season.
Cruz would then find Garza for Garza’s second goal of the game, in the 23rd minute, with senior defenseman Sean Whelen making it 4-0 by the 30th minute, off Smith’s second assist on the day.
The first-half scoring continued with an unassisted goal by Cruz, to make it 5-0, and Garza locking in a hat trick in the 44th minute off the assist from freshman Oscar Cruz.
The 2014 season brought forth an array of questions for the Indian River High School football team; however, they would get some early answers in the first quarter of their opening game of the season against Stephen Decatur last Friday night, Sept. 5, eventually notching a 28-21 win.
After graduating All-State and All-Conference players from last season, the Indians saw breakout performances all over the field — especially at offensive skill positions.
Junior HB/WR/CB Kei Juan “Skeeter” Major headlined the new crop of green-and-gold stars, getting his team on the board first on a sweep to the left that he took for a 60-yard score.
The defense followed suit with a key contribution of their own on the next drive, as senior linebacker Andrew Foreman picked off Decatur QB Justin Meekins to give his team possession within the 10-yard line.
Despite their struggle to string together wins in the second half of the season, the Delmarva Shorebirds finish their 2014 campaign after sending up an array of talent to the next level and by being honored with the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award.
The Indian River High School football team showcased some new stars in their 28-21 Week 1 win at Stephen Decatur last Friday, starting off on the right foot in their campaign for a fourth consecutive Henlopen South title.
Next month, golfers from far and wide may participate in the Salt Pond’s first Rally for the Cure golf tournament.