Communities


Piet Oudolf receives major award from Garden Club of America

In March 2018, Ray Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens, sent a letter to the Garden Club of America in support of Piet Oudolf’s nomination for their Medal of Honor award. On May 19, the Garden Club of America announced that they have...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:46am

Children & Families First to host a field day for adults

Anyone who has ever wanted to relive the fun of their elementary school field days as a grownup will get that chance when Children & Families First hosts their brand new fundraiser, Adult Field Day on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:25am

The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:22am

The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:22am

The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:21am

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

M.Cpl. Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police receives a check donated by Atlantic Community Thrift Store.

Camp Barnes receives donations from ACTS, DMTA

The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) and the Delaware Marine Trade Association recently made donations to Camp Barnes Inc., a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police for which there is no fee to attend.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:02am

Barbara Slavin and Carter McCabe pose in front of the Woodhouseum.

Coastal Towns History Corner

Why a Woodhouse?

Before electricity, running water and central heat, life on the Delaware coast was hard. Winters were exceedingly cold, with the ground freezing in late October and not thawing until May. To stay alive, a family needed wood and lots of it.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:59am

Cory Walsh, president of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, left, and Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Chamber, right, present a donation from the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation to representatives of Contractors for a Cause, including, from left, Karen Coleman, Chuck Coleman, Brian Hinds, Garth Troescher and Ted Stevens.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:53am

Frankford library, park event launch into ‘A Universe of Stories’

The Frankford Public Library is planning to take its patrons into space with its summer reading program that invites readers of all ages to participate and be rewarded for their efforts, as well as a Father’s Day program that’s sure to be a “hit...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:50am

Families can explore James Farm Ecological Preserve and learn about the many people who help Delaware keep a healthy environment.

Water Family Fest promises fun for all ages at James Farm

Families can get their feet wet at James Farm Ecological Preserve this weekend, with a full day of free fun and activities. The inaugural Water Family Fest will be Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With hands-on activities, people...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:49am

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup

People may be familiar with the annual beach cleanups every autumn, but now it’s time for the 14th Annual Inland Bays Clean Up.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) is seeking volunteers and participants with boats to help out on...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:42am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:40am

Long & Foster to hold dine-and-donate to benefit Fisher House

Long & Foster’s Bethany Beach office will participate in the company’s Community Service Day by hosting a dine-and-donate event and silent auction, to benefit the Fisher House in Dover. The event will take place at Hooked Up restaurant in...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:35am

Jack Gates throws a football during the kids Punt, Pass & Kick tournament.

Successful first Game Day for Ball 4 All Foundation

It was game on for Game Day at the Ball 4 All Foundation’s first annual event, held at the Dagsboro fire hall last Saturday, June 1. A nice turnout on a beautiful day helped support the Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:31am

Sweet times planned at Strawberry Festival

Delaware’s state fruit will take center stage at the annual Strawberry Festival & Craft Sale on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro. Admission is free to the event, which features food,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:15pm

Selbyville’s beloved Old Timer’s Day will be held on Saturday, June 15.

Registration open for Old Timer’s car show, pinup contest

There are some new ways to participate in the Old Timer’s Day festival on Saturday, June 15. Selbyville’s 62nd annual street fair will now feature a ladies’ pin-up contest and an outdoor beer garden.

Registration is still open for the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:11pm

Christian youth group reaches out with ‘Battle of the Bands’

Bayside Chapel in Selbyville will be rocking on Saturday, June 1, as the FORGE Youth & Family Academy hosts its first Battle of the Bands event.

The idea behind the “battle,” according to FORGE director Tara Schrieves, is simply “food...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:56pm

Scenes from a previous Seaside Craft Show give us a peak at vendors lining the boardwalk while patrons peruse their wares

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show celebrating 15 years

This year marks the 15th anniversary for the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show. The event will once again be held in downtown Bethany Beach, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, pottery, home décor, glass,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:53am

Flags for Heroes

The Southern Sussex Rotary Club organized Flags for Heroes at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Saturday, May 25th.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:07am

Verizon presents donation to Alana Rose Foundation

Verizon presents a donation check to the to Alana Rose Foundation. From left, Tajesh Patel (owner), Terry Connors (Verizon employee), Alexa Shoultes (Alana Rose Foundation), Ilaena Santos (Verizon employee), David Hodgson (Verizon employee) and...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:51am

Some of the Ball 4 All kids pose for a photo during a fundraising event last year.

Ball 4 All Foundation to host 1st Annual Game Day June 1

All proceeds to benefit Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner

The Russell White Scholarship Cornhole Tournament is back.

Thanks to The Ball 4 All Foundation, the tournament that was previously hosted by the Xi Upsilon sorority will continue as part of the 1st Annual Game Day at the Dagsboro fire hall...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:14am

S. Bethany candidates have the final word before Saturday

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terms all begin on June 1.

There are six candidates for three seats (carrying a two-year term): Jane...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:58pm

Toomey leaving Dagsboro for school district

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey announced this week he is leaving the department to take a job with the Indian River School District.

Toomey made the announcement at the Monday, May 20 Town Council meeting, although Town Administrator...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:53pm

Knights of Columbus donates to Chimes, Autism Delaware

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council awarded a gift of $2,700 to Bill Drake, a board member of Chimes Delaware and Chimes international, located in Millsboro, at a social gathering on May 9. Chimes is intended to help with the special needs of...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:44am

Beach-goers peruse the various crafts on display at a previous year’s Seaside Craft Show on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show celebrating 15 years

This year marks the 15th anniversary for the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show. The event will once again be held in downtown Bethany Beach, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, pottery, home décor, glass,...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:37am

Charles Smith, president of the Ocean City Optimist Club, Mike DeFiore, the Zone Lt. Governor from the Salisbury Optimist Club, Tom and Connie Sohnleitner, and David Bowman from the Fort Smallwood, MD Optimist Club)

Optimist Club of Sussex County honors founders

On May 6, the Optimist Club of Sussex County celebrated the past work of its founders, Connie and Tom Sohnleitner. The club was started in the summer of 2017 with a few local citizens interested in a message they had read on the Nextdoor, a free...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:43am

Six Selbyville Middle School students won prizes from the Lord Baltimore Lions Club in the group’s drug-free poster contest, designed to encourage youth to avoid illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Pictured celebrating the honor, from left, are: LBLC President Janet Bauer, winning SMS students Samantha Ciociola, Isaac Smith, Taylor Conaway, Collin King, Gina Garcia and Shanyla Hanley, and SMS Principal Jason Macrides.

SMS students win drug-free poster contest

The Selbyville Middle School PTO, in partnership with the administration of Selbyville Middle School and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, recently sponsored a drug-free poster contest to promote awareness of the dangers and permanent damage to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:32am

Attendees at a previous year’s Artisans Fair shop for works of art from Delaware and surrounding states.

Artisans Fair to bring fine art, food and more to Lord Baltimore

The 12th Annual Artisans Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, which means Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will be bursting at the seams with arts and crafts inside and out, as well as a farmers’ market outside.

The...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:25am

An aerial view of Dogfish Head Learning Garden with Todd Fritchman teaching 75 garden guests and volunteers.

Delaware Botanic Gardens opens for lecture

On May 17, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) opened its gates for the “Bugs & Beer” lecture by Todd Fritchman at the Dogfish Head Learning Garden. It was a clear success with 75 visitors and DBG volunteers participating, according to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:42am

Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day

Spectators enjoyed a ceremonial dance at the Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, May 11.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

Bethany Beach Nature Center puts World Turtle Day in the fast lane

It might seem a bit ironic to celebrate World Turtle Day early, rather than slowly and later, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the Bethany Beach Nature Center this weekend.

“Love Our Turtles Day” will be celebrated starting at 10:30...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:56am

Organizers of the annual Beebe Beach Bash include, from left, Jen Carroll, event co-chair; Tom Protack, vice president of development, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow, event co-chair. The fundraising event will take place on June 8.

Beebe Beach Bash names co-chairs, theme for summer party

The duo of Jen Carroll and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow will again co-chair Beebe Medical Foundation’s biggest party of the summer: the 5th Annual Beebe Beach Bash.

This year’s Bash has a Polynesian theme. The evening will feature luau-style...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:28am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Martin, second from left, receives a donation of $2,000 from, from left, Surfin’ Snowman organizers Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports and presenting sponsor Michael Cummings of Miken Builders.

Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler donates $6,000 to local charities

Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports, known for the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Boo-B-Que 5K walk/run, Justin’s Beach House 5K/10K, Athletes to End...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:40am

Cast for a Cure Fishing Tournament to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center

The 2019 annual Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, May 18, on the Fenwick Island State Park beaches, with the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Just Hooked in Fenwick.

This year’s...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:38am

IRSD referendum re-do defeated by 65 votes

Local elections prove that every vote truly counts. More than 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by only 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. After failing in February...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:01pm

Frankford council hears plans for music festival to focus on mental health

Until the last 10 minutes of the Monday, May 6 Frankford Town Council meeting, it was pretty much business as usual: updates on hydrant flushing, noise complaints, ditches that need to be cleaned out…

Then, Wesley Hayes Jr. started telling...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Native American dancers dance in the circle at the Nanticoke Indian Powwow.

Nanticoke Heritage Day event offers lecture, dance, food and more

Although the Nanticoke Indian Powwow held each September is a larger celebration of Native American culture, the Nanticoke Indian Center near Millsboro also holds two Heritage Days each year that are open to the public.

The next Heritage...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:51pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts students perform a dance show earlier this school year. SDSA will celebrate 20 years of educating students in the arts.

SDSA set to celebrate 20 years of arts-based education

In the fall of 1999, what was once the old Selbyville Middle School reopened with fresh paint and new chairs to house the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“A group of parents, administrators and the board really wanted to build a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:44pm

This recently completed Ocean View Historical Society building is part of the Coastal Towns Village.

Coastal Towns Village historical center open for the summer

 

The historic Coastal Towns Village in Ocean View is gearing up for summer with a new schedule of dates and times when visitors can see the fruit of the labor of the Ocean View Historical Society. The society is in the midst of developing...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:41pm

Weis Markets launches 11th annual Paws for Pets Program

Weis Markets this week announced the launch of its 11th annual Paws for Pets program, a company-wide initiative that collects donations, pet food and supplies for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

During the month-long...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:58am

The renovated gourmet kitchen in this house is designed to be a cook’s dream. The home, and nine more, will be featured in the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24 and 25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Natural light enhances this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

As they looked toward full-time...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:49am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:46am

‘Tall & Small’ tea to celebrate Mother’s Day in Frankford

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a tea party with little ones.

That was the inspiration for the “Tall & Small Mother’s Day Tea,” set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Frankford Public Library, according to Rachel Jackson, the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Women participate in last year’s Womenade Games Day.

Womenade Games Day to support local women in crisis

Guests can eat well and have fun at the third annual Games Day fundraiser, benefiting women’s emergency shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware By the Sea Womenade will host its Games Day on Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:42am

Juneteenth Celebration planned in Georgetown

The annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at the Richard Allen School, 316 S. Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. The full-day event is in celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:39am

Bethany Beach to host fourth annual Poseidon Festival

The 4th Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) designed...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:28am