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Eskimo splash hits 10th year on Sunday

The New Year’s holiday is one of the favorite times of the year for people to get a fresh start, a clean break from old habits and a wide-eyed perspective on the year ahead.
Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Participants get in the ocean and...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island readies for second Freeze

In 2005, Fenwick Islanders kicked off their new year with a splash — a literal one. The town’s first New Year’s Day ocean swim event was a roaring success, drawing hundreds of people to the beach on an unseasonably warm morning that first day of...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Financial advisor recommends steady path

Here’s a New Year’s resolution most of us could embrace — “I’ll have more money on Dec. 31, 2006, than I have right now.”
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Rick Solloway and Linda Mecham, from Edward Jones.
But whether you’re trying to...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Get a little help with those resolutions

The big ones: weight loss and smoking cessation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 65 percent of all adults age 20 and older are either overweight or obese (from a national survey conducted from 1999...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

New election guidelines irk towns

State legislators may be considering a new set of regulations that would govern all of Delaware’s municipal elections, when they convene for the second half of the 143rd General Assembly on Jan. 10.

In essence, these regulations would...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Happy Holidays--each and every one of them

Someone told me “Merry Christmas” as I left Wal-Mart the other day. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have thought about it twice. ’Tis the season, after all.
But this time, my immediate thought was, “What does he mean by that?”

With all the...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

New Census estimates show state growth

Millville resident Joyce Wickham knew it wouldn’t be easy to restart her psychotherapy practice in a new state, but she’s not sweating it.

“It’s always a really slow process, but I’m happy, just kind of plugging along,” she pointed out....

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

SDSA shows off some school spirit

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students may not have any sports teams, but they still have plenty of spirit. Fourth-grade teachers hosted a week’s worth of special activities Dec. 12 through 16.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Changes on horizon

Bethany Beach may soon tackle the aesthetics of the town’s commercial district with the same kind of attention it has recently given to the looks of its residential areas — and it’s not a moment too soon, as some of the town’s landmark commercial...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro moves forward with reorganization

It took a stutter-step or two, but Dagsboro Town Council successfully reformulated itself at the Dec. 19 council meeting, following an upset election earlier this month.

Both Council Members Jamie Kollock and Clay Hall stepped down this...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick denies conservation tax break

Fenwick Island Town Council considered a request from the South Schulz Wetlands Association at the Dec. 16 council meeting, but decided against supporting wetlands conservation via tax relief.
The dollar amount in question was so small that...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View wants to design Route 26 specs

Ocean View’s hopes neatly parallel Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans, as far as bike lanes and sidewalks along Route 26. But there’s more to building a pretty Main Street than curbs and striping.

Staff planner Kyle...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick committee discusses flags, event

It was a light agenda for the Fenwick Island Commercial Liaison Committee (CLC) at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Town Council Member and CLC Chairman Chris Clark unveiled a series of rough sketches that could be the basis of designs for flags the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews beach lobbying contract

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted quickly and unanimously Dec. 16 to renew the town’s contract with beach renourishment consultants and lobbying firm Marlowe & Co.

With Mayor Jack Walsh absent from the meeting, Vice-Mayor Carol...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View hears opposition to church project

Ocean View Church of Christ representatives recently introduced plans to raze an older auditorium/Sunday school and construct a new building, to house a “gymnasium and office/classroom space,” but the project has encountered some vocal opposition...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Coastal area focus of county P&Z meeting

It was an agenda heavy with coastal Sussex County projects for the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Dec. 15. So heavy, in fact, that commissioners commented at the start of the evening, “This is Rodney Smith night,” referring...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany planners dispense zoning proposals

After putting forward a series of proposed zoning changes from its Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee (ZAC) in recent weeks, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members were left with the decision of what to do with some lingering loose ends from the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Council favors two-lane Streetscape plan

If the predominant message of those commenting at the Dec. 10 special meeting regarding Bethany Beach’s proposed Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” council members didn’t agree that things weren’t broken...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

JROTC saved from financial ax

School faculty, parents and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) members rallied Tuesday in what turned out to be a successful attempt to save the program in two Indian River School District (IRSD) high schools.

Their efforts were...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Millville deals with future, past

It’s a juggling act for officials of many small towns along Delmarva in recent years — balance the burgeoning growth and subsequent administrative needs with doing everything possible to maintain the small-town feel that residents have come to...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County council shuffles parking ordinances

Sussex County Council did a good impression of the Delaware General Assembly on Dec. 13, loading five public hearings into the long, late-night, last council meeting of the year.
Parking-related ordinances crowded the agenda (pushing land...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Jury still out on streetscape design

Bethany Beach citizens and town council members were presented with information on and a direct comparison of two plans for the planned Streetscape project for Bethany Beach’s Garfield Parkway this week, at a Dec. 10 special meeting of the...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT talks bridge design

Major roadwork continues at the Indian River Inlet Bridge (IRIB), whether or not the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) knows who’s going to build the new bridge. Or even what the new bridge is going to look like.
Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County introduces new clustering amendment

Sussex County Council members spent most of the Dec. 13 council meeting wrangling with parking, but they did cover some land use issues, too. The county has set a moratorium on new clustered subdivisions, and Council Member Vance Phillips...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Friends seek support for ailing mother

Amanda Parkinson’s story is one that puts things in perspective. She hasn’t asked for media attention, and for her children’s sake probably doesn’t want media attention, but by all standards, Parkinson is in a very tough spot.


Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany re-ups with beach lobbyists

South Bethany Town Council members voted to renew their share of a contract with beach replenishment lobbyists Marlowe & Company at the Dec. 9 council meeting, entering their second year with extra-governmental support for local replenishment...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z defers decision for eagles

Bald eagles threw a monkey-wrench into the works of an eight-lot subdivision planned for Bunting Road west of Dagsboro, near Pepper Creek and Piney Creek, when it came up for review by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD honors departing board member

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board and Superintendent Lois Hobbs honored outgoing member Greg Hastings at their Dec. 13 meeting, directly on the heels of his official resignation from the board.

Hastings has been...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Hastings ready for state board

Greg Hastings has served on the Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board for more than 12 years now, but publicly announced his resignation this week, in preparation for a move to the state Board of Education.

Hastings’ resignation...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local legislators outline plan for 2006

Sen. George Howard Bunting may be a Democrat, and Rep. Gerald Hocker may be a Republican; but they seem to get along well enough, as evidenced at a recent Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.

Bunting and Hocker,...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Big Easy to bid adieu this weekend

They’ve had a good run at the Big Easy Seafood and Steakhouse, but owner Jerry Richard recently announced he’d pass the torch after this weekend: Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.
This weekend will be patrons’ last chance to enjoy the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View prepares to borrow $4 million

The big Ocean View police station project is out for bid, and Ocean View Town Council authorized the town to borrow up to $4 million to finance the project at the Dec. 6 council meeting.
As Mayor Gary Meredith noted, the operative term was...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville applies for housing grants

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed Monday to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) for the town again this year. The grants help low-income property owners and landlords with low-income tenants make needed...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville considers multiples issues

The Selbyville Town Council has approved — again — a resolution for an $850,000 bond for water and sewer system improvements, based on votes in 2000 and subsequent years. The re-approval of the council resolution was needed due to some minor...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

County eyes possible changes to clusters

There seems a consensus on Sussex County Council that the Cluster Development Ordinance (enacted August 2004) may have a few loopholes that need closing. Council enacted a moratorium on new cluster developments last week and continued the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

No timetable for local beach projects yet

The impact of detailed language in the federal Energy and Water bill for the 2006 fiscal year on beach reconstruction projects in Bethany Beach and South Bethany is still unclear, according to DNREC beach replenishment guru Tony Pratt.


Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro trio sweeps election

Incredibly high election turnout, incredibly unambiguous result. Dagsboro residents swept in three new town council candidates — three candidates who entered the race as a team, running on a platform for change.

Patti Adams, Wayne Baker...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Streetscape plans up for review in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and officials will get a new perspective on a long-running plan for the town at a special meeting set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the town hall. The long-touted Streetscape project for Garfield Parkway will be the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford to apply for improvement grants

Frankford Town Council took the bull by the horns Dec. 5 when they unanimously decided to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) in an attempt to revamp their community. The grants are earmarked for refurbishments and renovations to...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

State targets January for Assawoman start

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) may start work on the Assawoman Canal dredging project as early as mid-January, according to DNREC’s Chuck Williams (Soil and Water Conservation).

The Sierra...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Court denies Assawoman Canal appeal

A Tuesday, Nov. 29, ruling from Delaware’s Court of Chancery appears to have rejuvenated state efforts to complete a long sought-after dredging of the Assawoman Canal.

The canal, roughly 4 miles in length, runs south-southeast from the...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local Guardsman returns from Iraq

The flags are in — Ryan Redman is home. The Army National Guardsman returned from Iraq earlier this month — safe and sound, much to the delight of his parents, Clarksville-area residents Ken and Donna.
“He’s home for good,” his mother...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro explains response to contaminated water

Early on Nov. 28, Dagsboro Mayor S. Brad Connor admitted he was disappointed by the tenor of the criticisms he and other council members had received in the wake of the recent contamination of Dagsboro’s central water system.

Many of those...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro approves two cluster projects

Dagsboro town council moved forward on two new subdivisions with cluster overlays at the Nov. 28 council meeting: (1) the Village at Pepper Creek project (87 lots), north of the John M. Clayton School, west of Main Street, and (2) Charlie Zonko’s...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Annual holiday parade set for Friday

Area residents can get what will likely be their first glimpse of Santa Claus this year at the popular Selbyville Christmas Parade, set to step off Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Santa will again conclude the parade this year with his arrival via...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Events set to kick off Bethany holidays

Bethany Beach will open its arms to the spirit of the holidays this weekend with the annual Holiday Happenings, set for Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

Saturday’s events will focus on the family, with a fun-filled lineup of...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island deadlocks on front yards

Fenwick Island Town Council members debated a clarified requirement for front yard setbacks (how close to the street property owners can build something) at the Nov. 18 council meeting but ended up in a 3-3 deadlock (Council Member R. Chris Clark...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

County pauses to amend clustering

About a month ago, Sussex County Council members started considering some changes to the cluster subdivision ordinance (enacted in August of 2004), and got right back on it after the Thanksgiving break.

They still haven’t settled on just...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

District hears from JROTC supporters

Is the Indian River School District (IRSD) considering a budget cut in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) department? If so, school board members have some public opinion to weigh after the Nov. 22 IRSD School Board meeting.


Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm