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Local Democrats question county reps

Two Republicans walked into a Democratic club meeting — and responded to some polite questioning.

Sussex County Council Members George Cole (District 4) and Vance Phillips (District 5) came to the Cottage Café on April 19, at the formal...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

No exception for Sea Villas driveways

Residents of the Sea Villas in Bethany Beach may have some adjustments to make in their parking practices. Members of the town’s Planning Commission voted Saturday, April 16, that the properties are not due any sort of exception from the 20-foot...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Waiting-area bars allowed to continue

At its April 15 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 5-2 to extend a provision allowing the operation of “waiting-area bars” at restaurants in the town. The contentious discussion focused on a 16-seat bar area at Bethany Blues.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany grants exception due to flooding

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments during its April 18 meeting unanimously granted an exception to Anna Mae Buhl for the moving and raising of the garage-apartment on her property at 104 Central Boulevard.

Buhl and builder Mark Dieste...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Filing deadline for Bethany seat is May 18

Bethany Beach Town Council Member Bob Degen dropped a bit of a bombshell at the council’s April 15 meeting, announcing his resignation from the council and town committees, effective May 1.

The council’s only non-resident member, Degen...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

School board candidate advocates inclusion

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling is strong on social consciousness, in business and in life. He went into special education for adults with disabilities with this philosophy in mind: “You can either hate it, or you can see the value that exists...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany continues overlay zone discussion

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission continued their discussion of zoning overlays at their April 16 meeting, working through the details and potential impact of the idea before possibly bringing it to the town council for approval....

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville gets a peak at future

One set of sketches, so many questions.
Officials and representatives of Millville Township LLC presented their sketch plans to the town council and a group of eager residents during the town’s regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 12...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.
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Trucks going in and out of the 84 Lumber property in...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

County reintroduces open space talk

Sussex County Council once again turned to the issue of open space requirements at the April 12 council meeting, continuing work begun last year.

Council adopted two ordinances related to minimum open space requirements in new developments...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Tournament brings in scholarship funds

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Alpha Eta chapter, has raised enough money at their first-ever golf tournament to fund not one, but two, $5,000 scholarships for graduating Indian River High School seniors.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick business leaders brainstorm on future

Members of the Fenwick Island business community came together Wednesday, April 13, to discuss their vision for improving the town’s commercial area. The event was inspired by similar visioning workshops held for the town’s property owners in...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Meredith remains Mayor after election

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith was sworn in for a second term at the April 12 special meeting, following a strong showing at the polls over the weekend.
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Meredith defeated challenger Wally...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Coastal Moose to get go-ahead on location

An application for a new lodge location for the Loyal Order of Moose Inc., East Sussex Lodge #2542, received preliminary approval recommendations from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 7.

The lodge currently...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick prepares to cover its beach

With the summer only an arm’s length away, the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Committee met April 9 to review lifeguard decorum and responsibilities, discuss plans for a July 2 community beach bonfire and set parameters for the planned junior...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany reviews town plan

It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.

The commission members have...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford considers four-duplex project

Frankford resident Dean Esham addressed the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week (April 7 P&Z meeting), asking for a change of zone to accommodate four duplexes at 65 Reed Street.

However, Esham’s application...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

A different angle

Wilbert “Will” Laird is a newcomer to Sussex County.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Laird attended Point Park College (business/math) and George Washington University (operations research) en route a 35-year career with the federal...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chamber hosts forum of council members

Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce members gathered on April 7 for eggs and sausage — with a side of politics.
Sussex County Council Members George Cole (District 4) and Vance Phillips (District 5) made the trip to Doyle’s Restaurant...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Jamboree Boys welcome in professionals

It’s that time once again, country music fans — time for the Hocker family’s annual Springtime Jamboree. The two-day event (April 22 and 23) will benefit Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) this year.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany discusses history

The Bethany Historical and Cultural Committee met Monday, April 11, to discuss how best to preserve the history of the beach town. Resident Jane Vincenti recently expressed an interest in having her house on First Street registered as a historic...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Deadline nears for School Board ballots

Anyone who will need to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board election will need to take certain steps — as soon as possible.

Residents of IRSD Districts 3 and 4 will vote for their...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Annual geranium sale now going

Spruce up your yard and garden with beautiful geraniums.

Sounds of the Atlantic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering white, pink and red 6-inch pots of geraniums for sale for only $4.50.

Geraniums can be ordered at any...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Marriage Licenses

The following couples recently appliced for marriage licenses in Sussex County:

Victor Mejla Ailon and Migdalia Perez, both of Milton, Del.; Alfred Victor Cicinato and Kathleen Jennings Ballato, both of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Jonathan...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Big times ahead in Ocean View

Registered voters of Ocean View, let’s get ready to rumble.

On Saturday, April 9, voters can turn out to the new town hall in Ocean View, from noon to 5 p.m. to cast their ballots for the individual they wish to serve as the town’s mayor...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Juveniles arrested for Bethany Arson

A Bethany Beach police officer on patrol in the town March 30 spotted evidence of a fire in progress, leading to the apprehension of three juveniles.

According to Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) Public Information Officer Joanna...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville Library celebrates

In celebration of National Library Week, the Selbyville Public Library will be hosting Hare E. Whodini and The Magic of Reading on Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

The “Magic of Reading” program targets the age ranges of kindergarten through...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Acting class returns to Ocean View

Following up on the first series of sold out classes on the Craft of Acting in both Lewes and Ocean View, Clear Space Productions, a non-profit theatre arts organization in Rehoboth Beach, has announced additional classes in April.


Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Summer book sales are coming back soon

St. Martha’s summer book sales will be on Saturdays this summer instead of Sundays. The first sale will be Saturday, May 7. Books will be accepted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Children’s books...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

St. Ann's looks to help troops overseas

St. Ann’s Church in Bethany Beach is collecting items to be sent to the troops overseas. The items they need are the following: water, phone cards, writing paper, pens, pencils, disposable razors, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap,...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beast of East bike show is ready to roar

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast and the Beast of the East Custom Bike Show is a pearl of a show just getting shucked for all to see.

The April 22-24 show is designed for talented bikers who have...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Tickets on sale for Jekyll & Hyde

Time is running out to get tickets for Jekyll & Hyde at Possum Point Players. The show opens at Possum Hall in Georgetown on Friday, April 15, and has just seven performances scheduled before closing on April 24.

The office staff of...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Hard Hat' party showcases project

Passerbys on Route 1 have certainly noticed the frenetic pace of construction at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center and office building. The chamber staff is inviting members of the chamber and the community in to see...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Students to 'Kick Butts'

On Saturday, April 16, First State Community Action Agency and students from Sussex County communities are joining thousands across the country who are taking part in “Kick Butts Day.”

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a nationwide...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Wellness office offers Qigong

The Sussex County office of the Wellness Community-Delaware is planning to offer Qigong to interested people that are affected by cancer. This ancient Chinese practice integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Library celebrates with literature

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presented during the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p....

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beekeeping course for next Saturday

The Delaware Beekeepers Association is hosting a short course to introduce the public to the basics of beekeeping. The goal of the course is to prepare a novice to be a successful beekeeper this year and to lay the proper foundation for an...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Women's Day Celebration seeks nominees for 2006

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2006 Women’s Day Celebration sponsored by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The closing date for nominations is May 15.

Nominees age 18 or older must have been Sussex...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local groups give scholoarship money

Sorority offers Grise scholarship

The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority grants at least one Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship award of a minimum of $250 to a qualified high school graduate. The student must reside in...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sussex has voice muted on HB 36

Below the C&D Canal, Delaware is a true blue state. Sussex and Kent Counties voted Bush for president and Lee for Governor in the last election.

However, the numbers have it in New Castle County. Apparently, Smyrna marks a bit of a...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Potential Selbyville water project intriguing

Expansion of Selbyville’s water system was a hot topic at the town council’s April 4 meeting. Residents of outlying areas came to the meeting, seeking information in the wake of a letter sent out by the town. The letter was aimed at gauging those...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View talks water

A central water system for Ocean View took another giant leap forward this week, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives talked financing at the April 5 town council meeting.

USDA’s Denise MacLeish and Lisa Fitzgerald...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford hears requests from Church

Nearly 20 members of Frankford’s Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church attended the April 4 town council meeting.
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The crowd gears up for the CBS meeting at the South Coastal Library on Tuesday,...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View continues zoning modifications

Ocean View Town Council adopted two new zoning ordinances at the April 5 town council meeting, one regarding business signage and the other restricting multifamily development.

The sign ordinance will give multiple businesses on the same...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Planning & Zoning defers action on Riverview project

Members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously on March 31 to defer action on the application of Riverview LLC (a Caldera Properties holding) to rezone as MR-RPC (medium-density residential district,...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Watch for the eclipse this evening

The moon will take a bite out of the sun on Friday, April 8 — or at least it will appear to do so, when a partial solar eclipse will take place. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the southern U.S., while the immediate area will enjoy...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

QRCF prepares for inaugural tourney

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has come of age, and will expand its popular Big Drive for Charity competition into a full-blown golf tournament this year.

In the past, the foundation had partnered with parent Bethany-...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Dr. D. straightens out schools, backs

Local chiropractor Dr. Donald Hattier, aka “Dr. Don,” aka “Dr. D,” has spent the last 52 years doing a little bit of everything.
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Now running for re-election to his second term on the Indian...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm