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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 the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

NARFE changes name, not plan

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) has a new name. It is now the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. The acronym — NARFE — and the mission will remain the same: protecting and enhancing the earned...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Murder in Long Neck

The Delaware State Police (DSP), Homicide Unit, charged Millsboro resident Aris G. Mouzakitis in connection with a double murder on March 28, according to a March 29 press release.

Mouzakitis, 53, allegedly assaulted his estranged wife,...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bits and Pieces

Bethany church holding Sunday school classes
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD approves 2005-06 calendar

Students in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will still be able to work (or play) until Labor Day next year.
However, unlike this year, they should be out before the third week of June.

The IRSD settled on the 2005-2006...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County matches for open land donations

Sussex County Council signed off on a pair of Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) partnerships at the March 22 council meeting.

SCLT President/CEO Wendy Baker said the trust had acquired or helped acquire 2,500 acres of open space in Sussex...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

RPD, canal street ends top planning agenda

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a sketch plan for another small planned residential development (PRD) at their meeting on Saturday, March 19.
The PRD is slated for the property of Mark and Kiki Zachary at 877...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Royal Farms sets up shop

Look no further, Dagsboro just landed a 24-hour Royal Farms convenience store.
“Right now we’re looking for communities that are in need of this type of establishment,” said Royal Farms public relations associate Karen McGagh.
Coastal...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Medians move forward in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council tentatively awarded a $135,000 Route 1 median landscaping project to Greenscape Landscape at the March 18 council meeting.
Engineer Chuck Hauser of Davis, Bowen & Friedel (DBF) said he was still checking...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany takes a look into town's future

The future of development and zoning in Bethany Beach has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the town. In recent years, town officials and property owners have repeatedly returned to the topic of the need for zoning changes, architectural...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View P&Z pushes amenities

A 22-townhouse project came before Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for final review on March 17. P&Z members questioned several aspects of the plan, but eventually agreed to consider it approved, contingent upon their receipt of...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Start your engines

Di Febo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach is organizing a police escorted, traffic free motorcycle ride to raise money for a fallen officers’ education fund.
The “1st Annual Ride to the Beach” is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, with a silent...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mitchell signs on to IRSD school board

Last year, 2004, was the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) biggest ever for capital improvements. It was probably also the biggest year ever for glitches, construction budget overruns, crews going for lunch and never coming back, etc.

...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chamber planning hardhat cocktail party

It’s been a noisy, dusty week at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Construction crews have torn out the old flooring and gutted the bathrooms in preparation for continuing renovations at the Visitors Center (Route 1, Fenwick Island)....

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes $10.2 million budget

Members of Bethany Beach’s Budget and Finance Committee met briefly Friday, March 18, to complete final review and markup on the town’s $10.2 million budget for its 2006 fiscal year.
Last-minute changes were largely constrained to...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany's 'dog days' go unchanged

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) voted Friday, March 18, to keep in place the town’s existing date for permitting dogs on the beach after the summer season.
Acting on a request from resident Lois Lipsett,...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Helicopter rushes injured worker to care

A construction worker was recovering early this week from injuries sustained at a Bethany Beach construction site.
A ladder failure caused the fall on Friday, March 18, while the sub-contractor was working in the 300 block of Wellington...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick considers event for lighthouse

Fenwick Island Town Council heard a proposal for an “aquathlon” to benefit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse Foundation at the March 18 town council meeting.
Kent Buckson of Surf Racer Sports presented the plan for a half-mile swim/five...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Start the presses

Selbyville Middle School (SMS) students have submitted their stories in the nick of deadline, and are now designing a pair of eye-pleasing newsletters for the readership.
Sharon Hall and Sherry Murray expected their sixth-grade Language...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick talks meetings and sporting event

A joking suggestion that members of the Fenwick Island Town Council lead off their March 12 “workshop without agenda” (WWA) by canceling the WWA actually got some serious attention from the council members.

The suggestion was made mostly...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes budget, flurry of items

Bethany Beach Town Council members vote unanimously Friday, March 18, to enact a series of measures, on issues ranging from how the town’s records can be distributed to how its investments are made.
Topping the list of items addressed by...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach replenishment key issue at meeting

Officials from Bethany Beach and South Bethany trekked to Washington, D.C., on March 15, with the chief hope that continued close communication with the state’s legislators will help bring the $5 million in federal funds needed to keep the towns...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach home saved from fire

Units from the Bethany Beach, Millville and Rehoboth Beach fire departments responded Friday, March 18, to a house fire in the 600 block of Second Street in Bethany Beach, near Evans Avenue.
The three-story home was under construction when...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County moves on local sewer

“This is kind of a milestone,” said Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut. “It’s the last piece — with this project, the entire southeast corner will be filled out.”

Slated for completion in May 2007, the Miller Creek and South Ocean...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

84 Lumber gets denied again

Representatives of 84 Lumber presented a lengthy case for an expansion at the company’s Clarksville site before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, March 10.

In doing so, they cited efforts to allay...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRHS students excel

Nine students from Indian River High School have qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2005 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Cal. on April 21-25.

Students Mindy Allen, Eddie Edwards, Sean McMullen, Brenna Morin,...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

SBPD vets to have pensions

Veteran police officers of South Bethany will vest in the state pension plan three years from now, following a compromise decision at the March 11 town council meeting.
A main topic of discussion at two prior meetings, council members had...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany police welcome new recruit

The South Bethany Police Department, down a man for nearly a year, has returned to its previous strength with the arrival of Ptlm. Josh Rowley.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Josh Rowley is the newest face in South Bethany law enforcement...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View finalizes budget numbers

The town of Ocean View discussed the fiscal 2006 budget one final time at a March 14 workshop, paving the way for a formal vote at next month’s council meeting (April 5).
• The town expects to bring in $1.76 million in revenues over the...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View mayoral candidates weigh in

Who will lead Ocean View Town Council for the next three years?
In three weeks’ time, residents will cast their ballots, deciding to either return incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith or usher in challenger Wally Brown.

The Coastal Point...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bonfire, junior lifeguard program in works

What once was designed as a fundraising event for the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol is now to become a community celebration, with the 2005 edition of the town’s annual bonfire.
Members of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Committee met...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Grants available for Dagsboro water

It has been three years since referendum, and residents of Dagsboro still haven’t seen one drop of central water. However, the finish line is coming into view.
According to engineer Chuck Hauser (Davis, Bowen & Friedel), they should be...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Impact fee proposed for BB construction

Members of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee worked on fine-tuning the town’s draft budget for the 2006 fiscal year at their March 11 meeting.
Among the items tackled was a re-visioning of plans to reformat building permit fees...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford looks at directed growth

The town of Frankford has plans for expansion. Toward that end, Council Members and former-President Ron Atherton have begun working on revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

According to Vice-President Thomas “Maynard...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Legion leader visits with Post 28 group

American Legion National Commander Thomas Cadmus stopped by Post 28 (Oak Orchard/Riverdale) on March 10, en route a “Support the Troops” rally in Dover.
Cadmus is midway through a tour of Legion posts in all 50 states.
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

DNREC gives state-of-beach report

Having chased away the morning’s blustery chill with hot coffee and warm food, members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce were all ears when the topic of their March 3 breakfast meeting turned to the future of the area’s beaches....

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

HB 99 makes a comeback

The bill formerly known as H.B. 99 cleared the House Labor Committee as H.S. 1 on March 16, headed for a March 17 vote on the House floor.

H.S. 1 is titled “An act to amend (various sections) of the Delaware Code relating to discrimination...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Delaware State dances with the big boys

After narrowly defeating Hampton 55-53 in the final seconds of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference championship game on March 12, the Delaware State Hornets have earned their first ever NCAA tournament invitation.

The Hornets secured the...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin renewed:

“It will be business at usual” soon at Redfin Seafood Grill’s North Bethany location, according to the restaurant’s original designer, Bryony Zeigler of SoDel Concepts.
While the last year and a half of tribulations may not yet be water...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local towns trump state gambling laws

In light of recent controversies surrounding poker tournaments in neighboring Worcester County, the Coastal Point has reviewed the rules for communities in southeastern Sussex.

Last month, Ocean City organizers were shut down after several...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Millville gets first look at Home Depot

Growth in Millville continues apace, and commercial neighbors will soon accompany the proposed master-planned communities (MPCs) south of Route 26.
Millville Town Council reviewed conceptual plans for a 102,000-square-foot Home Depot at the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick aims for green light on plan

With a colorful planting plan in hand, and discussions with landscaping consultants and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives behind them, members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee have been raring to break...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville considers easement for sewers

Selbyville officials are debating the potential need to take an additional easement from some property owners to complete work for new sewer mains in the town.
Currently, the town has an easement in the Polly Branch Road area from the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin property on the auction block

The fate of North Bethany Beach restaurant Redfin Grill may be determined this weekend, when the property upon which it rests is auctioned. That auction comes as part of a court decision requiring the dissolution of the partnership that owns the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany talks expenses

With $1,495,000 notched for combined general administrative, public safety (police), beach patrol and public works, South Bethany town council is starting to get a firm grasp on where money will be going this fiscal year.

Council held its...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mountaire sewage violations scrutinized

A series of sewage violations by the Mountaire Corporation were again on the Selbyville Town Council’s agenda at its March 7 meeting. But council members opted not to immediately assess the poultry company the usual administrative fines for the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford addresses dilapidated structures

Frankford Town Council took a first formal step toward cleaning up various tumbledown, potentially dangerous houses at the March 7 council meeting.
Resident Elma Gray had approached council at the Feb. 7 meeting, asking for action on the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Locals represent well at Worcester Prep

Two high school students from the Sussex seashore are giving their hometowns good report at Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md.
Mason Dyer of Ocean View and Kelly Ternahan of Bethany Beach have both taken leadership roles in their...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Community offers classes for PC rookies

Intimidated by technology, or just afraid you might break something? Instructors are here to help.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The computer classes at the Roxana CHEER Center have proven popular.
Beginners can find two free...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany projects target conservation

Natural surroundings and camouflage go hand in hand, but a small stretch of Route 26 in Bethany Beach may hide the purpose of the property from the unobservant, out of sheer inconspicuousness.

What might normally appear to be a simple home...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm