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Fenwick Island brainstorms on budget

The earliest stages of drafting Fenwick Island’s budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year began Saturday, April 2, with a workshop aimed at determining the town’s overall needs. The process should be approximately 30 days in length, targeting...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

District details homestretch at Indian River

The new Indian River High School is almost, nearly, practically complete.
Work has taken longer than expected, and has cost more than originally anticipated. However, according to Indian River School District (IRSD) personnel, there’s a...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Reps work to safeguard shipwrecks

Legislators from the area have commissioned some housekeeping work to prevent a repeat of the archaeological mishap off the Lewes coast.

There, a sand-pumping dredge churned through an underwater site, throwing historic artifacts onto the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

CBS seeks greater voice at county level

Sussex County Council members, take notice. The eastern voting bloc wants more of a say in county affairs, and the numbers are behind them.
Special to the Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The crowd gears up for the CBS meeting at the South...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bunting brings teacher's perspective

Incumbent School Board Member Nina Lou Bunting knows teaching.
Bunting is a relative newcomer to Indian River School District (IRSD) governance — she’s running for re-election to her second (three-year) term on the School Board.
...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour rolls on again

With spring finally sprung, lovers of long-distance bicycle rides are revving up for all the open air and open road the warmer weather can provide.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED BY THE BETHANY-FENWICK AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Bicyclists...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

It's that time again ... change your clocks

It’s time to “spring forward” again. Clocks in the area will be turned forward one hour at 2 a.m. standard time on Sunday, April 3, making it 3 a.m. daylight-saving time. Clocks will “fall back” one hour on Oct. 30, 2005.

A few daylight-...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Model railroad buffs share piece of history

Next stop, Bethany Beach.
The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club (DSSRRC) held a workshop with a historical twist at the South Coastal Library on March 26.
Special to the Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
A 1958 Marx Company layout at the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick signage talks proceed

Even Building Official Patricia Schuchman agrees it may be time for some accommodations in how Fenwick Island’s commercial signage works. But what those changes might be — and how they come about — is still in the earliest stages of discussion....

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

IRSD wins state award

The Indian River School District’s Meet the Challenge program has been named a 2005 winner of the prestigious Superstars in Education Award given by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Challenge was initiated in November 2001...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Library has full slate for Literary Week

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

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

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Church gives a lift with event

Need a spiritual lift after a long, dreary winter? Celebrate the renewal of spring with contemporary Christian music, drama, puppet shows and testimony by the members of the music ministry team Captive Free on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Novel writing workshop to begin in Rehoboth

The newly formed non-profit, Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, will host a two-part novel-writing workshop on Saturday, April 9, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Corner Cupboard Inn at 50 Park Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The Guild’s...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Rotary helping with food

During the week of April 2-9, Southern Sussex Rotary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry.

The Community Food Pantry provides basic food items to those who are unable to purchase enough food to get through the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Craft show in need of volunteers

The Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show Committee is looking for a few good volunteers. Plans for the June 4 craft show are proceeding, and the committee is seeking extra hands to help with the final stages of planning and carrying off the inaugural...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chamber offers 10 reason to join

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce annual Member-Get-A-Member Campaign has hit its halfway marker. Members only have three more weeks to recruit new business members and earn their “bucks” to go shopping at the April 27 Business After...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

DNREC on the search

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is announcing the start of the 2005 Young Environmentalist of the Year award program. Awards will be given to students deserving recognition for their efforts in protecting the...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local organizations offer scholarships

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