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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

DelDOT preps Selbyville for bridgework

Within a year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans to replace a bridge in downtown Selbyville. Representatives held a workshop on March 3 to explain why.

According to Project Engineer Percival McNeil, the Main Street...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Second try at expansion for 84 Lumber

Owners of the Clarksville-area location of building supply company 84 Lumber were rebuffed last year when they tried to add approximately 8 acres of land to expand the facility. County officials denied the company’s requested conditional use of...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View church to hold revival

The Ocean View Church of Christ is holding a revival March 20 through 24, 2005. The special speaker for the meeting is Joe Guthrie from Jacksonville, Fla. Services will start at 7 p.m. each evening, Monday through Thursday.

Guthrie has...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indian River announces second quarter honor students

The following students were recognized for their academic achievements during the second marking period at Indian River High School:

High Honors (Grade between 93-100)
SENIORS
Melissa Alesi, Kathleen Berntsen, Joseph Boell,...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Election time in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual election on April 9, from noon to 5 p.m., at Town Hall (32 West Ave.).

As it stands, Council Member Norm Amendt (Voting District 3) is running uncontested and incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith is...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local woman receives statewide award

Cheryl Miller, of Roxana, recently received statewide recognition at the Delaware State TRIO Organizations’ annual conference as the recipient of an Outstanding Service Award. Miller is a student enrichment coordinator for the Classic Upward...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

In a nutshell …

Welcome reception for writers at bookstore
On Friday, March 4, Booksandcoffee in Dewey Beach will be filled not only with books, but also with the authors of many of those books, as well as lots of enthusiastic and avid readers. The...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bits & Pieces

Bethany church holding adult Sunday school
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 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View reviews several ordinances

That’s a lot of ordinance.
Ocean View Town Council held first readings on two, continued discussion on two that were tabled at second reading last month and introduced three new ones at the March 1 town council meeting.

(1) Council...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Megan's Law in action in Ocean View

Members of an Ocean View neighborhood watch group recently went door to door in their community of Country Village, distributing fliers with information about a new neighbor.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:
Members of a neighborhood...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick hears from DelDOT

Fenwick Island residents heard about Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) input regarding the median, crosswalks and traffic signals at the Feb. 25 town council meeting.

“We may or may not have trees,” Council Member Vicki...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany discusses public works

South Bethany’s Bob Washburn (maintenance mechanic) covered his public works wish list, as town council members continued their series of budget workshops.
Washburn’s recommendations reflected a nearly 40 percent increase from last year, to...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Town looks at police pensions

South Bethany Town Council hashed out a tentative buy-in to the state’s pension plan on Feb. 25.
The town enrolled its other employees several years ago, with a five-year buy-in.

That automatically vested them in the plan, but it...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro looks to tighten up

Dagsboro advertised a thick agenda for the Feb. 27 town council meeting, and by the end of the meeting, council members decided it was time for a change.

Town Solicitor Tempe Steen suggested they limit their agenda by requiring that...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Suit filed against school district

When the possibility of a lawsuit against the Indian River School District and its school board arose in the fall of 2004, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead told the Coastal Point his organization would in some respects welcome a...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County gets charitable with budget

It’s getting to be budget time again. As part of the yearly ramp-up to County Administrator Bob Stickels’ final proposal, humanitarian organizations once again pitched their causes before Sussex County Council, on March 1.

Easter Seals got...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick readies environmental brochure

“Refreshing surf — sunny days on the beach — gentle breezes on the bay — glorious sunsets” ...
When Fenwick Island Environmental Committee members describe their little “jewel by the sea,” these are some of its prime attributes.

The...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mountaire hosts gospel talent search

Mountaire Farms will be hosting its eighth annual Gospel Talent Search later this month, and there’s some serious prize money on the table again this year.
According to Mountaire’s Roger Marino, “This is something we believe in — just doing...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ancient tradition lives on in Sussex County

Fox hunting’s heyday has passed. Midnight last Thursday, the practice of hunting with dogs was outlawed in England and Wales.
Some considered the move a triumph for animal rights groups, while some considered it a blow to rural life.
...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View P&Z okays school

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is tricky.
Part of the property lays in Ocean View, part lays in Millville, part in unincorporated Sussex County.

So who approves the renovation project planned for Lord Baltimore?

Apparently,...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.
The move came after discussion of the school’s renovation plans with...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany meetings enter the digital age

Bethany Beach Town Council meetings are now officially on the record, or rather the computer disc, as the town’s new recording system faced its inaugural use on Friday, Feb. 18. The system was purchased to automatically record meetings in a...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Snyder property plans revisited in Bethany

At their meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a new sketch plan submitted by Richard Snider for his property located at 417 Central Boulevard in the town’s R-1 zone.

Snider’s property had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sierra Club wraps up Assawoman appeal

The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) had its day in court on Feb. 22, completing the latest chapter in Assawoman Canal re-dredging saga.
Attorney Ken Kristl, representing the Sierra Club, echoed the concerns voiced in last year...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lukewarm reception for Fenwick trash

A proposal for a unified front against trash problems met a tepid response from members of the Fenwick Island business community at a Feb. 17 Community Liaison meeting.

Beautification Committee Chairwoman and Town Council Member Vicky...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Band director lauds IRHS musical stars

More than a dozen Indian River High School students played and sang their way into All-State band and chorus this year, and Department Chair Mark Marvel made no secret of his pride in the talented young musicians.
Alesi
"It’s very rare...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

CORC tidies up Bethany Beach code

It was déjà vu all over again for the members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) when they met on Friday, Feb. 18.

The main purpose of the meeting was to review sections of the town code to which the committee had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Communication the key

Communications issues inside the town of Bethany Beach — both within town hall and with its citizens — are under the purview of its Communications Committee.
So, it was no coincidence that the committee at its February 22 meeting felt...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany comprehensive development plan discussed

Bethany Beach officials might have expected to hear at least a few complaints from those unsatisfied with elements of the final draft of an updated Comprehensive Development Plan for the town. But complaints from those who hadn’t yet seen the...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View Planning and Zoning moves on signs

Ocean View Town Council is cleared to move forward on a new sign ordinance, following a thumbs-up from the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on Feb. 17.

The ordinance came about as a result of Jeff Clark’s application for...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick looks to beef up crowd

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Martha Keller would like more residents and property owners to attend council meetings. And she thinks that effort should start by having the meetings when more people are in town — namely on weekends, instead...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany moves fees into schedule

South Bethany Town Council took a first step toward expedited fee adjustments at the Feb. 11 town meeting.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne presents Linda Collins and Deloris ‘Dee’ Burbage on Feb. 11 with...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mancini requests Fenwick's okay on patio

Fenwick Island doesn’t currently allow its restaurants to serve alcohol on outdoor patios, but if restaurateur Gabbie Mancini has anything to say about it, Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant will be the first in the town to do so....

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

County approves sewer Repair

Sussex County Council approved a bid for repairs on Bethany/South Bethany sewer mains at the Feb. 15 council meeting.
While such repairs historically required extensive trenching, new technologies should keep local impacts to a minimum....

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sorority celebrates 25 years of service

The local Beta Sigma Phi recently turned 25, and the social/community outreach club just keeps getting better with age.
While it is a sorority, Beta Sigma Phi isn’t affiliated with any institute of higher learning, and the members don’t...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Tragedy turns to dedication of service

A little over five years ago, Kiley and Royce Purcell were enjoying the Winter Festival of Lights in Ocean City.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Purcell with her son, Royce III, and husband, Royce.
Her son, Royce III, had just turned...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT defends outreach

While some locals are still uncertain regarding potential impact on their properties, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spokesman Darrell Cole insisted the department was doing its best to keep everyone informed.

Cole said the...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View talks land use

Progress, and possible minimum design standards for landscaping, signs and even architecture, dominated the Feb. 15 workshop in Ocean View.

The roundtable discussion on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) issues attracted the entire town...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Oral histories focus in Bethany

Members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) met on Monday, Feb. 14, to discuss a variety of ongoing projects under the group’s oversight.

Paul Bleumanschmidt of the Delaware Historical Commission made a...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

BBPD organizes security program

While federal beach reconstruction funding for the town may be in jeopardy, the Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) has been the happy recipient of a $49,000 grant for homeland security.
Sgt. Richard Haden said he had applied for $51,000...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mayor has his hands full

Technically, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith is number one.
Ocean View has been around a while (founded in 1893), but until 2002, no mayor before Meredith had ever been chosen by popular election.

He downplayed any significance,...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View nears final budget plan

Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth presented three different five-year budget plans to the long-range financial planning committee on Feb. 15.
In version one, there were no rate increases. The town would stick with existing revenue sources...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin put on the auction block

An auction date has been set for the North Bethany Beach property that is currently home to popular restaurant Redfin Grill. As part of a court decision calling for dissolution of the partnership that owns the property, it will be auctioned...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach projects once again in jeopardy

South Bethany has joined with Bethany Beach in contracting with beach-replenishment consulting firm Marlow & Co., and the support may have proven timelier than either town expected.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released last week...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Police, firefighters receive Valor awards

Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and its members gathered Friday, Feb. 11, to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm