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Ocean View residents still concerned over drainage, taxes

The regular monthly meeting of the Ocean View Town Council this week continued a trend of seeing a larger-than-usual attendance of the town’s citizens, as several issues continue to garner input from townsfolk.

During the July 20 meeting,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:34pm

Selbyville Towne Village gets first approvals to dig (ditches)

Selbyville Towne Village is the next major housing development revving up along Route 54. The project has changed several times since first proposed over a decade ago, before the “Great Recession.” Now, developers are taking baby steps to at last...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:34pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Dave Ritondo tags a horseshoe crab on the evening of Thursday, June 28.

Volunteers count on spawning crabs

Under a full moon in June, about a dozen people strapped headlamps to their foreheads, grabbed clipboards and hiked to the waterfront at James Farm. They would be counting and tagging horseshoe crabs until nearly midnight, as the crabs came...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:29pm

Volunteers move quickly to relocate a loggerhead sea turtle’s eggs so they would survive high tide, on Sunday, July 8.

Loggerhead sea turtle makes history with South Bethany nest

Michael Hess was walking along the Fenwick Island beach at James Street on Sunday, July 8, before sunrise, searching for hidden treasure with his metal detector. His normal routine was interrupted by an unusual sight ahead of him.

Upon...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:19pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offering enrichment programs

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), with classes scheduled for Sept. 4 to Nov. 19 in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” the University of Delaware...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:54pm

Author sets spy novel in Ocean View during World War II

On a drive along Coastal Highway, concrete towers can be seen lining the Delaware beaches. The towers were built to protect the Atlantic Coast from German invasion during World War II.

Inspired by the history of the area, Baltimore-native...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:53pm

Bethany Beach Books author event to feature mother-daughter duo

Although “Daddy’s girl” may be the more common trope, there is something special about a mother-daughter relationship, especially when that relationship develops into a professional partnership.

Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:52pm

Audrey and Frank Serio are part of the the top real estate team in the nation in volume, at $842.7 million.

Serios part of top team on national real estate list

Many consider living at the beach to be a dream come true. And Frank and Audrey Serio have made a long-running career of making such dreams come true, assisting people with buying and selling houses down the coastline from Lewes and Rehoboth...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Applications available for low-income heating help

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is now taking applications for Delaware households to qualify for a benefit from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program assists low-income households with...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:47pm

Delaware State Fire School to host girls’ emergency services camp

On Aug. 10-12, the Delaware State Fire School will host 60 teenage girls, ages 13 to 17, from around the region who will gear up for the second annual Camp Fury Delaware. Camp Fury began 10 years ago in Tucson, Ariz., and was adopted last summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Pancake breakfast to benefit upcoming CRASH Costa Rica mission trip

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its final Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser of the season on Sunday, July 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. The $7 donation paid by attendees will benefit the CRASH Youth Ministry’s trip to Costa Rica from...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:39pm

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays hosting Decked Out party

On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., people can join Delaware Center for the Inland Bays staff and supporters for the 11th Annual Decked Out fundraiser, featuring friends, fun and food — and raising money to preserve, protect and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:38pm

Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off entries due Aug. 10

Local cooks are being invited to enter their original crabcake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day, a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:37pm

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral scheduled for Monday, Sept. 3

A group of local residents are preparing to celebrate what they said they believe will be “one of the best summer seasons ever” with their annual end-of-season “fun” event. Locals and summer residents celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:36pm

Over Time will play at Ocean View’s John West Park on Friday, July 13.

Over Time to play the pavilion in John West Park

Rock-and-roll lovers can head to Ocean View’s John West Park this Friday, as local band Over Time will be performing as part of the Town’s annual summer Concerts in the Park.

“We’re hoping for a nice evening,” said Ocean View Town Clerk...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:35pm

Big Foot was the highlight during a Monster Truck event at Georgetown Speedway on Friday and Saturday night, July 6 and 7.

Monster Truck madness hits Georgetown

Monster Truck fans flocked to Georgetown Speedway last Friday and Saturday nights, July 6-7, for a chance to see the Monster Trucks and their drivers, who fans watch on television and in Hollywood movies.

Highlighting the show was the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Special Olympics gold medal-winner R.J. Franco shows off the prize after his win.

Ocean View man wins tennis gold in Special Olympics

Enjoyed by millions of people as a leisure activity, tennis can be a lifetime sport for Special Olympics athletes.

More than 37,000 of the athletes participate worldwide, and can delight in and benefit from the sport even when not...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:35pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

A variety of eclectic contemporary pieces are displayed in this renovated home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of 10 previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25 and 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home were...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

IRSD property tax rate nudges down 3 cents

Some Sussex County taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their property taxes this autumn.

Indian River School District property taxes will decrease by 3 cents, from $3.097 to $3.067 per $100 of assessed property value. (Sussex County...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:22pm

The Town of Ocean View's new P&Z director Ken Cimino sits at his desk.

Ocean View welcomes Cimino as new P&Z director

If Ken Cimino’s name sounds familiar, that’s because many local residents have heard it over the last few years in connection to the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project.

Now Cimino is taking on a new role — the Planning & Zoning...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:20pm

Millsboro approves new budget, confirms same leadership

Millsboro Town Council members unanimously approved an $8.5 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year at their July 2 regular council meeting, and the Town appears to be fully intent on continuing their push for growth and quality-of-life...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:17pm

Construction appears back on track at the site of a future restaurant and office/retail space on Route 26.

Archut developer addresses stormwater issues, installs controls

With heavy rainfall this spring, many saw the effects of Mother Nature, with fields flooding and swales overflowing.

Such was the case with the property of C.J. Pines in Ocean View. The 3.37-acre property, located at 83 Atlantic Avenue (...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:16pm

Budget, water plant woes plague Frankford town council

The Frankford Town Council will hold several meetings in the coming weeks to address the Town’s 2019 budget, while also continuing to work toward hiring a new town solicitor.

At its Monday, July 2, meeting, the council set dates for two...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:15pm

Flooding, sea-level rise could impact real estate value

For all its charm and beauty, Delaware was dealt a double whammy with its geology: not only is the First State bordered by a rising sea, the landmass is also slowly settling downward into the ocean. That’s why sea-level rise rates in the state...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm

County discusses farm use and ag activity in its code

The Sussex County Council is looking to “clarify” farm use and agricultural activity in its code, following a long discussion on June 24.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson presented information on the issue to council at the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm

Coin collectors set to des‘cent’ on Millsboro this Saturday

Time travel may be impossible, but there are other methods to visit the past. One way is through artifacts, such as coins.

Coins from various countries and eras, circa 500 B.C.to 2015, will be exhibited during the annual South Delaware...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:13pm

Dagsboro resident Davis seeking office as treasurer

Dagsboro resident Colleen Davis has filed to run for state treasurer, as a Democrat. Davis, 38, grew up in Sussex County and returned two years ago with her family.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of humanitarian efforts of different kinds....

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm

Arlett to host veterans’ town hall forum in Selbyville

All are welcome to attend a free veterans’ town hall-style meeting to discuss current issues, including healthcare and other vet topics. The forum will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Selbyville fire...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm

Members of the Salt Air Gardeners gather in front of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce where they worked to refresh the landscaping and infuse it with more native plants on Wednesday, June 27.

Salt Air Gardeners are at it again: Volunteers bring fresh look, native planting to Chamber office

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce office sits on a narrow strip of land just north of Fenwick Island, between the beach and Coastal Highway, and is a hub of activity for visitors and members alike.

On Wednesday, June 27, however...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:28am

Ellen Rice Gallery stained-glass artist Chiara Reading will share her techniques during a special exhibit of her sea-themed stained glass creations at the Ocean View gallery on Wednesday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stained-glass artist to share techniques at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host a special exhibit of the sea-themed stained glass creations of Chiara Reading on Wednesday, July 11, at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View, with the artist demonstrating her techniques throughout the day.

...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:03pm

Sean Wilson recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, completing his project at Ingram Pond in Millsboro. Wilson plans to attend college as a music education major.

Wilson achieves rank of Eagle Scout

The rank of Eagle Scout is highly lauded, as many young Boy Scouts never attain the position. But 18-year-old Sean Wilson of BSA Troop 281 was able to go the distance and become an Eagle Scout.

“You have to rank up through all the ranks,”...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:02pm

Rice’s new pastel, ‘A Moment in Time,’ will be released in print Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m., along with prints of her oil ‘Wild Horses.’ Rice will use the paintings and others to demonstrate the differences between pastels and oils in creating luminescent beach scenes.

Rice to release new prints, discuss creating with pastels and oils

Artist Ellen Rice will debut two very different new paintings of the ocean in print at her gallery in Ocean View this Saturday, July 7, and use the pieces to show the differences between pastels and oils when painting the ocean.

Rice’s...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:59pm

Mackie, Ted and Kami Banks Kane recently received their Retailer of the Year award from the magazine ‘Beverage Dynamics’ during a June 4 conference in Denver.

Banks Wines & Spirits named Retailer of the Year by Beverage Dynamics

Banks Wines & Spirits in Millville has been named a Retailer of the Year for 2018 by the trade publication Beverage Dynamics. The magazine gives top honors to beverage retailers each year, and this year Banks is one of 17 retailers across the...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:58pm

Insight Homes to host grand opening in canalfront community

Insight Homes this week announced its plans to reveal a new floor plan in their private waterfront Sunset Harbour community in Ocean View, in the form of a furnished new model home. Insight Homes is revealing the new model by hosting a grand...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:56pm

Carl M. Freeman Companies name Mastrangelo senior VP

The Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the selection of Josh Mastrangelo as the senior vice president for the Rockville, Md.-based company. Mastrangelo will head up communities, land development and staff management for Carl M. Freeman...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:55pm

Callaway targeting school readiness as EMES top teacher

“It’s almost like an alien traveling from outer space and you have to show them how to do everything,” said kindergarten teacher Dara Callaway.

That is how the East Millsboro Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2018 likes to describe...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:53pm

International student workers gather with locals and enjoy food and conversation at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

St. Martha’s hosts annual international student worker picnic

The doors to St. Martha’s Episcopal Church opened at 5:30 on Tuesday night, welcoming international student workers to Bethany Beach. More than 100 students filled the social hall to eat, meet new people and to be introduced to American culture...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:32pm

IRSD teacher wins award for mathematics and science teaching

Indian River School District teacher Christa Ferdig has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is for the year 2016.

Ferdig was previously a fifth-grade...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:17pm

Sussex County amateur radio clubs conduct joint Field Day event

Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club recently participated in a joint ARRL Field Day exercise on the grounds of the Seaford Parks & Recreation office. On-air operations took place between 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:13pm

Longwood Garden students on the mound at DBG with garden hosts.

Longwood Gardens interns visit Delaware Botanic Gardens

On June 21, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) hosted 25 student interns from Longwood Gardens.

DBG President Ray Sander said, “Longwood is the gold standard of public gardens. We have all been inspired by Longwood Gardens. The Longwood...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:12pm

The welcoming front door is just one of many architectural features that make this North Bethany home shine.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9

(Editor’s note:  This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After visiting a North Bethany community...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:11pm

Believe in Tomorrow 5K to support beach respites for critically ill kids

The 3rd Annual Believe in Tomorrow 5K is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Bethany Beach.

Presented by the Big Chill Beach Club, the Believe in Tomorrow 5K supports critically ill...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:57pm

Fourth of July celebrations set to brighten local communities

With a long strand of beaches ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July, the real question is, how and where is everyone going to celebrate?

In order to continue the festivities as long as possible, events...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Fireworks fanatics can celebrate

When is a firework not a firework?

Let’s take that question apart, shall we? Things may have gotten a bit murky in the past month, with the newly legalized sale of some types of pyrotechnic devices in Delaware.

Those colorful...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Millville United Methodist Church to host Patriotic Sing-a-long

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Barb Clair will be hosting a Patriotic Sing-a-long to spark the celebrations.

The annual event will be held in Wesley Hall at Millville United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:35pm

Bonky’s move gets deferred by Ocean View Planning & Zoning

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week deferred voting on a revision to the site plan for Bonky’s Ice Cream & Snoballs.

The business is looking to move east from its current location across from Atlantic Auto on...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:34pm

Chesapeake Utilities aims to bring gas service to Millville

The Millville Town Council at its workshop meeting on Tuesday, June 26, heard a proposal for a natural gas pipeline to connect to the planned Beebe Medical Center campus in the town.

The presentation by Dean Holden, manager of business...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:33pm

Sussex County could offer storage of wills

Sussex County Register of Wills Cindy Green spoke before the county council at its June 26 meeting, regarding Senate Bill 238, relating to the storage of wills.

“What Senate Bill 238 will allow Sussex County to do is to store wills,”...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm