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Ocean View delays roof repairs on Shores House

It’s been more than 200 years, what’s one more?

The Ocean View Town Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 11, with Councilman Richard Nippes dissenting, to wait at least a year before making any moves regarding replacing the roof on the...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:22am

Ocean View looking at restrooms again

It’s déjà vu all over again for Ocean View Town Council.

After deciding last month that they would table any decision regarding the restrooms at the Wallace A. Melson Administration and Public Safety Building, the issue was once again on...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:22am

Fleet of floaters returning for Fenwick Island boat parade

This weekend, the Fenwick Island Yacht Club will host the fourth annual Fenwick Island Boat Parade, as participants take to the water and decorate their vessels to make a splash with the judges and viewers alike.

On Saturday, Aug. 15, at...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:20am

Bethel Tabernacle to host Summer Fun

Bethel Tabernacle in Clarksville is planning an expansion and, with a little help from the community, that expansion could be imminent. The design of a new worship center, planned to be added onto the back of the existing building, located on...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:37am

Grants help fund Selbyville police force

Though organizations throughout the country may be feeling the affects of the slumping economy, the Selbyville police department is getting by just fine. Several grants have been approved for the Selbyville police force and one is still pending,...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:19am

Delaware beaches get high marks for water quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued its 2009 report, “Testing the Waters,” listing Delaware beaches as first in beachwater quality.

Although good news for Delaware, the report also finds that overall, the reported number of...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:17am

Frankford discusses renovations

Frankford Town Council met on Monday, Aug. 3 for their monthly meeting, discussing a number of issues pertinent to the town.

Much of the meetings discussion centered on the town’s contracted plans to renovate, and update the town’s sewer...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:14am

Millville officials discuss design costs, Beebe

The Millville Town Council discussed spending $5,000 to draft Design Standards for Millville as specified in the newly instated Comprehensive Plan during their July 28 regular council meeting.

Councilman Michael Jeffers believed the...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 5:02am

Local band works ‘Over Time’ to share classic rock music

The variety show at Indian River High School presents a smorgasbord of talent throughout the school each year, from song and dance to a spectacle of skits. But for one quartet, it was the shared yearning for music that inevitably brought them...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:57am

County approves first project in rental program

The Sussex County Council on July 21 approved 4-1 the first project being developed under its Moderately Priced Rental Program, at 36-month pilot program approved in December 2008 that aims to stimulate affordable rental housing for the county’s...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:27am

Higher education goes green

As August rolls around and students get ready to go back to school, the “going green” movement is alive and well, as part of the college community and curriculum, both nationally and here locally.

Each year, The Princeton Review...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:20am

DNREC issues construction company Coastal Zone Act permit

Secretary Collin O’Mara of The Department of Natural resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) recently issued a Coastal Zone Act permit to Granthan Lane Associates, LLC., a New Castle construction company whose works includes demolition and...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:17am

Accident causes ash cloud release at IR power plant

On Tuesday, July 28, just after 8 a.m., an inspection port on a silo at the NRG-owned Indian River Generating Station (power plant) near Millsboro malfunctioned while employees were performing routine maintenance, allowing fly ash to escape while...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:57pm

Candidates all set for Bethany election

Bethany Beach voters will once again head to the polls on the Saturday after Labor Day this year, as the town holds its annual town council elections on Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. Candidates had until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, to...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:56pm

More arrests in prison contraband case

State troopers and correctional officials continued this week to clear up the prison contraband scandal that they say has plagued the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown.

Four inmates who were housed at the facility were arrested...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:55pm

Ocean View gets packed house for voting issue

Non-resident property owners in Ocean View don’t have a vote in town elections – at least, not yet – but those who turned out on July 28 for a special town council meeting on non-resident voting still made their voices heard.

Although not...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:53pm

County begins discussion of historic preservation

Sussex County officials included in the county’s most recent comprehensive land-use plan a recommendation to consider ordinances related to historic preservation, and they got started on fulfilling that promise this week, with discussion of a...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:45pm

NRG shareholders nix acquisition by Exelon

Although an acquisition of NRG Energy Inc., owner of the Indian River Generating Station near Millsboro, has been reported in recent months as a possibility, Exelon Corporation will not be acquiring the company after all.

On July 21, NRG...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:33pm

Carmean urges look at Fenwick police resources

Fenwick Island’s town council and residents heard from Councilwoman Vicki Carmean on the issue of public safety last week, at their monthly council meeting.

“I’m not here to criticize the police department,” she warned up front. “We have...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:32pm

County program offers funding for businesses

The Sussex County Council declared almost the entire county a “recovery zone” this week, as part of its participation in a new federal program that will lend millions of dollars in bonds to businesses expanding or adding jobs, all in the hope of...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:20pm

County funds farmland preservation program

Sussex County once again will pool money with a local land trust and the federal government to preserve some of the area’s farmland. The County Council at its Tuesday, July 21, meeting approved using $300,000 in agriculture preservation money not...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:19pm

County property records headed online

Attorneys, title searchers and the general public could soon have more convenient access to Sussex County property records, thanks to a new online system proposed this week by Sussex County Recorder of Deeds John Brady.

Brady, at the July...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:17pm

Old Fenwick Island Days ready to turn back time

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 1, and continuing for an entire week, Fenwick Island will be turning back the clock for an eight-day celebration of the beach town’s heritage. The first-ever Old Fenwick Island Days will take place from Aug. 1 through...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:12pm

Bethany begins discussion of solar-power ordinance

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met last week to begin discussion of a proposed solar energy ordinance for the town. The commissioners were careful to note that, since recently adopted state law specifically does not allow any new...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 11:49am

Help coming for private roads in need of improvement

Sussex County is ready to put its monetary muscle behind efforts to improve streets in the county’s private communities. County council members voted 5-0 on July 21 to approve an ordinance that codifies the county’s previously implemented program...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 11:48am

BREAKING NEWS: Ash cloud released at IR power plant

Around 8:15 on Tuesday morning, July 28, while employees at the Indian River Indian River Generating Station near Millsboro were performing routine maintenance on an ash silo, an inspection port on the silo failed, causing ash to land on the...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:23am

OV delays decision on building renovations

After much discussion of the possible renovation of the upstairs restrooms in the Wallace Melson Public Safety and Administration Building, the Ocean View Town Council decided this week to postpone any decisions on spending money until next year’...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:47am

Correctional officer and accomplice arrested for promoting contraband

The arrest of a correctional officer working at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown and an alleged accomplice were this week made after a month-long investigation determined the two were introducing contraband into SCI. Leonard S....

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:41am

Ocean View to consider non-resident voting

There has been no formal first reading of legislation or any action taken yet regarding a proposed charter change in Ocean View that would allow non-resident voting, but a compromise has already been offered.

Ira Broadman, a full-time...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:41am

Bluewater addresses cable plan, finances

Bethany Beach residents and concerned neighbors heard from representatives of wind-farm developer Bluewater Wind last week about the possibility of Bethany being a spot where transmission cables from their planned wind farm off Rehoboth Beach...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:38am

Bethany Beach elections starting to take shape

Bethany Beach’s town council elections for 2009 are set to take place Sept. 12, and applications filed this week will determine the field for those elections – and if they will be held at all. Anyone wishing to file as a candidate for the...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:11am

Arts and Jazz return to Bayside

The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Fenwick Island has already played host to a multitude of shows and performances this season, and this weekend is sure impress, yet again. On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., the...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:03am

Beach Cottage offers treasure trove on Route 26

Thousands of people pass the Beach Cottage situated along Route 26 in Ocean View each day in the summer, but it’s the ones with vision, or experience, who pull in at the yellow house and discover the unique items that await them inside. Carol...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:46am

Back Bay Tours meets Ocean View Marina

Nestled off Elliot Avenue in Ocean View is a hidden gem. Ocean View Marina, formerly known as Harbor View Marina, is now owned by Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours. Their location, at the north end of the Assawoman Canal and Whites Creek provides many...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:43am

Area chefs get local with their recipes

Farmers’ markets throughout the area have been helping local growers get their product to the people in a very direct way, but as Bethany Beach’s farmers’ market is demonstrating, it’s not just the general public who choose the local produce and...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:38am

Local teens conducting summer food drive

In the summertime, with school out and the beach to go to, it might be easy for area teenagers to forget about everything but themselves and having fun. Not so for two upcoming seniors at Indian River High School.

Coastal Point • Monica...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:35am

Sea Colony Tennis teaches talent, pays respects

Last weekend, Sea Colony presented a one-of-a-kind tennis event for the whole family. On Saturday, July 18, Sea Colony tennis pro Dave Marshall teamed up with former Australian doubles specialist Dave Macpherson – the current coach of doubles...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:31am

IR cheerleading tryouts flip into action

This weekend, the Indian River High School cheerleading program will get a leg up as it teams up with Mid-Coast Gymnastics and Dance Studio for tryouts and the 2009 season. On Saturday, July 25, tryouts will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., for...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:06am

Busy time for South Bethany beach patrol

“It’s surprising how busy the beach patrol has been,” commented South Bethany Town Manager Mel Cusick on July 10, as he presented the monthly activity report of the town’s lifeguards.

As of July 9, the SBBP had made 27 thus far in its...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:55am

DiFebo’s, new Subway get sign approvals

Members of the Bethany Beach Design Review Committee (DRC) for commercial architecture voted unanimously on July 10 to approve signage for two of the town’s restaurants.

At DiFebo’s, on Garfield Parkway in the town’s C-2 zoning district...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:54am

Projects on hold as MSA funding cut statewide

South Bethany Town Council members voted less than a month ago to proceed with several persistent drainage problems and spend up to $15,000 in Municipal Street Aid funding to do so. That was before they were blindsided by the news that state...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:46am

District 19 candidates speak to SCCOR group

Three candidates are officially running for Delaware’s District 19 Senate seat, which was left vacant by the recent death of the late Sen. Thurman Adams of Bridgeville. The special election to fill the seat will be held Aug. 3.

The three...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:43am

Parsons Farm hosts Epicurean Kids

As a mother of two young ones, I know it’s hard to find things to do in the summer that don’t involve the hustle and bustle of the beach. Don’t get me wrong – the beach is great – but one of the luxuries of living here is being able to enjoy the...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:41am

Making money out of metal

Local blacksmith Keith Toms is ready to share his work again. Toms is scheduled to rejoin the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour this fall after a hiatus, and he’s just recently opened his own shop in Roxana to the public.

Coastal...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:00am

Injured harbor seal returned to the wild

After nearly four months spent at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, recovering from wounds caused by a commercial fishing net, Hamilton the harbor seal was released back into the wild on July 9, from a location just north of the Indian River...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:51am

Running down a dream

I’d like to say I’m fairly in-shape for my age. Now a quarter-century old, I have picked up a regular running routine and attend the gym most days of the week. But I came to find out this past weekend that a 5K can quickly debunk any speculations...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:41am

Lower Sussex team runners-up in Pat Knight Tourney

Last week, the Lower Sussex Minor League Pat Knight team finished off an impressive season, reaching the final championship game, against the Nanticoke, who are based in Seaford. The Lower Sussex team went 5-1 in the post-season tournament,...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:37am

River Soccer camps draw to a close as fall season approaches

The River Soccer Club in Roxana has been preparing young athletes for generations, readying them for competitive play and sharpening their skills. This week, the club’s third and final summer camp drew to an end, just weeks before most fall...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:33am

IR cheerleading teams up with Mid-Coast Gymnastics

The 2009 high-school sports season is nearly here, and Indian River High School teams are looking to have a strong support system this year behind a revamped cheerleading program. This year, the team will hold tryouts and practices at Selbyville’...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:28am

Ocean View conducts bicycle safety checkpoint

In an ongoing effort to educate cyclists about safety and the rules of the road, the Ocean View Police Department held a bicycle safety checkpoint Thursday, July 9, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Route 26 in Ocean View.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:25am