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Environmental Appeals Board dismisses Zak case

In an auditorium speckled with both supporters – some holding signs that read “Hear Bill Zak,” and “Coal Ash is Toxic” – and DNREC officials and employees, Bill Zak of Citizens for Clean Power made his case to the state’s Environmental Appeals...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:14pm

IRSD's board readies for May elections

In less than two months, voters will take to the polls again to pick who will sit on the Indian River School District’s school board. The entire Indian River School District, made up of five zoned districts, encompasses students at Indian River...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:10pm

Ocean View council debates grants for MVFC, Beebe

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to table the issue of awarding grant monies from the town’s Emergency Services Enhancement Fund to Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Beebe Medical Center.

Town Manager Conway Gregory had...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:06pm

Pumpkin Festival planning begins in Millville

Although the event itself is not scheduled until October, planning has already begun for the first-ever Millville Great Pumpkin Festival, which was announced at February’s town council meeting. The festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 10, will...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:03pm

Dagsboro Café offers family recipe for good eats

Anyone who has driven through Dagsboro on a Thursday evening may have noticed a giant chicken dancing outside the Dagsboro Café. Those inclined to investigate further may have met Kathy Parrish and her family, the new owners of the café.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:59pm

Local church contemplates history and history-making event

The inauguration of President Barack Obama in January makes this year’s Black History Month especially significant for members of Frankford’s Antioch AME church. Like Obama, the Rev. James Foster, Antioch’s pastor, looks to history to guide the...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:46pm

Delaware Does More a Success

Despite uncertainty in an ever-changing economy in which more and more people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, let alone their next paycheck — precisely the reason for the Delaware Does More campaign — the campaign’s numbers are...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:41pm

Area socked by late-season snowstorm

Mother Nature got in a last blast of winter as the calendar rounded into March this week, dumping an estimated 3 to 4 inches of snow on the area and hitting coastal Delaware with strong winds and temperatures well below freezing.

Indian...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

Millville voters head to polls on Saturday

Millville will hold its annual municipal elections this Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voting will be conducted in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 11 Club House Road. All residents of Millville age 18 and older are eligible to cast a...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:46pm

Daylight-saving time returning on Sunday

Clocks will spring forward an hour on Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., re-entering daylight-saving time and giving everyone the chance for an extra hour of daylight as we head into spring. This is another in the modern era of a longer daylight-saving...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:38pm

Proposal would expand public safety space in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council members heard a presentation of a “concept plan” for a proposed public safety building on Friday, Feb. 27, at their monthly council meeting. Last summer, the town approached the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company,...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:36pm

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

Brown's suit against Ocean View is dismissed

The U.S. District Court for Delaware recently granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ocean View resident Wally Brown and six other plaintiffs against former Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith and the Town of Ocean View. The court denied the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:38pm

Close friends prove 'Impossible is Nothing'

In three years, Catie Cummings’ friendship with Elizabeth Shoemaker had blossomed into something unmatched by most. Although Cummings hadn’t known Shoemaker as long as many of Shoemaker’s other friends had, she still dedicated her time and effort...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:35pm

Bethany Beach aims for stimulus funding

As Rehoboth Beach prepares to complete its ongoing boardwalk renovations with $7.4 million in money resulting from the federal stimulus package, Bethany Beach officials are also hoping to tap into the $131 million granted to Delaware for highway...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:33pm

Bethany meets with geo-thermal installers

With volatile energy prices and a new nationwide interest and appreciation for green technology, geothermal heating and air systems are becoming more and more prevalent in both new construction and retrofits.

Geothermal systems have been...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:27pm

Longtime librarian takes the reins in Selbyville

Selbyville Public Library has welcomed a new director in Pam Munro. Munro started a few weeks ago and has hit the ground running. She brings to the table years of experience and just recently retired from employment with the State of Delaware as...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:24pm

Koval brings medical expertise to Millville practice

Like many people who move to Coastal Delaware full-time, Dr. Norman Koval is semi-retired. After coming to the beach since the ’70s, he and his wife decided to build a home in the area to enjoy their golden years. In February of 2008, shortly...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:11pm

Coast Guard honors rescuers in October boat accident

On Friday, Feb. 20, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) took time to honor those who risked their lives to save five mariners last fall, when their 18-foot vessel was swamped by a rogue wave and capsized 7 miles off of Rehoboth Beach. Six...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:58pm

All-in: Beating the odds in Texas Hold 'em

As many will tell you, Texas Hold’em poker involves plenty of know-how, and those who play often enough can assure you it takes a little skill to be consistent. But understand there is a bit of probability and statistics involved that some would...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:38pm

New safety rules trouble libraries, more

With new guidelines concerning phthalates and lead limits in children’s products as of Feb. 10, 2009, it is now clear what is considered safe in such products and what is not. Well, it should be.

“The law is as clear as mud,” said Marshall...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:19am

Millville elections set for March 7

With the appointment of a Board of Elections taken care of, the Town of Millville is set to move toward a March 7 election, which will determine who will fill the three open seats on the town council. Elections will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:12am

Bethany considers council term length, limits

Though the idea of term limits and changes to the length of town council members’ terms has been floated in Bethany Beach several times in recent years, the council has only recently moved to officially consider such changes. It was a topic for...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:10am

Bethany 'on solid financial footing'

While some neighboring towns are struggling to keep red ink off their balance sheets, Bethany Beach’s finances are healthy, Finance Director Janet Connery reported to the town council at their Feb. 17 workshop.

“Actions taken in past years...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:08am

Financial troubles won't affect wind farm

Bluewater Wind’s offshore wind project is going full-speed ahead, despite news in the past weeks of owner Babcock & Brown restructuring of its corporate debt.

The restructuring agreement with Babcock & Brown’s banking syndicate...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:06am

No elections in Selbyville this year

As election season in many local towns just gets under way, the Town of Selbyville has finished with theirs. Selbyville had three seats up for vote, each with two-year terms, but incumbent Councilmen Clifton Murray, G. Frank Smith III and...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

Fenwick committee looking for rain-garden site

The Fenwick Environmental Committee met this week to discuss several places to place a demonstration rain garden in the town. They listened to a talk given by Sally Boswell of the Center for Inland Bays last October and have been discussing...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

FCC says ‘not so fast’ to local station’s DTV switch

Officials at WBOC-TV, Channel 16, in Salisbury, Md. – the area’s CBS affiliate and lone remaining analog TV broadcaster – were ready to switch off their analog broadcast this Tuesday, Feb. 17, on the original schedule for the federally mandated...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:49am

Mitchell floats plan for Ocean View finances

Ocean View Town Councilman Perry Mitchell believes he has something to offer the town in the way of the budget – and it doesn’t include a tax increase.

His “first draft” of a new financial plan for the town, with the goal of achieving $2.2...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:46am

Robinson returns home to offer legal advice

For many newcomers to the area, the Robinson property that used to sit where Giant and the Millville Shopping Center now sit doesn’t bring back any memories or ring any bells. But to locals, and transplants living in the area long enough to...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:32am

Reverse mortgage could be answer to financial troubles

The housing market can be a challenge in today’s economy, especially for retirees and senior citizens preparing to move to assisted living communities or in with family members. Questions often arise concerning how long seniors can stay in their...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:30am

Canal dredge completion postponed until late 2009

The Assawoman Canal dredging project began three years ago – three years that, according to State Rep. Gerald Hocker, should have been a sufficient timeframe for the operation to be completed. Now, as the result of needing the state to purchase a...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:24am

MVFC breaks new ground

In 2004, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) purchased an approximate 7-acre parcel of land to serve as the site for a substation on Omar Road in Clarksville. For the past few years, a renovated farm implement building has been serving as...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:06am

Millville enables special tax district for MBS

The Town of Millville said goodbye to one of their council members on Feb. 10, at their monthly town meeting. Councilwoman Kami Banks, who is relocating outside of town limits, was honored for her dedication to the town and awarded a certificate...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:16pm

New inlet bridge appears to be on fast track

The project has been long delayed and even longer anticipated, but the construction phase for the new Indian River Inlet Bridge officially kicked into gear this week with formal announcement of a timetable for the $150 million project, slated to...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:14pm

OV to cut police, raise taxes?

Highlights of the proposed Ocean View annual operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, as presented this week by Town Manager Conway Gregory, include a 22 percent tax increase over the next four years and a resizing of the town’s public safety...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:03pm

Ocean View moves to establish historic district

A first reading of an ordinance to amend the Ocean View Zoning Code to create an overlay zone to be known as “HPOZ Historic Preservation District” was introduced Tuesday night, Feb. 10, by Councilman Richard Nippes.

Nippes emphasized that...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:58pm

Contractors to offer scholarships to local students

Contractors for a Cause, a foundation devoted to giving back to the community through the works of area contractors and their associates, has been a growing effort in recent years. From their Spring Gala and golf tournaments to their work with...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:55pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:45pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:44pm

Conference offers hopeful look at nutrient management

With snow on the ground and weather-related cancellations galore, about 140 people still came out to the Nutrient Management Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. The conference focused on both the success of the Nutrient Management Program,...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:37pm

McComrick Insurance offers reasuring personal touch

With the economy seeming more like a rollercoaster than anything else, many people these days are worried about their financial stability. Health insurance can be expensive, and in a coastal area there are a number of extra worries for homeowners...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:31pm

Coin and gun shop flips locations

All things, eventually, become an object of the past. Nations rise and fall, and take their secrets to the grave, but they leave clues behind. A clever person can use these clues to unravel the secrets of a time long since faded from memory. One...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:27pm

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:19pm

Bridal show takes Valentine’s romance to the shore

After overdosing on decadent dinner and sweet chocolates, there’s a perfect way to continue the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 15, for those ready to take their love to the next level. The first annual Bethany Beach “Believe...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:07pm

LB students ready to show their talents

If you’re looking for something to do next Thursday, you might want to stop by Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s talent show. The show, which is sponsored by and benefits the music department, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian River High...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:00pm

Rehoboth man arrested for attempted robbery of Millville pharmacy

The Delaware State Police arrested Derrick W. Durst, 25, of Rehoboth Beach, on Tuesday, after he voluntarily turned himself into detectives at Troop 4 at 11:30 a.m. Durst was wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of the Rite Aid pharmacy...

Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:53am

Frankford elections canceled

This Saturday won’t see town council elections in Frankford after all. Town Manager Terry Truitt announced the cancellation of what would have been the town’s first elections in eight years at a Feb. 1 council meeting, citing the disqualification...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:53pm

County offers employees voluntary furlough option

As part of their effort to cut an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June 30, Sussex County Council members recently approved a voluntary furlough policy for county...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

Girl Scouts taking to the streets

For those who might have blinked, the annual Girl Scout cookie pre-ordering period is now over. But no worries – cookies can still be purchased at “cookie booths” all over town starting on Friday, Feb. 13, until Saturday, March 7.

Coastal...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:31pm