Fenwick Island

WEATHER ALERT: Electric utilities offer tips for storm preparation

The Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, offered the following tips for local residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the anticipated related power outages:

If a severe storm is approaching:
Visit your local electric company’s Web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.

BREAKING NEWS: Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey being closed now

High water across Route 1 north of Indian River Inlet Bridge has forced Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to begin the process of closing Route 1 between Dewey & Bethany Beach. Please share with others who may be affected.

BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues to threaten the Mid-Atlantic region with strong winds, severe tidal flooding and torrential rains that could span Sunday to Tuesday.

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations, including the Beebe Health Campus and departments that operate Monday-through-Friday schedules, will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Evacuations must be completed by 8 p.m. Sunday

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex and Kent counties, as well as flood areas in western Sussex County, should evacuate their homes.

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted to cross the New Jersey coast Monday evening will mean at least two tide cycles of potentially moderate to major flooding.

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware coastline around Cape Henlopen, likely sometime early Tuesday morning.

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

Days of hurricane force winds, storm tides as high as 10 feet and up predicted

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined surge and tide, and torrential rains that could measure as much as a foot deep in some places.

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

State workers begin their own preparations

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday, noting that rain, wind and flooding likely. “The duration is what we are most concerned about.”

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

Local schools closed through Tuesday

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

All University of Delaware classes are suspended Monday, Oct. 29, and officials were strongly encouraging students to go home.

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan together ways they can help coastal residents weather the storm.

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making landfall in the immediate area.

Campaign sign incident leads to elections complaint

Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle shop contacted the Delaware Elections Commission early this week, reporting “belligerent, threatening” behavior from a political supporter last week, but others say the incident was blown out of proportion.

Energy Gym adds to workout convenience with childcare

In keeping with their “No Excuses” motto, Energy Gym on Route 54 will start offering child care to their members and visitors in the coming weeks.

Fenwick Island Town Council amends ambulance agreement

The Fenwick Island Town Council met last week to approve changes to the town’s ambulance service agreement with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left sometime during the weekend and received on Monday morning.

Subity resigns as Chamber director

On Monday, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity gave the Chamber’s board her letter of resignation.

Fenwick Island Lions Club to hold quarter auction on Monday

The Fenwick Island Lions Club will be hosting its first quarter auction and paddle party on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Roxana Fire Hall.

Barefoot Gardeners set to show off Gifts by the Sea at flower show

Whether they’ve realized it or not, many local residents and visitors have already seen the Barefoot Gardeners’ work: in the median in Fenwick Island, at Justin’s Beach House in Bethany Beach or at town hall in Fenwick Island. Now, people can enjoy their first flower show, Gifts by the Sea, at St. Matthew’s by-the-Sea Church on Friday, Aug. 17, from noon to 3 p.m.

Fenwick Island council discusses park and lifeguard pay

Last week the Fenwick Island Town Council discussed the improvements planned for the Cannon Street Park. Mayor Audrey Serio said that the park task force had met earlier in the month and discussed their vision for the park, what should be in the park and its overall layout.

Free tai chi and qigong offered at Chamber office

Next Thursday, visitors and residents alike will have the opportunity to take a free introduction class to tai chi and qigong at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, given by certified instructor Jim Mace.

Viking Golf: Mini-Pin Hunting

Signature Hole: No. 18

From battleships to cave trolls, Viking Golf in Fenwick Island offers a mythical history lesson in Viking culture. From its location at the crossroads of Routes 1 and 54, magic and history find common ground along the greens.

Abby's Crabby Mallets has 8-year-old raising charitable funds

While most 8-year-olds are spending their summer vacation playing at the beach on family vacations or preparing for the third grade, Abby Bolcik is spending her summer vacation decorating crab mallets to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

John Tesh set to swing on Freeman Stage

Audiences often bring their own chairs to the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be sitting when John Tesh takes the stage this Friday, July 20. While the coastal area is commonly known as the Quiet Resorts, Sussex County will be swinging this week to the brassy sounds of John Tesh: Big Band Live!, featuring a full 12-piece orchestra behind Tesh’s vocals and piano.

Quilting and eating with faith, hope and love

The Faith, Hope, Love Quilters have been meeting since 1997 at St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea United Methodist Church at 1000 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island. The group originally made baby quilts but soon realized that a greater mission was knocking on their door.

Gray announces candidacy for 38th District representative

“This is it. This is what I have wanted to do my whole life. I am here to officially announce that I am a candidate for state representative for the 38th District.”

Fenwick Island boat parade to make a statement

What’s the recipe for a good parade? Just add water!

New Fenwick Island home for C&E Furniture caters to coastal area

C&E Furniture has dedicated more than 30 years to serving the coastal area with custom designs, one-of-a-kind decor and a wide variety of furniture styles and motifs, and with a new location in Fenwick Island, owner Katie Winnington is helping to keep the tradition in the family.

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