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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2012
Although one big fear for cancer survivors is if their cancer will come back, who’s to say that life is over when it does?
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.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law-enforcement agencies will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The South Bethany Town Council on Sept. 14 held first readings for a pair of code amendments intended to correct apparent errors regarding requirements for certifications to be provided before a certificate of occupancy is issued to property owners.
While Bethany Beach is among the first municipalities in the area to allow the public to remotely listen in on council meetings via electronic methods, their neighbors in South Bethany could soon become one of the first in the area to allow council members to participate in meetings from their own remote locations.
Beginning on Saturday, South Bethany’s Community Enhancement Committee and its Adopt-A-Canal/Road End program will be hosting their 2nd Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest, designed to tout the community beautification program in its second year.
South Bethany lifeguards are being credited with saving the life of a beachgoer who had a heart attack while on the beach last month.
About 6:21 a.m. this past Tuesday, July 31, the body of 71-year-old South Bethany resident Graciela Huegel was recovered from the ocean near South Ocean Drive.
“Who steals just one car tire in South Bethany?”
Delaware’s beaches ranked first in the U.S. in water quality for the year 2011 in a report issued last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Out of 30 states ranked, the state had the fewest water quality samples that exceeded national standards, with just 1 percent of samples for designated beach areas exceeding those standards.
Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community Action Agency, 308 North Railroad Avenue, Georgetown.
South Bethany Town Council members on June 8 welcomed part-time resident Mark Damato among their number, appointing him to fill a vacant council seat for a two-year term. The appointment brings the council to its full complement of seven members, including new mayor Kathy Jankowski, who ran unopposed in the 2012 election, as did returning members George Junkin and Sue Callaway.
The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.
Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five counts of assault in the second degree and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
South Bethany has been at the forefront of efforts to improve water quality in the area, with a committee dedicated to improving the water in its canals to the point where it is once again fishable and swimmable, as well as several cutting-edge projects proposed to help bring those improvements in quality and a strong educational component aimed at getting property owners to make changes that go h
After months of limited traffic, the Indian River Inlet Bridge appears on track to fully open all four lanes by Memorial Day weekend.
On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment and the emergence of Delaware as one of the East Coast’s premier resort locations.
A felt birdfeeder from Tibet. Paper mâché bowls from Haiti. Purses made from tires or soda-can openers. Newspaper-framed mirrors. Paper made from elephant dung (aptly marketed as “Ellie poo”).
South Bethany Town Council members voted 5-2 on April 13 to approve funding for a pilot project that would install six diffusers along the Anchorage or Petherton canals as a way, it is hoped, to improve water quality in the canals.
The South Bethany Town Council will have several ordinances to vote upon when they meet on Friday, April 13, with second readings having been certified at the March 9 council meeting.
The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education, tracking restoration efforts, encouraging scientific inquiry and sponsoring needed research, in order to establish a long-term process for the protection and enhancement of the Inland Bays.”
Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in public office. Bunting’s tenure will come to an end this November, though, as he is not seeking re-election. And while these accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg of his time in office, Bunting is particularly proud of them and the collaboration that turned them into reality.
The South Bethany Town Council this week approved a new ordinance that permits the installation of permeable pavers in the Town’s right-of-way, between the street and front property lines.
Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience their courageous and selfless acts firsthand. But once a year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce takes time to recognize the outstanding individuals from local departments and companies who make local residents’ and visitors’ lives safer.