Just after noon on Tuesday, two men allegedly robbed the Wilmington Trust and First Shore Federal Banks in Millville using handguns.
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s proposed operating budget for the 2007 Fiscal Year shows a modest 5.7-percent growth, from last year to this. But local Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) suggested in recent weeks that he wasn’t holding out much hope for a single-digit spending increase, by the time state legislators finished with her proposed budget.
Ocean View town officials were to consider implementing Sussex County’s five-digit 911-friendly house-numbering system at Tuesday’s town council meeting, but Mayor Gary Meredith took to the microphone first and dismissed the idea.
Fenwick Island officials have made some headway with their quest for a standard dune crossing at Bayard Street.
On Wednesday, Delmarva Power officials organized an Energy Efficiency Expo at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Georgetown campus, introducing Delaware-licensed energy suppliers to their commercial customers.
All around us, the season is undeniably changing: terminal buds, blossoms, early morning song birds. And, ready or reluctant, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the transformation.
In modern-day Millville, development seems to affect everything. One week after Ocean View held a public hearing to consider the adoption of Sussex County’s 911 five-digit house-numbering system, on April 4, Millville officials plan to do the same, at their council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.
Fenwick Island residents appear to be divided on the issue of floor-area ratio (FAR). The proposed control on overall home size has been instituted in other coastal towns, such as neighboring South Bethany and Rehoboth Beach. But it is inevitably controversial, since it could substantially limit property owners’ ability to build homes on the higher end of the size scale.
At a Monday town council meeting, Selbyville councilmen awarded the contract to upgrade the town’s wastewater facility to Greensburg Environmental Contracting Services Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company licensed in five states.
More than two weeks ago — while standing on her back porch — a Dagsboro resident spotted a group of herons flying over the marshes behind her home. Across from Cripple Creek golf course, the marshland sits adjacent to the land marked for Centex Homes’ Seagrass Plantations — Dagsboro’s newest approved development.
The Delaware Democratic Party in Sussex County held its annual Spring Dinner in Dewey Beach, at the Baycenter, on April 1, giving local politicos a chance to rub elbows with top brass and some of the statewide Democratic candidates for the 2006 midterm elections.
1841 — Bells in the city of Wilmington rang continuously from noon until 5 p.m. on the occasion of the funeral in Washington of President William Henry Harrison, who served in that office about a month.
Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has been industriously trying to spruce up the coastal town over the last year. They’ve already accomplished much, pushing for the median beautification project that was completed last year, installing vegetative breaks to disguise functional but unattractive areas such as the recycling drop-off area and doing makeovers on the restrooms in town hall.
Selbyville Wastewater Treatment Facility Manager Jim Burk is familiar with an old cliché. “I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” he said.
At the April 4 council meeting, Sussex County Council voted 4-1 (Council Member George Cole opposed) to approve a bonus-density-for-cash program, which would serve as a funding mechanism for open-space preservation,
Signs. Signs. Signs. Ocean View’s Route 26 design committee continues to focus its conversation on signs along the Route 26 corridor. Committee members spent about two hours talking about commercial signs along the main town road with no mention of its proposed tree ordinance at the March 16 meeting at town hall.
Residents and businesspeople on the Delmarva Peninsula are talking about the issue. Local media outlets have run numerous stories on it since late last year. And Delaware’s General Assembly will spend most of its time next week considering what to do with it.
Delmarva Power rate increases are expected to start on May 1 when a seven-year rate cap is lifted.
After spending about two months in Crosier Hospital and with burns still covering his upper body from a December accident, doctors finally allowed Matthew “Tucker” Smawley to leave the burn center with his mother for a trip to the mall.
Working against a 180-day clock that started Feb. 10, Bethany Beach officials have plunged directly into the work needed to establish guidelines for commercial architecture before their moratorium on such construction elapses on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
Fenwick Island residents may be a little closer to bidding a fond farewell to some of their neighbors — not human neighbors, but the town’s garbage trucks, which have sparked complaints about odor and unsightliness at their current storage area within the town limits.
South Bethany has tallied its figures and added red ink to black, finalizing the town’s draft budget for the 2007 fiscal year at a March 23 special meeting and budget workshop.
The final totals: $3.326 million in both revenue and expenditures for the fiscal year beginning May 1 — a balanced budget.
Students at Sussex Central High School are preparing to portray love on the stage with a March 31 performance of a student-produced cabaret.
Officials from Ocean View’s Board of Adjustment made an example out of a pair of town residents on March 16, denying a variance application for a 10-by12-foot shed.
Sussex County officials started the process more than eight years ago. In all of the un-incorporated areas of the county, they have readdressed properties with five-digit street addresses and plugged them into a county-wide map. Once updated, that map is sent to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where it is used to screen 911 calls.
It's been a few months since Sussex County Council approved the Moderately-Priced Housing Unit (MPHU) program, but with the deadline for the first round fast approaching, the county is reminding developers that they’ll need to submit their applications before April 10.
Council adopted the program in January, on a 4-1 vote (Council Member George Cole opposed).
Soon, Indian River School District students might get more half-days and might not have to make up days in school missed because of snow, ice or fog. In a presentation made to the district’s board of education on Tuesday, Gary Brittingham said that district students attend school for more hours than is required by the state.
Ronnie Kweller spends most of every day explaining how to save money on energy costs. The spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit Washington D.C.-based coalition founded in 1977 that promotes energy efficiency, said that just switching light bulbs can help.
Bethany Beach Town Council Members voted unanimously to abandon the unopened section of Maryland Avenue at their March 17 meeting, making way for the combining of the town’s latest land acquisitions, the former Disciples of Christ Christian Church and Neff properties, as dedicated a single parcel of open space.
Part-time home owners and seasonal visitors to Fenwick Island may have a few surprises awaiting them when they arrive in the coastal town with warmer weather. For some, the changes will be a total surprise; for others, they will simply be the visual confirmation that time has passed and the town continues its slow transformation.