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2005 Legislature wraps up business for 2005

What better way to get to know the local legislators than taking a look at what they worked for in the 143rd General Assembly?

While both Sen. George Howard Bunting (20th District) and Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) co-sponsored plenty of bills this session, here’s where they took the lead:

State stalls on various local road projects

Sussex County will get its flagship Indian River Inlet Bridge project a little later than originally anticipated, and drivers sitting in traffic on congested local roads will just have to wait and see.
This year’s $834.9 million bond bill, which funds construction projects around the state, did include $393.1 million for road projects.

Frankford council continues budget work

Members of the Frankford Town Council decided to increase the budget for a town park and building maintenance significantly at their annual budget hearing Monday, June 27, while also re-allocating more than $31,000 in surplus from the previous fiscal year.

Boardwalk shop plans fund-raiser

Tropical Treats, just north around the corner from the Bethany Beach bandstand, will be setting up a special “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” on Saturday, July 9.

Author pens new book at local library

Christopher Yianilos, 33, has recorded many fond memories in Coastal Delaware. He has vacationed in the area from Northern Virginia since 1980, when his family bought a house in Sea Colony. He met his wife, Torra, in Dewey Beach and married her at the Indian River Life-Saving Station.

Patriotic celebration brings thousands to Bethany Beach

People lined the streets of downtown Bethany Beach on Monday, eager to take in the sights and sounds of the 21st Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade.

People, pets and paraphernalia also lined up behind a group of veterans with flags held high to kick off the patriotic celebration of “the Five Freedoms” organized by the town’s parade committee and its chairman, Phil Rossi.

Mason-Dixon Line myth exposed at beach

Dave Welsh and his family visited the Fenwick Island Lighthouse during their vacation, expecting to see the historical mark of the Mason-Dixon Line – widely known as the symbolic divider between the north and south during the Civil War.

'Affordable housing' study short of expectations

Sussex County Council Member Lynn Rogers last summer asked for the assemblage of a committee to investigate affordable housing options for the county.

When the investigative coalition (convened by County Administrator Robert Stickels) reported its findings on moderate-priced housing to the council Tuesday, Rogers found the presenters had mixed words, and meanings.

Public fireworks displays offer safe fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the holiday weekend with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Fenwick shops present unique choices

The Hastings family — John and Teresa Callahan — have searched the world over for the best in women’s fashion, silver, gold and gemstones, and their ships have been returning to port in the Village of Fenwick for the past 32 years.

BBLA remains intact, but changed

Despite recent talk of dissolving the Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA), the group will continue to play a role in the town for the foreseeable future.

For more than 40 years, BBLA has kept its members (from all over the world) connected to each other and the town, and it will continue to address issues important to area landowners — but with a scaled-down role.

Bayside revealed

Model home court opens at Bayside

Carl M. Freeman communities welcomed a new addition to Sussex County on Sunday. Bayside’s model court opened on Route 54, several miles west of Fenwick Island, showcasing the five different home designs available and the Jack Nicklaus signature 18-hole golf course.

Incumbents keep Fenwick seats

There will be no town council election in Fenwick Island this year.
In the absence of Council President Peter Frederick, Council Member Harry Haon announced during the president’s report at the June 24 council meeting that only four nominees had been presented for the four council positions that were up for new terms in 2005.

Storytime a success in Fenwick

Members of the Fenwick Island Parks and Recreation Committee declared the first storytime event of the summer season a rousing success.

250 years of service

Dagsboro Chapel nears 250th anniversary

Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro, perhaps the oldest building with any surviving features in this part of the county, is about to turn 250.

Local legislators sprint for the finish

Walking into Legislative Hall in the state capital in the last few days of the legislative session can leave visitors with the impression that someone just poured hotcakes onto an acre-wide griddle — and they’ve all finished cooking on one side.

FenwickFenwick considers food, docks, and lifts

There were mixed reviews for two proposed ordinance changes in Fenwick Island at the June 24 town council meeting.

Coastal workers give a taste of melting pot

From storefronts to front lawns, displays of Southern Delaware’s patriotism rocket toward ubiquity in anticipation of the Fourth of July. Some summer visitors, however, find American spirit in the smile of a stranger rather than in a wave of stars and stripes.

EPA explains push for environmental regs

What’s it worth to the citizens of Sussex County to have a clean Inland Bays watershed? To never again have to smell the rotting sea lettuce floating in the polluted, nutrient-overladen waters — to swim, to eat the fish and clams, without fear of detriment to health?

What exactly does a state representative do?

Legislative Hall is an impressive building, to be sure, but very accessible, and Rep. Gerald Hocker’s office is no exception to the rule. A quick trip through security, down the hall, through a reception are, skirt a few cubicles, and there you are.

Junior lifeguard program beginning in Fenwick

Young aspiring lifeguards or even those with just an interest in lifeguarding have an opportunity to fulfill their needs and desires this summer.

Council plumbs fundamentals

Dagsboro Town Council members touched some bedrock issues related to growth at their June 27 council meeting, before a full house of concerned citizens.

The Bethel Center (council’s temporary home) was filled to capacity, with every seat unfolded and several people standing on the perimeter as council members launched into what would be a 4.5-hour meeting.

Relaxation at the shore

“Know your therapist,” is advice that Anne Marie Connor gives to anyone looking for a massage.

Fenwick Island approves $1.4 million budget

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council approved a $1.4 million budget for the town’s 2006 fiscal year at their meeting Friday, June 24. The 6-0 vote (Mayor Peter Frederick was absent) reflected the lengthy process that involved input from the community, department heads, committee members and council members over recent months.

Ocean View residents consider historic district

Ocean View residents heard from State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPOs) Robin Bodo and Preservation Delaware’s Trent Margrif earlier this month, regarding a possible historic district for their town.

The town’s Historical Committee is on summer break, but committee member Jean Athan, said they still had a few irons in the fire, and 20 people turned out for the meeting.

Psychotherapist, veteran moves practice

After treating hundreds of patients during his three years in Ocean City, Md., psychotherapist Dr. Peter Lamb will be moving his practice to Ocean View in the beginning of July.

Local filmmaker reports progress

It takes a lot of diehard, hometown pride to stand by east coast waves sometimes, and not many surf movies feature this stretch of Atlantic coast — but there are some filmmakers here.

A "Berry' good stop

Every summer, thousands of families flock to the beach to spend their days baking in the sun and their nights cooling down with ice cream and candy as they stroll along the beach streets.

IRSD sets tax rates

The Indian River School District (IRSD) moved to increase, and decrease, property taxes at the June 21 School Board meeting, depending not as much on where they’re coming from as where they’re going.

Budokan to host instructors

Instructors from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and Delaware will be converging to share knowledge of Japanese swordsmanship or Kenjutsu.

Dr. Ivica Zadrakovic founded the Kenjutsu International Association of Instructors in 1995 in Serbia.

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