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South Bethany reviews town plan

It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.

The commission members have taken it upon themselves to review and revise the 2000 CDP, at a considerable cost savings to the town.

County reintroduces open space talk

Sussex County Council once again turned to the issue of open space requirements at the April 12 council meeting, continuing work begun last year.

Council adopted two ordinances related to minimum open space requirements in new developments in August (cluster development) and December (minimums required, rather than recommended, in subdivisions) of 2004.

A different angle

School board candidate offers alternative take

Wilbert “Will” Laird is a newcomer to Sussex County.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Laird attended Point Park College (business/math) and George Washington University (operations research) en route a 35-year career with the federal government.

EDITORIAL: Big times ahead in Ocean View

Registered voters of Ocean View, let’s get ready to rumble.

On Saturday, April 9, voters can turn out to the new town hall in Ocean View, from noon to 5 p.m. to cast their ballots for the individual they wish to serve as the town’s mayor for the next three years. In one corner, there is the experience of incumbent Gary Meredith. In the other, there’s the upstart challenger, Wally Brown.

Fenwick business leaders brainstorm on future

Members of the Fenwick Island business community came together Wednesday, April 13, to discuss their vision for improving the town’s commercial area. The event was inspired by similar visioning workshops held for the town’s property owners in 2004 and, like those workshops, was facilitated by Town Council Member Harry Haon.

Jamboree Boys welcome in professionals

It’s that time once again, country music fans — time for the Hocker family’s annual Springtime Jamboree. The two-day event (April 22 and 23) will benefit Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) this year.

Coastal Moose to get go-ahead on location

An application for a new lodge location for the Loyal Order of Moose Inc., East Sussex Lodge #2542, received preliminary approval recommendations from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 7.

Annual geranium sale now going

Spruce up your yard and garden with beautiful geraniums.

Sounds of the Atlantic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering white, pink and red 6-inch pots of geraniums for sale for only $4.50.

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set aside for capital projects.

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.

Marriage Licenses

The following couples recently appliced for marriage licenses in Sussex County:

Frankford considers four-duplex project

Frankford resident Dean Esham addressed the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week (April 7 P&Z meeting), asking for a change of zone to accommodate four duplexes at 65 Reed Street.

Beast of East bike show is ready to roar

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast and the Beast of the East Custom Bike Show is a pearl of a show just getting shucked for all to see.

Selbyville Library celebrates

In celebration of National Library Week, the Selbyville Public Library will be hosting Hare E. Whodini and The Magic of Reading on Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

The “Magic of Reading” program targets the age ranges of kindergarten through fifth grade and entertains children while motivating them to read with the wonder of storytelling and puppets with amazing special effects.

'Dr. D. straightens out schools, backs

Local chiropractor Dr. Donald Hattier, aka “Dr. Don,” aka “Dr. D,” has spent the last 52 years doing a little bit of everything.

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of funds already allocated to the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) just two weeks prior.

'Hard Hat' party showcases project

Passerbys on Route 1 have certainly noticed the frenetic pace of construction at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center and office building. The chamber staff is inviting members of the chamber and the community in to see the work in progress.

Summer book sales are coming back soon

St. Martha’s summer book sales will be on Saturdays this summer instead of Sundays. The first sale will be Saturday, May 7. Books will be accepted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and near-future plans.

Potential Selbyville water project intriguing

Expansion of Selbyville’s water system was a hot topic at the town council’s April 4 meeting. Residents of outlying areas came to the meeting, seeking information in the wake of a letter sent out by the town. The letter was aimed at gauging those property owners’ interest in obtaining water service from the town.

Wellness office offers Qigong

The Sussex County office of the Wellness Community-Delaware is planning to offer Qigong to interested people that are affected by cancer. This ancient Chinese practice integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.

Planning & Zoning defers action on Riverview project

Members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously on March 31 to defer action on the application of Riverview LLC (a Caldera Properties holding) to rezone as MR-RPC (medium-density residential district, residential planned community) a nearly 80-acre parcel off Walters Bluff Road.

Frankford hears requests from Church

Nearly 20 members of Frankford’s Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church attended the April 4 town council meeting.

Beekeeping course for next Saturday

The Delaware Beekeepers Association is hosting a short course to introduce the public to the basics of beekeeping. The goal of the course is to prepare a novice to be a successful beekeeper this year and to lay the proper foundation for an enjoyable hobby and, if pursued, a profitable business.

QRCF prepares for inaugural tourney

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has come of age, and will expand its popular Big Drive for Charity competition into a full-blown golf tournament this year.

In the past, the foundation had partnered with parent Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s fall golf tournament. The QRCF hosted the long drive contest to lead off that event.

Juveniles arrested for Bethany Arson

A Bethany Beach police officer on patrol in the town March 30 spotted evidence of a fire in progress, leading to the apprehension of three juveniles.

Tickets on sale for Jekyll & Hyde

Time is running out to get tickets for Jekyll & Hyde at Possum Point Players. The show opens at Possum Hall in Georgetown on Friday, April 15, and has just seven performances scheduled before closing on April 24.

Acting class returns to Ocean View

Following up on the first series of sold out classes on the Craft of Acting in both Lewes and Ocean View, Clear Space Productions, a non-profit theatre arts organization in Rehoboth Beach, has announced additional classes in April.

Fenwick Island brainstorms on budget

The earliest stages of drafting Fenwick Island’s budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year began Saturday, April 2, with a workshop aimed at determining the town’s overall needs. The process should be approximately 30 days in length, targeting adoption of the budget in June.

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