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IRSD board rescinds calendar

Two big issues, one big Indian River School District School Board meeting.
Concerned residents filled the Frankford Elementary cafeteria on April 26, as School Board members rescinded the previously agreed upon calendar for 2005-2006 and reviewed a list of possible areas for budget cuts.

Turtles need help when the rubber hits the road in the spring

Delaware’s turtles are coming out of hibernation and will soon be crossing roads as they search for nesting sites and, in some cases, make the journey from wintering habitats to summer haunts. The species Delawareans are most like to see on the road are box turtles, snapping turtles, spotted turtles and, in coastal areas, diamondback terrapins.

Millville shop to benefit Alzheimer's study

Barbara Kenyon will celebrate her late grandmother’s birthday on Sunday, May 1, with the grand opening of her new Forget-Me-Not Shoppe in Millville.

Ocean View considers upscale restaurant

Restaurateur David Harkness presented plans for the Oak Arbor Inn at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Route 26 last week — first, before the Ocean View Board of Adjustment (BOA) and then before the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

State park closing stretch of beach for nesting plovers

Two pairs of piping plovers, Delaware’s endangered beach nesters, are setting up housekeeping at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Gordon’s Pond beach.

According to Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Marnie Pepper, two nests with two eggs each were spotted between the dunes at Gordon’s Pond on Sunday, April 24 by Joe Patson, the seasonal piping plover monitor.

Postal workers welcome IR class prez

Indian River High School’s senior class president Deniz Nhan took the helm at the Frankford Post Office on April 21 (for the day).

Golf show hits the green the weekend

The fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Golf Show swings into the Ocean City convention center this weekend when golfers from all over will be in area to play during the busiest golf package weekend of the year.

The show, presented by Pohanka Mercedes-Benz, features everything for the avid golfer from exhibitors, to a variety of attractions and activities, demonstrations and seminars.

Fenwick makes move to expand dock allowances

Many Fenwick Island property owners who were not previously permitted to have a dock at their canal-side or lagoon-side properties may soon have that option. The Fenwick Island Town Council, at its April 22 meeting, heard a first reading of a proposed ordinance change that would allow docks on canals 50 feet in width or wider.

Local post celebrates Vietnam vets

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have proclaimed May 1-7 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Week, and the local Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Quillen’s Point) will be holding a kickoff celebration on May 1.

Perhaps unbeknownst to many Americans, May 1 is celebrated as Loyalty Day in this country.

South Bethany candidate point to openness

The atmosphere surrounding South Bethany Town Council is considerably more harmonious than it once was, according to Council Member Richard Ronan.

Delaware Tech annual gala sold out for upcoming weekend

Starry, Starry Night, the annual spring gala fundraiser hosted by the Owens Campus Development Council of Delaware Technical & Community College in collaboration with underwriters Discover Bank and Atlantic Theatres — The Movies at Midway is again a sold out event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the college campus in Georgetown.

County takes a look at Riverview project

Sussex County Council took another look at the Riverview project north of Millville on April 19, but deferred action: awaiting a recommendation from the planning and zoning (P&Z) commission.

The builders are seeking a residential-planned community (RPC) overlay on approximately 80 acres of land near the Tuckahoe Acres campground (Holt’s Landing).

School board candidate advocates inclusion

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling is strong on social consciousness, in business and in life. He went into special education for adults with disabilities with this philosophy in mind: “You can either hate it, or you can see the value that exists in those people.”
Elling is challenging Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board Member Dr. Donald Hattier for the District 4 seat

Local Democrats question county reps

Two Republicans walked into a Democratic club meeting — and responded to some polite questioning.

Sussex County Council Members George Cole (District 4) and Vance Phillips (District 5) came to the Cottage Café on April 19, at the formal invitation of the Southeastern Sussex County Democratic Club.

Bethany continues overlay zone discussion

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission continued their discussion of zoning overlays at their April 16 meeting, working through the details and potential impact of the idea before possibly bringing it to the town council for approval.

No exception for Sea Villas driveways

Residents of the Sea Villas in Bethany Beach may have some adjustments to make in their parking practices. Members of the town’s Planning Commission voted Saturday, April 16, that the properties are not due any sort of exception from the 20-foot driveway width restriction imposed on the rest of the town.

Clear Space Productions announces second round of auditions for 'Oklahoma' ensemble cast

Clear Space Productions has announced a second round of auditions for the ensemble cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” This is an opportunity to join in professional-level performance starring established and emerging actors.

South Bethany election

Once again, the town of South Bethany has attracted enough civic-minded citizens to have an election. It will be a best three-out-of-four race again this year, with Council Member Lloyd Hughes stepping down after more than 12 years.

IRSD slims workforce

The Indian River School District (IRSD) has eliminated several positions in the wake of a budget crunch associated with the completion of the district’s two high schools.

District representatives put a positive spin on it, saying they hoped attrition (normal turnover — better offers elsewhere, for instance), retirements and the lapse of limited-term contracts would close the gap.

Filing deadline for Bethany seat is May 18

Degen resigns Bethany council seat

Bethany Beach Town Council Member Bob Degen dropped a bit of a bombshell at the council’s April 15 meeting, announcing his resignation from the council and town committees, effective May 1.

Politicos celebrate Ocean View water

It’s Earth Day once again (April 22), and various governmental representatives stopped by the new Town Hall in Ocean View a week prior, to celebrate the town’s recent financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Fenwick police to clamp down on alcohol

While thousands of Delaware high school students are preparing to attend proms in the coming weeks, the Fenwick Island Police Department, in partnership with the State of Delaware Office of Highway Safety, is preparing to make sure their special evening is also a safe and alcohol-free one.

Millville man arrested in road-rage incident

A 57-year-old Millville resident was arrested Saturday, April 16, at approximately 6:30 p.m. after an incident at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach.

May opening date for Ocean View restaurant

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, the new restaurant by Matthew Haley and Bryony Zeigler (the creators of Redfin Seafood Grill in North Bethany Beach and Fish On! in Lewes), will open this May in Ocean View.

Haley and Harry Geller teamed up to develop Fish On! and now NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK). The partners make up the parent company SoDel Concepts.

Waiting-area bars allowed to continue

At its April 15 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 5-2 to extend a provision allowing the operation of “waiting-area bars” at restaurants in the town. The contentious discussion focused on a 16-seat bar area at Bethany Blues.

Bethany considers restricting non-resident votes

Some non-resident property owners in Bethany Beach could potentially lose their right to vote on town ballot issues, if certain revisions to the town’s voting regulations are made.
The issue was raised at the April 14 meeting of the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC), in response to concerns that the existing system might have some inequities.

Bethany grants exception due to flooding

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments during its April 18 meeting unanimously granted an exception to Anna Mae Buhl for the moving and raising of the garage-apartment on her property at 104 Central Boulevard.

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.

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