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Ocean to Bay Bike Tour rolls on again

With spring finally sprung, lovers of long-distance bicycle rides are revving up for all the open air and open road the warmer weather can provide.

DNREC on the search

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is announcing the start of the 2005 Young Environmentalist of the Year award program. Awards will be given to students deserving recognition for their efforts in protecting the environment. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Library has full slate for Literary Week

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presentedduring the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

District details homestretch at Indian River

The new Indian River High School is almost, nearly, practically complete.
Work has taken longer than expected, and has cost more than originally anticipated. However, according to Indian River School District (IRSD) personnel, there’s a simple explanation — the project has grown over time.

Fenwick signage talks proceed

Even Building Official Patricia Schuchman agrees it may be time for some accommodations in how Fenwick Island’s commercial signage works. But what those changes might be — and how they come about — is still in the earliest stages of discussion.

Church gives a lift with event

Need a spiritual lift after a long, dreary winter? Celebrate the renewal of spring with contemporary Christian music, drama, puppet shows and testimony by the members of the music ministry team Captive Free on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Community Lutheran Church in Omar.

CBS seeks greater voice at county level

Sussex County Council members, take notice. The eastern voting bloc wants more of a say in county affairs, and the numbers are behind them.

Murder in Long Neck

The Delaware State Police (DSP), Homicide Unit, charged Millsboro resident Aris G. Mouzakitis in connection with a double murder on March 28, according to a March 29 press release.

Mouzakitis, 53, allegedly assaulted his estranged wife, and her mother, with a hunting knife at his mother-in-law’s home in Pot Nets Bayside.

Rotary helping with food

During the week of April 2-9, Southern Sussex Rotary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry.

The Community Food Pantry provides basic food items to those who are unable to purchase enough food to get through the end of the month. It helps about 80 families per month, many of whom would have to forego utilities or prescription medications in order to get food.

IRSD wins state award

The Indian River School District’s Meet the Challenge program has been named a 2005 winner of the prestigious Superstars in Education Award given by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber offers 10 reason to join

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce annual Member-Get-A-Member Campaign has hit its halfway marker. Members only have three more weeks to recruit new business members and earn their “bucks” to go shopping at the April 27 Business After Hours at the Woodsong Country Inn. However, this year there’s a twist.

It's that time again ... change your clocks

It’s time to “spring forward” again. Clocks in the area will be turned forward one hour at 2 a.m. standard time on Sunday, April 3, making it 3 a.m. daylight-saving time. Clocks will “fall back” one hour on Oct. 30, 2005.

A few daylight-saving time facts:

Model railroad buffs share piece of history

Next stop, Bethany Beach.
The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club (DSSRRC) held a workshop with a historical twist at the South Coastal Library on March 26.

Reps work to safeguard shipwrecks

Legislators from the area have commissioned some housekeeping work to prevent a repeat of the archaeological mishap off the Lewes coast.

There, a sand-pumping dredge churned through an underwater site, throwing historic artifacts onto the beach.

NARFE changes name, not plan

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) has a new name. It is now the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. The acronym — NARFE — and the mission will remain the same: protecting and enhancing the earned annuity and health care benefits of America’s retired federal workers.

Ocean View P&Z pushes amenities

A 22-townhouse project came before Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for final review on March 17. P&Z members questioned several aspects of the plan, but eventually agreed to consider it approved, contingent upon their receipt of three final items.

Fenwick talks meetings and sporting event

A joking suggestion that members of the Fenwick Island Town Council lead off their March 12 “workshop without agenda” (WWA) by canceling the WWA actually got some serious attention from the council members.

The suggestion was made mostly in jest, upon discovering that all but one of the council members were present, but only three community members had shown up for the meeting.

Mitchell signs on to IRSD school board

Last year, 2004, was the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) biggest ever for capital improvements. It was probably also the biggest year ever for glitches, construction budget overruns, crews going for lunch and never coming back, etc.

This year has started out with a bang as well.

County matches for open land donations

Sussex County Council signed off on a pair of Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) partnerships at the March 22 council meeting.

SCLT President/CEO Wendy Baker said the trust had acquired or helped acquire 2,500 acres of open space in Sussex County since its inception.

Beach replenishment key issue at meeting

Officials from Bethany Beach and South Bethany trekked to Washington, D.C., on March 15, with the chief hope that continued close communication with the state’s legislators will help bring the $5 million in federal funds needed to keep the towns’ beach reconstruction project on track.

Bethany passes $10.2 million budget

Building impact fee accepted by council

Members of Bethany Beach’s Budget and Finance Committee met briefly Friday, March 18, to complete final review and markup on the town’s $10.2 million budget for its 2006 fiscal year.
Last-minute changes were largely constrained to accounting for the impact of previous changes:

• $250,000 in additional revenue from the proposed 3-percent building impact fee;

Royal Farms sets up shop

Look no further, Dagsboro just landed a 24-hour Royal Farms convenience store.
“Right now we’re looking for communities that are in need of this type of establishment,” said Royal Farms public relations associate Karen McGagh.

Helicopter rushes injured worker to care

A construction worker was recovering early this week from injuries sustained at a Bethany Beach construction site.
A ladder failure caused the fall on Friday, March 18, while the sub-contractor was working in the 300 block of Wellington Parkway, according to project contractor Gary Cottingham of Cottingham Construction.

Bethany takes a look into town's future

The future of development and zoning in Bethany Beach has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the town. In recent years, town officials and property owners have repeatedly returned to the topic of the need for zoning changes, architectural review boards (ARBs) and development guidelines.

Start the presses

Honor Students at SMS putting out newspapers

Selbyville Middle School (SMS) students have submitted their stories in the nick of deadline, and are now designing a pair of eye-pleasing newsletters for the readership.

Start your engines

Di Febo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach is organizing a police escorted, traffic free motorcycle ride to raise money for a fallen officers’ education fund.
The “1st Annual Ride to the Beach” is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, with a silent auction, barbeque and bike raffle to follow.

IRSD approves 2005-06 calendar

School board also hears progress of two high schools

Students in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will still be able to work (or play) until Labor Day next year.
However, unlike this year, they should be out before the third week of June.

The IRSD settled on the 2005-2006 calendar format at the March 22 School Board meeting.

Bethany passes budget, flurry of items

Bethany Beach Town Council members vote unanimously Friday, March 18, to enact a series of measures, on issues ranging from how the town’s records can be distributed to how its investments are made.
Topping the list of items addressed by the council was the town’s proposed budget for the 2006 fiscal year.

Chamber planning hardhat cocktail party

It’s been a noisy, dusty week at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Construction crews have torn out the old flooring and gutted the bathrooms in preparation for continuing renovations at the Visitors Center (Route 1, Fenwick Island).
Staff members said they’d endured worse (including drafty conditions while crews framed out the east side of the building).

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