Fenwick Island News

Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

Population:

  • 379 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • First Saturday in August, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 800 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944; (302) 539-3011, fax (302) 539-1305

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Gene Langan, Mayor
  • Richard Mais, Vice-Mayor
  • Diane Tingle, Secretary
  • Gardner Bunting, Treasurer
  • William Weistling
  • Roy Williams
  • Julie Lee

Town Manager:

  • Merritt Burke

Town Clerk:

  • Agnes DiPietrantonio

Finance Assistant:

  • Josie Correnti

Building Official:

  • Patricia Schuchman

Standing committees:

  • Beautification/ Parks & Recreation, Beach, Environmental, Planning, Board of Adjustments, Board of Elections, Audit, Budget, Building, Charter and Ordinance, Commercial Action, Emergency Management

Police:

  • William Boyden, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Tempe Steen

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-2000

Beach patrol:

  • Tim Ferry, Captain
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend each summer (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) and then two more weekends thereafter, and every day through Labor Day and then two weekends after Labor Day.

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April, Monday only. May through September, Monday & Thursday. Heavy trash pickup, June 8, 9 & 10 and September 9, 10, & 11.

Curbside recycling:

  • A voluntary townwide curbside recycling program through DSWA has been instituted beginning in 2008. Property owners may sign up on the town Web site or at town hall. Pick-ups are on Fridays, weekly from May to September and bi-weekly during the other months. The Fenwick Island Lions Club also collects aluminum cans in a bin behind town hall.

Fenwick receives recognition as a ‘healthy community’

Fenwick Island Town Manager Merritt Burke IV announced last week that the Town had received recognition from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for their efforts in creating and maintaining a healthy community.

Burke noted that the state has 57 municipalities, of which 15 had applied for a grant from the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating & Active Living.

Beau Monde brings beach eclectic surf style to Village of Fenwick

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Beau Monde owner Caitlyn Parrott, left, looks up at her words, below right, which border the store. Parrott has been in the surf shop business for quite some time.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Beau Monde owner Caitlyn Parrott, left, looks up at her words, below right, which border the store. Parrott has been in the surf shop business for quite some time.Surfer style is emulated and copied widely by those finding their lifestyle aspects ripe for imitation. It’s for such reasons that mainstream surf companies have enjoyed steady success for years — but a change has come.

New companies are starting to pop up, with new visions and wild styles that promise to allow today’s surfer to regain his lost individualism. The unknown and companies unafraid to be bold are king.

Surf shop buyer/merchandiser Caitlyn Parrott has been in the industry long enough to recognize the change, and recently opened up Beau Monde boutique in the Village of Fenwick, designed for those looking for clothing that can’t be found in any old surf shop or the nearest Urban Outfitters.

“All the guys that I worked with that worked at the shop and actually surfed would buy the weirdest stuff that we would get,” Parrott said. “I tried to pick some more unusual brands that they don’t have everywhere around here.”

The shop carries brands for both men and women, including Catch Surf, Rhythm, Wildfox, Lovers & Friends, Kai, Iron & Resin and Duvin Design Co., that most surf shops or vintage clothing stores either don’t carry or of which they don’t carry a wide variety.

“I was raised up at the beach and in surf shops, so I’m drawn to that kind of stuff,” Parrott explained of her eye for unique beach style. “I was looking for something a little more unusual than most shops.”

‘When the Germans started shooting at us’: WWII veteran remembers time as POW

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.When Paul Wagner visited Italy, he sailed the Mediterranean, hiked into the mountains and was captured at gunpoint by German soldiers.

U.S. Army PFC Paul Wagner was a teenage prisoner of war.

Wagner will be 90 this August, now living at Brandywine Assisted Living Center in West Fenwick Island, but he had just turned 18 in Baltimore when Uncle Sam drafted him for World War II.

“They were waiting for me,” he said.

His mom was a “five-star mother” with five of her boys in the military. By some miracle, they all came home.

After nine months of Texas boot camp, Wagner sailed for Africa, then was stationed at an Italian racetrack controlled by the Allies. PFC Wagner wasn’t quite at the front lines, but he could hear mortar fire.

Germans were nearby, in the mountains, so rifleman Wagner and about 12 to 18 others patrolled the wilderness, using dried-up riverbeds as a guide.

“We knew we were close — too close — when the Germans started shooting at us,” Wagner said.

Tidepool Toys & Games opens second location in Fenwick Island

Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.

Barefoot Gardeners plant sale is for green thumbs and sandy feet

Kids, or kids at heart, can get a last-minute gift for Mom, or let her choose, at the Barefoot Gardeners Garden Club annual plant sale, on Saturday, May 10, in Fenwick Island.

“There are quite a few small ones that people can get for Mother’s Day gifts. The plants are grown locally,” said Karen Dudley, chairperson of the event.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.

The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

Fenwick approves farmers’ market changes, oyster festival

Fenwick Island is taking steps to ensure the town’s farmers’ market can remain in the town going into the future, even if the property where it is currently held is sold. At their March 28 meeting, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance that dictates where the market can be located to include improved vacant lots, as well as unimproved ones.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Delaware Budokan honors three students

Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was held on March 20, in front of friends, family, fellow students and the instructors who oversee the students’ test routines.

Crabcake Factory sinks its claws into Delaware with new bayside location

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Every year, the surrounding beach resort communities of Sussex County see more than their fair share of restaurants come and go. While not every establishment has the same reasons for eventually closing its doors, the good ones tend to stick around — and the really good ones tend to continue to open up new locations.

The Crabcake Factory USA has seen that kind of growth, most recently opening up its third location — its first location in Delaware — right off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island, on the bayside, next to Captain Mac’s.

The location offers striking bay views. After completely renovating the property, and with more than 18 years of popularity just down the road in Ocean City, Md., the Crabcake Factory management team has no doubts that their newest location is right where they’re supposed to be.

“We’ve got a good local following up here,” said Crabcake Factory Bayside General Manager (and former general manager of the original Crabcake Factory on 120th Street in Ocean City) Eric Morris. “We wanted to grow into Fenwick. A lot of our existing 120th street client base lives up here. We just felt like it was a real need in this corridor to have a nice quality, casual atmosphere.”

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Lighthouse Yoga & Dance offers movement for all

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.

“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”

Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.

“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”

More volunteers needed for beach grass planting March 22

More volunteers are needed at Delaware Seashore State Park for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event, set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. The event, now in its 25th year, helps protect Delaware shorelines by planting Cape American beach grass on sand dunes at beaches along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Fenwick offers advertising space on lifeguard stands

After the program’s launch in the summer of 2013, the Town of Fenwick Island is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise on the Town’s 11 lifeguard stands for the 2014 season.

Memories of WWII London linger with local woman

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Gwen Cavanna was barely a teenager, living in London, when Great Britain declared war on Germany 75 years ago, in 1939. Now living west of Fenwick Island, she remembers city life in London’s most difficult days.

Cavanna was born 1926, living several years each in her parents’ humble flat (sharing a lavatory with nine people), with her grandmother and also in a convent. When she was nearly 12, Cavanna returned to her mother, Violet Bicknell, who had worked hard to secure a home with two bedrooms and “indoor plumbing, which I had never seen in my life,” Cavanna said. The girl was mystified about a large white box in the kitchen. It was a refrigerator.

Fenwick Island actively asking for bids on shuttle service

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously this week to request proposals from potential municipal shuttle service operators for the 2014 summer season, acting on a recommendation from the town’s parking committee.

Fenwick Island seeks grant for sea-level-rise assessment

The Town of Fenwick Island is applying for another grant that could potentially help it and its property owners deal with the impacts of sea-level rise.

Fenwick moves forward with shuttle concept

Fenwick Island officials are looking to make getting around town a little easier for residents and summer visitors alike, with a proposal to establish a municipal shuttle service that would take people from their homes in Fenwick to local businesses or the beach, or between local businesses, and back home again during the summer season.

Beachgoers, mariners urged to let sleeping seals lie

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) is reminding beachgoers and boaters that seals are once again in the area. Delaware has four different species of seals that visit area waterways during the winter months and can often be seen resting and sunning themselves on rocks, docks, beaches and other landing areas throughout Delaware, they noted.

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.