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Fenwick council turns down mutual police assistance agreement

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted on Friday, Jan. 24, to not join a mutual assistance agreement with two neighboring towns.

The South Bethany and Ocean View town councils had previously agreed to join forces in the agreement, which...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:38am

Millville goes back to drawing board on littering

The Millville Town Council has decided to go “back to the drawing board” on an ordinance meant to address littering.

The issue had been brought to the council’s attention by resident David Moeller, who frequently walks along Burbage Road...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:37am

Public hearing to be held Monday on Selbyville comp plan

It’s finally time for the public to get their hands on a draft of Selbyville’s 10-year update to its Comprehensive Land-Use Plan. People can now read and comment on the planning document for the town’s future before the Town officially submits it...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:35am

Maggie, a local Shih Tzu that passed away in December 2016 from over-vaccination, is the inspiration behind Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act.

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act passed in legislature

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, formally known as House Bill 214, passed the Delaware General Assembly by unanimous vote this week, leaving its initiator, local businessman Al Casapulla, with a lump in his throat.

His beloved Shih Tzu,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:34am

Millsboro officials offer hints of town’s future

About 75 people attended Millsboro’s first town hall-style meeting, discussing topics on the minds of residents, including bringing more restaurants with table service to town.

“There was definitely a good vibe overall. There was a nice...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:31am

Millville P&Z recommends approval for apartments next to Beebe

Millville’s Planning & Zoning Commission has voted to recommend that the Millville Town Council approve a 216-unit apartment complex on a site next to the Beebe Healthcare South Coastal now under construction on Route 17.

The...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:30am

John Reddington

Reddington readies for Ocean View mayoral run

John Reddington, a retired foreign-service officer, is the first in 2020 to announce his candidacy for mayor of Ocean View.

He said he plans to file as a candidate on Friday, Jan. 31, the first day candidates are eligible, for the seat now...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:29am

Frankford police chief to host family Valentine’s luncheon

Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is inviting area families to a Valentine’s luncheon — with a message he hopes they will carry with them far past the holiday.

Corrigan has invited Georgetown attorney Tasha Stevens to speak...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:27am

Tony Rinaldo, vice president of the Lord Baltimore LIons Club; Stacy Robinson, Sussex County chapter coordinator for Attack Addiction and school nurse at Sussex Central; and Principal Jason Macrides of Selbyville Middle School pose for a photo in front of the vaping information boards at Selbyville Middle School.

Lions Club takes on vaping concerns with IRSD, SMS, Attack Addiction

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club has been working with the Indian River School District, Selbyville Middle School and Attack Addiction on the problem of vaping among students. Club representatives noted that vaping is also becoming a hot-button...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:02am

Beebe Healthcare to host Community Health Fair on Feb. 8

Beebe Healthcare is inviting community members of all ages to its annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlantic Sands in Rehoboth.

The fair is designed to be a fun-filled day for the whole family...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:31am

BREAKING NEWS: Sussex Tech issues statement regarding incident at basketball game

The Sussex Technical School District released the following statement on Jan. 24 regarding the Jan. 23 varsity basketball game between Cape Henlopen High School and Sussex Technical High School:

 

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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:36am

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:19am

On Jan. 6, the Selbyville Town Council approved this preliminary site plan for Coastal Villages, which includes 700 housing units on 322 acres. It would be located on the north side of Route 54, stretched between both Polly Branch Road and Hudson Road.

Selbyville approves prelim plan for 700-unit development

Council admits growing pains, but code allows project

Selbyville is ramping up toward construction of what will be one of the biggest housing developments within town limits. But the size of the community has some people looking twice.

On Jan. 6, the town council approved the preliminary site...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:07am

This year's Fire & Ice Festival expands from Bethany Beach to Ocean View and Millville, running throughout the weekend. Ice sculptures, like this icy octupus from last year's festival, will be on display on the boardwalk, at Bear Trap Dunes and at Lord's Landscaping, where the ice feature will be an ice slide.

Fire & Ice Festival going ‘Out of This World’

The 2020 Fire & Ice Festival is not only four times the size of its predecessors, it’s “Out of This World.”

That’s the theme for the festival, now in its third year, and it sets the tone for three days that not only include amazing ice...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:05am

George Cole has decided to wind things down at Beach Plum, the Bethany Beach store he opened in 1976.

End of an era

Cole winding down business at Beach Plum

It was business as usual at Beach Plum this week, with longtime owner George Cole bantering with guests about a variety of topics, not the least of which was Donald Trump.

Cole has a life-sized cut-out of the president in his antiques shop...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:03am

Frankford water system purchase decision requested by Feb. 3

Frankford residents and business owners have had a couple chances during the past week to get a closer look at how a proposed purchase of the Town’s water system would affect them.

Artesian Water Co. submitted a proposal in October to...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:00am

New legislative session could see reduced pet vacc requirements

The 2020 Delaware General Assembly session began last week, with a number of bills filed related to residents of Ocean View and lower Sussex County.

One of those bills is Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, initiated by local restaurant owner...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:58am

Ocean City crowd hears wind-power plans

Hundreds of people packed a hearing in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 18, regarding plans by two wind-power companies to increase the height of wind turbines proposed for off the coast of Maryland and Delaware to more than 800 feet.

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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:57am

Pedestrian safety improvements slated for Route 1 in Bethany

With pedestrian and bicycle safety a major topic in the area in the past year, Bethany Beach is slated to get some significant improvements along its Route 1 corridor before the start of the 2020 summer season.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:54am

Perchiniak

Public advised to get vaccinated, take precautions against flu

One might say the flu is nothing to sneeze at.

It’s miserable and, as of Dec. 28, 2019, had infected at least 1,083 Delaware residents this flu season, according to Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH). They noted that that number...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:52am

The MERR (Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation) Institute this week issued a reminder to the public that seals are once again present along Delaware beaches and other waterways. From December through April, it is common to see seals on the area’s beaches, docks and other locations where they can get out of the water to rest.

MERR reminds public to report, not approach, seals

The MERR (Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation) Institute this week issued a reminder to the public that seals are once again present along Delaware beaches and other waterways. From December through April, it is common to see seals on...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:40am

Traffic-safety improvement ideas for Long Neck area anticipated

Responding to constituents’ concerns about traffic safety in the Long Neck area, state Rep. Ruth Briggs King turned to DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, “imploring her to go beyond the crash data and look at the near-misses” along roads in that...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:08pm

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Board of Adjustment of the Town of Bethany Beach will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at town hall, to consider an application for a variance filed by builder Bruce Mears for property owners Alan...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 4:43pm

Artesian offers $3.6 million for Frankford water plant

Frankford residents heard details about a proposal from Artesian Water Co. to take over its troubled water system at a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The water company, which is in the process of building a water treatment plant just...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:10pm

OVPD volunteers contribute nearly $70K in work to the town

The Ocean View Police Department reported to town council members at their Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting that OVPD volunteers logged 201 hours in December.

According to the Independent Sector, a volunteer’s time was valued at $25.43 per hour...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:08pm

Old Mill Landing gets pushback at planning meeting

After a public hearing that lasted more than two hours, the public made their point: they want cautious development of Old Mill Landing North and South — if it’s even approved. Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission is considering two...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:03pm

Fenwick officials to consider police agreement on Jan. 24

Fenwick Island’s town council heard from its own police chief last week, as well as two from surrounding towns, that a proposed mutual aid agreement would be beneficial for all three towns.

The agreement is an outgrowth of a less formal,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:58pm

Ocean View looks ahead with comp plan, projects

It’s going to be a busy year for the little town of Ocean View, with its often bustling, mile-long main street and allure for those who want to live at the beach.

But with captivating characteristics comes a swelling population, more...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:57pm

Proposed apartment complex near Millville heading to P&Z

Editor's note: This project has been removed from the Jan. 23 Sussex County P&Z agenda, with a tentative new hearing date of April 9.

The Pettinaro Construction Company in Newport, Del., will go before the Sussex County Planning &...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:55pm

Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck has been with the town for one year.

Houck marks first year as Ocean View town manager

On Jan. 7, Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck marked her first full year as the Town’s top administrative official, and her 30th year working in municipal management.

In her modest way, though, she downplayed the milestone, laughing when...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:43pm

Full weekend of events planned for MLK commemoration

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Weekend will be observed with three events in Millsboro, Georgetown and Lewes, beginning on Saturday.

A parade will be held in downtown Lewes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and a...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:42pm

History talk going ‘Barefoot in Fenwick’

It’s easy to wonder, while walking along the beach when the crowds have gone home for the winter, what it might have been like there in the previous two centuries, before the beachfronts became as developed as they are today.

The Ocean...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:41pm

Seaside Jewish Community members Miriam Zadek, Marsha Davis and Allysa Simon pose for a photo at the synagogue’s expansion groundbreaking on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Seaside Jewish Community breaks ground on synagogue expansion

Seaside Jewish Community broke ground on the expansion of its synagogue in Rehoboth Beach on Jan. 5.

More than 150 people attended a ceremony marked by words of faith, love, and strong support for the Jewish community. They included: U.S....

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:36pm

Pictured left to right are: Judy Mullen; Sally Ledger; Muriel Pfeiffer, Vice-President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; Henrietta Belcher Stack, President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; and Andy Markovitz, Commodore of the Indian River Yacht Club .

Women’s Club of Indian River participates in community projects

The General Federation of Women’s Club, Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club, Women’s Club of Indian River have done two community projects this past month.

The first was to receive items for the USO, at the Dover Air Force Base by...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

No fear for 2020

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Revelers celebrated the dawn of a new year by jumping in the ocean. These brave souls participated in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge in Bethany Beach.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:25pm

Registration begins for Selbyville candidates, voters

Selbyville is gearing up for its 2020 town council election. Prospective candidates and voters must register at Selbyville Town Hall by Monday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to run as a candidate must file a written Notice of...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:14pm

The site plan of the Grotto Pizza in Peninsula Crossing that was recently approved by the Millsboro Town Council.

Grotto Pizza to open with sports bar in Millsboro

Deflecting praise for working to bring a new, 212-seat Grotto Pizza with sports bar to Millsboro, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk smiled and said simply, “I like pizza.”

But Town Manager Sheldon Hudson credited Burk for excellent...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:13pm

DelDOT opts for wintertime closure for Armory Road

People spoke up, and DelDOT listened. After a public outcry over a potential summertime road closure of Armory Road (Route 20) near Dagsboro, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced this week that construction will instead be...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:11pm

Millsboro council annexes elementary school

The Millsboro Town Council, at its Monday, Jan. 6, meeting discussed a number of topics in the town.

 

Artwork could go on exhibit

 

The town council heard a request from a Millsboro Art League volunteer, asking that...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:09pm

Pair of Delaware Republican officials under fire after comments

Plans are in motion to replace Chris Rowe, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, who resigned after posting a gay slur on Facebook just before New Year’s Day.

“I’m going to take care of that promptly,” GOP Chairwoman Jane...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:06pm

Olga and Eric Tsavdar enjoy some time with their twins, Levi and Eliza -- the first babies born at Beebe Healthcare on Jan. 1, 2020.

New year brings double bundle of joy for family

The first baby of the new year is always a big deal in a hospital maternity ward — but the first baby in a new decade is even more special. When it’s twins, and the year is 2020, that’s a lot of twos, and a lot of excitement.

That’s...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:04pm

New Frankford police chief makes first report to council

Frankford’s new police chief announced at the Jan. 6 Frankford Town Council meeting that he is in the process of obtaining Narcan — an anti-overdose medication used to counteract opioid overdoses — for the town police vehicle.

Police Chief...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:59pm

Millsboro looks ahead to 2020 with growth and charm in mind

As they begin the new year, Millsboro officials are focusing on maintaining the town’s notable quaintness while keeping pace with brisk growth.

At the first town council meeting of 2020, a site plan was approved for Grotto Pizza to build a...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:56pm

Frankford forms appeals board to address structures

The Frankford Town Council has approved creation of a four-member Appeals Board that will investigate and hear appeals regarding dilapidated houses in the town.

The board members are Kyle Quillen, Duane Beck, Priscilla Schoolfield and Pam...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:55pm

Massey’s Ditch dredging begins

Massey’s Ditch in Long Neck, a navigation channel in the Inland Bays, will be dredged during a $3.6 million project starting this month.

Dredging was scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Jan. 6, and take 31 days.

The channel runs...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:49pm

Local roofer Steve Lannon suffered injuries during a fall in December. The injuries sustained will likely result in paraplegia, so his sister Teresa Gallagher is organizing a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with medical costs.

Funds being raised for Millville roofer after traumatic fall

As Steve Lannon — a local roofer in Bethany Beach — fights to recover after falling about 30 feet, friends are posting messages and donating to a GoFundMe account organized by his sister.

Lannon, 62, an ardent Washington Redskins fan who...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:31pm

For these young asylum-seekers, happiness can be found in a new backpack.

Local women seek support for Asylum Seekers Project

Spurred on by a desire to be of some humanitarian assistance to thousands of men, women and children asylum-seekers in Mexico awaiting entrance at the Texas border, Sussex County residents Jessica Clark and Debi Goebel found St. Peter’s & St...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:25pm

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will review applications for 227 single-family homes near Dirickson Creek and Bayard — proposed housing developments called Old Mill Landing South (center, highlighted) and Old Mill Landing North (just above).

Neighbors to demand responsible development at meeting

When a large group of residents speaks out about the proposed Old Mill Landing developments, they won’t be trying stop development. They say they know that’s not likely. But they planned to encourage responsible development at the Sussex County...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:41pm

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Winter traffic

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:27am

OV, SB approve police partnership

Fenwick officials still mulling agreement

Two towns have signed on, but Fenwick Island isn’t quite ready to approve a three-town police partnership. The Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. to further discuss and possibly approve a...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:25am