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This Week's News

Audit nearly complete as IRSD plans Nov. 22 referendum

The Indian River School District’s budget is not keeping up with their students’ needs, so the local Board of Education has decided to host a current-expense referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

How much will they request? The board hasn’t decided.

Bethany aims to address housing bulk with tradeoff system

The size — or, more specifically, the appearance of size — of homes in Bethany Beach is an issue that has long been discussed by the Town and many of its citizens. Large new multi-story homes built next to the town’s traditional single-story cottages and moderate-sized beach homes on pilings have been a point of contention between property owners and neighbors for years.

Opposition voiced to County’s revised proposed sign ordinance

Following a revamping of the original draft ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signs, a new series of public hearings is being held by the Sussex County Council. This week members of the public who spoke at the first hearing voiced opposition to the proposed ordinance as written.

Be informed and prepared in case of emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The campaign aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

In Sussex County, residents have access to local resources to help them stay safe.

Keep a watchful eye: Pets can get Lyme disease, too

According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States.

The inflammatory disease, often characterized at first with flu-like symptoms and later, possibly, by arthritis and neurological disorders, is caused by a bacteria transmitted by ticks.

Milestone met: Botanic Gardens hits Longwood goal early

DBG organizers proved their mettle with donations and a bunch of multi-year pledges.It’s a garden party unlike any other. The Delaware Botanic Gardens haven’t opened their gates yet, but they’re making big strides as they create southern Delaware’s first garden attraction.

Editorial – Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

This is one that comes at no surprise, whatsoever.

It’s early, but masks are already all around us

If you’ve entered a grocery or drug store since, oh, July, you have noticed that Halloween items are filling the aisles.

Letters to the Editor — September 23, 2016

Chocolate tasting a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

Thank you to everyone who attended the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park’s recent Chocolate Tasting on Sept. 10, 2016. All of the proceeds from the Chocolate Tasting support the Thatcher Education Fund, which provides travel expenses to schools that need help to bring their students to the park.

Governor, IRSD team up for college-prep talks

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Usually behind the camera, these Indian River High School yearbook students paused from their work to be in the photo with Gov. Jack Markell. Pictured, from left, are: Kevon Harmon, Samantha Mushrush, Katelyn Wells, Angelina Roca, Markell, Fabrea McCray and Trayona Nock.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Usually behind the camera, these Indian River High School yearbook students paused from their work to be in the photo with Gov. Jack Markell. Pictured, from left, are: Kevon Harmon, Samantha Mushrush, Katelyn Wells, Angelina Roca, Markell, Fabrea McCray and Trayona Nock.Life has changed since Gov. Jack Markell graduated from Newark High School in 1978. Back then, he said, people could get a decent job immediately after high school.

Nowadays, to find a job “that’s going to allow you to pay the kind of life you probably want to lead, you’re going to have to pursue additional training after high school,” Markell told Indian River High School seniors this week. “That doesn’t mean you have to start immediately after high school. But in order to advance, you’re really going to have to continue to invest in your education.”

Markell isn’t saying everyone needs a two- or four-year degree.

But the State of Delaware has invested in post-secondary training, and students should, too, Markell told the IRHS senior class on Sept. 20.

His visit was part of Delaware Department of Education’s third annual senior class tour, which supports students in transitioning from high school to college and career.

IRSD para-educator charged with sexual assault of student

An Indian River School District para-educator was arrested Sept. 20 on allegations that she had engaged in sexual acts with a 17-year-old male student who was enrolled at her assigned school.

The Georgetown Police Department arrested Nicole M. DeGirolano, 23, of Millsboro, on four counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision.

Just a few finishing touches: Officials celebrate Route 26 improvements

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.The orange barrels are almost gone.

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project is so close to wrapping up that the dignitaries gathered on Sept. 19 to cut the ribbon for the expanded roadway.

Rain moved the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting off the road and into the Millville fire hall, which DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan joked was perfect for testing the drainage.

Construction officially began in January of 2014, with an aim to improve drainage, traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

But road crews had started working long before that, since utility lines were moved the preceding winter, and the surrounding side-roads had been renovated to create a smoother alternate route in the preceding years.

Semi-annual train show on track for Saturday in Roxana

While members of the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club range in age from 30-something to 80-something, with a couple of junior members in their teens, longtime member Bill Ziegler puts it like this: “We’re all kids.”

Recycling regs to tighten for businesses and multi-family housing

Delawareans are doing well with recycling, and now it’s businesses’ turn to catch up. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control plans to update recycling regulations to ensure everyone’s doing their part, including businesses, nonprofits, schools and multi-family-housing neighborhoods.

Millville buildings go up and down, construction

A pirate ship may be coming to Millville. That’s the theme of playground equipment that Town staff are considering for the new town park.

Millville’s two biggest projects are proceeding according to plan, as a police and municipal building goes up, and as old buildings are cleared for the future Millville Town Park.

Socrates Café asks local minds to ponder tough questions

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Do we have free will?

What is true strength?

What is truth?

Big, philosophical questions like these are what drive the Socrates Café, a bimonthly meeting of individuals from different backgrounds who discuss various philosophical ideas.

“We were just looking for a way to get a discussion group together — getting people together to have a good conversation,” said Rosemary Hendrix, who co-hosts the meetings with Bonnie Ray. “We pick a question each week. It’s supposed to be a philosophical question. We discuss the question; we’re not trying to come up with an answer to the question, we’re trying to get other people’s ideas.”

IRSD: Bracelets at high school just a joke in ‘poor taste’

Parents told they shouldn’t be concerned

Indian River School District officials said this week that the blue bracelets making their way around Indian River High School on Sept. 19 were nothing more than a bad joke.

Several students were distributing blue rubber bracelets printed with the words “Kill yourself” and a swastika, according to district officials.

Tripple Overtime: Sammi Whelen’s cornrows not the weirdest sports superstition

To quote the famous and fictitious Michael Scott, “I’m not superstitious, but I am, a little stiticious.”

Second-half surge sends Ravens past Indians

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior running back George Martin makes his way through Tech defenders for a first down after losing his helmet.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior running back George Martin makes his way through Tech defenders for a first down after losing his helmet.It was anyone’s game at the break.

A back-and-forth first-half battle had left a highly touted Sussex Tech High School football team up only one score on the Henlopen Southern Division’s Indian River, 27-20.

In the second half, however, the Ravens would outlast the Indians, showing how they earned their Top 10 pre-season state ranking and taking advantage of turnovers as they rode the big play to an eventual 48-28 win.

While IR head coach Phil Townsend was disappointed by the loss, he was by no means disappointed in his squad’s performance.

“It says a lot about our guys how well they came out and took on that challenge,” said Townsend. “We had a really good week at practice this week. Coming off that loss [against Linganore] last week, they didn’t dwell on it. They came in Monday and they were ready to work.”

IR volleyball nets first win, squashes Sussex Academy in three sets

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior outside hitter Shelby Cannatelli, goes up for a hit against Sussex Academy last Friday.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior outside hitter Shelby Cannatelli, goes up for a hit against Sussex Academy last Friday.It was exactly what the Indian River High School volleyball team needed when down 11-10 in the first set: four straight aces from their ace acer, Carly Collins.

“I just serve. That’s what they tell me to do,” said Collins, a junior outside hitter, of her back-to-back-to-back-to-back aces that gave her squad a 14-11 lead and the game’s momentum.

“Carly came in and made a bunch of serves like she should do,” added IR head coach Jim Barnes. “That’s one of the things that Carly does well. She’s one of the best servers on our team.”

In a set that saw seven tie scores before the Collins serving rally, the Indians were able to jump back out in front and stay there, going up 17-13 on two straight aces from senior middle hitter Sami Mumford and eventually taking the first set 25-19.

It was the first win of a complete sweep against the Seahawks on Friday, Sept. 16, as IR went on to take the next two sets 25-14 and 25-20, respectively, for their season’s first win, improving to 1-1 in the Henlopen South after a tough loss against Delmar the previous night.

“This was an extremely important win for us,” said Barnes of the victory on the heels of the 3-1 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Lydic headed to Augusta after win at regionals

Coastal Point • Submitted Ocean View’s Sarah Lydic was on top of the leaderboard, and the world, after her first-place finish at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional final held in Oakmont, Pa.Coastal Point • Submitted Ocean View’s Sarah Lydic was on top of the leaderboard, and the world, after her first-place finish at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional final held in Oakmont, Pa.

Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. Jack Nicklaus. Arnold Palmer.

And now, Sarah Lydic.

After her win at the regional Drive, Chip & Putt competition at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., earlier this month, the 11-year-old wunderkind has earned a bid to the national championship at Augusta National — home of not only the Masters tournament, but of some of the game’s greatest masters as well.

“Part of me feels like I’m in a dream and that this isn’t really happening,” said Lydic of the accomplishment.

“I also feel proud of all the hard work I’ve done this summer to prepare myself for this competition. I’m excited to be going to Augusta, because I’ll be getting a chance to be where the Masters is played and see that beautiful course and be around many great golfers.”

The Ocean View native and member of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club finished first overall in the Girls’ 10-11 division at the regional competition, going up against golfers from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and even Canada.

Her total score of 115 bested Ohio’s Mia Raynes and Kentucky’s Trinity Beth, who finished with scores of 109 and 108, respectively.

Placing fourth in the drive category, and tied for third in putting, Lydic’s edge came in the chipping competition, where she out-shot everyone, with a total score of 40, to earn the win and the only qualifying spot for nationals in her respective division.

Raynes and Beth, who finished second and third, each earned alternate spots.

IR football to face Cape Henlopen looking for first win

While they may be 0-2 so far, the Indian River High School football teamed is looking primed and ready for their first win of the season when Cape Henlopen comes to town on Friday, Sept. 23, after a strong showing against top-ranked Sussex Tech (2-0) last Friday.

IR field hockey off to 3-0 start with wins over Laurel, Woodbridge

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Erin Haden goes up against a Woodbridge defender during a 3-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior forward Erin Haden goes up against a Woodbridge defender during a 3-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 17.With three games in the same week, the Indian River High School field hockey team was put to the test to start off the 2016 season but still managed to come out with three straight wins and a 3-0 record for the second year in a row.

“It was a very tough week for them,” said IR head coach Jodi Stone. “In high school, playing three games in one week is a lot — especially still getting acclimated to going to school all day and then practicing in the afternoon — so they really held their own. I’m very proud of them.”

Indians 3, Laurel 0
(Thursday, Sept. 15)

After taking down Tech on Tuesday, the Indians faced off against Laurel in their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 15, rolling the Bulldogs 3-0.

Indians down Delmar, gear up for "Kilby Clash'

The Indian River High School soccer team is off to their first 2-0 start since the 2012 season, after taking down Delmar 9-0 in a division matchup on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Senior forward Mikie Mochiam got the Indians on the board first, taking a pass from senior midfielder Mac Smith and finding the net in just the fourth minute.

Extra Points — September 23, 2016

IR Soccer Boosters to hold dine-and-donate at Mio Fratello

The Indian River High School Soccer Boosters are sponsoring a dine-and-donate at Mio Fratello Italian Steakhouse in West Fenwick Island on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the state champion soccer team, with the general public encouraged to attend and help support the cause.

November ballot taking shape

Primary elections were held earlier this week to determine what candidates would represent their political parties in the November general election.

Democrat Lisa Rochester won the Democratic spot for Delaware’s lone representative in Congress, with 43.76 percent of the vote. She will be running against Republican Hans Reigle, Green Party candidate Mark Perri and Libertarian Scott Gesty.

Community asked to ‘thank a police officer’ this Saturday

There are some jobs that are more dangerous than others — in which men and women put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect citizens. This weekend, hundreds of people are getting together to recognize the efforts of those who serve in law enforcement.

Fenwick council on road safety, beaches, money and more

On Aug. 26, the Fenwick Island Town Council hosted its first regular meeting after Council Members Gardner Bunting, Vicki Carmean and Bernie Merritt Jr. were sworn in earlier this month, for two-year terms.

Mayor Gene Langan noted that about 378 people voted this year, a drop from more than 400 voters in 2015.

Road safety

Ocean View discusses fire siren, spending

For years, Ocean View residents who live near the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s secondary fire alarm have asked for it to be put out of commission.

Although the hours of the siren’s operation have been reigned in to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., those who serve on the Town’s Fire Siren Task Force Committee sent a list of questions to the department following a June meeting.

Frankford continues to discuss audit, Mountaire well permits

Although the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released a report on its inspection of the Town of Frankford’s financials, the town council and some citizens are dissatisfied with the findings.

It’s about competition: South Bethany increasing police pay

The South Bethany Police Department needs to up its pay scale if it wants to remain competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, said Police Chief Troy Crowson. So the town council approved a $13,031 budget amendment to increase all salaries.

Millville’s Botchie named state’s Town Manager of the Year

For perhaps the first time, Debbie Botchie was speechless at a Millville Town Council meeting. But she had just been named Delaware’s Town Manager of the Year for 2016.

That’s a high honor among the 57 municipalities and three counties included in Delaware League of Local Governments.

IRHS celebrates AP test scores, award winners for 2015-2016

This past spring, Indian River High School students collectively took 152 Advanced Placement exams. They blew those exams out of the water, earning “qualifying scores” on 76 percent of those exams, far exceeding the national average of 57 percent. They also won about two dozen scholar awards.