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Bethany discusses history

The Bethany Historical and Cultural Committee met Monday, April 11, to discuss how best to preserve the history of the beach town. Resident Jane Vincenti recently expressed an interest in having her house on First Street registered as a historic home, to preserve a bit of the past under the pressure of the expansion of new homes.

South Bethany reviews town plan

It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.

The commission members have taken it upon themselves to review and revise the 2000 CDP, at a considerable cost savings to the town.

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.

Fenwick business leaders brainstorm on future

Members of the Fenwick Island business community came together Wednesday, April 13, to discuss their vision for improving the town’s commercial area. The event was inspired by similar visioning workshops held for the town’s property owners in 2004 and, like those workshops, was facilitated by Town Council Member Harry Haon.

Jamboree Boys welcome in professionals

It’s that time once again, country music fans — time for the Hocker family’s annual Springtime Jamboree. The two-day event (April 22 and 23) will benefit Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) this year.

Coastal Moose to get go-ahead on location

An application for a new lodge location for the Loyal Order of Moose Inc., East Sussex Lodge #2542, received preliminary approval recommendations from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 7.

Annual geranium sale now going

Spruce up your yard and garden with beautiful geraniums.

Sounds of the Atlantic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering white, pink and red 6-inch pots of geraniums for sale for only $4.50.

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.

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set aside for capital projects.

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.

Marriage Licenses

The following couples recently appliced for marriage licenses in Sussex County:

Sussex has voice muted on HB 36

Below the C&D Canal, Delaware is a true blue state. Sussex and Kent Counties voted Bush for president and Lee for Governor in the last election.

However, the numbers have it in New Castle County. Apparently, Smyrna marks a bit of a political divide. Case in point, the updated and revised version of the bill formerly known as HB 99 — now HS 1 for HB 36.

Students to 'Kick Butts'

On Saturday, April 16, First State Community Action Agency and students from Sussex County communities are joining thousands across the country who are taking part in “Kick Butts Day.”

St. Ann's looks to help troops overseas

St. Ann’s Church in Bethany Beach is collecting items to be sent to the troops overseas. The items they need are the following: water, phone cards, writing paper, pens, pencils, disposable razors, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent and deodorant.

Ocean View talks water

A central water system for Ocean View took another giant leap forward this week, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives talked financing at the April 5 town council meeting.

USDA’s Denise MacLeish and Lisa Fitzgerald summarized all the conditions and provisos as succinctly as possible, but there were many.

Library celebrates with literature

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

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

Watch for the eclipse this evening

The moon will take a bite out of the sun on Friday, April 8 — or at least it will appear to do so, when a partial solar eclipse will take place. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the southern U.S., while the immediate area will enjoy a less dramatic event with between 5 and 10 percent coverage of the sun at the eclipse’s peak.

Ocean View continues zoning modifications

Ocean View Town Council adopted two new zoning ordinances at the April 5 town council meeting, one regarding business signage and the other restricting multifamily development.

The sign ordinance will give multiple businesses on the same parcel more leeway than code as it previously existed.

Women's Day Celebration seeks nominees for 2006

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2006 Women’s Day Celebration sponsored by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The closing date for nominations is May 15.

Beast of East bike show is ready to roar

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast and the Beast of the East Custom Bike Show is a pearl of a show just getting shucked for all to see.

Selbyville Library celebrates

In celebration of National Library Week, the Selbyville Public Library will be hosting Hare E. Whodini and The Magic of Reading on Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

The “Magic of Reading” program targets the age ranges of kindergarten through fifth grade and entertains children while motivating them to read with the wonder of storytelling and puppets with amazing special effects.

'Dr. D. straightens out schools, backs

Local chiropractor Dr. Donald Hattier, aka “Dr. Don,” aka “Dr. D,” has spent the last 52 years doing a little bit of everything.

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of funds already allocated to the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) just two weeks prior.

'Hard Hat' party showcases project

Passerbys on Route 1 have certainly noticed the frenetic pace of construction at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center and office building. The chamber staff is inviting members of the chamber and the community in to see the work in progress.

Summer book sales are coming back soon

St. Martha’s summer book sales will be on Saturdays this summer instead of Sundays. The first sale will be Saturday, May 7. Books will be accepted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and near-future plans.

Potential Selbyville water project intriguing

Expansion of Selbyville’s water system was a hot topic at the town council’s April 4 meeting. Residents of outlying areas came to the meeting, seeking information in the wake of a letter sent out by the town. The letter was aimed at gauging those property owners’ interest in obtaining water service from the town.

Wellness office offers Qigong

The Sussex County office of the Wellness Community-Delaware is planning to offer Qigong to interested people that are affected by cancer. This ancient Chinese practice integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.

Planning & Zoning defers action on Riverview project

Members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously on March 31 to defer action on the application of Riverview LLC (a Caldera Properties holding) to rezone as MR-RPC (medium-density residential district, residential planned community) a nearly 80-acre parcel off Walters Bluff Road.

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