Local News

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.

Novel writing workshop to begin in Rehoboth

The newly formed non-profit, Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, will host a two-part novel-writing workshop on Saturday, April 9, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Corner Cupboard Inn at 50 Park Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Bunting brings teacher's perspective

Former Teacher of the Year brings expertise of classroom to board

Incumbent School Board Member Nina Lou Bunting knows teaching.
Bunting is a relative newcomer to Indian River School District (IRSD) governance — she’s running for re-election to her second (three-year) term on the School Board.

Bits and Pieces

Bethany church holding Sunday school classes
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway.

The classes run each Sunday through March 13, from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m., immediately following 9:30 a.m. services.

Craft show in need of volunteers

The Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show Committee is looking for a few good volunteers. Plans for the June 4 craft show are proceeding, and the committee is seeking extra hands to help with the final stages of planning and carrying off the inaugural event.

For more information, or to volunteer, call Gloria Farrar at Bethany Beach Town Hall at 539-8011.

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 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).

RPD, canal street ends top planning agenda

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a sketch plan for another small planned residential development (PRD) at their meeting on Saturday, March 19.
The PRD is slated for the property of Mark and Kiki Zachary at 877 Garfield Parkway, on the north side of Route 26, across from Turtle Walk and near the entrance to Lake Bethany. The lot also backs up to that development.

Bethany Beach home saved from fire

Units from the Bethany Beach, Millville and Rehoboth Beach fire departments responded Friday, March 18, to a house fire in the 600 block of Second Street in Bethany Beach, near Evans Avenue.

Bethany's 'dog days' go unchanged

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) voted Friday, March 18, to keep in place the town’s existing date for permitting dogs on the beach after the summer season.

Medians move forward in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council tentatively awarded a $135,000 Route 1 median landscaping project to Greenscape Landscape at the March 18 council meeting.
Engineer Chuck Hauser of Davis, Bowen & Friedel (DBF) said he was still checking references for the company, but he didn’t expect any problems there.

Hauser said Greenscape’s bid was within what the town had budgeted for the work.

Fenwick considers event for lighthouse

Fenwick Island Town Council heard a proposal for an “aquathlon” to benefit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse Foundation at the March 18 town council meeting.
Kent Buckson of Surf Racer Sports presented the plan for a half-mile swim/five kilometer run through town, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20.

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;

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