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Take two: Route 54 traffic focus of second public meeting

It was a long discussion, but it was missing some key players. This time when residents discuss Route 54 traffic congestion and safety, they’ll be speaking with Sussex County officials.

Ocean View Town Council discusses Hendricks compensation study

In 2012, the Ocean View Town Council hired Hendricks & Associates to conduct a compensation study to analyze the duties of town employees. The thought was to develop a salary grade and range structure so that the Town would not have retention issues.

Washington, D.C., men killed in crash

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Dewey Beach Police Department this week were investigating a motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway (Route 1) in Dewey Beach that killed two Washington, D.C., men who had been standing next to the road on their bicycles. Police asked for the public’s help with information about the vehicle involved in the accident.

Men’s Club celebrates 30 years of service and fellowship

Three decades ago, a group of men met at St. Ann’s Catholic Church to socialize and improve the community. Now, the St. Ann’s Men’s Club is celebrating 30 years of fraternity and charity.

Town pride spills over at annual Frankford Fall Festival

Local children will march through the streets of Frankford on Saturday, Oct. 28, as the Frankford Fall Festival and costume parade returns to town.

The main festival will occur at Frankford Town Park from noon to 4 p.m., with a costume contest that morning at the fire hall, followed by a costume parade to the park.

Bethany welcoming Wags, Witches & Warlocks on Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Wags, Witches & Warlocks, the annual Bethany Beach Halloween festival and parade, will bring the fun for families and their fur-babies this weekend. The festival, hosted by the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 28.

While the event brings families and pets to town for a day of fun, it is also an important fundraising and awareness event for Partners for Paws of Delaware.

The fun gets going at 10 a.m. with the parade and costume contest. A special feature in this year’s parade will be participation by the Indian River High School Marching Band — the first time the band has performed in the parade, according to Christi Arndt of the Leslie Kopp Group.

The partnership came about through band member Lindsay Phelan, who brought the idea to band director Nathan Mohler, Arndt said.

“Our committee was so pleased that he was immediately interested in working on a performance,” she said.

Delaware begins discussion of off-shore wind

Maryland project would cross into waters off Fenwick Island

As the breeze turns cooler, Delaware officials are brainstorming how that very wind could benefit the state.

Frankford hears about DSP patrol option

The Town of Frankford held a special meeting this week to discuss options related to the Town’s police department.

The Town had been in talks with the Town of Dagsboro regarding the possibility of unifying the two towns’ police departments. However, on Oct. 4, the Frankford council announced they would not be pursuing unification.

County BOA defers Oakwood Homes decision, for a second time

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment has chosen to table, for a second time, their decision on two special-use exception applications filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company is seeking two special-use exceptions to permit manufactured homes on two separate lots, each measuring less than .75 acres — one located on Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro and the other on Julie Court near Frankford.

Veterans Treatment Court offers support, mentoring

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Active-duty military serice personnel, veterans and their mentors are recognized at Sussex County Superior Courts for their participation in the Veterans Treatment Court program.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Active-duty military serice personnel, veterans and their mentors are recognized at Sussex County Superior Courts for their participation in the Veterans Treatment Court program.Last month, Sussex County Superior Courts took the time to recognize and honor active-duty military service personnel, veterans and their mentors who participate in the Veterans Treatment Court program.

“Mentors — the strength of the court here is in large measure due to you,” said Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes, who served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer during the Vietnam War, “the people who have served, the people that have seen things and understand that when veterans who have served our country come back, they have special problems, because they took the oath and served our country.”

The Veterans Treatment Court’s mission is to divert veterans who meet strict requirements from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them with the tools to lead a productive and law-abiding life.

On Sept. 28, Brig. Gen. Mike Berry, land component commander of the Delaware National Guard, who also serves as deputy commander of Troop 4 for the Delaware State Police, attended the event to show his support of the Court and its veterans.

Boo-Que by the Sea cooking up frighteningly good barbecue

This weekend, Delaware Seashore State Park, along with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will be hosting a two-day barbecue festival the whole family can enjoy.

Millville council adopts two tax breaks for annexation

In encouraging a developer to come to town, the Millville Town Council had promised to discount property taxes for the first year, plus transfer taxes for the home sales.

They made it official on Oct. 10 with two tax breaks for annexations.

“If you’re looking for people to annex into town, this is certainly one way to do it,” said Town Solicitor Seth Thompson.

Selbyville Halloween Parade returning Oct. 25

The monsters are returning to Main Street, as people are being invited to celebrate the spookiest time of year at Selbyville Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

The official parade route marches eastward from town hall on Church Street to the judges’ stand beside Main Street. (Those roads will be closed to regular traffic.)

‘Young Frankenstein’ returns to the big screen for fundraiser

It’s pronounced “Eye-gor,” not “Ee-gor,” the hunchback tells the young scientist.

Audiences have been cracking up over “Young Frankenstein” for decades, and the 1974 comedy returns to the Clayton Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

DelDOT budget highlights Route 113 intersections, Route 24 improvements

Planning roads is no small task, and the Delaware Department of Transportation is currently working to finalize its six-year budget plan with a number of projects proposed.

Public voices support for Sussex sports complex

A slew of individuals attended the Sussex County Council meeting on Oct. 10 to voice their support for a proposed sports complex in Georgetown.

Last month, the Sussex Sports Center Foundation requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor to build a sports facility for residents’ and visitors’ use in Georgetown, just north of Route 9 on Sandhill Road.

Fenwick fatality underscores pedestrian safety concerns

Police and government leaders throughout the area are trying to keep pedestrians from ending up on the wrong side of a car accident, and an incident this week underscored the need for the problem to be addressed.

Fall fun abounds as festival season hits full bloom

It’s fall — and there’s a lot more to the season than “pumpkin spice everything.” From craft fairs to costume contests, from barbecue competitions to bike shows, there are just about as many events as there are leaves falling.

Oct. 13:

‘It takes community uproar ... to get things done’

Police talk crime and drug prevention

As people nationwide worry more about the impact of heroin on their families and communities, local police held two public meetings to discuss the problem and actions that residents can take.

Ocean View gives historical society the go-ahead

The Ocean View Historical Society on Tuesday, Oct. 10, was given the go-head by the Ocean View Town Council for its future education building, to be called Hall’s Store.

Therapy in a paintbrush

Carver Academy unveils new murals

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Every fish, shrimp and whale has special meaning and a positive message on this mural painted by students with help from John Donato.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Every fish, shrimp and whale has special meaning and a positive message on this mural painted by students with help from John Donato.For some kids, it was an excuse to leave class. For others, it was a chance to paint past a bad day and inspire others having a tough time.

George Washington Carver Academy unveiled five murals this month that are truly meant to make the school a better place.

“Over the course of the 2016-17 school year, our students worked with local artist John Donato to create murals to display throughout school focusing on their work and positive actions … as well as utilizing art as a medium to represent themselves in a positive way,” said Principal Melissa Kansak.

The Carver Academy is an alternative school in Frankford focusing on individual K-12 students’ academic, behavioral and personal needs in Indian River School District. It’s a transient population as students arrive or transition back to their home schools. About 65 students participated in the murals.

Grass Roots Rescue to hold fundraiser for veterans

In an effort to support Delaware military veterans, local animal rescue group Grass Roots Rescue this weekend is hosting 4 Paws Got Your 6, in the hopes of raising money to train a service dog.

Frankford decides against police department merger

In the wake of the departure of its police chief — its sole police officer — over the summer, Frankford officials and residents early this week continued to wrestle with how best to maintain an acceptable level of public safety in the town. But on Wednesday, Oct.

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those who wish to host a special event would go into the Planning & Zoning office for a permit or would have to apply for a conditional use.

East Millsboro Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

East Millsboro Elementary School was one of three schools in Delaware and 342 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008. Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001.

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well, everyone loves pie — the fire company auxiliary is bringing back its famous apple crumb pies for the occasion.

Local beaches to receive replenishment in new year

Gov. John Carney, U.S Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Monday announced that the next steps are under way in the long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bethany to gather opinions on proposed tent, canopy bans

Having spent the summer observing beachgoers on the town’s shoreline, Bethany Beach officials are now ready to further consider the notion of restricting the types of shade devices beachgoers can use there.

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