Bethany Beach News

Town of Bethany Beach, DE

Population:

  • 1,077 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Third Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers

Elections:

  • First Saturday in September, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 214 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Jack Gordon, Mayor
  • Lew Kilmer, Vice-Mayor
  • Jerry Dorfman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph Healy
  • Rosemary Hardiman
  • Chuck Peterson
  • Margaret Bogan Young

Town Manager:

  • Cliff Graviet

Town Clerk:

  • Lisa A. Kail

Director of Finance:

  • Janet Connery

Building Official:

  • Susan Frederick

Public Works Director:

  • Brett J. Warner

Standing committees:

  • Audit Committee, Board of Adjustments, Board of Assessment, Budget & Finance Committee, Charter and Ordinance Review Committee, Cultural and Historic Affairs Committee, Design Review Committee for C-1 & C-2, Planning Commission,

Police:

  • Mike Redmon, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1000

Town Office:

  • (302) 539-8011

Beach patrol:

  • Joe Donnelly
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend (on Saturday) and each day thereafter until Labor Day Monday, and each weekend through September.

Trash pick-up:

  • Every Monday during the offseason and every Monday (Zone 1) & Tuesday (Zone 2)based on two zones during the Summer season.

Curbside recycling:

  • Every other Wednesday in the offseason, and every Wednesday (Zone 1) & Thursday (Zone 2), based on two zones during the Summer season.

Bethany mourns loss of McClenny

Former Bethany Beach Mayor Tony McClenny, 70, died on the morning of Monday, Aug. 29, after battling a brain tumor that had suddenly been diagnosed in January and that had forced him to resign from the town council in February in order to seek treatment.

yArt Sale takes center stage this weekend

A large private residence will resemble a European outdoor market this weekend, as the ninth annual “yArt” (Art in the Yard) show returns to Bethany Beach.

Nick and Julie Kypreos will open their gates at 33258 Kent Avenue on Aug. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

It’s a free art show, but all raffle proceeds will go to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Labor Day Monday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.For the 29th year, Bethany Beach will mark the unofficial end of the summer season with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, this Labor Day Monday, and a silent auction Friday, Aug. 29, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“For the past 29 summer seasons, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has been held to celebrate the season’s end and to help the local residents ease back to the slower pace of off-season living,” said assistant chairperson Carolyn Bacon. “It is one last chance to celebrate the final moments of the summer season with an event that is marked by music, humor and good fellowship.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the north end of the Bethany Beach boardwalk, spectators can join in a funeral procession and enjoy the music of three jazz bands as they make their way down the boardwalk to the Bethany Beach bandstand.

“The Jazz Funeral has become a quirky Bethany Beach tradition, and all are welcomed to join in,” Bacon said. “Our goal is for every one of the 2,000 or more people who attend to enjoy themselves and to feel free to celebrate the end of the summer season in their own personal way.”

Bethany Beach First Responders Tri-Dua-Aquabike returning for third year

The First Responders triathlon and duathlon will make its return to Bethany Beach for the third year on Sept. 21, for an all-weekend event that should see an estimated 800 participants.

This year’s race is again sponsored by presenting sponsor Meris Properties and official bank sponsor PNC Bank, and will raise money for the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Coastal Point to host candidates’ event in Bethany on Friday

With the annual election for the Bethany Beach Town Council set for Saturday, Sept. 6, the Coastal Point this week was preparing to host its third Candidates’ Night event at town hall, on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

Garron set for Aug. 31 show in Bethany Beach

Elvis tribute act signs with Maximum Talent & Entertainment

Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis is the newest act featured on the roster of Maximum Talent & Entertainment out of Gaithersburg, Md. The non-exclusive agreement provides a marketing platform to promote and represent the act to diverse venues.

Pie taking a slice of Bethany Beach with its gourmet pizza

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Dan Lewis and Robin Rankin, former owners of Coastal Living Market, have been perfecting their pizza recipe for years but are finally sharing it with Bethany Beach, with the grand opening of their latest venture, Pie — a gourmet pizza restaurant and wine bar.

Also joining Lewis and Rankin in the venture is long-time friend Kelley Martin, who has been overseeing the bar while her business partners run the kitchen. The result so far has been overwhelming success with a concept that has become increasingly popular in various cities throughout the nation.

“This whole concept of more gourmet pizza is popping up everywhere. We literally had no idea,” said Martin of customer feedback so far. “We have gotten nothing but rave reviews about everything. Everybody loves it.”

“I think, in general, simpler concepts in restaurants overall are becoming more popular,” added Rankin of the idea. “We wanted it to be casual. We’re at the beach. We don’t want people to feel like they have to get dressed up to come to dinner.”

To go along with Pie’s casual yet inviting atmosphere, the menu also avoids overcomplication, featuring nine specialty pizzas, a few salads, and a variety of meat and cheese charcuterie plates. Customers are also free to build their own custom pizzas, incorporating any of the house ingredients available, all on Pie’s signature hand-rolled, grilled dough.

Gale brings years of experience in hopes of helping those in need

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.There’s a new doctor in town. William Gale, a lifelong educator and counselor, recently started offering his services in south coastal Delaware in the hopes of helping more people.

“What initially drew me to the field was education,” he said. “When I was teaching, I was never just a teacher-teacher. I had the empathy and the compassion. I found that it’s tending to the student. “

Gale was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, as one of six children. Although he moved north in adulthood, he still has family in the area.

“I still drive by our house on Munson Street,” he said with a smile.

Gale is a licensed professional counselor of mental health with 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. He has worked with diverse populations in the delivery of psychotherapy.

Having had his practice in Dover, Gale recently decided to start offering his services in Bethany Beach on Monday mornings.

FOSCL Summer Book Sale set for Aug. 14-16

As FOSCL wraps up another Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, not a step is being missed in gearing up for the group’s Summer Book Sale, Aug. 14-16.

Bethany reviews weather-challenged Fourth of July events

The Fourth of July holiday in Bethany Beach was a little quieter this year than in the past, with the first-ever cancelation of the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, due to weather, and a partly weather-related scaling down of the Town’s fireworks display, which was postponed a day, also due to Hurricane Arthur.

Bethany Beach approves payment plan for hotel project

Following up on a request from developer Jack Burbage and his Bethany Beach Boardwalk Group, the Bethany Beach Town Council recently approved a payment agreement with the developers of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel that would allow them to pay about $790,000 in building permit fees, transfer taxes and water fees in four payments over the course of three years.

First Responders triathlon-duathlon set for Sept. 21 in Bethany Beach

The third annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, sponsored by Meris Properties, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, to benefit the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and first-responders in the fire and EMS service of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, with options to support Autism Speaks and Share-A-Lot.

Sea Colony clinic to focus on strategy, visual tactics for tennis

Research, strategy and real-world drills will converge on the court as two tennis coaches team up for a sport science clinic on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center near Bethany Beach.

Bethany council envisions nature-focused design for park

Bethany Beach’s newest park will have a natural, minimalistic design, if the recommendations of the town council are followed. The council on July 18 voted to focus the Town’s search for a landscape architect to design the project on the concept of a park primarily featuring walking and biking paths, benches and landscaping.

Bethany Beach to celebrate Périers Day on July 27

Coastal Point • File Photo : The Town of Bethany Beach hosted a Day of Commemoration on Friday, July 27, 2012, to celebrate the anniversary of the twinning of Bethany Beach with Periers, France. Above, then-Mayor Tony McClenny and members of the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee enjoy the proceedings with Julianna Murphy (purple dress, front and center), her sister Alessandra (yellow) and father, Jay.Coastal Point • File Photo : The Town of Bethany Beach hosted a Day of Commemoration on Friday, July 27, 2012, to celebrate the anniversary of the twinning of Bethany Beach with Periers, France. Above, then-Mayor Tony McClenny and members of the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee enjoy the proceedings with Julianna Murphy (purple dress, front and center), her sister Alessandra (yellow) and father, Jay.On Sunday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, in observance of the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. Downtown Bethany will be themed to be reminiscent of a street in France, with artists drawing caricature sketches on the boardwalk from 3 to 6 p.m. and French/jazz band La Vie en Rose performing on the bandstand at 5 p.m.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division on July 27, 1944. The liberation came almost two months after the D-Day landing on Utah Beach. The twinning or “sister city” relationship between the two towns was established in August of 2010.

The commemorative program is free and will take place before the evening concert on the bandstand. There is no rain date. For more information, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com or call Events Director Julie Malewski at (302) 539-8011, ext. 123.

Bethany Beach Bookstore asks visitors: Where’s Waldo?

Bethany Beach Books is offering locals and visitors the chance to find the ever-elusive Waldo in downtown Bethany Beach. Those who wish to participate in the free family-friendly activity can stop by any of the 25 participating Bethany Beach shops and pick up a “passport” before starting their search.

Odd algae bloom in Salt Pond gets attention from State

Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.To Pat Sned, whose home backs up to the Salt Pond, a large apparent algae bloom that caught her eye about a month ago seemed a little out of place. She said that, in her 15 years of owning her home, she had never noticed anything like it.

“It’s quite extensive” she said, of the yellowish muck that sits on the edges of the southeast corner of the Salt Pond. What Sned can see out her back door in the Villas of Bethany West is the area where the Bethany Loop Canal meets the Salt Pond, coming from the Bethany Beach side (behind the Army National Guard building on Route 1).

“The people from DNREC came, and they said it isn’t so unusual that it’s growing here, but none of us had ever seen a growth like that. I have not seen any growth, and never algae. My concern was “what has changed?”

She said Bethany Beach town officials and DNREC came out, but she was told the water was too shallow for them to use their machines to cut the algae.

Bicycle Connection switches gears in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.For years, Bethany Cycles, located on Route 26, was a destination for cyclists in the Bethany Beach area. Last December, the shop was bought by Bicycle Connection, which has another location in Maryland, and as a result it can now offer customers a wider variety of bicycle- and kayak- related products.

“We just have a lot more available than we had before,” said Manager Tommy Riebel. “We switched the line. We’re going back to Trek and the Electro line of bikes. They also have the Townies, which are very popular.”

The shop carries Trek road bikes and hybrids for all skill levels of riders and carries Electro as their beach cruisers, for those looking for a bike to use in the bike lane on Coastal Highway or on local boardwalks.

Not only does Bicycle Connection carry a variety of bikes, it also carries a variety of bike accessories, including bicycle shoes, seats, pumps, locks, storage bags, racks, trailers and baby seats.

“Not everybody’s got shoes,” explained Riebel. “We have some cycling shoes — shoes that also work for spin class, which is popular around here with a couple gyms.”