The Millville Town Council this week unanimously approved a preliminary design plan for the Town’s new municipal building.
In January, the council had unanimously approved a $106,942 contract for the design of a second Town municipal building, plus other services. Architectural design, permitting and soil testing will be done by George, Miles & Buhr LLC (GMB).
School board candidates got to face their electorate directly last week, answering questions in a District 4 debate on April 21. The League of Women Voters in Sussex County hosted the non-partisan debate among candidates for the Indian River School District’s Board of Education
The Indian River School District’s school board is looking on the sunny side, having voted April 28 to take the first step toward solar power.
Sussex Central High School was one of five Delaware locations chosen for a Solar Resiliency Pilot Program.
Not only would the school “go green,” but the solar array saves money and is installed at no cost to the school district.
The South Bethany Town Council has been looking under people’s houses lately. But homeowner’s should get upset over privacy concerns — the council is researching a new ordinance, which would affect lattice and boards around the open space under houses.
The April 10 council meeting revolved around houses’ floor-area ratio (FAR).
How many fire trucks can you fit in one parade? How about three states’ worth?
Millsboro will host a full firefighter’s parade on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m., as part of the annual Del-Mar-Va Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention.
While Karimali for Hair may be offering some new services, including makeup and full body waxing at their new location in Fenwick Island, they’re still offering the same service that has made their customers feel like family for the past seven years.
“Most of my friends are my clients,” explained Gina Karimalis, who owns the shop with her husband, Costa. “They turn into my family. I maybe met them doing their hair, but they become my family.”
As a professional hairstylist in their area throughout her entire life — much like most of her entire staff, with which she has worked for just as long — to Karimalis, the inviting, family-like atmosphere is just the way it’s always been.
“You’d be surprised. This is a hangout,” she said. “To me, it just seems so normal.”
But with Karimalis working on both women’s and men’s hair, and even children’s hair, it’s not just the girls gabbing in the shop.
We love a good “Local kid done good” story.
There’s a level of pride an entire community can take in seeing someone who grew up here move on to new challenges in life and excel. Here at the paper, we love seeing people we covered when they were younger excel in whatever endeavor they have taken on as adults or college students.
And we saw a cool story this week.
It’s simple, but it’s not.
Annual CROPwalk set for this weekend
Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden offered a warning to local property owners at the April 24 town council meeting, noting that it had been discovered that criminals with reported connections to terrorism were using homes unoccupied during the winter as mail drops for credit and cash cards that had been obtained through identity and credit theft.
I’m one of those people who falls asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, and I sleep through the night. For too many people, though, the inability to fall asleep normally, stay asleep and get sufficient sleep each night is placing them at risk of serious health problems.
Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro will be hosting its annual Spring Breakfast Fundraiser this weekend to help collect funds for the school’s Learning Assistance program.
“Every penny goes to helping needy families keep their kids in the private school,” said Rudy Viguie, whose wife, Pat, is the event planner for the school.
Reaching the middle age of 45, George Alfred Townsend could already look back on 22 years as a newspaperman, war correspondent, essayist, novelist and syndicated political commentator. Because he had gained a national, as well as international, reputation as a wordsmith, Lippincott’s Monthly magazine — a Philadelphia-based publisher of original works, general articles and literary criticism — came calling.
After their son Aiden had played in it for years, a spring without the Challenger Baseball League just wasn’t an option for Kevan and Megan Browne when they moved to the area.
But after spending their first official baseball season in Sussex County traveling back and forth to Maryland, accounting for more than five hours of drive time every Saturday, the Brownes are bringing the league — designed for special needs players ages 5 to 18 — to Delaware.
“He would start asking like Wednesday, and at the time, gas was like 4 bucks a gallon,” explained Kevan Browne of how important the league became to his son. “It was five hours in the car and 100 bucks in gas for an hour-and-a-half baseball game, but he loved it.”
While the league is, of course, designed for the players, the adult Brownes have enjoyed it equally, forming friendships within the community that span much further than the baseball diamond. It’s that type of camaraderie that they aim to establish in Sussex County.
More than 20 years have passed since the county chorus concert they can recall. But a group of Sussex County teachers decided to start up the music again, forming the 2015 Sussex County Junior Honor Choir, which performed for one grand night, on April 1.
The project began last summer, with a group of teachers lamenting the lack of a choral equivalent to the county band.
“Do you want to just do it? Who says we can’t do it?” Laura Day, Georgetown Middle School choral and band teacher, recalled the group asking.
According to anecdote, the last junior concert was in 1986. A current chorus teacher remembers senior chorus in 1993.
“The only thing chorus has is All-State Chorus, but it’s very selective,” said Eric Tsavdar, Selbyville Middle School chorus director. “It gives the opportunity for students who maybe aren’t All-State level singers yet to kind of break out of their school choir and sing with a more [advanced] group.”
High schools will be invited to participate next year, and auditions will be added in future.
Twitter. What a wonderful thing it is — allowing people to express their every opinion publicly and freely as soon as it’s formed.
The plan for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team is move to the varsity level in 2016. And after starting their inaugural season 5-0, while dominating the competition in the process, the Indians appear more than ready to do so.
“Coming in, I knew we would have a good season. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good,” said head coach Kara Voss. “I have a lot of confidence in next year.”
“I thought we were definitely gonna win a few games, but I didn’t think we were gonna be this solid,” added freshman Delaney Brannon, who helped advocate the program. “We work really well together, and I think that’s why we’re winning.”
The consistent winning continued against Sussex Academy on Friday, April 24, and Parkside on Monday, April 27, as the girls remained unbeaten and at a perfect 4-0 coming up on the second half of their season, with six matchups still left to go.
Much like the beginning of their season, last Friday’s game against St. Thomas More didn’t quite go according to plan for the Indian River High School lacrosse team.
After two key stops from sophomore goalkeeper Hayden McWilliams and a score from freshman attackman Wyatt Kovatch to go up 1-0, the Indians gave up three unanswered goals, to fall behind 3-1.
However, they’d only give up one more for the rest of the game, as an offensive explosion highlighted by six scores from freshman attackman Cole “The Machete” Josetti and five from sophomore midfielder George “G-Mart” Martin paved the way to a 20-4 victory for the Indians, and made a statement about the rest of their season going forward.
“It’s a young team. It takes adjustments,” explained McWilliams of the game’s beginning. “It started to tone down a little bit once we got settled. We played the rest of the game hard.”
After improving to 5-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Henlopen South with their 5-0 win against Lake Forest on Tuesday, the Indian River boys’ tennis team took another step toward their goal of bringing home the Henlopen South title.
“One of the team goals is to win the South. We have really been focusing on that,” explained head coach Kelsey Waite. “I think that we’ve grown so much as a team this season. I’ve got an awesome group of kids.”
Coming off a tough 5-0 loss against North nemesis and top-ranked Caesar Rodney High School, the Indians rebounded in Tuesday’s match when sophomore Mac Smith notched a quick win, 6-0, 6-1, at first singles.
“We beat them the first time, but it’s always close against Lake. We wanted this win,” said Smith after defeating Lake’s Brian Sharp for the second time this season. “The first match, I saw that he hits softer than other players, so I was preparing for that, but it was definitely a different match than the first time.”
After starting the season with eight straight wins and seven shutouts, and outscoring their opponents by a walloping collective score of 55-1, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team saw their previously perfect record spoiled on Saturday, falling to North nemesis Caesar Rodney 5-1 in a highly anticipated and physical rivalry game.
“It’s big-girl soccer,” said head coach Steve Kilby of the physicality of the matchup. “Sure there is an element of rivalry. I don’t think it was a dirty game at all — just two teams playing hard — and the ref let them play.”
The Riders struck first, when senior forward Janiah Moore got past the Indians’ defense and found the net in the fifth minute to put her team up 1-0 early.
They wouldn’t keep that lead for long, however, as despite garnering considerable attention from the opposing defense, Indian River junior forward Brooke Beam continued to push the ball upfield and eventually found senior Sarah Buchler, who made her way past a defender for a score in the 28th minute, to tie it up.
The Indian River High School baseball team is making some noise this season, after keeping their division title hopes alive with a 12-2 win against Laurel on Thursday, April 23, and following up on that by taking down Caesar Rodney 8-5 on the road on Friday, April 24.
“We’re definitely not out of it,” said junior 2B/P Jake Hudson of the Indians’ South title hopes. “We’re definitely still playing for the South.”
Hudson pitched the majority of the game for the Indians in last Thursday’s win against Laurel, with junior 1B/P Billy Murray coming in relief for the final five pitches.
“That seals the win,” Hudson said of Murray coming in to finish the job. “I feel like I could have gone even more, as long as we get the win.”
The 92 pitches on the day is unusual for the Indians’ bullpen, but coaches Chris Megee and Kevin Cordrey said they felt confident in Hudson’s arm and took into consideration having to face Caesar Rodney the following day.
The Indian River High School golf team is getting hot at the right time.
After shooting a 197 in a win against Laurel on Monday, the Indians turned around the next day to put together their best team performance of the season to date, shedding 11 strokes off their score and finishing with a 186, to take down Dover at Cripple Creek.
“It feels pretty good,” said sophomore John Evans, who shot a season-low 48 on the day and broke 50 for the first time. “I feel like we’re working better together and we’re shooting better.”
Evans wasn’t the only Indians’ young gun to mount a personal best on the day, however, with freshman Mikaela Brosnahan finishing with a 50 in the victory.
“Mikaela started off right around 60-62, then 58, 56, 53; then she had a 51,” said coach Billy Wingate of the freshman’s progression. “We have some young talent. Their scores are getting better every match.”
In just her freshman season at East Carolina University, former All-State Indian River softball standout Karlie Smith is showing the NCAA just how she earned the nickname “Karlie Clutch,” recently earning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.
Having helped the Pirates to a 4-3 comeback win in the bottom of the seventh inning after being down 3-0 against the University of North Carolina with an RBI and run scored on Thursday, April 23, Smith continued her heavy hitting streak on Saturday and Sunday in series wins against the University of Connecticut. Not only would Smith belt her first NCAA career home run with a grand slam against the Huskies on Saturday, she’d follow the performance with another grand slam, for her second career homer, the following day.
She’d finish the week with 10 RBIs, five runs and two homers in just 14 at-bats. Last Thursday’s win over UNC marked ECU’s first against the Tarheels since 2008.
“To see both team success and individuals goals met as the season comes to a close is extremely rewarding,” said Smith. “I'm looking forward to what is to come in the future.”
Town Manager Cliff Graviet announced on April 17 that the long-planned and long-running Streetscape project in Bethany Beach was officially complete — except for a few “punchlist” items.
The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously this week to extend the closure of the beach block of Hollywood Street by as much as a month, until no later than June 15, to allow for completion of the construction of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel, which has been delayed by poor weather.
Newly constructed roads and sidewalks need hours, if not days, to set properly. But after that, the painted white lines can dry in just three minutes, noted road workers putting the finishing touches on Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project on April 17.
Yet, that high speed also needs high heat.
Ben Villegas used a blowtorch to heat a handcart of melted white thermoplastic to about 400 degrees. That’s much hotter than regular asphalt, and it’s not something one wants to touch.
“You only do it a couple times,” Brett Johns said ruefully. “Then you learn your lesson.”
They had already completed the striping for the parking spaces and were creating “pavement markings,” including the arrows and text for the Garfield Parkway turn lanes.
Although he could draw the arrows free-hand, Mark Johns opted to stencil a quick outline with spray paint, to ensure uniformity on identical arrows so closely placed on the roadway.
The Shore Democrats last week got some inside information as to how the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission conducts business.
P&Z Chairman Bob Wheatley, along with Bethany Beach resident and District 4 Commissioner Rodney Smith, spoke to an assembled group of members, explaining that P&Z is a five-person commission, where no more than two members can come from any one district.
The Planning & Zoning Commission deals with changes of zoning, conditional uses and subdivisions.
“Everything we do is governed by the planning and zoning ordinance,” said Wheatley. “We often have to act on things that we may not like, but our job as planning and zoning commissioners is to measure the application against the ordinance. Whatever the ordinance says goes.”
Wheatley, who has served on the commission for 20 years, said the P&Z makes recommendations to Sussex County Council, though the council is not bound to follow those recommendations.
Mountaire Farms this week moved to withdraw its conditional-use application for a proposed office facility near Millsboro, which had been up for consideration by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Council.
Former state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser, 56, of Georgetown will not be serving jail time after pleading “no contest” in Sussex County Superior Court on March 18 to two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact.
Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley sentenced Bodenweiser to one year of supervised probation, and he must register as a Tier I sex offender.