Ocean View resident Luca Donoto recently turned 7. But Donato — a fan of Star Wars, Godzilla and soccer — decided to forgo receiving birthday presents at his party, and instead have his guests donate food for a local food pantry.
The Delaware State Police this week were continuing to investigate an incident in which a 2-year-old child was believed to have been accidentally shot by her father at their home just outside of Ocean View over the weekend.
Around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, police said, emergency services were dispatched to a home located on Muddy Neck Road, following a 911 call stating a child had been shot.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that daily lane closures on the Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8, earlier than originally announced.
The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.
A tongue-in-cheek “celebration” of the end of summer, it was started by local business owner Moss Wagner as a way for businesspeople to blow off steam at the end of the hectic summer season.
For many spectators, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to summer fun — and the traffic that goes with it. Parents standing along the boardwalk with their kids are most likely thinking about last-minute back-to-school preparations while straining to hear the first somber notes of “Amazing Grace.”
By the time the band swings into “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the party mood has set in and spectators have often joined the throng of mourners making its way to the Bethany Beach bandstand.
For more than 60 years, the Sands Motel in Fenwick Island has operated with fewer than 40 rooms. The current town code prevents new owner Spiro Buas from rebuilding a hotel with more than 39 rooms, which is a third less than the other hotels in town.
Buas is requesting that the Town significantly reduce the density limit so he can build a comparable motel.
The Seaford Chapter of Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) held its monthly meeting this week, continuing to try to attack the area’s drug problems from various angles.
Next week, 30 wounded warriors and their families will travel from all over the country to visit Bethany Beach, thanks to Operation SEAs the Day.
The nonprofit organization that was created to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”
Warrior Beach Week will be held Sept. 8-13 and gives the wounded warriors and their families a time to relax as a family, without a focus on any of their injuries.
Each family will stay in a home in Bethany Beach that is donated for the week and be provided with a volunteer host, who will help, if desired by the family, with anything from giving directions to making suggestions as to what to enjoy while they’re in the area.
Along with the 30 wounded warrior families, two alumni families from Warrior Beach Week last year will be returning to offer assistance to the families.
Throughout the week, the “Very Important Families” (VIFs) will get to enjoy a welcoming reception at Ocean View VFW Post #7234, as well as a bonfire and cookout, and a family night.
Families will get to choose what activities they participate in, and are given the opportunity to golf, fish, have a spa day or just relax — all free of charge. With more than 100 sponsors, the events’ supporters even donate items to the VIFs, from gift cards to a free meal in their restaurants.
Last year, local Realtor Allison Stine decided to organize a car show at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club to support Operation SEAs the Day, a local nonprofit whose mission is to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
“It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life,” organizers said.
“The first year of the Warrior Beach Week, I was not familiar with the event at all, and it sort of came and went,” recalled Stine. “It was completely off my radar screen until after the event. My friend Don Summerville, who is very involved with Operation SEAs the Day, told me all about it,” she said.
“I’m a car enthusiast, and I wanted to get involved in some way beyond just donating my Sea Colony condo or something. I wanted to find a way to raise more money. I have experience in organizing car shows. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the organization.”
This year, Warrior Beach Week will take place Sept. 8-13. More than two dozen Wounded Warriors and their families will be provided with a worry-free beach vacation in Bethany Beach, which includes fun outings, such as boating and golf.
“Girl Friday to work for newspaper man,” read the ad that Jean Rickard responded to while studying to be a teacher at George Washington University.
This community will be fortunate enough to receive 30 wounded warriors and their families next week, and we all have Operation SEAs the Day to thank for that opportunity.
Labor. Day. Weekend. Those are three words that carry significant weight in our little slice of heaven by the shore.
Once upon a time there was a big bad ogre called Management.
Management controlled all the industrial jobs in what was considered the Industrial Revolution in America. It happened elsewhere as well, but the evolutionary process here in America was decidedly different from the rest of the world.
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission met last week to review and discuss their recommendation regarding a proposed moratorium on the County’s acceptance of special-use exception applications for off-premises signs.
Fenwick Island Town Council members got an earful on Aug. 28, regarding flood insurance, motels and the recent election.
Resident Pete Frederick shared his concerns over the August election, including voter qualification, registration and the election itself. After comparing the Town’s actions to state and town law, he encouraged town council to change the requirements.
For the fifth year in a row, the Town of South Bethany has recognized residents who have taken the time to help make their community a better place by adopting the town’s canal ends.
South Bethany Town Seal
The Frankford Town Council held a second special meeting last week in order to appoint residents to the Town’s two vacant council seats.
This Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, marks the 10th anniversary of the annual yART sale at 33258 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. (yART = art in the yard!) There is no “rain date,” so fingers are crossed for fine weather.
The yART sale has become a win-win-win event. Artists win because they are able to display and sell their creations in an intimate and lovely setting, with the only requirement being a donation of one piece of their work.
The community wins by seeing and keeping up with the work of some of the area’s best artists of all media, and potters, jewelers and other artisans. And, most importantly, local non-profit organizations win from being beneficiaries of a “Chinese auction” of the artists’ donations, to the tune of more than $20,000 thus far.
The yART sale takes place in the circular driveway of the home of Julie and Nick Kypreos. The amount of time, effort, planning and generosity they devote to having successful events each year is somehow obscured by the seamless ease, fun and conviviality on the actual days of yART sale. And that includes when a sudden cloudburst erupts and everyone rushes around, focused on protecting theirs and others’ artwork from wind and rain.
“For me, the atmosphere of the event is the best part,’ said Julie Kypreos. “We always have a really great group of artists — some the same and a few different each year — who have forged a unique dynamic amongst themselves and with the public that faithfully returns. Everyone is always excited to see each other’s new pieces and perhaps new directions their art has taken them, and to check out the auction table to see the amazing donations.”
“The second best part is knowing that 100 percent of the money raised is going right back into worthy causes in our local community. I’m really happy that Suzanne Thurman and the MERR Institute is our charity this year.”
The MERR Institute is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles and their habitat. MERR stands for Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation. This year marks the 15th anniversary of its inception.
From wine night every Thursday in the off-season, to group trips up to New York City and the shop’s mascot — a dog named Evelyn — Christine’s Consignments in Ocean View is not your average consignment shop.
But that just might be the reason for the store’s success. Since opening the doors in 2010, owner Christine Hinz has even been able to open up a second location in Rehoboth, catering to men’s clothing. So to celebrate the store’s five-year anniversary, she’s rewarding the customers who have made it all possible with a 25 percent off sale for Labor Day weekend.
“The whole store — everything’s going to be 25 percent off,” Hinz explained. “I’ve never done that before, and I won’t do that again until my 10-year anniversary.”
Under the tagline “A trendy to place to shop,” the Ocean View location caters to local women and carries items ranging from women’s clothing and shoes to an array of jewelry, handbags, home decor and even furniture — offering some of the top names in designer merchandise, without the designer price tags.
“I’m very selective. We love designer,” she said. “We love Louis Vuitton, Tori Burch. We get a lot of Coach, Cole Hahn. Then we have a lot of sterling silver jewelry and some gold.”
Robert McNamara commented in his essay “Why Were Flags So Important in the Civil War?” that these flags marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. In the noise and smoke of battle, regiments could become scattered, and vocal commands, or even bugle calls, could not be heard.
This Saturday kicks off a weeklong grand-opening celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s move to Bethany Beach after “celebrating American creativity every day for 16 years” in Ocean View.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) is inviting local drama buffs to try out for some of the group’s fall offerings. BART, which perform at the Dickens Theater at 3575 Atlantic Avenue in Millville, will begin the season’s first production, “Hate Mail,” in September, with performances on Sept. 17-19 and 24-26.
“They’re taking another quarterback?”
This is the first thing I heard while sitting at the bar — I mean, eh…coffee shop, when the Washington Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins just three rounds after taking Robert Griffin III as No. 2 overall.
While it may still be early, the start of training camp and pre-season practices still spells excitement in Sussex County, with the return of high school football.
Teams are reloading. Teams are rebuilding. There are new coaches, new players, new goals and new expectations. And while there’s a reason for the phrase “any given Sunday,” which can be easily translated to the high school level to read “any given Friday night,” we’re taking a look at what challenges lie ahead for the Indians in the Henlopen South after the first few pre-season scrimmages of 2015.
The 2014 division champion, Lake Forest, and state championship runner-up Laurel look to be tough to beat yet again this season, while Delmar and Woodbridge look to also be a challenge, and both Milford and Seaford have new head coaches trying to turn things around. But just like any season, anything can happen when those Friday night lights switch on and a new year gets under way.
Every year, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team graduates its fair share of irreplaceable players. But, every year, the storied program also sees its fair share of new players establish themselves as the next class of, well… irreplaceable players.
The 2015 season will be no different, with All-State/All-Conference selections Luis Cruz, Danny Garza and Sean Whelen all moving on to play at the collegiate level.
But according to head coach Steve Kilby, there’s still no shortage of talented underclassmen who are ready to step up into impact roles for the Indians this year — talented underclassmen ready to step up just like Cruz, Garza and Whelen once did.
“We’ve lost those players down the middle, but we’ve got guys that are stepping in and doing a great job,” said Kilby. “Everybody’s stepping up, and I think playing a little bit quicker, a little bit stronger, a little bit faster, which is the thing you want to see.”
Taking over Cruz’s former position at center mid will be junior captain Mac Smith, who finds himself starting for the Indians for a third straight year. But with Smith’s experience and versatility, it’s likely that he’ll see a multitude of roles throughout the season.
For three straight losing seasons, the Indian River high school volleyball program has been ready for a turnaround. However, with two new coaching hires and the shifting of former head coach Jay Clark into a new role, the Indians may finally have the pieces in place to make it happen.
First-year head coach Jim Barnes will take the helm for the Indians this season, allowing Clark to move into an assistant role, where he’ll be able to focus on working with the girls on more technical aspects of the game. Freeing up Barnes and Clark to focus on the varsity will be junior varsity coach Joyce Bunting, who rounds out the coaching trifecta.
“We all have different talents and traits that work perfectly together,” Barnes said of the new coaching staff. “Jay’s really good with technique. My strength is really the motivation, the enthusiasm, the understanding of the game and where to put the girls on the courts. And now we’re able to get Joyce Bunting to be our JV coach. She has a lot of experience coaching. I really respect her.”
The Delmarva Shorebirds gave fans a show during their final homestand of the 2015 season this week, stringing together a four-game win streak in their series against Hickory.
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and Baltimore socialite Molly Shattuck will spend every other weekend in the Sussex Violation of Probation Center, for a total of 48 weekends, as part of her sentence, after pleading guilty to a single count of rape earlier this year.
On the day of her sentencing, Aug. 21, Shattuck was escorted into the courtroom by a group of six women, including her mother. Visibly upset, at one point before proceedings began, she dropped to her knees from her chair, shaking, and appeared to start praying.
She later would cry during sentencing, sometimes making it difficult to understand her words.
“I take full responsibility for what I did,” she said. “I was the adult. I never should have had conversations with someone else’s son… I will spend the rest of my life making this right.”
A Dover-based dermatologist was only practicing in Ocean View one day each week. But that just decreased to zero days, after the State of Delaware suspended his medical license on Aug. 19.
Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline this week issued a temporary order suspending license of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite.