Fenwick Island’s new town manager is bringing with her decades of experience. Teresa “Terry” Tieman will arrive at town hall on Jan. 23, having already won multiple awards in her five-plus years as Harrington’s city manager and 23 years as a senior city administrator in Dover.
“She’s got a really good background we’re excited about,” said Fenwick Mayor Gene Langan. “She has about 28 years of municipal government experience.”
Coming from the City of Harrington, Tieman (“TEE-man”) has a master’s degree in business administration. In Harrington, she said, her biggest impact was capital improvements to infrastructure and improved billing. Tieman won the 2015 City Manager of the Year award from the Delaware League of Local Governments.
In Dover, she did billing, collections, budgeting and new-project planning. She has also worked alongside, but not necessarily above, Harrington’s police chief.
The Town of Ocean View this week held the first reading of an ordinance to amend a condition for the residential planned community of Ocean View Beach Club.
In 2016, Windansea LLC, the developer of the Ocean View Beach Club, requested to amend a condition that was placed on the property when it was annexed into the town in 2007.
The Town of South Bethany is looking for a new leader for Town Hall.
After an executive-session meeting on Jan. 9, the town council voted to terminate the contract of Mel Cusick, ending his tenure with the Town of more than decade. He left that day, officials said.
Mayor Pat Voveris did not give further details into the departure, citing it as a personnel issue.
It’s Part Two in a major victory for those concerned about the impact of fossil fuel exploration on a clean, healthy Atlantic Ocean. Seismic testing has been banned in the U.S.’s Atlantic Ocean waters, for now.
Let’s get this new year started right!
That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public can come and go, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Frankford officials are hoping to move all Town offices into the nearby former J.P. Court building at the beginning of March.
At its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Frankford Town Council said the move would be relatively inexpensive, as there is minimal work to be done and the building is “really set up well.” If the Town cannot move in by March 1, they hope to do so by April 1.
At its Jan. 10 council meeting, the Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance amendment related to drainage, road standards, project closeouts, project bonding and clarification of fees.
Assistant Sussex County Attorney Vince Robertson told council that the proposed ordinance has been in the works for a number of years.
Local crime maps show uptick in incidents
Although summer is the busy season for the area, it appears that local crime increased this past autumn. As a result, police coverage will also increase in Millville. The town council voted this week to hire Delaware State Police troopers for up to 20 hours per week.
Parents be aware: Fluoride is not currently being added to Selbyville town water. The Town was given an exemption until their new water plant comes online.
Typically, local water plants must add fluoride as a public service to help strengthen children’s teeth. Families without fluoridated water may wish to discuss fluoride tablets with their children’s dentist.
On the new presidential administration’s first full day in Washington, D.C., thousands of women, men and children will be descending on the nation’s capital to march in support of equality and women’s rights.
The national website for the Women’s March on Washington explains the event’s mission as a way to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
It was born out of an election-night Facebook post that “went viral” overnight, and Angela Anacay, the state leader for the march’s Delaware chapter, credited the momentum to the original poster — a grandmother named Teresa Shook.
• The Charter & Ordinance Review Committee meeting set for Jan. 9 was canceled.
• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
In coastal Delaware, it’s time to ACT up.
Perhaps a decade has passed since the coastal towns came together in an official alliance. But the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) is re-forming, with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island already in on the ACT.
Judging by the responses by people on my social media feeds Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s “farewell” speech that evening was either, (a) a reminder that Obama and his family have been wonderful representatives of all that is good in the world, and champions of hope for the future, or, (b) Obama is a foreign-born agent of terrorists who has been diseasing our nation from the inside since the day the doctor smacked his backside.
Every day in Southern Delaware, I work in the trenches and on the front lines of poverty, fear, homelessness, loneliness, isolation, addiction and mental illness.
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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a new Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos. What does she know about the public education system? The question has been raised “if she has ever stepped inside a public school.”
Monthly birding events highlight area wildlife
For the people who love hearing a great horned owl hoot eerily at dusk, or watching a great blue heron chow down on an unlucky fish: Humans and birds are flying toward the Delmarva Peninsula for the same reason — the winter migration.
Eufaula, Ala., native William Herrod Locke wrote his wife from Fort Barrancus near Pensacola, Fla., on May 10, 1861, that he anticipated combat against Federal troops would soon begin. Locke was a member of a militia unit the Eufaula Minute Men.
(And other presidents who did stuff like that)
I remember the last week of school: Getting to use your “senior privileges” to go off-campus for lunch instead of having to stomach whatever Miss Debbie was serving up in the cafeteria that day. Getting to watch the movie “Boiler Room” in economics class instead of having to learn about, like, actual economics. The way how, for the first time in all your 18 years of being a person, it was cool to just do nothing for once.
Indians, Golden Knights go wall-to-wall in annual swim rivalry
It was hard to decide which was the home team when the Indian River and Sussex Central high school swim teams faced off at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 6. With both squads sharing the pool at Howard T. Ennis for home meets and often for practices, they certainly know each other well.
And, while the Indians may have gotten the best of this year’s matchup, with a 111-57 win for the boys and 92-74 win for the girls, the annual district rivalry is one to which, win or lose, both teams always look forward.
“It’s always very friendly; our teams get along really well,” said IR head coach Colin Crandell, who works with Central head coach Jeff Kilner on the Middlesex Beach Patrol in the summer. “It’s one of those environments where it’s real cooperative. We both tell each other what we’re seeing on the other team.”
The Fitness Center at Sea Colony is helping local pickleball players beat the cold this winter, offering a variety of sessions at their indoor facilities through March.
While the sessions are open to both residents and non-residents of Sea Colony, and to pickleball players of all skill levels, the facility will amp things up with an introductory demo this Wednesday, Jan. 18, hosted by none other than Vaughn “The Baron” Baker of the First State Pickleball Club (FSPC).
“We’re doing this so people can enjoy themselves during the winter,” said Sea Colony Assistant Fitness Manager Michael Pitts, who gave the sport a try himself this winter. “Everyone that has walked by that and seen it going on has jumped in and had a great time. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s a great facility perfect facility for this game.”
Sanford’s Davis makes the cut as a freshman
After reemerging in 2013 from a 10-year hiatus, the Delaware Sports Commission (DSC) announced last week that the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament will once again make its return come December of 2017, for what will be the event’s fifth consecutive year.
Last month, more than 12,000 basketball fans from across the country showed up at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes for a chance to witness some of the nation’s top talent go head-to-head during a three-day tournament spanning from Tuesday, Dec. 27, to Thursday, Dec. 29.
“The atmosphere was electric, and the house was packed,” said DSC Chairman Matthew Robinson. “We are thrilled with this year’s turnout and the continued support of our sponsors, fans and community. The event was another ‘slam dunk’ for the state of Delaware.”
While past Slam Dunk standouts include NBA stars such as Carmello Anthony (2000), LeBron James (2001), Kevin Durant (2003) and Dwight Howard (2003), this year’s lineup of potential future NBA talent was headlined by several ESPN100-ranked prospects, including Mohamed Bamba from Westtown High School in Pennsylvania.
As the nation’s top-ranked uncommitted senior, the 6-foot, 11-inch center led Westtown to a 70-68 victory over Gray Collegiate Academy of South Carolina on the first night of the tournament, personally finishing with 27 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and managing the game-winning layup just before the buzzer.
Bamba went on to earn All-Tournament Team honors, along with five other out-of-state players, who included Collin Gillespie (Archbishop Wood), Jalek Felton (Gray Collegiate Academy), De’Vondre Perry (Baltimore Poly), Jeremy Roach (Paul VI) and Keith Williams (Bishop Laughlin).
With every new year come resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Will this be the year that you stick to your guns and make it happen? Let’s look at why this year a new you could make a world of difference in your health and quality of life.
IR wrestling off to 1-0 start with dual-meet win over Laurel
While there’s been plenty of tournament action for the Indian River High School wrestling team already this season, the Indians kicked off their first dual meet of the season with a 54-17 win over Laurel on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
The other day, my 3-year-old grandson, Samuel, and I were filling our birdfeeders when my son-in-law asked if we really expected birds to come use them at this time of the year. At first I thought, why ask such a silly question? But after I thought a little bit about it, I realized that it wasn’t such a silly question.
Many people remember being taught that birds fly south for the winter. Also, if you don’t have birdfeeders up, you will see fewer birds during the winter months. However, if you have birdfeeders up and keep them cleaned and filled, you will have lots of birds visiting your yard.
Many birds eat bugs and, at this time of year, many bugs go into dormant states. Other birds eat seeds, and plants also go into dormant states at this time of year, resulting in less seeds for the birds to eat.
Thousands of soldiers died in the Civil War. But those who survived also hold a special place in history. Now, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War hope to recognize the gravesites of every Civil War veteran buried in Delaware.
Nearly two years into their mission, the Lt. Col. David L. Stricker Camp #64 has placed nearly 200 small, star-shaped markers at veteran graves.
“We’re trying to identify every soldier in the state that fought for the state of Delaware in that war but does not have any recognition on their stone,” said volunteer Dan Cowgill. “When we find them, we place a marker.”
This November, they honored two veterans at Red Men’s Cemetery in Selbyville: William Layton (1841-1920) and Robert B. Carey (1829-1902). Both men were buried alongside their wives.
The Indian River School District may be sending another education leader to the state level. This time, it’s for the big chair.
IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting is to be nominated for Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. On Dec. 30, Gov.-elect John Carney announced his intent to nominate Bunting for his cabinet to lead Delaware for the next four years.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this district for the length of time that I’ve been here. It’s a very tough decision to go, but I’m hoping to help more people,” Bunting said. Ultimately, the students have been “at the heart of everything” she has done.
Bunting has served as Indian River School District superintendent since 2006, currently responsible for more than 10,000 students and more than 1,300 employees — one of the state’s biggest and fastest-growing school districts.
There’s a new mayor in Dagsboro, but one with a familiar face.
Brian Baull Sr. was appointed as mayor of the Town of Dagsboro at its December town council meeting, replacing Norwood Truitt, who remains on the council.
Baull said the appointment wasn’t a complete shock, as the role of mayor requires one to talk to the public — something Baull is used to doing as a local radio D.J.
For two months, Dagsboro Town Hall was without day-to-day leadership. But Cynthia “Cindi” Brought has returned to the public sector to become Dagsboro’s town administrator.
Brought said she enjoys helping residents work through their problems — even the tough ones. And she’s done it before, as Frankford’s town clerk (and only town-hall employee) from 1998 to 2001.
“It was always something new and exciting,” Brought said. “It’s a challenge, but I really enjoy it, just dealing with the public. I feel like I’m very approachable, and I listen to their concerns, their complaints, and I follow up on it. … It might not be the answer they want, but I will get it.”
After 47 years of service to Sussex County government, Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank will retire on Jan. 6.
The longest-serving County employee in its history, Lank was hired Oct. 14, 1969, as a map draftsman. He then went on to work as a planning tech from 1977 until January 1985, when he became the active director. In April of that year, he took over as permanent Planning & Zoning director.
“We’re certainly sad to see him go and wish him all the best on his next chapter,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.
During its Jan. 3 meeting, Sussex County council members took the time to recognize Lank for his service and say a few words.
• The Bethany Beach Charter & Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion of possible revisions to Chapter 530, Signs, of the town code; and discussion of remainder of Part I of the town code.