Financial concerns dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ocean View Town Council, as council members wrangled with falling revenue, an increasing need for space for town operations and questions about how much value to place on a public safety program championed by the town’s police chief.
Just three Delaware schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Frankford’s own John M. Clayton Elementary School. JMC, Lake Forest North Elementary and the Academy of Dover charter school and are among the 337 schools that will be officially honored in November in Washington, D.C.
A 19-year-old Selbyville resident, Devon Gordon, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony.
Gordon had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, a suspect in the shooting of his neighbor Lauren Banks, 25, in the head on the morning of Gordon’s 18th birthday.
Railway construction at Wilson Highway will divert Millsboro traffic this week.
Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Wilson Highway between Mitchell Street and Union Street. The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 24, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward in Millsboro.
In a conversation echoing that heard in other town councils across Delaware, South Bethany is beginning to think about federal flood requirements.
Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival
Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.
‘A tragedy waiting to happen’
The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Bethany Town Hall.
South Bethany’s newest police chief is homegrown, with 26 years of experience in the South Bethany Police Department. Town officials said Troy Crowson stood out from among the 85 nationwide applicants, including candidates from Arkansas, Ohio and Colorado.
“He started here. He aspired to this. We’re really thrilled that it’s working out for him,” said Mayor Pat Voveris at his swearing-in celebration on Oct. 10.
“He’s just someone who goes over and above,” having won multiple officer awards, she added.
A screening committee ranked the initial applications, and South Bethany’s police chief search committee considered the top four candidates.
“Troy stood neck-and-neck” with the others, eventually winning for his qualifications and familiarity, said Voveris. “It’s nice to know you have that talent in our back yard.”
After concrete debris has piled up at a Selbyville business, the Selbyville Town Council is preparing to suspend and revoke the business license of SMI Services, a site maintenance company.
In July, the Town sent a cease-and-desist letter regarding the storing of concrete debris, which is not a permitted use for the property at 20 Railroad Avenue.
For nearly a decade in Dagsboro, Indian River High School has made a name for itself in sports, service, academics— in all ways, but one: literally.
IRHS has never had a school sign, until now.
A rainy Saturday couldn’t stop the new 10-by-14-foot electronic sign from proudly glowing on its dedication day. Funded by the IRHS Alumni Association, with support from the community and local legislators, the new sign was dedicated on Oct. 11.
When the new school building opened in the fall of 2005, former principal Mark Steele began socking away extra funds to eventually buy a sign. Principal Bennett Murray continued the tradition and brought that request to the IRHSAA, which began fundraising for it one year ago.
The dedication this week might not have happened for another decade without significant contributions from local lawmakers. State Reps. John Atkins and Ron Gray and state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. all donated thousands of dollars, footing the majority of a $40,000 bill.
The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.
“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.
There is excitement amongst the fourth-graders at Lord Baltimore School in Ocean View. Their school is becoming a sister school with Samata Shiksha Niketan, near Kathmandu, in Nepal. The special focus will be an exchange of art and culture.
Each of the five fourth-grade classes taught by art teacher Melissa Kelly has been visited by Holly Kaufman and her mom, Amy Kaufman, to present the program and answer questions. Holly was herself a student of Kelly’s at Lord Baltimore about 10 years ago, and she has also taught at Samata.
Holly started her presentation with the typical Nepali greeting “Namaste,” her hands prayerfully together and with a little bow. She then proceeded to talk to the students in fluent Nepali, just to give them an idea of how the language sounds. They were impressed. Then Holly used slides to tell the children about Nepal and the differences between their schools and daily lives.
The children at first had difficulty understanding where to find Nepal on a map. Then one remembered that Nepal is where Mount Everest is located and another realized it must be in Asia, and another guessed it was sandwiched between China and India. Nepal is approximately the size of Tennessee. Holly told the students that, because of the high altitude, the Nepalese think their country is at the top of the world.
Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) released third-quarter sales data last week that they said indicates continuing stability in the county’s real estate markets.
“These positive housing trends continue to be fueled by strong inventories, incredible buying opportunities and interest rates that remain at below average levels,” they said.
Gallery One, a co-op art gallery in Ocean View, this week announced that watercolor artist Aubrè Duncan has joined the gallery as a partner.
After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.
Selbyville made national headlines this week after a 4-year-old girl reportedly brought heroin into her daycare and began passing it out to other children.
The citizens of Frankford will only have one opportunity to speak at council meetings in the future, as this past week the Frankford Town Council voted 3-2 to remove the second “citizens’ privilege” that had previously been in place on council meeting agendas.
Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 24 to 26, 2014, has instead been postponed to Nov. 6 to 8, 2015.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays.
Bethany Beach business owners are slashing prices this Columbus Day weekend, looking to sell off what’s left of their summer inventory and offer visitors and locals alike a chance for some great deals in the process.
In just a few weeks, Indian River High School alumni can relive their glory days on the football field — with the band. The Indian River High School marching band is inviting all band alumni to join the field show on Friday, Oct. 24.
“I’d love to get 30, 40 people out there, get a whole bunch of people. There’s a lot of band alumni who live in this area,” said longtime band director Mark Marvel.
This year’s field show is a Beatles tribute, featuring “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Twist and Shout,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Yellow Submarine” and a few verses of “Hey Jude.”
People can polish off their old horns, or borrow one. Those in need of a borrowed instrument should reserve one early by calling Mark Marvel at IRHS at (302) 732-1500.
“If I have it, they can borrow it, but if they just show up at 6 o’clock … it may or may not happen,” Marvel said.
Just in time for fall festivities, the Matt Haley Companies has added Apple Ginger to its line of Matt’s Homemade Sodas.
“It has a bright, crisp flavor with a bite of ginger,” said Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-based Matt Haley Companies.
Body & Soul has been offering Pilates and yoga since they opened in January of 2013; however, it wasn’t until recently that the Selbyville-based studio became the first in the area to offer barre workout classes — which is a growing exercise trend based on ballet.
“It’s a very non-impact, yet still aerobic workout. Their heart rates are elevated but at a maintained level,” said Body & Soul barre instructor Erin Dunworth. “It’s a proven exercise that we just haven’t had around here. Every week we get a couple new clients.”
“[We’re] following the curve,” added Body & Soul owner Di Hill. “[It’s] a group fitness exercise, and then adding in the fundamentals of Pilates, which is strengthening and a lot of core work, and yoga, which is the stretching part — so it’s a compressive program.”
While Hill has only owned the studio for going on two years, she brings 35 years of experience in various exercise and health practices, including Pilates, personal training, reformer training and yoga, and is certified in them all.
Pizza Palace III has come to Selbyville, and with a delivery service, it’s bringing the party all over Sussex County. Located in the Strawberry Center on Route 113, it takes the place of the former Pizzelli’s restaurant.
In the kitchen, freshly made dough rises on the counter, and the sauce is a secret recipe. Hand-rolled into each pan, pizza headlines a long Italian-style menu. Any combination is available, building on top of golden melted mozzarella cheese: Mexican pizza with hot sauce, tomato, onion, jalapeno and chicken; meat lovers; vegetarian; Hawaiian; classic white pizza with garlic butter and mozzarella; cheesesteak pizza; and more.
Or, diners can try a variation, with the Stromboli, steak-o-boli or calzone.
“They love the pizza here — dinner specials at a decent price,” said Salvatore “Sal” Barbagallo, partner and pizza master.
Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”
People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.
Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.
The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.
People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.
Calling all witches and ghouls: Goodwill of Delaware’s annual Halloween Costume Competition is under way.
The Ocean View Town Council will hold its second public hearing for an ordinance to amend the Town’s Code related to hours of alcoholic beverage consumption in restaurants at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
The Town was contacted in the spring by a restaurant owner requesting the code be changed.