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Finances generate friction in Ocean View

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.

Questions arise over IRSD financial officer’s leave of absence

The Indian River School District has pulled its longtime chief financial officer out of the office.

Aquaculture plan getting another public meeting

Talk about commercial shellfish aquaculture in the inland bays is continuing, officially and otherwise. The public can speak at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 8, hosted by Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC). The hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

Bail set at $1.5M cash for accused Dagsboro murderer

A Sussex County Superior Court judge has set bail at $1.5 million for accused murderer Matthew Burton of Dagsboro.

On Monday, April 25, Judge E. Scott Bradley set a cash bail of $500,000 for each count upon which he was charged — two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree rape — in connection with the 2012 murder of Nicole Bennett.

Earth Day marks opening of revamped features at Holts Landing

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill : The new boat ramp at Holts Landing State Park allows space for two boats to enter or exit the water at the same time.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill : The new boat ramp at Holts Landing State Park allows space for two boats to enter or exit the water at the same time.With a ribbon-cutting ceremony set against an oncoming rainstorm, state officials joined volunteers at the edge of the Indian River Bay on Friday, April 22, to dedicate the new boat ramp at Holts Landing State Park near Millville.

“It’s wonderful to be here on Earth Day to celebrate the completion of this innovative boat ramp, the largest project ever undertaken at Holts Landing State Park,” said Ray Bivens, director of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Division of Parks & Recreation.

The impending weather provided a fitting backdrop at that particular spot, which is continually battered by tides coming from the Indian River Inlet and has suffered damage over and over again in storms.

DNREC Secretary David Small told the assembled crowd, heavy with volunteers from the Friends of Holts Landing State Park, that the new “state-of-the-art” dual ramp will serve the growing southeastern Sussex County area for years to come.

Message in a bottle found at IR Inlet, 45 years later

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Berenty family has laminated a 45-year-old letter that they found in a bottle north of the Indian River Inlet (Note: The Coastal Point blurred out the address).Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Berenty family has laminated a 45-year-old letter that they found in a bottle north of the Indian River Inlet (Note: The Coastal Point blurred out the address).On Sept. 6, 1971, a young girl stood atop the old Indian River Inlet bridge. During a family camping trip at the beach, 10-year-old Karen Ball stared at the running water, where she had just thrown a bottle with a handwritten letter inside.

On April 22, 2016, Andy Berenty and his family were enjoying a surf-fishing trip of their own when they came upon an old soda bottle in the sand at Delaware Seashore State Park.

Still within sight of the modern inlet bridge, the Berenty family unearthed the 45-year-old soda bottle on the northern drive-on beach.

“We found this old 7-Up bottle with a screw top, and we noticed something in it,” Berenty said.

Thanks to the Internet, they found Ball still living in Stroudsburg, Pa., where she was amazed that someone had found her childhood letter.

“I remember when I threw it in, I thought, ‘Someone in China or something is gonna find it,’” Ball said. “Years later, I’m thinking it’s gone. It’s just so funny it survived.”

She still vacations in Rehoboth Beach, always detouring to go reminisce at the inlet.

“Oh, my gosh, we used to spend so much time at the inlet, [during] summers, from the time I was little,” said Ball, who loved fishing with her father. “We had a lot of fun there.”

At that time, Delaware Seashore State Park was only about six years old, although people had camped there for years beforehand.

Millville council considers sign update and peddler fees

The Millville Town Council discussed a little of everything during two April meetings, with topics ranging from food trucks to cell phone towers.

Food trucks and other vendors don’t currently have a permitting system in town. On April 26, the council considered a proposal to regulate them a bit more.

Food trucks are flat-out forbidden from just parking in town during lunchtime.

Fenwick council talks politics, legal fees, summer plans

A very large check was presented to Town of Fenwick Island on April 22.

Representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) came to present a $21,293 matching grant for Fenwick’s new playground equipment, sponsored by the state Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program.

The playground was just completed in April.

Community urged to ‘take back’ unwanted medications

This weekend, a number of area police departments will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.

Breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian

To help raise funds for its Learning Assistance Program, Lighthouse Christian School will be holding its annual spring breakfast fundraiser this weekend.

Bethany Coldwell Banker office collecting food donations

Realtors at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bethany Beach are doing their part to support those who need a helping hand. From now until May 8, Coldwell Banker will be collecting healthy nonperishable food items.

BBVFC to host ‘Called to Care’ EMS Day, May 21

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host EMS Day, “Called to Care,” on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire house at 215 Hollywood Street in Bethany Beach.

The free community-wide educational, family event is open to the public, with food provided by Bethany Blues.

Grow Your Business Day planned at the Ocean View post office

Small-to-medium sized businesses face a challenge: how to generate more revenue while still keeping costs as low as possible.

Delaware Bat Count to offer May 14 training for volunteers

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is seeking volunteer bat spotters to help in locating and counting the state’s bat colonies for the annual Delaware Bat Count. A training session for volunteers will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 4876 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna.

Global Cannabis March set for May 7 in Rehoboth

Delaware cannabis advocates will march in solidarity with groups in more than 200 cities, representing 40 countries worldwide on Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., to protest cannabis prohibition in an event hosted by the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware.

Inland Bays Foundation sends petition to the EPA

In a first-ever initiative, the Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) has sent a petition to Shawn Garvin, regional administrator of the EPA, Region III, in Philadelphia. IBF is requesting that EPA designate and regulate small municipal separate stormwater systems (MS4’s) discharging into the Inland Bays Watershed.

Realtors say first-quarter data shows growth

Buoyed by a stronger-than-forecasted first quarter, the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) announced this week a revised outlook for 2016 that would continue what they described as a years-long period of modest and steady growth in southern Delaware’s real estate markets.

IRSD academic enrichment program receives grant

The Delaware Department of Education has awarded four new 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program grants under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including one to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H at the Indian River School District’s Phillip C. Showell Elementary School and Hickory Tree Center (also, John M.

Students named to Sussex Academy Honor Roll

Sussex Academy recently announced the names of students who named to the school’s Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2015-2016 school year. They include:

• Sixth-grade Distinguished (A) Honor Roll — Michael Daniello, Emily Simon.

Students named to Worcester Prep Headmaster’s List for Term 3

Worcester Preparatory School Headmaster Barry Tull recently congratulated the students who made the Worcester Prep Term 3 Headmaster’s List for the 2015-2016 school year.

IRHS, SCHS to implement National Academy of Finance curriculum next year

Indian River and Sussex Central high schools will implement a new finance and accounting curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year, district officials announced this week.

MVFC members receive Phoenix Awards for life-saving measures

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among the Millville VFC members recognized for their life-saving efforts were: Stephen Gilbert, Dillon Baker, John Watson, Brian McConlogue, Aaron Driscoll, Marissa Carmello, Robert Richardson, Madeline McGrath and Doug Scott. Not pictured are Richie Walls and Nick Harrington.Coastal Point • Submitted: Among the Millville VFC members recognized for their life-saving efforts were: Stephen Gilbert, Dillon Baker, John Watson, Brian McConlogue, Aaron Driscoll, Marissa Carmello, Robert Richardson, Madeline McGrath and Doug Scott. Not pictured are Richie Walls and Nick Harrington.On Saturday, April 9, the Sussex County Paramedics sponsored the 2016 Phoenix Awards at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company. The Phoenix Awards are given to first-responders who were integral in providing emergency care to someone who was in cardiac arrest and lived to tell about it. The ceremony is designed to reunite survivors with his or her responders in a celebration of life.

In all, 11 members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company were honored at the ceremony for their participation in saving someone’s life. For the survivors who were able to be in attendance, there were plenty of hugs and handshakes being exchanged, since this was the first time the individuals have seen each other since the day of the rescue.

“The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is very fortunate to have a Lucas device placed on each one of its ambulances since January 2015,” noted MVFC PIO Bob Powell. “This was a direct result of business owners and the citizens we serve stepping up to the plate to assist in the purchase of these devices.”

Coastal Kayak offering three fundraiser paddles this summer

Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island has planned three fundraisers for local charities for the summer of 2016.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

Boaters urged to check gear before putting vessels in the water

With warm weather finally having arrived, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded boaters to make sure their vessel is ready for a trouble-free day enjoying Delaware’s waterways by performing a pre-departure check. Before hooking up your boat trailer, boaters should have:

NARFE golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

Registration is under way for the annual golf tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and the Sussex Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, sponsored by Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

BREAKING NEWS: Questions arise over IRSD financial officer’s leave of absence

The Indian River School District has pulled its longtime chief financial officer out of the office.

Prison culinary program to open in Haley’s memory

Prison inmates in Smyrna live a life surrounded by barbed wire. Visitors to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) can only meet with inmates by passing through a series of automatically locked antechambers — so many that it’s easy to lose count.

County sign ordinance introduced

After months of discussions, the Sussex County Council this week introduced an ordinance that would revise the County’s current signage regulations.

For nearly a year, the council has been working to revamp its sign ordinance, after Councilman George Cole raised concerns related to billboards.

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