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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.

Thanksgiving for Thousands again offering holiday meals for those in need

This week will mark the 20th time that Mountaire Farms will be feeding those who may otherwise be unable to share a Thanksgiving meal with their families and loved ones.

Fire displaces Millsboro family, but donations roll in

Once again, the community is rallying to help a local family — this time, a young couple and two children who lost their Millsboro home to a devastating fire this week.

Steen’s to continue providing beach concessions for next two years

Steen’s Beach Service will continue to provide beach equipment rental concessions to residents and visitors to Bethany Beach for at least the next two years.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously, with Councilman Joe Healy absent, to renew Steen’s current contract for an additional two years.

Ocean View woman charged with third DUI, arson

A car on fire was reported at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Atlantic Avenue about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Delaware State Police assisted the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office in securing the scene that night, and it was suspected that the fire had been intentionally set.

South Bethany continues mandatory freeboard discussion

The South Bethany Town Council will be continuing its discussion of requiring 2 feet of mandatory freeboard following a change in some council members’ minds after their Oct. 23 workshop.

Barratt’s Chapel to hold Thanksgiving Eve Vigil

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., at the historic Barratt’s Chapel, the Reminders will lead a Thanksgiving Eve Vigil.

“The Vigil will be a meditative and moving concert with acclaimed guest artists sharing their special brand of music to celebrate and give thanks,” organizers said.

Dagsboro men arrested after string of burglaries

Two Dagsboro-area men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries committed in the last month.

Jacob G. Svenson, 33, and Edward J. Nearey Jr., 37, were each charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, five counts of Theft, Conspiracy 2nd, Selling Stolen Property and two counts of Criminal Mischief.

OV discusses trash collection, gets update on historical complex

The Town of Ocean View will be looking into the cost of contracting with a single trash and recycling company for services town-wide.

“It’s not a new idea,” said Councilman Tom Sheeran, who brought the idea forward to the council. “It has been brought up several times prior.”

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.

IR JROTC remembers its roots at Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Indian River High School’s JROTC cadets present colors.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Indian River High School’s JROTC cadets present colors.An American military force that’s older than the United States, the Marine Corps was immensely proud to celebrate 238th birthday last week, and Indian River High School JROTC cadets stood just as tall as their military counterparts at the annual school dinner celebration on Nov. 7.

Founded in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps now use the cake-serving ceremony as “a symbol of passing traditions, customs and courtesies from the old corps to the new corps,” said JROTC instructor Maj. Frank Ryman (Ret.).

After cutting the cake with a sword, the oldest cadet passes a slice of cake to the youngest cadet. Therefore, C/Pvt. Annel Calles Vildiva ceremoniously passed more than 200 years of history to C/PVT Jessie O’Neal in front of their classmates, families, guests from AMVETS, American Legion, Indian River School Board and more.

Special guest 1st Sgt. Jonathan Dixon told the story of his first experience driving tanks in a training exercise. Smashing through the wilderness was “the best thing in the world” for the 18-year-old, until he drove the tank into a ditch. That night, he was terrified of the flak he might receive from his comrades.

McIntosh inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame

Last month, Frankford resident Marie McIntosh became the 25th person to be inducted into the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Hall of Fame.

Thanksgiving 5K to raise money for childhood-cancer research

After losing their 5-year-old daughter to cancer in 2011, the Vogel family vowed to help other families in the same situation.

“Our biggest thing is Gabby didn’t get well,” said her mother, Carolynn Vogel. “Unfortunately, the cancer was terminal upon diagnosis, and there have been no medical advances in over 30 years in her type of cancer.”

It’s never too soon for fire prevention

Coastal Point • Submitted : Students and staff at the Kathy Collins Preschool get a visit from the firefighters and equipment of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to educate the children about fire prevention.Coastal Point • Submitted : Students and staff at the Kathy Collins Preschool get a visit from the firefighters and equipment of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to educate the children about fire prevention.It may be adorable to watch young children try on giant firefighter suits, but it may also save a child’s life. That’s why the Kathy Collins Preschool invited Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department to teach its children fire prevention.

Although most children are used to learning fire prevention in elementary school, Collins said she wanted her preschool and daycare students to be prepared.

“We learned fire prevention just like they do in schools,” Collins said. “They did a lot of hands-on activities, and we had a lot of fun.

Now, seven children (mostly ages 3 to 4) have a better idea of what to expect in an emergency.

“Kids got to get in the ambulance and put on the gloves and get on the stretchers, so they wouldn’t get scared,” Collins said.

The DVFD volunteers added immensely to the experience, she said.

Millville Verizon retailer participating in food-drive program

Verizon Wireless retailer recently announced that 300 of its stores will be donating and volunteering at local food banks through its “Stop the Hunger” initiative this holiday, season in a joint effort with its customers. The local participating store is in Millville, at 224 Atlantic Avenue.

Millville Town Peddler to host holiday events

This December, Millville Town Peddler is hosting holiday events including a Holiday Open House Weekend and a Holiday Half-Price Madness.

Groundbreaking set for Bethany Boathouse restaurant

The Bethany Boathouse, the latest venture for Cottage Café owners Brent Poffenberger and Tom Neville, will hold a public groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., with a reception immediately following at the Cottage Café.

Delaware Electric Cooperative to give $3.4M back to members

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has voted to return $3.4 million in capital credits to the cooperative’s member-owners in December. Capital credits are also known as the co-op’s profits or margins. Because DEC is a non-profit utility, margins are returned to the people the cooperative serves.

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.

The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.

“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.

“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.

Gift-giving outreach project aims to make holidays special for needy

The first Bethany Area Community Christmas Gift Giving Outreach project for those in need in Lower Sussex County will start on Monday, Nov. 17, at designated locations throughout the area.

MERR Finraiser set for Saturday in Lewes

Tickets were still available early this week for the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Foundation’s (MERR’s) annual Finraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewes Yacht Club.

Selbyville Christmas Parade set to march Dec. 5

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the 54th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade, presented by Holly Kia, will take place on Friday, Dec. 5. The public is being invited to come out and celebrate the holiday season starting at 7 p.m.

Georgetown to hold ‘Simply Christmas’ parade

The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of what Christmas is because the theme this year is, “Simply Christmas.”

OVCC to host 2nd annual community Thanksgiving dinner

The Ocean View Church of Christ (OVCC) will hold its 2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. This event is free. All members of the community are invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.

Caribbean Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the 10th annual Caribbean Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Book and bake sale set for Dec. 13 in Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Bethany discusses taking over beach concessions

There was a collective grumble in Bethany Beach Town Hall earlier this week, as many property owners came out to support Steen’s Beach Service, which has been operating in the town since 1957, following the announcement that the Town would be looking into providing beach concessions itself.

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