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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.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect sought in attempted robbery of G&E grocery store

The Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted robbery of an Ocean View grocery store that occurred early Thursday evening.

Millsboro residents concerned about potential Mountaire deal

Amidst rumors that poultry company Mountaire Farms is considering purchasing a 300-acre property in Millsboro, a public meeting was held last weekend to discuss residents’ concerns about a potential deal and the potential uses of the property, located between Revel and Hudson roads.

Students spend less time, more thought, on state tests

Delaware public students are already spending a lot less time in standardized testing. This year, the State shifted to the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA), meaning that, after years of interrupting classrooms three times annually for state standardized tests, Delaware is returning to a one-time student assessment.

Students spend less time, more thought, on state tests

Delaware public students are already spending a lot less time in standardized testing. This year, the State shifted to the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA), meaning that, after years of interrupting classrooms three times annually for state standardized tests, Delaware is returning to a one-time student assessment.

Millsboro-area residents arrested in drug-sales investivation

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit arrested four people after the culmination of a several-month investigation into illegal drug sales from a residence on Nora Lane near Millsboro.

Drugs, cash, gun found in local homes

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Georgetown Police Department last week conducted search warrants that led to the arrest of three people in the culmination of an investigation into illegal drug sales.

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club seeks home base

For nearly four years, the Seaside Railroad Club has been like a train without a station. After a 2011 fire destroyed their meeting space and many models stored at the Georgetown Train Station, they still continued serving the community, though without a central location. But the nomadic club is ready for a home, and it’s asking the community for help.

Civil War Profiles: Lincoln’s gratitude to Delaware during the Civil War

Prior to the onset of civil war in 1861, Delaware decided to remain in the Union, even though it was one of 15 Southern states where the institution of slavery was still practiced. While choosing to side with the North, on the whole, Delaware was not enamored of newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln and his administration — in fact, it had voted against him in the elections of 1860 (see, “Lincoln and Delaware: Never a warm relationship.” Coastal Point, May 30, 2014).

Ocean View looking for District 4 candidates to fill seat

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View is looking for candidates who live in District 4 to run for town council.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View is looking for candidates who live in District 4 to run for town council.The Town of Ocean View is seeking candidates to fill the District 4 town council seat, for a three-year term.

The seat is currently held by Councilman Bob Lawless, who has served on council since 2009 and is unable to run for reelection this year, as a two-term limit is imposed by the town charter.

As of Coastal Point’s Wednesday news deadline, four Ocean View residents had registered to run in the Town’s April election. Residents Jon DeBuchananne, Don Walsh, Kent Liddle and Carol Bodine had all filed to run.

Any resident of District 4 — which consists primarily of Wedgefield, Avon Park, Bear Trap and Fairway Village — may file to run for the council seat if they are 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the town for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election, a resident of District 4 at the time of filing and during the full term of office and registered to vote in the town.

Troopers seek help to locate mobile home vandals

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Police are seeking the public’s help in locating vandals who recently struck the Bayshore Mobile Home Park.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Police are seeking the public’s help in locating vandals who recently struck the Bayshore Mobile Home Park.The Delaware State Police are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect, or suspects, involved in vandalizing 26 homes in the Bayshore Mobile Home Park, off of Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View.

Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the Delaware State Police said that the vandalism, which occurred on Feb. 11 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., was reported to police by a park resident who noticed a neighbor’s home was damaged.

The suspect or suspects shattered glass doors and windows of residences — some that were adjacent to each other and some that were not. The suspect or suspects entered the unoccupied seasonal homes, police said; however, no missing property has been reported to police.

Fournier said that, while it is not common for homes to be broken into without items being stolen, he noted that some of the victims may have not been able to inventory their belongings, as they are seasonal homes.

The total damage to the homes is estimated to be more than $9,000.

Fenwick officer wins Valor Award for courage in car collision

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The 2015 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards winners pose for a photo with their plaques, and some of the supervisors who nominated them for their distinction.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The 2015 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards winners pose for a photo with their plaques, and some of the supervisors who nominated them for their distinction.Every day, local emergency responders are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong. Their dedication to the community is recognized annually at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, and last Friday, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce again honored one outstanding police officer, paramedic or EMT and firefighter from each town in the area.

The 2015 Joshua M. Freeman Overall Valor Award was presented to Cpl. Stephen Majewski of the Fenwick Island Police Department, for going above and beyond the call duty, as he displayed selflessness during a regular traffic stop that compounded into a high-speed, multi-car collision in which he was also injured.

Last May, Majewski was patrolling Coastal Highway when he made a regular traffic stop, arresting and placing the intoxicated driver in the back seat of his police car.

“Shortly after Majewski returned to his vehicle, another drunk driver [also speeding] crashed into the rear of the police vehicle,” read the nomination by Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden.

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

Registration open for River Soccer Youth Outdoor League

Sign-ups have kicked off for the Youth Outdoor League at River Soccer Club, a Saturday-morning game league for players 4 to 14.

Registration is open online at www.riversoccerclub.com, but drop-off registration sites will be open this Saturday, Feb. 28, and next Saturday, March 7, at John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Selbyville approves development exceptions

The Selbyville Town Council last week approved three exceptions in the final layout of Lighthouse Lakes, a new development on Route 54 with 302 total units (222 single-family units and 80 duplex units).

No elections for Selbyville or Millville councils in 2015

No elections are necessary this year for town councils in Selbyville and Millville. In both towns, the three incumbents were the only registered candidates.

Council positions in both towns carry a term of two years, from this spring to March of 2017.

In Millville, Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent will retain their seats.

DOSE workshop offers drug overdose training to community

The Ocean View Police Department last week hosted a Delaware Overdose Survival Education (DOSE) workshop, conducted by Brandywine Counseling & Community Services.

About 16 members of the public, along with the entire police department, attended the training session on overdose prevention. The workshop was funded through a grant from the Sussex County Council.

ACTS supports local EMS units

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company has been able to raise enough funds to purchase three LUCAS Chest Compression Systems to be placed in the MVFC’s three ambulances.

EMT Michele Steffens, who also serves as the MVFC’s financial secretary, said the machines will help EMTs save valuable time during an emergency.

Bethany approves signage for Ocean Suites hotel

More than a dozen signs spread across the two buildings of the new Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel on the town’s boardwalk were up for approval at the Non-Residential Design Review Committee (DRC) meeting on Feb. 13.

South Bethany seeks Congressional help in FEMA debate

South Bethany has tugged at its Congressional connections in an effort to induce FEMA to reconsider the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) — or rather, to disregard South Bethany’s previous communication on the matter.

Traffic stop yields drugs, suspect in recent burglary

Ocean View police recently arrested an Ocean View man on drug- and traffic-related charges after spotting his car speeding down a local street. That routine traffic stop led police to connect the man to a recent burglary in which a handgun and ammunition had been stolen.

Taxpayers should see if they qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

Working people have saved millions of dollars on their tax returns by filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. That’s why U.S. Sen. Tom Carper swung by Georgetown’s First State Community Action Agency last week to share the importance of filing for the credit.

Art and writing combine for Feb. 26 Free Write

On Thursday, Feb. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, in partnership with the Rehoboth Art League, will be holding an art-based Free Write event. The Free Write, which is indeed free, and open to the public, is an opportunity for those interested in either writing or art, or both, to explore the connections between the two arts.

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.

Frankford elects Bacon and Melson to serve on town council

In the Feb. 7 town council election, the residents of Frankford voted to elect Velicia Melson and re-elect incumbent Joanne Bacon, with 92 votes each.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

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