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.
For months, Indian River School District officials have plodded through the divisive topic of how to teach Human Sexuality to 600 ninth-graders each year. This week, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a new sex-ed curriculum for high school. (The middle school curriculum process has yet to begin.)
The people speak
The Frankford Board of Elections (BOE) will hold a hearing this week to review two citizens’ complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming municipal election.
On Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library, a special hearing will take place before board members Pam Hoban, Elma Gray and Peggy Schaffer.
By adding a new police officer position, South Bethany could get the true 24-hour police coverage many believe they already have. Residents broke into applause Monday afternoon after the town council narrowly voted to create a new full-time police position.
The Frankford Police Department’s single remaining police officer, Nate Hudson, submitted his letter of resignation to the Town earlier this week.
“He has put his letter of resignation in, yes,” confirmed Councilwoman Cheryl Workman.
Hudson, who joined the department in April of 2011, had remained the only active officer following the December 2014 retirement of Chief William Dudley.
Fenwick Island officials will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at town hall, to get input from the public on the proposed Chapter 88 flood-damage reduction ordinance that council members have been wrestling with for months.
The Ocean View Town Council reviewed its first draft of the Town’s budget for the 2016 fiscal year this week.
“This is our first draft… It’s going to change,” emphasized Finance Director Lee Brubaker.
Sussex County Finance Director Gina Jennings presented the county council with a comprehensive annual financial report for the 2014 fiscal year at this week’s council meeting.
The 100-page report was broken down into four sections — introductory, finance, statistical and single-audit supplement.
There are many bars and restaurants in the area, but it’s a little harder for a local resident find a place where “everybody knows your name,” especially along the Route 54 corridor east of Selbyville. However, there’s a new spot for the locals to gather now that Yellowfin’s Bar & Grill has opened its doors in the Williamsville Shopping Center.
Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.
Every year, public school students take a comprehensive state test. And, as the Indian River School District prepares to use the newest version of that test, parents and guardians can learn more, at a pair of public forums set for this week.
Holts Landing is getting some long overdue love. The new Friends of Holts Landing State Park group is ready to provide maintenance and manpower to clean up the Millville-area park, one Saturday at a time.
Heavy snowflakes fell outside the gymnasium while, indoors, students talked about the icy Yukon Territory and Scandinavia. The National Geographic Bee had returned to Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
The biographies of several high-ranking Delaware army and naval officers who served during the Civil War are generally well known. These include Brig. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, Maj. Gen. George Sykes, Maj. Gen. Alfred T.A. Torbert, Adm. Samuel F. DuPont and Commodore John P. Gillis.
Whether the students earned stellar grades or just gave their best in the classroom, Indian River High School wants to celebrate its Students of the Month.
Doing the right thing has its perks.
Blooming Boutique is hosting a food drive to benefit Food Bank of Delaware. All shoppers who donate will receive a discount coupon, from now until Feb. 17.
Discounts are applied to that day’s, purchase, or a future one, at all four locations in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth, Lewes and Milford.
Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.
The Town of Millville is accepting candidates for the 2015 municipal election, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. The town council has three seats up for election this year — those currently held by Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent.
Each position carries a term of two years, from this March to March of 2017.
Selbyville’s town council and mayoral election day is approaching, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Residents wishing to serve on the council must register to run in the election by Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Not sure what activities are available in the area for children enjoy?
This weekend, the Moms Club of Coastal Delaware will be holding its Fifth Annual Preschool & Activity Fair to help give local families the opportunity to visit face-to-face with local preschool representatives, as well as businesses and organizations offering extra-curricular activities for children.
Hoping to provide a healthier new year, Bayside Chapel will host its first Winter Health & Wellness Event on Saturday, Feb. 7.
“One of our members thought that, since it’s a new year and a lot of people are thinking about being more fit and trying to make resolutions to be a better you, [we’d] try to meet the need in the community,” said the Rev. Jim Penuel.
“Outstanding Young Music Educator” is yet another accolade Selbyville native Stefan Botchie can now add to his resume.
“An outstanding educator is one who is dedicated to the success of their students and their craft of educating students. This is more than a full-time commitment and requires a tremendous of energy and enthusiasm,” said Dr. David Stern, associate professor of music in the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University, who nominated Botchie for the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) award.
“Stephan is extremely dedicated to excellence in music teaching. He is the comprehensive educator and model for all of us. This is easily demonstrated by the recent Emerald High School Teacher of the Year award that acknowledges the respect and admiration of his school community, as well as the numerous greater community activities in which he participates.”
Botchie, who previously received the Teacher of the Year award for 2014-2015 for his work at Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C., said he learned he would be receiving the award after Stern, his close friend and former college professor contacted him.
Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
Margaritas aren’t the only thing “frozen” at the Salted Rim restaurant in Ocean View.
Families can now enjoy a Disney’s “Frozen” adventure aboard the railroad cars lining Route 26, which are decked in silver, blue and white tulle and icicles.
“It’s cold outside. It’s a frozen movie. It gives families something to do,” Karen Fritz, owner of the late-night Tex-Mex place.
“I think it’s gonna be awesome. I think they’re gonna love it,” as will the families, to see their children so happy, Fritz said. “That’s what you do it for — the kids! The excitement.”
Large-screen televisions will show the movie on the train cars several times daily, with a dinner buffet, each weekend through March 15.
Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion that occurred north of Millville on Sunday night.
Police said the incident occurred about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, and a 911 call was placed by a 66-year-old man, stating that two people had just entered his residence and assaulted him.
With the influenza A (H3N2) viruses sickening many people around the country, medical professionals have been urging community members to get their flu shots this year.
“I recommend everyone get a flu shot,” said Dr. Nicole Alu, a family physician with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Del. “I think it’s the best protection.”
Although the Indian River School District has finished the first leg of the sex-education marathon by drafting a new high school curriculum, the next hurdle looms, with a public forum. Fulfilling a promise made to the public by district officials, the forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Millsboro Middle School.
The public is welcome to attend.
The Town of Ocean View will be reviewing the micro-resurfacing done in a number of town developments in 2013, after receiving a letter from Kent Liddle, president of The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Owners Association.
With 2015 in full swing, local Chambers of Commerce are geared up for a new year and reflecting on a successful 2014.
Last year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a number of new faces, including Executive Director Kristie Maravalli, who joined the Chamber originally as director of membership.