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.
Last July, Lower Sussex Little League had never won a state championship for softball. Less than a year later, they’ve won three — and they’re in the running for a fourth.
The Sussex County Council is considering placing a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electronic signs, following a discussion at this week’s council meeting.
Councilman George Cole requested the council discuss the County’s sign regulations, stating he had spoken to Dale A. Callaway, chairman of the County’s Board of Adjustment, regarding signage.
“He’s relayed to me that they have problems with these electronic signs… Basically, our ordinance needs to rewritten.”
Cole said there are electronic signs on two-lane roads, such as Route 26, “that are very distracting.”
“It’s getting out of hand,” he said. “The board doesn’t know what to do. They need direction from us.”
Kyle Prettyman, who had spent more than a month with her at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.
Right now the Pyle Center is lively with action from local softball All-Stars, but soon it will be lively with international ones, as well.
Both the Big League and Senior League World Series will return to Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 2, and span through Sunday, Aug. 8, drawing some of the top Little League talent from around the world.
Two-time World Series champion ASOFEM Little League will make their ninth consecutive appearance in Roxana in Senior League action, with teams from British Columbia (Canada) and the Philippines going against them, and Prague (Czech Republic) marking the first Czech team to play in a softball World Series.
Selbyville’s new town administrator is no stranger to the townspeople, or to the Town’s rules. Michael “Mike” Deal is coming off of nine years in Selbyville code enforcement to become town administrator.
He took on the role full-time on June 19, after a few weeks as interim administrator.
He’s already familiar with the way locals think. Now he’s learning how to run the Town. That means attending grant seminars and meeting with legislative leaders, so he can represent the Town of Selbyville and its interests at a higher level.
Deal said he aims to “to carry on with the traditions the town likes … this small-town America presence,” which also drew Deal to a place so like his own childhood home.
More than 400 youths from across the country traveled to Sussex County last month. Although most kids their age who spend their summer vacations traveling to the area come to enjoy a beach vacation, these particular youths were spending their time making a positive impact on local families.
“This is what we’re called to do — not just Mariner’s. We understand that God moves first in our lives. God pursues us, God loves us, and we have many blessings that God is able to give to us,” said the Rev. Woody Wilson of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which hosted the First State Work Camp the youths attended.
“Therefore, as often as we can, as many ways as we can, for as long as we can, we’re supposed to be reaching out to help the many needs of folks — not only here but also abroad. First State Work Camp gives us the opportunity to locally love on the people here, help them with some of their needs and build some awesome relationships.”
The Millville Town Council made some long-term decisions at its July 14 meeting. Besides approving a new computer server for town hall, they nearly concluded talks about a proposed zoning overhaul.
On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.
Over the last year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners have worked with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).
Nature-inspired artists and artisans are being invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.
As part of its summer repertory, the Clear Space Theatre Company at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is offering visiting families an engaging evening of theater with its production of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that is based on the tales of Dr. Seuss.
I know I usually write articles about animals, and if you want to be technical, this one is about animals — just fictional animals.
Delmarva classic-rock band Hooverville is headed south this summer, making their debut at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25 and taking their sound to the beach at Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick on Aug. 27.
Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.
Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.
“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.
Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.
If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.
Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.
When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.
“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”
With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.
After winning their second straight state championship, the Lower Sussex Junior League All-Stars are headed to the regional tournament in Connecticut — that is, if they can raise enough money first.
Last year, at the Major League level, after becoming the first LSLL softball team in program history to win a state title, some of the girls’ expenses were covered when they got to Bristol, Conn., for tournament play. But this year, at the Junior League level, they’re going to need a little more help.
“Last year, all the girls’ lodging, all the girls’ meals, all the girls’ laundry was all done by Bristol — none of it is this year,” explained LSLL head coach Mike Patille. “We gotta get the girls hotel rooms; we gotta get transportation back and forth to the parks; we gotta feed them; we gotta get their uniforms laundered every day — everything is on us this year.”
Patille estimated that, including travel expenses and lodging, the team need could need to raise upwards of $10,000 to make it to regionals to battle for a chance to get to the Little League World Series in Washington.
Selbyville Police W. Scott Collins reported on Friday, July 17, that officers in his department had arrested a 16-year-old Selbyville boy after reports he had threatened people with a handgun in the area of Ellis Alley and Church Street about 5:15 p.m.
Baby Alana Prettyman has come home with her parents, but the community is still fundraising for the young family. Alana was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease this summer.
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BENEFIT FOR BABY ALANA
Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.
As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor location are very convincing.”
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the preliminary site plan for Mountaire Farms’ planned corporate offices near Millsboro.
The company plans to build a 45,248-square-foot corporate headquarters building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, at its current complex east of Millsboro.
Selbyville residents were instructed to boil their tap water for about 48 hours this week to prevent possible transmission of E coli.
On Tuesday, July 14, the Selbyville Water Department alerted residents that a broken water main could cause E coli to contaminate the water supply.
It took about 2.5 hours for the South Bethany Town Council to cover regular business at their meeting on July 10, when discussions ranged from zoning to law enforcement and touched more than briefly on the continuing controversy over FEMA flood plain designations.
The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.
Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.
“Where is that being transferred to?”
Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Mitchell, 19, has been involved in pageants since the age of 6.
“I’ve been watching the Miss Delaware pageant since I was 6 years old. I’ve grown close to the organization and have competed in the Outstanding Teen organization, as well, which is the little-sister program to Miss America,” said Mitchell.
“I pretty much had grown up with the organization. It’s a big family, so I knew most of the girls. When I was younger, all of the Miss Delawares were my role models, so I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”
According to its website, the focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to “make scholarships available to the state’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Over the 13 years Mitchell has been competing in pageants, she said, she’s been able to make life-long friends.
“It really is just a sisterhood. There isn’t cattiness backstage, which is a good thing. I think people think that a lot, which is so not true.
Connections Community Support Programs made a presentation to the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition’s (SCAPC’s) Seaford Chapter at its monthly meeting last week.
The Town of Ocean View continues to improve one of its greatest assets — John West Park.
Tradition runs deep at Tom & Terry’s Seafood Market in Ocean View.
For 32 years, Tom and Mary Ellen Ball provided local patrons with the highest quality seafood that they could bring in. Not only have the crabcakes been made with the same recipe for more than 20 years — they’ve been made by the same person. And not only do the employees keep coming back, summer after summer, but now so do some of their kids.
So when it came time to retire, the Balls went to Joe and Cat Godleski, who they knew would be able to not only carry on the tradition they had built but carry it forward for the next generation.
“I originally met Tom and Mary Ellen when I moved back here after college. That was my first restaurant gig down here, was at Tom & Terry’s on [Route] 54,” said Joe Godleski. “We kept in touch over the years, and last year they asked Cat and I if we wanted to buy the place. They wanted to retire.”
You never know what you’re going to stumble upon at Dana’s Pantry. But to Dana Banks, who also owns The Parkway restaurant right down the block, that’s kind of the point.