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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: Indian River student arrested for bringing weapons to school

State police arrested a 17-year-old student at Indian River High School on Monday, Feb. 8, after the student reportedly brought a pellet gun and knife to school.

Frankford candidates get in the last word before election

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Frankford Town Council in the Feb. 6 election. Voters will choose between incumbents Pamela Davis and Marty Presley, and challengers Dawn Beck and former councilman Edward “Skip” Ash.

Polls open Saturday at 1 p.m. and will close at 4 p.m., with voting at Frankford Town Hall. Those who are voted in will serve a two-year term.

Town again voices opposition to proposed Mews at Bethany

The Bethany Beach Town Council has formally made known its opposition to a development of six four-unit multi-family structures proposed to be built off Garfield Parkway on property that contains forested wetlands — 1.9 acres of which would be filled in by owners Stanley and Delores Walcek if permits from federal, state and local officials were granted.

Frankford officials continue to discuss charter changes

The Town of Frankford’s Charter Committee will meet next Tuesday to continue discussions on updating the Town’s charter.

Recently appointed Councilman Greg Welch said at the Feb. 1 council meeting that the committee met twice in January and is working on drafting a voter registration outline, as well as a provision that would allow for absentee voting.

Bomb threat called into Clayton Elementary, nothing found

A Frankford elementary school this week joined the long list of schools being harassed by bomb threats.

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

School district trades additional staff positions for cash

Having exceeded a certain number of students enrolled, the Indian River School District is eligible for State funding to hire additional staff, but district officials have instead chosen to use the money for other expenses.

County holds public hearing on community development grants

A public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was held Tuesday before the Sussex County Council.

Two seats on IRSD board up for election on May 10

Election will determine reps from Districts 2, 3

Candidates may now file to run in the 2016 school board elections. The Indian River School District has two positions up for election on Tuesday, May 10.

There is a four-year term in District 2 (north Millsboro and southern Georgetown).

There is a two-year term in District 3 (south Millsboro and northern Dagsboro). Terms begin on July 1.

Do you know the warning signs that you’re at risk of falling?

Last summer, we took a look at the increasing problem of falls. You may remember that I told you that falls have become a national health priority because of the risk of serious injury and death, and the dramatic impact on quality of life.

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library.

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Farber to make directorial debut

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Registration set to open for Bike to Bay Tour 2016

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce this week announced NV Homes/Ryan Homes as the presenting sponsor for the 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. To be held on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Bethany Beach, cyclists have the choice of a 30-, 50-, or 62.5-mile ride. A 100-mile century ride is new to the race this year, for the serious cyclist.

Fort Miles presentation set for Feb. 18 in Bethany

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Dr. Gary Wray, “Fort Miles: Past, Present, Future.” The event will take place at Bethany Beach Town Hall, 214 Garfield Parkway, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Fenwick council opposes seismic testing for oil and gas

Fenwick Island is the latest town to join a long list of municipalities opposing seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. Besides the potential harm to hundreds of thousands of animals, the town should not have to face the threat of a possible future oil spill, the town council decided on Jan. 22.

Area law-enforcement teams up for rescue

While many were tucked in their homes waiting for winter storm Jonas to pass last weekend, law-enforcement officials were out ensuring the safety of area residents and visitors.

Millville residents warm to the idea of ambulance fee

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) still has details to hash out, but the Town of Millville appears quite receptive to a community-wide discount ambulance service.

Frankford council appoints Welch to vacant seat

Welch will finish Carpenter’s term

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Frankford resident Greg Welch was appointed to the Frankford Town Council at a special meeting held last week.

Welch and fellow resident Dora Bell-Isler both voiced interest in the vacant seat left by Elizabeth Carpenter when she resigned from the council in December. Welch was appointed by a 3-0 vote of the council. He will complete Carpenter’s term, which is set to expire in 2017.

Following the unanimous vote, Welch was sworn in by Mayor Joanne Bacon and joined the council for the rest of the special meeting.

The Town’s annual council election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, for the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley. At the Jan. 24 special meeting, it was announced that four candidates — Davis, Presley, Skip Ash and Dawn Beck — had all filed to run in the election. Shelton, who had not attended a council meeting since Presley’s and Carpenter’s appointments by two of the then three remaining council members, did not file to run for his seat.

Donations still helping baby born with heart defect

Baby Coleton recovering ‘beautifully’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Grinning up at his parents and at complete strangers, baby Coleton Lowe is clearly the star of the show. At 3 months old, he doesn’t look like someone who was born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery within hours of his birth.

But community support has helped him get treatment, and helped keep his parents, Stephen and Amanda Lowe, nearby throughout the process.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Amanda Lowe said she wanted to tell the community. “We can’t thank you enough. You helped us save his life, let us be there with him.”

Despite an otherwise perfect pregnancy, baby Coleton was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, in which his largest arteries were incorrectly attached to the heart. In Coleton’s case, the pulmonary artery and aorta grew in each other’s places.

Sussex County reveals audit results for 2015 fiscal year

Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation on its audited financial statements for the 2015 fiscal year. Keith Hammond, CPA at BDO USA LLP, a firm of licensed certified public accountants, said the County was given a “clean” opinion and was in compliance with federal programs.

South Bethany resident submits FEMA appeal

Ed Bintz first raised the alarm about a drastic change in South Bethany’s flood insurance rate map (FIRM). Now he’s submitting a second and final appeal to encourage Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lower the numbers again.

Ocean View begins reviewing draft budget for 2017

The Town of Ocean View this week held its first workshop to review the proposed operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year and five-year Capital Improvements Program.

Expert advises against feeding, encouraging deer to visit

In some neighborhoods in southeastern Sussex County, grazing deer are becoming a routine sight. The deer themselves seem quite comfortable in such as setting, often simply continuing to graze as people pass by on foot or in cars.

New playground centers on fun, learning and safety

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: TOTS children sing a thank-you song at the ribbon-cutting on Jan. 19.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: TOTS children sing a thank-you song at the ribbon-cutting on Jan. 19.These 4-year-olds don’t care that they’re learning motor skills or socialization. They’re just excited to play on their new playground equipment at the Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) program.

In Frankford, the Indian River School District’s TOTS program serves 60 special-education preschoolers. Now, those youngsters have an age-appropriate playground, built in a small courtyard at the G.W. Carver Educational Center.

Previously, staff had to chase kids around the massive playground left onsite by the former Frankford Elementary School, said teacher Noël Lenhart.

Two Millsboro-area residents arrested in meth-lab bust

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested two people after Probation & Parole officers located precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) at a residence on Hickman Lane near Millsboro.

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer Barrow was a senior at Rutger’s University in her home state of New Jersey, her theater-major housemates offered her a chance to write a script for an end-of the-year skit. Though she didn’t know it at the time, that was the beginning of a lifelong career in script-writing.

Barrow’s newest project, a Hallmark Channel movie called “Dater’s Handbook,” airs Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. She said she is very excited about the timing, because “Dater’s Handbook,” which she co-wrote with frequent collaborator Rich Tabach, occupies quite a sweet bit of television real estate.

It has been chosen to kick off the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” which will feature Valentine’s-appropriate movie premieres each Saturday and Sunday evening between Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.

“Dater’s Handbook” is described on the Hallmark Channel website as “a fun romantic comedy that follows Cassandra Brand, who has come to realize that she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, so she turns to a relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, ‘The Dater’s Handbook,’ to help with her ailing love life.”

Herlihy honored by Puerto Rico Surfing Hall of Fame

When Danny Herlihy made his way down to Rincon to be honored by the Puerto Rico Surfing Hall of Fame and participate in the Legends Surf Classic last week, he made the trip with family and friends. He got up to speak in front of an array of other surf legends, and he surfed breaks like Steps, Gas Chambers and Tres Palamas.

Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier closed for decking replacement

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Planning, Preservation & Development Section this week announced the temporary closure of the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier for replacement of aging decking boards starting on Monday, Jan. 25.

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