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.
Finding direction in life is the subject of a major new work in oils that Delaware artist Ellen Rice will introduce, among others, as part of her kickoff of the Thanksgiving weekend 21st annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), at her new gallery in Bethany Beach.
Sussex County certainly has its fair share of venues to enjoy local art. But the only place to see that art while it unfolds is at the 21st Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) this Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28.
“The SEDAST tour is comprised of artists from the local area. What they do is they open their studios every year for two days,” explained Jeanne Mueller of Gallery One in Ocean View, a PR representative for the event. “You can go in and watch the artists work, view their artwork, ask them questions.
“You can go to an art show and you can see an artist, meet an artist and see the art hanging on the wall, but to my knowledge this is the only event where you can go and see the artist actually work in their studio.”
The two-day event will comprise 15 of the area’s top artists, some of them joining the tour for the first year and some of them the usual suspects. But Mueller said that even some of the returning artists will be breaking out some new kinds work that are far from usual — including Clarksville’s John Donato, who will be showing off some of his new wooden children’s toys.
It’s a coffeehouse, and it’s an art gallery. It’s a fine crafts gallery, and it’s a sandwich shop. It’s a stage for poetry readings, acoustic sets and art nights, a place to grab the morning paper, a place for locals, a place for tourists and a place for everyone.
But even after taking over the Artful Bean Coffee Shop in Bethany Beach this past April, new owners Rose O’Hanlan and Kim Warner still plan on what has long been an area staple of art and culture becoming even more. And they’ve only just begun unwrapping their plans.
“We want people to think about the Artful Bean not only as a coffee shop but as a place that they can go and be creative, and have a good time enjoying life for the moment that they’re in,” Warner said. “We just want to make every day an experience for the customers, the people that work here, and for ourselves.”
South Bethany planned to review the first round of scientific results this week as it decides whether to appeal its flood insurance rate map (FIRM).
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that have been unpopular since they were first publicized in 2014.
What do people see in Dagsboro’s future?
Dagsboro could win grant money to create a truly thriving downtown. So now is the time to plan, with a new task force forming to write the Downtown Development District Plan.
On Nov. 12, the Task Force started discussing a “mini comprehensive plan” for the downtown development area, said AECOM planner Debbie Pfeil.
With colder temperatures forecast for the coming week, organizers with Code Purple, a network of weather-driven shelters throughout the county, are gearing up to meet the needs of those in Sussex County who need a warm place to sleep.
Slam Dunk to the Beach had a triumphant return to the local sports scene last year and organizers are planning even more great basketball for this year’s event, slated for Dec. 27-29.
Fenwick Island’s new personnel program will help employees in need, starting with a town police officer and his baby boy.
Town Council had a special meeting Nov. 5 just to consider and approve a Donated Leave Program.
Plight of Syrian refugees must take a back seat to needs of Delawareans
State Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View) this week sent a letter to Gov. Jack Markell stating his “grave concern” over the Governor’s willingness to accept Syrian refugees, despite the federal government’s inadequate vetting procedures.
On Monday, Nov. 23, hundreds will gather in a Mountaire Farms packing facility in Selbyville so that thousands will have a filling Thanksgiving meal this year.
For the 20th year, Mountaire is the driving force behind the Thanksgiving for Thousands event. Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will line tables crowded with everything necessary for a proper Thanksgiving feast from cranberry sauce and stuffing to a Mountaire roaster, and brownie mix for dessert. Each box contains enough food for five people.
This year, Mountaire will provide Thanksgiving dinner for 35,000 people throughout the county. After all the boxes are filled, they will be loaded on trucks and taken to the Dagsboro Church of God, where they will then be distributed to the churches and other organizations, which will in turn deliver them to the families they have identified during the course of the year.
Christmas crafts and cookies will bespecial added sale features at the next St. Martha’s Episcopal Church used book sale on Dec. 5.
The sale will be at the church in Bethany Beach, beginning at 9 a.m. and extended until 3 p.m.
Sussex Dance Academy of Rehoboth Beach has been a training ground in classical ballet and other dance forms since 2002. Sussex Ballet is a pre-professional ballet company comprising students from Sussex Dance Academy, under the artistic direction of Kate Downes Walker.
The Town of Bethany Beach found itself in a little unexpected controversy earlier this week after the Town posted a flyer advertising their popular Holiday Happenings event coming up Dec. 5.
On that flyer, they invited people to come to the boardwalk to see the lighting of the “Tree of Warmth.”
Dr. Christine Fox recently brought her 20-plus years of experience as a general dentist to Bethany Dental Associates.
Fox previously owned her own practice in New Jersey before moving to Delaware to be closer to her aging parents. She said patient comfort is of the utmost importance for her, and her patients experience, gentle, caring treatment.
According to data, 17.4 million households in the United States were food insecure last year, and 6.9 million experienced very low food security. And in Delaware, one in eight people struggled with hunger.
But despite what organizations like Feeding America were reporting, Bethany Beach resident Ann Raskauskas wasn’t aware that the issue was so prominent in her backyard until she saw it face to face.
That’s when she launched the Neighbors in Need charity, right in the parking lot of Bethany Area Realty on Route 26, where she works as a Realtor.
“I had a lady who came into my office last year,” Raskauskas recalled the early days of the organization. “She had four kids and none of them had eaten in five days.”
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and the Freeman Stage at Bayside will present the Washington National Opera at Delaware Technical Community College on Friday, Dec. 4. The 7 p.m. performance will be held in the theater of the Arts & Science Center located on the Owens Campus in Georgetown.
Toni Presley believes that town pride still exists in Frankford. She can’t wait to see it displayed at the “Christmas in the Park” tree-lighting on Nov. 28, with families, carols and Santa Claus.
At the Frankford Town Park, the lights display has already been a nighttime holiday destination for several years.
“However, we are envisioning a smaller version of Ocean City’s [Winterfest of Lights] … which means a lot more lights!” Presley stated. “We are also trying to get community involvement by having different churches and community organizations decorate sections of the park.”
Under the “Envision Frankford” team, fundraising is under way to improve the decorations for a full-blown town event.
“What we’re trying to do is get people involved in the town again,” said Presley, a 30-year resident. “I used to think how cute this little town was. But over the years, it just looks like people lost interest, which we’re trying to revive … We want the community spirit to grow.
The Church of Christ at Ocean View (CCOV) will hold its third annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free. All members of the community are being invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.
First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT), Delaware’s professional ballet company, caps its 14th year of exciting performances at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus with Sussex County’s longest running production of the beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Lighthouse Christian School is on a mission to teach students to honor U.S. veterans, filling their Dagsboro chapel at their annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 13.
A special tribute to World War II included student-led skits, prayers, songs and recognition of military families.
Before a full house of veterans and families, children sang songs from the 1940s, explained memory boxes and witnessed a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony.
Lighthouse Christian has two main goals, said organizer Pat Viguie: first, to honor veterans, families, current service members and those who paid the ultimate price.
The second mission is to educate. Children ages 3 to 14 put hours of work into the performance before the event even begins.
“We love America and we love our veterans,” Viguie said.
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will ring in the Christmas Season with the 65th Annual Candy Cane Christmas Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by D&D Stained Glass of Millsboro.
Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the M&T parking lot on Mitchell Street. The judges’ reviewing area will be downtown, near Dollar General. The parade will include lighted floats, cars and trucks and fire trucks and the sounds of local high school bands playing Christmas carols, while the kids anticipate the arrival of Santa in Millsboro.
Applications for parade participants are available on the Chamber website at www.millsborochamber.com or call the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777. There is no fee to be in the parade.
With heroin the focus of the nation in terms of drug use, the Ocean View Police Department has been working to address the growing local issue.
Ocean View will definitely be keeping one of the traffic signals originally installed for the Route 26 Mainline construction project.
Two traffic signals on Central Avenue were meant to be temporary, used during the wintertime detours this past January to March. But the Town of Ocean View requested these become permanent signals to control traffic at Cedar Drive and Windmill Road.
Although William Olsen doesn’t yet have the votes needed for Town-managed trash collection, he’s moving forward in an attempt to simplify waste hauling in Ocean View.
At the Nov. 10 Town Council meeting, Olsen modeled his current proposal on the Town of Bridgeville’s process of the low bidder providing waste collection.
Crime rates are lower in communities where the public is more engaged. If nobody reports anything, then suspicious activity will compound into a crime, said Cpl./1 Juanita Huey-Smith of Delaware State Police (DSP)
“Law enforcement can’t do anything on its own unless community members have an active role,” said Huey-Smith.
While online sale and trade websites are a great way to sell old items, the actual transaction presents a conundrum. Do you invite strangers to your home, or venture onto their property?
Why not meet at a police station?
Local police are encouraging people to stay safe, including Selbyville Police Department, which just became a registered SafeTrade location.
With Millville’s passage of an ordinance set in motion in August by the state General Assembly, firearms are not permitted in town buildings — or any building even temporarily serving as a town building.
Delaware State Police are collecting non-perishable food items at all troop locations until Friday, Nov. 20.
Troop locations are open 24 hours a day, which means the timing is always convenient.
DSP partnered with churches and other organizations to determine who needs these donations. Officers will
personally deliver donations.
One letter at a time, local students made history at the first Southern Sussex Rotary Third Grade Spelling Bee on Nov. 10. In all, 30 students (two per classroom) were invited to represent their elementary schools: Phillip C. Showell, Lord Baltimore, John M. Clayton and Southern Delaware School of the Arts.
First place went to Rosnell Lewis of JMC (teacher Yanira Stoker). Second place was Katelyn Wingate, and third place was Gabriel Young (both from Olivia Lein’s classroom at LB).
For years, the Southern Sussex Rotary has provided a dictionary to every third-grader in the area. This year, these books prepped students for the first annual Southern Sussex Rotary Third Grade Spelling Bee.
The evening started with words like “birthday,” “young,” “across,” “leave” and “true.” Although it was single elimination for the first round, they were allowed to restart a word after an error, since they’re younger than the usual Spelling Bee age.