Just running a business is a big responsibility, but that didn’t stop Kami Banks from working double duty for, and ultimately winning, the 2014 Lighthouse Award from the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce last week.
One year ago, Banks (of Banks Wines & Spirits) was sworn in as the Chamber board president. That was expected. What the Quiet Resorts didn’t expect was the sudden resignation of the Chamber executive director just prior to the new board term.
Banks then agreed to fill that roll, too, doubly leading the Chamber for four months, until staffer Kristie Maravalli was announced as successor.
Banks was praised for handling the situation with “class, dignity and grace,” despite the obvious rush of running a business and holding two Chamber positions.
Both seniors and the people who love them spent a rainy Monday pleasantly indoors with the second annual Sussex County LIVE Conference.
“Of course, everyone here wants to learn about living safely and secure,” said organizer Sally Beaumont, chairperson of Sussex County Council’s Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities.
A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward in Millsboro.
The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) released third-quarter sales data last week that they said indicates continuing stability in the county’s real estate markets.
“These positive housing trends continue to be fueled by strong inventories, incredible buying opportunities and interest rates that remain at below average levels,” they said.
After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.
Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 24 to 26, 2014, has instead been postponed to Nov. 6 to 8, 2015.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays.
Sussex County announced this week that Melody Booker-Wilkins will serve as the economic development director for the County starting in mid-October.
“The County is very lucky to able to hire such a well-qualified and experienced professional from right here in our back yard,” said County Administrator Todd F. Lawson on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Martin Donovan, director of Delaware District III, Senior and Big League Softball World Series, gave Sussex County Council an overview of the 2014 series, which was held in early August.
“By all accounts, it was a success, including the rain,” said Donovan on Sept. 30. “Little League International has nine World Series — we have two of them in Sussex County.”
Earlier this week, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed as a write-in candidate for that office in the November general election.
Christopher lost the primary race in September to newcomer Robert T. Lee, by 21 votes. An automatic recount was held by the Sussex County Department of Elections later that week, which found the 21-vote difference to be accurate.
After another summer of the trek to the ocean being a little too tall of an order for some beachgoers, Tony Pratt of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management division stopped by Fenwick Island town hall on Sept. 26 to discuss dune maintenance with the town council. The core problem with maintaining beach accessibility, he said, is too much to do with too few resources.
After months of new oyster aquaculture regulations being hammered into shape, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to straighten that picture.
The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.
The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the progress of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) flood ordinance.
The County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which requires the County to adhere to requirements of the federal government and, more specifically, FEMA.
“At this time, FEMA has required all municipalities throughout country that participate in NFIP to update their flood maps, as well as the regulations that govern construction within a flood zone,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.
Sussex County students can earn a lesson in politics — and pocket a little cash for their education — this election season, as the County is once again is sponsoring its Election Year Scholarship Contest for local students. As in elections past, students will be asked to predict which candidates will win office in the 2014 general election, set for Nov. 4.
Sussex County launched Smart911 last week, an online service allowing any Sussex County resident the opportunity to create a safety profile for their household.
The Sussex County Council was given an overview of the Sussex County 2016-2021 Capital Transportation Program Request earlier this week.
The State of Delaware held primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in which 40 candidates vied to represent their parties on November’s general election ballot.
In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.
For now, concerned Harbeson-area residents can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Sussex County Council approved this week the withdrawal of a conditional-use application that would allow for a music festival on a farmland property near the town.
For the 21st year, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce has honored lifeguards from the area’s seven beach patrols for their outstanding service to their patrols and to the community at large.
“Every year, we ask the patrol captains of each unit to select one outstanding lifeguard who has demonstrated acts of bravery, gone over and above the duty, and or demonstrated leadership in some way during the summer season,” said Kristie Maravalli, the Chamber’s executive director.
Each year the Chamber asks the beach patrol captains to choose their patrol’s Lifeguard of the Year; however, many times, the patrols vote on the honor instead.
Todd Hickman, past president of the Chamber, thanked the patrols for their continued service to the Quiet Resorts’ beaches during the annual awards event held last week.
Delaware Seashore State Park, located north of Bethany Beach, is offering two weekend vacation packages this fall: the Fall Fishing Weekend and the Autumn Shores Getaway. Each package will include a variety of programs, several meals and a discounted rate for a two-night stay at the beautiful, waterfront cottages positioned along the Indian River Inlet.
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway are launching the 2014-2015 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of.” The Polish drama will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway.
The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified non-profit organizations located in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 9th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Oct. 4 and 5 in the Cape Henlopen High School gymnasium in Lewes.
After the crowds leave the ballpark and ESPN sends the lights and cameras back up to Bristol; after the celebration dwindles and the teams head back home; and after the popcorn is swept up from the Lower Sussex “Walk of Fame,” Delaware District III Director Martin Donovan starts taking a look at the numbers.
“Economic development for the county and the state was huge,” Donovan noted, after estimating that District III spent more than $200,000 locally just in food, housing and transportation for the teams alone as host of the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series, held in Roxana during the first week of August. “I think that one of the things that people don’t realize is it’s a county-wide event, as far as people spending money.”
This year’s Big League Softball World Series featured two teams from Delaware playing in the championship game, with Milford representing USA East and Laurel getting a bid as the District III host team.
Harbeson-area residents will have to wait another week to find out whether or not a country music festival may be heading their way.
Second suspect sought in incident, prior charges
A seatbelt violation led to the arrest of one man for heroin possession while another was being sought early this week after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.
Teenagers looking for a UV-based golden glow will have to go to the beach starting in 2015, when Delaware’s newest tanning law begins. Beginning at the new year, no one younger than 18 can use UV tanning devices at tanning facilities.