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IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

Bringing people together

Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza is well known for its award-winning sandwiches and other ambrosial Italian fare. But on Monday nights, the Millville deli adopts the flavor of Eastern Europe.

No changes for Bethany council makeup

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice-Mayor Carol Olmstead and Council Member Wayne Fuller will each serve another two-year term on the Bethany Beach Town Council, as they were the only applicants for the three vacancies left by the coming expiration of their terms in September.

FISH meets council incumbents

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council chatted with residents Saturday, July 23, at the annual assembly of the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH).

Gas prices decline from record high

Gas prices retreated from record highs this week, dropping a modest 2 cents for the average price of regular unleaded gasoline across the state, from the July 19 record of $2.37 per gallon to $2.35 on July 27.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, nationwide, prices have fallen off 3 cents from the record average attained July 14 at $2.32, down to $2.29 as of July 27.

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting.

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney James Griffin to draft the program elements into ordinance form, thus starting the legislative process.

Dagsboro adopts new road width standards

Town Council adopted a packet of graduated road-width specifications at the July 25 council meeting. Developers had previously designed streets based on a set standard – 34 feet wide from curb to curb, on 50-foot rights-of-way.

Dagsboro hears from public on development

Dagsboro residents once again braved the heat to participate in local government on July 26, piling into the Bethel Center for another four-hour town council meeting.

Different groups had particular interest in this or that topic of discussion, but of interest to nearly every resident in attendance was the proposed General’s Green development — a 470-unit mixed-use development.

Marvel remembers Sussex past

George “Bun” Marvel remembers things most people never knew. At 90, Marvel’s memory remains crystal clear, and his account of a truly “slower, lower” Sussex County illustrates what a difference a few generations can make.

Appeals board rules on canal dredging

The long saga that is the Assawoman Canal dredging project concluded on July 26 — at least, as far as the state’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is concerned.

The quasi-judicial EAB handles things whenever someone appeals a decision handed down by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Artists take the heat

For the past three years, artists at The Melting Pot in Dagsboro have been working within their custom-designed studio to keep a unique art form alive.

Ocean Awareness Days set for Bethany Beach

Ocean Awareness Days are coming to Bethany Beach once again this year. The National Aquarium in Baltimore will be setting up shop on the boardwalk Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 25, 26 and 28.

Gas prices hit new record high in July

Record gasoline prices were reached again this week, with average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware hitting $2.37 as of July 19, according to figures from AAA Mid-Atlantic. That topped the national average of $2.31 per gallon, exceeding the national figure by 6 cents.

South Bethany nears finalized comp plan

Members of the South Bethany Planning Commission prepared to wrap an update on the town’s 1999 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at the July 18 commission meeting, with plans to deliver a few recommendations to council in coming weeks. (Council will review the update and schedule a public hearing before signing off.)

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

Millsboro agency merges with Bethany Travel

Cindy McCabe only just (in March) opened her Dream Vacations location in Millsboro — and she’s already expanding into the Bethany Beach-Ocean View-Millville area.

Competing teams, final details for World Series being finalized

Most of the logistics of Senior League Softball World Series have been figured out. All that is left is to determine which teams will be playing at the championship event.

“Right now it looks like we know Puerto Rico and Poland are coming,” organizer Bruce Layton said.

Line-dancing class to benefit fire company

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is in the midst of a new building campaign and needs as much help as they can get to raise money for their updated fire hall.

Enter 79-year-old Iris Mooney.

ARB concept rejected in Bethany Beach

During their meeting on July 16, the Bethany Beach Planning Commission eliminated the possibility of creating an architectural review board (ARB) that would provide style guidelines for area developers and instead decided to focus on ways of codifying architectural standards.

Ocean View B&B marks five years

Mark and Pat Culp said the happiest day of their lives was in 2000, when they threw away their cell phones, laptops and beepers and came to the Ocean View area to get away from it all.
Five years later, their bed-and-breakfast business is keeping them happy in the “Quiet Resorts” area.

Fishing taxes create reef system

It’s but a short drive out of the Indian River Marina to several artificial reef structures created by the state division of Fish and Wildlife (part of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, or DNREC).

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

Cottage Tour chair readies for round two

Sussex County has increased funding to the South Coastal Library by nearly 11 percent this year.
However, that budget supports just 11 staff members (four full-time, six part-time and a custodian) — not nearly enough people to handle this popular stop in Bethany Beach.

Council returns and hears grant requests

Sussex County Council returned from summer break to an agenda full of grant requests, and one request for a loan, at the July 19 council meeting.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Ed Kee picked up a $10,000 check, which he pledged to use in support of local agribusiness — vegetable farmers, in particular.

Assawoman dredging approval trumps appeal

Epilogue language in the state’s 2006 bond bill (a budget for capital projects, primarily) may have interrupted a state-appointed Environmental Appeals Board action.

Employers pass the hat for injured student

Ocean View Deli and Restaurant employee Dzmitry Fedarkevich is recovering and in stable condition following the July 15 hit-and-run that threw him from his bicycle and into the hospital with a hip injury and head trauma.

It may be a while before Fedarkevich is back on his feet, though.

Blueberry Lane star of show

The Blueberry Lane Berry Farm, west of Frankford on (what else) Blueberry Lane, hosted its third annual blueberry festival on July 16 and 17 — the “Red, White & Blueberry Bluegrass & Blueberry Magic Food & Family FunFest & Craft Show.”
And that’s quite a mouthful.

Man overboard rescued by anglers

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, through the U.S. Coast Guard station at the Indian River Inlet, has reported the recovery of angler Greg Ryan on Saturday, July 9, by a civilian fishing boat.

Bethany to host car-seat safety tutorial Saturday

The Bethany Beach Police Department and members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will provide an important educational — and fun for the kids — event on Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., behind the fire hall at 212 Hollywood Street.

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