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Relaxation at the shore

“Know your therapist,” is advice that Anne Marie Connor gives to anyone looking for a massage.

Fenwick Island approves $1.4 million budget

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council approved a $1.4 million budget for the town’s 2006 fiscal year at their meeting Friday, June 24. The 6-0 vote (Mayor Peter Frederick was absent) reflected the lengthy process that involved input from the community, department heads, committee members and council members over recent months.

Ocean View residents consider historic district

Ocean View residents heard from State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPOs) Robin Bodo and Preservation Delaware’s Trent Margrif earlier this month, regarding a possible historic district for their town.

The town’s Historical Committee is on summer break, but committee member Jean Athan, said they still had a few irons in the fire, and 20 people turned out for the meeting.

Psychotherapist, veteran moves practice

After treating hundreds of patients during his three years in Ocean City, Md., psychotherapist Dr. Peter Lamb will be moving his practice to Ocean View in the beginning of July.

'Affordable housing' study short of expectations

Sussex County Council Member Lynn Rogers last summer asked for the assemblage of a committee to investigate affordable housing options for the county.

When the investigative coalition (convened by County Administrator Robert Stickels) reported its findings on moderate-priced housing to the council Tuesday, Rogers found the presenters had mixed words, and meanings.

Public fireworks displays offer safe fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the holiday weekend with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Fenwick shops present unique choices

The Hastings family — John and Teresa Callahan — have searched the world over for the best in women’s fashion, silver, gold and gemstones, and their ships have been returning to port in the Village of Fenwick for the past 32 years.

BBLA remains intact, but changed

Despite recent talk of dissolving the Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA), the group will continue to play a role in the town for the foreseeable future.

For more than 40 years, BBLA has kept its members (from all over the world) connected to each other and the town, and it will continue to address issues important to area landowners — but with a scaled-down role.

County approves sewer

Sussex County Council moved okayed two sanitary sewer district expansions at the June 21 meeting — one primarily for what will become the 350-lot Forest Landing subdivision (Beaver Dam Road and Central Avenue), and the second for four developments planned, three for Millville and one for Ocean View, which will eventually bring nearly 4,000 homes (and 500,000 square feet of commercial space) to t

Citizens oppose one-way streets in Bethany

With guidance and input from the modest crowd that attended a May 10 workshop on pedestrian and bicycle safety measures in Bethany Beach, representatives of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Engineering (JMT) had recommended the town consider one-way streets for its two main north-south thoroughfares: Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues.

Pops for "Pops" held at Bear Trap Dunes

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster Mile” in Dover.

'Easy' is not a consideration

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster Mile” in Dover.

Bethany committee axes moral turpitude laws

Where’s the dividing line, between sensuously graceful, self-assured strut — and scandalous shimmy-shake?

Ocean View council hears from Thornton

Bob Thornton, owner of the Silver Woods Subdivision and an Ocean View resident, approached the town’s council Tuesday night to gauge the assembly’s receptiveness to annexing his property.

Equestrian dreams

A freak equine accident last November placed Shelly Townsend’s prospects for survival in peril. While attempting to leap over an obstacle from an overambitious distance, a 1,400-pound mare thrust Townsend to the ground and trampled her torso. The Millsboro native likened the impact to that of a NASCAR driver colliding with a wall.

Woodland avenue focus on planners

Three applicants, two with new subdivisions and a third carrying the site plan for a condominium (plus two single-family homes) development — all three on Woodland Avenue — came before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on June 16.

Stephen ministers here to listen

Three parishioners from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, and Pastor Steve Ackerman, traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. last year, for an intensive, 50-hour Stephen Ministries training seminar.

Those four came home and trained another 11 people, and the group now stands ready to offer a comforting presence and receptive ear for folks going through a rough patch.

Bethany CDP nears the finish line

Bethany Beach’s new comprehensive development plan (CDP) is one short step away from having the force of law.

After more than a year of work by town officials and consultants, the 2005 CDP received unanimous final approval from town council members Friday, June 17, at the monthly council meeting. (Council Member Harry Steele was absent.)

Renewed hope for beach replenishment

Bethany-South Bethany may get $4 million

Bethany Beach’s bid to maximize the town’s influence in federal budgeting matters may have paid off after all.

Send in recipes for the October 2 16th Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Entries for the 16th Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off are due on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Eight finalists will be selected from these entries to compete for cash prizes ($150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place), a plaque and recognition in the cook-off on Coast Day, Sunday, Oct. 2, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

Selbyville rocks with Old-Tymer's Day

Bill Lake struggled Saturday trying to fit a 6-foot trophy in the backseat of his yellow-and-black 1970 Buick. The car, which had garnered the award, could not completely accommodate the supersized prize, and its owner ultimately left the decoration dangling diagonally out of the passenger side window.

USPS discusses post office

The United States Postal Service (USPS) held a meeting Thursday, June 16, to discuss the new post office scheduled to be built in the Ocean View/Millville area.

Primarily, it was held to open communication with the public and make sure they know what is going on and dispel any rumors that may exist about the project.

County revisits homes in commercial zones

Sussex County Council members reconvened for a workshop-format discussion following the main body of the June 21 council meeting, and lunch, hashing out preliminary guidelines for several draft ordinances before a sparse audience.

Taste of Philly

Philly’s Finest, in the Lighthouse Cove shopping center (Route 54), offers north Delaware-south Pennsylvania cuisine, just west of the Route 1 hustle.

Chamber's visitor center now complete

Workers are putting the final touches on a major remodel at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s visitor center (oceanside in Fenwick Island, Route 1), and chamber staff have invited everyone to come check out the new look.

Bethany returns property-use decision to council

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission tabled discussion on the disposition of the former Christian Church and Neff properties at their monthly meeting Saturday, June 18, after Mayor Jack Walsh told members to delay any further planning until the town council first reviews options for what to do with the space.

Local filmmaker reports progress

It takes a lot of diehard, hometown pride to stand by east coast waves sometimes, and not many surf movies feature this stretch of Atlantic coast — but there are some filmmakers here.

A "Berry' good stop

Every summer, thousands of families flock to the beach to spend their days baking in the sun and their nights cooling down with ice cream and candy as they stroll along the beach streets.

IRSD sets tax rates

The Indian River School District (IRSD) moved to increase, and decrease, property taxes at the June 21 School Board meeting, depending not as much on where they’re coming from as where they’re going.

Budokan to host instructors

Instructors from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and Delaware will be converging to share knowledge of Japanese swordsmanship or Kenjutsu.

Dr. Ivica Zadrakovic founded the Kenjutsu International Association of Instructors in 1995 in Serbia.

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