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Public asked to report sick or dead birds

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Mosquito Control Section is again asking the public to help in the state’s surveillance and monitoring efforts for West Nile virus by reporting sick or dead wild birds that may have been stricken or killed by West Nile virus — a mosquito-borne disease of considerable concern to human health and unvaccinated horses.

IRSD Administrator enters town race

Joseph “Jay” Headman, administrative assistant for the Indian River School District (IRSD), has entered the best three-out-of-four election contest in pursuit of a seat on South Bethany Town Council.

Delaware Tech Owens Campus graduation is May 17

Delaware Technical & Community College, Jack F. Owens Campus, will hold its 37th annual Commencement on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. on the east lawn of the William A. Carter Partnership Center.

IR School Board considers calendars

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board will consider three options for the 2005-2006 calendar — one with the first day of school after Labor Day, two starting before Labor Day — at the May 24 school board meeting.

Shore Stop shows appreciation to customers

The Shore Stop convenience store (and gas station) in Bethany Beach will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, May 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Store Manager Amy Baull said her husband, Cat Country deejay Brian K. Hall, would be on hand May 20 to help out. He will man the “Prize Wheel” from 10 a.m. until noon, she said.

Volunteers wanted for May 21 Inland Bays cleanup

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Fish and Wildlife is holding its first Inland Bays cleanup on Saturday, May 21. The cleanup will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. There is still room for 40 more volunteers. Call (302) 856-5644 or 856-2656 to volunteer.

Many area students recognized by college

Students, faculty and staff of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies were recognized for their accomplishments at Honors Day ceremonies held Friday, May 6, at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Dr. Dennis J. Suszkowski, science director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., in New York City, was the guest speaker.

OVPD inspects trucks

Members of the Ocean View Police, Ocean View Citizen Auxiliary Patrol, Delaware State Police Truck Enforcement Unit and the Delaware State Police Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program conducted a truck inspection checkpoint on Route 26 on April 27.

ABCC considers taproom

Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) Members reviewed the “Scotty’s Bayside Tavern” liquor license application for a “taproom” on Route 54 on May 9. They heard testimony from several supporters, and numerous complainants from the neighboring Keenwick Sound development.

Dredging project hits another snag

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) plans to dredge the 3.9-mile Assawoman Canal may have entered a new season of delay.

DNREC and Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) attorneys wrapped up testimony last month, following the latest Sierra Club appeal of the department’s latest permit issuance to start work.

Fenwick restaurant offers a bite ... and view

According to Shark’s Cove owner Eddie O’Malley, the view is the easy part. This upper story restaurant, just west of the “Fenwick Ditch” (and around the block on Bennett Avenue) hosts a natural panorama on the Little Assawoman Bay, and plenty of glass.

Price tapped as the top Sussex County Democrat

Millville resident Shirley Price quietly reentered politics in recent weeks —– not as a challenger, but as an organizer. Price, a former state representative for the 38th District, has been selected as Chair for the Sussex County Democratic Party.

May 19 grand opening on schedule for new CHEER center at Long Neck

Sussex County Senior Services Inc./CHEER has announced that the grand opening for the new, 8,200 square foot CHEER Center in the Shoppes at Long Neck will be Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Tourney features $25K prize for bluefish

Anglers will take the local shores again this weekend, with more on their minds than just tall fish tales or a leisurely day on the beach.

23rd annual Families in Crises Conference to be held on May 13

Individuals and organizations focused on improving the quality of Delmarva’s social service delivery will gather at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus on Friday, May 13 for the 23rd annual Families in Crisis Conference.

County considers emergency housing request

With budget time fast approaching, petitioners have begun to position their causes on Sussex County Council’s radar screen. The First State Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) explained their mission at the May 3 council meeting.

DELDOT to host Rt. 26 workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation will host a public workshop on the Route 26 Mainline project on Monday, May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roxanna Volunteer Fire Hall on Route 20 in Frankford.

Hocker reports meeting at Holt's Landing

Millions of visitors frequent Delaware state parks in Southeastern Sussex every summer, but visitors primarily flock to the Delaware Seashore State Park satellites along the coast (Fenwick Island, Indian River Inlet).
However, there’s another nearby Delaware Seashore facility that receives considerably less attention — the Holt’s Landing State Park, north of Millville.

May celebrates community action

May is National Community Action Month, a nationwide event designed to gain support for and raise awareness of Community Action and its impact, locally and nationally and to spotlight the achievements of volunteers, staff and personal achievers in celebrating “helping people help themselves.”

Students Rally for school climate workers

“Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod.”
So ran the chorus outside Indian River High School on May 2, as more than 50 students lined the curb, waving signs and voicing support for members of the behavior management team.

State parks are now collecting daily fees

The state Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that daily entrance fees will be collected from May 1 until Oct. 31.

Castle urges visa exemtion

Congressman Michael N. Castle is joining forces with Maryland Congressman Wayne Gilchrest and 53 House colleagues to include language in the 2006 fiscal year Supplemental Appropriations Bill that he said would provide immediate relief to businesses affected after the statutory cap on seasonal work visas — known as H2-B visas — was hit for the second year in a row.

DeBastiani IRSD Teacher of the Year

James DeBastiani of Southern Delaware School of the Arts has been selected as the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006.

The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year banquet on April 21 at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown.

School district explains budget cuts

The Indian River School District (IRSD) enacted a series of cost-cutting measures in March and April, in preparation for anticipated budget shortfalls in fiscal 2006, according to an April 29 press release.

IRSD School Board candidates talk issues

It’s election time in the Indian River School District (IRSD), and residents will have a chance to cast ballots in favor of either School Board incumbents (Dr. Donald Hattier, DC, Nina Lou Bunting), or their challengers, (Lloyd Elling, Wilbert “Wil” Laird) in Districts 4 and 3.

Bethany Beach readies summer of fun

Bethany Beach is gearing up for another round of summer entertainment, with its boardwalk bandstand schedule chock-full of everything from country music and brass bands to dance acts and tributes to musical legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Jimmy Buffett.

Parade prep begins

Memorial Day and the start of the traditional summer season are still weeks away, but members of the Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee are already deep in preparation mode for the annual patriotic celebration.
Already, the committee has announced the parade’s theme — “Bethany Beach Celebrates the Five Freedoms” — and its grand marshal: Joe McHugh.

Ocean View considers legislation

Ocean View Town Council members passed three ordinances and studied some draft legislation floating around Dover at the May 3 council meeting.

Taste the best of coastal Delaware

The recipe is set for the 6th Annual Taste of Coastal Delaware. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 5th from 1 to 4 p.m. Taste of Coastal Delaware will be in a festive, tented area at the Marketplace at Sea Colony, Route 1, Bethany Beach.

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