The ancient Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca has been attributed as the source of the quote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Apparently, the Ocean View Police Department and Delaware State Police (DSP) were “lucky” earlier this week when they were able to combine their efforts to apprehend an alleged burglar.
Softball fans from around the area can rejoice in the action that will be taking place at the Pyle Center starting this Sunday.
The population of Sussex County continues to grow. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.
And, yes, we have heard this for years, but the reason for this is clear — the population in Sussex County continues to rise, and there is no reason to believe that will really stop anytime soon.
Most of the town council meetings in this community — at least those who have an operational police department — include the police chief or another law enforcement official reading off that month’s crime statistics, or giving a general update.
Well, it happened. And we are all worse off for it happening.
A young lady, Anastasia Ciolpan, 20, of Moldova, was riding her bicycle southbound on Kent Avenue on June 26, when a vehicle struck her from behind and knocked her to the ground. Ciolpan died earlier this week from the injuries.
Reality hit a little too close to home again this week.
We’re now in that magical time of the year when the schools have closed their doors for the regular school years, and the families have started coming down for their magical vacations by the shore.
Unfortunately, we have also reached that time of the year where pedestrian and bicycle accidents go on a significant uptick, and many fairy-tale vacations end without a happy ending.
We like to think nothing really bad happens in our sleepy community by the shore.
Of course, we all know there are far too many bicyclist and pedestrian accidents during the summer months, and drunk driving seems to take somebody far-too-early from our grasps every year. There are also heroin problems, and organizations being hit by embezzlement.
The flags lining various locales throughout our community and others the past few weeks have been set up to honor those men and women of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. Obviously, that period of remembrance centered around Memorial Day, and all of our service men and women who died in conflicts around the world.
This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season around this community, and that means plenty of sunscreen, feasting seagulls, surfing, skimboarding, camping, fishing and more. Unfortunately, it also usually means more accidents and injuries.
It’s all-too-rare that we see a truly win-win situation in any walk of life. In government, that may be an even rarer situation.
However, we might be seeing that very circumstance happening in Selbyville, as officials there have begun planning the 10-year update to the Town’s comprehensive plan.
Who’s tired of all this rain?
Yeah, sorry. We can’t do anything about the weather. However, we can tell you about a really full day of activities planned for our community this Saturday, May 14.
While Memorial Day weekend is circled in red on many area desk calendars as the start of another summer season, it’s also important to note that the unofficial kickoff each year is Mother’s Day weekend.
In 2012, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of Millsboro’s Nicole Bennett. It was a disturbing crime, both by the nature of the death, and the fact that Bennett and Burton both worked at the Bayshore Community Church in Gumsboro, and were fairly well-known to many in the community.
As much as restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley left the area a legacy of great food, he also left behind him a tremendous legacy of helping people help themselves.
We typically use this space to discuss an important news issue facing the community, or sharing some thoughts we might have on improving the day-to-day lives of the people who live here.
We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.
An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively catching their breaths before the mayhem descends. Add in a schizophrenic spring as far as weather goes, and it results in a bit of a slow time.
The cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are budding all around us and the golf courses are filling up around us — yes, spring is in the air, and you can feel the energy and excitement all around us.
The Sussex County Board of Adjustment (BoA) this week denied an application from the Bethany Beach Police Department for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a piece of Town property in unincorporated Frankford.
There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of our federal govenment in terms of acting on issues that effect the day-to-to-day lives of Americans. A lot of that talk has come from the bald gentleman below this editorial.
Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make its way back to our little oasis by the sea.
The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.
But we all know there is more to school than the basics of arithmetic and English.
Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.
New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before, but it also translates into more year-round residents. More year-round residents means more students in our schools.
The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.
Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC).
Though, to be fair, the fees will benefit the people and businesses of those towns, as much as the fire company.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years of doing this, it’s that every town — every governmental body, really — goes through cycles.
So, yeah, that storm hit us pretty hard.
Many of us have grown a bit skeptical of snow and dangerous weather prognostications for the area over the years, as we have seen dire forecasts turn into little more than some wind and showers time and time again. But every now and then one hits us, and this past weekend was one of those instances.
One topic that continues to make its way into both the national and local conversation is the current state of mental health treatment.
In March 2002, the son of a prominent local businessman and politician took the oath to serve the Town of Millville as a councilman. And Tuesday night he announced he is taking a step back from handling town business, ending a journey that saw him serve as mayor, vote on the Millville By the Sea and Super G projects and generally see the town grow by leaps and bounds.
We’ve all heard the sentiments before, typically laced with a stream of profanity that we won’t be repeating here.
“Stupid road construction made me late for my meeting.”
“Are they ever going to finish tearing up [Route 54] [Route 26] [my grandma’s road] so we can just get where we need to go?”
“Are you kidding me? Another detour?”