News Briefs

October 25, 2013
Rehoboth makes appointments

The Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously approved five appointments to various board and commissions at their Oct. 18 meeting. Bunky Markert, David Mellen and Paul Hubbard were all appointed to the Planning Commission, while Priscilla Smith was reappointed to the Parks and Shade Tree Commission. Doug Popham was reappointed to the Board of Adjustment, and Mayor Sam Cooper said he would make one more appointment to the board.

All the appointed officers will serve three-year terms.

Rehoboth committee meeting cancelled

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission has cancelled its Monday, Oct. 28 meeting due to a lack of agenda items. The commission’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, Nov. 25.

Rehoboth trash pickup moves to once a week

Rehoboth Beach will begin picking up trash once per week starting Monday, Dec. 2.

Each Monday, trash will be picked up on the south side of Rehoboth.

The north side and Schoolvue will be picked up on Tuesdays. If a holiday falls on a Monday, trash will be picked up on Tuesday.

Refuse will be picked up in the central business district – Rehoboth, Baltimore and Wilmington avenues – on Fridays.

For questions, call 227-6181.

Sussex website presentation set

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the county administration building on The Circle in Georgetown. On the agenda is a possible vote on a proposed excessive dog barking ordinance and a presentation on a new county website. For a complete agenda go to

Epworth to host ‘A Place at the Table’

Epworth United Methodist Church will host a viewing of the award-winning documentary, “A Place at the Table,”  Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary.   The film shows how hunger poses strong social, economic and cultural implications for the nation. In addition, it shows how people can solve the problem of hunger – as has been done in the past – by deciding as a nation to make healthy food available and affordable. The film looks at food insecurity in America through the lens of three people struggling to feed their families and the implications of that challenge. Critics have been wildly supportive of the documentary with the London Evening Standard writing, “The film explains with devastating simplicity why so many go hungry in a country with more than enough food to go around.”

Benefit set for EMT Lombardo family

The family of Sussex County Paramedics’ Emergency Medical Technician Jim Lombardo is in need of the community’s help to meet serious family medical needs.  

To that end, Bethany Blues Restaurant in Lewes is hosting a Family Fundraising Night Monday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of all checks presented with a fundraising coupon to the Lombardo family. For further information contact Bethany Blues at 302-644-2500.

Rehoboth committee to meet Oct. 25

The Rehoboth Beach Communications Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25 to discuss ongoing city website projects.

The committee will hear a presentation from information technology supervisor Max Hamby, on options for new website designs and new city logos for use on the site.

Discussion will also continue on a supporting documents program that would allow public access to documents supporting commissioner agenda topics.

Finally, the committee will discuss a potential program to issue welcome letters to new business owners and residents.

Rehoboth board to meet Oct. 28

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, to hear three variance requests. The first case is for 32 Virginia Ave., where owner S. Robert Boardman is seeking to build a porch that would encroach on the west side setback. There is a two-family house on the property, which encroaches on the east side setback. City code requires 20 feet aggregate setback since the extisting house encroaches on the entire east setback. Boardman is seeking a variance to allow a 9.75-foot encroachment on the west side setback. The board will hear multiple variance requests for property at 122 Norfolk St. Attorney Jane Patchell, on behalf of owners Robert Randa and Patton Connor, is seeking one variance to allow encroachments into the side-yard setbacks of .1 feet on the east side and 2.8 feet on the west side of the existing house and 2.6 feet for the west side setback of an existing cottage. Patchell is also seeking variances from off-street parking requirements and from the law that requires two parking spaces for all residential units.

Finally, attorney Gene Bayard, on behalf of 29 Pennsylvania Ave. owners Mark and Suzanne Matan, is seeking a variance for a 13.5-foot encroachment of an existing porch in the southern front yard setback and to allow the porch to be enclosed with glass.


RENTED, NOT SOLD – Coolspring Cottage owner Judith Demeno says her property along Route 9 has been rented and not sold, as was stated in a story in the Oct. 18 edition regarding rezoning of the property.

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