Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding held its semi-finals on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Dewey Beach, Del. Produced by Megan Raymond
Resident Bob Lowe discusses the headaches that new development and more traffic has caused along Route 54 Produced by Megan Raymond
Tommy Gibson can't see. The massage therapist based in Sussex County has been blind since the turn of the century. But Gibson uses his other senses to their highest degrees, and has been working as a massage therapist since 2002. Wochit
Local doo wop radio station takes listeners back in time. Produced by Megan Raymond
The beach season has been calm so far for lifeguards, but they know the worst is yet to come. Wochit
Towns put on free events at the beach almost daily. Why do they do this? Produced by Gray Hughes
Vineyard Wine Bar and Bistro is providing an upscale food and wine experience at the beach. Wochit
Ocean View Police Department hosted "Officer for a Day" a program working with 311 Tactical, LLC. designed to allow citizens to experience policing from an officer's perspective. Produced by Megan Raymond
Rosemary Connelly speak about learning to draw and sketch and tips to stick with it.
Chef Chris Parks has elevated the cuisine at Lupo in Rehoboth over the last few years. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
New complaints were filed this week on behalf of several former town employees and one businesswoman against Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum, including allegations of sexual harassment and unprofessionalism. Wochit
On the Millsboro municipal website, a message is displayed front and center about the town's new vision: "Explosive Growth. Retailers Wanted. Families & Employers Welcome." It's part of a plan that focuses on attracting businesses to boost the quiet little town's economy. Produced by Gray Hughes
State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn missed his flight Thursday after TSA found his handgun in his carry-on. Wochit
Some members of the General Assembly want to create a task force that would figure out how much money Delaware could save if it reduced the number of school districts. Wochit
Farming irrigation system damage on Donnie Calhoun's farm east of Greenwood. Jason Minto/The News Journal/USA TODAY
Security camera footage of possible tornado damage at Delaware Electric Cooperative Monday. Delaware Electric Cooperative
KK Kan Kare makes sure Rehoboth Beach residents do not run afoul of the city's trash ordinance.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson, along with members of the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute and members of Sea Turtle Recovery rescue a loggerhead turtle approximately 3-miles east of Cape Henlopen near Lewes. Coast Guard video
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the longest-serving Delaware senator, and his wife, Jill, fulfilled a longtime dream by purchasing a vacation home at the Delaware seashore. Video by Keith Demko
SoDel's Scott Kammerer at the newest Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Produced by Megan Raymond
A Dagsboro police officer was forced to kill a rescued stray pit bull Tuesday when it could not be made to stop attacking an officer from Delaware Animal Services, police said. Produced by Doug Ferrar
Marty Lamper, Concerned Resident of White Creek speaks about the proposed watercraft slips and a boat ramp Produced by Megan Raymond
Delaware Governor John Carney talks about his plan for prison reform in Delaware at a press conference at Legislative Hall. Jason Minto/The News Journal/USA TODAY
Wilmington police investigate a shooting on Sixth Street that injured a 6-year-old boy on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Adam Duvernay and Daniel Sato/The News Journal
Margaret Guy, Outreach Minster for Stop the Violence Prayer Chain, reacts to the city's most recent shooting, which happened near her outreach ministry. Adam Duvernay/The News Journal
View of the new Resilient Tunnel Plug built by ILC Dover. The Resilient Tunnel Plug is capable of blocking tunnels during terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Jason Minto/The News Journal/USA TODAY
A 17-year-old girl will not serve prison time for last year's fatal attack of Howard High School of Technology sophomore Amy Inita Joyner-Francis. 6/5/17 Damian Giletto/The News Journal
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- WATCH: Route 54 traffic headaches have no clear solution
- WATCH: Blind massage therapist uses sixth sense to help clients
- WATCH: Local Radio station takes listeners back in time
- WATCH: Lifeguards have had calm season
- WATCH: Free events at the beach add extra value
- WATCH: A new wine experience in Rehoboth
- WATCH: Ocean View Police Department "Officer for a Day"
- WATCH: Rosemary Connelly speaks about learning to draw and sketch
- WATCH: Chef Chris Parks shining at Lupo in Rehoboth
- WATCH: New complaints of sexual misconduct vs. Dewey town manager
- Millsboro says plan to draw business, residents is working
- State Senator misses flight when gun found in carry-on
- Lawmakers consider fewer Delaware school districts
- Irrigation system turned over during storm in Greenwood
- Possible tornado damage at Delaware Electric Cooperative
- Meet Rehoboth Beach's trash valet company
- Watch: Coast Guard rescues loggerhead turtle off Lewes coast
- WATCH: Bidens purchase vacation home in Rehoboth area
- WATCH: SoDel's Bluecoast Seafood Grill open in Rehoboth
- Watch: Police shoot dog during attack on animal control officer
- WATCH: Residents, developer argue over White Creek usage in Ocean View
- Governor talks plan for prison reform
- Wilmington police investigate shooting on 6th Street
- Wilmington shooting: "This stuff is nonsense"
- ILC Dover develops big plug with an even bigger job
- Trinity Carr sentenced to six months in death of Joyner-Francis
The popular word used to describe Kristie Maravalli's tenure as executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is "stability."
"There was a lack of leadership before she got into her position," said Damien Golden of iKande Advertising.
Golden, who joined the chamber when she moved to the area about five years ago, is in her first year on the chamber's board of directors. She said she always found Maravalli to be welcoming and supportive.
Last week, it was announced that Maravalli would resign to take on a new position at the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, where she'll oversee fundraising efforts. Lauren Weaver moves from events and member relations manager into the executive director seat. The chamber is accepting applications for Weaver's old role through Aug. 18.
With Maravalli at the helm, the Bethany-Fenwick chamber made great strides since she took the executive director role in January 2014. Bike tour attendance has increased 33 percent, Maravalli said. The chamber restructured its membership, put a strategic plan in place and launched a new website and content management system.
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"We really made some great strides in the last four years that I’m extremely proud to be a part of,” Maravalli said. “Through the years we’ve done a lot of different things. When I say ‘we,’ it is a we thing here at the chamber. It’s one of the best teams I’ve ever worked on if not the best.”
Weaver, who assumes the role of executive director Monday, is fresh off of maternity leave. But she's not expected to miss a beat. Weaver acted as Maravalli's second in command. She, Maravalli and membership manager Sue Nilsson all started at the chamber within 10 days of each other in 2013, Maravalli said, and they shared the same visions.
"I found them to be an invaluable resource," Golden said. "I’ve been a part of a lot of chambers. It was a refreshing thing to find the Bethany-Fenwick chamber. I wouldn’t be on their board if I didn’t believe that.”
Golden said Weaver possesses the same leadership qualities and "get-it-done" attitude her predecessor has.
For Maravalli, her focus moves to a foundation she says is one of the "benchmarks of business success in our community." Maravalli will be the director of development, helping the foundation that helps provide education in the arts.
"Change is bittersweet," Maravalli said. "But I believe change needs happen, not only for an organization to grow but for an individual to grow. It was just my time now."