Malie Godwin

Malie Godwin

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: There has been absolutely no rhyme or reason to this winter’s weather, but Malie Godwin isn’t complaining at all as she took advantage of some recent warm weather to get in a swing at Bear Trap.

This Week's News

Frankford candidates get in the last word before election

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Frankford Town Council in the Feb. 6 election. Voters will choose between incumbents Pamela Davis and Marty Presley, and challengers Dawn Beck and former councilman Edward “Skip” Ash.

Polls open Saturday at 1 p.m. and will close at 4 p.m., with voting at Frankford Town Hall. Those who are voted in will serve a two-year term.

Town again voices opposition to proposed Mews at Bethany

The Bethany Beach Town Council has formally made known its opposition to a development of six four-unit multi-family structures proposed to be built off Garfield Parkway on property that contains forested wetlands — 1.9 acres of which would be filled in by owners Stanley and Delores Walcek if permits from federal, state and local officials were granted.

Frankford officials continue to discuss charter changes

The Town of Frankford’s Charter Committee will meet next Tuesday to continue discussions on updating the Town’s charter.

Recently appointed Councilman Greg Welch said at the Feb. 1 council meeting that the committee met twice in January and is working on drafting a voter registration outline, as well as a provision that would allow for absentee voting.

Bomb threat called into Clayton Elementary, nothing found

A Frankford elementary school this week joined the long list of schools being harassed by bomb threats.

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

School district trades additional staff positions for cash

Having exceeded a certain number of students enrolled, the Indian River School District is eligible for State funding to hire additional staff, but district officials have instead chosen to use the money for other expenses.

County holds public hearing on community development grants

A public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was held Tuesday before the Sussex County Council.

Frankford election the next step in shake-up

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.

A change in the Sunday routine is miserable

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine.”

Two seats on IRSD board up for election on May 10

Election will determine reps from Districts 2, 3

Candidates may now file to run in the 2016 school board elections. The Indian River School District has two positions up for election on Tuesday, May 10.

There is a four-year term in District 2 (north Millsboro and southern Georgetown).

There is a two-year term in District 3 (south Millsboro and northern Dagsboro). Terms begin on July 1.

Boost your metabolism for better health

Metabolism is a term used to explain the way the body burns energy or calories. Basal metabolism, or the basal metabolic rate (BMR), represents all the involuntary activities completed by the human body to sustain life at rest in a fasting state.

Fort Delaware Society holds annual meeting

“To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and to preserve its legacy” is the stated mission of an organization known as the Fort Delaware Society. Founded 66 years ago, the FDS held its annual meeting at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel in Newark on Jan. 31.

Do you know the warning signs that you’re at risk of falling?

Last summer, we took a look at the increasing problem of falls. You may remember that I told you that falls have become a national health priority because of the risk of serious injury and death, and the dramatic impact on quality of life.

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library.

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Farber to make directorial debut

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Tripple Overtime: If beaver trapping is a sport (and/or cool), then Leonardo DiCaprio is Miles Davis (‘The Revenant’ review)

If you’re being rational, then you can agree that I am just as good an actor as Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only because we’re both renowned for our boyish good looks, and certainly not only because we both always shout “I’m the king of the world!” whenever we get on a boat with Kate Winslet, but mostly because we have the same number of Oscar wins (approximately zero, to be exact).

Central edges Indian River in district hoops rivalry

Indians reunited with Sturgis

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS freshman Antonio Jones throws a block against Central senior and former Indian KiAnté Sturgis on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS freshman Antonio Jones throws a block against Central senior and former Indian KiAnté Sturgis on Tuesday, Feb. 2.A packed house at Sussex Central High School certainly got their money’s worth on Tuesday, Feb. 2, when the Indian River and Central basketball squads went down to the final minute of their annual rivalry matchup, with the Golden Knights eventually locking a 51-42 win.

IR junior guard Mac Smith gave the Indians a 3-2 lead early on after draining a shot from downtown, with the Golden Knights sparking an 8-0 rally after that, to go up 10-4.

The Indians would put together their own rally to tie the game at 10-10, just before the end of the first quarter, however, starting with senior forward DeAndre “D.D.” Cooper pulling down an offensive rebound and drawing the foul to pull off the “and one’ play and make it 10-7, with senior forward Barry Hooper knocking down a three to then tie it up.

“It got everybody pumped. I think everybody played better,” Cooper said of the electric atmosphere. “It was a fun game. That’s my favorite team to play.”

“I said, ‘It’s a rivalry. If you can’t get up for this game, you can’t get up for any game,’” added IR head coach B.J. Joseph.

The second quarter was a different story, however, as Central jumped out to a 20-10 lead, and guards KiAnté Sturgis and Lashawn Hondy continued to find forward Richard Flemming underneath the net for easy buckets.

“When the other guys drove in, we were sliding positions. When somebody takes the guy driving, somebody’s gotta slide, and that wasn’t happening,” explained Joseph. “That’s something we gotta work on.”

IR girls’ hoops rolls Seaford, falls to Central

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman center Julia Jordan battles under the net against a tough Central defense on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman center Julia Jordan battles under the net against a tough Central defense on Tuesday, Feb. 2.There was nothing familiar about Groundhog Day for the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team this year. After a dominating performance against Seaford on Monday, Feb. 1, taking down the Blue Jays 57-13, the girls ran into a much more experienced opponent in Sussex Central the very next night — with the game ending in a much different outcome as well, by way of a 50-19 loss.

The two teams on the court on Tuesday, Feb. 2, were vastly different — as a youthful Indians’ squad took on an experienced Central team.

“It was a good lesson for me, good lesson for them — today was a good learning experience,” said head coach Donna Polk after Tuesday’s game. “I told them to keep their heads up, that was a good team that we played, they do what they’re supposed to do, they’re explosive, they play physical — they can now see what an experienced team is capable of doing.”

SMS girls’ hoops caps season with win over rival MMS

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: SMS 8th grader Kaylah Briddell dribbles down court against Millsboro on Monday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: SMS 8th grader Kaylah Briddell dribbles down court against Millsboro on Monday.There have been plenty of storylines for the Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball squad this season. Two of the team’s losses came against 10-1 Postlethwait, by way of a three-pointer at the buzzer. Then there was a tough overtime loss to a 7-4 Mariner. And the team also held defending state champion Central Middle School (11-0) to a season-low 25 points when that squad had averaged more than 50 points per game.

However, despite some tough losses to some tough teams, the ending to the girls’ season was almost storybook — mounting a 36-28 comeback victory against rival Millsboro on Monday, Feb. 1, to finish the season with a 5-4 winning record, and sending some of their eighth-grade leaders out the right way.

“This has been a story for them all year, in the fourth quarter — games where we don’t score, and then the next thing you know we’re scoring in the last minute of the game,” said SMS head coach Matt Mayette. “They’re just a clutch group of kids that, at the end of the day, don’t want to lose.”

That clutch spirit showed on Monday night when, trailing 15-13 at the break, an inspired locker-room speech from Mayette reminded the girls of what was on the line.

“When we were down at halftime, the talk in the locker room was really intense,” said eighth-grader and co-captain Kayley Belzner. “We had to come together as a team and figure out what we had to change.”

Second-half rally sends ‘Gang Green’ past MMS, 47-41

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: SMS 8th grader OrRyin Morris takes on the MMS defense on Monday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: SMS 8th grader OrRyin Morris takes on the MMS defense on Monday.Down 24-23 at halftime, the Selbyville Middle School boys’ basketball team rallied behind eighth-grade leaders to jump back out to the lead after the break and eventually hang on for a 47-41 win over rival Millsboro on Monday, Feb. 1.

While the back-and-forth battle may have been an exciting one, the ending to both the game and the Indians’ season was by no means surprising for SMS head coach John Frye.

“It’s important to get the win. But that’s the snapshot. The big picture is they played so hard this year,” he said. “They dedicated themselves. You always want to win, but they played so hard all year long, they gave such a great effort, so even if they had lost, I could never complain because of how hard they play.”

Ending their season with a win over the Golden Knights also holds added meaning for some of the payers — including eighth-grader Jalen Snead, who transferred from MMS this season to help the Indians on the football field as well.

Registration set to open for Bike to Bay Tour 2016

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce this week announced NV Homes/Ryan Homes as the presenting sponsor for the 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. To be held on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Bethany Beach, cyclists have the choice of a 30-, 50-, or 62.5-mile ride. A 100-mile century ride is new to the race this year, for the serious cyclist.

Criss returns to Clear Space to star in ‘Deathtrap’

Equity actor Andrew Criss, who appeared in the Clear Space Theatre Company fall production of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” will return to Clear Space to star in its latest show, “Deathtrap,” a mystery play by Ira Levin.

Fenwick council opposes seismic testing for oil and gas

Fenwick Island is the latest town to join a long list of municipalities opposing seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. Besides the potential harm to hundreds of thousands of animals, the town should not have to face the threat of a possible future oil spill, the town council decided on Jan. 22.

Area law-enforcement teams up for rescue

While many were tucked in their homes waiting for winter storm Jonas to pass last weekend, law-enforcement officials were out ensuring the safety of area residents and visitors.

Millville residents warm to the idea of ambulance fee

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) still has details to hash out, but the Town of Millville appears quite receptive to a community-wide discount ambulance service.

Frankford council appoints Welch to vacant seat

Welch will finish Carpenter’s term

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Frankford resident Greg Welch was appointed to the Frankford Town Council at a special meeting held last week.

Welch and fellow resident Dora Bell-Isler both voiced interest in the vacant seat left by Elizabeth Carpenter when she resigned from the council in December. Welch was appointed by a 3-0 vote of the council. He will complete Carpenter’s term, which is set to expire in 2017.

Following the unanimous vote, Welch was sworn in by Mayor Joanne Bacon and joined the council for the rest of the special meeting.

The Town’s annual council election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, for the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley. At the Jan. 24 special meeting, it was announced that four candidates — Davis, Presley, Skip Ash and Dawn Beck — had all filed to run in the election. Shelton, who had not attended a council meeting since Presley’s and Carpenter’s appointments by two of the then three remaining council members, did not file to run for his seat.

Donations still helping baby born with heart defect

Baby Coleton recovering ‘beautifully’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Grinning up at his parents and at complete strangers, baby Coleton Lowe is clearly the star of the show. At 3 months old, he doesn’t look like someone who was born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery within hours of his birth.

But community support has helped him get treatment, and helped keep his parents, Stephen and Amanda Lowe, nearby throughout the process.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Amanda Lowe said she wanted to tell the community. “We can’t thank you enough. You helped us save his life, let us be there with him.”

Despite an otherwise perfect pregnancy, baby Coleton was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, in which his largest arteries were incorrectly attached to the heart. In Coleton’s case, the pulmonary artery and aorta grew in each other’s places.

Sussex County reveals audit results for 2015 fiscal year

Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation on its audited financial statements for the 2015 fiscal year. Keith Hammond, CPA at BDO USA LLP, a firm of licensed certified public accountants, said the County was given a “clean” opinion and was in compliance with federal programs.

South Bethany resident submits FEMA appeal

Ed Bintz first raised the alarm about a drastic change in South Bethany’s flood insurance rate map (FIRM). Now he’s submitting a second and final appeal to encourage Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lower the numbers again.

Ocean View begins reviewing draft budget for 2017

The Town of Ocean View this week held its first workshop to review the proposed operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year and five-year Capital Improvements Program.

Expert advises against feeding, encouraging deer to visit

In some neighborhoods in southeastern Sussex County, grazing deer are becoming a routine sight. The deer themselves seem quite comfortable in such as setting, often simply continuing to graze as people pass by on foot or in cars.

Storm was rough, but could have been worse

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.