Communities


IRSD to try referendum again, while asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

The Indian River School District will go to public referendum again on Tuesday, May 7, this time requesting just...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:44pm

Chick-fil-A awards scholarships

On Friday, March 1, Chick-fil-A in Millsboro awarded scholarships valued at $2,500 apiece to four employees. From left, franchise owner Tim Sweetman, Brandon Lewis, Katelyn Hitchens, Abigail Simpson and Gabrielle Guy pose for a photo in...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:42pm

From left, Bob Suttmiller, Colin Mullen, Andrea Kohler, Christine Arancio and Mike Hunt get together at the Giant Foods in Millville as the athletes present the store managers a plaque to thank them for hiring Special Olympics athletes.

Giant recognized for supporting local Riptide athletes

Giant Foods in Millville does more than sell food — they also support local organizations, including Special Olympics.

In fact, Giant employs four of the local Sussex Riptide Special Olympics athletes — Colin Mullen, Katie Bowers, Andrea...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:39pm

Local Lego club putting the pieces together at library

Stop in at the South Coastal Library on a Saturday, and some of the coolest kids around might be building some super-awesome things.

Started last summer, the library’s Lego Club has continued through the winter, with a solid group of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:27pm

Short story contest open for submissions

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which is in its seventh year, is now open for submissions. The contest, which is organized by Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books, invites writers to submit stories of 500 to 3,...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:05am

Beans, Birds, & Beer on tap for March 9

The 2019 Beans, Birds, & Beer (BB&B) series is in full swing, with the next trip scheduled for March 9 in Southern Delaware.

Locally-based Delmarva Birding Weekends is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore for year-...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:20pm

Delaware a ‘microcosm’ of U.S. slave stats pre-Civil War

Although Sussex County had the largest numbers of slaves of the three Delaware counties during the first century of the United States’ existence, slavery was not a large part of life here, according to a Delaware history interpreter who spoke at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:13pm

Donations sought to support students looking for Pathways

Imagine going to high school and not having enough money to buy lunch… What would you do?

Sussex Technical High School teacher assistant Jacques O. Bowe Jr. is finding out that many of his students are dealing with just that issue.

...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:11pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

Bayshore Community Church’s rEcess program offers parents of children with disabilities a night out once a month, and a fun evening for the children.

Bayshore offers rEcess to families with special needs

Bayshore Community Church is looking to support families with special needs by providing a once-a-month respite.

Program Director Birgitta Canfield said she and her husband had attended a fundraiser for rEcess and fell in love with the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:25pm

First Saturday for March focuses on women’s history

DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will explore the stories and contributions of Delaware women on March 2 for the park’s monthly First Saturday in the First State program. The day’s schedule will feature a variety of free events and activities...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

March is Youth Art Month at Selbyville library

For the staff of the Selbyville Public Library, March is always an exciting month because it ushers in local artwork produced by students in celebration of National Youth Art Month. The display brings with it an increase in patronage and pride,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:18am

Race to support ‘Coach Nic’ Scholarship at Sussex Tech

On Saturday, March 9, Sussex Technical High School will host its inaugural 5K Race for Coach Nic.

The proceeds from the race will support the scholarship created in honor of the school’s former social studies and history teacher, who was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:01am

Ocean City Breakers AAU basketball organization hosts camp

The Ocean City Breakers AAU basketball organization hosted a camp for local youth that included kids from the Indian River and Cape Henlopen school districts, as well as some from Maryland schools, on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Indian...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:59am

For the sixth annual Girl Scout Cookie promotion in SoDel Concepts restaurants, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria has whipped up fried ice cream made with Samoas. All 10 restaurants will bring their desserts to the Girl Scout Cookie Throw Down on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro.

SoDel Concepts’ Girl Scout Cookie promotion returns

For the sixth year, SoDel Concepts is featuring its Girl Scout Cookie dessert promotion. On Feb. 13 to March 14, each of the company’s 10 restaurants featured a dessert made with a flavor of the cookies.

The friendly contest between the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:46am

Riders from a previous Ride for Hospice event. The next event will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at The Freeman Fitness Center.

Neighbors support Delaware Hospice at Sea Colony’s Ride for Hospice

It takes a special kind of person to embrace a career helping people. For Peggy Dolby and her “fleet” of 385 very special volunteers who help, “The...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:26am

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am

Old-school cookin’

American Legion chicken-and-dumpling dinner keeps ‘slippery’ tradition alive

Years ago, chicken-and-dumpling dinners were extremely common in Southern Delaware — it seemed like every fire house and church had them several times a year.

Not so much anymore.

So when they do come around, it’s a chance to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:19am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Mardi Gras

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Friends of the Selbyville Public Library held their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the public library. Notes on the Beach provided entertainment while event-...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:39am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Millville seeks resident to fill vacant town council seat

There will be no town council election in Millville again this year, but there is an opening that will need to be filled, as Council Treasurer Susan Brewer is stepping down from her seat on the council.

The Town received only two candidate...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:57pm

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:53pm

The Selbyville Public Library will be the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the Mardi Gras benefit.

Party like it’s Mardi Gras at Selbyville library fundraiser

Live music and fine food will carry guests to the Big Easy at this weekend’s Mardi Gras benefit for the Selbyville Public Library.

New Orleans provides the lively theme for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:43pm

George Downing, manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Millsboro, has been working in the store since December, getting ready for the Feb. 9 grand opening.

Tractor Supply Co. opens Millsboro store

Chicks coming soon!

Tractor Supply Co., a nationwide retail chain that offers everything from chicks to tractor tires, has opened a location in Millsboro.

The Millsboro store, located at 28668 Dupont Highway (Route 113), held its grand opening on Saturday,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Beware of veterans’ charity scams and wasteful spending

There’s some bad news and some good news to report. First, the bad news: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there was a long list of veteran charity scams that operated under names that sounded legitimate but cheated good-hearted,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beebe welcomes Gleason

Beebe Healthcare recently welcomed its new director of Laboratory Services, Steven Gleason, MBA, MT (ASCP). Prior to joining Beebe, Gleason worked for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital–Hamilton Campus, where he was also the director.

...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:25pm

Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

Kristina and Sean Malone started Santa’s Letters this last holiday season, and will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for continued local projects.

Santa’s Letters gets a pasta-tive response

Spaghetti-dinner fundraiser planned for March 2

The husband-and-wife team that started Santa’s Letters — a local organization that sent out hundreds of letters to children during the holiday season and helped a dozen local families have a better Christmas — will be holding a spaghetti dinner...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

Southern Delaware Chorale to honor Black History Month

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Colin Armstrong, will present a concert called “A Choral Patchwork,” in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Gallo Gives presents their donation to DE Leukemia & Lymphoma

Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the Gallo Gives Foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty said they have continued to watch the foundation flourish.

The...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:50am

Women’s Civic Club makes donations to local non-profits

The Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach recently made a number of donations to local non-profits and community groups.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, the WCCBB Executive Board — President B.J. Hildebrand, Vice-President Kay Houston, Treasurer...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council members, from left, Sean McCrystal, Casey Gabbard, Brendon Bradford, Tatum Vorsteg, Grace Short and Isabell Ashley, gather the donations to the group’s recent coat drive.

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School holds coat drive

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council held a coat drive. Students were asked to give new or gently worn coats, scarves, hats and gloves to be donated to the Seton Center in Princess...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Delaware delegation introduces Paycheck Fairness Act

Last week, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) joined Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and their Democratic colleagues to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:26am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:14am

Jan Seitz reads Peggy Parish’s ‘Amelia Bedelia’ in her classrom at East Millsboro Elementary School during World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, Jan. 31.

You don’t have to be a strong reader to love books

Winged keys hang from the ceiling. A wizard’s hat sits in the corner. The teacher is holding a magic wand and a great novel, and her students are spellbound.

At East Millsboro Elementary School, second graders celebrated World Read Aloud...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Accepting the grant at Lord Baltimore Elementary School are, from left: Mia Lambert, Kristian Victor, Lord Baltimore Assistant Principal Barkley Heck, Mark Cappo, Meredith Goldman, Chloe Kishel, Chase Mutz, Ben Miller and Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb.

Two IRSD schools receive $500 grants from ExxonMobil

Lord Baltimore and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools have each received $500 grants from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance for the purchase of classroom supplies for math and science. The grants were sponsored by Cato Gas & Oil and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm

Polar Bear plungers rush into the Atlantic Ocean in Lewes on Saturday, Feb. 2. Event proceeds will go to support Special Olympics Delaware.

Inland Bays Foundation establishes advocacy program in memorial to Austin, Moyer

The Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) announced this week that it is establishing the Austin-Moyer Citizens Advocacy Program as a memorial to Sussex County residents John Austin and Bill Moyer, to continue their legacy of working to protect the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:03pm

Black History Month program to focus on museum, memorial

“Exploring America’s Racism: Featuring the National Memorial for Peace & Justice” will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Lewes Public Library.

Co-hosted by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:56am

Dewey Beach Winter Gala set for Feb. 23

The Dewey Beach Winter Gala, conceptualized by the Dewey Business Partnership, is an annual event where locals turns out to raise funds for the town and its public-safety services. This year, the Gala will fall on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.,...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:04am

Clayton to celebrate 70 years of movie magic

In 1949, Harry S. Truman was president, Joe DiMaggio was playing for the New York Yankees and Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre opened its doors for the first time.

The single-screen theater was built by Dagsboro natives and brothers-in-law Pete...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:44am

Last year’s Night to Shine event was a huge hit, for both participants and volunteers.

Night to Shine offering special prom experience

Remember the excitement of high school prom? Picking out the perfect dress, getting a corsage and dancing the night away with friends? Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be hosting its Third Annual...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:38am

Bethany Beach preparing for summer with new projects

It may feel like winter outside, but Bethany Beach officials are already looking toward the summer season with a number of projects targeted at improving the town in its summertime glory.

The Bethany Beach Town Council on Friday, Jan. 18,...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:35am