Fenwick Island


‘When the Germans started shooting at us’: WWII veteran remembers time as POW

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.When Paul Wagner visited Italy, he sailed the Mediterranean, hiked into the mountains and was captured at gunpoint by German soldiers...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:48am

‘When the Germans started shooting at us’: WWII veteran remembers time as POW

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.When Paul Wagner visited Italy, he sailed the Mediterranean, hiked into the mountains and was captured at gunpoint by German soldiers...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:48am

Tidepool Toys & Games opens second location in Fenwick Island

Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.

Owners Sandy and Lori Smyth created the motto ““Toys...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:35pm

Rhythmic Circus to return to Freeman Stage on May 24

Rhythmic Circus, which has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm, will be making their way back to the Freeman...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 6:55pm

Barefoot Gardeners plant sale is for green thumbs and sandy feet

Kids, or kids at heart, can get a last-minute gift for Mom, or let her choose, at the Barefoot Gardeners Garden Club annual plant sale, on Saturday, May 10, in Fenwick Island.

“There are quite a few small ones that people can get for...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:01am

Barefoot Gardeners plant sale is for green thumbs and sandy feet

Kids, or kids at heart, can get a last-minute gift for Mom, or let her choose, at the Barefoot Gardeners Garden Club annual plant sale, on Saturday, May 10, in Fenwick Island.

“There are quite a few small ones that people can get for...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:01am

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

LaRoue, who has an associate’s degree in drug and...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:53am

Heroin hits close to home

With the use of heroin growing steadily over the last few years, many people have been affected. Whether you know it or not, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers may be dealing with a hidden addiction. It could be your boyfriend, whose...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:19am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www....

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:02am

Fenwick approves farmers’ market changes, oyster festival

Fenwick Island is taking steps to ensure the town’s farmers’ market can remain in the town going into the future, even if the property where it is currently held is sold. At their March 28 meeting, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:37am

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:32am

Delaware Budokan honors three students

Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:46am

Crabcake Factory sinks its claws into Delaware with new bayside location

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Every year, the...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:12am

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:12am

Lighthouse Yoga & Dance offers movement for all

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:35am

More volunteers needed for beach grass planting March 22

More volunteers are needed at Delaware Seashore State Park for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event, set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. The event, now in its 25th year, helps protect Delaware shorelines by planting Cape...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:10am

Fenwick offers advertising space on lifeguard stands

After the program’s launch in the summer of 2013, the Town of Fenwick Island is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise on the Town’s 11 lifeguard stands for the 2014 season.

Sign sizes and prices will be $800 for a sign 14...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:16am

Memories of WWII London linger with local woman

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Gwen Cavanna was barely a teenager, living in London, when...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:44am

Coastal Point celebrates a decade of local news

A decade ago, newspaper veterans Susan Lyons and Darin McCann joined forces and created what you are currently reading — the Coastal Point.

The first cover of the Coastal Point.“Susan and I decided that the community needed a second voice...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:30am

Fenwick Island actively asking for bids on shuttle service

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously this week to request proposals from potential municipal shuttle service operators for the 2014 summer season, acting on a recommendation from the town’s parking committee.

The idea,...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:15am

Fenwick Island seeks grant for sea-level-rise assessment

The Town of Fenwick Island is applying for another grant that could potentially help it and its property owners deal with the impacts of sea-level rise.

At their meeting on Jan. 24, the council voted unanimously to apply for a grant that...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:13am

Fenwick moves forward with shuttle concept

Fenwick Island officials are looking to make getting around town a little easier for residents and summer visitors alike, with a proposal to establish a municipal shuttle service that would take people from their homes in Fenwick to local...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:37pm

Beachgoers, mariners urged to let sleeping seals lie

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) is reminding beachgoers and boaters that seals are once again in the area. Delaware has four different species of seals that visit area waterways during the winter months...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:31pm

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.

Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:34am

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

“Unfortunately, what’s happening with a lot of these burglaries...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:55am

Local artist turns passion into success

At some point, life gets real for most of us. Dreams dwindle, passions fade, and the weight of responsibility can sometimes force us to make decisions that we never intended on making in order to meet what we perceive as acceptable societal...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:39pm

Chamber, QRCF to welcome New Year with full slate

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2014: the 3rd Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:58am

Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving day

The 6th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. The 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick Island, and then goes south to the Maryland state line and back. All are welcome,...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:57am

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:05am

Hickman receives Lighthouse Award at Chamber member celebration

Todd Hickman received the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lighthouse Award during the annual Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green on Oct. 17.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Todd Hickman...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:03am

Residents of The Refuge concerned about proposal for new apartments

A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.

Ronald Gray, who developed The Refuge alongside Coleman Bunting and still co-owns...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:21am

Ropewalk ties seafood with tavern experience in Fenwick

After netting close to two decades of success in Baltimore, the owners of Ropewalk Tavern have made a comfortable addition, introducing their culinary know-how and warm environment to Fenwick Island with the Ropewalk Oyster House. Taking over the...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:58am

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:55am

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.

“It’...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:47am

Banks to take over as acting director of Chamber

Earlier this week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce announced that Executive Director David Martin was resigning his position due to personal reasons.

Kami BanksMartin had joined the Chamber in January, having previously worked for...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:20pm

Three new builders join NVHomes at Bayside

Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the addition of three new builders to the community of Bayside, near Selbyville.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Representatives from the Freeman Companies and the new builders, from left: Marnie...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:54pm

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:25am

Part of Route 54 to be closed starting Monday

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) this week advised motorists of daytime lane closures on Route 54/Road 58/Lighthouse Road in the Selbyville area for the installation of a crossroad pipe at Sand Cove Road (Route 394).

The...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:18am

Lifeguards get a night in the spotlight

For the first time, local lifeguards got to shine in the night, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Lifeguard Award Ceremony as a standalone evening event.

Each of seven local beach patrols honored their top...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:29am

Freeman Stage to end season with ballet, doo-wop, fireworks

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with the help of Opera at Morgan and the Morgan State University Choir, will help to celebrate the conclusion of another successful season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:14am

Windsor teak offers furniture for outdoor living

When looking for outdoor furniture, buyers are often seeking something made well, something that will last and something that will look good. Teak — a hard, closely grained wood that is high in natural oils — is a seemingly perfect choice.

...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:26am

Barefoot Gardeners hold children's story time

On Wednesday, July 31, the Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding a children’s story time, with stories, songs and activities at the Fenwick Island Town Park at 10 a.m.

“The idea came up that we would start a butterfly garden in our...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:35am

Fenwick beach replenishment work to begin as soon as next week

Fenwick Island officials were told this week that work on the planned beach replenishment project being coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin there as soon as late this coming week or perhaps the following week and will...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 9:02am

Delaware beaches ranked No. 1 in water quality again

Delaware has always been the First State, and its beaches come in first, too. In addition to having top water quality conditions, Delaware’s own Rehoboth and Dewey beaches were recently again named superstar beaches for 2012 by the National...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 9:01am

Restaurant's off-site parking raises concerns

Fenwick Island officials and citizens offered a welcome to one of the town’s newest businesses this week, taking note of the immediate popularity of the restaurant Ropewalk. But the welcome came with a chorus of concern about the unusual step...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:57am

Designated driver service continues to serve overserved

When Bill Fox went to buy a bus for his new business venture, he didn’t know that it would be a meaningful exchange.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark Bill Fox takes a minute out of his busy life to pose...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:47am

Local beach replenishment timetable still uncertain

This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.

After losing sand from the dunes and beach to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the East Coast...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:54am

Fenwick Island cancels council election, prepares for change

There will be no election in Fenwick Island this year, although there will be some changes in the council makeup. Roy Williams is set to take over the council seat held by Vicki Carmean, who will retire after 13 years on the council, effective in...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:54am

FEMA lowers flood elevations in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island streets and structures were inundated with water during Hurricane Sandy, but updates to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps in the near future could actually lower the flood elevations of many properties in...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:51am

Fenwick Island Farmers' Market open Mondays and Fridays through summer

Those who missed opening day of the Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago will get another chance on Friday, as Fenwick Island’s market is one where people have a second chance each week to grab goodies that are fresh off the farm. It’s...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 4:48am