ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

Millville Board of Adjustment approves welcome signs

The Millville Board of Adjustment held a meeting on Oct. 27 to discuss three variance applications filed by Millville Town Center Associates, LLC.

The applicant requested to be granted additional square footage on directional signage from...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:34am

Millville paints positive fiscal picture for town

Finances in the Town of Millville are “very impressive,” according to Herb Geary of the TGM Group, certified public accountants. Reporting on an audit report for the prior fiscal year at a town council workshop this week, Geary said he had “...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:41am

The Dirt: A tree grows in Millville

Millville is known for a lot of things. Fried chicken at the fire hall and the Great Pumpkin Festival come to mind. But a hotbed of tropical fruit production? Not so much.

Special to the Coastal Point • Ginger Hogan
Ricky Hall, an...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:49am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

DNREC cleaning up former gas station site west of Millville

Activity on a parcel of land just east of the intersection of Routes 17 and 26, across from Hocker’s SuperCenter, has been drawing curious glances and questions from passersby in recent weeks.

The project isn’t sewer expansion or...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:41am

Suspects linked to five burglaries in Plantation Park

Delaware State Police Troop 4 Property Unit detectives this week charged a Frankford man and woman in connection with five residential burglaries that took place Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, in Plantation Park, west of Ocean View.

The DSP...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:49am

Fire Prevention Week held at LB

On Oct. 13, Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff, along with members of the Bethany Beach and Millville volunteer fire companies, commenced a week of activities highlighting fire safety, in recognition of Fire Prevention Week....

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:30am

Dickens Parlour Theatre to feature comedy murder-mystery

Bethany Beach playwright Bob Davis is returning to the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville with a staged reading of “Pretty Face, Pretty Lies,” a comedy murder-mystery. It marks Davis’ 12th full-length feature play. Starting at 6 p.m. on...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:31am

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:53am

Millville council proceeds to bids on wheelchair lift for town hall addition

The Millville Town Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to send out a draft bid packet for a wheelchair stair lift for the town hall building. After receiving proposals, Town Manager Debbie Botchie said the two rough estimates she received were both...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:06am

Citizens consider Assawoman Canal Trail at meeting

There is still much planning before the Assawoman Canal Trail can be built – and many concerns to overcome. More than 100 people attended a public meeting on Sept. 30 to review the Assawoman Canal Trail concept plan, which has been in development...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:12pm

Charlie K’s to hold benefit for Friends of the Fallen

On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlie K’s BBQ in Ocean View will be hosting a benefit for Friends of the Fallen, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides services and assistance to families who have lost a loved one...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:37pm

Legislators host forum on yard waste disposal and recycling

More than 100 people turned out to discuss yard waste and curbside recycling at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company last week – and they came armed with plenty of questions. State Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) and state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:33pm

Mariner’s Bethel offering free lunches at new soup kitchen

Anyone having some trouble making ends meet can find some relief every Thursday at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, thanks to the new Feed My Sheep soup ministry. The weekly soup kitchen will serve a free lunch to anyone from 11 a.m. to...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:36pm

Public input requested Friday for Assawoman Canal Trail plan

After two years of planning, the Assawoman Canal Trail Concept Plan is ready for another round of public discussion.

A committee of local citizens and officials partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:54am

Psychologist brings 30 years’ experience to Millville

When psychologist Margaret J. Kay and her husband, Jeff, found the perfect location for her Delaware practice, they didn’t just rent an office. They bought the whole commercial property.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Margaret J. Kay,...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 6:16am

Great Pumpkin Festival set to return to Millville, Oct. 1

The end of the summer season is approaching, and fall is just around the corner. And with the crisp air and colorful leaves comes all things pumpkin, including the Great Pumpkin Festival.

On Oct. 1, the Town of Millville will be holding...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:28pm

State’s first-ever hurricane leaves damage, flooding in its wake

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 3:35am

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 2:50pm

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

Reports from the...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 1:33am

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:35pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police withdraw to station, power out in Ocean View and Bethany, downed trees reported

UPDATED (8:45 p.m.) Conditions in Ocean View remain the same.  Reports have been received that a tornado touched down in the Lewes area and 15 homes were damaged/destroyed.

The National Guard has assigned a unit to the OV EOC.  National...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

BREAKING NEWS: Non-emergency travel prohibited after 6 p.m., Level 2 restrictions go into effect

Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited.   Those who are...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 11:27am

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 9:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival

Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses

The first effects of Hurricane Irene are beginning to spiral into Sussex County...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength,...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:49pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

Millville discusses improvements, supplemental assessments

The Millville Town Council held its monthly workshop on Aug. 23, and the council discussed adding improvements to the town’s Emergency Operations Center on the second floor of the new addition to town hall. The improvements discussed include a...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:43pm

Millville council denies volunteers free access to town hall

Millville Town Council members stood their ground in denying the Millville Volunteer Group 24-hour access into the second floor of the Town Hall for ham radio training in a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, citing liability issues. The council had heard...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:22am

Millville couple celebrates their 65th wedding anniversary

Back in 1946 – 65 years ago – a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, the United States had just 141 million residents and current Millville residents Jackie and Noble Simpson tied the knot in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the pair, ages 85 and 84...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:09am

Millville P&Z reviews town’s signage code

The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission met Aug. 8 and heard a presentation on signage in the town’s C1 and C2 commercial districts from Town Manager Debbie Botchie and Code and Building Administrator Eric Evans.

“The land-use codes...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:53am

Christmas-ornament fire truck to visit Patti's Hallmark

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Patti’s Hallmark in the Millville Town Center will be hosting “Hurdy Gurty,” the retired 1957 Chevrolet Fredericksburg Fire Department fire truck that is the inspiration for Hallmark’s 2011 Christmas Keepsake fire brigade-...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 3:59am

Woodcrest and M&T granted variances in Millville

The Millville Board of Adjustments on July 28 granted variances to the developers of Woodcrest/The Meadows, for a reduced setback, and to M&T Bank for signage. Board members Andy Lyons and Tim Droney also voted to appoint Mark Reeve as the...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:25pm

The DIrt: Give a man a pond …

I have had a lily pond for many years. It’s a modest thing, 5 feet by 7 feet, with a preformed liner surrounded by rock on one side and a deck on the other. The water flowed happily through a simple little gargoyle fountain. But this year, my son...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:19am

Baltimore staple cools off customers and gives back

One local family is helping both vacationers and locals beat the heat, while bringing a little bit of Baltimore to the beach and offering help to a good cause. On the weekend of the Fourth of July, Glen Shoemaker, his wife, Rosanne, and their...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:09am

Storm brings 'atypical' afternoon for MVFC

Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:44am

Area prepares for extended heat wave

Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:29am

Millville begins process to revise signage code

The signage ordinance discussion continued in Millville this week with a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to discuss the next steps. Commission Chairman Robert Linett asked Eric Evans, building and code enforcement officer – who broached...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:54pm

Fire destroys Millville family’s home, but not their hope

Anger, despair, confusion and heartbreak are all expected following a devastating house fire, but the most prominent feeling in Dan and Eileen Quigley’s hearts this week was gratitude.

A raging fire broke out just before 3:10 p.m. on...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:52pm

Pumpkin Festival planners propose pancake kick-off

Planning for Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival is under way, according to planning committee member Kami Banks. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 2.

Banks said during a July...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:47pm

MVFC chicken dinners to return to the scene this Saturday

Whether they’re on vacation, a lifelong Sussex Countian or a transplant, if and when the time comes when someone needs emergency/medical assistance in and around Millville, Ocean View and Clarksville, chances are the Millville Volunteer Fire...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:00pm

AfterGlo brings beauty to the beach

The summertime sun and heat can be a burden for the skin, but at AfterGlo Beauty Spa in Millville, clients are finding ways to look and feel relaxed and younger. From custom-designed facials and peels, aimed at purifying the skin’s appearance, to...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:29pm

Millville P&Z to review signage ordinance for ‘conflicts’

At a workshop this week, after much discussion, the Millville Town Council voted to recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission that they revisit the town’s current sign ordinance at the request of Millville code and building administrator...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:53pm