I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

From the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City to stringing decorations on ones sitting in our homes, there’s little that resonates the spirit of the holiday quite like a sparkling spruce. But in the hustle and...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:39am

Santa Claus is coming to town

As far back as anyone can remember, Christmas has been a time of community. Whether fighting over the last Wii Fit or sharing hot chocolate, it is a season that is best celebrated in numbers. That is why this Friday, Dec. 5, the town of...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:52pm

Selbyville gives church bell a reprieve

At the corner of Church Street and Church Avenue in Selbyville, there is a… well, a church. And in that church – Salem United Methodist Church – there is a bell. Well, these days it’s actually an electronic chime that makes the bell-like music...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:48pm

Selbyville rezones 35 parcels to new R-4

Members of the Selbyville Town Council gathered for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, and quickly adopted an amendment to their 1996 zoning ordinance and map, changing the zoning designation of 35 parcels in the town’s R-3 zoning...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:58pm

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

Selbyville to host annual Spooktacular Parade

For more than 60 years, the town of Selbyville has celebrated Halloween with a parade, and this year is no exception. It’s time for the annual Spooktacular Parade.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be food, fun and, of course, the timeless...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 7:13am

If life hands you rain, plant a rain garden

What is a rain garden? How is it different than a pond? Who should plant one?

Sally Boswell, education and outreach coordinator for the Center for Inland Bays, answered all these questions and more for the Fenwick Island Environmental...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

Selbyville-area bridges to get repaired

State transportation officials and engineers are gearing up for a series of bridge repairs in the Selbyville area, slated to start in the fall of 2009. The three planned projects involve the replacement of corrugated metal pipes that have...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 9:54am

Selbyville approves limited well ordinance

Selbyville Town Council members voted on Monday, Oct. 6, to add a new subsection D — Wells — to Chapter 195 of the town code, regarding water. The new code adds the ability for property owners to add or use private wells on their property for...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 8:22am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

CIB board softens recommendation on landfill

The Board of Directors for the Center for Inland Bays bypassed a resolution put forth by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and instead passed a different motion, with a vote of 3-2.

The CAC approved a resolution...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:51am

Pre-construction begins on Inlet Bridge

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks, state and local officials, residents and others were on hand at a Sept. 17 event to unveil the design for a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:47am

Parents find an educational blessing at Most Blessed Sacrament

Denise Curtis and her husband wanted to try something different when they moved to Delaware. Their children had attended public school in Montgomery County, Md., and although that public school system is noted as one of the best in the country...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:09am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

New inlet bridge plans unveiled

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, many area professionals and residents had their questions (and prayers) answered as state and local officials unveiled the new plans for the long-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:32am

Ryan’s small-business roots core to campaign

For Kay Ryan, running for representative for the state’s 38th District will be like an extension of the last seven years of her life before her retirement.

Special to the Coastal Point • John Dux
Candidates for state office, Bryon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:26am

Little Red School House celebrates 20 years

It’s hard to miss the Little Red School House, complete with an antique school bell on top, on Bayard Road. The building, which blends in with the scenery and looks as if it were an actual restored school house, was, in fact, built just 20 years...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 9:57am

Popular local bread gets new local outlet

By popular demand, Old World Breads is now available at Good Earth Market in Clarksville. On Fridays and Saturdays, Steve Kogler’s Old World Breads, famously known and sought-after at the area farmers’ markets — especially for the cinnamon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:24am

Shh...a specialty shop right in Selbyville

“This Laundry Room is Self-Cleaning — Do It Yourself.”

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Wysper is a specialty shop in Selbyville that might save you the time and gas of driving to Salisbury or Ocean City to find that special gift...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:39am

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:54pm

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:12am

Sussex County EOC monitoring tropical storms

Officials at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center announced Wednesday that they were closely monitoring Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to pass off the coast of...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:03am

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Electric Co-op issues peak alert for Wednesday, Thursday

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, when its membership is expected to be using the greatest...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:06am

Bayside Chapel and Samaritan Thrift Shop a reality

“This whole thing has been one miracle after another” said the Rev. Rich Evans of the new Bayside Chapel and the Samaritan Thrift Shop near Fenwick Island. “In the past two years, this church has gone from a dream to a reality by the power of God...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:23am

Freeman Foundation to wrap up Summer Series with musical finale

As summertime winds to a close, many visitors and residents in the beach communities are reflecting on the memories they made this season. Likewise, Patti Grimes, vice president of outreach and programming for the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M....

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:11am

Brandywine Assisted Living moves into Fenwick

This week marks the grand opening of one of Sussex County’s newest assisted living programs. Brandywine Assisted Living, now operating in five states, was set to officially open its doors Thursday, Aug. 21, west of Fenwick Island. Located at the...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 6:27am

New church dedicated on Route 17

The Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, was downstate Aug. 14 for the dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a mission church of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.

During the two-...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 6:18am

Chamber’s arts festival expands

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BFACC) 30th annual award-winning Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features jewelry, art glass, pottery, sculpture, watercolor...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:36am

Millville fire hall to hold poker tournament

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23, at its firehouse on Route 26. Entry fee is $100, with two $25 re-buys available.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dealing begins at 7 p...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:29am

Fenwick medical complex nears ground-breaking

The Fenwick Medical Complex plans to break ground in September, after not quite four years of planning, including re-zoning, water and sewer development and other preliminary measures.

Coastal Point:
The future site of the...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:06am

Selbyville council approves zoning change

The Selbyville Town Council met on Monday, July 7, for their regular monthly meeting, and during the meeting the council approved three requests for zoning change from the R3 residential zone to the new R4 zone.

“This just takes the...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:14am

New community healthy to wallet, planet

The national real estate market is in tough shape. The local market has been touched, too, though there are signs of improvement. And anyone who follows the news understands that the world in general is paying quite a bit more attention to the...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:34am

CurveSmart — A digital personal trainer at your fingertips

CurveSmart, the revolutionary technology five years in the making, is available at two local Curves studios, in Ocean View and on Route 54 in Williamsville Country Village.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
A group of ladies takes...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Police imposter robs motorist

Troopers seek information on suspect

The Delaware State Police mid-week were investigating a robbery that occurred Monday, June 30, about10:15 p.m., after a person imposing as a police officer allegedly stopped a motorist and took their...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 8:58am

BREAKING NEWS: Bids opened in inlet bridge project

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in...

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 3:22am

Fish kill hits Dirickson Creek

Another local waterway saw a massive fish kill this week, as thousands of peanut bunker were killed in Dirickson Creek, off Old Mill Bridge Road, near Selbyville.

Rich Donofrio told the Coastal Point that he’d spotted the fish kill on...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:27am

Food is cheap--and grown with heart--at East View Farm

For less than what you would pay at the grocery store or a commercial produce stand, people can buy fresh vegetables at East View Farm on Bayard Road almost year-round.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Alyssa Ziff, above left, tends...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:52am

Old Timer's day hits the Big 52

Selbyville’s 52nd annual Old Timer’s Day this Saturday is sure to be a success. The event was started in 1956 by the town’s downtown merchants and originally ran as a three-day sale to bring people into town. The event was named Old Timer’s Day...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:37am

All aboard the Smile Train

Like many people armed with the right attitude and plenty of determination, Brandon and Kerry Case, owners of Antique Prints in Ocean View, turned something unexpected into an opportunity.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Max Case sits...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:28am

Chamber and Carper welcome returning vet

Last week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper welcomed back Lance Cpl. Jonathan Steele of Selbyville, a Marine deployed to Iraq last October. The Chamber, with support from Carper, sponsored Operation Thank You, a...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:37am

Mission almost accomplished at new church

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mission church of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, located off of Route 17, is nearing the end of its seven-year gestation.

By Monica Fleming
Our Lady of Guadalupe will soon be open for...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 7:57am

Selbyville approves neighborhood business zone at Hudson Road

Selbyville Town Council members on Monday, May 5, approved a conditional use for a 30-acre neighborhood business commercial zone in the town’s R-4 residential district at Hudson Road and Route 54.

The commercial use for Selbyville Town...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 7:41am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

Lord Baltimore Elementary students learn to 'Just Say No'

The fourth- and fifth-graders of Lord Baltimore were treated to a special presentation on April 17, of “Tar Wars” a nationwide program that started in Colorado, designed to educate America’s youth about the dangers of smoking.

Dr. Cedrick...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:04am

Collins named top teacher again at Showell

Jill Collins, first-grade teacher, was recently named Teacher of the Year at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville.

This is not the first nomination or win for Collins. She was named Teacher of the Year in...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:59am

Lingenfelter named top teacher at SMS

Mike Lingenfelter, sixth-grade math teacher at Selbyville Middle School, was recently named Teacher of the Year at SMS. In order to win, a teacher must be nominated by either students, parents or a fellow teacher. Through the nomination and...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:51am

Preliminary approval given to Selbyville Rite Aid

A new Rite Aid store in Selbyville is on track for a 2010 opening near the intersection of Route 113 and Cemetery Road, with the unanimous approval of a preliminary site plan by town council members at their April 7 meeting.

The 14,000-...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 9:13am

Book fair to benefit library, Delmarva authors

St. Martins in the Field Episcopal Church in Selbyville will hold its first annual Book Fair on Saturday, April 19, at the parish hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ron Shackle, chairman of the Evangelism Committee, said the book fair would...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 5:42am