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Chamber organizing annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

The 39th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, presented by Schell Brothers and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual event, located in downtown Bethany...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:16am

Summertime Bethany resident returns to sign bestselling memoir July 26

In “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” his internationally bestselling memoir about how a young marriage is redefined by the grips of mental illness, author Mark Lukach details how he fell in love with his wife, Giulia, and battled her three...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:12am

Tours offer glimpse into marine research at UD Lewes campus

A multicolored display of the Earth is shown across nine contiguous television screens and, with the click of a mouse, a University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean & Environment (CEOE) graduate student zooms in on North America, the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:06am

Delaware Democratic Party announces new executive director

Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser?Schramm announced Monday that Jesse Chadderdon has been selected as the new executive director of the state party. In addition, Travis Williams will serve as deputy director of the party.

A...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:04am

SDSA has openings for eighth-grade students

Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville has several openings for students in Grade 8 for the 2017-2018 school year, Indian River School District officials announced this week.

Parents interested in enrolling their middle-school...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:02am

Kraushaar named to the Albright College dean’s list

Sarah Kraushaar, a freshman from Ocean View, was named to the Albright College dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. Albright students had to attain at least a 3.75 term grade-point average to be named to the list.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:01am

Dinelli makes the Dean’s List at RIT

Jason Dinelli of Frankford, who is studying photographic sciences, made the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00am

Hrebik receives degree from Georgia Tech

Ashley Hrebik of Selbyville recently earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Hrebik was among approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:59am

Beachboard named to Dean’s List at Georgia Tech

Trevor Beachboard of Bethany Beach was recently named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:58am

Jolly Roger offering discount July 25 for toy donors

Join Jolly Roger Amusement Parks is celebrating its new partnership with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots at its inaugural Christmas in July Toy Drive on July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in a...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:56am

Nanticoke Indian tribe to host 40th Annual Powwow

The Nanticoke Indian tribe will hold its 40th Annual Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10th. The powwow grounds are located in the middle of a wooded area off Route 24, John J. Williams Highway. Powwow signs will be posted along...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:54am

New law aims to improve prosecution of DUI cases

Delaware drivers charged with misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (a first or second offense) will now receive only a single opportunity for a criminal trial.

That is the result of the General Assembly’s late-June passage of...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:49am

Sandcastle Contest awards prizes to competitors in event

Creatives of all ages congregated again at Delaware Seashore State Park on July 8 to partake in an almost four-decade-long tradition. Under the hot sun, contestants toiled away at their castles and sculptures from the moment they signed up, for...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:47am

Union Wesley to hold its 173rd Camp Meeting celebration

Union Wesley United Methodist Church will hold its annual Camp Meeting on July 22-23, July 29-31 and Aug. 1-6. Begun in 1844, Wesley Camp is the oldest camp meeting still in existence in the state of Delaware.

This year, Union Wesley will...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:53am

‘Vietnam Mailbag’ author, veteran to appear at CHEER

Journalist Nancy E. Lynch, author of the award-winning social history “Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972,” and Vietnam veteran Rick Lovekin will join forces for a program at 6 p.m. on July 25 at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center....

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:52am

Artists invited to capture Bethany in second annual Plein Air event

The staff at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is calling on local and regional artists to paint “en plein air” during the second annual Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Plein Air event, set for Oct. 5-8.

Artists of all skill levels and mediums are...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:50am

Members’ Fine Art Exhibition to open July 28 at RAL

The 79th Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition will open Friday, July 28, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Art League in Henlopen Acres. The exhibition showcases artworks in a variety of mediums, including: paintings in...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:47am

Nearly 100 classes planned for fall at Osher institute

More than 95 classes on a wide range of topics will kick off the fall semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware in Lewes and Ocean View. Fall classes begin on Sept. 5 at both the Lewes location at the Fred...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:46am

FOMPL to host their largest book sale ever

The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library are presenting their largest book sale ever on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22; and again on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, from noon to 7 p.m. on the two Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:44am

Oral history project renewed at Selbyville Public Library

In a quiet area of the Selbyville Public Library’s Delaware Room, there exists the oral histories of 22 people with many, sometimes little-known, memories of the town of Selbyville (first known as Sandy Branch as early as 1778). The stories are...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:43am

Tickets now on sale for annual Blue Jean Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Blue Jean Ball, presented by Hertrich Toyota of Milford. The annual fundraiser takes place Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyard in Lewes.

With “Denim & Diamonds” as the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:41am

Pet therapy now offered at Tunnell Cancer Center

Beebe Healthcare announced this week that pet therapy is now being offered to patients at Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach.

Beebe Healthcare offers pet therapy for patients, visitors...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:39am

Wings & Wheels 2017 planning is officially under way

This year’s Wings & Wheels event is set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

Things will kick off that Friday, with Aviation Education Day, during which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport,...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:22am

Peninsula Oil donates $5,000 to Autism Delaware through running festival

The 3rd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival in April hosted more than 3,500 runners, thousands of fans, and dozens of volunteers. The Coastal Delaware Running Festival, a Focus Muiltisports event, has been designated a State of Delaware...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:09am

Beebe offers support group for those living with heart failure

Beebe Healthcare now offers a support group for people living with heart failure.

The Heart to Heart Support Group is open to anyone who has heart failure and their caregivers. According to support group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:08am

Atlantic General Hospital receives top honor from Most Wired Hospital awards

Atlantic General Hospital is among the less than 1 percent of U.S. hospitals to receive the 2017 Most Wired Hospital—Advanced distinction, bestowed by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Only two Maryland hospitals received...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:06am

Health screenings coming to West Fenwick

Residents living in and around West Fenwick can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company will host...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:04am

Hooverville bringing blues and classic rock flavors to Long Neck

The band Hooverville brought Milton a taste of blues and classic rock during a gig on Tuesday, and they’re set to bring those sounds to Long Neck this weekend, in their debut at Live at Bo’s on Saturday, July 22, starting at 9 p.m.

...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:59am

Fenwick to consider allowing two votes per trust

Voting reform has passed its next hurdle in Fenwick Island: the Charter & Ordinance Committee will recommend to the town council that the Town allow two votes per trust.

It all began in 2008, with a change to Fenwick Island’s town...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:16pm

Ocean View council approves improvements to Melson building

Last month, the Town of Ocean View sought bids to alter the second floor of its Wallace A. Municipal Building. The work would include installing maglocks, card readers and door contacts for two new doors near the reception area, as well as the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:12pm

Frankford continues to discuss Mountaire settlement

In August of 2016, the Town of Frankford filed an appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to issue well permits to Mountaire Farms for its...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:06pm

Medical marijuana now sold in Lewes ‘compassion center’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The First State Compassion Center opened Sussex County’s first medicinal cannabis facility in May.

Delaware isn’t letting just anyone use marijuana — yet. But it’s available to people with certain medical...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:51pm

New partnership rescues septic systems from despair

When people move into neighborhoods with a new homeowner association, they may not know what they’re in for. It’s not just house colors and mailbox height. Sometimes it’s road maintenance and a neighborhood-wide sewage system.

That has led...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:46pm

Selbyville council creates stricter rules for grass height

Some local property owners may need to break out their lawn mowers a little more often. The Selbyville Town Council voted this week to reduce the maximum allowable height of grass from 12 inches to 8 inches.

That will let the Town begin...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:41pm

German grocer ‘Lidl’ could make big impact in Millsboro

They may have recently wrapped up their most successful Fourth of July celebration at Cupola Park in years, but for the town of Millsboro, the fireworks are just getting started.

At the regularly scheduled town council meeting on Monday,...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:32pm

Public urged to keep an eye out for marine life in the bays

Marine mammal experts this week warned anyone seeing dolphins in any of the area’s bays not to fret — the aquatic mammals are just enjoying a delicious feast of fish before heading back to sea.

“We get reports numerous times throughout the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:17pm

Delaware State Legislature passes Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Investment Act

Southern Delaware’s rural nature can be a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to wireless signals.

Some coastal police departments have complained about dropped calls. A small business that operates from a cell phone or tablet...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:14pm

Seismic testing in the Atlantic back on the table

The battle was won. For a few months, at least.

People up and down the Atlantic Coast had celebrated the federal government’s decisions to reject seismic testing and potential oil or gas drilling.

But President Donald Trump has...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

Ocean City Tuna Tournament marks 30th anniversary

There are several new rules and added entry-level calcuttas in place for the 30th annual Ocean City (Md.) Tuna Tournament, taking place July 14-16.

Tournament organizers met with a committee of past participants over the winter to...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 1:19pm

D.J. Batman recounts resort life through decades of fun

As we sit in the little alley between M.R. Ducks and the Marina Deck in Ocean City, Md., about an hour before Mike “D.J. Batman” Beatty goes onstage, the longtime entertainer and occasional mischief maker recalls what brought him to the resort...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 1:12pm

Ocean View Concert in the Park to feature Over Time

Continuing their tradition of offering free entertainment in the summer months, the Town of Ocean View will host a Concert in the Park this Friday featuring the Over Time Band.

The concert will be held on June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in John...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:55pm

Barefoot Gardeners Club offering free Story Time in Fenwick

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Susan Henickle reads a book about the American flag to the children.

The Barefoot Gardeners Club hosted its first Story Time in the Park of the summer season on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, at the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:25pm

DelTech continues to grow student veteran services

Delaware Technical Community College is making strides for its student-veterans. Last week, the college opened its new Veterans Resource Center at its Charles L. Terry Campus in Dover — joining centers at its Stanton and Georgetown campuses....

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:53am

Garrett Rogers takes to the field at Camden Yards

Photo courtesy of Orioles Baseball : Garrett Rogers throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards on July 1.

For Wendy Rogers, the simple joys of summertime seem sweeter this year.

That’s because last year at this time, her son Garrett...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:37am

Hydrate — don’t evaporate

No one needs to tell the weekly reader of Coastal Point that this region of the country can be very hot and humid in July and August. It’s one of the reasons so many people flock to our beaches. Society refers to the hottest part of the year as...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:06am

Millville considers annexation of proposed residential development

The Town of Millville may be growing by 31-plus acres, after receiving a Petition for Annexation submitted by Howard Robert Hickman Revocable Trust and Dr. James W. Schiff.

The property consists of 31.32 acres located at 32525 Dukes Drive...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:48am

Hope for Dirickson Creek means volunteer action

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper speaks to the Dirickson Creek Team over the new State of Dirickson Creek report.Having lived along Dirickson Creek for 30 years, Lynn LeBrun wouldn’t let her grandchildren swim its waters anymore...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:38am

Delaware court honors veterans, bailiff raises donations

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Oscar Gonzales, with his children, Diego, Niko and Henry, created a shadow box so veterans could display their awards anonymously.Prior to gaveling in the start of a Veterans Treatment Court session last week,...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Police, fire, EMS train together for the unthinkable

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: First-responders take advantage of hands-on training for active events. The training took place at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, and is designed to incorporate all elements of responders working as a team to...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:16am

Dickens magicians take their act on the road

Professional magicians have already begun to amaze audiences at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street in Ocean City, Md., with “Dickens on the Road shows” returning for the fifth year. The nightly magic shows feature eight magicians...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:59am