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Former sports writer to sign novel in Bethany on Aug. 6

Author Adam Gordon Sachs will be signing his book “Three Yards & a Plate of Mullet” at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, Aug. 6, and will also discuss his experiences working as a sports writer and discuss themes of journalism, personal...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 8:05am

Local musicians get their time under the lights

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mama’s Black Sheep jams out on stage during the first Locals event at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.For the fifth season, the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is hosting its Locals under the Lights...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:52am

Readers donate a favorite and buy someone else’s

Book lovers from all over Sussex County and beyond get the chance to both donate and buy books during the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Summer Book Sale.

The Friends of the South Coastal Library — a group of volunteers that...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:47am

Magic, mysticism and mentalists at Dickens theatre

John StetsonWhat is it about magic that draws people in, regardless of age, background, or personality? Is it the allure of the mysterious, of the unknown? Is it the attraction of darkened theaters, thick velvet curtains and buttered popcorn? The...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:38am

School board wants consistent rules for school choice

Kevin Patterson’s third-grade daughter has found success in the Indian River School District, and he looked forward to sending his son to kindergarten this fall. But, living outside the district, the boy isn’t guaranteed a spot, and the school...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:55pm

Weaver taking over as Chamber director

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday the resignation of executive director Kristie Maravalli, who will become the director of development for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Lauren Weaver, currently the events and...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:53pm

Family donates a historic $10M toward Beebe upgrades

It might be one of the biggest charitable donations ever in Sussex County, and it’s coming from Atlanta, Ga. But the Rollins family hasn’t forgotten its roots in Lewes or their love for Beebe hospital.

That’s why Margaret “Peggy” Rollins...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:52pm

State plans for Fenwick lighthouse and keeper’s home

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse’s keeper’s house, on the left, will become a public historical site, if state historians can get their plans, and finances, approved.In days gone by, sailors looked for the beacon on dark...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:45pm

Forget ‘Rock ’n’ Roll High School — try rock summer camp

School band isn’t a perfect fit for some kids — even for the musicians among them. Some desire to enhance their performing abilities and get a chance to stand out while rocking the house.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Students at last year’...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:39pm

Work progressing on Bayhealth campus near Milford

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus project now under construction outside of Milford.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Rendering The Bayhealth Sussex facility outside of Milford is expected to...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:31pm

Millville committee gives annexation a thumbs-up

The Millville Annexation Committee met on July 20 and unanimously agreed to recommend annexation of a 31.32-acre property to the town council.

A petition for annexation has been submitted by the Howard Robert Hickman Revocable Trust and Dr...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:30pm

‘Delaware History’ documents the Civil War years

I previously published a column titled “Read all about it! — A guide to Civil War Delaware.” (Coastal Point, Aug. 31, 2012). It included a list of publications that dealt with Delaware’s involvement in the Civil War.

Included among these...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:13pm

Police warn residents to beware of multiple phone scams

No one ever wants to receive a phone call from a loved one in trouble, but authorities are asking the public to be wary and remember that those callers may not be who they say they are.

One Ocean View man received a call from a man who...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:17pm

New store aims to give Ocean View something to party about

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Ocean View now has a party store to call its very own, as a Rehoboth Beach-based business has opened a...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:14pm

Berry Lovers Farm gets an organic start in Clarksville

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Berry Lovers Farm sticks to its roots by farming organically grown produce in Clarksville.

This...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:12pm

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum makes waves in Delaware history

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Mountainous waves swell overhead as a Spanish fleet drifts helplessly in the storm....

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:09pm

Double the music in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Craig Reeves of Over Time Band gets down during their performance during the last Concerts in the Park event.The Ocean View community is getting a double dose of music this year during the Ocean View Summer Concert...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:06pm

Millsboro book sale extends to a second weekend

The Millsboro Public Library’s used book sale will continue for its second weekend on Friday, July 28, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Friday, books will be sold individually; paperback books sell for $1...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:03pm

Bear Trap Dunes to host Blues & Brews event

Bear Trap Dunes will host a Blues & Brews event on Saturday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the front lawn and amphitheater of Bear Trap, located at 7 Clubhouse Road in Ocean View. The debut event mimics the previously held autumn festival at...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:02pm

Vendor sale returns to Bethany fire hall

The next Vendor Sale at the Bethany Beach fire hall at 215 Hollywood Street will be Sunday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are being strongly encouraged to enter the fire hall off Hollywood Street.

There will be a variety of...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:01pm

Science and salt air: Sun Otter Tours show off science tours beyond the beach

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, seines the bay.Seaweed tastes a little different when pulled straight from the ocean. Visitors laughed as they tentatively nibbled a bite of sea lettuce...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:37am

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit Mariner’s Hope Center

This weekend, community members and visitors to the area can get a taste of award-winning barbecue while supporting Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s planned Hope Center. The barbecue fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 29, from 10...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 8:07am

South Bethany police demand proper pay from town

South Bethany’s six fulltime police officers are alleging they have not been paid or promoted as they should be. A June 30 demand letter from the officers centers around promotion issues for some officers and holiday pay for all officers.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:35am

AG’s Office scolds South Bethany for FOIA violation in staff firing

In the Town of South Bethany, the town manager oversees staff and day-to-day operations. He or she serves at the pleasure of the town council and can be fired for any reason.

But after former town manager Melvin Cusick’s contract with the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:33am

Dagsboro offer for school resource officer rejected by IRSD

At the monthly town council meeting on July 17, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey reported to the council on his presentation to the Indian River School District regarding the role of school resource officer.

Dagsboro had asked Toomey to...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:31am

CHEER, La Red address concerns about health pilot program

Representatives of La Red Health Center joined CHEER Executive Director Kenneth Bock for a meeting with CHEER members at the Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View on Thursday, July 13, to discuss the upcoming addition of health services at the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:30am

County council discusses special-events ordinance

After County Councilman George Cole said he had received calls regarding concerts at Hudson Fields outside of Milton, he asked staff to review what ordinances were in place to govern such events.

Following a presentation to the council by...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:28am

Middlesex couple has devoted decades to their careers

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Edgar and Judy Bennett have dedicated decades of their lives into their respective fields, as well as each other.Lying back on the dental chair in Dr. Asher Carey’s office, Judy Bennett was getting her...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:23am

Sea Colony reminding drivers that its roads are private

Delaware’s inland bays are beautiful, but they leave room only for a handful of roadways to the beach. And after decades of not enforcing posted signs to that effect, this summer, Sea Colony is restricting public use of the community’s private...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:57am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

When seconds matter

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Point reporter Maria Counts goes into full tactical mode during a training opportunity presented to members of the public by the Ocean View Police Department.Three seconds. That’s all it takes to make a life-and-...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:48am

Bethany Beach arcade adds new games in the name of Shore Fun

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.This summer, Arnie’s Playland is...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:08am

Good Earth offering dining from its organic garden

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Shrimp and grits is just one of the fresh dishes made a Good Earth Market.It seems fitting that an organic market has grown at such a… well… organic pace since it first opened 14 years ago.

Good Earth...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:04am

Bethany Beach to celebrate Périers Day on July 27

On Thursday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. The Town will also be host to French guests visiting as part of a three-city tour that includes...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:03am

Bigger venue means bigger concerts for Salted Vines

Coastal Point • Samantha Danshes: A crowd gathers for a concert at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery near Frankford.Crowds have been flocking to watch local bands perform at the Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery’s new, larger location near...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:53am

Stage set for 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

Tourgoers on the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach area. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 26, and Thursday,...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:45am

Annual cottage tour to feature 10 homes

Cottage 1 – the Heiden home

Tracy and Clint Heiden had vacationed with their four kids at her parents’ Ocean City, Md., condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:38am

Ocean View Presbyterian Church to host annual Heavenly Luncheon

On Wednesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 27, Ocean View Presbyterian’s Sewing Circle will once again offer their Heavenly Luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Culinary offerings will include California chicken salad, pasta salad, Caesar salad,...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:35am

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