Local News

Fenwick Island group learns about human trafficking

When Jenna Carnuccio traveled to help fight sex slavery in Thailand, she said, many of the clients were white men picking up local teenage prostitutes in white-owned bars. The men were sometimes delighted to meet another American so far from home...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:50am

IRSD sets new property tax rate with 52-cent increase

The Indian River School District this week approved the tax rate for this autumn.

For the 2018 fiscal year, the property tax rate will increase from $2.578 to $3.097 per $100 assessed value (which, in Sussex County, is much less than...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:49am

Bethany planning longer, smaller-scale fireworks show

Bethany Beach’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration may be a little less grand this year but could also last a little longer — both changes being a function of the Town’s storm-narrowed beaches.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet on...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:46am

Local vendor sale set for Sunday, June 25, in Bethany Beach

A group of local vendors will hold their first annual vendor event on Sunday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethany Beach fire hall. The event will feature local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, makeup, skincare, health and wellness...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:44am

County denies conditional-use application for ‘tiny home’ campus

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously this week to deny a conditional-use application for a “tiny home” campground in the Long Neck area.

Architect and property owner Joy Marshall Ortiz told the council she wanted to create a small,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:41am

Lord Baltimore Lions Club focused on community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The Lord Baltimore Lions Club donated two benches each to the Lord Baltimore and John M. Clayton elementary schools.For 71 years, the Lord Baltimore Lions Club has been working to addres the needs of the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Emergency training to be held at Lord Baltimore next week

Anyone driving by Lord Baltimore Elementary School next week who notices a large gathering of emergency-services vehicles should not be alarmed.

The Ocean View Police Department will be hosting Rescue Task Force (RTF) Training for three...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:57am

OVPD to hold bike checkpoint with help from Hogs for Heroes

For more than a decade, the Ocean View Police Department has held a bicycle safety checkpoint in the summer. At those checkpoints, cyclists are welcome to stop and have officers inspect their bicycles, as well as receiving free safety items,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:52am

Inaugural Coastal Garden Tour shines light on local gardens

Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Nine private gardens and one local landmark in the Fenwick Island area will be in the spotlight next week...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:39am

Ruley, Diettrick, Viselli headline SoDel stars behind new Bluecoast location

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The chefs at the new Bluecoast in Rehoboth from left, Scott Viselli, Doug Ruley and Jason Diettrick.Choosing the right menu took about 10 months. Choosing the right blueprint for their now 10th restaurant took...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:26am

Delaware Budokan’s Scudieri inducted into Hall of Honors

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scudieri is featured in the book ‘Modern Masters of the Martial Arts.’They consider it “the Academy Awards of Martial Arts.” And, if that’s the case, Delaware Budokan’s Hanshi Philip M. Scudieri can consider himself an...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:07am

Berries galore: Parsons’ Blueberry Festival to help fight cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.If the antioxidants in blueberries prevent cancer, then the Parsons Family Farms...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:39am

Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks the (new) Freeman Stage

Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.The Freeman Stage at Bayside could not have picked a better act to show off their new stage last Saturday than the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 2,600-person venue was filled with...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:26am

Soap for Hope

Coastal Point • Submitted: Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church plans to build The Hope Center. Blessing Bubbles soap came about to help raise funds for the building.On a recent Sunday, Amy Rice sat in Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:03am

SoDel Fest focused on more than wine, food and fun

Organizers behind the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival (SoDel Fest, for short) this week kicked off their preparations for the Oct. 7 festival set near Millsboro with an event aimed at offering just a taste of what this year’s...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:57am

Lewes Dairy leading the herd of Millsboro’s new businesses

The Millsboro Town Council opened the doors for new businesses, new developers and new potential with a unanimous vote in February to cut the building fund portion of the Town’s building permit rate by more than 80 percent.

Less than four...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:33am

Dinker-Irvin cottage finds a new home

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: The historic Dinker-Irvin Cottage, following months of controversy and anticipation, recently moved to its new permanent home a few parcels away from its former location.It’s not uncommon for people to “move...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:28am

Sussex County Council approves $143M budget for 2018FY

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved its proposed $143 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

Prior to approving the budget, the council approved a number of ordinances related to the draft budget. Among the changes,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:26am

IRSD shakes up school administrators for 2017-2018

As students finished their last few days at school, the Indian River School District has been lining up administrators for the 2017-2018 school year.

The recent budget cuts have impacted administration. Several new assistant principals...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:23am

St. Martha’s to welcome international students with a picnic

Imagine traveling thousands of miles to a foreign land where you don’t know fully the language or customs, and working for a summer. How would you fare?

Aiming to lessen the difficulties involved, for more than a decade, St. Martha’s...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:20am

Playing by the Rolls

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Car aficionados might call it a crime. A British doctor left a beautiful, but decrepit, Rolls Royce sitting in the town of...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:13am

Ocean View Police Department to apply for staffing grant

Ocean View is trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to its growing population and public safety.

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to allow Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin to apply for the 2017 COPS...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:10am

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:54am

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:41am

Historical society offering Civil War reenactment, summer hours

The Ocean View Historical Society is continuing its mission to bring local history to the masses through various programs.

This weekend, the 2nd Delaware Civil War Volunteers will set up an encampment featuring a reenactment of cooking,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:26am

Newlyweds launch Sandy Pony Donuts food truck near Bethany

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandy Pony owners Brea Reeves and Ben Wang, top, show off a dozen of their made-to-order donuts.They may have been still dodging rice, but for the young newlywed couple, it was time to make the doughnuts....

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:15am

County Bank to host community shred event

Identity-theft prevention and giving back to the community are two main goals of County Bank’s community shred event on Friday, June 16.

Members of the community will have an opportunity on Friday to bring up to three banker-sized boxes of...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:38am

Riptide coaches go ‘Over the Edge’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Marie McIntosh rappels down the side of a building in Wilmington, as part of the Special Olympics Delaware ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser.Imagine leaning over the edge of a 17-story building — 222 feet off the ground — back...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:28am

Conservation Access Pass for state wildlife areas on sale July 1

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is launching Delaware’s new Conservation Access Pass on July 1. Starting on that date, a Conservation Access Pass will be required for any registered motor vehicle used to access Division of Fish &...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:24am

Bethany planning 34th annual Independence Day celebration

The 34th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The 2017 theme is “Bethany Beach Celebrates!” The parade committee is encouraging businesses, community organizations and families to get in on the fun by...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:52am

Freeman Stage to open season with MSO on June 16

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick off the 10th season of the...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:43am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7 — Century-old Bethany cottage

Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:13am

BREAKING NEWS: Police searching for hit-and-run driver in ACTS crash

UPDATE: See video of the incident here: https://videopress.com/v/rclcKl91

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a serious hit-and-run crash in the parking lot of the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop in Clarksville that left...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:48am

Hats off to the Class of 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Class of 2017 tossed their mortarboards into the air following their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31.

Rainy days rolled away to allow Indian River High School to...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:58am

Warick, Tsavdar to make Dickens debut with original musical comedy ‘Under’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Kurt Cobain is alive and hiding in plain sight, as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Jim Morrison never...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:43am

Selbyville passes third water referendum

It’s time to finish the water filtration plant, and Selbyville residents this week approved the latest round of funding for the project. In a special referendum on June 3, residents voted, 62-2, to allow the Town to borrow $500,000 to finish...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:37am

Dog ‘euthanized’ after attack near Dagsboro

A dog was killed by police on Tuesday during an active attack on a Delaware animal-control officer.

The incident, which took place on June 6, around 3:53 p.m., at 32978 DuPont Boulevard, near Dagsboro, involved multiple police agencies, as...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:28am

County council discusses code on special events

Following up on an inquiry by Councilman George Cole at a May meeting of the Sussex County Council, the council this week discussed the definition of “Special Events” within the Sussex County Code.

Cole was specifically asking about...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:27am

Mid-Sussex EMS chief charged with sexual assault

Delaware State Police this week charged the chief of emergency medical services for the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad with both unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment in connection with an alleged assault on a fellow EMT in early May.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:24am

IRHS graduates honor classmate who lost battle with cancer

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Among those celebrating Trevor Kramer’s legacy at the IRHS graduation were, from left, Tyler Kramer, Samantha Mayfield, student artist Liliana Guido, Gerald Brinson, MaryJo Brinson, Tori Mayfield and Michael Kramer....

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:19am

Ocean View Police Department pedals community policing

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Officer AnnMarie Dalton is heading the OVPD’s bike-patrol program.Those who have been out and about in Ocean View this past week may have spotted something they may have never seen before — an Ocean View police...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:13am

For their own safety (and the public’s), more police carrying naloxone

Typically, when police respond to a drug-related call, they might be looking to subdue a subject or revive an overdose victim. But now, police are also considering their own risk of accidental drug overdose.

Recently, an Ohio police...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:11am

Family Fun Fest planned at church

Long Neck United Methodist Church will host its Family Fun Fest this week, aiming to offer a safe space for community fun and bonding.

The Family Fun Fest, which has been held annually for almost a decade, will be taking place on June 10...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:45am


Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Owners Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman show off some of Top Dog Grill's offerings.They may not be saving the skies in the 1986 action-thriller “Top Gun,” but Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman might as well be...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:36am

Taco Taco now serving up breakfast breakfast

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Kevin Martin and Stephanie Baker show off some of the new menu items at Taco Taco.They’re doing it quick. They’re doing it simple. They’re doing it the customer’s way.

And now, they’re doing it for...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:11am

A real mother of a teacher

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Teacher of the Year recipient, Alison Walt, teaches science at IR.What are two top traits in a teacher? “A caring personality and rock-solid knowledge of science.” That’s how science...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 9:49am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour sneak peek No. 6 — Breezes cool downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 9:27am

BBVFC again garners funding for paid summertime staff

The good news is the towns were willing to donate money. The bad news is that they had to.

Like most Delaware fire companies, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company has been struggling to live up to its name. Young volunteers have less...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:44am

South Bethany elects familiar faces

On May 27, residents and property owners chose a path forward in the 2017 South Bethany Town Council election, and it’s a path they’ve been on before. They elected former councilman Timothy Saxton and incumbents Frank Weisgerber Jr. and Carol...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:36am

Bethany moving ahead with South Atlantic Streetscape project

If nothing else, South Atlantic Avenue in Bethany Beach — the south end of the town’s easternmost north-south street, running along the beach block — is in need of repaving. And it’s due for that work, already scheduled to get some attention in...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:30am