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Irish folk star makes move to the coast after touring career

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Irish folk artist Gerry Timlin will be performing at Dickens Parlour Theatre April 28 and 29.He’s played the Irish countryside, New York City, the west coast of the USA, Canada and the Caribbean too. He’s...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:07am

ITN Southern Delaware offers affordable, safe rides for seniors

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:59am

Crooks named Delaware School Counselor of the Year

Coastal Point • Submitted: Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School was recently named 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School has been named the 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:59am

School board approves $2.4M in budget cuts

The Indian River School District is making budget reductions, from administrative positions down to performing arts.

The board of education has begun voting on budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year. Although the official budget won’t be...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:49am

Burton to serve 30 years for Bennett murder

Matthew BurtonOn Wednesday, April 5, Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton admitted to having committed the rape and murder of Nicole Bennett nearly five years ago.

As reported by the Cape Gazette newspaper, Delaware Superior Court Judge E....

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:34am

Utilities workers unearth leaky gas tank in Selbyville

A forgotten underground fuel tank in Selbyville was discovered to be leaking gasoline, officials reported this week.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: One day after an old underground fuel tank was discovered to be leaking petroleum in...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:32am

Ocean View council approves budget without tax increase

The residents of Ocean View will not have a town tax increase this year, after the town council unanimously approved its 2018-fiscal-year budget at its Tuesday meeting with no tax increase involved.

The budget approval came following a...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:26am

Mariner’s Bethel to mark Good Friday with cross walk

It’s about a 2-mile walk from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View to the Bethany Beach boardwalk, but on Friday, April 14, a trek from one to the other represents a faith tradition more than 2,000 years old.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:16am

OVHS to host yard party for Evans-West House dedication

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” And for the Ocean View Historical Society, the preservation of history is important when looking to the future.

“History tells...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:14am

Millsboro Chamber preparing to light up the sky in July

No, those won’t be the Northern Lights people will see in the heavens above Millsboro on Saturday, July 1. They will be fireworks.

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Millsboro Stars & Stripes, a patriotic...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:13am

Disciples to tell their tale in ‘Living Last Supper’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Jesus Christ’s disciples tell their stories in the ‘Living Last Supper’ performance at Millville U.M. Church. This year’s actors include, from left, Tom Maly, Chuck Erbe, Rich Spina, George Townsend, Bob Heird,...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:33am

Burbage retires from South Bethany after 33 years

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: For her years of service, Dee Burbage received tributes from state Rep. Ron Gray, left, and state Sen. Gerald Hocker on behalf of the Delaware State Legislature.Once, a Missouri man walked into South Bethany Town...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:17am

Bethany Beach Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Bunny Palooza! races, chili cook-off to raise funds for QRCF

Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!The person who can hop (or run or walk) to the finish line faster than all the other bunnies at the Bunny Palooza 10K/5K, will go home with an award, and even...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:51am

‘Let the journey begin’

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.After moving to Delaware from Severna Park, Md.,...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:27am

Music lessons offered to expand homeschool learning

Homeschooling gives families the freedom to better control their kids’ education. But they can lack some musical experiences, such as chorus and band lessons. So, starting this fall, longtime high school music teacher Mark Marvel will offer...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:17am

Hall draws outside the lines as Showell Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall recently received recognition as the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall didn’t always want to...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:01am

Disciples to tell their tale in ‘Living Last Supper’

Art and religion come to life in the “Living Last Supper,” the story of Jesus Christ’s disciples, which will be presented April 12 and 13 by Millville United Methodist Church.

The one-hour performance begins with Jesus revealing that one...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:42am

Applications being accepted for IRSD budget oversight committee

Wanted: People who know numbers.

As promised, Indian River School District is seeking in-depth public input on district finances. The IRSD is now accepting applications for the new Citizens Budget Oversight Committee.


Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:28am

IRSD approves energy audit for all schools

With a goal of conserving energy, the Indian River School District will invest in an energy audit with Trane USA Inc. through the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.

The audit will include every district school and cost a minimum of $71,...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:25am

Frankford looks to lease town hall building to non-profit

The Town of Frankford is looking for more ways to use a piece of property adjacent to the town park that it recently purchased.

The parcel was purchased primarily to provide overflow parking for those going to the park; however, Councilman...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:23am

Program that rescued Selbyville’s water on chopping block

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper discussed the proposed elimination of all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs, and said he didn’t ‘think this new drinking water plant (in Selbyville) could be built’ without them....

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:08am

OVPD’s Ballentine recognized for DUI enforcement

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety recently recognized law-enforcement officers from across the state for their DUI enforcement efforts.

“We awarded five officers from across the state for the top DUI leadership and enforcement award,”...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:02am

Fenwick talks insurance savings, beach rules, Earth Day

The Town of Fenwick Island will save some money by switching to public program of worker compensation. The Town expects to save at least $10,000 by leaving its current $75,000 workers-comp plan for the DeLea Founders Insurance Trust (DFIT), a...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:58am

Former inmates to speak at SDARJ panel on Tuesday, April 11

The community can get a first-hand account of what life is like inside prison on Tuesday, April 11, as the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) will host a former-inmate panel at the Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes,...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:44am

SMS Robotics Team wins at states, headed to world competition

Coastal Point photo • Submitted : The winning teams and their teachers include, from left, Kaitlyn Johnson, teacher Tommie Morrison, Evan Carpenter, Kendall Coleman, Ann Weaver, Kevin Reid, Chris Sichina and teacher Jon Casto.In an all-day event...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:15am

Birdsong looks to preserve local waters, habitat

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dave Rickards is working to preserve the environment via Birdsong Gardens, a 20-acre working farm.Tucked away near Frankford is a non-profit environmental research facility dedicated to restoring “the former grandeur...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:26am

It’s official: Steele permanently at the helm of IRSD

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Mark Steele is now the full-time superintendent of the Indian River School District.It was a unanimous vote this week as Mark Steele was officially hired as the superintendent of the Indian River School District....

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:22am

Families urge IRSD not to cut extracurricular pay

Indian River School District officials have said from the beginning of recent financial concerns that budget cuts are needed. The recently-passed current-expense referendum, which will bring in an additional $7.35 million annually in local...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:20am

Ocean View Town Council continues its budget discussions

The Ocean View Town council held a budget workshop earlier this week to review the fourth draft of its 2018-fiscal-year budget.

In reviewing the five-year Capital Improvements Plan, Town Manager Dianne Vogel said repairs are funded from...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:17am

Millsboro student saves sister's life with school training

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Lindsey Espinoza, center, was recently honored by local and state fire associations for using first-aid skills to save her little sister’s life during a choking incident.When 14-year-old Lindsey Espinoza signed up...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:11am

Four horses perish in accidental barn fire near Long Neck

A heat lamp appears to have caused a barn fire that killed four horses and possibly other animals on Wednesday, March 22. The blaze was reported just before 3 a.m., in the 24000 block of Cannon Road, Millsboro, just west of Long Neck.


Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:00am

IRHS students design elementary-school playground

Three Indian River High School seniors have taken the lead on designing a new playground at Georgetown Elementary School.

When the elementary school’s occupational therapist, Sara Heinicke, wanted to add more accessible playground...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:58am

Bethany announces summer bandstand season

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Bethany Beach bandstand consistently packs in healthy crowds for its popular summer series.The Town of Bethany Beach will once again entertain the masses on its bandstand starting in June.


Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:52am

Approaching common ground with South Bethany’s cats

The draft of South Bethany’s proposed new law on feral cats begins where the complaints began: by prohibiting people from feeding wild mammals, abandoned cats or stray cats. Thus, people may continue feeding their own house pets or wild birds...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:49am

Central Avenue road closure expected to last several weeks

Due to the failure of a crossroad pipe, a portion of Central Avenue in Ocean View has been closed and is expected to remain closed for about three more weeks.

Central Avenue is closed from Woodland Avenue to Cedar Drive. The Delaware...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:47am

Scholarships help local workers get new career paths

Almost two decades ago, Kathleen Kisela started working toward an important goal in her life — becoming a nurse.

At the time, although her children were small, Kisela believed she could juggle the demands of family with those of nursing...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:23am

IRHS students named to honor roll for second period

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period of the 2016-2017 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Baylee Agnetti, Jared Arlett, Rachel Beers, Bridgette Blatzheim...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:38am

Big Fish, smaller pond

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Big Fish Grill front-of-house team is ready for action in Ocean View.One fish, two fish, red fish, new Fish.

Fans of the Big Fish Restaurant Group may already be keen on the group’s well-established...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:02am

Lord’s Landscaping looks ahead to 40th year

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The Lord’s Landscaping team has been serving the community for nearly 40 years, and continuesIn 1972, after graduating from college and moving to Sussex County, Bill Lord was not planning to open a landscaping...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:43am

Three district teams qualify for Odyssey of the Mind Worlds

Three teams of Indian River School District students qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals with second-place finishes at the state competition on March 25 at Alfred G. Waters Middle School in Middletown.

A team coached by Mary...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:37am

Local drum circle aiming to ‘Raise the Vibration’

A local drumming group is hoping to expand its circle on Sunday, April 2, when Made By Hand International Co-op in South Bethany will host the group, inviting anyone who wants to come and see what drumming circles are all about.

The group...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:36am

The face and voice of Delmarva news

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Bruce Mears holds a newspaper article about his grandfather, John B. Greenberger.“This is the 7 p.m. edition, WBOC-TV News, and once again I say, ‘I am John B. Greenberger. It’s a good evening.’”...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:50am

Aquacare set to celebrate 10th anniversary

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Aquacare physical therapist Lauren Nuttle demonstrates her skills on fellow employee Deanine Barclay.After 10 years in its Millville location, the staff at Aquacare Physical Therapy continues to expand its “...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:44am

Officer-involved shooting shakes Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted by Ocean View Police Department: The vehicle being driven on Saturday, March 18, by Ocean View Police Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was badly damaged during the incident. Harrington received treatment for...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 4:02pm

IRSD considers cuts to teacher raises, club advisors, more

Budget cuts are coming to the Indian River School District. Even with an additional $7.5 million annual income in local property taxes, thanks to the recently passed current-expense referendum, IRSD staff expect to trim at least $5 million from...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

Hockers set to open doors to local supermarket’s future

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: State Sen. Gerald Hocker, left, and son Gerry are preparing to open their new grocery store at the former location of Harris Teeter, near Salt Pond.On Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m., the doors will close for the last...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:55pm

IR Live! presents a musical of the decades

Live music is a hallmark of Indian River High School productions, and the students are ready to impress once again.

This year’s musical revue is IR Live! presents “The Corner Club on Baker Street,” featuring an original script by music...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:47pm

Comments being accepted on ADA/DelDOT compliance

The Delaware Department of Transportation is updating its 2014 ADA Transition Plan to ensure everyone has access to state roadways and infrastructure.

Public comments will be accepted until about April 28 for the draft 2017 ADA Transition...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:46pm

April 2 ‘Dancert’ to benefit local musician with cancer

Lovestock: a Cancer Benefit “Dancert” for John “Taco” Wroten, drummer of the local classic-rock band Hooverville, will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 2 in Dover.

Wroten, 62, was recently diagnosed with...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:36pm