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Fundraiser set for Hudson family at Roxana lodge

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Kevin, Merrick and Kristie Hudson pose for one of their first family photos. Merrick was born at 25.5 weeks and has been recovering at Christiana Hospital’s Neonatal Care Unit since birth.As she was...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

County purchases property to expand industrial park

Sussex County recently purchased King Farm, a 74-acre property off Park Avenue, east of Georgetown, for $2.2 million. The property will be added to the adjacent Sussex County Industrial Park, which currently houses 20 businesses that employ...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:22pm

Creative Mentoring touches the lives of students and adults in IRSD

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Officer AnnMarie Dalton looks on as OVPD mentees open gifts from the department. Dalton is one of three Ocean View officers who mentor a total of five Lord Baltimore Elementary School students.Although many kids have...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:14pm

Local organizations offer scholarship opportunities

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:08pm

‘You’re not the only one’

Sussex County children who have suffered major a loss can now attend weekly grief counseling in Georgetown.

With so much public interest statewide, the nonprofit Supporting Kidds recently vowed to expand its Healing Pathways Program, and...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:04pm

‘Oh, the places they’ll go’

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Xiomara Weaver, Jackie Johnson and the River Café crew are ready to start the day.It’s 8 a.m. at Indian River High School. The bells have rung. The morning announcements have been made. And the River Café is...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:47am

Speaker tells the students: Share your blessings and have hope

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Inspirational speaker ‘Principal El’ joked around with Indian River High School students while encouraging them to be their best selves now.There is something to live and aspire for, said the man from Philadelphia....

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:44am

Freeman Stage at Bayside announces 2017 lineup

Celebrating its 10th season bringing arts to Sussex County, the Freeman Stage at Bayside is promising to continue doing just that, and in grand style, as it announced on March 15 its summer season lineup.

Notable acts gracing the stage...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:07am

Compromise found on Bethany tent ban

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week found some room for compromise on the somewhat controversial idea of prohibiting tents on the town’s beaches.

With the recommendation for that prohibition, and others, having come from the...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:59am

Ocean View continues budget discussions

Employee salaries continue to be the focus of the discussions of the Town of Ocean View’s draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

At the town council’s monthly meeting on March 14, council members voiced their desire to ensure employees...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:55am

Millville swears in council members, plans some zoning

The Millville Town Council swore in returning Council Members Robert Gordon and Susan Brewer and newcomer Peter Michel on March 14.

Outgoing councilman Steve Small commended Michel, telling the others, “You will enjoy him. … He suffers...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:52am

South Bethany council begins budget planning for 2018

South Bethany Treasurer Don Boteler on March 10 presented the draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which the town council will continue discussing over the next few months, ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on May 1.

In the draft...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:46am

What is... Delaware?

“You think you know, but you have no idea.”

While local history-hounds won’t have to phrase any answers in the form of a question, there’ll be plenty of them asked when Elkton, Md.-based storyteller Ed Okonowicz appears at the Millsboro...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:30am

Free bilingual paralegal service benefits Selbyville

Because of the large number of non-English-speaking crime victims locally, Community Legal Aid Society Inc., will now provide free bilingual paralegal services once a week at Selbyville Town Hall.

“We’re pretty proud. It’s us and Seaford....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:28am

Smoke test coming to a Fenwick Island sewer near you

Concerned that stormwater may be leaking into the Fenwick Island sewer system, officials are proposing to smoke out the problem.

People have been complaining about a stinky, gaseous smell at various spots along Route 1’s commercial zone....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:23am

Local author aims to thrill readers in ‘Third Haven’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Selbyville author B.B. Shamp smiles with her new novel ‘Third Haven: A Novel of Deceit’ at a book signing at Energy Gym.After an explosion shakes the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, a woman escapes to the...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:19am

Flying over Delaware beaches — now and then

Coastal Point • Submitted: Joe Hudson flying his Navion Range Master.Joe Hudson began his flying career while still in high school, during the 1940s, as a student fish-spotter. Today he is known as “dean of Delaware crop-dusters.”

By the...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:10am

Bethany council to look at beach rules this week

Bethany Beach Town Council members will look at a series of proposed changes to the rules for the town’s beach this week, at their March council workshop, set for Tuesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at town hall.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet said...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:57am

New stage on the way

The daffodils are up, the robins have returned, the beach communities are stretching, yawning and coming back to life. Spring is right around the corner, and summer will be here before we know it. As winter ends and the sun begins to warm the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:50am

IRSD referendum passes with record turnout

Voters were waiting in line before the polls even opened March 2 at six schools in the Indian River School District. But despite the long lines and a last-minute switch to paper votes, and with a lot of public debate, 57 percent of the public...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Frankford shows off new town hall at former J.P. court

The Town of Frankford this week held its monthly town council meeting not in the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s meeting room, as it has for more than five years, but in the building next door that formerly housed a J.P. Court. However, it’s...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:45am

County council discusses state budget, reassessment

Sussex County officials are looking ahead at the possibility of a statewide property reassessment and potential impacts at the county government level as state officials work to prepare a 2018-fiscal-year budget that they hope will address a $350...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:41am

Millsboro Chamber hosting annual bridal show this Sunday

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has couples-to-be covered this weekend, as the Chamber will host the 22nd Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show this Sunday, March 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.


Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:38am

Local woman thanked for being a teacher who made impact

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Steve Shaner, left, reunites with Dorothy Fisch, his former eighth-grade English teacher, whom he had not seen since 1968.The meeting place seemed appropriate.

After all, college professor Steve Shaner wanted...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:26am

Exterminator scam terminated before real damage done

This scam is a real pest, for citizens and contractors.

Fenwick Island police recently encountered a new kind of scam involving pest control. In this scam, the perpetrator asks a pest control company to check for mice in what is supposedly...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:12am

Celtic music to fill library ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Those looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week can head to the South Coastal Library on March 14.

Melissa Heieie and Susan Ryan, a duo known as Willow Tree, will give a Celtic music concert that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:30am

Special-education staff gets the spotlight

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: For their devotion to Indian River School District’s most vulnerable populations, these staff members were voted leaders in IRSD special education.“Above and beyond” were the words most frequently used to describe 17...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:50am

No tax increase in proposed Ocean View budget

The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week in preparation for the adoption of its budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and the current draft of the budget may be good news for those hoping to see their Town tax rate stay the same.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:14am

State auditor: IRSD heading in the right direction now

About three months after the Delaware Auditor of Accounts released a biting financial report on Indian River School District, the AOA this week commended the district for improving its financial policies.

IRSD officials have been working...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:10am

School district referendum scheduled for Thursday, March 2

Indian River School District was set to host a current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, (after Coastal Point press time), with polls closing at 8 p.m. Coastal Point will post results from the referendum on Thursday night, at www....

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:10am

Maly files for re-election in Ocean View, looks ahead

Happy with the time he’s spent on the town council, Ocean View resident Tom Maly recently filed to continue to serve as councilman for District 3.

Maly, joined the council in January 2016, following the passing of former councilman Tom...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:03am

Few slots left for volunteer for beach-grass planting

If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.

Jennifer Luoma of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship said volunteer spots at planting sites at Cape...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:56am

Antioch AME to host day of unity on Sunday, March 5

Benjamin “Ben” Beckett had a vision of salt and pepper in the congregation. So Antioch AME Church is inviting men and women of all colors to attend a special “CommUNITY Around Christ” church service on Sunday, March 5.

The special service...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:38am

South Bethany accepting candidates for 2017 council election

Three South Bethany Town Council seats will be up for election in this spring. Candidates may now submit applications to run for the office. The election will be Saturday, May 27. Candidates must register by Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. Each...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:31am

Millville’s Michel steps from HOA to town council

Peter MichelThe Millville Town Council will get a new face this spring, with the addition of Peter Michel.

He’ll take the seat currently held by Steve Small, also a resident of Bishop’s Landing, who was appointed in March of 2016 but opted...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:25am

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to benefit Justin’s Beach House

When the Poker & Fun Car Rallye V cruises out of the parking lot at Hooked Up in Millville on Saturday, March 4, drivers and their co-pilots will be armed with directions and a list of questions — and the knowledge that their trek is for a...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:22am

Submissions sought for South Bethany photography show

South Bethany photographers can now submit art for the Town’s “Art in the Hall” exhibit, a coastal-themed show.

The photography show is open to any professional, amateur or “avid weekend” photographer. Entrants should be residents,...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:14am

St. Ann's seeks donations for USO Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Outreach coordinator Gigi Vanderman receives a certificate of appreciation from USO Delaware.The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is seeking donations throughout the month of March for USO Delaware...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:53am

Bethany extends Saturday construction hours during off-season

Contractors working in Bethany Beach now have a little more time to get work done during the off-season, with the town council’s unanimous approval this week of extending permitted work hours on Saturdays by four hours — but only from Oct. 1...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:42am

Curran to serve as Ocean View mayor for three more years

Walter Curran will serve the Town of Ocean View as its mayor for another three years, come April.

“The reason I’ve decided to step forward one more time is to finish the job. That’s my nature. I started this… It seems to be going in the...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:34am

Millsboro council cuts impact fees more than 80 percent

While the town of Millsboro may be getting older, its residents keep getting younger.

That’s the kind of growth that the Millsboro Town Council would like to see continue, as made evident by the council’s unanimous decision to cut the...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:32am

SB councilman: Feeding feral cats the focus, not euthanasia

In South Bethany, Bill Murphy was horrified to discover a colony of feral cats had broken into his house in the winter of 2013-2014.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy said at a Feb. 10 council meeting. “When we returned in the spring,...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:28am

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: IRSD polls open for referendum again March 2

Local polls will open on Thursday, March 2, for the Indian River School District’s current-expense referendum.

Comparing it to the November 2016 referendum, which failed by 20 votes, IRSD Acting Superintendent Mark Steele said, “We’re...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek local man in shooting incident

Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 4:27am

Local heroes honored for valor

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Sharp, center, was recognized as the 2017 Overall Valor Award recipient at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. Sharpe is flanked by Chris Garland, left, senior...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:21am

Bethany looking at ‘overdue’ improvements to Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.

It’s also overdue for paving, for...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:16am

Frankford gets $60K water grant in exchange for fluoridation

The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.


Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:14am

Bethany looking at 'overdue' improvements to Atlantic Avenue

The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.

Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:11am

Bethany and Selbyville recycling centers removed

Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is currently in the process of removing about two dozen drop...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:03am

Bethany trolley back to single route, no new vehicle

In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley,...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:01am