Local News


Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

In August, the council put the brakes on a...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:57am

IRSD high schools consider cell phones in the classroom

Is there any cell phone service in the science lab? How about the cafeteria?

If most high-schoolers are already carrying what are essentially mini-computers in their pockets each day, then Indian River School District might take advantage...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:55am

Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

During a positive financial audit report, auditor Leslie Michalik...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:53am

Millville considers reducing taxes for annexation

Millville’s growing, and town officials are looking to attract even more development, so the town council is considering reducing taxes for new properties that annex into town.

The move started as part of an enticement package to encourage...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:45am

Historical society variances approved by Ocean View BoA

The Ocean View Historical Society is one step closer to building its replica Hall’s Store — what will serve as the group’s main hub at its historic complex located at 39 Central Avenue.

To move the project ahead, the society sought from...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:39am

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E....

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30am

What's the word?

What wonderful words can you weave?

People who love letters can team up in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for a nonprofit helping teach adults to read.

Scrabble at the Beach is a happy-hour fundraiser for Literacy Delaware,...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:31am

Sussex Riptide athletes hold bike regatta ahead of Special Olympics race

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Sussex Riptide, a group of Sepcial Olympics Delaware participants, and the Ocean View Police Department took part in a bicycle regatta, traveling through Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 21...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:41am

Salem United, Selbyville police team up for crime forum

This year, more than 150 Delaware deaths were suspected overdoses. And 2017 isn’t done.

So, Salem United Methodist Church and Selbyville Police Department partnered to host a community meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at Salem...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:57am

Rt. 54 citizens want a traffic signal, complain of rapid development

The Fire Marshal might have frowned at the number of people squeezed into Roxana Fire Hall on Sept. 19. But Route 54 residents hovered just under the 274 occupancy limit, showing just how concerned they are about traffic issues in their corner of...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:56am

Unified police department proposal in Frankford’s court

Frankford may be facing a referendum in the coming weeks to substantially increase their property taxes, as it looks to team up with the Town of Dagsboro to unify their police departments.

Last week, the Towns of Dagsboro and Frankford...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:54am

Bare recognized for rescuing animal control officer

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Dagsboro Patrolman Tyler Bare, third from left, receives his American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery award. With Bare, from left, is Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Mayor Brian...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:47am

Recent Millville annexation fills a gap on Windmill Drive

After a recent annexation, the Town of Millville is about 31 acres bigger and could someday be 95 houses heavier.

On Sept. 12, Millville Town Council approved annexation of 31.32 acres on Windmill Drive and Dukes Drive.

As is, the...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:45am

Millville by the Sea residents to expect official traffic survey

Residents of Millville by the Sea should be looking for an email survey soon, regarding traffic in the community. The developer needs public input for traffic issues before moving forward with the next MBTS neighborhood.

In August, the...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:44am

Cierkowski sought in lawn-ornament theft investigation

CierkowskiThe Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Brent Cierkowski, 26, of Ocean View, in connection with lawn-ornament thefts in the area.

“They’re stealing whatever’s not tied down, unfortunately. And,...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:38am

Girl Scout troops honoring first-responders this Saturday

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting “Small Town, Big Heroes” on Saturday, Sept. 23 as a unique way to offer safety information for families and to pay tribute to the “everyday heroes” – police officers, firefighters and other public safety...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:25am

County extends CIB lease for James Farm preserve

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend their lease of the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the Center for the Inland Bays.

The 150-acre property, located on Cedar Neck Road just outside of Ocean View, offers...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:21am

Brews by the Bay fundraiser taking place this weekend

The Big Chill Beach Club will be the site of the annual Brews By the Bay fundraiser this year.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 23, the Delaware Brewers Guild event will host all of the state’s breweries, which this year will be serving primarily...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:19am

Dagsboro residents question developer rental properties

The Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek property owners attended this week’s Dagsboro Town Council meeting to voice their concerns related to developer Fernmoor Homes renting out properties within the community.

Dina Mach, president of the Home...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:54am

Indian River band boosters selling discount cards for 2017-2018

Band cards are back!

For the new school year, Indian River High School Band Boosters have printed a new batch of discount band cards, which are available for $10 each.

People can show their card for discounts at about 35 area...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:51am

Saturday's Tour de Sussex offers a scenic county bike tour

Enough with the cars — try seeing Sussex County by bike.

The fourth annual Tour de Sussex returns on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m., rain or shine. It’s sponsored by Delaware Technical Community College. Proceeds will provide scholarships...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:50am

Frankford police proposal would more than triple coverage

If Frankford and Dagsboro unify their police departments, Frankford residents could pay more than $200 per year in additional town taxes, beyond what they currently pay, according to figures presented at an informational meeting in the Frankford...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:38am

Fairway Village residents voice concerns regarding developer, rentals

Ocean View Town Hall on Tuesday evening was packed with Fairway Village residents who had attended the town council meeting that night to voice their concerns about the community’s developer.

With standing-room-only spilling into the...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:36am

Town of South Bethany, police share paperwork in dispute

After the Town of South Bethany rejected claims from some its police officers of unfair pay and promotion practices, both sides have now released legal paperwork in the matter.

Of the SBPD’s 10 employees, the six fulltime officers sent a...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:34am

Cops & Goblins returning to Ocean View this October

Coastal Point • File Photo : The now-annual Cops & Goblins event in Ocean View is a great opportunity for kids to celebrate Halloween in a safe atmosphere, and allows the community to get to know the Ocean View police a little more.Three...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:30am

‘It’s a community garden’

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Piet Oudolf, designer of the meadowlands of the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, signs copies of his book during a work day at the Gardens last week.How does a soybean field become a world-class garden? One...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:23am

Former CIA official to offer ‘Inside Story’ at Dickens

‘Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.’

— Albus Dumbledore, in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ by J. K. Rowling

Starting Thursday...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:15am

Community organizes to thank police officers

Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the Thank A Police Offer Day on Delmarva crew spent time offering their appreciation to officers of the Dagsboro Police Department last year.While many may only encounter police officers when they’ve been...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:33am

BART theater group finds new home, performs Agatha Christie

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : BART members, from top left, Bob Ravida, Bill Fuchs, Corinne Condon, Brian Geary, Emily Abbott, Aisha Tharp, Corinne McMahon and E.J. Panico, will perform in ‘The Mousetrap’ at Woodsong Country Inn &?Retreat....

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:10am

President Lincoln ‘belongs to the ages’

The life of Abraham Lincoln has been one of the world’s most popular subjects for authors since his death in 1865. Estimates place the number of books written about this U.S. president at more than 15,000.

In addition to these biographies...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:09am

Community welcomes military veterans and families

Earlier this week, 25 Very Important Families (VIFs) joined the Bethany Beach community. Some would argue they’re the most important visitors to the area in the whole year. No, they’re not celebrities who are known to visit the area, such as Dave...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:18pm

Frankford, Dagsboro to meet on possibly joining (police) forces

Last month, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey presented some information to the Frankford Town Council about what it would take to join the two towns’ police forces.

At the Aug. 7 meeting, Toomey said the Town of Dagsboro currently has...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Some older residents surprised by new property tax rates

When opening their property tax bills this summer, many local residents expected their taxes to increase because of the March public-school referendum. But the Indian River School District’s successful referendum isn’t the only reason that taxes...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:15pm

SEAs the Day alumni return for Warrior Beach Week

A family vacation to the beach is not always within reach for the family of military veterans, whose focus is often on paying the bills and the overall health of the family.

Enter Operation SEAs the Day.

The mission of the non-...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:13pm

IRSD announces more new administrators, fills staff

With the new school year having begun on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Indian River School District is putting the finishing touches on its administration lineup. Although most of the transition was completed before July, a few new opportunities recently...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:08pm

Humility and a vodka martini: Local centenarian has the answers

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Reine Jesel recently celebrated his 100th birthday, surrounded by friends and family at this favorite morning coffee joint, the Selbyville McDonald’s.On almost any morning in the Selbyville McDonald’s, a group of...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:58am

Cocktails Curing Cancer offers drinks for a cause

It’s a bubbly night to battle a deadly disease. The annual Cocktails Curing Cancer party will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Big Fish Grill in Ocean View.

“We want the evening to be around remembering, honoring and...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:31am

IRSD talks budget, school numbers, FFA

With some of its schools completely over their enrollment capacity, the Indian River School District is trying to nail down a system for school choice.

On Aug. 28, for the first time in months, the Board of Education approved a number of...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:08am

Bethany to dedicate Chair of Honor

One empty chair — a symbol of someone who is missing — can be a powerful statement.

Visitors to the Bethany Beach boardwalk will soon have a constant reminder of those who could not be there to celebrate summer, to put their toes in the...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:05am

Bethany set to mourn summer New Orleans-style

On Labor Day of 1985, former town councilman Moss Wagner created the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to commemorate the end of the summer season. This year, the annual mock-funeral will take place in downtown Bethany Beach on Sept. 4, Labor Day, and...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:02am

Sternberg to sign ‘Fall from Grace’ at Bethany Beach Books

When author Libby Sternberg comes to Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, Sept. 3, she will be signing copies of her latest book, “Fall from Grace,” a tale of redemption about a modern-day man from a famous evangelical Christian family whose...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Fenwick council to talk voter registration one last time

Fenwick Island Town Council will — perhaps grudgingly — give the voter registration topic one last chance.

The primary sponsor of the proposed charter amendment, Councilwoman Julie Lee, has decided to hit “pause” on the proposal. She moved...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:48am

Car show to support Operation SEAs the Day

In an effort to support the grassroots organization Operation SEAs the Day, whose goal is to facilitate a beach week for wounded military service members and their families, local Realtor Allison Stine created the Cripple Creek Car Show.

“...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:15am

Jayne’s Reliable to host event featuring celebrity DIYers

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : David and Karen Jayne sit at one of Karen Murray’s re-finished pieces of vintage furniture with pots of Debi’s Design Diary paint.Excitement is building at Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro.

In...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:42am

Green thumbs give a boost to South Bethany canals

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.South Bethany is rewarding green behavior. For seven years now, the Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:23am

Nanticoke Powwow set to celebrate fourth decade

Coastal Point • File Photo: Dancers from all over the country gather to dance during last year’s Nanticoke Indian Powwow.Dancers and vendors will travel from all over the country to Millsboro for the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 40th Annual Powwow on...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:16am

Celebrity Chef’s Beach Brunch to benefit Meals on Wheels

Aromas and tastes of culinary brunch dishes and beverages will soon fill the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach as chefs from 25 coastal restaurants prepare their specialties.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, Meals on Wheels Delaware...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:12am

Flute & Lute make it a musical evening

Coastal Point • Submitted: Mark Marvel and Phoebe Walls play serene sounds in the new musical duo Flute & Lute.How about a little night music? Flute & Lute is a new musical duo adding ambiance to special events. Flute & Lute...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:03am

‘It’s mystical’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: As crowds gathered around the nation to watch a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, the Indian River Inlet Bridge offered a picturesque backdrop.

----------------------------

On Monday, Aug. 21, as the...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:20am