Get off to a quick start this year

For those of you who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities in our coastal towns, congratulations. For those of you who didn’t, try to make certain you get down to those events next year.

The Fenwick Island Freeze has quickly become a popular and fun annual event, and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s day in Bethany Beach is becoming one of the must-see events of the year.

The 6th Annual Hometown Pet Show on Tuesday attracted 54 pets, with prizes awarded to such categories as best-dressed and the pet who looks most like its owner. Audience participation selected the People’s Choice Award, and spectators and participants alike really got into the spirit.

As for the Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, well, perhaps it’s the most fun local activity of the year. Teams formed by local businesses, friends or families gathered on the beach in matching attire and quickly darted in and out of the ocean upon command, emerging in waves of smiles.

The Chamber should be thanked publically for the effort and thought that go into the Bethany events every Jan. 1. It has truly become a day that draws vacationers and locals for guaranteed fun, and provides a little bump for those downtown businesses who remain open this time of year. Also, the towns of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island need to be thanked for their cooperation and effort in providing a refreshing and positive start to the year.

----We are unveiling our new “Going Green” section on page 33 of this week’s Coastal Point.

National and local trends recently have shown us a population that is more concerned with its “environmental footprint” than at any other time in this nation’s history. Whether or not you agree that human beings contribute to the deterioration of our ozone layer, it’s hard to ignore the impact we have made on the planet as a whole. And it’s impossible to not notice efforts made by many organizations and companies in providing goods that focus on better environmental behavior.

What we’re doing with our section is attempting to bring this movement to the local level. We are going to discuss different options that people can take in their day-to-day lives to better serve the environment, and highlight businesses and people who work to improve our situation.