Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap....

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:14am

Stuart and Custer: Made from the same mold

The cavalry was a vital mobile force that gathered information for Civil War commanders and screened the main army from the eyes of the enemy. Cavalry leaders had to be innovative and daring in carrying out their assigned missions.

On the...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:13am

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

For the third consecutive year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will present Eileen Stamnas and Jim Gibney live at the Dickens Parlour Theatre. The career...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:48am

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:39am

The Civil War inspired quilters of yesterday and today

Annie B. Darden, the wife of a farmer in the community of Buckhorn, N.C., noted in her diary on March 4, 1861, that Abraham Lincoln was to be inaugurated as president that day, and said this “will cause a dissolution of our Union.”


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:54pm

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:43pm

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

Those who love poker and driving can combine the two at this weekend’s Poker & Fun Car Rallye IV, supporting Justin’s Beach House.

The respite home was built after the creation of the Justin. W. Jennings Foundation, which maintains it...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:08pm

Bingo! IR Band Boosters to host fundraiser Friday night

It’s time to break out those bingo daubers, at the 8th Annual Bingo Fundraiser, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.

Players can get the thrill of being in a speedy game of bingo on Friday, March 4, at the Millville...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:06pm

Civil War Profiles: Harriet Tubman: Union spy

A frail, sickly black woman was the most successful conductor of slaves to freedom along the so-called Underground Railroad. This remarkable person not only freed herself from slavery, but also guided her two children and sister, as well as her...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:59am

Lego Maniacs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.They might have named their team robot “The Terminator.” They might have a...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:40am

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:42pm

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean;) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:35pm

Pet Corner: Storm prep for pets

If you have pets, you should always have storm kits prepared for them. You should also have evacuation plans prepared with your pets in mind.

We always seem to run to the grocery store and buy bread and milk and toilet paper when we hear...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:33pm

Civil War timeline: 1861-1865

Slavery first came to America in 1619, when Dutch traders brought captured Africans to Virginia’s Jamestown colony. Always a divisive factor in American politics, by the mid-19th century, controversy over slavery reached the boiling point.


Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:11am

In 1964, first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital inspired a community

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Wingo holds a portrait of his mother, Elsie Wingo, the first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital.As Beebe Healthcare celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Lewes native Robert Wingo can’t help but...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:08am

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.


Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:14am

Mid-Atlantic council to release ocean data

Good planning starts with good information. That’s why the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum met on Jan. 29 to learn about three data-collection projects regarding the Atlantic Ocean.

Hosted in Dewey Beach, with the...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:10am

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:01am

Pet Corner: Tips for traveling with pets

With spring and summer right around the corner, the thought of traveling is on many people’s minds. If you are one of those fortunate people that share your life with pets, travel plans take a little more thought and planning. The first decision...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:55am

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide....

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:44am

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

“We are here...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:51pm

Fort Delaware Society holds annual meeting

“To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and to preserve its legacy” is the stated mission of an organization known as the Fort Delaware Society. Founded 66 years ago, the FDS held its annual meeting at...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:11pm

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:01pm

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:36am

Hudson hunts up Sussex County-style retreat for veterans

Coastal Point • Submitted: Phil Hudson poses with Wishes for Warriors founder and veteran Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Marshall, and veterans Wally Fanene, Jason Grigg and Jose Vazquez after a shooting day with East Coast Defense.Injuries have kept Phil...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:15am

Civil War Profiles: The Battle of Cockle Creek near Chincoteague

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Co. of Wilmington built vessels for the Union navy during the Civil War. It was one of the foremost shipbuilding enterprises in the United States at that time.

Prior to the war in 1860, the firm received a...

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:55am

Civil War Profiles: Sons of Confederate Veterans honors Lee and Jackson

At 3:15 in the afternoon on May 10, 1863, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson deliriously uttered the phrase, “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.” “Stonewall” passed away following amputation of his left arm, damaged by...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:34am

Beta Sigma Phi invites community to January Jam

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi — a women’s social, cultural and service organization that gives back to those in need within the community — is hosting a January Jam dance to have fun night while raising funds to help those in need....

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:33am

Need for Speed: Hitchens fuels up for 2016 season after third racing title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scott Hitchens drives the Blades HVAC Services 65 car.Scott Hitchens likes speed. And ever since he got his first dirt bike at just 3, all he’s wanted to do was go fast.

Now a 22-year-old seasoned veteran,...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:21am

Meals on Wheel feeding pets in need

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among those helping feed pets in need this winter were, from left, Jamie Ciavolella (House Pets), Carolyn Miller (Kenille’s Kupboard), Dottie Armstrong (CHEER staff) and Kim Ciavolella (House Pets), with a heap of...

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 9:11am

Bethany ready to drop the ball on New Year’s Eve

Coastal Point • File Photo: Following a successful tree-lighting ceremony and a round of fun activities surrounding their Weekend Wonderland series, the town of Bethany Beach will keep the holiday momentum going with the first-ever New Year’s Eve...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 6:37am

Civil War Profiles: The long post-war road to Civil Rights legislation

“Black codes” was the name given to an attempt in several states to undermine the effects of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution enacted following the Civil War from 1865 to 1870. The amendments guaranteed the freedom,...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:04am

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:46am

New Year’s Day event to have patriotic tribute

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With the sun rising in the east, and those in attendance...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 9:33am

Painting and packing holiday warmth:

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Southern Delaware School of the Arts students were at times a flurry of hands as they packed six suitcases of supplies for a homeless shelter.Students at one Selbyville school got a glimpse of gratefulness this month...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:12am

Civil War Profiles: Sesquicentennial of Christmas 1865

The first peacetime Christmas in four years was joyful in the state of Delaware. The gunfire had ceased, and the troops had come home.

George Alfred Townsend, a young journalist from Georgetown known for his intrepid reporting during the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:08am

Subway manager connects with customer, community

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Cordoba, store manager at Subway in the Millville Town Center, has been on a mission to give her new friend, Mr. R and his wife a merry Christmas by organizing a Christmas meal, a few gifts and...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7:50am

Delaware Botanic Gardens awarded $750,000 grant from Longwood Foundation

The Longwood Foundation has approved a $750,000 grant to the Delaware Botanic Gardens to help it begin work on Phase One of the garden, located on Pepper Creek near Dagsboro.

The grant will be provided in two components: an immediate...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:45am

The saga of the Samuel Francis DuPont memorials

Historically, the DuPonts are one of the most prominent Delaware families. The patriarch, E.I. DuPont, founded the Eleutherian Powder Mills along the Brandywine Creek at the turn of the 19th century. DuPont Industries have since expanded...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:35am

CHEER shines with strong leadership

Coastal Point • Bob Bertram: Above, CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego in front of her Wall of Inspiration.At the CHEER Center in Ocean View, the homey atmosphere is highlighted by the smiling faces of the CHEER members, ages 50 and older. Overseeing...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:01am

Dunes, trails and sea-level rise all part of ‘Small talk’

Parishioners at one local Catholic church have a moral goal to “protect God’s creation.” When they realized the environmental mission of Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) aligns with their own, they...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:40am

Alesi to hold album release party for ‘Lie Again’

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer Melissa Alesi is getting ready to celebrate the launch of her new album, ‘Lie Again.’Local singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been hard at work this year, completing her third studio...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:34am

Seaside Railroad Club chugs into the holiday season

For the fifth year, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is continuing to reach out to the community during the Christmas season to provide a free, traditional Christmas experience for those young and old.

Displaying five model trail layouts...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:31am

Abolitionist was first black female newspaper editor

Born in Wilmington in 1823 to free black parents, Mary Ann Shadd dedicated her life to the abolition of slavery. She became an educator and journalist in pursuit of freedom.

Shadd inherited her zeal from her father, who hid runaway slaves...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:47am

Burnzy’s Bar & Grill opens up near Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:37am

OVHS to host fourth annual Victorian Christmas

Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:29am

Ocean View Presbyterian to host annual Nativity Festival

Coastal Point • File photo: Detail of one of the nativities from from an earlier event.With all the holiday madness, many are unable to take a moment to breathe and remember the meaning behind the Christmas holiday.

Ocean View Presbyterian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:23am

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ now showing

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street”...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:20pm

Time-tested holiday favorites

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Marie shares some of her favorite holiday recipes, including this 1 2 3 Blackberry Sherbet, which she found in the June/July 2009 issue of Taste of Home magazine.The holidays are upon us, and guests will...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:00pm