Former home of cartoonist Block to host warrior family

“Girl Friday to work for newspaper man,” read the ad that Jean Rickard responded to while studying to be a teacher at George Washington University.

“I was moving out of the house and needed a place to live, but I couldn’t do it unless I...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:34am

Art in the yard (yART) hits 10-year milestone in Bethany

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.This Labor Day weekend,...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Civil War Profiles:

Robert McNamara commented in his essay “Why Were Flags So Important in the Civil War?” that these flags marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. In the noise and smoke of battle, regiments could become scattered, and vocal commands...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

On Aug. 29, at 7:30 p...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Dumping could close recycling center; neighbors all for it

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond State Park could be taken away because of people abusing it. To Ocean Village residents, that would be a good thing.The Bethany Beach area is already at risk of losing the free...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:24am

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.


Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:23am

Marie's Kitchen: A taste of good luck for the new year

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Robbie Bedell shares some of the recipes that make the Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop a favorite of Marie’s Kitchen writer Marie Cook.Chef Robbie Bedell would like to dedicate this column to...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:42am

Civil War Profiles: Yankee woman plus Rebel man equals inevitable friction

The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:33am

Volunteers encouraged to preregister for 2015 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers are being encouraged to preregister on the DNREC website for the 29th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19. The DNREC-sponsored cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:32am

Local music fans invited on a journey to ‘Hooverville’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christine Weaver : Classic rock band Hooverville entertains the crowd at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25. The band will be one of the acts performing during Locals Under the Lights at...

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:14am

Schonder honored for being a good ‘Friend’

Coastal Point • Submitted­­­: Chuck Schonder, center, recently received a Volunteer of the Year award from Gov. Jack Markell, left, and DNREC Secretary David Small.

The grassroots effort to restore a local waterfront park is getting...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:59pm

Delaware’s Samuel Boyer Davis: A near-death experience

In this modern age, spies caught in the act in the United States generally are sentenced to long prison terms. During the Civil War years, however, spies — real or suspected — almost always ended up at the end of rope.

Two of the...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:55pm

‘Cluck, Pluck & Luck’ offers look at poultry industry

In 1923, Ocean View housewife Cecile Steele placed an order for 50 baby chicks, but ended up receiving 500. From that one mistake, the Delmarva poultry industry was born.

“Aside from Caesar Rodney riding up and Delaware voting for the...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:19am

Perspectives on the Confederate flag controversy

The tragic death of nine African-Americans in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, at the hands of a person who featured himself online holding a Confederate flag, has triggered a groundswell of outrage about the killings and the flag itself. A vigorous...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:29am

BART to take the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre

Coastal Point • File Photo : Cast members of last year’s BART program perform on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.

For its 2015-2016 season, the Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) plans to feature six comedies to bring...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:09am

Local actress faces off with zombies

Quinn McColgan, 13, is no stranger to filmmaking, having acted already alongside Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore. But, this summer, the Millsboro native is costaring with zombies, in the film “Extinction,” coming to theaters and video-on-demand...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:23am

Watercolorist Roberts in Fenwick for three-day display

With an eye for snowy landscapes, watercolorist Linda Roberts has been critically acclaimed for decades. She’s created art for the U.S. Ski Team, Ski magazine, Audi, Continental Airlines and Marriott Corporation.
But her paintings keep...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Lest the 1st Delaware Regiment’s valor be forgotten!

In the decades following the Civil War, it was not uncommon for former members of military units to put their collective heads together and publish a history of their regiment’s experiences during the four-year conflict between the North...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:36am

Cole Haden: Local musician, actor, activist, star student preparing for life on a larger stage

Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Cole Haden on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Haden will be performing at the Freeman Stage at Bayside event ‘Locals Under the Lights’ on Thursday, Aug. 27.Cole Haden grew up in Bethany Beach and Dagsboro,...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:59am

Civil War Profiles: Max Neugas, Fort Delaware’s resident artist

The Fort Delaware Society’s headquarters and library, located on the grounds of Fort DuPont State Park, not far from Delaware City, has a sketch of Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware hanging on the wall. This detailed drawing is dated 1864.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:57pm

Citizens bring science to the table in effort to Save Beach Cove

Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.

As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:29am

Selbyville’s Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino....

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:06am

Civil War Profiles: Post-war race relations in Delaware

After peace was restored and slavery abolished in the United States in 1865, the desire of Delaware’s African-Americans for a brighter future went mostly unrealized. The Democratic Party’s control over the political process in the First State...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:35am

Barefoot Gardeners Club hosting free children’s program in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:32am

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club to hold grand opening in new home

After years of searching, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club has finally found a place to call home.

“It’s wonderful because it’s ours,” said club member Bill Ziegler of the club’s new home. “We can do what we want to enhance the club and...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:45am

Antique fire-truck show joins First Saturday in Georgetown

Fire-truck lovers will converge on Georgetown this weekend, as antique fire trucks will be on display at the Marvel Carriage Museum as part of the Georgetown Historical Society’s First Saturday.

“First Saturday started in May and runs...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:04am

Just the Jeep: Coastal Jeep Club hits the sand running

Special to the Coastal Point • Billy Beck: Above, rain can’t put a damper on the Coastal Jeep Club, lined up along the Atlantic.They wanted to meet other Jeep enthusiasts and wrangle their resources into future fundraisers for the community. But...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:05am

Civil War Profiles: Confederate ship threatens Lewes and Fort Delaware

On Nov. 3, 1864, Pvt. Alexander James Hamilton, a member of Independent Battery G, Pittsburgh Heavy Artillery, recorded in his diary that the C.S.S. Tallahassee caused alarm at Fort Delaware when it steamed into the breakwater near Lewes....

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:47am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

This is your final warning: Recycling center could close

A few careless people could ruin things for everyone, as the recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond could close entirely if people continue dumping garbage there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) maintains 61 recycling drop-off centers...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:37am

Wayne Weeks’ ‘Lines of Inquiry’ opens at new RAL Art Studios

Coastal Point •Submitted: ‘Lines of Inquiry’ by Wayne Weeks opens at the RAL Art Studios in Lewes this week, featuring his unique take on the human form as expressed in this ballerina piece.The Rehoboth Art League is offering vacationers and...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:02am

More than music: Wailers to appear at Freeman Stage, continue Bob Marley’s message

Special to the Coastal Point • Beverly Shaw: Bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, center, and lead vocalist Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin, far right, and their bandmates will take to the Freeman Stage when the Wailers perform on Friday, July 10.They’ve...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 8:46am

Pet Corner: Traveling with your pet

Summer is the time that many of us take to the roads for vacations and general traveling, and many of us like to take our furry friends with us. If you decide to take your pooch with you, there are many things to consider before hitting the road...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:20am

Civil War Profiles: Commemorating Independence Day during wartime

In April 1861, the outbreak of conflict between the states cast a dark shadow across the land. On July 4 — the 85th anniversary of the American colonies declaring independence from the British realm — a Delawarean ably expressed the fears of the...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:00am

Growing old together

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:42pm

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s restrained reaction to the Civil War’s conclusion

As cited by Harold Hancock in “Delaware History,” April 1961, Wilmington native Anna Ferris noted in her diary on July 4, 1865, “Now we have ‘Victory & Peace’ & feel thankful & happy but not jubilant as we expected & there are few...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:37pm

Holts Landing celebrating 50 years with Family Fun Night

Coastal Point • Submitted: Holts Landing State Park offers the area a boat ramp, pier, hiking trails and so much more. The state park will celebrate 50 years with a Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Holts Landing...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:31pm

Bethany Boathouse casts off with grand opening

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Brent Poffenberger, Tom Neville, chamber members and patrons celebrate at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bethany Boathouse on June 18. Bethany Boathouse is located across the street from their other...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:19pm

Center for Inland Bays working to remove debris from bays

A Delaware Center for the Inland Bays committee is focused on a broader mission — the “wise use and enhancement” of the Inland Bays. The Water Use Plan Implementation Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Directors, informally called...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:18pm

Historic complex offering free tours this summer

For the second year, the Ocean View Historical Society (OCVHS) is offering community members and visitors the chance to visit their historic complex free of change on Wednesdays in the summer months.

“Last year, we had restored our...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:58am

FEMA draws a crowd at South Bethany maps meeting

South Bethany Town Hall may never have seemed so small when 100 people tried to fit inside for a public meeting about the future of local flood mapping. Most of them wanted to know exactly why their flood-risk designation changed, and what they...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:57am

Old Timer’s Day returning to Selbyville on Saturday

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Classic cars are shown along Church Street in Selbyville during last year’s event. The car show is a large part of the Old Tymer’s Day event. Last year’s attendance is estimated at about 2,000, a record number....

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:52am

Libraries serving children free meals all summer

This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.

“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:50am

Holts Landing to celebrate anniversary facelift with Family Fun Nights

As Holts Landing State Park on the Indian River Bay gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary this month, it is receiving a facelift thanks to the efforts of the newly-established Friends of Holts Landing State Park. In just a little more...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:36am

Thompson builds outdoor learning facility en route to Eagle Scout

Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:45am

Hudson’s General Store celebrates 25 years, brings back antique show

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.

After 25 years, a local shop might be considered retro....

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:42am

Care urged after imported fire ants found in palm tree shipment

State authorities are alerting local businesses and purchasers of tropical nursery stock mid-week of a recent detection of fire ants in a shipment of palm trees imported from Florida. The red imported fire ants were detected during a routine...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:17am

Fish & Wildlife police make citations, stress restrictions

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers on June 1-7 made 1,743 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 129 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks....

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:00am

FOSCL preparing for annual summer book sale

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) will be hosting their semi-annual book sale in August to support programming at the South Coastal Library. The sale features all types of books — from children to teens, non-fiction, fiction,...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:57am

County opposes EPA’s rule relating to ‘Waters of the U.S.’

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson this week provided an update regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule related to the “Waters of the United States” at the request of Councilman George Cole.

Lawson said the rule was...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:31am