Community invited to enjoy an old fashioned ‘Homecoming’

Coastal Point • File Photo: Some children enjoy a merry-go-round during a precious Ocean View Homecoming event.This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will hold its 2015 Homecoming event, inviting the community to come together and enjoy fellowship...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:18am

Civil War Profiles: The capture of Confederate President Davis in Georgia

In early May 1865, Varina Howell Davis reached the state of Georgia after having fled Richmond a month earlier. She was traveling with her four young children, her sister Margaret, two servants and a soldier who was related to the family.


Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:24am

Bayside community gets tasty salsa lessons, more instructors welcome

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.For nearly a year, the Bayside Institute has offered life-enrichment classes to the Bayside community’s residents, guests and renters...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:06am

LSLL’s Challenger League is about much more than baseball

Coastal Point • Submitted: The LSLL Challenger League welcomes players from ages 5 to 18, with all types of disabilities, to play ball.After their son Aiden had played in it for years, a spring without the Challenger Baseball League just wasn’t...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:30pm

Teen got the ball rolling for clean water

Emma Rider has collected 100,000 pairs of shoes in five years. But those are just the tips of the laces that tie her tale together.

At 18, Rider has a knack for transforming old kicks into clean water. She explained the basics to the Lord...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:14pm

Sons of Confederate Veterans event set for April 25 in Georgetown

In 2007, a 12-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide granite memorial rose from the ground upon its unveiling at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. The dedication of this monument was the fulfillment of the Delaware Grays Camp #2068, Sons of Confederate...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:50am

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard,...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:31am

Anniversary gala shines the spotlight on Selbyville Library

Dim the lights and get dolled up for the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library. The Friends will bring the party on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside.


Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:18am

Get in golf shape before you tee off

The Masters is the defining moment every year that tells us golf season is under way. Golf offers so many benefits — it’s not only a terrific way to socialize and have some fun, but golfers who are regularly on the links are gaining all kinds of...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 1:24pm

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:02pm

Community invited to partake in ‘A Greater Loesser Moment’

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Heart and Soul,” “Luck Be a Lady” — all songs that people are familiar with and can even hum along to, but perhaps don’t know were written by renowned songwriter Frank Loesser.

To close its third season, the...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:38pm

CoChilla 2015 returns to support SPCA

Lovers of animals and music will be able to support both this Sunday at CoChilla 2015, set at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach. The event was started three years ago by local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi.

“I wanted to host an...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:22am

Civil War Profiles: Lee’s surrender: The beginning of the end

Church bells suddenly began tolling as darkness ended the Sabbath on April 9, 1865. Anna M. Ferris of Wilmington, Del., noted people preparing for bed were startled to learn the bells “were announcing … the surrender of [Gen. Robert E.] Lee...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:17am

Freeman takes center stage

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:29am

From Peggy’s Greek kitchen

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Peggy Fisher holds a pan of Greek dessert, Galaktoboureko, while posing in front of her olive tree.Peggy and Guy Fisher own a beautiful home in The Point in Dagsboro, but they also own a home on the...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:52pm

Fort Miles to offer historic lantern, museum and battery tours this spring

Coastal Point • Submitted : Two children sit on one of the World War II artillery guns at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.The spring schedule is set at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park, where visitors are encouraged to come...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:25pm

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:17am

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.

“We hope to...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:27am

A musical Marvel still giving lessons

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : With his signature white beard and favorite hat, Mark Marvel is still teaching everything from guitar to percussion and band instruments.Mark Marvel loves music. With a guitar in hand, he peppers his conversation...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:11am

Civil War Profiles: Burton Harrison: Fort Delaware’s solitary prisoner

As the Civil War’s dying embers flickered before going out, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was attempting to escape capture in Southern Georgia after having abandoned the capital at Richmond in April 1865. Davis’ objective was to join Lt....

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:07am

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Struggles lead to triumph in original Possum Point play

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:58pm

Civil War Profiles: John Dickinson confronts the slavery issue

Long before the Civil War, slavery became firmly planted in the state of Delaware. The first slave arrived here in 1639, and a steady flow would follow, given the magnet of labor-intensive tobacco crops — especially in Sussex and Kent counties....

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:53am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

Local author shares Delaware love story

Many Delawareans can tell you that the state bird is a blue hen and that the DuPont family played a significant role in its history; however, considerably fewer of them seem to know how a single mistake helped propel Delaware to become a major...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:41am

The fate of the commanders of the 1st Delaware Regiment

When President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion of Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-1861, he assigned a quota to each of the loyal states. He called for Delaware to contribute 780 men for three months...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:28am

It’s fun feeding feathered friends

If you have never fed the wild birds, now is a good time to start. It’s fun and easy and relatively inexpensive to get started. All you have to have is some wild bird seed that you sprinkle on the ground, but it’s even more fun when you add a few...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:25am

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club seeks home base

For nearly four years, the Seaside Railroad Club has been like a train without a station. After a 2011 fire destroyed their meeting space and many models stored at the Georgetown Train Station, they still continued serving the community, though...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:28am

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

The concert will be a little...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 3:38am

Civil War Profiles: A Union general, a female spy and two Delawareans in the Shenandoah Valley

Anyone who held Unionist political leanings while living in Winchester, Va., during the Civil War years had to be particularly circumspect to avoid the wrath of secessionist neighbors. Therefore, when a young schoolteacher named Rebecca Wright...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:11am

Robots invade Selbyville Middle School

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Only one robot can win! Selbyville Middle School team competed to design, build and maneuver robots that stack the most blocks in two minutes.It almost looked like a boxing match was about to occur at Selbyville...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:52am

‘Death by Chocolate’ returning to West OC on Sunday

The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:01am

Marie's Kitchen: Therapy and a side of Cuban cuisine

We all say it: You have to take the good with the bad. That’s what life is all about — a balancing act between good times and bad. That’s actually how today’s column fell into my lap. The bad news is that I needed another surgery — left partial-...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:58am

Edwina Kruse: A ‘mighty oak’ of black education

One of the most disgraceful chapters in Delaware history, according to Judith Y. Gibson, was the lack of educational opportunities afforded African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite efforts by Quaker organizations to...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:56am

Corps opens public comments for Delaware aquaculture

The moment that many inland bays residents have awaited is here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened public comments for Delaware shellfish aquaculture on Jan. 21. Comments are due by Wednesday, Feb. 23.

“The public comment period is...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:14am

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.


Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:35am

Lincoln to come to life in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Ross will portray Abraham Lincoln as part of Ocean View Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday when they will sponsor ‘An Interview with Abraham Lincoln.’“Four score and seven years ago, our...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:26am

Party with a Purpose mixes fun with fundraising effort

Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.

The group’s first event of the year, designed by founders...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:57am

Unsung Delaware Civil War commanders

The biographies of several high-ranking Delaware army and naval officers who served during the Civil War are generally well known. These include Brig. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, Maj. Gen. George Sykes, Maj. Gen. Alfred T....

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:50am

Prison diary describes life at Fort Delaware

Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:35am

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:54am

Horticulture student planning SoDel Concepts’ urban gardens

Despite the wintery landscape, Chris Wertz is already gathering ideas for his gardens — at least eight of them. Wertz, who is studying horticulture at Delaware Technical & Community College, this spring will start urban vegetable and herb...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:00am

Lee-Jackson Day to be celebrated in Georgetown on Friday

Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, the state of Virginia set aside a Friday in January as a holiday in remembrance of two Southern Civil War heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson....

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:58am

Pet Corner: Putting out the welcome mat for that new dog

Before you bring home your new puppy/dog, it is important to prepare your home. There are several simple things you can do ahead of time to make your new pets adjustment easier. Your new puppy/dog will very inquisitive about its new environment,...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:39am

Pet Corner: A new dog for the new year? Choose wisely!

So — you have decided you are ready to get a new dog, but how do you make sure you get a healthy one? First, you need to decide whether you want a specific breed; a puppy or an adult, a young adult or a senior dog; a rescue or one from a breeder...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:23am

Hocker looking at jobs, wages and aquaculture for new legislative session

Jobs and the economy will be at the forefront of the agenda for state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) this coming year. Additionally, Hocker said he would like to focus on finding a compromise on aquaculture and getting additional police protection...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:09pm

Going out for New Year’s Eve? Plenty of options

For those ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night on the town, local restaurants have got things covered. (Reservations are recommended for all the events, and some spots are filling up fast.)

Cottage Café has a party featuring D.J...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:06pm

Alesi hosting open mic evening in Rehoboth Beach

Singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been a staple in the local music scene for the past few years and has recently taken over hosting an open-mic night at Casa Dileo restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

“It’s been going really well,” said...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:05pm

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:56pm

Holidays: The perfect time to recycle

DNREC officials reminded Delawareans this week that the holiday time is the right time to trim their “wastelines” while helping the environment — by recycling all those extra mail-order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:19pm

Samaritan Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of community giving

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:17pm