Unite Sussex offers free camp and food to area kids

Unite Sussex, a non-profit organization formed to help bring aid to the community through volunteerism and collaboration, and headed by the Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God, recently created a free youth camp for children in Frankford...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 3:46pm

Legislation protecting Delaware’s environment wins appeal

A bill that will lead to stronger enforcement of Delaware’s environmental protection laws – and stiffer consequences for polluters who repeatedly break those laws – passed the state Senate late on June 30.

Senate Bill 92, which had already...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:32pm

Are you vulnerable to a hack attack?

It seems a new hacking or security-breach story is erupting into the national and international headlines every week, lately. With people increasingly doing business and managing their personal lives online, it’s an issue that affects nearly...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:12pm

ReStore builds enough funds to construct a Habitat house

Denise Jackson, manager of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Georgetown, knew in advance that this month’s regular Unity meeting would be special.

“Our executive director, Kevin Gilmore, told me the meeting would be dedicated to...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:10pm

Delaware teams with Bloom Energy

On June 9, Gov. Jack Markell announced that, after 14 months of effort, the state of Delaware, was teaming up with California-based fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy, along with Delmarva Power and the University of Delaware, to bring Bloom...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:49pm

Local farms offer pick-your-own-fruit

n T.S. Smith and Sons
Bridgeville (302) 337-8271
n Fifer Orchards
Camden (302) 697-2141
Color depends on the variety, clean, free of bruising


Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:43pm

Replenish program completes circle of life for the restaurant fare

Every night, thousands of people dine at restaurants in Sussex County, Del., particularly in the summer. And every night, thousands of plates with food waste get scraped into garbage cans, where they are hauled away and added to the landfill – a...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:41pm

UD wind turbine still energetic at one year old

Last June, the University of Delaware commissioned a 256-foot Gamesa wind turbine at its Lewes campus. Since then the university has been doing various studies involving the turbine, including studying the impact of turbines on avian and bat...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bluewater, Delmarva Power extend windfarm agreement

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) this week welcomed an announcement that NRG/Bluewater Wind had extended the deadline in their agreement with Delmarva Power for an additional three months.

“We look...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:38pm

Delaware Senate passes environmental protection bill

Polluters who ignore Delaware’s environmental laws and illegally send harmful chemicals and substances into the air, land and water face stronger enforcement actions and greater financial consequences under legislation passed recently by the...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:18am

Buss to perform at Dickens Parlour Theatre

A new act is coming to town June 20-26 at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. World-renowned magician Eric Buss will perform nightly at 7 p.m., entertaining audiences with pogo sticks, frozen turkeys and numerous other unconventional props...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 3:51am

Workshop to explore potential for aquaculture in inland bays

“Despite decades of decline, oysters do have a new future in Delaware. With science and good management, oyster production can be, and should be, encouraged and nurtured to resume its place as an important food crop, much the same as peaches,...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:42am

Delaware Tech announces new programs for jobs

New programs for new careers are the focus of an information session being offered by Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Free and open to the public, the college will host two sessions on Wednesday, June 22, in the Carter...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:28am

Selbyville Old Timer's Day tradition 55 years and counting

The Town of Selbyville is turning back the clocks, once again, for the 55th Annual Old Timer’s Day, set for this Saturday, June 18, along Church Street in downtown Selbyville, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The tradition has grown to become one of the...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 5:55am

Drivers, start your hands-free devices

Did you pick up some thumb socks for Dad for Father’s Day? If not, you may want to put it on the list for an early Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Yule present later this year, because Delaware lawmakers on June 22 passed a bill that bans texting...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 11:17pm

Farm-to-table dinner to celebrate local foods

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm will again be hosting a Farm to Table event on Tuesday, June 7. Cocktails will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. in the herb garden and on the patio and dinner will start at 7 p.m., outside, in the field behind the...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 2:24pm

Nage chef to demonstrate at Lewes farmers market

On Saturday, June 4, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, at the corner of West 3rd and Shipcarpenter Streets, in Lewes. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 2:23pm

Nage chef to talk ‘slow food’ on June 4

What better way to celebrate the mantra of “slower lower” Delaware than with a slow-food movement? Or, to simplify it by quoting a plaque in a local food establishment — “good food isn’t fast, and fast food isn’t good.”

Slow Food Delmarva...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 2:21pm

Nominations close soon for Young Environmentalist Awards

There’s still time to nominate that Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment for DNREC’s 2011 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:49am

Bella's releasing new products at Lewes Farmers Market

Bella’s Cookies will begin its sixth year at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 28. This year, Bella’s will be introducing several new products on opening day and several other new items throughout the course of the summer.


Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:48am

Historic Lewes Farmers Market opening for sixth season

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open for its sixth season on Saturday, May 28, (Memorial Day weekend) and run through Oct. 29.

With the market voted “Second Best Market for its Size” in 2010 and the “Most Successful Farmers Market...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:47am

Smith farm enters the new millennium with solar energy

Local farmers will now rely on the sun to energize their plants – and their buildings.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter
Family farmers T.S. Smith & Sons Inc. celebrated the ribbon-cutting for 178 solar modules with...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:57am

Flexera VP first solar pro in state to earn NABCEP certification

Flexera Inc. Vice President Benjamin Farr this month became the first solar professional in Delaware, and among the first nationwide, to become certified as a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) photovoltaic (PV)...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:55am

Marie's Kitchen--Time for some vegetarian sole

For Christmas, my husband gave me a gift certificate for a massage and an ionic foot detoxification treatment at Mind, Body & Sole in Bethany Beach. After a relaxing massage, surrounded by angels and lovely music, under the capable hands of...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:31am

Local author’s thriller examines not-so-distant technological threat

Technology is everywhere, and it can provide seemingly infinite data. But what happens when it collects too much information on the people it is supposed to help?

Coastal Point • Submitted
Glen Goleburn set down his dental equipment...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:26am

Safe Haven sanctuary aims to make Delaware a no-kill state

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is scheduled to open its doors this fall to cats and dogs in need. The no-kill animal sanctuary is currently constructing a 19,500-square-foot facility on a 13-acre parcel of land in Georgetown. The nonprofit is funded...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:22am

First State Corvette Club revs up for 40th anniversary

In 1981, when former Bethany Beach Postmaster Jack Powell came home with a 1975 dark brown convertible Corvette, his wife, Sandy, exclaimed, “What have you done now?” But she couldn’t really complain, because she had her own Nissan 280ZX.


Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5:04am

Proper pruning provides improvement for plants

Before beginning any pruning project, ask yourself some questions: Why to prune? What do you want to accomplish?

Pruning is used to accomplish several objectives: shaping, training, disease control, deadwood removal, rejuvenation...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 4:58am

Roxana Fire Company reaching new heights with 100-foot ladder

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company has a shiny new apparatus on the way, but Tower 90 is no toy.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Clay Johnson, Chief Andy Johnson and Jamie Killen show that the new ladder truck, Tower 90, can extend...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:23am

Marie's Kitchen -- Cookbooking with the LB Women's Club

There I was, power-walking on the treadmill at 4.1 mph, serenaded on my iPod by Beyonce: “If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it, oh-oh-oh…” (one of my faves). But wait – someone on the adjoining treadmill was vying for my...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:16am

The Dirt--Pot ABCs (No, not that kind)

It’s time! You’ve got pots, planters, window boxes, whiskey barrels and hanging baskets sitting there, waiting for you. There’s no excuse for leaving them empty when container culture is one of the easiest ways to enjoy flowers.


Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:54am

Farmers offered resources for solar technology upgrades

Farmers who want to learn more about solar technology and determine if it is something they want to explore further can check out the Solar Technology and Resources Guide, which was developed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). The...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:54am

A tree grows in Bethany Beach

In honor of Arbor Day and to celebrate Bethany Beach’s recognition as a “Tree City USA,” about 20 area children helped plant a willow oak tree on the grounds of the Bethany Beach Nature Center on April 30.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:54am

Plate Catering, Good Earth offering locavore dinner series

Diners can’t seem to get enough of local cuisine prepared onsite and served in a natural setting, based on the success of Rehoboth Beach restaurateur Matt Haley’s Outstanding in the Field dinner last summer as part of From the Farm, a...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:57am

Marie's Kitchen--Tips from some civic-minded women

A few weeks ago, while dining with a friend at Off the Hook restaurant in Bethany Beach, 16 women, members of the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach (WCCBB), walked in the door and helped pull several tables together to ready themselves for...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:03am

AAA makes its top ‘green’ vehicle picks for Earth Day

With the price of gasoline nearing the $4 per gallon threshold at a growing number of self-serve kiosks across the country and region, would-be auto buyers can save gas (translation: money) and go green at the same time while signing on the...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 5:56am

Berlin cleans up with pride

Despite chilly temperatures and the threat of rain, more than 125 volunteers joined Grow Berlin Green (GBG) and the Town of Berlin, Md., on Saturday morning, April 16, for the third annual Take Pride in Berlin Spring Clean Up Day.


Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:55am

Carper touts energy-efficient vehicles

With the price of oil continuing to rise, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently showcased a new energy-efficient vehicle that he said would reduce pollution and help save Delawareans money at the gas pump.

Carper test-drove the Chevrolet...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:54am

Golf club goes green

Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club on April 15, held an open house to showcase the club’s new solar operations, which were installed by renewable-energy company Flexera.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Flexera’s Ben Farr and John...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:31am

County breaks ground on EOC solar farm

Sussex County Council members, state representatives and federal dignitaries, along with members of the Flexera team, were on hand this week for the groundbreaking for what will be the largest ground-mounted solar farm in Sussex County.


Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:26am

Next Step students making difference in environment

There are an immense number of ways people can help the environment, from recycling to carpooling, and many already practice several of these eco-friendly choices. The same goes for the youth at Next Step Learning Center in Selbyville, where...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:11am

Funds for Friends event to benefit terrapins

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year? On Thursday, April 21, 10 percent of all proceeds from the Greene Turtle Restaurants in Ocean City and Salisbury, Md., and Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Del., will go to the Center for the Inland...

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 4:10am

The Dirt: I didn't mean to go green

This is a story with a happy ending.

Special to the Coastal Point • Ginger Hogan
A leaf with aphid mummies, left behind by Aphidius wasps. The wasp lays her eggs inside the aphid, and the larvae eat their way out.

Let me begin...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:29am

Bluewater Wind wins right to wind farm lease

On March 24, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara, along with Ned Farquhar of the U.S. Department of Interior, announced that NRG Bluewater Wind has been granted the exclusive right to...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 5:05pm

A surplus of confusion with new recycling law

On a nondescript morning in March, I was beckoned into the home office by my husband, Daren.

Special to the Coastal Point • Daren Criswell
Waste Management provided its customers with a new recycle bin in accordance with HB 234, and...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:44pm

New CSA offering fresh Fifer produce to community

For another option in the burgeoning community supported agriculture, or CSA, movement, produce-conscious consumers can turn to Fifer Orchards out of Camden-Wyoming, just west of Dover. Fifer Orchards also has a presence in Dewey Beach on Route 1...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:41pm

Suppliers to eliminate dry cleaning chemical from drinking water

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and two of the state’s water suppliers announced this week that the water suppliers would install systems to effectively remove tetrachloroethylene, a chemical used in dry cleaning, from their drinking water.

The water...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:34pm

Scholarship offered to forestry and enviro science students

One $1,000 college scholarship and three $500 summer camp sponsorships are available to Delaware students pursuing studies in forestry and environmental science. The nonprofit Delaware Forestry Association (DFA) is offering these 2011 educational...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:20pm

Music feeds the souls at Charlie’s Bayside

“Charlie’s is our favorite place to be on a Friday or Saturday night,” said Norma Sevick from Clarksville. “The food is great, the prices are reasonable, the music is awesome and they treat you well. Charlie and Laura are good people, no doubt...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:28am

For local minister, it’s Jusst Sooup

“‘Keep the focus on me — it’s just soup.’” That was what Dale Dunning, in a voice she attributes to the Holy Spirit, heard more than 10 years ago. She and one of her sons were trying to figure out a name for her new soup-kitchen ministry. With a...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:06am