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New software helps put Selbyville police on the map

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:50am

Proposed grid could make offshore wind power more reliable

The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural...

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:19am

Troop 282 named Troop of the Year

On March 13, at Saint John’s Methodist Church in Seaford, Boy Scout Troop 281 took top honors as Troop of the Year at the Boy Scouts of America Annual Sussex District Recognition Brunch. Scoutmaster Tom Roth was presented the award by District...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:08am

South Coastal Library more than just books

South Coastal Library’s library circulation and volunteer supervisor, Pricilla Scott, now has a new title to add to her job description. Scott was recently given the role of publicist for the Bethany Beach library.

“I am trying to talk to...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:31am

All-in: Cracking aces with suited connectors

In past columns, we’ve analyzed the strength of starting hands, or hole cards, in Texas Hold’em poker. As anyone who understands the game could tell you, a starting hand of pocket aces has the best odds of winning over any other two cards in the...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:19am

Berlin business makes painting and home improvement green

Sometimes, it takes seeing things done the wrong way to really drive home that there is a better way to get things done. For Ryan and Shane Murphy of Berlin, Md., becoming a “green” company was sort of a natural step.

Ryan said he has...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:14am

Holistic health the focus of April 24 fair

It seems everyone is talking about it these days: healthcare. It’s on the news, in the papers, on the Internet. It’s taking over Facebook. It’s everywhere.

For a slightly different take on healthcare and what it means to you, the 17th...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:10am

Study finds water pollution from IR coal-ash waste

The case for the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop sitting on a delayed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-ash site contamination rule is even stronger than it first appeared to be, according to a major new report from...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:09am

Happy Birthday to Earth Day!

Forty years ago, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin shared his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the importance of preserving the environment. His proposed action was conceived after traveling to Santa Barbara, Calif. soon after a...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:07am

It's time to get shredding

Want to get rid of the mounds of paper in the house and the tax returns from 1980? Afraid the hoarding shows on television are hitting too close to home? Well, what better way to celebrate Earth Day and the weeks surrounding it than to get rid of...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:05am

The Stims unite creativity and experience in acoustic duo

In the realm of autism, “the stims” (short for stimulations) refers to an uncontrollable physical or audio release in an individual. For Zach Coffman and Brian Mahoney, better known as The Stims, the notion is rooted into their passion for music...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:08am

Local Chamber of Commerce shares its success

Serving the best interests of the economy of Delaware and Maryland’s coastline can be a difficult task, with a balance of agriculture and real estate, year-round activities and events and a seasonal schedule that demands careful attention. But,...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:04pm

State Energy Office and SEU's energize Delaware

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Energy Office and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility’s (SEU) Energize Delaware are teaming up at this year’s Delaware Great Green Expo on Saturday, March 20 to...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 2:43pm

Volunteers needed for beach grass planting

Environmental enthusiasts, families and students are being encouraged to volunteer for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 20, at beach locations along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 4:55am

Gallery One 'Going Green' through April 1

Gallery One in Ocean View this announced their new show, “Going Green,” the first show for 2010, which features 16 local artists displaying their interpretation of the show’s title.

“This is the first of monthly challenges for the gallery...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:21am

Gallery One 'Going Green' through April 1

Gallery One in Ocean View this announced their new show, “Going Green,” the first show for 2010, which features 16 local artists displaying their interpretation of the show’s title.

“This is the first of monthly challenges for the gallery...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:21am

Deadline extended in annual Arbor Day Poster Contest

The Delaware Forest Service is inviting schoolchildren in grades K-5 to join its 2010 Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are Terrific... and Energy Wise,” and this year’s deadline has been extended to March 22 because of...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:13am

Local families have egg-citing hobby

Although Delmarva is known for its chicken industry, the days of having backyard hens seemed to have gone the way of the dodo for a while. With the fast-paced life of ample development and grocery stores on every corner, rural Delmarva seemed to...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:16pm

Geothermal systems old-hat to local company

In the world of all things green, everybody’s an expert. Well, not everybody. As “green” has gotten more popular in the past few years, it has become increasingly hard to tell who really knows their stuff and who’s just jumping on a bandwagon. So...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:11pm

IR Chili Cook-off spices up sports program

Despite wintery temperatures lingering outside, things got heated last Saturday at Indian River High School’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off, which garnered more than a dozen entries and helped raise hundreds of dollars for the school’s athletic...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:51pm

Green Business Forum set for March 26

The Mid-Atlantic Green Business Forum will be held March 26, 2010, in Baltimore, Md. Sessions include Moving Your Business Toward Sustainability, Energy Trends Now and for the Future, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Clean...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:27am

Local dog has his day, thanks to holistic vet

Integrative health care is not only for humans, it’s for the dogs, as well.

Coastal Point
Lance Fargo with his Weimaraner, Blitz. Blitz has been through alot following a 12-foot fall onto concrete when he was nine months old.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:54am

Carper touts new Clean Air regulations

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) came to Ocean View on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, to discuss his three-pollutant, or “3P,” legislation, in an exclusive interview with the Coastal Point.

The legislation, part of the Clean Air Act amendments of 2010...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:23am

Habitat cuts ribbon on new Georgetown office

Under the cold, gray skies of an impending snow storm, hearts were warmed at Habitat for Humanity’s celebration blessing and ribbon-cutting on their new permanent home on Academy Street in Georgetown. Guests included U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:30am

Energy consulting firm offers advice for saving, going green

“Going green” is no longer a trend. For many, it’s here to stay. With gas prices still volatile at best, and the money state government has provided for grants and rebates for energy-efficiency projects not expected to last forever, if there is...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:49am

Fenwick couple gets two kinds of green

For Fenwick Island Town Councilwoman Vicki Carmean and her husband, Wayne, getting solar panels has been something they have thought long and hard about, and in the end, as with many decisions, money was the deciding factor.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:38am

Going green in shades of rose red and chocolate

“Produced with child labor,” “toxic,” “laced with pesticides and herbicides that have been banned in the U.S.”

Maybe not the words one might envision written on their bouquet of roses or on the box of chocolates they receive this...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:33am

St. Ann's Darcy discusses his vocation

For Father Michael Darcy, of the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach, becoming a priest felt like a natural progression. As a teenager, he thought about becoming a priest and spent a lot of time active in his home parish.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 4:51pm

IR Science Fair showcases scientists of tomorrow

Say “So long” to that styrofoam solar system and “Bon voyage” to the baking soda-and-vinegar volcano. Last week, for the first time in well over a decade, Indian River High School students presented months of research and data in the form of...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:54am

Students offer blessing of a home to a local woman

Delmarva Christian High School students, on Monday of this week, got to see real-life reactions to one of their “J-Term” projects.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Sara Pletcher of AmeriCorps signs a ‘blessing’ on the framing of the home...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 3:59am

Markell proposes statewide curbside recycling

For those that have been waiting for just the right incentive to not chuck those water bottles and soda cans straight into the trash, how about trash haulers picking up your recyclables at the door for free?

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Gov. Jack...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:59am

Exercise Like the Eskimos pays tribute to late founder

When it comes to New Years resolutions, “getting more exercise” is typically at the top of most people’s lists, but for more than 300 brave souls, Jan. 1, 2010, gave them an opportunity to exercise a little differently. The 14th Annual Leo Brady...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:04am

EPA awards $3.2 million for water quality projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $3.2 million to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to improve water quality in Delaware.

The funds provide additional capital to Delaware’s...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:17pm

Being green means more green all the way around

Growing up in upstate New York, Collin O’Mara, now Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), saw firsthand what environmental and economic degradation can do to a community.

Coastal Point...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:46pm

Get real with the resolutions: Resolve to go green on a budget

There are always a top five or 10 things people resolve to do each January: lose weight, eat right, stop smoking, get out of debt…Whether they get accomplished or not is another story.

But, to add a little incentive to keeping the...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:42pm

Tree recycling a green option for post-holiday clean-up

Celebrants can start the new year right by recycling Christmas trees at a DNREC Community Yard Waste Site until Jan. 18. After removing all ornaments, wire and tinsel, Delaware residents can drop off their trees and other greens at any one of the...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:40pm

Internal struggles dominate CIB board meeting

After an almost year-long power struggle between the Center for the Inland Bays Board and the CIB Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – one of its standing committees – regarding a proposed diversity plan for members, things came to a head at last...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:09am

Students training for green jobs at Tech

When the going gets tough, the tough get green.

This past week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper was in Georgetown to meet with students, administration and guests at the Career Training Center at Sussex Technical High School. Often mentioned in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:08am

Health of area's wetlands get a mixed report

The health of the flat wetlands in Sussex County have been graded at a fair B+, but the health of the area’s riverine wetlands and tidal wetlands came in at a less-than-satisfactory D and D+, respectively, according to a new report card on the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:05am

Green energy supply growing in Fenwick

Since the adoption of a renewable-energy ordinance in Fenwick Island, there have been three permits issued for solar energy systems – one commercial and two residential – and there are two more permits for such systems pending, according to...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:19am

CIB committee learns about land trusts, nutrients

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Center for the Inland Bays heard from Wendy Baker of the Sussex County Land Trust and Bill Rohrer of the state’s Nutrient Management Program at their December meeting.

Baker explained that the...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:49am

Harold Schmidt show hits the road

“This gathering isn’t about saying goodbye to Harold. Instead it’s about saying ‘Good luck,’” said Sue Ryan, owner of the Good Earth Market and self-proclaimed president of the “Harold Schmidt Fan Club.”

Special to the Coastal Point •...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:34am

Buy local: go green, get the green flowing

One of the newest trends in “green” is buying local, but how exactly is buying local considered “green?”

Well, for starters, as with food and farming, when someone shops locally or buys a locally-crafted gift, they can ask the owner of the...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:45pm

Deck the halls with trains and trolleys

Having grown up as a young boy in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1940s and 1950s, William Day now recalls the excitement and wonder that arrived with each Christmas season. His father would bring out the train set that circled the Christmas...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:35pm

New concrete type gets perking in South Bethany

What do you get when you take away the sand in a standard concrete mixture? Pervious concrete!

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
A demonstration of pervious concrete on display at Lion Contractors.

Pervious concrete does exactly...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:10pm

HOA fighting Delmarva Power on interconnect and payment

For anyone driving near the intersection of Parker House and Beaver Dam roads near Ocean View, the two solar arrays with 12 panels each in the common area of the Forest Reach community, near the pool, may look pretty impressive, but they are only...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:03pm

Bethany ‘in front of the curve’ on solar power regs

In the second of their roundtable discussions on “green” technology, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members this week met with area experts on solar power installations, getting advice on how the town should regulate the industry as the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:28am

Former Eagle preaches invincible resolve

There’s no questioning the hardships that local business owners are facing in today’s economy, but with the right attitude and mentality, anything can be possible. That was the message that was sent last week to many area businesspeople by...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:23am

SEDAST turns 15 this weekend

This weekend, after the Thanksgiving Day repast has been polished off, art lovers will be able to walk off their holiday meal through the galleries and studios of the area’s most noted artists. There’s even an opportunity to get a head-start on...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:09am

Keeping time: Repairman puts in decades keeping local clocks running

Have a grandfather clock that just isn’t keeping time? Don’t get your pendulum all out of whack, just call Roland Murphy.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
Roland Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Grandfather Clock Repair, has been in the clock...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:05am