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New nature center kicks off programs in Bethany Beach

The Bethany Beach Nature Center offered the first of several planned interactive educational youth activity days at the center on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Nature Center is now open on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays until the first of the year and...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:09am

Solar power brings fame and fortune for Selbyville couple

When Carole and Ron Patton of Selbyville installed their solar panels, they didn’t think they would become celebrities, but that’s what happened.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming:
Carole and Ron Patton, customers of Clean Energy USA,...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:07am

Save money and the environment with green Thanksgiving tips

• Stay close to home, or take the train – Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when airports and highways are jam-packed with travelers trying to make it to Grandma’s house. Why not skip the headaches and save some carbon by sticking close to...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:05am

CIB staff comes to the rescue of entangled cormorant

Bird rescue isn’t exactly what the Center for Inland Bays staff specializes in – but, hey, when somebody is in need, who can say no?

Coastal Point • Submitted
Fishermen and a Center for the Inland Bays employee rescue a cormorant...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:02am

O'Mara links environmental, economic success in Delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Collin O’Mara had a message for the attendees of this year’s Today and Tomorrow Conference at Del Tech: Environmental responsibility and a sustainable economy do not have...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:00am

Energize Delaware program aims to cut energy use, save money

The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, created by the General Assembly in 2007 as a non-profit designed to “foster a sustainable energy future for the state,” has recently launched its “Energize Delaware” program. The program, now in its second...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 2:59am

Environmentalists meeting monthly for Green Drinks

There’s no requirement to imbibe green beer, absinthe or apple-tinis, but the eco-minded can enjoy some camaraderie and like-minded company at this month’s Green Drinks, to be held at Fish On! in Lewes on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Lewes Realtor...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:04am

New recycling drop-off center at Fresh Pond

While many municipalities in recent months have restructured their recycling service or changed their curbside recycling provider, or are considering doing so, people outside of town limits who are not curbside recycling customers now have a new...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 6:24am

Citizens group reaching out on Inland Bays

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays met on Wednesday to discuss their outreach projects and to honor state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th) and Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) for their assistance with House Concurrent...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 5:54am

Art, music, jeans and bling add up to fun

Looking for a place to rock the blue jeans and the bling this weekend? Look no further than the 8th Annual Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show, to benefit the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation. The ball will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 6:46am

DNREC issues permits on NRG’s emission plans

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara has issued a Secretary’s Order approving construction permits for air pollution control equipment at NRG’s Indian River power plant near Millsboro...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:26am

Freeman Fall Festival to conclude another successful season of the arts

This Saturday marks the close of yet another successful summer season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is wrapping it up big once again. The Second Annual Freeman Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 6:55am

Oyster project honored by Coastal America

The Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project, an ongoing effort to revitalize Eastern oysters in Delaware Bay, was honored with a 2008 Coastal America Partnership Award on Oct. 4 during a bayside ceremony held at the University of Delaware’s Coast...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:21pm

Annual birding weekend taking flight

Next weekend, the Quiet Resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island will be for the birds, as the area hosts the 2nd Annual Fall Birding Weekend, Oct. 16-18. More than a dozen different experiences will be available for birders and nature lovers...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:01pm

Carper visits booming renewable energy company

In just three years, Flexera, a Delaware-based renewable energy company, has grown from just three engineers to a staff of 26, including employees with expertise in areas ranging from sales and marketing to architecture and engineering to...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:16am

Seaside Country Store gets sun-powered

Good things come to those who wait, and Stephen and Amy Vickers waited more than a year to get their 120-solar-panel system installed at the Seaside Country Store. The process started 18 months ago and, as luck would have it, even planning that...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:13am

Milton home is tops in energy efficiency, and affordable

State and local officials were on hand recently for a ribbon-cutting on No. 1 energy-rated home in Delaware. The home is Colter Construction’s Allen model in the development of Sandstone, near Milton. Representatives from U.S. Rep. Mike Castle’s...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:00am

Coast Day gets even more environmentally friendly

Looking for a fun, free and educational way to spend your Sunday? Well, look no further! The University of Delaware’s 33rd Annual Coast Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Hosted by the University of...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:12am

Sustainable Delaware Conference set for Oct. 15-16

The 2009 Sustainable Delaware Conference will be held at Clayton Hall Conference Center in Newark, Del., the weekend of Oct. 15-16, with a free public day and expo on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference and green expo is...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:11am

CIB board votes to speed up coal ash clean-up

The Center for the Inland Bays board of directors voted at their quarterly meeting this week to pass a resolution concerning coal-ash mitigation for the Phase I and Delmarva landfills at Indian River Generating Station.

Citizens Advisory...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:05am

Safety inspectors on deck at Reliable Home Maintenance

“It’s only a deck.”

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Ed Dee checks out a house with three stories of decks. Dee recently joined the ranks at Reliable Home Maintenance to inspect and fix decks where safety may be compromised.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:28am

West 54 Café helps Fenwick area wake up

Route 54 serves as a high-traffic corridor for locals and visitors throughout the year, and now a new café and coffee shop is taking advantage of that fact. West 54 Café and Espresso Bar, which opened in early July, sits alongside the Shark’s...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 6:51am

Boardwalk Arts Festival slated for sunny weather this weekend

Summer may be winding down, but that means the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is right around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 12, nearly 120 artists, artisans and crafters will combine for the all-day event that is open to the public and...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 6:52am

Local car buyers getting Smart

From the inside looking out, it is hard to imagine that the Smart car is only 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide. The luxurious seats rival that of any Mercedes, and the trunk area isn’t all that different from what’s left in the back...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:48am

Fenwick adopts 33-foot height limit for wind systems

Special allowances for wind-energy systems might seem like a no-brainer in an overtly “green” town like Fenwick Island has been in recent years, but town council members paused this week to really delve into the logistics of wind turbines in a...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:44am

CAC keeps up pressure on inland bays issues

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays is keeping steadfast to their priorities on cleaning up the Inland Bays watershed. At their August meeting, in continuing their advocacy for cooling tower technology at the Indian...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:31am

Annual tradition readies to bid farewell to summer

A summer draws to a close in Bethany Beach and a fall chill creeps into the air, it is time to mourn the passing of another summer season, with jazz, of course. For almost 25 years, residents and visitors alike have gathered on Labor Day Monday...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 6:51am

Bethany continues ‘green’ initiative with look at solar

Bethany Beach planning commissioners this week continued their work on town legislation related to “green” energy systems with work on a second draft of a proposed ordinance on solar energy systems.

The legislation is expected to move...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:18pm

CIB advisors talk environment

The Center for the Inland Bays’ Science and Technical Advisory Committee met on Friday, Aug. 21, at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, to discuss a variety of topics related to the area’s environment....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:01pm

Officials unveil wind-generation partnership

On a fabulously windy day – the kind of day wind-energy proponents dream of as a backdrop – Gov. Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, state Rep. Gerald Hocker, state Sen. George Howard...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:51pm

Dagsboro artist steps into local art scene

The colorful world around him has served as an inspirational backdrop for local artist Christopher Vasil. Oil paintings and acrylics decorate his easels, demonstrating what might appear to be a lifelong dedication to the visual fine arts. Perhaps...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:43pm

Three CBRB associates earn Green designation

Kathleen Cramer, Ruth McNeill and Peter Sarafa, with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bethany Beach, have earned the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:05pm

As school year nears, OVPD offers safety tips

With back-to-school time right around the corner, it’s a great time to go over safety tips with kids. And for people who don’t have school-age children, this time can serve as a reminder to be a diligent driver as the buses start running again...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:56am

County considering inspection rules for turbines

With recently adopted state legislation removing much of local and county governments’ and home owners’ associations’ ability to prohibit the installation of wind turbines for power generation, even those who support wind power have been left...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:22am

Delaware beaches get high marks for water quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued its 2009 report, “Testing the Waters,” listing Delaware beaches as first in beachwater quality.

Although good news for Delaware, the report also finds that overall, the reported number of...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:17am

DNREC to hold air permit hearings

DNREC’s Division of Air and Waste Management, Air Quality Management Section will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the air permit applications filed by Indian River Power, LLC Millsboro, to construct air pollution control equipment...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 5:48am

Higher education goes green

As August rolls around and students get ready to go back to school, the “going green” movement is alive and well, as part of the college community and curriculum, both nationally and here locally.

Each year, The Princeton Review...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:20am

DNREC issues construction company Coastal Zone Act permit

Secretary Collin O’Mara of The Department of Natural resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) recently issued a Coastal Zone Act permit to Granthan Lane Associates, LLC., a New Castle construction company whose works includes demolition and...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:17am

VFW Post 7234 joins the green movement

Smokers have to step outside at the VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View after a decision to curtail the health affects of second-hand smoke for the members.

Brought up at a general meeting this Spring, the decision passed with little fanfare....

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:15am

Old Fenwick Island Days ready to turn back time

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 1, and continuing for an entire week, Fenwick Island will be turning back the clock for an eight-day celebration of the beach town’s heritage. The first-ever Old Fenwick Island Days will take place from Aug. 1 through...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:12pm

BREAKING NEWS: Ash cloud released at IR power plant

Around 8:15 on Tuesday morning, July 28, while employees at the Indian River Indian River Generating Station near Millsboro were performing routine maintenance on an ash silo, an inspection port on the silo failed, causing ash to land on the...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:23am

Arts and Jazz return to Bayside

The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Fenwick Island has already played host to a multitude of shows and performances this season, and this weekend is sure impress, yet again. On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., the...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:03am

Back Bay Tours meets Ocean View Marina

Nestled off Elliot Avenue in Ocean View is a hidden gem. Ocean View Marina, formerly known as Harbor View Marina, is now owned by Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours. Their location, at the north end of the Assawoman Canal and Whites Creek provides many...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:43am

State goes more green with new laws

In a fitting complement to receiving $19.2 million in stimulus money from the EPA recently, for environmental projects throughout Sussex County and the rest of Delaware, several pieces of legislation were signed into law after the most recent...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:45am

State’s ‘bottle bill’ repealed, eliminating deposit

While most of the focus of the waning hours of the legislative session was on the state’s finances, several pieces of legislation were considered and cleared the General Assembly Tuesday night, June 30, into Wednesday morning, July 1.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:43am

Youth group brings mission work home

Because need knows no boundaries and people everywhere are hurting, the youth at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville took their mission trip this year without even leaving home.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Members...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:43am

Hughes earns NAR’s Green designation

Jennifer Hughes of ResortQuest Real Estate has been awarded the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR’s) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

Hughes achieved the designation after...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:18am

Markell encourages Delawareans to eat locally grown fruit and vegetables

In recognition of the contribution Delaware agriculture makes to the state’s economy and quality of life, Gov. Jack Markell last week presented a proclamation to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee that designates the summer of 2009 as “Delaware Eat...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:18am

Delaware joins U.S. Green Building Council

In an effort to encourage the design and construction of greener buildings in Delaware, the state has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The USGBC is a non-profit organization that, among other initiatives, administers the...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:42am

The real scoop on Sap’s Pudding

Produce is undoubtedly the core of the merchandise at local farmers’ markets, but John Sapienza is proving that there’s plenty more to buy there. The chef and restaurant proprietor has been in the food industry for 25 years, and he exerts his “...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:05am