Lifestyle


Life deserting loop canal

There is something fishy happening in the Bethany Beach Loop Canal — or rather something fish-less.

For about six weeks, the manmade canal has had significantly low dissolved oxygen levels. That means that, for fish and other aquatic life...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:58am

Eating from the CSA

Let’s put it out there. I’m not a farmer.

So I have been told during the course of my reporting, as I have made my way around the county interviewing various farmers that participate in the beach area’s farmers’ markets. I ask crazy...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:12am

Young environmentalists honored at fair

Young people making a difference by caring for our natural world were in the spotlight on Thursday, July 24, at the Delaware State Fair, as Governor Ruth Ann Minner presented the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Young...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:04am

County adopts stronger buffer ordinances to protect land uses

The lines between properties and what features can separate them are far less blurry than before, thanks to Sussex County Council’s adoption of a new buffer ordinance amendment.

County Council, at its Tuesday, July 29, 2008, meeting,...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:02am

UEK Delaware receives DNREC grant

UEK Delaware, L.P. a Frankford based tidal energy company, recently received notice of a grant approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) Green Energy Office.

The grant will be for the company to install a three...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:39am

Stepping out with Chowderfoot

With a name like Chowderfoot, you might expect an amusing story behind the origin of the young Seaford band. The truth is, however, the laid-back foursome just wanted something catchy, something likeable, something that people would remember....

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:21am

Hybrids offer bang for the buck

Gas prices hover around $4 a gallon. They don’t seem to be going down anytime soon. No news there.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
The Toyota Prius offers great gas mileage and better performance than previous versions. The wait...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:49pm

Green Delaware tackles environment

Since 1995, Green Delaware has acted as a grassroots organization concerned with environmental and public health issues in Delaware and surrounding areas.

Coastal Point • File greendel.org
The Green Delaware website has alot of...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:45pm

Gary's goes green!

After having solar panels installed at their house, Gary and Ava Cannon, owners of Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, decided to install them at the restaurant as well.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill went green...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:41pm

Bluewater explores options for future bird studies

Ever since the Russell W. Peterson research vessel was grounded on Bethany Beach in May, members of the Bluewater Wind research team have been seeking alternate options to conduct required bird studies in the Atlantic Ocean.

Jim Lanard,...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:27pm

Quilt raffle should really 'light up' St. Ann's bazaar

St. Ann’s Catholic Church is once again prepping for one of its most anticipated events of the year: the annual summer bazaar.

Coastal Point
For nearly three decades, the event has coaxed browsers, both church members and...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:11am

Amid high temps, electric co-op issues peak alert

Delaware Electric Cooperative asked all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22, when its membership was expected be using the greatest...

Monday, July 21, 2008 - 4:48am

Biden opposes off-chore drilling, supports wind farm

U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) had harsh words Monday about President George W. Bush’s announcement that morning that he had lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling and encouraging Congress to do likewise. Biden, in the backdrop...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:15am

Bethany’s VFW barbecue — a Saturday afternoon staple

Every Saturday, volunteers from VFW Post 7234 cook up a Bethany Beach tradition that has become as time-honored as the town’s popular bandstand performances. The smell of roast chicken and ribs wisps through the air as weekend traffic is...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:27am

Green as far as the eye can see at Greenbranch Organic Farm

Standing in the kitchen of Ted Wycall’s home — which happens to be upstairs from his “central command center” at Greenbranch Organic Farm, just outside Salisbury — it’s hard not to envy the view.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
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Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:19am

Confessions of a guilty greenie

During the last week or so, I’ve begun to notice that I am suffering from a curious phenomenon: Green guilt.

M. Patricia Titua

The Coastal Point started off the new year in January with our very own monthly “Go Green” section, with...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 5:58am

Bethany Beach Fourth a family tradition

For Steven and Jenn Geib of Connecticut, coming to Bethany Beach to celebrate the Fourth of July with their three children and extended family is something they look forward to all year long. They get to see the parade, fireworks and, most...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Silver+green=gold

It’s good to be first. In a real estate market that is struggling to get back on its feet, it’s easy to focus on the struggles and hefty competition and much harder to get recognized for doing something positive and out of the ordinary. But that...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Red, white, blue ... and green!

Nothing quite says summer like a Fourth of July barbecue. The word alone can drum up nostalgic smells of summer — charcoal smoke wafting through the air, grilled hot dogs and burgers with perfect seared lines. According to the Sierra Club, 60...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

TV goes (Planet) Green

Perhaps the greatest measure of the appeal and impact of the “green” movement in today’s society is that there is now an entire television network devoted to green living. The Discovery group of networks flipped the switch on Planet Green a few...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Residents say no to NRG permit for landfill

Citizens attended a public hearing last week on an application by NRG Indian River Operations Inc. (NRG) for a permit to construct and operate a new phase of the industrial landfill located at 29416 Power Plant Road, in Millsboro. The hearing was...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

One step closer to offshore wind power

It had become somewhat doubtful over the past year that Delaware would ever have an offshore wind farm. But, in a compromise reached this week, it appears the wind park could be built about 12 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach by 2012.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:18am

Hudsons tend family farm, offering goods at farm stand and farmers’ markets

Anyone looking for a little history with their homegrown vegetables should look no farther than Hudson Produce, off of Route 20 in Roxana.

Albert Hudson and his wife, Sharon, have a stand right outside the house where Sharon grew up....

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:48am

Things you can do on the Internet

Periodically, we get requests from Coastal Point readers to expand our technology columns to offer tips to those who are just learning to use computers and other gadgets, or those who know the basics but want to expand their horizons, with some...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:43am

BREAKING NEWS: Delmarva Power reaches agreement for offshore wind energy

The winds of change may soon be sweeping through Delaware with renewed force.

On Monday, June 23, the powers behind the offshore wind farm - Delmarva Power and Babcock & Brown - announced they had reached an agreement.

The...

Monday, June 23, 2008 - 10:03am

Safe Haven holds ‘ground-digging’ for green, no-kill shelter

After four long years of fundraising, planning and gathering permits, the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County broke ground on Friday, June 13. A novel approach to a groundbreaking was held at the future site for the facility east of...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 8:52am

Gala sold out in support of Justin's Beach House

Contractors for a Cause and the Justin W. Jennings Foundation will welcome summer with a sold-out crowd at their 4th annual Gala and Auction on Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro. The fundraiser is aimed...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:45am

Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge, Week 2

Well, it’s the end of Week 2 of the Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge, and I’ve been pleased with my ability to keep up my new exercise regimen using Wii Fit. On the down side, I’ve gained 4 pounds since starting the program two weeks ago. On...

Friday, June 6, 2008 - 8:05am

Citizens say Burton's Island clean-up plan inadequate

At a May 29 hearing, the public had a chance to hear about the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) proposed plan for remedial action for the Burton’s Island Ash Landfill in Millsboro, where ash from the...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 11:01am

Clean and green sailing ahead for Bay Colony boaters

The Bay Colony Community Yacht Club was recently dedicated a “Delaware Clean Marina,” only the seventh in the state to receive the recognition by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Coastal Point photographs...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 9:43am

Fun from the sun at solar-powered amusement park

As the summer season starts to get under way, those who want to have a good time — though not at the expense of the environment and leaving a bigger carbon footprint — can rest easy knowing that Funland in Rehoboth Beach has gone solar!
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Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:36am

Building green for less green

Going “green” was a natural progression for Michael Kwiecien of Explorer Homes. He and his family have always recycled and composted, and he describes himself as an “old hippie,” although those days seem far away now as he dons a traditional...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:30am

Get rid of that old TV the green way

The average computer user replaces their computer every two to three years. New television technology is tolling the bell on millions of TV sets across the country, as viewers upgrade to sets capable of displaying high-definition signals. And...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:23am

Can you taste it?

On Sunday, June 8, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will bring back one of their most successful events of the year. Taste of Coastal Delaware will merge the area’s most renowned restaurants into one place, creating a culinary...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:05am

Introducing the Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge

In our recent series of health stories on technologically-savvy ways to get (and stay) in shape, I noted the expected release of the Wii Fit game and balance board peripheral this month. Well, May 22 arrived late last week, and with it my very...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 6:52am

Long-awaited pollution control strategy unveiled

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Water Resources held a public information meeting on their proposed Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy, PCS, Tuesday, May 20, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:27am

Lighthouse-loving artist breaks the mold

Although new to the Delaware/Maryland coastal art scene, Dee Granger is no stranger to beach life, and no stranger to art.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dee Granger melts pewter down for a piece she was working on. Granger will...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:45am

Water -- all types-- high on Fenwick agenda

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee met on Wednesday, May 14 to discuss water, water and more water.

The group will continue with their plan to have a speaker come and talk important environmental issues. Last month, a...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Boat removed from beach, temporary access restored

Workers from Delmarva Salvage Company and Tow Boat U.S. removed the damaged research liftboat Russell W. Peterson from the shore at Bethany Beach just after dawn on Friday, May 16, clearing the way for temporary repair and long-term restoration...

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 5:05am

Art + Math = Brown

Kathy Brown, a math teacher retired from the Indian River School District, has found a way to make art and math meld into more than a hobby. She does house portraits, in watercolor and in a pen-and-ink technique. Brown estimates that she has done...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 6:13am

Local beach patrols nearly ready for summer

Area beach patrols are right on track for lifeguard staffing at coastal Delaware beaches this summer. Despite beach patrols in other areas citing struggles to find adequate recruits, local lifeguard captains say their seasonal employment efforts...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 4:59am

IR golf finishes satisfying year, looks for showing at states

As Indian River’s golf team rounds out the season, first-year head coach Paris Mitchell is pleased with the way the team has come along. Three consecutive wins last week, against Cape Henlopen, Milford and Seaford, helped bring the Indians to an...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 4:57am

BREAKING NEWS: Research vessel beaches at Bethany, one crewman dead

The Coast Guard rescued two people by helicopter Monday when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del. One crewman was pronounced dead Monday after reaching the hospital. The...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 11:06am

All dolled up!

With so many accomplishments in her life, it’s difficult for a talented individual like Kristin Jones to settle on one particular hobby. The classically trained soprano keeps her vocal chords in check when singing with her church choir. Time...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 6:44am

Turbine a breath of fresh air for Dagsboro couple

When driving west out of Dagsboro on Nine Foot Road, it’s hard to miss the big wind turbine on the right at the home of Greg and Terri Menoche.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming:
Greg Menoche stands next to his 35-foot wind turbine...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Going GREEN by the Ocean blue

At first glance, the house at 116 First Street in Bethany Beach might look like any other construction project in the beach town. Where once there was an outdated beach cottage, now sits a newly constructed, modern house in its place.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Sussex Tech group gets gold for green works

The Community Service Group at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown recently won the Delaware State Gold Medal for its schoolwide recycling program, with the award presented at the SkillsUSA award ceremony. The group is now eligible to go...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

A 10 metric ton footprint?

Most people have heard about the countless contributions they can make to help improve the environment, although many people are still hesitant to jump aboard. Perhaps they feel that their changes will not have a significant impact. Others may...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Students and volunteers to build a schoolyard habitat at IRHS

On Tuesday, April 29, students, teachers and community volunteers were set to come together to create a new schoolyard habitat at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.

The project began last fall, when about 25 students, teachers and...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Take some of that green and get greener

Many U.S. taxpayers will start receiving their 2008 stimulus payments in increments of $300 this week through direct deposit, with $300 or more for many single taxpayers, $600 or more for many couples and $300 additional for each eligible child....

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am