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Summer season comes with changes

Coastal Point • File Photo: Heavy equipment on the beach will be a familiar sight again, as the beaches of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island will get replenished this fall. This is not all that’s new this season.Coastal Point • File Photo: Heavy equipment on the beach will be a familiar sight again, as the beaches of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island will get replenished this fall. This is not all that’s new this season.

Summer at the Delaware shore is full of fun and busy with people and activities. It’s during the “off-season” when many of the practical things get done. So, what happened while all of our summer visitors were gone, and what’s coming to a beach town near you?

Spanish Immersion safe for now

Some local elementary school parents rejoiced this week to learn that the Indian River School District isn’t canceling Spanish Immersion classes.

S. Bethany candidates have their say before Saturday’s election

It’s time for voters to make their call, as the South Bethany town council election allows them to choose this week from five candidates vying for three seats. Polls will be open Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at town hall.

Point staff recognized by MDDC press association

‘Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.’

— Henry Anatole Grunwald

Editorial — Remembrance should be on our minds this weekend

Memorial Day has a certain mystique around this community, and it should. Summer is when we shine, and it is the time of the year we should be enjoying all around us and welcoming others to share in our “wealth.”

But there is a much-larger meaning of the day, and we ask all of you to take a few moments and remember.

Point of No Return — Another season is here, and resolutions follow

Game on.

This weekend marks the start of Summer 2017 for our coastal oasis, and that means steamed crabs, cold beers sodas, evenings largely spent outside and husbands wearing their darkest sunglasses on the beach so they can see bikinis the dolphins without anyone being savvy to what they’re watching.

Letters to the Editor — May 26, 2017

Reader calls for vote on HB 109

Editor:

House Bill (HB) 109 is an important piece of legislation that warrants a vote in the House. It is a progressive restructuring of Delaware’s tax rates and brackets that will generate additional revenue now and over time. It will help grow the economy by putting more money into the hands of those who will spend it locally.

New fees coming to wildlife areas, increased hunter fees

Approved last summer by state legislators, new entrance fees are coming soon to all state wildlife areas, including the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach. Hunters and trappers will also see license fees jump by at least 50 percent, and some by 200 percent.

The changes begin on Saturday, July 1.

County gets update on fighting veteran homelessness

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness initiative, in which Sussex County, along with the towns of Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Greenwood, Seaford, as well as the State of Delaware, participated.

Big Chill Beach Club breaks out umbrella room with a view

New restaurant at state park offers inlet and ocean views, beachfront eats

Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Like a summer sun rising above the Atlantic Ocean, the large yellow umbrella atop the concession building at Delaware Seashore State Parks concession stand signals a fresh start.

The umbrella is the signature piece of the new Big Chill Beach Club; it sits atop the venue’s glass-enclosed eating area. That area is surrounded by a large deck, where diners can enjoy 360-degree views encompassing the ocean, the Indian River Inlet Bridge and the Indian River Bay.

Those who would rather keep their feet in the sand can do so by taking their food back to the beach or by sitting at tables in the sand at the new eatery.

A partnership between Delaware State Parks and La Vida Hospitality Group, the Big Chill Beach Club brings to the venture the group’s experience with its other projects, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Restaurant & Backyard Beer Garden; Fork+Flask at Nage; Taco Reho food truck; and the original Big Chill Cantina.

S. Bethany police project gets sky-high bids

Construction costs are already vexing the proposed expansion of the South Bethany Police Department building, and the project has barely been approved.

The Town opened construction bids recently, only to find that the base bids were around $225,000, which is about $70,000 more than they had expected.

'Gatsby' gets green light for IR premiere this weekend

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Whether they’re coming in from East Egg, West Egg or across any other egg-less province, the local community is getting the “green light” to head out to Indian River High School this Friday and Saturday night for the IR drama club’s production of “The Great Gatsby.”

The Simon Levy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story will “borne back ceaselessly into the past” to feature everything 1920s — from snazzy suits and flapper dresses to the jazz stylings of the Indian River High School band during intermissions and throughout the show.

Coming off the success of their production of “Romeo & Juliet” this past winter — in what was the first-year drama club’s first-ever show — hopes were even higher for “Gatsby,” with everything coming together just in time for curtain call.

“We have a lot to pull together in the last week — as is the nature of theater — but we’re all really excited,” said Sadie Andros, director and first-year English teacher at IR. “We’ve gone a little bigger for this show. We’ve got a great set that we’ve been designing and painting. We have a car, live music — it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

LB Artisans Fair adds farmers’ market in its 10th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair. title=Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair.The Artisans Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the fair gets under way this Memorial Day weekend, adding on a farmers’ market this year, in addition to its array of artisans new and returning.

“For our 10th anniversary, we were talking about what we could do,” said Artisans Fair spokesperson Ida Crist. “We wanted to expand a little bit, so we decided to have the market outside.”

Local vendors scheduled to set up shop at LB for the first-year farmers’ market on Saturday, May 27, include fresh lettuces, herbs, wheatgrass, microgreens, essential oils and colloidal silver products from Bill Jordan and Fresh Harvest Hydroponics in Millsboro; honey, bees-wax products, jams and jellies, soaps, hand creams, lip balm and lip gloss from Carol Hudson of Backyard Jams & Jellies in Frankford; garden items from the Inland Bays Garden Center in Frankford; and season-fresh produce from Paul Parsons and Parsons Farms Produce in Frankford and Ellen Magee of Magee Farms in Selbyville; as well as soups and sandwiches from Delaware Provisions South in Millville.

IR’s Clark takes first at BPA nationals in presentation management

Coastal Point • Submitted: IR senior David Clark took first place for presentation management at the BPA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla. from May 10 to May 14.Coastal Point • Submitted: IR senior David Clark took first place for presentation management at the BPA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla. from May 10 to May 14.David Clark knows a thing or two about management.

The soon-to-be graduate of Indian River High School has spent the past four years managing his time while juggling a laundry list of extracurricular commitments, ranging from the student council and his responsibilities as the senior class president, to his involvement with the Leo Club and National Honor Society, to running for the varsity cross-country team and helping lead the varsity boys’ tennis team to a Henlopen South division championship this past spring, just to name a few.

With his wide array of leadership roles and as a four-year member in the school’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) organization, Clark also knows a thing or two about presentations, often finding himself being called upon to give a speech during school-wide pep rallies or a senior scholarship awards ceremony.

So when he was called upon to deliver his most important speech to date earlier this month — this time with the focus on the very subject of presentation management, at the BPA National Leadership Conference on Orlando, Fla. — David Clark knew a thing or two about not being nervous, as he went on to take first place in the country and bring home the school’s first BPA national title since 2007.

SMS reading teacher gives it her all

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Meredith Wallace was recently named Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Meredith Wallace was recently named Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.Meredith Wallace would rather do headstands in front of a classroom than give a newspaper interview.

Then again, she would do anything for her students.

That attitude helped make her Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. Wallace teaches seventh-grade English language arts.

“I try to have fun. … I think that I’m silly. You have to be able to laugh at yourself for them to be able to laugh at themselves,” Wallace said. “Because when you struggle, that’s when you learn, so you have to show it’s OK to make mistakes and learning is fun.”

And the students notice. Student James Livingston gave her a solid review: “Mrs. Wallace is a good teacher. She helped me learn what I didn’t learn before. She makes learning fun.”

For Wallace, teaching was a destiny she welcomed, especially with other educators in the family.

“From the time I was in first grade, I can remember wanting to be a teacher,” she said.

She taught for 13 years in her home state of Maryland, then a year in Millsboro. After teaching social studies, special education and elementary education, she’s loved her four years at SMS.

County previews RapidSOS emergency location tech

Coastal Point • Submitted : RapidSOS co-founder Michael Martin makes a test call at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center as EOC Director Joe Thomas observes.Coastal Point • Submitted : RapidSOS co-founder Michael Martin makes a test call at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center as EOC Director Joe Thomas observes.An estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 in the United States each year. Sussex County officials are considering adopting a new technology that would cut down emergency response time when seconds really do count.

Last week, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center hosted a team from RapidSOS to test the company’s new technology, which uses GPS data to help better pinpoint a caller’s location.

“When you call from a landline, you get the billing address for the phone line. But, obviously, the billing address for your cell phone isn’t very helpful, so that is where the infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep pace with the evolving technology,” explained Michael Martin, cofounder of RapidSOS. “This will become one of the first centers in the country to have this embedded in their system.”

Joe Thomas, director of the EOC, said having such technology would be great, especially as eastern Sussex County has a high tourist population in the summer months.

Civil War Profiles — A retrospective on the past six years

In May 2011, this column was born as the result of a discussion over lunch at the Bethany Diner with the editor of the Coastal Point, Darin McCann. The agreed-to proposal was writing a series of articles for the newspaper titled “Civil War Profiles.”

Memorial Day: Reasons to remember

Coastal Point • File Photo: Veterans pay their respects at a previous Memorial Day observation.Coastal Point • File Photo: Veterans pay their respects at a previous Memorial Day observation.On Monday, May 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, in partnership with the Town of Bethany Beach, will present a Memorial Day program for the local community, at the bandstand in Bethany Beach. The program, which will begin at 11 a.m., will be opened by Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon and will center on a traditional Memorial Day ceremony conducted by VFW Post 7234 officers and volunteers.

This will be the fifth year for the VFW ceremony at the bandstand. Special invited guests include state Sen. Gerald Hocker, state Rep. Ron Gray and Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett.

Memorial Day is a very special day in America — the day set aside every year to remember and honor all those who have died serving in the armed forces to preserve our freedom.

Yet we know that some are unaware of the significance of the day. Maybe it just marks the unofficial beginning of another fun summer. Others have forgotten or are too busy to reflect on it. Still others think the memories of loss are too sad and it would be better to put them behind us.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 4 — ‘It’s About Time’

Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home call their newly constructed five bedroom beach house “It’s About Time” because it took them 20 years of renting in Bethany and talking about purchasing before they finally took the plunge in 2015. The three-story home is just a block away from the beach and the center of town, offering easy access to everything they’ve always enjoyed.

Their goal was to build a warm and inviting home with a coastal-chic, understated elegance that was tasteful, timeless and comfortable.

The owner has done most of the interior furnishing herself, calling her design aesthetic “tonal textural design.” Custom window seats, suspended beds, distinctive tile applications and dramatic lighting all showcase her knack for creating one unique focal point in every room.

Her style is punctuated by stunning custom chandeliers, pendants and sconces that add an elegant sparkle to the layers of warm white, taupe and soft subtle blues that evoke the ocean nearby. Weathered wood inlays between the great room columns lend architectural definition to the open floor plan and can also be found adding background interest to the master bedroom.

IR softball roars to quarterfinals with 7-4 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.The Indian River High School softball team is headed to the DIAA quarterfinals with their 7-4 first-round state tournament win over Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.

After a slow start from the plate in that game, IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt put the Indians in scoring position with a leadoff single in the top of the third inning before stealing second and being knocked in on an RBI-double from senior RF Sami Mumford.

Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins made it 2-0 on the next at bat with an RBI-double of her own that scored Mumford before the inning was through.

“It’s always tough when we’re facing a team that we’ve already played in the season,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “We played them in a terrible-weather game, and we didn’t really play our best game the first time. We told the girls we need to make sure we’re focusing on our hitting and hitting our pitches. In the beginning of the game today, we definitely didn’t do our part on that, but they came back and made some great adjustments.”

Indians fall to Riders in Henlopen title game, enter playoffs at No. 3

Kilby named HAC Coach of the Year

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.It may have been their second loss of the season, but so far on that season, there’s only been one team able to take down Indian River High School’s girls’ soccer team.

That was the case when the Indians fell to rival Caesar Rodney 2-1 in the Henlopen Conference championship on Thursday, May 18, bested by the Riders for the title for the third straight year and by a one-goal differential for the second time this spring.

Headed into the game without junior forward Zena Lowman, the Indians would suffer another critical loss to their lineup in the first half, when senior forward and all-time leading goal scorer Maddie Hogsten went down on a full-stride sprint toward the goal while trying to generate a score on a through ball and crashing into a CR defender.

While it was uncertain whether Lowman or Hogsten would be able to suit-up next Thursday, May 25, for the team’s debut in the 2017 DIAA state tournament, head coach Steve Kilby this week was searching for the positive after his squad rebounded from a 2-0 deficit at the break to win the game’s second half.

Community Hitting the Fairways for Families

For the second year in a row, the Alana Rose Foundation is asking the community to team up to hit the fairways for families. The organization is hosting its second annual Hitting the Fairways for Families at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 8.

IR boys’ lax makes program history with Senior Night win over Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.The Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team sent their 13 seniors out with a 21-9 Senior Night win over Delmar on Wednesday, May 17, finishing the season with a 10-5 record.

While they’d fall short of the program’s first Henlopen South division title when a committee met the following day to determine the tie-breaker between them and Milford (both teams finished 5-1 in the division), the Class of 2017 still goes out having made IR lacrosse history with the team’s highest-ever regular-season win total.

“To go out with a nice win against a tough opponent like Delmar, this is what you want for this senior group to have in their last game on their home field,” said IR assistant coach Dave Spencer. “This is just a hard working group of guys. They’re brothers on the field and off the field — just a terrific group of kids to be able to coach.”

‘Frankford Crew’ OGs Cordoba, Salas headed to Goldey-Beacon

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Two more members of the original “Frankford Crew” are headed to the NCAA, with Indian River High School seniors Johan Cordoba and Arturo Salas announcing plans last Thursday, May 18, to play soccer at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington.

The longtime teammates will join fellow senior Mac Smith as NCAA-bound members from the group that started playing together during their days at Frankford Elementary School, under Smith’s father, Duncan Smith, who would go on to coach them to two State Cup finals while playing for the River Soccer Club’s Express.

“I had no idea where it would lead,” said Cordoba of his early days of playground soccer. “I want to say thanks to Coach Duncan. Without him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Cordoba and Salas have also seen their fair share of success throughout their high school careers, both of them as key contributors on the Indians’ 2015 state championship team and three straight Henlopen South division and Henlopen Conference titles during their varsity careers.

Extra Points — May 26, 2017

Decatur’s Baker selected to play in 2017 National Lacrosse Classic

Lily Belle Baker has been named as a 2017 Brine National High School Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.

IR’s Nitz taking face-off skills to Cazenovia College

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Sam Nitz and IR face-off coach Arian Curcio announce Nitz’s plans to play lacrosse at Cazenovia College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Sam Nitz and IR face-off coach Arian Curcio announce Nitz’s plans to play lacrosse at Cazenovia College next year.Despite never picking up a lacrosse stick until the age of 15, Indian River High School senior midfielder Sam Nitz has gone on to become the top face-off specialists in the Henlopen Conference and a critical factor in the team’s success over the past three seasons.

After earning All-Conference honors as a junior during his first year with the varsity team, in 2016, Nitz recently finished out his senior campaign with a 71 percent success rate from the X, to warrant First-Team All-Conference honors and help lead the Indians to their highest win total in program history.

His face-off skills eventually caught the eye of scouts from Cazenovia College, where last Friday, May 19, Nitz announced he’d take his game to the next level in the NCAA.

“It just seems like a good fit for me I think. They just lost their [face-off specialist] this year, so I’m going to be starting as a freshman,” said Nitz. “It’s going to be a lot more intense. The pressure is going to be on, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Pickleball, tennis or whatever — The most important tip to know

First — two weeks ago, I gave a special shout-out to members of the Ocean View Crew for their performance in the Ocean City Pickleball Tournament. Now I need a megaphone because of their performance in the Beach Blast.

Fire devastates Bunting & Bertrand

Nearly a dozen fire companies respond to blaze; no injuries reported

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.

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Heavy smoke bellowed across Frankford for hours on Monday, May 15, as firefighters brought a large structure fire under control at Bunting & Bertrand Poultry Equipment.

The blaze was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the large warehouse and storefront, located at 15 Hickory Street.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company took the lead, assisted by volunteer companies from Dagsboro, Selbyville, Roxana, Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Millville, Gumboro, Indian River, Georgetown and Bishopville, Md.

More sand coming to storm-ravaged local beaches

Officials in Delaware’s southernmost beach towns could breathe a sigh of relieve early this week, after the U.S.

Parents ready to fight for Spanish Immersion

[Editor's Note: This article was amended May 19 to reflect the addition of "Spanish Immersion" to the school board's May 22 meeting agenda.]

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