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Letters to the Editor — Dec. 22, 2017

Reader losing optimism on nation’s future

Editor:

As the Republicans’ loyalty to their Big Donor demands, rather than to the needs of their constituents, becomes increasingly apparent, even the good people of deep-red Alabama have come to vote in their own best interests. Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama senate race is a hopeful sign.

Local girl collecting socks for the homeless

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Selah Wilson, 9, Katie Hughes, 3, and Allie Hughes, 1, stand in front of the sock donation bin at Lord’s Landscaping in Millville.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Selah Wilson, 9, Katie Hughes, 3, and Allie Hughes, 1, stand in front of the sock donation bin at Lord’s Landscaping in Millville.This holiday season, and throughout the coming year, a local 9-year-old is focusing on helping those who are less fortunate, by collecting socks.

“It’s for the homeless,” said Selah Wilson, showing off a “Selah’s Socks for Souls” bin inside Lord’s Landscaping in Millville that was already brimming with socks.

Last year, Wilson, a fourth-grader at John M. Clayton Elementary School, started collecting men’s, women’s and children’s socks to donate to Halo, a homeless shelter in Salisbury, Md.

“They were talking about socks and how they always needed them,” said Wilson. “I like it because it helps other people to stay warm. Some of them walk miles to go to work and stuff… It’s what God wants us to do.”

‘It’s a blessing’

Santa and Mrs. Claus bring joy to local kids

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.’Twas a Wednesday
near Christmas,

and in Frankford park,

The Christmas lights twinkled

and lit up the dark.

In a little warm hut,

despite rain or mist,

Santa Claus came

to get kids’ Christmas lists.

On a bitingly cold Wednesday night, a tiny electric heater manages to warm a small wooden shed at Frankford Town Park. It’s so chilly out that the door stays closed, unless a small child knocks on the door, with her parents close behind.

IR swim team splits doubleheader on Dec. 14

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.After recording two wins in away meets at Sussex Academy and Polytech High School on Dec. 8 and 12, Indian River High School’s boys’ swim team split two home meets last Thursday, Dec. 14, suffering a 53-41 loss to Caesar Rodney and then beating Delmarva Christian High School at Sussex Academy’s pool.

“Caesar Rodney’s one of the top contenders in our conference,” said Indians head coach Colin Crandel. “C.R. is pretty much the top contender in our conference. They’re a solid, well-coached, respected team. We competed against them, and that’s what I wanted.

“We were awesome. I’m really, really, really proud of my guys. We had a lot of kids who are new to this. I told the boys I wanted them to race, and coming out of this we probably got eight or nine best times and we got three kids qualified for our state meet, so they did everything I asked them to do.

“So, I wasn’t worried about points,” he emphasized. “I wanted them to race, and they did.”

Christmas is a present

I have always been, even as a child, a very reflective person at Christmas. I remember, as a kid, wondering if I would live a life worthy enough that folks would light candles for me in 2,000 years.

Bethany moves to ban canopies, tents, oversized umbrellas

Bethany Beach will be following in the sandy footsteps of one of its neighbors this summer, if the Town follows through on its intention to officially ban canopies, tents and oversized umbrellas on its beach.

AG’s office clears officers in shooting

The Delaware Department of Justice released the final report regarding the officer-related shooting that took place just outside of Ocean View on March 18.

Delaware tries to decide whether to invest in offshore wind

Wind turbines possible, either way

Offshore wind companies are already hoping to install wind turbines off the Delaware coast. Delaware just needs to decide if the state will participate in buying the energy or helping to build the system.

Area businesses, event honored with tourism awards

Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6“An algorithm can’t give you a smile.”

With those words, Carl M. Freeman Companies CEO Michelle Freeman summed up what separates southern Delaware businesses from online sellers.

Freeman was speaking at Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon, held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. The event honored four groups for excellence in service to tourism in the area.

“Sussex County,” Freeman said, “has a warmth that’s different and unique all unto itself,” and she urged the business owners in attendance to embrace that and to use it to promote their businesses.

Freeman said that, while small businesses in southern Delaware may not have access to one-hour deliveries and other online perks, “the way we compete is by the traditional ways of retail, the traditional ways of tourism — friendliness, smiles…”

Frankford seeks council candidates for February election

The Town of Frankford is currently seeking residents to do their civic duty and serve on the town council. The Town will hold its annual election on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall.

Millville approves revised Dove Point development plan

After several approval extensions requested by its builders in the past 10 years, the Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 12, meeting approved the construction of 316 homes in the Dove Point development.

Editorial — Citizens must be involved for process to work

Voting is powerful.

A vote does not have color or gender or religion or economic status tied to it, but it does have strength. A single vote can tip an election, send a message or simply give personal satisfaction that one’s voice is being heard.

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 15, 2017

Reader wants voting machines updated

Editor:

As we all well know, elections are important, and when we vote, we want our vote to be recorded properly and available for recount or verification should there be a power failure, or a virus or any number of other external situations that could be a threat to our vote.

Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

Housing rehabilitation discussed at Frankford meeting

At the Frankford Town Council’s regular monthly meeting this week, Brad Whaley of the Sussex County Community Development Office discussed the Community Development Block Grant.

Wood adds new entry to local history ‘Letters to the Little Ones’

What started out as a family history book, with Ocean View resident Gordon Wood Sr. writing little letters for 10 grandchildren, has turned into a book that anyone who loves reading local history can enjoy reading.

“It had started out — I had written some letters to my grandchildren, and they had some history in them. And then there were more letters and more letters… Then I started doing research on my mother’s family. I started doing research on my grandfather’s family — my mother’s folks who lived in Bethany Beach.

“So I started writing it in a form that other people could use it, and that led to a book,” Wood said. “I found things of interest to each generation, going all the way back to 1675, when Walter came to right near Pocomoke. There was so much information, I felt there was an obligation to make it available to others, besides my grandchildren who I wanted to have it.”

That book, “Letters to the Little Ones,” was first published in 2002; however, Wood recently had the second edition published through Salt Water Media.

Neighbors encourage community to give in the off-season, too

This past summer, a group of five families in The Point at Bayside got together to plan a neighborhood party with one mission — to support the efforts of Toys for Tots.

That’s a wrap!

IRHS fall sports capped with strong soccer, volleyball seasons

Indian River High School sports fans saw a mixture of high points and low points this fall, with a lot in between.

Indians basketball suffers narrow losses to Laurel, Woodbridge

Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Last week, Laurel High School’s Bulldogs and Woodbridge High School’s Raiders took turns narrowly beating Indian River High School’s Indians, 53-50 and 48-51, respectively in varsity boys’ basketball play.

On Dec. 5, Indians junior Jamier Felton led the team with 18 points against the Bulldogs in a game that had to be settled in overtime. On Dec. 7, Felton and Indians sophomore Ja’shaun Johnson bucketed 16 and 12 points, respectively, against the Raiders.

The week started with Laurel. At the end of the first quarter, IR had an 11-12 advantage over the Bulldogs, who trailed 19-15 at the end of two quarters. IR added 13 points to their side of the scoreboard, and Laurel added nine.

But in the final period of regulation play, IR scored eight points, while Laurel tied it 40-40 with 15 points. In overtime, IR put 10 points on their side of the scoreboard. Laurel broke the tie with 13 points in overtime, while IR earned 10 points in the same period.

Then, on Thursday, Woodbridge was first on the board as the Raiders kept a narrow lead over the Indians the entire game. At the first period’s end, IR trailed 13-8. At halftime, Woodbridge was ahead 27-19. Woodbridge would add 12 points in each of the third and fourth periods, while IR hit 11 and 18 points in the same time, trailing by just three points.

Pickleball 2018 resolutions

At various times over the past year, I have written entertaining articles about pickleball, and at other times, various issues I thought were good for the community of pickleball.

Sometimes I promoted pickleball so the public would know more about the game, and other times I highlighted extraordinary accomplishments of some of our pickleball warriors on a national level.

Girls basketball team nets first win

Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Braydee Whitman goes for two, as a Blue Jays defender tries to stop her.Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Braydee Whitman goes for two, as a Blue Jays defender tries to stop her.After four losses on the road, Indian River High School Girls basketball team showed the home crowd they still have the winning spirit with a 37-25 win over the Seaford Blue Jays on Tuesday, Dec. 12. IR grabbed an early lead, ahead 8-5 at the end of the first 8 minutes. They posted 9 more points in the second period to Seaford’s 3, taking a 17-8 lead into the locker room at half time.

“I’m pleased of the fact that we got our first win tonight. So I’m very pleased with that,” said IR Head Coach Donna Polk, who added, “We still have a lot of work to do. I’m happy the girls maintained their composure once they were starting to come back and they pushed to come back. I’m pleased with the fact that they didn’t lose their composure. It got a little franticly at the end.”

With 2:21 remaining to play, Seaford got a short run on the Indians, narrowing the gap to 28-27. IR fought back with a trio of unanswered buckets in the game’s final minutes for the win.

Holidays, Bethany-style

Weekend Wonderland offers holiday fun in downtown Bethany

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.

Having kicked off the holiday season in style with its tree-lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings event last weekend, Weekend Wonderland fun continues in Bethany Beach for the next two Saturdays.

Many Bethany Beach businesses will be open on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, with special activities abounding to put shoppers in a festive holiday mood, according to Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events, along with the Town of Bethany Beach and the town’s downtown business group.

Selbyville barbershop closed after DPH discovers tattoo shop

Health department: Customers should visit a doctor

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.State health officials said they really don’t know just how many people may have potentially been exposed to alleged unsanitary conditions at a Selbyville barbershop that was also allegedly illegally performing tattooing and body-piercing.

On Nov. 28, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) ordered closure of the B&B Barber Shop, located at 5 West Church Street, Unit 203, in downtown Selbyville. The shop was ordered to stop performing body-art activities, which were allegedly occurring without a permit, but also to close the barbershop operation for what officials called “grossly unsanitary conditions.”

The sign at that location, located in the Church Street Station shopping center, reads “Boris Barbershop.”

“In this case, the observations included evidence of a rodent infestation, improper disposal of sharps and other conditions that could contribute to transmission of disease,” said Jamie Mack, a DPH policy lead and technical advisor.

Historical society taking community back to 1860s

This weekend, community members have the chance to travel back in time — to 1860 — and see what life was like then during the holiday season, thanks to the Ocean View Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at its historical complex on Central Avenue.

Ocean View to get Santa visit

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

Bloch, Tsavdar making musical magic with ‘Top of the World’

Q: What do you get when you cross a magician with a musician?

A: A fun and frolicsome musical event called “Top of the World,” set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, Dec. 7.

South Bethany to announce plans for police department

After working on the issue just outside of the public eye for the past month, the South Bethany Town Council is ready to unveil proposals for the future of South Bethany Police Department.

Need storage? South Bethany amends zoning

The South Bethany Town Council recently approved changes to the town’s zoning code, allowing people to enclose ground-level space under their homes, for storage, HVAC systems or parking.

People still have to follow FEMA rules, but they can get a little more privacy. Councilmen Tim Saxton and Don Boteler led the crusade, wanting more enclosed storage on their own properties.

Editorial — Area is showing itself to have big shoulders

It wasn’t that long ago when local business owners and Chambers of Commerce would meet to figure out how to create “shoulder seasons” in the fall and spring.

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