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Finances generate friction in Ocean View

Financial concerns dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ocean View Town Council, as council members wrangled with falling revenue, an increasing need for space for town operations and questions about how much value to place on a public safety program championed by the town’s police chief.

Lower Sussex clinches two state softball championships

Last July, Lower Sussex Little League had never won a state championship for softball. Less than a year later, they’ve won three — and they’re in the running for a fourth.

County looks to place hold on new signage

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Council voted this week to draft an ordinance for a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electric signs.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Council voted this week to draft an ordinance for a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electric signs.The Sussex County Council is considering placing a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electronic signs, following a discussion at this week’s council meeting.

Councilman George Cole requested the council discuss the County’s sign regulations, stating he had spoken to Dale A. Callaway, chairman of the County’s Board of Adjustment, regarding signage.

“He’s relayed to me that they have problems with these electronic signs… Basically, our ordinance needs to rewritten.”

Cole said there are electronic signs on two-lane roads, such as Route 26, “that are very distracting.”

“It’s getting out of hand,” he said. “The board doesn’t know what to do. They need direction from us.”

Community continues efforts for Baby Alana

Kyle Prettyman, who had spent more than a month with her at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.

POIR to host workshop to discuss health impact

Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.

Little League Softball World Series coming to Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: USA East (Milford) pitcher Shaina Reid is greeted by some fired up teammates after blasting a homer in the 2014 Little League World Series. Coastal Point • File Photo: USA East (Milford) pitcher Shaina Reid is greeted by some fired up teammates after blasting a homer in the 2014 Little League World Series. Right now the Pyle Center is lively with action from local softball All-Stars, but soon it will be lively with international ones, as well.

Both the Big League and Senior League World Series will return to Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 2, and span through Sunday, Aug. 8, drawing some of the top Little League talent from around the world.

Two-time World Series champion ASOFEM Little League will make their ninth consecutive appearance in Roxana in Senior League action, with teams from British Columbia (Canada) and the Philippines going against them, and Prague (Czech Republic) marking the first Czech team to play in a softball World Series.

Selbyville found itself a ‘Deal’ with new town administrator

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having already gained years of experience with the Town, Michael Deal will now help lead Selbyville as town administrator.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having already gained years of experience with the Town, Michael Deal will now help lead Selbyville as town administrator.Selbyville’s new town administrator is no stranger to the townspeople, or to the Town’s rules. Michael “Mike” Deal is coming off of nine years in Selbyville code enforcement to become town administrator.

He took on the role full-time on June 19, after a few weeks as interim administrator.

He’s already familiar with the way locals think. Now he’s learning how to run the Town. That means attending grant seminars and meeting with legislative leaders, so he can represent the Town of Selbyville and its interests at a higher level.

Deal said he aims to “to carry on with the traditions the town likes … this small-town America presence,” which also drew Deal to a place so like his own childhood home.

Work camp builds fellowship, as well as new roofs

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kids from across the country came to participate in the First State Work Camp at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kids from across the country came to participate in the First State Work Camp at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.More than 400 youths from across the country traveled to Sussex County last month. Although most kids their age who spend their summer vacations traveling to the area come to enjoy a beach vacation, these particular youths were spending their time making a positive impact on local families.

“This is what we’re called to do — not just Mariner’s. We understand that God moves first in our lives. God pursues us, God loves us, and we have many blessings that God is able to give to us,” said the Rev. Woody Wilson of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which hosted the First State Work Camp the youths attended.

“Therefore, as often as we can, as many ways as we can, for as long as we can, we’re supposed to be reaching out to help the many needs of folks — not only here but also abroad. First State Work Camp gives us the opportunity to locally love on the people here, help them with some of their needs and build some awesome relationships.”

Millville Town Hall to get new ‘in-house’ computer server

The Millville Town Council made some long-term decisions at its July 14 meeting. Besides approving a new computer server for town hall, they nearly concluded talks about a proposed zoning overhaul.

Bethany beach to celebrate Periers Day on July 27

On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.

Public input sought for Wildlife Action Plan draft revision

Over the last year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners have worked with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).

Arts in the Estuary accepting artist exhibit reservations for Sept. 26 event

Nature-inspired artists and artisans are being invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.

Clear Space going ‘Seussical’ for summer-rep production

As part of its summer repertory, the Clear Space Theatre Company at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is offering visiting families an engaging evening of theater with its production of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that is based on the tales of Dr. Seuss.

Beach reads bark up the right tree

I know I usually write articles about animals, and if you want to be technical, this one is about animals — just fictional animals.

Hooverville ready to rock the house across Delmarva

Delmarva classic-rock band Hooverville is headed south this summer, making their debut at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25 and taking their sound to the beach at Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick on Aug. 27.

Gallery One show ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round’ to debut July 30

Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.

Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.

“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.

Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.

If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.

Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.

Drifting Grounds Café settles in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.

“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”

With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.

BREAKING NEWS: Community coming together to send LSLL All-Stars to regionals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Junior League All-Stars won the state title on Saturday night, but they need your help to get to Regionals.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Junior League All-Stars won the state title on Saturday night, but they need your help to get to Regionals.After winning their second straight state championship, the Lower Sussex Junior League All-Stars are headed to the regional tournament in Connecticut — that is, if they can raise enough money first.

Last year, at the Major League level, after becoming the first LSLL softball team in program history to win a state title, some of the girls’ expenses were covered when they got to Bristol, Conn., for tournament play. But this year, at the Junior League level, they’re going to need a little more help.

“Last year, all the girls’ lodging, all the girls’ meals, all the girls’ laundry was all done by Bristol — none of it is this year,” explained LSLL head coach Mike Patille. “We gotta get the girls hotel rooms; we gotta get transportation back and forth to the parks; we gotta feed them; we gotta get their uniforms laundered every day — everything is on us this year.”

Patille estimated that, including travel expenses and lodging, the team need could need to raise upwards of $10,000 to make it to regionals to battle for a chance to get to the Little League World Series in Washington.

BREAKING NEWS: Selbyville police arrest local teen after BB-gun fired

Selbyville Police W. Scott Collins reported on Friday, July 17, that officers in his department had arrested a 16-year-old Selbyville boy after reports he had threatened people with a handgun in the area of Ellis Alley and Church Street about 5:15 p.m.

Fundraisers continue for Baby Alana

Baby Alana Prettyman has come home with her parents, but the community is still fundraising for the young family. Alana was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease this summer.

Read more about the family here: http://coastalpoint.com/content/community_comes_together_support_baby_al....

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BENEFIT FOR BABY ALANA

Citizens bring science to the table in effort to Save Beach Cove

Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.

As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor location are very convincing.”

Mountaire to build corporate offices at Millsboro complex

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the preliminary site plan for Mountaire Farms’ planned corporate offices near Millsboro.

The company plans to build a 45,248-square-foot corporate headquarters building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, at its current complex east of Millsboro.

Broken Selbyville water main drains water towers

Selbyville residents were instructed to boil their tap water for about 48 hours this week to prevent possible transmission of E coli.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Selbyville Water Department alerted residents that a broken water main could cause E coli to contaminate the water supply.

South Bethany hits the pause button on bulkhead talk

It took about 2.5 hours for the South Bethany Town Council to cover regular business at their meeting on July 10, when discussions ranged from zoning to law enforcement and touched more than briefly on the continuing controversy over FEMA flood plain designations.

Frankford approves budget, continues tower discussion

The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.

Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.

“Where is that being transferred to?”

Selbyville’s Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Mitchell, 19, has been involved in pageants since the age of 6.

“I’ve been watching the Miss Delaware pageant since I was 6 years old. I’ve grown close to the organization and have competed in the Outstanding Teen organization, as well, which is the little-sister program to Miss America,” said Mitchell.

“I pretty much had grown up with the organization. It’s a big family, so I knew most of the girls. When I was younger, all of the Miss Delawares were my role models, so I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”

According to its website, the focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to “make scholarships available to the state’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

Over the 13 years Mitchell has been competing in pageants, she said, she’s been able to make life-long friends.

“It really is just a sisterhood. There isn’t cattiness backstage, which is a good thing. I think people think that a lot, which is so not true.

Organizations come together to discuss addiction epidemic

Connections Community Support Programs made a presentation to the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition’s (SCAPC’s) Seaford Chapter at its monthly meeting last week.

Ocean View works to add more improvements to park

The Town of Ocean View continues to improve one of its greatest assets — John West Park.

Tom & Terry’s Too: New owners building upon proud local tradition

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell Joe and Cat Godleski are the new owners of Tom & Terry's Seafood Market in Ocean View, carrying on a proud tradition and bringing some new concepts, too.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell Joe and Cat Godleski are the new owners of Tom & Terry's Seafood Market in Ocean View, carrying on a proud tradition and bringing some new concepts, too.Tradition runs deep at Tom & Terry’s Seafood Market in Ocean View.

For 32 years, Tom and Mary Ellen Ball provided local patrons with the highest quality seafood that they could bring in. Not only have the crabcakes been made with the same recipe for more than 20 years — they’ve been made by the same person. And not only do the employees keep coming back, summer after summer, but now so do some of their kids.

So when it came time to retire, the Balls went to Joe and Cat Godleski, who they knew would be able to not only carry on the tradition they had built but carry it forward for the next generation.

“I originally met Tom and Mary Ellen when I moved back here after college. That was my first restaurant gig down here, was at Tom & Terry’s on [Route] 54,” said Joe Godleski. “We kept in touch over the years, and last year they asked Cat and I if we wanted to buy the place. They wanted to retire.”

Dana’s Pantry opens up the cupboard on the Bethany Beach boardwalk

You never know what you’re going to stumble upon at Dana’s Pantry. But to Dana Banks, who also owns The Parkway restaurant right down the block, that’s kind of the point.

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