The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.
Bethany native, Indian River High School alumnus and new owner of One Coastal restaurant Carlie Roberts knows food — and food service. Not only has she worked in the industry both locally and beyond for 18 years, but she’s also studied the cuisine of other cultures in her various travels.
Last Friday, July 4, however, Roberts got the chance to bring some of those concepts back home with the grand re-opening of One Coastal — a dine-in or carry-out restaurant located just as the name suggests: at 1 Coastal Highway, just north of the Maryland and Delaware border in Fenwick Island.
Not only does the restaurant and bar serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu of fresh coastal cuisine, but it also offers homemade ice cream and fresh, made-to-order smoothies and juices.
“We see what’s fresh and see how we can use it,” Roberts said of the concept. “You can pick and choose what you want. We want everybody to see what we’re doing and to feel like they’re a part of it, they’re not just a spectator.”
Serving all three meals daily, Roberts has ensured that, no matter what the time of day, there is always a healthy option catered to those with certain dietary restrictions — whether it be gluten-free, lactose-free or vegetarian.
“A lot of people are dairy-free now. A lot of people are gluten-free. A lot of people have allergies. So we feel like we have something for everybody,” she explained. “If you don’t see it on the menu and we’re capable of making it, we absolutely will, and we’re able to do that because we’re keeping things simple.”
Fenwick Island has gotten a little French with the new Crêpes & Crazes, located on Coastal Highway.
Crêpes are large, thin pancakes that originated in France (also available gluten-free), but which are making the transition to tasty beach food. Like a blank canvas, they can be covered in any kind of topping.
But first, they’re made right before customers’ eyes, on wide, round griddles.
“If you’re not hungry before you walk in, you’re hungry after you walk in, because you can smell it,” said owner Sherry Perzinski.
Strawberry Fields is the top-seller at Crêpes & Crazes, featuring berries, cream cheese, crushed pretzels and drizzles of vanilla sauce. Apple Perfection is a homey treat, with gooey apples caramel and cinnamon, topped with honey and powdered sugar.
Savory crêpes make a meal out of the popular pizza crêpe, teriyaki chicken, Lasagna Supreme, Cheesesteak Lovers and Veggie Volcano. BBQ Chicken has Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, cheese and bacon. Breakfast Bonanza features egg, bacon or sausage, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
People can get almost any filling, from fruit, Nutella or peanut butter to chicken, tuna and ham salads. Spinach salad is coming soon, with walnuts and strawberries.
Get a scoop of ice cream, or milkshakes, malteds, floats and more. Or add piping hot waffle sticks to create a new version of an ice cream sundae.
“We have regular customers, and that’s also a good sign,” said manager Filip Siladjev.
With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.
The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that nighttime lane closures could be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island beginning Monday, July 7, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project.
It’s a common sight along area roads: business vehicles with prominent logos and other advertising, placed in just the perfect spot to turn them into mobile billboards, intentionally or not. And it’s something that has some local officials concerned — to the point of considering banning the practice.
As Fenwick Island prepares to start its new fiscal year on Aug. 1, some things are changing, while others will remain the same.
If the parades and fireworks haven’t provided enough Independence Day fun for 2014, Fenwick Island will offer the chance for people to spend some time with family and friends during the holiday weekend, at the town’s annual Bonfire.
Fenwick Island’s 10th annual Bonfire will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsboro Street, with a rain date of Sunday, July 6.
“It’s something where all the neighbors can come to see each other, and all the visitors, as well,” said Liz Lear, a member of the Fenwick Island Beach Committee, which organizes the event.
The bonfire is free to all visitors and locals who would like to attend. Throughout the night, there will be games for the kids, as well as dancing to music provided by D.J. Batman.
“While it’s light, there are lots and lots of games for the children, and the lifeguards are the ones that organize the games for the kids. That’s really, really fun,” said Lear, noting that there are a half-dozen games planned, ranging from relay races to three-legged races.
Some Fenwick Island visitors may be surprised to learn that Fenwick Island has had its own little Fourth of July parade for nearly 20 years, wrapping up each year just in time for the fireworks.
In 1996, Marge and Jack Hayman started a little street parade for their family to celebrate Independence Day.
“[Marge] said, when they were kids her mother always insisted, on the Fourth of July, that the kids put red, white and blue on and go down the street,” recalled Barbara Beam, whose family has been participating in the parade for all but two of those years. “Marge said to me, ‘My parents said, “It’s the Fourth of July. We’re going to celebrate.”’ It was just a tradition that started with her parents.’
“The first year it was very small — just she and her husband. We ourselves didn’t participate the two years because we always had a big family picnic out in the country. After that, I said to my kids, ‘We’re going to participate. We’re here. It’s our neighbors. We can have our picnic another time.’ We have been part of it ever since.”
On July 4, residents from Oyster Bay Drive will have a small potluck block party in the early afternoon, and then all get together and begin the small parade from intersection of Coastal Highway and Oyster Bay Drive, down Oyster Bay, make a loop, go back to the highway and then down South Carolina Street.
Let’s be honest — Twinkies and Oreos are already pretty delicious. But when deep-fried, warm and gooey, they’re a guilty pleasure perfect for nights at the beach. Charlie’s Bay Side restaurant has brought that quick-serve decadence to Fenwick Island. With an outdoor counter attached to the restaurant, Charlie’s Fenwick Fries now serves deep-fried treats, made to order.
“My wife, Laura, and I like to get to the boardwalk and walk. Every place had deep-fried Oreos, funnel cake and french fries,” said owner Charlie Getz. “But there’s nothing up here, nowhere you can get it.”
In a world increasingly obsessed with health food, Getz said there’s still room for sweets.
“Everybody’s doing healthy, and there’s no calorie-counting on vacation. We just wanted to do something different.”
The Village of Fenwick shopping center already has plenty of walking traffic, where the most popular dish is funnel fries (like funnel cake, but smaller, Getz said).
“What people are surprised about — we do a deep-fried Twinkie. It doesn’t taste like Twinkies,” he noted.
Dipped in pancake batter, then cooked in canola oil, the Twinkies are topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.
Churros come with a spicy-sweet raspberry sauce, and Oreos transform into a huge, soft cookie.
Other deep-fried sweets include brownies and candy bars, served each day by business partner Melvin Shifflett.
Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.
Bruce McGuigan has fished local waters, both commercially and recreationally, for almost his entire life. He owned Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle Shop in West Fenwick for 32 years, and the Lone Mullet Seafood Market next door for six years. He operated one of the first scallop boats in Ocean City, Md., has fished in the White Marlin Open and spends about three hours every morning breaking down fish.
To put it simply, Bruce McGuigan knows local seafood.
But when Hurricane Sandy flooded his property along Route 54 nearly two years ago, McGuigan decided to put that knowledge into a relatively new business venture — leading him to open the doors to Captain Mac’s Fish House last month.
“Every time somebody came into the seafood market, we got requests for fresh cooked food — sandwiches, things like that — so we decided to try it,” explained former Lone Mullet-turned-Fish House-employee Rick Eakle. “Hurricane Sandy ended up wiping out the underside of the building — in fact, we had a 3,000-pound walk-in refrigerator out on the side of the building. It was up on Route 54.”
Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.
Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-coastal-delaware/id886698442?mt=...) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coastalpoint.ecdelawar...).
Fenwick Island Town Manager Merritt Burke IV announced last week that the Town had received recognition from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for their efforts in creating and maintaining a healthy community.
Burke noted that the state has 57 municipalities, of which 15 had applied for a grant from the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating & Active Living.
Surfer style is emulated and copied widely by those finding their lifestyle aspects ripe for imitation. It’s for such reasons that mainstream surf companies have enjoyed steady success for years — but a change has come.
New companies are starting to pop up, with new visions and wild styles that promise to allow today’s surfer to regain his lost individualism. The unknown and companies unafraid to be bold are king.
Surf shop buyer/merchandiser Caitlyn Parrott has been in the industry long enough to recognize the change, and recently opened up Beau Monde boutique in the Village of Fenwick, designed for those looking for clothing that can’t be found in any old surf shop or the nearest Urban Outfitters.
“All the guys that I worked with that worked at the shop and actually surfed would buy the weirdest stuff that we would get,” Parrott said. “I tried to pick some more unusual brands that they don’t have everywhere around here.”
The shop carries brands for both men and women, including Catch Surf, Rhythm, Wildfox, Lovers & Friends, Kai, Iron & Resin and Duvin Design Co., that most surf shops or vintage clothing stores either don’t carry or of which they don’t carry a wide variety.
“I was raised up at the beach and in surf shops, so I’m drawn to that kind of stuff,” Parrott explained of her eye for unique beach style. “I was looking for something a little more unusual than most shops.”
When Paul Wagner visited Italy, he sailed the Mediterranean, hiked into the mountains and was captured at gunpoint by German soldiers.
U.S. Army PFC Paul Wagner was a teenage prisoner of war.
Wagner will be 90 this August, now living at Brandywine Assisted Living Center in West Fenwick Island, but he had just turned 18 in Baltimore when Uncle Sam drafted him for World War II.
“They were waiting for me,” he said.
His mom was a “five-star mother” with five of her boys in the military. By some miracle, they all came home.
After nine months of Texas boot camp, Wagner sailed for Africa, then was stationed at an Italian racetrack controlled by the Allies. PFC Wagner wasn’t quite at the front lines, but he could hear mortar fire.
Germans were nearby, in the mountains, so rifleman Wagner and about 12 to 18 others patrolled the wilderness, using dried-up riverbeds as a guide.
“We knew we were close — too close — when the Germans started shooting at us,” Wagner said.
Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.
The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a crash that injured six people — including a Fenwick Island police officer — when an allegedly drunk driver ran into a parked police car, which then impacted a third vehicle that had been pulled over because its driver was also suspected of being drunk.
Kids, or kids at heart, can get a last-minute gift for Mom, or let her choose, at the Barefoot Gardeners Garden Club annual plant sale, on Saturday, May 10, in Fenwick Island.
“There are quite a few small ones that people can get for Mother’s Day gifts. The plants are grown locally,” said Karen Dudley, chairperson of the event.
“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.
Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.
The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.
Fenwick Island is taking steps to ensure the town’s farmers’ market can remain in the town going into the future, even if the property where it is currently held is sold. At their March 28 meeting, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance that dictates where the market can be located to include improved vacant lots, as well as unimproved ones.
The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.
Bridge inspection planned
Delaware Budokan recently held a ceremonial exhibition and test of the martial arts karate and kenjutsu, honoring Jeffrey Quillen, William Bails and Matthew Atkins with two black belts and a third-degree scroll, respectively. The ceremony was held on March 20, in front of friends, family, fellow students and the instructors who oversee the students’ test routines.
Every year, the surrounding beach resort communities of Sussex County see more than their fair share of restaurants come and go. While not every establishment has the same reasons for eventually closing its doors, the good ones tend to stick around — and the really good ones tend to continue to open up new locations.
The Crabcake Factory USA has seen that kind of growth, most recently opening up its third location — its first location in Delaware — right off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island, on the bayside, next to Captain Mac’s.
The location offers striking bay views. After completely renovating the property, and with more than 18 years of popularity just down the road in Ocean City, Md., the Crabcake Factory management team has no doubts that their newest location is right where they’re supposed to be.
“We’ve got a good local following up here,” said Crabcake Factory Bayside General Manager (and former general manager of the original Crabcake Factory on 120th Street in Ocean City) Eric Morris. “We wanted to grow into Fenwick. A lot of our existing 120th street client base lives up here. We just felt like it was a real need in this corridor to have a nice quality, casual atmosphere.”
This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.
Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.
“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”
Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.
“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”