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Local girl does her part to spread the warmth

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.With temperatures often below freezing these past few weeks, those without a home are in need of warm coats more than ever.

With that in mind, 9-year-old Maggie Bare is doing her part to help.

“My aunt works for a hospital in Maryland, and she was doing a coat drive,” said Bare, a third-grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“Her Aunt Ellen works as an emergency room nurse at the University of Maryland,” added Bare’s mother, Betsy. “We visited a couple weeks ago, and she asked our family to bring any extra coats, because they get a lot of homeless people from downtown Baltimore and she likes to give out things to keep them warm. Maggie had talked to her Aunt Ellen and decided she wanted to do something around here to help.”

Maggie’s Coat Drive runs through Jan. 16. She is taking all sizes of coats — new and used. Those interested in contributing may drop off donations at Selbyville Middle School, where Betsy Bare and her husband both work, or at Frankford Town Hall.

“We’re going to take them to the Christian Storehouse,” said Betsy. “My husband contacted someone there who works with five different churches, and they feed the homeless and do a soup kitchen about once a week. So, someone there will be able to give them out to local churches and organizations, to whomever may need them.”

Betsy Bare said that if anyone can’t get to either of the drop-off locations, a pick-up can be scheduled.

Selbyville, Frankford libraries to host social workers

People already go to the library to get a leg up on job hunting or social services, so the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services has made that connection official. Social workers will hold weekly office hours at seven locations, including the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries.

Horse whisperers

G.W. Carver Academy using horses to counsel kids

Two new faces arrived on the playground at George Washington Carver Academy this autumn. One blonde and one brunette, they nibbled grass while waiting to meet the students.

Registration open for Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend

Registration for the Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend is now open at www.DelmarvaBirding.com for the birding extravaganza slated for Jan. 26-28.

Nature lovers may be aware of the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend held in April, but organizers have again planned another schedule of field trips in late January to showcase Delmarva’s diversity of winter wildlife.

Delmarva Whiskey Club sponsoring benefit for SEAs the Day

The Delmarva Whiskey Club will hold its Fourth Annual Winter Golf Outing & Scotch Dinner on Jan. 27 and 28, 2018.

Start the New Year off right — with a quick run and dip

Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Those who are looking for a way to start the New Year off with a bang, and possibly wash away 2017, may want to consider a cleansing dip in the Atlantic on Jan. 1.

The Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos will celebrate its 23rd year in Bethany Beach on Jan. 1, 2018, giving people of all ages the opportunity to dive into the frigid ocean.

County P&Z hears, defers two change-of-zone applications

After holding public hearings on Dec. 21 for two local change-of-zone applications, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to defer their decisions on both.

Mariner’s invites those grieving to ‘share’ with others

The ministers at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church know that no matter the season, people are experiencing grief. Because of that, they decided to start offering GriefShare to those in the community in need of support.

Shiver me timbers! Fenwick Freeze returning Jan. 1

What’s it like to jump in the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day?

“It’s not as bad as it seems,” said Becca McWilliams, organizer of the Fenwick Freeze. “You go in so fast, and your adrenaline is pretty pumped at that point. You’re in and out before you feel how cold it is. … If you do it, you really feel good after you do it. It’s kind of exhilarating.”

IRSD to start talking growth again — ‘We’re behind the ball’

Even if Indian River School District were, right this moment, to successfully pass a referendum to build new schools, it would be years before the doors opened and the district found relief for the growing student population.

Fenwick town council talks dredging and borrowing

The Fenwick Island Dredging Committee met in December to begin brainstorming a plan of attack in their quest to improve navigation in the Little Assawoman Bay and two channels leading there.

Two new traffic warning signs go up on Route 17

Drivers on Route 17 (Roxana Road) will see new flashing yellow beacons to help warn them when traffic may be approaching at two intersections: Daisey Road and Powell Farm Road/Peppers Corner Road.

Dagsboro coffee shop the result of a dream allowed to percolate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.In a small alcove built into the wall above shelves bearing bags of locally sourced, organic coffee, sits a large coffee cup. And by coffee cup, we mean, literally, a coffee cup. It’s a takeout cup completely covered in coffee beans. A well-worn cup, each bean carefully glued to its outer surface.

That cup, it turns out, served as the impetus for what is now the newest addition to Dagsboro’s Main Street businesses.

It was given to Dana Miller, who owns the new Dagsboro Days coffee shop, by her friend Tasha, 11 years ago. It bore the message “One bean at a time, and when gathered, a whole pot will brew.”

For years, Miller said, the cup collected spare change. It also served as a kind of talisman that kept her dream alive over the years. Her daughter Audrey Miller, who now works in the shop with both of her parents — Dana and her husband, Patrick — remembers the cup being around when she was younger.

Bethany Beach ready to drop the ball to kick off 2018

Why go to Times Square (or even sit at home and watch it on TV) when there’s a ball drop right here at the beach? On New Year’s Eve, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host the third annual Beach Ball Drop alongside the boardwalk in Bethany.

Selbyville officials wary of Mountaire water project

As Mountaire builds a new stormwater system near Selbyville’s water source, the Selbyville Town Council is hoping for the best, but definitely fears the worst.

“Our job is to project the groundwater supply,” said Councilman Richard “Rick” Duncan Sr.

Fenwick gets DelDOT money to start sidewalk process

The Town of Fenwick Island has begun their quest to build sidewalks along Coastal Highway. Currently, pedestrians have an irregular path along the major thoroughfare, with sidewalks just here and there. Having seen too many baby strollers on the highway shoulders, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean helped start the new Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee.

Bethany church and SOUL offer homeless a warm HOM

Fourteen men will have a warm, safe home to wake up in on Christmas morning.

Change-of-zone hearing set for Bayard property

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to meet Thursday evening, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. (after Coastal Point press time), and among the items on the commission’s extensive docket for the meeting is a change-of-zone request for a property located at the southeast corner of Bayard and Double Bridges roads.

Blue Christmas aims to provide comfort and hope

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.While Christmas is a joyous time for many, it can also be a time of sadness for some — highlighting loss, loneliness and grief.

With their annual Blue Christmas service, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church hopes to support those who may not be in the Christmas spirit. This year’s service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 — the eve of Christmas Eve — beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Retired pastor Kay Lanasa, who leads Mariner’s Healing Prayer Ministry, brought the unique service to Ocean View a dozen years ago from her former parish in Virginia.

“It’s for the lost, lonely, and grieving and overwhelmed. It’s for people who are not happy or joyful at Christmas — this is a place they can come for a service. They don’t have to do anything; they can just sit.”

Ocean View begins budget talk for Woodland, police staff

The Ocean View Town Council is tired of waiting for a response on Woodland Avenue. Having proposed a drainage and paving project that would improve road conditions, the Town has been unable to start digging because some property owners are unwilling to participate.

In order to install a stormwater drainage pipe, the Town needs permission to dig on some private property.

Lawyers get involved in Mountaire contamination case

Late Tuesday afternoon, a Delaware law firm sent a message into the world: “If you know anything about the well water contamination in Millsboro, please call.”

South Bethany changes holiday pay, police rankings, charter

After months of public advocacy for the police and begging the South Bethany Town Council not to outsource police officers — no one from the general public made substantial comments last week when the council rolled out changes to employee policies.

On Dec. 8, the council approved a charter change, holiday pay payouts, new police rankings and more employee policy changes.

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.

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.

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