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Marketing ABCs: Facebook: Your business’ best 10-year-old friend

It’s astonishing how much Facebook has changed since 2004. From a self-declared “online directory” to a mobile-first network, the social media giant continues to grow. I wonder if the boys who started it in a Harvard dorm ever dreamed they would one day reach more than a billion users.

Local businesses investing in their future, and ours

Local businesspeople are making news this week.

The owners of the Cottage Café offered a sneak peak of their latest venture to nearby residents, who in about a year’s time may have a choice of two Poffenberger/Neville-owned restaurants on Route 1 south of Bethany Beach that they can patronize.

Chasing the sun, after stressing over the chase

I raise the white flag.

I am officially surrendering to the almighty powers of a winter that has chilled my bones and caused more than its fair share of mayhem to our deadlines. You have defeated me with your snow and arctic blasts of wind, Mr. Winter, caused my dogs to budget their relief times a bit more strictly and generally made life a little less enjoyable this year.

Letters to the Editor — February 14, 2014

Church offers help to those in need

Editor:

Judging and condemning those who are different from us is nothing new, particularly when we believe that those “different ones” are somehow inferior, or weaker than we are, or a threat to our own convictions or lifestyle.

The observations of Twain, an anniversary and a time gone by

Every once in a while, I get the urge to write a column. Actually, it happens more than you would think, but rarely do I follow through with it. There is always a good reason… not enough time, too many interruptions and let’s not forget the main one: I am not a writer and have never claimed to be one.

Libraries remain pertinent, vital today

One of the true gems we take for granted in this country is the public library.

Those we honor on Presidents Day will not expand

I was asked last weekend if I was going to write my obligatory “I hate Valentine’s Day” column this week. Naturally, that got the rusty wheels turning in my head.

From us to you — thank you, one and all

This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of the first edition of the Coastal Point, and nostalgia has been all the rage around our office for the past few weeks.

Letters to the Editor — February 7, 2014

Reader disputes higher minimum wage impact

Editor:

There appears to be a wide disparity of income in the U.S. today. Instead of investigating why it exists or why it is widening, our leaders want to use the “minimum wage” to correct this disparity.

It’s been an emotional and rewarding decade

“Look, kids,” my father would say to a car full of weary travelers. “It’s the totem pole.”

Letters to the Editor — January 31, 2014

Reader responds to poverty situation

Editor:

Very few people in our country become poor. Most of our poor are born into poverty. I don’t believe younger children think much about whether they are poor. Only when kids get to school do they realize their situation may not be as good as their fellow students.

Dagsboro looks to get social this year

New Dagsboro Town Councilman Brian Baull is not taking long to put his stamp on the Town.

Softball should be a priority for State’s efforts

I’ve come to the stark realization that there are two things that find me, no matter where I happen to be in life, or what I happen to be doing at any given moment.

Band and chorus students selected for county, state honors

The month of January was a busy one for the Indian River High School music program, as auditions for both County Band and All-State Band were held.

Congratulations to the following students on their selection to All State Band: B.J. Baull, Michaiah Hook, Ryan Staib and Jewel Tomlinson.

School controversy a very touchy subject

When news broke last week that the principal and assistant principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School had been put on administrative leave, one could safely say that people in our community were paying attention.

Still room for improvement in state’s gaming

For those of us who truly love playing poker, April 15, 2011, was a very dark day.

Letters to the Editor — January 24, 2014

Elling gives take on origin of the IRSD

Editor:

A Delaware law of 1881 created the Incorporated Body: The “Indian River School Districts for a Certain Class of Colored Persons.” The information is taken from the book “Delaware’s Forgotten Folk, the Story of the Moors and Nanticoke,” by C.A Weslanger.

Shuttle service an ideal idea for Fenwick

If there’s one not-so-secret secret that’s a bit of a negative for life in Fenwick Island, it is parking.

Or, to be more precise, a lack of parking.

With Ravens out, I’m all about the Seahawks

Have you ever really wanted something bad for somebody else, even if, on the surface, it doesn’t look like that big of a deal in the first place?

Gates vs. Biden is good theater, though facts are debateable

Robert Gates has criticized Vice President Joe Biden in his recent book, “Duty,” saying that Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” and that he “has poisoned the well” against the military leadership.

Dietician shares the straight skinny on sugar, calories

At the top of most everyone’s resolution list is eating healthier in the new year. Part of being healthy is understanding sugar.

The average American eats about 150 pounds of sugar each year, which equals 30 5-pound bags of sugar.

There are 15 calories in one teaspoon of sugar (or one packet).

On average, we consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, which equals 330 calories.

Clayton fundraising a win for the community

We have an ongoing conversation in our office that one of the benefits of our line of work is that we get to see a finished product each and every week. Unlike many jobs, we have something tangible to look at — to see how we did, and what we need to work on to do better for our readers and advertisers.

When is cold too cold? Well, this week was

Welcome, everybody, to 2014!

And put on a hat. And some gloves. And a scarf. And maybe drape a woolly mammoth or something over your shoulders.

Column veteran returns, and shares a global tale

It’s the time of year when you discover that the high-tech gadget you got for Christmas doesn’t work as advertised. So, like millions of other frustrated consumers, you call the ailing product’s customer service department.

Letters to the Editor — January 10, 2014

SMS a great learning environment

Editor:

It seems we hear so many negative things about schools across the country these days. I want to say some positive things I see as an employee of Selbyville Middle School.

SPCA offers plenty of volunteer opportunities

Looking back at 2013 for a second, one of the most difficult stories we covered was what was happening at the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

It’s a whole new year, which means new goals

Take a look around you. See how everybody is smiling or looking particularly enthusiastic about the day? See how people’s shoulders look a little higher, and how they don’t quite look like they’ve been beaten about the head by a cement-mixer with a grudge?

Letters to the Editor — January 14, 2014

Reader encourages minimum wage hike

Editor:

According to a recent article in the News Journal, a majority of 30 economists recently surveyed by the Associated Press asserted that the “growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t just bad for individuals — it’s hurting the economy.”

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