Our Towns

The Coastal Point covers news and events in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Frankford, Selbyville and Dagsboro, Del., as well as the larger area of southeastern Sussex County, from the Delaware state line north to the Indian River Inlet and from the coast inland to Millsboro.

Our focus is truly local, with local reporters attending nearly all official meetings in each of our towns, as well as following news and events in the area’s non-incorporated communities.

We invite you to visit our town and other governmental pages below to get information about them and their citizens, and to read news and other stories from each of them.

Nicholas P. ‘Nick’ Pisano, 74

Nicholas P. “Nick” Pisano, 74, of Lewes, Del., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, after a long battle with leukemia. He was born July 6, 1940, in Dover, N.J., son of the late Nicholas D. Pisano and Clara (Transue) Pisano.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

Woodland Avenue Extended could become a one-way street

The Ocean View Town Council this week discussed the possibility of turning Woodland Avenue Extended to West Avenue into a one-way street.

“This is an old topic being revisited,” noted Mayor Walter Curran.

Councilman Bob Lawless said the topic has been “kicked down the road” for a number of years.

Royal Farms to open next week in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.The new Royal Farms location on Route 26 in Ocean View will open for business next week. The 24-hour gas and convenience store will have its soft opening at midnight on Tuesday, July 14, with an official ribbon-cutting on July 17 at 10 a.m.

The store will have 24-hour gas pumps and a Redbox kiosk located outside of the store, as well as various food items inside, including the chain’s fried chicken.

Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran said the store is unique in that they minimize the cost of ribbon-cuttings and instead donate money to area charities.

“They have named eight of them, starting with Mariner’s Bethel Church. The top charity gets $1,000 and the others receive $500 each,” explained Curren. “They’re already a very good neighbor.”

The new Royal Farms is located at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Truck crashes into Fairway Village show home

A vehicle traveling down Beaver Dam Road in Ocean View on July 8 failed to stop at a stop sign and ended up hitting an unoccupied home in Fairway Village.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

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.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

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.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

MTV reality show comes to Ocean View, local businesses

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Who would have thought MTV would ever come to Sussex County? But when Solana Alvarez told television producers about her close friendship with a young man she’d never met, the entire crew of “Catfish: The TV Show” descended on Ocean View in March.

The episode “Solana and Elijah” just premiered on Wednesday, June 18.

Based on a documentary of the same title, “catfish” means to pretend to be someone else online, by providing false information or photographs, usually to gain someone’s trust and love.

Now living in Virginia, Alvarez told the story of Elijah Prok, a boy she befriended online at 14, who helped her through tough times.