The Coastal Point family was rocked this week with the news that we had lost one of ours. Jerry Sellman, seen under our masthead as “Advertising Assistant,” was much more to us than that job title would indicate.

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A listing of open houses available throughout our resort area, compliments of our local Real Estate professionals.

Most local schools have been back in session for nearly two weeks (and some for longer), and it’s certainly been a time requiring patience, adaptation and taking extra steps to do things many of us took for granted.

Most often when we think of our local beach lifeguards, we think of them on watch from their stands, keeping us safe in the ocean or rushing to the rescue when a swimmer gets in over their head, or even excelling as athletes in lifeguard competitions.

You might have noticed those blinking lights signaling you to slow down as you drove past Lord Baltimore Elementary School this week. Or Showell. Or, well, pick your school.

The pandemic, and its subsequent restrictions and reactions, did no favors for many local businesses — particularly restaurants and retail shops. That’s not exactly “breaking news” for anybody who has gone out to eat or shop this summer, particularly in the beach towns.

Since 1954, the first Monday in September has been celebrated as a federal holiday to recognize and appreciate the accomplishments and contributions of the American worker. In our little slice of Americana by the shore, we celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of the summer season, and s…

On Sept. 12, the people of Bethany Beach will once again be asked to decide who will lead them going forward, as voters will decide between five candidates for four seats on the Bethany Beach Town Council.

Say what you want about having to go to the Division of Motor Vehicles, but people here have it pretty darn easy. You drive to Georgetown, pick a number, do what you have to do and go home. Compared to just about any other system in the nation, Delaware’s is pretty darn efficient.

So, as it stands today, schools in the Indian River School District will be opening their doors to students on Sept. 17, and it will be under a hybrid model that features students splitting their time between the brick-and-mortar buildings they physically attend and their computer screens at home.

There are certain words in this community that, regardless the season or year, create emotions — both good and bad. “Referendum” is one of those words. As is “flooding.” Another one we tend to see raise emotions when it is included in one of our stories is “moratorium.”

If a tree falls for a new development, does it make a sound? Well, if it’s up to Sussex County Councilman Doug Hudson, many of those trees won’t be knocked down at all.

Schools closing in the spring and the cancelations of nearly every organized activity since, from sea to shining sea, have thrown a figurative monkey wrench into nearly everybody’s plans — be they personal or professional.

Our world hasn’t exactly been known as a hotspot for calm, relaxation and beauty these past few months, but those three welcome traits will soon be on display again at the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) at Pepper Creek, starting with a members- and Incentive volunteers-only sneak peek at the…

Inside this week’s Coastal Point you will find a special publication we put together to honor the Indian River High School Class of 2020, and to congratulate them on their recent graduation.

As businesses are crawling back out of their forced hibernation and visitors are happily descending back on our lovely oasis by the sea, we’d like to take this opportunity to offer some very simple words of advice:

On Friday, May 15 — today, if you follow that little folio at the top of our printed page — Americans will wrap up National Police Week with National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

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While Coastal Point is considered an essential business under Delaware’s stay-at-home order, we have taken steps since late March to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure for our staff, clients and readers by reducing our in-office staff presence. During this public health emergency, we conti…

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During a pandemic that is taking life, causing illness and fracturing a global economy, we have to take note of the good things around us. And one consistent element we have seen from folks is good-old-fashioned ingenuity.

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This Sunday, April 12, marks the celebration of Easter for Christians around the world, as well as being in the midst of Passover for those who practice Judaism. It is one of, if not the, holiest times of the year for billions of people.

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We would like to point out that if the attention paid to COVID-19 is part of a mass media conspiracy, we were not invited to the meetings. Heck, we never even got a memo.

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The coronavirus pandemic is the most-discussed topic in the world right now, and we are seeing its impact here in our community, in terms of event cancelations, school schedules and other disruptions to our collective way of life.

There aren’t a lot of topics that can get universal agreement from just about everybody these days, but one thing that seems to fill that bill is the subject of traffic — nobody appears to be a big fan.

On the heels of a succesful referendum (in the eyes of those with the District), the Indian River School District’s Board of Education has four seats up for election this May.

As we exit one year and prepare to begin another, it’s a good time for all of us to assess where we are — as individuals, businesses, organizations and as a community in general.

On Tuesday, more than 9,000 voters turned out to have their voices heard in the Indian River School District’s second try at a referendum to fund construction of a sorely needed new Sussex Central High School and additional classrooms at other district schools. It all came down to several do…

South Bethany has been celebrating Earth Day since about 2013, through various programs and efforts. This year, Town officials cut the ceremonial ribbons on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.

Easter is a day to celebrate, literally, a resurrection. When you couple the meaning of the day with the fact that it annually takes place in spring, Easter naturally invites feelings of “coming back to life” and a re-birth.

The annual Springtime Jamboree, presented by the Hocker family to both entertain the community and raise money for a specific local cause, will be presented for the 37th time May 3-4.

It appears as if the rumors might be true, after all. There will, in fact, be a spring season this year. Schizophrenic weather aside, there has been a bit of a warming of the air recently, and the spring sports season is now upon us, from the fields at our local schools to Lower Sussex Littl…

The topic of homelessness in Sussex County has generated more and more attention over recent years, and, though it hasn’t reached the “epidemic” levels of some areas in the country, it is a serious issue in the county that isn’t going away anytime soon.