I woke to sad news last week. My dear friend and longtime journalism mentor Mel Toadvine had died in his sleep on Nov. 18.

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It is surprising how quickly the seasons can change. It feels like just last week, we were celebrating Labor Day and the “end” of our summer season.

This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday’s recognition by the U.S. Senate. The SBA co-sponsored “shop small” observance was launched by American Express to support small businesses as our economy emerged from the Great Recession. Over the course of the followin…

As President Joe Biden works to repair America’s image internationally, it is Congress’ responsibility to promote trade policies that strengthen the U.S. economy, while also bolstering our international relationships.

The reconciliation package offers Democrats in Congress a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the country’s emission-reduction goals. One of the many initiatives that may be included in this legislation is a plan to further invest in, overhaul and electrify the country’s transportation sector.

Sens. Carper and Coons, please do everything in your power to ensure the Freedom to Vote Act passes in the Senate.

Sussex County is a special place. It’s why we choose to live here. It’s a wonderful county full of nature — rural and coastal — and unique, thanks to the diverse thoughts, opinions and people who make up our community.

There’s one thing I learned when I was practicing medicine: an illness impacting a patient doesn’t always follow the path the textbooks taught us. Treating diseases can often take twists and turns, because every person is different, and each body responds differently to the therapies we lear…

On Aug. 12, President Joe Biden delivered remarks from the White House’s East Room to address the soaring cost of prescription drugs in the United States. In his speech, President Biden highlighted just how out-of-hand our country’s drug pricing crisis is, and called on his colleagues in the…

Have you heard of “infill development” or seen it in proposed residential development documents? Its use is growing in proposals before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and County Council as they consider residential projects.

For the 18 months since COVID-19’s onset in the United States, America’s small businesses have grappled with historic uncertainty. For many, SBA’s COVID-19 small-business recovery programs — the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), the Restaura…

We often receive press releases from the good folks at Best Friends Animal Society in Wilmington, reminding us of days set aside to celebrate our four-legged companions, including National Dog Day, a time to “pause and appreciate the joy dogs bring and the comfort and companionship they provide.”

The upcoming celebration of the 75th anniversary of VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, now scheduled for Oct. 16, is a timely opportunity to focus on the vital historical and continuing role of the Post assisting veterans and their families in need since 1946. With the unfolding tragedy in Afghani…

The signs of back-to-school are everywhere: store shelves are crammed with notebooks, backpacks and all the much-needed supplies. But for many students, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the thought of buying school supplies is easier to bear than returning to a physical classroom. Here …

This week, it is on Friday the 13th that Coastal Point hits the streets — as we like to say in the news business as we chew on cigars, even if they are the bubble gum variety.

With this article, I would like to discuss a proposal being made by Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer concerning additional funds to address our infrastructure needs in Sussex County. This is a revenue program known as “Special Tax District Financing.”

For more than 50 years, I’ve collected Native American artifacts from powwows, craft fairs and the annual holiday market at the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Early in the spring of 2020, as the pandemic was roaring to life, the Coastal Towns Historic Village in Ocean View, like so many other organizations, was forced to find alternative methods for showcasing our organization to the community.

We take a lot of things for granted every day in our country. One of them is the freedom to read whatever we want: books, newspapers, magazines or comic books. It’s our business, and there’s a wealth of information available on almost every subject imaginable, in print and online sources. We…

Visitors to the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) are greeted by a magnificent avenue of 34 seedless red “Brandywine” maples, 12,000 perennials and more than 300 native shrubs that surround the banks of the Rhyne Garden. All these colorful native pollinator plants welcome guests and wildlife st…

While the transition of the Freeman Stage into the Freeman Arts Pavilion is shaping the future of one of Delaware’s premiere public charity performing arts venues, it is also the continuation of an American cultural tradition dating back more than 150 years.

The pandemic drove home one crucial point: When the going gets tough, nonprofits rise to the occasion to push for the greater good and social impact.

Millville Volunteer Fire Company and the Ocean View Police Department are operating in unison to caution our residents and beach visitors of the escalated danger this coming summer, of vehicular and bicycle collisions.

My sister sent me a text message reminding me June 6 is my birthday. She’s nine years older, my only sibling, and, every year, gets more excited about the anniversary of my birth than anybody has since the first time I opened my eyes and saw my mother’s loving smile.

The names of some places come with emotional feelings and memories for us. Just the name — that’s all we need to hear or read and the feelings come along with it. Arlington National Cemetery is such a place.

I had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of the Western Sussex Business Park in Seaford. The park is located alongside of the Ross Mansion and Seaford Industrial Park and is the result of two governments reaching out for what is good for all of Western Sussex.

In the past year, so many things have been canceled that sometimes it’s hard to remember what “normal” life is like. It seems, now, we often just assume things that involve gathering together in confined spaces will be canceled (or at least postponed).

Recently, a controversial bill seeking to raise Delaware’s minimum hourly wage to $15 per hour was passed by the Senate and is currently pending consideration in the House of Representatives.

Walking through the hallways at Sussex Technical High School last week, I had the chance to watch some of our county’s most skilled students at work — preparing to become nurses, carpenters, auto mechanics and police officers.

As we begin the 151st General Assembly, the State of Delaware has several critical health challenges to face head on. As we look to the strength of our healthcare communities in facilitating a COVID-19 vaccine, we must also continue the march forward in creating a more proactive health model…

The sun was setting over the bay, streaking the sky pink and orange, as I walked my beagles one recent evening. They sniffed and managed to get their leashes tangled as I watched what only the artistic hand of Nature could manage and, as I often do on late afternoon walks, marveled at the beauty.

What a devastating day for America. Instead of watching what would normally be the ceremonial congressional certification of the presidential election, the majority’s vote, we watched instead thousands of overwhelmingly white men and women storm the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress …

As the physician and nurse leaders of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the State of Delaware, representing all of Delaware’s general acute care and pediatric hospitals, we have an important safety message regarding COVID-19.

No doubt it has been a difficult year, as we unwittingly entered into a pandemic of proportions never imagined when we greeted 2020 as a bright new year, full of promise. Now, businesses and schools have been are shuttered, jobs have been eliminated and, most tragically, loved ones have died.

Now more than ever, we understand that it is really important to support the people in need in our communities. SoDel Cares has been a long-standing partner to many organizations in Delaware that help children, at-risk youth and adults, and the elderly that live in our local communities.

When Bob Maloney started attending school board meetings in early 2017, he had a bone to pick. Under a storm of financial headaches, the Indian River School District was pleading for public support while righting its own ship. So, as a resident and taxpayer, Maloney went to see what exactly …

Colder weather brings holiday wishes and parties celebrating the end of another year — which may be needed more this year than any other in our recent history. Visions of cornucopias on holiday tables and donation boxes overflowing with food flood in the latter part of our fall season as win…

Delaware restaurants have led by example throughout the pandemic crisis, taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of customers and employees. Restaurants across this state have risen to the challenges thrust upon them in 2020, providing a place for people to safely dine an…

We Delawareans, as a united community, need to condemn anyone who contemplates committing violence or voter intimidation. The arrest of 13 men in a plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan, including one man from Delaware, Barry Croft from Bear, brings home the notion that the possibility of …

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted much of our lives online — from education and work to healthcare and retail shopping. And, remarkably, our broadband infrastructure performed superbly, helping families across Delaware adapt to these seismic changes.

SEDAC met by Zoom on July 24 and heard from Joe Schell concerning the soon-to-be-opened Sandhill Fields Sports Complex. He also provided some pertinent comments on education in Sussex County.

When I was in elementary school, there was a pencil sharpener attached to the wall in our basement. Why my father screwed the silver, metal, hand-cranked sharpener there I don’t recall, except that I played school in one room of our big cellar and maybe he thought I’d need it.

Earlier this month, South Bethany celebrated the 10th anniversary of its ongoing Canal Ends Program. It did this by recognizing the valuable contributions of the scores of owners who have stepped up to make the program so effective.

Even though we have been stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boy Scout Troop 281 has still found ways to continue scouting.

Over these last four years, one of the best parts of serving as your governor has been hosting town hall meetings with members of the General Assembly in communities across Delaware. We’ve brought Delawareans together from Claymont to Delmar — and most places in between — to discuss and deba…

It has been a while since I wrote about economic development in Sussex County. Like most of you, I have been following the recommendation of our medical experts and avoiding crowds and situations that may expose me and my extended family to dangerous situations.