‘A date which will live in infamy’ does just that

This week’s Coastal Point has a publication date of Dec. 7, 2018. For many, that “Dec. 7” date holds special significance.

Really, it should hold significance for all of us.

It was Dec. 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:48pm

Classic rivalry takes a back seat to no other game

Behold, the greatest game of all.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the respective football teams from West Point and Annapolis will face off on the gridiron for the 119th time, as Army and Navy will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia —...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Letter — A local thank-you


To our neighbors, friends and local business partners — just a note to thank you for your generous donation to our fundraising efforts for victim-support programs and research.

The success of our fundraisers depends on...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:40pm

Growing up in the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:05pm


In our Nov. 16 issue’s Selbyville Middle School field hockey coverage, we incorrectly identified the Indians’ goal scorer in their 1-1 tie with Millsboro. The goal was actually scored by Kendall Cathell. We apologize for the error, and offer...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:44pm

Speed limit change necessary, now and later

It doesn’t seem like a very big thing, but it really is.

When the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently lowered the speed limit on Muddy Neck Road from 45 mph to 35, they were not only listening to a request from the...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Point of No Return — Theme days and months are great — up to a point

Well, happy Small Monkey Thursday. Or, Take Out the Trash Friday. Or, Squish Mud Between Your Toes Sunday. Or, whatever day you happen to be reading this article.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Agenda — Nov. 30, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: setting dates for March/April cultural evenings; a report regarding...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:27am


In the Nov. 9, 2018, article “South Bethany to consider town-wide parking permits,” we erroneously reported that Sue Callaway initially favored townwide parking permits. In fact, she did not initially support this, although she came to change her...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:49pm

Local stores offer plenty for holiday season

And, now, the holiday season has officially begun. 

Once the Thanksgiving feast has been cleared off tables across these fruited plains, the focus of our nation largely turns to Christmas and Hanukkah, which means a giant portion of our...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:42pm

Point of no return — Another year, another opportunity to be thankful

I’ve long thought that the two game-changers most responsible for propelling mankind to the top of the food chain are opposable thumbs and our ability to moan and complain about things that aren’t nearly important enough to moan and complain...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:41pm

Freeman Stage is a cultural force for area

The Freeman Stage just keeps chugging.

In a relatively-short 11 years, the Stage has grown to not only be an integral part of our community, but even more so, emerge as a leader of all things cultural and artistic. According to Patti...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:20pm

Attention-seeker hits a note with ludicrous effort

The BBC and Sky News reported last week that a Dutch “positivity trainer” launched a legal battle to lower his age a couple decades to boost his dating and job prospects. 

Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to legally change his birth year from...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:17pm

Agenda — Nov. 9, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Town of Bethany Beach was set to flush its water system between Nov. 5 and 9, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Town flushes its water system twice a year — spring and fall — to rid the system of any accumulated sediment so that the...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Let’s let the process play out in South Bethany

One year ago, there were six officers in the South Bethany Police Department. It’s been widely suggested that the Department requires five active officers to provide 24-hour coverage to its citizens, and that number does not seem to be in dispute...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:03pm

Point of No Return — Little one turning 4 is a game-changer for this dad

So, Riley is 4.

The apple of my eye, the cherry on my sundae, the little freeloader who lives in my home and eats my food without paying any rent, is now 4 years old.

I mean, it’s not like it’s a surprise, right? She turned 3 last...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:01pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

Good local elections bring energy, optimism

Anybody up for an election?

You want local state representative elections? We got you covered. County council? Two of those, thank you very much. State auditor? Sure, and we’ll even throw in attorney general and treasurer races while we’re...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:29pm

Point of No Return — To really care about the election, you should vote

I don’t know what’s going to happen.

That’s a phrase I can use with confidence in regards to the upcoming midterm elections, the political and sociological aftermath of said election, and every time I bend over to tie my shoe. Despite our...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:27pm

Dreams of lottery winnings hard to get away from

Tuesday afternoon was difficult. 

Smack-dab in the middle of our weekly deadline, Tuesday afternoons are always a bit of challenge. There is the scramble to figure out what copy is going to go on what page, proofing and editing stories...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:24am

Bethany Beach looking at old answer for floods

Bethany Beach floods some times. 

As a coastal town that is only a few feet above sea level at its highest point, Bethany Beach certainly has a problem with flooding, particularly after intense storms that dump inches of rain in a short...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:22am

Keep a sharp focus on roads this time of year

If you haven’t already noticed, there has been an uptick in the number of ghosts, goblins and various other creatures of horror parading our community lately — not to mention an increase in Minions, Disney Princesses and Ghostbusters.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:11pm

New facility should fill needs, now and later

The Millville Town Council approved a final site plan for Beebe Medical Center’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center earlier this week, setting into motion the construction of a facility that should not only fill...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:11pm

Point of No Return — Looking for some positives? Just look around you

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Our nation is a little bit divided.

Well, let me rephrase that, if you’ll indulge me for a minute. Tom and Jerry were a little divided. The Red Sox and Yankees are a little divided. Our nation, on the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:10pm

SMS earns a National Blue Ribbon award

The “blue ribbon” has become a standard of excellence.

Swim and track meets, pie competitions, even brands of mayonnaise — taking home a blue ribbon means you did something to the highest standard. Locally, Selbyville Middle School earned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:05am

Some simple words can have a dramatic impact

“I can’t play with dinosaurs anymore, Daddy.”

“What are you talking about? Why not?”

“Girls don’t play with dinosaurs or snakes or sharks. We play with unicorns and mermaids.”

I died a little bit inside with that last...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:03am

Business owner shows real thanks for Beebe care

Ron Drosdzal and his family have always been very generous forces in the community.

Their business, Armand’s Pizza, in the Marketplace at Sea Colony, has consistently done dine-and-donate efforts to help local non-profit organizations...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:10pm

Area responders show bravery, commitment again

We like to brag on our community in this space as much as we can.

It’s easy to find the negative and do some “Monday morning quarterbacking” on decisions by governmental bodies or first-responders, but, let’s be honest, there’s plenty of...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:13pm

Point of No Return — State of the world can be found in state of words

“Look it up.”

As a kid, that phrase meant that I had to trudge my way to our family’s bookcase, pull out the 9,274-pound dictionary that was stitched together sometime during the Germanic Wars, and hope that the word or phrase I already...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:12pm

Editorial — School district trying to help with tragedy

A wave of sadness gripped our community earlier this week when word came out that a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Sunday, Sept. 9, was a first-grade student at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.


Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:52pm

Point of No Return — Delaware Botanic Gardens is more than you think

It’s probably time to start paying attention to what’s taking place near Dagsboro. In fact, it’s probably past that time, because the freight train that is the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek is already rolling down the proverbial track...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:48pm

Editorial — ‘Locals season’ starts with a flurry of events

It’s been said that “locals season” or “locals summer” begins the afternoon of Labor Day Monday.

Well, welcome to the season.

To be fair, it’s not exactly like the old days, when a vast majority of businesses shut down for the year...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:35pm

Editorial — A reminder to get out and do your summer thing

Well, here we are.

The dog days of summer are transforming themselves into the days of back-to-school shopping and prepping for one last Labor Day push around the area. Families are getting in that last vacation before school starts — if...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:37pm

Editorial — Council debating, studying density calculations

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: County council is grappling with density issues and the protection of wetlands.

Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton introduced an ordinance at the Council’s Aug. 14 regular meeting that is related...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:09pm

Editorial — Smart growth is leading the way for Millsboro

A recent annexation of a 3-acre lot that is targeted to be the future site of a hotel and restaurant shows once again that the Town of Millsboro is intent on controlled growth.

Why would we call it “controlled,” you might ask?


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:52pm

Editorial — Frankford officials make tough, but right, call

It might not be the most-popular decision in the world, but Frankford officials are taking an important, and critical, step in trying to keep the Town’s finances from devolving into a horrible situation.

Members of the Frankford Town...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:39pm

Editorial: Softball world is coming full-bore to Roxana

The eyes of the softball world will soon be upon us. 

Ten teams from around this spinning globe, including a District III representative from right up the road in Georgetown, will descend upon Roxana for the Senior League Softball World...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:52am

Editorial: No place seems safe from opioid epidemic

We are not immune.

We live in a location that can be considered a virtual paradise. An ocean and beautifully-maintained beaches dot our eastern perimeter, and we pepper in stunning inland bays and waterways throughout our region. Fertile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:08pm

Editorial: Election season could get interesting here

Well, it’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting election season. The national struggle for political power will garner much of the attention across these fruited plains, but things here in Sussex County are looking to get interesting, as...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:31pm

Editorial: Veteran event steps across political lines


Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is also throwing his hat into the U.S. Senatorial ring, is hosting a free veterans town hHall-style event at the Selbyville fire hall on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Along with...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:12pm

Editorial: Holiday should be about making great memories

If you are looking to make memories this Fourth of July, you’re at the right place.

Between multiple fireworks shows in close proximity, parades, beaches, trails, inland bays and great food, this community is unparalleled in providing...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Beebe continuing to plan for future with projects

The rapidly-changing landscape of the healthcare industry has created a need for changes in every avenue, from insurance to care to the very way that hospitals and doctor offices operate and conduct their business.

With a keen eye on the...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:09pm

Editorial: Millsboro police trying out a new program

Recognizing what they considered to be a void in their service to the community, the Millsboro Police Department has begun a new program that they hope will better help their citizens.

Chief Brian Calloway said that he realized his...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:12pm

Editorial: Honoring those who battled during D-Day

Let’s take one minute away from the traffic, sun block and sand to recognize the efforts of some real-life, honest-to-goodness heroes, if you’ll indulge us.

Wednesday, June 6, marked the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the landing operations of...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:19pm

Editorial: Pay attention to all that is around you this summer

Memorial Day came and went last weekend, and most of us are back to our regular lives now. But some aren’t. 

A 73-year-old Ocean View man died over the weekend when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle. An alleged drunk driver...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:24pm

Editorial: This weekend is a time to reflect, remember

As it does every year, our nation will take some time this weekend to honor and remember those who gave their lives in defense of both our nation itself, and a way of life that this nation has represented since its creation.

Freedom and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:33pm

South Bethany elections drawing closer

The headline race in South Bethany’s May 26 election appears to be the mayoral contest between incumbent Patricia “Pat” Voveris and council member Tim Saxton, but there are also four candidates running for three seats on town council.


Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:30pm

Local police protect community every day

When there’s police activity in the area, the Point starts getting calls from readers wondering what’s going on and whether they should be concerned.

That was the case this week, as Ocean View police in the early hours of Wednesday morning...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:11pm

Voters get their say in school board races

Two seats are up for grabs on the Indian River School District school board — Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing for a five-year term in District 3, and Derek E. Cathell and Carla M. Ziegler are competing to finish a term in District...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:50pm

Earth Day should be celebrated every day

If you turn to page 32 of this week’s paper, you will find a vast array of events and cleanups this weekend to celebrate Earth Day. While it is fantastic that so many individuals and organizations have put forth the effort to honor and try to...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:05pm