Native plant list available online

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA) and the University of Delaware (UD) have teamed up to develop a Native Plant Nurseries List. The list was developed to satisfy the increasing...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:39am

DNREC begins recreation water quality testing

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) this week announced that water quality testing of Delaware’s guarded swimming beaches and nine freshwater ponds began May 10 and would continue through September....

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:32am

Lewes farmers' market to open this weekend

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open for its fifth season on Saturday, May 29, (Memorial Day weekend) and run through Oct. 9. The market will be held at the Lewes Historical Society complex at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:31am

Universal-recycling bill clears General Assembly

“Universal recycling” will soon be a reality in the First State. The State House of Representatives approved legislation to create the program on May 11, sending it to the governor to be signed into law. Gov. Jack Markell has made the passage of...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:05pm

Gardeners going native at annual plant sale

The sixth annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale is set for Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View (off of Cedar Neck Road). Five nurseries will offer thousands of native plants; trees...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:48am

Carney joins local officials to oppose offshore drilling

With the majestic Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, at the tip of the Great Dune at Cape Henlopen State Park, John Carney – Democratic candidate for Congress and former lieutenant governor – stood with friends and fellow politicians on May 6 to...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:33am

Farmer's markets to screen 'Food Inc.'

Moviegoers can help kick off the farmers’ market season with what organizers called “a thought-provoking movie that illustrates the dangers of a food system controlled by powerful corporations who don’t want you to see, to think about or to...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:19am

Fab Report: Every day is a walk on the red carpet

Have you ever looked at those glossy pictures in magazines, with celebrities posing in exquisite, sparkling gowns at movie premieres?

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Veronica Townsend and prom date James Bunting on the red carpet at...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:04am

Knuckleheads fuse raw sound with rock and folk ties

For many young, up-and-coming musicians, playing festivals and shows is a great way to make money and get their name out there. For the Knuckleheads, there’s much simpler reason to do so.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
The Knuckleheads...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:55pm

Volunteers find opportunities 'for the birds'

The adult great horned owl with wide yellow eyes looked extremely small in the brown box on the floor in the back room of the Bethany Beach Nature Center. He had been found on the edge of a field in Berlin, Md., and was in the process of being...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:53pm

Brownie Troop 1126 goes green

Under a cloudless sky, with glaring sun and near-perfect temperatures, Brownie Troop 1126 got a tour of Good Earth Market and Organic Farm last week and even got to pot their own tomato plants, in an effort to extend Earth Day festivities beyond...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:46pm

Earth Day thoughts

Last week was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, in 1970. Few serious environmental campaigners have much interest anymore in Earth Day, which is mostly now celebrated by big polluters “greenwashing” themselves. But it is still a good...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:43pm

Barefoot Gardeners assist in Arbor Day tree planting

Soaking up the sunshine late last week, the Barefoot Gardeners Club of Fenwick Island Communities, had a tree planted at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville, in honor of Arbor Day.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:40pm

Stormwater-pond maintenance workshop offered to public

Property owners living in a community or development in Sussex County who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are being encouraged to attend a free two-hour workshop being offered Wednesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:38pm

Workshop focuses on making solar affordable

The Milton Public Library will be host a public presentation, “Making Solar Electricity Affordable” on May 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tom Collucci of Eastern Energy in Milford will be discussing solar panel technology, and how state and federal...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:38pm

Green your birth

In a world full of technology and choices, sometimes taking a step back and looking at the big picture of birth can do more wonders than any cocktail of drugs available. At the end of the day, babies know when to come, and mothers have an...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:35pm

Cambodia trip takes couple to see artisans, antiques

Every winter, Kimberly Grimes and Marco Hernandez leave their South Bethany shop, Made by Hand, to travel abroad. But rather than visiting typical tourist spots, their destinations are the locales where the fair-trade products sold in their store...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 1:46pm

Local band follows while leading

In the Bible’s story of the Gospels, the Talmidim, (plural form of “talmud”) were followers of Jesus. In Hebrew, the term “talmud” means means “disciple.” Through music, six local individuals have come together, with the goal of acting as...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:31am

Toomey turns childhood lesson into award-winning career

It takes a special person to be a teacher. As with many professions, it is more than a job, or even a career. It is a calling. And for Donna Toomey, Frankford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, it is a calling that came from turning a...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:29am

Story time, on a telephone near you

Carol Fitzgerald, director of Sussex County’s libraries, is encouraging the parents of young children to consider an alternative to the video games, DVDs and Internet – a retro choice for entertaining youngsters with the joy of reading, apart...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:26am

ReStore workers aim to help customers, and Habitat

Doug Coulter, a home renovator from Millville, happened into the ReStore building last week during its second-anniversary festivities.

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver
Among those helping out at Sussex Habitat for...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 7:59am

New software helps put Selbyville police on the map

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:50am

Proposed grid could make offshore wind power more reliable

The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural...

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:19am

Troop 282 named Troop of the Year

On March 13, at Saint John’s Methodist Church in Seaford, Boy Scout Troop 281 took top honors as Troop of the Year at the Boy Scouts of America Annual Sussex District Recognition Brunch. Scoutmaster Tom Roth was presented the award by District...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:08am

South Coastal Library more than just books

South Coastal Library’s library circulation and volunteer supervisor, Pricilla Scott, now has a new title to add to her job description. Scott was recently given the role of publicist for the Bethany Beach library.

“I am trying to talk to...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:31am

All-in: Cracking aces with suited connectors

In past columns, we’ve analyzed the strength of starting hands, or hole cards, in Texas Hold’em poker. As anyone who understands the game could tell you, a starting hand of pocket aces has the best odds of winning over any other two cards in the...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:19am

Berlin business makes painting and home improvement green

Sometimes, it takes seeing things done the wrong way to really drive home that there is a better way to get things done. For Ryan and Shane Murphy of Berlin, Md., becoming a “green” company was sort of a natural step.

Ryan said he has...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:14am

Holistic health the focus of April 24 fair

It seems everyone is talking about it these days: healthcare. It’s on the news, in the papers, on the Internet. It’s taking over Facebook. It’s everywhere.

For a slightly different take on healthcare and what it means to you, the 17th...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:10am

Study finds water pollution from IR coal-ash waste

The case for the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop sitting on a delayed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-ash site contamination rule is even stronger than it first appeared to be, according to a major new report from...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:09am

Happy Birthday to Earth Day!

Forty years ago, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin shared his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the importance of preserving the environment. His proposed action was conceived after traveling to Santa Barbara, Calif. soon after a...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:07am

It's time to get shredding

Want to get rid of the mounds of paper in the house and the tax returns from 1980? Afraid the hoarding shows on television are hitting too close to home? Well, what better way to celebrate Earth Day and the weeks surrounding it than to get rid of...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:05am

The Stims unite creativity and experience in acoustic duo

In the realm of autism, “the stims” (short for stimulations) refers to an uncontrollable physical or audio release in an individual. For Zach Coffman and Brian Mahoney, better known as The Stims, the notion is rooted into their passion for music...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:08am

Local Chamber of Commerce shares its success

Serving the best interests of the economy of Delaware and Maryland’s coastline can be a difficult task, with a balance of agriculture and real estate, year-round activities and events and a seasonal schedule that demands careful attention. But,...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:04pm

State Energy Office and SEU's energize Delaware

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Energy Office and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility’s (SEU) Energize Delaware are teaming up at this year’s Delaware Great Green Expo on Saturday, March 20 to...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 2:43pm

Volunteers needed for beach grass planting

Environmental enthusiasts, families and students are being encouraged to volunteer for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 20, at beach locations along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.


Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 4:55am

Gallery One 'Going Green' through April 1

Gallery One in Ocean View this announced their new show, “Going Green,” the first show for 2010, which features 16 local artists displaying their interpretation of the show’s title.

“This is the first of monthly challenges for the gallery...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:21am

Gallery One 'Going Green' through April 1

Gallery One in Ocean View this announced their new show, “Going Green,” the first show for 2010, which features 16 local artists displaying their interpretation of the show’s title.

“This is the first of monthly challenges for the gallery...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:21am

Deadline extended in annual Arbor Day Poster Contest

The Delaware Forest Service is inviting schoolchildren in grades K-5 to join its 2010 Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are Terrific... and Energy Wise,” and this year’s deadline has been extended to March 22 because of...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:13am

Local families have egg-citing hobby

Although Delmarva is known for its chicken industry, the days of having backyard hens seemed to have gone the way of the dodo for a while. With the fast-paced life of ample development and grocery stores on every corner, rural Delmarva seemed to...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:16pm

Geothermal systems old-hat to local company

In the world of all things green, everybody’s an expert. Well, not everybody. As “green” has gotten more popular in the past few years, it has become increasingly hard to tell who really knows their stuff and who’s just jumping on a bandwagon. So...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:11pm

IR Chili Cook-off spices up sports program

Despite wintery temperatures lingering outside, things got heated last Saturday at Indian River High School’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off, which garnered more than a dozen entries and helped raise hundreds of dollars for the school’s athletic...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:51pm

Green Business Forum set for March 26

The Mid-Atlantic Green Business Forum will be held March 26, 2010, in Baltimore, Md. Sessions include Moving Your Business Toward Sustainability, Energy Trends Now and for the Future, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Clean...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:27am

Local dog has his day, thanks to holistic vet

Integrative health care is not only for humans, it’s for the dogs, as well.

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Lance Fargo with his Weimaraner, Blitz. Blitz has been through alot following a 12-foot fall onto concrete when he was nine months old.


Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:54am

Carper touts new Clean Air regulations

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) came to Ocean View on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, to discuss his three-pollutant, or “3P,” legislation, in an exclusive interview with the Coastal Point.

The legislation, part of the Clean Air Act amendments of 2010...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:23am

Habitat cuts ribbon on new Georgetown office

Under the cold, gray skies of an impending snow storm, hearts were warmed at Habitat for Humanity’s celebration blessing and ribbon-cutting on their new permanent home on Academy Street in Georgetown. Guests included U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:30am

Energy consulting firm offers advice for saving, going green

“Going green” is no longer a trend. For many, it’s here to stay. With gas prices still volatile at best, and the money state government has provided for grants and rebates for energy-efficiency projects not expected to last forever, if there is...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:49am

Fenwick couple gets two kinds of green

For Fenwick Island Town Councilwoman Vicki Carmean and her husband, Wayne, getting solar panels has been something they have thought long and hard about, and in the end, as with many decisions, money was the deciding factor.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:38am

Going green in shades of rose red and chocolate

“Produced with child labor,” “toxic,” “laced with pesticides and herbicides that have been banned in the U.S.”

Maybe not the words one might envision written on their bouquet of roses or on the box of chocolates they receive this...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:33am

St. Ann's Darcy discusses his vocation

For Father Michael Darcy, of the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach, becoming a priest felt like a natural progression. As a teenager, he thought about becoming a priest and spent a lot of time active in his home parish.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 4:51pm

IR Science Fair showcases scientists of tomorrow

Say “So long” to that styrofoam solar system and “Bon voyage” to the baking soda-and-vinegar volcano. Last week, for the first time in well over a decade, Indian River High School students presented months of research and data in the form of...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:54am