Students offer blessing of a home to a local woman

Delmarva Christian High School students, on Monday of this week, got to see real-life reactions to one of their “J-Term” projects.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Sara Pletcher of AmeriCorps signs a ‘blessing’ on the framing of the home...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 3:59am

Markell proposes statewide curbside recycling

For those that have been waiting for just the right incentive to not chuck those water bottles and soda cans straight into the trash, how about trash haulers picking up your recyclables at the door for free?

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Gov. Jack...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:59am

Exercise Like the Eskimos pays tribute to late founder

When it comes to New Years resolutions, “getting more exercise” is typically at the top of most people’s lists, but for more than 300 brave souls, Jan. 1, 2010, gave them an opportunity to exercise a little differently. The 14th Annual Leo Brady...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:04am

EPA awards $3.2 million for water quality projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $3.2 million to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to improve water quality in Delaware.

The funds provide additional capital to Delaware’s...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:17pm

Being green means more green all the way around

Growing up in upstate New York, Collin O’Mara, now Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), saw firsthand what environmental and economic degradation can do to a community.

Coastal Point...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:46pm

Get real with the resolutions: Resolve to go green on a budget

There are always a top five or 10 things people resolve to do each January: lose weight, eat right, stop smoking, get out of debt…Whether they get accomplished or not is another story.

But, to add a little incentive to keeping the...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:42pm

Tree recycling a green option for post-holiday clean-up

Celebrants can start the new year right by recycling Christmas trees at a DNREC Community Yard Waste Site until Jan. 18. After removing all ornaments, wire and tinsel, Delaware residents can drop off their trees and other greens at any one of the...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:40pm

Internal struggles dominate CIB board meeting

After an almost year-long power struggle between the Center for the Inland Bays Board and the CIB Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – one of its standing committees – regarding a proposed diversity plan for members, things came to a head at last...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:09am

Students training for green jobs at Tech

When the going gets tough, the tough get green.

This past week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper was in Georgetown to meet with students, administration and guests at the Career Training Center at Sussex Technical High School. Often mentioned in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:08am

Health of area's wetlands get a mixed report

The health of the flat wetlands in Sussex County have been graded at a fair B+, but the health of the area’s riverine wetlands and tidal wetlands came in at a less-than-satisfactory D and D+, respectively, according to a new report card on the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:05am

Green energy supply growing in Fenwick

Since the adoption of a renewable-energy ordinance in Fenwick Island, there have been three permits issued for solar energy systems – one commercial and two residential – and there are two more permits for such systems pending, according to...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:19am

CIB committee learns about land trusts, nutrients

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Center for the Inland Bays heard from Wendy Baker of the Sussex County Land Trust and Bill Rohrer of the state’s Nutrient Management Program at their December meeting.

Baker explained that the...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:49am

Harold Schmidt show hits the road

“This gathering isn’t about saying goodbye to Harold. Instead it’s about saying ‘Good luck,’” said Sue Ryan, owner of the Good Earth Market and self-proclaimed president of the “Harold Schmidt Fan Club.”

Special to the Coastal Point •...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:34am

Buy local: go green, get the green flowing

One of the newest trends in “green” is buying local, but how exactly is buying local considered “green?”

Well, for starters, as with food and farming, when someone shops locally or buys a locally-crafted gift, they can ask the owner of the...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:45pm

Deck the halls with trains and trolleys

Having grown up as a young boy in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1940s and 1950s, William Day now recalls the excitement and wonder that arrived with each Christmas season. His father would bring out the train set that circled the Christmas...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:35pm

New concrete type gets perking in South Bethany

What do you get when you take away the sand in a standard concrete mixture? Pervious concrete!

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
A demonstration of pervious concrete on display at Lion Contractors.

Pervious concrete does exactly...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:10pm

HOA fighting Delmarva Power on interconnect and payment

For anyone driving near the intersection of Parker House and Beaver Dam roads near Ocean View, the two solar arrays with 12 panels each in the common area of the Forest Reach community, near the pool, may look pretty impressive, but they are only...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:03pm

Bethany ‘in front of the curve’ on solar power regs

In the second of their roundtable discussions on “green” technology, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members this week met with area experts on solar power installations, getting advice on how the town should regulate the industry as the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:28am

Former Eagle preaches invincible resolve

There’s no questioning the hardships that local business owners are facing in today’s economy, but with the right attitude and mentality, anything can be possible. That was the message that was sent last week to many area businesspeople by...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:23am

SEDAST turns 15 this weekend

This weekend, after the Thanksgiving Day repast has been polished off, art lovers will be able to walk off their holiday meal through the galleries and studios of the area’s most noted artists. There’s even an opportunity to get a head-start on...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:09am

Keeping time: Repairman puts in decades keeping local clocks running

Have a grandfather clock that just isn’t keeping time? Don’t get your pendulum all out of whack, just call Roland Murphy.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
Roland Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Grandfather Clock Repair, has been in the clock...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:05am

SEDAST raffle continues to benefit local art students

Next weekend, 18 of the area’s most noted artists and crafters will be opening their doors for the 15th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST), one of the area’s most highly anticipated art events each year. Galleries and...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:47am

Photographer captures local wildlife from the comfort of home

For many photographers, wildlife photography is about the thrill of the chase, going to far away places to capture scenes of exotic birds and animals, timing everything just right for that perfect shot. For Elaine W. Rifkin, it is still about the...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 8:03am

WEB EXCLUSIVE: 'Vietnam Mailbag' book event set for Nov. 12 in Selbyville

The Selbyville Library will host author Nancy Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Lynch will present the audience with a DVD slideshow presentation and talk about her book “Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972.” She will also be...

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 6:01am

New nature center kicks off programs in Bethany Beach

The Bethany Beach Nature Center offered the first of several planned interactive educational youth activity days at the center on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Nature Center is now open on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays until the first of the year and...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:09am

Solar power brings fame and fortune for Selbyville couple

When Carole and Ron Patton of Selbyville installed their solar panels, they didn’t think they would become celebrities, but that’s what happened.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming:
Carole and Ron Patton, customers of Clean Energy USA,...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:07am

Save money and the environment with green Thanksgiving tips

• Stay close to home, or take the train – Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when airports and highways are jam-packed with travelers trying to make it to Grandma’s house. Why not skip the headaches and save some carbon by sticking close to...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:05am

CIB staff comes to the rescue of entangled cormorant

Bird rescue isn’t exactly what the Center for Inland Bays staff specializes in – but, hey, when somebody is in need, who can say no?

Coastal Point • Submitted
Fishermen and a Center for the Inland Bays employee rescue a cormorant...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:02am

O'Mara links environmental, economic success in Delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Collin O’Mara had a message for the attendees of this year’s Today and Tomorrow Conference at Del Tech: Environmental responsibility and a sustainable economy do not have...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:00am

Energize Delaware program aims to cut energy use, save money

The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, created by the General Assembly in 2007 as a non-profit designed to “foster a sustainable energy future for the state,” has recently launched its “Energize Delaware” program. The program, now in its second...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 2:59am

Environmentalists meeting monthly for Green Drinks

There’s no requirement to imbibe green beer, absinthe or apple-tinis, but the eco-minded can enjoy some camaraderie and like-minded company at this month’s Green Drinks, to be held at Fish On! in Lewes on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Lewes Realtor...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:04am

New recycling drop-off center at Fresh Pond

While many municipalities in recent months have restructured their recycling service or changed their curbside recycling provider, or are considering doing so, people outside of town limits who are not curbside recycling customers now have a new...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 6:24am

Citizens group reaching out on Inland Bays

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays met on Wednesday to discuss their outreach projects and to honor state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th) and Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) for their assistance with House Concurrent...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 5:54am

Art, music, jeans and bling add up to fun

Looking for a place to rock the blue jeans and the bling this weekend? Look no further than the 8th Annual Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show, to benefit the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation. The ball will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 6:46am

DNREC issues permits on NRG’s emission plans

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara has issued a Secretary’s Order approving construction permits for air pollution control equipment at NRG’s Indian River power plant near Millsboro...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:26am

Freeman Fall Festival to conclude another successful season of the arts

This Saturday marks the close of yet another successful summer season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is wrapping it up big once again. The Second Annual Freeman Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 6:55am

Oyster project honored by Coastal America

The Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project, an ongoing effort to revitalize Eastern oysters in Delaware Bay, was honored with a 2008 Coastal America Partnership Award on Oct. 4 during a bayside ceremony held at the University of Delaware’s Coast...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:21pm

Annual birding weekend taking flight

Next weekend, the Quiet Resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island will be for the birds, as the area hosts the 2nd Annual Fall Birding Weekend, Oct. 16-18. More than a dozen different experiences will be available for birders and nature lovers...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:01pm

Carper visits booming renewable energy company

In just three years, Flexera, a Delaware-based renewable energy company, has grown from just three engineers to a staff of 26, including employees with expertise in areas ranging from sales and marketing to architecture and engineering to...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:16am

Seaside Country Store gets sun-powered

Good things come to those who wait, and Stephen and Amy Vickers waited more than a year to get their 120-solar-panel system installed at the Seaside Country Store. The process started 18 months ago and, as luck would have it, even planning that...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:13am

Milton home is tops in energy efficiency, and affordable

State and local officials were on hand recently for a ribbon-cutting on No. 1 energy-rated home in Delaware. The home is Colter Construction’s Allen model in the development of Sandstone, near Milton. Representatives from U.S. Rep. Mike Castle’s...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 4:00am

Coast Day gets even more environmentally friendly

Looking for a fun, free and educational way to spend your Sunday? Well, look no further! The University of Delaware’s 33rd Annual Coast Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Hosted by the University of...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:12am

Sustainable Delaware Conference set for Oct. 15-16

The 2009 Sustainable Delaware Conference will be held at Clayton Hall Conference Center in Newark, Del., the weekend of Oct. 15-16, with a free public day and expo on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference and green expo is...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:11am

CIB board votes to speed up coal ash clean-up

The Center for the Inland Bays board of directors voted at their quarterly meeting this week to pass a resolution concerning coal-ash mitigation for the Phase I and Delmarva landfills at Indian River Generating Station.

Citizens Advisory...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:05am

Safety inspectors on deck at Reliable Home Maintenance

“It’s only a deck.”

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Ed Dee checks out a house with three stories of decks. Dee recently joined the ranks at Reliable Home Maintenance to inspect and fix decks where safety may be compromised.


Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:28am

West 54 Café helps Fenwick area wake up

Route 54 serves as a high-traffic corridor for locals and visitors throughout the year, and now a new café and coffee shop is taking advantage of that fact. West 54 Café and Espresso Bar, which opened in early July, sits alongside the Shark’s...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 6:51am

Boardwalk Arts Festival slated for sunny weather this weekend

Summer may be winding down, but that means the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is right around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 12, nearly 120 artists, artisans and crafters will combine for the all-day event that is open to the public and...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 6:52am

Local car buyers getting Smart

From the inside looking out, it is hard to imagine that the Smart car is only 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide. The luxurious seats rival that of any Mercedes, and the trunk area isn’t all that different from what’s left in the back...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:48am

Fenwick adopts 33-foot height limit for wind systems

Special allowances for wind-energy systems might seem like a no-brainer in an overtly “green” town like Fenwick Island has been in recent years, but town council members paused this week to really delve into the logistics of wind turbines in a...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:44am

CAC keeps up pressure on inland bays issues

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays is keeping steadfast to their priorities on cleaning up the Inland Bays watershed. At their August meeting, in continuing their advocacy for cooling tower technology at the Indian...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:31am