Earth Day marked at Good Earth Market

Good Earth Natural Market and Organic Farm held its annual Earth Day celebration this past Saturday, April 25.

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Susan Ryan poses with a sign boasting the benefits of organic.
Customers came in and...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:55pm

Volunteers needed to help with horseshoe crab survey

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2009 survey of the spawning horseshoe crab population in the Inland Bays.

On Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Inland Bays on Inlet Road, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge, Dr....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:52pm

CIB meeting to discuss coal ash

The public is being invited to attend the Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting of the Center for the Inland Bays on Tuesday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the CIB located on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of the Indian...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:05am

Native plants series being offered by CIB

One way to go green and stay there is to plant native plants, as opposed to non-native species that can take more water, more energy and more work than their native counterparts. To elaborate on the benefits of going native, the Center for Inland...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:38am

Calling all cell-phone losers

We’ve all had it happen: A co-worker or family member heads out for a few hours. You call them on their cell phone to relay a message or ask them to pick up a gallon of milk, only to hear the distinctive sound of their phone’s ringtone coming...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:28am

Fair to focus on renewable energy

Delaware Renewable Energy is hosting their second annual Renewable Energy Fair on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bay Center in Dewey Beach. At last year’s event, they had about 275 guests and about 10 vendors. This year, the...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:30am

Special Easter service to fill historic church

Barratt’s Chapel – the oldest house of worship built by and for a Methodist Society that is still in
use in the United States – will once again come alive with an intimate one-of-a-kind Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 6:37am

Fenwick’s Keller a star of local environmentalism

Fenwick Island and its residents are no novices when it comes to the environmental movement or the idea of “going green.” The town has had an environmental committee for more than five years now, and they have a successful oyster-gardening...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:58am

Get green this Earth Day: Go outside!

Much like the grassroots campaign known as Earth Hour (which was celebrated only for the third time on Saturday, March 28 — with a goal of reaching more than 1 billion people — in which people all across the globe turned out the lights in a...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:55am

Taking social networking to the next level

We’ve had a great response in the last two weeks to our new Coastal Point Facebook page, with dozens of new “fans” and an ever-expanding network of “friends” for our staff. It looks like some of our friends and fans are relatively new to Facebook...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:31am

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

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Linda Maxwell was recently named Teach of the Year at Frankford...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:05am

Users flock to social networking site

Judging by the attention it’s been getting in the mainstream media lately, social networking seems to have come into its own. No longer are Facebook and MySpace the isolated bastion of college students. No longer is Twitter just the sound a bird...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:47pm

Environmental Appeals Board dismisses Zak case

In an auditorium speckled with both supporters – some holding signs that read “Hear Bill Zak,” and “Coal Ash is Toxic” – and DNREC officials and employees, Bill Zak of Citizens for Clean Power made his case to the state’s Environmental Appeals...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:14pm

Fenwick approves limited fees for solar installations

At their monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 27, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted to consider a resolution to modify the building permit fees for the installation of solar panels.

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The Fenwick Island Town...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:27pm

A new kind of Ash Wednesday

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

This Margaret Mead quote sums up the intent of a Sierra Club forum on coal ash – held, interestingly...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:22pm

Bethany’s Holiday Inn Express goes green

The Holiday Inn Express in Bethany Beach, along with the one in Rehoboth Beach and the Atlantis Inn in Rehoboth Beach – all owned by Atlantic Management – have been recognized as Delaware Green Lodging Hotels by the Department of Natural...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:20pm

Coast Guard honors rescuers in October boat accident

On Friday, Feb. 20, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) took time to honor those who risked their lives to save five mariners last fall, when their 18-foot vessel was swamped by a rogue wave and capsized 7 miles off of Rehoboth Beach. Six...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:58pm

Financial troubles won't affect wind farm

Bluewater Wind’s offshore wind project is going full-speed ahead, despite news in the past weeks of owner Babcock & Brown restructuring of its corporate debt.

The restructuring agreement with Babcock & Brown’s banking syndicate...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:06am

Coal ash forum set for Feb 25 in Georgetown

The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is hosting “Coal Ash in Your Backyard,” a free community forum on the problems surrounding the piles of contaminated coal ash stored at the Indian River Power Plant. The forum will be held Wednesday, Feb 25...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:46pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:45pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:44pm

Conference offers hopeful look at nutrient management

With snow on the ground and weather-related cancellations galore, about 140 people still came out to the Nutrient Management Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. The conference focused on both the success of the Nutrient Management Program,...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:37pm

Creative Concepts offers window on energy efficiency

Blinds and window treatments might not be the first things that come to mind when thinking about “going green” or energy efficiency, but they sure can be on the list, since controlling the interaction between the inside and the outside of a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:35pm

Rehoboth Art League steps it up

The Rehoboth Art League has been promoting artists and arts education for more than 70 years, offering exhibits and programs that stimulate the mind and capture the essence of Delaware. Now, under new executive director Karen McGrath – and with a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:22pm

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:28pm

IR athletics starts cookin'

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of chili on a brisk winter day, and members of Indian River High’s athletic department are taking full advantage of that fact. Next month, the high school will host the First Annual Indian River...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:18am

Environmentalists still looking at light, power

Fenwick Island’s Environmental Committee was back to business in the new year at its meeting this past week. Some of the items on their agenda included a possible recommendation to the town council that it write a letter to state natural...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:31am

Group claims DNREC blocked suit against NRG

In the first days of 2009, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) sued Indian River Power Plant LLC (NRG), owner and operator of the Indian River power plant in Millsboro, over more than 5,000 emissions...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:29am

Sussex County middle schools accept Rachel's Challenge

April 20, 1999 – The date has been forever etched into the minds of parents and children alike as the nation’s most shocking school-shooting of its time. Just hearing the words “Columbine,” or “Littleton, Colorado,” gives chills to many people....

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:11am

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch....

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:07am

Tennessee coal-ash spill elevates concerns

With news of one of the nation’s largest-ever coal-ash spills in Tennessee last week, it’s only natural that local residents are thinking about the repercussions should something similar happen in Sussex County. As residents and property owners...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:37am

South Bethany gives green light to green agenda

South Bethany has big green plans for 2009. Their Water Quality Committee, chaired by Councilman Jay Headman, is tasked with four main environmentally-focused objectives: educating the community about stormwater management and water quality,...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:36am

Selbyville couple uses the sun to go green

Like two excited kids with a science experiment, Carole and Ron Patten of Selbyville proudly check their electric meter every day to see how much it has electricity it has generated. After installing a 24-panel solar system last fall, they have...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:43am

Local green trend expected to continue into the new year

Town across Sussex County, as well as the country as a whole, will be stepping it up in 2009 to continue efforts to go green. The last few years have already seen great strides toward environmental friendliness in the area, and that trend is...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:39am

Green Notes

Web site showcases scenic trails at state parks

Winter is the perfect time to experience the Delaware Bay’s unique and surprising amenities – minus all the crowds, state natural resources officials noted recently, adding that the “Thank...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:37am

Taking a look back at the year in 'green'

Dec. 26 has to be the most depressing day of the year. There’s nothing like Christmas and the holiday season to make you re-think what life is about, why we do the things we do and what it all means anyway.

Last year, frustrated with the...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:34am

Time ticking down on analog TV broadcasts

I received a recorded message from my satellite television provider a few weeks ago, letting me know that if I’d like to upgrade my equipment, I could receive the new digital television broadcasts right through my satellite box, with no...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:08am

UD Professor leaves lasting legacy in book on 'Man and Nature'

Colleagues, friends, associates and family gathered in Georgetown on Tuesday for the release and book signing of the final work of the late Dr. William H. Williams, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware.

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Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:03am

Soap project to aid local shelter

After facing a lack of funding at the beginning of this year, Diakonia – a homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Md. – was in dire straights. They knew something had to be done or they wouldn’t be able to provide emergency food and housing...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:44am

BlueWater Wind aimed to start project in Spring

Representatives of BlueWater Wind offered an update on the company’s planned wind farm project off the coast of Rehoboth Beach at the meeting of the Sussex County Council on Dec. 9 and gave some answers to questions council members had about the...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:08am

New book celebrates appeal of Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a strange mix of timeless history and new tradition. Each year, the beach community swells as more and more people escape their previously hectic city lives for a taste of seaside serenity. And for many who have been taken in by...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:58am

CIB committee looks at fly ash, wastewater treatment options

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays met on Friday, Dec. 5, in Lewes. The committee and members of the public heard from Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey; David Goss, executive...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:36am

SEDAST returns with fresh faces

With families and friends returning to the shore for the holiday weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, for many, the Thanksgiving holiday brings with it something else: The SouthEastern Delaware Artist...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:52pm

Delaware organic producers to receive cost-share assistance

Under a cooperative agreement between the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) and the Agriculture Marketing Service-United States Department of Agriculture (AMS/USDA), eligible Delaware organic crop and livestock producers can now apply for...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:50pm

Good Earth aims to keep customers healthy through winter

This past Saturday, Nov. 22, Good Earth Market once again held their Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Compassionate Care Hospice. Plenty of healthy contributors throughout the community brought in their areas of expertise, including...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:42pm

Organic farming made easier and cheaper

While Delaware may be years behind some states in realizing the importance of organic farming as both a niche market and a health conscious way to do business, it is catching on.

The Delaware Organic Food and Farming Association (DOFFA),...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:38pm

Delaware Does More--Neighbors helping neighbors all winter long

Delaware Does More – a collaborative effort among local non-profits, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and others – kicked off Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford storage facility. Proposed by the food bank and...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:56pm

Wii putting the ‘we’ in many holidays

After two years of short supplies that have sent many a parent heading to eBay or home in discouragement, supplies of the popular Wii video game console are finally showing signs of freeing up, just in time for the 2008 holidays.


Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:52pm

Local projects aim to put extra portions on needy plates

Most U.S. households waste more food that they can imagine or would like to admit, and the United States collectively throws away a full quarter of its food. And restaurants – known these days for over-sized portions and being strangers to the “...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:13am

Lively fall and winter scene ahead

While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 2:45pm