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No fear for 2020

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Revelers celebrated the dawn of a new year by jumping in the ocean. These brave souls participated in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge in Bethany Beach.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:25pm

Registration begins for Selbyville candidates, voters

Selbyville is gearing up for its 2020 town council election. Prospective candidates and voters must register at Selbyville Town Hall by Monday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to run as a candidate must file a written Notice of...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:14pm

The site plan of the Grotto Pizza in Peninsula Crossing that was recently approved by the Millsboro Town Council.

Grotto Pizza to open with sports bar in Millsboro

Deflecting praise for working to bring a new, 212-seat Grotto Pizza with sports bar to Millsboro, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk smiled and said simply, “I like pizza.”

But Town Manager Sheldon Hudson credited Burk for excellent...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:13pm

DelDOT opts for wintertime closure for Armory Road

People spoke up, and DelDOT listened. After a public outcry over a potential summertime road closure of Armory Road (Route 20) near Dagsboro, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced this week that construction will instead be...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:11pm

Millsboro council annexes elementary school

The Millsboro Town Council, at its Monday, Jan. 6, meeting discussed a number of topics in the town.

 

Artwork could go on exhibit

 

The town council heard a request from a Millsboro Art League volunteer, asking that...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:09pm

Pair of Delaware Republican officials under fire after comments

Plans are in motion to replace Chris Rowe, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, who resigned after posting a gay slur on Facebook just before New Year’s Day.

“I’m going to take care of that promptly,” GOP Chairwoman Jane...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:06pm

Olga and Eric Tsavdar enjoy some time with their twins, Levi and Eliza -- the first babies born at Beebe Healthcare on Jan. 1, 2020.

New year brings double bundle of joy for family

The first baby of the new year is always a big deal in a hospital maternity ward — but the first baby in a new decade is even more special. When it’s twins, and the year is 2020, that’s a lot of twos, and a lot of excitement.

That’s...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:04pm

New Frankford police chief makes first report to council

Frankford’s new police chief announced at the Jan. 6 Frankford Town Council meeting that he is in the process of obtaining Narcan — an anti-overdose medication used to counteract opioid overdoses — for the town police vehicle.

Police Chief...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:59pm

Millsboro looks ahead to 2020 with growth and charm in mind

As they begin the new year, Millsboro officials are focusing on maintaining the town’s notable quaintness while keeping pace with brisk growth.

At the first town council meeting of 2020, a site plan was approved for Grotto Pizza to build a...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:56pm

Frankford forms appeals board to address structures

The Frankford Town Council has approved creation of a four-member Appeals Board that will investigate and hear appeals regarding dilapidated houses in the town.

The board members are Kyle Quillen, Duane Beck, Priscilla Schoolfield and Pam...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:55pm

Massey’s Ditch dredging begins

Massey’s Ditch in Long Neck, a navigation channel in the Inland Bays, will be dredged during a $3.6 million project starting this month.

Dredging was scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Jan. 6, and take 31 days.

The channel runs...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:49pm

Local roofer Steve Lannon suffered injuries during a fall in December. The injuries sustained will likely result in paraplegia, so his sister Teresa Gallagher is organizing a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with medical costs.

Funds being raised for Millville roofer after traumatic fall

As Steve Lannon — a local roofer in Bethany Beach — fights to recover after falling about 30 feet, friends are posting messages and donating to a GoFundMe account organized by his sister.

Lannon, 62, an ardent Washington Redskins fan who...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:31pm

For these young asylum-seekers, happiness can be found in a new backpack.

Local women seek support for Asylum Seekers Project

Spurred on by a desire to be of some humanitarian assistance to thousands of men, women and children asylum-seekers in Mexico awaiting entrance at the Texas border, Sussex County residents Jessica Clark and Debi Goebel found St. Peter’s & St...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:25pm

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will review applications for 227 single-family homes near Dirickson Creek and Bayard — proposed housing developments called Old Mill Landing South (center, highlighted) and Old Mill Landing North (just above).

Neighbors to demand responsible development at meeting

When a large group of residents speaks out about the proposed Old Mill Landing developments, they won’t be trying stop development. They say they know that’s not likely. But they planned to encourage responsible development at the Sussex County...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:41pm

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Winter traffic

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:27am

OV, SB approve police partnership

Fenwick officials still mulling agreement

Two towns have signed on, but Fenwick Island isn’t quite ready to approve a three-town police partnership. The Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. to further discuss and possibly approve a...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:25am

South Bethany talking cats

Bill Murphy and his family were beyond disgusted when a colony of feral cats broke in and made themselves at home in his South Bethany house several winters ago.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy had explained several years ago. “When we...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:23am

South Bethany wants eastside parking ‘restricted to people who pay taxes’

The South Bethany Town Council is considering a residents-only parking zone on the entire east side of Route 1. As they prepare for town-wide parking permit requirements next summer, the proposed restriction was an idea to keep beachfront parking...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:21am

A rundown on the proposed offshore wind farm

When it comes to discussions of the proposed offshore Skipjack Wind Farm and the related proposals to bring cables carrying the wind-generated power ashore at the Fenwick Island State Park, there seem to be two — maybe three — schools of thought...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:19am

Pets and humans invited to state park hikes

Those whose pets are feeling the urge to get outside this winter can take them on a hike. Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting pet owners to a naturalist-guided hike in January and February. Humans and their pets can socialize while they all...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:16am

From digging in the dirt to corporate sponsorships, Friends of the Bays were honored for their contributions, pictured here with CIB staff.

From bays to board room, CIB volunteers get stuff done

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter

 

Delaware volunteers are using their backs, brains and businesses to help serve the local ecosystem, and on Dec. 13, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) celebrated the partnerships...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:13am

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are: Gus Catlin-Brown, Raylyn Brown, Vada Lynch, Wyatt Lynch, Raylya Brown, Chief Corrigan and Master Cpl. William Bant of the Delaware State Police Community Outreach at Troop 4.

Frankford police chief hosts community lunch

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are:...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:10am

Mariner’s Bethel UMC urges people to ignore scam

The pastors of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View are warning church members to ignore an e-mail scam asking for money.

The e-mails, they said, state that donations given would be used to assist someone in exigency....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects sought in armed robbery near Frankford

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred on Sunday night near Frankford.

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Monday, December 30, 2019 - 8:55am

Participants in a past Exercise Like the Eskimos event take off to start the new year with a splash.

Community ready to Exercise Like the Eskimos for new year

As many as 300 shivering, spirited souls will participate in the 24th annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge, braving the cold Atlantic waters on New Year’s Day while raising money for scholarships.

Sponsored by the Bethany-...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:53pm

Public input sought on potential Armory Road summer closure

People can speak up now about a proposed road project that will cause a four-week detour of Armory Road, possibly during the summer of 2020.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has set up a “virtual workshop” website for the...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:48pm

The reception area at Beebe’s Millville emergency department is beginning to take shape.

Beebe’s Millville campus on schedule for ED to open in May 2020

As the new year waits just around the corner, Beebe Healthcare is in the final months of construction of its new South Coastal Campus on Route 17 in Millville.

The project, for which construction costs had been estimated at $48 million, is...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:43pm

Selbyville Public Library will add this month’s Delaware Library Association grant to other local contributions, helping to feed the community all summer long.

Selbyville library earns grant money to feed more

In summertime, public libraries can function like a community center. The Selbyville Public Library serves up information, education, games — and they’re also winning grants to serve more meals than ever.

Thanks to several prizes and...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:37pm

The Fenwick Freeze has become a beloved tradition in Fenwick Island every New Year’s Day.

Friends’ chilly tradition now an annual event

It started with a group of friends wanting to continue their neighborhood New Year’s celebration by jumping into the ocean.

As one does.

The Fenwick Freeze has been an official town event for 16 years according to Becca McWilliams,...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:33pm

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 11:15am

Deadline for state park improvements survey extended

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has extended the Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey deadline to Jan. 15, 2020. The extension is to allow further input regarding improvements to the park that are...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:45am

IRSD has one more Food Pantry weekend

Families of Indian River School District students can still access the district’s free food pantry for one more week before the winter holiday. The IRSD Parent Center Food Pantry will be open on Friday, Dec. 20, from 9:30 a.m....

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:26am

Millsboro man arrested on heroin-sales charges

The Delaware State Police this week arrested 27-year-old Desmone J. Justice of Millsboro following an investigation into the alleged sale of illegal drugs.

On Dec. 13, police reported, members of the...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:11am

Fenwick Island Town Council looks at drainage issues

Fenwick Island Town Council members and residents heard a report at the Dec. 6 council meeting regarding how municipalities can more effectively address the drainage issues common in coastal towns.

Debbie Pfeil of KCI Technologies...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:08am

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 23-25, for the Christmas holiday, and on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended on Sept....

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:06am

Local businessman comes to aid of police officer

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is publicly thanking a local businessman who rushed to the aid of a police officer as he attempted to arrest a man who was kicking and striking him.

McLaughlin said...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:03am

Millsboro officials are beginning to settle on the details of the new town hall design.

Millsboro council proceeds to detail stage of town hall design

Members of the Millsboro Town Council are hoping to incorporate cypress wood into its interior when the new town hall is built, since the bald cypress tree has historical importance.

Delaware’s only...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:59am

Larry Corrigan, after serving with the Delaware State Police and several other local police forces, has taken the reins of the restored Frankford Police Department.

Corrigan settles in to new role as Frankford police chief

Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is the kind of person whose presence fills a room. He’s an imposing guy, standing well over 6 feet tall.

And he might be (literally and figuratively) the biggest cheerleader...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:56am

Dagsboro council reorganizes with Baull remaining mayor

Following a Dec. 7 election, resulting in the three incumbents all winning their seats back for new two-year terms, the Dagsboro Town Council started off its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, by re-organizing.

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Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:52am

Survey asks what public wants in downtown Selbyville

Selbyville could be on the cusp of a major downtown boost. As local leaders brainstorm how to revitalize the old shopping district, they are asking for public input. Both residents and visitors to Selbyville are being invited to fill out an...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:50am

IRSD school-choice debates end with a capacity-limit change

With Delaware’s annual school-choice application period closing in a few weeks, the Indian River School District is trying to get their ducks in a row before the school district evaluates the 2020-2021 applications.

After months of debate...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:48am

County Council approves Ocean View-area apartments but limits number to 16

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the zoning change requested by Gulfstream Development needed to build an apartment complex in Ocean View, but sliced the number of units allowed from the requested 45 to...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:45am

Delaware could be looking at some radical changes designed to simplify and improve educational funding, according to, from left, Neil Kirschling, Richard Morse and Mark Steele at a League of Women Voters forum.

Experts think it’s time for education funding reform

Lawsuit and legislators could decide what that means

It’s an important issue, and it’s complicated: how to pay for the education of young Delawareans who will make up the generations running the world in the years to come.

Delaware’s system of educational funding isn’t completely broken, but...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:46pm

DNREC, Mountaire enter into agreements to address violations

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control announced this week that it had signed an agreement with Mountaire Farms of Delaware on Dec. 13 to resolve violations of spray-irrigation and land-application permits that were cited...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:42pm

WEB EXTRA: Volunteers to pack meal boxes for Thanksgiving at Christmas

Volunteers will gather at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to pack boxes of food the less fortunate will receive in time for Christmas.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:01pm

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Everyone’s in the spirit

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 8:08am

Resolution asks that Fenwick be involved in wind-farm talks

The proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware, and improvements the wind farm developer is offering to make to Fenwick Island State Park in return for access to the park for a transmitting station, were the main focus of the Friday, Dec. 6,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:55am

Record-low turnout for Dagsboro Town Council election

Incumbents retain seats for new two-year terms

There will be no changes to the three Dagsboro Town Council seats that were up for grabs last Saturday, Dec. 7, in the municipal election held at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall.

Incumbent council members Theresa Ulrich,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:52am

County council defers on Ocean View-area apartments

After hearing objections to a zoning change request that would permit a three-building apartment complex to be built near Ocean View, the Sussex County Council on Dec. 10 unanimously voted to postpone their vote until next week.

They are...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Millsboro continuing town hall talks

The Millsboro Town Council planned to meet for a special session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, to continue discussing plans for a new town hall and relocation of the police department.

Council members also planned to determine the amount...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:47am