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Sussex County staff get trained in fair housing rules

The Sussex County Council, at an informational workshop on fair housing on Tuesday afternoon, discussed what is known as NIMBY— “Not in my back yard.”

NIMBY is illegal, explained Jarrod Elwell, director of civic engagement and fair housing...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Travel advisor Duane Whitman will talk about new and future ‘Out of this World’ experiences at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and other new attractions throughout Walt Disney World in an event this Saturday at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View.

Travel advisor to talk about ‘out of this world’ experiences at Disney World

“If you’ve ever wanted to step inside and be part of the interplanetary worlds you’ve seen in ‘Star Wars’ movies, you have the opportunity now at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World,” said Glass Slipper Concierge Duane Whitman.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:57am

The Long Cottage is one of the many homes available to view on the 2019 Historical Coastal Towns tour.

The Long Cottage on North Second Street welcomes you in

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:49am

Greetings from the Peverley House

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:47am

Cooley to show whimsical ceramics at Gallery One

Gallery One announced this week that Rehoboth Beach-based ceramic artist John Cooley has joined Gallery One. His work is now on displayed in the Artisan’s Room.

“The artists of Gallery One in Ocean View are excited to welcome John Cooley....

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:42am

Evergreene Homes hosted a Meet-the-Artist event on Saturday, Sept. 7, with Cheryl Wisbrock and Ellen Rice.

Evergreene Homes hosts Wisbrock, Rice at Meet-the-Artist event

Evergreene Homes on the afternoon of Sept. 7 hosted local artists Cheryl Wisbrock and Ellen Rice at the Tidal Walk community in Ocean View. Attendees of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival were invited to the Meet-the-Artist Happy Hour in...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:14am

Seeking light home projects for Selbyville Rock the Block

Need a hand, Selbyville? Homeowners who need some help with light chores or outdoor maintenance can sign up for Rock the Block, a community event on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Local volunteers will be...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 11:22am

Patriotic members of the community showed up on Friday, Sept. 6, to offer their support to Warrior Beach Week families in a Heroes Welcome Home parade.

Vets, families celebrated

It’s about 11 miles from the Marketplace at Sea Colony to the Bayside community west of Fenwick Island. The trip takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

On Friday, Sept. 6, starting around 4:45 p.m., in blustery, damp weather...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:30pm

Dagsboro council to discuss effects of water-rate hike

Following last month’s notice from the Town of Millsboro that it was significantly increasing their water rates, Dagsboro officials have been scrambling to figure out how exactly the Town would be able to make up the difference in cost when they’...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:24pm

School district new finance director

It took a few tries, but the Indian River School District has hired a new Director of Business. Tammy Smith was set to begin her duties on Sept. 10.

Smith most recently worked in the private sector, and was previously employed in the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:23pm

Millville park breaks ground

Officials from the Town of Millville and the Whayland Co. break ground on the town’s new park on Tuesday, Sept. 10, setting in motion a project four years in the making. The park, located off Dukes Drive and Route 26, will eventually include...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:17pm

Millsboro teen arrested following alleged gun threat at Sussex Tech

After a fight in the hallway of Sussex Technical High School, a Millsboro student allegedly made veiled threats that resulted in a felony arrest.

Editor's Note: Coastal Point editorial policy is to not identify minors who...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Bethany voters re-elect incumbents in council election

Bethany Beach voters turned out on a sunny Saturday afternoon this week, casting their ballots in the annual town council election to the usual backdrop of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. Three seats were up for election this year,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:58pm

Volunteers are the backbone of the Delaware Botanic Gardens, according to organizers.

Delaware Botanic Gardens officially opens on Monday

After years of hard work, the moment has finally arrived: The Delaware Botanic Gardens will officially open to the public this week, with regular hours beginning on Monday, Sept. 16.

It’s a moving experience, said volunteer Jane Peters,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:55pm

The Greater Millsboro Art League’s Deb Doucette is looking for grants and public monies to make improvements to the building.

Millsboro Art League desperate for improvements

Touched by how much a mother, father and their children enjoyed Family Fun Night at the Greater Millsboro Art League, the way they gathered for dinner, then painted together, talking and laughing, without a cell phone in sight, Deb Doucette...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:52pm

Emergency prep workshop reminds people to plan early

Any emergency is stressful, whether it’s heart attack while weeding the garden, or a nor’easter pummeling the shore. Between Delaware’s vulnerability to coastal storms and life’s other stressful surprises, people need to prepare for emergencies...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:49pm

Millville approves natural gas coming to town

The Millville Town Council has approved a non-exclusive agreement with Chesapeake Utilities Corp. for potential future distribution of natural and mixed gas within the town.

The agreement comes about a year after Chesapeake Utilities...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:47pm

Ocean View investing in traffic safety project

In an effort to address bicycle and pedestrian safety, the Ocean View Town Council this week approved $35,000 for a traffic safety project, which will be undertaken by the town’s Planning, Zoning & Development Department.

Ken Cimino,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:46pm

The Poffel house is one of many coastal cottages that will be open for the Historic Coastal Towns tour on October 12.

Poffel Cottage to be featured on home tour

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 11:00am

Indian River arts festival moves to September

Those who attended an arts festival in July at the Indian River Marina in past years and loved it, but thought maybe they’d somehow missed it this year — they are in luck — as is anyone looking for a fun family activity.

The Autumn Art...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:59am

Bethany Beach Dinker-Irvin Museum Open for Preview

The Bethany Beach Museum at Dinker-Irvin Cottage will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., and will remain open on Saturdays through October, as part of a special preview being offered while the museum is still...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:58am

Chris Bason examines a bit of marsh in the Rehoboth Bay.

CIB gala to mark 25 years of environmental stewardship on the bay

It will be a night of lively music overlooking the Delaware bays. To celebrate decades of eco-advocacy, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) is hosting its 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The CIB is...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:53am

Even as officials discussed the regular flooding of Oak Orchard, cars were driving in the wrong lane in order to avoid giant puddles left from a recent rainstorm and high tide. Pictured, from left, are DelDOT Chief Engineer Shanté Hastings, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and DelDOT Engineer Jason McCluskey.

Carper champions infrastructure bill in flood-prone Oak Orchard

There wasn’t a major storm on Monday afternoon. It wasn’t even high tide. But vehicles in Oak Orchard were still dodging massive puddles and nuisance flooding leftover from Sunday’s rain.

Oak Orchard is a particularly low-lying area on the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:50am

It was a warm, sunny evening for organizers and winners of the annual South Bethany Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

Flowers and otters

South Bethany canals a peaceful place

“There’s an otter that lives in there,” said Carole Fischer, smiling at a South Bethany canal located near her home. “It’s really, really cute, and my grandkids just love it. He peeks up, and he dives down.”

She enjoys the canals so much...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:46am

Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take flight

With Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take place the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5, planning is nearly complete.

Things will kick off that Friday with Pathways to Aviation Day, in which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:41am

Coast Day Essay Contest asks how to positively impact coastal areas

Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment (CEOE) are welcoming fifth-grade students from across the state to participate in the annual Coast Day essay contest.

This year’s prompt asks...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:12am

The Allison Stine Team named one of America’s Best

The Allison Stine Team, a sales team in Long & Foster Real Estate’s Bethany Beach sales office, has been honored as one the best real estate agents in Delaware. The Allison Stine Team ranked as No.14 in Sales Volume and No. 20 in Transaction...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:11am

Fenwick farmers’ market awards another basket

The Fenwick Island Farmers Market awarded its August produce basket on Aug. 30, to Matthew Kennedy of Fenwick Island, whose grandmother, Cindy Whaley, accepted the prize for him. Pictured, from left, are representatives of Fresh Harvest and...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:10am

REV360! cycling studio opens in Ocean View

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, REV360! celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Owned by Erik Schreiber, owner of CustomFit360, the studio is located at 29P Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:08am

Some Very Important Families are in town for Warrior Family Beach Week. So many in the community strive to make it special for the families.

Heroes are welcome here

Local residents help welcome Very Important Families to the beach

Being a host family for Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Family Beach Week is a life-changing experience, according to two local couples.

“We, as volunteers, get so much more back, having the experience of getting to know the families and...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:20am

Groundbreaking set for Millville Town Park

At long last, four years after the Town purchased property off Dukes Drive, ground will be broken for the new Millville Town Park.

The ceremonial groundbreaking is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. on the 5-acre property, according to...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:13am

Bethany council candidates take their cases to the voters

Bethany Beach voters will take to the polls on Saturday, Sept. 7, between noon and 6 p.m., to select three town council members from amongst four candidates — three incumbents and a lifelong resident aiming to add his voice to the mix. (Dorian,...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:11am

Nanticoke’s Annual Powwow set to take place this weekend

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 42nd Annual Powwow, a time to celebrate life in the powwow circle, is planned for this weekend at the powwow grounds at 26800 John J. Williams Highway, near Millsboro.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:09am

Cheyenne Wright will perform traditional dances at the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 42nd Annual Powwow this weekend.

Nanticoke teen reflects on heritage ahead of Powwow

Being Native American is a way of life for Cheyenne Wright.

It is deep pride in the heritage passed from generation to generation, keeping traditions and honoring the Great Spirit.

“God gave us this earth, and we need to cherish it...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:05am

Ocean View 9-year-old falls in battle with cancer

In the photograph, Aurora Limmer, pretty in a long red dress with white flowers, her bookbag next to her in the driveway, is smiling cheerfully, ready for her first day of school last year.

“Our Princess,” her grandmother called her, when...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:01am

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has his ceremonial shovel ready for the groundbreaking of the new Automotive Center of Excellence at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Carper helps break ground for Automotive Center

A little dirt flew for a good reason when U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) helped break ground for the new $5.4 million,13,500-square-foot Automotive Center of Excellence at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

Carper,...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:58am

IRSD parents see new hours, administrators for 2019-2020

As parents and teachers snapped back-to-school photos on Tuesday, Sept. 3, families around Indian River School District remarked on changes to bus times.

For most IRSD schools, the school day was indeed shortened by about 10 minutes.

...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:03am

Millsboro Art League director requests rent waiver

The director of the Greater Millsboro Art League asked the town council on Monday to waive the $500 monthly rent paid to the town so the money can be used to pay for much-needed repairs to the building.

Debra Doucette said volunteers have...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:01am

Hudson Road to be closed for drainage improvements

The Delaware Department of Transportation this week announced that Hudson Road in Roxana will be closed between Gum Road and Deer Run Road beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 and running until 3 p.m. on Sept. 18, pending weather.

The closure is...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:57am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Shore Appliance opens location in Ocean View

After years of doing business in the Salisbury, Md., area, Shore Appliance Connection Inc. has opened a second store, on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, providing six new jobs for area residents and promising quality service.

Buying from a...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:55am

Northrop Realty opens first office in Delaware

Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster company, opened an office Aug. 15 in Delaware, the first Northrop Realty office located outside Maryland. The 2,500-square-foot office, located at 37077 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, currently supports...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:49am

Mountaire wins safety awards

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, was recognized with national awards this month for their safety record at seven of their facilities by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

“We make safety a priority...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:49am

Wishner named general manager of Papa Grande’s in Fenwick

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Stevie Wishner is the new general manager at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria near Fenwick Island.

“Stevie has been a tremendous addition to our team over the last few...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:48am

Members of the Brown, Emami and Gerard families (as well as Greg Gerard’s service dog, Infidel) gathered at Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to greet the families attending Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week for the first time this year. The three families are among those returning as ‘alumni’ to help welcome first-time families and make sure they make the most of all the week has to offer.

Operation SEAs the Day welcomes veterans for Warrior Family Beach Week

Anyone driving by the South Coastal Library late in the afternoon on Labor Day might have thought there was a tailgate party going on.

All kinds of vehicles were there, loaded with food; children played cornhole; people laughed and hugged...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:32am

Passport Palooza set for Sept. 10 in Bethany Beach

A record number of people — especially newly naturalized U.S. citizens — are applying for U.S. passports, according to Ocean View Postmaster Mike Behringer, who noted that in towns across Delaware, people are standing in long lines to apply for...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:21am

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary took a moment out of their time during the event to pose in front of a Quint 50 truck that was on hand for the tournament that was benefitting the fire company. Members include (in not particular order for the picture) Barbara Brown, Brandy Davis, Joy Knox, Marty Pratt, Mary Putschky, Sandy Raymond, Pat Resnick, Tricia Roberts, and Linda Smith.

BBVFC Auxiliary’s inaugural golf event a success

With close to 60 golfers participating, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary’s first-ever benefit golf tournament was declared a rousing success on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Salt Pond Golf Club.

According to the event’s...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:17am

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 14

The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike ride. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, at Tower Road.

Those...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:14am

Inaugural Jeep Rally for Respect set to ride to Fenwick on Sept. 7

The first-ever Jeep Rally for Respect, benefiting Special Olympics Delaware, will be held this Saturday morning, Sept. 7.

Dozens of Jeeps are expected to participate in the police-escorted ride that starts at the Delaware Seashore State...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:54am

Millsboro town hall discussion to continue at Sept. 5 meeting

The Millsboro Town Council will meet this coming week for a second special session to further discuss plans for a new town hall and more space for the overcrowded police department.

The meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:26pm

IRSD addresses HS sexual health

Board responds to high rate of pregnancies and federal funding

Until now, the Indian River School District was the only school district in Delaware that didn’t offer reproductive healthcare in its high-school wellness centers. That will change now, as the IRSD school board this week agreed to add those...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:26pm