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American Legion chicken-and-dumpling dinner keeps ‘slippery’ tradition alive

Years ago, chicken-and-dumpling dinners were extremely common in Southern Delaware — it seemed like every fire house and church had them several times a year.

Not so much anymore.

So when they do come around, it’s a chance to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:19am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Mardi Gras

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Friends of the Selbyville Public Library held their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the public library. Notes on the Beach provided entertainment while event-...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:39am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Millville seeks resident to fill vacant town council seat

There will be no town council election in Millville again this year, but there is an opening that will need to be filled, as Council Treasurer Susan Brewer is stepping down from her seat on the council.

The Town received only two candidate...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:57pm

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:53pm

The Selbyville Public Library will be the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the Mardi Gras benefit.

Party like it’s Mardi Gras at Selbyville library fundraiser

Live music and fine food will carry guests to the Big Easy at this weekend’s Mardi Gras benefit for the Selbyville Public Library.

New Orleans provides the lively theme for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:43pm

George Downing, manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Millsboro, has been working in the store since December, getting ready for the Feb. 9 grand opening.

Tractor Supply Co. opens Millsboro store

Chicks coming soon!

Tractor Supply Co., a nationwide retail chain that offers everything from chicks to tractor tires, has opened a location in Millsboro.

The Millsboro store, located at 28668 Dupont Highway (Route 113), held its grand opening on Saturday,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Beware of veterans’ charity scams and wasteful spending

There’s some bad news and some good news to report. First, the bad news: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there was a long list of veteran charity scams that operated under names that sounded legitimate but cheated good-hearted,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beebe welcomes Gleason

Beebe Healthcare recently welcomed its new director of Laboratory Services, Steven Gleason, MBA, MT (ASCP). Prior to joining Beebe, Gleason worked for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital–Hamilton Campus, where he was also the director.

...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:25pm

Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

Kristina and Sean Malone started Santa’s Letters this last holiday season, and will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for continued local projects.

Santa’s Letters gets a pasta-tive response

Spaghetti-dinner fundraiser planned for March 2

The husband-and-wife team that started Santa’s Letters — a local organization that sent out hundreds of letters to children during the holiday season and helped a dozen local families have a better Christmas — will be holding a spaghetti dinner...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

Southern Delaware Chorale to honor Black History Month

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Colin Armstrong, will present a concert called “A Choral Patchwork,” in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Gallo Gives presents their donation to DE Leukemia & Lymphoma

Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the Gallo Gives Foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty said they have continued to watch the foundation flourish.

The...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:50am

Women’s Civic Club makes donations to local non-profits

The Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach recently made a number of donations to local non-profits and community groups.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, the WCCBB Executive Board — President B.J. Hildebrand, Vice-President Kay Houston, Treasurer...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council members, from left, Sean McCrystal, Casey Gabbard, Brendon Bradford, Tatum Vorsteg, Grace Short and Isabell Ashley, gather the donations to the group’s recent coat drive.

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School holds coat drive

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council held a coat drive. Students were asked to give new or gently worn coats, scarves, hats and gloves to be donated to the Seton Center in Princess...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Delaware delegation introduces Paycheck Fairness Act

Last week, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) joined Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and their Democratic colleagues to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:26am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:14am

Jan Seitz reads Peggy Parish’s ‘Amelia Bedelia’ in her classrom at East Millsboro Elementary School during World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, Jan. 31.

You don’t have to be a strong reader to love books

Winged keys hang from the ceiling. A wizard’s hat sits in the corner. The teacher is holding a magic wand and a great novel, and her students are spellbound.

At East Millsboro Elementary School, second graders celebrated World Read Aloud...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Accepting the grant at Lord Baltimore Elementary School are, from left: Mia Lambert, Kristian Victor, Lord Baltimore Assistant Principal Barkley Heck, Mark Cappo, Meredith Goldman, Chloe Kishel, Chase Mutz, Ben Miller and Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb.

Two IRSD schools receive $500 grants from ExxonMobil

Lord Baltimore and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools have each received $500 grants from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance for the purchase of classroom supplies for math and science. The grants were sponsored by Cato Gas & Oil and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm

Polar Bear plungers rush into the Atlantic Ocean in Lewes on Saturday, Feb. 2. Event proceeds will go to support Special Olympics Delaware.

Inland Bays Foundation establishes advocacy program in memorial to Austin, Moyer

The Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) announced this week that it is establishing the Austin-Moyer Citizens Advocacy Program as a memorial to Sussex County residents John Austin and Bill Moyer, to continue their legacy of working to protect the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:03pm

Black History Month program to focus on museum, memorial

“Exploring America’s Racism: Featuring the National Memorial for Peace & Justice” will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Lewes Public Library.

Co-hosted by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:56am

Dewey Beach Winter Gala set for Feb. 23

The Dewey Beach Winter Gala, conceptualized by the Dewey Business Partnership, is an annual event where locals turns out to raise funds for the town and its public-safety services. This year, the Gala will fall on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.,...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:04am

Clayton to celebrate 70 years of movie magic

In 1949, Harry S. Truman was president, Joe DiMaggio was playing for the New York Yankees and Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre opened its doors for the first time.

The single-screen theater was built by Dagsboro natives and brothers-in-law Pete...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:44am

Last year’s Night to Shine event was a huge hit, for both participants and volunteers.

Night to Shine offering special prom experience

Remember the excitement of high school prom? Picking out the perfect dress, getting a corsage and dancing the night away with friends? Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be hosting its Third Annual...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:38am

Bethany Beach preparing for summer with new projects

It may feel like winter outside, but Bethany Beach officials are already looking toward the summer season with a number of projects targeted at improving the town in its summertime glory.

The Bethany Beach Town Council on Friday, Jan. 18,...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:35am

Lions President Janet Bauer presents Kathy Plumley with her award.

Lions Club members receive awards

At the Lord Baltimore Lions Club member meeting in December 2018, Lions President Janet Bauer honored several members with awards received over the first half of Service Year 2018-2019.

Lion Joanne Withers received a Life Membership in the...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:07am

Polar Bears jump into the Atlantic Ocean during last year’s event in Lewes. This year’s event will benefit SODE.

Polar Bears to take the Plunge to support Special Olympics Delaware

Those who missed taking a dive into the frigid ocean on New Year’s Day have another opportunity to take the plunge for a good cause.

The 28th Annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) will be held on...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:25am

Frankford VFC to host Bull & Oyster Roast this weekend

For the past decade or so, during the first week in February, the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has been even busier than usual. The reason: It’s time to prep for the fire company’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast.

The event, scheduled...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:21am

Lilly Truitt (Scout), Steve Perry (Atticus), Justin Truitt (Jem) and Xander Proseus (Dill) at a recent practice.

Second Street Players to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Second Street Players will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel from the book by Harper Lee, on Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows.

Directors...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:19am

Tunnell Cancer Center receives $10,000 from Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K

Organizers Anne Raskauskas, fourth from right, and Ed Burke, third from right, present a donation of $10,000 from the 2018 Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K to representatives of Beebe Healthcare and the Beebe Medical Foundation, to benefit the...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:13am

Brian and Bruce Arrendall, and Chris and Jillian Calanna all won gold medals in the Special Olympics bowling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Dover  More than 300 people participated in the Delaware Special Olympics bowling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Brunswick Doverama.

Locals win gold at Special Olympics state bowling tourney

Local entrants Chris and Jillian Calanna of Ocean View, as well as Bruce and Brian Arendall from Dagsboro, competed as Unified teams during the day of bowling action. The Calannas and Arendalls performed well, and each team came away with gold...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:59am

Surfgimp’s first annual Winter Bash event was a success. Here, Surfgimp supporters pose for a photo at the event.

Surfgimp Foundation Winter Bash raises $20,000

The inaugural Surfgimp Foundation Winter Bash took place Jan. 19 in Dewey Beach, and more than 300 people helped raise approximately $20,000.

Attendees of the Winter Bash, which took place at the Rusty Rudder, were able to enjoy a buffet...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:37am

The Delaware State Troopers Association, the Delaware State Police Union and the Delaware State Police Maritime Unit took food for all the Guardsmen stationed at the Indian River station on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Coast Guardsmen at IR station struggling with overdue paychecks

Guard has scaled-back operations during government shutdown

As the federal government shutdown enters an unprecedented second month, more than 30 staff members at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Indian River are continuing to work, despite missing a paycheck, but they have scaled back operations,...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:29am

Fire & Ice returning to Bethany this weekend

“It’s going to be a pretty cool vibe,” said Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) Executive Director Lauren Weaver about this weekend’s second annual Fire & Ice Festival.

Pun intended? Maybe. The family-friendly event is...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:25am

Lions District Governor John Burris, left, and Millsboro Lions Club member and co-sponsor Dr. Laurie Conti, center-left, welcome new Millsboro Lions Club members Catrina Arbeen, center-right, and Leigh Ann Smith, right.

Millsboro Lions induct new members, honor group’s president

At the annual visit of the district cabinet to the Millsboro Lions Club, Lions District Governor John Burris award King Lion David Mitchell his 35-year Chevron. Mitchell has been president of the club five times and is a Progressive Melvin Jones...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:02am

Read Aloud Delaware Sussex County Coordinator Stacy Penaranda, second from left, joins, from left, Sussex County Committee member Marge Bettors, tree sponsor Skip Faust and committee member Margaret Roe by the ‘Goodnight, Moon’ tree at Grotto’s Grand Slam restaurant in Lewes. Faust has sponsored the Read Aloud trees for 10 years.

Read Aloud Delaware thanks Faust for sponsorship

With a little help over the years from the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Frosty the Snowman, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, Read Aloud Delaware’s children’s book-themed Christmas trees at the Grotto’s Grand Slam restaurant in Lewes have celebrated the...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:03am

Fire & Ice Festival to kick off Jan. 25

Now in its second year, the award-winning Fire & Ice Festival is set to begin on Friday, Jan. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

At the festival presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and the...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:26am

Outdoorsman Marketplace

The Millville fire hall was the place to be on Saturday, Jan. 12, as they hosted their inaugural Outdoorsman Marketplace.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:08am

Mountaire donates $20,000 to local Boys & Girls Club

Oak Orchard club launches campaign

Mountaire Farms has provided a $20,000 donation to help launch a fund-raising campaign to expand the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club.

The club currently serves 100 children from the local area and has a waiting list of those...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:54am

Rob Chadwich shows off his new guitar, handmade and donated by Frets4Vets, after he completed the Frets4Vets program.

One chord at a time

Program changing veterans’ lives by teaching them to play guitar

Rob Chadwick had tried to learn to the guitar years ago.

“It didn’t work out real well,” said Chadwick.

A veteran of two tours in Vietnam, Chadwick, now 71, lives near Lewes with his wife, Lorraine. He has struggled with post-...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:37am

Bunny Palooza! run/walk set for April 20

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) this week announced that the eighth annual Bunny Palooza! will take place on Saturday, April 20 — the Saturday morning before Easter.

Bunny Palooza! is a 10K run or 5K run/walk to benefit the...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:15am

School district hosting public referendum information meetings

People are starting to build opinions — and, more importantly, to educate themselves — on the Indian River School District’s proposed public referendum.

On Feb. 5, residents will vote on whether to pay for additional classrooms, staff and...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:18pm

MVFC to host Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will host its inaugural Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12, to help raise money for a new fire hall.

The “outdoorsman” show will take place inside the fire hall, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:50pm