Communities


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

Prince George’s hosts Christmas Celebration

 

On Sunday, January 6th, Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro held their Olde Christmas Musical Celebration to close out the holiday season.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:33pm

Howard T. Ennis School students held a ribboncutting for their new thrift store, ‘Thrifty Eagle’ on Friday, Jan. 4.

Ennis students open ‘Thrifty Eagle’ shop in Frankford

Frankford has a new shopping spot, run by the students of the Howard T. Ennis School.

The public can find secondhand clothing and household accessories for a reasonable cost at the Thrifty Eagle, a retail thrift store located at the G.W....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:27pm

Christmas-tree recycling offered statewide

DNREC officials last week encouraged Delawareans to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by taking their Christmas trees to one of many yard-waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Christmas trees will be...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:29am

Rehoboth Reads to include writing contest

Rehoboth Reads, a new project that will involve the city-wide reading and discussion of a single book, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, is holding a writing contest that seeks submissions of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry that...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:15am

Passport Palooza planned Jan. 16 at South Coastal Public Library

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:09am

Officials have been trying to make it safer for children to get on and off buses, both locally and nationally.

State, national officials beg drivers to stop passing school buses

Are you going to be the reason a child doesn’t come home from school today? Or tomorrow? Or next week?

Between a U.S. rash of bus-stop related accidents this autumn and Delaware’s pedestrian fatalities this winter, drivers and pedestrians...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:11pm

Schools preparing to start child abuse-prevention programs

Child-abuse prevention advocates say children need to learn early what’s appropriate or not — so if something inappropriate happens, they can tell a trusted adult.

To help prevent child abuse, starting in autumn of 2019, Delaware has...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:06pm

Faith runs strong with new Salem UMC pastor

As a young woman, Michelle Rekitzke hated public speaking, and she didn’t enjoy going to church.

That makes “Pastor Missy’s” calling all the more special, and she finds joy at her new appointment, Salem United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:56pm

Exercise Like the Eskimos

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge and the Hair of the Dog Run on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:03pm

Fenwick Freeze 2019

The Town of Fenwick Island held its annual Fenwick Freeze event on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Each year participants run into the ocean to celebrate the New Year.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:50am

Coastal Point • Laura Walter

Officer Hill, K-9 Officer Tofu reporting for duty

Seventh-grader Aria Hill was an officer for a day at the Millsboro Police Department. Joined by her puppy, Tofu, Hill got a firsthand look at local policing on Friday, Dec. 28.

Cpl. Matthew Dufour planned to do some basic training and let...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:25am

Hocker, Gray talk schools, flooding and more

Local state legislators hosted one more “Coffee’s on Us” meeting on Dec. 11 before really diving into the holidays and the new legislative session of 2018-2020.

Education and water issues (both stemming from growth) were the hot topics...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:04pm

Annual New Year’s ritual to take place in Bethany Beach

Every year they appear, starting in the late morning hours of New Year’s Day.

They come in groups; they come singly. They huddle by the surf’s edge, eyeing the waves with a combination of wariness and bravado.

Around 11:45 a.m. they...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:57pm

District to host major capital improvement and expense referendum

The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement and current expense referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:43pm

Small Business Saturday paves the way for holiday success

Were you among the crowds of people “Shopping Small” the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season for what is often the most lucrative time of year for small businesses.

Our SBA Delaware...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:58pm

 Coastal Point • Submitted  Laura Pusey of Seaford was named CHEER’s Direct Care Worker of the Quarter for Summer 2018. Pictured, from left, are: CHEER CEO Ken Bock, Laura Pusey, CHEER Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Westen and CHEER Chief Operating Officer Beckett Wheatley.

CHEER recognizes efforts of health aides

CHEER Inc. honored direct care workers (DCWs) in its Personal Assistance Services Agency (PASA) at a recent holiday meal and awards ceremony. The evening also recognized the hard work of the aides to accomplish just under 100,000 service hours to...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:49pm

Rabbi Estelle Mills, left, of Temple Bat Yam was recently installed as rabbi for the temple in Berlin.

Mills installed as Temple Bat Yam rabbi

Sometimes, people are called to serve a higher power at a young age. Such was the case for Rabbi Estelle Mills of Temple Bat Yam.

“Growing up, my family was very active in the local Reform congregation in North Carolina where I grew up. I...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:36pm

Student Emily Elvira-Rodriquez gets her vision checked by Lions Buck Godwin, Vince Sanzone and Pat Sanzone.

Millsboro Lions test students’ vision

“It’s a butterfly!”

That’s what most children say when shown the stereopsis test — checking for depth perception — according to Millsboro Lions Club.

Each year, the Millsboro Lions test all kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:05pm

Delaware Tech Commercial Transportation Department Chairperson Bryan Ward transported a tractor-trailer full of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America project.

DelTech commercial transportation program supports Wreaths Across America

Since 2015, Delaware Technical Community College’s commercial transportation program has supported Wreaths Across America by picking up, storing and delivering wreaths to the grave sites of military service members.

This year, Department...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:44pm

Dewey Goes Pink organizers (top row) Adam Howard, left, and Steve ‘Monty’ Montgomery, right, present the funds raised at the event to, bottom row, from left, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Executive Director Vicky Cooke, volunteer Peggy Dever and survivorship specialist Meredith L. Rothstein.

Dewey Goes Pink raises $115,000 for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

During a recent check presentation at The Starboard, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition received a check for $115,000 from the 8th Annual Dewey Goes Pink fundraiser, which was held on Oct. 6.

“The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition would...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:39pm

Clinical Educator Theresa Crowson, second from left, is the recipient of Beebe Healthcare’s December 2018 LOVE Letter award. Also pictured, from left, are: Chief Operating Officer Rick Schaffner; clinical educator Laura Smith,; Jan Gibson-Gerrity, director of clinical informatics; Devona Fields, manager of clinical professional development; and Jeffrey M. Fried, Beebe Healthcare president and CEO.

Crowson recognized with Beebe LOVE Letter award

 

Beebe representatives said Crowson was recognized for going out of her way to help a guest who was using a walker and looking for the cafeteria.

“Theresa was on her way to a meeting, but changed course and walked the guest to the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:37pm

WPS first-grade angels close the show with the fifth-grade nativity scene. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Clara Collins-Ellingsworth, Jack Hornung, Taj Sands, Nonda Gjikuria, Leo Galles, Aadish Maharjan; middle row, Keller Hoch, Liam Doran, Charlie Rutter, Estelle Damouni, Lea Jaoude, C.J. Labin, Sarah Brasure; back row, Sadie Kremer, Emmy Givens-Grevey, Elena Kappes, Lilly White, Isabella Rice; and, center, fifth-graders Priya Haldar and Michael Hebert as Mary and Joseph.

WPS Students Ring in the Season with Two Holiday Concerts

Families and students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 kicked off the season with two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) annual traditions.

On Dec. 7, Lower School Music Director Joanie Brittingham introduced a performance, “The Good...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:18am

Still a family-run company, Bette and Sal Gallo are pictured with their children — all very active in the business — from left, Tricia Ratner, Andrew Ratner and Lee Ann Wilkinson.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty celebrates 40th anniversary

Founders Bette and Sal Gallo will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their real estate firm in the upcoming year.

When the husband-and-wife team opened Gallo Realty in 1979, there were only a handful of other real estate firms in the resort region, and the real estate landscape looked much different, both literally and figuratively, they said. There was lots...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:52am

New books were delivered to Epworth Preschool in Rehoboth Beach, but will also be circulated to many other Read Aloud Sussex County locations.

BHHS Gallo Realty delivers books to Read Aloud Delaware

The goal of Read Aloud Delaware, a statewide agency that works to promote literacy, is: “Every preschool child in Delaware should be read to one-on-one.” To help achieve that goal, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty held an autumn new-...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:41am

Mariner’s offers support for those who are lost, lonely or grieving

While the holiday season is often one of joy and merriment, not everyone associates Christmas with cheer.

For those who are lost, lonely or grieving during the holidays, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be holding a Blue...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:36pm

Baull remains mayor as Dagsboro council re-organizes

Following the re-election of Councilmen Norwood Truitt and William Chandler, each to new two-year terms, the Dagsboro Town Council has now shuffled the deck, so to speak, with some of the same faces now getting to sit in new spaces.

Brian...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:32pm

Citizens doubt council’s commitment to policing

Tempers flared in South Bethany Town Hall this week as some members of the public worried over the future of the South Bethany Police Department. Although the town council emphasized last month that they’re working on a new plan, some property...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:22pm

Dozens of volunteers showed up at Mountaire’s Selbyville warehouse to pack a full Christmas meal for 2,500 families in need.

Mountaire brings ‘Thanksgiving’ to those in need at Christmas

Three times each year, Mountaire Farms holds packing events to help feed those in the community who otherwise would not have a holiday meal.

“It’s a trilogy. Three times a year, at the most important holidays to give back,” said Roger...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:20pm

Belle DeMarie, 3, of Ocean View places her letter in the special mailbox at the Santa's Letters Neighborhood Holiday Gathering in Dagsboro on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Santa’s mailbox (and Nice List) fills up, thanks to local couple

Just a few weeks ago, “Santa’s Letters” was only an idea — just a desire to make children happy at Christmastime.

Inspired by a shiny red mailbox, a Dagsboro couple who were feeling a bit down at the approach of the holidays shook off...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:16pm

Millville group seeks volunteers to help with projects

Pat Moulder, chairperson for the Millville Volunteer Group, stood up at the Tuesday, Dec. 11, Millville Town Council meeting and started down a list that makes the Twelve Days of Christmas look like a fortune cookie.

“I just want the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:09pm

December’s volunteers stand tall with Dottie Campbell and two of the three new directors of the Community Food Pantry, Joyce Dennis and Rev. Mark Phillips.

‘It’s going to take three people to replace her’

Campbell retires from food pantry

For more than 20 years, Dottie Campbell’s smiling face has welcomed families to the Community Food Pantry in Selbyville. The pantry is still going strong, but on Dec. 15, Campbell finally retired as coordinator.

Volunteers praised Campbell...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:01pm

Students in Stephanie Syphard's first grade class were joined by members of the Home and Garden Club at The Refuge at Dirickson Creek on Thursday, Dec. 6 when the club presented the school with a check to be used for maintenance of the school's garden. Shown with the class are, back row from left, Principal Allisa Booth, club president Pamela White, club vice president Sandy Murphy, club secretary Nancy Scheffey, club treasurer  Ramona Bourque and Vice Principal Bennnett Murray.

Garden club donates funds for elementary school garden improvements

The garden at John M. Clayton Elementary School might be a little drab for the next few months, but with a recent contribution from a local garden club, students have more “green” with which to improve it.

The Home & Garden Club at The...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:57pm

IRSD Adult Education offers winter/spring courses

The Indian River School District’s Adult Education course offerings for Winter/Spring 2019 can now be viewed online at community.irsd.net.

Youth courses on offer include:

• Driver’s Education: Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 11...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:40pm

IRHS band holding tree-chipping fundraiser

After the holidays, people can now let their friendly neighborhood marching band dispose of their Christmas tree.

The Indian River High School Band Boosters will collect and chip pine trees as a holiday fundraiser. People can bring their...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:39pm

Rehoboth Reads to include writing contest

Rehoboth Reads, a new project that will involve the city-wide reading and discussion of a single book, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, is holding a writing contest that seeks submissions of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry that...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:38pm

Delaware Tech’s Business Honor Society fills stockings for Salvation Army

Delaware Technical Community College’s International Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), recently paired with the Salvation Army to stuff holiday stockings with toys, games and other items to donate to children throughout Sussex...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:32pm