Arts & Entertainment

Local woman’s ‘no excuses’ attitude leads to transformation

Karen Harris’ personal journey to lose weight began in April 2011. She had driven to Georgetown to get her driver’s license renewed, looked at the picture on her new ID and was horrified.

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver:...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:30am

Dining at One Coastal to help raise funds for Smallwood, ALS charities

In a Fenwick Island restaurant, friends have eaten and laughed together. So it’s only fitting that when Todd Smallwood decided to run 100 miles in his friend Mark Habicht’s honor, One Coastal restaurant stepped up to fundraise.


Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:57pm

Bethany Beach native crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013

Melissa King, a 2012 Indian River High School graduate who lives in the Bethany Beach area, was recently crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013. King will represent Delaware in the Miss Teen USA contest in July, with her platform of “Finding the...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:24am

St. Martha's readies for expansion in downtown Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will be getting a makeover soon, with demolition of their 1,200-square-foot vicarage and its replacement with a 5,400-square-foot social hall, kitchen, nursery and offices.

The Rev. Mary L....

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:17am

Local business owner donates hair to charity

Last week, 31-year-old Pavla Glovcikova donated her long, beautiful locks to Children with Hair Loss.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Pavla Glovcikova was recently diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, and decided to donate her hair...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:48pm

Thanksgiving weekend offers peek in to local artists’ studios

From South Bethany to Bethany, Ocean View to Dagsboro, little Southeastern Sussex is full of artists willing and able to open up their working studios and galleries to people who are interested in seeing them in action, creating their...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:32am

Lighthouse Christian honors veterans

Students and staff at Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro saluted area veterans this past week with a performance from students in each grade and a celebratory lunch afterward. The school puts the program on each year to show their...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 5:59am

Local radio show offers an ear on the doo wop era

For many people who are near or just past retirement age, the sounds of the “doo wop” era take them right back to high school and all of the memories of the “good life,” according to the “Dean of Doo Wop,” Dino Fradelos, and Don “Majka Man” Majka...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 1:08pm

Pinups raising awareness, money

At an age when most women are just starting to think about possibly getting a first mammogram, Brandi Mellinger of Ocean Pines, Md., is getting ready to celebrate her 10-year anniversary of being cancer-free.

© Jamie Koslow Photography...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 3:05am

Bethany Beach to celebrate end of summer with Jazz Funeral

This Monday, for the 27th year, Bethany Beach residents and visitors alike will celebrate the end of summer by officially “burying” it — at least until next year.

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The summer gravestone parades the...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:09pm

Tale of 'An Arab, a Jew and a Truck' hits the pages in Bethany Beach

What happens when a devout Palestinian Muslim and an American Orthodox Jew are forced by circumstance to share a tiny two-bedroom apartment in New York? Well, at the very least, there’s potential for an entertaining list of lovable characters and...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:50am

Festival Hispano to celebrate Guatemala

For the past 18 years, El Centro Cultural, a nonprofit arts organization, has been hosting Festival Hispano — a festival dedicated to celebrating Hispanic culture, music, art, food and traditions.

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A crowd...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 4:21am

Book club gets answers straight from the author's mouth

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Megan Hart, in green, talks about her book, ‘All Fall Down,” in Bethany Beach recently.

Well, not really, but threatening clouds were the backdrop for a Frankford...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 3:58am

Cottage Tour offering 21st annual peek into local homes

A cottage at the Delaware shore can offer a holiday reprieve from the bustle of the city, a summer getaway spot filled with tranquility and relaxation or a home for someone year-round. Southeastern Sussex County has become one of the most sought-...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 2:22am

Sap's offers proof in the puddin' at local farmer's markers

With so many wonderful choices of farmers’ markets in our area, for me, the decision as to which one to go to often comes down to, “Will the pudding guy be there?”

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver
Will Lundgren, 11,...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 4:49am

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ocean View native to carry Olympic torch July 9

For making a positive difference in her community and inspiring others, Ocean View resident Marisa Grimes — a 2010 graduate of Worcester Preparatory School — was one of 10 teenagers from across the United States selected by Coca-Cola to be an...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 3:40pm

Nation's birthday to be honored with parade, Bethany-beach style

For just shy of three decades, the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade has been entertaining thousands, celebrating the holiday with floats, cyclists and bands, leading to a fireworks finale to cap off the evening. On Wednesday, July 4, the 29th...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:15am

Unite Sussex Day Camp offers food, fun, and fitness in Frankford

Unite Sussex once again is offering its U.S. Camp at Frankford’s town park. The summer camp started this week and is now in full swing.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Children play at the Unite Sussex daycamp in Frankford. The camp...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:23pm

Local volunteers pack meals for hungry children in distant lands

As many people flocked to the beach or a golf course this past weekend, with sunny days and temperatures in the high 80s, volunteers at Ocean View Presbyterian Church were packing meals for the hungry. In as little as 90 minutes, more than 10,000...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:31am

Restaurant shakes things up with bellydancing

Turquoise restaurant is kicking things up a notch with bellydancing performances every Wednesday night this summer.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Viviana Matthews bellydances her way through the tables at Turquoise restaurant in...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 4:21am

Mural seeks to inspire future leaders to do more than overcome

“No turning back from my destiny or greatness. I’ve gone this far so I’ m sure that I’ll make it.”

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This mural, painted by foster care youth from around the state now hangs in the Sussex Family Court Room in...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:15am

Wood-turner carves his way back into the local scene

For long-time woodworker Roger Galbraith, originality is the name of the game. Ever since he first picked up the hobby in the 1970s, wood-turning has developed into a never-tiring passion, opening new avenues and ideas that keep each project one-...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:23pm

Bethany Beach readies for summer season — with movies

With only about eight weeks left before summer arrives, the Town of Bethany Beach is revving up for the 2012 season. Repair of the town’s dunes and dune crossings, as well as its lifeguard headquarters, and enhancements to the Garfield Parkway...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:01am

Dog-groomer-turned-dioramic-artist finds her niche

Art comes in a variety of forms, across a multitude of mediums, and Deborah Martucci’s dioramas are no exception. Since 2007, Martucci’s careful touch and attention to detail has turned curious eyes onto a unique style that has been mastered by...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:42am

Patsy’s seeks hidden-gem musicians for summer performances

Musicians eager to entertain at the shore could get to enjoy the spotlight at Patsy’s restaurant in Bethany Beach.

Owner Patsy Dill Rankin is inviting musicians to audition for the summer season, to “give people a chance to play in front...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:38am

Springtime Jamboree ready to rock out with 30th installment

Next weekend, the Springtime Jamboree will celebrate three decades of featuring some of the area’s most gifted musical talents, as it returns to Indian River High School for the always-anticipated two-night event.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 3:57am

Selbyville paints the town for Kids Art Month festivities

Local students are transforming Selbyville with a town-wide art exhibition, honoring Kids Art Month.

For the eighth year, Selbyville Community Club will display children’s art at the Selbyville Public Library in a month-long celebration....

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:14am

Fenwick woman ready to go roll for roll

Fenwick Island’s Sue Studz already knows that oven #19 at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is hers. Surrounding her in the Peabody Orlando Hotel ballroom at the end of March will be 99 other ovens and simulated kitchens — but no running water...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:41am

Dozens of IRHS students make County Band

Nearly three dozen students from the Indian River High School Band were set to perform in the junior and senior County Band this week, on March 1 at Cape Henlopen High School.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Thirty-one of the 34 Indian...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:16am

Marie's Kitchen: Don Murray — King of the Crockpot

Don Murray and I met at World Gym. (Folks, don’t you think World Gym should give me a free membership for all the times I’ve mentioned them in this column?) I must be slipping, though, because it took me a long time to find out that Don was the...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:09am

Lighthouse Christian readies for return in chess tourney

Chess is a game of strategy, tactics and careful calculations – something that the students at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Dagsboro know very well. Next month, the team – composed of more than a dozen elementary- and middle-school students –...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 3:46am

Former teachers continue to support youth

In August 1949, Ruth and Herman Koenig moved to Millville from West Winfield, N.Y., to be teachers at the Lord Baltimore School. The two had met in school and attended West Winfield High School together.

Herman and Ruth Koenig sit in...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 3:15am

Sussex County students get robotic

Robots aren’t just for mad scientists and Jedi knights anymore.

Ashley Conroe, an Indian River High School senior, formed the Retro Robots team to compete in Delaware’s own robotics tournament.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 7:59am

Registration opens for the 2012 season at Lower Sussex Little League

America’s pastime will soon be returning to Roxana, as online registration for Lower Sussex Little League kicked off earlier this month. In February, the Lower Sussex Complex will open for walk-in registration, as well. And with a few new age...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:23am

How to battle the bulge in 2012

The first wealth is health.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook
The early morning crew and gym-goers at World Gym in Ocean View.

B.J. Pietryak is a personal trainer and fitness director at...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:36am

Devokees hopes to be the man without fear

Since he was in first grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Will Devokees knew that he wanted to be an actor.

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Will Devokees has known since he was a student at Lord Baltimore Elementary School that he...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:58pm

Man survives cancer to become the King

Bob Lougheed is lucky to be alive – he knows it, he embraces it and he lives each and every day like it could be his last on Mother Earth.

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Millsboro resident Bob Lougheed survived a battle with pancreatic...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:22am

AT&T helping out with the environment

Wondering what to do with those rechargeable batteries that live inside laptops, cell phones, power tools, cordless phones and more once they outlive their “chargeableness”? There is no need to dump them in the landfill. Simply take them to the...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 3:55am

Child or child-at-heart, Bethany offers choice of Holiday Happenings

How do you celebrate the holidays? Are family-friendly festivities your goal, or does a warm, jazzy atmosphere light your fire?

The Town of Bethany Beach is inviting people to celebrate both ways at its annual Holiday Happenings. The...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:15am

SEDAST celebrating 17 years with renowned artists

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-27, some of the area’s most recognized artists and craftspersons will show their thanks and appreciation by opening the doors to their homes and studios in the 17th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:25am

Snowplow drivers learn in virtual reality

An outside observer might think DelDOT employees were playing video games last week in Dover, but snowplow operators were actually using technology to prepare for winter. For the first time, the Delaware Department of Transportation used snowplow...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:56am

Annual Trail Run to race through Assawoman

Those looking to combine a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area’s natural wonders and get some exercise at the same time may want to consider signing up for the 9th Annual Mariner’s Bethel Trail Run at Camp Barnes and the Assawoman...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:09am

Gliding gourds going sky-high for Punkin’ Chunkin’

Nothing says November in Sussex County like a cool, crisp breeze, the leaves turning a golden hue and a clear blue sky pierced by hundreds of pumpkins hurtling through the air.

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The “MythBusters” co-hosts...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:38am

Changing Names and Changing Fates

Anyone driving on Route 17 may have noticed one of the white county driveway signs: Horse Play Way. The sign says it all.

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Changing Fates Equine Rescue – which was originally called Whimsical Equine...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:59am

All Hallow's ready to offer a frightful revenge

All Hallow’s – a haunted town – has been discovered on the Delaware shore this Halloween season, providing a adventure that promises to rival all other haunts.

“My father-in-law owns Sports at the Beach, and that’s where All...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:46am

Local athletes and volunteers help make wishes come true

The 38th Make-A-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony last weekend provided, yet again, an amazing opportunity to participate in an event with the purpose of bringing joy to sick kids and their families.

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 7:16am

Roger Hitchens: Prop diver and underwater specialist

This year, prop diver Roger Hitchens celebrates 53 years with the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, where he’s held almost every office, including chief. Hitchens has called Ocean View “home” since his family moved there from Millsboro when he...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:59pm

Fifth Annual yART Sale bringing a fun and creative close to summer

Labor Day weekend may traditionally signal the winding down of another summer season, but for the last five years, it has also seen a strong turnout at the Kypreos household in Bethany Beach. And, this weekend, for the fifth straight year, the...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 3:43am

Samuel F. DuPont, Delaware's Admiral of the Navy

A member of the prominent Delaware family, Samuel Francis “Frank” Du Pont served almost 50 years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of rear admiral. He was born in New Jersey in 1803, but spent his childhood at Louviers – his father’s home on...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 1:44pm

Grandma, Grumpy and the Pirate vacationing in South Bethany

For the past six years, the Mogan family has been vacationing in South Bethany.

“We love Bethany. The first year we tried, this was in Ocean City, and it gets a little rowdy up there. Then we went up to North Bethany, and the house just...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:00am