New announcement could help area

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced earlier this week that Delaware has been designated one of four high-priority “Wind Energy Areas” in the Mid-Atlantic region. This basically means that Delaware’s...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:53am

Thank you for seven wonderful years

This week marks the seventh anniversary of our first edition of the Coastal Point.

For those of us who have been around for the duration, it often feels like it’s been twice that long — like it’s almost hard to remember life before we...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:56am

Local hospitals make the grade in care

Hospitals across the country eagerly await the annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study — a report that studies health care provider information and releases results that tell the story of how patients are treated and...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:22am

Markell working hard at building jobs

Gov. Jack Markell was succesful in the private industry — working both for the Comcast Corporation and as a vice president of corporate development for Nextel. The Delaware native then went to work for his home state, serving as state treasurer...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 4:16am

Report on Route 113 bypass is fair, tough

Gov. Jack Markell recently received a report from his chief of staff, Thomas P. McGonigle, regarding the “U.S. 113 Noth-South Project and Property Reservations Agreements Entered into by the Delaware Department of Trasportation (DelDOT).”


Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:26am

It's time for all of us to support Blue Hens

The University of Delaware football team has ridden a stingy defense, impressive running game and a precise quarterback all the way to Friday night’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision game against top-ranked Eastern Washington in Frisco,...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:08am

Splashing into a brand new (chilly) year

A new year is cleansing. You wash away the old, and start again with the new. And many like to begin the new year with a cold splash to the face.

And body. And limbs.

Two local events that are beginning to look a whole lot like...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 5:56am

Enjoy the holidays, but please use caution

AAA Mid-Atlantic is estimating that more than 25,000 Delawareans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays this year, an increase of 3.4 percent over last year. That translates into some crowded highways, increases for...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:53pm

Legislators force DelDOT, state to review

When Coastal Point reporter Monica Scott was putting together her three-part series on the proposed Route 113 bypass project, we all knew there would be a stink about one portion of that piece that focused on payouts from the state to two...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:24am

Efficiency beats out charming in the end

The Frankford Town Council voted Monday night to amend the town’s rules of procedure relating to public participation.

The changes require citizens to ask permission of the council president before speaking at a meeting, and then mandate...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:01am

NRG project a win-win for all

There was a sense of jubilation in the air on Tuesday as state dignitaries and officials from NRG announced NRG’s $360 million air quality improvement project, which promises to drastically reduce air emissions from the plant.

And they...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:47am

Think local for your holiday shopping

It hardly seems possible that Thanksgiving is already back upon us.

We know what happens now. We get through the holiday’s feast and spend some quality time with loved ones, and then there’s the annual month-long blur that takes place...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:22pm

Town should be cautious with rules

The Ocean View Town Council, in reply to the findings of a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, will be creating Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) — a group of resident volunteers who wish to assist the police department...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:03am

A good organization needs our help

The current state of the economy has hit just about everything.

Locally, we have witnessed a huge impact through the real estate world. We’ve seen developers, Realtors, builders and contractors have a tough time as home sales, and projects...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:30am

Remember a veteran this year

On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was reached to cease hostilities until a final peace treaty could be reached, basically bringing a conclusion to the fighting in World War I.

The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:35pm

Election is the time to be heard

The much-anticipated mid-term election comes to the nation on Tuesday and, despite the hype and attention surrounding it, we’re still a bit wary about how many people will actually go to the polls to have their say.

The last major general...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:13am

Lynch shines, and elections near

Selbyville Pet and Garden Center’s Kevin Lynch was awarded the prestigious Lighthouse Award by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce during that organization’s annual award ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The award is viewed as a “...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:42am

UD professor wins Nobel Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday morning that Richard F. Heck, the Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, according to a statement on the...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:55pm

County contributing to area's future

If there is one common gripe about the basic economic climate in this area (recent housing woes, notwithstanding), it’s been that there are not enough tech-oriented jobs for young people. The argument has been made over and over again that the...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 8:11am

Scholarship contest a great event

One of our favorite local events is coming up, with Sussex County Council’s Election Year Scholarship Contest.

The contest began in 2000 for Sussex County students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students predict the outcomes of the...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 5:57am

Rally causes great concern for many

The town of Bethany Beach has been somewhat under attack recently because it is allowing the Aryan Nations Northeast Region to hold an organized rally — dubbed “White Patriot Day!” on its flyers — at the town’s boardwalk bandstand on Saturday,...

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:41am

Weekend events still rolling along

We wrote in this space last week that Labor Day weekend is no longer the definitive end to the season here.

Our argument was that more businesses now stay open longer into the fall — or year-round, for that matter — and that really...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:47am

Holiday is not the end of area

Traditionally, the common conception of this area has been one that thrived from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and then we rolled up the sidewalks and counted the days until the visitors came back next year.

Make no mistake — that was once...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:31am

Millville closer to streetscape

To many who visit the area, Millville is that little town on Route 26 that has some grocery stores, several banks and an enormous liquor store. It appears to be based solely on the retail of Route 26, just like many people from other areas...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:40am

Local laws apply to all of us

It seems this summer that we’ve had more complaints about the enforcement of parking regulations in Bethany Beach than at any other time. Two different people who contacted us suggested that the town specifically targets out-of-state license...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:30am

Jazz Funeral a sight to see

Though summer is still in full swing, the realities of Labor Day weekend are fast approaching.

That is the weekend that marks the unofficial close of the summer season every year. Young children and many of the seasonal employees go back...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:56am

Great family week ahead for area

We love to consider this area the “family beaches” of the Delmarva coast.

There isn’t the congestion and fraternity atmosphere of Ocean City to our immediate south, or the party and rock-and-roll scene of Dewey Beach directly to the north...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:41am

Crime hits even our little home

The Delaware State Police reported earlier this week that there are additional charges facing the five teenagers arrested last week in connection with the July 16 burglary of a Bethany Beach home. The police state that these charges stem from...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:13am

Fall elections now taking shape

It was beginning to look as if there would be very little excitement locally in the November elections. True, Ocean View Town Council Member Perry Mitchell announced his intent to run for Sen. George H. Bunting’s state senate seat in the...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:15am

Fall elections now taking shape

It was beginning to look as if there would be very little excitement locally in the November elections. True, Ocean View Town Council Member Perry Mitchell announced his intent to run for Sen. George H. Bunting’s state senate seat in the...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:15am

Ocean View the site of harmony?

Ocean View Town Council met Tuesday night for a public hearing regarding its 2010 comprehensive land-use plan. A touchy subject, to be sure, particularly regarding the increase in commercial lots compared to the past.

Touchy subjects in...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:16pm

Hands-free law could save laws

Can you hear us now?
Starting Jan. 2, 2011, motorists on Delaware roads will need to use hands-free technology to talk on their cell phones. The new law, signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday, also bans drivers from texting, reading or...

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 4:28am

A step back in time for the holiday

America is a changing and changed place.

What began as a collection of ragtag colonies inhabited by European immigrants is now a thriving superpower with immigrants from all corners of the globe. Our technological and industrial...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:48pm

Letter nice -- but might not be enough

Many of us have closely followed the events regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We have been collectively aghast at the lack of an efficient response as far as stopping the leak and cleaning up the damage it is leaving in its wake, and...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:51am

A good weekend of events ahead

For those looking for something entertaining to do this weekend, without doing battle with regular beach traffic, let us offer an inland alternative.

The Town of Selbyville will be holding its 54th annual Old Timer’s Day celebration on...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:52am

AAA has picked the right battles

As the summer season approaches each year to this area, a great amount of thought for many individuals turns to traffic. There are concerns about over-stressed roads, getting behind that person who seemingly wanders down the road aimlessly and,...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:36am

Neighborly policing could be a help

The topic of a regional police force has been one that’s picked up steam several times over the years, only to go back down into obscurity a short time later. However, there seems to be real momentum right now for some form of arrangement between...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:23am

Neighborly policing could be a help

The topic of a regional police force has been one that’s picked up steam several times over the years, only to go back down into obscurity a short time later. However, there seems to be real momentum right now for some form of arrangement between...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:23am

Weekend kicks off summer season

For many of us in the area, Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of the “real year.”

Oh, make no mistake. Those of us fortunate enough to live here full-time love the off-season. We enjoy driving unabated up and down Route 26. We...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:29am

State making right call on cell phones

By all indications, it will soon be illegal to talk on your hand-held cell phone while driving in Delaware, as well as texting or accessing e-mail or the Internet while behind the wheel.

The State House of Representatives voted 33-5 to...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:13pm

Independent review leaves bad taste

Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, of Widener University, was tasked by Gov. Jack Markell in January to conduct an independent review after the arrest of Dr. Early Bradley, the Lewes pediatrician accused of more than 100 sexual assaults. On Tuesday, May...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:41am

Parents should make voices heard

Elections for the school board of the Indian River School District are this week. Residents of District 2 — the areas outside of Millsboro and Georgetown — will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 11, voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as to who they’d...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:24pm

Roxana Fire Department turns 50

There are certain things in society and life we just naturally take for granted. We often don’t appreciate enough our family members or friends, our jobs, our homes or, locally, that beautiful body of water over to the east. And we are never...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 2:10pm

Biden continues to attack case

Reality continued to slap the collective face of our community earlier this week when Delaware Attorney General Joseph “Beau” Biden III announced that the Sussex County Grand Jury has indicted Dr. Earl Bradley on 58 counts of rape and other...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:13am

Bidding adieu to council members

The Ocean View Town Council election came and went on Saturday, and Michelle Steffens and Geoff Christ will now be sworn in next week to serve the people of Ocean View.

We certainly congratulate the two of them on their succesful campaigns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:29am

Issues on the table in Ocean View

As voters in Ocean View prepare to go to the polls on Saturday for the town council election, we ask them to consider one thing above all others: Which candidate would best serve the town?

And, that’s it.

Attempt to ignore...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:59am

Project closer to becoming a reality

This has long been a community that gives.

Just take a quick peek at our “Calendar” and “Continuing Events” sections each week and you will find an unbelievable number of organizations that were created solely to help others, through the...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:27am

Ocean View election nears

Ocean View is holding an election on Saturday, April 10. You might want to buckle up. This could be a bumpy ride.

Councilman Bill Wichmann, who has been somewhat of a lightning rod for controversy, is leaving his seat in District II...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:48am

Memorial effort a good cause

The loss of a police officer, particularly in the line of duty, can wound an entire community. They are our protectors. The men and women who move toward trouble, while the vast majority of us are moving away from it as fast as our legs or cars...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:32pm

Local students conquer Odyssey

Two teams of Indian River School District (IRSD) students earned state championships last weekend at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware. And we should be proud of their efforts.

A team coached by...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 5:05am