Retired teacher supports referendum


I am writing to extend my support for the Indian River School District referendum. As a retired special-education teacher and special-education coordinator from another state, I have an awareness of the impact on all students when...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:03pm

Readers on the anti-litter bandwagon


We were very pleased by the letter from Dave Moeller (in the March 22, 2019, Coastal Point) regarding the litter problem in Delaware. He nailed it!

When we were traveling to Ocean View from our previous home in Maryland in...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

A reader calls for clarity


Now more than ever, newspaper editors and their staff must check their facts prior to publishing articles.

In the most recent issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that at a recent Town Council meeting a resident of...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

Council hearing new ideas on county homelessness

The topic of homelessness in Sussex County has generated more and more attention over recent years, and, though it hasn’t reached the “epidemic” levels of some areas in the country, it is a serious issue in the county that isn’t going away...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:25am

Unexplainable conclusion to unexplainable story

One of the joys of a nation like ours, in a time like today’s, is that we all have an opinion, and we all have access to a technological platform to share said opinion.

One of the drawbacks, of course, is... see above.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:24am

A town council candidate weighs in


I am a candidate for the Ocean View Town Council and want to highlight briefly the topics of budgeting, land use and Town identity.

At its April 9 meeting, the Town Council is scheduled to approve Draft 3 of the FY2020...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

As Blockbuster goes, so goes the nation?


Thank you for your [column] “Blockbuster fading away.” This inspired a reverie of lost days of Jiffy Pop stovetop and talking to the people you were with instead of texting others while offering only cursory acknowledgement of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

Responding to Lorraine Gloede’s letter


I am writing in response to Lorraine Gloede’s letter on Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill. I attended the League of Women Voters’ event in Georgetown where a panel of three discussed the bill then pending in the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:52am

A response to Mr. Moeller’s letter


Mr. Moeller’s letter regarding a serious problem in Delaware with litter hit home with this resident. Words cannot adequately express my feelings on this issue. It is disgusting, frustrating, disturbing and irresponsible to see...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:51am

Reader urges: Vote yes for the referendum


Fans of “Games of Thrones” will know that “Winter is Coming” was a key phrase in the series up until last season. Well, now “Winter is Here”! The key concern in the Indian River School District is “Overcrowding is Coming.”  Well,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:50am

Need to allow early voting


As a Delawarean attending college in D.C. for the last 3.5 years, voting has not always been easy. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the thousands of Delawareans in colleges across the state and country. That’s because...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:49am

Reader thinks it’s time to share the care


I am writing in support of S.B. 27, the “Share the Care Act,” now under consideration by Delaware’s legislators.

My 94-year-old father was an active, robust family man. When various health conditions got the best of him,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:48am

A real talk about the word ‘fake’


Are we living in a “fake” world?

President Donald Trump’s leadership in the life of the U.S.A. has been defined by one word in nearly every avenue of our lives... “fake.” Daily news sources are fake news reports? Our local...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Grise Memorial Scholarship to be granted to local student

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter this spring will be granting the 23rd Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:01am

Don’t look now, but Dagsboro is starting to boom

Dagsboro appears to be a town on an economic upswing.

Businesses including Porto, Dagsboro Days and Jayne’s Reliable have joined the Clayton Theatre as stalwarts of the downtown area, and other new small businesses appear to be making a...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:43pm

And then there was one. Blockbuster fading away

Things come. Things go. 

That’s kind of the nature of a modern-day world that has experienced unprecedented technological advancements and a connected global economy that inspires inovation from all corners of the Earth. Capitalism expands...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:42pm

Candidate ready for Ocean View election


At the latest Ocean View council meeting, it was announced that there will be a town-wide election (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Saturday, April 13, for the next District 1 member. There will also be a candidates’ night on Wednesday, March...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:39pm

Appreciation of a guest column


We applaud your decision to publish [the guest column written by Jeannie Bennett Fleming of Concerned Parishioners]. As concerned Catholics, we know that this issue desperately needs all the light and action that can be devoted to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:38pm

A letter on litter levels


This letter is in regards to a plague which affects virtually the entire state of Delaware. Almost no area or roadway escapes the ongoing severe litter problem we have in this state. Our roadways and parks look like we are mired in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Examining the referendum


The IRSD has scheduled another capital expense funding referendum for May 7. Please allow me to share some of my thoughts about our school district.

First, the district has no control over whether they provide an education...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Reader says the people have spoken on referendum


On Feb. 8 the Indian River School District held a referendum to raise property taxes, and the people voted and the results (no tax increase) — the people have spoken.

The response from IRSD: We did not hear you, so let’s...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm

Reader asks Collins: Why are you bringing back the ‘Blue Route’?

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Rich Collins and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I was deeply concerned to hear of your planned resolution to the House of Representatives to study the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:28pm

Local police rightfully recognized for their efforts

When discussing what makes our community such an attractive place to live, the answers one might hear most frequently center on the beach, inland bays, low taxes, good schools and public safety.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed crime statistics...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:55pm

The rise and fall of some celebrities is deserved

Raise your hand if you thought “Full House” and “Desperate Housewives” would make their way into the national headlines this week.

Granted, our unnatural and unhealthy obsession with all things celebrity does force questionable items into...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

Summer feels a little closer with Freeman release

This is not a community that requires a lot of raw data to determine if it is the summer season or not.

Weather aside, one can look at any of our roads and know right away if it’s summer. Or visit a local restaurant. Or walk along one of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:35pm

I thought I had been yelled at by the very best

I am not a man who possesses many skills.

The changing of a lightbulb has been my crowning achievement in terms of home-improvement efforts, and that did not come without a torrent of obscenities, a plethora of broken lightbulbs and what...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:31pm

The sex-abuse crisis and ordinary lay-Catholics

Toward the end of February 2019, Pope Francis met in Rome with about 124 church leaders, focusing on the sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this long-awaited summit was to provide a teaching moment to the hierarchy that...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Business Professionals of America providing futures for young leaders

Have you ever wanted to get involved in an organization that would help you with your leadership skills? If you answered yes, then Business Professionals of America is for you! They offer scholarships, experience and many amazing opportunities....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:58am

On Senate Bill 22


Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill, is back! It will be heard in committee on Wednesday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Caucus Room. The public is encouraged to write their state senators and/or make their opinions...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:39am

Thanks from the IRB Boosters


The Indian River Band Boosters and band members would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our local community for supporting our 11th annual bingo event, held at the Millville Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, March 2.


Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:33am

Valor Awards celebrate our true local heroes

The Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Cove at Bayside last week, and, once again, it served as a clear reminder that this entire community owes a debt to the first-...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:44pm

Story is about much more than Robert Kraft

Do you ever just sit down, take a look at the world around you and think, “Wow. Is it really possible that I’m not as screwed up as I always thought I was?”

That’s probably a perverse and petty way to look at life. To almost wish worse...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:42pm


South Bethany Town Manager Maureen Harman was incorrectly identified as “Maureen Hart” in the Feb. 15, 2019, article “South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires.” We apologize for the error, especially since we hate when people flub our...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:57am

Tech versus privacy — the battle rages on

Foiled by a napkin!

Actually, “foiled” probably isn’t even the right word there. It kind of implies that the material in question was indeed foil, like a piece of Reynolds Wrap or some other “tin-like” product, whereas the substance in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:54am

Possible Millsboro switch is an idea to consider

Millsboro officials are discussing an idea that would result in moving the Town’s administrative offices into the location where the current police department sits, while moving the Millsboro Police Department to the site of the current Millsboro...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:37pm

We are our own biggest enemy these days

Want to hear a secret?

Seriously. I have some information for you. I didn’t really think it was that big of a secret, to be honest with you, but apparently it really is. You ready? OK, here we go.

Republicans aren’t racists, and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:36pm

Referendum defeat leaves problems unsolved

Indian River School District voters turned out by the thousands on Tuesday to voice their wishes on a proposed tax increase to fund desperately needed construction of a new high school and new classrooms at others. By a margin of around 600...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:42pm

Looking back at 15 years of community news

“Fifteen years ago, Darin, Shaun and I were standing in a printing plant in Dover, watching the first issue of the Coastal Point come off the press. We had worked the entire night before, going home only long enough for a quick shower after we...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:39pm

Night to Shine is a beacon for community

There are nights to shine, and there are “Nights to Shine.” Fortunately, for our community, the latter will soon be upon us.

The Third Annual Night to Shine event, thanks to a partnership between the Ocean View Church of Christ and the Tim...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:24am

I’m already getting an appetite for the big game

Thanksgiving does two things for me each year: It causes me to re-evaluate my eating and exercise habits as I inevitably wake up at some point on the floor with a piece of pumpkin pie stuck to my chin, and I set about making a New Year’s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:23am

This January weekend offers plenty of fun

The common refrain in regards to living in our little slice of Heaven in the winter is that there isn’t a lot to do, but at least you don’t have to deal with traffic. While we can’t offer sure-fire predictions on traffic patterns this weekend, we...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:16am

Like him or loathe him, Brady rises to the top

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl.

Before you start, I know: Coach Bill Belichick is also heading to another Super Bowl, and for all of Tom Brady’s excellence, drive...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:15am

A response to Dobson


A little late to react, but that letter from George Dobson has in it the silliest, let alone most shortsighted comments I have seen in a good long time.

Tax parents with children in school and drop the tax when the child...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:34am

Reader: ‘Illegals’ are a threat to America


So Los Angeles teachers are complaining about overcrowded classrooms in a district where 85 percent of the children are considered “at risk.” Too bad, L.A.! What do you expect, when you’re in a sanctuary state?

When you keep...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:32am

Special holiday thanks


Thank you to everyone who helped fill Santa’s Book Bag with 400 new books for babies, children and teenagers this holiday season. The books were distributed through the Edward W. Pyle Social Services Center, Frankford; the Dagsboro...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:31am

A letter to Steele


A school bond referendum is scheduled for a vote on Feb. 5 seeking to raise funds for badly needed and worthy public school needs. A positive vote will increase property taxes in Sussex County, with estimates varying.


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:30am

King left behind a legacy that will always endure

On April 4, 1968, America lost a piece of its heart. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., by James Earl Ray, setting off a barage of riots, mourning and anger. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:49am

Point of no return — Times are tough, but the human spirit is amazing

There’s a lot going on in the world today that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

We have thousands and thousands of federal employees unable to work because they are being used as pawns by both sides of our political divide, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:48am

There are options to fight those energy bills

We’re all kind of watching what, if anything, will happen with potential snow in the area this weekend, but, all things considered, it has been a mild winter to this point.

Of course, we all know that can change in an instant. Temperatures...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:47pm

We get to make our own choices, for good and bad

Life is often about choices.

We can have good luck or bad luck, huge opportunities or slivers of opportunity. We can be blessed to be born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in our mouths, or face an uphill climb that requires us to work...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:45pm