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One of Maureen Ickrath’s photos depicts a kite flying over a crashing wave.

Ickrath’s photography to be featured at Artisans’ Fair

Maureen Ickrath has been sharing her art with others since she was a child — first “little sketches” that she used to draw for other children and, in recent years, photographs that capture the beauty of local beaches and towns.

Ickrath, a...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:45pm

October events mean temporary road and lane restrictions

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that motorists can expect road and lane restrictions with an interruption to traffic for a number of special events in October.

• Dewey Goes Pink — Dewey Beach on...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:25pm

Dozens at Georgetown Elementary potentially exposed to TB

The Division of Public Health (DPH) and Indian River School District announced on Tuesday that approximately 50 individuals at Georgetown Elementary School may have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis (TB).

DPH officials said...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:24pm

Carper tours Inland Bays to highlight water infrastructure bill

On Sept. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, visited the Center for the Inland Bays, and met with state and federal officials to commemorate National Estuaries Week and discuss...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center opens early in Georgetown

Brandywine Valley SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center this week opened its doors early in Georgetown, having taken in more than 200 animals from three shelters in North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Some of the dogs moved...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:20pm

Atlantic General offering community flu-shot clinics

Frequent handwashing and avoiding close contact with those who are sick can help but, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu vaccine each year.

As a service to...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:19pm

St. George’s UMC is ready to build a new music program of singers and musicians, led by longtime teachers Eric Tsavdar (left) and his stepfather, Mark Marvel.

Make a joyful noise

Clarksville church welcomes all to sing and play in new music program

Men and women who miss singing in school choir, or who miss picking up a musical instrument: St. George’s United Methodist Church is looking for you.

The historic Clarksville church is expanding its music program. At the helm are longtime...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:29pm

SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center opens early in Georgetown

Brandywine Valley SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center this week opened its doors early in Georgetown, having taken in more than 200 animals from three shelters in North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Some of the dogs moved...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:10pm

Delaware Tech Communications students meet with NPR lead politics editor Domenico Montanaro at the Milton Theatre. Pictured, from left, are: students Lauren Moon, Safi Furlow and Cassidy Clark, Montanaro, and student Chris Parker.

DelTech communications students meet with NPR editor

A group of communications students from Delaware Technical Community College recently visited the Milton Theatre to hear and meet NPR’s lead politics editor, Domenico Montanaro.

A graduate of University of Delaware, Montanaro discussed an...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:09pm

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Halpern Cottage at 1105 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront between Essex and Farmington streets).

Halpern cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:02pm

During her acceptance speech, awardee Dannora Elzey of Laurel takes a moment to thank Lower Sussex NAACP President Louise Henry.

NAACP honors unsung heroes

The Lower Sussex NAACP Chapter 2029 held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown. The event featured music, dance, dinner, a keynote address and an awards ceremony honoring unsung...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:58am

Ocean City Museum to celebrate 40th anniversary on Oct. 20

The Ocean City (Md.) Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary with beach themed party —“Surfin’ the Seventies” — at Fager’s Island on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“We chose the theme because the ’70s were a seminal time for Ocean City,” said...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:49am

Sussex County airport gets $5.5M FAA grant

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Sept. 19 announced a $5.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant award to the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The grant will be...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:46am

in 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva this year.

Bin 66 takes Olde Tymers Softball championship

The 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva (OTS) recently completed the season’s playoffs, and there was a new champion this year.

Bin 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the double-elimination tournament, outlasting...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:24am

Local waterman arrested on 600 more violations

Following an investigation into illegal activity on the Delaware River, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Sept. 20 arrested a commercial waterman from Sussex County for more than 600 shellfish and boating violations near...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:55am

Community getting active in support of local teacher

Sure, the unofficial end of summer just took place over the Labor Day holiday, but October is nearly here, and nationally, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with tens of thousands of organizations hosting benefits to raise...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:54am

Oct. 14 festival to showcase Latino cuisine and culture

Sabor Latino 2018 — a new food-and-wine festival event that will celebrate Latino culture, with food, fun, music and dance — will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, 2-6 p.m., at The Clubhouse at Baywood in the Long Neck area.

Attendees can enjoy...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:52am

SoDel Fest to include Tuscan dinner and chef throwdown

The Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival highlights local cuisine and music, along with wine, beer and spirits from all over the world, but this year, organizers said they are planning several fun twists.

“Every year, we get...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:51am

Volunteers plant 270 new trees at botanic gardens

On Sept. 20, thanks to a grant from the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) volunteers planted 270 new trees along the Piney Neck Road entrance to the DBG, near Dagsboro.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban &...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:48am

Various Delaware firefighters staged at the Queenstown Premium Outlets in Maryland before heading down to North Carolina to aid responders there in dealing with the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Local firefighters helping storm-weary brethren in North Carolina

The Delaware coast may have been spared the devastation Hurricane Florence has brought to more southern neighbors, but a group of state’s emergency-responders heard that some of those southern neighbors needed help, and they heeded the call....

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:18pm

County responds to Open Government

The Sussex County Council this week responded to an August letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which sought to bring to their “attention a number of issues about the operation of the Sussex County’s Board of Adjustment.”

...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

South Bethany town council, police force both short on members

The Town of South Bethany currently has one vacancy on its town council and two in its police department.

“Wayne Schrader has stepped down from the town council due to family issues he needs to deal with on a personal level. We have...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:14pm

Bethany Beach Alderman Charlie McMullen, left, swears in (from left) Rosemary Hardiman, Lew Killmer, Faith Denault and Bruce Frye to two-year terms on Bethany Beach Town Council.

Killmer named mayor of Bethany Beach, Sirkis joins P&Z

The Bethany Beach Town Council was of one voice on Monday, Sept. 17, when they held their town council reorganizational meeting, appointing the mayor, vice-mayor and council secretary-treasurer for the coming year, as well as filling a seat on...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:11pm

Speed reduction coming down the road for Route 113 in Dagsboro

Route 113 is about to see a reduction in the speed limit for the stretch of road that runs through Dagsboro, thanks to a recent approval from DelDOT.

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd J. Toomey alerted the town council at their Monday, Sept. 17...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:09pm

OVPD continues to offer check-in service to residents

For nearly two decades, the Ocean View Police Department has been offering a senior check-in program, free of charge, to its residents.

“They’ll call in every day and leave a message on our machine,” explained OVPD Capt. Heath Hall. “Once...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:04pm

Program Administrator Mike Powell points out shoaling just inside the Indian River inlet.

Massey’s Ditch dredging will also rebuild north inlet beach

This winter, the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) will kill two birds with one stone. While dredging Massey’s Ditch, engineers will pump the displaced sand onto the beach north of the Indian River Inlet.

...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:25pm

DelDOT hopes to improve traffic flow and safety by updating intersections on U.S. Route 113, according to this recent Strategic Implementation Plan.

DelDOT to begin land acquisition for Route 9/113 intersection

With increasing concerns about traffic in the area, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is deep into plans to improve traffic flow on Route 113. In the Georgetown area alone, DelDOT is planning eight grade-separated intersections,...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:23pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

Pumpkins and painting at park site to highlight festival

Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival will be held a bit earlier than usual this year, but for a very good reason.

The festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site of the festival has also changed. This year, it...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:16pm

Safe Selfie Zones offer media-safe photo ops for new drivers

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this week announced new “Safe Selfie Zones” located at each of the DMV’s four locations.

The Safe Selfie Zones, officials said, are designed to feature a fun,...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:50pm

Millsboro Friends ask community to support library at event

The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library are continuing their fundraising efforts with a dine-and-donate at Blue Water Grill in downtown Millsboro this week.

The fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:49pm

An OVPD officer with a costumed kiddo.

OVPD planning 4th Annual Cops & Goblins festival

This fall, the Ocean View Police Department will hold its annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival — a free event designed to give children in the community a safe place to trick-or-treat.

“We’ve got a couple new things that are fun,”...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:56am

Supporters turn out in Dagsboro.

Thank a Police Officer Day

Members of the community rallied behind local law enforcement agencies last weekend for ‘Thank a Police Officer Day.’ Organizer Heidi Lentkowski organized efforts at the Ocean View Police Department on Friday, Sept. 14, and Dagsboro Police...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:50am

Southern Sussex Rotary to host clean water-presentation

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Southern Sussex Rotary will host Dr. Mohammad Ahkter, M.D., MPH, at its 7:30 a.m. meeting at Brandywine Senior Living in Fenwick Island.

For more than 100 years, Rotary International had been involved with...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:30am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Wilgus cottage on Maryland Avenue.

Wilgus cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:26am

Conservation Districts sponsoring annual conservation poster contest

The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are now accepting entries for the districts’ annual conservation poster contest, from K-12 students in public, charter, private and home schools.

Posters will be judged on the 2018...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:23am

Local Girl Scouts create pet items for Humane Society fundraising effort

Girl Scout Troop 649, based in Selbyville, recently made catnip toys, cat shakers, dog bandanas and dog tug toys, which they donated for sale by the Worcester County (Md.) Humane Society at the Humane Society’s booth at Sunfest, Sept. 20-23, in...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:19am

IR Quarterback Tyler Bowen looks for room to run during last Friday’s game against Polytech.

Indians suffer loss to Polytech

It was another neutral-site contest last Friday, Sept. 14, for Indian River High School football team as they traveled to the Kent County Rec Center to face Polytech on the Kesserling Turf Field.

The Panthers used their size, strength and...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:05am

Millsboro Lanes prepares to host regional PBA event

Nestled just off of Route 113 is one of the premier bowling centers in Sussex County — Millsboro Lanes — which will be hosting a regional Professional Bowling Association qualifying event this Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23.

It...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:53am

DNREC Deputy Secretary Lisa Borin Ogden, state Sen. Bryant Richardson, state Rep. Timothy Dukes, DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens, Trap Pond Partners President Chase Cline and other members of the Trap Pond Partners and friends brave the rain to unveil the new playground at Trap Pond State Park.

DNREC dedicates new playground at Trap Pond State Park

DNREC officials on Tuesday unveiled a new playground at Trap Pond State Park during a dedication ceremony also attended by state Sen. Bryant Richardson, state Rep. Timothy Dukes, Trap Pond Partners President Chase Cline and a host of other local...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:51am

Lewes farmers’ market featuring fall foods, chef demo

With the fall season having arrived at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, marketgoers on Sept. 22 will be able to buy apples, pears, apple cider, apple-cider donuts, arugula, kale, green beans, radishes, mushrooms, grass-fed hamburger, lamb...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:49am

Time ticking on early-bird discount for Hair of the Dog events

It might still feel like summer outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s Day traditions, whether it be looking for a new one or continuing a family favorite.

The Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, along with the Leo Brady...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:48am

Precautions to help avoid fall sports injuries

Didn’t the vacation season seem to fly by this year? It’s hard to believe, but summer is behind us and kids are back to school. This time of year brings another annual kickoff. It’s the start of the fall sports season. Whether the sport is...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:45am

Week of the Deaf offers chances to learn ASL, Deaf culture

Bethany Beach and Dagsboro will celebrate the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) from Sept. 23 to 28.

“There is a growing population of Deaf citizens in the Bethany Beach and surrounding areas. The IWDeaf events are offered for the...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:38am

Millville council approves part of Beebe site plan

The Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11, approved one of two site plans under review for the construction of Beebe Medical Center’s South Coastal Campus Emergency Department & Cancer Center.

Acting on last month’s...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:26pm

Lord Baltimore touched by tragedy

A 6-year-old Frankford girl was killed in a vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Sunday, Sept. 9. The girl, whose name had not yet been released as of Coastal Point press time, was a first-grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

“We are...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:24pm

Denault joins incumbents on Bethany Beach Town Council

Bethany Beach voters this week favored a trio of council incumbents and member of the town’s Planning Commission when they went to the polls for the Bethany Beach Town Council elections on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Incumbents Rosemary Hardiman,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:22pm

Disbandment of Fenwick Building Committee recommended

After years of acting as individual advisors to the Town’s building official, the Fenwick Island Building Committee is now meeting as a cohesive unit — pending a town council decision on whether to keep it around at all.

After controversy...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:20pm

Fenwick mulls cell tower options (though they’re not really towers)

Verizon Wireless wants to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware. This month, Verizon engineers designed two proposals to boost signals in Fenwick Island. (They only presented concept plans, but did not submit permit requests, which...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

Amanda Irwin presents the Selbyville Town Council with a $210,000 check from Mountaire Farms, covering about half of the anticipated cost of Railroad Avenue culvert repairs.

‘Sounds like we’re going to get a culvert replacement’

DNREC, Mountaire share cost of Selbyville’s $395,000 road repair

As a road slowly collapses, the Town of Selbyville finally has a plan and money for repairs.

On Sept. 10, the Selbyville Town Council approved a $395,250 project by Hopkins Construction of Bridgeville. Town staff had made some phone calls...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:11pm