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Bireley returns to school board presidency

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board returned Clarksville resident Charles Bireley (District 4) to the top spot at a July 1 reorganization meeting.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
Bireley was first elected to...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Author pens new book at local library

Christopher Yianilos, 33, has recorded many fond memories in Coastal Delaware. He has vacationed in the area from Northern Virginia since 1980, when his family bought a house in Sea Colony. He met his wife, Torra, in Dewey Beach and married her...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dream comes true for Bethany Beach girl

The only way to know if something is possible is to try. It takes guts and a little bit of luck sometimes. But that’s exactly what earned local girl, Tara Boemmel, an internship at DreamWorks studio in Los Angeles, Calif., this summer.


Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

What exactly does a state senator do?

In 1961, George Howard Bunting Jr. piled into his 1951 Pontiac (with no air conditioning and no radio) to come to Bethany Beach to be a lifeguard.

He got paid $48 per week for the job, worked seven days each week and had to clean the beach...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Annual bonfire heats up Fenwick Island

The flames at the 3rd Annual Fenwick Island Town Bonfire were hot enough to scorch the hair off the arms of those toasting marshmallows.
Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus:
The Fewick Island Town Bonfire drew a crowd of beach-goers....

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View debates water for restaurant

Ocean View Town Council members considered yet another permutation of Tidewater Utilities’ plan to deliver central water to the parcel at 27 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) at the July 5 council meeting, and heard considerable opposition from...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

2005 Legislature wraps up business for 2005

What better way to get to know the local legislators than taking a look at what they worked for in the 143rd General Assembly?

While both Sen. George Howard Bunting (20th District) and Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) co-sponsored plenty...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville's newest jewel

Jewelry mavens Charlie and Donna Koskey are making accessories more accessible in Selbyville. On May 2, the local couple opened a second branch of their Chardon Jewelers LTD at 6 North DuPont Highway in the town.Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Boardwalk shop plans fund-raiser

Tropical Treats, just north around the corner from the Bethany Beach bandstand, will be setting up a special “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” on Saturday, July 9.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Catie Cummings, Krystie Hudson and Krista Littleton...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Old Inlet team teaches surf fishing

Early in the morning, before the hordes arrive on the beaches to take in the sun and surf, others enjoy the surf in a different way. Surf fishing tackles the little fish that like to feed in the shallow waters of the ocean, before they are scared...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mason-Dixon Line myth exposed at beach

Dave Welsh and his family visited the Fenwick Island Lighthouse during their vacation, expecting to see the historical mark of the Mason-Dixon Line – widely known as the symbolic divider between the north and south during the Civil War.

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

The one that didn't get away

How big was Dan Dillion’s Fourth of July weekend?
Very big — 873 pounds and 115 inches, to be exact.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
Dan Dillion and his prize catch.
Dillion, of Maryland, was the angler who caught a Delaware...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Kayak tour highlights wildlife of the bay

Beyond the 150-acre James Farm Ecological Preserve, which lies in the midst of developing neighborhoods, is an opportunity for discovery and exploration of Delaware’s Inland Bays. All it takes is a kayak, a paddle and a little determination....

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

State adopts a $2.82 billion budget

State legislators settled on big budget and bond bills very late on June 30 and very early July 1. And after Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s nod, Delaware had a business plan for another year. The operating budget balanced at $2.82 billion, up more than 7...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany talks big capital project

South Bethany Town Council members met for workshop on June 30, to paint in broad strokes plans for a proposed new police station and a construction project for either a renovated or new town hall.

Mayor Gary Jayne said he was a little...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford council continues budget work

Members of the Frankford Town Council decided to increase the budget for a town park and building maintenance significantly at their annual budget hearing Monday, June 27, while also re-allocating more than $31,000 in surplus from the previous...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local book shops prepare for Potter

Area bookstores are gearing up for the release of the sixth Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” with employees preparing for late hours, long lines and even a little spirited fun. The book’s much-anticipated release date...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Patriotic celebration brings thousands to Bethany Beach

People lined the streets of downtown Bethany Beach on Monday, eager to take in the sights and sounds of the 21st Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade.

People, pets and paraphernalia also lined up behind a group of veterans with flags held...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local legislators sprint for the finish

Walking into Legislative Hall in the state capital in the last few days of the legislative session can leave visitors with the impression that someone just poured hotcakes onto an acre-wide griddle — and they’ve all finished cooking on one side...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Affordable housing' study short of expectations

Sussex County Council Member Lynn Rogers last summer asked for the assemblage of a committee to investigate affordable housing options for the county.

When the investigative coalition (convened by County Administrator Robert Stickels)...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

EPA explains push for environmental regs

What’s it worth to the citizens of Sussex County to have a clean Inland Bays watershed? To never again have to smell the rotting sea lettuce floating in the polluted, nutrient-overladen waters — to swim, to eat the fish and clams, without fear of...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

BBLA remains intact, but changed

Despite recent talk of dissolving the Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA), the group will continue to play a role in the town for the foreseeable future.

For more than 40 years, BBLA has kept its members (from all over the world)...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Council plumbs fundamentals

Dagsboro Town Council members touched some bedrock issues related to growth at their June 27 council meeting, before a full house of concerned citizens.

The Bethel Center (council’s temporary home) was filled to capacity, with every seat...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Incumbents keep Fenwick seats

There will be no town council election in Fenwick Island this year.
In the absence of Council President Peter Frederick, Council Member Harry Haon announced during the president’s report at the June 24 council meeting that only four...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island approves $1.4 million budget

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council approved a $1.4 million budget for the town’s 2006 fiscal year at their meeting Friday, June 24. The 6-0 vote (Mayor Peter Frederick was absent) reflected the lengthy process that involved input from the...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

250 years of service

Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro, perhaps the oldest building with any surviving features in this part of the county, is about to turn 250.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The chapel retains much of its charm, 250 years after its origins...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Psychotherapist, veteran moves practice

After treating hundreds of patients during his three years in Ocean City, Md., psychotherapist Dr. Peter Lamb will be moving his practice to Ocean View in the beginning of July.
Coastal Point • MARY ROBBINS:
Dr. Peter Lamb will be...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Coastal workers give a taste of melting pot

From storefronts to front lawns, displays of Southern Delaware’s patriotism rocket toward ubiquity in anticipation of the Fourth of July. Some summer visitors, however, find American spirit in the smile of a stranger rather than in a wave of...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick shops present unique choices

The Hastings family — John and Teresa Callahan — have searched the world over for the best in women’s fashion, silver, gold and gemstones, and their ships have been returning to port in the Village of Fenwick for the past 32 years.

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Junior lifeguard program beginning in Fenwick

Young aspiring lifeguards or even those with just an interest in lifeguarding have an opportunity to fulfill their needs and desires this summer.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
Fenwick Island Beach patrol Capt. Tim Ferry (with cap)...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bayside revealed

Carl M. Freeman communities welcomed a new addition to Sussex County on Sunday. Bayside’s model court opened on Route 54, several miles west of Fenwick Island, showcasing the five different home designs available and the Jack Nicklaus signature...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Relaxation at the shore

“Know your therapist,” is advice that Anne Marie Connor gives to anyone looking for a massage.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
Peace and tranquility are vital to enjoying the full benefits of a healing massage at Bethany Massage and...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Storytime a success in Fenwick

Members of the Fenwick Island Parks and Recreation Committee declared the first storytime event of the summer season a rousing success.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Susie Henicle entertains children during storytime in Fenwick Island,...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View residents consider historic district

Ocean View residents heard from State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPOs) Robin Bodo and Preservation Delaware’s Trent Margrif earlier this month, regarding a possible historic district for their town.

The town’s Historical Committee is...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

FenwickFenwick considers food, docks, and lifts

There were mixed reviews for two proposed ordinance changes in Fenwick Island at the June 24 town council meeting.

In both cases, further study and tweaking of the proposed ordinances were targeted as their futures, with a provisional...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Public fireworks displays offer safe fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the holiday weekend with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Delaware is one of only five states in the country that ban all consumer fireworks....

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

What exactly does a state representative do?

Legislative Hall is an impressive building, to be sure, but very accessible, and Rep. Gerald Hocker’s office is no exception to the rule. A quick trip through security, down the hall, through a reception are, skirt a few cubicles, and there you...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD sets tax rates

The Indian River School District (IRSD) moved to increase, and decrease, property taxes at the June 21 School Board meeting, depending not as much on where they’re coming from as where they’re going.

As Director of Business & Finance...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Renewed hope for beach replenishment

Bethany Beach’s bid to maximize the town’s influence in federal budgeting matters may have paid off after all.

The Bethany Beach-South Bethany project area did not receive a single penny of federal funding for beach reconstruction in the U...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Citizens oppose one-way streets in Bethany

With guidance and input from the modest crowd that attended a May 10 workshop on pedestrian and bicycle safety measures in Bethany Beach, representatives of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

USPS discusses post office

The United States Postal Service (USPS) held a meeting Thursday, June 16, to discuss the new post office scheduled to be built in the Ocean View/Millville area.

Primarily, it was held to open communication with the public and make sure...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany committee axes moral turpitude laws

Where’s the dividing line, between sensuously graceful, self-assured strut — and scandalous shimmy-shake?

Hard to say, and the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) members decided to let state law sort it out at the...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chamber's visitor center now complete

Workers are putting the final touches on a major remodel at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s visitor center (oceanside in Fenwick Island, Route 1), and chamber staff have invited everyone to come check out the new look.


Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Woodland avenue focus on planners

Three applicants, two with new subdivisions and a third carrying the site plan for a condominium (plus two single-family homes) development — all three on Woodland Avenue — came before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

A "Berry' good stop

Every summer, thousands of families flock to the beach to spend their days baking in the sun and their nights cooling down with ice cream and candy as they stroll along the beach streets.
Coastal Point • MARY ROBBINS
Chris Berry, owner...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany CDP nears the finish line

Bethany Beach’s new comprehensive development plan (CDP) is one short step away from having the force of law.

After more than a year of work by town officials and consultants, the 2005 CDP received unanimous final approval from town...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

County approves sewer

Sussex County Council moved okayed two sanitary sewer district expansions at the June 21 meeting — one primarily for what will become the 350-lot Forest Landing subdivision (Beaver Dam Road and Central Avenue), and the second for four...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville rocks with Old-Tymer's Day

Bill Lake struggled Saturday trying to fit a 6-foot trophy in the backseat of his yellow-and-black 1970 Buick. The car, which had garnered the award, could not completely accommodate the supersized prize, and its owner ultimately left the...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Easy' is not a consideration

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Taste of Philly

Philly’s Finest, in the Lighthouse Cove shopping center (Route 54), offers north Delaware-south Pennsylvania cuisine, just west of the Route 1 hustle.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Brian DeLuca, Stephanie Maloney and Kevin Kelly, ready...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm