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Realtors get recognition from top rung

News of a June charity event at the Bethany Beach Long and Foster real estate office made it to not only local papers and television stations, but to the White House as well.

The agents at the office recently received a letter from...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Tours offer private peek at nature

Whether it’s an exploratory trip through the Indian River Bay’s sandbars, a sunset boat tour or a hassle-free outing to downtown Dewey Beach, Back Bay Tours offers private boat trips that allow adventurous vacationers and locals a chance to see...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fire guts decades-old cottage

No one was injured Monday afternoon when an electrical fire, sparked by an overturned utility pole, eviscerated a beach bungalow at the corner of Fenwick and Bunting avenues in Fenwick Island.
Special to the Coastal Point • JENNIFER LEHMAN...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

One-stop home shop behind two doors

Like the owners of neighboring
B & R Tackle, Sea Level owner Tami Oltman has also expanded her business in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany over the years.
They share something else in common.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford revisits dilapidated houses

Frankford Town Council members revisited the issue of dilapidated houses at the July 11 council meeting, as Fire Hazard Inspection Committee Member Elma Gray reported the preliminary list of problem buildings had been compiled.

She stopped...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Inlet station is 'always ready'

The United States Coast Guard is the oldest maritime security force in the United States, dating back to Aug. 4, 1790.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
The front of the Coast Guard's 21-foot inflatable rigid hull boat.
Its original...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany to host car-seat safety tutorial Saturday

The Bethany Beach Police Department and members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will provide an important educational — and fun for the kids — event on Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., behind the fire hall at 212 Hollywood Street...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Competiton spurs local guards

Lifeguards — perhaps more so than any other emergency responders — bear an immediate and personal responsibility for their wards: they’re already on the scene when something goes wrong, and that makes it hard to beg excuse.
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany preps for capital project

South Bethany Town Council recapped the proposed town hall/police station project at the July 8 council meeting and advised property owners there’d be an Aug. 12 public hearing on the matter, ahead of a referendum.

In brief, the plan is...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick shop goes gluten-free

The Village of Fenwick — a little enclave of shops and eateries just north of the Maryland-Delaware line on Route 1 in Fenwick Island — has a new addition: To Life!
It’s a coffee shop and espresso bar.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick fishing club continues to organize

The Fenwick Island Fishing Club, still in its early stages of formation, held its second meeting Saturday, July 9.
Thus far, the club has determined its purpose: to have people join in a formal organization as a surf- and saltwater-fishing...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Theft, forgery, assault charges pile up against Ocean View man

No date has yet been set for a hearing concerning a 43-year-old Ocean View man accused of stealing boat parts.

On Thursday, July 7, Stanley A. Clark waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas, according to Lori...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lifeguards compete, honor fallen comrade

Lifeguards from the Delmarva region and as far as Jones Beach, N.Y., converged on Rehoboth Beach on July 13 for the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, in hopes of moving to the next level: the national...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

State stalls on various local road projects

Sussex County will get its flagship Indian River Inlet Bridge project a little later than originally anticipated, and drivers sitting in traffic on congested local roads will just have to wait and see.
This year’s $834.9 million bond bill,...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

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