Letters to the Editor — September 30, 2016

Reader sees optimism in Ocean View


I read with interest the article in the Sept. 23 issue of the Coastal Point encouraging residents to become informed and prepared in case of emergencies. Sussex County Emergency Operations Director Joe Thomas also recommended that members of the public get involved with organizations such as Citizens Corps.

For readers who may not recall, the Town of Ocean View was well ahead of the curve with efforts regarding citizen involvement. Thanks to the forward thinking of police Chief Ken McLaughlin, the department in 2004 established the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP) which became part of the Homeland Security program.

Made up of some 15 dedicated volunteers, the patrol became the first volunteer citizen organization of its kind in Delaware and served as a role model for others to emulate throughout the state. In 2005, the CAP received the governor’s award as an outstanding volunteer group of the year.

In addition to supporting the police department with town patrols and traffic control, CAP members received instruction in first aid and fire safety, and received extensive training in disaster preparedness utilizing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Volunteers also assisted the department with more route tasks which freed officers to concentrate on police-related work.

Unfortunately, in 2008, due to the questionable motives by the then-town manager and several former members of the town council, the Town created a revised operations manual for the CAP which made it impossible for the organization to operate effectively and efficiently. This forced the members to resign en masse, and the organization was disbanded. A real loss for the citizens of Ocean View!

Fortunately, Ocean View now has a very capable town manager and a town council that works together harmoniously with the police department and on programs and projects for the betterment of the town. My sincere hope is that this positive relationship will continue for the benefit of all of us in Ocean View.

Richard Birkmeyer

Ocean View

Brandywine grateful for support at party


Brandywine Living of Fenwick would like to thank our neighbors and local business for joining us at our block party. Our residents and staff appreciate all the donations that were given.

We have raised over $1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware so far. Brandywine calendars are still for sale at 21111 Arrington Drive for $15.

Jeannie Elgin

Brandywine Living of Fenwick

Reader sees nothing funny in bracelets


I am writing because I am absolutely appalled at the cavalier attitude that IRSD Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele expressed about bracelets distributed at Indian River High School. Does he not know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24, and that every day more than 5,000 young people in grades 7-12 attempt suicide in the United States?

It seems to me that we should be extremely concerned when students go around telling other students to “kill yourself” — who knows what this message might do to a young person who might already be in desperate straits? A message such as this has no place in our schools, not even as a “joke” (which it definitely is not!).

Further, it’s impossible to understand why a school official would not be concerned about any message or ideas linked to the Nazi swastika and the atrocities that that regime committed. I’m sure that in our community we still have veterans who went to war to end those atrocities and who would be more than happy to provide Mr. Steele with a history lesson.

In the meantime, I would suggest that the IRSD needs to show more concern for student welfare, not to mention greater historical awareness, and that the school district must certainly begin to take these issues more seriously than Mr. Steele seems to.

Anthony Chiffolo

Bethany Beach

Chief thankful for community support


On behalf of the men and women of the Ocean View Police Department, I would like to say “Thank you” to all in this wonderful community who have shown such tremendous support to us over the years. While the community has always been kind and supportive of the police department, the recent outpouring of support and gestures of gratitude have been overwhelming to say the least.

Over the past several months, the spirits of our officers have been raised and warmed by the hundreds of phone calls, letters, posters and emails sent to the police department. Additionally, we have been awash in home-baked cookies, cakes and meals. While other communities across the country struggle to develop relationships between the police and the public, we gratefully enjoy the rewards of our ongoing community policing efforts, initiatives and relationships.

Recently, on Friday, Sept. 16, a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event spearheaded by local resident Kathy Skiles-Jacobs took place. During the event, the police department was showered with gifts and well-wishes. Dozens of residents and business owners from the community took the time to stop by the police department just to say “thank you.” Students from Cozy Critters Day Care and seniors from Brandywine Assisted Care sent stacks of homemade cards and gifts.

The local chapter of Hogs & Heroes, led by President Warren “Snake” Davis, roared into the police lot and presented the officers with a poster and well-wishes. Delmarva Broadcasting 97.1 The Wave radio broadcasted the event live on-air. The magnitude of the event was heartwarming and humbling.

Please know that the men and woman of the Ocean View Police Department genuinely care for the community and deeply thank you for your overwhelming support and prayers.

Chief Ken McLaughlin

Ocean View Police Department

Reader shares her Bureau experience


I attended the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware’s Movie Night at the Lewes library on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The meeting was quite informative about the Bureau, their hard work advocating for taxation and regulation of cannabis, and the many ways it can benefit citizens, businesses and government in the state of Delaware.

I enjoyed the friendly and welcoming environment, as well as the positive attitude and perseverance of the organizers. I watched the featured movie, “The Human Cost of Prohibition,” with a tear in my eye, because the stories were so moving and personally relatable.

I certainly plan to attend future events held by the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware to become more informed and help make our great state even better.

Sarah Roberts


St Ann’s charity golf outing a great success


The St. Ann’s Men’s Club would like to thank all the participants and the following sponsors and donors for their generous contributions to our recent very successful charity golf outing at the Salt Pond Golf Course. The Men’s Club will use the profits to continue and add to its charitable work. Last year, the Men’s Club was able to provide over $7,500 in revenue assistance to many worthy recipients.

Our lunch and hole sponsors were D. Stephen Parsons, P.A.; Bishop-Hastings Funeral Services; Beach Liquors; Fenwick Crab House; PNC; Allison Stine Team; American Heating & Air Conditioning; Auto Plus & Marine; Bethany Bay Diner; Bill Cannon’s Garage; Tidewater Physical Therapy/Bob Cairo; Café on 26; Casapulla’s; Coastal Maytag; County Bank; Creative Concepts; Denise Beam/State Farm Insurance; E.S. Gregory Accounting; Evergreene Homes; First Choice Real Estate/Christine McCoy; G&E/Hocker’s; Golden Scissors; Good Earth Market; HMS Insurance/Tim Connelly; Loftus Wealth Strategies; Lois James DDS; Long Neck Diner; Martin Malarkey, CPA; Melson’s Funeral Services; Oceanova; Ocean Area Tire/Goodyear; Parcell’s Funeral Services; Patti’s Hallmark Cards; Pro-Works; Rep Ron Gray; Rick Solloway/Raymond James; Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli; Scott & Schuman P.A.; Sen. Gerald Hocker; Security Instruments; R.C. Shriner L.P.I.; Superior Screen; Susan Weidman, Esq.; Tom and Fil Ryan; Treasure Island; The UPS Store; VFW; and Vickie York Real Estate.

Our gift donors were Armand’s; Addy Sea; Atlantic Auto Repair; Bayville Package Store; Bethany Bay Golf; Bethany Beach Books; Bethany Blues; Bethany Boathouse; Bethany Florist; Bethany Massage; Bethany Oyster House; Bethany Wines & Liquors; Blue Crab Restaurant; Burnzy’s; Captain Mac’s Fish House; Café on 26; Coastal Cottage; Cottage Café; Countryside Café; Crabhouse Factory; Cripple Creek Golf; DiFebo’s Restaurant; Dickens Parlour Theatre; Dirty Harry’s Restaurant; Doyle’s Restaurant; Dr. Donald Hattier, D.C.; Drifting Grounds Coffee House; Fisher’s Popcorn; Float-Ors; Fox’s Pizza; Frog House; Giant Food; Grotto’s Pizza; Harris Teeter; Off The Hook; Hudson’s General Store; Jetty Deli; Jimmy’s Restaurant—Fenwick; Ken’s Pizza; Lobster Shanty; M&T Bank; Mango’s Mancini’s; Mariott Wardman Park; McCabe’s Gourmet Market; Mickey’s Crab House; Millers Creek; Ocean View Diner; Parkway Restaurant; Papa John’s; Penguin Diner; Perucci’s; Rooster’s Nest; Ruddo’s Golf/Bret Marshall; Salt Pond Golf; Selective Insurance; Studio 26; Ted Dunn; and Tidepool Toys.

Thank you.

Dick Malone and the Golf Committee

St. Ann’s Men’s Club