Letters to the Editor — April 22, 2016

Reader thanks Coastal Point and readers for support


Thank you Coastal Point readers and staff for your continued support of our troops. The response by the community and the Coastal Point staff to our semi-annual collection for “Items for the Troops” was very generous.

We would also like to thank the following local merchants: Food Lion, PNC Bank, Kool Bean, ACTS, Café on 26 and the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach, for their support.

Thank you, Father Klevence at St. Ann’s, for your continued prayerful support of our military and the use of Delaney Hall.

Know that the generosity of the Sussex County community will make a difference in the lives of our men and women in uniform. Thank you.

Rosemary Wlaschin
Items for the Troops

Business conference organizers offer their thanks


On behalf of the Delaware Small Business Development Center, University of Delaware and the Small Business Administration, thank you so much for publishing the information about the Delaware Resiliency Summits held April 6 and 7 in New Castle and Sussex counties. We had record attendance and attribute that largely to your support.

We also wanted to thank our speakers, including Michael Powell, DNREC program manager; Elayne Starkey, Delaware’s chief security officer; Capt. Dan Meadows, Delaware State Police; Steven Kegelman, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Borough of Avon by-the-Sea, N.J.; Chris Cullison of ZeroFOX; Austin Morris Jr. of Morris Risk Management; and Will Minster of Wilmington’s Downtown Business Improvement District and Main Street Wilmington. We also want to thank our emcees, Tim Furlong of NBC10 and Mike Lichniak of WBOC-TV.

We would not have successfully executed these events without the help of our Delaware Resiliency Board members, including Betsy Reamer, Lewes Chamber; Daniel Eliot, SBDC UD; David Root, DEDO; Gary Laing; DEMA; Jamie Bethard, DNREC; Jim Smith, Delmarva Power; Joe Farrell, UD Lewes; Kevin Yingling, Delaware Electric Cooperative; Sarah Willoughby, Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau; Scott Thomas, Southern Delaware Tourism; Tim Smith, Delmarva Digital; and Wendy Carey, UD Lewes.

In addition, we appreciate the support of the sponsors, including SBA, University of Delaware, Discover Bank, Henlopen City Oyster House and Coastal & Estuarine Research Inc.

Cindy Small,
Business Resiliency Coordinator

Reader wants ‘bandit’ signs cleaned up


There is still no improvement in the amount of builder signs all over our county and our towns. The signs are distractive, cluttering and destroying the beauty of our county.

William Murphy

VFW set to host Memorial Day service


Once again this year, we, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, are honored to partner with the Town of Bethany Beach on Memorial Day — a very important and sacred day — to perform a solemn remembrance service for all of your loved-ones who have courageously fought and died on battlefields around the world in defense of the United States, our values and our freedoms. We will also honor and remember our missing-in-action, prisoners-of-war and Gold Star families.

This service will be on May 30 at 11 a.m. on the bandstand at Bethany Beach.

This year, at the Memorial Day service at Bethany Beach, we will be including a rollcall of the members of our post who died during the last year. If you would like us to include any of your loved-ones in the roll call, please email us at vfwPost7234@vfw7234.com or call the post at (302) 539-9981.

Everyone is welcome to join us on this day to remember those who have given their lives in service to this nation to safeguard our liberty and way of life.

God bless America!

Fulton Loppatto, Commander
VFW 7234, Ocean View