Lifestyle


Organic farming made easier and cheaper

While Delaware may be years behind some states in realizing the importance of organic farming as both a niche market and a health conscious way to do business, it is catching on.

The Delaware Organic Food and Farming Association (DOFFA),...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:38pm

Delaware Does More--Neighbors helping neighbors all winter long

Delaware Does More – a collaborative effort among local non-profits, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and others – kicked off Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford storage facility. Proposed by the food bank and...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:56pm

Wii putting the ‘we’ in many holidays

After two years of short supplies that have sent many a parent heading to eBay or home in discouragement, supplies of the popular Wii video game console are finally showing signs of freeing up, just in time for the 2008 holidays.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:52pm

Local projects aim to put extra portions on needy plates

Most U.S. households waste more food that they can imagine or would like to admit, and the United States collectively throws away a full quarter of its food. And restaurants – known these days for over-sized portions and being strangers to the “...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:13am

Lively fall and winter scene ahead

While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 2:45pm

Local turkeys give fresh twist on Thanksgiving

Ever wonder where the turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas came from?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Turkeys roam around the farm at T.A. Farms in Wyoming, Del. The farm gets about 3,500 turkeys a year and sells out by the end of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 9:30am

Hickman adds local twist to prime meats

Looking for organic, pastured chicken that doesn’t come from the supermarket?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Bill Hickman of Hickman’s Meat Market in Rehoboth Beach cuts up some prime rib for the store. The meat market just recently...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 9:23am

Local students visit new nation in ancient place

For many students, their first chance to study abroad might be in college, if they ever get that chance at all. Jillian Harkness of Dagsboro got her chance this year as an 11th-grader and a member of 4-H.

Harkness was the only student from...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:09am

Selbyville to host annual Spooktacular Parade

For more than 60 years, the town of Selbyville has celebrated Halloween with a parade, and this year is no exception. It’s time for the annual Spooktacular Parade.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be food, fun and, of course, the timeless...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 7:13am

Chilean native and local favorite releases second album

Isabel Umanzor recently held a release party at for her original CD “Siete Días” at Salsa Matteo’s in Bethany Beach. Umanzor has been working on this, her second CD, for almost two years, recording it at the AMI Seagull Studios at Salisbury...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:45am

Green Halloween is a spreading trend

This All Hallow’s Eve, a community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays finds itself more than 2,800 miles from where it started.

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Corey Colwell-Lipson, here with daughter, is...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 8:05am

Green activist hot over pollution workshop

A public workshop on air emissions permitting for business, on Oct. 8 at Dover Downs, has raised the ire of environmentalists. Activists from Green Delaware this week urged the public to call on the state to cancel the $50 workshop and reconsider...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 8:00am

Lighthouse offers beacon of hope to troubled moms

Just as an old lighthouse stands as a beacon of light and guidance for ships, The Lighthouse Women and Children’s Program exists to offer women with drug, alcohol and mental health issues with one thing often lost amidst the turmoil of addiction...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:42am

Going Green festival set for Oct. 10-11, 13-14

The USDA “Building Sustainable Rural Communities Through Green Business Project” is offering Going Green Business Training and Workshops delivered by EcoVentures International (EVI) and Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB), to be held on Oct....

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:49am

Friends plan gathering to celebrate life of Powell

The spirit of Billy Powell will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Bethany Beach. Powell, a 1972 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, and a past Bethany Beach lifeguard and captain, died of melanoma in September 1983 at the age...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:17am

Nelson and Burris launch state’s first Internet talk-radio station

The future is here.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dave Burris and Randy Nelson started the state’s first Internet talk-radio station. The duo will cover everything from upstate to downstate and bring in guests from all over the...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:01am

Ice cream dreams come true at Hopkins Family Creamery

Driving down Route 9 just west of Five Points, near Lewes, it’s hard to miss the big silo with the cream cones on it. It’s enough to spark ice cream dreams — especially for its owners. For Christine Hopkins and her family, Hopkins Family Creamery...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:31am

Classic consumerism: Vintage favorites and retro specialties find a home on the Web

This voyage into some tips for the modern consumer started innocently, with a newsroom discussion of Nabisco Crown Pilot crackers that originated in topics unknown and probably better left that way.

For those who don’t know what Pilot...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Artists ready to take to the boardwalk

Note: This event has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This Saturday, artists and crafters from across the region will come together for the 30th year of a summer tradition in Bethany. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival,...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 5:51am

Green granola heading to Good Earth

For Michele Thornett of Michele’s Granola, her interest in having her own business came from something simple: her love of baking from scratch.

Coastal Point • Submitted
A sampling of granolas made by Michele’s Granola. Michele’s...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:26am

You bet your (seaside) garden

Gardeners by the Sea will be hosting WHYY’s Mike McGrath, radio personality and former editor of Organic Gardening, on Friday, Sept. 12.

Coastal Point • File Photo

The talk will be held at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Ocean...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:17am

Are you being greenwashed?

So asks the Summer 2008 issue of “Soap Dish,” published by The Soap Fairy owner Scott Blackson. The Soap Fairy has been unconsciously green since its humble beginnings in 1997, when Blackson would drop off soap he had made to friends and family...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:06am

Boardwalk Art Festival opens new doors for artists

On Saturday, Sept. 6, downtown Bethany Beach will once again be transformed into a colorful spectacle of artistic beauty and talent. More than 130 fine artists and crafters will pour onto the boardwalk, transforming the ocean-set backdrop into a...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:16am

Fenwick environmentalists look at PCS

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee recently met to discuss some of their ongoing environmental interests, one being their official position on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) proposed...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 6:07am

New business offers Old World Breads

Bread is bread, right? Not exactly.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Steve Kogler takes a few loaves of bread out of the oven. Kogler only uses four ingredients in his breads.For Steve Kogler, growing up in the restaurant business...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:51am

Illegal dumping complaints on the rise

DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit recently released statistics on its investigations into violations of Delaware’s air, waste and water pollution laws for the first six months of 2008. Enforcement officers handled a total of 1,958 complaints...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:46am

Life deserting loop canal

There is something fishy happening in the Bethany Beach Loop Canal — or rather something fish-less.

For about six weeks, the manmade canal has had significantly low dissolved oxygen levels. That means that, for fish and other aquatic life...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:58am

Eating from the CSA

Let’s put it out there. I’m not a farmer.

So I have been told during the course of my reporting, as I have made my way around the county interviewing various farmers that participate in the beach area’s farmers’ markets. I ask crazy...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:12am

Young environmentalists honored at fair

Young people making a difference by caring for our natural world were in the spotlight on Thursday, July 24, at the Delaware State Fair, as Governor Ruth Ann Minner presented the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Young...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:04am

County adopts stronger buffer ordinances to protect land uses

The lines between properties and what features can separate them are far less blurry than before, thanks to Sussex County Council’s adoption of a new buffer ordinance amendment.

County Council, at its Tuesday, July 29, 2008, meeting,...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:02am

UEK Delaware receives DNREC grant

UEK Delaware, L.P. a Frankford based tidal energy company, recently received notice of a grant approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) Green Energy Office.

The grant will be for the company to install a three...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:39am

Stepping out with Chowderfoot

With a name like Chowderfoot, you might expect an amusing story behind the origin of the young Seaford band. The truth is, however, the laid-back foursome just wanted something catchy, something likeable, something that people would remember....

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:21am

Hybrids offer bang for the buck

Gas prices hover around $4 a gallon. They don’t seem to be going down anytime soon. No news there.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
The Toyota Prius offers great gas mileage and better performance than previous versions. The wait...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:49pm

Green Delaware tackles environment

Since 1995, Green Delaware has acted as a grassroots organization concerned with environmental and public health issues in Delaware and surrounding areas.

Coastal Point • File greendel.org
The Green Delaware website has alot of...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:45pm

Gary's goes green!

After having solar panels installed at their house, Gary and Ava Cannon, owners of Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, decided to install them at the restaurant as well.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill went green...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:41pm

Bluewater explores options for future bird studies

Ever since the Russell W. Peterson research vessel was grounded on Bethany Beach in May, members of the Bluewater Wind research team have been seeking alternate options to conduct required bird studies in the Atlantic Ocean.

Jim Lanard,...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:27pm

Quilt raffle should really 'light up' St. Ann's bazaar

St. Ann’s Catholic Church is once again prepping for one of its most anticipated events of the year: the annual summer bazaar.

Coastal Point
For nearly three decades, the event has coaxed browsers, both church members and...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:11am

Amid high temps, electric co-op issues peak alert

Delaware Electric Cooperative asked all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22, when its membership was expected be using the greatest...

Monday, July 21, 2008 - 4:48am

Biden opposes off-chore drilling, supports wind farm

U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) had harsh words Monday about President George W. Bush’s announcement that morning that he had lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling and encouraging Congress to do likewise. Biden, in the backdrop...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:15am

Bethany’s VFW barbecue — a Saturday afternoon staple

Every Saturday, volunteers from VFW Post 7234 cook up a Bethany Beach tradition that has become as time-honored as the town’s popular bandstand performances. The smell of roast chicken and ribs wisps through the air as weekend traffic is...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:27am

Green as far as the eye can see at Greenbranch Organic Farm

Standing in the kitchen of Ted Wycall’s home — which happens to be upstairs from his “central command center” at Greenbranch Organic Farm, just outside Salisbury — it’s hard not to envy the view.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
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Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:19am

Confessions of a guilty greenie

During the last week or so, I’ve begun to notice that I am suffering from a curious phenomenon: Green guilt.

M. Patricia Titua

The Coastal Point started off the new year in January with our very own monthly “Go Green” section, with...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 5:58am

Bethany Beach Fourth a family tradition

For Steven and Jenn Geib of Connecticut, coming to Bethany Beach to celebrate the Fourth of July with their three children and extended family is something they look forward to all year long. They get to see the parade, fireworks and, most...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Silver+green=gold

It’s good to be first. In a real estate market that is struggling to get back on its feet, it’s easy to focus on the struggles and hefty competition and much harder to get recognized for doing something positive and out of the ordinary. But that...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Red, white, blue ... and green!

Nothing quite says summer like a Fourth of July barbecue. The word alone can drum up nostalgic smells of summer — charcoal smoke wafting through the air, grilled hot dogs and burgers with perfect seared lines. According to the Sierra Club, 60...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

TV goes (Planet) Green

Perhaps the greatest measure of the appeal and impact of the “green” movement in today’s society is that there is now an entire television network devoted to green living. The Discovery group of networks flipped the switch on Planet Green a few...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

Residents say no to NRG permit for landfill

Citizens attended a public hearing last week on an application by NRG Indian River Operations Inc. (NRG) for a permit to construct and operate a new phase of the industrial landfill located at 29416 Power Plant Road, in Millsboro. The hearing was...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:45pm

One step closer to offshore wind power

It had become somewhat doubtful over the past year that Delaware would ever have an offshore wind farm. But, in a compromise reached this week, it appears the wind park could be built about 12 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach by 2012.

...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:18am

Hudsons tend family farm, offering goods at farm stand and farmers’ markets

Anyone looking for a little history with their homegrown vegetables should look no farther than Hudson Produce, off of Route 20 in Roxana.

Albert Hudson and his wife, Sharon, have a stand right outside the house where Sharon grew up....

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:48am

Things you can do on the Internet

Periodically, we get requests from Coastal Point readers to expand our technology columns to offer tips to those who are just learning to use computers and other gadgets, or those who know the basics but want to expand their horizons, with some...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:43am