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No elections in Selbyville this year

As election season in many local towns just gets under way, the Town of Selbyville has finished with theirs. Selbyville had three seats up for vote, each with two-year terms, but incumbent Councilmen Clifton Murray, G. Frank Smith III and...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

Fenwick committee looking for rain-garden site

The Fenwick Environmental Committee met this week to discuss several places to place a demonstration rain garden in the town. They listened to a talk given by Sally Boswell of the Center for Inland Bays last October and have been discussing...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

FCC says ‘not so fast’ to local station’s DTV switch

Officials at WBOC-TV, Channel 16, in Salisbury, Md. – the area’s CBS affiliate and lone remaining analog TV broadcaster – were ready to switch off their analog broadcast this Tuesday, Feb. 17, on the original schedule for the federally mandated...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:49am

Mitchell floats plan for Ocean View finances

Ocean View Town Councilman Perry Mitchell believes he has something to offer the town in the way of the budget – and it doesn’t include a tax increase.

His “first draft” of a new financial plan for the town, with the goal of achieving $2.2...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:46am

Robinson returns home to offer legal advice

For many newcomers to the area, the Robinson property that used to sit where Giant and the Millville Shopping Center now sit doesn’t bring back any memories or ring any bells. But to locals, and transplants living in the area long enough to...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:32am

Reverse mortgage could be answer to financial troubles

The housing market can be a challenge in today’s economy, especially for retirees and senior citizens preparing to move to assisted living communities or in with family members. Questions often arise concerning how long seniors can stay in their...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:30am

Canal dredge completion postponed until late 2009

The Assawoman Canal dredging project began three years ago – three years that, according to State Rep. Gerald Hocker, should have been a sufficient timeframe for the operation to be completed. Now, as the result of needing the state to purchase a...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:24am

MVFC breaks new ground

In 2004, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) purchased an approximate 7-acre parcel of land to serve as the site for a substation on Omar Road in Clarksville. For the past few years, a renovated farm implement building has been serving as...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:06am

Millville enables special tax district for MBS

The Town of Millville said goodbye to one of their council members on Feb. 10, at their monthly town meeting. Councilwoman Kami Banks, who is relocating outside of town limits, was honored for her dedication to the town and awarded a certificate...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:16pm

New inlet bridge appears to be on fast track

The project has been long delayed and even longer anticipated, but the construction phase for the new Indian River Inlet Bridge officially kicked into gear this week with formal announcement of a timetable for the $150 million project, slated to...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:14pm

OV to cut police, raise taxes?

Highlights of the proposed Ocean View annual operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, as presented this week by Town Manager Conway Gregory, include a 22 percent tax increase over the next four years and a resizing of the town’s public safety...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:03pm

Ocean View moves to establish historic district

A first reading of an ordinance to amend the Ocean View Zoning Code to create an overlay zone to be known as “HPOZ Historic Preservation District” was introduced Tuesday night, Feb. 10, by Councilman Richard Nippes.

Nippes emphasized that...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:58pm

Contractors to offer scholarships to local students

Contractors for a Cause, a foundation devoted to giving back to the community through the works of area contractors and their associates, has been a growing effort in recent years. From their Spring Gala and golf tournaments to their work with...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:55pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:45pm

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:44pm

Conference offers hopeful look at nutrient management

With snow on the ground and weather-related cancellations galore, about 140 people still came out to the Nutrient Management Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. The conference focused on both the success of the Nutrient Management Program,...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:37pm

McComrick Insurance offers reasuring personal touch

With the economy seeming more like a rollercoaster than anything else, many people these days are worried about their financial stability. Health insurance can be expensive, and in a coastal area there are a number of extra worries for homeowners...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:31pm

Coin and gun shop flips locations

All things, eventually, become an object of the past. Nations rise and fall, and take their secrets to the grave, but they leave clues behind. A clever person can use these clues to unravel the secrets of a time long since faded from memory. One...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:27pm

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:19pm

Bridal show takes Valentine’s romance to the shore

After overdosing on decadent dinner and sweet chocolates, there’s a perfect way to continue the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 15, for those ready to take their love to the next level. The first annual Bethany Beach “Believe...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:07pm

LB students ready to show their talents

If you’re looking for something to do next Thursday, you might want to stop by Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s talent show. The show, which is sponsored by and benefits the music department, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian River High...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:00pm

Rehoboth man arrested for attempted robbery of Millville pharmacy

The Delaware State Police arrested Derrick W. Durst, 25, of Rehoboth Beach, on Tuesday, after he voluntarily turned himself into detectives at Troop 4 at 11:30 a.m. Durst was wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of the Rite Aid pharmacy...

Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:53am

Frankford elections canceled

This Saturday won’t see town council elections in Frankford after all. Town Manager Terry Truitt announced the cancellation of what would have been the town’s first elections in eight years at a Feb. 1 council meeting, citing the disqualification...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:53pm

County offers employees voluntary furlough option

As part of their effort to cut an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June 30, Sussex County Council members recently approved a voluntary furlough policy for county...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

Girl Scouts taking to the streets

For those who might have blinked, the annual Girl Scout cookie pre-ordering period is now over. But no worries – cookies can still be purchased at “cookie booths” all over town starting on Friday, Feb. 13, until Saturday, March 7.

Coastal...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:31pm

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:28pm

Local beaches much changed in five years--5 year anniversary section

There is no question that one of the biggest changes to the Delaware shore in the last five years is the completion of major reconstruction projects for area beaches. After years of suffering from beach erosion and risk to homes near the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:26pm

Cole sees light at end of economic downturn--5 year anniversary section

Since Coastal Point got its start five years ago, county and town councils, boards and committees have had their hands full with residential development throughout the region. From small neighborhoods and townhouse developments to entire living...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:25pm

Point, Jack hit five years together--5 year anniversary section

Few things personify the trauma of parenthood like a growing child. It’s hard to negate the fact that life is moving right along when the baby that was just in diapers gets on the school bus on his first day of kindergarten. And people can say “...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:22pm

Chamber of Commerce helps area through busy and slow times--5 year anniversary section

Although the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for about 25 years, they are celebrating a smaller five-year anniversary this week, as well. In the debut Feb. 6, 2004, issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.

Barker

According to the DSP, on Jan. 28,...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:42am

Mitchell pressures legislators over drainage

Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell asked for state or federal assistance for longstanding drainage issues in the development of West View off of West Avenue this week in a letter addressed to state Sen. George Howard Bunting and Rep. Gerald...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:34am

Frankford water plant ready to go to bid

After being stalled for the better part of five years, Frankford’s municipal water plant is finally ready to move to the completion phase. Town Manager Terry Truitt told the Coastal Point this week that the pre-bid meeting for the completion...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:32am

Meeting set on MAPP project

Delmarva Power is set to host an informational community meeting on their proposed Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) project on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Millsboro Civic Center in Millsboro, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The project consists of a 230-...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:31am

Free tax preparation for those that qualify

Tax season is here. By law, W-2s and 1099s should be in the hands of all employees by tomorrow, Jan. 31, 2009.

Now… what to do with them?

Delaware is one of only a few states to offer online filing through its Web site, at www....

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:26am

New works, new digs coming for local artists' collective

With all the beautiful scenery in the beach, as well as the numerous parks and wildlife areas dotting the landscape, it isn’t hard to imagine why the coastal area seems to attract artisans. Countless night spots feature local musicians and, if...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:25am

New Millsboro shopping center already set to expand

The Town of Millsboro at the town council’s Jan. 5 meeting approved the annexation of 10 acres of land around the new Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center – home to the new Lowe’s and BJ’s. The acreage, which is highway-fronting and commercially...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:20am

Local author debuts second children's book

For Jean F. Springer of Ocean View, poetry has always been her vice – one now 40 years in the making. Ever since she was a young girl, she would write poem after poem – a passion she picked up from her mother. Now, what was once an infatuation...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:14am

IRSD gets students moving

There is little doubt that childhood obesity is becoming more and more problematic in American culture. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (more than 9 million) between ages 6 and 19 are overweight...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:12am

DTV delay nixed in House

If you watch TV through a rooftop or set-top antenna and an older TV and didn’t order your $40 coupons from the federal government shortly after our last story on the digital TV transition, back in December, your procrastination likely garnered...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:11am

Frankford to hold first election in eight years

Frankford officials are preparing for a rare occurrence in the town: an election. For the first time in eight years, more than just the incumbent council members are running for seats on the town council.

Three candidates have filed for...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:16am

Ocean View undergoes state audit

All municipalities within the state of Delaware are subject to state audits on a regular basis, but a formal inquiry by one council member and a petition by about 200 of the town’s citizens recently led to Ocean View’s regular audits being moved...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:15am

Fenwick corrects voter registration ordinance

The Fenwick Island Town Council met on Friday, Jan. 23, for their monthly town council meeting. Topics up for discussion at the meeting included the town’s voter registration ordinance, utility construction policies and town charter updates....

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:13am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Bethany Beach to require rental safety checklist

While all of the items on the new safety checklist for property owners renting out their properties in Bethany Beach are already required under town code, the move to take the extra step and require owners to certify annually that the have met...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:53am

MillVols take volunteer efforts to Millville

The MillVols – a Millville volunteer group – have officially started to organize.

Steve Micciche, coordinator of the group and a former Citizen Auxiliary Patrol member from Ocean View, said that he had been approached a few months back by...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:48am

Bethany aims to smooth the way for Blue Surf

Though construction of the revamped Blue Surf adjacent to Bethany Beach’s boardwalk has been somewhat delayed by the practicalities of construction and real estate sales in a slow market, owners of the project and town officials are hoping to...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:43am

Lost: 500,000 gallons of water (and rising)

As many environmentally- and cost-conscious consumers aim to reduce their water usage by ensuring their toilets, faucets and pipes don’t leak, Frankford officials are looking to plug a leak of an altogether different scale.

Tidewater’s...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:03am

OV establishes street-repair fund

Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday, with Mayor Gordon Wood abstaining and Councilman Bill Wcihmann dissenting, to “re-deploy” $450,000 from the town’s Emergency Reserve Trust Fund to establish the Street Repair and Replacement Fund....

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:02am

Compromise found on Selbyville bells

Although religion is a topic best left at the door when it comes to political discussion; for a second month in a row, the Salem United Methodist church’s chimes were once again the hot topic at Selbyville’s monthly town council meeting, held on...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:49am