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Park proposal could go to referendum

Residents and property owners have long been divided on the issue, but this spring South Bethany could, once and for all, find out if there is enough support in the community for developing a traditional park to make that proposal a reality....

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:18am

Ocean View police help push car-seat safety

Last week, the Ocean View Police Department held its first child safety-seat and child passenger program. Despite a smaller-than-expected turnout, Ocean View police chief Ken McLaughlin said the department was glad to be of assistance and to help...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:15am

County council looking at potential transitional housing

Three vacant Georgetown-area homes purchased by Sussex County as part of its airport expansion could be transformed into transitional housing for one or more groups of people in need of a roof over their heads.

Sussex County Council...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:11am

Frankford aims to settle bilingual billing dispute

Like many towns in the area, Frankford is growing. But unlike some of its neighbors, with that growth in Frankford comes continued diversity in both culture and language. And with that diversity come challenges.

The Frankford Town Council...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:06am

Ocean View votes on various fees

After a lengthy public hearing in which the Ocean View Town Council deferred a vote on the requested rezoning of three parcels from residential to general business, the council breezed through the rest of their agenda on Dec. 8, voting...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:00am

County offers limited amnesty program to collect fees

Sussex County officials are hoping that an amnesty program aimed at getting sewer and water customers who have gotten behind on their payments current with their bills will help clear a backlog of some $1.8 million in delinquent water and sewer...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:57am

CIB committee learns about land trusts, nutrients

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Center for the Inland Bays heard from Wendy Baker of the Sussex County Land Trust and Bill Rohrer of the state’s Nutrient Management Program at their December meeting.

Baker explained that the...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:49am

Local company offering service on an international scale

An international company with roots in Sussex County is making leaps and bounds in customer care and work-from-home opportunities. All-American (AA) Teleservices LLC is a national provider of enhanced telephone support services, geared toward...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:46am

High Stakes gets bigger

As the old adage says, “Less is more.” But for local business owner Brian Deluca, who has found success in the recent expansion of his Fenwick Island hotspot High Stakes Bar and Grill, more is more.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:45am

Harold Schmidt show hits the road

“This gathering isn’t about saying goodbye to Harold. Instead it’s about saying ‘Good luck,’” said Sue Ryan, owner of the Good Earth Market and self-proclaimed president of the “Harold Schmidt Fan Club.”

Special to the Coastal Point •...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:34am

IR wrestling welcoming Seaford before weekends 'Battle'

With the “War on the Shore” behind them, the Indian River wrestling team is fine-tuning their skills and turning their focus on the task-at-hand. This coming Tuesday, the squad will open up their regular season with a match against Seaford, a...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:32am

Local trainer helping others tackle half-marathon

When it comes to health and fitness, preparation is key. Just ask Lisa Velasco, who, for more than a decade and a half, has been helping others improve their lives, mentally and physically. Now, Velasco – a certified personal trainer, fitness...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:31am

Conference wins put IR girls' hoops second in Henlopen South

A late come-from-behind surge from Lake Forest in the final minutes of their game gave the Lady Indians’ varsity basketball team a bit of a shock last week, but that didn’t stop IR from taking down two more Henlopen South teams in their most...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:28am

Local couple light up the night with holiday display

The holidays are quickly approaching, but for Millville resident Donald Golis, the Christmas spirit has been firmly at work for nearly a month. Over the course of two weeks, his Banks Acres home has been transformed into a winter wonderland,...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Lewes pediatrician arrested on rape, sexual contact charges [UPDATED]

The Delaware State Police on Wednesday, Dec. 16, reported that DSP Troop 4 detectives were investigating Dr. Earl B. Bradley – a pediatrician with an office in Lewes, Del. – in reference to charges of unlawful sexual contact.

Police said...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 8:19am

OV council extends consideration of rezoning for CVS

The Ocean View Town Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, held a public hearing on the requested rezoning of three parcels at West and Atlantic avenues from residential to commercial use. But in considering one of the more controversial rezoning decisions...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:24pm

OV council gets working on budget

“I’m crushed,” said Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood, after a less than stellar turn out at the Ocean View council’s first meeting about the draft for next year’s budget. “I did everything I knew to get public awareness.”

Regardless of the...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:19pm

Hidden charges lurking in some phone bills

Phone bills aren’t exactly most people’s idea of great reading material, unless one is aiming to fall asleep or acquire a headache. Unfortunately, for consumers, it is still very important to comb through every page of those bills to make sure...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:17pm

Love at first flight

What to get the person who has everything?

Coastal Point • Submitted
A hot-air balloon from Vickers Ballooning lifts up into the sky.
How about an experience?

It wastes no paper, it doesn’t add pounds and it creates...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:51pm

IR Stage Band reborn for holiday performance

Performances put on by Indian River High School’s music department have become traditions throughout the school year, from holiday performances put on by the school band and choir to the end-of-the-year variety show, which brings together a slew...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:48pm

OV mayor invites public to help with budget

Smaller Christmas this year? Put off college? Sell the car? Get a second job?

Just like many families across the nation, municipalities are being faced with questions of how to once again make their financial picture a comfortable one....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:50pm

County falls short of mark for federal storm aid

With a strong coastal storm headed into the area mid-week and a second expected on Saturday, Dec. 5, Sussex County officials offered the unwelcome news at the county council’s Dec. 1 meeting that the county had not qualified to be eligible for...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:48pm

Bevy of holiday events set for this weekend

The stuffing has been devoured, the pies consumed and the trees, decorations and lights are beginning to emerge, so it must be time for a celebration of the winter holiday season. And celebrate the area will this weekend with events ranging from...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:43pm

DARE makes a return to Selbyville schools

After the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program was discontinued at Selbyville schools four years ago, parents and teachers grew concerned about the resulting impact on students. Now, thanks to the persistent efforts of Selbyville police...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:40pm

Matteo's keeping things hot in cold season

While summer weather and established restaurants draw crowds to the Delaware shore in the warmer months, year-round residents know that some of the best times to take advantage of local restaurants’ specials is during the off-season. And Matteo’s...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:30pm

Beach access restored in Bethany

Late last week, three beach access ramps reopened to allow pedestrian access from the boardwalk to the beach in Bethany Beach. The ramps are located at Cedarwood Street, Parkwood Street (at the beach lot) and on 3rd Street. All other beach access...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:29am

Bethany ‘in front of the curve’ on solar power regs

In the second of their roundtable discussions on “green” technology, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members this week met with area experts on solar power installations, getting advice on how the town should regulate the industry as the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:28am

Grand jury returns indictments for murder of Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:27am

Former Eagle preaches invincible resolve

There’s no questioning the hardships that local business owners are facing in today’s economy, but with the right attitude and mentality, anything can be possible. That was the message that was sent last week to many area businesspeople by...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:23am

Gallery One offers artistic holiday cards

For the first time, Gallery One has publish a set of holiday cards.

Each box has 16 different images – one from each of the gallery’s artists. This premier set of cards is available at Gallery One, located at 32 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:21am

Judge closes Frankford-area home

Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced on Thursday, Nov. 19, that the Delaware Department of Justice had secured the closure of a property near Frankford under Delaware’s Nuisance Abatement Act. At the Department’s request...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:20am

Five charged in kidnapping, one sought

Delaware State Police this week arrested five suspects and were seeking a sixth in a kidnapping plot in Houston, Del. Police said their investigation indicated that the suspects were conspiring to kidnap a 34-year-old Houston man who the at-large...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:18am

DDA encourages buying local for the holidays

This holiday season, Gov. Jack Markell and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee are urging Delawareans to support Delaware’s agricultural industry by purchasing local foods and other local items whenever possible.

Markell said, “Delaware’s...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:17am

MSO to perform’Holiday Joy’

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Julien Benichou, will celebrate the season with classical favorites at the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy” concert on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mariner’s Bethel Church,...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:16am

Gallery One to host open house this weekend

The artists of Gallery One will hold their annual holiday open house on Nov. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the event, the gallery is offering each visitor a chance to watch some of the artists at work while enjoying light...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:15am

Bits and pieces

Bethany preps for holiday happenings next weekend
The Town of Bethany Beach is revving up for the holiday season, with events for families and adults alike.

The Annual Holiday Happening is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 5:50am

Grand Jury returns indictments for murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Monday, November 23, 2009 - 9:56am

Ida leaves mark along Delaware’s coast [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

Last weekend’s storm may not have impacted the Delaware shore the way the Storm of 1962 rolled up the coast, but restoration and recovery are definitely an eminent part of the weather’s aftermath.

Coastal Point • J. Pryor, S. Lyons, M.P....

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:15am

County seeking damage reports

Sussex County emergency managers are asking property owners and residents affected by last week’s coastal storm to report any damage to homes, businesses, cars or other property so officials can gain a clear picture of the extent of destruction...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:13am

Ocean View Family Medicine recognized for being most recommended practice

The Peninsula Regional Health System in Salisbury, Md., recently recognized Dr. Danielle Giddins and the Ocean View Family Medicine staff for making significant improvements in the services they provide to the community.

Ocean View Family...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:26am

Attorney General’s Office indicts Delaware photographer in child predator case

This week, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced the indictment of 52-year-old Newark resident Steven Hughes. Hughes is charged with 30 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and 30 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. He was...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:23am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany adds trash collection on Nov. 20 due to storm

Due to the extraordinary amount of debris from last week's storm, the Town of Bethany Beach will have an extra trash collection on Friday, Nov. 20, for leaf and yard debris. In addition, pick-up for storm debris will continue through the rest of...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 4:47am

Route 1 reopens, most other area roads deemed passable

The Delaware Department of Transportation has updated its list of roadways closed due to this week's storm, announcing that, about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, all lanes of Route 1 in the area of the Indian River Bridge had been reopened.


Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 6:05am

Inland flooding and beach erosion remain after storm [PHOTOS]

Property owners and residents in low-lying areas of coastal Delaware continued this weekend to feel the impact of what many are calling Nor’Ida – former Hurricane Ida, turned nor’easter – despite the scaling back of the storm to a stiff breeze...

Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 4:08am

Band-Jam Trivia offers entertaining alternative for restaurant patrons

As cooler weather rolls in and the heavy traffic of summer dwindles, local restaurants are looking for alternative ways to cater to their customers, especially in the current economy. For one musical duo, the answer is simple: Friends and...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:57am

Annual studio tour a hit with artists, seasoned and fresh

Life in front of a canvas may seem like an unlikely outcome for a South Jersey farm boy, but John Donato has fit in quite comfortably with the local artists in eastern Sussex County. Vibrant acrylics, giclées and murals display Donato’s talent,...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:56am

Charlie’s Bayside melds fresh food, great views and low prices

Since 1993, Charlie Getz’s Fenwick Island restaurant has provided customers with fresh food, a breathtaking view and affordable prices. What sets Charlie’s Bayside aside from other local establishments, however, touches on Getz’s simplistic...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:47am

Family, local vet pull together for Myriah

Long gone are the days when a pet was sick, there was little else to do but put them “down” or put them “to sleep.” Now, with the technological advances similar to that of human medicine, dogs and other companion animals can have a shot at longer...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:38am

Girls just want to do some good at Sedona

Thursday, Nov.19, from 6-10 p.m., Sedona Restaurant will be hosting their eighth annual “Girls Just Want to Have Fun Night.” The restaurant will be closed to other patrons for the event.

“I’ve been doing fundraisers for eight years. One...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:37am

Hocker’s offers savings of food and gas

Starting Nov. 13, Hocker’s and G&E will be offering customers a gas rewards program. For every $100 spent, customers will receive 10 cents per gallon off of gas purchased at Hocker’s or G&E. Through the Hocker’s G&E Gold Card...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:26am