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Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

It takes a village

Family, employees come together at Fenwick Hardware

When 12-year-old Sebastian Munro strolls through Fenwick Hardware on Route 54 like he owns the place, nobody minds.

In fact, they smile, because he does own the place.

In a twist of fate that no one would wish on a young boy, much...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:03pm

S. Bethany candidates have the final word before Saturday

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terms all begin on June 1.

There are six candidates for three seats (carrying a two-year term): Jane...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:58pm

Toomey leaving Dagsboro for school district

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey announced this week he is leaving the department to take a job with the Indian River School District.

Toomey made the announcement at the Monday, May 20 Town Council meeting, although Town Administrator...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:53pm

South Bethany chooses local man for new police chief

South Bethany’s new police chief comes from just down the street. Jason Lovins will be departing Dewey Police Department to take the job, which was offered and accepted on May 20.

South Bethany Town Council held a special meeting that day...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

Flags for Heroes to honor Memorial Day at two locations

Once again this year, a bumper crop of American flags signals the observance of Memorial Day as Flags for Heroes honors those who served their country, as well as those who currently serve.

The flags will fly this year at two locations —...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Knights of Columbus donates to Chimes, Autism Delaware

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council awarded a gift of $2,700 to Bill Drake, a board member of Chimes Delaware and Chimes international, located in Millsboro, at a social gathering on May 9. Chimes is intended to help with the special needs of...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:44am

Dale Sheldon’s ‘Fog, South of Tower Road’ is just one of the many peices of art that will be available during Gallery One’s ‘Road Trip Along Route 1’ show being held from May 29 through June 25.

Gallery One to present ‘Road Trip Along Route 1’

Gallery One this week announced the theme of its June show, “Road Trip Along Route 1,” open to the public May 29 through June 25. The gallery is also inviting the public to its 13th Anniversary Reception, on June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:42am

Juicebox is working to get their new location built up, but in the meantime, Juicebox will be open in G&E Hocker’s on Central Ave.

G&E hosting latest edition of Juicebox

‘Forever home’ on the horizon


There will be a meeting of two iconic local businesses this Memorial Day weekend, as Juicebox will be opening shop in the G&E grocery store near Salt Pond on Friday, May 24.

Juicebox owner Lisa Daisey-DiFebo started the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:40am

Beach-goers peruse the various crafts on display at a previous year’s Seaside Craft Show on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show celebrating 15 years

This year marks the 15th anniversary for the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show. The event will once again be held in downtown Bethany Beach, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, pottery, home décor, glass,...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:37am

Preston CDJR presents sponsorship check

J.B. Burnett of Preston CDJR Millsboro recently presented the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce a sponsorship check to support the Stars & Stripes community event coming June 29 at Cupola Park.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:35am

Carl M. Freeman Companies held a ground breaking for a clubhouse at Bayside Resort Club on Friday, May 10.

Carl M. Freeman Companies break ground for new clubhouse

On Friday, May 10, the Carl M. Freeman Companies broke ground for the new Clubhouse and restaurant to be built at Bayside Resort Golf Club, celebrating with community members and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I think this...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:31am

State Champs!

The IR boys volleyball team swept its way to the 2019 State Championship with a 3-0 win over Salesianum Wednesday night at John Dickinson High School in Wilmington. The win capped IR’s perfect 12-0 season, one in which they dropped just two sets...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:19am

Southern Delaware School of the Arts-iversary

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Southern Delaware School of the Arts celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 11. Since opening in the fall of 1999, SDSA has served Indian River School District students, kindergarten through...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Beebe ranks in top 10 percent for fall-prevention

Several years ago, Beebe Healthcare team members started noticing a trend in patients falling while they were staying in the hospital. People who normally wouldn’t be at risk of falling were losing their balance because of weakness caused by...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:58am

Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Auxiliary representatives gather during the annual luncheon, at which the group donated $285,000 to Beebe. Pictured, from left, are: Rick Schaffner, RN, interim CEO, executive vice president and COO of Beebe Healthcare; Auxiliary Treasurer Patricia Sandy; Judy Aliquo, CFRE, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation; Lesley Nance, Auxiliary president; and Dave Herbert, Beebe Board of Directors chair.

Beebe receives $285,000 gift from its auxiliary

In just three years, the Beebe Auxiliary has raised more than $1 million for Beebe Healthcare.

Last year’s record-setting gift of $315,000 was followed by another $285,000 on Wednesday, May 15. The donation brings the Auxiliary even closer...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:56am

Guests awaken to seaside views in this oceanfront home, which will be featured in the 28th annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3

Casual oceanfront retreat features seaside views

(Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After enjoying two previous...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:54am

Local students among those named to Delaware College Scholars

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently announced its newest cohort of students (Cohort 6) slated to begin its program this June.

Local students from Sussex County who have been selected include: Tatyana Alexis, Sussex Central High School...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:50am

Harvey Ryan

Turnstone Custom Homes marks 15 years in business


Turnstone Custom Homes of Rehoboth Beach is celebrating 15 years in business as a custom home builder in Delaware. Harvey Ryan, Turnstone’s CEO, co-founded the company in 2004, starting out doing contract trim work for national builders...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:48am

Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Festival

The 4th Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) designed...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:45am

Bruce in the USA to perform Sept. 6

The Freeman Stage announced this week that Bruce in the USA will perform at the venue in West Fenwick on Friday, Sept. 6, when honored guests from Operation SEAs the Day will be in attendance.

Operation SEAs the Day is a beach week even...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:44am

Charles Smith, president of the Ocean City Optimist Club, Mike DeFiore, the Zone Lt. Governor from the Salisbury Optimist Club, Tom and Connie Sohnleitner, and David Bowman from the Fort Smallwood, MD Optimist Club)

Optimist Club of Sussex County honors founders

On May 6, the Optimist Club of Sussex County celebrated the past work of its founders, Connie and Tom Sohnleitner. The club was started in the summer of 2017 with a few local citizens interested in a message they had read on the Nextdoor, a free...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:43am

Local author, publisher debuting children’s book

When Crystal Heidel opened her publishing company, Byzantium Sky Press, in 2013, it was with the intention of being the press through which she would publish her own work, including her first novel, “Still Life in Blood.” But over the years, and...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:42am

‘More Sandy Shorts’ now available

Local publishing company Cat & Mouse Press announced this week the publication of “More Sandy Shorts,” a new collection of short stories by Nancy Powichroski Sherman. The book is the follow-up to her anthology “Sandy Shorts” and contains 12...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:41am

DelDOT prepares for Memorial Day traffic

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that it would be suspending construction-related lane closures at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:36am

DNREC holding Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is inviting photographers of all ages and skill levels to participate in this year’s Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest. Officials said the contest aims to share the beauty of Delaware’s diverse...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:35am

Sussex Tech marks Peace Officers Memorial Day

To mark Peace Officers Memorial Day last week, Sussex Technical High School invited representatives from local law-enforcement agencies to attend a brief flag ceremony honoring fallen police officers. Sussex Tech’s JROTC cadets performed the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:33am

Six Selbyville Middle School students won prizes from the Lord Baltimore Lions Club in the group’s drug-free poster contest, designed to encourage youth to avoid illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Pictured celebrating the honor, from left, are: LBLC President Janet Bauer, winning SMS students Samantha Ciociola, Isaac Smith, Taylor Conaway, Collin King, Gina Garcia and Shanyla Hanley, and SMS Principal Jason Macrides.

SMS students win drug-free poster contest

The Selbyville Middle School PTO, in partnership with the administration of Selbyville Middle School and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, recently sponsored a drug-free poster contest to promote awareness of the dangers and permanent damage to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:32am

DelDOT Delaware Bridge Design Competition third-place award winners include, back row, DCHS freshmen Noah Culver, Aaron Brown and Michael Hart, and second-place award winners, front row, Isabelle Donihue, Gavin Catron and SarahAnne Smith.

DCHS students win awards at DelDOT bridge design competition

On Wednesday, May 1, Delmarva Christian High School physical science teacher Tiffany Haley and her ninth-grade physical science students traveled to Woodside to participate in DelDOT’s Second Annual Delaware Bridge Design Competition. Later that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:29am

Attendees at a previous year’s Artisans Fair shop for works of art from Delaware and surrounding states.

Artisans Fair to bring fine art, food and more to Lord Baltimore

The 12th Annual Artisans Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, which means Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will be bursting at the seams with arts and crafts inside and out, as well as a farmers’ market outside.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:25am

Selbyville library’s summer reading, free lunch program set to begin

The Selbyville Public Library is set to launch their annual Summer Reading Program on June 1 and will start serving free lunches on June 10. The programs, aimed at helping to bridge the summer learning gap, and provide convenience and ease to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:43am

An aerial view of Dogfish Head Learning Garden with Todd Fritchman teaching 75 garden guests and volunteers.

Delaware Botanic Gardens opens for lecture

On May 17, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) opened its gates for the “Bugs & Beer” lecture by Todd Fritchman at the Dogfish Head Learning Garden. It was a clear success with 75 visitors and DBG volunteers participating, according to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:42am


Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day

Spectators enjoyed a ceremonial dance at the Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, May 11.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

IRSD board members keep their seats

Delaware breaks out new voting machines

Voters got new voting machines, but kept their incumbents in the 2019 Indian River School District school board election.

Although official numbers weren’t available mid-week, it appears that less than 400 people voted on Tuesday.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:00am

S. Bethany candidates participate in forum

A candidate’s forum on Friday, May 10, ahead of the upcoming South Bethany Town Council election, was punctuated by tense exchanges between candidates, as well as between candidates and homeowners 

The forum is traditionally held whenever...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:59am

Repairs to Selbyville’s Railroad Avenue and Sandy Branch Culvert could be complete by the end of May. It’s one of several projects on Selbyville’s to-do list.

Selbyville continues looking forward with comp plan

There was a joint meeting of the Selbyville Town Council and the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission on April 16, to work on the Town’s 10-year Comprehensive Plan update.

Of about 1,600 total properties in Selbyville, roughly a dozen...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:57am

Bethany Beach Nature Center puts World Turtle Day in the fast lane

It might seem a bit ironic to celebrate World Turtle Day early, rather than slowly and later, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the Bethany Beach Nature Center this weekend.

“Love Our Turtles Day” will be celebrated starting at 10:30...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:56am

Millville approves Southern Landing subdivision

The Millville Town Council, at its Tuesday, May 14, meeting approved the subdivision of a historic home from a parcel being developed by a local builder.

The approval of the preliminary subdivision plan separates the property known as the...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:55am

South Bethany approves agreement for supplemental police

The South Bethany Town Council this week unanimously approved an agreement with the Fenwick Island Police Department for the FIPD to provide assistance to South Bethany while that town builds its police force back up following an exodus of all...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:54am

Drivers need to be more cautious at the Hudson Crossroads of Route 54, as photographed from the southeast corner of the intersection.

Police chief concerned about Hudson Crossroads

After a recent car collision on Route 54 in broad daylight, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins is reminding drivers to be careful at the Hudson Crossroads.

In the recent accident, while heading northbound on Hudson Road, the driver...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:52am

Coastal Point designers and best-friends-forever Tom Maglio (left) and Matt Metz (right) discuss the finer points of their craft between a few chuckles. The pair of designers won multiple awards between them at this year’s MDDC awards luncheon.

Coastal Point receives 17 awards from press association

Coastal Point staff members brought home 17 awards from this year’s Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Awards luncheon, held in Annapolis on Friday, May 10. Five individual staff members representing every facet of the Coastal Point, from...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:37am

Selbyville library seeking new board member

The Selbyville Public Library has an opening for a new Board of Commissioners member and is seeking qualified applicants through May 30. The position on the board for the Selbyville Public Library has a five-year term and is limited to two terms...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:32am

SDSA students Ellie Merrick, left, and Ava Strong and put their art skills to the test, winning prizes in the 2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest.

SDSA students win state Arbor Day poster contest

Southern Delaware School of the Arts produced two winners in the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest hosted by Delaware Forest Service.

Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader from Selbyville, was Delaware’s overall state winner for 2019.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:31am

Organizers of the annual Beebe Beach Bash include, from left, Jen Carroll, event co-chair; Tom Protack, vice president of development, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow, event co-chair. The fundraising event will take place on June 8.

Beebe Beach Bash names co-chairs, theme for summer party

The duo of Jen Carroll and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow will again co-chair Beebe Medical Foundation’s biggest party of the summer: the 5th Annual Beebe Beach Bash.

This year’s Bash has a Polynesian theme. The evening will feature luau-style...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:28am

Coastal Point • Submitted Four en suite bedrooms grace this renovated South Bethany home, which will be featured during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peak No. 2

Family’s space ‘grows’ with this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

Four years after purchasing a cozy...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:11am

Keller Williams Realty announces 2018 top producers

Keller Williams Realty/Delaware Beaches recently announced its 2018 top producers. The annual awards recognize the top sales agents in all Keller Williams Realty locations in Sussex County.

The top three individual agents by overall...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:06am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:05am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Martin, second from left, receives a donation of $2,000 from, from left, Surfin’ Snowman organizers Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports and presenting sponsor Michael Cummings of Miken Builders.

Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler donates $6,000 to local charities

Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports, known for the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Boo-B-Que 5K walk/run, Justin’s Beach House 5K/10K, Athletes to End...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:40am

Cast for a Cure Fishing Tournament to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center

The 2019 annual Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, May 18, on the Fenwick Island State Park beaches, with the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Just Hooked in Fenwick.

This year’s...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:38am