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Ocean View plans scaled-up holiday event

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

Like Santa’s scurrying elves, Ocean View town officials have been busy planning the first Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting, a larger and more festive celebration than events of past years....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten that came into contact with a human.

According to DPH, the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:17pm

Race to Find Ace expands statewide

Every Sunday, Ace’s loving owners invited him to share in the family breakfast and cooked scrambled eggs for him.

“He’s slightly spoiled,” said Nicole Peterdozzi, co-owner of the 5-year-old Labrador retriever who darted out of his Ocean...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:43pm

A delicate rain fell over the IRHS parking lot as students met their local fire companies.

Local companies bring fire recruitment to Indian River

Almost everyone’s local fire companies rolled into Indian River High School this week. Six volunteer fire companies visited IR to describe the job and encourage volunteerism in the community.

Weather permitting, every IR student would...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:41pm

BREAKING NEWS: Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:49pm

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the University of Delaware Police Department and Troy Bowden of the Ocean View Police Department. Also pictured is a stuffed dog for them to train with — so, no animals were harmed in the process of taking this photo, or conducting training.

K-9 caregiving

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:04am

Opposition growing to proposed wind farm

Opposition to plans for onshore transmission facilities at Fenwick Island State Park for the proposed Skipjack offshore wind farm project is growing in the weeks following a public presentation on the project and its potential impact on the state...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:51am

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

IRSD again given preliminary approval to build new school

Government funding is tight, which means the Delaware Department of Education is only willing to sponsor the most pressing of construction projects.

For the second consecutive year, the DOE acknowledged Indian River School District’s rapid...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:44am

Elementary-school students to participate in drug summit

About 200 students in fourth and fifth grades at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will participate in a day-long Youth Drug Summit on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Topics during the event, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include health...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:30am

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is Jimmy Sample, right, who took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson.

Sample brings lifelong love of his town to Frankford council

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is anything but new to anyone who’s been around town for more than five minutes.

Jimmy Sample took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:55am

Deb Barber, left, asks DNREC's Michael Powell about the Massey's Ditch dredging project.

Public share dredging concerns, learn about Massey’s project

Adults kept reaching for the shiny star-shaped stickers, then placing them firmly on a large map of coastal Delaware. They were marking the most important inland waterways that they believe need dredging or ongoing maintenance.

As Delaware...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

South Bethany mulls speed limit reduction, wireless antennas, town hall renovation

Over the course of two days, Oct. 10 and 11, the South Bethany Town Council met for a total of 5.5 hours, and they covered major ground.

To enhance road safety, Police Chief Jason Lovins has suggested lowering the speed limit on all town-...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:47am

Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times

It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:04pm

Web Extra: Bethany to purchase Walcek property for $1.4M

Wetland-containing parcel to be ‘maintained in its natural state’

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 18 meeting to purchase a 12.53-acre parcel of land — described as the last large parcel of open space remaining in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:20pm

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Gather the Ghouls

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:13pm

Dagsboro approves water rate hike to address increase

Increase to take effect with Nov. 1 billing cycle

The Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously approved its second rate increase for its water customers in just the past year, seeking to address an unexpected sharp increase in costs from the Town’s own water supplier — the neighboring Town of...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

Multiple towns consider partnership for police coverage

It’s not a regional police force, but three coastal towns are considering a partnership to improve police coverage.

The Ocean View and Fenwick Island police departments have already been helping to fill gaps in South Bethany during a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:07pm

Apartment complex near Ocean View set for Oct. 24 hearing

Ocean View residents opposed to a 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area have sent hundreds of letters to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, asking for denial of the zoning-change request.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:05pm

Artesian aims to address water quality concerns in South Bethany

After South Bethany residents received a surprise notification from their water company, Artesian Water staff attended a town council meeting on Oct. 11 to better explain the violation.

“Although this incident is not an emergency, as our...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

Selbyville residents want growth, safety

It was the first Selbyville Town Council meeting in the new municipal building at 1 W. Church Street. So it was fitting that much of the Oct. 7 discussion revolved around the future of Selbyville’s downtown and public safety.



Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:55pm

Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:53pm

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club joins effort to benefit veterans

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is working with the Oak Orchard Riverdale American Legion Post 28 and the Warrior Community Connect organization to host a Flags for Heroes fundraiser on Oct. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Post 28, 31768 Legion Road...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:16pm

Cpl. Matthew Dufour uses the computer in his car. Police officers are required to learn how to use a variety of equipment in the patrol car.

An hour with the Millsboro police

Point Reporter Susan Sanfora gets a behind-the-scene glimpse of local officers on patrol

There’s something a little unnerving about having a police officer, in full uniform, hold open the door of a patrol car and ask you to get inside.

Even when the officer is the polite and pleasant Cpl. Matthew Dufour, and even when you had...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:58pm

High-water days

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Effects of last week’s nor’easter were felt here with rising water levels and flooding throughout the area. Above, Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach was once again under water. Bottom photo, the beach took...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:58pm

DelDOT announces projects big and small for future

Delawareans can anticipate future road projects and chime in on the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)’s priority schedule.

The annual Capital Transportation Program (CTP) hearings came to Georgetown on Sept. 25 for the state’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:54pm

Millville council approves comp plan update

The Millville Town Council recently approved, by unanimous vote, the 2019 update to the Town’s comprehensive plan — the blueprint municipalities use for development and related issues.

The final draft of the plan is essentially identical...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:51pm

DNREC events to offer answers about dredging, navigability

Sometimes environmental projects can feel like a bit of a mystery. How does Delaware maintain its waterways, and how can the public make their concerns known?

DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will be holding three...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:49pm

DelDOT to install highway lights to address Route 1 safety concerns

Every pedestrian injury and cyclist fatality that occurs on Route 1 is another heartbreak for the people tasked with keeping the public safe.

Just as the Towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany were organizing a road-safety campaign this...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:45pm

Blackburn named president of DSEMSA

Longtime firefighter Chris Blackburn, whose involvement with the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company began in 1999, has been named president of the Delaware State Emergency Medical Services Association. He was installed in September at a conference...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:40pm

Historical marker honors area’s Native American history

In an atmosphere of joyousness and respect for hallowed grounds where Native Americans once roamed, the Delaware State Historic Marker commemorating the Askekesky Reservation was unveiled this week.

Positioned in the triangular garden just...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Sun Behavioral Health joins Drug Take Back Day in Georgetown

Area residents can dispose of unused medications, receive training for naloxone use and be assessed for addiction or mental-health problems, all free of charge, on Oct. 26 at Sun Behavioral Health Delaware in Georgetown.

“They can’t...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:22pm

Experts explain funding, property taxes for education

By spending about $1.4 billion, or a third of the state budget, on public education, Delaware lawmakers have signaled their priorities.

But politics and very specific funding rules can complicate Delaware’s role in educating 139,000 public...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:05pm

Selbyville council members, staff, police and special guests celebrated the grand opening of Selbyville Town Hall’s new location.

Bright lights and tall ceilings

Happy times at Selbyville Town Hall

Finally celebrating their new Selbyville Town Hall, town officials and residents gathered Oct. 4 for a ribbon-cutting and open house.

Town officials and staff were grinning at the new, freshly painted and renovated two-story building at 1...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:01pm

Restoration of World War II Fire Control Tower #3 south of Dewey Beach is set to continue this fall, beginning with removal of the lights and removing 2 feet of sand deposited in front of the door by the Storm of '62.

Fire Control Tower #3 begins next phase of restoration

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation was set to enter the next phase of World War II Artillery Fire Control Tower #3 restoration this week. Tower #3 is...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:57pm


Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day, and on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended on Sept. 15. It will return on...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 5:43pm

VFW color guard members, accompanied by members of the Delaware State Police Fife & Drum Corps, march by The Wall That Heals during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Mason-Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View. For more, see the photo page in this week's issue.

Area welcomes Wall That Heals

“Welcome Home.”

Two simple words.

A recurring theme of The Wall That Heals.

Words that Vietnam veterans longed to hear; words that some 58,000 men and women never made it home to hear.

Words that echoed across the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:32pm

Millsboro council makes progress on town hall design

It’s likely the new Millsboro Town Hall will have two stories when it’s built downtown, and the police station, currently located on Main Street, will move into the existing town hall building.

That was the consensus when the Millsboro...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:28pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

Millsboro to pay some of art league’s costs

Following testimony from area residents who praised the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council this week agreed to pay utility costs for the building, which is owned by the Town, so art league staff can afford monthly rent and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:18pm

Millsboro council whips through myriad issues

The Millsboro Town Council, on Monday, Oct. 7, approved the 2019 Whiskers for Wishes Campaign.

Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his monthly report to the town council, announced that officers, as well as town government employees, may...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:17pm

Race to Find Ace continues as owners turn to psychics, 'dog whisperer'

Reward for lost dog now up to $6,000

It’s been nearly three weeks since Ace, the 5-year-old Labrador retriever with the gentle disposition, darted out of his owner’s house and took off on what his owners, George Elliott and Nicole Peterdozzi, thought was a run.

He had done it...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:09pm

Cozy Critters on probation after child’s fall into septic tank

Cozy Critters Child Care near Ocean View has been placed on probation for one year by the State of Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing, following an incident there on Aug. 16 in which a toddler fell into an open septic tank.

The child...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:06pm

Homeowner group objects to wind-farm proposal

A homeowners’ group has raised a series of objections to a proposal by a wind-farm developer for an estimated $15 million to $18 million project in Fenwick Island State Park.

The Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH), which...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:54pm

Frankford seeks intersection safety help from State

A recent fatal accident at a Frankford intersection has spurred the Town to seek help from state officials to make the spot safer.

Bruce Eckerd Jr. died Sept. 26 when he was driving westbound on Daisey Street at the intersection with Route...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:52pm

Bridge repairs will require a detour for all southbound traffic on U.S. Route 113 in Millsboro.

Bridge repairs will require a detour for southbound Route 113 traffic

Motorists should expect a significant impact to their U.S. Route 113 driving experience in the coming weeks: the southbound lanes of Route 113 will be fully closed in Millsboro, from Radish Road to Handy Road, from Nov. 3 to 17, with an...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:48pm

Healing hits home

Vietnam War memorial replica arrives in Ocean View for visit

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, shouts of “Here it comes!” rang out on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View as flag-waving crowds craned their necks to see down the road.

First, an escort of law-enforcement officers on motorcycles, sirens...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:23pm

Delaware ACA insurance rates expected to tumble

Commissioner addresses consumer issues in Coastal Point exclusive

Participants in Delaware’s health insurance exchange will see their rates decrease an average of 19 percent in 2020, state Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced this week.

Navarro visited the Coastal Point on Thursday, Sept. 26...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:14pm