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Anthony Sessa, a.k.a. ‘Mister Softee,’ hands out a cone-full of happiness, and nostalgia.

I’ve got a soft spot for Mister Softee

I turned the corner onto my street and heard the music from more than 40 years ago, yet it was so familiar.

“Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding.”

“Mister Softee?” I said to myself, in a kind of incredulous whisper.

Indeed, it was, and...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

No rockin’ chairs for this band of veterans

When they formed the Short Term Memories Band, the musicians, with jocularity, had a double meaning in mind.

They are of retirement age and their ability to remember fails from time to time, founder Gene Cousens said, laughing about...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:41pm

Osher offering programs throughout county this fall

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) with classes scheduled for Sept. 3-Nov. 18 in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” UD’s lifelong...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:01pm

Plate & Palette owner Frank Dubinski poses by his new restaurant’s center feature; a private table inside of a bank vault.

Plate & Palette puts patrons in bank and vault

Frank Dubinski was on his way to the beach when he drove past the historic bank in downtown Millsboro — a building that had been a restaurant a time or two, but had closed.

In the restaurant business for many years, and an experienced...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:59pm

IR graduate Gavin Smith sets his sights on veterinary training at Delaware Technical Community College.

IR grad seeking support for college veterinary training

All those graduation cards that talk about “resting on your laurels” — that’s a nice idea, unless the recent graduate has a goal to reach and doesn’t want to waste time reaching it.

Gavin Smith didn’t take a break after graduating from...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:57pm

This home’s screened porch allows for sunset views over Indian River Bay.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

Waterfront views of the Indian River Bay greet visitors to this new home

Editor’s note: This is the last 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 24-25. This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:54pm

Cap reached on sale of Delaware surf-fishing permits

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday, July 8, that it had reached its cap of 17,000 Delaware surf-fishing permits, as approved in a vote this year by the state’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Council. With the cap figure...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:16pm

Logan Andrea, 6, and Elaina Andrea, 8, of Bethany Beach, show off the posters they created at a Poster Pal event Tuesday, July 9, at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

Operation SEAs the Day ramping up for Warrior Beach Week

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week — the six-day event in which 32 wounded veterans and their families are treated to a vacation at the beach — not only offers rest and relaxation for the families, it also offers the community many...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:15pm

At least 70 common carp, reaching up to 2 feet long, were found dead near the Dirickson Creek headwaters, as shown in this photo by Murray Oltman.

Cause of ‘eerie’ Dirickson Creek fish kill unknown

Anyone who notices a fish kill in Delaware waters is encouraged to immediately call the DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 1-800-662-8802.

 

In Dirickson Creek, the carp can grow 2 feet long. That made for an unsettling...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:04pm

Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Bethany Beach held their annual Fourth of July Parade last week.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:02pm

Bethany Beach Fireworks

Coastal Point Photos • Tyler Valliant

Bethany Beach topped off their July 4th celebrations with a fireworks display.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:59am

Jake Banaszak, left, Paul Weik, center, and B.J. Muntz, take a break at Hammerheads Dockside, where they play every Tuesday during the summer, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Lower Case Blues set to hit the Bethany boardwalk

Lower Case Blues (lcb) will be performing on the Bethany Beach bandstand on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

“I associate Bethany with the formal start of our music career, because it’s where we were first booked to play regularly, at the Big...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:58am

These bath bombs are just the tip of the iceberg at Tatum-Poole Décor & More, which also sells home furnishings, glassware, soy candles and countless gift ideas.

Selbyville décor shop sells unique items, with town spirit

Selbyville’s newest shop doesn’t just want to be a cool destination, although it sells unique items. From their spot on Church Street, Tatum-Poole Décor & More wants to actively participate in a downtown revitalization.

“Our long-term...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:55am

Former District Gov. Dr. Susan Giove congratulates Steve Grossman, who received the Paul Harris +8 Award of the Paul Harris Society.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club inducts new officers

During a special evening meeting held at The Clubhouse at The Peninsula, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club inducted a new slate of officers and board to serve the club for the fiscal year beginning July 1, with Assistant District Gov. Carlene...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:51am

Wolfs Head, driven by Kristen Hope of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, stretches over a table-top of crushed cars.

Monster Trucks invade Georgetown Speedway

A newly-configured, larger, more technically-challenging race course at Georgetown Speedway welcomed Monster Truck racers competing in this year’s Monster Truck Racing League’s “Monster Truck Madness” last Friday and Saturday nights.

Some...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:38am

Upcoming 5K to benefit Believe in Tomorrow foundation

A local benefit 5K race aims to help critically ill children and their families to “Believe in Tomorrow.”

The annual event will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Big Chill Beach Club at the Indian River Inlet...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:34am

Christmas in July Carnival in the Park to support Santa’s Letters

Snowball fight in July? Santa and Mrs. Claus in the park when the weather is warm?

Why not? At least that’s what the founders of the Santa’s Letters charity figured — and the result is the Christmas in July Carnival in the Park, set for 10...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:33am

Eagles to host Carnival of Games on Saturday

Sure, the state fair is coming up in a couple of weeks, but for a taste of fair fun that benefits local causes, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 4528 in Ocean View is bringing carnival fun to the Millville...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:01am

Life-Saving Station clambake putting a fresh focus on history

The surfmen who lived and worked at the Indian River Life Saving Station 140 years ago might not have enjoyed the best cuisine — often living on canned, rather than fresh, foods — but visitors to the station have a chance to enjoy a feast that...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:22am

South Bethany to consider better access to meetings

People could soon access online audio recordings of each South Bethany Town Council meeting. The Town is researching methods to potentially post audio files online.

“One of the things I heard during the election process was people wanted...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:21am

IRSD property tax rates decrease for second consecutive year

Indian River School District property taxes will again decrease for local property owners. The new rate for the 2020 fiscal year will be $3.035 per $100 of assessed property value. (Sussex County property values have not been reassessed in...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:42pm

Truitt takes the reins as mayor of Millsboro

Michelle Truitt was elected mayor of Millsboro by unanimous town council vote on Monday, July 1, during the annual reorganization of the council. She replaces Mayor John Thoroughgood, who has held the position four years.

At the meeting, a...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:41pm

Stephen Urban, 10, of Millville, watches as his parents and others light candles during a July 1 vigil in memory of Linda Bravo, who was missing for two weeks before her body was found on July 28 and her car found July 28 and 29 in a South Bethany canal.

Missing Bethany woman’s body, car recovered from canal

Almost exactly two weeks after she was reported missing, the body of Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo was found in a South Bethany canal. The next morning, divers found her car, ending an ordeal that included searches by helicopter, by boat and...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:39pm

Frankford discusses restoring police department

With the Town of Frankford’s budget process under way for the coming year, Town Council President Joanne Bacon said at the Monday, July 1, council meeting that she wants the Town to examine bringing back its police force.

“I seriously...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:35pm

Hailing from China, from left, students Beisy Pan, Will Hoe and Giulienne Zheng enjoy St. Martha’s picnic to welcome foreign students to the community.

Event introduces foreign students to ‘the best side of America’

International students jump through many hoops to spend their summer cooking, cleaning or serving meals in coastal Delaware. St. Martha’s Episcopal Church gave the young travelers a safe place to meet and learn about American culture at the 2019...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:34pm

DelDOT opts for two-week project, detour for bridge repair

Repair work on the Iron Branch bridge on Route 113 will be accelerated so it’s finished in two weeks instead of the eight months a more involved project would have taken, DelDOT engineers told the Millsboro Town Council on Monday, July 1.

...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:27pm

South Bethany dealing with excess bicycles

It’s healthy, it reduces vehicle traffic and it eliminates fuel emissions.

But bicycling has somewhat inexplicably become a thorn in the Town of South Bethany’s side. The problem is bicycle parking.

“People have gotten extremely...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:26pm

‘The Three Kings,’ from left, Louie, George and Henry, are settling into their new home.

Bravo’s dogs find a new home, together, in Ocean View

In the midst of so many unanswered questions regarding the disappearance of Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo, one thing remained unquestioned: her love for her three dogs.

She even called them her “three kings,” and named them as such:...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:24pm

Millsboro police hire Wise as victim services specialist

The Millsboro Police Department has hired Vonshea Wise of Millsboro as its first victim services specialist.

Selected from 35 applicants from Maryland and Delaware, she will assume the position this Friday, July 5, and be paid $40,000...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:22pm

South Bethany celebrates nifty 50 with festival

South Bethany was overdue for a day like this.

Under blue skies and a hot sun, friends and neighbors gathered at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the municipality on June 30.

A year’s worth of planning culminated in a celebratory...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:20pm

Celebrating Independence

South Bethany’s annual Boat Parade sailed through the town canals on June 29. As always, the theming really made these float.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:17pm

Letter: A thank-you from the Bravo family

Editor’s note: The following letter was forwarded for publication in the Coastal Point by Late Breaking Delaware News.

 

Editor:

We would like to send a heartfelt thank-you to all who shared the story of Linda being missing,...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:52pm

Raven Holbrook, 2, of Berlin, dressed as a patriotic butterfly, draws in the sand at Cupola Park at Millsboro's Stars & Stripes Fireworks. She was there with her mother, Brittnay Lewis.

Millsboro community gathers for Stars & Stripes Fireworks

Clouds threatened and there was a spell of rain, but when it stopped, a double rainbow arching in the sky caught the attention of hundreds who gathered at Cupola Park in Millsboro on June 29 for the Stars & Stripes Fireworks.

They...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:37pm

Omar Hernandez received the Shining Star Award for his contributions at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach.

SoDel Concepts employees receive Shining Star Awards

Scott Kammerer, president of Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, recently announced the recipients of the company’s Shining Star Awards for the second quarter of 2019.

“It’s so important to recognize all of the hard work our employees do...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:27pm

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey salutes while stationed in Afghanistan. Toomey will be retiring from the force and become the constable at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville.

Toomey moving from Dagsboro PD to IRSD

On Sept. 1, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey starts a new job.

Toomey announced in May that he was planning to leave his position with the Town to become a constable at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Due to accrued time...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:21pm

Local students among Delaware College Scholars graduates

On June 16, parents, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate as 36 rising college freshmen graduated from the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) program.

“Each of you has truly accomplished something impressive,” remarked the graduation’...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:18pm

Bill would increase minimum wage for tipped workers in Delaware

Hourly rate has not changed since 1983

Waitstaff and workers who rely on tips and gratuities could see their first hourly wage increase in more than 35 years under legislation unveiled on June 27.

Sponsored by state Rep. Kim Williams, House Bill 252 would replace the current...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:15pm

ITT Tech students get student loan debt relief

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced on June 17 that her office’s Consumer Protection Unit had secured an agreement to recover $23,362 in debt relief for five former ITT Tech students in Delaware as part of a 43-state multistate...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:12pm

Members of the Delaware Womenade gathered to donate a check to People’s Place staff on Thursday, June 21.

Domestic violence program receive donation from Delware Womenade

On Thursday, June 21, members of Delaware Womenade presented a $10,890 check to People’s Place staff, from the proceeds of their 3rd Annual Games Day fundraiser, held at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View on May 16.

“People’s Place would like to...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:10pm

The owner’s collection of balance toys frames views of the bay in this waterfront home, which will be featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9

Sweeping waterfront views welcome visitors to this eclectically-furnished home

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth 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 24-25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

This five bedroom, six-bath New England-...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:05pm

DMV releasing five-digit license plates July 9

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced this week that it will soon release a number of five-digit license plates. On Tuesday, July 9, a limited number of five-digit license plates will be made available to the public at the...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:03pm

From left, Rotary Area Gov. Carlene Roche, right, welcomes Southern Sussex Rotary Club’s new officers, from left: Jean Schmidt, Sue Nilsson, Amy Senseny, Scott Smith and Regan Roberts-Deck.

Southern Sussex Rotary installs new officers

On June 27, the Southern Sussex Rotary Club installed its officers for the 2020 fiscal year. The ceremony, led by Rotary Area Gov. Carlene Roche, recognized Scott Smith and Regan Roberts-Deck as co-presidents, Amy Senseny as president-elect, Jean...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:21am

Schrock earns degree from Albright College

A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Hannah Rose Schrock of Millsboro has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing while minoring in digital media, at Albright College.

Albright’s Class of 2019 consists of 395...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:17am

Lapenna named to Clemson University President’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2019 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna’s major is psychology. To be named to the President’s List, a student must...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:16am

District seeking school bus drivers and bus aides

Indian River School District bus contractors are in need of bus drivers and bus aides for the 2019-2020 school year.

All Delaware bus drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and School Bus Endorsement. The district...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:14am

Revel named to Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2019 semester, the college announced this week. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for the academic achievement.

Founded in...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:13am

Evans graduates from JMU

James Madison University announced this week that Laura Evans of Millsboro was among the 3,700 students who received degrees during the university’s May 2019 commencement exercises. Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences....

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:11am

Local blueberry farm growing in new hands, with roots in family

The Kingsley Farm has changed hands this season, but is still operating under the same name, with bushes of ripe blueberries and plans for upcoming seasons.

The Collins family bought the farm from the previous owner, Meghan Morgan. Morgan...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:08am

Joseph receives Limeades for Learning donation for ‘Comfy Seats’ project

This May, Sonic Drive-In recognized teachers and the contributions they make to education as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner DonorChoose.org. With the goal of helping teachers obtain classroom...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:05am

Morris named Alvernia University student ambassador

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named a student ambassador at Alvernia University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Morris is majoring in early childhood education, pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia.

The Student Ambassadors...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:03am