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Gallo Gives presents their donation to DE Leukemia & Lymphoma

Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the Gallo Gives Foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty said they have continued to watch the foundation flourish.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:50am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Chef Shaun O’Neale, winner of Season 7 of “MasterChef” will be spotlighting at the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4

Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo set for March 3-4 in O.C.

Shaun O’Neale, winner of “MasterChef” Season 7, will entertain the audience on both days of the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4, in Ocean City, Md., an industry-only event.

“Shaun’s initial obsession was...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:37am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:14am

Worcester Prep seniors commit to colleges

These 13 Worcester Preparatory School seniors have already committed to attend the college of their choice. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Hailee Arrington (American University), Molly McCormick (College of Charleston Honors College),...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:11am

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 5:05pm

IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

The 2019 Indian River School District public referendum has failed, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3,866 voting against and 3,205 voting in favor of the major capital expense question and 3,836 voting against and 3,128 voting...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:13pm

The Millville Boardwalk site plan, as proposed by Michael McCarthy, includes mini-golf and more.

Beach-themed mini-golf, ice cream shop planned at Millville Boardwalk

A proposed miniature-golf course and entertainment complex in Millville moved closer to reality on Friday, Feb. 1, when Millville’s Planning & Zoning Committee recommended that the town council approve the project’s preliminary site plan....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:12pm

County council votes to support affordable-housing efforts

Sussex County Director of Community Development Brad Whaley on Tuesday, Feb. 5, presented to the Sussex County Council information on affordable housing issues in the county, noting that the County has been using Community Development Block Grant...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:09pm

Water issues still top topic in Frankford

For Frankford Town Council President Joanne Bacon and Vice President Greg Welch, it was déjà vu all over again as the two were sworn in at the Monday, Feb. 4, council meeting for new terms, and both retained their previous positions on the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:08pm

Ocean View seeking candidates for April election

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking candidates for its April 13 town council election. Two seats are up for grabs — in District 1 and District 2 — currently held by residents Bill Olsen and Frank Twardzik, respectively.

Those who...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:07pm

Selbyville council approves more construction details

Development continues as the Selbyville Town Council gave its OK for several projects to move forward. They discussed housing, gasoline and a new town hall at their Jan. 7 meeting:

• On Route 54, the preliminary site plan was approved for...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:05pm

Selbyville BOA approves Mountaire canopy

Mountaire Farms was granted permission last week to build slightly beyond their property line into a neighboring property.

The poultry plant at 55 Hosier Street in Selbyville is already built up to their western property line, beside the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:03pm

‘No possibility of closing Hosier Street’

With Mountaire Farms having recently proposed rerouting part of Hosier Street next to its poultry processing plant, the Selbyville Town Council wants to clarify that it’s not interested in closing the road.

As property owners, the company...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:02pm

Ocean View P&Z recommends ordinance changes

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to recommend an ordinance to amend the Town’s Land Use & Development Code related to wireless communication facilities.

P&Z Commissioner Ken Sigvardson...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:01pm

Long Neck retiree claims $1M Mega Millions win

A 66-year-old retired man from Long Neck matched five numbers in the Jan. 11 Mega Millions lottery drawing, winning $1 million before taxes.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous said he usually purchases a few Instant Game and Draw Game...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:48pm

State police warn of phone spoofing scam

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to recent phone scams involving a “spoofed” phone number.

Delaware State Police said they were made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals received a phone call...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:47pm

Getting the first look at new H.T. Ennis concept art

Some of Sussex County’s most vulnerable students are on their way to getting a better school building. Although administered by the Indian River School District, the Howard T. Ennis School is a countywide school, serving young people with...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:34pm

Jan Seitz reads Peggy Parish’s ‘Amelia Bedelia’ in her classrom at East Millsboro Elementary School during World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, Jan. 31.

You don’t have to be a strong reader to love books

Winged keys hang from the ceiling. A wizard’s hat sits in the corner. The teacher is holding a magic wand and a great novel, and her students are spellbound.

At East Millsboro Elementary School, second graders celebrated World Read Aloud...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Accepting the grant at Lord Baltimore Elementary School are, from left: Mia Lambert, Kristian Victor, Lord Baltimore Assistant Principal Barkley Heck, Mark Cappo, Meredith Goldman, Chloe Kishel, Chase Mutz, Ben Miller and Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb.

Two IRSD schools receive $500 grants from ExxonMobil

Lord Baltimore and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools have each received $500 grants from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance for the purchase of classroom supplies for math and science. The grants were sponsored by Cato Gas & Oil and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm

Dinner with truffle chef Carlo Zarri

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert

Italian chef Carlo Zarri visited Café on 26  in Ocean View on Friday, Feb. 1, to treat locals to a truffle and hazelnut dinner. The world-reknowned chef shared a grilled halibut dish topped with a...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:21pm

Polar Bear plungers rush into the Atlantic Ocean in Lewes on Saturday, Feb. 2. Event proceeds will go to support Special Olympics Delaware.

Inland Bays Foundation establishes advocacy program in memorial to Austin, Moyer

The Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) announced this week that it is establishing the Austin-Moyer Citizens Advocacy Program as a memorial to Sussex County residents John Austin and Bill Moyer, to continue their legacy of working to protect the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:03pm

Black History Month program to focus on museum, memorial

“Exploring America’s Racism: Featuring the National Memorial for Peace & Justice” will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Lewes Public Library.

Co-hosted by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:56am

DTCC communications students, from left, Chris Parker, Madison Griffin and Cassidy Clark get career advice from Phillies Social Media Representative Tim Stoeckle during the College Winter Summit at the Wells Fargo Center.

DelTech communications students participate in Phillies’ College Winter Summit

Students from Delaware Technical Community College’s communications technology program recently went behind the scenes of the baseball business while attending the Philadelphia Phillies’ College Winter Summit at the Wells Fargo Center in...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:49am

The cast of the Sussex Technical High School performance of “Godspell” rehearses in the school’s Commons area.

Sussex Tech drama students to put on ‘Godspell’ for spring musical

The Sussex Technical High School drama program is set to perform the musical classic “Godspell” at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, running Feb. 14-17. Tickets are on sale now.

Featuring an updated score and lyrics by Stephen...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:47am

Robinson-Guy named to College Dean’s List

Alixandra Robinson-Guy of Millsboro was recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2018 Dean’s List, with Honors.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:44am

Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 8:36pm

This is a breakdown of the current and proposed property taxes in IRSD, which are the lowest traditional school tax in Sussex County.

Voters to decide IRSD referendum on Feb. 5

It’s time to vote on the next phase of expansion in the Indian River School District. With several schools too small to hold the children moving into the region, the school district is hosting a public referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:43am

Last year’s Night to Shine event was a huge hit, for both participants and volunteers.

Night to Shine offering special prom experience

Remember the excitement of high school prom? Picking out the perfect dress, getting a corsage and dancing the night away with friends? Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be hosting its Third Annual...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:38am

Bethany Beach preparing for summer with new projects

It may feel like winter outside, but Bethany Beach officials are already looking toward the summer season with a number of projects targeted at improving the town in its summertime glory.

The Bethany Beach Town Council on Friday, Jan. 18,...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:35am

Officer Nicholas Discuillo, right, was promoted to lance corporal by Dagsboro Police Chief William Toomey on Monday, Jan. 28.

Dagsboro Police Department promotes Discuillo

At the Monday, Jan. 28, Dagsboro Town Council meeting, Police Chief William J. Toomey made a special presentation and promotion for officer Nicholas Discuillo.

Discuillo was awarded with the Expert Officer Cord from Toomey, which Toomey...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:32am

Lions President Janet Bauer presents Kathy Plumley with her award.

Lions Club members receive awards

At the Lord Baltimore Lions Club member meeting in December 2018, Lions President Janet Bauer honored several members with awards received over the first half of Service Year 2018-2019.

Lion Joanne Withers received a Life Membership in the...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:07am

Beebe Medical Foundation representatives accept a gift from American Legion Post 24. Pictured, from left, are: Beebe Medical Foundation President Judy Aliquo, Post 24 Auxiliary President Donna Difrancis, Post 24 Adjutant Ron Difrancis and Beebe Medical Foundation Gift Planning Officer Diane Barlow.

American Legion Post 24 presents gift to ‘I Believe in Beebe’ campaign

American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro recently presented the Beebe Medical Foundation with a gift of $1,000 for the “I Believe in Beebe” campaign in support of Beebe Healthcare’s expansion projects in the South Coastal area of Sussex County.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:49am

Mountaire Executives tour the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, Jan. 10, and presented their $20,000 donation to the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club.

Mountaire Farms donates $20,000 to local Boys & Girls Club

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Cathy Bassett, Mountaire director of Communications & Community Relations; Phillip Plylar, Mountaire president; Mike Little, Mountaire vice president of sales; Ashley Reynolds, Greater Milford Boys &...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:45am

Frankford VFC to host Bull & Oyster Roast this weekend

For the past decade or so, during the first week in February, the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has been even busier than usual. The reason: It’s time to prep for the fire company’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast.

The event, scheduled...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:21am

Lilly Truitt (Scout), Steve Perry (Atticus), Justin Truitt (Jem) and Xander Proseus (Dill) at a recent practice.

Second Street Players to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Second Street Players will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel from the book by Harper Lee, on Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:19am

Italian truffle chef to make guest appearance in Ocean View

Those looking to enjoy the authentic taste of the Piedmont region of Italy can stay right in Sussex County, as world-renowned Chef Carlo Zarri will be serving a truffle and hazelnut dinner at The Café on 26 this week.

“He comes with his...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:07am

Surfgimp’s first annual Winter Bash event was a success. Here, Surfgimp supporters pose for a photo at the event.

Surfgimp Foundation Winter Bash raises $20,000

The inaugural Surfgimp Foundation Winter Bash took place Jan. 19 in Dewey Beach, and more than 300 people helped raise approximately $20,000.

Attendees of the Winter Bash, which took place at the Rusty Rudder, were able to enjoy a buffet...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:37am

Coldwell Banker Vacations moves to new location

On Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, Coldwell Banker Vacations celebrated the opening of its new office space by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. The Coldwell Banker Vacations Bethany rental office is now located...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:26am

Candidates can file for three seats in Millville election

Anyone interested in serving on the Millville Town Council has about a week left to apply for one of three spots open in the next townwide election.

Three seats, each with two-year terms, are up for election this year. The terms will run...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:36am

Ocean View holds budget workshop, discusses events

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop on Jan. 22 in preparation for the 2020 fiscal year. One topic of conversation was the Town’s community events budget.

“I know a couple of events, like the summer concerts, are cued up to be...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:34am

South Bethany council reveals some of its intent for police

With rumors flying during the month-long winter council recess, the South Bethany Town Council finally tipped its hand, a little, regarding plans for the town’s police department.

In a townwide email sent on Jan. 21, the mayor and council...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:33am

The Delaware State Troopers Association, the Delaware State Police Union and the Delaware State Police Maritime Unit took food for all the Guardsmen stationed at the Indian River station on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Coast Guardsmen at IR station struggling with overdue paychecks

Guard has scaled-back operations during government shutdown

As the federal government shutdown enters an unprecedented second month, more than 30 staff members at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Indian River are continuing to work, despite missing a paycheck, but they have scaled back operations,...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:29am

Fire & Ice returning to Bethany this weekend

“It’s going to be a pretty cool vibe,” said Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) Executive Director Lauren Weaver about this weekend’s second annual Fire & Ice Festival.

Pun intended? Maybe. The family-friendly event is...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:25am

The logo for Inland Bays Oysters.

You’ve heard of Florida oranges? Meet Inland Bays Oysters

First you need a good product. Then you need a good marketing strategy.

Sussex County will now be home to “Inland Bays Oysters: A Southern Delaware delicacy” — an official brand to help with marketing and sales of the area’s oyster...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:20am

Shevock confirmed to serve on DelTech Board of Trustees

Nancy Shevock was nominated by Gov. John C. Carney and confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 16 as the newest member of the Delaware Technical Community College Board of Trustees.

Shevock currently serves as chairman of the board of directors...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:03am

Lions District Governor John Burris, left, and Millsboro Lions Club member and co-sponsor Dr. Laurie Conti, center-left, welcome new Millsboro Lions Club members Catrina Arbeen, center-right, and Leigh Ann Smith, right.

Millsboro Lions induct new members, honor group’s president

At the annual visit of the district cabinet to the Millsboro Lions Club, Lions District Governor John Burris award King Lion David Mitchell his 35-year Chevron. Mitchell has been president of the club five times and is a Progressive Melvin Jones...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:02am

Jenifer Adams-Mitchell recently won an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Local writer wins fellowship grant

Jenifer Adams-Mitchell spends much of her time plying Delaware’s coastal waters in a kayak, and helping others to experience the same thing.

For the past year or so, however, at least in her mind, the co-owner of Coastal Kayak has been in...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:18am