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Cpl. Majewski poses with his service award for 15 years of service.

Majewski receives service award for 15th anniversary

Cpl. Stephen Majewski of the Fenwick Island Police Department recently marked his 15th anniversary and was presented with a service award. Majewski has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University in Pennsylvania, and before he...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:36am

CHEER Beach Day returns after hiatus

Plans are progressing for the return of CHEER’s Beach Day in Rehoboth on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All activities are free to the public.

There will be a Health Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 10 a.m....

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:35am

Maurer joins Bethany Beach Christian Church as interim pastor

Bethany Beach Christian Church Vice-Moderator Mary Johnston, left, and Pastoral Relations Chair Brenda Chisholm, right, welcome the church’s interim pastor, the Rev. Peter G. Maurer, center, on June 16.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:25am

Kaylee Hall, T.J. Moore and Grant Argo pose for a photo with Beau Smith during the Blue-Gold game.

More than a football game

IR students take part in 64th annual Blue-Gold game

Like the first one held 64 years ago, this year’s annual Blue-Gold football game, played Friday, June 21, at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium, was more than a football game.

The Delaware Foundation...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:11am

Sussex Riptide rides a wave of success at Special Olympics event

It was a banner day with some smashing success for some area tennis players at the recent state event at the Delaware Special Olympics, held at the University of Delaware.

The Sussex Riptide team, featuring athletes from all across the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:04am

Little League postseason throws first pitch

Like the weather this past week, the 2019 Little League postseason schedule has gotten off to a hot start for the Lower Sussex entries.

In the Pat Knight baseball division, the LSLL 8- to 10-year-old team is on a three-game win streak...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:59am

Record number of participants in weeklong IR volleyball camp

With the success of both the Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs, the sport is truly growing by leaps and bounds. It certainly helps to have a couple of diehards spearing the area’s efforts to “Grow the Sport.”


Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:55am

Beebe now offering patient portal for oncology services

Patients and families with Beebe Healthcare’s Oncology Services now have a new way to keep track of their care. The Cancer Care Patient Portal is now available for patients and their families, giving them access to all their treatment information...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:54am

Police seek missing Bethany woman

Bethany Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating Linda Lee Bravo, 70, who was last reported as seen on Thursday, June 13, at Sea Colony East near Bethany Beach.

Bravo was described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing around...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:21am

Millville P&Z recommends approval of car wash

A proposed new car wash in Millville got an enthusiastic response from both those in attendance in a crowded meeting room and the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission at a meeting on Thursday, June 13.

The car wash, proposed by Imoh...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:20am

IRSD turns to operational and reserve funds to function

The Indian River School District is brainstorming temporary financial solutions until the public approves a permanent fix.

To build a needed new school, the district had hoped to use state funds and a local tax increase. Since the local...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:19am

South Bethany chasing down rental taxes

South Bethany has joined a long list of municipalities wondering if homeowners are really paying all the taxes they owe. It’s a tricky situation that’s not always easy to prove: Is someone renting their house to vacationers, and do they owe...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:18am

Sussex County adopts $185.8M budget for 2020 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council, following a public hearing Tuesday, June 18, voted unanimously to approve the proposed $185.8 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1. By law, Sussex County must adopt a balanced budget by June 30...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Celebrating the appointment of South Bethany’s new police chief are, from left, Mayor Tim Saxton, Police Chief Jason Lovins, his wife, Ali Lovins, and outgoing council member Gerald ‘Jerry’ Masiello.

South Bethany introduces its new police chief

South Bethany Town Council members were beaming as they introduced the Town’s new police chief, Jason Lovins, at a public welcome reception on June 14. 

“He just continued to rise to the top in the interview process,” said Mayor Tim Saxton...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Dagsboro council approves budget for 2020 fiscal year

Tax rate will remain the same

The Dagsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, June 17, made it official: property taxes will remain the same for the 2020 fiscal year. The council voted 4-0 to approve the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, with Councilman William...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:12am

The John M. Clayton School Class of 1954 Monthly Luncheon

The John M. Clayton School Class of 1954 loves sharing a monthly luncheon at various local restaurants, but their June 14 event was particularly special, celebrating the 65th anniversary of their graduation from the school, with classmates and...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:10am

Fenwick council election set for Aug. 3

Fenwick Island will have a town council election in 2019, after six candidates registered to run in the Saturday, Aug. 3, election, with four of seven seats up for grabs. Candidates certified on June 19 include the four incumbents, Gene Langan,...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:08am

Delaware Anti-Litter Alliance members commit to reducing litter statewide

Gov. John Carney recently joined New Castle and Wilmington officials, members of the General Assembly and advocates to announce the Delaware Anti-Litter Alliance — a coalition of local leaders committed to reducing litter in Delaware.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:44am

Tidemark Federal Credit Union opens Selbyville location

On Thursday, June 6, Tidemark Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its Selbyville location by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘Tidemark Federal Credit Union focuses on building...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:43am

FI Lions award $15K in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside, as part of their annual budget, funds to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding seniors of Indian River High School.

“To choose the recipients of the scholarships is always a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:41am

Schell Brothers, Freeman open clubhouse at Tidewater Landing

Team members of Schell Brothers and the Carl M. Freeman Companies join together to open the new clubhouse and pool amenity at Tidewater Landing on May 22. Pictured in front of the living wall within the clubhouse are, from left: Tim Green, Schell...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:40am

Located in Dagsboro, Rudy Marine’s newest facility is now open for business.

Rudy Marine opens new boat service and sales facility

Rudy Marine recently brought its award-winning boats and service to Dagsboro. Located on 22 acres on Route 113 in Dagsboro, the new facility has a showroom, service/parts department and eight service bays that can quickly handle boating needs....

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:35am

Located in Dagsboro, Rudy Marine’s newest facility is now open for business.

Rudy Marine opens new boat service and sales facility

Rudy Marine recently brought its award-winning boats and service to Dagsboro. Located on 22 acres on Route 113 in Dagsboro, the new facility has a showroom, service/parts department and eight service bays that can quickly handle boating needs....

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:35am

Sussex Tech honors employees for service

The Sussex Technical School District recently honored 31 employees for their years of public service, to the state and to the district. The employees honored have worked a combined 510 years for the State of Delaware and 353 years for Sussex Tech...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33am

Program offers support for younger women with breast cancer

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is offering a new program called Young Survivors in Action. Young Survivors in Action is a support group that focuses on the issues and concerns facing younger women diagnosed with breast cancer.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Lord Baltimore Lions Club President Janet Bauer, left, presents the Club Lion of the Year Award to Lion Don Sherwood.

Lord Baltimore Lions Club announces new officers

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club celebrated their 73rd Charter Night & Installation Dinner on Wednesday, June 12, at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club near Dagsboro. Lions gathered with family members and guests to commemorate completion of...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:16am

Annual Selbyville Old Timer’s Day

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Old Timer’s Day on Saturday, June 15, in Selbyville. The event featured food, live music by the Bob Dickerson Band, door prizes, children’s...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:13am

Bill Pfaff describes programs to help Sussex County businesses, from low-interest loans to free data from local industries.

Focus on Western Sussex as County aims to help business

Small-business owners looking to grow don’t have to feel alone. They can get support from Sussex County Economic Development Office.

From attracting new industries to helping small businesses grow, Bill Pfaff’s office has a mission to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:27am

State park to hold historic shipwreck rescue drill reenactment

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park will be reenacting a 19th-century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Seashore State Park is just one of two locations in the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:23am

Weathered wood furniture warms the more contemporary pieces of metal and stone in this canalfront home, which will be featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

Canal views welcome visitors in this five-bedroom South Bethany home

Editor’s note: This is the seventh 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 vacationing in South Bethany...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:20am

Bethany Independence Day parade celebrating 35th year

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade is reaching a milestone in 2019. Scheduled for Thursday, July 4, the parade will celebrate its 35-year anniversary with its traditional 2-mile route beginning at noon through downtown Bethany.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:13am


Anderson named new CEO of Realtors association

The Board of Directors of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) announced this week the hiring of a new chief executive officer (CEO) who will manage the county’s only real estate trade association and oversee services to its more...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:09am

Carly Miller, co-owner of Styled, left, celebrates the business’ merger with Jim Gray of The City Florist, center, and Jess Bain, co-owner of Styled, right.

The City Florist merges with Styled for The Total Package

Styled, a seasonal and special-occasion design décor company operating throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, recently merged with Jim Gray, designer and owner of The City Florist of Salisbury, Md.

“We are absolutely...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:07am

Boaters urged to be alert when navigating Baker’s Channel this summer

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section recently advised boaters traveling in the Inland Bays throughout the summer to be alert when navigating in Baker’s Channel. The...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:56am

Indian River is being well represented when it comes to the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game this year. During a recent event leading up to the game, IR’s Patrick Spencer, left, Kaylee Hall, center-left, and Grant Argo, right, participated in a dance with their ‘buddy’ Beau Smith, center-right.

Blue-Gold game about more than football

The 64th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game is an annual showcase for high school seniors that allows them to don their respective schools’ football helmets for one last time.

However, the game is not just about the play on the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:52am

Boaters reminded to avoid distracted boating, improper lookouts

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded boaters to always be safe on the waters by avoiding distracted boating and improper lookouts.

“Inattentive operation of a vessel in Delaware includes both distracted...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:47am

Park rangers conduct targeted surf-fishing enforcement operation

On Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Natural Resource Police rangers conducted a targeted enforcement operation for compliance with Delaware’s surf-fishing regulations at surf-fishing beaches and...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:47am

Indian River Marina to host ‘Kids Catch-All’ fishing tournament

The Indian River Marina, owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, will host the 5th annual “Kids Catch-All” fishing tournament Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, at the marina. Children and teenagers ages 3-18 are...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:46am

Two new Delaware sport fishing license plates available

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that two new specialty sport fishing motor vehicle license plates are now available from the Division of Motor Vehicles for...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:45am

W. Scott Broadfoot’s oil painting ‘Talbot Street Pier.’

‘Bathing Beauties’ at Gallery One in July

Gallery One announced this week that the theme of its July show is “Bathing Beauties,” which will be open to the public June 26 to July 30.

“The title of Gallery One’s show this month reflects the season that is finally upon us in ways...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:44am


Police seek Bethany Beach woman missing since June 13

 Bethany Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating Linda Lee Bravo, 70, who was last reported as seen on...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:53pm

Old Timer’s Day adds new look

Classic glamour joins beloved traditions at annual event

New diversions will add some fresh pep to the 62nd annual Old Timer’s Day festival, on Saturday, June 15.

Selbyville’s street festival returns from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, with a classic car show, live music by the Glass Onion party...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:49pm

Fenwick candidates can file for election

Candidates have until June 19 to register for the upcoming Fenwick Island Town Council election. There are four seats up for election in 2019. Each position has a term of two years. The seats up for election this year are currently held by Gene...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:46pm

Dickens owner asks Millville to make theater a use-by-right

A decade after opening his 52-seat theater in Millville, Dickens Parlour Theatre owner Rich Bloch has asked the Town of Millville to add theaters to its list of permitted uses on commercially-zoned properties. Bloch, a Washington, D.C.-based...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:45pm

State to ban single-use plastic bags beginning in 2021

The Delaware Senate on June 6 passed House Bill 130, which will ban single-use plastic bags in Delaware beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. The vote followed passage of the bill in the House on May 14. The bill was set to become law upon being signed by...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:44pm

Millville comprehensive plan update nears completion

The Millville Town Council received a report on its comprehensive plan at its Tuesday, June 11 meeting — one of the final steps in the process of updating the plan, which is a blueprint for development for the town. State law requires towns to...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:42pm

Christina and Mark Wallisch, along with son Blake, are the new owners of a Mosquito Joe insect control franchise.

Fenwick couple takes aim at local mosquitos

When Mark and Christina Wallisch moved to Fenwick Island a year ago, the key to the seasonal business they were looking for was literally in the air around them.

Although they treasured the relaxed lifestyle and proximity to the beach of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:40pm

Carper: Farmers, drinking water at risk in rollback

The U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) and the EPW Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife on June 12 held a joint hearing, “A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:35pm

Piet Oudolf receives major award from Garden Club of America

In March 2018, Ray Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens, sent a letter to the Garden Club of America in support of Piet Oudolf’s nomination for their Medal of Honor award. On May 19, the Garden Club of America announced that they have...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:46am

Children & Families First to host a field day for adults

Anyone who has ever wanted to relive the fun of their elementary school field days as a grownup will get that chance when Children & Families First hosts their brand new fundraiser, Adult Field Day on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:25am