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 Coastal Point • Submitted  Laura Pusey of Seaford was named CHEER’s Direct Care Worker of the Quarter for Summer 2018. Pictured, from left, are: CHEER CEO Ken Bock, Laura Pusey, CHEER Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Westen and CHEER Chief Operating Officer Beckett Wheatley.

CHEER recognizes efforts of health aides

CHEER Inc. honored direct care workers (DCWs) in its Personal Assistance Services Agency (PASA) at a recent holiday meal and awards ceremony. The evening also recognized the hard work of the aides to accomplish just under 100,000 service hours to...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:49pm

Rabbi Estelle Mills, left, of Temple Bat Yam was recently installed as rabbi for the temple in Berlin.

Mills installed as Temple Bat Yam rabbi

Sometimes, people are called to serve a higher power at a young age. Such was the case for Rabbi Estelle Mills of Temple Bat Yam.

“Growing up, my family was very active in the local Reform congregation in North Carolina where I grew up. I...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:36pm

Student Emily Elvira-Rodriquez gets her vision checked by Lions Buck Godwin, Vince Sanzone and Pat Sanzone.

Millsboro Lions test students’ vision

“It’s a butterfly!”

That’s what most children say when shown the stereopsis test — checking for depth perception — according to Millsboro Lions Club.

Each year, the Millsboro Lions test all kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:05pm

Delaware Tech Commercial Transportation Department Chairperson Bryan Ward transported a tractor-trailer full of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America project.

DelTech commercial transportation program supports Wreaths Across America

Since 2015, Delaware Technical Community College’s commercial transportation program has supported Wreaths Across America by picking up, storing and delivering wreaths to the grave sites of military service members.

This year, Department...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:44pm

Dewey Goes Pink organizers (top row) Adam Howard, left, and Steve ‘Monty’ Montgomery, right, present the funds raised at the event to, bottom row, from left, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Executive Director Vicky Cooke, volunteer Peggy Dever and survivorship specialist Meredith L. Rothstein.

Dewey Goes Pink raises $115,000 for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

During a recent check presentation at The Starboard, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition received a check for $115,000 from the 8th Annual Dewey Goes Pink fundraiser, which was held on Oct. 6.

“The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition would...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:39pm

WPS first-grade angels close the show with the fifth-grade nativity scene. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Clara Collins-Ellingsworth, Jack Hornung, Taj Sands, Nonda Gjikuria, Leo Galles, Aadish Maharjan; middle row, Keller Hoch, Liam Doran, Charlie Rutter, Estelle Damouni, Lea Jaoude, C.J. Labin, Sarah Brasure; back row, Sadie Kremer, Emmy Givens-Grevey, Elena Kappes, Lilly White, Isabella Rice; and, center, fifth-graders Priya Haldar and Michael Hebert as Mary and Joseph.

WPS Students Ring in the Season with Two Holiday Concerts

Families and students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 kicked off the season with two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) annual traditions.

On Dec. 7, Lower School Music Director Joanie Brittingham introduced a performance, “The Good...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:18am

Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band to perform at Peach Bowl Parade

More than 100 members of the Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band were set to march and perform in the Peach Bowl Festival Parade and other events this week in Atlanta.

The band was scheduled to perform at the College Football Hall of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:15am

Antonio McAfree’s ‘Third 2,’ archival digital print on paper will be displayed at the Rehoboth Art League through March 12, 2019.

RAL juried photo exhibit to debut on Jan. 4

The Rehoboth Art League Regional Juried Photography Exhibition debuts on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, with an opening reception for the artists and public from 5 to 7 p.m. The scope of this year’s exhibition was expanded by inviting artists living in...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:58am

Still a family-run company, Bette and Sal Gallo are pictured with their children — all very active in the business — from left, Tricia Ratner, Andrew Ratner and Lee Ann Wilkinson.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty celebrates 40th anniversary

Founders Bette and Sal Gallo will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their real estate firm in the upcoming year.

When the husband-and-wife team opened Gallo Realty in 1979, there were only a handful of other real estate firms in the resort region, and the real estate landscape looked much different, both literally and figuratively, they said. There was lots...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:52am

New books were delivered to Epworth Preschool in Rehoboth Beach, but will also be circulated to many other Read Aloud Sussex County locations.

BHHS Gallo Realty delivers books to Read Aloud Delaware

The goal of Read Aloud Delaware, a statewide agency that works to promote literacy, is: “Every preschool child in Delaware should be read to one-on-one.” To help achieve that goal, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty held an autumn new-...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:41am

Pat Riordan paints a range of mountains in ‘Purple Majesty.’

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:31am

Mariner’s offers support for those who are lost, lonely or grieving

While the holiday season is often one of joy and merriment, not everyone associates Christmas with cheer.

For those who are lost, lonely or grieving during the holidays, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be holding a Blue...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:36pm

Baull remains mayor as Dagsboro council re-organizes

Following the re-election of Councilmen Norwood Truitt and William Chandler, each to new two-year terms, the Dagsboro Town Council has now shuffled the deck, so to speak, with some of the same faces now getting to sit in new spaces.


Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:32pm

Schools audit reports: No news is good news for Districts

It’s not the most dramatic of reports, but the annual audits of local school districts at least show good recordkeeping for construction projects.

The Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) recently released its annual stack of...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:28pm

Citizens doubt council’s commitment to policing

Tempers flared in South Bethany Town Hall this week as some members of the public worried over the future of the South Bethany Police Department. Although the town council emphasized last month that they’re working on a new plan, some property...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:22pm

Dozens of volunteers showed up at Mountaire’s Selbyville warehouse to pack a full Christmas meal for 2,500 families in need.

Mountaire brings ‘Thanksgiving’ to those in need at Christmas

Three times each year, Mountaire Farms holds packing events to help feed those in the community who otherwise would not have a holiday meal.

“It’s a trilogy. Three times a year, at the most important holidays to give back,” said Roger...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:20pm

Belle DeMarie, 3, of Ocean View places her letter in the special mailbox at the Santa's Letters Neighborhood Holiday Gathering in Dagsboro on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Santa’s mailbox (and Nice List) fills up, thanks to local couple

Just a few weeks ago, “Santa’s Letters” was only an idea — just a desire to make children happy at Christmastime.

Inspired by a shiny red mailbox, a Dagsboro couple who were feeling a bit down at the approach of the holidays shook off...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:16pm

Millville group seeks volunteers to help with projects

Pat Moulder, chairperson for the Millville Volunteer Group, stood up at the Tuesday, Dec. 11, Millville Town Council meeting and started down a list that makes the Twelve Days of Christmas look like a fortune cookie.

“I just want the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:09pm

December’s volunteers stand tall with Dottie Campbell and two of the three new directors of the Community Food Pantry, Joyce Dennis and Rev. Mark Phillips.

‘It’s going to take three people to replace her’

Campbell retires from food pantry

For more than 20 years, Dottie Campbell’s smiling face has welcomed families to the Community Food Pantry in Selbyville. The pantry is still going strong, but on Dec. 15, Campbell finally retired as coordinator.

Volunteers praised Campbell...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:01pm

Students in Stephanie Syphard's first grade class were joined by members of the Home and Garden Club at The Refuge at Dirickson Creek on Thursday, Dec. 6 when the club presented the school with a check to be used for maintenance of the school's garden. Shown with the class are, back row from left, Principal Allisa Booth, club president Pamela White, club vice president Sandy Murphy, club secretary Nancy Scheffey, club treasurer  Ramona Bourque and Vice Principal Bennnett Murray.

Garden club donates funds for elementary school garden improvements

The garden at John M. Clayton Elementary School might be a little drab for the next few months, but with a recent contribution from a local garden club, students have more “green” with which to improve it.

The Home & Garden Club at The...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:57pm

IRSD Adult Education offers winter/spring courses

The Indian River School District’s Adult Education course offerings for Winter/Spring 2019 can now be viewed online at community.irsd.net.

Youth courses on offer include:

• Driver’s Education: Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 11...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:40pm

IRHS band holding tree-chipping fundraiser

After the holidays, people can now let their friendly neighborhood marching band dispose of their Christmas tree.

The Indian River High School Band Boosters will collect and chip pine trees as a holiday fundraiser. People can bring their...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:39pm

Rehoboth Reads to include writing contest

Rehoboth Reads, a new project that will involve the city-wide reading and discussion of a single book, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, is holding a writing contest that seeks submissions of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry that...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:38pm

SDSA creates Walk of Fame

In the late 1990s, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts created waves as a magnet school for the Indian River School District. Now, SDSA wants to “recognize some of our former students and celebrate their contributions to society, as well as...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:36pm

Proposed Sussex Tech policy puts emphasis on transparency

According to Dan Shortridge, public information officer for the Sussex Technical School District, in the interest of greater transparency and openness, the Sussex Technical Board of Education is considering a freshman admissions policy that he...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:34pm

Delaware Tech’s Business Honor Society fills stockings for Salvation Army

Delaware Technical Community College’s International Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), recently paired with the Salvation Army to stuff holiday stockings with toys, games and other items to donate to children throughout Sussex...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:32pm

Sussex Tech announces honor roll students

A number of Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 555 students were recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast, with the local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Archaeologist John McCarthy describes historical attempts to protect the population from yellow fever, cholera and smallpox.

Quarantine on the Delaware Bay

Once upon a time, when ocean travel ruled the world, ships filled the area along the Delaware coast, bound for the major international hub of Philadelphia.

But international ships didn’t just bring food, people and goods. They also brought...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:25pm

From left, graduates: LaShanna Flynn, Madelyn Gilbert, Tina Marie Gland, Eric Granby, Stephanie Huerta, Miranda Lee, Alexandra Louis-Jeune are among the new bachelor’s degree holders from DelTech.

DelTech awards its first bachelor’s degrees

Delaware Technical Community College hosted a historic event on Monday, Dec. 10, when graduates were awarded the institution’s first bachelor’s degrees. A total of 21 students, who live throughout the state and work in healthcare facilities...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:15pm

Atlantic Physical Therapy celebrates grand re-opening in Millsboro

Atlantic Physical Therapy staff take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 11, for the grand re-opening of their Millsboro location, organized by the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce. Also in attendance were Chamber directors and other...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:12pm

Delaware State Parks brings people to nature but, here, the people behind the parks celebrate being named the 2018 Southern Delaware Tourism Partner of the Year.

State Parks prove their economic power with tourism award

Although the Southern Delaware Tourism Awards honor the people who enrich the Sussex County life and economy, it’s also a great cheat-sheet for planning a night, or day, on the town.

At the Dec. 6 luncheon in Millsboro, Southern Delaware...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:59pm

Members of NARFE Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 survey Christmas gifts gathered at its December holiday luncheon before delivering them to three local nursing facilities in the area. Pictured, from left, are: James Justice, Pat Brady-Rice, Theresa Pitman and Martha Justice.

NARFE donates holiday gifts to nursing facilities

The Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) collected nearly 60 Christmas gifts at its annual Holiday Luncheon, held at 1776 restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, to deliver to residents of three local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:54pm

The graduates from the Delaware State Police Canine Training Unit pose for a photo after graduating from the 2018 Fall Patrol Certification and the Fall Narcotics Certification classes.

K9 teams graduate from DSP patrol, narcotics classes

The Delaware State Police Canine Training Unit this week held a graduation ceremony for the 2018 Fall Patrol Certification Class and the Fall Narcotics Certification Class. Their work paid off, with 11 teams successfully completing three months...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:44pm

Parks & Recreation offering special holiday programs

No one has to hibernate over the holidays this year if they get out and get moving in Delaware’s state parks. From “First Day Hikes,” to “Zoo Camp,” to “Stroller Rollers,” there is plenty to do and see in DNREC’s state parks over the winter break...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:15pm

Guns, bows, knives and ammunition are among the evidence seized in the Dec. 11 arrests of two Millsboro men on charges related to alleged weapons and poaching violations.

Millsboro men arrested on weapons and poaching violations

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers on Dec. 11 arrested two Sussex County men for multiple alleged weapons and poaching violations while officers investigated a report of individuals trespassing to hunt near Millsboro....

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:59am

Volunteers reforest James Farm Preserve in Ocean View

This fall, volunteers from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Coastal Gardeners Club planted trees as part of an effort to improve wildlife...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:56am

Jennifer Idzi Greenawalt

Bayside’s Greenawalt receives second Lifestyle Directory of the Year award

The National Association of Homebuilder’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) this week announced Silver Award winners for The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards. The Nationals are designed to salute and honor the best in the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:54am

Bailiff Tony Summers presents Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden with a satchel full of letters addressed to Santa Claus during the competency hearing for one Kris Kringle.

Sussex County Superior Court rules Kringle to be Santa

After a harrowing hearing, Sussex County Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden ruled that Kris Kringle is...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9:05am

Cole, Arlett bid farewell to county council

Tuesday, Dec. 11, was the last day on the dais for Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett.

Cole, a Sussex County native elected to the council in 1986, is its longest-serving member in the modern era. His family has a history...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:09pm

OV property reassessment set to begin

Property taxes for FY2019 to be re-billed before May

After a controversial move by the Town this year to switch to Sussex County property appraisals for its town tax basis, resulting in drastic tax burden shifts for some, property owners in Ocean View may be happy to learn that new property...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:08pm

Millville considering return to full planning commission

The Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 11, regular meeting moved a bit closer to bringing back a five-member planning commission, after three years with a smaller planning committee.

The Town made the move to a smaller committee...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:04pm


Local women arrested in Georgetown burglaries

The Delaware State Police this week arrested the two local women they said were suspects with burglaries in Georgetown.

Kathy Hunsucker, 45, of Selbyville and Christina Harvey, 49, of Dagsboro were charged in connection with two burglaries...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:03pm

Mariner’s United Methodist Church hosts a Live Nativity scene each year. This year’s Nativity will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, outside of the church starting at 6 p.m.

Mariner’s UMC set to hold Live Nativity on Friday

As night falls on Friday, Dec. 14, a stable outside Mariners’ Bethel Unity Methodist Church in Ocean View will come to life.

About 40 to 50 actors will gather at the church to participate in the church’s annual Live Nativity program,...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:01pm

Roger Wagner, left, Nancy Katz, center, and Dr. Mayer Katz met as part of the program ‘We’ll Meet Again.’

‘We’ll Meet Again’

Former Beebe surgeon gets a visit from Vietnam War patient

“I am the luckiest guy in the world, and Dr. Katz is my hero,” said Roger Wagner.

Dr. Mayer Katz is an eminent, recently-retired surgeon who was recruited to establish the vascular surgery program at Beebe Medical Center some 20 years ago...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:40pm

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson celebrates with Beverly Downs her selection as employee of the year for the county government.

Downs named Sussex County employee of the year

Sussex County government recently named Beverly Downs of Selbyville as its 2018 employee of the year. This year’s winner was announced during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the County’s approximately 500 employees. Downs was selected for...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:27pm

Millsboro woman wins lottery games twice in one week

Millsboro resident Stephanie Robinson said she enjoys playing the Delaware Lottery’s Instant Games every week at the Weis Market in Millville. She said she normally purchases two $5 tickets every week, but recently, when one of those ended up...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:24pm

Jenny and Nick Gorgone recently announced their marriage, in a ceremony held Aug. 31. The bride and groom each have two sons and are now living as a blended family in Baltimore, after living in three separate cities for the last three years.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:22pm

Guardian Investments open in Millsboro

Guardian Investments was welcomed to the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the community by the Chamber Board of Directors, Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood, Town Manager Sheldon Hudson, state Rep. Rich Collins and other Chamber members, with a...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:19pm

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WPS students place in 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Art Contest

A number of Worcester Preparatory School art students in grades 1-12 recently placed in the 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest, which is designed to connect student and canine through artistic expression.

Students in Lower...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

Artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will introduce her new book, ‘Bethany Beach ABCs Now and Then’ with a book signing at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this Saturday.

Rice to host ABCs book signing, Disney Day of Discovery

This Saturday, artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will officially release at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View a unique Bethany Beach activity book she has written and illustrated, with book signings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:01pm