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SDSA students Ellie Merrick, left, and Ava Strong and put their art skills to the test, winning prizes in the 2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest.

SDSA students win state Arbor Day poster contest

Southern Delaware School of the Arts produced two winners in the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest hosted by Delaware Forest Service.

Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader from Selbyville, was Delaware’s overall state winner for 2019.

Ava...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:31am

Organizers of the annual Beebe Beach Bash include, from left, Jen Carroll, event co-chair; Tom Protack, vice president of development, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow, event co-chair. The fundraising event will take place on June 8.

Beebe Beach Bash names co-chairs, theme for summer party

The duo of Jen Carroll and Robyn Rosenfeld-Aburrow will again co-chair Beebe Medical Foundation’s biggest party of the summer: the 5th Annual Beebe Beach Bash.

This year’s Bash has a Polynesian theme. The evening will feature luau-style...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:28am

Coastal Point • Submitted Four en suite bedrooms grace this renovated South Bethany home, which will be featured during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peak No. 2

Family’s space ‘grows’ with this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the second 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.)

Four years after purchasing a cozy...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:11am

Keller Williams Realty announces 2018 top producers

Keller Williams Realty/Delaware Beaches recently announced its 2018 top producers. The annual awards recognize the top sales agents in all Keller Williams Realty locations in Sussex County.

The top three individual agents by overall...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:06am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:05am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Martin, second from left, receives a donation of $2,000 from, from left, Surfin’ Snowman organizers Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports and presenting sponsor Michael Cummings of Miken Builders.

Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler donates $6,000 to local charities

Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports, known for the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Boo-B-Que 5K walk/run, Justin’s Beach House 5K/10K, Athletes to End...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:40am

Cast for a Cure Fishing Tournament to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center

The 2019 annual Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, May 18, on the Fenwick Island State Park beaches, with the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Just Hooked in Fenwick.

This year’s...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:38am

Sea Colony named among world’s Top 20 tennis resorts, camps

Located just south of Bethany Beach, Sea Colony has recently increased its standing among the world’s elite tennis destinations, according to Tennis Resorts Online (TRO)’s 2019 rankings released on May 1.

Sea Colony is one of just four...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:37am

Springtime Jamboree

Beth Ann Cayhall and Gerry Hocker sing ‘Shallow’ as a brother-sister duet during the 37th Annual Springtime Jamboree on Saturday, May 4, at the Indian River High School auditorium. Cayhall missed last year’s jamboree and was happy to be back...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

IRSD referendum re-do defeated by 65 votes

Local elections prove that every vote truly counts. More than 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by only 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. After failing in February...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:01pm

Frankford council hears plans for music festival to focus on mental health

Until the last 10 minutes of the Monday, May 6 Frankford Town Council meeting, it was pretty much business as usual: updates on hydrant flushing, noise complaints, ditches that need to be cleaned out…

Then, Wesley Hayes Jr. started telling...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Indian River School District is split into five voting districts. Districts 4 and 5 have contested elections in 2019.

IRSD candidates offer final comments for May 14 election

After voting on Tuesday in the district’s construction funding referendum, local residents will return to the polls once more this month — this time, for the Indian River School District’s school board elections. Polls will open on Tuesday, May...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:59pm

CIB’s Walch to discuss estuary science at South Bethany event

All are welcome to a free program titled “Get on Board with the Bays” by Marianne Walch of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), as the South Bethany Women’s Club hosts the talk on environmental education and science on Thursday, May 16...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:54pm

Fenwick agrees to assist with South Bethany police shortage

The Fenwick Island Police Department is the third police agency that has agreed to provide paid police coverage to South Bethany. It is a temporary arrangement as their northern neighbor rebuilds its own full-time police department.

The...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:53pm

Native American dancers dance in the circle at the Nanticoke Indian Powwow.

Nanticoke Heritage Day event offers lecture, dance, food and more

Although the Nanticoke Indian Powwow held each September is a larger celebration of Native American culture, the Nanticoke Indian Center near Millsboro also holds two Heritage Days each year that are open to the public.

The next Heritage...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:51pm

Over Time band performs at John West Park in Ocean View back in 2017.

Ocean View invites community to experience seasonal events

The Town of Ocean View is gearing up to offer free fun family entertainment in John West Park.

“We want to do something different, something geared toward our community,” said Town Manager Carol Houck. “There’s such pride with the park —...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:48pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts students perform a dance show earlier this school year. SDSA will celebrate 20 years of educating students in the arts.

SDSA set to celebrate 20 years of arts-based education

In the fall of 1999, what was once the old Selbyville Middle School reopened with fresh paint and new chairs to house the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“A group of parents, administrators and the board really wanted to build a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:44pm

This recently completed Ocean View Historical Society building is part of the Coastal Towns Village.

Coastal Towns Village historical center open for the summer

 

The historic Coastal Towns Village in Ocean View is gearing up for summer with a new schedule of dates and times when visitors can see the fruit of the labor of the Ocean View Historical Society. The society is in the midst of developing...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:41pm

Rev. Gunther will be installed as dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Gunther to be installed at Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Right Rev. Richard Lipka, Suffragan, bishop of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints and the people of God at Holy Trinity, this week announced the installation of the Rev. Allen Edwin Gunther as the dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral. The...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:28am

Teacher Katherine Bennett wants kids to be themselves, even if that means a little extra chatter in the classroom.

Bennett creates an open learning environment at PCS

Katherine Bennett doesn’t mind that her students are talkative. That just means they’re comfortable expressing themselves.

“I want them to be real with me, not stuffy or controlled,” she said. “Good learning doesn’t happen in that...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:26am

Delaware Tech to host commencement ceremonies May 14

Delaware Technical Community College will hold its 51st annual commencement ceremonies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13, 14 and 15, for its campuses in Dover, Georgetown and Wilmington, respectively.

On May 14, Del Tech’s Jack F....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:13am

School of Nursing to host babysitting course this summer

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare will once again host its babysitting course this summer. The one-day course is designed to teach teens the characteristics and qualities of a good sitter, about child development and...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:07am

Jenni and Tyler Valliant are the couple behind Local Coffee Roasting Co.

Local Coffee Roasting Co. looks to elevate a cup of joe

For many people, mornings include drinking a cup of coffee as they start their day.

Local Coffee Roasting Co.’s Jenni and Tyler Valliant want to provide coffee drinkers the opportunity to experience a quality local brew, created with lots...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:05am

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens new Fenwick Island office

Vantage Vacation Rentals this week announced the continued expansion of its business northward with the opening of the Vantage Fenwick Island office, located at 1209 Coastal Highway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:59am

Weis Markets launches 11th annual Paws for Pets Program

Weis Markets this week announced the launch of its 11th annual Paws for Pets program, a company-wide initiative that collects donations, pet food and supplies for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

During the month-long...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:58am

Access to section of Indian River Inlet bulkhead restricted

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation on May 8 restricted access to a 120-foot section of bulkhead at the Indian River Inlet within...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Access to section of Indian River Inlet bulkhead restricted

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation on May 8 restricted access to a 120-foot section of bulkhead at the Indian River Inlet within...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Jamaar Drummond and Da’Jah Baines

A Golden Promenade

Coastal Point • Photos by Tyler Valliant

Indian River High School students made an elegant entrance to the 2019 prom. The night’s theme was ‘Golden Gala.’ The event’s grand march was held May 4 in Ocean City, Md.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:33am

The renovated gourmet kitchen in this house is designed to be a cook’s dream. The home, and nine more, will be featured in the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24 and 25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Natural light enhances this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the first 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.)

As they looked toward full-time...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:49am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:46am

‘Tall & Small’ tea to celebrate Mother’s Day in Frankford

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a tea party with little ones.

That was the inspiration for the “Tall & Small Mother’s Day Tea,” set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Frankford Public Library, according to Rachel Jackson, the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Women participate in last year’s Womenade Games Day.

Womenade Games Day to support local women in crisis

Guests can eat well and have fun at the third annual Games Day fundraiser, benefiting women’s emergency shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware By the Sea Womenade will host its Games Day on Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:42am

Juneteenth Celebration planned in Georgetown

The annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at the Richard Allen School, 316 S. Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. The full-day event is in celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:39am

Bethany Beach to host fourth annual Poseidon Festival

The 4th Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) designed...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:28am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:26am

Selbyville library seeking new board member

The Selbyville Public Library has an opening for a new Board of Commissioners member and is seeking qualified applicants through May 30. The position on the board for the Selbyville Public Library has a five-year term and is limited to two terms...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:23am

Bethany Beach Books reveals first set of summer events

Bethany Beach Books is kicking off the start of the summer season by releasing the schedule of events at the independent book store in downtown Bethany Beach.

“We are honored and excited to be hosting over 65 authors this summer!”...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:22am

6K Walk for Water held on Saturday, May 4

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Ocean View Presbyterian Church held a 6K Walk for Water on Saturday, May 4. Proceeds from the event will support World Vision, the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water for the developing...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:18am

Pictured, from left, are: Recording Secretary Linda Kutay, Vice President Muriel Pfeiffer, Treasurer Shelby Weillop, Home Life Chair Cheryl Broadway and President Henrietta Belcher-Stack pose infront of the Indian River Yacht Club.

Women’s Club of Indian River celebrates Arbor Day

The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC), Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club (DSFWC) Women’s Club of Indian River celebrated Arbor Day with a tree-planting at the Indian River Yacht Club, where they hold their meetings. The tree was...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:06am

Lesley McCaskill shares some ‘Backyard Visitors’ with us. See it in person in Gallery One’s May show.

Gallery One showing off work ‘In My Backyard’

Gallery One this week announced its May exhibit theme, “In My Backyard,” open to the public May 1-28.

“A back yard is a yard at the back of a house, common in suburban developments in the western world. Such a simple definition hardly does...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:02am

Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk planned on May 11

The 11th annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun 5K Run/3K Walk will be held Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Bethany Beach bandstand. The event, sponsored by Bethany Area Realty owner/broker Ann Raskauskas, raises money to support those...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:59am

State park to host maritime-themed ‘paint nights’

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation’s park interpreters at Delaware Seashore State Park are combining recycling and maritime heritage in an “upcycling” craft program this spring and summer, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday May 11.

...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:58am

Referendum results were announced just after 8 p.m. at Indian River Educational Complex.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum re-do defeated in nearly 50/50 split

Over 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. IRSD had proposed a temporary tax increase for new...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:36pm

Womenade Games Day to support local women in crisis

Guests can eat well and have fun at the third annual Games Day fundraiser, benefiting women’s emergency shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware By the Sea Womenade will host its Games Day on Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 11:41am

Millsboro Middle School’s Arthur Henry was named Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year.

‘My job is to light the fire’

Millsboro Middle conductor wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

At Millsboro Middle School, Arthur Henry believes that celebrating diversity has made his band students grow into better people, while becoming better musicians. That attitude helped him earn the honor of Indian River School District’s Teacher of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:13pm

The new parking lot at the James Farm has a clamshell surface.

County discusses James Farm master plan

County Engineer Hans Medlarz gave an update on the James Farm Ecological Preserve master plan at Sussex County’s April 30 meeting. 

Sussex County first leased the property to the Center for Inland Bays in 1998, and went on to grant a 20-...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:10pm

Public to vote in school referendum Tuesday

Overcrowding at local schools is too big a problem to ignore, say the leaders of Indian River School District. That’s why they are returning to public referendum on May 7 to build new schools. Voters will just answer one question: For or Against...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:08pm

James Farm hosting annual Native Plant Sale this Saturday

The James Farm Ecological Preserve will host its annual Native Plant Sale and Green Living Expo this Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to offering a chance to pick up a wagonload of plants and tons of tips for sprucing up...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:07pm

Bayside Institute hosting Wellness Week this weekend

Good health is more than visiting the doctor when you’re sick. It also includes mental and spiritual health and just eating a little better each day.

The public is invited to “Wellness Week,” with guest speakers, screenings, wellness...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:06pm

Ocean View Comp Plan kickoff a success

Mandated by Delaware state code, all municipal governments must develop and regularly update a “road map for the future” through a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). 

The Town of Ocean View kicked off its CLUP review with a public...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:03pm