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Prisons must be a top priority for the state

The recent violent and deadly riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, and the subsequent mass exodus of correctional officers from that facility, brings to light a topic that finds itself in and out of the Delaware news cycle consistently over the years.

Hard workers get their special day in the sun

There are numerous reasons I love my job.

It’s an outlet for me to pursue my love of grassroots community journalism, in a community that I adore and plan on raising my daughter in until she’s prepared to set her own course. I get the chance to work alongside the best newspaper publisher I have known in my 25 years in the business, and there have honestly never been two days in this job that are exactly alike.

Letters to the Editor — March 10, 2016r

Sorority thankful for support with event

Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the following community partners who supported Beta Sigma Phi-Alpha Alpha Chapter and our January Jam held at Mango’s in Bethany.

Celtic music to fill library ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Those looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week can head to the South Coastal Library on March 14.

Melissa Heieie and Susan Ryan, a duo known as Willow Tree, will give a Celtic music concert that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B.

Special-education staff gets the spotlight

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: For their devotion to Indian River School District’s most vulnerable populations, these staff members were voted leaders in IRSD special education.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: For their devotion to Indian River School District’s most vulnerable populations, these staff members were voted leaders in IRSD special education.“Above and beyond” were the words most frequently used to describe 17 individuals who were named Special Education Ambassadors this week.

The Indian River School District honored educators who serve as role models for their colleagues while promoting a positive message of inclusiveness for students with disabilities.

“Ambassadors will be those who clearly support a mission to allow students identified with disabilities to become emotionally, socially and academically successful learners ready to fulfill their lifelong goals,” according to IRSD officials.

“[These are] folks in our schools who really make it possible for our students to achieve their goals,” said IRSD Board Member Heather Statler.

Nuns in service on the Civil War battlefront

The Dialog — the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington newspaper — ran an article in its Oct. 11, 2011, issue titled, “The Forgotten Sisters of the Civil War.” This story informed the church faithful about the heroics of nuns from a number of religious orders during the 19th century North-South conflict.

Tripple Overtime: How Emilio Estevez may or may not have inspired female hockey players from the Middle East and/or everywhere

Emilio Estevez. You either love him, hate him, are completely indifferent to him, are somewhat indifferent to him, have another unspecified opinion of varying nature about him, or have no idea who he is. He’s just one of those classic ’80s movies stars where there is no in-between.

State champs!

IR competitive cheer team ‘brings on’ first state title since 1984

Coastal Point • Submitted: Senior Sam Nitz, left, and senior Rachel Burke, right, hoist the championship trophy with the rest of the Indian River High School competitive cheer team at Smyrna High School on Sunday, March 5.Coastal Point • Submitted: Senior Sam Nitz, left, and senior Rachel Burke, right, hoist the championship trophy with the rest of the Indian River High School competitive cheer team at Smyrna High School on Sunday, March 5.The Indian River High School competitive cheerleading team knew they were going to have to “bring it on” when they took the mats at Smyrna High School for the state championships last Sunday, March 5. Luckily for them, it had already “been brought."

An impromptu performance in front of the entire school at a pep rally held on Thursday, March 2, paved the way for one of the team's top performances of the season at states just three days later, and helped bring home the school’s first state championship for competitive cheer since 1984.

“It was strategic. I didn’t want them to get comfortable,” said head coach Kaitlyn Donofrio of notifying her squad of the pep rally appearance the day before. “Every time you perform in front of people it helps.”

“We were nervous so we didn’t do our best. Two of our stunts fell,” said sophomore Gabby Hudson of that Thursday performance. “It just showed us that we needed to work harder before states.”

So, that’s what the Indians did as they prepared for their final performance of the season on Sunday, stabilizing their stunts and nailing their routine to eventually hoist the trophy in the co-ed division.

“I think everybody’s really excited,” said sophomore Lauren Grow. “Everybody was really excited on the bus ride there. At our last competition, at Lake Forest, it had been a little bit shaky, but then our warm-ups were really, really good, so everybody was feeling really good. We went out and performed, and I think it went a lot better.”

‘A resurgence on the mats’

After down seasons, IR wrestling returns to top

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior Jared Arlett is one of nine seniors set to graduate for the Indians.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior Jared Arlett is one of nine seniors set to graduate for the Indians.It’s been, without a doubt, a history-making season for the Indian River High School wrestling team.

Not only did the Indians post their first winning record on the regular season since 2011 and their best regular-season record since before that at 16-3, not only did they see their first Henlopen Conference championship since 2011, in 106-pound freshman Will Rayne, and advance all the way to the state-duals — the Indians even saw senior co-captain Zeke Marcozzi break the school’s all-time wins record, with 133 career wins.

They also saw senior co-captain Jared Arlett nearly become the sixth wrestler in IR history to eclipse the 100-career wins mark, finishing just three short, with 97 on his career.

Coastal Delaware Running Festival on pace for biggest turnout yet

Coastal Point • Submitted : Runners at the starting line of the 2015 Coastal Delaware Running Festival.Coastal Point • Submitted : Runners at the starting line of the 2015 Coastal Delaware Running Festival.Delaware’s biggest road-race weekend is about to get even bigger.

After seeing nearly 2,400 racers turn out last spring, Coastal Delaware Running Festival race director Rick Hundley and the team at Focus Multisports are expecting upwards of 4,000 participants to show up when the starting gun goes off in Dewey Beach for the run’s return this April.

Recently named “Delaware’s #1 Marathon” by TripAdvisor, the First State’s only Boston Marathon-qualifier event will also be adding a 5K to the lineup and will again feature a marathon, half-marathon and 9K, all showcased along its scenic flat courses spanning from Dewey Beach up to Lewes.

Extra Points – March 10, 2017

River Soccer sign ups still under way until March 15

There’s still a chance to sign up for the outdoor spring recreational season at the River Soccer Club, with registration remaining open through Wednesday, March 15.

IR boys’ hoops on the upswing after return to playoffs

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior guard Colby Chandler goes for a lay up against Milford on Feb. 7. Chandler is one of three seniors set to graduate for the Indians.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior guard Colby Chandler goes for a lay up against Milford on Feb. 7. Chandler is one of three seniors set to graduate for the Indians.Having been sent off with a pep rally in their honor as they headed into their first playoff appearance since 2014, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team returned home on Thursday, March 2, after suffering a loss to No. 15 St. Marks.

Despite seeing their state tournament run cut short, the Indians still finished the regular season 12-8, after going just 5-15 last season and after a 16-year playoff drought spanning from 1997 to 2014.

With a predominantly young squad of primarily freshmen and sophomores, and set to graduate just three seniors — forward Isaiah “Izzy” Bratton, guard Colby Chandler and guard Thomas DiBuo — the boys’ basketball program at Indian River looks to be very much up and coming.

No tax increase in proposed Ocean View budget

The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week in preparation for the adoption of its budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and the current draft of the budget may be good news for those hoping to see their Town tax rate stay the same.

State auditor: IRSD heading in the right direction now

About three months after the Delaware Auditor of Accounts released a biting financial report on Indian River School District, the AOA this week commended the district for improving its financial policies.

IRSD officials have been working to correct the alleged misuse of funds, poor oversight, nepotism and other faults the AOA perceived within IRSD’s finances.

School district referendum scheduled for Thursday, March 2

Indian River School District was set to host a current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, (after Coastal Point press time), with polls closing at 8 p.m. Coastal Point will post results from the referendum on Thursday night, at www.CoastalPoint.com and www.facebook.com/CoastalPoint.

Maly files for re-election in Ocean View, looks ahead

Happy with the time he’s spent on the town council, Ocean View resident Tom Maly recently filed to continue to serve as councilman for District 3.

Maly, joined the council in January 2016, following the passing of former councilman Tom Sheeran. He said he has enjoyed his year on council so much that he decided to run to serve the Town for an additional three years.

Few slots left for volunteer for beach-grass planting

If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.

Antioch AME to host day of unity on Sunday, March 5

Benjamin “Ben” Beckett had a vision of salt and pepper in the congregation. So Antioch AME Church is inviting men and women of all colors to attend a special “CommUNITY Around Christ” church service on Sunday, March 5.

The special service will begin at 3:30 p.m., with a fellowship meal from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

South Bethany accepting candidates for 2017 council election

Three South Bethany Town Council seats will be up for election in this spring. Candidates may now submit applications to run for the office. The election will be Saturday, May 27. Candidates must register by Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. Each seat carries a two-year term. The seats are currently held by Wayne Schrader, Carol Stevenson and Frank Weisgerber.

Millville’s Michel steps from HOA to town council

Peter MichelPeter MichelThe Millville Town Council will get a new face this spring, with the addition of Peter Michel.

He’ll take the seat currently held by Steve Small, also a resident of Bishop’s Landing, who was appointed in March of 2016 but opted not to run in 2017.

Michel (pronounced “MITCHE-ell”) will be sworn in for a two-year term at the March 14 meeting, alongside incumbents Susan Brewer and Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon.

With three candidates for three seats, no election is necessary in March.

“I believe in treating everybody like you would want them to treat you. I don’t get too excited about anything,” said Michel, adding that he feels the best way to handle controversial issues is to “remember there’s two sides to everything, and never listen to someone and think their problem doesn’t matter.”

Michel currently holds the unique position of the first and only resident on the Bishop’s Landing homeowners’ board. After two years, the other two seats are still held by the developer and builder (these positions are usually turned over to the residents when a majority of homes are completed).

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to benefit Justin’s Beach House

When the Poker & Fun Car Rallye V cruises out of the parking lot at Hooked Up in Millville on Saturday, March 4, drivers and their co-pilots will be armed with directions and a list of questions — and the knowledge that their trek is for a really good cause.

Submissions sought for South Bethany photography show

South Bethany photographers can now submit art for the Town’s “Art in the Hall” exhibit, a coastal-themed show.

The photography show is open to any professional, amateur or “avid weekend” photographer. Entrants should be residents, property owners, relatives or somehow closely connected to the Town of South Bethany.

St. Ann's seeks donations for USO Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Outreach coordinator Gigi Vanderman receives a certificate of appreciation from USO Delaware.Coastal Point • Submitted: Outreach coordinator Gigi Vanderman receives a certificate of appreciation from USO Delaware.The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is seeking donations throughout the month of March for USO Delaware.

The parish asks for donations twice a year from the community. For this drive, they are requesting individually-packaged Slim Jims, individually-packaged crackers, individually-packaged breakfast bars and individually-packaged chips. Also needed are paper towels, 13-gallon trash bags and gallon-size zip-top freezer bags.

The outreach was started by parishioner Gigi Vanderman but is now headed up by Rosemary Wlaschin.

“She’s a lovely woman,” said Wlaschin of Vanderman. “She’s the one who instituted this program, something like 13 years ago. She just took it upon herself to do it. Her husband was an Air Force veteran, and she has children who have also served.

Editorial — St. Ann’s, USO working to help our troops

The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is on a month-long mission to stock USO Delaware with items for our brave men and women serving overseas .

Point of No Return — A lot of stuff going on in a Land Down Under

So, I’m watching a poker tournament on television the other night — because that’s about as much excitement as I can handle these days after 9 p.m. — and I see a guy shove all his chips into the pot, holding A-9.

Know the basics to prevent heart disease

Heart disease remains one of the top killers of Americans. Diets high in fat and salt contribute greatly to heart disease, as does a lack of exercise and smoking.

Take the necessary steps today to prevent or improve your heart health.

Get back to basics

Physical therapy helps people afflicted with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the most pervasive health problems in the U.S. today. You may not realize it, but about 10 million people in this country have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Another 44 million have low bone density and are at risk.

Civil War Profiles — The Northwestern secession conspiracy

Stories out of California these days describe a secession movement under way in response to the outcome of the recent presidential election. One group would like to “peaceably, legally transform the West Coast of the United States into a ‘pragmatic progressive’ paradise.” (http://www.businessinsider.com/california-could-secede-from-the-us-2017-...)

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top Five (Winter sports 2017 edition)

With the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team set to make their first state tournament appearance since 2014, winter sports certainly aren’t over yet.

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