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Monday afternoon, I find myself in downtown Bethany at lunchtime. I think to myself, “Well, it’s a beautiful day, I’m at the beach and I need to eat — so, what the heck! I will get a sandwich and sit on a beach, enjoy the sunshine and relax for half an hour.”

Post office boxes: Safety and security for your mail

Some of us rent safety deposit boxes at our bank or financial institution. They provide security for our valuable possessions, and peace of mind for us. For security, convenience and peace of mind concerning your mail, nothing beats a post office box at the Ocean View Post Office.

• Security — Your mail is protected, under lock and key, as well as by federal statute.

Body & Soul ‘raising the barre’ in Selbyville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : A yoga class at Body & Soul.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : A yoga class at Body & Soul.Body & Soul has been offering Pilates and yoga since they opened in January of 2013; however, it wasn’t until recently that the Selbyville-based studio became the first in the area to offer barre workout classes — which is a growing exercise trend based on ballet.

“It’s a very non-impact, yet still aerobic workout. Their heart rates are elevated but at a maintained level,” said Body & Soul barre instructor Erin Dunworth. “It’s a proven exercise that we just haven’t had around here. Every week we get a couple new clients.”

“[We’re] following the curve,” added Body & Soul owner Di Hill. “[It’s] a group fitness exercise, and then adding in the fundamentals of Pilates, which is strengthening and a lot of core work, and yoga, which is the stretching part — so it’s a compressive program.”

While Hill has only owned the studio for going on two years, she brings 35 years of experience in various exercise and health practices, including Pilates, personal training, reformer training and yoga, and is certified in them all.

Pizza Palace III delivering the goods in Selbyville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : A pizza comes rolling out of the oven at Pizza Palace III in Selbyville. The pizza parlor offers delivery service across much of the area.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : A pizza comes rolling out of the oven at Pizza Palace III in Selbyville. The pizza parlor offers delivery service across much of the area.Pizza Palace III has come to Selbyville, and with a delivery service, it’s bringing the party all over Sussex County. Located in the Strawberry Center on Route 113, it takes the place of the former Pizzelli’s restaurant.

In the kitchen, freshly made dough rises on the counter, and the sauce is a secret recipe. Hand-rolled into each pan, pizza headlines a long Italian-style menu. Any combination is available, building on top of golden melted mozzarella cheese: Mexican pizza with hot sauce, tomato, onion, jalapeno and chicken; meat lovers; vegetarian; Hawaiian; classic white pizza with garlic butter and mozzarella; cheesesteak pizza; and more.

Or, diners can try a variation, with the Stromboli, steak-o-boli or calzone.

“They love the pizza here — dinner specials at a decent price,” said Salvatore “Sal” Barbagallo, partner and pizza master.

Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”

People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.

Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.

The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.

People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.

What you should know about the debate over stretching and injury prevention

How many times have you been told to stretch before exercising or engaging in any sport or workout? Is it a good idea? Does it work? It’s a very controversial topic, and the science is contradictory, too.

Goodwill: It’s more than a thrift store

Calling all witches and ghouls: Goodwill of Delaware’s annual Halloween Costume Competition is under way.

Expansion of alcohol consumption hours to get second reading

The Ocean View Town Council will hold its second public hearing for an ordinance to amend the Town’s Code related to hours of alcoholic beverage consumption in restaurants at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Town was contacted in the spring by a restaurant owner requesting the code be changed.

Ocean View to hold Phase III sidewalk workshop

Town invites public to Oct. 14 workshop

A public workshop on Ocean View Streetscape Improvements Phase III will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at town hall.

‘Grab a drink, grab a brush and let the fun begin’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Six ladies from the Millsboro area’s ‘Girls Night Out’ group pose with their finished paintings during PaintNite at Smitty McGee’s near Fenwick Island.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Six ladies from the Millsboro area’s ‘Girls Night Out’ group pose with their finished paintings during PaintNite at Smitty McGee’s near Fenwick Island.It was in May when Dawn McGee, owner of West Fenwick Island’s Smitty McGee’s, got an unsolicited email about PaintNite Delaware and its slogan, “Grab a Drink, Grab a Brush and Let the Fun Begin.”

“‘What do you think?’ I asked two older men, regular customers, who happened to be sitting at the bar,” recalled McGee. “And when they both agreed, ‘That’s a hit,’ I decided to follow up.”

McGee’s office is located on the side of the building adjacent to the Lucky Dining Room. Previously at this time of the year, after the crowds have left, the room was always quiet. “But now every Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, I hear happy sounds of lots of people having a good time and laughing,” she said.

“I was surprised how many visitors came in the summer for the Thursday afternoon classes, as a break from the beach. Now the afternoon sessions provide a perfect activity for stay-at-home moms before the kids get home. And they all get to take home their own signed masterpiece,” she added.

PaintNite involves a social atmosphere in which an instructor and an assistant teach groups of people, seated at long tables, how to paint specifically designed paintings. Each participant starts with a blank 16-by-20-inch canvas on an easel, three different-sized brushes, a paper plate with squirts of the different colors of acrylic paint needed, a cup of water to clean the brushes… and a glass of one’s beverage of choice.

Falling for cool-weather comfort foods

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Tony Packo’s Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Packo’s Tomato-Onion Sauce and Cheddar-Black Pepper Biscuits are on the menu for Marie Cook as she features cool-weather comfort foods in this special installment of Marie’s Kitchen.Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Tony Packo’s Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Packo’s Tomato-Onion Sauce and Cheddar-Black Pepper Biscuits are on the menu for Marie Cook as she features cool-weather comfort foods in this special installment of Marie’s Kitchen.Back in February, when I stopped writing this column twice-monthly, Darin and I agreed that I would pop in now and then, when the spirit moved me. I ended my regular column to concentrate on writing two books that had languished way too long. The writing is going well, and I thank all those who tell me that they miss my column and talk about the recipes that have become regulars in their cooking rotations.

To spend more time writing, I’ve cut back on marathon cooking sessions, keeping meals simple: broiled or sautéed fish; ground lamb, turkey or beef burgers mixed with lots of red onion and feta cheese; a meatless pasta meal with salad; sides of baked sweet potatoes and steamed or roasted vegetables. Easy? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Boring? You bet! With cooler weather setting in, I’m craving comfort food.

So, it seemed providential that just last week, while sitting in my dermatologist’s waiting room, I overheard two women talking about stuffed cabbage. They agreed that making a huge pot of cabbage rolls was too much work, so they agreed to split the cost of ingredients and work together in one kitchen. Since most recipes make eight to 12 servings, they’d each have plenty.

At this point, those of you who know me through seven years of writing this column would expect me to butt into their conversation. How I contained myself is beyond me, because I possess the premier stuffed cabbage recipe.

Trollbeads at the Beach set for Oct. 17-19 in Lewes

Blooming Boutique in Lewes is hosting the third Trollbeads at the Beach in Lewes on Oct. 17-19. The three-day event will be held at various locations in downtown Lewes.

Film society to show ‘The Lunchbox’ at two October screenings

For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama “The Lunchbox.” The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View and at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach. Doors at Midway will open at 6:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest fundraiser putting dining and dancing to work

After losing her firefighter husband to mesothelioma in 2012, Denise Santa Barbara sees no reason for others to suffer the same. She’s throwing her annual mesothelioma fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall and, this year, it’s Oktoberfest.

County hires Booker-Wilkins

Sussex County announced this week that Melody Booker-Wilkins will serve as the economic development director for the County starting in mid-October.

“The County is very lucky to able to hire such a well-qualified and experienced professional from right here in our back yard,” said County Administrator Todd F. Lawson on Tuesday.

Civil War Profiles: Mark Twain during the Civil War era at the Dickens

The actor entered the Dickens Parlour Theater from the side door and described his infatuation with Mark Twain — the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He stepped onto the stage and sat at a period dressing table with swivel mirror and basin while donning an unruly wig of white hair and applying bushy eyebrows and mustache.

IRHS student attends HOSA Washington Leadership Academy

Coastal Point • Submitted : Delaware Health Occupations Students of America officers attend the Washington Leadership Academy in September. Pictured, from left, are: Jasmine Jones (Polytech), Nolwenn Daniels (Hodgson), Yulianna Briceno (Hodgson), Taite Daisey (Indian River) and Thomas Pinto (Sussex Tech).Coastal Point • Submitted : Delaware Health Occupations Students of America officers attend the Washington Leadership Academy in September. Pictured, from left, are: Jasmine Jones (Polytech), Nolwenn Daniels (Hodgson), Yulianna Briceno (Hodgson), Taite Daisey (Indian River) and Thomas Pinto (Sussex Tech).Indian River High School senior Taite Daisey recently attended the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Held Sept. 20-23, the event was attended by HOSA student leaders from across the United States. Daisey is vice president of Delaware’s HOSA chapter and plans to pursue a career as a physician after graduation.

Students were divided into 10-person teams during the four-day academy. They attended leadership courses, participated in team-building activities and toured Washington, D.C. Daisey’s team included students from Hawaii, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and Wisconsin.

“It was a lot of fun to meet new friends from all over the country,” she said. “I think I learned a lot to bring back to the state.”

Shirley Townsend, an instructor in Indian River High School’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, said Daisey has played a major role in building the school’s HOSA chapter, which is only two years old. Daisey also serves as vice president of the IRHS chapter.

“Taite is in a class by herself,” Townsend said. “She’s very much a go-getter.”

Tripple Overtime: Is Petyon Manning the best Papa John’s spokesperson/ quarterback of all time?

Everyone knows Peyton Manning from his brilliant acting in Papa John’s pizza commercials, but what you may not know is that he’s also a pretty good quarterback.

IR soccer back on track with shutouts vs. Laurel, Smyrna

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Seong Oh celebrates after a score against Laurel last Thursday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Seong Oh celebrates after a score against Laurel last Thursday.After narrowly escaping Delmar with an unforeseen draw last week, the Indian River High School soccer team kicked it back into gear with an 8-0 division win against Laurel last Thursday and 7-0 romp of Smyrna on Monday, to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.

Over the past few games, the team has been without senior forward and captain Luis Cruz, but Cruz did see action against both Laurel and Smyrna.

The Indians posted their highest goal total since the first game of the season in their 8-0 win against Laurel last Thursday, Oct. 2, in a game that improved their division record to 3-0-1.

“We moved the ball well today. We tried to get one or two touch passing through the midfield. I take my hat off to Laurel. They show up every week,” said assistant coach Nick Slonin after the game.

Lady Indians stomp Seaford, best Bucs in OT thriller

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Sarah Buchler drives down the field against Seaford last Thursday. Buchler had a hat trick in the Lady Indians 5-0 victory and scored the game winning goal against Milford last Tuesday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior Sarah Buchler drives down the field against Seaford last Thursday. Buchler had a hat trick in the Lady Indians 5-0 victory and scored the game winning goal against Milford last Tuesday.For the past year and a half, Indian River head field hockey coach Jodi Stone has been talking about progress for the program, which prior to this season had only managed four wins in the previous four years.

However, after a 5-0 rout of Seaford last Thursday and a 2-1 overtime win against previously 5-3 Milford on Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Lady Indians find themselves already having tallied four wins on the season.

“It’s been a building process, and finally you see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Stone. “All of the hard work that these girls have endured is finally starting to pay off, and they’re starting to get their dividends.”

After the division wins, and a 1-0 loss at Worcester Prep last Friday, the Lady Indians were 4-6-1 on the season.

IR girls’ soccer receives most-ever All-state selections

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Six Lady Indians were awarded All State honors for soccer for their performance last season, the team's highest total ever. Back row, from left to right: junior Aline Check-Guzman, senior Sarah Buchler, and graduate Alex Myers. Front row, from left to right: Junior Brooke Beam and sophomore Madison Hogsten. Not pictured: graduate Bri Belfiore.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Six Lady Indians were awarded All State honors for soccer for their performance last season, the team's highest total ever. Back row, from left to right: junior Aline Check-Guzman, senior Sarah Buchler, and graduate Alex Myers. Front row, from left to right: Junior Brooke Beam and sophomore Maddie Hogsten. Not pictured: graduate Bri Belfiore.Following a season in which they collectively outscored their opponents 86-12 and won a Henlopen Conference title, it’s no surprise that last year’s Indian River High School girls’ soccer team produced six All-State selections — the most ever for the program.

“By far, this is the most we’ve ever had recognized at the All-State level,” said longtime head coach Steve Kilby of the achievement. “I think it has to do with the program. A lot of them have come up through the River Soccer Club and branched out to other clubs. Any team that has club players is going to be successful, and we’re fortunate to have those girls.”

Out of the six players honored, only two of them were seniors last season — midfielder Bri Belfiore, who notched the tying goal in the conference championship against Sussex Tech, and goalkeeper Alex Myers, who posted 12 shutouts during the regular season.

“I already miss it,” said Myers regarding a memorable 2014 season. “Their season hasn’t even started yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.”

River Soccer Columbus Day Classic returns

The annual River Soccer Columbus Day Classic tournament returns to Roxana this weekend, as the club hopes for better weather than last year’s nearly rained-out event.

Extra Points — October 10, 2014

Cannon posts shutout against Shenandoah

Sam Cannon has worked his way back into the starting lineup for the Lynchburg College soccer team after an injury earlier this season. The former Indians keeper tallied five saves in a shutout against Shenandoah on Oct. 4. The Hornets were 6-4 on the season and 3-1 in the ODAC at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday.

IR cheer ‘brings it on’ under new coach

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River High School cheerleading squad shows off their skills during last Friday night's game against Lake Forest.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River High School cheerleading squad shows off their skills during last Friday night's game against Lake Forest.An experienced Indian River High School cheerleading squad has been “bringing it on” all football season, behind the direction of first-year head coach Kaitlyn D’Onofrio.

“I think they’re doing really good. They’re trying a lot of new stunts, and we’re even doing some collegiate things,” said D’Onofrio of her squad. “We’ve been doing a lot harder stunts — more sequences where they’re doing more tricks than the stunts before they come down.”

D’Onofrio might be in her first year with Indian River, but she brings an extensive amount of cheerleading experience, having coached Pop Warner in previous years and cheering herself since she was 6.

With all of her experience, she said she appreciates her advanced squad.

“I don’t have any new girls. They all have cheerleading experience. But they’re all willing to learn new things, which is awesome. So it’s easy to teach them and train them,” she explained. “These girls are more advanced. I can just throw things out, and they can do it for me.”

In fact, the girls have performed so well this season that the squad is even considering entering some competitions.

Zumbathon set for Oct. 18 at Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.The third annual Zumbathon at the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The event has raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research during each of its first two years, but participants don’t have to be Zumba experts to join the effort for the cause.

“You don’t even ever have to have done Zumba before,” said Sea Colony Activities & Fitness Manager Jen Neal. “It’s just to help support the cause and come have fun for two hours.”

During the two-hour dance party, participants are being encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness, and there will even be an award for best-dressed.

Sussex County Council briefed on 2014 World Series

Earlier this week, Martin Donovan, director of Delaware District III, Senior and Big League Softball World Series, gave Sussex County Council an overview of the 2014 series, which was held in early August.

“By all accounts, it was a success, including the rain,” said Donovan on Sept. 30. “Little League International has nine World Series — we have two of them in Sussex County.”

Christopher seeks reelection as write-in candidate for sheriff

County sheriff hopes to rebound after primary

Earlier this week, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed as a write-in candidate for that office in the November general election.

Christopher lost the primary race in September to newcomer Robert T. Lee, by 21 votes. An automatic recount was held by the Sussex County Department of Elections later that week, which found the 21-vote difference to be accurate.

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