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Letters to the Editor — June 27, 2014

ECGC celebrates 15 years

Editor:

Thank you to everyone who came out to the East Coast Garden Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 14, 2014. It was a great day, despite all the flooding caused by a storm the day before. There was some logistical re-arranging, but the weather could not have been more gorgeous.

Local surfers to compete in Surf Shop final at Dew Tour

This weekend’s Dew Tour Beach Championships, being held in Ocean City, Md., feature some of the best surfers in the area among both national and international talent, set to take to the waves in Thursday night’s Amateur Surf Shop final.

Civil War Profiles: Secret agent provides timely report on Lee’s invasion

In an increasingly apprehensive search for Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, from his headquarters in Fairfax, Va., sent his cavalry to the west and an intelligence agent to the north, to pinpoint the Army of Northern Virginia’s location.

Bethany library summer programs offer something for everyone

Although school is out for the summer, it doesn’t mean it’s time to close up those books. The South Coastal Library is continuing to hold their Summer Reading Program, for library patrons ranging from children to adults.

This year’s program theme revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

FIFA aims to keep young soccer players safe

Like so many of you, I am really caught up in the excitement surrounding soccer’s World Cup matches. Whether Team USA wins or loses, the spotlight on soccer and our team’s strong play has really energized soccer fever here at home. Of course, having Maryland’s Kyle Beckerman on the team adds to the excitement for all of us on Delmarva.

Roberts opens Bethany Beach studio, Beach Pilates

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.

After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.

“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”

“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”

Turtle crossings sometimes need a little help

I moved to the shore area in 1986. I remember driving up and down Route 1 and seeing the “Turtle Crossing” signs. But over the years I have never been fortunate enough to see any turtles crossing Route 1.

I do, however, occasionally come across eastern box turtles, sliders and some snappers crossing many of the back roads all over the shore areas. The most popular times are after a spring or summer storm. When I do see them, I always stop and “help them cross the roads.”

You should never remove the turtles from the area they live in. Move them across the road or turn them around the other way, but do not pick them up and take them home, or “relocate” them to another area.

Tripple Overtime: If nationalism is cool again, then the USA is Miles Davis

This may come as a shock to you, but there may be a few people out there that don’t like America. Not Central America. Not South America. And I doubt anyone legitimately hates Canada way up in North America, but I’m talking about the United States of America. Surely, geopolitics is to blame, but I have a feeling that making the Kardashians famous probably has something to do with it, as well.

Baltimore native Lasek returning to O.C. for Dew Tour

Coastal Point • File Photo Bucky Lasek performs a trick during the 2011 Dew Tour. Lasek returns again this year to compete in the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships.Coastal Point • File Photo Bucky Lasek performs a trick during the 2011 Dew Tour. Lasek returns again this year to compete in the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships.One of the most notable names at the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships held in Ocean City, Md., this weekend is also one of the most local to the area, as world renowned skateboarding pro Bucky Lasek is set to compete for yet another Dew Tour title.

Lasek, who grew up in Baltimore, Md., vacationed in Ocean City with his family frequently and competed in both amateur and regional events at the Ocean City Skatepark.

“We would vacation there very regularly,” said Lasek of his trips to the beach. “I’ve competed in all of the amateur contest at the Ocean City Skatepark. They held the national regionals there.”

While Lasek’s stage is now certainly on a larger scale, the longtime skate pro is used to it, having racked up a dozen X-Games medals to go along with multiple Dew Tour and ASA Championships throughout his storied career.

Hudson, Smith gear up for final Big League World Series run

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Shortstop Karlie Smith makes a play for the Diamonds against the Explosion last Saturday night. Smith and pitcher Rachel Hudson are currently playing for Millsboro for a chance at the 2014 Big League World Series.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Shortstop Karlie Smith makes a play for the Diamonds against the Explosion last Saturday night. Smith and pitcher Rachel Hudson are currently playing for Millsboro for a chance at the 2014 Big League World Series.Recent Indian River High School graduates and softball standouts Rachel Hudson and Karlie Smith have been playing together since they were 10 years old. They’ve played for the Delaware Diamonds travel team, the Millsboro Big League team and, of course, the IRHS Indians. They’ve won seventh-inning thrillers, and they’ve lost them, too.

They’ve teamed up for double plays and knocked each other home countless times. As pitcher and shortstop, they’ve always — both literally and figuratively — had each other’s backs. And just last August, they won their first Big League Softball World Series title. But this season, they’ll take to the diamond for the last time together, as they try to win another one.

“Going out with a win would be icing on the cake,” said Hudson. “Karlie and I have experienced so much together — from World Series wins to state championship titles. One last winning season would be great before moving on.”

Stewart wins 2014 ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted: No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., won the singles championship Sunday morning at the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.Coastal Point • Submitted: No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., won the singles championship Sunday morning at the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., bested Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 6-0, 6-3, this week, to win the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony.

The eight-day tournament, held on the Har-Tru clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center from June 15-22, featured dozens of professional tennis players, representing five countries, from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit tour, competing for world ranking points and a share of $10,000 in prize money.

Stewart, who beat the tournament’s No. 4 and No. 6 seeds on her way to the final, didn’t drop a game in the first set of the championship match. Kuhlman, who toppled the No. 1 seed in the opening round, fought back, striking early and taking the first game in the second set. The first few games of the second set were evenly split; then Stewart pulled away, winning 6-3.

The prior afternoon, the top-seeded team of Lena Litvak and Alexandra Mueller beat the unseeded team of Rima Asatrian and Stewart to claim the doubles championship. The title was Litvak’s third at the Sea Colony event, having earned both the 2011 singles crown and doubles championship, with then-partner Alexandra Hirsch.

Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners, the tournament is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest Real Estate and the United States Tennis Association.

Additional tournament sponsors, as well as homeowners who opened their homes to the players, included: Babolat, Beth Kravetz & Bethany Beach Norfolk Terriers, Brenda Evans, China Express, Dixieland, Dr. Rajshekar Narasimaiah, Head/Penn Racquet Sports, Logo Motive Custom Apparel, Montego Bay, Off the Hook & Just Hooked, Pepsi, Smile Heating & Air, Sport Builders, Sports For Nature, T-Shirt Factory, the Drizd family, the Fallavollita family, the Fox family, the Graham family, the Haze-Luehrs family, the Katz family, the Kent family, the Kerger family, the Lavet family, the Lieb family, the McIntosh family, the Norden family, the Panetta family, the Pritzlaff family, the Roberts family, the Rogers family, the Simpler family, the Slice family, the Sneller family, the Suarez family, the Taylor family, the Vogel family, the Vosters family and the Zweig family.

Local tournament organizers also offered special thanks to Sea Colony homeowners, tennis committee, event volunteers and USTA officials, who helped make the annual event happen from signup to the trophy presentation and beyond.

For information about the event and everything tennis at Sea Colony, visit www.SeaColonyTennis.net.

Shorebirds back on track after All-Star break

The Delmarva Shorebirds finished the first half of the season with a 39-31 record — the team’s best start since 2008. That was despite the fact that Delmarva had dropped nine out of 10 games before heading into the All-Star break.

DSC announces national teams for Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cheick Diallo is currently a top five recruit for the class of 2015 and will play at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament at CapeHenlopen this December.Coastal Point • Submitted: Cheick Diallo is currently a top five recruit for the class of 2015 and will play at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament at CapeHenlopen this December.More than a dozen teams from seven different states and Washington, D.C., have been selected to participate in the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament when the event makes its return to Lewes on Dec. 27-29.

Cape Henlopen High School, which will host the tournament after it’s hiatus of more than a decade, was one of five Delaware schools announced in March to have made the cut — with the other four being Salesianum, Sanford, St. Georges Tech and Caesar Rodney.

The other schools from across the country were announced by the Delaware Sports Commission at a press conference held at the University of Delaware last Wednesday, June 18. Some of the nation’s consistently top-ranked teams made the cut, including Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.), Our Savior New American School (Centereach, N.Y.) and Ss. John Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K set to blast off this Sunday

The Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K run and 3K walk is back for its sixth year, set for Sunday, June 29, to help start off Fourth of July week and raise money for the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which begin the day of festivities in the town next Friday.

‘Happy Hour’ opening at Gallery One in Ocean View

“Happy Hour” is the subject of the current art show at Gallery One. It will open on June 26, featuring 15 artists’ interpretation of the concept of “Happy Hour”: 15 artists, 15 different “happy hours”

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

Hung jury leads to mistrial ruling in Bodenweiser case

On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley declared a mistrial in the Eric Bodenweiser sexual abuse case.

Bethany property owner fighting for lost parking

It’s frustrating for any motorist to see another car take the last empty parking spot in downtown Bethany Beach on a busy day. But Randy Gross co-owns the property at 98 Hollywood Street, where ownership in the rental property would generally all but guarantee guests would have somewhere to park.

Captain Mac is back!

Captain Mac’s Fish House keeps it fresh, local

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Bruce McGuigan has fished local waters, both commercially and recreationally, for almost his entire life. He owned Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle Shop in West Fenwick for 32 years, and the Lone Mullet Seafood Market next door for six years. He operated one of the first scallop boats in Ocean City, Md., has fished in the White Marlin Open and spends about three hours every morning breaking down fish.

To put it simply, Bruce McGuigan knows local seafood.

But when Hurricane Sandy flooded his property along Route 54 nearly two years ago, McGuigan decided to put that knowledge into a relatively new business venture — leading him to open the doors to Captain Mac’s Fish House last month.

“Every time somebody came into the seafood market, we got requests for fresh cooked food — sandwiches, things like that — so we decided to try it,” explained former Lone Mullet-turned-Fish House-employee Rick Eakle. “Hurricane Sandy ended up wiping out the underside of the building — in fact, we had a 3,000-pound walk-in refrigerator out on the side of the building. It was up on Route 54.”

Barrels and bureaus

Local surfers return from Indonesia to launch Hunt & Lane Furniture Co.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Local surfers/entrepreneurs Jon Lane and Taber Hunt Bartoshesky originally set off for Indonesia thinking about one thing: waves.

However, after separate stints in one of the most consistent surf spots in the world, they each formed a new appreciation for a foreign culture — specifically, its hand-carved, aged teakwood furniture.

“It’s people that have been doing it for generations — their style of furniture is completely unique,” said Lane. “I have a complete new respect for woodworking after taking that trip. Everything is hand-carved, hand-chiseled out — most of this stuff is reclaimed, so this wood has history to it.”

On their most recent trip, Lane estimated that they shipped back around 100 pieces of furniture. From teakwood bed frames, Java benches, tables and dining sets to hand-carved teak sculptures and hand-chiseled marble chess sets — it was all meticulously selected by Lane and Bartoshesky and selected for a reason.

“We were very careful about the pieces we bought,” Lane said of the process. “We had wood testing meters, tested everything we bought, went to reliable sources through our connections — you can’t really find old teak anymore. It gets harder and harder to find every year, so we definitely paid more of a premium price for the quality stuff, but it’s definitely worth it. It really is one of a kind.”

Blackburn, Miken Builders earn Regal Awards

Miken Builders has become accustomed to racking up Delaware Homebuilders Regal Awards for excellence in business. However, recently, Martin Blackburn earned his first Superintendent of the Year award to add to the company’s trophy case.

Summer orientation a win-win-win-win situation

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s International Student Committee (QRCF-ISC), with a major hand from ResortQuest, is holding a free summer orientation for international workers at Sea Colony on Wednesday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m.

Can you feel nostalgic over the OJ car chase?

Tuesday apparently marked the 20th anniversary of the most boring thing that’s ever been put on television — a seminal moment in history that quite-possibly sprung the birth of reality television, caused much of the free world to simulataneously stare in a state of disbelief like Dr. Evil was spinning a giant hypnotic wheel from the moon and most likely caused the Ford Bronco to stop being manufactured.

Healthy picnic fare is indeed on the menu

Summer is the time for enjoying the outdoors. Hot sunny days make it the perfect time of year to have a picnic, but don’t forget about nutrition when packing your picnic basket.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Great Race gears up for drive into Millsboro next Tuesday

The Great Race, an old car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Millsboro next week, as they stop for food during their nine-day drive through 13 states.

The race will start June 21 in Ogunquit, Maine, and weave its way 2,100 miles down the Atlantic Coast before finishing in The Villages in Florida, on June 29. The cars will stop in various towns along the way.

Ocean View to hold first Concert in the Park for season

This Friday, the Town of Ocean View will hold the first of its two Concerts in the Park for the summer. On June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., the band 33 1/3 will perform. On Aug, 15, again from 6 to 8 p.m., Oh Boy! will return to the park. The concerts, which are held in John West Park, are free and open to the public.

Event raises funds for diabetic children

Your next mocha latté or dinner could help send children to summer camp. Kool Bean Bistro in Ocean View will host an all-day fundraiser on Saturday for the nonprofit Camp Possibilities, for children with Type I diabetes.

“The goal is to fund two kids to go to camp,” said Nancy Crass, Kool Bean owner.

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