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Local author releases second novel

Local author Bob Ackerman has just released his second novel, The Doppelganger Project, a riveting “what if” retelling of World War II, which Ackerman describes as “historic science fiction.”

Donate snacks or activities to Millville’s Stockings for Soldiers

When Pat Moulder thinks about U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, she envisions the monotony.

“They’re in a really drab place. Everything’s brown and black and gray,” Moulder said.

So she’s very excited that Millville residents will brighten the holidays of servicemen and -women overseas with Stockings for Soldiers.

Super Sunfest Sidewalk Sale set for Sept. 19-21

White Marlin Mall will hold its annual Super Sunfest Sidewalk Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.

Tripple Overtime: What do you mean the Orioles are good again?

Pardon my reluctancy to believe that the Baltimore Orioles have clinched the American League East and currently own one of the best records in Major League Baseball — but if it helps you understand, I’m in my mid-twenties (which, obviously, includes the ages 21 to 29).

‘Knights Out!’: Lady Indians rout Central in 6-0 shutout

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior Emma-Lee Merrick goes the goal against Central freshman Alexis Garloff in last Tuesday's district-rivalry game. Merrick had two goals for the Lady Indians in the 6-0 win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River junior Emma-Lee Merrick goes the goal against Central freshman Alexis Garloff in last Tuesday's district-rivalry game. Merrick had two goals for the Lady Indians in the 6-0 win.After starting the season with tough match-ups on the road against Polytech and Lake Forest, the Indian River field hockey team capitalized on their first game with home field advantage by shutting out district-rival Sussex Central 6-0 last Tuesday.

“Last week was tough, season opener on the road up-state,” said second-year head coach Jodi Stone. “It was a tough way to start the season. They played really well, the score unfortunately doesn’t show [that].

“Today, everything clicked, both offensively and defensively — that’s why we were so successful.”

Offensively, the Lady Indians were lead by junior Emma-Lee “Dash” Merrick, who put her team in scoring position throughout the game and notched two goals.

“She really just was hustling to the ball, she wanted a hat trick,” said Stone.

Soaring Indians grounded with 35-14 loss to Eagles

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Two Smyrna defenders close in on junior quarterback Deshawn Aiken in last Friday's loss at­ Smyrna.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Two Smyrna defenders close in on junior quarterback Deshawn Aiken in last Friday's loss at­ Smyrna.The Indian River football team was flying high going into their match up against Smyrna last Friday.

They had started the season 1-0 with a 28-21 win at Stephen Decatur. They were being highly touted as one of the teams to beat by pundits across the state, and they were even getting some air time on the “Top 5 Plays” on the local news.

The Eagles were starting a new quarterback and had just suffered a 22-8 loss against Glasgow. Needless to say, the Indians were looking for a win.

However after trading unproductive drives early in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Nolan Henderson set the tone for the Smyrna offense with a 30-yard strike to junior wide receiver Charlie Taylor for a 7-0 lead.

“We didn’t come ready to play,” claimed head coach Ray Steele after the game. “I’ll take the blame for that, we showed up not ready to play and we got it handed to us. They beat us psychically all night.”

Indians still lead South after early challenges

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz scores the first goal of the game against CR last Thursday, and his first goal of the season off an assist from his cousin, senior forward Luis Cruz.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz scores the first goal of the game against CR last Thursday, and his first goal of the season off an assist from his cousin, senior forward Luis Cruz.After notching their sixth consecutive Henlopen Conference championship and first state title last season, there’s no question that the Indian River High School soccer team have put themselves on the map.

Even after graduating eight seniors, they entered the 2014 season as USA Today’s number one ranked team for Division II, and as a target for teams across the state.

The youth-infused Indians squad didn’t get much of a chance to ease into the schedule, with last year’s Division 1 champion Salesianum, Henlopen North nemesis Caesar Rodney, and highly ranked Georgetown Prep out of D.C. all on the docket within the first five games.

After going toe to toe with Sallies in the second game of the season only to be edged out by a single score, the Indians took the field for their first home game last Thursday, Sept. 11, for a rematch of last year’s conference championship game against Caesar Rodney.

Bayside Tennis Club celebrates 40th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Coastal Point • Submitted : Bayside Tennis Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their Labor Day Weekend picnic. The South Bethany club is always looking for new members.Every Labor Day Weekend, Bayside Tennis Club commemorates another summer season with their yearly Labor Day picnic. This year, however, the South Bethany-based club had even more reason to celebrate, as the season marked their 40th anniversary.

“Usually that’s our Labor Day picnic that we have and this year it turned out to be [our] 40th,” said board President Al Preziosi.

Established in 1974, some of the club’s founders and original members were not only there to mark the occasion at the club’s Pavilion, but even still play tennis on the courts, including founder and former South Bethany Commissioner, George Reese.

“He’s still playing today, he’s 80-some years old and he’s good,” claimed Preziosi, noting that he hopes to still be playing at that level when he reaches Reese’s age.

Preziosi joined the club in 2001 as an avid tennis player, and eventually became a board member. However, now 40-plus years ago, the club actually began as South Bethany Recreation Association at the then-rented property.

Extra Points — September 19, 2014

Back to school for B.B.

2014 Blue-Gold All-Star and IR grad Jaevon “B.B.” Holland is currently enrolled in classes at Wesley College, where he is expected to eventually get on the court for the Wolverines.

Jarmon could start in 2015

Wheatley, Arlett and Lee win respective primaries

The State of Delaware held primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in which 40 candidates vied to represent their parties on November’s general election ballot.

Route 26 construction ready to hit full swing on Oct. 1

As summer traffic flows away from Route 26, construction will kick into high gear. On Oct. 1, daytime lane closures are permitted to resume, and Ken Cimino wouldn’t be surprised if night lane closures continue, as well, leading to a combined 21-hour work shift, from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Frankford discusses pensions, park, resident’s concerns

The Frankford Town Council continued its discussion of potential pension plans earlier this week.

Trena Giddings, a human resource specialist from the State of Delaware’s Office of Pensions gave the council a presentation on the State’s county/municipal police and firefighter plan on Sept. 8.

Ocean View discusses joining State healthcare plan

The Town of Ocean View is working with the State’s benefits office to facilitate the enrollment of the Town’s employees into the State’s group health insurance program.

Central students get college and financial aid advice

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Gov. Jack Markell participates in a discussion on college and scholarship opportunities at Sussex Central High School.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Gov. Jack Markell participates in a discussion on college and scholarship opportunities at Sussex Central High School.Many high-paying jobs require at least some college or training. That’s one reason Sussex Central High School seniors recently discussed the college and scholarship process with Delaware Department of Education officials and Gov. Jack Markell.

In the cool autumn breeze of Sept. 8, Markell remembered a Wilmington student who never thought she could afford college, including the application fees. But the Class of 2015 is the second year benefitting from a Delaware and College Board agreement that “if you come from a family without a lot of money, you can apply to up to eight colleges without paying any application fee,” Markell said.

With scholarship help, that Wilmington student got a full ride to Stanford University.

Students can visit www.DelawareGoesToCollege.org for more information.

Selbyville council makes a stink over Mountaire odor

The Selbyville Town Council is holding its nose — and its breath — over the stinky situation at the Mountaire poultry processing plant in town.

Arts & Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Freeman

The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Selbyville man pleads guilty to attempted murder

Selbyville resident Devon Gordon, 18, has pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony in Sussex County Superior Court. Gordon was arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, after Selbyville police received. 911 call about a 3:30 a.m. stating that a female had been shot.

Guinness still recognizing greatness 60 years later

It had to be a startling scene for anyone who happened to pass by the park on that summer morning in 1979.

Guest Column: An America disengaged from midterm elections?

Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the fall campaign for the midterm elections, which are seen as a referendum of the sitting president or his party.

Millsboro, Rehoboth men charged in incident

Delaware State Police troopers this week charged a 19-year-old Rehoboth Beach man and a 24-year-old Millsboro man in connection with a series car break-ins and a shooting incident that occurred in the Reserves of Nassau development in Lewes in August.

IRSD bus schedule causes daycare to lose business

School bus routes are affecting more than just parents. Sharon Moore and her coworker stood before the Indian River School District Board of Education on Aug. 25 to share how direly the new bus schedule could affect Guardian Angel Daycare.

‘Macbeth’ set to bubble on the beach

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.“Double, double, toil and trouble” — the witches’ caldron will bubble on the beach at the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and those who attend can bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic and friends.

For the fourth year, the Brown Box Theatre Project is bringing free outdoor performances of a different Shakespeare play to Delmarva. This year, we are being treated to “Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic.

Whether one’s last connection with Shakespeare was in high school or you are a devotee of the bard, audiences are consistently delighted by Brown Box’s innovative, enthusiastic, youthful and totally professional treatment of every scene.

The Brown Box Theatre Project was founded in 2009 by Kyler Taustin, who grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from Emmerson College’s theater directing program. He saw a need for classical and contemporary theater to be equally available for all members of any community, not just the privileged few.

Younger total knee replacement patients need smart strategies to stay active

Most people think total knee replacement is for elderly people who haven’t been very active. Even older men and women who have led active lifestyles believe it’s something they won’t have to think about until well into their golden years. If you’re one of those people, you need to think again.

‘Sun’s out, buns out!’: Twilley’s Hot Dog Hut gets frank in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Twilley's Hot Dog Hut offers custom made dogs inspired by the cities that are famous for them, but the Fenwick based restaurant also features a lot more.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Twilley's Hot Dog Hut offers custom made dogs inspired by the cities that are famous for them, but the Fenwick based restaurant also features a lot more.While the dog days of summer may be dwindling, the hot dog days are just getting under way in Fenwick Island, as Twilley’s Hot Dog Hut opened its doors last week, just in time for Labor Day. Owned by Fenwick local Mark Twilley, who brings extensive restaurant-industry experience, the venture has been a long time in the making.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. To actually be in the town I grew up in — it’s awesome, it makes it even better,” he said of being able to launch a business in his home town. “A lot of friends and family have come in to help support me, and I’m greatly appreciative of that and, hopefully, the word of mouth spreads and [we] just keep picking up the business.”

Twilley said he got the idea for the business when he and his girlfriend, Tara Sansone, were brainstorming ideas for things that the area was missing.

Ice, ice bucket: Wilgus Associates get frosty for a friend

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.There have been many people spilling buckets of ice water on their heads lately. Locally, Wilgus Associates, an insurance, property management, real estate company, recently added another 40 people to the nationwide roster of people who have done the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. But Wilgus Associates did it for a loved one: their own Tim Hill, company vice president.

“Some people think it’s kind of a fad on the Internet, but it’s real people who have this debilitating, 100 percent fatal disease,” said Hill.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, the brain is unable to control, or even initiate, movement in the muscles, often leading to paralysis.

Civil War Profiles: The Delaware Military Academy controversy

The state legislature approved the creation of a military school for young men in Wilmington in 1859, but its contribution to education in Delaware was short-lived. It could not survive the increasingly confrontational political atmosphere following the outbreak of hostilities between the states.

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