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Food and music lead the way at Frankford’s Cinco de Mayo

Frankford’s town park has a busy week ahead. After getting new playground equipment, the park will host the Frankford Public Library’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The free celebration will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., and feature music, piñata, booths, vendors, a police helicopter and a K-9 demonstration.

Youth Stand Up Paddle Day set for May 18 in Rehoboth

County paddleboard team now forming

Paddleboard adventure company Delmarva Board Sports will kick off the 2014 paddleboarding season by announcing a new national event called Youth Stand Up Paddle Days, the weekend of May 16-19.

The train restaurant returns: Late-night dining and special events are specialties at the Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Many miles from the nearest railroad, two train cars still work long into the night in Ocean View. The Salted Rim restaurant has nine months under its belt as Ocean View’s late-night Tex-Mex spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and accented by two restored rail cars.

Opening in July of 2013, the Salted Rim operates under owner Karen Fritz’s belief that “you can do anything on a train car” and that there is a great need for Mexican food on Route 26.

“We saw the train cars. They sat the empty for so long,” she said, but she believed the restaurant could only fully work with a bar. So she found a way to make a “waiting bar” work within Ocean View’s town code. It’s within the main restaurant area, with the two train cars used for additional seating.

The first 1930s train car is still decked out in rich red and gold fabric, gilded trim, shiny ceilings smart white tablecloths and lace trim.

“People love the Victorian feel of this room,” she said, noting that the Royal Zephyr logos are actually the name of the original rail service in which the cars were used, not just leftover from the previous restaurant of the same name.

Previous restaurants made the first-class car available to adults only, but Fritz said all ages are welcome at the Salted Rim.

Fixing heroin epidemic falls on all of us

5-70-40.

Those are the three raw numbers that stood out to us the most as reporter Maria Counts was putting together her three-part series on the rise of heroin’s popularity in our little community (the third installment in the series can be found on page 18).

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Community responds in time of need

We left Ocean View last August, planning on returning in the fall, as soon as I recovered from knee-replacement surgery. I was still limping around in October when my husband Benjamin’s right arm began to tremble, and that tremor led to an earthquake that transformed the geography of our lives.

Freeman to conduct ‘From Regal to Rustic’ at Epworth

When Ann Freeman received the phone call from Newark Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Music Director Simeone Tartaglione, she recognized an offer that was too good to pass up. The chorus has been invited to participate in an NSO concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Borodin’s “Polovetsian Dances,” to be performed May 11.

Heroin: Part three of a three-part series

'This is a public health problem – addiction is a chronic illness.'

With the increase in heroin abuse throughout Delaware, many state, local and private agencies and organizations are working hard — and sometimes together — to find a
solution to the growing issue.

A meeting place for Millville By the Sea

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Residents of the Millville By the Sea development achieved an enhanced sense of community this week with the debut of their Lifestyle Center. The main clubhouse and exercise center opened with an April 26 ribbon-cutting. When finished, the “campus” will also include a crab shack pavilion, pool and pool house.

Although a brutal winter didn’t help construction timetables for Miller & Smith, the McLean, Va., developer aimed to build what people would use.

“We tried to identify what was important to residents. [They] wanted an opportunity to … socialize,” said Chuck Ellison, project manager and company vice president.

That means lots of small sitting areas, from a sunny game room to a pub area with pool table and darts. People can lounge near a fireplace, bar, big-screen TV or kitchenette.

Residents crowded around to pick up their new building passes.

“It’s just like a big family gathering place, and that’s what we wanted,” said part-time resident Dave Collins. “We’ve been waiting for it. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait for the pool to open.”

Jeff Thompson, Fort Delaware’s poet laureate

The name “Jeb” Stuart is immediately recognizable to many Civil War enthusiasts as the flamboyant Confederate cavalry commander whose heroics often were trumpeted in newspaper headlines. In comparison, Jeff Thompson was equally dashing and performed daring exploits for the South as a cavalry commander, yet he is known only to a selective few having operated out of the limelight in the vicinity of the Mississippi River.

Capturing Light digital photography classes begin May 5

Veteran photographer Marc Clery will offer digital photography classes at Studio Henlopen 19849 Hebron Road in Rehoboth Beach beginning on Monday, May 5.

IRHS students take business prowess to national conference

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Six Indian River High School students were recently named to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Pictured from left are: Corinne Hitch, Charles Wayne, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Hannah Davis, Marissa Fox and Reilly Scott.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Six Indian River High School students were recently named to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Pictured from left are: Corinne Hitch, Charles Wayne, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Hannah Davis, Marissa Fox and Reilly Scott.Look out, world, for these future business leaders — Indian River High School students earning several spots at this week’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

IRHS brought home state trophies in six team and individual events. Students who earned a spot at nationals included Marissa Fox, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Reilly Scott and Charles Wayne (first place, Small Business Management Team); Hannah Davis (first place, Prepared Speech); and Corinne Hitch (second place, with a $750 scholarship, Entrepreneurship).

Led by staff advisors Stephanie Wilkinson and Jeff Bunting, the IR students will pop back to school for one day after spring break, then travel April 30 to May 4, representing Delaware in leadership and business seminars, workshops and networking opportunities, as well as some sightseeing perks.

Nationally, BPA gives middle school, high school and college students real-world business training, including finance, management, marketing and more. More than 1,100 students entered the Delaware competition.

Great Race to make a stop in Millsboro on June 24

Millsboro will host a lunch stop on the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, on Tuesday, June 24, race promoters announced this week. The Great Race, an old car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Millsboro’s town hall for the $150,000 event.

Flag Day ceremony planned in Millsboro

A Flag Day ceremony, presented by the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, will take place on Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way in Millsboro.

Artisans Fair planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 24

For the seventh year, the Artisans Fair is returning for Memorial Day weekend at the beach. A showcase of handmade work from artists in a wide range of media from throughout Delmarva, the fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Route 26 in Ocean View.

‘Quack attack’: Mallards’ second-half run stuns Indians in rivalry game

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Midfielder Tim Roberts walks off stunned as Worcester Prep players celebrate after a goal in Monday's rivalry game.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Midfielder Tim Roberts walks off stunned as Worcester Prep players celebrate after a goal in Monday's rivalry game.It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School lacrosse team took on rival Worcester Prep last Monday, April 28, as the Mallards scored 13 unanswered goals in the second half after trailing 6-4, to eventually notch a 17-6 win.

“They’re smart. They play smart lacrosse. They know the game,” said IRHS senior midfielder Tim Roberts of the seasoned Maryland squad. “Someone who has stick skills and plays smart is always a threat if they know what they’re doing, and they do — they have a background.”

After falling behind 3-1 early in the first quarter, it was Indian River senior attackman Spencer Murray who tied the game at 3, recording his third goal of the quarter and 14th on the season.

Saving the streak: Myers’ clutch save keeps Dover off the board in 3-0 win

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior goalkeeper Alex Myers jumps up for the save to ensure the shutout against Dover last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior goalkeeper Alex Myers jumps up for the save to ensure the shutout against Dover last Tuesday night.Any other goalie probably would have let the high, lofted shot off the foot of a Dover forward sail right over their head after coming off the halftime break and spending the majority of the game standing in the freezing cold — but Indian River Senior Alex Myers is not any other goalie.

Prior to that shot, Myers and the Lady Indians’ defense hadn’t given up a goal in six and a half games — a streak that Myers didn’t plan on seeing the end of that day. Using her basketball ability, she jumped up to the cross bar, knocking the ball down and recovering it before it had a chance to sneak past her or anyone had another chance to knock it in.

“Alex Myers is one of the most solid goalkeepers in our conference,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the game. “There’s no doubt about that. She’s a captain on this team, and she’s a captain for a reason.”

As a result of the crucial save, the Lady Indians were able to post their seventh consecutive shutout, taking down Dover by a score of 3-0. The team sat at 8-1 on the season after defeating Dover and has outscored their opponents by a staggering collective score of 44-0 in their last seven games.

IR tennis set for South stretch after non-conference losses

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior and first-singles player Rydge Murray returns a shot against St. Thomas More last  Monday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior and first-singles player Rydge Murray returns a shot against St. Thomas More last Monday.Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis teams struggled with Division I St. Thomas More last Monday, April 28 — with the boys losing 5-0 at home, and the girls getting bested 3-2 on the road.

Freshman Mac Smith stepped in for senior Josh Kleinstuber at second-singles but fell 6-0, 6-0 facing well-seasoned Ravens senior Anthony Caruso. Seniors Rydge Murray and Sam Izzo also struggled in their singles matchups, with Murray being defeated 6-0, 6-3 and Izzo 6-1, 6-1.

The team’s closest match was in first-doubles, where Indian River’s Darsh Patel and Sean Whelen were edged out 6-4, 6-2 by St. Thomas More’s Nicholas Reyes and Jhun Yee Lin.

The girls’ team faired a little bit better on the road — notching victories from seniors Alyssa McManus and Leanne Murray in second- and third-doubles, respectively.

IR track looks toward South meet after facing Dover, Milford

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore DeAandre Cooper launches a shot in last Tuesday's meet against Dover, Milford and Laurel.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sophomore DeAandre Cooper launches a shot in last Tuesday's meet against Dover, Milford and Laurel.Having battled frigid spring temperatures in a near-four-hour meet against Dover, Milford and Laurel on Tuesday, April 29, the Indian River High School track team were set to put their focus on Henlopen South rivals Woodbridge and Laurel this Thursday, May 1.

Despite not garnering a first-place finish against the larger schools on April 29, the Indians still performed well and, according to head coach Bob Hahn, bettered some of their times.

“Milford and Dover are two really good teams,” Hahn stated after the meet. “Our kids pushed themselves. Some of the kids probably got some of their better scores, better times. On the girls’ side, Paiton Murray did well with the throwing stuff.”

The team was without their best jumper for the meet, as they were to be for Thursday’s meet against Woodbridge and Laurel, with senior Tim Roberts only allowed to compete in three sports matches per week. Roberts had already played in Monday’s lacrosse game against Worcester Prep and was set to take part in Wednesday’s matchup against Milford (after Coastal Point press time), which had Henlopen South title implications.

“Probably about a 15-point swing,” Hahn said of Roberts’ absence. “It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s all in the athlete’s best interest to make sure we don’t get any overuse injuries with anybody. I would like to see Tim compete. I would like to see him maybe compete more in track.”

Lady Indians roll Smyrna in five innings

After suffering just their second loss of the season before heading into spring break, the Indian River High School softball team finally got back on the diamond last Tuesday, April 29, bouncing back with a 12-0 victory at Smyrna in five innings.

Shorebirds take series vs. RiverDogs, 3-1

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After rain and lightning delayed two games in their home series against the Charleston RiverDogs, the Delmarva Shorebirds won back-to-back games last Sunday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After rain and lightning delayed two games in their home series against the Charleston RiverDogs, the Delmarva Shorebirds won back-to-back games last Sunday.After beginning their series against the Charleston RiverDogs with a 6-0 loss last Thursday, April 24, the Delmarva Shorebirds turned it around to win the next three games and improve to 12-11 on the season.

After Friday’s game was postponed due to rain, the Shorebirds started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 5-4 win — thanks in part to solid pitching from Sebastian Vader and a three-run fifth inning.

After Vader nearly pitched a complete game, Jimmy Yacabonis pitched the last two outs to notch the save.

Saturday’s second game was also called due to lighting, as the night ended in a 3-3 tie through seven innings, with the rest of the game being played on Sunday afternoon. The Shorebirds would go on to win the matchup 5-3, after Conor Bierfeldt demolished a home run to left-center for the walk off win.

Jewelry artist to the stars to appear at Ellen Rice Gallery

Jewelry artist Lauren Hoehn, designer of bracelets, necklaces and rings being worn by Hollywood celebrities, will show her newest creations at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this coming Saturday afternoon. Hoehn will be at the gallery May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. to debut new creations, talk about her work and take custom orders.

Don’t be trashy: DSWA to host free waste collection May 3

Old floor wax. Copy machines without hope. Tax records from the late ’90s.

Spring cleaning can be like excavation, and a lot of that stuff needs to be tossed out properly. People can do that Saturday, May 3, at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s household hazardous waste collection day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Wood reflects on six years as Ocean View mayor

“It has been a fun six years,” said Gordon Wood, whose term as Ocean View mayor concluded on Tuesday. “The Town was a mess. Now it’s tidy, and that’s a good thing.”

Food Network featuring DiFebo Osias on May 12

Special to the Coastal Point • Food Network: Lisa DiFebo Osias, far right, stands with her fellow competitors during the filming of ‘Kitchen Casino.’Special to the Coastal Point • Food Network: Lisa DiFebo Osias, far right, stands with her fellow competitors during the filming of ‘Kitchen Casino.’

Update: “Kitchen Casino” will now debut local chef Lisa DiFebo Osias on Monday, May 12, a change from the originally anticipated April 28 air date. The episode “Fear & Searing” premieres at 9 p.m. on the Food Network, with guest judges Gavin Kaysen and Aliya LeeKong.

Lisa DiFebo Osias has cooked up a way to broadcast her love of cooking over the airwaves: the local chef will compete on the Food Network’s new show “Kitchen Casino.”

Pausing in her 25 years as chef at DiFebo’s restaurant in Bethany Beach, she had to match cooking skill with luck of the draw in the episode titled “House of Cards,” which premieres Monday, April 28, at 9 p.m.

She said the four chefs competing on the show weren’t betting money, but each culinary curveball was determined by a game of chance.

“Kitchen Casino” begins with luck of the wheel: a slot machine determines a cuisine, ingredient and theme, like a Caribbean-inspired breakfast or Indian food featuring coffee. Later, the circular stage spins like a roulette wheel, forcing the chefs to finish preparing someone else’s dish.

Connor calls for Sussex County code of ethics

Brad Connor, candidate for the District 5 seat on Sussex County Council, stated last week that, if he is elected, he will introduce an ordinance for a code of ethics for Sussex County.

Millsboro woman killed, another injured in crash near Millsboro

A Millsboro woman was killed and another injured in a crash on Banks Road near Millsboro on Tuesday evening.

Frankford’s newest fire engine to be first on the scene

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company take personal ownership of their new tanker truck by ceremonially pushing it into the station. Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company take personal ownership of their new tanker truck by ceremonially pushing it into the station. The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company recently welcomed the newest member of their team: Engine Tanker 76-2, which will be the company’s first responder to fire scenes.

In early 2007, FVFC officials recognized the need for a new apparatus, and they established a committee in 2012. The truck came home from Wisconsin in mid-January and officially enters service on May 1. Basically, this truck fulfills the company’s need for water.

“It’s the first piece to show up on the fire scene. You got three guys in back who don’t know when the next guys are coming,” but they have hoses and 3,000 gallons of water until backup arrives, said Bill Ireland, chief engineer.

“We’re limited in the manpower that we have, and it’s a lot of water to get us started,” said Tommy Bacon, deputy fire chief.

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