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IRHS students design elementary-school playground

Three Indian River High School seniors have taken the lead on designing a new playground at Georgetown Elementary School.

When the elementary school’s occupational therapist, Sara Heinicke, wanted to add more accessible playground equipment, she enlisted IRHS students to create one piece. When the budget blossomed with several local donors, the project expanded to a full remodel.

Bethany announces summer bandstand season

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Bethany Beach bandstand consistently packs in healthy crowds for its popular summer series.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Bethany Beach bandstand consistently packs in healthy crowds for its popular summer series.The Town of Bethany Beach will once again entertain the masses on its bandstand starting in June.

“We start looking at bands the second the previous season ends,” said Julie Malewski, events director for the Town, which also does an annual survey of visitors to get suggestions for bands they’d like to see.

“Usually, we hold off booking until we get the surveys back, but we’re always scouting new bands to refresh the lineup every year. Even though we start looking in the fall, we tend to wrap by January so we can start sending in our contracts by February.”

There will be 50 entertainment groups gracing the bandstand this season, beginning on June 9.

Malewski said 15 cover bands will perform on the bandstand, nine of which have previously played to Bethany crowds.

Approaching common ground with South Bethany’s cats

The draft of South Bethany’s proposed new law on feral cats begins where the complaints began: by prohibiting people from feeding wild mammals, abandoned cats or stray cats. Thus, people may continue feeding their own house pets or wild birds but may not leave food in such a way that wild or stray animals are likely to consume it.

Central Avenue road closure expected to last several weeks

Due to the failure of a crossroad pipe, a portion of Central Avenue in Ocean View has been closed and is expected to remain closed for about three more weeks.

Central Avenue is closed from Woodland Avenue to Cedar Drive. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) suggests local traffic use Cedar Drive, Route 26 and Woodland Avenue to detour around the closure.

Scholarships help local workers get new career paths

Almost two decades ago, Kathleen Kisela started working toward an important goal in her life — becoming a nurse.

At the time, although her children were small, Kisela believed she could juggle the demands of family with those of nursing school at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown. She found, however, that it was just too much, at the time.

“It was pretty stressful,” she said. “So I couldn’t finish what I started.”

For years, the Milton resident felt as if she just would not be able to achieve that goal.

Editorial — School board taps Steele for tough challenge

The Indian River Board of Education appointed Mark Steele as the District’s full-time superintendent at their regular board meeting on Monday, March 27.

Point of No Return — Team’s move to Vegas brings back memories

I was 14 years old when I caught images of the Mayflower moving van on the news.

Curious as to why they would be showing a moving van driving in the snow as their lead story, I plopped myself down and turned up the volume on the television. No, this was most definitely not a cute story about a moving company helping people deal with the snow, or a sad story about a company that was facing tough economic times and would have to lay people off or shutter their doors for good. No, this was something worse.

Civil War Profiles — Back to Gettysburg: A personal memo

Nearly 30 years ago, while attending a course at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., I had the good fortune of participating in a “staff ride” at Gettysburg National Military Park. This was part of a leadership training program that featured the decisions that Northern and Southern commanders made during the three-day battle of Gettysburg.

Big Fish, smaller pond

Big Fish Grill makes its way to Ocean View with new location

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Big Fish Grill front-of-house team is ready for action in Ocean View.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Big Fish Grill front-of-house team is ready for action in Ocean View.One fish, two fish, red fish, new Fish.

Fans of the Big Fish Restaurant Group may already be keen on the group’s well-established area staples, including the classic American cuisine of the Summer House Saloon on Rehoboth Avenue and farm-to-table concept of Salt Air in Rehoboth Beach; the three Big Fish Grill locations in Rehoboth Beach, Wilmington and Glen Mills, Pa.; and the Crab House, Bella Coast Italian Kitchen, Big Fish Seafood Market; and the list going on.

But despite 10 unique operations, and nine of them in the First State, a Big Fish endeavor from restauranteurs and brothers Eric and Norman Sugrue had yet to make its way down to the southernmost Delaware beaches until this past winter.

Lord’s Landscaping looks ahead to 40th year

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The Lord’s Landscaping team has been serving the community for nearly 40 years, and continuesCoastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The Lord’s Landscaping team has been serving the community for nearly 40 years, and continuesIn 1972, after graduating from college and moving to Sussex County, Bill Lord was not planning to open a landscaping business.

“When I first moved here, I was a teacher. I was just not destined to be a teacher. My wife Donna was. Her teaching job gave me the flexibility to try to do something I really wanted to do.”

Lord left education and answered a want-ad in the paper, and worked for a landscaper in Lewes for two years. He then decided to go out on his own and, with the help of his wife’s grandfather, Amos McCabe, was able to use for his budding business some of the property in Millville that once housed Delaware Quality Feeds.

“Amos let me use a little corner office there and a little patch of ground to store some stuff,” recalled Lord. “I’d watch out after him, do some jobs for him. He never had a son… He loved me right from the get-go. He took me hunting. I had never been hunting before, you know. I’m from Philadelphia.”

Three district teams qualify for Odyssey of the Mind Worlds

Three teams of Indian River School District students qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals with second-place finishes at the state competition on March 25 at Alfred G. Waters Middle School in Middletown.

Local drum circle aiming to ‘Raise the Vibration’

A local drumming group is hoping to expand its circle on Sunday, April 2, when Made By Hand International Co-op in South Bethany will host the group, inviting anyone who wants to come and see what drumming circles are all about.

The face and voice of Delmarva news

John B. Greenberger was ‘Delmarva’s Walter Cronkite’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Bruce Mears holds a newspaper article about his grandfather, John B. Greenberger.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Bruce Mears holds a newspaper article about his grandfather, John B. Greenberger.“This is the 7 p.m. edition, WBOC-TV News, and once again I say, ‘I am John B. Greenberger. It’s a good evening.’”

Lifelong local residents may recognize that sign-off as the one they heard every evening until 1975 when families congregated around their television to watch Delmarva and then national TV news. Greenberger was the local voice and face of Delmarva news from 1940 on the radio and subsequently from 1954 on both radio and television.

“Walter Cronkite followed my grandfather on CBS every evening,” said Millville’s Bruce Mears. “In fact, they resembled each other and had the same perfectly enunciated tone of voice. Around here, he was known as ‘Delmarva’s Walter Cronkite’ and was quite the local celebrity.”

John Massey, 93 and a regular visitor at the Roxana Cheer Center, was asked, out of the blue, about John B.:

Aquacare set to celebrate 10th anniversary

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Aquacare physical therapist Lauren Nuttle demonstrates her skills on fellow employee Elizabeth Kim.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Aquacare physical therapist Lauren Nuttle demonstrates her skills on fellow employee Elizabeth Kim.After 10 years in its Millville location, the staff at Aquacare Physical Therapy continues to expand its “menu” of services.

“We offer both ‘surf’ and ‘turf,’” said physical therapist Lauren Nuttle — referring to the pool-based aquatherapy available at Aquacare, as well as the “land-based” therapies offered there, too.

While the aquatherapy is obvious from the name, Nuttle said, the office offers more traditional physical therapy techniques, as well as some new ones that have just come into use in the past several years.

Nuttle said she loves the breadth of services offered at Aquacare because “I don’t have to tell someone, ‘Oh, we don’t have that here,’ or ‘We can’t do that here.’” The depth of the services allows staff at Aquacare to accept a wide range of patients, Nuttle said.

She recalled one favorite patient who had suffered several broken bones in a motorcycle accident. Thanks to the availability of the pool for therapy in which his body weight was supported — a person submerged up to his neck in water feels a loss of 90 percent of their body weight — he was able to start therapy there and follow through all the way to his complete recovery.

Tripple Overtime: ‘Umbrellalypse Now’ (Sherry Brannon sells hotdogs, and also umbrellas, by the seashore)

The following is based on a true story… loosely. [Editor’s note: When Tripp says “loosely,” he means “very loosely,” as in “not at all relating the reality of the actual situation.”]

Indians make statement in opener with 19-5 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReCoastal Point • Tripp Colonell : IRHS senior George ‘G-Mart’ Martin notches one of six goals on the day during a 19-5 win over ReThe offense was clicking on all cylinders when the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team put up 19 points to romp over Red Lion 19-5 on Saturday, March 25.

The only thing is — it wasn’t their offense that was on the scoring roll.

With senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk sidelined for the game, senior George “G-Mart” Martin was moved down to attack from his usual role on the midfield.

Despite the one-game switch, Martin would manage a career-high 12 points on the day, with six goals and six assists.

“George, we had to play him at attack — he’s not an attackman, but he put up 12 points,” said head coach Jim Dietsch with a laugh. “I guess he might be an attackman.”

IR girls’ lax roars over Red Lion for first win

Davis puts up five goals, L. Haden six assists

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Kaylee ‘K-Hall’ Hall celebrates shoeless after scoring her first career goal against Red Lion on Saturday, March 25.It was a game of firsts.

Not only did the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team earn their first win of the season, rolling Red Lion 11-2 on Saturday, March 25, but first-year players, including senior midfielder Erin Haden and freshman attacker Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall, scored their first career goals.

After the majority of the first half of the matchup went scoreless, it was Haden who managed the game’s first goal and finally sparked the offense, finding the net on a free position and getting some redemption after what she had initially thought was her first career goal, in a game against Polytech on Thursday, March 23.

“I got a goal on Thursday, but they blew the whistle and it got called back, and I didn’t get another one,” Haden explained. “So I was pretty happy to get my first goal this game.”

Indians take down Central 9-0, fall to CR

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS senior forward Maddie Hogsten moves the ball forward on Central junior forward Jenni Ramirez on Thursday, March 23.After getting the season started with a 9-0 win over Sussex Central on Thursday, March 23, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer drew the short straw in a close contest with Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, March 28, falling to the Riders 3-2.

The early-season stumble aside, the Indians may well see the Riders in the Henlopen Conference Championship again, for a third straight year, later this season, as they aim to bring a home a fourth straight Henlopen South division title.

“I think the girls understood how well they played. They know that CR was tested, and CR knows that they were tested,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the March 28 match. “We’ll press on for the rest of our season and, hopefully, we’ll see them again.”

‘Hanging on to perfection’

SMS girls’ soccer going for second straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team is ‘hanging on’ to hopes of another undefeated season this spring.They may have lost the majority of their starting defense from last season, but that doesn’t mean that the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team plans on losing any game this one, as the Indians aim to put together their second straight undefeated season and third in program history, under head coach Neil Barch.

“The goal has always been to win them all,” said Barch. “I try not to put that pressure on them, but I think they do think that they don’t want to let down the tradition of the school.”

So far, that goal looks to be as attainable as ever, with the Indians getting the season started with an 8-1 win over Delmar on Wednesday, March 22, and an 8-0 win over Seaford on Monday, March 27.

IR golf looking to bounce back from losses to CR, Delmar

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IRHS sophomore Ryan Stone tees off at Cripple Creek on Thursday, March 23.It’s the exact way last season started, with early-season losses to perennial powerhouse Caesar Rodney and Henlopen South rival Delmar.

Also last season, however, the Indian River High School golf team bounced back by winning five out of their next six matchups, which is exactly what they aim to do now after falling to the Riders on Thursday, March 23, and the Wildcats on Tuesday, March 28.

“The kids know what they have to do to improve, and they will,” said head coach Billy Wingate. “It’s early. We have a good team this season. We just have to get the scores down and get off of the 200 mark, down to the 190s.”

In the opener against Caesar Rodney at Cripple Creek last Thursday, the Indians finished shooting a 204 on the day, with senior Gavin Gates earning the low score on the day, with a 48.

Extra Points — March 31, 2017

Indian River 18, Polytech 6 (softball)

The Indian River High School softball team earned their first win of the season on Friday, March 24, racking up 13 runs in the second inning to take down Polytech in five innings by an eventual score of 18-6.

Officer-involved shooting shakes Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted by Ocean View Police Department: The vehicle being driven on Saturday, March 18, by Ocean View Police Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was badly damaged during the incident. Harrington received treatment for injuries sustained during the crash.Coastal Point • Submitted by Ocean View Police Department: The vehicle being driven on Saturday, March 18, by Ocean View Police Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was badly damaged during the incident. Harrington received treatment for injuries sustained during the crash.In what many would describe as a quiet beach community, an incident occurred last weekend that caused many to pause and consider, “even in my town.”

On Saturday, March 18, a little after 10 p.m., Ocean View Police Department Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was assisting Worcester County (Md.) Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rhode in the pursuit of Troy Lee Short, 31, of Hurlock, Md.

Short had been spotted driving in an “erratic manner” by a deputy in Ocean City, Md., around 8 p.m. that evening. The deputy had attempted to stop the vehicle; however, Short fled.

“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office initiated this whole thing in Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “They went to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle, and the vehicle fled. They chased him, lost him. He ditched a car, stole another car. He stole a couple cars throughout this couple-hour ordeal that unfolded in Maryland.”

IRSD considers cuts to teacher raises, club advisors, more

Budget cuts are coming to the Indian River School District. Even with an additional $7.5 million annual income in local property taxes, thanks to the recently passed current-expense referendum, IRSD staff expect to trim at least $5 million from next year’s budget. And that’s in addition to expected state budget cuts.

Hockers set to open doors to local supermarket’s future

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: State Sen. Gerald Hocker, left, and son Gerry are preparing to open their new grocery store at the former location of Harris Teeter, near Salt Pond.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: State Sen. Gerald Hocker, left, and son Gerry are preparing to open their new grocery store at the former location of Harris Teeter, near Salt Pond.On Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m., the doors will close for the last time at G&E Supermarket on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

On Thursday, March 30, at 7 a.m. the doors will open for customers one mile to the south, at the new Hocker’s Supermarket in the Salt Pond Plaza.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr., whose father, Gerald Hocker Sr., took over the Cedar Neck Road store from his Uncle Jake in 1971.

Even though Jake Hocker had the store for 18 years — less time than the 46 years Gerald Hocker Sr. has been at the helm — some longtime customers still call the store “Jake’s.”

As Gerry and Gerald Hocker stood in the new store this week, contractors swarmed like bees, and the buzzing of drills punctuated the air. Four brand new self-checkout stands at the front of the store were swathed in plastic, to protect them from sawdust.

IR Live! presents a musical of the decades

Live music is a hallmark of Indian River High School productions, and the students are ready to impress once again.

This year’s musical revue is IR Live! presents “The Corner Club on Baker Street,” featuring an original script by music director Nathan Mohler and student T.J. Oxbrough.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.

Comments being accepted on ADA/DelDOT compliance

The Delaware Department of Transportation is updating its 2014 ADA Transition Plan to ensure everyone has access to state roadways and infrastructure.

April 2 ‘Dancert’ to benefit local musician with cancer

Lovestock: a Cancer Benefit “Dancert” for John “Taco” Wroten, drummer of the local classic-rock band Hooverville, will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 2 in Dover.

Wroten, 62, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer and is currently receiving treatment, which is limiting his ability to perform with the band and at his full-time job.

Fundraiser set for Hudson family at Roxana lodge

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Kevin, Merrick and Kristie Hudson pose for one of their first family photos. Merrick was born at 25.5 weeks and has been recovering at Christiana Hospital’s Neonatal Care Unit since birth.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Kevin, Merrick and Kristie Hudson pose for one of their first family photos. Merrick was born at 25.5 weeks and has been recovering at Christiana Hospital’s Neonatal Care Unit since birth.As she was leaving work on Dec. 27, Kristie Hudson’s water broke. Normally, that would be a happy occasion for any mother-to-be; however, Hudson was only 23 weeks pregnant.

“So, we went to Beebe and I hadn’t gone into labor, so they sent me up to Christiana,” said the Ocean View resident, noting that a full-term pregnancy lasts at least 37 weeks. “I was on bedrest for two and a half weeks, and then Merrick was born at 25.5 weeks, on Jan. 13.”

Hudson said she had had an uneventful pregnancy up until the point where she experienced premature rupture of her membranes.

“Basically, your water breaks early, which only happens to 2 percent of all women. They don’t really know why it happens. Sometimes it’s because of some kind of infection. They did every test they could think of, and they all came back negative. So, we’re never going to know why this happened.”

Point of No Return —Youth sports should be about, well, the youth

The flowers are fighting through some random cold snaps to find their blooms, numerous seasonal businesses are beginning to open up their doors and Darin’s sinuses are more blocked than Central Avenue after a giant sinkhole appears underneath the asphalt, causing me to forget that the road is closed at that intersection about a million times over the...

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