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Letters to the Editor — Dec. 15, 2017

Reader wants voting machines updated

Editor:

As we all well know, elections are important, and when we vote, we want our vote to be recorded properly and available for recount or verification should there be a power failure, or a virus or any number of other external situations that could be a threat to our vote.

Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

Housing rehabilitation discussed at Frankford meeting

At the Frankford Town Council’s regular monthly meeting this week, Brad Whaley of the Sussex County Community Development Office discussed the Community Development Block Grant.

Wood adds new entry to local history ‘Letters to the Little Ones’

What started out as a family history book, with Ocean View resident Gordon Wood Sr. writing little letters for 10 grandchildren, has turned into a book that anyone who loves reading local history can enjoy reading.

“It had started out — I had written some letters to my grandchildren, and they had some history in them. And then there were more letters and more letters… Then I started doing research on my mother’s family. I started doing research on my grandfather’s family — my mother’s folks who lived in Bethany Beach.

“So I started writing it in a form that other people could use it, and that led to a book,” Wood said. “I found things of interest to each generation, going all the way back to 1675, when Walter came to right near Pocomoke. There was so much information, I felt there was an obligation to make it available to others, besides my grandchildren who I wanted to have it.”

That book, “Letters to the Little Ones,” was first published in 2002; however, Wood recently had the second edition published through Salt Water Media.

Neighbors encourage community to give in the off-season, too

This past summer, a group of five families in The Point at Bayside got together to plan a neighborhood party with one mission — to support the efforts of Toys for Tots.

That’s a wrap!

IRHS fall sports capped with strong soccer, volleyball seasons

Indian River High School sports fans saw a mixture of high points and low points this fall, with a lot in between.

Indians basketball suffers narrow losses to Laurel, Woodbridge

Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Last week, Laurel High School’s Bulldogs and Woodbridge High School’s Raiders took turns narrowly beating Indian River High School’s Indians, 53-50 and 48-51, respectively in varsity boys’ basketball play.

On Dec. 5, Indians junior Jamier Felton led the team with 18 points against the Bulldogs in a game that had to be settled in overtime. On Dec. 7, Felton and Indians sophomore Ja’shaun Johnson bucketed 16 and 12 points, respectively, against the Raiders.

The week started with Laurel. At the end of the first quarter, IR had an 11-12 advantage over the Bulldogs, who trailed 19-15 at the end of two quarters. IR added 13 points to their side of the scoreboard, and Laurel added nine.

But in the final period of regulation play, IR scored eight points, while Laurel tied it 40-40 with 15 points. In overtime, IR put 10 points on their side of the scoreboard. Laurel broke the tie with 13 points in overtime, while IR earned 10 points in the same period.

Then, on Thursday, Woodbridge was first on the board as the Raiders kept a narrow lead over the Indians the entire game. At the first period’s end, IR trailed 13-8. At halftime, Woodbridge was ahead 27-19. Woodbridge would add 12 points in each of the third and fourth periods, while IR hit 11 and 18 points in the same time, trailing by just three points.

Pickleball 2018 resolutions

At various times over the past year, I have written entertaining articles about pickleball, and at other times, various issues I thought were good for the community of pickleball.

Sometimes I promoted pickleball so the public would know more about the game, and other times I highlighted extraordinary accomplishments of some of our pickleball warriors on a national level.

Girls basketball team nets first win

Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Braydee Whitman goes for two, as a Blue Jays defender tries to stop her.Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Braydee Whitman goes for two, as a Blue Jays defender tries to stop her.After four losses on the road, Indian River High School Girls basketball team showed the home crowd they still have the winning spirit with a 37-25 win over the Seaford Blue Jays on Tuesday, Dec. 12. IR grabbed an early lead, ahead 8-5 at the end of the first 8 minutes. They posted 9 more points in the second period to Seaford’s 3, taking a 17-8 lead into the locker room at half time.

“I’m pleased of the fact that we got our first win tonight. So I’m very pleased with that,” said IR Head Coach Donna Polk, who added, “We still have a lot of work to do. I’m happy the girls maintained their composure once they were starting to come back and they pushed to come back. I’m pleased with the fact that they didn’t lose their composure. It got a little franticly at the end.”

With 2:21 remaining to play, Seaford got a short run on the Indians, narrowing the gap to 28-27. IR fought back with a trio of unanswered buckets in the game’s final minutes for the win.

Holidays, Bethany-style

Weekend Wonderland offers holiday fun in downtown Bethany

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.

Having kicked off the holiday season in style with its tree-lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings event last weekend, Weekend Wonderland fun continues in Bethany Beach for the next two Saturdays.

Many Bethany Beach businesses will be open on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, with special activities abounding to put shoppers in a festive holiday mood, according to Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events, along with the Town of Bethany Beach and the town’s downtown business group.

Selbyville barbershop closed after DPH discovers tattoo shop

Health department: Customers should visit a doctor

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.State health officials said they really don’t know just how many people may have potentially been exposed to alleged unsanitary conditions at a Selbyville barbershop that was also allegedly illegally performing tattooing and body-piercing.

On Nov. 28, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) ordered closure of the B&B Barber Shop, located at 5 West Church Street, Unit 203, in downtown Selbyville. The shop was ordered to stop performing body-art activities, which were allegedly occurring without a permit, but also to close the barbershop operation for what officials called “grossly unsanitary conditions.”

The sign at that location, located in the Church Street Station shopping center, reads “Boris Barbershop.”

“In this case, the observations included evidence of a rodent infestation, improper disposal of sharps and other conditions that could contribute to transmission of disease,” said Jamie Mack, a DPH policy lead and technical advisor.

Historical society taking community back to 1860s

This weekend, community members have the chance to travel back in time — to 1860 — and see what life was like then during the holiday season, thanks to the Ocean View Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at its historical complex on Central Avenue.

Ocean View to get Santa visit

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

Bloch, Tsavdar making musical magic with ‘Top of the World’

Q: What do you get when you cross a magician with a musician?

A: A fun and frolicsome musical event called “Top of the World,” set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, Dec. 7.

South Bethany to announce plans for police department

After working on the issue just outside of the public eye for the past month, the South Bethany Town Council is ready to unveil proposals for the future of South Bethany Police Department.

Need storage? South Bethany amends zoning

The South Bethany Town Council recently approved changes to the town’s zoning code, allowing people to enclose ground-level space under their homes, for storage, HVAC systems or parking.

People still have to follow FEMA rules, but they can get a little more privacy. Councilmen Tim Saxton and Don Boteler led the crusade, wanting more enclosed storage on their own properties.

Editorial — Area is showing itself to have big shoulders

It wasn’t that long ago when local business owners and Chambers of Commerce would meet to figure out how to create “shoulder seasons” in the fall and spring.

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 8, 2017

Reader weighs in on proposed regulation

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed as comments to Secretary Susan Bunting of the Delaware Department of Education, regarding the draft anti-discrimination Regulation 225, which was up for public comment through Dec. 4. The comments were sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Nativity Festival serves as reminder

This weekend, for a seventh year, the Ocean View Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Circle will host its annual multicultural Nativity Festival.

The festival will be held in the church’s fellowship hall on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature a display of 125 crèches.

Local kite-surfer undertakes worldwide mission for clean water

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Scott Gordon delivers supplies to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. His non-profit, Kite4Water, is currently fundraising to return to Puerto Rico.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Scott Gordon delivers supplies to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. His non-profit, Kite4Water, is currently fundraising to return to Puerto Rico.Imagine having the family home flooded by a hurricane, losing transportation and power, and having to ration food. Now, imagine trying to survive all that while also having no access to clean drinking water.

“There’s a global water crisis going on — probably a billion people around the world who don’t have access to clean water,” said Bethany Beach native and Indian River High School alumna Scott Gordon, one of the co-founders of Kite4Water, a group of kite-surfers who have joined together to “collaborate with NGOs around the world to focus on sanitation and clean-water projects.”

Gordon went on a humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico from Oct. 13 to Nov. 1 after hearing of the destruction there following Hurricane Maria.

“As far as how things appeared when I first got to the island… It looks like a bomb was dropped,” he said. “Everything is devastated. A lot of people’s houses survived, but they’re missing part of their roof, or something like that. It seemed like every single house was affected in some way.

All kids welcome to free VFW holiday party

Gifts and games will overflow at the Mason Dixon VFW Auxiliary’s holiday children’s party. Children are being invited to share the fun on Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“You don’t have to be members. We open it up to all children in the community,” said organizer Connie Weber.

The free party is planned each year for kids 12 or younger, at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

Millville town hall, church to host Holiday Market

Anyone looking for unique gifts but who doesn’t feel like driving to the outlets, or who just needs a boost of Christmas spirit, can head over to the Millville Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Teaching pickleball and improving in pickleball

Pickles are not grown but cultivated from cucumbers, and they can’t be rushed because it is all about the balance between salt, acidity and natural sweetness. Ditto pickleballers!

IRSD board opposes anti-discrimination regs

Board cites fear of litigation and possible construction costs

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sheila Warrington and others this week encouraged the Indian River School Board to voice its opposition to proposed state Regulation 225, which is intended to expand anti-discrimination protections for students. However, Warrington argues that the proposed amendment would remove parents’ rights to be informed.
Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sheila Warrington and others this week encouraged the Indian River School Board to voice its opposition to proposed state Regulation 225, which is intended to expand anti-discrimination protections for students. However, Warrington argues that the proposed amendment would remove parents’ rights to be informed.

The Indian River School District’s school board and superintendent are voicing their opposition to a proposed state regulation that was meant to protect at-risk students. They said they fear the anti-discrimination policy exposes the IRSD to heavy risk of litigation and possible construction expenses to accommodate changes.

Firefighters find body after Millville mobile home fire

The Office of the State Fire Marshal this week was investigating a mobile home fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27, that may have resulted in a death.
Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company:  Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company: Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.
The fire, on Club House Road near Route 26, was reported just after 1 p.m. on Monday, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio. When volunteers from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene, the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Upon entering the burning structure, firefighters found the body of a person who had not yet been officially identified as of the Coastal Point’s press deadline on Wednesday. The victim’s body has since been transferred to the custody of the state Division of Forensic Services for an autopsy.

Response to the blaze was challenging, MVFC representatives said, because the mobile home was set back off the roadway, with no paved access to the structure.

Selbyville-area representative leaves IR school board

The Indian River School District has a vacancy on the board this week. Douglas Hudson bid farewell to the Board of Education as he prepares to move to a new home outside his representative district, District 5, in the Selbyville area..

Hudson sent the board a letter of resignation, which Board President Charles Bireley read at the Nov. 27 board meeting.

Small Business Saturday kicks off holiday retail season

Sunny and relatively mild weather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend blessed not only beach visitors but also local shopkeepers who ushered in the holiday season on a high note.

Owners of local retail businesses said the emphasis on “Small Business Saturday” definitely gave them a boost even bigger than Black Friday — the traditional highlight of the shopping year.

Ocean View considers increasing some fees, permits

The Ocean View Town Council is considering raising some fees for next year. The council discussed the changes on Nov. 14, holding a first reading, ahead of a final vote anticipated at their Dec. 12 meeting.

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