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Hats off to the Class of 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Class of 2017 tossed their mortarboards into the air following their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Class of 2017 tossed their mortarboards into the air following their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31.

Rainy days rolled away to allow Indian River High School to celebrate its 48th commencement exercises in a sunny football stadium on May 31.

This year, about 84 percent of the graduates will enter post-secondary school, including 122 students planning to attend Delaware or Delmarva schools.

Warick, Tsavdar to make Dickens debut with original musical comedy ‘Under’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Kurt Cobain is alive and hiding in plain sight, as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Jim Morrison never really met “The End” and is still panhandling poetry somewhere along the cobblestone streets of Denmark. Despite all the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Elvis has never actually left the building — he’s working as the groundskeeper at Graceland.

Even long before the “Forever 27 Club” handle was officially dubbed, fans of artists taken too soon have attempted to cope with the death of their favorite pop-culture personas with heavy doses of denial.

There’s been the conspiracies. The sightings. And, in some cases, even the selfies.

Now, there’s the musical comedy “Under”— wherein playwright David Warick and composer Eric Tsavdar aim to bring to life some out-there theories of their own by bringing iconic legends — including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and even “The King” himself — back from the dead, when the original production makes its debut at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Sunday, June 11.

Selbyville passes third water referendum

It’s time to finish the water filtration plant, and Selbyville residents this week approved the latest round of funding for the project. In a special referendum on June 3, residents voted, 62-2, to allow the Town to borrow $500,000 to finish building another water treatment building.

Dog ‘euthanized’ after attack near Dagsboro

A dog was killed by police on Tuesday during an active attack on a Delaware animal-control officer.

The incident, which took place on June 6, around 3:53 p.m., at 32978 DuPont Boulevard, near Dagsboro, involved multiple police agencies, as well as emergency medical services.

County council discusses code on special events

Following up on an inquiry by Councilman George Cole at a May meeting of the Sussex County Council, the council this week discussed the definition of “Special Events” within the Sussex County Code.

Mid-Sussex EMS chief charged with sexual assault

Delaware State Police this week charged the chief of emergency medical services for the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad with both unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment in connection with an alleged assault on a fellow EMT in early May.

IRHS graduates honor classmate who lost battle with cancer

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Among those celebrating Trevor Kramer’s legacy at the IRHS graduation were, from left, Tyler Kramer, Samantha Mayfield, student artist Liliana Guido, Gerald Brinson, MaryJo Brinson, Tori Mayfield and Michael Kramer.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Among those celebrating Trevor Kramer’s legacy at the IRHS graduation were, from left, Tyler Kramer, Samantha Mayfield, student artist Liliana Guido, Gerald Brinson, MaryJo Brinson, Tori Mayfield and Michael Kramer.Last week, Trevor Kramer would have graduated with his friends at Indian River High School. Instead, he was lovingly remembered as a kind and outgoing young man who succumbed to cancer in his junior year of high school.

His classmates gave tribute during the May 31 commencement, both in their speeches and in a hand-painted portrait that freshman Liliana Guido presented to Trevor’s family.

Trevor passed away at 16 in March of 2016 at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, after battling brain cancer. The 11th-grader lived in Frankford and was born in Pennsylvania to MaryJo Brinson and Michael James Kramer. He loved baseball, both cheering the Phillies and playing Little League.

“He was always a joker,” said his stepfather, Gerald Brinson. “If you were down, he’d make sure people would smile.”

Ocean View Police Department pedals community policing

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Officer AnnMarie Dalton is heading the OVPD’s bike-patrol program.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Officer AnnMarie Dalton is heading the OVPD’s bike-patrol program.Those who have been out and about in Ocean View this past week may have spotted something they may have never seen before — an Ocean View police officer on a bicycle.

On June 1, the Ocean View Police Department began its bike-patrol program, headed by Officer AnnMarie Dalton.

“I approached [Chief Ken McLaughlin] about possibly starting a bike patrol, because I thought it would be nice to really get out and do more community policing, rather than just sit inside the vehicle,” said Dalton, “Especially with some of the bigger developments, people are out there with their kids, barbecuing, stuff like that.”

Through two grants, from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council and Sussex County Council, the department was able to purchase two Police Trek bikes for the department’s use.

For their own safety (and the public’s), more police carrying naloxone

Typically, when police respond to a drug-related call, they might be looking to subdue a subject or revive an overdose victim. But now, police are also considering their own risk of accidental drug overdose.

Deal or no deal, our environment must be protected

When President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reactions were fast and furious across the board.

Class of 2017, the world is yours. Take it

In a day that traditionally brings smiles and tears, hope and anxiety, Indian River High School graduated the Class of 2017 last week.

Guest Column: Proud-crying and memories — a grad’s mother shares

In the past few weeks, classmates of my daughter — kids I’ve known since they were in diapers, some of them — have shown up on my Facebook feed, clad in long, flowing gowns and wearing big, flat squares on their heads.

Family Fun Fest planned at church

Long Neck United Methodist Church will host its Family Fun Fest this week, aiming to offer a safe space for community fun and bonding.

The Family Fun Fest, which has been held annually for almost a decade, will be taking place on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the church at 32051 Long Neck Road.

TOP BUN

Top Dog Grill aims to serve up something new in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Owners Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman show off some of Top Dog Grill's offerings.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Owners Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman show off some of Top Dog Grill's offerings.They may not be saving the skies in the 1986 action-thriller “Top Gun,” but Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman might as well be Goose and Maverick when it comes to saving Bethany Beach from what they see as the usual options of boardwalk dining — and their mission to serve up the town’s “Top Bun.”

With Dryden’s experience in business and Lehman’s in the culinary arts, the two long-time friends teamed up last summer with the aim of offering the area something new, opening the doors to Top Dog Grill in June of 2016.

“We’re trying to offer a good, affordable option in Bethany, and trying to do it a little differently than everybody else,” said Lehman.

“It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a while,” added Dryden. “Both of us are here every day. He’s got the culinary background. I’ve got the business background. My wife’s an accountant, she does the books. It’s a good team.”

Taco Taco now serving up breakfast breakfast

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Kevin Martin and Stephanie Baker show off some of the new menu items at Taco Taco.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Kevin Martin and Stephanie Baker show off some of the new menu items at Taco Taco.They’re doing it quick. They’re doing it simple. They’re doing it the customer’s way.

And now, they’re doing it for breakfast, too.

Kevin Martin and Stephanie Baker first introduced their “good food fast” philosophy to Millville with Taco Taco in the winter of 2016, enjoying a successful first summer season while offering up “fresh Mex” fare for both lunch and dinner, whether dining in or ordering out.

That’s the same concept that Taco Taco will stay true to this summer, with the addition of the all-new a.m. menu-options making their burrito-board debut by popular demand.

“Just about anything that you could want for breakfast, we’ve got it here,” said Kevin Martin. “Everyone who’s tried it has had nothing but good things to say. People are coming back. We’ve even had people come in from California and the Southwest and tell us that it was the best breakfast burrito they’ve ever had.”

A real mother of a teacher

Science and support with Indian River’s Alison Walt

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Teacher of the Year recipient, Alison Walt, teaches science at IR.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Teacher of the Year recipient, Alison Walt, teaches science at IR.What are two top traits in a teacher? “A caring personality and rock-solid knowledge of science.” That’s how science teacher Alison Walt was described in her Teacher of the Year nomination at Indian River High School.

“Mrs. Walt has the ability to build relationships with all students, but especially those struggling to find their place in the world,” according to one colleague. “Her caring demeanor, respect for all students and willingness to help students with personal issues, resulted in students regarding her as a mother figure, in addition to as a teacher.”

“As an administrator, I could never ask for more than what Mrs. Walt gives every day,” said Principal Bennett Murray.

“I want them to understand there’s somebody that cares about them,” said Walt, who teaches chemistry and physical science to grades 9, 11 and 12. “I want this class to be a place that they know that no one’s going to ridicule them. I just love them all, even when they get on my nerves,” she joked.

The motherly atmosphere is likely an extension of her own children and their friends visiting her classroom over the years as they completed their educations at IRHS. The classroom just became a safe haven for those who sought it.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour sneak peek No. 6 — Breezes cool downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.Coastal Point • Submitted: A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

As former proprietors in Sea Colony, the owners of this downtown Bethany home had many fond memories of family vacations in Bethany when their children were young. After several years’ absence, they were ready to return to build new memories in Bethany with their three adult kids.

Their long search for a lot within walking distance of the beach and with enough space for a pool was finally successful. Overlooking the town’s iconic “totem pole,” their new 3,200-square-foot home is close enough to the ocean to be dubbed “Bethany Breeze.”

The heated backyard pool, adjacent to the fully-outfitted family pub, is embellished with custom tile work and is guarded by a friendly mermaid. The interior décor is a blend of traditional and contemporary coastal styles, accented with tropical artistic touches from the wife, a graphic artist. Her goal was to create an oasis of calm with shades of coastal blue to soothe her busy family when they escape the stresses of the family business back in Virginia. They now look forward to creating new memories in the town they loved so long ago.

Indians rack up nine All-State selections in three spring sports

Hogsten, Ford, Whelen, McCray, Engel, Bomhardt, McGee, Martin and Nitz all honored

Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, Maddie Hogsten, Grace Engel, Sammi Whelen, IRHS head coach Steve Kilby, Fabrea McCray and Maggie Ford gather at the All-State soccer banquet held at Delaware State University on Monday.With the 2017 spring sports schedule inked in the books, nine athletes at Indian River High School have now been recognized with All-State honors for their contributions this past season.

Five of those selections were members of the girls’ soccer team, after their 14-1 season-ending in a DIAA quarterfinal appearance last Tuesday, May 30, with seniors Maddie Hogsten and Maggie Ford, juniors Sammi Whelen and Fabrea McCray, and sophomore Grace Engel all making the cut.

Junior Julia Bomhardt earned All-State honors for the softball team for a second straight year, joined by senior 2B Madi McGee after both of them helped lead the Indians to their first DIAA semi-final game in 10 years.

And on the boys’ lacrosse team, seniors George Martin and Sam Nitz made school history by becoming the first-ever All-State selections for the program.

Hogsten cracked the Top XI list for the first time, along with getting the fourth straight All-State selection of her career, after becoming the second-player from either the boys’ or girls’ soccer program at IR to reach 100 goals.

His ‘Tern!’

Andrew Ternahan caps career with second national championship, All-American selection

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bethany Beach native Andrew Ternahan celebrates with teammates after Salisbury University’s national championship victory over RIT on Sunday, May 28.Last year, it was for the seniors. This year, they were the seniors — and this one was for them.

After helping lead the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team to a national championship as a junior in 2016 — and helping the team’s senior class avoid becoming the first SU group not to earn a ring since 1993 — Bethany Beach native and Stephen Decatur High School graduate Andrew Ternahan finished out his own career with the Seagulls last Sunday, May 28, with a second straight NCAA Division III title.

“It’s probably the best way that I could have ever pictured going out,” said Ternahan. “After winning it for [the seniors] last year, we kind of had it off of our shoulders a little bit, but this year we realized that it was our chance now. This senior group has gotten pretty close over the past four years, so it was great to be able to end it on a high note.”

The Gulls claimed their 12th national title with a 15-7 win over No. 2 Rochester Institute on Sunday, in a game played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., that saw crowds upwards of 30,000 fans.

“It was awesome to be able to play there,” said Ternahan, who also got the chance to play at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia, Pa., during last year’s title game. “The atmosphere was pretty crazy. We had a lot of people make the trip, so there was a pretty good fan base for it being so far away.”

Sharp Shooter Lax offers new camps in second year

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Dave Spencer instructs players at last summer’s Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp.The need was there.

With the sport of lacrosse picking up steam both in Sussex County and across the nation, Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse coach and former pro Dave Spencer launched the Sharp Shooter Lax Shooting Camp last July to give local players a much-needed opportunity to develop their game right in their own back yard.

Following the success of their first summer, and with the need continuing to grow, along with the sport, faster than ever before, Sharp Shooter will be back again this summer — this time with even more opportunities, more camps and more sessions.

“The need is there, because the interest is there for the sport,” said Spencer. “We’re trying to provide a chance for the kids to learn and continue the game, with things like the youth league and the camps, so they can really start to look at lacrosse as part of their athletic future.”

Extra Points — June 9, 2017

Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon to raise funds for childhood cancer

The annual Get Well Gabby Skim-a-thon will return on Saturday, June 17, set to once again raise funds for local kids battling childhood cancer.

Delaware plays pickleball at National Senior Games

Coastal Point • Submitted: Steve Donohue warms up at Bay Forest in Ocean View last week.Coastal Point • Submitted: Steve Donohue warms up at Bay Forest in Ocean View last week.Pickleballers from Delaware are competing in the 19-sport National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., this week.

As pickleball explodes, so does the quality of players competing in the nationals. So, special congratulations to Pearl Morris and Diane Milam who ended up in sixth place in the Women’s Doubles 55-59, coming back via the losers’ bracket after a second-round battle. Marion Lisehora, the “queen mother of Delaware pickleball,” and Judy Lang ended in fourth place in the Women’s Doubles 80-89.

The men fared similarity. Rick Bell and Bob O’Malley, in the Men’s Doubles 55-59, lost in the second round in a very long match. They dropped into the losers’ draw and battled their way back all afternoon, through five matches, before they met up with the same team — a Nevada /Iowa team that barely ousted them in the second round.

In their eight match of the day, they returned the favor and dispatched that team fairly easily before they took on a Florida team in their ninth match of the day. After putting the Florida team’s sunshine back into their bottle, they challenged a team from Tennessee, Davy Crockett’s old stomping grounds, for the bronze medal.

BBVFC again garners funding for paid summertime staff

Little progress on equitable funding source

The good news is the towns were willing to donate money. The bad news is that they had to.

South Bethany elects familiar faces

On May 27, residents and property owners chose a path forward in the 2017 South Bethany Town Council election, and it’s a path they’ve been on before. They elected former councilman Timothy Saxton and incumbents Frank Weisgerber Jr. and Carol Stevenson back onto the dais.

Bethany moving ahead with South Atlantic Streetscape project

If nothing else, South Atlantic Avenue in Bethany Beach — the south end of the town’s easternmost north-south street, running along the beach block — is in need of repaving. And it’s due for that work, already scheduled to get some attention in the Town’s 2018 street paving plan.

Bethany boardwalk to fill with crafters on Saturday

The ocean water temperature may still be in the very low 60s, but things are heating up on the Bethany Beach boardwalk this weekend, as the Town hosts its annual Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State likes proposed location for new Ennis school

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: A new Howard T. Ennis School for students with special needs could be located north of Millsboro, as shown in this Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) application.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: A new Howard T. Ennis School for students with special needs could be located north of Millsboro, as shown in this Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) application.The wheels are rolling for a new Howard T. Ennis School building. The State of Delaware appears to like the idea of building a new facility for the special-needs school.

Indian River School District officials said they are encouraged by state-level discussions to transfer a piece of Stockley Center land to build a replacement Ennis School in Georgetown.

Although Ennis is managed by the IRSD, the school serves all Sussex Countians who have significant cognitive delays, up to age 21.

Currently, it’s a tight squeeze for Ennis’s 140 students, plus special staff and medical equipment. Sometimes they can barely fit in the narrow hallways of the old building.

The district needs to rebuild the 47-year-old school completely, without disrupting the students’ education.

Ocean View P&Z recommends ordinances to council

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission last week voted to recommend a number of proposed code amendments to the town council.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend an ordinance to town council that would amend the Ocean View Land Use & Development Code by adding “Woodworking Shops” as “Special Exceptions” in GB-1 and GB-2 General Business Districts.

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