Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach recognized in travel magazine

In its June/July 2014 issue, National Geographic Traveler, a travel magazine with a readership of 9 million, selected Bethany Beach as one of seven beaches nationwide where “the essential beach experience endures.” Bethany is the only beach between Massachusetts and North Carolina to be recognized.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Author of book about signing with young children to appear at Bethany Beach Books

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

Route 1 rehab project means nighttime lane closures start Monday

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that nighttime lane closures could be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island beginning Monday, July 7, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project.

Bethany Beach Fourth of July celebration to feature parade, Warrior Spirit

Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Bethany Beach is set for an all-day Fourth of July celebration this Friday, with a parade, live music, awards ceremonies, fireworks and more.

One of the biggest events of the day will, of course, be the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which this year will feature Grand Marshals Phil and Marry Rossi — who have helped organize the parade for the past 10 years, leading the volunteer committee that has handed over the reins to the Town of Bethany Beach for the first time in 2014.

“It’s a great honor that they would even consider us for this,” said Phil Rossi. “I enjoyed the 10 years — we met a lot of nice people and had a lot of support from the Town to make it a success. It’s a big event, and it means so much to the Town and the visitors that come to watch the parade. The T goes all out. I think it’s great it’s continuing.”

This year’s parade theme is “anything patriotic.”

RBFS to host film festival review sessions in Bethany Beach

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting festival film review sessions during the summer months at South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

The festival film review sessions, open to the public, are used to assist with the film selection process for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 5-9).

Bethany Beach Books to host author for signing

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

Bethany library summer programs offer something for everyone

Although school is out for the summer, it doesn’t mean it’s time to close up those books. The South Coastal Library is continuing to hold their Summer Reading Program, for library patrons ranging from children to adults.

This year’s program theme revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

Roberts opens Bethany Beach studio, Beach Pilates

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.

After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.

“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”

“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”

Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K set to blast off this Sunday

The Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K run and 3K walk is back for its sixth year, set for Sunday, June 29, to help start off Fourth of July week and raise money for the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which begin the day of festivities in the town next Friday.

Bethany property owner fighting for lost parking

It’s frustrating for any motorist to see another car take the last empty parking spot in downtown Bethany Beach on a busy day. But Randy Gross co-owns the property at 98 Hollywood Street, where ownership in the rental property would generally all but guarantee guests would have somewhere to park.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Bethany Beach Books to host Find Waldo campaign

Bethany Beach Books, a local independent bookstore, announced on June 18 that they will be participating with 24 other local businesses in the Find Waldo Local campaign, sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

Comics & Gaming shop brings the action to Bethany

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.There’s the smell of fresh-pressed ink — pushing art and action to leap off the page. And Bethany Beach’s newest comic book shop always has an open door, inviting customers to a thousand new worlds of adventure.

Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day and is already making waves.

“People are coming in excited. I think people are going to travel from Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City or Salisbury,” said co-owner Tom Chillemi.

“We’ve gotten a good response. We’ve seen crowds of all ages,” said co-owner Chip Sullivan. “Locals have said ‘Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to see for a long time.’

“It’s nice to walk into a comic book store that’s nice and bright and well-organized,” he added. “We’re very up-front with our new products, trades, pop figurines, games. Nobody has the comic book products that we have.”

Author of book about signing with young children to appear at Bethany Beach Books

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

Author Gleason to hold signing at Bethany Beach Books

Bethany Beach Books will be hosting award-winning local author J. Boyce Gleason for an author signing event at 7 p.m. on June 30, at their store on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach.

Local author to sign copies of novel at Bethany Beach Books

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally-set novel, “Still Life in Blood,” at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

‘Our flag was still there’: Bethany joins national celebration for national anthem bicentennial

Americans will proudly raise their voices and the flag for a nationwide sing-along on Saturday, June 14, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Bethany Beach Bandstand will be a patriotic hub as a mass of musicians lead beach-goers in singing the national anthem at 4 p.m.

From the cow to the beach: Ba Roos serves up fresh, local ice cream at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.

Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.

“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”

Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.

Summer programs offered at South Coastal Library

Reading programs for all ages continue to lead the parade of events scheduled for summer at the South Coastal Library. Each program revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

Bethany prepares for 31st annual July 4 fun

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 31st annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Friday, July 4.

The 2014 grand marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi, in recognition of their years of dedicated service to making the parade what it is today.

Bethany Nature Center to celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, an annual observation to honor the world’s oceans and celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as Maryland blue crabs and marine animals kept as pets.

To show its appreciation of the world’s oceans — especially the Atlantic — the Bethany Beach Nature Center will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 7.

Seaside Craft Show set for 10th edition

Coastal Point • Submitted: Maureen Ickrath will be showing her photography at this year’s Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show, for the eighth time since the show’s inception 10 years ago.Coastal Point • Submitted: Maureen Ickrath will be showing her photography at this year’s Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show, for the eighth time since the show’s inception 10 years ago.The boardwalk will become an art gallery when the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show returns for its 10th year, on Saturday, June 7. Rain or shine, around 100 artists display their best work in photography, glass, pottery, metals, woodworking, decorative painting, fiber, textiles, jewelry and other wearable art.

Each year, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee brings new and familiar crafters to participate in this juried fine crafts show.

“People love it. Every year we have a survey that we hand out to all the crafters,” said organizer Carol Olmstead. “We get lots of positive feedback [on] how well our show is organized and how successful they are with the show.”

“I absolutely love being in that show,” affirmed Maureen Dyer Ickrath, who will display coastal photography for the eighth year.

“I just do phenomenally well,” Ickrath said. “I enjoy talking to and meeting these people as much as I enjoy selling my photography. It’s a wonderful attraction for the city. All these fabulous people come. And we get to talk. … They ask me about my photos.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 9 to 13

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 2 to 6

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Tuesday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the Cedar Drive intersection (by Giant).
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

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