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New minister joins Ocean View Church of Christ

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed a new minister to its halls.

“I want us to be a community-minded church. I believe the church is meant to help make the community a better place. We’re supposed to be salt and light in the community where we are, and I believe that means make it better,” said the Rev. Ethan Magee.

Magee and his wife, Stefanie, along with their three kids — ages 9, 11 and 13 — moved to the area in November after serving at a church in Columbus, Ohio, for six years. Prior to that, Magee served at a church nearby, in Lewes, for 12 years.

“I went to Cincinnati Christian University,” said Magee, an Ohio native. “We love the area, the beach, the beautiful people that are incredibly welcoming and friendly. It feels like home.”

Mardi Gras Benefit returns to Selbyville library

Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night returns to Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

“It’s a time for great food. We’ve got great music. … We’ll have silent auctions. There’s a 50/50,” said Friends President David Nilsson. “It should just be a fun evening that people will enjoy, hanging out with the neighbors and raising money for a good cause.”

Sedona restaurant of Bethany Beach will cater the event.

“We’re going to have a great New Orleans-inspired buffet again. Shrimp jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans-and-rice and crawfish étouffée. … It’s always good stuff,” Nilsson said. “You can just eat it all night lon-g.”

With love of education, Millville man earns athletic honors

For Ron Belinko, a job in school athletics was the greatest career in the world.

“You have such an influence on young people. When you moved into administration, you transfer that influence on to the coaches, principals…” said Belinko, a retired coach, teacher and athletic administrator.

Years later, middle-aged adults still recognize him on the street, decades after he first coached them in Baltimore County, Md.

This winter, he was inducted to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame.

Although he played organized sports in school, city kids played games all year ’round.

Mardi Gras benefit returning to Selbyville library

Tickets available through Feb. 7

Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night will return to the Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

Mountaire requests emergency sludge permit

After Mountaire Farms realized that its wastewater treatment system wasn’t doing its job, the company started brainstorming on how to fix the problem. And, on Dec. 12, 2017, they requested that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) grant them emergency permission to temporarily store sludge in a spare lagoon.

Public input sought on mental health, addiction crisis

Over the next few weeks, Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium will host four community forums on mental health and addiction across the state.

Cathell appointed to Indian River School District board

Indian River Board of Education this week selected a Frankford man to fill a vacancy in their ranks. At a special meeting on Jan. 24, Derek Cathell was sworn in to represent IRSD District 5.

Cathell is a detective for the Major Crimes Unit of the Delaware State Police, working out of Troop 4 in Georgetown.

OVPD hosts deaf-sensitivity training for first-responders

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Luanne Kowalski of the Deaf Community Group offers some lessons on American Sign Language.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Luanne Kowalski of the Deaf Community Group offers some lessons on American Sign Language.The Ocean View Police Department has teamed up with deaf community members to host a joint public safety training seminar with local first-responders.

“We have a policy for communicating with people with disabilities,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “It’s a formal written policy. As a policy, we have to provide a training component to go along with it. We’re also required by federal law, through the ADA, to offer these services, and there’s a training component associated with that.”

At the training, law-enforcement officers, EMS and fire fighters were able to learn about deaf culture, act out scenarios and even learn a little bit of American Sign Language (ASL).

The training was conducted by members of the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County.

“We have had a number of deaf people move to this community,” said Barbara White, one of the instructors, who also serves as the secretary of the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County.

Sherry Duhon, a retired professor from Gallaudet University, taught the attendees about deaf culture.

“In America, there are 28 million people who have a hearing loss,” she said to the group. “Two million of that 28 million are deaf, like myself. Here in this community… [there are] about 70 deaf residents. Of course, in the summertime, you have to double that number or even triple that number.”

County approves one rezoning request, defers on another

The Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone request for a Route 17 property but deferred their decision on a request for a change of zoning on a Bayard property.

Both applications had been recommended for approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission at their Jan. 11 meeting on 4-0 votes.

Ocean View Historical Society to host pair of public lectures

The Ocean View Historical Society has a history of wanting to educate locals and visitors alike on the history of Ocean View and its surrounding areas.

Frankford firefighters dishing up oysters and roast beef this Saturday

This weekend, the members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be “all hands on deck” for the company’s eighth annual Bull & Oyster Roast. The company’s biggest fundraiser of the year, its success depends on “companywide” effort, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Bacon.

Former CNN correspondent discusses ‘The Press & the People’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Former CNN world-affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter didn’t think his talk on “The Press & the People” would draw much of an audience.

It has, however, been quite a year for the press… and the people.

The 60-seat Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville was full when Begleiter, who also taught journalism at the University of Delaware until 2015, took the stage. According to organizers, 100 people were on a waiting list for the program.

During his talk — part of a lecture series titled “The Inside Story” — Begleiter outlined changes in all types of media, including the “newer” forms, such as social media and digital news.

Mountaire denies responsibility for nitrates in well water

Company may pay for deeper wells to be dug

Mountaire Farms representatives told concerned residents who filled the Indian River Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17, that the company is not responsible for high levels of nitrates in wells next to areas where Mountaire has sprayed wastewater from its Millsboro facilities.

ACLU sues State over education funding inequality

IRSD sees problems

The NAACP of Delaware and Delawareans for Educational Opportunity recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the State has not allocated education resources fairly, so disadvantaged students aren’t receiving the services they need.

County council votes to pursue MOU for sports complex

After months of discussion, the Sussex County Council voted earlier this week, 3-2, to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sussex Sports Complex Foundation, to loan the organization funding for construction of the facility in Georgetown.

Winter Birding Weekend offers trips, more

Birds, it turns out, figured out long before humans that winter is a great time to be at the beach. This weekend, humans can hang out with hooded mergansers, brown-headed nuthatches, wood ducks, harlequin ducks, eiders, purple sandpipers, falcons and what Delmarva Birding Weekend organizers call the “snowy trifecta” that is within reach of birding enthusiasts on the peninsula this winter.

IRSD board decides to hire assistant superintendent

District preps for board member appointment and elections

Everyone in the Indian River School District was forced to make cuts this year due to state budget cuts, and even the administration has been working with a skeleton crew. But that’s about to change, as a position for district assistant superintendent will now be reopened.

Frankford council discusses future of water plant

At the Frankford Town Council’s January meeting, Clarence Quillen of White Marsh reported that the Town’s water plant continues to have issues.

Quillen emphasized that any concerns that the Town’s water is not clean should be quelled. The issues with backwash not occurring is a controls issue and does not cause the plant to produce dirty water, he said.

Millville council doubles permit fees for scofflaws

The Millville Town Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to double building permit fees for anyone who does not obtain the proper permit prior to starting construction.

Ocean View council discusses hiring financial advisors

The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week at which Jamie Schlesinger of PFM Financial Advisors LLC discussed the refinancing of the Town’s water debt.

“The ultimate goal is to save taxpayers monies and reduce costs,” said Schlesinger.

Inaugural Fire & Ice Festival set to warm up Bethany Beach

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing Fire & Ice to downtown Bethany this weekend.

Indian River girls lose to Laurel, 56-38

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel. After leading Laurel’s Bulldogs girls’ varsity basketball team 10-7 at the end of the first period on Jan. 18, Indian River High School’s girls’ basketball team went backwards from there, leading to a 35-44 loss at their home gym. The loss gave them a 5-7 record for the season thus far.

Junior Julia Jordan quickly got the Indian’s scoring started, in just over 15 seconds. Another basket and a free-throw gave IR a 5-0 lead. IR shooters built a 7-2 advantage at the 4:15 minute mark.

Laurel tied it 10-10 with a basket and a foul shot in the opening seconds of the second period. Laurel scored again, and the Indians tied it again at 12 all at the 4:15 mark. Laurel then raced ahead, outscoring IR 21-4 in the second eight minutes, to lead 28-14 at the break.

“We knew Laurel would be competitive. All we wanted to do was try and come in and compete, and I felt like we did that in the second half more so then in the first half,” said IR head coach Donna Polk.

Enjoy the beauty, bounty and history of Delmarva

While my readers, hopefully, continue to practice after reading my recent articles and attending clinics, I trust they slowly will realize the importance of anticipation, footwork and balance. But this week, I want to share a wonderful personal experience.

‘This is how we see the future’

Uber shows Delaware the future of autonomous cars

On this brisk January day, it was tough to find parking at the Delaware Department of Transportation headquarters in Dover. Vehicles inched along the rows of cars, everyone hoping for an empty space.

Women’s March anniversary: ‘The time of marching is over. It’s time for action’

If 2017 was a year for protest, then 2018 has been deemed one for action. On the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the world, local ladies are eying the 2018 election and gearing up for action.

They celebrated with a Women’s March anniversary rally Jan. 21 at the Lewes Public Library.

Heroin overdose increase noted by local law enforcement

Last Thursday night, Jan. 11, within a six-hour period, there were seven reported heroin overdoses in Sussex County.

“They were all over the county, from Rehoboth to Seaford to Selbyville to Ocean View,” said Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw of the Ocean View Police Department. “That’s not typical for a 12-hour period.”

Mountaire waste the subject of two events

Northeast of the Indian River, Millsboro area residents are filling up their 2018 calendars, and those definitely aren’t social engagements.

Public meetings have been scheduled left and right regarding the Mountaire poultry processing plant’s potential role as nearby households begin finding high nitrates in their private well-water, above the 10 mg/L limit.

Emergency responders, school staff answer the call of the storm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The recent winter storm to hit the area was a challenge to first-responders and everyone else who had to travel in the area.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The recent winter storm to hit the area was a challenge to first-responders and everyone else who had to travel in the area.The Jan. 4-5 snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow on parts of southeastern Sussex County kept schools closed and many side roads nearly impassable for days afterward, but for the most part the storm was more of a nuisance than a danger.

The Indian River School District made the decision Wednesday night, Jan. 4, to keep schools closed the next day, as did other districts and private schools across the region. Once Gov. John Carney declared a state of emergency and a Level 2 driving restriction, non-essential vehicles were supposed to be off the streets and, once the wind died down, plows could get to work clearing the heavy snow off the roads.

Snowfall totals were difficult to measure due to heavy drifting — it was not unusual to see nearly bare spots near drifts several feet tall — but according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), a service of the University of Delaware, the award for the highest total snowfall during the storm goes to Stockley, with 11.4 inches. Second place went to Dagsboro, which reported 10.8 inches, with Lewes a close third at 10 inches.

In Millville, Council Member Steve Maneri gave credit to local emergency personnel who made sure the public was safe during and after the storm.

Residents turn out in opposition to special-events ordinance

This week, the Sussex County Council heard more than 30 county residents speak in opposition to an ordinance to amend the county code related to “Special Events,” as permitted uses in the AR-1, GR, B-1, C-1, CR-1 and M districts.

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