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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.
The Centre for the Inland Bays wants to improve the water quality in South Bethany’s canals, and they’re floating a couple new tools for their environmental toolbox there: islands and oysters.
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.
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.
App for Android, iOS devices puts the Delaware beaches in the palms of users' hands
Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-coastal-delaware/id886698442?mt=...) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coastalpoint.ecdelawar...).
“With the advent of the 21st century, it became increasingly apparent that much of South Bethany’s rich history was slipping away.”
That concern ignited the South Bethany Historical Society, and the sentence now introduces the colorful 160-page history of the small town, published just last week.
“The Best Little Beach in Delaware” includes memories of life in the quiet town, as told by the residents themselves. They remember clamming, crabbing, watching National Guardsmen train in Bethany Beach, running errands in Selbyville and tying boats to shrubbery before bulkheads were installed.
“We tried to make history fun,” said coordinator and chairman John Speer Jr.
The book includes many opinions, from those who remember throwing parties in their parents’ beach houses to those who wish today’s parties were a bit quieter.
“The founder wanted us to interview the old-timers before they all passed or left the area or started getting forgetful,” said Tony Caputo, writer, designer and South Bethany councilmember, of SBHS founder Mary Suazo.
About 20 volunteers did the writing and interviewing.
Besides full interviews and stories, pages are dedicated to homeowners’ association, neighborhood watch, tennis club, wildlife sightings, storms and much more.
Past mayors had their say, discussing hot topics of the day.
South Bethany welcomed Tim Saxton back to the town council during a May 31 swearing-in ceremony. In addition, Sue Callaway and George Junkin joined Saxton to renew their two-year oaths to serve the Town. And former council member Pat Voveris stepped up next to be sworn in as mayor.
This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.
A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.
Those looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further. For the second year, Gardeners by the Sea will be holding their Adopt a Baby Hydrangea sale, this weekend.
World Fair Trade Day celebrates food, art and fair trade for all, and all are welcome Saturday, May 10, at Made By Hand, South Bethany’s international cooperative that sells fair-trade craft pieces from around the world.
In honor of Earth Day, the South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) landscaped a Town-owned canal end.
Members of the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) have been working for more than a year compiling information, interviewing longtime residents, collecting photos and raising funds to publish history of the town titled “The Best Little Beach in Delaware,” after the town’s longtime slogan.
The Heroin Takeover
“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.
The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.
Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.
Former South Bethany town councilman Tim Saxton has filed to run for council once again, in the May 24 election.
Saxton, a home owner in South Bethany since 1996, previously served on the town council from June 2009 through May 2011 and served as its treasurer, as well as the first chair of the Budget & Finance Committee established in 2009. The committee’s goal is to gain wider input in the Town’s budget process from owners with financial and business expertise.
Saxton has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, overseeing operations for the conduct of research programs. His work included long-range planning and budgeting.
In 2011, Saxton said, his career necessitated moving to Colorado, but he has now returned to his home in South Bethany and said he is looking forward to once again becoming a part of the town council leadership.
South Bethany resident and town council member Pat Voveris filed this week to run for mayor of the town in the May 24 election.
This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.
The Bethany Beach area could see at least one new restaurant next year, as owners of the Cottage Café are proposing to flank Route 1 with beach eateries by building a new restaurant across the highway from the existing establishment.
The South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) is moving forward with plans to publish a SBHS calendar for 2015, but with a different twist. The SBHS will sponsor a photo contest of scenes taken in South Bethany. The winning pictures will be featured in the 2015 calendar, which is expected to be available in the early summer.
A decade ago, newspaper veterans Susan Lyons and Darin McCann joined forces and created what you are currently reading — the Coastal Point.
Brittingham, Logullo to serve as temporary principal, vice principal
The parents and guardians of students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School received an automated phone call from Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 15, informing them that changes were being made in the coming days to the principal and assistant principal roles at the school.
At 87, Bob Hesaltine has helped build 100 entire houses for families in need, but he hasn’t received a dime. He is the oldest volunteer in Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.
In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.