Fabulous February

Fabulous February

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Nothing beats a beautiful February day at the beach. Well, there might be a tie with beautiful days at the beach in March, April, May, June, etc.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: IRSD polls open for referendum again March 2

Local polls will open on Thursday, March 2, for the Indian River School District’s current-expense referendum.

Comparing it to the November 2016 referendum, which failed by 20 votes, IRSD Acting Superintendent Mark Steele said, “We’re still asking you for the same 49 cents,” but the expenses have been restructured.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek local man in shooting incident

Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, who is wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd and Criminal Mischief. He is also wanted out of Sussex County Family Court for two capiases, police noted.

Puglisi is wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 17, around 9 p.m. when he allegedly fired several rounds at a residence located on Burbage Road near Frankford. None of the victims inside the house at the time were injured, police noted.

If anyone has any information about Anthony Puglisi’s whereabouts, they are being asked to contact Detective K. Archer at (302) 752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

This Week's News

Bethany extends Saturday construction hours during off-season

Contractors working in Bethany Beach now have a little more time to get work done during the off-season, with the town council’s unanimous approval this week of extending permitted work hours on Saturdays by four hours — but only from Oct. 1 through May 15.

Curran to serve as Ocean View mayor for three more years

Walter Curran will serve the Town of Ocean View as its mayor for another three years, come April.

“The reason I’ve decided to step forward one more time is to finish the job. That’s my nature. I started this… It seems to be going in the right direction.”
The deadline to file to run for mayor of Ocean View was Feb. 21, and Curran was the only resident to file for the position.

Millsboro council cuts impact fees more than 80 percent

Cuts for residential, commercial building

While the town of Millsboro may be getting older, its residents keep getting younger.

That’s the kind of growth that the Millsboro Town Council would like to see continue, as made evident by the council’s unanimous decision to cut the Building Fund portion of the building permit rate by more than 80 percent — opening the door for new businesses, new developers and new potential.

SB councilman: Feeding feral cats the focus, not euthanasia

In South Bethany, Bill Murphy was horrified to discover a colony of feral cats had broken into his house in the winter of 2013-2014.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy said at a Feb. 10 council meeting. “When we returned in the spring, they had lived in the whole house. They had defecated, they had vomited…”

Anteater handbags on the red carpet?

Local entrepreneur adds anteaters to swag bags for glitzy event

Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : Devon Cooper, dance instructor at X-Squad Dance Studio in Selbyville, models one of the newest handbags in the collection of Jules K. The locally-owned company sent 26 handbags to be included in ‘swag bags’ offered to Oscar nominees by a promotional firm.Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : Devon Cooper, dance instructor at X-Squad Dance Studio in Selbyville, models one of the newest handbags in the collection of Jules K. The locally-owned company sent 26 handbags to be included in ‘swag bags’ offered to Oscar nominees by a promotional firm.What do anteaters and actresses have in common? The answer involves handbags, swag, a local woman’s childhood love of a certain insect-eating mammal, and a big night in Hollywood.

Ten actresses, in particular — the ones who will be vying for the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress statuettes at Sunday’s Academy Awards in Hollywood — will receive handbags imprinted with an anteater pattern.

The bags, produced by Bethany Beach resident Julie Kypreos’ company, Jules K., are part of “Everyone Wins” promotional “swag bags” provided to Oscar nominees by the promotional company Distinctive Assets.

Through the Distinctive Assets promotion, packages of “swag” are delivered to the homes of nominees for Best Actress, Best Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Best Director nominees and host Jimmy Kimmel.

Kypreos, whose handbags are sold online, said she came up with the idea of submitting her handbags for consideration while researching ways to get the word out about her unique handbags.

“I’m a start-up,” she said, adding that she recognizes that her handbags are so unique that they require some creative marketing. “No one is probably going to do a Google search for ‘anteater handbags,’” she said with a bit of a chuckle.

The swag bags include gifts for the nominees that range from a tube of ChapStick to a three-day stay at an 18-bedroom beachfront mansion in northern California, valued at $40,000. Kypreos’ handbags range in price from $370 to $395.

While all of the nominees for Best Director are men and, obviously, the 10 Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominees are men, they — as well as Kimmel — will also receive Jules K. bags. Kypreos said she tried to take the men’s significant others into consideration when choosing which bag to contribute for them, when applicable.

Route 113 changes show promise, but still carry concerns

Feedback is coming in for the Millsboro-South Study, which proposes widening Route 113 and a new Route 24 connector road. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is inviting the public to comment on the plans, officially laid out in the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

Ocean View stays the course with Curran

The filing deadline for the mayoral position in Ocean View has come and gone, and incumbent Mayor Walter Curran was the only one to throw his hat into the ring.

Point of No Return — Use logic and research over emotion with vote

Well, this zealot-driven nastiness that has infected the rest of the nation has now infected our cozy little oasis by the shore.

Letters to the Editor — February 24, 2016

Teacher argues that kids are the future

Editor:

“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.” — Author unknown

Civil War Profiles — P.W.A. reports the war for Southern newspapers

Civil War documentation, such as letters, diaries and memoirs, frequently surface after being forgotten over the past 150 years in trunks, attics and official archives. Such is the case for the collection Peter Wellington Alexander produced during his career as a newspaper correspondent.

Mountaire chemical explosion causes severe injury

A 34-year-old man was severely injured in a minor chemical explosion at Mountaire poultry processing plant in Selbyville earlier this month.

According to officials, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, a Mountaire employee suffered facial trauma and chemical burns when he accidently mixed two cleaning chemicals that caused an explosive reaction.

From Richard Allen history, a new sense of culture and community

Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : A historical photo shows the Richard Allen School in 1923.Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : A historical photo shows the Richard Allen School in 1923.Grade-school memories follow people through life, for better or worse. And, although the old Richard Allen School was born of segregation, people are being inspired today to transform it into a community and cultural center in Georgetown.

“When Richard Allen opened its door [in the 1920s], it was a beacon of hope for African-Americans living in Sussex County,” according to the Richard Allen Coalition. “When it reopens next year, it will welcome all of us who want to learn about the past while helping our youth explore their talents and prepare for a wonderful future.”

The non-profit Richard Allen Coalition wants to restore the school’s legacy as an educational and community center. Physically, the old building won’t just become a museum to freeze history, but a community center to breathe life into the town.

Tripple Overtime: Voting ‘yes’ on IRSD referendum kind of important

(If you like local sports, local kids being able to learn stuff/do things)

Calling all tennis players. Calling all golfers ready for shotgun starts. Calling all shuffle-board players, 5K runners, jazzercise jazzers, yoga’ed-out yogis, grayed-out barrel-riders, cast-out fish-finders, and even calling all 65-year-old hockey players still carving rink with the best of them (if any of them actually happen to exist, aside from Selbyville’s Lee Stanley). Most definitely calling Vaughn Baker, the First State Pickleball Club and pickleball players everywhere.

Joseph earns 200th career win on the courts

Indians headed to playoffs

Coastal Point • File Photo: From left, freshmen K.J. Custis, ORyin Morris, sophomore Jamier Felton, head coach B.J. Joseph, sophomore Antonio Jones and senior Thomas DiBuo, after Joseph’s 200th career win.Coastal Point • File Photo: From left, freshmen K.J. Custis, ORyin Morris, sophomore Jamier Felton, head coach B.J. Joseph, sophomore Antonio Jones and senior Thomas DiBuo, after Joseph’s 200th career win.They call him “The Fixer.” Mostly because that’s what B.J. Joseph does.

In fact, ever since leading Cape Henlopen High School to a state title as a player in 1976 and capping his collegiate career at Wilmington College, that’s what B.J. Joseph has always done — taken down-on-their luck programs, such as Milford and Laurel, from playoff-plagued to playoff-perennial.

Now in his second year as the head coach at Indian River High School, Joseph is at it again, recently earning his 200th career win and getting ready to take the Indians to the state tournament after inheriting a senior-depleted roster in 2016.

“It just means you’ve been around for a little while,” Joseph said of the milestone, with a laugh. “When you start off taking over a program that’s down, it’s tough to build it back up, but I think we’re finally turning things around here.”

IR freshman Rayne wins Henlopen Conference 106 title

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Will Rayne and Caesar Rodney sophomore Mike Primo square up in the 106 finals.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Will Rayne and Caesar Rodney sophomore Mike Primo square up in the 106 finals.He may be just a freshman, but that doesn’t mean that Indian River High School 106-pounder Will Rayne wrestles like one.

Coming off an undefeated season at Selbyville Middle School, Rayne took the mats for the Indians earlier this season and immediately started racking up the wins, eventually finishing with a perfect 16-0 record during dual-meets and 33-4 record overall, earning himself the No. 2 seed at the Henlopen Conference championships this past weekend.

That’s where, on Saturday, Feb. 17, in front of a packed house at Sussex Central in Georgetown, Rayne would advance all the way to the 106 finals before taking down No. 1 seed Mike Primo from Caesar Rodney, 9-2, for the Henlopen Conference title.

Central’s Hudson edges IR’s Marcozzi for HAC title at 182

Marcozzi sets new school record for career wins

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Central’s Luke Hudson goes for a shot against Indian River’s Zeke Marcozzi during the 182 Henlopen Conference finals.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Central’s Luke Hudson goes for a shot against Indian River’s Zeke Marcozzi during the 182 Henlopen Conference finals.It was, without question, one of the main events. If not the main event, even.

After getting the Henlopen Conference wrestling finals started with the 195-pound bracket, seniors Lucas Hudson and Zeke Marcozzi had to wait 13 long championship bouts before getting to the 182-pound title match at Sussex Central High School on Saturday, Feb. 19.

And so did the crowd.

With Marcozzi entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed for Indian River and Hudson as the No. 2 seed for Central, the highly-anticipated matchup would eventually give fans their money’s worth, and then some, as the longtime rival wrestlers from longtime rival schools finally took the mats and Hudson finally took the championship title, in a hard-fought 8-5 decision, for the tournament’s grand finale.

Extra Points – February 24, 2017

IR boys' hoops finishes 12-8, ready for playoffs

After capping the regular season with a 12-8 record, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team is looking primed to return to the DIAA state tournament for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

IR girls’ hoops misses playoffs, earns best finish since 2013

Indians say goodbye to Ford, McGee

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Madi McGee, left, and Maggie Ford, right, were honored during a Senior Night ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 17. Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Madi McGee, left, and Maggie Ford, right, were honored during a Senior Night ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 17. Headed into the season, the goal for second-year head coach Donna Polk and the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team was simple: Be better than they were last year.

Even after dropping their last game of the season 38-20 to Laurel on Thursday, Feb. 16, that was still a goal that the Indians would accomplish, doubling their win total from 2015-2016 and finishing 10-10 — their best record since 2013.

“We’ve definitely improved. We’re getting better,” said Polk. “This year, I thought we started off really well, with them understanding the expectations a little bit more.”

After going back and forth with the Bulldogs during the first half of last Thursday’s game and eventually trailing 20-16 headed into the break, the Indians would struggle with the scoring in half No. 2.

Local heroes honored for valor

Bethany officer wins top award for rescue of drowning boy

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Sharp, center, was recognized as the 2017 Overall Valor Award recipient at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. Sharpe is flanked by Chris Garland, left, senior vice president of development with Carl M. Freeman Companies, and Kristie Maravalli, right, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Sharp, center, was recognized as the 2017 Overall Valor Award recipient at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. Sharpe is flanked by Chris Garland, left, senior vice president of development with Carl M. Freeman Companies, and Kristie Maravalli, right, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Numerous emergency-services personnel were recognized for their contribution to the community last week at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards.

Bethany looking at ‘overdue’ improvements to Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.

Frankford gets $60K water grant in exchange for fluoridation

The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.

Bethany looking at 'overdue' improvements to Atlantic Avenue

The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.

Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft calls for $9.4 million overall, with $7.7 million of that in operating costs, $600,000 for capital projects and $488,000 for debt repayment.

Bethany and Selbyville recycling centers removed

Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.

Bethany trolley back to single route, no new vehicle

In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley, minus the trade-in value of one of the existing three trolleys.

Editorial — Community again shines in Night to Shine event

As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.

Civil War Profiles — The demonization of President Abraham Lincoln

Since the inauguration of Donald John Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, members of the opposition have endeavored to cast him in an unfavorable light. The typical “honeymoon” period for a new president has been short-lived, if it existed at all.

County appoints Stevenson to P&Z seat

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission no longer has a vacancy, as Kim Hoey Stevenson will fill the seat formerly held by current Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton III.

Stevenson, who currently serves as the communications director for the Delaware Senate Republican Caucus, as well as a freelance writer, was publically interviewed by the Sussex County Council on Feb. 14.

LB PTO holds Penny Wars to kick off sign fundraising

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lord Baltimore Elementary School Assistant Principal Matthew Keller was duct taped to the wall by the first-grade classes, which won the fundraising event.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lord Baltimore Elementary School Assistant Principal Matthew Keller was duct taped to the wall by the first-grade classes, which won the fundraising event.Lord Baltimore Elementary School students were able to do something a little unorthodox last week, as students were able to duct tape Assistant Principal Matthew Keller to a wall.

The students had participated in “Penny Wars” for two weeks to help raise funds for a new school sign.

“We had the grade levels compete against each other to bring in change — pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. Some students even brought in bills,” said Jennifer Lovellette, president of the school’s PTO. “Each cent was worth one point... The grade level that brought in the most money won the Penny Wars.”

The students raised a little more than $2,800, which Lovellette said was likely driven by the prize the winning grade would receive.

“They were able to duct tape the assistant principal, Mr. Keller, to the wall, which was fantastic.”

The first grade won the Penny Wars, and Keller, being a good sport, spent his afternoon taped to a wall.

“It was such a great event,” said Lovellette. “He was taped to a wall in the cafeteria. We had mats stacked up, so he was able to stand on the mats and then the PTO officers started by putting a couple of larger pieces of tape around him, just to start it, just to make sure he was secure to the wall. We had fun, different duct tapes — Gummie Bears, Minions — cut into pieces.

A ‘Night to Shine’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Church of Christ played host to Night to Shine, a program for special-needs people 14 and older. The program was put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held in churches around the world on Friday, Feb. 10.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Church of Christ played host to Night to Shine, a program for special-needs people 14 and older. The program was put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held in churches around the world on Friday, Feb. 10.Last weekend, guys and gals walked the red carpet while paparazzi flashbulbs popped. It wasn’t the Academy Awards, but it was certainly a night to shine at the Ocean View Church of Christ.

Night to Shine is a program that is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, to provide an “unforgettable prom-night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.”

“The church always talks about the sanctity of life, which simply means we value all life,” said the Rev. Gregg Wilgus of the Ocean View Church of Christ. “More times than not [those with special needs] are left out. It’s just meant to show those with special needs that they are loved and cared for as well.

“The truth of it is, it’s for anyone who is mentally or physically handicapped. We have 14-year-old registered, and we have a 60-year-old registered. Most of them are in their late 20s and early 30s.”

Locals rally in support of Warren after Sessions debate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Protesters rallied in Georgetown on Sunday to show their support of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after the Senator was silenced during the reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing the appointment of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a federal judge.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Protesters rallied in Georgetown on Sunday to show their support of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after the Senator was silenced during the reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing the appointment of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a federal judge.About 200 people gathered on The Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 12, to participate in a rally and march sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and the Sussex County Democratic Party, with the theme “We Shall Not Be Silenced.”

The rally was in response to the silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the proceedings leading up to the vote on Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General. Warren had begun to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., when she was ordered to stop by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who claimed she was in violation of a Senate rule known as Rule 19, which prohibits senators from “impugning” the integrity of their colleagues on the floor of the Senate.

Joanne Cabry of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and Sussex County Democratic Party Chair Jane Hovington led a rally that included the reading of Scott King’s letter, in which she explained why she opposed the nomination of Sessions as a federal judge. Five women took turns reading sections of the 1986 letter, which was prohibited from being read on the Senate floor during those proceedings 30 years ago, as well.

Hovington told the crowd that the rally and march were meant to “put Mitch McConnell on notice that we will not be silenced. We will not be intimidated and we will not be frightened,” she said. “We will remember, and we will resist.”

Guest Column — The marvel of mindful eating

Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road in our car. It certainly does not give us time to explore our food.