Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark:
It is the season for giving thanks, or just giving. But it’s good to give in any season, as members of Girl Scout Troop 649 from Selbyville known from lending a hand at the monthly food pantry at Salem United Methodist Church. The scouts are working to earn pins and patches in community service.
This Week's News
This week will mark the 20th time that Mountaire Farms will be feeding those who may otherwise be unable to share a Thanksgiving meal with their families and loved ones.
Once again, the community is rallying to help a local family — this time, a young couple and two children who lost their Millsboro home to a devastating fire this week.
Steen’s Beach Service will continue to provide beach equipment rental concessions to residents and visitors to Bethany Beach for at least the next two years.
At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously, with Councilman Joe Healy absent, to renew Steen’s current contract for an additional two years.
A car on fire was reported at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Atlantic Avenue about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Delaware State Police assisted the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office in securing the scene that night, and it was suspected that the fire had been intentionally set.
The South Bethany Town Council will be continuing its discussion of requiring 2 feet of mandatory freeboard following a change in some council members’ minds after their Oct. 23 workshop.
Two Dagsboro-area men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries committed in the last month.
Jacob G. Svenson, 33, and Edward J. Nearey Jr., 37, were each charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, five counts of Theft, Conspiracy 2nd, Selling Stolen Property and two counts of Criminal Mischief.
The Town of Ocean View will be looking into the cost of contracting with a single trash and recycling company for services town-wide.
“It’s not a new idea,” said Councilman Tom Sheeran, who brought the idea forward to the council. “It has been brought up several times prior.”
As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.
Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.
“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.
An American military force that’s older than the United States, the Marine Corps was immensely proud to celebrate 238th birthday last week, and Indian River High School JROTC cadets stood just as tall as their military counterparts at the annual school dinner celebration on Nov. 7.
Founded in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps now use the cake-serving ceremony as “a symbol of passing traditions, customs and courtesies from the old corps to the new corps,” said JROTC instructor Maj. Frank Ryman (Ret.).
After cutting the cake with a sword, the oldest cadet passes a slice of cake to the youngest cadet. Therefore, C/Pvt. Annel Calles Vildiva ceremoniously passed more than 200 years of history to C/PVT Jessie O’Neal in front of their classmates, families, guests from AMVETS, American Legion, Indian River School Board and more.
Special guest 1st Sgt. Jonathan Dixon told the story of his first experience driving tanks in a training exercise. Smashing through the wilderness was “the best thing in the world” for the 18-year-old, until he drove the tank into a ditch. That night, he was terrified of the flak he might receive from his comrades.
When the casket with the general’s body arrived in Milford, having traveled through Jacksonville, Fla., New York and Philadelphia, with solemn ceremonies and high-ranking officials in attendance at each location, members of the Philadelphia City Troop carried it through the streets lined with crowds to his home on Walnut Street.
The traditional season of giving thanks kicks off this week, and for those looking to pay their good fortune forward, there is no shortage of opportunities right in our back yard.
As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a glass window, as a joyous nurse would weave her way through a maze of bassinets and point out his baby.
Last month, Frankford resident Marie McIntosh became the 25th person to be inducted into the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Hall of Fame.
After losing their 5-year-old daughter to cancer in 2011, the Vogel family vowed to help other families in the same situation.
“Our biggest thing is Gabby didn’t get well,” said her mother, Carolynn Vogel. “Unfortunately, the cancer was terminal upon diagnosis, and there have been no medical advances in over 30 years in her type of cancer.”
It may be adorable to watch young children try on giant firefighter suits, but it may also save a child’s life. That’s why the Kathy Collins Preschool invited Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department to teach its children fire prevention.
Although most children are used to learning fire prevention in elementary school, Collins said she wanted her preschool and daycare students to be prepared.
“We learned fire prevention just like they do in schools,” Collins said. “They did a lot of hands-on activities, and we had a lot of fun.
Now, seven children (mostly ages 3 to 4) have a better idea of what to expect in an emergency.
“Kids got to get in the ambulance and put on the gloves and get on the stretchers, so they wouldn’t get scared,” Collins said.
The DVFD volunteers added immensely to the experience, she said.
Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has voted to return $3.4 million in capital credits to the cooperative’s member-owners in December. Capital credits are also known as the co-op’s profits or margins. Because DEC is a non-profit utility, margins are returned to the people the cooperative serves.
The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.
The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.
“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.
“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.
The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of what Christmas is because the theme this year is, “Simply Christmas.”
The Ocean View Church of Christ (OVCC) will hold its 2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. This event is free. All members of the community are invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.
The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the 10th annual Caribbean Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.
Sussex Technical High School hosted the Delaware Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition on Monday morning, Nov. 17, inviting select athletes from Sussex County elementary schools to participate in a variety of competitions involving various basketball skills, with a chance at winning medals.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School sent Omar Baker, Alex Gomez, Rebecca Kelly, David LeCates, Mason Leith, Isaac Lowman, Alijah Taylor and Harmony Tuelia as athletes to compete in such skills as dribbling, shooting and passing.
Helping the athletes as Unified Partners were students Gabriel Mouynivong and Laysha Salazar-Molina, who teamed up with the athletes to assist in any way they could to help their teammates earn a medal.
Taylor, who loves his mom and wanted everyone to know that, represented Lord Baltimore in carrying the Olympic torch to the podium, as he waved his hand in model fashion and helped take part in kicking off the event, which was organized by Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware, assisted by around a hundred Sussex Tech students, all belonging to the Project Unify Club.
St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 was National Signing Day — a day when thousands of high school seniors sign letters of intent to continue playing their sport of choice at their choice of a higher-education institution — and Maggie Allison, a senior at Indian River High School, was one of those select few elite athletes across the country, signing her letter of intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for the Tigers of Towson University.
“I don’t even know the words to describe it... I just feel happy, thankful. It’s a relief to actually have signed,” Allison said after the official signing.
Allison’s achievement of being one of the few high school students around the country to accept the scholarships awarded to a NCAA Division 1 college athlete is made all the more impressive when one considers that her high school does not currently field a women’s lacrosse team upon which Allison can play.
The 2014 season for the Indian River boys’ soccer team came to a heartbreaking end last Wednesday night, at the new Dover High School in the outskirts of Dover, against No. 1-ranked Caravel Academy, a private school known as an athletic powerhouse that competes in the DIAA Division II championships despite boasting an almost all student-athlete student body and athletic resources few schools in Delaware have the luxury of utilizing.
Caravel came into the contest boasting a 13-1-1 record, while the Indians, 10-4-1, came into the contest red-hot, winners of seven of their last eight matches, outscoring opponents 60-14, for a goal differential of 46 points.
The battle on the pitch that night was set to be a hard-fought one, as two of the most elite teams in Delaware soccer — Division I included — faced off.
Before kickoff, the Indians kneeled in a huddle as a unit, to prepare each other for the obstacle laid before them and display their strength in unity. After all, the defending Division II champs had begun the season facing some of the best soccer clubs not just in the state, but in the country. They showed they belonged in the same category, despite what the numbers of wins and losses said.
I am a huge fan of running because it is one of the best ways to increase your health.
It boosts your immune system, preventing a variety of diseases and health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, while raising your good cholesterol levels. Medical research has shown that people who run have a more agile brain that functions, like that of someone much younger, too.
Baywood in Long Neck will be the venue for this year’s Festival of Trees, to benefit Delaware Hospice. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Baywood, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck.
There was a collective grumble in Bethany Beach Town Hall earlier this week, as many property owners came out to support Steen’s Beach Service, which has been operating in the town since 1957, following the announcement that the Town would be looking into providing beach concessions itself.
Suspected of swallowing heroin while at Selbyville Middle School, a 13-year-old student now faces drug charges.
During an after-school dance on Friday, Oct. 31, a male student allegedly went into the boys’ bathroom and ingested suspected heroin, said school district spokesman David Maull.
With the 2014 elections now history, all roadside signs must be removed by Dec. 5 or those posting them will face fines for each sign, the Delaware Department of Transportation reminded residents this week. According to state law, signs are allowed in some areas of the State-owned right-of-way for 30 days prior and 30 days after an election.
In case of after-hours emergencies, the Millsboro Police Department is asking businesses to provide additional contact information.
Sometimes when an alarm goes rings, or during other emergencies, MPD doesn’t always know who to call during nights and weekends, Lt. Brian Calloway told the Millsboro Town Council on Nov. 3.
On Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, rescue efforts were under way to pull a distressed boat from the Atlantic Ocean at the Indian River Inlet.
While returning to the inlet around 7 p.m., a 38-foot recreational fishing boat had gotten stuck on the northeast side of the inlet jetty, out in the ocean.
Two people were onboard, both rescued by the Lewes Fire Department. One was treated for minor injuries, including a broken nose and facial lacerations, officials said.
The vessel sank and was considered a total loss, said Cpl. John McDerby of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. He reported an incoming tide and calm seas.
To help tow the twin-diesel motor Topaz boat from the surf, J.D. Walsh brought his boat trailer from Anglers Fishing Center in Lewes.
“They’re gonna bring it down here on the beach; they’re gonna get this boat on it; and they’re gonna drag it to the road,” Walsh said during the extraction. “Once it’s on the road, they’re gonna take it to Indian River Marina.”
The exact cause of sinking was still under investigation mid-week.
For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.
Tired of being ignored by a local business owner, the Selbyville Town Council didn’t hesitate to revoke the business license of Andrew Principe, owner of the site maintenance company SMI Services.
Principe did not attend the Nov. 3 council meeting to defend his business practices.
Celebrating a unique Sussex County tradition, candidates from across the state traveled to Georgetown last Thursday to participate in Return Day.
“Delaware sets a shining example — I think the gold standard — for the entire country, after a divisive and hard-fought campaign season,” said Master of Ceremonies and WBOC-TV anchor Steve Hammond. “We come here, literally and figuratively, to bury the hatchet.”
Festivities began last Wednesday night, with concerts on the Circle in Georgetown and the commencement of the traditional roasting of an ox.
On Thursday, Nov. 6, election candidates gathered to ride into the Circle together in carriages and cars. Return Day attendees Included Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Lieutenant Gov. and Attorney General-Elect Matt Denn, former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, U.S. Rep. John Carey, outgoing Attorney General Beau Biden, Delaware National Guard Gen. Francis Vavala and Sussex County District 5 Councilman-Elect Rob Arlett, as well as outgoing Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips, re-elected Councilman George Cole and sitting Councilman Sam Wilson.
Marching bands from Indian River and Sussex Central high schools attended, as did Delaware State University’s band, all playing for the crowds.
“We celebrate the burying of the hatchet with a parade, many different activities and food. We hope you all enjoy it,” said Georgetown Mayor Bill West. “Your visit here today is greatly appreciated. This wouldn’t be successful without you.”