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Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to celebrate the country’s independence from Great Britain with family and friends.

In the local community, there is no shortage of celebration — from family barbecues and picnics on the beach, to parades and fireworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

South Bethany to hold holiday weekend fun

South Bethany is heating up for the holiday weekend, from a boat parade to movie night.

Pedestrian Safety Day comes to South Bethany on Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will distribute safety information and demonstrate best practices, to encourage bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to share the street, on the corner of Henlopen Drive and Route 1.

IRSD board member earns spot on state Board of Education

Nina Lou Bunting is taking her lifetime of educational experience to the Delaware State Board of Education. She recently resigned her seat on Indian River School District’s Board of Education to take a spot on the state board.

“This is a prestigious honor for Nina Lou, who served on the Indian River board for 13 years,” wrote David Maull, IRSD spokesperson.

Returning alumni to help other vets ‘SEAs the Day’

What started off as a conversation between friends has turned into a nationally recognized event, offering injured military veterans and their families a week of respite in Bethany Beach.

This is your final warning: Recycling center could close

A few careless people could ruin things for everyone, as the recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond could close entirely if people continue dumping garbage there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) maintains 61 recycling drop-off centers in Delaware, but staff have had their fill of picking up mattresses, bicycles, patio furniture and other junk from the Bethany Beach site.

South Bethany council delves into rules on committees

South Bethany’s committees have been the topic of minor debate recently, so the town council decided to take an official look at their policy on June 25, by creating one.

H.T. Ennis School closes early due to propane leak

The Howard T. Ennis School was evacuated on Wednesday, July 1, due to a propane leak behind the building, the Indian River School District reported in an automated phone call.

SAT printing error not deemed tragic

Despite canceling scoring sections of the June 6 SAT test, the College Board reported that students would still get fairly accurate scores. As if the aptitude test weren’t stressful enough, a printing error may have affected around 1,300 Delaware students who registered for the standard SAT offered on June 6.

CATS group seeks donations for spay/neuter efforts

Cats Around Town Society (CATS) — a 501(c) organization established in 2008 as a way to help reduce the area’s feral cat population by offering free trap-neuter-release (TNR) services to the community — is currently seeking volunteers and donations to help fuel their mission.

Moms Club looking to offer support to moms

Area moms looking to connect to a network of mothers need look no further. This past April, the Moms Club of Indian River formed, in the hopes of offering a place for local moms to connect with one another.

The greatest weekend of all is upon us

If there is one weekend that stands out above all others for our humble little community by the shore, this would be it.

Guest Column: The wonder of Womenade on full display at Sea Colony

On a Thursday evening in April, more than 30 women gathered at the Sea Colony Tennis Center in Bethany Beach. They came with a covered dish, gift bags filled with toiletries, scarves, jewelry and other donations in celebration of Mother’s Day. They were there as part of a group called Delaware by the Sea Womenade.

Wayne Weeks’ ‘Lines of Inquiry’ opens at new RAL Art Studios

Coastal Point •Submitted: ‘Lines of Inquiry’ by Wayne Weeks opens at the RAL Art Studios in Lewes this week, featuring his unique take on the human form as expressed in this ballerina piece.Coastal Point •Submitted: ‘Lines of Inquiry’ by Wayne Weeks opens at the RAL Art Studios in Lewes this week, featuring his unique take on the human form as expressed in this ballerina piece.The Rehoboth Art League is offering vacationers and locals alike something more to enjoy their time on the shore, when the new RAL Art Studios in Lewes premiere “Lines of Inquiry” by Wayne Weeks.

The exhibit will be the first solo show for the newly implemented extension of the Rehoboth Art League, which opened in March, and, according to exhibitions director Jay Pastore, promises not to disappoint.

“This is one of the premiere solo shows for that center this summer,” Pastore explained of the exhibit. “It’s a brand new art center that has two galleries — one sophisticated abstract that has all kinds of art, and a member’s gallery that shows all different type of work — both free and open to the public.”

An Ocean View native who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Weeks’ pieces are rooted in the exploration of the human figure, working with charcoal to present the body in unusual ways. According to him, at the heart of his drawings, there’s a kind of affirmation that returns him to hope.

Roodini hops into local shops

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Josh Mueller stands behind Madison Mercer, with Roodini, and Davina Baine, with a parrot.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Josh Mueller stands behind Madison Mercer, with Roodini, and Davina Baine, with a parrot.Do not be surprised to see a kangaroo hopping around some of your favorite places in Sussex County.

One such location is behind the Juice Box, just over the bridge from Bethany Beach into Ocean View, every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this summer. That’s where Madison Mercer and Davina Baine — students at Indian River High School — met Roodini, with his “mom,” Josh Mueller.

Mueller — a 22-year-old Sussex Tech graduate and Eagle Scout from Troup 281 — is a rising senior at Louisiana State University. His major is natural resources and ecology management, and his intention had been to study veterinary medicine in grad school. But last fall he attended an orientation program for an internship at Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel, La., and his life changed.

“I got to hold the animals and learn all about them, and when they said there was a job opening, I jumped on it,” said Mueller. “I loved everything right from the start.”

Hocker’s food drive donates bags of food to local food banks

G&E Supermarket and Hocker’s Super Center recently participated in a Best Yet food drive, which enabled the company to donate nearly 100 bags of food to two area food banks.

More than music: Wailers to appear at Freeman Stage, continue Bob Marley’s message

Special to the Coastal Point • Beverly Shaw: Bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, center, and lead vocalist Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin, far right, and their bandmates will take to the Freeman Stage when the Wailers perform on Friday, July 10.Special to the Coastal Point • Beverly Shaw: Bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, center, and lead vocalist Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin, far right, and their bandmates will take to the Freeman Stage when the Wailers perform on Friday, July 10.They’ve sold more than 250 million albums. They’ve played for an estimated 25 million people across the globe. And they were the first reggae band to tour Africa and the Far East. But now, the Wailers will bring their legend, their music and their message to the “Far East Coast,” when they take the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Friday, July 10.

“It’s always great to be in Delaware. It’s always a great reception,” said Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin, Wailers lead singer and one of the successors to reggae legend Bob Marley. “It’s an important place for the Wailers.”

Marley, who originally formed the Wailers with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, had somewhat famously lived in Delaware for a brief period — even writing “Night Shift” while working at the Chrysler plant in Wilmington. But Anglin is no stranger to the area either, born just north, in New Jersey before moving to Jamaica, where he grew up and developed his love for reggae.

Jetty Deli brings ‘the sandwich experience’ to the Bethany boardwalk

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: The Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop held its ribbon cutting and grand opening event on Tuesday, June 30.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: The Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop held its ribbon cutting and grand opening event on Tuesday, June 30.You’ve picked up your fresh popcorn. You’ve ordered your boardwalk french fries and you’ve even washed them down with a few of your favorite local cocktails. But, according the owners of the new Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop, you’ve still got one more thing to mark off on your culinary checklist before leaving the Bethany Beach boardwalk.

“We want to be the sandwich experience here in town — it’s for the professional sandwich-eater,” said Jetty head chef and co-owner Robbie Bedell. “We want the people from out of town to get the local experience.”

A Sussex County native and chef in the area for 22 years, Bedell teamed up with Ba Roos Ice Cream business partner Matt Merrick, Bethany Beach Books’ owner Jackie Inman Burns and lifelong friend Matt Burns to do just that — opening the doors to the team’s new venture earlier this month.

New grading scale coming to high schools this fall

Student grade-point averages (GPAs) will get a bit perkier next year, but the change will actually keep them on a level playing field, according to Indian River School District officials.

Beginning this fall, grading scales will be a bit more generous at Sussex Central and Indian River high schools, after a unanimous vote June 22 by the IRSD Board of Education.

What’s the big deal about rotator cuff injuries?

It is a big deal. Rotator cuff injuries are more common than most people think. The statistics should make you think twice. Research has proven that rotator cuff-related problems rank as the most common musculoskeletal disorder. Many doctors have find rotator cuff damage to be the leading, most common source of shoulder pain.

Pet Corner: Traveling with your pet

Summer is the time that many of us take to the roads for vacations and general traveling, and many of us like to take our furry friends with us. If you decide to take your pooch with you, there are many things to consider before hitting the road.

Gallery One to take ‘New Directions’ in July

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tara Funk’s ‘TuttiFruitti Palms,’ an acrylic/fabric/paper piece of art to be featured during Gallery One’s risk taking show entitled, ‘New Directions.’ The show will be held at the gallery on Route 26 during the month of July.Coastal Point • Submitted: Tara Funk’s ‘TuttiFruitti Palms,’ an acrylic/fabric/paper piece of art to be featured during Gallery One’s risk taking show entitled, ‘New Directions.’ The show will be held at the gallery on Route 26 during the month of July.This month, Gallery One’s artists are taking risks and going in ”New Directions.”

Artist Tara Funk Grim explained her New Direction: “While teaching one of my classes this winter in Naples, Betsy, a student who is a quilter, asked if we could use fabric in our collage. Why not? Wow! The expanded possibilities of mixing fabrics and papers opened up a whole new world for me.”

Her work this month is titled “Tutti Fruitti Palms.” It is bright with tropical pinks, greens oranges and blues. The addition of fabric to her new collages is designed to expand the sense of place she is trying communicate to the viewer.

Dale Sheldon’s “Joyful Shorebird II” is a bright acrylic and collage combination.

“I choose to look south to the white sandy beaches of the west coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. There, the elegant shorebirds wade in the sparkling, sunlit shallow waters.”

The sun is orange bright, the sky is swipes of yellows and limes, and the abstract herons wade in blue torn-paper water.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to benefit American Red Cross

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has chosen the American Red Cross of Delmarva as the beneficiary of funds to be raised at its Sept. 4 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction.

Civil War Profiles: Commemorating Independence Day during wartime

In April 1861, the outbreak of conflict between the states cast a dark shadow across the land. On July 4 — the 85th anniversary of the American colonies declaring independence from the British realm — a Delawarean ably expressed the fears of the nation:

Local libraries jam-packed with reading and science programs

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children planted and will maintain the Selbyville Children’s Garden at the public library. Digging in the dirt were second-graders, from left, Troy Ye, Torrence Brickman and April Rosas, with help from Phillip C. Showell Elementary teacher, Corey Dietrich.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children planted and will maintain the Selbyville Children’s Garden at the public library. Digging in the dirt were second-graders, from left, Troy Ye, Torrence Brickman and April Rosas, with help from Phillip C. Showell Elementary teacher, Corey Dietrich.It’s just not summer until the summer reading programs begin at local libraries. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” at public libraries statewide.

Weekly programs usually feature a performance and occasional craft.

“Traditionally, when the schools are out, we’re mobbed,” said Rachel Wackett of the Frankford Public Library.

Library programs this summer will feature some obvious superheroes. But they’ll also feature local heroes, including firefighters and police officers, plus heroes on the railroad, with the Marshall Steam Museum.

“I’m also going to show them how they can be heroes in their own community and home … [to] think of others, help people on a regular basis.” said Beverly LaFazia of the Millsboro Public Library.

Popular programs include the Mike Rose magic show, ventriloquist Tom Crowl, Rehoboth Children’s Theatre, Sciencetellers, the Delmarva Shorebirds and their Sherman mascot.

Tripple Overtime: Only Phill can save us from the lifeguards saving us this Fourth of July

First he saved us from the great white Septima during Shark Week. Then, he rivaled the incomparable Liam Neeson to save us from a “The Grey”-type scenario during coyote hunting season.

SMS volleyball gearing up for first-ever season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Members of the Selbyville Middle School Volleyball Club will finally have a chance to take the courts against some local competition this fall.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Members of the Selbyville Middle School Volleyball Club will finally have a chance to take the courts against some local competition this fall.Spring volleyball camps have recently come to end, but everything is just beginning for girls trying out for the first-ever Selbyville Middle School volleyball team.

While interested players have tested their skills at camps held at SMS in both the fall and spring for nearly the past decade, the school has never been able to establish an official team for competitive play — until now.

“We were ecstatic, it’s been a long journey,” said long-time club organizer and new SMS head volleyball coach Sally Craig on finally getting the program off the ground. “[The girls] were jumping up and down for joy, they’re so excited.”

That long journey saw its means to an end, or perhaps its beginning, when the Indian River School Board approved middle school girls’ volleyball programs for not only Selbyville Middle School, but Georgetown and Millsboro middle schools, as well.

Sticking with it: IRSD Field Hockey Camp sparking sport’s turnaround in Lower Sussex

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Indian River School District Field Hockey Camp capped its second successful summer on Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The Indian River School District Field Hockey Camp capped its second successful summer on Thursday.Field hockey in lower Sussex County was as good as dead.

Indian River High School had gone through winless seasons. So had Sussex Central. There were countless coaching changes, no feeder programs, and as a result, not much hope, either.

Enter Jodi Stone and Molly Chamberlin — Stone the new head coach at Indian River and Chamberlin a former player for the Indians, turned coach at Millsboro Middle School — who knew they had to do something before the sport faded away for good.

“When I was at Indian River, we were a winning team,” Chamberlin recalled. “Then I went away to college and kept hearing about how the program was dying. I came back to coach and just wanted to do something about it.”

“Sussex Central was a powerhouse when I first moved here. Indian River was a powerhouse for years,” added Stone, who took over as head coach of the Indians in 2013. “Unfortunately, in this pocket of Sussex County, it’s kind of dying if somebody doesn’t take a step forward to promote it.”

‘G-Mart’ selected for Under Armour Top 50 Uncommitted Showcase

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High  School midfielder George Martin goes to the goal against Lake Forest this spring. On Saturday, Martin will face off against some of the country’s top talent.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High School midfielder George Martin goes to the goal against Lake Forest this spring. On Saturday, Martin will face off against some of the country’s top talent.They’ll be traveling from all across the nation.

From Maryland and D.C. high-school lacrosse powerhouses such as Calvert Hall of Maryland and Georgetown Prep in D.C., up to hotbeds in New York and stretching all the way out to emerging programs in California.

But the only rising junior from Delaware suiting up for the Top 50 Uncommitted Showcase at the Under Armour All America Classic this Saturday will be none other than Indian River High School’s George Martin.

“Obviously, it’s gonna be high-level,” said Martin of his expectations for the game. “These are the guys who haven’t really been seen by the coaches yet. I think this is their opportunity — everyone’s gonna be trying to make something happen.”

Local skimmers soar at first Alley-Oop Skim League contest

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tim Kelly and Andrew Powell watch Advanced Division champ Patrick Monigle claim his first-place prize at the Alley-Oop Skim League contest in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, June 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tim Kelly and Andrew Powell watch Advanced Division champ Patrick Monigle claim his first-place prize at the Alley-Oop Skim League contest in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, June 24.If there’s any such thing as home-field advantage in skimboarding, local skimmers had it on Wednesday, June 24, at the Alley-Oop Skim League contest held on the Main Street beach in Bethany Beach.

The first of three events with stops scheduled up and down the Delaware coast, the contest is open to skimboarders of all ages and skill levels, including beginner, intermediate and advanced.

“Alley-Oop’s been involved with and running skimming contests in Delaware for probably about 15 years, but this Skim League is pretty much a new event for us,” explained Alley-Oop owner and Zap Skimboard Ambassador Jason Wilson.

“It’s aimed at amateur competitors that want to practice for some of the bigger events that we run — kids that maybe are a little bit intimidated by some of the bigger championships. This gives them an opportunity to try a contest in a lighter atmosphere.”

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