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Get ready for the hot mix — Route 26 project ‘winding down’

This is the third and final summer of roadwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

“The job is going well. It’s winding down,” said AECOM resident engineer Ken Cimino at a June 14 Construction Advisory Group meeting.

Although the road isn’t completely paved, the final configuration is there, with a center turn lane and shoulders or sidewalks.

County chips away at proposed signage ordinance language

With all five members of the Sussex County Council seated at the dais earlier this week, after last week tabling discussions related to a sign ordinance introduced in April, signage was discussed at length by the council and County staff.

Bethany Beach adopts restrictions on private drone use

Drone hobbyists have been given official notice by the Town of Bethany Beach: Flying those increasingly popular unmanned aircraft over any property but their own is likely to get them in trouble.

Election committee criticized after voting restriction proposed

Just weeks after Fenwick Island’s Ad-hoc Election Committee recommended two changes to the Town’s voting requirements, the mayor moved to disband the committee. He ultimately agreed to wait till a review of the issue by the town attorney.

Bethany Beach ultimately still at the mercy of tide and storm

There’s no way around it: Bethany Beach floods. Land in the town ranges from just below sea level to as much as 10 feet above it, with much of the town coming in somewhere between sea level and just 3 feet above.

Farmers’ market season brings freshness to customers

In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.

Monday night incident ups our fear factor

Reality hit a little too close to home again this week.

I'm turning myself over to positive thinking

My leaf has turned.

No longer will I focus my attention on mouth-breathing, simpleton dolts who fill our atmosphere with their ignorant blatherings or hate-filled dialogue. I’m not wasting any more time on knee-jerk politicians hitching their wagons to the latest trending topics on Twitter by spewing forth proposals that will never see the light of day, and you won’t read anything more from me on annoying internet trolls who take out the frustrations of their own miserable, rudderless lives on anybody who has accomplished anything of note.

Letters to the Editor – June 24, 2016

Fenwick resident goes after council

Editor’s note: The following letter from 2015 Fenwick Island Town Council candidate Lisa Benn was addressed to town council members and sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Holts Landing summer concerts begin June 28

Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.

Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.

International students gather for welcome picnic


Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Students from all over the world enjoy each other’s company during the annual international students picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21.

Braving Tuesday night’s thunder-and-lightning extravaganza, international students gathered at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach for their annual welcome picnic. The students — all of whom are living and working in the Bethany Beach area this summer — enjoyed a buffet of American food and had a chance to get to know each other and members of the local community.

Cheese the day!

Operation SEAs the Day supporter Armand’s Pizzeria celebrates 15 years

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Drosdzal family is celebrating 15 years of serving the Bethany Beach area at Armand's Pizzeria & Grille.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Drosdzal family is celebrating 15 years of serving the Bethany Beach area at Armand's Pizzeria & Grille.The Drosdzal family at Armand’s Pizzeria & Grille is in the service industry. That much is obvious. Celebrating a major anniversary this summer, they’ve been in the service industry now for going on 15 years.

Much of that service has been in the form of delivering the goods — specialty pizzas in their signature deep-dish style, signature pastas, such as Riley’s homemade ravioli stuffed with Valentino’s ricotta cheese, or an array of fresh salads, subs, seafood entrees and other traditional Italian fare. But not-so-obviously, the Drosdzals have also been doing their best to deliver on serving those who serve the country as well.

“We’ve been blessed here, and we wanted to give back, to all of the community,” said Ron Drosdzal, owner, operator and family patriarch.

Civil War Profiles: If you are planning a trip to Gettysburg…

It is often said that, once you go to the Gettysburg National Military Park in south central Pennsylvania, you are likely to return again and again. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place there, and the battlefield radiates an aura that for many people is unforgettable!

Tripple Overtime: How Darren McFadden saved me a fortune on my wireless bill

Not to be confused with “Tripple Overtime Takeover,” in which Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby often enjoys questioning Tripp’s abilities as an actor while at the same time masterfully clearing up weeks’ worth of discrepancies regarding Patriots’ QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick — in “Reverse Tripple Overtime,” Tripp debates controversial topics from the sports world and world at large with his reverse-self, Ppirt (one of the P’s being silent… not sure which). Why he does this instead of just, like, talking to a real human being about it, or, you know, just not doing it all, like a normal person, we are not sure.

Anderson, Twigg recognized at DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star game

Coastal Point • Submitted: Recent Indian River grad Joey Anderson and Layne Twigg before Saturday's Blue-Gold All-Star game.Coastal Point • Submitted: Recent Indian River grad Joey Anderson and Layne Twigg before Saturday's Blue-Gold All-Star game.Many players selected for the DRFC Blue-Gold All-Star football game will say that it’s a special experience. Unlike anything they’ve done before. Life-changing, even.

And all of that is true.

Ever since the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens added the “Hand-in-Hand” program in 1974, Blue-Gold players have been paired up with a “buddy” from the community who is dealing with an intellectual disability, spending the week before the game held at the University of Delaware hanging out, playing games and forming life-changing friendships.

After being selecting for Blue-Gold this past spring, recent Indian River High School graduate Joey Anderson was paired up with Layne Twigg from Roxana, a 10-year-old with a rare chromosome disorder.

But their life-changing friendship began long before the week’s events. Almost as soon as he opened the letter from the DRFC, Anderson and Twigg had met for breakfast at the Frankford Diner, and they took to each other right away.

Soon after, Twigg was visiting Anderson at baseball practice, getting to know the team and going to games. Their families became friends and, then, practically family, too.

It was Anderson’s impact on Twigg that inspired his mother, Dani Twigg, to write a heartfelt letter to the DRFC, recommending that Anderson be considered for the Barb & Winnie Spence Hand-in-Hand Award.

McDowell, Neal cap careers at Blue-Gold All-Star game

Coastal Point • Submitted: IR grads Ky'Lesha Neal, left, and Callie McDowell, right, got a chance to play in one last game as Blue-Gold All-Stars on Thursday, June 16.Coastal Point • Submitted: IR grads Ky'Lesha Neal, left, and Callie McDowell, right, got a chance to play in one last game as Blue-Gold All-Stars on Thursday, June 16.Recent Indian River High School graduates Callie McDowell and Ky’Lesha Neal may not have ended their softball careers the way they might have wanted, after the Indians fell just short of a playoff bid this season. But the senior standouts would still get a chance to play one last game, with both of them being selected to represent the Indians at the 2016 Blue Gold All-Star game in Dover on Thursday, June 16.

“It was cool to play with Ky in the outfield one last time, because I’ve been playing with her since we were 9 or 10,” said McDowell — who, along with Neal, had previously never missed a DIAA tournament, going back to their freshman seasons.

An All-Conference selection, McDowell got the Blue-Gold nod after posting some impressive numbers in 2016 — batting .377 with 20 hits, three doubles and 15 RBIs.

She was also the Indians’ go-to player in the clutch, leading the team in batting average with runners in scoring position (0.625).

Defensively, she found similar success in left field, finishing with a perfect fielding percentage (.1000) and notching seven put-outs on seven chances, with zero errors.

Fargo brings home fourth USAT national championship

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his 2016 USAT National Championship medal, the fourth of his triathlon career.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his 2016 USAT National Championship medal, the fourth of his triathlon career.It was a situation that Ocean View resident and triathlete Lance Fargo had been in before… pretty much.

Also a frequent competitor in National Amateur Field Championships with his Weimaraner dog, NAFC FC AFC Snake Breaks Sargent “Sarge” Von Reiteralm, Fargo had already experienced having to wait a full calendar year for a shot at redemption, since, after a mishap in 2014, Fargo and Sarge earned their first title in December 2015.

While Fargo is no stranger to bringing home USA Triathlon Clydesdale National Championships, he missed out on the title in 2015 after back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, when a knee injury kept him from training properly.

But just like with Sarge, after long year’s wait, Fargo was back on top for the 2016 USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday June, 12.

Bayside Tennis Club doing its part to support Special Olympics athletes

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Suzie Schaible practices her swing at Bayside Tennis Club in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 14.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Suzie Schaible practices her swing at Bayside Tennis Club in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 14.Although the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games wrapped up earlier this month, Sussex County SODE athletes are still going strong. Athletes from Sussex Riptide continue to be active in their sports, by attending practices.

Marie McIntosh, one of the coaches for the area athletes of the Sussex Riptide, said that the athletes are fortunate to be able to use the Bayside Tennis Club’s facilities in the summer, when Sea Colony — where they practice in the winter — is too busy.

“We’ve been at Bayside every summer for the last, I would say, 10 years,” said McIntosh, who is an equity member at Bayside.

The athletes first started using Bayside’s facilities after McIntosh simply asked for court time.

“They, from the very beginning, allowed us to play tennis here in the summers.”

Spreading the Jam

Bethany Skim Jam celebrates 15 years of barrels and backflips

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath gather with pros Bill Baxter and Colin Herlihy and local skimmers at the first Bethany Skim Jam of the year on Monday night. See more photos on page A47.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath gather with pros Bill Baxter and Colin Herlihy and local skimmers at the first Bethany Skim Jam of the year on Monday night. See more photos on page A47.It’s hard to believe, for pro skimboarder Bill Baxter, that it’s been 15 years already.

Not for his pro skim career, but for the Monday-night summer tradition for the last decade and a half, known infamously around town as Bethany Skim Jam.

It was 2001 when Baxter, then working for Jim and Sheila McGrath at the old Bethany Beach Surf Shop location — before they moved to their current spot farther down Garfield, next to Mango’s — came up with the idea to help grow the sport in the area.

The idea was to give the local kids an outlet and way to get together a few times a week, for the skim crews from South Bethany and North Bethany or wherever else, and the newcomers, too, to get a chance to show off their skills without the pressure of a contest setting.

BBVFC adapting, growing with new programs

When the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company saw a shortfall of volunteers coming down the pike, they created a single 24/7 paid firefighter position. Just for this summer, they have one paid employee present 24 hours a day, from May 1 to Sept. 30, using only their part-time staff.

Bethany drone law up for vote on Friday

At their meeting on Friday, June 17, the Bethany Beach Town Council will consider new rules restricting the operation of unmanned aircraft — drones — within town limits, which could make it among the first municipalities in the state to adopt such measures.

Watermen, public: Bay not ready for full-scale aquaculture

It’s up for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to decide, but many stakeholders have said that conversation needs to continue before aquaculture begins full-time in Little Assawoman Bay.

Bethany resident recalls town’s journey through history

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Margaret Young has considered Bethany Beach her home since she was 1 year old and has watched the area change extensively over her time there.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Margaret Young has considered Bethany Beach her home since she was 1 year old and has watched the area change extensively over her time there.Bethany Beach has been a home to Margaret Young since she was just 1 year old, when she joined her family in their annual summer treks south from upstate Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.

For the first few years, they stayed at the old Atlantic Apartments; then they moved closer to the beach, into their first of two homes on Second Street. In 1983, as her family expanded, they settled into a house in Bethany West, where Young still lives today with her dog Nacho.

When she was little, she said, they only came down for a week or two at a time. But after a few years, her family started coming down to the beach for a month or more, and Young settled into the rhythm of summer life at the beach.

On those mid-1900s summer days, Young said that, just like today, “Everybody went to the beach with their friends all day long, and you went to the boardwalk with your friends at night.”

County officials discuss impacts of potential state legislation

At the Sussex County Council’s regular meeting on June 14, County Administrator Todd Lawson updated the council on legislative happenings he said might impact the County.

House Bill 396, or the Bring New Jobs to Delaware Act, would impacts all three counties, said Lawson, by allowing each county to enact an expedited review process for land-use projects.

Ground broken on new Millville police partnership building

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Golden shovels glowed with sunshine at the groundbreaking for Millville’s future police building last Friday, as the Town of Millville begins building a town hall addition that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.

Construction should be done in about seven months, Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon told the assembled crowd on June 10, which included members of the Town of Millville staff and town council, DSP, designers GMB, builders Harkins Contracting Company, representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and more.

Ocean View drainage project nears its completion

Ocean View Public Works Director Charles McMullen told the town council on Tuesday that Phase I of the Country Village drainage project is all but complete, save for roadway repairs. He said those repairs would take place in about two to three weeks, allowing the road some time to settle.

Don’t let a mistake ruin the rest of your life

We’re now in that magical time of the year when the schools have closed their doors for the regular school years, and the families have started coming down for their magical vacations by the shore.

Unfortunately, we have also reached that time of the year where pedestrian and bicycle accidents go on a significant uptick, and many fairy-tale vacations end without a happy ending.

Life is hard. But life is also very rewarding

I had every intention of focusing my column this week on the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend that resulted in the death of 50 human beings and more than that injured.

Letters to the Editor – June 17, 2016

Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

Regarding Mr. Elling’s letter in last week’s Coastal Point, “Will the Indian River School District apologize for slavery?” I must respond by saying, “Will the Coastal Point’s editor apologize for printing Mr. Elling’s negative letters about our community week after week?”

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