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Police seek driver of stolen car involved in accident near Dagsboro

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred mid-morning on Tuesday near Dagsboro and involved what was later reported as a stolen car.

Special Olympics athletes enjoy traditional summer camp

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Annie Manista, a Project Unify partner with Special Olympics Delaware poses, with Ocean View resident Carol Bak, a Special Olympics athlete, after a kayaking trip. They were two of many who participated in the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp that took place at Camp Barnes earlier this month.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Annie Manista, a Project Unify partner with Special Olympics Delaware poses, with Ocean View resident Carol Bak, a Special Olympics athlete, after a kayaking trip. They were two of many who participated in the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp that took place at Camp Barnes earlier this month.Special Olympics Delaware recently held its 14th annual Summer Camp at Camp Barnes. At the three-day camp, 54 athletes from all over the state attended to enjoy a classic summer camp, complete with archery, canoeing, crafts, sports and more.

“A lot of our Special Olympics athletes don’t get to go to a traditional [camp] — this is their opportunity,” said Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware (SODE).

“That’s not to say that the local camp is going to turn away a child or adult with Down syndrome. But what we have here is counselors who are trained and educated on what they can do to make the experience the best possible for people with intellectual disabilities.”

SODE holds two sessions of camp each summer, each of which spans three days and two nights.

Tripple Overtime: We’re gonna miss you, Matt

Last Wednesday started like most of them typically do for me. I woke up a 6 a.m., started the coffee, contemplated doing some pushups, decided that I was still too handsome to have to work out, and sat down at my desk to finish up a few stories before our 10 a.m. story deadline and my 10:30 shift behind the bar at Papa Grande’s.

‘The boys from the South’: Steele, Indians look for fourth consecutive South title

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Running back KiiAnté Sturgis, lineman Spencer Sturla, and quarterback Jake Hudson will lead a revamped Indians squad in 2014.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Running back KiiAnté Sturgis, lineman Spencer Sturla, and quarterback Jake Hudson will lead a revamped Indians squad in 2014.It was the very first thing that Indian River High School head football coach Ray Steele heard on the very first day of practice.

No one on his squad wanted to be the team that snapped the streak. The streak that Steele started when he took the helm in 2011, coaching the Indians to a state championship and beginning a Henlopen South championship title run that this year’s team plans on keeping alive.

That run was in jeopardy last season after holes were left by stars including Marquel Knight, Aaron Moore and Jalen Griffin. But after a tough pre-season and stumble in the home-opener against Decatur, new leaders emerged as the team continued to find their identity and eventually not only took the South but challenged No. 1 St. Georges Tech in the first round of the DIAA playoffs.

Now Steele will have to figure out how to fill the roster spots left by last year’s leaders.

“This year, we’ve got a lot of different personalities, a lot different skill sets,” he said. “I think it probably reminds me more of two years ago, when Marquel took us to the semi-finals — it could be that kind of team.”

IR volleyball raises the bar with new expectations, leadership

Last season, first-year Indian River High School volleyball head coach Jay Clark took over the program, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge as both a coach and referee. In his second year, however, he returns with something else that he thinks will also work to the team’s advantage — knowledge and a better understanding of his returning players.

IR Cross Country to host Henlopen Conference championships

The Indian River High School cross-country team has been putting in the work for the upcoming season, with added motivation after the news that the Henlopen Conference championships will be held at the school this year.

“The Henlopen Conference, ever since I’ve been coaching, has been held at Killian’s Pond,” said head coach Frank Ryman, noting the significance of hosting the event.

Shorebirds’ first winning record since 2008 still within reach

While the Delmarva Shorebirds (65-68) have struggled to maintain a .500 record due to an inconsistent second half of the season, they did get a tough road win Tuesday night against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (82-52), to keep alive their hopes of a winning record on the season.

Bethany Beach First Responders Tri-Dua-Aquabike returning for third year

The First Responders triathlon and duathlon will make its return to Bethany Beach for the third year on Sept. 21, for an all-weekend event that should see an estimated 800 participants.

This year’s race is again sponsored by presenting sponsor Meris Properties and official bank sponsor PNC Bank, and will raise money for the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Haley, 53, killed in motorcycle accident


Chef and restaurateur internationally known for humanitarian work

Local chef and entrepreneur Matt Haley, 53, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, after a head-on, high-impact motorcycle collision in northwestern India. Haley had been on a six-week humanitarian mission to India and Nepal.

Application withdrawn from County Council for music festival

For now, concerned Harbeson-area residents can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Sussex County Council approved this week the withdrawal of a conditional-use application that would allow for a music festival on a farmland property near the town.

Coastal Point to host candidates’ event in Bethany on Friday

With the annual election for the Bethany Beach Town Council set for Saturday, Sept. 6, the Coastal Point this week was preparing to host its third Candidates’ Night event at town hall, on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

New fire police vehicle joins Millville fire company

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : The Millville Volunteer Fire Company has replaced its former fire police vehicle with this Ford Super Duty F250.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : The Millville Volunteer Fire Company has replaced its former fire police vehicle with this Ford Super Duty F250.The Millville Volunteer Fire Company has added a new vehicle to their arsenal of apparatus — a 2015 Ford Super Duty F250 with a SpaceKap slide-in unit. The new fire police vehicle will replace the department’s 1989 Ford.

“It was originally a brush truck that was converted to the traffic-control use,” explained Fire Police Capt. Harold Lloyd. “It just outwore its usefulness.”

The new vehicle was outfitted to meet the department’s needs, with LED lighting, power outlets, a remote-controlled traffic arrow and more.

“Supposedly, the cap itself will outlast three pickups. So it’s interchangeable between units over the years. It’s a lot better vehicle. It’s definitely a lot more visible and allows us to get through traffic easier.”

The rear doors are even customized — with the rear doors being broken up into a 40-60 split.

South Bethany to hold fourth annual ‘beauty contest’

Driving through South Bethany, motorists often notice the beautifully landscaped canal and road ends. The continued beautification of the areas has been carried out through the work of the town’s Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) and countless resident volunteers, with the creation of the Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Program.

Land to spare? Millville seeks donation for event space

In searching for new festival space, the Town of Millville is weighing all options. This week, Millville opened its doors current landowners who may be interested in donating two or more acres of property to the Town.

Changes in lifeguard hours announced

Changes in the hours and locations where swimming beaches in Delaware State Parks are guarded for the Labor Day weekend have been announced by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation.

IRSD adult education kicks off new year

Karate and self-defense keep people agile

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Instructor Gemez Norwood, right, and Walt Knapp practice drills that help them to react quickly in real-life situations.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Instructor Gemez Norwood, right, and Walt Knapp practice drills that help them to react quickly in real-life situations.The Indian River School District is teaching at all hours of the day, having announced its Adult Education offerings for the fall of 2014, which include everything from babysitting certification to aerobics.

This year, Self-Defense and Karate returns to the lineup on Tuesday nights, Sept. 9 to Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John M. Clayton Elementary. People can join to get a few self-defense basics that might come in handy in a dark parking lot, or they can begin long-term training, so the person who dreams of a black belt can continue taking these sessions in winter or spring.

Classes are flexible, so people can skip a semester or work side-by-side with people at vastly different skill levels.

Energy-saving initiatives launched in state municipalities

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently joined USDA Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan to announce energy-saving initiatives in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties through the Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program.

Restaurateur left a legacy far beyond his food

When word filtered into our office earlier this week that popular restaurateur/philanthropist Matt Haley had been involved in a motorcycle accident in India, you could hear a collective gasp. When we learned Wednesday morning that he had succumbed to those injuries... we were an office in mourning.

Letters to the Editor — August 22, 2014

In accordance with Coastal Point editorial policy, the last issue in which letters to the editor regarding the Sept. 6 Bethany Beach Town Council election and Sept. 9 primary races will be published is our Aug. 29 issue. All letters regarding these races or their candidates must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, in order to be published.

Garron set for Aug. 31 show in Bethany Beach

Elvis tribute act signs with Maximum Talent & Entertainment

Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis is the newest act featured on the roster of Maximum Talent & Entertainment out of Gaithersburg, Md. The non-exclusive agreement provides a marketing platform to promote and represent the act to diverse venues.

Walking without pain

It’s no secret that walking is considered one of the safest forms of exercise for young and old alike. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to become a regular walker, and there is always somewhere to walk, whether you live in a city, a small town or on a farm. However, no sport is without risks, and walking is no exception.

Lifeguards recognized for their efforts on the sand and in the water

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Lifeguards pose for a photo at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lifeguard Awards ceremony.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Lifeguards pose for a photo at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lifeguard Awards ceremony.For the 21st year, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce has honored lifeguards from the area’s seven beach patrols for their outstanding service to their patrols and to the community at large.

“Every year, we ask the patrol captains of each unit to select one outstanding lifeguard who has demonstrated acts of bravery, gone over and above the duty, and or demonstrated leadership in some way during the summer season,” said Kristie Maravalli, the Chamber’s executive director.

Each year the Chamber asks the beach patrol captains to choose their patrol’s Lifeguard of the Year; however, many times, the patrols vote on the honor instead.

Todd Hickman, past president of the Chamber, thanked the patrols for their continued service to the Quiet Resorts’ beaches during the annual awards event held last week.

Civil War Profiles: The admiral’s wife: Sophie Madeleine DuPont

The strategy, tactics and horror of the Civil War have been thoroughly documented over the nearly 150 years since it came to an end. While most the writings have been about the men who fought the war, the role of women has received attention, as well.

Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ early next month

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Film society to screen Polish film for Around the World series kickoff

­The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway are launching the 2014-2015 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of.” The Polish drama will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway.

Operation SEAs the Day preparing for Very Important Families

VIFs (Very Important Families) will arrive Sept. 2 in Bethany Beach for a week of rest and relaxation. The annual Operation SEAs the Day Warrior Family Beach Week event is for veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country and their immediate families. During the week, Bethany Beach will host 30 VIF’s (Very Important Families) and five alumni families.

Pie taking a slice of Bethany Beach with its gourmet pizza

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Dan Lewis and Robin Rankin, former owners of Coastal Living Market, have been perfecting their pizza recipe for years but are finally sharing it with Bethany Beach, with the grand opening of their latest venture, Pie — a gourmet pizza restaurant and wine bar.

Also joining Lewis and Rankin in the venture is long-time friend Kelley Martin, who has been overseeing the bar while her business partners run the kitchen. The result so far has been overwhelming success with a concept that has become increasingly popular in various cities throughout the nation.

“This whole concept of more gourmet pizza is popping up everywhere. We literally had no idea,” said Martin of customer feedback so far. “We have gotten nothing but rave reviews about everything. Everybody loves it.”

“I think, in general, simpler concepts in restaurants overall are becoming more popular,” added Rankin of the idea. “We wanted it to be casual. We’re at the beach. We don’t want people to feel like they have to get dressed up to come to dinner.”

To go along with Pie’s casual yet inviting atmosphere, the menu also avoids overcomplication, featuring nine specialty pizzas, a few salads, and a variety of meat and cheese charcuterie plates. Customers are also free to build their own custom pizzas, incorporating any of the house ingredients available, all on Pie’s signature hand-rolled, grilled dough.

Tripple Overtime: Goodbye, ‘Jay Boy’

Just weeks after the surfing and skateboarding world was stunned by the loss of Shogo Kubo, one of its legendary originals, the time came to say goodbye to the original, as Dogtown’s tow-headed golden child Jay Adams passed away in his sleep last week from an apparent heart attack.

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