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Letters to the Editor — Dec. 29, 2017

Reader weighs in on zoning change

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, regarding change-of-zone application #1841, “Lemuel H. Hickman GST Exempt Trust fbo Brenton Archut,” and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Dagsboro coffee shop the result of a dream allowed to percolate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.In a small alcove built into the wall above shelves bearing bags of locally sourced, organic coffee, sits a large coffee cup. And by coffee cup, we mean, literally, a coffee cup. It’s a takeout cup completely covered in coffee beans. A well-worn cup, each bean carefully glued to its outer surface.

That cup, it turns out, served as the impetus for what is now the newest addition to Dagsboro’s Main Street businesses.

It was given to Dana Miller, who owns the new Dagsboro Days coffee shop, by her friend Tasha, 11 years ago. It bore the message “One bean at a time, and when gathered, a whole pot will brew.”

For years, Miller said, the cup collected spare change. It also served as a kind of talisman that kept her dream alive over the years. Her daughter Audrey Miller, who now works in the shop with both of her parents — Dana and her husband, Patrick — remembers the cup being around when she was younger.

Bethany Beach ready to drop the ball to kick off 2018

Why go to Times Square (or even sit at home and watch it on TV) when there’s a ball drop right here at the beach? On New Year’s Eve, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host the third annual Beach Ball Drop alongside the boardwalk in Bethany.

IR girls’ basketball grabs another home win

Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Fabrea’ McCray drives into the paint against Lake Forest.Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Fabrea’ McCray drives into the paint against Lake Forest.Indian River High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team earned another home win on Dec. 19, improving their overall record to 3-2 by defeating the Lake Forest Spartans 33-22. IR’s offense got an early 8-0 run with 3:46 minutes to play in the first quarter and controlled the game from there.

The Indians were ahead 12-2 going into the second quarter, and they put 10 more points on the board in that quarter, leading 22-9 at the end of the first half.

Senior IR guard Fabrea’ McCray led the Indians with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists, and junior center Julie Jordan had nine rebounds, five blocks and three assists.

“Today’s win was a defensive win,” described IR head coach Donna Polk. “They did a good job of cutting out the double-team and the girl popping out and taking the middle, and taking away a couple of passes inside. And we made the adjustment and they did a good job. They also did a good job of rebounding. We did a good job of securing the boards, so it was a good defensive win.”

This week, it was tournament time. IR’s girls’ basketball team joined 11 other teams from around the state for the annual Pat Borowski Girls Basketball Tournament, played at Lake Forest High School in Felton starting on Wednesday, Dec. 27, and running through Thursday, Dec. 28, (after Coastal Point press time). IR was scheduled to play their first game of the tournament against Dover High School’s Senators.

Indians tame Wildcats 73-61

Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls:  Ja'Shaun Johnson drives against a Delmar defender in IR’s 73-61 win on Dec. 21.Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Ja'Shaun Johnson drives against a Delmar defender in IR’s 73-61 win on Dec. 21.On Friday, Dec. 15, temperatures around Delmarva dipped just enough below freezing for several inches of snow to blanket the peninsula. That night’s high school basketball battle between Delmar High School’s Wildcats and Indian River’s Indians had to be canceled. The make-up game was played last Thursday night, Dec. 21, at IR’s home gym in Dagsboro.

IR controlled the game from beginning to end, when the teams were separated by 12-points. The Indians’ 73-61 win over Delmar is their third win of the season, giving them a 3-4 record for the season thus far.

IR sank the first basket with the clock at 7:41 minutes. From there, IR got a small early 8-0 run on the Wildcats. After the first eight minutes of play, IR had a very comfortable 20-point lead over Delmar. Each team scored 10 points in the second eight minutes, giving IR a 30-16 advantage at halftime.

Surfin’ Snowman, Santa’s Helper taking a run for local non-profits

The Surfin’ Snowman 5-Mile Run and the Santa’s Helper 2-Miler Family Run/Walk Challenge ride into town Saturday, Dec. 30, on a wave of success — five years’ worth, to be exact.

According to Race Director Rick Hundley, the run and walk benefit three local organizations: Justin’s Beach House, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Contractors for a Cause.

Have a happy and healthy pickleball year

I am looking forward in 2018 to getting back into the game of pickleball, with the idea of competing in some tournaments.

Selbyville officials wary of Mountaire water project

As Mountaire builds a new stormwater system near Selbyville’s water source, the Selbyville Town Council is hoping for the best, but definitely fears the worst.

“Our job is to project the groundwater supply,” said Councilman Richard “Rick” Duncan Sr.

Fenwick gets DelDOT money to start sidewalk process

The Town of Fenwick Island has begun their quest to build sidewalks along Coastal Highway. Currently, pedestrians have an irregular path along the major thoroughfare, with sidewalks just here and there. Having seen too many baby strollers on the highway shoulders, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean helped start the new Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee.

Bethany church and SOUL offer homeless a warm HOM

Fourteen men will have a warm, safe home to wake up in on Christmas morning.

Change-of-zone hearing set for Bayard property

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to meet Thursday evening, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. (after Coastal Point press time), and among the items on the commission’s extensive docket for the meeting is a change-of-zone request for a property located at the southeast corner of Bayard and Double Bridges roads.

Blue Christmas aims to provide comfort and hope

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.While Christmas is a joyous time for many, it can also be a time of sadness for some — highlighting loss, loneliness and grief.

With their annual Blue Christmas service, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church hopes to support those who may not be in the Christmas spirit. This year’s service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 — the eve of Christmas Eve — beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Retired pastor Kay Lanasa, who leads Mariner’s Healing Prayer Ministry, brought the unique service to Ocean View a dozen years ago from her former parish in Virginia.

“It’s for the lost, lonely, and grieving and overwhelmed. It’s for people who are not happy or joyful at Christmas — this is a place they can come for a service. They don’t have to do anything; they can just sit.”

Ocean View begins budget talk for Woodland, police staff

The Ocean View Town Council is tired of waiting for a response on Woodland Avenue. Having proposed a drainage and paving project that would improve road conditions, the Town has been unable to start digging because some property owners are unwilling to participate.

In order to install a stormwater drainage pipe, the Town needs permission to dig on some private property.

Lawyers get involved in Mountaire contamination case

Late Tuesday afternoon, a Delaware law firm sent a message into the world: “If you know anything about the well water contamination in Millsboro, please call.”

South Bethany changes holiday pay, police rankings, charter

After months of public advocacy for the police and begging the South Bethany Town Council not to outsource police officers — no one from the general public made substantial comments last week when the council rolled out changes to employee policies.

On Dec. 8, the council approved a charter change, holiday pay payouts, new police rankings and more employee policy changes.

Help is around us if you need it this holiday

The holidays can bring joy, togetherness and peace. It is a time to treasure our families, bond with our friends and co-workers, and reflect on all that is good.

Unless they aren’t.

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 22, 2017

Reader losing optimism on nation’s future

Editor:

As the Republicans’ loyalty to their Big Donor demands, rather than to the needs of their constituents, becomes increasingly apparent, even the good people of deep-red Alabama have come to vote in their own best interests. Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama senate race is a hopeful sign.

Local girl collecting socks for the homeless

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Selah Wilson, 9, Katie Hughes, 3, and Allie Hughes, 1, stand in front of the sock donation bin at Lord’s Landscaping in Millville.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Selah Wilson, 9, Katie Hughes, 3, and Allie Hughes, 1, stand in front of the sock donation bin at Lord’s Landscaping in Millville.This holiday season, and throughout the coming year, a local 9-year-old is focusing on helping those who are less fortunate, by collecting socks.

“It’s for the homeless,” said Selah Wilson, showing off a “Selah’s Socks for Souls” bin inside Lord’s Landscaping in Millville that was already brimming with socks.

Last year, Wilson, a fourth-grader at John M. Clayton Elementary School, started collecting men’s, women’s and children’s socks to donate to Halo, a homeless shelter in Salisbury, Md.

“They were talking about socks and how they always needed them,” said Wilson. “I like it because it helps other people to stay warm. Some of them walk miles to go to work and stuff… It’s what God wants us to do.”

‘It’s a blessing’

Santa and Mrs. Claus bring joy to local kids

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.’Twas a Wednesday
near Christmas,

and in Frankford park,

The Christmas lights twinkled

and lit up the dark.

In a little warm hut,

despite rain or mist,

Santa Claus came

to get kids’ Christmas lists.

On a bitingly cold Wednesday night, a tiny electric heater manages to warm a small wooden shed at Frankford Town Park. It’s so chilly out that the door stays closed, unless a small child knocks on the door, with her parents close behind.

IR swim team splits doubleheader on Dec. 14

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.After recording two wins in away meets at Sussex Academy and Polytech High School on Dec. 8 and 12, Indian River High School’s boys’ swim team split two home meets last Thursday, Dec. 14, suffering a 53-41 loss to Caesar Rodney and then beating Delmarva Christian High School at Sussex Academy’s pool.

“Caesar Rodney’s one of the top contenders in our conference,” said Indians head coach Colin Crandel. “C.R. is pretty much the top contender in our conference. They’re a solid, well-coached, respected team. We competed against them, and that’s what I wanted.

“We were awesome. I’m really, really, really proud of my guys. We had a lot of kids who are new to this. I told the boys I wanted them to race, and coming out of this we probably got eight or nine best times and we got three kids qualified for our state meet, so they did everything I asked them to do.

“So, I wasn’t worried about points,” he emphasized. “I wanted them to race, and they did.”

Christmas is a present

I have always been, even as a child, a very reflective person at Christmas. I remember, as a kid, wondering if I would live a life worthy enough that folks would light candles for me in 2,000 years.

Bethany moves to ban canopies, tents, oversized umbrellas

Bethany Beach will be following in the sandy footsteps of one of its neighbors this summer, if the Town follows through on its intention to officially ban canopies, tents and oversized umbrellas on its beach.

AG’s office clears officers in shooting

The Delaware Department of Justice released the final report regarding the officer-related shooting that took place just outside of Ocean View on March 18.

Delaware tries to decide whether to invest in offshore wind

Wind turbines possible, either way

Offshore wind companies are already hoping to install wind turbines off the Delaware coast. Delaware just needs to decide if the state will participate in buying the energy or helping to build the system.

Area businesses, event honored with tourism awards

Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6“An algorithm can’t give you a smile.”

With those words, Carl M. Freeman Companies CEO Michelle Freeman summed up what separates southern Delaware businesses from online sellers.

Freeman was speaking at Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon, held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. The event honored four groups for excellence in service to tourism in the area.

“Sussex County,” Freeman said, “has a warmth that’s different and unique all unto itself,” and she urged the business owners in attendance to embrace that and to use it to promote their businesses.

Freeman said that, while small businesses in southern Delaware may not have access to one-hour deliveries and other online perks, “the way we compete is by the traditional ways of retail, the traditional ways of tourism — friendliness, smiles…”

Frankford seeks council candidates for February election

The Town of Frankford is currently seeking residents to do their civic duty and serve on the town council. The Town will hold its annual election on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall.

Millville approves revised Dove Point development plan

After several approval extensions requested by its builders in the past 10 years, the Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 12, meeting approved the construction of 316 homes in the Dove Point development.

Editorial — Citizens must be involved for process to work

Voting is powerful.

A vote does not have color or gender or religion or economic status tied to it, but it does have strength. A single vote can tip an election, send a message or simply give personal satisfaction that one’s voice is being heard.

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