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Editorial — Collaborative effort is a positive for future

We have long sung the praises of Delaware Tech Community College (Del Tech) because of their initiative in starting a career-path program focused on the aviation industry, since the Delaware Coastal Airport is in such proximity, and it seemed like a common-sense approach to higher education.

Idenitfy the jobs. Train students to perform those jobs. It just makes sense.

Point of No Return — Shopping local a key part of the holidays

People across these fruited plains have been sharpening their elbows and undergoing surgeries to have their common decency removed from their souls. Politics again? Nah.

The tickle in pickleball

Coastal Point • File Photo: Vaughn Baker serves one up against Tripp in 2016.Coastal Point • File Photo: Vaughn Baker serves one up against Tripp in 2016.Research is revealing that laughter is one of the best medicines available, and you get plenty of it in pickleball.

I recently invited Matt Pencek, sports director at TV station WBOC, to Northside Park in Ocean City, Md., to meet nationally-ranked pickleball pro Sarah Ansboury so she could talk a little to him about the then-upcoming Beach Blast and give him an opportunity to learn a little about pickleball.

I taught the previous sports director at WBOC how to play tennis, so I understood a little about their business. When the WBOC camera and microphone shows up, bystanders normally preen and pose. When the sports director comes out, he is accustomed to viewing younger athletes in uniforms. The pickleballers were not preening, and they certainly were not in uniform.

When Matt was setting up the camera, he had a gaggle of pickleballers milling all around him, and some bumping into his camera. As he was refocusing his camera, he scanned the crowd one more time and then looked at me, surprised and in bewilderment.

Towns keep focus on bays and beaches

Officials from area coastal towns met recently under the auspices of the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT), focused primarily on the issue of dredging in the inland bays, Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon noted at the Bethany town council’s Nov. 17 meeting.

County BOA denies controversial Oakwood Homes applications

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously on Nov. 20 to deny two special-use exception applications filed by Oakwood Homes. The company was seeking special-use exceptions to permit manufactured homes on two separate lots, each measuring less than .75 acres — one located on Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro and the other on Julie Court near Frankford.

Frankford to celebrate Christmas in the park this Saturday

Envision Frankford is doing its part to bring the Christmas spirit to the town of Frankford and beyond.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., the community is being invited to join their neighbors and take part in a tree-lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season.

’Tis the season to collect Toys for Tots

Coastal Point • Submitted : Members of the First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League are running around the community helping out with the Toys for Tots campaign.Coastal Point • Submitted : Members of the First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League are running around the community helping out with the Toys for Tots campaign.For anyone who has walked into a local business lately, chances are they’ve seen a Toys for Tots donation box.

“There’s a lot of need out there,” said David Kline, a member of the First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League, which organizes the annual toy drive and earlier this month placed the large collection boxes in various locations throughout the area.

“We have the toy collection boxes we put out, and we also put out cash collection boxes — you’ll see a little plastic box with our Toys for Tots logo on it. I have two Marines who have done that for quite some time,” said John Lowery, coordinator for the First State Detachment Marine Corps League.

“Several organizations have parties or events to support the program. We have local restaurants and some communities put on parties this time of year, and they either donate the proceeds or collect toys, and then we receive that from them.”

Editorial — Small businesses get holiday spotlight, too

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday — a marketing effort created by a major company, to benefit small businesses. Well, and itself, obviously.

Letters to the Editor — Nov. 24, 2017

Chamber offers thanks this holiday season


“Gratitude can change common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

— William Arthur Ward

Civil War Profiles — Congress gives thanks during the Civil War

On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 106, which established a national day of thanksgiving. In midst of the Civil War, he took time to “invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

Tour to show artists at work, raise funds for schools

Coastal Point • Submitted : Anne Hanna’s ‘Flowers Alive’ painting. Hanna is one of the 14 artists participating in this year’s Southeastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted : Anne Hanna’s ‘Flowers Alive’ painting. Hanna is one of the 14 artists participating in this year’s Southeastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour.The SouthEastern Delaware Art Studio Tour (SEDAST) has been a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for 23 years, giving art lovers a chance to visit artists, often in their home studios, and learn about how they create their work.

Started as a way for local artists to showcase their art and increase awareness of the richness of the artist community in the area, the tour has grown every year, according to spokesperson Jeanne Mueller.

For the past 17 years, the tour has also benefited local schools, through donations to the schools’ art programs. The donations are collected through the “Art in the Hat” raffle, which is held in conjunction with the tour. Each artist donates a piece of artwork, and raffle tickets are sold in the artists’ studios during the two-day tour.

This year, 14 artists are participating in the tour, and donating pieces to the raffle. The artists are: Ellen Rice, oils, pastels and watercolor; Cheryl Wisbrock, watercolor, acrylic and mixed water media; Sabie Carey, clay; Laura Lee Hickman, pastels; Eileen Olson, oil, acrylic, pastel and collage; Justin Cavagnaro, glass artist; Kim Doughty-Cavagnaro, ceramics and jewelry; John Donato, acrylics, murals and carvings; Dawn Pierro, jewelry; Jennifer E. Carter, photography, watercolor, oil and mural artist; Tom Frey, wood turner; Joel Antonioli Jr., woodworker; Anne Hanna, watercolors; and Jeffrey Todd Moore, stained glass, watercolor and photo manipulation.

‘Elf’ showing to benefit youth leadership

He passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gumdrops, and back onto the silver screen.

The modern Christmas classic “Elf” returns to the Clayton Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the movie at 7 p.m.

Mountaire plans wastewater overhaul

After receiving a flood of wastewater violations in Millsboro, leaders at Mountaire Farms Inc. are planning a multi-million-dollar upgrade.

Indians finish second in DIAA soccer championship

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Susan Walls: Jared Cordoba defends against a Caravel attacker. IR lost 0-2.Special to the Coastal Point photos • Susan Walls: Jared Cordoba defends against a Caravel attacker. IR lost 0-2.Strong, cold winds swirled through and around Charles V. Williams Stadium in Smyrna last Saturday night, Nov. 18, when third-seeded Indian River High School (12-3) faced fourth-seeded Carvel Academy (13-4-1) for the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) boys’ varsity soccer championship.

Carvel — the only school getting points against IR in tournament play — used that wind to its advantage in the first period to protect their lead, and when it was at their backs, they fought furiously against the Indians in the second period to clinch the championship, blanking IR 2-0.

Caravel’s Buccaneers controlled the ball most of the first half, with Austin Hamilton nailing a shot into the net at the 28-minute mark. Buccaneer Benji Schwartz kicked in an insurance goal at the 56-minute mark.

“We had three golden opportunities to tie it up in the second half. We didn’t make the right decision, probably, and that cost us,” explained IR head coach Steve Kilby. “Then we started pushing in the final 15 minutes and then gave up. It was a great season, and I’m proud of my boys.”

So what is a good pickleball holiday gift?

No doubt there is that special person in your life who has become addicted to pickleball, and you decided some time ago to buy a new pickleball paddle as a gift for this special person.

Sussex BoA set to vote on manufactured-home exception

Neighbors ready to appeal should County approve application

The residents of Irons Acres are ready for a fight. The community of 26 lots and 21 homes is awaiting a decision from the Sussex County Board of Adjustment this week as to whether a manufactured home that Oakwood Homes placed on a lot on their street will be granted a special-use exception and be allowed to remain there.

County discusses potential funding for planned sports complex

The Sussex County Council is planning to make a decision regarding the planned Sussex Sports Center before the end of the year, after discussion at their Nov. 14 meeting.

Public comments being accepted on anti-discrimination school regs

Delaware is working protect students who typically face discrimination. But proposed regulations have to get past some people who don’t believe there is a problem.

Author discusses transgender daughter

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Kristen and Rita Nelson discussed Rita Nelson’s book at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, Nov. 8.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Kristen and Rita Nelson discussed Rita Nelson’s book at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, Nov. 8.“I am an analyst. I like answers.”

So when Rita Nelson’s son Christopher told her that he was not her son, but her daughter, she immediately “started searching in my head for early signs that we might have missed.” There were, in fact, many “signs.”

“I hope that, if nothing else, you learn a little bit more about the transgender community,” Nelson told the audience at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, where she spoke on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Nelson, a retired Episcopal priest, has written a book titled “Always Kristen,” which relates her family’s journey as her son transitioned to her daughter. Kristen herself sat in the front row last Thursday while her mother spoke and then answered questions from the audience.

“I remember being very awkward with him the day he was born,” Nelson said, adding that she “just didn’t know how to talk to him. I thought, ‘That’s really strange,’” she said, thinking that maybe it was because her first child had been a girl, and so she was more familiar with girls. “A mother should just be able to talk to her kids, whatever gender,” she said.

Freeman headquarters coming to Bear Trap Dunes

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Following approval from Ocean View Town Council, Carl M. Freeman Companies is moving a corporate office to Bear Trap.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Following approval from Ocean View Town Council, Carl M. Freeman Companies is moving a corporate office to Bear Trap.When The Village at Bear Trap Dunes was built in the 1990s, it might have doubled the geographic area of Ocean View. There were grand plans for houses, golf, dining and shopping. Years later, Bear Trap hit the first three goals, but they never quite built the shopping community they intended.

Developers at the Carl M. Freeman Companies had envisioned boutique office space or retail businesses at 21 and 24 Village Green Drive. But the commercial development attempts were costing too much, and the real estate market was depressed. Since then, Freeman Companies have been trying to determine the perfect anchor businesses to attract smaller shops inside the community.

“That anchor is us,” said Chris Garland, senior vice president of development and construction. “Freeman itself is experiencing a regrowth. We’ve been around for 40 years in the market and 70 years [overall]. We’re going to bring to Bear Trap a corporate Freeman office for just about everything we do.”

Since the whole area is growing again, the time is considered ripe for Freeman to consolidate operations under one roof, including their Route 54 office.

Town approves site plan for section of Millville By the Sea

The Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Nov. 14, approved a final site plan for a 65-lot section of Sea Star Village, which is part of Millville By the Sea.

Leaving IRSD? Beware of FFA student’s conundrum

Future Farmers of America is an important program in Indian River School District. It produces student leaders and important skills in an agricultural county.

Route 54 residents get insight into zoning process

Residents along Route 54 in Selbyville are trying to get a grip on the traffic volume on their two-lane roadway. At a Nov. 2 public meeting, the problem wasn’t solved, but now people know how it happened.

“The market is very strong right now. This area is a very ideal area for development. So you are going to see a lot more,” said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson.

Editorial — Thanksgiving for Thousands is a shining light

It’s not just about the beach, hunting and chicken in Sussex County.

Point of No Return — There are plenty of topics to focus on this week

Be it the rise and proliferation of social media, the “insta-cup” mentality of many news organizations or, well, whatever, there is plenty going on around this spinning globe to get your attention. Instead of tackling one item this week, let’s look at a few. Hey, the more things I discuss, the more chances I have of irritating you with a given opinion. And, really, that’s what I’m here for, right?

Guest Column — Arlett: Why we want right-to-work in Sussex County

Seaford used to be called “The Nylon Capital of the World,” with a DuPont plant that employed more than 4,600 people. Today, it often seems that we’re the capital of missed opportunities and lost jobs.

Letters to the Editor — Nov. 17, 2017

Akhter speaks out against proposal


Councilman Rob Arlett’s proposal to make Sussex County a “right-to-work” region is contrary to the council’s responsibility to support economic growth for its citizens.

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