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County previews RapidSOS emergency location tech

Coastal Point • Submitted : RapidSOS co-founder Michael Martin makes a test call at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center as EOC Director Joe Thomas observes.Coastal Point • Submitted : RapidSOS co-founder Michael Martin makes a test call at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center as EOC Director Joe Thomas observes.An estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 in the United States each year. Sussex County officials are considering adopting a new technology that would cut down emergency response time when seconds really do count.

Last week, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center hosted a team from RapidSOS to test the company’s new technology, which uses GPS data to help better pinpoint a caller’s location.

“When you call from a landline, you get the billing address for the phone line. But, obviously, the billing address for your cell phone isn’t very helpful, so that is where the infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep pace with the evolving technology,” explained Michael Martin, cofounder of RapidSOS. “This will become one of the first centers in the country to have this embedded in their system.”

Joe Thomas, director of the EOC, said having such technology would be great, especially as eastern Sussex County has a high tourist population in the summer months.

Civil War Profiles — A retrospective on the past six years

In May 2011, this column was born as the result of a discussion over lunch at the Bethany Diner with the editor of the Coastal Point, Darin McCann. The agreed-to proposal was writing a series of articles for the newspaper titled “Civil War Profiles.”

Memorial Day: Reasons to remember

Coastal Point • File Photo: Veterans pay their respects at a previous Memorial Day observation.Coastal Point • File Photo: Veterans pay their respects at a previous Memorial Day observation.On Monday, May 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, in partnership with the Town of Bethany Beach, will present a Memorial Day program for the local community, at the bandstand in Bethany Beach. The program, which will begin at 11 a.m., will be opened by Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon and will center on a traditional Memorial Day ceremony conducted by VFW Post 7234 officers and volunteers.

This will be the fifth year for the VFW ceremony at the bandstand. Special invited guests include state Sen. Gerald Hocker, state Rep. Ron Gray and Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett.

Memorial Day is a very special day in America — the day set aside every year to remember and honor all those who have died serving in the armed forces to preserve our freedom.

Yet we know that some are unaware of the significance of the day. Maybe it just marks the unofficial beginning of another fun summer. Others have forgotten or are too busy to reflect on it. Still others think the memories of loss are too sad and it would be better to put them behind us.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 4 — ‘It’s About Time’

Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home call their newly constructed five bedroom beach house “It’s About Time” because it took them 20 years of renting in Bethany and talking about purchasing before they finally took the plunge in 2015. The three-story home is just a block away from the beach and the center of town, offering easy access to everything they’ve always enjoyed.

Their goal was to build a warm and inviting home with a coastal-chic, understated elegance that was tasteful, timeless and comfortable.

The owner has done most of the interior furnishing herself, calling her design aesthetic “tonal textural design.” Custom window seats, suspended beds, distinctive tile applications and dramatic lighting all showcase her knack for creating one unique focal point in every room.

Her style is punctuated by stunning custom chandeliers, pendants and sconces that add an elegant sparkle to the layers of warm white, taupe and soft subtle blues that evoke the ocean nearby. Weathered wood inlays between the great room columns lend architectural definition to the open floor plan and can also be found adding background interest to the master bedroom.

IR softball roars to quarterfinals with 7-4 win over Red Lion

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt was fired up during the Indians’ first-round playoff win against Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.The Indian River High School softball team is headed to the DIAA quarterfinals with their 7-4 first-round state tournament win over Red Lion on Tuesday, May 23.

After a slow start from the plate in that game, IR junior CF Julia Bomhardt put the Indians in scoring position with a leadoff single in the top of the third inning before stealing second and being knocked in on an RBI-double from senior RF Sami Mumford.

Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins made it 2-0 on the next at bat with an RBI-double of her own that scored Mumford before the inning was through.

“It’s always tough when we’re facing a team that we’ve already played in the season,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “We played them in a terrible-weather game, and we didn’t really play our best game the first time. We told the girls we need to make sure we’re focusing on our hitting and hitting our pitches. In the beginning of the game today, we definitely didn’t do our part on that, but they came back and made some great adjustments.”

Indians fall to Riders in Henlopen title game, enter playoffs at No. 3

Kilby named HAC Coach of the Year

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: IR junior midfielder Sammi Whelen looks to get through two CR defenders during the May 18 Henlopen Conference Championship game.It may have been their second loss of the season, but so far on that season, there’s only been one team able to take down Indian River High School’s girls’ soccer team.

That was the case when the Indians fell to rival Caesar Rodney 2-1 in the Henlopen Conference championship on Thursday, May 18, bested by the Riders for the title for the third straight year and by a one-goal differential for the second time this spring.

Headed into the game without junior forward Zena Lowman, the Indians would suffer another critical loss to their lineup in the first half, when senior forward and all-time leading goal scorer Maddie Hogsten went down on a full-stride sprint toward the goal while trying to generate a score on a through ball and crashing into a CR defender.

While it was uncertain whether Lowman or Hogsten would be able to suit-up next Thursday, May 25, for the team’s debut in the 2017 DIAA state tournament, head coach Steve Kilby this week was searching for the positive after his squad rebounded from a 2-0 deficit at the break to win the game’s second half.

Community Hitting the Fairways for Families

For the second year in a row, the Alana Rose Foundation is asking the community to team up to hit the fairways for families. The organization is hosting its second annual Hitting the Fairways for Families at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 8.

IR boys’ lax makes program history with Senior Night win over Delmar

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Daniel de Oliiveira wins a face-off against Delmar on Wednesday, May 17.The Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team sent their 13 seniors out with a 21-9 Senior Night win over Delmar on Wednesday, May 17, finishing the season with a 10-5 record.

While they’d fall short of the program’s first Henlopen South division title when a committee met the following day to determine the tie-breaker between them and Milford (both teams finished 5-1 in the division), the Class of 2017 still goes out having made IR lacrosse history with the team’s highest-ever regular-season win total.

“To go out with a nice win against a tough opponent like Delmar, this is what you want for this senior group to have in their last game on their home field,” said IR assistant coach Dave Spencer. “This is just a hard working group of guys. They’re brothers on the field and off the field — just a terrific group of kids to be able to coach.”

‘Frankford Crew’ OGs Cordoba, Salas headed to Goldey-Beacon

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR seniors Johan Cordoba, left, and Arturo Salas, right, gather with Sammi Whelen, top row, left, head coach Steve Kilby and Mackenzie Gorey after announcing their plans of playing soccer at Goldey-Beacom College next year.Two more members of the original “Frankford Crew” are headed to the NCAA, with Indian River High School seniors Johan Cordoba and Arturo Salas announcing plans last Thursday, May 18, to play soccer at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington.

The longtime teammates will join fellow senior Mac Smith as NCAA-bound members from the group that started playing together during their days at Frankford Elementary School, under Smith’s father, Duncan Smith, who would go on to coach them to two State Cup finals while playing for the River Soccer Club’s Express.

“I had no idea where it would lead,” said Cordoba of his early days of playground soccer. “I want to say thanks to Coach Duncan. Without him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Cordoba and Salas have also seen their fair share of success throughout their high school careers, both of them as key contributors on the Indians’ 2015 state championship team and three straight Henlopen South division and Henlopen Conference titles during their varsity careers.

Extra Points — May 26, 2017

Decatur’s Baker selected to play in 2017 National Lacrosse Classic

Lily Belle Baker has been named as a 2017 Brine National High School Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.

IR’s Nitz taking face-off skills to Cazenovia College

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Sam Nitz and IR face-off coach Arian Curcio announce Nitz’s plans to play lacrosse at Cazenovia College next year.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Sam Nitz and IR face-off coach Arian Curcio announce Nitz’s plans to play lacrosse at Cazenovia College next year.Despite never picking up a lacrosse stick until the age of 15, Indian River High School senior midfielder Sam Nitz has gone on to become the top face-off specialists in the Henlopen Conference and a critical factor in the team’s success over the past three seasons.

After earning All-Conference honors as a junior during his first year with the varsity team, in 2016, Nitz recently finished out his senior campaign with a 71 percent success rate from the X, to warrant First-Team All-Conference honors and help lead the Indians to their highest win total in program history.

His face-off skills eventually caught the eye of scouts from Cazenovia College, where last Friday, May 19, Nitz announced he’d take his game to the next level in the NCAA.

“It just seems like a good fit for me I think. They just lost their [face-off specialist] this year, so I’m going to be starting as a freshman,” said Nitz. “It’s going to be a lot more intense. The pressure is going to be on, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Pickleball, tennis or whatever — The most important tip to know

First — two weeks ago, I gave a special shout-out to members of the Ocean View Crew for their performance in the Ocean City Pickleball Tournament. Now I need a megaphone because of their performance in the Beach Blast.

Fire devastates Bunting & Bertrand

Nearly a dozen fire companies respond to blaze; no injuries reported

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.

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Heavy smoke bellowed across Frankford for hours on Monday, May 15, as firefighters brought a large structure fire under control at Bunting & Bertrand Poultry Equipment.

The blaze was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the large warehouse and storefront, located at 15 Hickory Street.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company took the lead, assisted by volunteer companies from Dagsboro, Selbyville, Roxana, Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Millville, Gumboro, Indian River, Georgetown and Bishopville, Md.

More sand coming to storm-ravaged local beaches

Officials in Delaware’s southernmost beach towns could breathe a sigh of relieve early this week, after the U.S.

Parents ready to fight for Spanish Immersion

[Editor's Note: This article was amended May 19 to reflect the addition of "Spanish Immersion" to the school board's May 22 meeting agenda.]

County reveals proposed $143.8M 2018 budget

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council reviewed its $143.8 million draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

In a presentation by County Administrator Todd Lawson and County Finance Director Gina Jennings at the May 16 council meeting, the council was first given a rundown as to the highlights of the previous fiscal year’s budget.

OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.While many know Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, less well known is the Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act — more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Next Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host a public lecture on the CCC given by Carol Psaros, a local history advocate and author.

Psaros, published her second book in 2015, titled, “Chickens & Mosquitoes: The Art of Uncertain Times,” which followed the life of a young man who drops out of college and joins the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family.

Her talk, “Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and Iconic Spots in 1930’s Sussex County,” will discuss camp life and how the Corps’ “We Can Take It” spirit changed Sussex County and the nation forever.

Public invited to Fenwick Island comp plan workshop

Every municipality in the state of Delaware is required to write a comprehensive plan, and Fenwick Island is now preparing its 10-year plan update.

Editorial — Sussex County showing financial independence

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, along with Finance Director Gina Jennings, presented Sussex County Council this week with its proposed $143.8 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

Letters to the Editor — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House gets a big thank-you

Editor:

Cancer. A word you don’t want to hear in the same sentence as your own name. One of life’s lemons, to be sure. And yet, between rounds of chemotherapy, I was given refreshing lemonade, in the form of a wonderful stay at Justin’s Beach House (JBH).

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3 — Bethany home sits on historic Loop Canal

Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had been searching for a vacation home on the New Jersey shore for several years, but they couldn’t seem to find just the right one. After a friend recommended they look in Bethany Beach, one of the owners found this newly completed home in 2016 and said she knew immediately it was perfect for their active family.

She brought other family members to look at several properties, never revealing which home she had chosen. As soon as her son walked into this home, he said, “Oh, Mom — this is it!” And it was.

The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath beach home is located on the historic Loop Canal, a block and a half from the ocean and two blocks from downtown Bethany. The location fulfills the family’s desire to have easy access to all the recreational activities the area has to offer, including kayaking right out their back door.

The design features a spacious main living area on the upper level, anchored by a central kitchen that is infused with natural light and provides plenty of space for their large extended family to gather both inside and out for meals and conversation. Warm pinewood floors and a stone-faced gas fireplace keep it cozy, while teal accents and plantation shutters complete the coastal cottage appeal.

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.

Indians ready for conference championship after 5th consecutive Henlopen South title

Hogsten breaks all-time goals record

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team marked off the first checkbox on their “shortlist” last Tuesday, May 16, officially clinching their fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title with a 6-0 win over Woodbridge.

“The program’s only been building and getting stronger over the years,” said senior midfielder Maggie Ford of the accomplishment. “Losing all the seniors that we did last year, it just shows that, as we grow, we’ll always have new players coming up.”

The victory capped the regular season with a 14-1 record, earning them a ticket to face Henlopen North champion Caesar Rodney on Thursday, May 18, (after Coastal Point press time).

While it was Senior Night, it was sophomore forward Isabella Keith who got the scoring started in Tuesday’s matchup, putting the Indians up 1-0 on a ball from junior forward Zena Lowman in the fourth minute.

Welcome back to G-Mart!

Martin leaves IR lax legacy with 300th career point

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.“Alright, George — Go on out there and get it done.”

Those were the instructions for senior midfielder George Martin headed into the final quarter of the Indian River High School lacrosse team’s matchup against Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 10.

With the Indians up 16-2, Martin had already notched four goals and two assists through the game’s first three quarters, putting him at 296 points on his career and knocking on the door of becoming the first player at Indian River to ever reach 300 — a target he had been aiming for ever since stepping onto the field as a freshman.

Four years later, and with just four points left to go, the now-seasoned senior captain was ready to finally reach that mark.

IR boys’ lax still hoping for playoffs after 20-2 win over Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.With the Henlopen South title and a bid to the DIAA state tournament currently out of their control, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team was keeping their focus on the things that weren’t out of their control last Wednesday, May 10, taking care of business with a 20-2 win over Lake Forest.

Despite the lopsided final, it was actually the Spartans who struck first in that matchup, taking their only lead of the game shortly after the opening whistle.

The Indians wouldn’t trail for long, however, tying things up on the next possession with the first of three goals from senior midfielder Max Stong.

Senior midfielder Andrew White struck next, making it 2-1 with his first goal of what would end up a career-high in points on the night, finishing with three goals and four assists.

IR softball ready for playoffs after Senior Night win over Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell:  From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.

The Indian River High School softball team was still hoping for home-field advantage in the DIAA state tournament headed into their final game of the regular season against Caravel on Wednesday, May 17, (after Coastal Point press time), but still made sure to send their seniors out on a high note in their final home game of the regular season, with a 10-0 win over Dover on Tuesday, May 16.

“There were a lot of different emotions — happy, sad, mostly both. It was bittersweet,” said senior shortstop Makenzie Collins. “It lit a fire, knowing that this could be our last game playing on this field.”

“We had to get hype,” added senior LF Sami Mumford. “We knew it could be our last game on this field; hopefully, it’s not, but we all wanted to do our best.”

Undefeated… again!

SMS posts program-first second-straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.They had been waiting for exactly 365 days.

The date was May 10, 2016, when the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team closed out their match against rival Millsboro Middle School with a 2-2 tie — the only game of their entire 2016 schedule to not result in a mark in the win column during their 9-0-1 undefeated season.

Last Wednesday, after a long-awaited full calendar year, the date was May 10 once again when Indians went into their 2017 matchup against the Golden Knights, at 9-0 yet again, determined to come out with a second-straight undefeated season for the first-time in program history — this time with a perfect 10-0.

“Every time we passed the school, I just thought, ‘I can’t wait to play here,’” said SMS eighth-grader and forward Sia Diakos, who had made her way by the school plenty of times throughout the last calendar year, during trips to the nearby restaurant owned by her parents. “It made us want to play better. We just wanted to play our hardest every game.”

Smith, Pirates make first-ever AAC semi-finals appearance

Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2 Houston on Thursday, May 11, Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team still closed out that season making ECU softball history.

The Pirates’ 4-2 quarter-final victory over No. 3 University of Central Florida on Wednesday, May 10, was their first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship win, resulting in their first-ever AAC semi-final appearance, against the Cougars the following day.

ECU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, rounding out the season with a 26-30 overall record and 5-13 record in the conference.

As for Smith, the former First-Team All-State selection for the Indians capped her junior campaign after starting all 56 games for the Pirates, tallying 31 hits, nine doubles, two homeruns, 13 RBIs and 17 runs in 2017.

Extra Points — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House 5K registration open

Registration is open online for the annual Justin’s Beach House 5K run and 2-mile walk. The event, put on by Focus Multisports, is set to take place on Saturday, May 27, in downtown Bethany Beach, to help raise funds for the Justin Jennings Foundation.

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