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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.

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.

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.

Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

Housing rehabilitation discussed at Frankford meeting

At the Frankford Town Council’s regular monthly meeting this week, Brad Whaley of the Sussex County Community Development Office discussed the Community Development Block Grant.

Wood adds new entry to local history ‘Letters to the Little Ones’

What started out as a family history book, with Ocean View resident Gordon Wood Sr. writing little letters for 10 grandchildren, has turned into a book that anyone who loves reading local history can enjoy reading.

“It had started out — I had written some letters to my grandchildren, and they had some history in them. And then there were more letters and more letters… Then I started doing research on my mother’s family. I started doing research on my grandfather’s family — my mother’s folks who lived in Bethany Beach.

“So I started writing it in a form that other people could use it, and that led to a book,” Wood said. “I found things of interest to each generation, going all the way back to 1675, when Walter came to right near Pocomoke. There was so much information, I felt there was an obligation to make it available to others, besides my grandchildren who I wanted to have it.”

That book, “Letters to the Little Ones,” was first published in 2002; however, Wood recently had the second edition published through Salt Water Media.

Neighbors encourage community to give in the off-season, too

This past summer, a group of five families in The Point at Bayside got together to plan a neighborhood party with one mission — to support the efforts of Toys for Tots.

Holidays, Bethany-style

Weekend Wonderland offers holiday fun in downtown Bethany

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.

Having kicked off the holiday season in style with its tree-lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings event last weekend, Weekend Wonderland fun continues in Bethany Beach for the next two Saturdays.

Many Bethany Beach businesses will be open on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, with special activities abounding to put shoppers in a festive holiday mood, according to Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events, along with the Town of Bethany Beach and the town’s downtown business group.

Selbyville barbershop closed after DPH discovers tattoo shop

Health department: Customers should visit a doctor

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: A Selbyville barbershop was shut down last week for allegedly performing piercings and tattoos, possibly also operating without a barbershop license, and alleged grossly unsanitary conditions.State health officials said they really don’t know just how many people may have potentially been exposed to alleged unsanitary conditions at a Selbyville barbershop that was also allegedly illegally performing tattooing and body-piercing.

On Nov. 28, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) ordered closure of the B&B Barber Shop, located at 5 West Church Street, Unit 203, in downtown Selbyville. The shop was ordered to stop performing body-art activities, which were allegedly occurring without a permit, but also to close the barbershop operation for what officials called “grossly unsanitary conditions.”

The sign at that location, located in the Church Street Station shopping center, reads “Boris Barbershop.”

“In this case, the observations included evidence of a rodent infestation, improper disposal of sharps and other conditions that could contribute to transmission of disease,” said Jamie Mack, a DPH policy lead and technical advisor.

Historical society taking community back to 1860s

This weekend, community members have the chance to travel back in time — to 1860 — and see what life was like then during the holiday season, thanks to the Ocean View Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at its historical complex on Central Avenue.

Ocean View to get Santa visit

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

Bloch, Tsavdar making musical magic with ‘Top of the World’

Q: What do you get when you cross a magician with a musician?

A: A fun and frolicsome musical event called “Top of the World,” set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Local kite-surfer undertakes worldwide mission for clean water

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Scott Gordon delivers supplies to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. His non-profit, Kite4Water, is currently fundraising to return to Puerto Rico.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Scott Gordon delivers supplies to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. His non-profit, Kite4Water, is currently fundraising to return to Puerto Rico.Imagine having the family home flooded by a hurricane, losing transportation and power, and having to ration food. Now, imagine trying to survive all that while also having no access to clean drinking water.

“There’s a global water crisis going on — probably a billion people around the world who don’t have access to clean water,” said Bethany Beach native and Indian River High School alumna Scott Gordon, one of the co-founders of Kite4Water, a group of kite-surfers who have joined together to “collaborate with NGOs around the world to focus on sanitation and clean-water projects.”

Gordon went on a humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico from Oct. 13 to Nov. 1 after hearing of the destruction there following Hurricane Maria.

“As far as how things appeared when I first got to the island… It looks like a bomb was dropped,” he said. “Everything is devastated. A lot of people’s houses survived, but they’re missing part of their roof, or something like that. It seemed like every single house was affected in some way.

All kids welcome to free VFW holiday party

Gifts and games will overflow at the Mason Dixon VFW Auxiliary’s holiday children’s party. Children are being invited to share the fun on Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“You don’t have to be members. We open it up to all children in the community,” said organizer Connie Weber.

The free party is planned each year for kids 12 or younger, at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

BREAKING NEWS: Public Health closes illegal tattoo operation in Selbyville

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) ordered closure of an unpermitted body art establishment operating out of a barbershop in Selbyville.

IRSD board opposes anti-discrimination regs

Board cites fear of litigation and possible construction costs

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sheila Warrington and others this week encouraged the Indian River School Board to voice its opposition to proposed state Regulation 225, which is intended to expand anti-discrimination protections for students. However, Warrington argues that the proposed amendment would remove parents’ rights to be informed.
Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sheila Warrington and others this week encouraged the Indian River School Board to voice its opposition to proposed state Regulation 225, which is intended to expand anti-discrimination protections for students. However, Warrington argues that the proposed amendment would remove parents’ rights to be informed.

The Indian River School District’s school board and superintendent are voicing their opposition to a proposed state regulation that was meant to protect at-risk students. They said they fear the anti-discrimination policy exposes the IRSD to heavy risk of litigation and possible construction expenses to accommodate changes.

Firefighters find body after Millville mobile home fire

The Office of the State Fire Marshal this week was investigating a mobile home fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27, that may have resulted in a death.
Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company:  Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company: Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.
The fire, on Club House Road near Route 26, was reported just after 1 p.m. on Monday, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio. When volunteers from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene, the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Upon entering the burning structure, firefighters found the body of a person who had not yet been officially identified as of the Coastal Point’s press deadline on Wednesday. The victim’s body has since been transferred to the custody of the state Division of Forensic Services for an autopsy.

Response to the blaze was challenging, MVFC representatives said, because the mobile home was set back off the roadway, with no paved access to the structure.

Selbyville-area representative leaves IR school board

The Indian River School District has a vacancy on the board this week. Douglas Hudson bid farewell to the Board of Education as he prepares to move to a new home outside his representative district, District 5, in the Selbyville area..

Hudson sent the board a letter of resignation, which Board President Charles Bireley read at the Nov. 27 board meeting.

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