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IRSD slow to move on new building approvals

New Ennis would be entirely State-funded

The Indian River School District’s major challenges all stem from student enrollment. It’s growing faster than the money and buildings can keep up.

Selbyville man arrested on charge of attempted murder

A 36-year-old woman was in the hospital this week, after having been stabbed and nearly raped on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, Dec. 19, Delaware State Police troopers arrested Temourise O. Taylor, 30, of Selbyville after he allegedly stabbed the woman west of Selbyville after having his sexual propositions refused by her.

Blue Christmas aims to weave hope for those in need

While many look at the holiday season as a time of cheer to be shared with family and friends, there are some who do not have as joyous a time.

For those — the lost, lonely, grieving and overwhelmed — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church holds its Blue Christmas, a service of hope for those in need in the community.

Ocean View BOA approves two setback variances

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment met last week to review a number of variance applications.

Mountaire continues to feed those in need during the holidays

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Volunteers braved the cold to help Mountaire pack more than a thousand boxes of Christmas meals.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Volunteers braved the cold to help Mountaire pack more than a thousand boxes of Christmas meals.Volunteers braved below-freezing temperatures Tuesday to help Mountaire pack more than 1,300 boxes of Christmas meals as part of the company’s annual Thanksgiving at Christmas outreach.

“We’ve got a good group of people from all over the peninsula, and they’re loving it,” said Roger Marino, Mountaire’s corporate community-relations director.

The boxes packed were given to local food pantries and shelters that work with Mountaire. Marino said the outreach is geared toward helping the pantries and shelters meet the needs of families in their own communities.

The boxes each contain a selection of 16-ounce canned goods, including corn and beans, stuffing, and pork-and-beans, as well as a Mountaire roaster chicken, donated by the company.

Frankford discusses water plant maintenance, fluoride

The Town of Frankford held its monthly council meeting on Dec. 5, at which council members and those in attendance discussed the Town’s seemingly troublesome water plant.

During the water department report, Clarence Quillen of Tidewater Utilities said that preventative maintenance on the plant has not been done on the plant’s equipment for 16 years — since its installation.

Fenwick leaves voter codes unchanged

After hours of discussion, the Fenwick Island Town Council this week elected to make no changes to voter qualifications. At a special meeting on Dec. 8, they finally agreed with Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox that the current system is the simplest they can manage at this time.

Construction audit shows flaws in Sussex Tech procedures

Delaware’s Auditor of Accounts this week alleged that the Sussex Technical School District (STSD) failed to follow financial law regarding construction projects.

Fundraiser aims to help family of local fifth-grader

When a routine eye exam Nov. 3 led to the discovery of a golf-ball-sized tumor, the life of a local fifth-grader and his family was immediately and drastically turned upside down.

Shining a light on local crime: Selbyville approves new lights

Things will be brightening up for the Bunting’s Mill housing development. After residents described the nearby Polly Branch Road as an “open-air drug market,” they asked the Selbyville Town Council for help and ideas to improve safety.

One month later, Delmarva Power studied the neighborhood and recommended seven additional streetlights, three of which have now been approved.

Centuries-old event wins ‘Best Event’ tourism awardx

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Who would have thought a political event from the 1700s would still be making such a big impact on tourism?

But every two years, Return Day brings thousands of people to Georgetown to watch political rivals literally “bury the hatchet.”

It’s perhaps the last event of its kind in the United States, and it won the 2016 “Best Event” award at the Southern Delaware Tourism luncheon on Dec. 12.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is no stranger to the event. He said Delaware political candidates can look forward to the parade as soon as they win their primaries.

Nominations being accepted for Selbyville Town Council

With the Selbyville Town Council election on the horizon, candidates may now throw their hats in the ring.

The polls are scheduled to open Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Three positions are up for election, currently held by Mayor Clifton C. Murray, G. Frank Smith III and Clarence W. “Bud” Tingle Jr.

Each position carries a two-year term.

Barn Hill Preserve looking at location in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council at its regular meeting on Dec. 14 discussed the potential of an animal preserve operating within town limits, just off Route 26, following the receipt of a letter from Barn Hill Preserve.

County council members bid farewell to Deaver

This week’s Sussex County Council meeting was the last for longtime Councilwoman Joan Deaver, the outgoing District 3 representative, who was the first woman to be elected to the council.

‘It’s the classical “Cinderella” with a twist’

SCHS presents classic show, plus children’s party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic fairytale story is coming to the stage at Sussex Central High School, as, for one weekend, the SCHS Take Two Drama Club will present “Cinderella.”

The show will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

“The classic fairytale has been turned into a moving, funny and magical story with a great score and a beautiful message about making your own pathway in life,” according to David Warick, director and SCHS drama instructor.

General admission costs $8 at the door. Students, seniors and military pay $5. Middle school students with ID are admitted on a special two-for-one ticket for $5. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. The box office opens at 1 p.m. for the matinee and 5:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

IRSD denies allegations in discrimination lawsuit

Accused of racial discrimination at George Washington Carver Academy, the Indian River School district submitted its official response on Dec. 5, denying all claims of intentional wrongdoing at the alternative school.

Operation delivers holiday treats to soldiers overseas

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: One of the units that received the sweet treats from Mangini sent along a photo of thanks.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: One of the units that received the sweet treats from Mangini sent along a photo of thanks.For more than 10 years, Judy Mangini has been doing her part to support those serving her country overseas. Each holiday season since 2005, she has been mailing cookies to service military members stationed overseas.

“I have a cookie exchange at my house every year. I started that in 2004, and I had all these cookies left over and I don’t need them,” she said with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Had I thought ahead, I could ship what we had overseas to our men and women who are away during the holidays, so they can have a taste of home while their away.’ So, in 2005, I did just that.

“It’s just a way to show them that we truly appreciate the sacrifice that they’re making, as well as their families, to protect our freedoms and our liberties, as well as those in other countries.”

Organizers break ground on groundbreaking garden

Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.It all started in 2011 with a small cocktail party and a meeting at the library. Now, the governor and Delaware’s First Lady are attending groundbreakings and the endowment is growing for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

On the cool, sunny morning of Dec. 1, most of the leaves had fallen in Dagsboro, obscuring the ground where flowers will reappear next spring, and where miles of green briar have already been heaved out.

“The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will be a world-class, inspirational, educational and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware, created for the benefit and enjoyment of all,” their mission promises.

Missing grave decorations trouble families, volunteers

It was a beautiful ceremony at the Millsboro veterans’ cemetery. Sally Kubicki and her volunteers had just finished decorating the graves with Christmas greenery.

But an hour later, from inside the chapel, Kubicki was stunned to learn that someone was removing the wreaths. Families would return to the gravestones to discover the decorations were already gone.

School concerts offering holiday music to community

Children across the land have been preparing for the upcoming slate of holiday concerts almost as diligently as they’ve worked on their lists for Santa. Horns are tooting, drummers are drumming and singers are tuning their pipes in anticipation of the chance to shine in front of their families and friends and spread some holiday cheer while they’re at it.

O’Mara: Everyone needs clean water, but it takes a movement

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Former state Sen. George H. Bunting announces an environmental award while former DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara and his wife, Krishanti, share a laugh.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Former state Sen. George H. Bunting announces an environmental award while former DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara and his wife, Krishanti, share a laugh.Clean water isn’t a matter of environmentalists versus business versus farming. Everyone benefits, so clean water has to be considered “a value,” not a political issue, said Collin O’Mara, president/CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and former head of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control.

“There are a whole lot of things we could do if we were a lot more collaborative about it,” O’Mara said at the Nov. 30 Love Your Inland Bays Dinner, hosted by the Inland Bays Foundation.

Clean water must be considered an economic driver, not a nuisance, he said. For example, Realtors and builders rely on a healthy vision of the bays, which are currently “Look, but don’t touch,” as many of the waterways aren’t safe for swimming or fishing.

“You can’t have a thriving … community, unless you have access to clean water,” O’Mara said. “We know folks want to be close to those resources.”

Ocean View to celebrate season at the park

Aiming to spread holiday cheer, the Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual Holiday in the Park this weekend. The public is being invited to join in the festivities at John West Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Agenda – December 9, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council has canceled its December meeting.

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23-26 for Christmas.

Nativity Festival to showcase the heart of Christmas

Coastal Point • File Photo: A stained glass nativity set catches the light from a window during a past festival.Coastal Point • File Photo: A stained glass nativity set catches the light from a window during a past festival.Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus
laid down his sweet head,

The stars in the bright sky
looked down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus
asleep on the hay.

Next weekend, the Ocean View Presbyterian Church will open its doors for its annual Nativity Festival — inviting the public to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Local book lovers aim to fill Santa’s Book Bag

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Paolo and Luca Donato donate to Santa’s Book Bag. Paolo even donated to the cause the money he was given at his Dec. 1 birthday party.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Paolo and Luca Donato donate to Santa’s Book Bag. Paolo even donated to the cause the money he was given at his Dec. 1 birthday party.“I like the idea of all kids having a brand new book for Christmas,” said Paolo Donato, who turned 6 on Dec. 1.

And that, in a nutshell, is what Santa’s Book Bag is all about.

Santa’s Book Bag is the brainchild of Lynne Davies, a retired teacher who recently moved from New Jersey to Bayside in West Fenwick.

“I was at my book club meeting in Northern Jersey a few years ago, and we were talking about what an important role books had played for each of us as children. I even remembered the smell and feel of the pages when I opened up a new book and wondered about the story,” said Davies.

“And then the idea came to me, as clear as can be — even the name, Santa’s Book Bag,” she added. “From there, I set out learning how to donate books to the best organizations to get them to needy children and which businesses would be willing to have collection boxes. By Christmas of that year, we collected over a thousand books to donate.”

Fenwick to discuss voter qualifications at special meeting Dec. 8

Who is qualified to vote in Fenwick Island elections? The discussion continues this week, as the Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. to discuss a proposed amendment to the town charter that would expand voter and candidate qualifications.

They’ll once again have legal guidance from Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox.

Educator recognized for rescuing toddler from roadway

Usually, a traffic jam leads to inconvenience. But on Nov. 2, Ronna Cobb caused a traffic jam to save a life.

Cobb was on the road around 7 a.m. that morning. As a Phillip C. Showell Elementary School paraprofessional and bus driver, she was performing the first half of her regular duties.

She was driving in Selbyville around the same time as police officer Laurence “Larry” Corrigan.

IRSD referendum fails by 20 votes

Every vote counts on the local level. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Indian River School District’s current expense referendum was defeated by a margin of 20 votes.

Bethany becoming a Weekend Wonderland this December

Building on last year’s successful debut, Bethany Beach will again celebrate the holidays each Saturday in December with Weekend Wonderland, which will feature special shopping hours, and festive activities including caroling around the town’s boardwalk holiday tree, free gift-wrapping, a holiday movie, crafts for children and a chance to meet characters from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

Christmas parades coming to a Main Street near you

Selbyville, Millsboro, Dagsboro and more this weekend

For those in need of some holiday cheer, a number of local parades are ringing in the Christmas season in the next two weeks. Families are being invited to line the streets and cheer on their favorite floats, marching bands, fire trucks, classic cars and local celebrities.

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