Editorial

Beahan gets well-deserved recognition for his efforts

There are a few people around this beautiful community of ours who generate a smile whenever their names are brought up in conversation. One of those names is Neil Beahan.

The principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) since 2009, Beahan was recently recognized by the Delaware Association of School Administrators as the Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014.

Traffic transitions make patience an even bigger virtue

We all know it’s coming:?the influx of traffic as the weather gets warmer and the summer season swings into gear. And this year (and for a few years to come), we have an added complication to our high-traffic times:?the Route 26 improvement project.

Fixing heroin epidemic falls on all of us

5-70-40.

Those are the three raw numbers that stood out to us the most as reporter Maria Counts was putting together her three-part series on the rise of heroin’s popularity in our little community (the third installment in the series can be found on page 18).

Lady Indians shutting down opponents

Something very special is happening with the Indian River High School Lady Indians soccer team.

Under construction, but open for business

After months of bitter cold temperatures, snow blanketing our pristine community and ice coating our roads like it was simply part of the surface, spring has officially sprung for many of us here at the beach, with Easter weekend now upon us.

Fenwick Island becoming a model town

Watching things unfold over recent years, it becomes somewhat evident that Fenwick Island is undertaking a bit of a facelift. While not as dramatic as the massive downtown changes in Bethany Beach through the Streetscape project and impending hotel, the essence of Fenwick Island is changing, and it’s probably not a bad thing.

Millville being smart with police coverage

The Town of Millville has seen a lot of change over recent years. That change does not only involve a significant shopping center on Route 26, more retail and new houses being constructed. No, the actual operations of the Town have undergone a major facelift, as well, as ordinances have been drafted and approved, and a beautiful building now houses all the Town’s operations.

Towns and State must find solution to care

Rising healthcare costs have affected nearly all of us over recent years. If it’s not the cost of insurance, it’s the increase in costs of medical services, or the increased usage of prescription medication.

Whatever the case, it is hitting many of us hard.

Students, teachers get a little longer day

Indian River School District (IRSD) officials recently made an adminstrative decision to extend the school day by 30 minutes at all of its schools to make up for eight weather-related closures this winter.

Justin’s Beach House looking for MOM help

This is truly the week we celebrate community efforts on this page.

Here’s an easy way to lend a helping hand

A long, cold, relentless winter has left many of us with chattering teeth and expanding waistlines, as we burrow under our blankets, watch movies and scarf down warm comfort food.

If that describes you, consider yourself fortunate.

McClenny brings right attitude to fight

We work very hard at this paper to maintain a sense of neutrality, both in the stories we write, and with our interactions with local public officials. By maintaining a certain degree of distance between our reporters and the subjects they cover, we elevate our probability of being able to write fair and balanced articles.

Local businesses investing in their future, and ours

Local businesspeople are making news this week.

The owners of the Cottage Café offered a sneak peak of their latest venture to nearby residents, who in about a year’s time may have a choice of two Poffenberger/Neville-owned restaurants on Route 1 south of Bethany Beach that they can patronize.

Libraries remain pertinent, vital today

One of the true gems we take for granted in this country is the public library.

From us to you — thank you, one and all

This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of the first edition of the Coastal Point, and nostalgia has been all the rage around our office for the past few weeks.

Dagsboro looks to get social this year

New Dagsboro Town Councilman Brian Baull is not taking long to put his stamp on the Town.

School controversy a very touchy subject

When news broke last week that the principal and assistant principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School had been put on administrative leave, one could safely say that people in our community were paying attention.

Shuttle service an ideal idea for Fenwick

If there’s one not-so-secret secret that’s a bit of a negative for life in Fenwick Island, it is parking.

Or, to be more precise, a lack of parking.

Clayton fundraising a win for the community

We have an ongoing conversation in our office that one of the benefits of our line of work is that we get to see a finished product each and every week. Unlike many jobs, we have something tangible to look at — to see how we did, and what we need to work on to do better for our readers and advertisers.

SPCA offers plenty of volunteer opportunities

Looking back at 2013 for a second, one of the most difficult stories we covered was what was happening at the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

The holiday of holidays is now fully upon us all

With all due apologies to Clement Clarke Moore ...

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a computer was stirring, not even Bob’s mouse;

The papers were sent to the printer with care, in hopes that our editor would lose no more hair;

The ad reps were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of revenues danced in their heads;

The countdown is now officially on — shop local!

Well, the clock is officially winding down on Christmas.

It takes a village sometimes to keep us all safe

In the weeks, months and years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a word being offered by many in national leadership was “vigilant.”

IRHS soccer team fills community with pride

The Indian River High School soccer team truly made a community proud with their 3-0 victory over top-ranked St. Elizabeth’s last Saturday to claim a state championship.

Peer hearing the latest chapter in police case

A Delaware Council on Police Training trial board this week unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty of five of the six charges filed against him in reference to a March 3 incident with his handling of a drunk-driving suspect.

Sometimes, good intentions alone can’t prosper

When word came down earlier this week that the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary would be officially closing on Dec. 1, there were a few cautious comments about this not being the first time over the past several months we have heard this. However, after talking to the organization’s president, we are convinced this is truly the end of the Safe Haven effort.

Area readies for Route 26 improvements to start

Visitors and locals alike have complained about traffic congestion and potentially dangerous conditions on Route 26 for years, particularly as the area’s summer and year-round populations have continued to increase. Now, we’re on the horizon of a project that could help alleviate some of those problems, but it brings with it some issues of its own.

Shoulder season great for visitors, locals

Spring and fall are affectionately referred to as “the shoulder seasons” around here.

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