The Coastal Point is a local newspaper published each Friday and distributed in the Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Dagsboro, Frankford, and Selbyville, Delaware areas.
The Coastal Point is an independent weekly newspaper founded in 2003 in Ocean View, Del., by a group of local newspaper veterans and investors who sought to provide a true voice and information source for the Delaware beach community.
First published Feb. 6, 2004, and every Friday since, the Coastal Point prides itself on in-depth, locally-focused coverage of the events, information and experiences that are important to those who call this area their home, or their home away from home.
From the Indian River Inlet south to Fenwick Island, from Bethany Beach west to Dagsboro, and everywhere in between, the Coastal Point strives to bring our readers the most accurate, entertaining and informative newspaper publication in the area.
Whether you live in Ocean View, Frankford or unincorporated parts of Sussex County, such as Clarksville or Sea Colony, you'll find in the Coastal Point the news that matters in your daily life.
Sports fan or "beach potato," artistic visionary or sandcastle aficionado, the Coastal Point brings to our readers the news they count on and the stories that make their day.
With an award-winning team of reporters, designers, editors, photographers and columnists, we bring you timely reporting on breaking news, clever and thought-provoking commentary on local happenings and life in general, striking imagery and creative advertising that lets you know what our local businesses have to offer.
But that's only part of our team. The other part is you. We at the Coastal Point count on you, our readers, to help keep us informed about what's going on in your lives, to let us know about that special event or your concerns about local government, and to keep us working hard to bring the best we have to offer to you every week, on the page and online.
We're pleased to have been welcomed so warmly and incorporated so thoroughly into your lives, and we hope you'll continue to pick up the Coastal Point each Friday — and read us online. And we hope you will also continue to let us know how we can serve you, our readers, even better in the future.
The Coastal Point can be reached at the following contact information:
P.O. Box 1324
Susan has been in the newspaper business longer than she'd really like us to mention. She's lived in the Ocean View area for even longer, since she was born and raised here. But she's taken advantage of both of those legacies to the benefit of the Coastal Point, which she started with Editor Darin McCann and a group of investors in 2003.
Susan started in the newspaper business in 1984 as an advertising representative and has worked as an advertising manager, general manager and, now, publisher. Susan is also one of the Coastal Point's star photographers, gracing the pages of numerous issues of The Point and our annual calendar with her scenic photos. She's been married 30 years to Andy Lyons, with whom she has three children and now three grandchildren.
When not at the Coastal Point's home base or with Andy, Susan loves getting out from behind a desk to work with clients and do some photography. She can often be found outside, kayaking the area's canals and bays, chasing her Bernese Mountain dog, Tuck, and working on her secret garden. She is a member of the Barefoot Gardeners, Preceptor Omega and Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church.
Susan has also been very active with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, serving four different stints on its board of directors.
Darin grew up in Washington, D.C., somehow managed to escape a life of petty delinquency and competitive sports, and studied journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. He served in combat in the United States Marine Corps and was decorated for his efforts in the first Gulf War.
He has worked as a reporter and editor in California, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Maryland, Atlanta and various other locales. He's been a full-time editor since 1999, and, despite his roving ways, has been with the Coastal Point since the paper's inception in 2004. (Coincidentally, he has not been seen with hair since that very day.)
In addition to his editorial duties, Darin also pens a weekly column that expounds on such things as sports, pop culture and the immanent threat to humanity posed by a renegade Sussex County band of mutant raccoons led by the great and genuinely evil Leviathan. Darin is now officially more influential than Oprah, being single-handedly responsible for the sale of 59 neti pots after chronicling his experience with using one. Sinus cavities of the world, be free!
In his free time, Darin enjoys sports, studying Roman, American and Irish history, and playing poker with a local group of players. He is married to the lovely and tolerant Jamie McCann, and wastes a ton of energy chasing around their two dogs, Bailey and Guinness. (Bonus points if you can figure out where they got those names…)
Shaun M. Lambert
When the Coastal Point fields a team for the Exercise Like the Eskimos ocean splash every New Year's Day, we do it with expertise. Team Coastal Point Captain Shaun Lambert is an Inuit Eskimo and Athasbascan Indian (Alaskan Native). He was born and raised in Alaska, and lived there for 22+ years. He considers January ocean temperatures in Delaware to be "good summer swimming weather."
Since moving to Delaware in 2001, Shaun has taken the graphic design skills he began accumulating in high school and employed them in the newspaper business, working for local weeklies until he joined Mission Coastal Point in January 2004 and developed the look of the Coastal Point in print and on the Internet. He has since earned multiple Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association (MDDC) awards for advertising design, page design and photography, as well as designing the Coastal Point's cutting-edge Web site makeover for its February 2008 debut.
With a passion for computers and gadgets, Shaun is also the Coastal Point's in-house tech support guy, as well as occasional author of some of our technology columns.
Shaun is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan and you can usually find him at various local establishments, catching the game on television.
In his free time (which is mostly in the wee hours of the morning), Shaun loves to play Texas Hold'em poker, listen to music and play World of Warcraft.
M. Patricia Titus
Tricia likes to tell people she was a journalism major in college. For a week. After growing up in Northern Virginia and working on all three of her high school publications, Tricia went off to the University of South Carolina, where she promptly changed her major from journalism to media arts so she could indulge her love of music and pursue her career goal of becoming a recording engineer and working with rock stars.
Many moons later, Tricia returned to journalism and her childhood vacation spot in Delaware, working as the copy editor and music columnist for a local weekly newspaper before expanding into layout and editorial duties. Starting her first work on "hard news" when she jointed the Coastal Point in 2004, she has become known for her attendance at nearly all municipal meetings on her beats, attention to detail on regional issues such as beach replenishment and inability to write a story in fewer than 6 million words. At least a few of those words have earned her multiple awards from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association (MDDC).
When she's not attending a meeting or writing a headline, Tricia is generally attending to her young son, who keeps her on her toes and fills her with joy. Even on trips to the beach, she is generally accompanied by a Windows Mobile smartphone, iPod Touch and Kindle e-book reader that keep her up-to-date with the latest news for her Coastal Point technology columns and also, happily, keep the boy entertained.
A self-described "angry old man" Bob has worked in graphic arts for almost 39 years (yes, he is as old as he looks, maybe even older.) Since the first time he walked into a newspaper pressroom he's had a passion for the printed word and newspapers in particular.
What initially drew Bob to the Coastal Point was its small size and giant local viewpoint. What has kept him here is the people and their passion for what they do. That, and the Friday-night poker game. (No girls allowed.)
Simply put, Bob is our resident genius, coming up with unique and colorful ideas that have led to a bevy of Maryland, Delaware, D.C. (MDDC) Press Association awards for advertising design.
Tune in each week to the staff box in our printed edition as Editor Darin McCann crafts a new job title for Bob, who has likely earned most – if not all – of the pointed jabs and at least as many of the accolades.
Tom Maglio, or Tommy Boy, as we like to refer to him around the office, hails from Annapolis, Md.
Tom is Coastal Point's resident Pokemon Master. His love affair with Pokemon started when he was a wee lad of seven, after having beaten everyone in his summer camp at the game, and as he says, 'the rest is history." Tom has proudly held the title of Kanto's Pokemon League Champion for the past 16 years.
Tom is a graduate of Salisbury University's school of Graphic Design, with an emphasis is silk screening and illustration.
In his free time, Tom enjoys illustrating, playing racquet ball, being a fashionisto, and his jogs to the Salisbury Zoo.
He's happy to have joined the Coastal Point team in March of 2012, because now he can finally have an excuse to wear his Oxford shirts unbuttoned at the chest and go tanning at the beach on his lunch hour.
In his failed attempts at fitting in as the new Pointie in town, Tom enjoys cracking "jokes" that no one finds amusing, but the little guy just keeps on trying.
Jane M. (as we'll probably come to call her) is another new-old Coastal Point-er, as several of the staff have previously worked with her at other local newspapers. In fact, Jane has 38 years in the newspaper business, in advertising sales, circulation and management in the Ocean City, Md., and Rehoboth Beach, Del., markets.
Jane is also a champion of the Coastal Point's focus on all things local: Her family lives locally in Ocean View. She has many long-established business relationships in the communities in which she has worked. And, above all, Jane believes in the terms "community newspaper" and "great customer service." Sounds exactly like a Coastal Point staff member to us!
Jane grew up in Anne Arundel County, Md., on a farm called "Snow Hill," in a home built in 1770 by Charles Hammond (who also built the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis). She has been married for 40 years to Greg "Bubba" Meleady, her high-school sweetheart, whom many in the area know as a regular from the Indian River Inlet Early Morning Fishing Group. The couple moved to the area in 1973 and, in 1976, purchased a home in Ocean View, where they still reside.
Bubba and Jane have one son, Garrett Meleady, who has his AA in nursing from DelTech and is currently an RN. From 5 years old, he grew up fishing with his dad and the gentlemen fishing group at the inlet, Jane noted. All the locals at the inlet know "Bubba" and his offspring. He sure knows how to catch a fish!
Jane's own interests range from genealogy of the Hammond and Shipley families of Anne Arundel County to collecting Blue Willow dishes. She also loves gardening and flowers, and her life is owned by a Jack Russell terrier named Jacqueline Onassis Russell and two cats who currently are like very misbehaved children.
Rounding out her local credentials, Jane is a member of Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church.
There's just something magnetic about the Coastal Point. People who work here tend to return, even after they move away. Says something about the work environment, eh?
Susan – formerly Argo, now Mutz – is one such returnee. We lost her to big-city life in Baltimore, then to her hubby, John, but we won her back to the Coastal Point with our wit and charm. (OK, and the beach resort lifestyle that John liked, too, but who's counting?)
We're glad Susan's around to help our advertising clients, because we sure wouldn't want her in charge of Internet security after that infamous computer-virus incident back in 2006… Yikes! (But we digress…) She's also the reason you have to tell us which Susan you want to talk to when you call the Coastal Point. (Just don't call her "Mutzie.")
Jane Johnson, BS, CDE, has been with the Point for what seems like forever now. She comes with an extensive background in customer service. She is responsible for all of our classified and service directory ads, as well as for legal advertising and religious services, and took home a Maryland, Delaware, D.C. (MDDC) Press Association award for her work on the classifieds in 2006.
When she is not in the pulpit, she volunteers at a local youth hostel and likes to work with various plant species.
With a bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in business and technical writing from the University of Delaware, Monica Fleming was dead set on writing technical and software manuals, but the Coastal Point and its quirky journalistic style came along and swept her off her feet.
Monica is the editor for our Going Green on Delmarva publication, and also writes feature and news stories, and maintains content on our Web site, at www.coastalpoint.com.
On days when she is not here in the office, you can find her being a full-time mother, life manager and entrepreneur, as well as a newlywed. In recognition of her tremendous awesomeness, Monica has previously been awarded several of the Coastal Point's own annual Pointies awards, including "One Cool Customer," the "Theodore Roosevelt Award" and "The Golden Compass."
A Sussex County native and a graduate of the Indian River School system, Maria attended the University of Delaware where she received her B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in British Victorian Poetry.
While in college, she interned with both Jessica Kingsley Publishers in Philadelphia and the Coastal Point.
Having joined the staff in 2009, Maria enjoys covering all aspects of life in coastal Sussex, from local government to community happenings.
When not attending editorial or town council meetings, she spends her time studying ballet and singing with Schola Cantorum, a University choral ensemble that annually performs with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Maria is an avid traveler and foodie, TEDTalk addict, crossword enthusiast, and honorary Boy Scout.
Laura Walter fell into reporting by accident when a Washington College classmate roped her into the school paper. By the time she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in English and minor in art, Laura had experience as both a newspaper writer and editor of the academic journal.
In fall, we found her on the doorstep of the Coastal Point office and didn't have the heart to send her away, so Laura began reporting freelance. By spring of 2011, we got used to seeing her around the office, and Laura became a staff reporter.
Today, Laura lives the dream by covering her native Sussex County and Indian River School District. Past Coastal Point adventures include assisting a magician, winning an adult spelling bee and stalking the governor (to his knowledge). She enjoys theater, cartoons, Zumba, a good library and a killer chocolate mousse.
R. Chris Clark
With a degree in hotel and restaurant management, eight years of experience in financial services and a stint owning the iLand ArT gaLLerY in Fenwick Island, photographer Chris Clark should make a lot more money, but hey, there's a sucker born every minute, right?
Seriously, though, Chris comes to the Coastal Point with lots of experience and a can-do attitude.
Whether it's being shot out of a cannon at Punkin Chunkin' in Bridgeville or shooting the Fenwick Freeze from inside (and underneath) the water, Chris does what it takes to get the photo. Known for his quirky sense of humor and painting skills, he is also a world traveler, lifelong surfer and loves playing in the dirt with the Barefoot Gardeners Club. When not behind the camera, you can find Chris out in the ocean trying to catch the perfect wave.
Chris doesn't mind the volunteer work at Coastal Point: "If you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life."
Ryan joined the Coastal Point in 2006, shortly after his graduation from the University of North Carolina, and promptly slipped into our vacant reporter spot like a foot into an old slipper.
Currently, Ryan is on hiatus, enjoying the sunshine, waves and the good people of Byron Bay, Australia.
While he might be having fun abroad, those who leave the Coastal Point, never truly leave the Coastal Point. Just ask Susan Mutz!