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An ounce of prevention could help when needed

There’s a fire in your home. Or an intruder breaking in the back door. Maybe you’ve been carjacked in your driveway.

Obviously, these are not things we wish on any of you, but, unfortunately, these are things than can happen to any one of us. If any of these things do happen, or any other horribly-unfortunate incident, you are probably not going to be in a perfect frame of mind to relay a lot of pertinent information to your 911 dispatcher while you are calling in your emergency.

You could be confused. You could forget a small detail that might be important to your first responder. Or you could just not know what’s important or isn’t important when you call. It’s not like these are situations the majority of us find ourselves in on a consistent basis.

Fortunately, Sussex County launched Smart911 last week, an online service that allows residents to fill out a safety profile for their households that could come in very handy in case of an emergency.

“Smart911 is a free service which will allow all residents and visitors to Sussex County to provide information about themselves and their families to 911 prior to an emergency,” explained Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joseph Thomas. “That’s significant.”

It is significant. By providing a layout of your home, and descriptions of the people who live in your home, firefighters can respond with much more information in hand as to where to look for people and how many people to be looking for when they get there. You can include if people have medical conditions that EMT personnel might need to know about or updated photos of your children if one happens to be missing one day.

And, yes, we had privacy concerns when we first heard of this service, but the company explained that third-party audits are done every year to ensure security, and there is a time limit on the information — forcing you to keep it updated, and reducing the risk of that information being out there longer than you intend.

To learn more, click the “Smart911” icon on the Sussex County website at www.sussexcountyde.gov.

Did the Orioles really win the AL East? Oh yes, hon

Date Published: 
September 19, 2014

Hey, look at that. The Orioles don’t stink anymore.

To be fair, the team has been pretty darn formidable over the last three years, slipping into the playoffs in 2012 as a wild card entry, and narrowly missing out on that opportunity last year — fielding a competitive team that was seeking a postseason birth until the last week of the season.

But teams getting into the postseason via the wild card face upturned noses from the baseball purists who believe you should win your division to qualify for the playoffs. Their argument is that baseball is different than the other sports — a 162-game season is a true test of a team’s mettle and ability to withstand the adversity each team inevitably goes through over the course of the marathon season. I agree with that sentiment, but I also acknowledge that baseball had to start including wild card teams for one significant reason.

The money.

More rounds of playoffs means more opportunities for the league to cash in on nationally-televised games. It also means that more teams are still alive in playoff chases, meaning more fan bases are invested in the season for longer periods of time — translating into more people in seats, more people buying merchandise and more people watching or listening to games through television, radio and the Internet. In a time when baseball is no longer the undisputed king of sports, every dollar helps.

That being said, no baseball traditionalist can turn up his or her nose to the 2014 Baltimore Orioles team. Clinching their first American League East title since 1997, and doing so at home for the first time since 1969, the Orioles storm into the postseason with a solid resume, a hot team and a rabid fan base that has embraced the Buck Showalter-led squad with a passion that probably hasn’t been seen since Earl Weaver was getting thrown out of games as manager of the Orioles from 1968 through 1982 (we won’t count his cameo appearance as manager in 1985-86 because, well, it wasn’t great).

Unlike our mop-headed sports columnist (see page A62) who doesn’t remember when the Orioles were a force in Major League Baseball, I do. Granted, I missed the Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell and Frank Robinson editions of the team, but I do warmly remember the Eddie Murray, Al Bumbry, Ken Singleton and Jim Palmer teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

I remember crying as I watched the Orioles blow a 3-1 World Series lead to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 as a 10-year-old fan, and high-fiving my father as they downed the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1983 Series. I remember Tippy Martinez picking off three baserunners in an inning to preserve a game, Rick Dempsey entertaining fans during rain delays and “Wild Bill” Hagy leading a raucous Memorial Stadium crowd in cheers.

Good times all around.

And, make no mistake, the good times are back. Oh, those teams in the ’90s were very good under the leadership of manager Davey Johnson, but they were much-more expected. The Orioles outspent teams on talent back then, and bought themselves a lot of very good baseball players. The fans were still a bit spoiled at the time from previous success, as well, so there was as much griping about the team from its fans when they lost as there was appreciation for their efforts when they won. But this group of players, and Showalter the manager, has found itself as the target of love from the fan base, and that is a special and unique thing.

The Orioles were so bad for so long that they had become an afterthought to many Baltimore sports fans, particularly with the extended run of success by the Baltimore Ravens in the much more popular NFL. Oh, people still liked the Orioles, but they stopped drawing big crowds and generating comments on the Internet message boards from all but the most-ardent of fans.

They had achieved apathy from their supporters, and there is no worse fate for a professional sports franchise than an indifferent fan base.

Current Orioles outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam Jones were part of some of those awful teams, and they were quite often the only shining lights for fans to cling to as the rest of the team struggled to compete. I often worried that the Orioles would lose either or both of those players to contending teams as the losses piled up and they often played in front of an empty stadium.

But they both stuck it out, and they’d often state publicly that it would be worth it when the team eventually reversed their fortunes. I looked for both of them Tuesday night on television as the team celebrated the division championship in a champagne-filled explosion in the locker room. Jones was his typical, outgoing self, sporting goggles to protect his eyes from flying champagne and smiling from ear to ear.

“It’s a milestone,” said Jones (and I stole this quote from the Baltimore Sun). “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re going to celebrate tonight... the whole city of Baltimore... It has been a long time coming for the city of Baltimore.”

Markakis was also being Markakis. He was smiling, watching his younger teammates celebrating, and stopping to hug other players in the background, but not actively participating in the craziness.

“Just taking it all in and the experience is something I’ll never forget,” said Markakis, via the Sun.

It’s something us fans won’t forget, either.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — September 19, 2014

Boardwalk Arts Festival a huge, hot hit

Editor:

Although the heat index topped triple digits, the Arts Festival, presented by ResortQuest, was red hot with the 100 artists showcasing their talents in full force. From potters to jewelers, beautiful photographs and watercolor paintings were among the backdrop as thousands of visitors perused the artisan to find that “perfect piece.” When the 10:00 hour hit the artists were ready, the streets were crowded and the festival started with a creative bang. “Your community is supportive and lovely,” said artist Kevan Breitinger from St. Augustine, Fla. “This year was my favorite, and we could not sell fast enough.”

On the bandstand, the Children’s Gallery added to the artistic spirit. John Donato, the interactive artist extraordinaire, provided endless energy and gave patrons the opportunity to be artists themselves. By the end of the day, the five panels turned into beautiful paintings to be displayed at the four local elementary schools and the Chamber. Special thanks to the tireless women of Gallery One who spent the day making sure the auction ran smoothly. All benefits of the silent auction will be equally distributed to the art programs of the four elementary schools in the area. To complete the trifecta on the bandstand, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation held a public vote and awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a young talent from Indian River High School, Erika Granholm. Thank you to Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and Mediacom for making the bandstand a fun and exciting place to be throughout the day.

To add to the festivities, the vendors at the Farmer’s Market offered edible treats and the final produce of the season during the early hours of the festival. In the heat of the day, Sedona opened their doors for an incredible wine tasting for visitors to escape the sun.

The delicious array of appetizers specially prepared by Marian Parrott, was paired with great wines selected by Beach Liquors. Patrons received a true culinary treat.

Whether an artist, a participant, or anyone in between; the Chamber is extremely grateful for everyone who invested their time and energy into making the Arts Festival an outstanding event. A special thanks to all of our volunteers who woke up early or sacrificed their Saturday afternoon to make the Arts Festival a reality.

Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

Keenwick Sound fair a great sucess

Editor:

Keenwick Sound Homeowners Association thanks the following local businesses for their generous support to our 20th annual community fair. Our fair was a success thanks in part to your donation:

Fish Tales, Blue Room Fine Art Gallery, Beach Break Bakery & Café, Penguin Diner, Turtle Beach Café, The Olive Garden, Golf Down Under, Oceans Market, The Best Crabs Seafood Co., Primo Hoagies, Crab Bag, Ponzetti’s, Pizza Hut Inc., King Kone, Ocean City Florist, Sam’s Ocean City Hair Cutters, Roxana Automotive, Rose Nail and Spa, RACC Fitness, Millsboro Pizza Palace, Sweet Dispositions, Frankford Family Diner, New Face in Town, Delmarva Two-Way Radio, The Salted Rim, Rena & Richard Jackson, Rio Grande Café & Tiki Bar, Energy Gym, Rippons Seafood West Fenwick, Fenwick Float-Ors, Fenwick Island Novelty & Sports, Viking Golf, Luna’s Cactus Café, North Bay Marina, Lobster Shanty, Fisher’s Popcorn, Fenwick Tackle, Fenwick Island Surf Shop, Lighthouse Liquors, Carolina Street, Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop, Ken’s Bayside Pizza & Subs, Turquoise Authentic & American Restaurant, Lady Fenwick, Armand’s Chicago Pizzaria, Ba Roos Ice Cream, Eclectic-Antique Finds, Shamrock Shanty, Mancini’s Restaurant, Warren’s Station, Captain Mac’s Fish House & Seafood Market, Crepes and Crazes, Longwood Gardens, Brasure’s Carpet Care Inc., Bay Club, Bayside Resort Golf Club, Main Street Resale, Truitt’s Carpet Service, The Classroom Corner & Party Corner, Millsboro Bazaar, Java Llama Coffee Shop, Bethany Florist, Hair Designs by Iris, Dumser’s Dairyland North, Em-Mings, Mike’s Carpet Connection, China Express, Delmarva Shorebirds, Deer Run Golf Club, Roy’s Place Styling Salon, Goose Creek Food Stores, Giant Foods, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Blue Scoop, Brasure’s Pest, Johnson’s Family Restaurant, Dennis Treasure House, Dennis New & Used Furniture Shear Thing Beauty Salon, PNC Bank and Bayville Package Store.

Keenwick Sound Homeowners Association

yART show once again a great weekend

Editor:

We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the annual yART show. The Chinese Auction raised $4,530 for the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets.

We would like to offer our gratitude to the following volunteers who came to help on the busy Labor Day weekend: Steve Lett, Monte Wisbrock, Ralph Brown, Joe Hopple, Trish Scott, John Huegel, Bob Maxwell, Anne Weeks, Pat Donnelly, Lennea Downs, Suzanne Davis, Ben Davis, Will Davis, Amelia Adkins, Emily Harne, Sophie Burke, Jack Martin, George Martin and Jared Arlett.

A HUGE thank you to our live music, WWTunes and Sparrow!!! Both duos graciously donated their time.

We feel very fortunate to live in such a generous and supportive art-minded community.

Julie and Nick Kypreos
Bethany Beach

McClenny family grateful for support

Editor’s Note: The following letter was addressed to the greater public of Bethany Beach, and forwarded along to the Coastal Point for publication.

Dear Friends of Bethany Beach,

We thank you for so much love and care that you have shown to our family in the difficult days since Tony’s passing. We appreciate all of the food, cards, flowers, contributions to Swim Across America, and other acts of kindness. We are blessed by the presence of so many at the memorial service this past weekend. We know the days ahead will be challenging, but we are grateful for such a supportive community.

With gratitude,

Claudia McClenny,
on behalf of the
entire McClenny family
Bethany Beach

Green recognized, thanked for efforts

Editor

I am so happy and so proud of Kathy Green being chosen the number one volunteer in Sussex County!

Kathy joined Justin’s Beach House in 2008 as our executive director and has been our guiding light and helped make JBH the number one Charity in Sussex County once again this year.

Kathy has been instrumental in everything from fundraising to writing policy. She has been our liaison between cancer centers, social workers and, of course, each family that visits JBH. Kathy has not only been an excellent director but also a great friend and confidant.

We all thank you and congratulate you on this deserving honor!

Craig & MaryEllen Nantais
Justin’s Beach House

Climate change still much discussed

Editor:

I read on page A11 (of the Sept. 12, 2014 edition of the Coastal Point), that on Sept. 18, at the Center for the Inland Bays, “EPA scientist to discuss sustainability in face of climate change.” He is Dr. Jonathan D. Essoka. By the time you read this letter, that conference will be history.

I did not attend because I have no interest in a conference guessing what might happen in the future. Especially when they are not presenting facts. How do I know they are not presenting facts? Because I’ve read their reports on the website, “www.SOSDelaware.org.” Their best estimates, their best guesses, are all based on computer estimates!

In the article in last week’s Coastal Point, the fourth paragraph states, “He, Dr. Essoka, will address local effects from future climate change… that can assist regional and local planning efforts to adapt to the projections.”

I went to the link in the article, “www.SOSDelaware.org.” and found that every projected event was proceeded with either, “could be, maybe expected,” or some form there of. To quote from the document, “This document is the first of its kind to provide detailed estimates…”

Also, in another link from that document, is “www.dnrec.delaware.gov/coastal/Documents/SeaLevelRise/Assesmentintropdf” and in that PDF is this statement on page 6 “Rates and Causes of Sea Level Rise.” “While it cannot be proven with certainty, Climatologists have predicted that the rate of Sea Level Rise occurring today will likely become greater in the decades to come. (IPCC 2001)” For those who do not know what IPCC stands for, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The United States government, read U.S. Senate, has never passed a vote ratifying the IPCC report.

For those who remember, before Climate Change, was Global Warming. Al Gore received a Nobel Peace prize for his movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” A.G. stated on April 25, 2014, “Extreme weather events” are 100 times more common today the they were 30 years ago due to global warming.” Of all people, the IPCC found “that there is not enough evidence” to link those extreme weather events to Global Warming.

If you disagree with Climate Change, you are a “denier.” That name was given, by the left, those who want to control your lifestyle, to shut down any discussion, any debate about GW.

What are the headlines today, Sept. 12, on Drudge:

• “NOAA: 246 COLD TEMP RECORDS IN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF SEPT…

• WY buried in 20 inches of snow!

• UPDATE: Now 52 Explanations for ‘Pause’…That pause, the GW pause, is 17-plus years and could go for “another decade.’”

* (Because it is not settled science, the word “could” is used.)

* I updated my letter on Sept. 15 because of the following headline on Drudge, “Antarctic sea ice reaches all-time high…” that is from ABC, not known for it’s right wing leanings.

* Remember, Al Gore and other alarmist stated years ago that the ice caps would disappear.

For those who want to know where I research my information about Climate Change, Global Warming, the following websites are a great place to start:

• The Global Warming Policy Foundation “www.thegwpf.org” From here you can search your heart’s content.

• “www.populartechnology.net” On this site, there are rebuttals to the GW alarmist who say all scientists agree with GW.

• “news.heartland.org” The link is “Declining Humidity is Defying Global Warming Models”

As I’ve said in the past, and will continue to say, become educated, research your own knowledge. Do not base your thoughts or arguments on emotion.

“Know the truth, it will set you free!”

p.s.

One other point, if the weather men and women cannot accurately predict three to five days in advance, why would you believe anyone predicting years ahead?

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach