Clinging to the last few weeks of summer

Clinging to the last few weeks of summer

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: As the summer season begins to wind down, butterflies have made their presence known throughout the community. Well, it’s not like they’re out starting fights or singing at the Bandstand, but they’re still plenty visible if you stop and look.

This Week's News

Frankford appeals Mountaire well permit approval

Earlier this month, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small related to well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.

Millsboro man charged after 8-month human trafficking investigation

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Delaware State Police, along with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division and the Ocean City Police Department, concluded an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly operating in Sussex County with the arrest of two area men.

The good, the bad and the ‘room for improvement’

Special education is “an ever-evolving specialty,” said Heather Statler, who has dedicated her career to the subject. Now, this Indian River School District board member is chairing the new Special Education Task Force, which will review the district’s entire special-ed program.

Clarification

In our Aug. 12 article “IR educator: Teachers undermined as parents demand special treatment,” we referenced the IRSD board’s decision-making on additional admissions to the East Millsboro Elementary School Spanish Immersion program. The four students who were recommended did go through the lottery process with all applicants.

White Marlin Open organizers put a hold on $2.8M payout

After initially awarding a $2.8 million prize for the lone qualifying white marlin caught in Ocean City, Md.’s 43rd Annual White Marlin Open after fishing closed on Aug. 12, tournament directors mid-week issued a statement suggesting that the winning anglers may have violated the tournament’s rules and may not be awarded the lucrative prize after all.

Former OV employee loses appeal

A former Town of Ocean View employee recently lost an appeal to the Delaware Superior Court after the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board found she was disqualified for unemployment benefits.

LB students get help from women’s group

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.More than four dozen students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School will receive backpacks filled with school supplies to start their school year, thanks to the efforts of a group of local women.

The idea for the backpack project came about as a group of women who live in the Bishop’s Landing development collected their usual money for local charities during their monthly luncheon. The women decided that they wanted to contribute backpacks and came up with filling 50 packs as their goal.

First, the backpacks themselves were purchased, and into each one was placed a supplies list for one of the grades at Lord Baltimore, which encompasses kindergarten through fifth grade. The individual backpacks were then taken by households in Bishop’s Landing and filled with everything from dry erase markers to earbuds.

Agenda — August 26, 2016

Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.

Editorial – Safety, safety, safety with school buses

Schools around the area will be opening over the next few weeks, and the Delaware State Police (DSP) recently shared some advice for students, parents and bus drivers on how to take precautions in regards to safety.

Point of No Return: Loving thy neighbor needs to be in our daily lives

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Remember that one? You know, pretty big reference in the Bible. Actually, it’s mentioned several times in the Bible, prominently in Matthew and Leviticus — and is the central theme of the standard “Golden Rule” that can be found in the texts of nearly every religion or philosophy recorded through time.

Letters to the Editor — August 26, 2016

Reader not a fan of road project

Editor:

In a recent article published in the Coastal Point regarding the Route 26 widening project, it was stated that it is a “model” for future construction. This is a very scary thought.

If anything, the project has been one not-very-well-thought-out incident after another. Let’s look at the problems they left behind.

Civil War Profiles – Spies, counterspies and Ginnie the quilter

Stories about espionage during the Civil War abound. Documentation, however, is often wanting, while legends of what occurred survive through the generations.

Quantity up, quality improving on Chesapeake crab catch

Devotees of the Chesapeake Bay’s most notable crustaceans rejoiced this spring when results of the 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey predicted a second straight year of record population growth.

Still, according to several area experts, quantity doesn’t always equal quality.

County approves bid for Rehoboth EMS facility

In February of 2015, Sussex County purchased 3 acres of land on Plantation Road in Rehoboth Beach to be used for the Medic 104/EMS 100 facility. At its Aug. 23 meeting, Bobby Schoonover, technical services division manager, provided an update to the county council regarding the project.

Dickens, BART to open season with ‘Same Time, Next Year’

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.After a summer hiatus, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be back at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville next month, ready to headline their 2016-2017 schedule with Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy-drama “Same Time, Next Year.”

The two-character production, the opening night of which is slated for Thursday, Sept. 15, will star Ocean View’s Jeff Martini as George and Seaford’s E.J. Panico as Doris, both actors bringing with them vast stage and showbiz experience.

Martini is a BART veteran, having starred in such shows as last year’s sold-out season-opener, “Hate Mail.”

Panico will be making her BART debut but has appeared in several Possum Point Players’ productions in Georgetown, including “I Remember Mama,” as Marta “Mama” Hanson, and “Move Over, Mrs. Markham,” as Joanna Markham.

Ocean View Historical Society to hold ’50s Boardwalk Bash

History buffs and those just wanting a fun night out can return to a quieter, simpler time at the Ocean View Historical Society’s ’50s Boardwalk Bash, reliving an era when gals wore poodle skirts and guys slicked their hair back just-so.

New administrators welcomed at IR school district

Every school year brings new faces to the classroom, and the Indian River School District has a handful of new administrators leading local education for the 2016-2017 school year.

Indian River High School is welcoming two new assistant principals, Chad Moletress and Laretha Payton, who filled vacancies left by Corey Heacock and Justin Miller.

Tripple Overtime – Ryan Lochte isn’t the only lying U.S. athlete

Throughout American history, the sports world and world in general have seen their fair share of lies and liars.

IR Football Boosters to honor alumni at home games this season

Starting with the Indians’ season-opener against Maryland’s Linganore High School on Friday, Sept. 9, the Indian River High School Football Boosters will be honoring past alumni with halftime ceremonies at home games throughout the 2016-2017 season.

Indian River football family taking aim at South title

2016 IR Football Preview

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: This year's seniors are ready to try and return the Henlopen South title to Indian River.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: This year's seniors are ready to try and return the Henlopen South title to Indian River.It’s been two long years since the Henlopen South title belonged to the Indians. In a few short weeks, that’s a streak that this year’s re-focused Indian River High School football squad will set out on a path to snap.

Despite a disappointing 4-6 season in 2016, the division and ensuing automatic playoff bid had remained in reach until a late-season loss to eventual South champions Lake Forest (8-2, 6-0).

After reloading with a talented freshman class and some key contributors ready to step up for their senior campaigns, however, second-year head coach Phil Townsend is hopeful that his squad’s new “family” mentality and off-season spent in the weight room will pay dividends when the Friday-night lights finally switch on at Indian River High School football stadium this fall.

“To be honest, this is probably one of the best teams I’ve coached, in terms of behavior and commitment,” said Townsend. “These guys are really meshing as a family — picking each other up when they’re down.”

Three-peat?

IR soccer seniors ready for run at third state championship

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior forward Oscar Cruz moves the ball upfield in a scrimmage against Severn (Md.) on Monday, Aug. 22.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior forward Oscar Cruz moves the ball upfield in a scrimmage against Severn (Md.) on Monday, Aug. 22.They earned their first state championship ring as freshmen, after helping the Indian River High School soccer team to their first-ever title in 2013.

Then, just last season, they brought home the program’s second title, in impact roles as juniors.

But this year’s senior class isn’t ready to stop there, aiming for a shot at a third state championship to round out their storied careers.

“We’re ready to get another one,” said senior defender Patrick Mochiam. “We’re not satisfied yet.”

“We’ve just got to take care of business early, win the division, work our way up the ladder and stay focused every game, every practice,” added senior midfielder Mac Smith of the team’s goals.

Bethany lifeguard scholarship race to start at former Harris Teeter

In its eighth year, the Ed Dean Memorial Scholarship 4-Mile Race and 1-Mile Walk will be held closer to Bethany and the lifeguards it supports, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 a.m.

Shorebirds gearing up for series vs. Lexington

After dropping their sixth straight games with a loss against Hagerstown on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Delmarva Shorebirds this week prepared for one of their final homestands of the season, when the Lexington Legends come to town on Friday, Aug. 26.

The losing streak started on Friday, Aug. 19, in a series against Lakewood.

Agencies team up to take down pot grow

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to seize more than 100 marijuana plants growing in a field west of Ocean View on Friday, Aug. 12. Authorities estimated the street value of the plants to be $214,000.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to seize more than 100 marijuana plants growing in a field west of Ocean View on Friday, Aug. 12. Authorities estimated the street value of the plants to be $214,000.Through the collaborative work of more than 10 local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement officials last Friday were able to seize 107 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $214,000.

“As our public safety needs increase in Sussex County, all of the police agencies are trying to enhance our collaboration on criminal investigations. This is one of those initiatives. Spearheaded by Chief [Robert] Longo of Milton Police Department, through the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association, we came up with the idea to do some marijuana irradiation,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

The Delmar, Georgetown, Milton, Ocean View and Selbyville police departments worked with the DEA Task Force, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Police Aviation unit and Natural Resources Police, as well as the Maryland and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug teams, as part of “Operation Summer Harvest,” which looks to address the growing drug issues in Sussex County.

Selbyville wins emergency grant for water treatment

As troublesome as Selbyville’s water problems have been, the Town has landed in a safety net of state and federal funding. The Town recently earned a $500,000 emergency grant toward its new water plant.

Between the USDA Rural Development grant and a previous state Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, Selbyville will get more than $3 million in free money toward the new plant.

Death penalty ruled violation of Constitution

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state code related to the death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution.

Organizers plan for Police Appreciation Day

Next month, event organizers are asking local residents to take some time between Sept. 15 and 17 to show their appreciation for the men and women whose duty it is to protect and serve.

Public invited to comment on revised sign ordinance

The public will have a second chance to give comment on recommended changes to the Sussex County sign regulations. At its Aug. 9 council meeting, the county council voted 5-0 to reintroduce a proposed ordinance to amend its code related to signs.

Tuckahoe Acres celebrates half-century of family refuge

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Raeann Yuslum and Lois Cochran, both of Middletown, Pa., relax by the Tuckahoe Acres pool. Both have been spending summers at the campground for years.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Raeann Yuslum and Lois Cochran, both of Middletown, Pa., relax by the Tuckahoe Acres pool. Both have been spending summers at the campground for years.What started 50 years ago with one man’s wish to leave a legacy for his young family is now a refuge for scores of families, a place to call “home away from home” by the bay.

When the Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort campground opened in 1966, just 26 days before Van Browne died at the age of 33 from a rare form of cancer, his wife, Duane, was not sure she would be able to continue with the business.

Their son, Mark Browne, was 9 years old at the time; he now oversees the 65-acre campground that, in the height of summer, functions like a small village, with its own store, church services held in a brand new pavilion, a white, sandy beach alongside the bay and a tight-knit community of campers who look after each other, the Browne family and the community at large.

But that first year, it took considerable fortitude for the Browne family to move forward with Van Browne’s vision.

Family members — especially Mark Browne’s grandfather Herbert Calhoun and friends Sydney and Agnes Hurley — pitched in, and somehow the campground made it to a second season.

Fenwick bids farewell to outgoing officials

As July came to a close, three people approached retirement from their duties at Fenwick Island Town Hall.

After 10 years of service apiece, outgoing Town Council Members Diane Tingle and Bill Weistling Jr. opted not to run for reelection this year. Meanwhile, Merritt Burke IV served his final days as town manager before becoming CEO of Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR).

Fenwick Island swears in new town council members

With one hand on the Bible, three Fenwick Islanders swore to this week serve as town council members in accordance with the Town Code, state and U.S. constitutions.

Vicky Carmean, Bernie Merritt Jr. and Gardner Bunting officially began their two-year terms at a Aug. 16 reorganization meeting.

Millsboro man charged with seventh DUI after OVPD stop

The Ocean View Police Department recently charged a Millsboro man with his seventh DUI offense.

Fewer guards means more awareness

It would probably be safe to consider today part of the fabled “dog days of summer.”

It’s been hot. The season is beginning to wind down as students make their way back to school. And the grind of another busy summer has most people (particularly those fortunate enough to live here) walking around with their tongues hanging out and eyes half shut.