Ocean View

Ocean View undergoes state audit

All municipalities within the state of Delaware are subject to state audits on a regular basis, but a formal inquiry by one council member and a petition by about 200 of the town’s citizens recently led to Ocean View’s regular audits being moved...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Town to send out survey on financial matters

After much deliberation, the Ocean View Town Council voted to send out a survey to residents in order to gain public input on solutions to the town’s present financial situation. The survey, which would be sent to the 2,600 property owners in the...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:05am

OV establishes street-repair fund

Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday, with Mayor Gordon Wood abstaining and Councilman Bill Wcihmann dissenting, to “re-deploy” $450,000 from the town’s Emergency Reserve Trust Fund to establish the Street Repair and Replacement Fund....

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:02am

Local Lions offer up fruits of their labor

In 1925, Helen Keller approached an 8-year-old Lion’s Club and challenged them to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. Since that meeting, the Lion’s Club has expanded to become a 1.3 million-person organization spanning 205...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:48am

Ocean View business owners support 24-hour police

After hearing rumors that Ocean View might be considering reducing police coverage from a 24-hour-a-day schedule as one way to cut spending, resident Richard Birkmeyer decided he couldn’t just let that happen.

In trying to find ways to get...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:42am

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch....

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:07am

Ocean View begins to explore youth program

The Ocean View Youth Development Committee met on Monday, Dec. 22, for their initial brainstorming session. The Ocean View Town Council voted in October to appoint Tom Roth, a local scoutmaster, and Garret Lydick, a former Teacher of the Year, to...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:27am

DiFebo clan takes on dining at Bear Trap

The DiFebo name has become a culinary icon throughout the area, and now they’re adding a little more to their plate. This weekend, the family will debut as the new owners of Difebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes, bringing a lot of love...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:46am

Blue Christmas service offers help for the holidays

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration for most; but for those who are alone or grieving, the joy of the season can be overwhelming and often intensifies those negative feelings. To help those in need celebrate the holidays without all...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:29am

CAP members officially resign from Ocean View

All 24 members of the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol tendered their resignations this week, after the Ocean View town council adopted a revised CAP operations manual.

Former CAP Officer in Charge Tom Sheeran said the revised...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 5:47am

Ocean View project moving right ahead

At the Ocean View Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, Alan Kercher of Kercher Engineering responded to questions regarding planned changes to the town’s public safety building that were not addressed before last month’s council vote to...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:06am

Studio 26 pampers patrons for the holiday

Only months have passed since Studio 26 Salon and Spa first opened in Ocean View, but the full-service salon is wasting no time in making a name for itself, drawing in a crowd of new and returning customers to a staff that can cater to their...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:34pm

It's time to let Ocean View citizens have their say

This past week was Thanksgiving week, and it is only natural at this time of the year to take account of our blessings. I, for one, am glad to live in the beautiful little town of Ocean View, where – absent the bustle of summertime traffic on...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:31pm

Jolly Roger transforms bar into family-friendly eatery

Nate Howard’s most recent endeavor is all about family. He relocated to the area from Venice, Fla., to be closer to his parents. His brothers came along to help turn around renovations of the building where Howard planned to open a restaurant and...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:59pm

Antique Prints sale to benefit historical society

For people planning to head out and about this holiday, fighting the Black Friday madness in outlets and shopping malls to find those special gifts, there is an alternative. Antique Prints Inc. will hold a holiday tent sale on Friday, Nov. 28, at...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:49pm

Ocean View finds compromise on police hierarchy

In a 4-1 vote, the Ocean View town council on Tuesday, Nov. 18, agreed to put an end to controversy regarding Police Chief Ken McLaughlin’s contract and adopted a compromise.

In a motion made by Councilman Roy Thomas, McLaughlin will...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:25pm

OV police volunteers resign en masse

While Ocean View council members found compromise Tuesday on the heated issue of whether the town’s police chief should report to the town’s mayor or town manager, two other police-related issues swelled enmity in the town to new heights at the...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:24pm

OV officer honored for saving man's life

Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin presented OVPD Cpl. Kristen Miller with a Lifesaving Award at the town’s council meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 18, honoring extraordinary service that saved one resident’s life.

On Friday, Oct. 3,...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:10pm

Threatened water bill boycott pushes change

It was a long night for Ocean View Town Council members and the determined few who stayed at their meeting until past 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. A first reading of an ordinance to amend the state code of the town by adding a new section on...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:08pm

Ocean View tries to save town's history

The Ocean View Historical Society invites the public to a presentation by Edward McWilliams, the Delaware Curator of Museums, on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at town hall.

McWilliams plans to share his vision for The Coastal Towns Museum in...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 8:02am

Attorney-general sides with OV police chief on contract dispute

Further muddying the waters in volatile Ocean View, in a letter dated Oct. 16, 2008, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion addressed to state Rep. Gerald W. Hocker and Mayor Gordon Wood regarding the Ocean View charter. It...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:07pm

OVPD back up to full strength of eight

With the recent hiring of Patrolman Sidney Ballentine and Patrolman A.J. McKetchnie, Ocean View has beefed up its number of full-time officers to its full complement of eight.

Ballentine comes to the force with 21 years of service as a...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:02pm

Mariner's Bethel set to celebrate 150 years

On Nov. 9, 1859, the first Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church opened its doors under the guidance of the Rev. Robert B. Hazzard. Some 150 years later, Nov. 9 approaches again, and the church will be gathering to celebrate the landmark occasion of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:37pm

OV hops into fundraising with event

The first fundraiser for the Ocean View Historical Society will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dunes Room at Bear Trap in Ocean View.

In addition to music by D.J. Don Minyon, mayor of Millville, the Sock Hop and Silent...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:20pm

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

Stolen SUV ends up all wet

Rescue workers and emergency crews were on hand in Ocean View on Monday morning as an SUV possibly stolen in a Maryland carjacking and robbery was recovered after being dumped into the Assawoman Bay.

Dive teams, rescue squad and emergency...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:25am

Route 26 detours project to start next fall

At a town council work session on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Ocean View’s town council and residents heard an update from Tom Banez, project manager for the state’s Route 26 Improvement Project.

The project encompasses 4 miles of Route 26, from the...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:39am

Citizens voice opposition to public works building

Despite being told at the beginning of the public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Ocean View that the purpose of the evening’s hearing before the town’s Planning Commission was to review the technical requirements of the proposed public works...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:30am

Hocker running on record of achievement

For state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th), running for re-election to his state House of Representatives seat is as much about what he has done already as it is about his vision for the future.

“My first time running [against Shirley Price], I...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:19am

Thomas has car tires slashed

In an apparent act of vandalism, the tires of Ocean View Councilman Roy Thomas were punctured during last Tuesday night’s Ocean View town council meeting — something that has him and other members of council uneasy.

In a subsequent letter...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:17am

Event digs into local history on Oct. 28

The Town of Bethany Beach Cultural and Historic Affairs Committee, in partnership with the Ocean View Historical Society, will kick off their second-season cultural event calendar this week with “Archaeological Digs at Avery’s Rest and Bear Trap...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:00am

OV council members cleared to serve on CAP

At an Ocean View Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Town Manager Conway Gregory announced the conclusions reached by the state’s Public Integrity Commission (PIC) in an e-mail response regarding possible conflicts of interest for Mayor...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

McLaughlin honored as one of state’s finest

It’s been an up-and-down year for Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. But a recent recognition for the veteran chief definitely puts a positive spin on his professional life. McLaughlin was recently given a special runner-up award from the...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

If life hands you rain, plant a rain garden

What is a rain garden? How is it different than a pond? Who should plant one?

Sally Boswell, education and outreach coordinator for the Center for Inland Bays, answered all these questions and more for the Fenwick Island Environmental...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

James Farm offering barbecue by the bay

For people who have never been to James Farm Ecological Preserve, there’s not a better time to see it at its finest than at the preserve’s 8th annual barbecue, to be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Center for Inland...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:28am

James Farm target of break-in, vandalism

The James Farm Ecological Preserve, located on the Indian River Bay off of Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View, is open to the public, but some members of the public haven’t been treating the facility with much care of late.

According to E.J....

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:26am

New public works building stirs concerns

Ocean View citizens are raising concerns about a proposed new public works building in the town, with some speaking in opposition to the plan at a town council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The proposed public works building would be...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:23am

Giddins settles in Millville after high-flying start

Dr. Danielle Giddins, M.D., is now taking patients at her Millville office, above Halpern Eye Associates on Route 26.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dr. Danielle Giddins sitting in her Millville office at Halpern Eye Associates...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:51am

Ocean View museum aimed to unite town

‘Why is Ocean View called “Ocean View” anyway, if the ocean is miles away?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
The Ocean View Historical Society is using this house on Central Avenue to build a museum honoring the town’s heritage....

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 9:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

CIB board softens recommendation on landfill

The Board of Directors for the Center for Inland Bays bypassed a resolution put forth by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and instead passed a different motion, with a vote of 3-2.

The CAC approved a resolution...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:51am

Pre-construction begins on Inlet Bridge

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks, state and local officials, residents and others were on hand at a Sept. 17 event to unveil the design for a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:47am

Parents find an educational blessing at Most Blessed Sacrament

Denise Curtis and her husband wanted to try something different when they moved to Delaware. Their children had attended public school in Montgomery County, Md., and although that public school system is noted as one of the best in the country...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:09am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

OV council votes to change chief’s contract terms

The Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 at a special meeting on Tuesday night to change Police Chief Ken McLaughlin’s contract to read that he will now report to Town Manager Conway Gregory, after years of McLaughlin reporting directly to the town’...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:41am

New inlet bridge plans unveiled

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, many area professionals and residents had their questions (and prayers) answered as state and local officials unveiled the new plans for the long-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:32am

Ryan’s small-business roots core to campaign

For Kay Ryan, running for representative for the state’s 38th District will be like an extension of the last seven years of her life before her retirement.

Special to the Coastal Point • John Dux
Candidates for state office, Bryon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:26am

Little Red School House celebrates 20 years

It’s hard to miss the Little Red School House, complete with an antique school bell on top, on Bayard Road. The building, which blends in with the scenery and looks as if it were an actual restored school house, was, in fact, built just 20 years...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 9:57am