Ocean View


Ocean Views starts planning its future

As Ocean View battles falling transfer taxes, the growing-pains of past annexations and the long-term consequences of past spending decisions, the town is also looking to its future, as the first stage of drafting the town’s five-year...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:57am

Tree hits town hall

Strong winds and heavy rain hit the area late on Wednesday afternoon, as residents braced for possible severe weather while under a tornado watch that covered the entire Delmarva Peninsula until 8 p.m.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, rotating...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 1:26pm

Bible school serves kids from many churches

This year’s Ecumenical Vacation Bible School (EVBS) will be called “Rainforest Adventure” and will be held at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, at Route 26 and Central Avenue, from Monday, June 16, to Friday, June 20, from 9...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:44am

Wine tasting and auction returning for cause

For Mike Kappes and his kin, family is truly everything. Next Saturday, May 31, they will reiterate the importance of support from loved ones as they host their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at Bear Trap Country Club, to benefit the...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 7:59am

Brown fights Ocean View over water connection

Ocean View resident Wally Brown dropped a bombshell on town council members at their Wednesday, May 7, meeting, revealing his intention to file a lawsuit against council members over the town’s requirement for all property owners to connect to...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:40am

Proposed pumps provoke problems for public

Homeowners packed the seats, and left standing-room only in Ocean View Town Hall last Wednesday, May 7, during the monthly town council meeting, as the town hosted the first of two public hearings for an ordinance that could allow a new gas...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:21am

Banks takes over the last train near Clarksville

For Dana Banks, owner of The Parkway Restaurant in Bethany Beach, the most exciting thing about taking over the Royal Zephyr restaurant in Ocean View is the fact that she’ll be able to cook like she cooks at home.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 6:35am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

ResortQuest acquires Seacoast

ResortQuest Delaware has announced its acquisition of Seacoast Realty, making it the state’s largest beach real estate brokerage. The two companies have had a substantial impact in the area’s real estate market in the past, stretching from North...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 9:09am

Ocean View gets off to fresh start

The Ocean View Town Council kicked off its reorganizational meeting and council workshop last Wednesday, April 21, with a swearing-in ceremony for new Mayor Gordon Wood and new Councilman Perry Mitchell. After a contentious period on the council...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 8:05am

Lord Baltimore Elementary students learn to 'Just Say No'

The fourth- and fifth-graders of Lord Baltimore were treated to a special presentation on April 17, of “Tar Wars” a nationwide program that started in Colorado, designed to educate America’s youth about the dangers of smoking.

Dr. Cedrick...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:04am

Wood, Mitchell sworn in Ocean View

Ocean View swore in its new mayor and councilman on Wednesday night, during the town’s annual council reorganizational meeting. Outgoing Mayor Gary Meredith oversaw the swearing in of incoming Councilman Perry Mitchell, who replaced outgoing...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:04am

Gas station supporters demand to be heard

Dozens of Ocean View residents turned up at the April 17 meeting of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, hoping to speak their minds about a proposed retail, office and gas station project planned off Route 26 near the Savannah’s Landing...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:03am

Wood, Mitchell winners in charged elections

Voters turned out in droves in Ocean View on Saturday, April 12, to conclude a long and hard-fought campaign among six residents for the positions of the town’s mayor and councilperson from District 3. In the end, it was a decisive victory for...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 8:37am

Training aims to help prevent another Va. Tech

Screams, shrieks, blaring alarms and banging erupted from the normally quiet halls of the Ocean View public safety building on Wednesday, April 16. When quiet was restored, one suspect had surrendered to police. The other resisted officers and...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 8:30am

Ocean View candidates get their say

Voting in the Ocean View town council and mayoral elections for 2008 will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the town hall, located at 32 West Avenue.

After more than a year of controversy over finances, the police...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:45am

Kempton offering insight into colorful hobby

As she scores a straight line on a piece of purple “fusing glass,” on which a piece of dichroic glass will be glued, small shards of glass fall on the foam board below. Faye Kempton snaps the glass, finalizing the cut into a near-perfect...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 5:54am

Officials take on more extensive cancer survey

As a follow-up to last summer’s report of a cancer cluster investigation in the area of the Indian River Power Plant by Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health, a comprehensive survey is now being conducted across Sussex...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:13am

Townsend ready to take on task of director at CHEER Center

Debbie Townsend can hardly contain her excitement in about her new job as director of the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Debbie Townsend, above, recently took on the job of being the...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8:43am

Ocean View candidates make their cases

Candidates for mayor and District 3 councilperson in Ocean View had their chance on March 19 to make their cases to potential voters, with the town’s official Candidates’ Night, held before a capacity crowd of partisans and undecided voters at...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:32am

Native Plant Sale set for fourth year

The 4th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 3, at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

“The Native Plant Sale raises awareness of the value of native plants in our...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:50am

Scarlett’s Treasures shines light on precious finds

Business partners Pauline Blasena and Judy Brand have a knack for finding things for their stores, from priceless antiques to vintage collectibles. Brand’s Southern Virginia style and Blasena’s New Jersey niche ensure something for everyone at...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 3:50am

Ocean View adopts budget on split vote

Ocean View Town Council members on Tuesday, March 11, adopted the town’s budget for the 2009 fiscal year on a 3-2 vote. Mayor Gary Meredith and Councilmen Roy Thomas and Richard Nippes voted in favor of what had been cast as a “difficult budget...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:04am

Coastal Leisure Center looking forward to spring

Exciting things are happening at the Coastal Leisure CHEER Center in Ocean View. A new director has been hired, and March is already filled with fun things to do.

“We have a great gal, Debbie Townsend, right from Ocean View,” said Florence...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:00am

New inlet bridge to be in use before 2012

Work on two early phases of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is revving up, with removal of excess soils from the existing faulty embankments set to begin the first week of April and work begun last week on geotechnical...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:56am

Ocean View refines proposed budget

Ocean View officials plan to keep a close eye on the town’s finances in the next six months, with deep concern expressed during their budget process for the 2009 fiscal year about whether a revenue forecast that includes two large proposed...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:55am

Ocean View considers ordinances, budget

On a relatively light evening for the Ocean View Town Council, council members held a first reading of an ordinance change, introduced another and formally introduced the proposed budget documents for their coming fiscal year.

The...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:53am

Sewer project having only minor impacts on Route 26 businesses

Though the prospect of partial road closures raised deep concerns in area businesspeople when the project was announced last year, it has been business pretty much as usual along Route 26 since the start of the Millville sewer project on Jan. 2....

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:48am

Bringing “green” indoors

As the word “green” gains in popularity and usage as a synonym for “environmentally friendly,” it might be easy to lose sight of exactly which environment is being referenced. For the Waehlers of Ocean View, “environment” not only meant the...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:45am

Registration open for 19th Annual Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

As spring finally warms and greens the Delmarva Peninsula, bicyclists from all over the mid-Atlantic region will shift into gear and head to Fenwick Island. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour is a favored...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:39am

Wallace Oman Lecher Jr., 77

Dr. Wallace Oman Lecher Jr., 77, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. A graduate of Amherst College and Hahnemann Medical College, he served his medical internship at the Hahnemann-...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:26am

EDITORIAL: Route 26 businesses still strong

When plans were first announced for the sewer work along Route 26 in Millville, businesses dotting that area were understandably concerned. There was fear that the road work would not only cause traffic problems in front of their businesses, but...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:07am

Nationally known comedians to perform at the Bistro

It’s the return of comedy at Bear Trap Dunes on Wednesday, March 5, with headlining acts Pat O’Donnell and Jeff Pirrami, “The Fat Rat Bastard,” performing to a limited 120 seats.

Pat O’Donnell is a professional comedian and has been seen...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:40am

CoastalPoint.com 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to CoastalPoint.com 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.

We’re...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Writers tackle challenges together

Maribeth Fischer started the first Writers at the Beach conference in 2005, to raise money for mitochondrial disease, a disease that has since claimed the life of her two nephews, Sam and Zachary Juhlman.

Out of that “one-time thing” to...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:43am

Gas station, retail center plan nets concerns, deferral

After deliberation by both the Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission and representatives from Savannah’s Landing, who gave their input to the commission, a 2-1 vote was cast Feb. 21 to defer action on a proposed shopping center, including a...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:34am

Ocean View considers mandating mixed use

Ocean View Town Council members plan to introduce at their March meeting an ordinance that would refine permitted uses in the town’s small commercial district. The ordinance, developed by Administrative Official Charles McMullen, is a response to...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:38am

Nippes looks to restore Ocean View's history and heritage

It has only been a matter of days since Richard Nippes was welcomed aboard the Ocean View Council, through a tight election earlier this month. But now that he has the floor, he’s wasting no time in aiming for change in the town, with hopes of...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:33am

Officers and firefighters honored at 2008 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards

Men and women of law enforcement and fire departments undoubtedly dedicated their time and experience, risking their own lives for those of the public and for the betterment of their communities.

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The...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:38am

Ocean View irons out policy financing

After contentious discussion of the issue at last week’s town council meeting, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith and Councilman Roy Thomas spent time this week working out a compromise solution designed to maintain the town’s take-home policy for...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:49am

Grants available for OV water hook-ups

Low-income residents of Ocean View who may have been wondering how they were going to pay potentially thousands of dollars in hook-up costs for mandatory connections to the town’s new central water system may have gotten their answer at a Nov. 6...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:58am

Ocean View readies changes to election rules

Ocean View is nearing adopting of a revised version of the town’s voting district map and the related verbal descriptions. The two were found to conflict during this year’s council election process, leading to controversy over which candidates...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:52am

Ocean View considering move for public works

Ocean View officials are considering whether to use the Lampe House, adjacent to the town park, for a headquarters for the town’s public works department as shortages of funds and space leave the town administration stuck in the closet —...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:20am

Maestro to make hearts 'Zing' in Ocean View

Maestro Julien Benichou has always had a deep, assertive connection with music, ever since his early days practicing in a children’s chorus in his native France. From there, he dabbled with musical performance until he took a keen partiality to...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:15am

CHEER center director fired, arrested

Longtime Coastal Leisure CHEER Center Director Sheree Stephens is no longer working at the Ocean View senior center, after being arrested at the center Jan. 11 on theft and other charges and led away from her workplace in handcuffs by state...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:09am

Hybrid homes take green houses beyond solar panels

Two new homes nestled back in Ocean Way Estates, built by custom builder E.S.B. Inc., are turning the heads of passers-by. The solar panels atop the roof may be one of the most noticeable features of the houses, though for these eco-friendly...

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 7:00pm

Candidates file in Ocean View

Ocean View Town Manager Conway Gregory announced Jan. 22 that two candidates have filed to run in April 12’s elections for the town council seat representing District 3, while one candidate has filed for the office of mayor. Both Mayor Gary...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:18am

Ocean View deals with signage dilemma

With a wave of new development ongoing in many of the area’s towns, local Realtors and municipal officials are, in some cases, discovering that their town codes don’t allow for some increasingly frequent situations. One such case involves the...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:15am

County aims to meet state road standards

Existing standards for public roads in Sussex County are admittedly less stringent than those imposed by the State of Delaware, but that could cease to be the case under a directive passed by the Sussex County Council at their Tuesday, Jan. 8,...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:04am