Ocean View

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.

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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

Popular local bread gets new local outlet

By popular demand, Old World Breads is now available at Good Earth Market in Clarksville. On Fridays and Saturdays, Steve Kogler’s Old World Breads, famously known and sought-after at the area farmers’ markets — especially for the cinnamon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:24am

Gas station developers file suit against Ocean View

Norino Properties, which earlier this year proposed a convenience store and gas pumps for property on Route 26 in Ocean View, has filed suit against the town, citing what they say was an unfair denial of the project in July.

The town had...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:18am

OV agenda slashed over procedural questions

The extensive agenda for the Ocean View Town Council meeting on Sept. 9 was cut drastically Tuesday after a 3-2 vote by the council determined the procedure of adding items to an agenda had not been properly performed.

Councilman Roy...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:14am

Get educated on disaster preparedness

It’s that time of year — time to prepare in case of a natural disaster, and the Ocean View Police Department wants the public to be educated on what could happen if a hurricane strikes the area.

In any state, the local authorities and...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:24am

Ocean View residents gather, pray for town, police chief

Residents of Ocean View gathered prior to the town council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, to pray for town leaders amidst ongoing strife.

“We are concerned and caring citizens,” said Nancy Colella. “Ocean View is a wonderful place — we have to...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:22am

Guess who’s serving dinner!

After much planning and preparation, Kool Bean Café in Ocean View now has four nights of dinners on the menu, with a hoped-for start date for dinner service at the end of September.

Chef Ronnie Burkle said they now have their liquor...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:41am

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:54pm

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:12am

Route 26 sewer project starting up again

With two months of construction behind them in the multi-year work to extend central sewer service along Route 26 through Millville, business owners along the busy road said in March that fears of major traffic tie-ups seriously impacting their...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 9:09am

You bet your (seaside) garden

Gardeners by the Sea will be hosting WHYY’s Mike McGrath, radio personality and former editor of Organic Gardening, on Friday, Sept. 12.

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The talk will be held at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Ocean...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:17am

Sussex County EOC monitoring tropical storms

Officials at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center announced Wednesday that they were closely monitoring Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to pass off the coast of...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:03am

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Electric Co-op issues peak alert for Wednesday, Thursday

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, when its membership is expected to be using the greatest...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:06am

Team Nessa makes way for special guest

There’s not a brick or any mortar in sight, yet Justin’s Beach House will be welcoming its first guest this September, just in time for the Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:49am

It's time to get something off my chest

I started covering local government when I joined the Coastal Point in 2004. With my assignment right off the bat to cover Bethany Beach, we had an ongoing joke that I really needed a cot in Bethany’s town hall, since I spent so much of my time...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 6:53am

Police crack Ocean View-area theft ring

Ocean View police have filed 56 charges each against a pair of suspects in connection with a widespread series of thefts throughout the Ocean View area in the last two months. Additional arrests in the cases and more than 100 charges against the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:53am

Theft victim gets back some items

When Rick Hundley and his wife woke up on July 21 and discovered that their Cabriolet convertible had been replaced in the driveway of their Bethany Lakes home by two bicycles, they were pretty sure it wasn’t a guerilla statement on “green”...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:48am

Ocean View gets creative with five-year finances

It’s no secret the town, county, state and nation are facing financial downfalls, but in Ocean View creativity could help get the town through the next five years.

Town Manager Conway Gregory announced on Tuesday, Aug. 12, slight changes...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:45am

OV petition leads to harassment claims

Susan and Richard White might have expected that there would be some fallout from taking out a full-page advertisement in support of their rally to gather signatures on a petition to request a state audit of Ocean View’s finances, or from the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:02am

Critics and opponents gather at rally

“There’s no organization and there’s no committee. We’re just two citizens who are sick and tired of it all,” Ocean View resident Susan White told fellow citizens on Sunday afternoon at a rally to kick off a petition campaign aimed to get Gov....

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:53am

Progress continues on library’s construction, fundraising and activities

The renovation and expansion of the South Coastal Library and Joshua M. Freeman Cultural Center is proceeding on a schedule that should allow for a “grand” reopening in the spring of 2009. Please drive by the Kent Avenue location to see the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:39am

Chamber’s arts festival expands

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BFACC) 30th annual award-winning Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features jewelry, art glass, pottery, sculpture, watercolor...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:36am

Millville fire hall to hold poker tournament

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23, at its firehouse on Route 26. Entry fee is $100, with two $25 re-buys available.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dealing begins at 7 p...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:29am