In what many would describe as a quiet beach community, an incident occurred last weekend that caused many to pause and consider, “even in my town.”
On Saturday, March 18, a little after 10 p.m., Ocean View Police Department Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was assisting Worcester County (Md.) Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rhode in the pursuit of Troy Lee Short, 31, of Hurlock, Md.
Short had been spotted driving in an “erratic manner” by a deputy in Ocean City, Md., around 8 p.m. that evening. The deputy had attempted to stop the vehicle; however, Short fled.
“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office initiated this whole thing in Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “They went to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle, and the vehicle fled. They chased him, lost him. He ditched a car, stole another car. He stole a couple cars throughout this couple-hour ordeal that unfolded in Maryland.”
Employee salaries continue to be the focus of the discussions of the Town of Ocean View’s draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
At the town council’s monthly meeting on March 14, council members voiced their desire to ensure employees receive fair, competitive pay.
The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week in preparation for the adoption of its budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and the current draft of the budget may be good news for those hoping to see their Town tax rate stay the same.
Happy with the time he’s spent on the town council, Ocean View resident Tom Maly recently filed to continue to serve as councilman for District 3.
Maly, joined the council in January 2016, following the passing of former councilman Tom Sheeran. He said he has enjoyed his year on council so much that he decided to run to serve the Town for an additional three years.
Walter Curran will serve the Town of Ocean View as its mayor for another three years, come April.
“The reason I’ve decided to step forward one more time is to finish the job. That’s my nature. I started this… It seems to be going in the right direction.”
The deadline to file to run for mayor of Ocean View was Feb. 21, and Curran was the only resident to file for the position.
The Ocean View Historical Society has gotten a boost for its mission to “preserve, interpret and collect the history of Ocean View and the surrounding Baltimore Hundred area” after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation.
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The Town of Ocean View held a special workshop this week to review and discuss a 2016 employee compensation survey.
“We all want to do the right thing. We all want to take care of our employees, because I do think they’re exceptional,” said Mayor Walter Curran. “By the same token, we have a budget that we have to create.”
The Town of Ocean View this week held the first reading of an ordinance to amend a condition for the residential planned community of Ocean View Beach Club.
In 2016, Windansea LLC, the developer of the Ocean View Beach Club, requested to amend a condition that was placed on the property when it was annexed into the town in 2007.
A Rehoboth Beach man was arrested last week following a high-speed pursuit involving seven law-enforcement agencies.
According to police, around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, a black SUV was observed traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md. It was reported that the SUV was driving at speeds up to 100 mph.
“This individual placed a lot of people in danger. In particular, one Ocean City officer that, apparently, he swerved toward that officer and came very close to striking their marked police car at a very high rate of speed,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt there, and we’re glad we were able to take him in without any injuries.”
Last month, a stolen car was recovered by Ocean View Police Department after conducting a routine vehicle registration check.
On Nov. 25, at a little after midnight, an OVPD officer, while on patrol, ran the tags of a 1998 green Honda Civic with Delaware registration at the Royal Farms on Atlantic Ave.
While many look at the holiday season as a time of cheer to be shared with family and friends, there are some who do not have as joyous a time.
For those — the lost, lonely, grieving and overwhelmed — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church holds its Blue Christmas, a service of hope for those in need in the community.
The Ocean View Board of Adjustment met last week to review a number of variance applications.
The Ocean View Town Council at its regular meeting on Dec. 14 discussed the potential of an animal preserve operating within town limits, just off Route 26, following the receipt of a letter from Barn Hill Preserve.
Aiming to spread holiday cheer, the Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual Holiday in the Park this weekend. The public is being invited to join in the festivities at John West Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
laid down his sweet head,
The stars in the bright sky
looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus
asleep on the hay.
Next weekend, the Ocean View Presbyterian Church will open its doors for its annual Nativity Festival — inviting the public to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to approve the municipal-wide discount ambulance subscription service agreement.
The agreement requires businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.
Lock your doors! Police are asking people to avoid being an easy target for theft.
Recently, Ocean View Police Department reported a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10 car burglaries in two days. Every vehicle was left unlocked overnight.
“Only the ones being left unlocked are the ones being tampered with,” said Capt. Heath Hall.
The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended approval of a proposed ordinance that would allow the developer of the Ocean View Beach Club additional time to complete expanded recreational facilities for the community.
This Halloween, the Ocean View Police Department is offering a family-friendly trick-or-treating festival.
The second annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival will take place this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. Families who attend can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and more.
The Ocean View Town Council this week reviewed its latest draft agreement for ambulance subscription fee, which would require businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.
This weekend, Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its first Fall Festival, inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day on the front lawn.
Last week, SafeWise — a website that provides “unbiased home security reviews, comparisons and advice that empowers consumers to make wise decisions to protect their home” — listed the town of Ocean View as the second-safest municipality in the state of Delaware.
For years, Ocean View residents who live near the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s secondary fire alarm have asked for it to be put out of commission.
Although the hours of the siren’s operation have been reigned in to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., those who serve on the Town’s Fire Siren Task Force Committee sent a list of questions to the department following a June meeting.
The Ocean View Police Department will host its Cops & Goblins event for the second year this October. The family-friendly Halloween event is designed as a way for young families to enjoy the holiday in a safe environment.
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.
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.
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.
The Ocean View Police Department recently charged a Millsboro man with his seventh DUI offense.
The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved a special exception for a physical therapy/rehabilitation facility, to be located at 111 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 3.
Robert Hammond, owner of Atlantic Physical Therapy, told the board that he and his family have six other locations — the closest being in West Fenwick.