Ocean View

Local playwright presents musical with Broadway star

If you’re looking for a little something extra to fill your weekend evening void, the 7th Annual Free Summer Theater Festival at Bear Trap Dunes, presented by Carl M. Freeman Foundation, could be exactly what you need.

Cyclists get lesson in safety in Ocean View

Late Friday evening, June 6, and into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD), members of the department’s Civilian Auxiliary Patrol, and representatives from the University of Delaware and DelDOT held the first of two summer bicycle safety checkpoints along Route 26.

Fresh, local seafood a staple in Ocean View

For Pennsylvania native Bill Welham, running Ocean View Seafood has become more than an occupation. Since his move to the area roughly two decades ago, it has become more or less his life, and why not? He spent much of his early life on the open ocean, and even ran his own restaurant back home.

Annexation could bring retirement community to Ocean View

At their Tuesday-night meeting, Ocean View town council entertained a presentation by Peninsula United Methodist Homes (PUMH) to potentially bring a retirement community to the town.

Stephanie Hansen, an attorney for PUMH, pitched the idea of potentially annexing the as-yet-undeveloped 55-acre plot of land into town limits.

Local photographer shares deep sea splendor

Many people dream of deep-sea SCUBA diving along tropical coral reefs in the Caribbean, or through the cold, mysterious waters of New England. For Janna Schneider, however, that dream has become very much a reality, and one that may ultimately, someday, turn into her career.

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Estuary proposal in front of county expected soon

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs.

County receives $1.056M in grants

Low-income homeowners outside Selbyville and in Ocean View will receive funding through the federal government’s community development block grant program this year to fix up their homes or connect to central water service, according to county officials.

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving some roadway projects that were left in jeopardy.

New gallery unites two prominent local artists

For just three weeks, The Gallery on Central Avenue has been in operation, replacing Iron Age Antiques, which stood there for more than three decades. But it already has people turning their heads.

OVPD targets bicyclist's safety tonight

A combination of an influx of foreign students riding their bicycles to and from work daily and an inordinate amount of traffic on local roadways — primarily Route 26 — has prompted the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) to take a pro-active stance to ensure that area roadways are safe.

Michael W. Bonsall, 51

Michael W. Bonsall, 51, of Ocean View, formerly of Elkridge, Md., died suddenly on Sunday, July 1, 2007.
Bonsall was the son of Frances L. (Rice) Bonsall and Donald W. Bonsall; beloved father of Brittany Bonsall; dear brother to Donald E. Bonsall and his wife Terri; uncle to Peter W. Bonsall.

Public fireworks displays offer safe, patriotic fun

Consumer fireworks illegal in Delaware

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Joyce D. Sonntag, 76

Joyce D. Sonntag, 76, of Ocean View, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Thursday, June 21, 2007, surrounded by her family, at home. She retired as the executive administrative assistant to the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the federal circuit in Washington, D.C. She loved spending time with her family and pets.

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

Townhome development presented to town

Plans to build a 57-unit townhome development on Beaver Dam Road, adjacent to existing Millville town limits, came up for review by the town’s annexation committee and other neighboring property owners at a June 21 meeting.

Group officially recommends long eastern bypass

The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.

Millville looks to unify 19967 zip code

Postal service plans centralized delivery annex

More than 21 citizens of Millville currently reside in postal limbo. They live in areas that were once outside the town’s boundaries, and its related postal designation: 19967. But they’ve since been annexed into the town.

Madame Chef stirs up some new services

With summertime trips to the beach, it can be stressful enough organizing and hosting visits with friends and family. The last thing a lot of people want to worry with is preparing meals and dinner parties.

Ocean View family spreads smiles across the world

This past weekend, proud parents Brandon and Kerry Case had much more to be thankful for than their son Max’s first birthday, on June 17. A birthday party/fund raiser, all rolled into one, last Saturday recognized Max but also touched lives of hundreds of people around the world.

Ocean View studies, talks drainage issue

It seems like, no matter where you stand in Ocean View these days — if it’s raining, you’re wading. Drainage has become a noticeable issue in almost all corners of the town and nearly everywhere in between. Members of town council took some time on Tuesday evening to look a little deeper into the issue, with a conceptual review presented by Town Engineer Alan Kercher.

Ocean View Board of Elections starts fixing voter districts

In an effort to clear up confusion regarding Ocean View’s registered voting districts this past election in April, the town’s Board of Supervisors of Elections has been hard at work to clarify the designated boundaries of each district.

Ocean View council tackles water, impact fees and history

At Tuesday’s Ocean View Town Council meeting, the council was able to address numerous items. Some of the highlights include the town’s water system progress, the update of building impact fees, and the potential declaration of the town as a historical district.

Water system progress

The summer sun rises … yet again

Each year, as summer fades into the sunset, things change along the Delaware beaches. Restaurants come and go. Storefronts change hands. But all the while, there are some things that stay the same, waiting for the draw of beachgoers back to the shore.

Dirtbikes stolen from home garage in Bethany Bay

A local resident is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in relation to an incident at her family’s Bethany Bay home this week, when suspects entered her garage in late-night hours and stole two dirt bikes.

Phone outages blamed on unmarked wires

Many Ocean View-area customers left without phone service this month

At least 75 Verizon phone customers have been left without telephone service — sometimes for several days or more — in the latest accidental cable cuts this month in the Ocean View area, a spokeswoman for Verizon has confirmed.

Ocean View to hike taxes 9 percent

Atop a lengthy agenda of public hearings, Ocean View Town Council cast a 3-2 vote at Tuesday night’s council meeting that will enact a 9 percent tax increase in the town, effective in the coming 2008 fiscal year.

The increase came as a response to recent drop in real estate transfer taxes, and was proposed by the Long Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC).

Water construction flowing steadily in town

A few minor setbacks in the construction of Ocean View’s public water system don’t seem to be standing in the way too much, as progress is right where it needs to be, reported town engineer Chuck Hauser at the committee’s meeting last Thursday.

Voters to decide council seat Saturday in Ocean View

As time ticked down this week to Saturday’s election, candidates Roxana “Roxie” Davis, Gordon Wood and Richard Nippes prepared for their chance to take a seat as a member of the Ocean View Council, filling the District 1 seat vacated by six-year councilman Eric Magill.

They will vie for the spot the Saturday, April 14, in the town’s annual election.

Voters to decide council seat Saturday in Ocean View

As time ticked down this week to Saturday’s election, candidates Roxana “Roxie” Davis, Gordon Wood and Richard Nippes prepared for their chance to take a seat as a member of the Ocean View Council, filling the District 1 seat vacated by six-year councilman Eric Magill.

They will vie for the spot the Saturday, April 14, in the town’s annual election.

Ocean View public water system moving ahead

Construction continued this week in Ocean View as the town moved closer to getting a central water system. With crews rounding up construction in Country Estates and Country Village, sights are set on Route 26 — though the primary concern inhibiting construction along the major roadway is the same one that prevented the project from getting started in the past: easements.

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