Ocean View

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.

Teachers plan to revive Coastal family festival

The first annual Lord Baltimore Fun Festival is set to kick off May 19, with hopes to mimic the excitement and exhilaration that the old Coastal Music & Arts Festival had brought to the area years ago.

With vendors, arts and crafts, games, food booths, music, pony rides, a moon bounce and train ride, the Fun Festival is a promising event for children and families.

Bethany Beach freezes out snowball sales

Warm summer days at the beach and icy confections go together like peanut butter and jelly, or bikinis and sunscreen. But the days of Bethany Beach residents and vacationers running off the beach or out of their homes at the sound of a ringing bell to get a snowball have become a distant memory. That’s something Melvin McMahon would like to change.

Bethany farmers' market location sought

Bethany Beach Town Council members have been eager to champion the creation of a farmers’ market in the town, as proposed last month by Delaware Department of Agriculture officials. But at their council workshop on Monday, Feb. 12, the council members made it clear that the ball is in the court of those who will organize the market and are seeking a location on private property.

Completion date for new OVPD building improves by two weeks

Cold weather moving in may discourage some of the construction on the new Ocean View Police Department, but work thus far has been spot on. In fact, the completion date of the new building, originally set for the second week of June, now sits at May 18, according to Willow Construction’s project manager, Rebecca Howe.

Route 26, local roads widening still in doubt

The fate of a long-anticipated project to widen Route 26 from the Assawoman Canal to unincorporated Clarksville now parallels that of a package of fee and tax increases introduced by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in her 2008-fiscal-year budget proposal last month, state officials have said recently.

Instructor brings dancing to Lower Delaware

Alice Hajjar has been commuting to the Eastern Shore beaches for many years now. Formerly a human resources consultant, her passion for dancing is becoming more of a true calling with each passing day. Though a Frederick, Md., resident, she has now found time to introduce her love of ballroom dancing to the Delmarva area, most recently in Ocean View.

Construction on Ocean View water system under way

Some residents in Ocean View’s Country Village may have received an unwelcome wake-up call on recent mornings as construction began this past week on the new central, public water system to replace the individual wells that currently service the town.

Halls undecked in isolated mischief

Weeks of dedicated hours and an impressive accumulation of lights and decorations are displayed at the Golis family’s Ocean View residence every holiday season. But this year, for the first time in their 20-year tradition, the twinkling exhibition became the target of some decidedly discourteous mischief.

Ocean View to welcome holidays with Carols

The Town of Ocean View is hoping to spread the holiday spirit this weekend by holding the 23rd annual Carols in the Park Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 8, in John West Memorial Park.

New OVPD to see some aesthetic adjustments

The completion of Ocean View’s new police building at 201 Central Avenue may still be seven months away, but locals won’t have to wait much longer before noticing a change in the building’s appearance.

Ocean View Board of Adjustments meets for hearings

The Ocean View Board of Adjustments met on Thursday, Nov. 16, for several public hearings. In board action that night:

• Jackie Katz of Beached Blonde Designs was granted variance from §222-94-B(3) of the Town Code to place a wall sign in excess of the signage height restrictions at the south end of her shop at 13 Atlantic Avenue.

Tour giving thanks for local artists

This Thanksgiving weekend will mark the 12th annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), when 15 of the top artists and crafters in the state open their studios to the public.

Bear Trap brings back popular home tour

Village of Bear Trap Dunes’ home owners are looking beyond this holiday week toward the coming holiday season, and are again decorating their houses with lights, Christmas trees and décor, as part of plans to host the fourth Bear Trap-sponsored Holiday Home Tour.

After a one-year layoff following a successful event in 2004, seven homes are participating in this year’s Dec. 2 tour.

Beach Cottage offers difference

A regular customer of Ocean View’s Beach Cottage visited the furniture store/art gallery recently — not to purchase anything, but to show her new puppy to the store’s owner, Karen Pomije.

Super Giant selling generic drugs for $3.99

Giant ‘responded to competition,’ testing program in state

Local and statewide residents can now save money on generic drug costs. Almost mirroring a Wal-Mart plan launched in Tampa, Fla. almost two months ago, Giant is using its Super Giant Delaware stores as a test for a $3.99 generic drug plan.

Ocean View establishes first EOP

On Thursday, Nov. 2, Lewes Projects Coordinator/Grants Administrator Nelson Wiles shared some helpful advice as he presented Ocean View Town Council with an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The plan was officially considered for the Town of Ocean View by the Town Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Town Council Meeting.

Tax increases may be in future for Ocean View

In a heavily debated decision that could lead to increased taxes for Ocean View property owners, the Town Council made a 3-2 vote on several money-saving proposals at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Ocean View to go ahead with electrical repairs

At the Ocean View Town Council work session on Tuesday, Oct.17, the town council members discussed a proposal for electrical repairs on Atlantic Avenue, Route 26.

The repairs would ensure the town’s holiday lights will be up and functioning on the town’s main thoroughfare this winter. The council decided to go through with the repairs after checking the town budget.

Ocean View discusses reserves, capital spending

At the Sept. 19 Ocean View Town Council meeting, Council Member Roy Thomas introduced concept ideas to establish a Long-term Capital Reserve Fund and an Emergency Fund specifically for the town.

Ocean View man beaten, robbed in Wilmington

Staff Report

A 27-year-old Ocean View man who was visiting a friend in Wilmington was beaten and robbed there early Tuesday morning while he slept, according to New Castle County Police. Police officials have yet to release his name.

Roth leaving town for county spot

After nearly five years as Ocean View’s Town Manager/Financial Director, Kathy Roth accepted a job with Sussex County and will vacate her town position the first week in October.

Ocean View establishes grant fund, rental tax

When Ocean View Town Council voted on Tuesday to set up a grant fund for emergency service organizations serving the town, Millville Fire Company finally received some help with its funding woes.

Maybe. Probably.

Actually, Fire Chief Graig Temple didn’t seem sure at all on Tuesday that the grant fund would actually help his company.

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