Ocean View

Sulcoski fundraiser set for Saturday at Fat Tuna

Area residents continue to pour out support for the local woman who lost her home and all of her possessions in an early-morning fire on July 31.

Friends have organized the third in a series of fundraisers for Jennie Sulcoski, who ran a popular produce stand next to her home near the intersection of Route 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View until fire devastated the structure.

Hard work at LB is no bother

After more than a year away from their Ocean View location, Lord Baltimore Elementary School faculty and staff poured back into the now air-conditioned and bathroom- and elevator-laden building amid boxes and furniture not yet in place.

Chamber wins national award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce was recently named as one of the best Chambers in the country by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, receiving a second-place award for excellence.

Schmidt stresses healthy living, No Excuses

More than a decade ago and admittedly out of shape, Sheila Schmidt said she decided to do something. The Ocean View resident started attending aerobics classes religiously, more than a couple times a week, until she became a regular and to the point that when the teacher had to miss a session, she asked Schmidt to fill in for her.

Hurricane preparation key

A beautiful summer Saturday afternoon might have seemed like an odd time to focus on stormy weather, but the Bethany Beach Police Department’s Capt. Ralph Mitchell said he’d planned the three-hour seminar on emergency preparedness to coincide with the height of the hurricane season, from August to October each year.

Petitions duel over prayer in school

Since two families — one Jewish and another that remains anonymous — filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the Indian River School District early last year for alleged violations of their freedom of religion, local attention has been affixed to the issue.

Fire evicts woman, business

Jennie Sulcoski is a familiar sight to many who travel down Route 26 through Ocean View, though some who see the vibrant brunette might not know her name.

Police dog's death ruled accidental

Investigators: heat killed 5-year-old Caro

Despite rumors of foul play and anonymous e-mails alleging wrongdoing, the Delaware State Police determined last week that the death of Ocean View’s police dog, Caro, was accidental.

OVPD generator to get more stable footing

The saga of the Ocean View Police Department’s generator continued this week, with town council members voting 4-1 on Aug. 1 to approve up to $5,000 be spent to pour a concrete footing around the existing installation at the OVPD temporary location, on top of the generator’s oak shipping crate and treated 6-by-6-inch lumber.

Rental tax ordinance introduced in town

Ocean View Town Council introduced an ordinance on Tuesday that would implement a rental tax in the town, but council members worried about its enforcement. The tax would charge landlords 3 percent of gross rental receipts but would likely also translate into higher rental rates within Ocean View.

Wichmann censured despite support

Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to censure Bill Wichmann, despite overwhelming public support shown for the councilman at the meeting. Mayor Gary Meredith cast the deciding vote to censure Wichmann for 12 charges related to the violation of town procurement codes, organizing a cover-up and threatening a town employee.

Warranty 'void' on Ocean View generator

The Town of Ocean View narrowly avoided possible legal action late last month by paying Archer Electric the balance of the installation cost of the backup generator at the temporary police station. But problems with the generator still loom.

Young owl finds home

Encounters with deer, snakes and foxes are all too common for residents of Savannah’s Landing, a planned community bordering wetlands and located in Ocean View. But over the past month, members of this community have come face-to-face with a different kind of animal altogether — a baby great horned owl.

Weichmann facing censure motion

Roth feels threatened by councilman’s comments

About a week after learning of Ocean View Town Councilman Roy Thomas’ intentions to censure fellow Councilman Bill Wichmann, Town Manager Kathy Roth sent a memo to Mayor Gary Meredith and Council, stating she that feels threatened by comments Wichmann allegedly made in a phone conversation.

Warranty 'void' on Ocean View generator

The Town of Ocean View narrowly avoided possible legal action late last month by paying Archer Electric the balance of the installation cost of the backup generator at the temporary police station. But problems with the generator still loom.

Funding the issue for all day kindergarten

Local school boards will have the final vote to confirm if school districts want to implement a full-day kindergarten program, according to a bill passed in the General Assembly and sent to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner last week.

Delp, Romero die from accident injuries

Dagsboro resident Robert Delp died last Thursday night from injuries sustained in a June 8 Frankford-area accident that killed four others and injured three.
Delp was taken off of life support at a Washington hospital about 5:41 p.m. on June 29, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeff Oldham.

CHEER receives some help from state

The Sussex County Senior Services organization CHEER received a 5.5 percent increase from the state this year in the Grant-in-Aid bill, which “will help,” according to CHEER Deputy Director John Culp, but doesn’t solve the problem with a possible cut in services.

Homes to open for annual Cottage Tour

Homes in the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour are gaining recognition in and beyond Delmarva these days — and rightly so, according to tour spokeswoman Joan Gordon.

Town's police generator causes controversy

Officials from Kelly Generator and Equipment Inc. (KGE) who recently inspected the installation of the 130-kilowatt generator at the temporary Ocean View Police Station reported that the generator is not mean for temporary use and should be installed on a concrete slab or another “suitable surface.”

Bear Trap parade establishes identity

More than 200 people participated in the community-based Bear Trap Fourth of July parade last year, and that number is expected to grow on Tuesday. Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the fourth annual Bear Trap parade won’t even last an hour and will not try to compete with the Bethany Beach affair, which has transformed into a gigantic occasion in the last decade.

Fire company petitions Ocean View for help

Millville fire company to present impact fee plan

About a month after asking the Town of Millville for support, Millville Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief Graig Temple asked Ocean View’s town council on Tuesday to consider implementing an impact fee for the company, which is overwhelmed by growth and rising prices.

Taste the coast

For the price of a single meal at some local restaurants, area residents and visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of food and drinks and listen to jazz music on Sunday, at an event that is becoming an early-summer staple in the Bethany Beach area.

Ocean View board denies assisted-living request

Members of Ocean View’s Board of Adjustment told a town couple on May 18 that they can not extend their assisted-living business in its current location at 49 West Avenue.

Griffith presents archaeological history

The 1998-2000 dig at the Bear Trap community in Ocean View was just another chapter in Delaware’s archaeological history but not the most recent. In 2004, a dredging project off of the coast of Lewes uncovered a spectacular find.

Ocean View-area salvage operation sparks fire

Members of the Millville and Roxana volunteer fire departments responded April 25 to a noontime fire at a salvage facility on Substation Road near Central Avenue, just outside Ocean View.

Ground broken on police station

Last Friday, on a bare lot just north of the Village of Bear Trap Dunes on Central Avenue, Ocean View town officials held a long-awaited ceremony. After a two-month-long debate about the project and a month of silence, those officials, along with Willow Construction representatives, broke ground on the lot that will serve as home for the town’s new police station.

Ocean View tables wetlands variance request

Planned home would intrude on wetlands

Ocean View Board of Adjustment officials on April 20 did everything but tell a couple who owns property in the town that they couldn’t build an already-planned home on the piece of property they bought last year.

CHEER Center to hold health fair next Friday

It’s not a secret. People come to this area to retire. From Pennsylvania, to Baltimore, to Washington, D.C., people flock to the Delaware Coast to live out their lives next to sandy beaches and with a considerably shorter drive to get to those shores.

Because of the extensive migration, the Delaware Coast boasts a larger elderly population than do most places in this country.


An Ocean View special town council meeting on Tuesday turned into a “fiasco,” according to town mayor Gary Meredith, after new Councilman Roy Thomas brought a violation of the town’s code to the attention of the council.

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