Ocean View

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

MTV reality show comes to Ocean View, local businesses

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Who would have thought MTV would ever come to Sussex County? But when Solana Alvarez told television producers about her close friendship with a young man she’d never met, the entire crew of “Catfish: The TV Show” descended on Ocean View in March.

The episode “Solana and Elijah” just premiered on Wednesday, June 18.

Based on a documentary of the same title, “catfish” means to pretend to be someone else online, by providing false information or photographs, usually to gain someone’s trust and love.

Now living in Virginia, Alvarez told the story of Elijah Prok, a boy she befriended online at 14, who helped her through tough times.

Bear Trap to continue holiday celebration into July 5

Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.

“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”

The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.

“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”

Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.

Ocean View approves Route 26 townhouse development

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment on June 19 held a public hearing regarding an application submitted by the Evergreene Companies, eventually approving their request for a special exception to constrict 16 townhouses on property located at 28 Atlantic Avenue. The townhomes would be constructed on three parcels of land, to be combined as one, zoned in General Business District 1.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

‘Happy Hour’ opening at Gallery One in Ocean View

“Happy Hour” is the subject of the current art show at Gallery One. It will open on June 26, featuring 15 artists’ interpretation of the concept of “Happy Hour”: 15 artists, 15 different “happy hours”

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

BREAKING NEWS: Super Giant reopens after Friday night evacuation

Super Giant grocery store was evacuated Friday night around 10:10 p.m. after several people reportedly experienced difficulty breathing.

Shoppers and staff were instructed to leave their groceries and immediately exit the Millville store.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Ocean View to hold first Concert in the Park for season

This Friday, the Town of Ocean View will hold the first of its two Concerts in the Park for the summer. On June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., the band 33 1/3 will perform. On Aug, 15, again from 6 to 8 p.m., Oh Boy! will return to the park. The concerts, which are held in John West Park, are free and open to the public.

Event raises funds for diabetic children

Your next mocha latté or dinner could help send children to summer camp. Kool Bean Bistro in Ocean View will host an all-day fundraiser on Saturday for the nonprofit Camp Possibilities, for children with Type I diabetes.

“The goal is to fund two kids to go to camp,” said Nancy Crass, Kool Bean owner.

Jalot named to Dean’s List at University of New Haven

Laree Jalot of Ocean View was named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the spring 2014 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Ocean View Church of Christ offering Weird Animals Vacation Bible School

A summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at Ocean View Church of Christ from June 22 to June 26.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

Tunnell-West historical complex to open weekly to public

The Ocean View Historical Society is hoping to open its doors — and, more specifically, its historical complex — this month to help teach locals and visitors about the area’s history.

Beginning June 18, the Ocean View Historical Society will have the Tunnell-West historical complex open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Businesses remain open during road construction

Even during road construction, Route 26’s businesses are open, and the Delaware Department of Transportation must provide access to each.

“Our local businesses are open,” emphasized Ken Cimino, contractor AECOM’s on-site public outreach coordinator. “I encourage folks to get out and visit local eateries and businesses.”

Patterson to teach workshop on ‘The Painting within the Photo’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced it will offer a two-day workshop “Plein Air Tune-Up” with artist Bill Patterson on June 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patterson will teach “The Painting within the Photo.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 9 to 13

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 2 to 6

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Tuesday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the Cedar Drive intersection (by Giant).
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

Cornhole tournament to benefit Russell White scholarship

Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.This weekend, the Xi Upsilon sorority will host its fifth annual cornhole tournament benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation.

“My sister and I attended the cornhole event one of the first years the sorority did it. We really enjoyed ourselves. We had a fun time and thought, ‘What a great cause!” explained Sarah Hoban, who serves on the event’s organizing committee. “That’s why we decided to sign up for the sorority and signed up for the cornhole committee — because we wanted to be a part of it.”

Up to 50 teams can compete on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Registration costs $50 per team of two, and each team member will receive a T-shirt.

As of early this week, 40 teams were registered for the event, but Hoban said those who wish to take the last 10 spots may still register if they call by the morning of the event. The sorority owns 10 sets of identical boards made specifically for the tournament and orders new bags each year.

Ocean View looks to welcome in unincorporated areas

The Town of Ocean View is looking to invite communities in the unincorporated areas within the town and just outside its borders to apply to be annexed into the town.

Dunes Pink Classic back to benefit DBCC

Special to the Coastal Point • Mike McGown: Dunes Pink Classic participants pose for a photo during last year’s event at Bear Trap Dunes.Special to the Coastal Point • Mike McGown: Dunes Pink Classic participants pose for a photo during last year’s event at Bear Trap Dunes.The Dunes Pink Classic will return to Bear Trap Dunes next Monday, June 2, for the eighth annual golf tournament benefitting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

This year’s tournament will kick off with a “Pink Party” on Saturday, May 31, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bear Trap, where attendees will wear pink and enjoy a D.J., appetizers, shot bar, games, prizes and both silent and live auctions.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 27 to 30

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday night to Friday morning:

• at the Old Mill Road intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 19 to 22; Night work begins

Night work begins at the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues between Clarksville and Ocean View. Motorists may see lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install new drainage.

The following work will not require lane closures:

• excavation of storm water management ponds near Irons Lane and near Route 17 in Clarksville.

Ocean View council opposes bill restricting municipal taxing authority

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to officially oppose Delaware House Bill 333, which would limit all municipalities’ use of their general or special powers in regard to taxation.

Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader told council that all municipalities in the state of Delaware, with the exception of Wilmington and Newark, are not home-rule municipalities.

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Annual Artisans Fair set for Memorial Day weekend

Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Now in its seventh year, the annual Artisans Fair is back and bigger than ever this Memorial Day weekend, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Located at Millville Fire Hall for its first five years, the event eventually called for more space, which is when it was moved to LB.

“We moved because they have a larger venue, and we were kind of outgrowing the fire hall,” explained fair coordinator Ione Phillips.

As always, the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser will feature various homemade arts and crafts, including woodwork, glasswork, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry and other forms of art.

Phillips noted that some of the fair’s featured items will include Ikebana pottery by Jeff Stambaugh, jewelry by Marcia Cupschalk, ceramic fish by Herb Consolvo and fabric wall hangings by Janice Itzel.

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