Ocean View

Seaquels settled in to new digs

When Kathy Green and Cindy Davis first teamed up to bring Seaquels to the Delaware shore, they had no idea of the success that was in store for the region’s first furniture consignment shop. Now, three years later, Seaquels has become a favorite...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:50pm

Christians can get in the spirit at Mariner’s Bethel concert

In an event that is promised to be more than just a concert, this weekend, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will host a musical worship experience with the band 2nd Sunday. Audiences can enjoy original 2nd Sunday music, as well as...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:19pm

Ocean View discusses quick departure of new town manager

Following Rick Konrad’s departure on April 27, two weeks into his tenure as town manager, the Ocean View Town Council met to discuss his resignation.

Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader noted that the Town had entered into a contractual...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:13am

OV Homecoming offers to entertain the whole family

This Saturday, May 12, rain or shine, the Town of Ocean View will host its third annual Homecoming, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in John West Park.

“A great many hours have been spent this year planning the event, and it looks like we may luck...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:12am

The Dirt -- A 25-year passion for all things chlorophyll

This week marks my 25th anniversary at Lord’s Landscaping. Not bad for what was supposed to be a two-week job. Sometimes life just pushes you where you’re supposed to be.

Coastal Point • Bob Bertram
Ginger Hogan celebrates 25 years...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:21am

Stong honored as Lord Baltimore Teacher of the Year

“She teaches us a lot of skills … and that there is more than one way to solve a problem.”

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Ryan Furman, left, and Colin Hudson, right, stand with their award-winning teacher, Lord Baltimore Elementary...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 4:03am

CIB to host popular annual native plant sale on Saturday

The Center for the Inland Bays will hold its Eighth Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View, offering not only plants for sale but information, education, children’s...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:31am

Ocean View to hold public hearing on Mediacom agreement

The Town of Ocean View will be holding a public hearing on May 8, at 6 p.m. to allow residents to meet with a senior representative from cable provider Mediacom.

“It is to provide Ocean View an opportunity to talk directly with a senior...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7:48am

La Vita Bella brings Italian tranquility to Delaware's beaches

In Italy, the term “la vita é bella” is a familiar phrase, translating to “the beautiful life” in English. And right here in Sussex County, Lois Saraceni and her staff at La Vita Bella Day Spa are attempting to invoke that same vibe, providing...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:40am

OV approves bids for salary study, paving work

Last week, the Ocean View Town Council held a special workshop to review and approve bids for an employee classification and compensation study.

The purpose of the study is to “analyze the duties and responsibilities of the town’s...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:29am

Coastal Point staff takes home 42 awards in regional contest

The staff of the Coastal Point has once again been recognized for their work in putting together a newspaper each week.

The Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association (MDDC) recognizes the best of editorial and advertising work in print...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:16am

OV BoA approves special exception for assisted-living facility

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved an application for a special exception submitted by Robert Thornton of Silver Woods.

Thornton’s request for a special exception allows for an independent and assisted living...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:15am

Ocean View reasseses properties — some may pay more

Earlier this month, the Ocean View Town Council approved the Town’s operating budget for 2013. And, due to reassessment of the town’s 2,800 properties, property owners will, on average, not pay higher taxes this fiscal year.

According to...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:15am

Third annual Ocean View Homecoming to be held in May

The Town of Ocean View will host its third annual Homecoming on May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in John West Park.

The event, which was originally started in the early 1900s, lasted up until World War II and was recently resurrected by the...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:52am

Ocean View approves portion of comprehensive plan map

This week, the Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to repeal its existing comprehensive plan map and enact a new map, with the exception of four properties, in accordance with the Town’s 2010 Comprehensive Land Use...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:02am

New Ocean View town manager plans move closer to town

Ocean View’s new town manager, Rick Konrad, is scheduled to start his first day of work April 16.

“He’s already had the opportunity to spend time with Lee discussing different issues,” said Mayor Gordon Wood of the town’s Finance Director...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:00am

County planners approve Water's Run subdivision

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a final subdivision plan application by Mandarin Homes for Water’s Run subdivision, north of Route 54 and south of Dirickson Creek.

There was some question about...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:28am

Restaurants help customers to get in ‘The Loop'

There is a multitude of dining options at the beach. So why not try them all?

Four local restaurants are partnering to present The Loop, a night of dining across the area. On Friday, April 27, diners will be able to sample food and drinks...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:02am

DiFebo’s Bus Stop Deliveries roll out convenience, affordability

The DiFebo’s name has been well known in eastern Sussex County region for over two decades when it comes to cuisine, but now Lisa DiFebo-Osias – chef and owner of the Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes – is bringing a personal touch to the...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:48am

Local teen wrapping car in anti-tobacco campaign

Sussex Technical High School junior Kelsey Magill, who is currently serving as the state chair for Kick Butts Generation (KBG), is clearly passionate about informing Delaware youths about the dangers of using tobacco and nicotine products.


Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:26am

Local home-repair mission being supported by Zumbathon fundraiser

On the third Friday of every month through June, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be holding a Zumbathon to help raise money for the church’s upcoming First State Work Camp.

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert
Mariner’s Bethel...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:18am

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am

No election in Ocean View -- Lawless to continue to serve

The Town of Ocean View will not be holding an election this April, as District 4 Councilman Bob Lawless was the only resident to file as a candidate for the council seat representing the district. He will serve on council for another three-year...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:38am

Ocean View approves signage, additional parking

Last week, Fulton Financial Corporation was granted a variance from the Ocean View Board of Adjustment to allow for two wall signs and a freestanding sign with changeable copy area for their business located on Atlantic Avenue.


Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:50am

Ocean View picks Konrad to be new town manager

After a four-month search, the Ocean View Town Council this week hired a new town manager. Councilman Tom Sheeran reported that the town had extended an employment offer to Rick Konrad, the current city manager of Fruitland, Md., and that Konrad...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:24pm

Ocean View residents debate public safety

“As everyone is well aware, we’ve had a reduction in staff, and the remaining officers are working very hard,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin at this week’s town council meeting. “It is going to be a difficult summer for us. We will...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:14pm

Ocean View Church of Christ offering free hot meals

In January, the Compass, a new youth church for teens and young adults at the Ocean View Church of Christ, began their Mobile Outreach program, which provides free hot meals to go every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hocker’s Supercenter...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:48am

Ocean View loses third officer, 24/7 coverage

This week, another officer from the Ocean View Police Department resigned, bringing the tally of officers to leave the department in recent weeks to three.

“It’s very common in these small police agencies, not just for Ocean View,” said...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:46am

Ocean View mayor finds hope in town’s ‘great middle’

For too long – way too long – Ocean View has been polarized on every issue, whatever its nature. A “time-out” is needed. Our Town needs the “great middle” to become more involved.

Now comes an opportunity. Sixty-five citizens came forward...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:41am

Lebetz joins Ocean View finance department as accountant

The Town of Ocean View welcomed Carol Lebetz to the town’s finance department last week.

Lebetz, the Town’s new staff accountant, moved to Delaware in 2002 from New Jersey.

“I did similar work in New Jersey,” said Lebetz. “...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:18am

Gallery One’s new show ‘Games People Play’ opens March 8

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced their new theme show, called “Games People Play,” which will run from March 8 through March 26.

“Games can stimulate the brain of the participants to image, problem solve and interact with...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:22am

AG's Office: OV citizens' complaints are 'without merit'

Last month, a group of Ocean View citizens wrote a letter of complaint to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. The complaint, which was signed by 65 citizens, petitioned to have the AG’s Office give its legal opinion in an effort to reverse...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:21am

Changes to OV map pending as procedure reviewed

This week, the Ocean View Town Council held a second public hearing on the proposed repeal of the town’s existing zoning map, making way for the Town to enact a new map, in accordance with the town’s 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).


Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:56am

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 2:11am

Local dentist to educate students

The American Dental Association has marks the month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and to help spread the word about the importance of good dental health, Dr. Lois James and five staff members from her Ocean View practice...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:41am

Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
State Sen. George H...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:35am

Public works building site plan approved by Ocean View P&Z

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week unanimously approved the final site plan for the town’s future public works building.

John Murray of Kercher Engineering presented the design to the commission, noting that the...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:45am

Tunnell-West House eligible for register

Members of the Ocean View Historical Society were in Dover last week to present the Tunnell-West House, formerly known as the Shores House, to the State Review Board for Historic Preservation, in the hopes of being added to the National Register...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:26am

Bostaph expanding choices at Café on 26

The Café on 26 in Ocean View has undergone a few changes. One of the former owners, Cathy Berzins, has struck out on her own to develop her own line of gluten-free food products. Maria Fraser is now sole proprietor and has promoted Jason Bostaph...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:42am

OV residents oppose commercial rezoning under 2010 plan

The Ocean View Town Council held the first reading of an ordinance to repeal the existing zoning map and then enact a new map, in accordance with the town’s adopted 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

John Sergovic, attorney for the...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:34am

How to battle the bulge in 2012

The first wealth is health.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook
The early morning crew and gym-goers at World Gym in Ocean View.

B.J. Pietryak is a personal trainer and fitness director at...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:36am

Ocean View couple delivers Beebe’s New Year’s baby

The arrival of January brought a new year – and a visit from the stork – to Shannon Pershing and Kevin Kovach of Ocean View. Their new son, Cody Thomas Pershing, was the first baby born at Beebe Medical Center in 2012.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:26am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am

Arrests made in string of robberies

Delaware State Police and officers from the Ocean View Police Department this week arrested two Ocean View-area residents in connection with a string of armed robberies at businesses throughout the area.

Police said they arrested Tervone...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:07am

Keen set to retire after 34 years of serving Ocean View

After 34 years of service to the Town of Ocean View, Tax Receiver Betty Jane “B.J.” Keen is retiring from her position.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Betty Jane ‘B.J.’ Keen is ready to retire from Ocean View after 34 years.


Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:02am

Ocean View residents voice frustration about notifications

The residents of Foxwood in Ocean View recently voiced their frustration with the town’s lack of notification to their development regarding the 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:30pm

BREAKING NEWS: Local liquor store robbed at gunpoint

Delaware State Police troopers are investigating the armed robbery of Holts Liquors located on Route 26 on Friday evening.
Police said that, about 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 23, a black man entered Holts Liquors located on Atlantic Avenue...

Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 7:30am

Repeal of WIchmann censure spurs continued discussion

A repeal of the censure against former Ocean View councilman Bill Wichmann was passed unanimously last week by the current town council, but rather than ending the long-running controversy, the vote seems to have ensured that the censure and the...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:07am

Ocean View church granted variance for sign

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted unanimously this week to approve a variance request from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church seeking to “replace an existing sign to complement the structure by incorporating a number of permissible...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:40am