Ocean View


Historical society eyes major changes

riginally thought to be an ideal place for the Coastal Towns Museum, in the newly defined historical district in Ocean View, the Shores House at 39 Central Avenue, built roughly in 1860, turned out to be a little more than the historical society...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:38am

Ocean View benefits from Earth Day service project

The Town of Ocean View got a special Earth Day present when workers from Sposato Landscaping showed up last week to do some pro bono landscaping.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Sposato employee Mario Flores gets some help mulching...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 3:01pm

Webb comes ‘home’ as LB Teacher of the Year

For Pam Webb, second-grade teacher at Lord Baltimore Elementary, and LB’s Teacher of the Year, teaching there is a little like coming home.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Indian River Teacher of the Year Pam Webb with students (back...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:17pm

Ocean View looks to annexation to fix financial issues

Annexation was the primary subject of the evening at Ocean View’s first brainstorming workshop session with its new council, on Tuesday, April 21. Councilman Richard Nippes first broached the subject as one of the issues he would like the council...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:24am

Lawless takes seat on Ocean View council

Ocean View town council officially introduced Robert “Bob” Lawless as their new council member on Tuesday night, at their regular April meeting. Lawless replaces Roy Thomas in representing District 4. Thomas did not seek re-election after his...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:52am

Ice cream social set for April 17

The Ocean View Presbyterian Church will hold its fifth annual ice cream social on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

The night will feature a local group doing their rendition of the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” with music and comedy.

“It started...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

Lawless declared councilman-elect in Ocean View

Robert J. “Bob” Lawless was certified councilman-elect for Ocean View’s District 4 seat at the Friday, April 3, meeting of the town’s Board of Supervisors of Elections. Because the number of qualified candidates was equal to the number of seats...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:41am

Special events, worship highlight holy week

An Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m. at the bandstand in Bethany Beach on Sunday, April 12, organized by member churches of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. Ann...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:42am

Ocean View settling into new digs

Ocean View town staff is settling in to their new digs on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Public Safety Building off Central Avenue.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Betty Jane Keen, a longtime employee of the Town of Ocean...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:23am

Local residents recall area’s past for crowd

On March 12, the Ocean View Historical Society held a presentation on the growth of the Ocean View/Millville/Bethany area over the course of their lifetimes and those of their ancestors. Two speakers – Wanda Powell and Mary Hocker Collins, who...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:18am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009

ATLANTIC NJ-ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY NJ-BUCKS PA-CAMDEN NJ-CAPE MAY NJ-CAROLINE MD-CECIL MD-CHESTER PA-COASTAL ATLANTIC NJ-CUMBERLAND...

Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View election canceled, Lawless certified councilman-elect

Robert "Bob" Lawless was certified councilman-elect for Ocean View's District 4 seat at the Friday, April 3, meeting of the town's Board of Supervisors of Elections. Because the number of qualified candidates is now equal to the number of seats...

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 4:27am

BREAKING NEWS: OV election board dismisses complaint against Lawless, Candidate's Night canceled

The Ocean View Board of Supervisors of Elections on April 1 dismissed a complaint made by Councilman Perry Mitchell that argued that candidate Robert Lawless had improperly garnered support from local Republicans in his campaign for the Ocean...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 6:18am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View water system flushing extended through April 10

Officials with Tidewater Utilities posted notices this week that they would be extending the flushing of their water system that serves the town of Ocean View from through April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The flushing period was...

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:54am

(UPDATED, APRIL 2, 2009) Mueller drops out of Ocean View race

Ocean View Town Council candidate Jerry Mueller informed the Coastal Point on Wednesday morning, March 25, that he was dropping out of the race for the town’s District Four council seat, citing personal reasons.


Mueller
“The...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

Ocean View adopts proposed budget

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt the proposed 2010-fiscal-year budget and capital improvement plan.

Highlights of the budget include paying off the loan for the public safety building, at a savings of $82,...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

Motorcycle ride to benefit program

Spring has arrived, and despite the lingering chill, there has been plenty of sunshine. The change in season offers an opportunity to get out and enjoy all the beautiful scenery the coastal area has to offer; and what better way than to see it...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

Lawless and Mueller running to District 4 seat in Ocean View

Robert R. “Bob” Lawless and Gerald K. “Jerry” Mueller will be running to fill the District 4 seat in the Ocean View town council election to be held April 11. Roy Thomas, who has held the seat for the past three years, is not running for re-...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:16pm

Ashley’s Pet Ranch makes canines feel at home

A shift from northern Wilmington to the lower, southeast region of the state 15 years ago might have seemed like a drastic adjustment for Dave Goodman, but there’s one thing he couldn’t leave behind: his love for dogs. Just months ago, he proved...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:04pm

Ocean View water customers could see an increase in fees

To offset a potential 32.5 percent increase in Tidewater Utility’s water rates and a miscalculation in the number of properties included in the town’s water service area, Ocean View officials this week presented a plan that could increase water...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:17pm

Ocean View council debates grants for MVFC, Beebe

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to table the issue of awarding grant monies from the town’s Emergency Services Enhancement Fund to Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Beebe Medical Center.

Town Manager Conway Gregory had...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:06pm

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

Brown's suit against Ocean View is dismissed

The U.S. District Court for Delaware recently granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ocean View resident Wally Brown and six other plaintiffs against former Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith and the Town of Ocean View. The court denied the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:38pm

World Day of Prayer to be held at Mariner's Bethel, March 6

For those feeling the squeeze of an ever-changing economic forecast and a world full of uncertainty, the World Day of Prayer – an ecumenical prayer service held at Mariner’s Bethel – could be just what they need for a fresh perspective. The...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:36pm

Mitchell floats plan for Ocean View finances

Ocean View Town Councilman Perry Mitchell believes he has something to offer the town in the way of the budget – and it doesn’t include a tax increase.

His “first draft” of a new financial plan for the town, with the goal of achieving $2.2...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:46am

South Coastal Library inches to re-opening

For the past week, it’s been all work and no play for the staff of at the South Coastal Library, as the move back to their renovated location on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach got under way. For 14 months, the library operated out of its temporary...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:17pm

OV to cut police, raise taxes?

Highlights of the proposed Ocean View annual operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, as presented this week by Town Manager Conway Gregory, include a 22 percent tax increase over the next four years and a resizing of the town’s public safety...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:03pm

Ocean View moves to establish historic district

A first reading of an ordinance to amend the Ocean View Zoning Code to create an overlay zone to be known as “HPOZ Historic Preservation District” was introduced Tuesday night, Feb. 10, by Councilman Richard Nippes.

Nippes emphasized that...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:58pm

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:19pm

LB students ready to show their talents

If you’re looking for something to do next Thursday, you might want to stop by Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s talent show. The show, which is sponsored by and benefits the music department, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian River High...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:00pm

Slow progress on Route 26 improvements

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project has long been a hot topic for locals living and working near the beach, and for visitors to the southern Delaware shore, as it is a main way to get to there.

Perhaps just as popular a topic a...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:41pm

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:28pm

Local beaches much changed in five years--5 year anniversary section

There is no question that one of the biggest changes to the Delaware shore in the last five years is the completion of major reconstruction projects for area beaches. After years of suffering from beach erosion and risk to homes near the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:26pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.

Barker

According to the DSP, on Jan. 28,...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:42am

Mitchell pressures legislators over drainage

Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell asked for state or federal assistance for longstanding drainage issues in the development of West View off of West Avenue this week in a letter addressed to state Sen. George Howard Bunting and Rep. Gerald...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:34am

New works, new digs coming for local artists' collective

With all the beautiful scenery in the beach, as well as the numerous parks and wildlife areas dotting the landscape, it isn’t hard to imagine why the coastal area seems to attract artisans. Countless night spots feature local musicians and, if...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:25am

Local author debuts second children's book

For Jean F. Springer of Ocean View, poetry has always been her vice – one now 40 years in the making. Ever since she was a young girl, she would write poem after poem – a passion she picked up from her mother. Now, what was once an infatuation...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:14am

Ocean View undergoes state audit

All municipalities within the state of Delaware are subject to state audits on a regular basis, but a formal inquiry by one council member and a petition by about 200 of the town’s citizens recently led to Ocean View’s regular audits being moved...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Town to send out survey on financial matters

After much deliberation, the Ocean View Town Council voted to send out a survey to residents in order to gain public input on solutions to the town’s present financial situation. The survey, which would be sent to the 2,600 property owners in the...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:05am

OV establishes street-repair fund

Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday, with Mayor Gordon Wood abstaining and Councilman Bill Wcihmann dissenting, to “re-deploy” $450,000 from the town’s Emergency Reserve Trust Fund to establish the Street Repair and Replacement Fund....

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:02am

Local Lions offer up fruits of their labor

In 1925, Helen Keller approached an 8-year-old Lion’s Club and challenged them to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. Since that meeting, the Lion’s Club has expanded to become a 1.3 million-person organization spanning 205...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:48am

Ocean View business owners support 24-hour police

After hearing rumors that Ocean View might be considering reducing police coverage from a 24-hour-a-day schedule as one way to cut spending, resident Richard Birkmeyer decided he couldn’t just let that happen.

In trying to find ways to get...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:42am

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch....

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:07am

Ocean View begins to explore youth program

The Ocean View Youth Development Committee met on Monday, Dec. 22, for their initial brainstorming session. The Ocean View Town Council voted in October to appoint Tom Roth, a local scoutmaster, and Garret Lydick, a former Teacher of the Year, to...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:27am

DiFebo clan takes on dining at Bear Trap

The DiFebo name has become a culinary icon throughout the area, and now they’re adding a little more to their plate. This weekend, the family will debut as the new owners of Difebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes, bringing a lot of love...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:46am