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Welcome to CoastalPoint.com 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Writers tackle challenges together

Maribeth Fischer started the first Writers at the Beach conference in 2005, to raise money for mitochondrial disease, a disease that has since claimed the life of her two nephews, Sam and Zachary Juhlman.

Out of that “one-time thing” to...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:43am

Gas station, retail center plan nets concerns, deferral

After deliberation by both the Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission and representatives from Savannah’s Landing, who gave their input to the commission, a 2-1 vote was cast Feb. 21 to defer action on a proposed shopping center, including a...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:34am

Ocean View considers mandating mixed use

Ocean View Town Council members plan to introduce at their March meeting an ordinance that would refine permitted uses in the town’s small commercial district. The ordinance, developed by Administrative Official Charles McMullen, is a response to...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:38am

Nippes looks to restore Ocean View's history and heritage

It has only been a matter of days since Richard Nippes was welcomed aboard the Ocean View Council, through a tight election earlier this month. But now that he has the floor, he’s wasting no time in aiming for change in the town, with hopes of...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:33am

Officers and firefighters honored at 2008 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards

Men and women of law enforcement and fire departments undoubtedly dedicated their time and experience, risking their own lives for those of the public and for the betterment of their communities.

Coastal Point • SUSAN LYONS

The...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:38am

Ocean View irons out policy financing

After contentious discussion of the issue at last week’s town council meeting, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith and Councilman Roy Thomas spent time this week working out a compromise solution designed to maintain the town’s take-home policy for...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:49am

Grants available for OV water hook-ups

Low-income residents of Ocean View who may have been wondering how they were going to pay potentially thousands of dollars in hook-up costs for mandatory connections to the town’s new central water system may have gotten their answer at a Nov. 6...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:58am

Ocean View readies changes to election rules

Ocean View is nearing adopting of a revised version of the town’s voting district map and the related verbal descriptions. The two were found to conflict during this year’s council election process, leading to controversy over which candidates...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:52am

Ocean View considering move for public works

Ocean View officials are considering whether to use the Lampe House, adjacent to the town park, for a headquarters for the town’s public works department as shortages of funds and space leave the town administration stuck in the closet —...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:20am

Maestro to make hearts 'Zing' in Ocean View

Maestro Julien Benichou has always had a deep, assertive connection with music, ever since his early days practicing in a children’s chorus in his native France. From there, he dabbled with musical performance until he took a keen partiality to...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:15am

CHEER center director fired, arrested

Longtime Coastal Leisure CHEER Center Director Sheree Stephens is no longer working at the Ocean View senior center, after being arrested at the center Jan. 11 on theft and other charges and led away from her workplace in handcuffs by state...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:09am

Hybrid homes take green houses beyond solar panels

Two new homes nestled back in Ocean Way Estates, built by custom builder E.S.B. Inc., are turning the heads of passers-by. The solar panels atop the roof may be one of the most noticeable features of the houses, though for these eco-friendly...

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 7:00pm

Candidates file in Ocean View

Ocean View Town Manager Conway Gregory announced Jan. 22 that two candidates have filed to run in April 12’s elections for the town council seat representing District 3, while one candidate has filed for the office of mayor. Both Mayor Gary...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:18am

Ocean View deals with signage dilemma

With a wave of new development ongoing in many of the area’s towns, local Realtors and municipal officials are, in some cases, discovering that their town codes don’t allow for some increasingly frequent situations. One such case involves the...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:15am

County aims to meet state road standards

Existing standards for public roads in Sussex County are admittedly less stringent than those imposed by the State of Delaware, but that could cease to be the case under a directive passed by the Sussex County Council at their Tuesday, Jan. 8,...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:04am

County approves medical facility near Bayside

The Sussex County Council on Jan. 8 granted unanimous approval of a conditional use for PMP Associates, which plans to bring a facility for healthcare and medical offices to a location near the intersection of Routes 54 and 20.

The 33.04-...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:03am

Water close to being a reality

Ocean View is entering the home stretch with its central water system, as town officials moved Monday to formally establish rates that will be charged to water customers for operation of the new system and repayment of the town’s debt service for...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 7:03am

Ocean View election board examines updates to voting process

This Monday, the Ocean View Board of Elections met to discuss ways to potentially smooth out concerns with voter registration, eligibility and district clarification. Among the items discussed were pending ordinances that will eliminate the...

Friday, December 21, 2007 - 4:19am

Ocean View moves forward with reforms

After controversy over the descriptions of town council seat districts plagued Ocean View’s 2007 elections, the town is now one step closer to finally resolving issues surrounding the discrepancy between those verbal descriptions and the official...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 9:00am

Ocean View making plans for history

The Ocean View Historical Society may only have met twice, but Town Councilman Richard Nippes, who heads the group, is eager to maintain the momentum they have already started to build as they seek to preserve and display the town’s history....

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:53am

Ocean View nears end of project

Ocean View citizens can expect estimated rates for the town-wide water project to appear within a month or so. The Ocean View Water Progress Construction Committee met Thursday, Dec. 6, to discuss the current condition of the construction.

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Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:51am

Ocean View aims to be a good neighbor

After weeks of growing tension between the neighboring municipalities and an unresolved mystery over which Ocean View official might have given Millville a $220-per-hour cost quote on contracting Ocean View police to patrol in Millville, Ocean...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:27am

South Coastal Library strong at new spot

It’s been a hectic transition for South Coastal Library Director Sue Keefe and her employees to convert all of their materials from life in 10,000 square feet to only 3,000 square feet, but they’ve done it.

Coastal Point • RYAN SAXTON...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:20am

Ocean View police warn of check scam

Ocean View police are warning area residents to beware of a mail scam that mirrors increasingly common Internet scams involving purported international lotteries and fake checks.

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Ocean View police advise...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:37am

Ocean View looks into financial crystal ball

With a series of major capital projects behind them and transfer tax revenues continue to loom, members of Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee met Tuesday, Nov. 13, to consider how to tackle a fiscally challenging future in the...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:29am

Library construction improves by $400,000

After the South Coastal Library expansion project was briefly put on the back burner due to faltering bid procedure last month, Sussex County Engineer Mike Izzo was pleased to report on the favorable update of the process. He addressed the issue...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:20am

Grants available for OV water hook-ups

Low-income residents of Ocean View who may have been wondering how they were going to pay potentially thousands of dollars in hook-up costs for mandatory connections to the town’s new central water system may have gotten their answer at a Nov. 6...

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:15pm

Ocean View readies changes to election rules

Ocean View is nearing adopting of a revised version of the town’s voting district map and the related verbal descriptions. The two were found to conflict during this year’s council election process, leading to controversy over which candidates...

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:03pm

Ocean View approves pair of projects

Ocean View officials gave approval to two projects at meetings of the town’s Board of Adjustments and Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Work had already gotten under way for construction of three custom storage sheds at...

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 6:26am

La Mirage finds new oasis in Ocean View

Business owners Tommie Adams and Barry Kehler have worked to establish La Mirage Inc. in the area for two decades. Now in the same building with the Ocean View tanning salon I’d Rather Be Tanning, Adams and Kehler are bringing their hair styling...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:19am

Ocean View looks at election changes

A snafu with town council districts in the 2007 elections led Ocean View officials to take a deeper look into the town’s election laws recently. And while the problem that led to the controversy over districts has yet to be fully resolved, the...

Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:27am

Ocean View Public Safety Center unveiled

The Ocean View Police Department honored a fallen officer, Auxiliary Patrolman Wallace Melson, who died in the line of duty in 1971, with the ceremonial opening of the new police department named in his honor.

Coastal Point • JESSE...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 5:11am

Water progress to influence traffic

The Ocean View Public Water System Project is moving ahead steadily, and area residents, employees and visitors will soon be noticing that progress as construction makes its way across some major roadways. The project, now 234 days into the one-...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:53am

Beach Cottage to host art show

The Beach Cottage, on Route 26 in Ocean View, will be once again holding its annual outdoor art show, this Saturday, Sept.15, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a rain date on Sunday with the same hours.

The outdoor show, now five years in...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:52am

Public works building proves to be pricey

The town of Ocean View is gearing up for its Public Safety Building Open House on Sept. 19, complete with recognition and acknowledgements from special guests state Rep. Gerald Hocker, Sussex County Councilman George Cole and state Sen. George...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:54am

'Clean sheet' for Ocean View council

After some recent conflict between council members, it would appear that the Ocean View Town Council is making a quick turn-around to mend their ways and some fences. At the start of last Wednesday’s council meeting, Councilman Bill Wichmann...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:07am

Glass is half-full on Ocean View water

According to engineer Chuck Hauser, with Davis, Bowen and Friedel, contract status on the town’s central water project has just passed the midway point, as the project reached 198 days of progress last Wednesday, Aug. 1.

“Essentially, we’...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:00pm

Ocean View hashes out differences

On Tuesday, July 31, Ocean View Town Council members responded to problems with council infighting that last month resulted in the arrest of a former councilman’s wife. The council made amendments to the rules of procedure of the town, defining...

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:55pm

Cyclists get lesson in safety in Ocean View

Late Friday evening, June 6, and into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD), members of the department’s Civilian Auxiliary Patrol, and representatives from the University of Delaware and DelDOT held the first...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Local playwright presents musical with Broadway star

If you’re looking for a little something extra to fill your weekend evening void, the 7th Annual Free Summer Theater Festival at Bear Trap Dunes, presented by Carl M. Freeman Foundation, could be exactly what you need.

On Thursday, Friday...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Fresh, local seafood a staple in Ocean View

For Pennsylvania native Bill Welham, running Ocean View Seafood has become more than an occupation. Since his move to the area roughly two decades ago, it has become more or less his life, and why not? He spent much of his early life on the open...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Annexation could bring retirement community to Ocean View

At their Tuesday-night meeting, Ocean View town council entertained a presentation by Peninsula United Methodist Homes (PUMH) to potentially bring a retirement community to the town.

Stephanie Hansen, an attorney for PUMH, pitched the idea...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:21am

New gallery unites two prominent local artists

For just three weeks, The Gallery on Central Avenue has been in operation, replacing Iron Age Antiques, which stood there for more than three decades. But it already has people turning their heads.

Coastal Point • SHAUN M. LAMBERT...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Local photographer shares deep sea splendor

Many people dream of deep-sea SCUBA diving along tropical coral reefs in the Caribbean, or through the cold, mysterious waters of New England. For Janna Schneider, however, that dream has become very much a reality, and one that may ultimately,...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Michael W. Bonsall, 51

Michael W. Bonsall, 51, of Ocean View, formerly of Elkridge, Md., died suddenly on Sunday, July 1, 2007.
Bonsall was the son of Frances L. (Rice) Bonsall and Donald W. Bonsall; beloved father of Brittany Bonsall; dear brother to Donald E....

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs. A tax would only be imposed on lots...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

OVPD targets bicyclist's safety tonight

A combination of an influx of foreign students riding their bicycles to and from work daily and an inordinate amount of traffic on local roadways — primarily Route 26 — has prompted the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) to take a pro-active...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

County receives $1.056M in grants

Low-income homeowners outside Selbyville and in Ocean View will receive funding through the federal government’s community development block grant program this year to fix up their homes or connect to central water service, according to county...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm