Ocean View

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.


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

Blue Christmas service offers help for the holidays

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration for most; but for those who are alone or grieving, the joy of the season can be overwhelming and often intensifies those negative feelings. To help those in need celebrate the holidays without all...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:29am

CAP members officially resign from Ocean View

All 24 members of the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol tendered their resignations this week, after the Ocean View town council adopted a revised CAP operations manual.

Former CAP Officer in Charge Tom Sheeran said the revised...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 5:47am

Ocean View project moving right ahead

At the Ocean View Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, Alan Kercher of Kercher Engineering responded to questions regarding planned changes to the town’s public safety building that were not addressed before last month’s council vote to...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:06am

Studio 26 pampers patrons for the holiday

Only months have passed since Studio 26 Salon and Spa first opened in Ocean View, but the full-service salon is wasting no time in making a name for itself, drawing in a crowd of new and returning customers to a staff that can cater to their...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:34pm

It's time to let Ocean View citizens have their say

This past week was Thanksgiving week, and it is only natural at this time of the year to take account of our blessings. I, for one, am glad to live in the beautiful little town of Ocean View, where – absent the bustle of summertime traffic on...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:31pm

Jolly Roger transforms bar into family-friendly eatery

Nate Howard’s most recent endeavor is all about family. He relocated to the area from Venice, Fla., to be closer to his parents. His brothers came along to help turn around renovations of the building where Howard planned to open a restaurant and...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:59pm

Antique Prints sale to benefit historical society

For people planning to head out and about this holiday, fighting the Black Friday madness in outlets and shopping malls to find those special gifts, there is an alternative. Antique Prints Inc. will hold a holiday tent sale on Friday, Nov. 28, at...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:49pm

Ocean View finds compromise on police hierarchy

In a 4-1 vote, the Ocean View town council on Tuesday, Nov. 18, agreed to put an end to controversy regarding Police Chief Ken McLaughlin’s contract and adopted a compromise.

In a motion made by Councilman Roy Thomas, McLaughlin will...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:25pm

OV police volunteers resign en masse

While Ocean View council members found compromise Tuesday on the heated issue of whether the town’s police chief should report to the town’s mayor or town manager, two other police-related issues swelled enmity in the town to new heights at the...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:24pm

OV officer honored for saving man's life

Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin presented OVPD Cpl. Kristen Miller with a Lifesaving Award at the town’s council meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 18, honoring extraordinary service that saved one resident’s life.

On Friday, Oct. 3,...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:10pm

Threatened water bill boycott pushes change

It was a long night for Ocean View Town Council members and the determined few who stayed at their meeting until past 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. A first reading of an ordinance to amend the state code of the town by adding a new section on...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:08pm

Ocean View tries to save town's history

The Ocean View Historical Society invites the public to a presentation by Edward McWilliams, the Delaware Curator of Museums, on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at town hall.

McWilliams plans to share his vision for The Coastal Towns Museum in...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 8:02am

Attorney-general sides with OV police chief on contract dispute

Further muddying the waters in volatile Ocean View, in a letter dated Oct. 16, 2008, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion addressed to state Rep. Gerald W. Hocker and Mayor Gordon Wood regarding the Ocean View charter. It...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:07pm

OVPD back up to full strength of eight

With the recent hiring of Patrolman Sidney Ballentine and Patrolman A.J. McKetchnie, Ocean View has beefed up its number of full-time officers to its full complement of eight.

Ballentine comes to the force with 21 years of service as a...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:02pm

Mariner's Bethel set to celebrate 150 years

On Nov. 9, 1859, the first Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church opened its doors under the guidance of the Rev. Robert B. Hazzard. Some 150 years later, Nov. 9 approaches again, and the church will be gathering to celebrate the landmark occasion of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:37pm

OV hops into fundraising with event

The first fundraiser for the Ocean View Historical Society will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dunes Room at Bear Trap in Ocean View.

In addition to music by D.J. Don Minyon, mayor of Millville, the Sock Hop and Silent...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:20pm

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

Stolen SUV ends up all wet

Rescue workers and emergency crews were on hand in Ocean View on Monday morning as an SUV possibly stolen in a Maryland carjacking and robbery was recovered after being dumped into the Assawoman Bay.

Dive teams, rescue squad and emergency...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:25am

Route 26 detours project to start next fall

At a town council work session on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Ocean View’s town council and residents heard an update from Tom Banez, project manager for the state’s Route 26 Improvement Project.

The project encompasses 4 miles of Route 26, from the...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:39am

Citizens voice opposition to public works building

Despite being told at the beginning of the public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Ocean View that the purpose of the evening’s hearing before the town’s Planning Commission was to review the technical requirements of the proposed public works...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:30am

Hocker running on record of achievement

For state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th), running for re-election to his state House of Representatives seat is as much about what he has done already as it is about his vision for the future.

“My first time running [against Shirley Price], I...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:19am