Ocean View


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Anyone who drives on Route 26 in Ocean View on a regular basis has surely noticed the two train cars sitting on the north side of the road about a half-mile from Bethany Beach.

Come Memorial Day weekend, those two cars will be a part...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View awards contract for new police station

Though Ocean View’s town council received overwhelming support for its new police station on Tuesday and awarded the construction contract, town officials said that the floor plans of the building — but not the size — might change.

After...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Cooperative explains difference in rates

Ocean View’s public safety, administrative and public works departments took another hit on Tuesday before the town’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 5-1 to approve the new, top-down budget it will present to council on March 14....

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Officials ask OV to wait on police station

On Feb. 27, Cliff Mitchell and Roy Thomas — members of Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee — sent a letter to the mayor and council, asking, among other things, to postpone awarding a construction contract for the new police...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Thomas to run for Ocean View council seat

As a business man in suburban Philadelphia for most of his life, Roy Thomas admits that he never had any intention of getting involved in town government.

Even after retiring and moving to Ocean View permanently about five years ago, he...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Alternative plan balances town budget in 2012

Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve an alternative version of the proposed 2007 budget about three weeks before it will have to make a budgetary recommendation to town council.

The top-down...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View officials question police station

When town officials opened the six bids to construct Ocean View’s new police station about two weeks ago, they were legitimately excited. The bids ranged from $1.9 million to $2.3 million, when they had expected a number closer to $4 million. And...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

DCOG parishoner organizes women's conference

Ocean View resident Laura Hattier and the 24-Seven Youth Ministry at the Dagsboro Church of God (DCOG) will hold the second in a continuing series of “Mission Possible” women’s issues discussions on Sunday, March 5.

The conferences are...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View girl hits the big time

Fifteen minutes of fame sure can last a lot longer when it’s captured on glossy pages.

Sarah Clark, 15, of Ocean View, recently got to dangle her toes in the waters of celebrity when she appeared in the pages of Sweet 16 magazine. Picked...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Local man sentenced to one year

On Feb. 10, a Superior Court judge in Georgetown sentenced an Ocean View man to one year in jail, followed by a year of home confinement, after he pleaded guilty to stealing boats, motors and supplies.

Stanley Clark, 43, pleaded guilty to...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

New art gallery to open its doors today

Jeanne Mueller has been involved with local art associations with other local artists for a long time. They attend meetings, shows and workshops together, but showing their art has never been a collective effort.
Coastal Point • JONATHAN...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View committee to present rental tax

Real estate transfer taxes again emerged as an issue on Tuesday,Feb. 7 at Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee meeting.

Last week, town officials took about $600,000 out of the forecasted revenue budgets of 2010 and 2011...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Police station bids surprise Ocean View

When Ocean View town officials opened the six proposed bids to construct the town’s new Police station, their jaws might have hit the floor.

After estimating the construction cost for the approved 15,000-square-foot station at as much as $...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Committee gets conservative on OV transfer tax

Usually, within 30 days of a property sale within Ocean View town limits, the transfer tax — 1.5 percent of the sold property’s worth — is deposited into the town’s bank account.

That tax has been the town’s largest source of revenue since...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View shop celebrates bird-feeding

Outside of a kitchen window in the back yard of the house where Connie Marshall grew up, her father had a bird feeder.

He didn’t take trips with his binoculars to find birds. He wasn’t even an avid bird watcher. He was just what Marshall...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View narrows budget supporters

Ocean View Town Council members met for a double-header — a special meeting and workshop — on Jan. 17, trying to set some priorities in the coming budget. In the end, they reached consensus to maintain the status quo, at least for the next couple...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View financial committee looks ahead

Ocean View’s Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) didn’t approve, modify or outright reject even a single line item at the Jan. 3 meeting. But in another way, the committee took a substantial step toward what will one day become this...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View talks outdoor liquor ordinances

Ocean View Town Council introduced an ordinance that would govern cocktail service to outdoor restaurant tables at the Jan. 3 council meeting, responding to a request from NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK) proprietors.

This would be as a...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View wants to design Route 26 specs

Ocean View’s hopes neatly parallel Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans, as far as bike lanes and sidewalks along Route 26. But there’s more to building a pretty Main Street than curbs and striping.

Staff planner Kyle...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View hears opposition to church project

Ocean View Church of Christ representatives recently introduced plans to raze an older auditorium/Sunday school and construct a new building, to house a “gymnasium and office/classroom space,” but the project has encountered some vocal opposition...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View prepares to borrow $4 million

The big Ocean View police station project is out for bid, and Ocean View Town Council authorized the town to borrow up to $4 million to finance the project at the Dec. 6 council meeting.
As Mayor Gary Meredith noted, the operative term was...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.
...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View receives stormwater tutorial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission returned to design templates for the Route 26 corridor at a Nov. 17 workshop, spending most of the meeting in question-and-answer with Sussex Conservation District’s Jessica Watson.

...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Council expresses concern over possible loss

At the Nov. 1 town council meeting, Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth reported from her attendance at an Oct. 31 Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) taskforce meeting, saying she found the meeting “not real encouraging” regarding the...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View officials reconsider new post office location plans

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith added a last-minute item to the Nov. 1 town council agenda, noting that he had received an unusual amount of correspondence, telephone calls and in-person comments regarding the town’s preferred location for a new...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View mulls speed-limit changes

Ocean View officials are considering reworking the town’s speed limits after receiving a request from home owners in the Village at Bear Trap Dunes to raise the speed limit in that development from 15 mph to 20 mph.

The request sparked an...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Town officals consider $4 million loan

Ocean View officials have made the first step needed to approve borrowing up to $4 million for the town’s planned new police station. At their Nov. 1 meeting, town council members held a first reading of the ordinance that would allow the loan...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View scrutinizes Kool Bean cafe

The recent arrival of a new 8- by 10-foot refrigerator at the Kool Bean café proved perhaps the most complex application before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Oct. 20 P&Z meeting. Other applications involved:...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View continues commercial design

Ocean View has created a business district along the Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) corridor — but until the town adopts some design criteria, it’s anyone’s guess what that district might look like 20 years from now.

Per the town’s long-...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View seniors manage to connect

Not a week goes by that Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle hasn’t scheduled one activity or another. But just what it is they do is a little harder to pinpoint.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle members get...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View leases interim police building

Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to move forward into lease negotiations, in an effort to move the Ocean View Police Department out of its roughly 20-by-30 foot present home, and into a more spacious triple-wide trailer near Bear Trap,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Those students are...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View studies radio towers

Someone is raising a 50-foot-tall ham radio tower in Ocean View, less than a block away from town hall. But while some of the neighbors have expressed concerns about its appearance, not even town hall has much say in governing amateur radio...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View designs business district

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has started work on what will eventually become a design template for the newly rezoned business district along Route 26.
The P&Z met on Sept. 15 to hash out some of the details....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View plans for financial future

Discussion turned on a potential loss of Real estate transfer tax revenue, at Ocean View’s first Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) meeting of the fiscal 2006 budget cycle, Sept. 20.

The committee has never convened so early....

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward announced the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Centex is contributing $...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View weighs fate of historic home

Ocean View is trying to build a Department of Public Works (DPW) building, a group of property owners is hoping to establish a historical district, and a 103-year-old house is caught in the middle.

The town purchased the Shores property on...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hocker draws a good crowd for coffee

Hocker’s Deli — not the place one might expect to find a rather substantial public meeting, but more than 30 area residents turned out for an Aug. 31 meet-your-legislator forum, hosted by Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District).
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local gallery features Bishopville artist

Constance “Tinsel” Hughes will hold a one-woman exhibit this weekend at the Beach Cottage, Route 26 in Ocean View (83 Atlantic Ave). She specializes in local landscapes and seascapes in a traditional, realist style.
Coastal Point • SAM...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View CHEER opening draws crowd

The Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center was bittersweet, as perhaps all important things are. The Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Color Guard hoisted the flag — the first time it had flown over the new...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Writers participate in a workshop on poetry and fiction.
The...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View goes commercial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday to reclassify 21 properties along Atlantic Avenue (State Route 26) from R-1 Residential to GB General Business.

Dennis Schrader, the town’s...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View considers public works options

Ocean View Town Council members and staff spent the latter part of an Aug. 16 workshop studying the possibility of a Department of Public Works (DPW) facility on lands near the town hall — but they couldn’t seem to make it fit.

The town...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View looks to spread CHEER

Age is relative — most people spend their entire lives as a senior to some and a junior to others. Either way, while Sussex County Senior Services (SCSS) started out serving the 60-plus population, the non-profit organization has long since...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View accepts police station plans

It was a night for the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP), and to review plans for a soon-to-be 15,000 square foot police station, at the Aug. 2 Ocean View Town Council meeting.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin came forward to recognize...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting....

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Employers pass the hat for injured student

Ocean View Deli and Restaurant employee Dzmitry Fedarkevich is recovering and in stable condition following the July 15 hit-and-run that threw him from his bicycle and into the hospital with a hip injury and head trauma.

It may be a while...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm