Ocean View

Twardzik to be sworn in as OV councilman

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Frank and Colleen Twardzik pose for a photo outside their home in?Ocean View. Frank will be sworn in as a town councilman April 26, at 6 p.m.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Frank and Colleen Twardzik pose for a photo outside their home in?Ocean View. Frank will be sworn in as a town councilman April 26, at 6 p.m.Having been involved behind the scenes in local politics for a number of years, Ocean View resident Frank Twardzik is finally stepping behind the dais to serve as an Ocean View town councilman.

Twardzik and his wife, Colleen, built their home in 1991, and have been attending town council meetings ever since.

“I rarely missed a council meeting. Then, a number of years ago, we had the opportunity to get involved in some of the local elections here. My wife and I were the campaign managers for Geoff Christ and Michele Steffans, and we were also the campaign managers for Tom Sheeran,” he said. “We had a small hand in changing the atmosphere of the town council.

“I thought, ‘Well, it’s about time I throw my name into the hat.’ Several people in town asked me to consider running, and I agreed to run.”

Seaside Bride, Bear Trap team for wedding event

In an effort to bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Bear Trap Dunes are hosting a wedding professionals’ networking event on Thursday, April 21.

Gallery One show gets ‘Touchy Feely’

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced that its April show, “Touchy Feely,” will be open to the public through May 3.

McCabe to speak on Delmarva history

Lovers of Delaware history may find plenty to love in the latest free lecture to hit Ocean View courtesy of the Ocean View Historical Society. The presentation will be given by Russ McCabe, former director of the Delaware Public Archives, and will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

Cub Scout pack visits Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for his turn.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for his turn.Last month, the Ocean View Police Department hosted the Bears of Cub Pack 280 and gave the boys a little insight into being a police officer.

Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw told the four Bears, along with parents, that the OVPD is an eight-man department made up of seven men and one woman, with a ninth officer soon to be hired.

“Our responsibilities here at the police department are to handle calls for service — anything from a burglar alarm, someone at somebody’s house who’s not supposed to be there, to people that have little arguments with other each other, and then we do traffic enforcement,” explained Bradshaw. “And just helping anybody who needs it. I’ve changed flat tires. I’ve picked people up at the hospital.”

Bradshaw said another big aspect of his job is to visit Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.

Ocean View makes $160k grant to Millville fire department

The Ocean View Town Council unanimously voted last week to grant the Millville Volunteer Fire Company $160,000 to help pay down the principal loan monies owed from the purchase of two new ambulances, and one new traffic control unit, that are currently in service and operated by the company.

Olsen and Twardzik to serve on OV council

The Town of Ocean View will not hold a municipal election in April, after only two residents filed to run for open seats on the town council.

Frank Twardzik filed to run in District 2, for a seat currently held by Geoff Christ, who is serving his second term on the council.

Ocean View Police Department welcomes Dalton to force

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Patrolman AnnMarie Dalton takes a break from her duties to pose next to one of the Ocean View Police Department’s vehicles. She chose Ocean View largely because of their reputation of training their officers well.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Patrolman AnnMarie Dalton takes a break from her duties to pose next to one of the Ocean View Police Department’s vehicles. She chose Ocean View largely because of their reputation of training their officers well.Those who have been travelling through Ocean View in the last few weeks may have noticed a new officer on patrol.

Patrolman AnnMarie Dalton, who graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in February, began her field training with the Ocean View Police Department three weeks ago. She was hired by the department in May, prior to going to the academy.

“I looked at local departments, and you hear word-of-mouth what are good departments to go to. I had heard Ocean View was very well-trained. It’s what you need in this job — you need to be well-trained. And Chief [Ken] McLaughlin gives a lot of training opportunities.

“I also heard he was such a wonderful guy and really into community policing, which is something that I strongly believe in. I felt like it was a perfect fit for me.”

Dalton moved to southern Delaware in the spring of 2014, after graduating from Holy Family University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

OVHS gets BOA approval for Coastal Town Museum

The Ocean View Historical Society has been given the go-ahead by the Ocean View Board of Adjustment for its plans to turn a soon-to-be-donated home into the Coastal Towns Museum.

On Feb. 18, the Ocean View BOA unanimously approved a special-use exception for the residentially-zoned property to be used as a museum.

Ocean View seeking candidates for town council election

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual town council election on Saturday, April 2. They will elect a councilperson from both District 1 and District 2, for three-year terms.

As of March 2, only one candidate, Frank Twardzik, had filed to run in District 2. The seat is currently held by Geoff Christ, who is serving his second term on the council.

MSO to feature French flutist Jean Ferrandis

Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G Major” and Fauré’s “Fantasie for Flute” when the MSO performs their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Homeward Hound: The story of Ricky the Chihuahua

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ricky braved 19 days of winter weather, wandered 5 miles away from home and lost half his body weight in the process, but is now safe at home.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ricky braved 19 days of winter weather, wandered 5 miles away from home and lost half his body weight in the process, but is now safe at home.Imagine living out in the elements, outside of your warm home, for 19 days — surviving through two snowstorms and a heavy rainstorm. Now, imagine you’re 4 pounds, having lost half your body weight, and a Chihuahua who wandered nearly 5 miles from home, and you can’t find your way back.

That, in a nutshell, is part of the extraordinary journey Ricky the Chihuahua had for nearly three weeks.

“He was totally out there all alone,” said Judith Cordier, Ricky’s mom.

The Cordiers have owned Ricky, who celebrated his second birthday on Valentine’s Day, since he was 6 weeks old.

“He’s my baby,” she said. “If he loves you, he loves you.”

It all started on Jan. 28, when Cordier let Ricky outside, but he sadly didn’t return.

Ocean View continues work on operating, capital budgets

The Town of Ocean View held a public hearing and workshop earlier this week to discuss its proposed 2017-fiscal-year operating and capital budgets.

Town Manager Dianne Vogel said that, since the council had last met, the draft budget had been updated per direction from council.

Gallery One exhibit offers ‘Great Escapes’

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its March show, “Great Escapes,” open to the public March 2-29.

Ocean View to hold public hearing/workshop on budget

The Town of Ocean View will hold a public hearing and workshop on its 2017-fiscal-year operating and capital budgets on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with the public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the workshop at 6 p.m.

Lord Baltimore Lions Club celebrates 70 years of service

It’s hard to go anywhere in the Ocean View area without seeing an aspect of the community that the Lord Baltimore Lions Club has touched.

Ocean View P&Z approves site plans for Silver Woods

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission recently unanimously approved the final site plan for Phase II of a mixed-used planned community, Silver Woods, as submitted by Robert Thornton.

Sheeran honored with memorial resolution in Ocean View

In November, the Town of Ocean View lost councilman Tom Sheeran, who was first elected to the council in April 2011. At Tuesday’s council meeting, state Rep. Ron Gray presented a memorial resolution from the state legislature to Sheeran’s wife, Pat, and thanked her for sharing him with the community.

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Farber to make directorial debut

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Ocean View begins reviewing draft budget for 2017

The Town of Ocean View this week held its first workshop to review the proposed operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year and five-year Capital Improvements Program.

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer Barrow was a senior at Rutger’s University in her home state of New Jersey, her theater-major housemates offered her a chance to write a script for an end-of the-year skit. Though she didn’t know it at the time, that was the beginning of a lifelong career in script-writing.

Barrow’s newest project, a Hallmark Channel movie called “Dater’s Handbook,” airs Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. She said she is very excited about the timing, because “Dater’s Handbook,” which she co-wrote with frequent collaborator Rich Tabach, occupies quite a sweet bit of television real estate.

It has been chosen to kick off the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” which will feature Valentine’s-appropriate movie premieres each Saturday and Sunday evening between Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.

“Dater’s Handbook” is described on the Hallmark Channel website as “a fun romantic comedy that follows Cassandra Brand, who has come to realize that she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, so she turns to a relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, ‘The Dater’s Handbook,’ to help with her ailing love life.”

Maly to serve on Ocean View Town Council

The Ocean View Town Council will soon have a new face on the dais, with the addition of Tom Maly.

Following the passing of councilman Tom Sheeran in November, the Town sought candidates for a special election to fill the vacancy. Maly was the only resident to file for the seat. A swearing-in date has yet to be scheduled.

OVHS adds Evans-West house to the National Registry

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Ocean View Historical Society has added the Evans-West house to the National Registry of Historic Places.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Ocean View Historical Society has added the Evans-West house to the National Registry of Historic Places.The Ocean View Historical Society has successfully had a second home listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Last month, the Evans-West house, which is to be donated to the society by a local family in March 2017, was placed on the National Registry following the unanimous approval by the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation in April 2015.

“The Department of Interior has to approve the application, and it took about nine months,” explained Richard Nippes of the Ocean View Historical Society. “We got notified maybe a month ago that the house is on the National Registry, and the barn and the shed are considered contributory assets.”

The Division of Historic & Cultural Affairs stated the Evans-West house “is a significant vernacular-interpretation of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Minimally altered since its construction in 1901, the house and associated barn, storage shed and star-shaped daffodil garden, represent an early-20th-century domestic complex which is not duplicated in Ocean View or the surrounding area.”

Ocean View police continue to focus on DUI enforcement

Within the span of three days, the Ocean View Police Department made three DUI arrests.

New show ‘Stillness’ to open at Gallery One on Jan. 6

Gallery One in Ocean View announced this week that its new show with the winter theme “Stillness” will be open to the public Jan. 6 through March 2. Gallery One artists will offer viewers a respite, a place or feeling of quiet in the new exhibition.

CHEER shines with strong leadership

Coastal Point • Bob Bertram: Above, CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego in front of her Wall of Inspiration.Coastal Point • Bob Bertram: Above, CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego in front of her Wall of Inspiration.At the CHEER Center in Ocean View, the homey atmosphere is highlighted by the smiling faces of the CHEER members, ages 50 and older. Overseeing it all is CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego, who started working for the organization four years ago and coordinates recreational activities and entertainment for its members.

A native of the small town of Hinton, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, Gallego moved to Ocean View seven years ago. She is a graduate of Bridgewater College, with a degree in health and physical education. She worked in rehabilitative therapy for five years, and she worked in an after-school program with children for 17 years prior to working with CHEER.

“It was time for a change,” she said.

The CHEER Center in Ocean View offers many services to members, such as the fitness center, Meals On Wheels, transportation, volunteer programs and classes, such as yoga and line dancing. When entertainment, such as music, is brought to CHEER, Gallego said members will get up and start dancing.

“I’ll be up dancing with them,” she added with a soft laugh.

Gallego said each day is a memorable experience, though one that stuck out for her was at a talent show held two years ago, when Flossie Vogel, now 72, tap-danced while sitting in a chair.

OV discusses truck traffic, emergency services grant

The Ocean View Town Council continued discussions regarding traffic on Woodland Avenue when it met earlier this week.

Ocean View to hold special election for Sheeran’s seat

At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this week, the Ocean View Town Council had a moment of silence in honor of former councilman Tom Sheeran, who passed away on Nov. 22.

“For those who may not know, we lost a very good man recently,” said Mayor Walter Curran, before holding the moment of silence.

OVHS to host fourth annual Victorian Christmas

Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian Christmas open house this weekend.

“It’s just a way to celebrate. It was a tradition to open your house at Christmas,” said OVHS President Carol Psaros. “The house we have — the Tunnell-West House — dates back to the Civil War period, 1860. It’s just an American tradition to have friends and family gather at Christmastime, especially when the house was decorated with the Christmas tree and there were presents and food.”

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historical complex adjacent to John West Park. The event is free and open to the public.

“At our open house, we’re going to have some refreshments that were typical of the time, some cookies and light refreshments, such as hot cider,” she added. “We’ll have a mandola player dressed in costume, and some of our members will be dressed in costume, too.”

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