Ocean View

Ocean View discusses joining State healthcare plan

The Town of Ocean View is working with the State’s benefits office to facilitate the enrollment of the Town’s employees into the State’s group health insurance program.

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Carper on Route 26 project: Federal funding is key

Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.

Passport Day set for Sept. 24 at Ocean View Post Office

The Ocean View Post Office, located at 35764 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), is hosting a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

OV seeks resident input on Woodland Avenue

Those who have traveled Ocean View’s Woodland Avenue Extended may have experienced speeding vehicles, along with bicyclists and pedestrians trying to navigate the road.

During the Town’s July council meeting, Mayor Walter Curran told council he had received correspondence from concerned residents who were worried about the road’s safety.

Ocean View CVS receives bomb threat

The Ocean View CVS Pharmacy store was forced to close in the early evening hours on Aug. 20, due to a bomb threat.

“The CVS received a call from an unknown male caller that stated they had placed a bomb in the store. They demanded money, and if the demands were not met, they threatened to detonate the bomb,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Dickens to host Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ from Sept. 4-7

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Feather in their cap: Swans return to White’s Creek

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Two satisfying splashes hit White’s Creek on Aug. 22 when two mute swans returned home. Several happy neighbors witnessed the satisfying end to a four-year bird battle.

“It’s taken me four years to get them back,” said Susan Ritter.

After two other swans were shot by state wildlife officials in 2011 as part of an effort to remove a species declared invasive, local residents doubled down on their efforts to bring the pair back from the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge. Originally residing in White’s Creek for 14 years, they were possibly driven off when the second pair of swans took their place in a territory grab, Ritter said.

Those invading swans were shot and killed in January of 2011 as part of the “mute swan management plan” operating under the Delaware Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC’s) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Fargo brings home second consecutive national championship

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”

On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.

“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”

Gallery One’s new show features views through an ‘Open Window’

Inspired by the theme “Open Window,” Gallery One artists watercolored, oil painted and created in acrylic for the gallery’s featured wall for the month of September, opening Aug. 28 and running through Oct. 1.

OVHS to hold annual barbecue fundraiser on Sept. 6

To end the summer with a bang, the Ocean View Historical Society is inviting the public to attend a barbecue to support the society and its mission.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Ocean View Historical Complex. The evening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Ocean View PD arrests alleged car thief, wanted man

Ocean View police this week played a role in the arrests of both an alleged car thief and a Frankford man who was wanted by authorities in two jurisdictions in Maryland.

Route 26 workers continue to prepare for winter closures

The Route 26 Project Team met Aug. 11 for a quick update on the 4-plus-mile road improvement project running from Clarksville to Ocean View.

Global Leadership Summit coming to Ocean View

The Rev. David Humphrey said his own ministry was affected by the Global Leadership Summit, and now Sussex Countians have the chance to attend the seminar, on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14 and 15.

The GLS is broadcast live from Chicago to more than 300 locations, this year including Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church for the first time.

Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ during month of Sept.

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Nicholas P. ‘Nick’ Pisano, 74

Nicholas P. “Nick” Pisano, 74, of Lewes, Del., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, after a long battle with leukemia. He was born July 6, 1940, in Dover, N.J., son of the late Nicholas D. Pisano and Clara (Transue) Pisano.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

Woodland Avenue Extended could become a one-way street

The Ocean View Town Council this week discussed the possibility of turning Woodland Avenue Extended to West Avenue into a one-way street.

“This is an old topic being revisited,” noted Mayor Walter Curran.

Councilman Bob Lawless said the topic has been “kicked down the road” for a number of years.

Royal Farms to open next week in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.The new Royal Farms location on Route 26 in Ocean View will open for business next week. The 24-hour gas and convenience store will have its soft opening at midnight on Tuesday, July 14, with an official ribbon-cutting on July 17 at 10 a.m.

The store will have 24-hour gas pumps and a Redbox kiosk located outside of the store, as well as various food items inside, including the chain’s fried chicken.

Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran said the store is unique in that they minimize the cost of ribbon-cuttings and instead donate money to area charities.

“They have named eight of them, starting with Mariner’s Bethel Church. The top charity gets $1,000 and the others receive $500 each,” explained Curren. “They’re already a very good neighbor.”

The new Royal Farms is located at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Truck crashes into Fairway Village show home

A vehicle traveling down Beaver Dam Road in Ocean View on July 8 failed to stop at a stop sign and ended up hitting an unoccupied home in Fairway Village.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

MTV reality show comes to Ocean View, local businesses

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by MTV: Solana Alvarez meets with Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman and Max Joseph, from MTV’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ in March.Who would have thought MTV would ever come to Sussex County? But when Solana Alvarez told television producers about her close friendship with a young man she’d never met, the entire crew of “Catfish: The TV Show” descended on Ocean View in March.

The episode “Solana and Elijah” just premiered on Wednesday, June 18.

Based on a documentary of the same title, “catfish” means to pretend to be someone else online, by providing false information or photographs, usually to gain someone’s trust and love.

Now living in Virginia, Alvarez told the story of Elijah Prok, a boy she befriended online at 14, who helped her through tough times.

Bear Trap to continue holiday celebration into July 5

Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.

“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”

The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.

“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”

Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.

Ocean View approves Route 26 townhouse development

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment on June 19 held a public hearing regarding an application submitted by the Evergreene Companies, eventually approving their request for a special exception to constrict 16 townhouses on property located at 28 Atlantic Avenue. The townhomes would be constructed on three parcels of land, to be combined as one, zoned in General Business District 1.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

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