Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware

Population:

  • 1882 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; town hall meeting room

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • Second Saturday in April; mayor is elected separately from council members, at the same time; council members run by district, but voters can vote for candidates in any district; two-term limits on mayor and council

Town office:

  • 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; (302) 539-9797

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Walter Curran, Mayor
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Frank Twardzik, District 2
  • Tom Maly, District 3
  • Carol Bodine, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz, CMC

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections

Police:

  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1111

Water service:

  • Central water service is active and connection is mandatory.

Trash pick-up:

  • No municipal trash service; private haulers, with varied collection days

Recycling:

  • No townwide recycling; curbside recycling offered in conjunction with trash pick-up by haulers (statewide)

New commercial center under construction in Ocean View

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : A rendition of the planned commercial center coming to Ocean View.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : A rendition of the planned commercial center coming to Ocean View.Those who drive Route 26 in Ocean View with any frequency may have noticed that the white craftsman-style home on the northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) and Woodland Avenue is no longer standing. The house was removed at the end of January in preparation for construction of a commercial center.

The property has been in the Archut family for more than 100 years, first purchased by Dianne Archut’s great-grandfather Charles Johnson.

He “built the house on it in the early 1920s,” said Russell Archut, Dianne Archut’s husband. “He lived there until he passed away. Then it was passed down to Diane’s mom, and Diane’s mom and dad rented it for a while. Numerous people lived there… school teachers that taught at LB used to rent a room there. Then it was some general renters.”

Archut and his wife moved into the home in 1978, and the family lived there until 2003.

Their son Brenton was born in Milford, he said, “and was brought home to that house.”

New minister joins Ocean View Church of Christ

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed a new minister to its halls.

“I want us to be a community-minded church. I believe the church is meant to help make the community a better place. We’re supposed to be salt and light in the community where we are, and I believe that means make it better,” said the Rev. Ethan Magee.

Magee and his wife, Stefanie, along with their three kids — ages 9, 11 and 13 — moved to the area in November after serving at a church in Columbus, Ohio, for six years. Prior to that, Magee served at a church nearby, in Lewes, for 12 years.

“I went to Cincinnati Christian University,” said Magee, an Ohio native. “We love the area, the beach, the beautiful people that are incredibly welcoming and friendly. It feels like home.”

OVPD hosts deaf-sensitivity training for first-responders

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Luanne Kowalski of the Deaf Community Group offers some lessons on American Sign Language.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Luanne Kowalski of the Deaf Community Group offers some lessons on American Sign Language.The Ocean View Police Department has teamed up with deaf community members to host a joint public safety training seminar with local first-responders.

“We have a policy for communicating with people with disabilities,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “It’s a formal written policy. As a policy, we have to provide a training component to go along with it. We’re also required by federal law, through the ADA, to offer these services, and there’s a training component associated with that.”

At the training, law-enforcement officers, EMS and fire fighters were able to learn about deaf culture, act out scenarios and even learn a little bit of American Sign Language (ASL).

The training was conducted by members of the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County.

“We have had a number of deaf people move to this community,” said Barbara White, one of the instructors, who also serves as the secretary of the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County.

Sherry Duhon, a retired professor from Gallaudet University, taught the attendees about deaf culture.

“In America, there are 28 million people who have a hearing loss,” she said to the group. “Two million of that 28 million are deaf, like myself. Here in this community… [there are] about 70 deaf residents. Of course, in the summertime, you have to double that number or even triple that number.”

Ocean View Historical Society to host pair of public lectures

The Ocean View Historical Society has a history of wanting to educate locals and visitors alike on the history of Ocean View and its surrounding areas.

Ocean View council discusses hiring financial advisors

The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week at which Jamie Schlesinger of PFM Financial Advisors LLC discussed the refinancing of the Town’s water debt.

“The ultimate goal is to save taxpayers monies and reduce costs,” said Schlesinger.

Ocean View officials praise workers’ efforts during blizzard

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week, with the recent snowstorm being the main topic of discussion. Town Administrative Official and Public Works Director Charles McMullen thanked Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin and his officers for their assistance in dealing with last Thursday’s snowfall.

Blue Christmas aims to provide comfort and hope

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has traditionally provided comfort and spiritual guidance for people who need a little of both during the holiday season.While Christmas is a joyous time for many, it can also be a time of sadness for some — highlighting loss, loneliness and grief.

With their annual Blue Christmas service, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church hopes to support those who may not be in the Christmas spirit. This year’s service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 — the eve of Christmas Eve — beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Retired pastor Kay Lanasa, who leads Mariner’s Healing Prayer Ministry, brought the unique service to Ocean View a dozen years ago from her former parish in Virginia.

“It’s for the lost, lonely, and grieving and overwhelmed. It’s for people who are not happy or joyful at Christmas — this is a place they can come for a service. They don’t have to do anything; they can just sit.”

Ocean View begins budget talk for Woodland, police staff

The Ocean View Town Council is tired of waiting for a response on Woodland Avenue. Having proposed a drainage and paving project that would improve road conditions, the Town has been unable to start digging because some property owners are unwilling to participate.

In order to install a stormwater drainage pipe, the Town needs permission to dig on some private property.

AG’s office clears officers in shooting

The Delaware Department of Justice released the final report regarding the officer-related shooting that took place just outside of Ocean View on March 18.

Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

Historical society taking community back to 1860s

This weekend, community members have the chance to travel back in time — to 1860 — and see what life was like then during the holiday season, thanks to the Ocean View Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at its historical complex on Central Avenue.

Ocean View to get Santa visit

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

Ocean View considers increasing some fees, permits

The Ocean View Town Council is considering raising some fees for next year. The council discussed the changes on Nov. 14, holding a first reading, ahead of a final vote anticipated at their Dec. 12 meeting.

Freeman headquarters coming to Bear Trap Dunes

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Following approval from Ocean View Town Council, Carl M. Freeman Companies is moving a corporate office to Bear Trap.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Following approval from Ocean View Town Council, Carl M. Freeman Companies is moving a corporate office to Bear Trap.When The Village at Bear Trap Dunes was built in the 1990s, it might have doubled the geographic area of Ocean View. There were grand plans for houses, golf, dining and shopping. Years later, Bear Trap hit the first three goals, but they never quite built the shopping community they intended.

Developers at the Carl M. Freeman Companies had envisioned boutique office space or retail businesses at 21 and 24 Village Green Drive. But the commercial development attempts were costing too much, and the real estate market was depressed. Since then, Freeman Companies have been trying to determine the perfect anchor businesses to attract smaller shops inside the community.

“That anchor is us,” said Chris Garland, senior vice president of development and construction. “Freeman itself is experiencing a regrowth. We’ve been around for 40 years in the market and 70 years [overall]. We’re going to bring to Bear Trap a corporate Freeman office for just about everything we do.”

Since the whole area is growing again, the time is considered ripe for Freeman to consolidate operations under one roof, including their Route 54 office.

VFW to host annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Post 7234

This weekend, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony to thank area veterans for their service to the country.

“Veterans Day is to honor all the veterans from all the branches of service,” said Fulton Loppatto, adjutant for Post 7234.

OVHS to host Delmarva food lecture, Christmas open house

To continue their public outreach and education, the Ocean View Historical Society will host a lecture by local author and storyteller Ed Okonowicz on “The Food Lore of Delmarva — Muskrat, Scrapple & More.”

“This talk was made possible by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said OVHS President Barbara Slavin.

This weekend, get rid of those old prescription meds

As part of an ongoing effort locally, state-wide and nationally, people are being encouraged to visit some of their local police departments this weekend to properly dispose of their unneeded or expired prescription medications.

Ocean View Town Council discusses Hendricks compensation study

In 2012, the Ocean View Town Council hired Hendricks & Associates to conduct a compensation study to analyze the duties of town employees. The thought was to develop a salary grade and range structure so that the Town would not have retention issues.

Ocean View gives historical society the go-ahead

The Ocean View Historical Society on Tuesday, Oct. 10, was given the go-head by the Ocean View Town Council for its future education building, to be called Hall’s Store.

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historical society variances approved by Ocean View BoA

The Ocean View Historical Society is one step closer to building its replica Hall’s Store — what will serve as the group’s main hub at its historic complex located at 39 Central Avenue.

Century-old home to be featured as part of Coastal Towns Historic Tour

The Joanne Gichner House, built in the early 1900s, is one of seven historical homes on the Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Oct. 7.The Joanne Gichner House, built in the early 1900s, is one of seven historical homes on the Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Oct. 7.Tourgoers on the Ocean View Historical Society’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be able to stroll through the Joanne Gichner House — a large, stately Victorian — to see how its owners lovingly renovated a 100-year-old structure in keeping with its origins.

One of the home’s two functioning woodstoves remains in the front living room, very typical of Ocean View houses before electricity and central heating. Gichner and her late husband, Michael, purchased the home in the 1970s, remodeling the house twice by moving walls, modernizing the kitchen and turning the side porch into a full bath, foyer and laundry room, but keeping the original main staircase, front porch and main entry foyer.

Michael Gichner’s father, William Gichner, was the blacksmith at Iron Age Antiques (the building now houses the Salon on Central), and the Gichner living room showcases a one-of-a- kind iron quilt on a stand made by many blacksmiths to honor William Gichner on his 75th birthday. Tourgoers can also admire the rolltop desk in the family office.

Sussex Riptide athletes hold bike regatta ahead of Special Olympics race

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Sussex Riptide, a group of Sepcial Olympics Delaware participants, and the Ocean View Police Department took part in a bicycle regatta, traveling through Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 21.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Sussex Riptide, a group of Sepcial Olympics Delaware participants, and the Ocean View Police Department took part in a bicycle regatta, traveling through Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 21.Before the Special Olympics Cycling Classic at Dover Air Force Base on Sept. 23, Sussex Riptide athletes gathered at the Ocean View Police Department for a pre-race hurrah.

“This is a nice cooldown before the Dover race. When they get there, they’re amped up and ready to do — whereas this is more of a social event,” said Riptide coach Adam Rones.

“They all enjoy it — it’s a fun day for all of them,” added coach Tony Gough.

The athletes, with a full-blown escort from the Ocean View Police Department, pedaled from the OVPD all through Bear Trap — about a 45-minute ride — before returning to the police department for a celebratory pizza party.

“I like it,” said athlete Jillian Calanna, 23, who also participates in tennis and bowling. “I like being with the athletes and socializing.”

Cierkowski sought in lawn-ornament theft investigation

CierkowskiCierkowskiThe Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Brent Cierkowski, 26, of Ocean View, in connection with lawn-ornament thefts in the area.

“They’re stealing whatever’s not tied down, unfortunately. And, it’s something they’ve been able to take to yard sales and flea markets and other locations and sell them readily,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Cierkowski, who is still wanted by police, has warrants charging him with two counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 year of age or older, two counts of theft under $1,500, three counts of trespass 3rd, one count of conspiracy 2nd, and two counts of conspiracy 3rd.

“Some of these lawn ornaments had some value. They were the concrete-type lawn ornaments. You see these concrete benches, things like that,” said McLaughlin.

West Cottage to be featured on historic homes tour

Coastal Point • Submitted: The West Cottage.Coastal Point • Submitted: The West Cottage.West Cottage, c. 1934

Originally built by Olive West, a granddaughter of George H. West, the West Cottage was lovingly remodeled 10 years ago in keeping with the expert craftsmanship of its ancestor.

The two-story, 3 bedroom traditional colonial, is located on a large lot overlooking the Ocean View Town Park. For many years, the home served as a guest house, like today’s bed-and-breakfast inns, and current owner George W. Hermance, possesses a 1936 guest book naming some of the depression day lodgers.

While owner Hermance purchased the house furnished just a few weeks ago, his artistic eye and training as a landscape architect attracted him to this classic home and sizeable grounds. Tour-goers will be able to see a black-and-white photo of the original home, the guest book, original paintings by its current owner, and idyllic views from the home’s big windows and decks.