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Margaritas aren’t the only thing “frozen” at the Salted Rim restaurant in Ocean View.
Families can now enjoy a Disney’s “Frozen” adventure aboard the railroad cars lining Route 26, which are decked in silver, blue and white tulle and icicles.
“It’s cold outside. It’s a frozen movie. It gives families something to do,” Karen Fritz, owner of the late-night Tex-Mex place.
“I think it’s gonna be awesome. I think they’re gonna love it,” as will the families, to see their children so happy, Fritz said. “That’s what you do it for — the kids! The excitement.”
Large-screen televisions will show the movie on the train cars several times daily, with a dinner buffet, each weekend through March 15.
The Town of Ocean View will be reviewing the micro-resurfacing done in a number of town developments in 2013, after receiving a letter from Kent Liddle, president of The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Owners Association.
Artists find that their work is more expressive, energetic, soulful and successful, when they paint what they love. For the January/February’s exhibit theme, Gallery One partners painted subjects that were special to them.
Rusty Hesse, a member of the advisory committee of the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) and Bob Davis founder of BART and local playwright, recently presented seven DVDs to Susan Keefe, director of the South Coastal Library. The DVD’s are of plays written by Davis and presented at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville and other locations in the Delmarva area.
The Ocean View Police Department has been working on its own initiative to help combat the heroin problem that has been plaguing the town, state and country.
“For him, this isn’t work — it’s play,” said Ocean View Police Department Officer Justin Hopkins of his new partner, Hardy.
Route 26 will close in two locations for construction, starting Monday, Jan. 5. The three-month closure is scheduled to end March 30.
Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
A few weeks ago, if an Ocean View police officer arrived on the scene of a suspected drug overdose, they were unable to administer naloxone hydrochloride — more commonly known as Narcan — a drug that can counteract the effects of an overdose of opioid drugs, legal or otherwise.
“We’re the first agency in the state to have it. In fact, we’re the only agency in the state to have it,” said OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin.
All the officers in the department completed a 30-minute online training course, overseen by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, prior to being able to receive access to the drug.
“You put it in the nose and give it a squirt, and it counteracts the effects of the overdose,” said McLaughlin of the ease of administering Narcan.
The drug comes as a nasal spray in kits that include sterile gloves and will be kept in the trunks of officers’ cars.
Last month, the Ocean View Police Department purchased body cameras for its officers, but OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin emphasized that it wasn’t in response to recent discussions nationwide about police interactions with suspects and the public. OVPD officers have been wearing cameras for almost five years.
“We’ve had a body camera program for a couple years now. It’s not what everyone thinks it is — we’re not doing it in response to anything that has happened recently,” said Chief Ken McLaughlin. “We’ve had cameras in every one of our patrols cars for 10 years now, as have most law enforcement agencies in the state of Delaware.”
The new Vievu LE3 cameras are built to military specifications, with an internal microphone, making them more robust than the old ones, which McLaughlin said he hopes will help them last longer. The new cameras were paid for out of the department’s budget and cost approximately $900 each. The older cameras cost approximately $60 each.
The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission voted 3-0 this week to recommend Ocean View Town Council to amend the conditions of approval for lands owned by Silverstock LLC to be annexed into the town.
The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) this week alerted motorists that the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe will close Substation Road between Burbage Road and Beaver Dam Road in the Ocean View area until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Weather could postpone the closure to Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
This weekend, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS) will be celebrating the holiday season, and is inviting the public to the festivities.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the OVHS will be holding its annual Old Fashioned Christmas event at the society’s historical complex.
The Town of Ocean View will be looking into drafting language for a special exception use for a brewery following the request of local businessman and town resident Joel Antonioli.
Antonioli, owner of Superior Screen & Glass, located on Town Road, contacted the Town to see if opening a brewery would be permissible within town limits.
For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.
It seemed an inauspicious birth,
another mouth to feed on earth.
A stable in a crowded town,
the only lodging to be found.
— John McCullagh
A local family is seeking help from the community after the sudden and unexpected death of an Ocean View woman last month.
In December, people often look back on the past year and celebrate those events which are personal and meaningful to each of them, and the same is true of the artists of Gallery One in Ocean View, which is holding its new show, “Celebration,” from Dec. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015.
A car on fire was reported at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Atlantic Avenue about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Delaware State Police assisted the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office in securing the scene that night, and it was suspected that the fire had been intentionally set.
The Town of Ocean View will be looking into the cost of contracting with a single trash and recycling company for services town-wide.
“It’s not a new idea,” said Councilman Tom Sheeran, who brought the idea forward to the council. “It has been brought up several times prior.”
The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.
The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.
“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.
“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.
The Ocean View Church of Christ (OVCC) will hold its 2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. This event is free. All members of the community are invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.
For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.
Some familiar faces are headlining the entertainment this weekend at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church. To raise money for Costa Rica missions trips, Christel and Paul Grandel will perform a free concert Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean View church.
The Grandells frequently lead Mariner’s praise services and write music for special services. Having performed together since 1984, the couple now performs under the band name HIS (Healing in Salvation). They’ll perform songs from their first CD, “Finding Beautiful,” which is also available for sale.
“When we did the concert [in January], we heard people saying, ‘We’d like to get some for Christmas presents,’” Christel Grandell said.
The timing of the event means that people who usually fly south for winter can catch the concert before Christmas. But the main goal is fellowship. Snacks and refreshments will be served afterwards in the social hall. The concert is free. A love offering will be accepted but is not mandatory.
The Ocean View Public Works Department is working diligently to move into its new home by the beginning of November. Until now, the department has been working out of a number of separate buildings, but will now have one home.