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:

  • Gorden E. Wood Sr., Mayor
  • Geoffrey Christ, Mayor Pro-Tem, District 2
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Thomas J. Sheeran, District 3
  • Robert R. Lawless, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz

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)

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect sought in attempted robbery of G&E grocery store

The Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted robbery of an Ocean View grocery store that occurred early Thursday evening.

Ocean View looking for District 4 candidates to fill seat

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View is looking for candidates who live in District 4 to run for town council.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View is looking for candidates who live in District 4 to run for town council.The Town of Ocean View is seeking candidates to fill the District 4 town council seat, for a three-year term.

The seat is currently held by Councilman Bob Lawless, who has served on council since 2009 and is unable to run for reelection this year, as a two-term limit is imposed by the town charter.

As of Coastal Point’s Wednesday news deadline, four Ocean View residents had registered to run in the Town’s April election. Residents Jon DeBuchananne, Don Walsh, Kent Liddle and Carol Bodine had all filed to run.

Any resident of District 4 — which consists primarily of Wedgefield, Avon Park, Bear Trap and Fairway Village — may file to run for the council seat if they are 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the town for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election, a resident of District 4 at the time of filing and during the full term of office and registered to vote in the town.

DOSE workshop offers drug overdose training to community

The Ocean View Police Department last week hosted a Delaware Overdose Survival Education (DOSE) workshop, conducted by Brandywine Counseling & Community Services.

About 16 members of the public, along with the entire police department, attended the training session on overdose prevention. The workshop was funded through a grant from the Sussex County Council.

Traffic stop yields drugs, suspect in recent burglary

Ocean View police recently arrested an Ocean View man on drug- and traffic-related charges after spotting his car speeding down a local street. That routine traffic stop led police to connect the man to a recent burglary in which a handgun and ammunition had been stolen.

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Village Square Academy bringing childcare and education back to Whites Neck

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Bright colors splash inside Millville’s newest children’s learning center, despite the deceptively stoic brick exterior. Village Square Academy Learning Center just opened on Whites Neck Road, enrolling infants to 12 years.

Village Square Academy provides daylong childcare, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or just before and after school.

“It’s not a daycare at all. It’s a learning center. It’s gonna be structured, educational,” said owner Tecola Gibbs-Hernandez. “The best start is an early start. The earlier, the better prepared they are when they get to the schools,” she said.

That means kids can get used to a structured environment, learn rules of the school and adapt to different cultures. Plus, kids are learning social skills.

“They learn through each other,” verbalizing what they want, using good manners and, of course, making friends, she said.

OVPD offers Narcan training, heroin education

Those looking to learn more about the growing heroin epidemic can take advantage of an opportunity being provided to the community by the Ocean View Police Department next week.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m., the OVPD, along with Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, will be holding Delaware Overdose Survival Education (DOSE).

Ocean View council discusses 2016-fiscal-year budget

The Ocean View Town Council reviewed its first draft of the Town’s budget for the 2016 fiscal year this week.

“This is our first draft… It’s going to change,” emphasized Finance Director Lee Brubaker.

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit http://coastalpoint.zenfolio.com/p337602837 for more photos.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.

Ocean View to review resurfacing, police receive grants

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.

‘Paint What You Love’ is on display at Gallery One through March 3

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.

BART donates DVD’s of theatre productions to South Coastal Library

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.

OVPD adds training and K-9 officer to anti-heroin initiative

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.

K-9 Hardy welcomed to OVPD

“For him, this isn’t work — it’s play,” said Ocean View Police Department Officer Justin Hopkins of his new partner, Hardy.

Route 26 detour begins Monday­­

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.

OVPD first in state to carry drug to treat overdoses

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Naloxone Hydrochloride, or ‘Narcan,’ can counteract the effects of an overdose of opioid drugs, legal or otherwise.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Naloxone Hydrochloride, or ‘Narcan,’ can counteract the effects of an overdose of opioid drugs, legal or otherwise.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.

Ocean View police upgrade body camera program

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Ocean View Police Department secured new Vievu LE3 cameras for their officers, replacing the old ones, which have become outdated.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Ocean View Police Department secured new Vievu LE3 cameras for their officers, replacing the old ones, which have become outdated.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.

OVP&Z approves Silverstock annexation conditions, Royal Farms air pump location

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.

Substation Road to close for crossroad pipe replacement

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.

Ocean View offers holiday fun for all this Saturday

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.

Ocean View discusses resident inquiry regarding brewery

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.

Dickens offers fun holiday events, starting this Saturday

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.

Nativity Festival aims to get families in the holiday spirit

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