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)

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.

‘Happy Hour’ opening at Gallery One in Ocean View

“Happy Hour” is the subject of the current art show at Gallery One. It will open on June 26, featuring 15 artists’ interpretation of the concept of “Happy Hour”: 15 artists, 15 different “happy hours”

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project 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 Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

BREAKING NEWS: Super Giant reopens after Friday night evacuation

Super Giant grocery store was evacuated Friday night around 10:10 p.m. after several people reportedly experienced difficulty breathing.

Shoppers and staff were instructed to leave their groceries and immediately exit the Millville store.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Ocean View to hold first Concert in the Park for season

This Friday, the Town of Ocean View will hold the first of its two Concerts in the Park for the summer. On June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., the band 33 1/3 will perform. On Aug, 15, again from 6 to 8 p.m., Oh Boy! will return to the park. The concerts, which are held in John West Park, are free and open to the public.

Event raises funds for diabetic children

Your next mocha latté or dinner could help send children to summer camp. Kool Bean Bistro in Ocean View will host an all-day fundraiser on Saturday for the nonprofit Camp Possibilities, for children with Type I diabetes.

“The goal is to fund two kids to go to camp,” said Nancy Crass, Kool Bean owner.

Jalot named to Dean’s List at University of New Haven

Laree Jalot of Ocean View was named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the spring 2014 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.