Ocean View

Ocean View to host Candidates’ Night on March 27

The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.

The Town’s annual municipal election is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents will vote to elect a representative for...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:03pm


Sarate seeks to win District 1 council seat in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual town council election on Saturday, April 13. Resident Gabriel Sarate is one of two candidates seeking the District 1 council seat currently held by Bill Olsen, who is not running for re-election...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:52pm


White throws hat into the ring for District 1 council seat

The Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual council election on Saturday, April 13. Resident Bruce White is one of two candidates seeking the District 1 council seat currently held by Bill Olsen, who did not run for re-relection.


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:50pm


DUI stop in Ocean View leads to arrest of suspected felon

By Maria Counts

Staff Reporter


“Traffic stops are the most dangerous thing we do. We don’t know who we’re walking up to, who’s in the vehicle…” said Ocean View Police Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw. “Just because the vehicle is...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:47pm

One of the osprey prepares the nest last spring atop Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Osprey to be diverted from LB rooftop back to original home

Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff loved watching a pair of osprey raise their family atop the old building last year. But it’s time to say goodbye, and it’s for the birds’ own good.

Last spring, two ospreys built a nest...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:24am

Mary Bode Byrd was recently announced as the newest partner at Gallery One in Ocean View. Byrd has spent 30 years in visual communications and graphic design.

Byrd joins Gallery One’s slate of artists

The artists of Gallery One in Ocean View recently welcomed new partner Mary Bode Byrd.

“Mary’s work is filled with energy, exuberance and whimsy!” representatives said, noting that Byrd brings to the gallery 30 years of experience in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:17am

Study: Local towns among safest in state

Three South Coastal Delaware towns were recently recognized for being in the top 10 safest places to live in Delaware.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed statistics from 20 municipalities in Delaware with a population of more than 2,000, and named...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:19pm

Ocean View celebrates Hopkins, looks to limit rental occupancy

Ocean View Police Department Cpl. Justin Hopkins and his family received a standing ovation Tuesday night, March 12, after being congratulated by Mayor Walter Curran and the town council for receiving the 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award,...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:11pm

Illusionist Salazar returning to Dickens

Dickens Parlor Theatre will host Anthony Salazar and his comedy, intriguing illusions and tricks, aimed at awakening the magic of people’s inner child. He will grace Dickens stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, March 7-9, beginning at 7 p.m...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:32pm

Ocean View officials discuss property reassessment progress

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop earlier this week at which the status of property reassessments was reviewed.

“This is very complicated and confusing,” said Finance Director Dawn Parks, noting that she understands the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:14pm

Angela Strong, left, receives her scholarship award from Tracy Bell, School of Nursing program coordinator, right.

Strong receives nurshing scholarship

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare announced this week that Angela Strong, a senior student from Ocean View, is the recipient of the Dr. Carl G. Pierce Jr. Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:49am

Coastal Maytag to change hands, re-open after sudden closure

After closing without warning around Feb. 6, an Ocean View appliance store mid-week was preparing for a possible re-opening next week, while police in the intervening time had opened an investigation after complaints from some customers who’d...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

Ocean View seeks candidates for council election

Ocean View residents who want to serve their community have less than two weeks to file to run in the April town council election.

Candidates are being sought to serve in seats from District 1 and District 2 — currently held by Bill Olsen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:15pm

Ocean View moves to limit rental occupancy, require parking

Last week, the Ocean View Town Council introduced a proposed ordinance to amend the town code to establish an occupancy limit for rental properties within the town.

“The town council is desirous of providing for the welfare and happiness...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:07am


Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet on March 8 at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes a request from tenant Benjamin Wang for a new black awning and vinyl lettering, to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:02am

Nancy Ponton sews her one-of-a-kind purses. Below right, are Ponton’s Here Kitty and Octopus purses.

Gallery One welcomes fiber artist Nancy Ponton to its Artisan Room

Owning a one-of-a-kind purse is now available at Gallery One. The gallery this week announced that Nancy Ponton’s individualized purses are on displayed in the gallery’s Artisan’s Room.

Ponton shifted her creative energies into “fabric...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Ocean View updating its Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Ocean View’s first Emergency Operations Plan was drafted and brought before council in June 2006, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin noted recently. Back then, it was an “all-hazards approach” to emergencies and was well-received...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Ocean View seeking candidates for April election

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking candidates for its April 13 town council election. Two seats are up for grabs — in District 1 and District 2 — currently held by residents Bill Olsen and Frank Twardzik, respectively.

Those who...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:07pm

Ocean View P&Z recommends ordinance changes

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to recommend an ordinance to amend the Town’s Land Use & Development Code related to wireless communication facilities.

P&Z Commissioner Ken Sigvardson...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:01pm

Dinner with truffle chef Carlo Zarri

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert

Italian chef Carlo Zarri visited Café on 26  in Ocean View on Friday, Feb. 1, to treat locals to a truffle and hazelnut dinner. The world-reknowned chef shared a grilled halibut dish topped with a...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:21pm

Comedy ventriloquist to open Dickens’ 10th season

Those looking to something fun and different this Valentine’s Day weekend may want to consider bringing their loved-one to Dickens Parlour Theatre — but be careful, the theater’s management warned, as “Mr. Goodwood has an eye for the ladies!”...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Last year’s Night to Shine event was a huge hit, for both participants and volunteers.

Night to Shine offering special prom experience

Remember the excitement of high school prom? Picking out the perfect dress, getting a corsage and dancing the night away with friends? Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be hosting its Third Annual...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:38am

Italian truffle chef to make guest appearance in Ocean View

Those looking to enjoy the authentic taste of the Piedmont region of Italy can stay right in Sussex County, as world-renowned Chef Carlo Zarri will be serving a truffle and hazelnut dinner at The Café on 26 this week.

“He comes with his...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:07am

Ocean View holds budget workshop, discusses events

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop on Jan. 22 in preparation for the 2020 fiscal year. One topic of conversation was the Town’s community events budget.

“I know a couple of events, like the summer concerts, are cued up to be...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:34am


Ocean View welcomes Houck as new town manager

There’s a new town manager walking the halls of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, and she is bringing a wealth of experience.

Carol Houck, who is originally from Philadelphia, has been in public service her whole career. She...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:00am

Construction to begin on Woodland drainage project

By the start of summer, the residents of Ocean View should be able to see less standing water on Woodland Avenue. The Town of Ocean View held an informational meeting for residents last week to discuss the Woodland Avenue drainage project, slated...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:58am

Passport Palooza planned Jan. 16 at South Coastal Public Library

A record number of people — especially newly naturalized U.S. citizens — are applying for U.S. passports, according to Ocean View Postmaster Mike Behringer. And in towns across Delaware, people are standing in long lines to apply for the prized...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:09am

A new mini-golf course might be nearing final approvals in Ocean View.

Ocean View BOA approves mini-golf special exception

A miniature-golf course is one step closer to opening in the Town of Ocean View, after the Town’s Board of Adjustment recently voted unanimously to approve a special-use exception application.

At the hearing, held on Dec. 20, 2018,...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:08pm

District to host major capital improvement, expense referendum

The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement and current expense referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:53pm

Dawn Mitchell Parks is the new financial director for the Town of Ocean View.

Parks signs on to serve as Ocean View’s new finance director

For the last couple of months, there’s been a new face at the Wallace A. Municipal Building, with Dawn Mitchell Parks joining the Town of Ocean View as its financial director.

“I was not looking for a job. I happened to go on the GFOA...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:07pm

Pat Riordan paints a range of mountains in ‘Purple Majesty.’

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:31am

Marybeth Patterson brings the color purple into frame in her ‘Fourth Street Snow’ oil on canvas, showing at the Gallery One exhibit in January.

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:19pm

Volunteers reforest James Farm Preserve in Ocean View

This fall, volunteers from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Coastal Gardeners Club planted trees as part of an effort to improve wildlife...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:56am

OV property reassessment set to begin

Property taxes for FY2019 to be re-billed before May

After a controversial move by the Town this year to switch to Sussex County property appraisals for its town tax basis, resulting in drastic tax burden shifts for some, property owners in Ocean View may be happy to learn that new property...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:08pm

Mariner’s United Methodist Church hosts a Live Nativity scene each year. This year’s Nativity will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, outside of the church starting at 6 p.m.

Mariner’s UMC set to hold Live Nativity on Friday

As night falls on Friday, Dec. 14, a stable outside Mariners’ Bethel Unity Methodist Church in Ocean View will come to life.

About 40 to 50 actors will gather at the church to participate in the church’s annual Live Nativity program,...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:01pm

Artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will introduce her new book, ‘Bethany Beach ABCs Now and Then’ with a book signing at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this Saturday.

Rice to host ABCs book signing, Disney Day of Discovery

This Saturday, artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will officially release at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View a unique Bethany Beach activity book she has written and illustrated, with book signings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:01pm

Ocean View discusses draft budget, capital improvements

The Ocean View Town Council met on Dec. 4 to discuss items to be included in the first draft of its 2020-fiscal-year budget and five-year Capital Improvements Program.

“What we want to do tonight is get some input,” said Town Manager...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:01pm

Speed limit lowered on section of Muddy Neck

Those driving down Muddy Neck Road will need to slow down a good 10 mph, after the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), at the request of the Ocean View Police Department, recently lowered the speed limit.

The section of road...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:01pm

James Farm upgrades were set to officially begin on Nov. 26 but kicked off with a groundbreaking on Nov. 16.

James Farm preserve digs into a bigger future

James Farm Ecological Preserve has a way of making visitors feel alone in nature, even though another hiker might be just around the corner, having the same experience.

Word has gotten out about James Farm — a tranquil, but increasingly...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:58am

‘Relic of 1965 Cullen Bridge’ by Andy Gordon.

Ocean View’s Gordon to exhibit ‘Mindful Focus’ in Wilmington

Colourworks Gallery in Wilmington, Del., also known as the Colourworks Photo/Art Space, will be exhibiting the fine-art photography of Ocean View’s Andy Gordon from Dec. 7 through the end of February 2019.

Gordon’s solo exhibit features...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:52pm

Ocean View awards Woodland Park drainage contract

“This is a huge step forward,” said Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran, as the Ocean View Town Council voted 5-0 on Nov. 13 to award the contract for the Woodland Park Drainage Project to A-Del Construction Co. Inc., at a cost of $454,560.55.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:38pm

Former U.S. surgeon general Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck delivers his Veterans Day address at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

Former surgeon general gives Veterans Day address

A former U. S. surgeon general told those attending a Veteran’s Day commemoration at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View that when he cared for veterans, he was caring for “the most deserving patients in the world.”

“Whether two or 20 years,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:22pm

Mariner’s to host Live Nativity on Dec. 14

On Friday, Dec. 14, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church of Ocean View will present a Live Nativity featuring the Christmas story told and re-told every half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:12am

Dr. Janice Baker teaches the tactical canine medical training class held at Camp Barnes back in October. More than two dozen officers attended the free class, for which OVPD Cpl. Justin Hopkins raised more than half the funds.

OVPD offers training to K9 units throughout Delaware

When Ocean View Police Department’s Cpl. Justin Hopkins saw a need for other K9 handler officers in Delaware to get medical-related training for their four-legged partners, he decided to do something about it.

“They’re our family,” said...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:01pm

OVPD arrests two for trespassing, believes they stopped burglary

Two men were arrested in the Town of Ocean View in the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 30, after OVPD Sgt. Sid Ballentine reportedly observed their vehicle driving slowly through Woodland Park before parking in the driveway of an occupied home. ...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:32pm

Officers outside the Ocean View Church of Christ meeting to discuss the active shooter exercise.

Large-scale exercise prepare emergency personnel for the unthinkable

With gun violence a reality in today’s world, local law enforcement, emergency responders and hospitals are hoping such a tragedy never reaches our area, but are preparing for the worst. 

On Oct. 13, agencies across southeastern Sussex...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

Police departments urge citizens to ‘Take Back’ medications

The Ocean View Police Department is one of many in the state and across the nation participating in the U.S...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:14pm

Ocean View Police to host annual Cops & Goblins festival this weekend

The Ocean View Police Department is hosting its annual Cops and Goblins festival this weekend, in the hopes of giving area kids a safe...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:20pm