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• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

Over Time band performs at John West Park in Ocean View back in 2017.

Ocean View invites community to experience seasonal events

The Town of Ocean View is gearing up to offer free fun family entertainment in John West Park.

“We want to do something different, something geared toward our community,” said Town Manager Carol Houck. “There’s such pride with the park —...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:48pm

This recently completed Ocean View Historical Society building is part of the Coastal Towns Village.

Coastal Towns Village historical center open for the summer


The historic Coastal Towns Village in Ocean View is gearing up for summer with a new schedule of dates and times when visitors can see the fruit of the labor of the Ocean View Historical Society. The society is in the midst of developing...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:41pm

Weis Markets launches 11th annual Paws for Pets Program

Weis Markets this week announced the launch of its 11th annual Paws for Pets program, a company-wide initiative that collects donations, pet food and supplies for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

During the month-long...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:58am

Lesley McCaskill shares some ‘Backyard Visitors’ with us. See it in person in Gallery One’s May show.

Gallery One showing off work ‘In My Backyard’

Gallery One this week announced its May exhibit theme, “In My Backyard,” open to the public May 1-28.

“A back yard is a yard at the back of a house, common in suburban developments in the western world. Such a simple definition hardly does...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:02am

Womenade Games Day to support local women in crisis

Guests can eat well and have fun at the third annual Games Day fundraiser, benefiting women’s emergency shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware By the Sea Womenade will host its Games Day on Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 11:41am

James Farm hosting annual Native Plant Sale this Saturday

The James Farm Ecological Preserve will host its annual Native Plant Sale and Green Living Expo this Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to offering a chance to pick up a wagonload of plants and tons of tips for sprucing up...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:07pm

Ocean View Comp Plan kickoff a success

Mandated by Delaware state code, all municipal governments must develop and regularly update a “road map for the future” through a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). 

The Town of Ocean View kicked off its CLUP review with a public...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:03pm

Passport Palooza set for May 14 in Bethany Beach

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:35am

One of the miniature worlds created by local miniature artist Ann Cooper for the debut of her spring and summer 2019 collection at the Ellen Rice Gallery this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Featured in this lighted lantern is a framed miniature reproduction of Ellen Rice’s ‘Spread Your Wings’ oil painting.

Miniature artist Cooper to hold Saturday event at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host its first spring event this Saturday, May 4, in Ocean View, with the introduction of internationally collected local miniature artist Ann Cooper’s spring and summer 2019 collection of intricate cottage scenes...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:55am

P&Z reviews concept plan for OV mini golf

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the concept plan for a mini golf course to be located at 3 Atlantic Avenue. The application was submitted by Patrick and Rebecca Adams. 

“This is a concept plan review,” said Town...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:42am

The new Ocean View Town Council, pictured from left, Frank Twardzik, Berton Reynolds, Town Manager Carol Houck, Mayor Walter Curran, Attorney Dennis Schrader, Tom Maly and Bruce White.

Ocean View swears in council, honors Olsen for service

Ocean View Councilman Frank Twardzik was sworn in for his second term as the District 2. He ran unopposed. With wife Colleen by his side, Twardzik swore on April 23 to “carry out the responsibilities of the office of councilman for the Town of...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:29am

The new Ocean View Town Council, pictured from left, Frank Twardzik, Berton Reynolds, Town Manager Carol Houck, Mayor Walter Curran, Attorney Dennis Schrader, Tom Maly and Bruce White.

Ocean View swears in council, honors Olsen for service

Ocean View Councilman Frank Twardzik was sworn in for his second term as the District 2. He ran unopposed. With wife Colleen by his side, Twardzik swore on April 23 to “carry out the responsibilities of the office of councilman for the Town of...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:29am

Calling all hippies and tree huggers! Here’s a sneak peek of the fun to be had at Ocean View’s ‘tree-mendous’ Arbor Day Event, courtesy of Ken Cimino (Director of Planning, Zoning & Development) & Carol Houck (Town Manager).

Ocean View invites community to celebrate Arbor Day

In the past, the Town of Ocean View marked the celebration of Arbor Day with the simple planting of a tree. This year, however, the Town is stepping the celebration up a few notches.

The Arbor Day Celebration will be held on Friday, April...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:58am

Native Plant Sale, Green Living Expo set for May 4

James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View will host the 15th Annual Native Plant Sale — now featuring a Green Living Expo — on Saturday, May 4. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can find a wide selection of native flowers, trees, shrubs and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:44am


Bruce White elected to Ocean View council

Ocean View resident Bruce White will serve as the District 1 representative on the Ocean View Town Council following the Town’s annual election on Saturday, April 13.

White won the election with a total of 151 votes. His opponent, Gabriel...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:49pm

Ocean View to hold election, comp plan workshop Saturday

Residents of the town of Ocean View may want to make a point to stop by town hall on Saturday, April 13, as the town will be holding its annual council election from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents will vote to elect a representative for the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:54pm

OV enters into MOU with South Bethany for police coverage

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Town of South Bethany to offer Ocean View officers to help supplement police coverage in the neighboring town.

“At the request...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:51pm

Former Ocean View mayor Gordon E. Wood addresses a crowd at his public lecture on April 3rd.

Baltimore Hundred before tourists

Where did the term “Baltimore Hundred” come from, and why do we today use this term to describe Southeastern Sussex County?

Local history advocate and former Ocean View mayor Gordon E. Wood answered these and many other mysteries during...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:02am

Ocean View to host comp plan workshop

According to Delaware state code, all Delaware municipal governments are required to develop and regularly update land-use plans. The Town of Ocean View is now beginning their most recent update, and officials are seeking the public’s input....

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:31pm

W. Scott Broadfoot’s ‘Crabs and Beer’ depicts a detailed display of one of our favorite treats, expertly expressed in his classical style. Anyone else ready for summer?

W. Scott Broadfoot joins Gallery One partners

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced that artist Scott Broadfoot has joined the gallery as a new partner.

“Scott brings to Gallery One a unique perspective born of a lifetime of devotion to art, art in the classical and realist...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:41am

Dozens of fraud complaints filed in Coastal Maytag closure

New company taking over storefront, but nothing else

The Delaware State Police as of mid-week had received more than 30 fraud complaints about Coastal Maytag since the Ocean View appliance store closed suddenly in early February.

That’s a large influx since the Coastal Point reported on Feb...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Ocean View Town Council set to approve 2020 budget

The Ocean View Town Council will likely vote on its 2020-fiscal-year budget at its April 9 meeting. The council held a budget workshop on March 26 to review the third draft of the budget.

Finance Director Dawn Parks noted that the draft...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:37am

Terrence Riddle and Jay Wimbrow gather in the new Wireless Zone store in the new shopping center in Ocean View.

Wireless Zone brings Verizon retailer to Ocean View

The area’s newest authorized Verizon retailer opened quietly last week, but it has been in the planning stages for well over a year.

The Wireless Zone store at 83 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View (the new shopping center on the former Archut...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:12am

Natelli Communities wins national award for Bay Forest

On Feb. 20, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that Natelli Communities had won the NAHB “...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 9:12am

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

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