Ocean View


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

John Reddington poses with his plaque, announcing that he’s been inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin and Leather Hall of Fame.

Reddington honored by Hide Association

Last month, Ocean View resident John Reddington was the 31st person to be inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin, and Leather Hall of Fame. 

“One every year is given out and I never thought I would get it,” said Reddington. “I was just the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:52am

Road crews work on the damage from a truck striking a fire hydrant in Ocean View on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Ocean View homes without water after truck hits hydrant

A portion of Woodland and Central Avenues in Ocean View were closed for several hours on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as a result of a large construction vehicle striking a mounted fire hydrant, and lifting it from its pedestal, according to police. 


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:16pm

CATS to raise funds with Oct. 19 bake sale

The Cats Around Town Society (CATS), an Ocean View-based 501(c) charity, is honoring Global Cat Day — Oct. 16 — by holding a fundraising bake sale Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 3 p.m. at Giant Foods in Millville and Hocker’s in Clarksville.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:42am

Mini-golf now allowed by special exception in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to approve an ordinance that would allow through the granting of a special exception, miniature-golf courses in the Town’s General Business-1 district. Prior to the vote, mini-golf courses were not an...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:33pm

Responders perform trauma training at a previous Rescue Task Force exercise.

Emergency services to hold drill in Ocean View on Sunday

For those who work in emergency services, preparing for the worst is part of the job. This Sunday, area emergency responders will be training for the unimaginable.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m., emergency services personnel will be...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:31pm

Damon Pla working on a pair of pears.

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year

The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art. The two-...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:36am

Passport ‘Happy Hours’ planned at special-after-hours events

Due to the popularity of past passport fairs, the Ocean View Post Office is hosting several special passport sessions — this time, after regular passport acceptance hours.

“The recent passport fairs were so successful that many patrons...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:02am

A sign that Ocean View Church of Christ had hoped to erect outside the church received negative feedback from the Town’s Board of Adjustment, so the church withdrew their application.

Church of Christ withdraws request for much larger sign

The Ocean View Church of Christ has withdrawn its application seeking a signage variance from the Town of Ocean View, following its initial hearing.

George Keen presented the request on behalf of the church, which wished to erect a free-...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30am

Members of the Sussex Riptide team pose with officers from the Ocean View Police Department at a pre-competition bicycle regatta at police headquarters last week.

Bike regatta at OVPD continues to support Sussex Riptide athletes

For more than a decade, area Special Olympics athletes have had the opportunity to have a pre-competition bicycle regatta at the Ocean View Police Department, prior to their Dover competition.

The athletes arrive at the police station with...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:02pm

Passport ‘Happy Hours’ planned at special after-hours events

Due to the popularity of past passport fairs, the Ocean View Post Office is hosting several special passport sessions — this time, after regular passport acceptance hours.

“The recent passport fairs were so successful that many patrons...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:56pm

OVPD continues to offer check-in service to residents

For nearly two decades, the Ocean View Police Department has been offering a senior check-in program, free of charge, to its residents.

“They’ll call in every day and leave a message on our machine,” explained OVPD Capt. Heath Hall. “Once...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:04pm

Supporters turn out in Dagsboro.

Thank a Police Officer Day

Members of the community rallied behind local law enforcement agencies last weekend for ‘Thank a Police Officer Day.’ Organizer Heidi Lentkowski organized efforts at the Ocean View Police Department on Friday, Sept. 14, and Dagsboro Police...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:50am

Ocean View to return to private assessments for 2020 taxes

No exemptions to be given for higher taxes this year

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to return to having a private company assess property values for property-tax purposes, following an unwelcome switch to using the Sussex County assessed values for taxes in the current,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm

Local supporters rallying for Thank a Police Officer Day

Communities across the nation are joining in on Saturday, Sept. 15, to “Thank a Police Officer,” and local police departments are no exception in getting some special attention.

Founded in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project, Thank a Police...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:53pm

The South Coastal Library recently announced the winners of its annual Teen Art Show. Winners including Senior Division, first-place winner Victoria Rentsch with her charcoal drawing, ‘Empty Pages.’

South Coastal Library awards teen artists

The South Coastal Library this week announced the winners of its 10th Annual Teen Art Show:

Senior Division (ages 15-18) winners were:

• First place — Victoria Rentsch, for her compressed charcoal drawing, “Empty Pages,” (awarded a...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:43am

Ocean View’s John Burbage landed this state record, 79-pound cobia on Aug. 10.

Ocean View man lands new state-record cobia

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife confirmed on Sept. 11 a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 79-pound, 6.4-ounce cobia, caught in the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 10 by John Burbage of Ocean View. The fish was 56.5...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:41am

Friends, customers rally for Monroe

 For 24 years, customers at the Ocean View Family Restaurant have been the recipients of Cheryl Monroe’s friendliness as she served them short stacks for breakfast and crabcakes for dinner.

But since Aug. 8, when a brain aneurysm struck...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:46pm

Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins and K-9 Hardy will both attend Ales for Tails — a fundraiser aiming to provide K-9 officers throughout the state with life-saving first aid training for their four-legged partners.

Support sought for first-aid training for K-9 handlers and their pups

The Ocean View Police Department is teaming up with law-enforcement agencies throughout the state to help train K-9 handlers in first aid for their four-legged partners.

“For me, my biggest issue is, if our dog is injured in the line of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:55pm

Ocean View to hold meeting on Woodland Park drainage

The Town of Ocean View will host an informational meeting on the planned Woodland Park drainage project next week, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at town hall.

While the presentation regarding the work will begin at 6 p.m., the public is being...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:27pm

Picnic in the Park to celebrate local Sierra Club’s mission

The Sussex Section of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a picnic in the park on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The picnic will be held at John West Park, 32 West Avenue in Ocean View, and it is free and open to the public...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:53pm

Holding cells, like this one at the Ocean View Police Department, will be used during the Reality Tour program, set to begin this fall.

Reality Tour aims to shed light on drug epidemic

Parents and children will have a unique opportunity this fall to experience how the growing drug epidemic can impact a community, with the offering of the Reality Tour, developed by nonprofit CANDLE (Community Action Network for Drug-free...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:51pm

Ocean View denies exception for wildlife-learning center

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted 4-0, with one abstention, to deny an application for a special exception that would have allowed for a wildlife-learning center on a General Business-1 (GB-1) parcel in town.

Barn Hill Preserve, a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am

Vehicle crash involving OVPD officer looked at by DSP

The Delaware State Police are investigating a vehicle crash involving an unnamed Ocean View police officer that took place on July 21.

According to the DSP, the incident took place just before 8:30 a.m. last Saturday, involving a civilian-...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:57am

Two men die in suspected overdose, another saved by naloxone

Two men in their 20s passed away last week in Ocean View, from an apparent heroin overdose.

“They were living in Ocean View, but both of them are originally from Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, noting that the names...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

Ocean View’s Smith graduates from East Carolina University

Karlie Smith of Ocean View graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fireworks capped off a new format for ECU’s 109th spring...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

BREAKING NEWS: Two men found dead of suspected drug overdoses in Ocean View

Victim in suspected June overdose revived by OVPD officers

Ocean View police reported Monday that two men in their 20s had been found deceased in a home on Central Avenue in Ocean View on Thursday, July 12, shortly before noon. Police said the apparent cause of death for both men was a drug overdose....

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:54am