Ocean View

OV P&Z approves canal trail land development plan

Last week, the Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved design plans for the Assawoman Canal Trail, Phase I, which would establish a trailhead parking lot and canal trail.

The commission reviewed a land development plan submitted by Becker Morgan Group on behalf of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation, related to the future trail.

DEA to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.

School official arrested for violating restraining order

After being ousted from his position as school principal in January, John Turssline of Ocean View is on administrative leave from Indian River School District after violating a personal restraining order. Turssline was the assistant head of school (similar to assistant principal) at G. W. Carver Academy, an alternative school in Frankford.

OV discusses possible fixes for Woodland Avenue extended

After receiving concerned correspondence from residents, the Town of Ocean View held a workshop in order to discuss possible solutions to safety concerns.

Lifelong Learning available at Ocean View Town Hall

If you are 50 years of age or older, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware invites you to continue your education, while meeting other community members with similar interests.

Ocean View discusses joining State healthcare plan

The Town of Ocean View is working with the State’s benefits office to facilitate the enrollment of the Town’s employees into the State’s group health insurance program.

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Carper on Route 26 project: Federal funding is key

Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.

Passport Day set for Sept. 24 at Ocean View Post Office

The Ocean View Post Office, located at 35764 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), is hosting a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

OV seeks resident input on Woodland Avenue

Those who have traveled Ocean View’s Woodland Avenue Extended may have experienced speeding vehicles, along with bicyclists and pedestrians trying to navigate the road.

During the Town’s July council meeting, Mayor Walter Curran told council he had received correspondence from concerned residents who were worried about the road’s safety.

Ocean View CVS receives bomb threat

The Ocean View CVS Pharmacy store was forced to close in the early evening hours on Aug. 20, due to a bomb threat.

“The CVS received a call from an unknown male caller that stated they had placed a bomb in the store. They demanded money, and if the demands were not met, they threatened to detonate the bomb,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Dickens to host Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ from Sept. 4-7

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.

Feather in their cap: Swans return to White’s Creek

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Two satisfying splashes hit White’s Creek on Aug. 22 when two mute swans returned home. Several happy neighbors witnessed the satisfying end to a four-year bird battle.

“It’s taken me four years to get them back,” said Susan Ritter.

After two other swans were shot by state wildlife officials in 2011 as part of an effort to remove a species declared invasive, local residents doubled down on their efforts to bring the pair back from the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge. Originally residing in White’s Creek for 14 years, they were possibly driven off when the second pair of swans took their place in a territory grab, Ritter said.

Those invading swans were shot and killed in January of 2011 as part of the “mute swan management plan” operating under the Delaware Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC’s) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Fargo brings home second consecutive national championship

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”

On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.

“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”

Gallery One’s new show features views through an ‘Open Window’

Inspired by the theme “Open Window,” Gallery One artists watercolored, oil painted and created in acrylic for the gallery’s featured wall for the month of September, opening Aug. 28 and running through Oct. 1.

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.

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