It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.
In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?” the future of the former Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond has finally been answered.
Well, to some extent.
Gerry Hocker, former Millville mayor and one of the owners of Hocker’s Super Center, and G&E Grocery and Hardware stores, told the Coastal Point earlier this week that his family has agreed to terms to purchase the Salt Pond Plaza, including the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter before that store closed its doors in February 2015.
To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.
Some of the area’s most innovative crafters will be showing off their work when the 2016 Artisans Fair gets under way at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, May 28.
Now in its ninth year, the fair will feature an array of different artistic mediums, including pottery, fiberwork, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, photography, paintings, glass, candles, baskets, needlepoint and more.
Per usual, proceeds from the event will benefit the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, to help provide college scholarships for local students.
After seeing more than 1,200 attendees at last year’s show, this year’s show promises to be as popular as ever, with 53 exhibitors — some new to the venue, and some returning seasoned vets.
“As our reputation has grown over the past nine years, we attract some of the best artisans,” said fair coordinator Ione Phillips. “Because our exhibitors do so well at the show, most of them return year after year, and we have a waiting list of others who want to participate.”
Here are just a few of the participants ready to showcase their work at this year’s show:
Speculation has run rampant over what would happen with the Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond since that company announced they were closing their doors there in February 2015.
If you see a new officer patrolling the streets of Ocean View, chances are it’s patrolman Troy Bowden.
“We’re excited to have him,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.
Bowden started with the department on May 2 and will be doing field training with other OVPD officers for a total of five weeks before he may patrol on his own. A Georgetown native, Bowden has been interested in law enforcement since he was in high school.
“When I was in high school, I was part of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program,” he said. “It’s for young women and men who have an interest in law enforcement. I was in that my 10th-grade year in high school, and started learning how to do routine patrol, traffic stops, learning the 10 codes — how to communicate over the radio. And I just had the urge to learn more.”
In researching the 70-year history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, Jerry Hardiman has discovered a theme of selflessness running though longtime members.
The VFW was founded in 1946, primarily by World War II veterans. It was an organized effort to answer the questions, “How can we help our veterans? How can we help people in need in the community?” Hardiman said.
A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.
With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.
“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.
The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.
Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.
This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Homecoming Festival & Crafts Fair.
Homecoming will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in John West Park. The free event features a wide variety of activities for kids, including a rock wall, inflatables and carnival rides.
“The mayor will open the event with the national anthem before we raise the flag and welcome everyone to the event,” said Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel.
Vogel said that, along with a D.J. providing musical entertainment, there would be more than 40 crafters attending this year’s festival.
The community of Ocean View can trace its origin to 1688. In that year, Lord Baltimore of the Maryland Colony granted 500 acres of land to a Matthew Scarborough. That land grant was called “Middlesex” and was situated in what today is the area located on either side of Central Avenue north of Route 26.
Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.
Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit received a forensic audit from the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts.
A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer between the years of 2012 and 2015.
The treasurer’s name was not found in the official report.
Gallery One in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary and welcome new partner Eileen Olson at a special artist reception Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. May’s show theme “Round, Round, I Get Around,” will be on display and open to the public from May 4 to June 1.
Having been involved behind the scenes in local politics for a number of years, Ocean View resident Frank Twardzik is finally stepping behind the dais to serve as an Ocean View town councilman.
Twardzik and his wife, Colleen, built their home in 1991, and have been attending town council meetings ever since.
“I rarely missed a council meeting. Then, a number of years ago, we had the opportunity to get involved in some of the local elections here. My wife and I were the campaign managers for Geoff Christ and Michele Steffans, and we were also the campaign managers for Tom Sheeran,” he said. “We had a small hand in changing the atmosphere of the town council.
“I thought, ‘Well, it’s about time I throw my name into the hat.’ Several people in town asked me to consider running, and I agreed to run.”
In an effort to bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Bear Trap Dunes are hosting a wedding professionals’ networking event on Thursday, April 21.
Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced that its April show, “Touchy Feely,” will be open to the public through May 3.
Lovers of Delaware history may find plenty to love in the latest free lecture to hit Ocean View courtesy of the Ocean View Historical Society. The presentation will be given by Russ McCabe, former director of the Delaware Public Archives, and will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m.
Last month, the Ocean View Police Department hosted the Bears of Cub Pack 280 and gave the boys a little insight into being a police officer.
Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw told the four Bears, along with parents, that the OVPD is an eight-man department made up of seven men and one woman, with a ninth officer soon to be hired.
“Our responsibilities here at the police department are to handle calls for service — anything from a burglar alarm, someone at somebody’s house who’s not supposed to be there, to people that have little arguments with other each other, and then we do traffic enforcement,” explained Bradshaw. “And just helping anybody who needs it. I’ve changed flat tires. I’ve picked people up at the hospital.”
Bradshaw said another big aspect of his job is to visit Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.
The Ocean View Town Council unanimously voted last week to grant the Millville Volunteer Fire Company $160,000 to help pay down the principal loan monies owed from the purchase of two new ambulances, and one new traffic control unit, that are currently in service and operated by the company.
The Town of Ocean View will not hold a municipal election in April, after only two residents filed to run for open seats on the town council.
Frank Twardzik filed to run in District 2, for a seat currently held by Geoff Christ, who is serving his second term on the council.
Those who have been travelling through Ocean View in the last few weeks may have noticed a new officer on patrol.
Patrolman AnnMarie Dalton, who graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in February, began her field training with the Ocean View Police Department three weeks ago. She was hired by the department in May, prior to going to the academy.
“I looked at local departments, and you hear word-of-mouth what are good departments to go to. I had heard Ocean View was very well-trained. It’s what you need in this job — you need to be well-trained. And Chief [Ken] McLaughlin gives a lot of training opportunities.
“I also heard he was such a wonderful guy and really into community policing, which is something that I strongly believe in. I felt like it was a perfect fit for me.”
Dalton moved to southern Delaware in the spring of 2014, after graduating from Holy Family University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
The Ocean View Historical Society has been given the go-ahead by the Ocean View Board of Adjustment for its plans to turn a soon-to-be-donated home into the Coastal Towns Museum.
On Feb. 18, the Ocean View BOA unanimously approved a special-use exception for the residentially-zoned property to be used as a museum.
The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual town council election on Saturday, April 2. They will elect a councilperson from both District 1 and District 2, for three-year terms.
As of March 2, only one candidate, Frank Twardzik, had filed to run in District 2. The seat is currently held by Geoff Christ, who is serving his second term on the council.
Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G Major” and Fauré’s “Fantasie for Flute” when the MSO performs their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Imagine living out in the elements, outside of your warm home, for 19 days — surviving through two snowstorms and a heavy rainstorm. Now, imagine you’re 4 pounds, having lost half your body weight, and a Chihuahua who wandered nearly 5 miles from home, and you can’t find your way back.
That, in a nutshell, is part of the extraordinary journey Ricky the Chihuahua had for nearly three weeks.
“He was totally out there all alone,” said Judith Cordier, Ricky’s mom.
The Cordiers have owned Ricky, who celebrated his second birthday on Valentine’s Day, since he was 6 weeks old.
“He’s my baby,” she said. “If he loves you, he loves you.”
It all started on Jan. 28, when Cordier let Ricky outside, but he sadly didn’t return.
The Town of Ocean View held a public hearing and workshop earlier this week to discuss its proposed 2017-fiscal-year operating and capital budgets.
Town Manager Dianne Vogel said that, since the council had last met, the draft budget had been updated per direction from council.
Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its March show, “Great Escapes,” open to the public March 2-29.
The Town of Ocean View will hold a public hearing and workshop on its 2017-fiscal-year operating and capital budgets on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with the public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the workshop at 6 p.m.
It’s hard to go anywhere in the Ocean View area without seeing an aspect of the community that the Lord Baltimore Lions Club has touched.