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.
The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission recently unanimously approved the final site plan for Phase II of a mixed-used planned community, Silver Woods, as submitted by Robert Thornton.
In November, the Town of Ocean View lost councilman Tom Sheeran, who was first elected to the council in April 2011. At Tuesday’s council meeting, state Rep. Ron Gray presented a memorial resolution from the state legislature to Sheeran’s wife, Pat, and thanked her for sharing him with the community.
Farber to make directorial debut
Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.
The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.
“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”
As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.
The Town of Ocean View this week held its first workshop to review the proposed operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year and five-year Capital Improvements Program.
When Jennifer Barrow was a senior at Rutger’s University in her home state of New Jersey, her theater-major housemates offered her a chance to write a script for an end-of the-year skit. Though she didn’t know it at the time, that was the beginning of a lifelong career in script-writing.
Barrow’s newest project, a Hallmark Channel movie called “Dater’s Handbook,” airs Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. She said she is very excited about the timing, because “Dater’s Handbook,” which she co-wrote with frequent collaborator Rich Tabach, occupies quite a sweet bit of television real estate.
It has been chosen to kick off the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” which will feature Valentine’s-appropriate movie premieres each Saturday and Sunday evening between Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.
“Dater’s Handbook” is described on the Hallmark Channel website as “a fun romantic comedy that follows Cassandra Brand, who has come to realize that she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, so she turns to a relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, ‘The Dater’s Handbook,’ to help with her ailing love life.”
The Ocean View Town Council will soon have a new face on the dais, with the addition of Tom Maly.
Following the passing of councilman Tom Sheeran in November, the Town sought candidates for a special election to fill the vacancy. Maly was the only resident to file for the seat. A swearing-in date has yet to be scheduled.
The Ocean View Historical Society has successfully had a second home listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Last month, the Evans-West house, which is to be donated to the society by a local family in March 2017, was placed on the National Registry following the unanimous approval by the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation in April 2015.
“The Department of Interior has to approve the application, and it took about nine months,” explained Richard Nippes of the Ocean View Historical Society. “We got notified maybe a month ago that the house is on the National Registry, and the barn and the shed are considered contributory assets.”
The Division of Historic & Cultural Affairs stated the Evans-West house “is a significant vernacular-interpretation of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Minimally altered since its construction in 1901, the house and associated barn, storage shed and star-shaped daffodil garden, represent an early-20th-century domestic complex which is not duplicated in Ocean View or the surrounding area.”
Within the span of three days, the Ocean View Police Department made three DUI arrests.
Gallery One in Ocean View announced this week that its new show with the winter theme “Stillness” will be open to the public Jan. 6 through March 2. Gallery One artists will offer viewers a respite, a place or feeling of quiet in the new exhibition.
At the CHEER Center in Ocean View, the homey atmosphere is highlighted by the smiling faces of the CHEER members, ages 50 and older. Overseeing it all is CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego, who started working for the organization four years ago and coordinates recreational activities and entertainment for its members.
A native of the small town of Hinton, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, Gallego moved to Ocean View seven years ago. She is a graduate of Bridgewater College, with a degree in health and physical education. She worked in rehabilitative therapy for five years, and she worked in an after-school program with children for 17 years prior to working with CHEER.
“It was time for a change,” she said.
The CHEER Center in Ocean View offers many services to members, such as the fitness center, Meals On Wheels, transportation, volunteer programs and classes, such as yoga and line dancing. When entertainment, such as music, is brought to CHEER, Gallego said members will get up and start dancing.
“I’ll be up dancing with them,” she added with a soft laugh.
Gallego said each day is a memorable experience, though one that stuck out for her was at a talent show held two years ago, when Flossie Vogel, now 72, tap-danced while sitting in a chair.