The Ocean View Town Council continued discussions regarding traffic on Woodland Avenue when it met earlier this week.
At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this week, the Ocean View Town Council had a moment of silence in honor of former councilman Tom Sheeran, who passed away on Nov. 22.
“For those who may not know, we lost a very good man recently,” said Mayor Walter Curran, before holding the moment of silence.
To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian Christmas open house this weekend.
“It’s just a way to celebrate. It was a tradition to open your house at Christmas,” said OVHS President Carol Psaros. “The house we have — the Tunnell-West House — dates back to the Civil War period, 1860. It’s just an American tradition to have friends and family gather at Christmastime, especially when the house was decorated with the Christmas tree and there were presents and food.”
The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historical complex adjacent to John West Park. The event is free and open to the public.
“At our open house, we’re going to have some refreshments that were typical of the time, some cookies and light refreshments, such as hot cider,” she added. “We’ll have a mandola player dressed in costume, and some of our members will be dressed in costume, too.”
With all the holiday madness, many are unable to take a moment to breathe and remember the meaning behind the Christmas holiday.
Ocean View Presbyterian Church parishioner Elsie Young hopes to bring that meaning back to the community with the church’s annual Nativity Festival, which features more than 125 crèches.
“My sister was telling me about a church that she went to, and they had a nativity festival, and have had it for 20-some years. She said to me, ‘Els — you ought to start that in your church.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. Then I thought about it a little bit, and we talked about it a little bit, and finally we decided, ‘Well, we’ll just try it and see what happens,’” recalled Young, who started the festival five years ago.
BART, Dickens put new spin on old classic
Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street” before. And between four different movie adaptations and a Broadway musical, chances are you’ve probably even seen it a number of different ways.
But unless you were in the audience at Lux Radio Theatre in 1947, you’ve never been able to see it like this — until now.
When the show made its debut at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, Dec. 4, locals and theater-goers got to check out a new take on an old classic as the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) has set out to recreate the original 1947 radio show broadcast this holiday season.
“Expect something different,” said co-director Charlie Sorrentino. “‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has been done a million times since 1947 — we’re going about very differently. What we’ve done is we recreated what happened at the Lux Radio Theatre at Radio City Music Hall — our audience will get that same experience that radio audience did.”
It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.
The Church of Christ at Ocean View (CCOV) will hold its third annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free. All members of the community are being invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.
With heroin the focus of the nation in terms of drug use, the Ocean View Police Department has been working to address the growing local issue.
Ocean View will definitely be keeping one of the traffic signals originally installed for the Route 26 Mainline construction project.
Two traffic signals on Central Avenue were meant to be temporary, used during the wintertime detours this past January to March. But the Town of Ocean View requested these become permanent signals to control traffic at Cedar Drive and Windmill Road.
Although William Olsen doesn’t yet have the votes needed for Town-managed trash collection, he’s moving forward in an attempt to simplify waste hauling in Ocean View.
At the Nov. 10 Town Council meeting, Olsen modeled his current proposal on the Town of Bridgeville’s process of the low bidder providing waste collection.
The public is being invited to join the members of the Ocean View Historical Society in a History Mix social hour at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at The Café on 26, located at 84 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.
This Saturday, the Ocean View Police Department is inviting the public to its inaugural Halloween festival, Cops & Goblins.
What does a Delaware tree have in common with sharks, pirates and near-starvation? It’s just another setback that hasn’t prevented Victor Mooney from sailing from Africa to New York.
Residents near Bethany Beach were surprised to see a man in a wetsuit knocking on doors in the Water Side development on Oct. 8, seeking to borrow a chainsaw. But a tree had blocked the entire Assawoman Canal, and Mooney’s one-man rowboat could not pass.
Mooney is on the last leg of the Goree Challenge, a 5,000-mile Transatlantic journey that began in early 2014. He rowed himself to the Caribbean from the African coast, mirroring the route of Christopher Columbus.
The magnitude of that could take a moment to sink in.
Without a motor or sails, Mooney crossed the Atlantic Ocean, using only his arms and oars for power. The mission began in 2003, with several failed attempts over the past decade (including twice from Goree Island, Senegal). The current trip launched from the Canary Islands on Feb. 19, 2014.
At its September workshop, the Ocean View Town Council discussed the possibility of a town-wide trash program.
This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
At its October council meeting, the Town of Ocean View will continue its discussion of the feasibility of Town-negotiated trash service.
You don’t have to be a military veteran or a biker to enjoy an inexpensive fundraiser for Delaware vets on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Desert Knights MC 2nd Annual Bike Week Bash returns from noon to 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.
Amy Hiner of Ocean View knows very well how subtle the attack of ovarian cancer can be on a woman’s body — so subtle that it often goes undiagnosed until late stages.
Hiner, 72, is about to enter her third year of her fight against the disease, with which she was diagnosed in November 2013. She had experienced some symptoms late that summer, including menstrual-type pain and an enlargement in her groin, but her doctor advised her to wait three months to see if it resolved itself. By November, she noticed her clothes weren’t fitting because her waist had become thicker. She found it impossible to eat or drink “more than a teaspoon.” So she went back to her doctor.
A CAT scan at that point revealed news that Hiner said felt “like the world was pulled out from under me.” Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Within a week, she said, “I was well under way” on a journey that has included several rounds of chemotherapy, a hysterectomy and a removal of a large section of her colon, resulting in a colostomy.
Back in chemotherapy again now, she finds herself at the center of a local effort to increase awareness of ovarian cancer. The latest piece of that effort involves “going teal” — teal being the official color of ovarian cancer awareness — by placing colored ribbons on mailboxes in support of those fighting the disease.
The effort started when Hiner’s daughter, Laura Jednarski, made a ribbon for Hiner’s mailbox. The project picked up steam when friends in Hiner’s ladies’ circle at Ocean View Presbyterian Church distributed teal ribbons during Sunday worship.
Hiner said she feels incredibly fortunate to have great support from family and friends as she continues her battle with ovarian cancer.
“My husband is 110 percent behind me,” she said. “When I go for chemo, he sits with me for hours,” in addition to helping her meet the medical needs stemming from her colostomy. Daughter Laura has walked in a fundraising walk for ovarian cancer in Annapolis, and the family has participated in the Wings of Hope event.
Ocean View resident Luca Donoto recently turned 7. But Donato — a fan of Star Wars, Godzilla and soccer — decided to forgo receiving birthday presents at his party, and instead have his guests donate food for a local food pantry.
The Delaware State Police this week were continuing to investigate an incident in which a 2-year-old child was believed to have been accidentally shot by her father at their home just outside of Ocean View over the weekend.
Around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, police said, emergency services were dispatched to a home located on Muddy Neck Road, following a 911 call stating a child had been shot.
From wine night every Thursday in the off-season, to group trips up to New York City and the shop’s mascot — a dog named Evelyn — Christine’s Consignments in Ocean View is not your average consignment shop.
But that just might be the reason for the store’s success. Since opening the doors in 2010, owner Christine Hinz has even been able to open up a second location in Rehoboth, catering to men’s clothing. So to celebrate the store’s five-year anniversary, she’s rewarding the customers who have made it all possible with a 25 percent off sale for Labor Day weekend.
“The whole store — everything’s going to be 25 percent off,” Hinz explained. “I’ve never done that before, and I won’t do that again until my 10-year anniversary.”
Under the tagline “A trendy to place to shop,” the Ocean View location caters to local women and carries items ranging from women’s clothing and shoes to an array of jewelry, handbags, home decor and even furniture — offering some of the top names in designer merchandise, without the designer price tags.
“I’m very selective. We love designer,” she said. “We love Louis Vuitton, Tori Burch. We get a lot of Coach, Cole Hahn. Then we have a lot of sterling silver jewelry and some gold.”
Dermatologist was prohibited from performing biopsies
A Dover-based dermatologist was only practicing in Ocean View one day each week. But that just decreased to zero days, after the State of Delaware suspended his medical license on Aug. 19.
Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline this week issued a temporary order suspending license of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite.
Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced its September show theme, “Welcome to my World,” which will be open to the public Sept. 3-30. “Welcome to my world” is designed to be an invitation to glimpse and participate in realm of the Gallery One artists’ world. Each artist has a unique view, and each painting a different thought.
Dale Sheldon’s “Autumn Near Greve” glows with the “glorious colors seen in autumn in Tuscany, which are a feast for the eyes. The rich golds of the fields play against the cool hillsides in the distance, and the dramatic dark greens found in the trees complement the iconic red roofs.”
“View from my Garden” is the path Laura Hickman takes every day in her “summer world.” Watering the flowers and pool cleaning are never a chore. Sunlit grass and colorful flowers are so preferable to her “winter” world, she said.
Joyce Condry’s mixed-media painting “Waste Not Want Not” describes the evolutionary aspects of a painting. “I just can’t throw anything away! If a painting isn’t working, I might be able to make it work someday.”
Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office this week was investigating an early morning house fire in Ocean View in which one person was killed. Firefighters found a person deceased inside the burning house in the 100 block of Woodland Avenue on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, just after 2 a.m.
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company responded to reports of a house on fire at the southern corner of Woodland Avenue and West Avenue, also adjacent to Balsa Street. Firefighters found flames engulfing the two-story dwelling, reported the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
State fire investigators were still investigating the fire’s origin and cause mid-week. Although the house’s three street-facing sides appeared to be intact, the southwest side was engulfed in flames, leaving only charred timbers.
An Ocean View dermatologist is reportedly practicing medicine in blatant disregard of his being on probation, and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office is calling for his license to be revoked.
On Aug. 14, the AG’s Office submitted an official Complaint and Motion for Temporary Suspension of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite, M.D., who practices at the Center for Dermatology offices in Dover and at 118 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.
In October of 2014, Brathwaite was punished with five years’ probation that prohibits him from performing biopsies and surgical procedures, plus a $10,000 fine for “willful and wanton negligence” of patient safety. The Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (BMLD) found that he only seemed to diagnose patients by using biopsies (instead of less-invasive procedures) and that his unsterilized equipment could lead to dangerous cross-contamination of blood products.
Last week, the Ocean View added a Honda Pioneer — an off-road vehicle — to its police department. The vehicle was entirely paid for through a grant from the Special Law Enforcement Agency Fund (SLEAF).
“All the drug-seizure money is combined into a pot. By law, it’s set aside for law-enforcement purposes,” explained OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Then the different law enforcement agencies that participate and contribute to SLEAF — and not all do — have the opportunity to apply to the SLEAF committee to fund certain law-enforcement projects.”
The department received approximately $12,000 to purchase the new off-road vehicle. It will be used to patrol the newly opened Assawoman Canal Trail, as well as other areas of the town not accessibly by car.
“We’ve been talking about getting one of these for a while. Ever since we knew the canal [trail] was being built, we knew we needed a way to control the canal,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw, noting that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control uses the same vehicle. “It’s also good if we need to get back on the Bear Trap golf course, because our cars don’t always fit.”
Through a donation, the Ocean View Police Department now has a more efficient way of dispensing the life-saving opiate-overdose medication naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan.
The new kits, called EVZIO, are an auto-injector of naloxone to counteract the effects of a suspected opioid overdose. The kits, which cost approximately $500 each, were donated by David Humes of atTAcK Addiction, a nonprofit whose mission is to spread the word about addiction by educating students, and the community, assisting families in their quest for information and supporting those in recovery.
The group was instrumental in having Delaware legislation pass allowing anyone — be it emergency personnel or good Samaritans — to carry the lifesaving drug, if certified.
OVPD Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw said each kit comes with a trainer device, as well as two live shots.
Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail. The one-mile trail is part of a regional network of trails, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, physically linking communities that share a boundary with the trail.
“This trail is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of engaged community members who recognize that this is an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Sussex County,” said Markell.
“It was residents in Ocean View, Bethany and South Bethany neighborhoods who saw the value of creating a trail along the Assawoman Canal and worked together with the State to turn their vision into a reality. They share our belief that investments in our trails and pathways support our overall health and wellbeing, while helping to grow our economy.”
In the works for seven years, the trail will directly connect the municipalities of Ocean View, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and the communities of Sea Colony and Bahamas Beach Cottages.
A concept plan, developed with a team of local residents, was released in 2011, after public outreach. Project partners included Ocean View, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, residents in Bahamas Beach Cottages, Sea Colony, Salt Pond and Waterside, and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation.
In 1923, Ocean View housewife Cecile Steele placed an order for 50 baby chicks, but ended up receiving 500. From that one mistake, the Delmarva poultry industry was born.
“Aside from Caesar Rodney riding up and Delaware voting for the Revolutionary War, this is probably the biggest, longest-lasting event that occurred in Delaware, as far as economic and cultural change,” said Ocean View Historical Society President Carol Psaros.
“The poultry industry has, to some extent, even outlasted the DuPont Company, which certainly was a big event — when the DuPonts immigrated here during the French Revolution.