Ocean View

Town officals consider $4 million loan

Ocean View officials have made the first step needed to approve borrowing up to $4 million for the town’s planned new police station. At their Nov. 1 meeting, town council members held a first reading of the ordinance that would allow the loan amount — an increase from the $3 million originally considered.

Ocean View scrutinizes Kool Bean cafe

The recent arrival of a new 8- by 10-foot refrigerator at the Kool Bean café proved perhaps the most complex application before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Oct. 20 P&Z meeting. Other applications involved:

Ocean View continues commercial design

Ocean View has created a business district along the Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) corridor — but until the town adopts some design criteria, it’s anyone’s guess what that district might look like 20 years from now.

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the state of Delaware will have someone available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, to do just that. Area locations include:

Ocean View seniors manage to connect

Not a week goes by that Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle hasn’t scheduled one activity or another. But just what it is they do is a little harder to pinpoint.

Ocean View leases interim police building

Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to move forward into lease negotiations, in an effort to move the Ocean View Police Department out of its roughly 20-by-30 foot present home, and into a more spacious triple-wide trailer near Bear Trap, at the Oct. 4 council meeting.

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Ocean View designs business district

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has started work on what will eventually become a design template for the newly rezoned business district along Route 26.
The P&Z met on Sept. 15 to hash out some of the details. Kyle Gulbronson (URS), Ocean View’s planning consultant, opened with suggestions for a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, system of sidewalks.

Ocean View studies radio towers

Someone is raising a 50-foot-tall ham radio tower in Ocean View, less than a block away from town hall. But while some of the neighbors have expressed concerns about its appearance, not even town hall has much say in governing amateur radio operators.

Ocean View Town Council Member Eric Magill (a neighbor himself) mentioned the work in progress at a recent work session, Sept. 20.

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central topic for discussion.

Ocean View plans for financial future

Discussion turned on a potential loss of Real estate transfer tax revenue, at Ocean View’s first Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) meeting of the fiscal 2006 budget cycle, Sept. 20.

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

Ocean View weighs fate of historic home

Ocean View is trying to build a Department of Public Works (DPW) building, a group of property owners is hoping to establish a historical district, and a 103-year-old house is caught in the middle.

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Local gallery features Bishopville artist

Constance “Tinsel” Hughes will hold a one-woman exhibit this weekend at the Beach Cottage, Route 26 in Ocean View (83 Atlantic Ave). She specializes in local landscapes and seascapes in a traditional, realist style.

Hocker draws a good crowd for coffee

Hocker’s Deli — not the place one might expect to find a rather substantial public meeting, but more than 30 area residents turned out for an Aug. 31 meet-your-legislator forum, hosted by Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District).

Ocean View CHEER opening draws crowd

The Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center was bittersweet, as perhaps all important things are. The Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Color Guard hoisted the flag — the first time it had flown over the new center, on Cedar Neck Road, north of Ocean View.

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.

Ocean View goes commercial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday to reclassify 21 properties along Atlantic Avenue (State Route 26) from R-1 Residential to GB General Business.

Dennis Schrader, the town’s solicitor, recommended the resolution for approval, saying it would help Ocean View conform to its Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Ocean View looks to spread CHEER

Age is relative — most people spend their entire lives as a senior to some and a junior to others. Either way, while Sussex County Senior Services (SCSS) started out serving the 60-plus population, the non-profit organization has long since shaved a decade, and now caters to county residents ages 50 and up.

Ocean View considers public works options

Ocean View Town Council members and staff spent the latter part of an Aug. 16 workshop studying the possibility of a Department of Public Works (DPW) facility on lands near the town hall — but they couldn’t seem to make it fit.

Ocean View accepts police station plans

It was a night for the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP), and to review plans for a soon-to-be 15,000 square foot police station, at the Aug. 2 Ocean View Town Council meeting.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin came forward to recognize the gang of uniformed CAP members with a proclamation.

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting.

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

Employers pass the hat for injured student

Ocean View Deli and Restaurant employee Dzmitry Fedarkevich is recovering and in stable condition following the July 15 hit-and-run that threw him from his bicycle and into the hospital with a hip injury and head trauma.

It may be a while before Fedarkevich is back on his feet, though.

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

Theft, forgery, assault charges pile up against Ocean View man

No date has yet been set for a hearing concerning a 43-year-old Ocean View man accused of stealing boat parts.

On Thursday, July 7, Stanley A. Clark waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas, according to Lori Sitler, a spokeswoman for Delaware Attorney General Jane Brady. Clark’s fate will be decided in Superior Court on a still-to-be-determined date.

Ocean View debates water for restaurant

Ocean View Town Council members considered yet another permutation of Tidewater Utilities’ plan to deliver central water to the parcel at 27 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) at the July 5 council meeting, and heard considerable opposition from residents of Savannah’s Landing in the process.

Psychotherapist, veteran moves practice

After treating hundreds of patients during his three years in Ocean City, Md., psychotherapist Dr. Peter Lamb will be moving his practice to Ocean View in the beginning of July.

Ocean View residents consider historic district

Ocean View residents heard from State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPOs) Robin Bodo and Preservation Delaware’s Trent Margrif earlier this month, regarding a possible historic district for their town.

The town’s Historical Committee is on summer break, but committee member Jean Athan, said they still had a few irons in the fire, and 20 people turned out for the meeting.

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