Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware


  • 1882 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; town hall meeting room

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., town hall meeting room


  • Second Saturday in April; mayor is elected separately from council members, at the same time; council members run by district, but voters can vote for candidates in any district; two-term limits on mayor and council

Town office:

  • 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; (302) 539-9797

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Walter Curran, Mayor
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Frank Twardzik, District 2
  • Tom Maly, District 3
  • Carol Bodine, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz, CMC

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections


  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1111

Water service:

  • Central water service is active and connection is mandatory.

Trash pick-up:

  • No municipal trash service; private haulers, with varied collection days


  • No townwide recycling; curbside recycling offered in conjunction with trash pick-up by haulers (statewide)

Ocean View approves discount ambulance subscription service

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to approve the municipal-wide discount ambulance subscription service agreement.

The agreement requires businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.

Unlocked doors? OVPD advises you should expect thefts

Lock your doors! Police are asking people to avoid being an easy target for theft.

Recently, Ocean View Police Department reported a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10 car burglaries in two days. Every vehicle was left unlocked overnight.

“Only the ones being left unlocked are the ones being tampered with,” said Capt. Heath Hall.

OV P&Z recommends time extension for rec facilities at Beach Club

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended approval of a proposed ordinance that would allow the developer of the Ocean View Beach Club additional time to complete expanded recreational facilities for the community.

Families invited to trick-or-treat with Cops & Goblins

This Halloween, the Ocean View Police Department is offering a family-friendly trick-or-treating festival.

The second annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival will take place this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. Families who attend can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and more.

Ocean View council continues to discuss ambulance fees

The Ocean View Town Council this week reviewed its latest draft agreement for ambulance subscription fee, which would require businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.

Bear Trap Dunes celebrating fall with families on Saturday

This weekend, Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its first Fall Festival, inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day on the front lawn.

Ocean View ranked second-safest community in Delaware

Last week, SafeWise — a website that provides “unbiased home security reviews, comparisons and advice that empowers consumers to make wise decisions to protect their home” — listed the town of Ocean View as the second-safest municipality in the state of Delaware.

Ocean View discusses fire siren, spending

For years, Ocean View residents who live near the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s secondary fire alarm have asked for it to be put out of commission.

Although the hours of the siren’s operation have been reigned in to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., those who serve on the Town’s Fire Siren Task Force Committee sent a list of questions to the department following a June meeting.

Cops & Goblins returning to Ocean View this Halloween

The Ocean View Police Department will host its Cops & Goblins event for the second year this October. The family-friendly Halloween event is designed as a way for young families to enjoy the holiday in a safe environment.

Former OV employee loses appeal

A former Town of Ocean View employee recently lost an appeal to the Delaware Superior Court after the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board found she was disqualified for unemployment benefits.

LB students get help from women’s group

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Women from the Bishop’s Landing development used donations they collected to fill 40 backpacks for students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.More than four dozen students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School will receive backpacks filled with school supplies to start their school year, thanks to the efforts of a group of local women.

The idea for the backpack project came about as a group of women who live in the Bishop’s Landing development collected their usual money for local charities during their monthly luncheon. The women decided that they wanted to contribute backpacks and came up with filling 50 packs as their goal.

First, the backpacks themselves were purchased, and into each one was placed a supplies list for one of the grades at Lord Baltimore, which encompasses kindergarten through fifth grade. The individual backpacks were then taken by households in Bishop’s Landing and filled with everything from dry erase markers to earbuds.

Ocean View Historical Society to hold ’50s Boardwalk Bash

History buffs and those just wanting a fun night out can return to a quieter, simpler time at the Ocean View Historical Society’s ’50s Boardwalk Bash, reliving an era when gals wore poodle skirts and guys slicked their hair back just-so.

Millsboro man charged with seventh DUI after OVPD stop

The Ocean View Police Department recently charged a Millsboro man with his seventh DUI offense.

OV BOA approves special exception

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved a special exception for a physical therapy/rehabilitation facility, to be located at 111 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 3.

Robert Hammond, owner of Atlantic Physical Therapy, told the board that he and his family have six other locations — the closest being in West Fenwick.

Ocean View discusses ambulance fees, speeding and more

Ocean View officials met with the Millville Volunteer Fire Company recently to discuss a proposed contract for the $35-per-property ambulance service fee proposed by the fire company.

Ocean View approves variances for businesses

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment last week approved two applications for local businesses, granting approval for additional medical offices and for a ramp for a bakery.

Protect the paramedics

Medics and police train for active shooter scenarios

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paramedics Stephanie Davis and Jay Pawelek examine a mock casualty for treatment.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paramedics Stephanie Davis and Jay Pawelek examine a mock casualty for treatment.Police officers swept across Lord Baltimore Elementary School, guns raised, as teams of paramedics scuttled behind them.

Delaware’s first Rescue Task Force was training on June 28 for the horrible — and, hopefully, unlikely — day that an active shooter requires massive police and medical response.

Emergency response has changed from the days of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, when police secured a perimeter and waited for SWAT teams to lead the charge into a hot zone. Now, police officers run straight in, too.

But while police deal with the immediate danger, EMTs are best suited to treat the victims left in the dust.

Gallery One opens new show ‘Bold & Bright’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Nina Mickelsen’s ‘Beach Cabanas,’ a mixed-media artwork will be featured during Gallery One’s ‘Bright & Bold’ show, open until Aug.­ 2.Coastal Point • Submitted: Nina Mickelsen’s ‘Beach Cabanas,’ a mixed-media artwork will be featured during Gallery One’s ‘Bright & Bold’ show, open until Aug.­ 2.Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of their July exhibit, “Bold & Bright,” which will be open until Aug. 2.

Bright coupled with bold commands attention that is almost impossible to ignore, and many artists like that. In fact, artists often exaggerate bright and bold, so viewers just can’t miss it, and sometimes the viewer experiences a new way of seeing, a heightened experience or an “I never noticed that before” realization that forever changes the way they look at the world.

Summer gardens reveal an abundance of bold and bright colors and shapes. Laura Hickman grows beautiful zinnias every summer.

“My zinnia garden always provides the brightest and boldest summer colors. Nature’s color combinations are always an inspiration,” she explained.

“Zinnia,” her pastel painting, invites the viewer to enjoy her zinnia garden on a summer’s day.

“Red Flowers” is the subject of Joyce Condry’s acrylic.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek suspects in robbery of Ocean View package store

Delaware State Police troopers are investigating the robbery of Hickman’s Package Store late on Monday evening.

Police said the incident occurred around 10:10 p.m. Monday, June 20, when two male suspects entered the package store, located at 30447 Cedar Neck Road, with at least one subject armed with an unknown type of handgun.

Ocean View drainage project nears its completion

Ocean View Public Works Director Charles McMullen told the town council on Tuesday that Phase I of the Country Village drainage project is all but complete, save for roadway repairs. He said those repairs would take place in about two to three weeks, allowing the road some time to settle.

Community invited to 24-hour prayer vigil at Mariner's Bethel

“Lots and lots of prayer is going out to the community this weekend,” said Linda Gundersen, a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which will be holding a 24-hour prayer vigil this weekend.

Local emergency services, law enforcement train together

Last week, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethany Beach Police Department, along with the Ocean View Police Department and South Bethany Police Department, joined together for a three-day training session on tactical emergency casualty care (TECC).

LB Lions Club to hold yard sale June 18

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 18, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: OVPD seeks drug suspect after he flees on foot from traffic stop

Jamar A. Manuel, 26, is being sought by Ocean View police after fleeing a traffic stop with suspected drugs in the vehicle.

The Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Jamar A. Manuel of Frankford, after he allegedly fled on foot from police when stopped for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Traffic stop in OV leads to heroin arrest

Following a routine traffic stop in Ocean View, the Ocean View Police Department was recently able to recover 1.5 grams of suspected heroin from Ocean View resident Jennifer Zimmerman.