Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware

Population:

  • 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

Elections:

  • 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:

  • Gorden E. Wood Sr., Mayor
  • Geoffrey Christ, Mayor Pro-Tem, District 2
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Thomas J. Sheeran, District 3
  • Robert R. Lawless, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections

Police:

  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader

Emergency:

  • 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

Recycling:

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

Ocean View Public Works makes the move

The Ocean View Public Works Department is working diligently to move into its new home by the beginning of November. Until now, the department has been working out of a number of separate buildings, but will now have one home.

OV holds workshop on Phase III Streetscape improvements

The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.

“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.

Aubré Duncan joins Gallery One in Ocean View

Gallery One, a co-op art gallery in Ocean View, this week announced that watercolor artist Aubrè Duncan has joined the gallery as a partner.

Expansion of alcohol consumption hours to get second reading

The Ocean View Town Council will hold its second public hearing for an ordinance to amend the Town’s Code related to hours of alcoholic beverage consumption in restaurants at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Town was contacted in the spring by a restaurant owner requesting the code be changed.

Ocean View to hold Phase III sidewalk workshop

A public workshop on Ocean View Streetscape Improvements Phase III will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at town hall.

Film society to show ‘The Lunchbox’ at two October screenings

For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama “The Lunchbox.” The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View and at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach. Doors at Midway will open at 6:30 p.m.

BART to open season with ‘The Time Collector’

They say one’s wedding day is the happiest day of their life. So what if, years after the special day, you were able to revisit that moment through a returned photograph?

This month, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will open its season, with Bethany playwright Bob Davis’ “The Time Collector.”

A doctor to the core: Millville’s Dunn passes away

Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.A familiar face has faded into memory after Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Dunn, 51, of Dagsboro passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16. Frequently found in Little League dugouts, on Pop Warner sidelines and at Millville’s Sussex Family Practice, Dunn died from brain cancer, which had just been diagnosed in early August.

“He liked being a community doctor. He liked the fact that he knew all the patients’ names [not just as numbers],” said his brother, Christopher Dunn of Elkton Md. “He treated them with the utmost respect.”

It was his dream to have a practice at the beach, the “type of place could hang up a ‘Gone Fishing’ sign,” said his friend and pastor, Andy Ehlers of High Tide Church.

Born in Norfolk, Va., and formerly of New Castle County, Dunn is survived by his wife and children, Tammy (Ledford) Dunn, and Reagan and Scarlett.

OV P&Z approves canal trail land development plan

Last week, the Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved design plans for the Assawoman Canal Trail, Phase I, which would establish a trailhead parking lot and canal trail.

The commission reviewed a land development plan submitted by Becker Morgan Group on behalf of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation, related to the future trail.

DEA to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.

School official arrested for violating restraining order

After being ousted from his position as school principal in January, John Turssline of Ocean View is on administrative leave from Indian River School District after violating a personal restraining order. Turssline was the assistant head of school (similar to assistant principal) at G. W. Carver Academy, an alternative school in Frankford.

OV discusses possible fixes for Woodland Avenue extended

After receiving concerned correspondence from residents, the Town of Ocean View held a workshop in order to discuss possible solutions to safety concerns.

Lifelong Learning available at Ocean View Town Hall

If you are 50 years of age or older, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware invites you to continue your education, while meeting other community members with similar interests.

Ocean View discusses joining State healthcare plan

The Town of Ocean View is working with the State’s benefits office to facilitate the enrollment of the Town’s employees into the State’s group health insurance program.

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Carper on Route 26 project: Federal funding is key

Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.

Passport Day set for Sept. 24 at Ocean View Post Office

The Ocean View Post Office, located at 35764 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), is hosting a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

OV seeks resident input on Woodland Avenue

Those who have traveled Ocean View’s Woodland Avenue Extended may have experienced speeding vehicles, along with bicyclists and pedestrians trying to navigate the road.

During the Town’s July council meeting, Mayor Walter Curran told council he had received correspondence from concerned residents who were worried about the road’s safety.

Ocean View CVS receives bomb threat

The Ocean View CVS Pharmacy store was forced to close in the early evening hours on Aug. 20, due to a bomb threat.

“The CVS received a call from an unknown male caller that stated they had placed a bomb in the store. They demanded money, and if the demands were not met, they threatened to detonate the bomb,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Dickens to host Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ from Sept. 4-7

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Feather in their cap: Swans return to White’s Creek

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Two satisfying splashes hit White’s Creek on Aug. 22 when two mute swans returned home. Several happy neighbors witnessed the satisfying end to a four-year bird battle.

“It’s taken me four years to get them back,” said Susan Ritter.

After two other swans were shot by state wildlife officials in 2011 as part of an effort to remove a species declared invasive, local residents doubled down on their efforts to bring the pair back from the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge. Originally residing in White’s Creek for 14 years, they were possibly driven off when the second pair of swans took their place in a territory grab, Ritter said.

Those invading swans were shot and killed in January of 2011 as part of the “mute swan management plan” operating under the Delaware Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC’s) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Fargo brings home second consecutive national championship

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”

On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.

“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”

Gallery One’s new show features views through an ‘Open Window’

Inspired by the theme “Open Window,” Gallery One artists watercolored, oil painted and created in acrylic for the gallery’s featured wall for the month of September, opening Aug. 28 and running through Oct. 1.