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The Center for the Inland Bays will hold its Eighth Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View, offering not only plants for sale but information, education, children’s activities and food.
The Town of Ocean View will be holding a public hearing on May 8, at 6 p.m. to allow residents to meet with a senior representative from cable provider Mediacom.
In Italy, the term “la vita é bella” is a familiar phrase, translating to “the beautiful life” in English. And right here in Sussex County, Lois Saraceni and her staff at La Vita Bella Day Spa are attempting to invoke that same vibe, providing customers with a one-of-a-kind experience with numerous services available. This winter, the Ocean View day-spa opened its doors, and with warm weather and plenty of events in the approaching months, they hope to keep the customers coming back.
Last week, the Ocean View Town Council held a special workshop to review and approve bids for an employee classification and compensation study.
The staff of the Coastal Point has once again been recognized for their work in putting together a newspaper each week.
The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved an application for a special exception submitted by Robert Thornton of Silver Woods.
Thornton’s request for a special exception allows for an independent and assisted living facility, as well as Alzheimer’s care facility, on his property on Beaver Dam Road, which is zoned as a mixed-use planned community.
Earlier this month, the Ocean View Town Council approved the Town’s operating budget for 2013. And, due to reassessment of the town’s 2,800 properties, property owners will, on average, not pay higher taxes this fiscal year.
The Town of Ocean View will host its third annual Homecoming on May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in John West Park.
This week, the Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to repeal its existing comprehensive plan map and enact a new map, with the exception of four properties, in accordance with the Town’s 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).
Ocean View’s new town manager, Rick Konrad, is scheduled to start his first day of work April 16.
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a final subdivision plan application by Mandarin Homes for Water’s Run subdivision, north of Route 54 and south of Dirickson Creek.
There is a multitude of dining options at the beach. So why not try them all?
The DiFebo’s name has been well known in eastern Sussex County region for over two decades when it comes to cuisine, but now Lisa DiFebo-Osias – chef and owner of the Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes – is bringing a personal touch to the dinner table at home. Last month, she introduced DiFebo’s Bus Stop Deliveries, a service that brings the flavor of her restaurants’ kitchens conveniently to the customer’s house, right about the time the school-age kids might be getting off the bus.
Sussex Technical High School junior Kelsey Magill, who is currently serving as the state chair for Kick Butts Generation (KBG), is clearly passionate about informing Delaware youths about the dangers of using tobacco and nicotine products.
On the third Friday of every month through June, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be holding a Zumbathon to help raise money for the church’s upcoming First State Work Camp.
The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education, tracking restoration efforts, encouraging scientific inquiry and sponsoring needed research, in order to establish a long-term process for the protection and enhancement of the Inland Bays.”
Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in public office. Bunting’s tenure will come to an end this November, though, as he is not seeking re-election. And while these accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg of his time in office, Bunting is particularly proud of them and the collaboration that turned them into reality.
The Town of Ocean View will not be holding an election this April, as District 4 Councilman Bob Lawless was the only resident to file as a candidate for the council seat representing the district. He will serve on council for another three-year term, which will expire in 2015.
Last week, Fulton Financial Corporation was granted a variance from the Ocean View Board of Adjustment to allow for two wall signs and a freestanding sign with changeable copy area for their business located on Atlantic Avenue.
After a four-month search, the Ocean View Town Council this week hired a new town manager. Councilman Tom Sheeran reported that the town had extended an employment offer to Rick Konrad, the current city manager of Fruitland, Md., and that Konrad had accepted the position.
“As everyone is well aware, we’ve had a reduction in staff, and the remaining officers are working very hard,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin at this week’s town council meeting. “It is going to be a difficult summer for us. We will not have 24-7 coverage in Ocean View. That will be the first time since 2001.
In January, the Compass, a new youth church for teens and young adults at the Ocean View Church of Christ, began their Mobile Outreach program, which provides free hot meals to go every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hocker’s Supercenter parking lot.
This week, another officer from the Ocean View Police Department resigned, bringing the tally of officers to leave the department in recent weeks to three.
For too long – way too long – Ocean View has been polarized on every issue, whatever its nature. A “time-out” is needed. Our Town needs the “great middle” to become more involved.
The Town of Ocean View welcomed Carol Lebetz to the town’s finance department last week.
Lebetz, the Town’s new staff accountant, moved to Delaware in 2002 from New Jersey.
“I did similar work in New Jersey,” said Lebetz. “Originally, I was an auditor for municipal governments, and then I worked in municipal governments.”