Millville News

Town of Millville, Delaware

Population:

  • 544 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of March

Town office:

  • 36404 Clubhouse Rd., Millville, DE 19967 (302) 539-0449

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2014-2015:

  • Gerald "Gerry" Hocker, Jr., Mayor
  • Robert Gordon, Deputy Mayor
  • Harry Kent, Treasurer
  • Steve Maneri, Secretary
  • Susan Brewer

Town Manager:

  • Debbie Botchie

Finance Administrator:

  • Betsy Christian

Town Clerk:

  • Matt Amerling

Code & Building Administrator:

  • Eric Evans

Accounting Clerk:

  • Anna Scarola

Emergency:

  • 911

Route 26 culverts right on schedule

Morning commute may be impacted by lane closures

The recent mandatory detours along Route 26 are almost over, as the current phase of the project is right on schedule to reopen the road by Tuesday, March 31.

Banks Wines & Spirits looking to expand

Banks Wines & Spirits plans to expand their parking lot, add storage and reconfigure its entrance and exit. But its neighbor is concerned about the effect on stormwater ponds.

On March 10, Banks Wines & Spirits sought preliminary site plan approval, which the Millville Town Council unanimously granted (with Councilman Steve Manieri absent).

Millville gets public park offer, sets standards for MBTS

The Town of Millville is building momentum with weekly farmers’ markets and annual festivals. But after years of squeezing such events into the town hall parking lot and private property nearby, Millville might finally get its own parkland.

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
Enter Delaware Seaside Bride. With a website — DelawareSeasideBride.com — and yearly print magazine that will launch March 6, 2015, Delaware Seaside Bride will be your guide to planning your dream day, surrounded by the beauty of the Delaware beaches.

Millville OKs pension and enhanced state police presence

Delaware State Police officers may be more visible in Millville, now that the town council has decided to hire additional patrols for 16 hours per week.

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

No elections for Selbyville or Millville councils in 2015

No elections are necessary this year for town councils in Selbyville and Millville. In both towns, the three incumbents were the only registered candidates.

Council positions in both towns carry a term of two years, from this spring to March of 2017.

In Millville, Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent will retain their seats.

ACTS supports local EMS units

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company has been able to raise enough funds to purchase three LUCAS Chest Compression Systems to be placed in the MVFC’s three ambulances.

EMT Michele Steffens, who also serves as the MVFC’s financial secretary, said the machines will help EMTs save valuable time during an emergency.

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Village Square Academy bringing childcare and education back to Whites Neck

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Bright colors splash inside Millville’s newest children’s learning center, despite the deceptively stoic brick exterior. Village Square Academy Learning Center just opened on Whites Neck Road, enrolling infants to 12 years.

Village Square Academy provides daylong childcare, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or just before and after school.

“It’s not a daycare at all. It’s a learning center. It’s gonna be structured, educational,” said owner Tecola Gibbs-Hernandez. “The best start is an early start. The earlier, the better prepared they are when they get to the schools,” she said.

That means kids can get used to a structured environment, learn rules of the school and adapt to different cultures. Plus, kids are learning social skills.

“They learn through each other,” verbalizing what they want, using good manners and, of course, making friends, she said.

Police seek assistance in locating home-invasion suspects

Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.

Millville taking nominations for town council election

The Town of Millville is accepting candidates for the 2015 municipal election, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. The town council has three seats up for election this year — those currently held by Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent.

Each position carries a term of two years, from this March to March of 2017.

BREAKING: Police seek suspects in Millville-area home invasion, assault

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion that occurred north of Millville on Sunday night.

Police said the incident occurred about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, and a 911 call was placed by a 66-year-old man, stating that two people had just entered his residence and assaulted him.

BART donates DVD’s of theatre productions to South Coastal Library

Rusty Hesse, a member of the advisory committee of the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) and Bob Davis founder of BART and local playwright, recently presented seven DVDs to Susan Keefe, director of the South Coastal Library. The DVD’s are of plays written by Davis and presented at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville and other locations in the Delmarva area.

Fun Fit Vibe makes some good vibrations in Millville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Greg Mervine believes that being proactive with his health is the least expensive form of health care. That’s why he brought his business, Fun Fit Vibe, to the corner of Central Avenue in Millville.

Fun Fit Vibe is not a gym, but pairs clients with coaches to work one-on-one, using the Power Plate.

The Power Plate is a small, round platform that vibrates at 25 to 50 times per second. Like most exercise machines, it has a handle and computer monitor attached.

People can stretch or exercise while the platform vibrates, stimulates muscles and encourages blood flow.

That stimulates muscles “down to a cellular level,” Mervine said. As the muscles expand and contract around the bone, the bone strengthens, and density increases. “It’s not overbearing. It’s low impact, high results.”

The vibration “naturally increases gravity by accelerating the platform you stand … on,” reads the Fun Fit Vibe website.

Although it can be used while people are stationary, Power Plate is even more effective during exercise.

Route 26 detour begins Monday­­

Route 26 will close in two locations for construction, starting Monday, Jan. 5. The three-month closure is scheduled to end March 30.

Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Millville fire memorial is a gift for all by one

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: In donating a new firefighter memorial to Millville Volunteer Fire Company, Denise Santa Barbara honored her late husband with her children, Heather and Paul IV.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: In donating a new firefighter memorial to Millville Volunteer Fire Company, Denise Santa Barbara honored her late husband with her children, Heather and Paul IV.Although Millville’s newest monument was donated in one man’s name, the granite stone honors all past firefighters.

The Santa Barbara family donated a new firefighter memorial to Millville Volunteer Fire Company, honoring their late husband and father, Paul J. Santa Barbara III. He served MVFC as a member and safety officer until his 2012 death at the age of 63.

Every volunteer firefighter who serves Millville will be forever memorialized at the fire station.

“This … will provide a lasting memorial for all the men and women who have served Millville Volunteer Fire Company in the past, as well as today and in the future,” said Bob Powell, MVFC’s public information officer.

“I wanted to make a donation to the fire company, and I wanted it to be something, not just go to the general fund,” Denise Santa Barbara said. MVFC never had a memorial, so this was a perfect fit. “They give a lot of time. That’s a commitment for them, especially in today’s busy world.”

Dickens offers fun holiday events, starting this Saturday

For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Millville Holiday Market pops up this weekend

People can shop local and handmade at the Millville’s Holiday Market, returning for one day, Saturday, Dec. 6. More than 30 vendors will spread out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors, between Millville Town Hall and the Millville United Methodist Church.

SeaScape Property Management opens office in Millville

SeaScape Property Management Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 7, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the opening of its new office location in the Millville Town Center.

Millville Verizon retailer participating in food-drive program

Verizon Wireless retailer recently announced that 300 of its stores will be donating and volunteering at local food banks through its “Stop the Hunger” initiative this holiday, season in a joint effort with its customers. The local participating store is in Millville, at 224 Atlantic Avenue.

Millville Town Peddler to host holiday events

This December, Millville Town Peddler is hosting holiday events including a Holiday Open House Weekend and a Holiday Half-Price Madness.

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.

The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.

“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.

“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.

Hocker coffee serves up discussion of oysters and rent hikes

For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.