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

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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

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Farber to make directorial debut

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Millville residents warm to the idea of ambulance fee

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) still has details to hash out, but the Town of Millville appears quite receptive to a community-wide discount ambulance service.

Hocker’s farewell: ‘My heart is with Millville’

It was an emotional Tuesday evening in Millville, as outgoing Mayor Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. retired from the Millville Town Council on Jan. 12, after more than a dozen years.

Millville freeholders won’t gain voting rights after council vote

Before retiring as Millville mayor, Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. led the town council in shooting down the proposed right of non-resident property owners to vote and to run in town council elections, at least for now.

Having recently moved outside town limits, Hocker announced his retirement at the Jan. 12 council meeting, two months before his term was to expire.

After 14 years of service, Hocker steps aside

In March 2002, the son of a prominent local businessman and politician took the oath to serve the Town of Millville as a councilman. And Tuesday night he announced he is taking a step back from handling town business, ending a journey that saw him serve as mayor, vote on the Millville By the Sea and Super G projects and generally see the town grow by leaps and bounds.

Three candidates needed for Millville council

The Town of Millville is currently accepting nominations to fill a vacant spot on the town council, as well as candidates for two seats with regular two-year terms.

Millville VFC proposes flat fees for ambulance ‘insurance’

As the name implies, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company serves the community primarily on a volunteer basis. However, 11 EMS staffers are paid to ensure local ambulance coverage. Now, to improve its 24-hour ambulance service, MVFC is proposing a flat ambulance fee for local towns.

Millville may extend voting rights to non-residents

Amendment would also permit serving on council

To combat a lack of public participation, the Millville Town Council could soon allow nonresidents to vote and hold public office.

On Dec. 22, the council reviewed Resolution 16-02, a town charter amendment involving nine changes, which include allowing non-resident property-owners to vote and hold public office.

Subway manager connects with customer, community

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Cordoba, store manager at Subway in the Millville Town Center, has been on a mission to give her new friend, Mr. R and his wife a merry Christmas by organizing a Christmas meal, a few gifts and Christmas carols.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Cordoba, store manager at Subway in the Millville Town Center, has been on a mission to give her new friend, Mr. R and his wife a merry Christmas by organizing a Christmas meal, a few gifts and Christmas carols.She first noticed Mr. R. last summer, when he started appearing regularly at the Millville Subway.

“He came in every other day at about 3:30 or 4 o’clock,” recalled Elizabeth “Ellie” Cordoba, store manager.

At first, he came alone, and then he started bringing his wife along. Cordoba quickly realized his wife was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. She knew, because she had watched her own grandmother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s.

“I understood what it was,” Cordoba said.

She wondered why the couple never sat down to eat but soon realized that Mr. R. didn’t feel comfortable dining out with his wife, due to her unpredictable behaviors.

BREAKING NEWS: Hearing on non-resident voting in Millville set for Tuesday

A lack of public participation could push the Millville Town Council to allow non-residents to vote and hold public office.

Citizens are being invited to comment on Resolution 16-02, a town charter amendment including nine changes, ranging from housekeeping items to allowing non-resident property-holders to participate in Town affairs.

Petco gets approval for store in Millville Town Center

A nationally-known pet store is close to getting its final approvals to come to Millville.

The Millville Town Council has approved a preliminary site plan and final site plan for Petco, a retailer of pet supplies and services, with more than 1,500 stores across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ now showing

BART, Dickens put new spin on old classic

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street” before. And between four different movie adaptations and a Broadway musical, chances are you’ve probably even seen it a number of different ways.

But unless you were in the audience at Lux Radio Theatre in 1947, you’ve never been able to see it like this — until now.

When the show made its debut at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, Dec. 4, locals and theater-goers got to check out a new take on an old classic as the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) has set out to recreate the original 1947 radio show broadcast this holiday season.

“Expect something different,” said co-director Charlie Sorrentino. “‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has been done a million times since 1947 — we’re going about very differently. What we’ve done is we recreated what happened at the Lux Radio Theatre at Radio City Music Hall — our audience will get that same experience that radio audience did.”

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

Millville Holiday Market a place to get things done

Local shopping and one-of-a-kind gifts will return to Millville at the town’s 3rd Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 5. The holiday shop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millville Town Hall and across the street, at the Millville United Methodist Church.

No firearms, explosives permitted in Millville town buildings

With Millville’s passage of an ordinance set in motion in August by the state General Assembly, firearms are not permitted in town buildings — or any building even temporarily serving as a town building.

Route 26 update includes another road closure at Railway

As part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, Railway Road will have a one-week detour this coming week. Railway Road will remain completely open in Millville, except where it intersects with Route 26. The intersection needs to be rebuilt. Weather permitting, the closure will occur from Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23.

New murder mystery to debut at Dickens in time for Halloween

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘Complicity’ rehearses for opening night at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Pictured, from left, are: Anthony Chiffolo, Veronica Bona, Mike Mall. Lori Ingram, Carolyn Robinson (on the couch) and Emily Abbott.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘Complicity’ rehearses for opening night at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Pictured, from left, are: Anthony Chiffolo, Veronica Bona, Mike Mall. Lori Ingram, Carolyn Robinson (on the couch) and Emily Abbott.

‘Complicity’ is the latest play from local playwright Bob Davis

It’s a murder mystery four years in the making, but when “Complicity” finally debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Monday, Oct. 26, more than just the killer will be unveiled.

“It’s a very complex plot. It touches a current theme in the U.S. right now that has a lot to do with acceptance of certain people,” said playwright Bob Davis, without giving away the plot’s major twist. “We had a reading of this play maybe four years ago and we asked at intermission if people could pick out the murderer - and no one could.”

The play will be the second Davis murder mysteries to debut, but it was actually the first he ever wrote, even though it has yet to take the stage, despite an initial reading in 2011. However, with Halloween approaching, and the undisclosed plot twist now more prominent in American pop-culture than ever, the performance seems to be right on cue.

Pumpkin Festival returning to Millville this Saturday

Millville’s annual Pumpkin Festival will return this weekend, offering families the chance to enjoy fun fall festivities.

Former Millville mayor Don Minyon created the event in 2009 as a way to showcase the town.

Fall Festival ready to kick off at Lord Baltimore next Saturday

This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school.

Millville doing its part to support emergency services

New resolution targets impact fees to MVFC

This past June, the Town of Millville passed a resolution that amended its fee schedule for the 2016 fiscal year, to include a $500 impact fee charged on new residential and commercial construction beginning July 1, 2015. The fees are being collected to fund a grant for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire and ambulance services.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).

Songwriter documentary, performance set for Sept. 28

Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax is looking to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, “Platinum Rush,” which will be shown at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., followed by a live performance, as part of the Dickens Documentary Series with Bryan Russo, himself a musician.

Millville approves plans for new building

The Millville Town Council voted unanimously at its Sept. 8 council meeting to approve the plans for its new municipal building.

‘Hate Mail’ to open BART season at Dickens

The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season next week, opening with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.