Town of Millville, Delaware
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It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.
Valerie Faden is a Pennsylvania attorney who’s used to talking through big problems. She’s made a career from mediation, and she’s bringing that know-how to her first term on the Millville Town Council.
To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.
A former treasurer for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) is the focus of an inspection report conducted by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA).
A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.
With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.
“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.
The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.
Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.
For-profit vendors will now pay a fee for displaying their wares in the Town of Millville.
On May 10, the Millville Town Council approved a $25 event license, per vendor, per day. This is Millville’s first peddler license of this kind, for food trucks and other vendors.
Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.
Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit received a forensic audit from the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts.
A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer between the years of 2012 and 2015.
The treasurer’s name was not found in the official report.
The Millville Town Council discussed a little of everything during two April meetings, with topics ranging from food trucks to cell phone towers.
Food trucks and other vendors don’t currently have a permitting system in town. On April 26, the council considered a proposal to regulate them a bit more.
Food trucks are flat-out forbidden from just parking in town during lunchtime.
On Saturday, April 9, the Sussex County Paramedics sponsored the 2016 Phoenix Awards at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company. The Phoenix Awards are given to first-responders who were integral in providing emergency care to someone who was in cardiac arrest and lived to tell about it. The ceremony is designed to reunite survivors with his or her responders in a celebration of life.
In all, 11 members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company were honored at the ceremony for their participation in saving someone’s life. For the survivors who were able to be in attendance, there were plenty of hugs and handshakes being exchanged, since this was the first time the individuals have seen each other since the day of the rescue.
“The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is very fortunate to have a Lucas device placed on each one of its ambulances since January 2015,” noted MVFC PIO Bob Powell. “This was a direct result of business owners and the citizens we serve stepping up to the plate to assist in the purchase of these devices.”
Bona to direct third part of Bob Davis trilogy
You’ve seen them at Thanksgiving, and on Christmas.
But on Thursday, April 21, the fireworks will really start to fly when the Tomlinsons and the Fenwicks get together for a Fourth of July wedding and the third and final installment of local playwright Bob Davis’ trilogy, with “An Affair to Forget.”
“It’s a wedding with a twist at the end,” said Davis, noting the Murphy’s Law luster sparked when the trilogy’s two protagonists’ families get together. “Whatever can go wrong goes wrong.”
“It’s the dysfunctional family antics going on,” added director Veronica Bona. “When I first got the script, by the fourth line I was already laughing so hard I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to direct. It’s just absolutely hilarious.”
While the story is set to take place at the Tomlinson’s ritzy Hampstead, R.I., estate on one of the hottest days of the year, audience members are being cordially invited to witness the nutty nuptials by way of the intimate stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre.
Get Well Gabby Foundation raises funds for A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital
Cinderalla, Snow White, Elsa, Anna, Tinkerbell and a boatload of pirates! Millville United Methodist Church and the Millville Town Hall played host to the Get Well Gabby Foundation’s fundraiser, “Princesses, Pirates and Pancakes,” on Saturday, April 9. Children ran around dressed as pirates and princesses, while chowing down on pancakes and sausage at the church.
Local park projects are getting their day in the sun after the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced its 2015 grant awards. Across the state, DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program is contributing just under $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects.
Hooked Up and Dogfish team up for Record Store Day
The countdown to Record Store Day is on.
While the national event will see more than 400 independently-owned vinyl shops celebrating across the country, Hooked Up in Millville will be the place to be for beer buffs and fans of local music this Saturday, April 16.
The ale house and raw bar is teaming up with Dogfish Head — the official beer of Record Store Day and a native Delaware brewery — to promote the event and local businesses with live music, giveaways and special Dogfish releases on draft.
“We’re really excited,” said Hooked Up General Manager Joe Botchie. “This is our way of supporting local mom-and-pop music stores.”
"Hooked Up was an obvious choice to play host to one of our Record Store Day parties. The great local following and live music made it a perfect match,” said Dogfish’s Matt Funk. "Music has always been a huge part of what we do. One of our mantras is ‘Analog beer for the digital age.’ Just like Guinness has St. Patrick's Day and Corona owns Cinco de Mayo, we now have our own holiday to celebrate, and it’s the one we are most excited about.”
Two organizations are holding fundraisers next weekend to help the family of Trevor Kramer, a local teen who died last month, with medical and funeral expenses.
Jeff and Tessa Evason are coming to Millville later this month to entertain with a demonstration of the “paranormal,” representatives of Dickens Parlour Theatre announced this week.
The Millville Town Council’s workshop meeting on Tuesday, March 22, could be called a “sign” of the times.
The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.
As part of their Eastertide season, Millville United Methodist Church is inviting the community to witness a dramatization of the Last Supper.
“Millville United Methodist Church has been sitting on that corner now for 109 years. Isn’t that amazing? And, for some reason, years and years ago, it was labeled ‘the lighthouse on the corner.’ And we do our best to keep that going,” said Marianne Smith, who directs the Living Last Supper.
The Living Last Supper will be presented at MUMC on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m.
Smith said that, over the last few Easters, the church has alternated between the Living Last Supper and a play about the 12 female disciples.
After hosting a public forum in February, the Millville Town Council decided on March 9 to appoint Steven Small to fill a one-year vacancy on the council.
On Feb. 23, the Town held a public forum to learn more about the candidates — Tony Gough, Linda Kent and Small. The council chose to appoint Small to the position in a 3-0 unanimous vote at their March 9 meeting.
Stamnas, Gibney return with new setlist
The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.
Millville By the Sea is planning to open 103 lots in its next development phase, and the Millville Planning & Zoning Committee met March 1 to review a preliminary site plan submitted by Millville Town Center LLC for MBTS’s next subdivision, formerly known as Topsail Village.
Three candidates have offered their services to fill a one-year vacancy on the Millville Town Council.
Before extending an invitation to any of them, the council hosted a Feb. 23 public forum, to learn more about those candidates — Tony Gough, Linda Kent and Steven Small.
Imagine living out in the elements, outside of your warm home, for 19 days — surviving through two snowstorms and a heavy rainstorm. Now, imagine you’re 4 pounds, having lost half your body weight, and a Chihuahua who wandered nearly 5 miles from home, and you can’t find your way back.
That, in a nutshell, is part of the extraordinary journey Ricky the Chihuahua had for nearly three weeks.
“He was totally out there all alone,” said Judith Cordier, Ricky’s mom.
The Cordiers have owned Ricky, who celebrated his second birthday on Valentine’s Day, since he was 6 weeks old.
“He’s my baby,” she said. “If he loves you, he loves you.”
It all started on Jan. 28, when Cordier let Ricky outside, but he sadly didn’t return.
The Millville Town Council will get some new faces in the coming weeks, with two seats up for election this year and a vacant council seat to be filled.