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

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Meet the artisans of the 2015 Lord Baltimore Artisans Fair

The annual Artisans Fair will return to Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, bringing along with it some of the area’s top artisans, as 49 exhibitors from the local area and beyond will put their work on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., showing off and selling their hand-crafted paintings, sculptures, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other unique creations.

Route 26 moves to nighttime lane closures — for summer

Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.

Annual cornhole tournament to benefit foundation

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament, benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, next month in Millville.

“We do it to keep Russell’s memory alive,” said Emily Harne, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, “and to give back to the community.”

Harry Anderson to appear in Dickens fundraiser shows

Dickens Parlour Theatre on June 3-6 will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick off a fundraising drive with a four-night, five-performance offering of David Mamet’s play “Oleanna,” starring actor Harry Anderson.

Millville approves preliminary design for new muni building

The Millville Town Council this week unanimously approved a preliminary design plan for the Town’s new municipal building.

In January, the council had unanimously approved a $106,942 contract for the design of a second Town municipal building, plus other services. Architectural design, permitting and soil testing will be done by George, Miles & Buhr LLC (GMB).

Teen got the ball rolling for clean water

Emma Rider has collected 100,000 pairs of shoes in five years. But those are just the tips of the laces that tie her tale together.

At 18, Rider has a knack for transforming old kicks into clean water. She explained the basics to the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club on April 16.

“One billion people lack access to safe water,” Rider said.

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard, but they were also meant to live in coastal Delaware, so they are less likely to need extra water or nutrients.

Their popularity accounts for the 11th year of the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale, on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nighttime cocktail party also returns on the eve of the sale.

Organizer Sally Boswell of event sponsor the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays called this the “one-stop-shop for going native in your garden,” hosted annually at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

“The big stores, for the most part — they have not gotten into native plant offerings in their nurseries. So it’s our small, local, independent nurseries that are leading the way in that,” said Boswell.

Five nurseries will sell thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees.

Mueller arrested for marijuana possession

After being called to a residence on Parkview Street in Millville by the Sea around 9 p.m. on April 2 for a reported domestic incident, Delaware State Police subsequently arrested a 62-year-old Ocean View man on drug charges.

Millville council adopts fee schedule with no increases

The Millville Town Council has decided that there’s no reason to increase fees this year.

Before passing the Town’s 2016-fiscal-year budget on April 14, the town council unanimously passed the fee schedule for items such as business licenses, building permits and other fees.

“Nothing had to be increased this year. In fact, it hasn’t been increased in several years,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie.

The 2016 budget also passed, with a few last-minute amendments, such as an increase in state health insurance premiums, office technology and IT support.

The current budget is doing swimmingly, as revenue is up, but the Town has only paid 55 percent of the projected expenses, “and we only have one month more to go of our fiscal year,” Botchie said.

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.