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:

  • Robert Gordon, Deputy Mayor
  • Susan Brewer, Treasurer
  • Valerie Faden, Secretary

  • Steve Smalls

Town Manager:

  • Debbie Botchie

Finance Administrator:

  • Lisa Wynn

Town Clerk:

  • Matt Amerling

Code & Building Administrator:

  • Eric Evans

Accounting Clerk:

  • Anna Scarola

Emergency:

  • 911

Bond reduction raises issues of building quality in Millville

It was a simple enough vote: The Millville Town Council agrees that enough roadway has been completed in Bishop’s Landing that it can release some bond money back to the developer.

But the two-minute vote on June 28 followed an hour of discussion and citizen complaints on June 14, plus subsequent meetings and walk-throughs of the neighborhood.

Watermen, public: Bay not ready for full-scale aquaculture

It’s up for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to decide, but many stakeholders have said that conversation needs to continue before aquaculture begins full-time in Little Assawoman Bay.

Ground broken on new Millville police partnership building

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Golden shovels glowed with sunshine at the groundbreaking for Millville’s future police building last Friday, as the Town of Millville begins building a town hall addition that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.

Construction should be done in about seven months, Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon told the assembled crowd on June 10, which included members of the Town of Millville staff and town council, DSP, designers GMB, builders Harkins Contracting Company, representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and more.

Keep a leash on it: Millville passes dog-control ordinance

Millville has a new leash law for dogs, starting immediately, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 17-03 at their May 24 workshop.

“It’s minor. It’s just for dogs being on a leash,” said Councilman Steve Maneri.

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

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.

Faden brings analytical skills to Millville Town Council

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.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

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.

Inspection alleges nearly $200,000 stolen from MVFC

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).

Lord Baltimore sees no injuries in minor electrical fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.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.

Millville Town Council approves new special-events fee

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in alleged MVFC embezzlement charged

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.

BREAKING NEWS: State inspection reveals close to $200,000 allegedly embezzled from MVFC

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.

Millville council considers sign update and peddler fees

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.

MVFC members receive Phoenix Awards for life-saving measures

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among the Millville VFC members recognized for their life-saving efforts were: Stephen Gilbert, Dillon Baker, John Watson, Brian McConlogue, Aaron Driscoll, Marissa Carmello, Robert Richardson, Madeline McGrath and Doug Scott. Not pictured are Richie Walls and Nick Harrington.Coastal Point • Submitted: Among the Millville VFC members recognized for their life-saving efforts were: Stephen Gilbert, Dillon Baker, John Watson, Brian McConlogue, Aaron Driscoll, Marissa Carmello, Robert Richardson, Madeline McGrath and Doug Scott. Not pictured are Richie Walls and Nick Harrington.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.”

BART promises show to remember with ‘An Affair to Forget’

Bona to direct third part of Bob Davis trilogy

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.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.

Princesses, Pirates & Pancakes

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 towns win park/playground grants from DNREC

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.

‘Beer to Drink Music To’

Hooked Up and Dogfish team up for Record Store Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.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.”

Community pulls together for Kramer

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.

Mentalist duo to appear at Dickens Parlour Theatre

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.

Millville looks at signage — including political signs

The Millville Town Council’s workshop meeting on Tuesday, March 22, could be called a “sign” of the times.

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

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.

Millville United Methodist invites community to Last Supper

Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.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.

Steven Small appointed to seat on Millville Town Council

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.

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

Stamnas, Gibney return with new setlist

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.