Proposed sweets shop competing for space
The Town of Frankford is looking for more ways to use a piece of property adjacent to the town park that it recently purchased.
The parcel was purchased primarily to provide overflow parking for those going to the park; however, Councilman Marty Presley said at the town council’s April 3 meeting that there would be space leftover on the nearly 2-acre property.
Tucked away near Frankford is a non-profit environmental research facility dedicated to restoring “the former grandeur of the Delaware Estuary.”
Birdsong Gardens sits on a 20-acre working farm, which still grows grain, corn and soybeans in cooperation with a larger neighbor farmer. However, the main focus of its owner, Dave Rickards, is to preserve the environment for generations to come.
“I’m just trying to do my part,” said Rickards. “Growing up on a farm, the environment was never that far away from my thoughts. I grew up in this area. My father was a farmer, and over the years I have watched the change in technology eliminate the buffers that used to be. When I was growing up, there was a lot of quail and you could go quail hunting... I don’t even hear quail anymore, because they’ve lost their habitat.”
Rickards first became active in environmental issues in 1999, when he became involved with the Inland Bays advisory group.
The Town of Frankford this week held its monthly town council meeting not in the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s meeting room, as it has for more than five years, but in the building next door that formerly housed a J.P. Court. However, it’s no longer a court building — it’s the new town hall.
Benjamin “Ben” Beckett had a vision of salt and pepper in the congregation. So Antioch AME Church is inviting men and women of all colors to attend a special “CommUNITY Around Christ” church service on Sunday, March 5.
The special service will begin at 3:30 p.m., with a fellowship meal from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, who is wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd and Criminal Mischief. He is also wanted out of Sussex County Family Court for two capiases, police noted.
Puglisi is wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 17, around 9 p.m. when he allegedly fired several rounds at a residence located on Burbage Road near Frankford. None of the victims inside the house at the time were injured, police noted.
If anyone has any information about Anthony Puglisi’s whereabouts, they are being asked to contact Detective K. Archer at (302) 752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.
The Town of Frankford may no longer have to appeal the decision of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) regarding a Mountaire well and the resulting loss of revenue for the Town.
In August 2016, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal with the State’s Environmental Appeals Board, following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to approve well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.
The Town of Frankford will not hold an annual municipal election this year, as only the incumbents for the two open seats filed to run. As of the Jan. 13 filing deadline only Council President Joanne Bacon and Councilman Greg Welch had filed.
Frankford officials are hoping to move all Town offices into the nearby former J.P. Court building at the beginning of March.
At its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Frankford Town Council said the move would be relatively inexpensive, as there is minimal work to be done and the building is “really set up well.” If the Town cannot move in by March 1, they hope to do so by April 1.
The Delaware State Police are still seeking a suspect in a Frankford-area home invasion that occurred on Christmas Eve.
On. Saturday, Dec. 24, at around 6:30 a.m., three suspects forcefully broke into a home through the front door and awoke a 19-year old male victim and an 18-year-old male victim, who were reportedly sleeping in separate bedrooms
The Town of Frankford held its monthly council meeting on Dec. 5, at which council members and those in attendance discussed the Town’s seemingly troublesome water plant.
During the water department report, Clarence Quillen of Tidewater Utilities said that preventative maintenance on the plant has not been done on the plant’s equipment for 16 years — since its installation.
’Tis the season to shop, and Frankford’s Annual Holiday Expo will return Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for people who want to find a unique gift or some holiday décor for their own homes.
The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host about 40 vendors, selling many types of gifts, including crafts, decorations, kitchen goods, beauty products and homemade candy. Decorations on offer can fill a range of tastes, including cozy woodworks, delicate glass artworks, evergreen Christmas wreaths and more.
Independent consultants will sell items from LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef and Scentsy.
Organizer Crystal Hudson is a vendor, but she said she particularly loves the community aspect of a holiday market.
“I love the fact that you get to meet new people,” she said. “It’s just the fulfillment of being able to meet people and be involved in something.”
Shoppers can ask questions and learn about the items they’re buying.
“You get to meet a variety of people. … You get to have a one-on-one with the people who are making the product or selling the product. I think it’s nice,” said Hudson, owner of Country Heaven gift shop in Frankford. “You get people dedicated to their product or what they make.”
At its monthly meeting earlier this week, the Frankford Town council gave an update on discussions council members have had with representatives from the State and Mountaire Farms related to well permits issued to the poultry company.
Selbyville is getting back to normal after a water violation earlier this year. Drinking water tested at south Main Street showed decreasing levels of a disinfection byproduct called Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs).
From aliens to zombies, the streets of Frankford will be taken over by all manner of costumed residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the town once again celebrates the season with its all-day Fall Festival.
Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!
The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.
At the Frankford town’s council’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 3, Councilman Marty Presley said the council had recently spoken to a number of Realtors regarding Town-owned property.
Although the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released a report on its inspection of the Town of Frankford’s financials, the town council and some citizens are dissatisfied with the findings.
Earlier this month, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small related to well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.
Last week, the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released its report on the inspection of the Town of Frankford.
Frankford Town Council members have expressed by letter and in comments at the council’s regular August council meeting that they are “disappointed” in the state auditor’s report on its investigation into town finances.
An atypical Planning & Zoning meeting was held in the Town of Frankford on July 6, planned to review two applications — one for a temporary office building, the other a minor subdivision.
The meeting started almost 30 minutes late, as there was not a quorum of members. While Commissioners Duane Beck and Ronald Hall were in attendance, Dora Bell-Isler and Jason Taylor were not present.
The Town of Frankford held its first public hearing for the 2017-fiscal-year budget on June 2.
Property owner Kathy Murray, who sat on the Budget Committee, reported to the council that the group met nine times, and had met with each council member regarding the town departments they oversee.
The Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Jamar A. Manuel of Frankford, after he allegedly fled on foot from police when stopped for driving on a suspended/revoked license.
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.
The Frankford Public Library staff is working to reduce adult illiteracy and teach kids technology. On the way, their groundbreaking innovation has earned them the 2016 Library/Institutional Award for 2016 from the Delaware Library Association.
For director Rachel Wackett, the peer-nominated award “recognizes the fact that we’re being very progressive with the types of programming we’re offering … particularly with technology and STEAM.” Wackett has aligned the library programming toward basic literacy, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
The library staff has found new ways to interact with their community, said nominator Sarena Fletcher, an administrative librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries.
Event featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist to benefit Delaware Wild Lands
Grammy-nominated musician Courtney Hartman will headline the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival in Sussex County on May 21. In addition to her solo career, Hartman is also guitarist and vocalist for the all-female group Della Mae.
Having just celebrated his one-year anniversary as chief of police for the Town of Frankford, Michael Warchol announced to the town council on Monday, May 2, that he would be leaving the post.
“I am going to be leaving. My wife has accepted a job with transfer with her job in the Baltimore area. I’m not sure of the date yet, but I am notifying council that it will be coming.”
Next year, Justice of the Peace Court 1—Criminal, Truancy will move out of its Frankford location. Town Councilman Marty Presley said the Town had been told the Court would not be renewing its lease, which ends in January 2017.