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

Cornhole tournament to benefit Russell White scholarship

Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.This weekend, the Xi Upsilon sorority will host its fifth annual cornhole tournament benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation.

“My sister and I attended the cornhole event one of the first years the sorority did it. We really enjoyed ourselves. We had a fun time and thought, ‘What a great cause!” explained Sarah Hoban, who serves on the event’s organizing committee. “That’s why we decided to sign up for the sorority and signed up for the cornhole committee — because we wanted to be a part of it.”

Up to 50 teams can compete on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Registration costs $50 per team of two, and each team member will receive a T-shirt.

As of early this week, 40 teams were registered for the event, but Hoban said those who wish to take the last 10 spots may still register if they call by the morning of the event. The sorority owns 10 sets of identical boards made specifically for the tournament and orders new bags each year.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 27 to 30

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday night to Friday morning:

• at the Old Mill Road intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

Beebe Walk-In Care reopens Memorial Day weekend in Millville

On Memorial Day weekend, Beebe Healthcare will reopen its Walk-In Care in Millville for visitors and residents whose primary-care physicians are unavailable. Walk-in Care will be open daily, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., throughout the summer season.

The Walk-In hours during September will be posted before Labor Day weekend.

No appointments are necessary.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 19 to 22; Night work begins

Night work begins at the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues between Clarksville and Ocean View. Motorists may see lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install new drainage.

The following work will not require lane closures:

• excavation of storm water management ponds near Irons Lane and near Route 17 in Clarksville.

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Annual Artisans Fair set for Memorial Day weekend

Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Now in its seventh year, the annual Artisans Fair is back and bigger than ever this Memorial Day weekend, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Located at Millville Fire Hall for its first five years, the event eventually called for more space, which is when it was moved to LB.

“We moved because they have a larger venue, and we were kind of outgrowing the fire hall,” explained fair coordinator Ione Phillips.

As always, the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser will feature various homemade arts and crafts, including woodwork, glasswork, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry and other forms of art.

Phillips noted that some of the fair’s featured items will include Ikebana pottery by Jeff Stambaugh, jewelry by Marcia Cupschalk, ceramic fish by Herb Consolvo and fabric wall hangings by Janice Itzel.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 12 to 16

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas on Route 26:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 for underground utility relocation.
• between Railway Road and Old Mill Road to install a storm drain system.

Lord Baltimore welcomes return of flashing school-zone lights

This is one traffic light people are happy to see: Lord Baltimore Elementary School once again has flashing yellow lights in the school zone, alerting drivers to the 20 mph speed limit during pick-up and drop-off periods.

Lord Baltimore gets another temporary assistant principal

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is close to finishing a school year that has seen much administrative job-hopping. The school now has a new assistant principal in Woody Long, who is finishing the school year in place of Gary Brittingham.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 7 to 9

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Town Road to Assawoman Canal for sewer force main relocation.
• between Railway Road and Old Mill Road to install a storm drain system.

Time and money saved on Central Avenue construction work

Road crews were recently surprised to find underground pipes in a different place than expected — and that’s a good thing when it came to one area of Route 26.

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project was supposed to close Central Avenue at the Route 26 intersection for four to six weeks to relocate sewer pipes in preparation for stormwater management improvements.

A meeting place for Millville By the Sea

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Residents of the Millville By the Sea development achieved an enhanced sense of community this week with the debut of their Lifestyle Center. The main clubhouse and exercise center opened with an April 26 ribbon-cutting. When finished, the “campus” will also include a crab shack pavilion, pool and pool house.

Although a brutal winter didn’t help construction timetables for Miller & Smith, the McLean, Va., developer aimed to build what people would use.

“We tried to identify what was important to residents. [They] wanted an opportunity to … socialize,” said Chuck Ellison, project manager and company vice president.

That means lots of small sitting areas, from a sunny game room to a pub area with pool table and darts. People can lounge near a fireplace, bar, big-screen TV or kitchenette.

Residents crowded around to pick up their new building passes.

“It’s just like a big family gathering place, and that’s what we wanted,” said part-time resident Dave Collins. “We’ve been waiting for it. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait for the pool to open.”

Artisans Fair planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 24

For the seventh year, the Artisans Fair is returning for Memorial Day weekend at the beach. A showcase of handmade work from artists in a wide range of media from throughout Delmarva, the fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Route 26 in Ocean View.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Residents get an update on Assawoman Canal Trail

Last week, area residents whose properties will be directly impacted by the future Assawoman Canal Trail project had the opportunity to hear from Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) officials about the upcoming construction.

The trail is intended for pedestrians and bicyclists only and will be open from 8 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Registration now open for cornhole tournament

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host their 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Proceeds will benefit the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, named after a local U.S. Marine who gave his life in Afghanistan.

The cost is $50 per team, and includes a T-shirt for each player. Space is limited, so pre-registration by May 12 is required.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.

The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Business, traffic still humming as Route 26 widens

Drivers returning to Route 26 will see the construction zones, stacked pipes, bare patches of earth and a lot of traffic cones; this is the groundwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

Mariner's Bethel to host Easter concert April 13

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Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will host an Easter concert on Sunday, April 13.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

Millville officials to investigate new police-friendly building

The Town of Millville needs to build a new garage, so the town council is considering making the structure something the Delaware State Police would like to use, too. The town council at its March 25 meeting unanimously approved a feasibility study for a new building, which may include space for DSP.