Government & Politics

Public Hearing on Proposed Police Station


Public Hearing-March 23, 2020


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Milford, Delaware will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 7:00 pm (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard) in the Council Chambers at Milford City Hall, 201 South Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware. The purpose of the hearing is to take Public Comment concerning a proposal to borrow up to $18,500,000 for a new Police Facility.  


At its regular meeting on February 24, 2020, City Council adopted Resolution 2020-13B authorizing the Public Hearing, in accordance with Article VIII, Borrowing of Money and Issuance of Bonds, of the Charter of the City of Milford, as amended by 72 Del. Laws, c. 14876 Del. Laws, c. 19977 Del. Laws, c. 40581 Del. Laws, c. 13681 Del. Laws, c. 416, which reads as follows:




WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Milford, Delaware (“City”) has been advised that up to $18,500,000 is required to finance the design, construction and equipping of a police station and to complete other necessary infrastructure improvements in connection therewith, as well as other miscellaneous capital projects (the “Capital Project”).


WHEREAS, the Capital Project is expected to be financed through the issuance of the City of Milford General Obligation Bonds, in one or more series, including the Series 2020 Bonds (the “Bonds”).



  1. The Council hereby proposes unto the electors of the City that an amount of money not exceeding $18,500,000 be borrowed to finance the Capital Project.
  2. The average rate of the interest of the Bonds shall not exceed 3.5%.
  3. The Bonds shall be secured by the full faith and credit of the City.
  4. The Bonds shall be paid or funded from the tax revenues of the City.
  5. The City will be authorized to use the Bond proceeds to fund the Capital Project and will be authorized to use a portion of the proceeds of the Bonds to pay costs associated with the issuance of the Bonds.


  1. The City Council hereby establishes that a Public Hearing upon the Resolution and the proposed borrowing described herein shall be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., in the Joseph “Ronnie” Rogers Council Chambers at the Milford City Hall located at 201 South Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware 19963, and hereby directs that notice of such hearing be published and posted as required by Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Milford.


s/Mayor Arthur J. Campbell

s/City Clerk Teresa K. Hudson



Resolution 2020-13B was thereupon declared duly adopted by the majority vote of City Council on February 24, 2020.



By: Teresa K. Hudson, MMC

                            City Clerk



Police & Fire

Investigation Leads To Drug Charges For Pair

On 02.25.2020 Milford Police arrested a pair of men after investigation into suspected drug activity. On 02.25.2020 at approximately 11:01 am officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division contacted two men on Kingston Terrace in Hearthstone Manor. During this contact the officers noticed a smell of burnt marijuana and observed suspected marijuana in plain view. Further investigation led to approximately 184 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia being seized. Anthony R. Merlo-Tijerino, 23 of Lincoln, and Joshua A. Reibsome, 22 of Greenwood, were both taken into custody. Mr. Merlo-Tijerino has been charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Marijuana Personal Use Quantity In Public Area, and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. Mr. Merlo-Tijerino was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $27,300.00 unsecured. Mr. Merlo-Tijerino is scheduled to appear at the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on 03.05.2020 for a Preliminary Hearing. Mr, Reibsome has been charged with Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Marijuana Personal Use Quantity In Public Area, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Reibsome was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $2101.00 unsecured. Mr. Reibsome is also scheduled to appear at the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on 03.05.2020 for a Preliminary Hearing.

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US Congresswoman Visits Banneker

by Terry Rogers



On Tuesday, February 18, United States Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester visited Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. The Congresswoman visited the school in order to read the book Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, in honor of Black History Month.

“I actually represent this great state of Delaware in Washington DC,” Congresswoman Blunt-Rochester said to the children. “We hear a lot about great examples of black history, like stories about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but there are everyday people that make history, too. You are actually part of history. When I was elected in 2016, we made history in Delaware. The state had never sent a woman to Congress or a person of color, so when people voted for me and I was elected, I got to go to Washington, and I got to be the first.”

Ruth and the Green Book tells the story of a young African American girl who travels from Chicago to Alabama in order to visit her grandmother. The story takes place in the 1940s during the Jim Crow era. Along the way, the family encounters prejudice but also learn about Green Books, which were guides used by African Americans during the Jim Crow era that provided information on hotels, gas stations, hair salons and restaurants that served African Americans.

“In this Green Book, there are stops in Delaware,” Congressman Blunt-Rochester said, holding up one of the books she brought with her. “This book has hotels where they could stay, where they could get a haircut, get their car fixed. Is this a surprise to any of you that there was a time in our country when we were not allowed to be in a classroom like this all together? That our schools were separated, that places where we could get our hair done were separated?”

Congresswoman Blunt-Rochester took questions and comments from the children after she finished the book. One child commented that if the country was still separate, she would never have met her friend, Adrianna.

“You are going to make me cry with comments like that,” Congresswoman Blunt-Rochester said. “It makes us special as a country because of all our differences. There was a welcome sign for me when I got here that had all these different colors. It was like a box of crayons. If there were only purple crayons, what fun would that be? We would not be able to paint this beautiful picture that is America.”

One student told the Congresswoman that a baby brother had passed away after she told them that they should remember that their story is a part of history.

“When I decided to run for office, my husband passed away unexpectedly,” Congresswoman Blunt-Rochester said. “That was a very sad time for me as I am sure losing your baby brother was for your family. I was able to rise up and have hope again in order to serve you in Congress. Sometimes, even bad things are a part of history, just like the family in the book and just like your family. The tough part was that the family had to be turned down places where they wanted to visit but the good part was that there were places where they were not turned down.”

When asked what job she would have besides serving in Washington, Congresswoman Blunt-Rochester explained that she had already held several interesting jobs.

“One of my jobs is Mom,” she explained. “I have a son and a daughter, so Mom will always be my job. I was the Secretary of Labor where I helped people find jobs. I also worked in the Department of Health and Human Services for awhile because I wanted people to be healthy. But, if I could have any job other than this job, it would probably be something I’ve done most of my life, which is to be a writer. I’ve written a book before, I’ve written a couple of books. So, I would probably travel around the world, spread love and write books. Or, maybe I would be a minister, because I love God a lot.”

Culture Police & Fire

Community Supports Family of House Fire

by Terry Rogers

Earlier this month, the home of Zeb and Jessie Howard was severely damaged by fire. According to a GoFundMe arranged by their friend, Brittany Spicer, who was there when the fire began, the left side of the home was damaged severely but everything else in the house suffered heavy soot and water damage.

“While cooking dinner with our best friends, Zeb and Jessie, a tragedy occurred,” Spicer wrote. “A fire started in the game room on the other side of the house and, by the time we realized what was going on and shuffled to get their three dogs out of the house, the entire downstairs was engulfed in smoke.” The GoFundMe page has raised $3,475of the $5,000 goal established.

Spicer expressed extreme gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy for her friends, stating that the money raised will be used to rebuild not only their wardrobes and basic necessities but ultimately to navigate through the months to come with less stress as they try to rebuild their home.

“The outpouring of support since Saturday night has been incredible,” Jessie Howard said. “A lot of people have been asking if we need anything. The one thing I am in need of immediately is the blue plastic mouthpiece for a Dulera inhaler. I depend on this medicine daily for asthma. I have the cartridges but not the part that actually makes the medicine come out. If anyone has an extra one they can spare or know where I can get one, I would greatly appreciate it.”

The Howard’s are grateful that they came out of the fire unscathed and that all three of their dogs were also safely evacuated. The outpouring of sympathy continued on various social media sites with people offering leashes and other dog supplies as well as clothing, food and more.

“Milford is quite good at coming together when others need it,” Sarah Donald commented on NextDoor.

The GoFundMe site can be found at


MSD Celebrates Women in Sports

by Terry Rogers 

In February, Milford School District celebrated “National Girls and Women in Sports” Day (NGWSD), a national effort to celebrate the importance of equal opportunity for girls and women in sports. This year marked the 34th annual celebration which is sponsored by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“Sports give young girls a positive outlet and helps them develop self-esteem,” Jan Fleming, a health and physical education teacher at Milford High School, said. “It also develops teamwork and promotes discipline. There are no limits on the sports girls may try out for in Milford.”

Governor John Carney announced the establishment of NGWSD in Delaware on February 4. Milford High School athlete, Summer Davis, and Field Hockey Coach Andrea McPike, along with other female athletes and coaches, were on hand for Governor Carney’s announcement.

“I know those principles you learn on the field are just as relevant as the classroom,” Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, said at the announcement. “The idea that hard work pays off, that persistence really matters and math and science and learning about those roles on the field are just as applicable when you are pursuing your careers and dreams.”

Fleming suggested that parents encourage girls to participate in sports by exposing them at a young age.

“It is also important that they show up for practice and games,” Fleming said. “Parental support is critical along with encouraging them to follow through with their commitment. Girls in Milford are able to try out for any sport and we highly encourage them to do so.”

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, young women gain confidence, strength and character through sports, some of the most important tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in life. Research suggests that physical activity is an effective tool for reducing the symptoms of stress and depression among young women.

Physical activity is anything that moves the body and gets the heart pumping. Working out on a regular basis, which means three days per week, makes young people stronger, increases energy and improves flexibility. Light exercise such as throwing a Frisbee to vigorous activity like running put the body in movement, providing similar benefits.

Experts suggest that children ages 5 through 12 engage in some type of physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day. Try not to make it seem like a chore or a scheduled nuisance or young children will not be excited to participate. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 should also exercise at least 60 minutes per day. If a child is sedentary, build physical activity to 60 minutes. As it gets easier, add vigorous sessions of 20 minutes or more at least three days per week.

Light activities may include playing catch, walking or dancing slowly, throwing horseshoes or playing ping pong. Moderate activity may include walking briskly, hiking, leisurely inline skating, trampoline jumping, doubles tennis, swimming, volleyball or playground activities. Vigorous activity may include running, aerobics or dancing, bicycling, jumping rope, ice hockey or competitive sports.

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Healthy Habits to Prevent Dementia

The human brain is the most complex of organs. Given that brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are on the rise and are among the leading causes of disability and death, it’s important to take steps to keep your brain healthy. Bayhealth Vascular Neurologist Ali Sheharyar, MD, shares insight on the similarities between brain and heart health while offering advice on giving this essential organ what it needs to avoid disease.

Many of the factors that put people at risk for brain diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, are the same as those for heart disease and stroke. The most common of these are: family history; high blood pressure; high cholesterol, especially high LDL or “bad” cholesterol; diabetes; obesity; smoking, including exposure to secondhand smoke; a sedentary lifestyle; and living in urban areas where air pollution is higher.

Dr. Sheharyar said that often, what hurts the heart also hurts the brain. Because the risk factors start affecting people by mid-life, taking preventive steps early on is key to maintaining brain health. “Managing or reducing risk factors is the only proven way to prevent dementia in the long run. Taking control of your blood sugar or hypertension is very important. There’s also evidence that long-term use of statins can protect against it,” said Dr. Sheharyar. “Once symptoms of dementia begin, there is far less that can be done, except possibly slowing the process.”

Dr. Sheharyar advises at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least two to three times per week, with walking being the best. The Mediterranean diet offers the most benefits for the brain. This consists of green vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, seeds and olive oil, with minimal amounts of red meat. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids as well as antioxidant-rich foods like berries are particularly good for brain health.

Research has shown other protective factors which tend to keep dementia away, such as having strong social connections with family and friends, and doing cognitive training like crossword puzzles, sudoku and other exercises that stimulate the brain, explained Dr. Sheharyar. “The term ‘use it or lose it’ stands true for your brain.”

Visit to learn more about Bayhealth’s Department of Neurology team that provides care for a range of brain and nervous system conditions, including stroke.


Preparing for Flu Season in Schools

by Terry Rogers

The flu season has begun and no one is more aware of this fact than school nurses. Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person and is often first noticed in schools as children are exposed both in school and at home.

“Flu symptoms have an abrupt onset with fever, sore throat, chills, dry cough, headache, body aches, congestion and runny nose,” Yvonne White, Lead/Float Nurse for Milford School District, said. “Vomiting and Diarrhea is common among children. You can often tell the difference between a cold and the flu as cold symptoms come on slowly with fatigue, sneezing, cough and stuffy nose. Headache and fever are rare with a cold.”

White explained that pregnant women, children and adults over 65 are at the highest risk for complications from the flu as are those with certain chronic medical conditions. Anyone that has been diagnosed with the flu who develops shortness of breath, trouble breathing, chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, confusion or severe vomiting should seek medical attention immediately.

“There are ways to reduce your risk of getting the flu,” White said. “Encourage children to wash hands often and cover their cough. A flu shot is also good prevention for the flu. If you think your child may have the flu, seek medical attention to confirm the diagnosis. If they are diagnosed with flu, allow them to rest at home, drink plenty of fluids and avoid contact with others as much as possible. Doctors often prescribe anti-viral drugs to shorten the time the patient is sick.”

Students who have been diagnosed with the flu may return to school when they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without using any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. They also must be free from vomiting for two solid meals and free from diarrhea for at least 24 hours. White explained that children who have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and/or have a note from their doctor that they may return to school are permitted back into the classroom.

“We ask that parents adhere to these recommendations for several reasons,” White said. “We want to be sure children have returned to health and are ready to learn. We also want to try to minimize the spread of the flu as much as we can. Teachers are able to send work home for students to keep them from getting behind so that parents can keep a sick child home as long as necessary to get them well again.”


Banneker Holds Annual Science Fair

by Terry Rogers


Jaxon Moran with his balloon experiment

On Thursday, February 20, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School held their Annual Science Fair. All students in grades 1 through 5 are encouraged to participate in the Science Fair each year.

“We review the steps required and show students examples of previous year’s projects,” Bobbie Kilgore, Principal at Banneker, said. “Students are also shown prizes that will be awarded to encourage them to participate although the Science Fair is completely voluntary.”

Jaxon Moran created an experiment that was designed to determine whether a balloon filled with water would pop faster than a balloon filled with air. He proved his hypothesis that the balloon filled with cold water did not pop as fast as the balloon filled with air. Elizabeth Abbate performed her experiment on growing crystals. 

“I got a crystal growing kit for Christmas,” Abbate said. “When I was coming up with ideas for the Science Fair, I thought it would be a good idea to use the crystals. What I did was determine what formulas for growing crystals worked the best. My favorite is the big blue one because it really looks like a crystal.”

Elizabeth Abbate with her crystal experiment

Emma Barrows submitted an experience for the Science Fair, trying to prove if practice really did make perfect. She practiced her multiplication tables, playing basketball and playing a video game each day to determine if she got better at those three things.

“When I looked at the data, I saw that I improved at my multiplication tables the most with practice,” Barrows said. “Although it looks like my graph for the video game is going down, my time improved a lot as I practiced. I didn’t improve at basketball, but my Dad and my sister did. I think I proved my hypothesis that practice does make perfect. This was a lot of fun, but I really love science.”

According to Kilgore, the Science Fair gives students the opportunity to practice experiments that interest them. While the school conducts various experiments within the school day, they are structured and crafted for the students.

“The Science Fair allows students the chance to craft their own hypothesis about a topic that interests them and then to investigate to see if their hypothesis is correct or not,” Kilgore said. “Science Fair projects incorporate not just Science but Math and ELA skills as well. The students love it because they design and complete their investigations independently.”

Emma Barrows with her “practice makes perfect” exhibit

In first grade, Ava Popelas won first prize for her “Do You Think a Flower Can Change Color?” experiment. The second-place winner in first grade was Loralei Mensack whose experiment was “What is the Most Common Color of M&M?” Bridget Robison took third place for her “Growing Crystal” experiment.

Ella Clukey’s “Frozen Orbeez” experiment won first place in second grade. Emmalynn Green won second place for her experiment “Does the Temperature of a Tennis Ball Affect How High it bounces.” In third grade, “5 Second Rule:  Fact or Fiction,” created by Kaden Corson, took first place. Aiyana Newsome won second place for her “Candy Cane Experiment” and Shivan Patel won third place for his experiment called “Pop Pop.”

First place in fourth grade went to Kai Vezmar for his experiment “Rust,” second place to Saanvi Patel for an experiment titled “Which Band-Aid Sticks on the Longest,” and third place to Courtney Popelas for an experiment entitled “Do You Think an Egg can Bounce?”

“Don’t Drop the Ball,” an experiment by Sara Barrows & Emylee Bennett, took first place for fifth grade students. Aviana Shaw won second place for an experiment titled “Which Popcorn Pop’s The Best Without Burning?” and Rushi Patel took third place for “Minty Breath.”

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Skilled Trade Scholarships from Elks

Are your kids undecided about their future? Not planning to go to a four year college? Are they maybe interested in picking up a trade? How about becoming a chef. licensed practical nurse, mechanic, plumber, electrician, beautician or learning some other technical career? The Elks may be able to help fund his or her education. The Elks in Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC are funding $12,000 in scholarships for skilled trade training.

Applicants must be a high school graduates and have graduated between 2016 and 2020. They must be planning to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree for a technical or skill-based career, and be a US citizen.

Individuals that meet the criteria have the ability to be awarded one of the following scholarships. All scholarships are awarded for a total of two years.

One – $2,000 award for a male applicant
One – $2,000 award for a female applicant
Four – $1,000 awards for male applicants
Four – $1,000 awards for female applicants

Awards will be given directly to the school or program the applicant plans to attend and the monies can be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board if planning to stay on campus.

Applications are available online at: Scroll to the bottom of the page. Applications are due: April 15, 2020.

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Children’s Theater Presents Harry Potter Parody

The Children’s Theater at Milford’s Second Street Players starts 2020 with the second installment in the parody series based on the Harry Potter books. In Sally Cotter and the Prisoner of Ala Katraz, Sally Cotter is back, once again dreaming that she is a student at the bewitching Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. But this time she’s caught up in teenage drama as well as dealing with mysterious escaped convict Taurus Ford and battling her rival, Ursa Malaise, in the Gauntlet of Ire. Audiences will delight as she works to help her best friends, Dave and Harmonica, with their romantic woes, all while evading Murderdeath and his terrifying Demeaners. This loving parody will thrill fans and newcomers alike.

Performances of Sally Cotter and the Prisoner of Ala Katraz will be at the Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut Street in Milford on Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 with curtain at 7:00 p.m. for Friday and Saturday shows, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. All Children’s Theater tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for Friday’s show are pay-what you can/donations and $10 for adults/$5 for children on Saturday and Sunday. More information about the Children’s Theater is available at

This show is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowments of the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on