Millsboro council whips through myriad issues
The Millsboro Town Council, on Monday, Oct. 7, approved the 2019 Whiskers for Wishes Campaign.
Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his monthly report to the town council, announced that officers, as well as town government employees, may participate by growing beards — not usually permitted under police department regulations, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 31.
Those who grow beards, and others who want to be involved, will donate $20 per month. The money will be used to buy Christmas gifts for less fortunate children.
Donations totaled $5,556 last year — significantly more than the $1,535 raised in 2016 and $3,070 raised in 2017.
Children 12 or younger may go trick-or-treating in Millsboro on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Children are also welcome to attend the annual Halloween event sponsored by the police department, in the town hall parking lot, also from 6 to 8 p.m. that day.
“This is a safe place for people to meet and interact with police officers and be involved in our town during Halloween,” Calloway said.
“We give out candy to the children. Last year, we had a couple business partners there. Chick-fil-A was there. State Farm was there. We have a couple vehicles on display. We have the antique police car. The fire department was there. Halloween is already going on at that time, so kids are welcome to visit us,” the chief said.
Police department grant
The Millsboro Town Council approved a request from Calloway to allocate $5,894 from a State Aid to Local Law Enforcement (SALLE) Grant.
He received approval to spend $1,492 for a laptop computer for patrol, $413 for a pocket jet printer and $3,989 for a Motorola portable radio and carrying case.
Calloway said the police department also received a grant for $4,495 through the Emergency Illegal Drug Enforcement Program. He received approved to use the money for bicycle patrol and drug-interdiction patrols.
Coffee with a Cop
On Oct. 2, the Millsboro Police Department hosted the second annual Coffee with a Cop at the new Starbucks.
Calloway pronounced it successful, saying citizens attended, talked to officers and asked questions.
Small Business Saturday
The Millsboro Town Council approved a proclamation designating Nov. 30 Small Business Saturday in Millsboro. Mayor Michelle Truitt signed the proclamation.
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Always the last Saturday in November, it falls between Nov. 24 and 30 each year.
Christmas parade, tree-lighting
The 2019 Millsboro Christmas Celebration is set for Saturday, Dec. 7.
The parade will start at 5 p.m. and feature the Sussex Technical High School Raven Nation Marching Band.
Rob Petree will be master of ceremonies.
After the parade, the annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held at the Millsboro Town Center.
To participate in the parade, e-mail to email@example.com. There is no charge to be in the parade.
Citizens’ Police Academy
Calloway said he is pleased that 27 people registered for the MPD’s Citizens’ Police Academy.
Classes begin on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. and will offer a look into what it’s like to be a police officer in a small town.
There will be tours of the Delaware State Police Academy, Sussex Correctional Institution and other offices.
By Susan Canfora