Millsboro event Sunday honors local soldier who died in Iraq
By Mark Fowser

The Concert for a Random Soldier is in its 11th year
A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues to honor the memory of a local soldier who died in Iraq in 2005.

The Concert for a Random Soldier is being held this Sunday at noon at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.

The 11th annual event presented by the Chad Clifton Foundation also includes a car show.

Numerous local bands will perform.

Food sales and T-shirt proceeds will benefit Guitars For Vets.



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Police: home invasion suspect stabbed by victim
By Mark Fowser

An investigation into a home invasion robbery in the Milford area has led to the arrest of a Wilmington man.

Delaware State Police said two masked men carrying handguns entered a home on Shawnee Road last Sunday night at about 9:45, and forced a woman and two children to lie on the floor.

The pair proceeded to enter a bedroom, where one of the suspects struck a man in the head with a gun, starting a fight.

The men made their way to the kitchen where, according to police, the victim grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed one of the intruders several times.

One of the suspects attempted to use his handgun, but it did not fire. The suspects fled with a backpack containing medication.

The suspect who was stabbed was dropped off at Milford Memorial Hospital where he was treated for more than half-a-dozen stab wounds to his body.

After he was released from the hospital, 29-year-old William R. Fowler of Wilmington was charged with home invasion, burglary, assault and other offenses.

Fowler was being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution.

Police are still looking for the second suspect in the home invasion crime.

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Delaware State Police released this account of the incident Friday night:

State Police detectives have arrested a Wilmington man in connection with a home invasion style robbery at a Milford area residence.



The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Sunday May 22, 2016 at a residence in the 6000 block of Shawnee Road when two male subjects entered the front door wearing masks and armed with handguns. The suspects confronted a 21-year-old female as she was walking down the hallway into the living room where a 9-year-old male and 3-year-old male were watching television. The suspects continued past the three victims after ordering them to the floor and entered a bedroom where a 36-year-old male was lying in bed, while a 30-year-old female was in a nearby bathroom. Upon entering the bedroom, one of the suspects struck the male in the head with a handgun, and a physical altercation ensued between the two. The 30-year-old female was able to run to the living room to be with her two children while the male victim continued to fight with the two subjects. At one point, the three men, including the victim, made their way into the living room and then the kitchen area where the male victim grabbed a butcher knife and began stabbing one of the robbers numerous times after the suspect’s gun failed to fire. The two suspects continued to fight with the male victim until they finally fled from the residence with a backpack containing the male victim’s prescribed medication.



The male victim sustained a laceration to his head and was treated at a local hospital for his injury. None of the other victims were injured in the incident.



Around 10:30 p.m., Bayhealth Milford Memorial contacted the Emergency Operation Center (9-1-1) about a male subject that was dropped off by a relative at the Emergency Room with multiple stab wounds. Milford Police Department and troopers responded to the hospital and made contact with Willie R. Fowler, 29 of Wilmington, who was being admitted due to the more than half dozen stab wounds to his upper torso.



The second suspect has not been identified at this time, but was described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’05”–5’10” tall, 150-175 lbs. No further physical or clothing description available. He was armed with an unknown type handgun.



Upon being released from the hospital, Tuesday May 24, 2016, Willie Fowler was charged with Home Invasion, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Burglary 1st, Assault 2nd, five counts of Reckless Endangering 1st, five counts of Aggravated Menacing, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd, Theft under $1500, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned at JP6 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $157,500.00 cash bond. No photo is available at this time.



If anyone has any information in reference to this incident or the identity of the second suspect, they are asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-752-3793. 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."



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Police look for Bridgeville sex offender
By Mark Fowser

Cordon D. Hayes
Delaware State Police are looking for a sex offender from Bridgeville.

Troopers said 29-year-old Cordon Hayes did not re-register his current address as required.

If you have seen Hayes or know where he is, you are asked to contact Delaware State Police or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

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Delaware State Police released these details Friday night:

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The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for a wanted sex offender after he failed to re-register his current address.



Investigators have obtained warrants for Cordon D. Hayes, 29 of Bridgeville. Hayes is a black male, 5'06” tall, 140 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.



The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit is asking anyone who may know the location of Cordon Hayes to call 302-672-5306. 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."





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The Latest: Busier Atlantic hurricane season predicted
By Associated Press


MIAMI (AP) - The Latest on U.S. government forecasters' outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's season outlook calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four "major" ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1.

The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure between Bermuda and the Bahamas has a high chance of brewing into something bigger Friday or Saturday. NOAA officials warned communities in Georgia and the Carolinas to monitor that disturbance.

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4:30 a.m.

The U.S. government is set to release its forecast for how many hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months.

It's an annual reminder from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that coastal living comes with significant risks.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but tropical weather got a head-start this year: Hurricane Alex made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure between Bermuda and the Bahamas could be brewing into something bigger Friday or Saturday.

The 2015 season was slightly below average with 11 named storms, including Hurricane Joaquin, which killed all 33 mariners aboard a cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas.





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AUDIO: NOAA & FEMA Give Information on Hurricane Season
By Robert Petree

Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 - 1:49pm

NOAA releases annual Hurricane Season Outlook
NOAA has released its annual Hurricane Season Outlook.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has the more...

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st.

16 storms may be named, with an Accumulated Cyclone Energy range of 65-140 percent of the median.

Thomas Scardino, the Technological Hazards Branch Chief for FEMA Region III explains a little about what you can do to be prepared in case of a Hurricane.

"Hurricane Season starts June 1st, so they should review the state of Delaware or the county evacuation plans, also go on the website of your local emergency management office and look at the information they provide."

According to the National Hurricane Center the averages are 12 named storms.

NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook: click here

FEMA preparedness tips: click here



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AUDIO: DNR Police ready for holiday weekend
By Jon Budler

DNR Officer Joel Brosius makes a compliance check on the Indian River (Photo: Jon Budler).
We've been stressing safe boating on Delaware 105.9 all week. With the holiday weekend here, Natural Resource Police are out and about to ensure everyone is safe.

Jon Budler was out with some officers on patrol this morning (FRIDAY). He has this report.

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As droves of vehicles make their way down state, Natural Resource Police are keeping an eye on a different kind of traffic...

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Boat traffic will be just as busy. Officer Joel Brosius is one of many enforcers out on the waters this weekend. He says boaters should be aware of the wakes they cause.

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"If you see a small duck boat, or a little john boat or row boat or something like that, the wake you throw is your (responsibility). If you cause a boat to capsize because you threw a huge wake, you are going to be held responsible for it."

Boaters should be aware of all state regulations, with emphasis on personal flotation devices.

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"Anyone 12 or younger has to have their life jackets on while they're out here. We recommend any adult to have their PFD on."

Regulations are always just a click away on DNREC's website.





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AUDIO: Rehoboth Beach Police ready for summer crowds
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 - 6:12pm

The Police Chief of Rehoboth Beach discusses summertime enforcement, crime trends and more
Rehoboth Beach wants to make sure when you come on vacation, you don't leave on probation.

Police Chief Keith Banks tells Delaware1059's Jake Smith that resort police officers are dealing with a stubborn frequency of DUI's, but significant crimes are few and far between...

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"Drinking and driving, that seems to be going up for us each year, and we're not sure why," Banks said. "We're very proud of Rehoboth Beach because we're known for our clean, safe and friendly area. We don't have a lot of serious crimes that the bigger cities do."

Also, parking meters are now in effect in Rehoboth through the second Sunday after Labor Day, and a parking permit is required this summer in non-metered areas of the City.

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Judge rejects appeal from death row inmate in police killing
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer died in the line of duty in September, 2009
A judge has rejected the post-conviction appeal of a killer sentenced to death for shooting a Georgetown police officer.

Derrick Powell was convicted of the 2009 killing of police officer Chad Spicer, who was shot after a vehicle pursuit stemming from a botched drug robbery.

In his appeal, Powell claimed among other things that his public defenders were ineffective, that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to the defense, that prison officials harassed him and interfered with access to his lawyers, and that he is the victim of a racist court system.

In an exhaustive, 178-page opinion issued this week, the judge who presided over Powell's trial said his claims on appeal had no merit.

Powell's conviction and death sentence were previously upheld by the Delaware Supreme Court.





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Verizon, unions reach deal in principle
By Associated Press

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

About 39,000 Verizon Communications Inc. landline and cable employees in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since April. They had been working without a contract since last August.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the agreement is being written now and will be submitted for approval from union members of Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.



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Officials Say Delaware Campgrounds Booked for the Weekend
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:44am

If you're thinking of camping or getting a cabin or cottage at one of Delaware's state parks this weekend, officials say you can forget about it.

State parks officials say every campsite, cabin and cottage statewide has been booked solid for the holiday weekend.

On the other hand, campers can go online now to make reservations for other popular holidays, including July 4, Labor Day and Halloween weekends, before bookings for those times are full.

Meanwhile, officials are expecting another busy year at Delaware's state campgrounds after a record-setting 2015.

Officials recorded 86,200 camping nights last year, a 19 percent increase over 2014. Parks officials say the newly renovated North Inlet campground at Delaware Seashore State Park played a big role in the record-setting total of camping reservations.

Several of the Delaware State Park campgrounds have seen improvements over the past two years:

· Killens Pond -- New fire pits for the cabins and 50-amp electrical service for campsites have been added, and the largest waterpark renovation in the history of the facility is underway.

· Cape Henlopen – Two new bathroom facilities and six cabins have been added. This winter, electric service will be added to campsites.

· Lums Pond – A $5 million-plus renovation to add full hookup sites and new bathrooms is underway. Reservations can be made now for the opening, expected in mid-June.

· Delaware Seashore – The North Inlet campground has opened with full hook-up sites, new bathroom and laundry facilities, a playground, and a promenade walkway that allows access to both sides of Indian River Bridge.

· Trap Pond – The Trap Pond Partners originated a free borrow-a-bike program.





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Man arrested on weapons charges following Dover traffic stop
By Mark Fowser

Kevin Wayman Jr.
A traffic stop in Dover led to the arrest of a man on weapons charges Thursday afternoon.

Dover Police said an officer stopped 29-year-old Kevin Wayman Junior on Cherry Street.

According to police, officers discovered a 9-millimeter handgun and ammunition in the vehicle.

Wayman was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person prohibited, and violation of probation.

Wayman was being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.



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AUDIO: Video- in weekly address, Gov. Markell discusses expansion of language immersion in schools
By Mark Fowser



Delaware plans to grow its language immersion program, in which elementary school students spent part of their day learning another language.

In his weekly address, Governor Markell says it all started four years ago with a few hundred students in kindergarten, learning half of their coursework in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese...

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"Next year we’ll grow from 2100 to nearly 3,000 students. We’ll reach three new kindergartens, meaning nearly ten percent of Delaware kindergarten students will participate," Markell said.



Students will also keep learning in subject areas such as science and social studies in their immersion languages once they reach middle school years.



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Laurel man faces 11 years in prison following plea to burglary, theft
By Mark Fowser

A Laurel man is going to prison for eleven years for a Millsboro burglary in which prosecutors say he stole more than $10,000 worth of guns, televisions and jewelry.

The Delaware Attorney General's Office says 32-year-old Andrew Moore will also be subject to probation and a treatment program after his sentence is completed.

Moore pleaded guilty in March to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, burglary, and theft of a firearm.

Prosecutors also say Moore broke into the home's shed and stole a four-wheeled ATV.



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Beach Wheelchairs Available Starting Saturday
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:08am

Beach wheelchairs will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Saturday through September 25th.
Great news for disabled people who want to go to the beach.

Beach wheelchairs will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Saturday through September 25th.

The beach wheelchair program is operated under the supervision of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol.

If you are in need of a beach wheelchair, call the Beach Wheelchair Supervisor at Beach Patrol Headquarters at 227-2280 or at the storage sheds located on the beach at Maryland Avenue and Laurel Street, to accommodate your needs.

Beach wheelchairs must remain within two blocks of the pick-up location and may NOT be used on the boardwalk.

Wheelchairs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need to provide your name and cell phone number when checking out a beach wheelchair.





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Ahoy! Bowers Beach celebrates approach of summer with Buccaneer Bash
By Mark Fowser

The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum presents the 2016 Buccaneer Bash this weekend
A traditional pirate - theme weekend helps Kent County celebrate the approach of summer and the area's maritime heritage.

The Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash is underway and will continue through Sunday.

Events include a noon parade Saturday and a kids' costume contest.

The Buccaneer Bash is hosted by the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum.

Find out more from the event's Facebook page: click here



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Police: man tried to rob two men at gunpoint in motel room
By Mark Fowser

Kevin Parker
A Salisbury man is charged with threatening two people with an assault-style rifle in a room at the Days Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard.

Salisbury Police say 31-year-old Kevin Parker Junior was arrested in the parking lot late Thursday night.

According to police, the two alleged victims claim Parker threatened them with a rifle and demanded money, but they refused to give him any cash and the suspect fled from the room.

Parker was found in a vehicle, and a search of the vehicle turned up a loaded "assault style" rifle.

Parker is charged with burglary, use of a weapon during commission of a felony, false imprisonment, assault, and reckless endangerment.



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Senator Carper Has Busy Memorial Day Weekend Schedule
By Kelli Steele

This Memorial Day weekend, Delaware Senator Tom Carper will participate in the following events in Delaware.

Sen. Carper will go “Behind the Bar” at Dover’s Starbucks Military Family. Starbucks Military Family Stores connect and support Dover Air Force Base and veterans’ service organizations. This location has 23 employees, nearly all of which are directly military related. Sen. Carper will meet employees and go behind the bar and serve drinks.

Time: Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Starbucks, 1001 N. DuPont Highway, Dover

Sen. Carper will attend the Air Force ROTC Detachment 128 Commissioning Ceremony at the University of Delaware. He will speak to approximately 80 people including cadets, family and the commissioning class.

Time: Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Daugherty Hall, Trabant University Center, 213 Trabant University Center, Newark

Sen. Carper will speak at The Hospitality School’s 14th Culinary Arts Training Class Graduation. The Hospitality School’s mission is to educate, empower and employ individuals in need of specialized training in the hospitality industry for students to achieve self-sufficiency for a successful life.

Time: Friday, May 27, 2016, 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: DHSS’ Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. Du Pont Highway, New Castle

Sen. Carper will honor Newark resident Steve Llanso at the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs’ Bridge Ceremony. Llanso wrote a letter to the editor in the News Journal in 2012 which spurred the naming of the USS Delaware, a Virginia-class submarine that honors all Delaware veterans.

Time: Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran’s Memorial Park, Cherry Lane, New Castle

Sen. Carper will attend the dedication of the Reserve Center in memory of Major Joseph “Beau” Biden III. The 106,000-square-foot reserve center adjacent to the New Castle County Airport houses the Army and Air National Guard as well as the local U.S. Navy Reserve.

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: 250 Airport Road, New Castle



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DNREC Mosquito Control Urges Citizens to Partner with State to Keep Mosquito Populations Down
By Robert Petree

DNREC urges citizens to combat against mosquitos
The American Mosquito Control Association has declared June 24-30 as the 16th Annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

This has prompted Delaware's Mosquito Control Section to encourage all Delawareans to take precautions to avoid and reduce mosquito bites, as well as destroying their back yard breeding habitat.

Mosquitos breed in tarps, flower pots, non-functioning swimming pools, rain gutters, as well as anything that can collect water.

Mosquitos do not fly more than several hundred yards from where they are born.

From spring to fall each year, Delaware Mosquito Control issues statewide aerial spraying and ground fogging to help control the mosquito population.



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New Castle County May Fine for Harboring Mosquitoes
By The Associated Press

New Castle County property owners could be fined for having standing water because of mosquito concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal of Wilmington reports that the New Castle County Council is considering giving the government the ability to penalize property owners $50 for having a mosquito-breeding habitat in their yards.

If the legislation passes, standing water in artificial containers such as old tires, buckets, fountains, bird baths and flower pots would have to be regularly emptied of water.

Tackett said the legislation is partially being motivated by recent national headlines about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Most people who contract the virus have either mild or no symptoms, but it is suspected of causing miscarriages and serious birth defects.

Three Delaware residents have contracted the virus outside the United States.





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NJ Gov. Christie says he will sign Atlantic City rescue package
By Associated Press

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he is set to sign a package of bills to keep Atlantic City from running out of cash.

Christie said that he will sign the bills Friday after they were approved by lawmakers on Thursday following a drawn-out political fight.

The bills approved Thursday give the city's government up to five months to devise a plan to balance its budget.

Christie says that means Atlantic City has until Oct. 24 "to get their act together." He says the state will come in to "do what needs to be done" if the city doesn't deliver.





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What You Should Know and Do if You Encounter an Abandoned Fawn
By Robert Petree

DNREC cautions public of abandoned fawns
Thousands of white-tailed deer will be born in the next few weeks, and DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife cautions the public of fawns that will be abandoned.

Most fawns are born during the last week of May through through the first week of June.

Do NOT remove the fawn from the wild, if it appears to be alone the mother is probably close by.

Not only is removing a fawn from it's habitat not in the animals best interest, it is illegal in the state of Delaware to possess or attempt to rehabilitate a live white tailed deer. The offense is punishable of up to a $250 fine.

For more information about fawns or Delaware's white-tailed deer, please call Joe Rogerson at 735-3600.



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13th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival Set for This Weekend
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:09am

The 13th Annual Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival is set for Milton Memorial Day Weekend.
The 13th Annual Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival is set for Milton this Memorial Day Weekend.

The family friendly, eco-friendly festival scheduled for today (Friday) and Saturday, will stretch from Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to the Historic center of the town of Milton.

The focus of the festival will be on our natural bounty and wildlife, the resources found in our area and the hope of awakening and strengthening our appreciation of our environment.

For more information about activities during the two-day event, log on to historicmilton.com/events.



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Kids Fest Underscores Healthy Living, June 4 in Milford
By Kelli Steele

The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be celebrating National "Get Outdoors Day" next month.
The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be celebrating National "Get Outdoors Day" next month.

The event will be held at the Milford Club on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This will be the fourth year that the Milford Club hosts the event as the organization expects hundreds of families to attend.

“Kids Fest is a fantastic event for the families in this community. It is a chance for them to come out for a day of fun activities, games and rides, music and food, all while supporting a fantastic community organization which is The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club of Milford,” said event organizer Ashley Reynolds and owner of Make My Day Event Planning & More.“Families get to spend time with one another for the day and they have the chance to interact with other children and families in the community.”

Live entertainment on the main stage will include local bands, 3C North and Lincoln City. Throughout the day, there will be plenty of action in the form of moon bounces, rides, games and crafts to engage minds and bodies in a healthy outdoor experience.

“The families get a chance to spend time with one another and learn more about local organizations, sports and activities, and businesses that are in the surrounding community that might ultimately be helpful for their family,” said Reynolds. “Our ultimate goal is to create awareness and raise funds to support the Boys & Girls Club of Milford and all that they offer the children in the community, but it is also extremely important to us for families to come out and have a great day of family fun that they will always remember.” Continuing to grow each year, Kids Fest enjoys support from many local businesses including the presenting sponsors Bayhealth Medical Center, Richard Y. Johnson & Son, Inc., Walmart, Coastal Tents & Events and Make My Day Event Planning & More.

One of two large annual fundraising events for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, Kids Fest will generate annual operating support from individuals and businesses that will enable Club staff to continue to provide quality program services to over 200 area youth on a daily basis. Programs at the Club are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens. Funds raised by the specific event will be matched 100% by the Delaware Boys & Girls Club organization.

Celebrating seven years in their new location this past January, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has increased its efforts to establish the Milford Club as a community center in the Greater Milford Area. In addition to serving school-aged children, the Club has recently expanded its facility and services to include a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center is also home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. These community services are made available to Greater Milford Area residents year-round through support from fundraising events including Kids Fest.



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