Members of Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) joined together on Thursday, November 7 to celebrate successes over the last year at their Annual General Membership meeting. In addition to honoring local businessmen and board members, DMI also chose new officers for the upcoming year.
Downtown Milford Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes quality development of the traditional central business district of Milford, Delaware. In 2008, DMI was recognized as Delaware’s eight Main Street program and received national Main Street accreditation in 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, DMI has worked with their all-volunteer membership to promote economic development, business support, revitalization and promotion of events in the downtown area.
President of Downtown Milford Inc., Irv Ambrose opened the meeting and presented three awards to individuals as they were recognized for their efforts to rejuvenate downtown Milford. The first award of the evening for Outstanding Property Owner was presented to Dennis Silicato for the remodeling of the downtown shopping center that currently holds Arena’s Deli & Bar and Delaware Fitness. As President of Silicato Development, Dennis Silicato has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and development. In downtown Milford his business, Silicato Development, owns and manages three properties including the buildings that host engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel and the Milford Skating Center.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” stated Silicato. “I have been in this community for a long time and I feel you have to give back to the community. The things that I have done could not have been done without the support of the City of Milford and the individuals in this town.”
Two additional awards were given to DMI board members that are stepping down from their role due to six-year term limits. Scott Angelucci and Dan Marabello received awards for their dedication and service to the organization and the downtown Milford area. Among one of their many roles as board members, Angelucci served as President of Downtown Milford Inc. and Marabello served as Treasurer.
New officers were voted on and accepted at the General Meeting which also served as a Board of Directors Meeting. The new slate of officers include SaraKate Hammer as President, Irvin Ambrose as Vice President, Nancy Benson as Secretary and Dan Marabello as Treasurer. Newly elected President SaraKate Hammer has been a critical member of the DMI organization in recent years and spearheaded the effort that facilitated the successful Eat In The Street event this past September.
“In my new role as the President of the Board of Directors for Downtown Milford, Inc. I have an eye on the future of Milford, my hometown,” commented Hammer. We have an extraordinary group of volunteers who work tirelessly year round to make the downtown a better place to live, work and play. Keeping pace with Mr. Ambrose, the past-president, I hope to continue to lead the organization in welcoming new businesses and development downtown, while also helping to continue our great events like the Bug and Bud Festival and the Eat in the Street for years to come. I think the downtown is a reflection of the pride we have in our community and I want to be a part of keeping it bright and welcoming.”
Lisa Fitzgerald, Pat Sparks and Walt Hepford were also recognized as members to the Downtown Milford Inc. Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Downtown Milford Inc.’s next event is the Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 6 from 5-8 pm. During the Holiday Stroll Walnut Street will be closed to vehicle traffic as music, free horse drawn carriage ride, and family entertainment accompany the downtown businesses which will each offer holiday specials. For more information about DMI, individuals are encouraged to visit http://downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180.