The Chronicle to host Milford City Manager Eric Norenberg during Third Thursday

Downtown Milford, Inc.’s Third Thursday will feature a new addition this month as Milford City Manager Eric Norenberg visits The Chronicle to hear from residents and business owners.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mr. Norenberg will be available at the newspaper’s office located at 37 N. Walnut Street specifically to answer questions and listen to concerns.

“The idea for Eric coming to our office came out of a conversation with him. He wanted a chance to meet city residents in an informal way, and I thought, well, the newspaper office would be a perfect venue.

“We are right downtown, after all, and an important part of our mission is to facilitate open discussion and to provide citizens with information they need to make rational decisions about public questions and issues,” Publisher Darel La Prade explained.

Mr. Norenberg said he is “. . . interested in hearing what’s on the minds of residents. I may not have all of the answers, but I will be happy follow up with residents in a few days after I get the answer.”

The opportunity, they add, will be used to discover more about what residents would like to discuss in the future.

“We hope Eric’s coming to The Chronicle’s office will be the first of many local officials who will agree to stop by for an hour or so every Third Thursday to talk with the public. We are working now on a number of invites for future weeks, but of course it all depends on whether people stop in and take advantage of the opportunity,” Mr. La Prade said.

Other activities will be found throughout the downtown area during Third Thursday along with special discounts at local shops for those with a “Shop Early, Shop Late, Shop Local” button.

To name a few happenings in downtown Milford Thursday, April 18:

Gallery 37: A Destination for Artful Living will host Delaware State Parks Marketing Director Abby Shepard for a photography show and reception from 5-8 p.m. that night as she exhibits work from around the Delaware area.

Live music will be found at Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop from Gregory Makosky from 5-6 p.m. They will have specials for the perfect Easter basket fillers, also.

At 7 p.m., the Milford Century Club will be open as Milford Museum Executive Director Claudia Leister and Vinyard Shipyard Co-owner Joan Lofland show off “latern slides” from some of Milford’s earliest scenes. The interactive presentation is free to attend.

For more information about the Chat with City Manager Eric Norenberg event at The Chronicle’s office, call 302-422-1200 or e-mail dlaprade@newszap.com.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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