Licensed pilot and lifelong resident Samuel Brozina provides a personal look at his home city of Millville, New Jersey.
Located in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Garden State native and lifelong Millville resident Samuel Brozina, a licensed pilot and landscaping service foreman, offers a closer look at his home city.
“Millville was originally incorporated as a township in 1801, before being reincorporated as a city on March 1, 1866,” reveals Brozina, “based on the results of a referendum that was passed on the same day.”
The city, the Millville native and licensed pilot goes on to explain, derives its name from the surrounding area’s abundance of mills. Brozina recently went into detail about this while speaking of the city’s history.
“The city dates back to the late 1700s, when, recognizing the area’s potential, with plentiful woodland and near to the Maurice River, Revolutionary War veteran Captain Joseph Buck first sought to establish Millville in 1795,” Brozina explained last month. “Some five years later,” he goes on, “vacant lots went up for sale and the then-small village of Millville was organized as a township in 1801.”
Today, Millville is, Samuel Brozina says, perhaps best known for the New Jersey Motorsports Park, Levoy Theatre, and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, as well as for being home to the Southwind Vineyard & Winery and Glasstown Brewing Company.
Notable people from Millville, New Jersey, include horror fiction writer Julie Ann Dawson, Overkill guitarist Merritt Gant, professional football player Dwayne Hendricks, politician James R. Hurley, independent filmmaker and author Daniel D. Warwick, and Major League Baseball player, nicknamed ‘The Millville Meteor,’ Mike Trout, according to Brozina.
The city, he points out, has a generally pleasant humid subtropical climate. Bordering municipalities include Deerfield Township, Lawrence Township, Downe Township, Commercial Township, Maurice River Township, and Vineland City. “Millville enjoys excellent transport links to New York City, Philadelphia, and elsewhere,” notes licensed pilot Brozina of his home city, “including by boat, thanks to the Maurice River which runs through the heart of the city.”
Millville, NJ, under Mayor Michael Santiago, and Vice-Mayor W. James Parent, recently received a $125,000 Neighborhood Preservation Program grant, according to Samuel Brozina, to strengthen the economic vitality of Millville’s downtown district and Center City neighborhood.
Last year, he says, marked the first time in over a decade that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs had awarded Neighborhood Preservation Program grants. “It’s great to see Millville recognized by the state’s Department of Community Affairs in this way,” adds Brozina, wrapping up.