Middletown Life Fall/Winter 2021Aug 18, 2021 11:53AM ● By Tricia Hoadley
this issue of Middletown
Ken Mammarella writes about “a big deal on Industrial Drive”—
the arrival of WuXi STA, which is creating a massive pharmaceutical
manufacturing campus in Middletown. The business will create
approximately 479 jobs. Mammarella explores the state, county, and
local efforts that helped bring another large employer to the
This issue also features a story about the many benefits that the school district has seen as a result of the Appoqunimink’s Fairview campus, which will eventually have 3,800 students in four buildings and 13 grades.
We also bring you the story about how Andrew Kulp and Justin Lovuolo came to start JAKL Beer Works, a taproom that offers a variety of brews for everyone. JAKL Beer Works is a microbrewery for people who know what beers they like, but are also willing to expand their horizons. JAKL Beer Works opened in May, and is one of Middletown’s newest businesses.
Writer Richard L. Gaw documents the Historic Odessa Foundation's struggle to fight through the 2020 cancellation of one of its largest fundraiser events, in anticipation of the return of the Historic Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 11, 2021.
In our Middletown Q & A, we profile Melissa Marchione, who has transformed Sweet Melissa into one of the most successful businesses of its kind in Delaware.
Before Middletown was on its way to becoming the state’s fastest-growing town, it was home to a long-standing public festival, two revered private schools and the site where one of the most popular movies of the 1980s was filmed. Gene Pisasale writes about the aforementioned aspects of the town’s history and more.
The subject of the photo essay is Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Whether it is a corporate event, a bachelor party or just a group of friends and family looking for a fun night out, Stumpy’s Hatchet House has become the place where the joy of good company meets the thrill of nailing a bullseye.
We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we enjoyed working on them. We’re already planning the next issue of Middletown Life, which will arrive in the spring of 2022. If you have any suggestions for that issue, please reach out to us.