Town of Selbyville, Delaware
Town council meetings:
Town Council 2013-2014:
Non-emergency police contact:
Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home rang in the new year early, with a rebranding ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, to commemorate its new name. Family and friends joined new owner W. Bryan Bishop Jr., along with Selbyville Mayor Clifton C. Murray, and State Rep. Ron Gray in celebrating the rebranding.
Selbyville Town Council’s meeting was short and to the point on a chilly Monday, Jan. 4.
• Selbyville’s new emergency notification service is off to a good start. CodeRED alerts were sent to businesses on Route 113 and Church Street regarding a string of burglaries, said Police Chief W. Scott Collins.
Candidates may now register to run in the Selbyville town council election for 2016.
Two seats will be up for election — those currently held by Richard “Rick” Duncan Sr. and Jay Murray. Each position carries a two-year term.
New CodeRED system takes only minutes to register
If the Town of Selbyville has an emergency, thousands of people could know in a matter of minutes, now that Selbyville has registered for the CodeRED emergency notification system.
Lower-income families who need home repairs can apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
“We do housing rehab, some infrastructure sometimes, … demolition of places beyond repair,” Mike Jones told the Selbyville Town Council on Dec. 7.
He represents Community Development Housing Office of Sussex County, which applies for federal HUD money on an annual, competitive basis.
It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.
Public safety is a growing issue, as Selbyville Police Department reported to Selbyville Town Council on Nov. 2.
Delaware State Police will lead a neighborhood watch interest meeting Monday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Selbyville Public Library.
“They’re hitting all the public libraries in the county to get neighborhood watches in the unincorporated areas,” Collins said.
A young Selbyville actress is starting her career with some of the best. At 9, Jillian Lebling has made her feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” released Oct. 16 and starring Tom Hanks.
In the film set in the fearfully uncertain Cold War era, Tom Hanks plays a Brooklyn insurance lawyer asked to defend a Soviet spy in court. Later, he must negotiate the trade for an American pilot.
Lebling plays Peggy Donovan, the youngest child of the characters played by Hanks and Amy Ryan. The historical drama thriller also features Alan Alda and Mark Rylance.
The live-action film is based on a true story from the late 1950s, dramatized in a script by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The eponymous bridge refers to Germany’s Glienicke Bridge, where the 1962 trade took place.
When Lebling got the job, she was stunned. But that’s because she was tricked into thinking it was a regular callback.
“I thought this was all a callback. But it wasn’t,” said Lebling in a YouTube video she posted later. She was just reading lines cold from the cue cards. “It said, ‘I booked it.’ I was like, ‘I booked it? I booked it?’ I was totally in shock.
At a meeting between the Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville mid-week, organizers decided to cancel the Selbyville Halloween Parade scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, due to the likelihood of intermittent rain, fairly high winds and possible thunderstorms.
Continuing a more than 60-year tradition in Selbyville, the annual Lions Club Halloween parade will be held Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is jointly sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville.
Once again the parade will extend the full length of Church Street — from Town Hall to the viewing stand in front of the PNC Bank. However, the costumed children will continue to meet in the Salem Methodist Church parking lot and will only march from there to the PNC Bank. All participants in the parade, with the exception of the children, are being asked to register and receive parade placement assignments at the registration desk at the corner of Dukes and Main Street, behind the PNC Bank, by 6 p.m.
While the primary thrust of this year’s parade is — as it has been in the past — children, costumes, bands and fun, the Lions Club has again chosen the theme of “Sight Night” for the annual event. Lions Clubs worldwide are known for their sight and vision work — whether it be providing glasses for those in need, administering a vision screening test for children to detect childhood vision disorders or raising funds to support vision research. Lions also address other sight issues — including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal transplants, river blindness and trachoma.
At this year’s parade, members of the Indian River High School Leo Club — a Lions Club-sponsored service organization that also emphasizes community service — will be collecting used eyeglasses. The eyeglasses are ultimately distributed to those in need in developing countries.
When an emergency strikes a town, from severe weather to a burst water main, town hall needs to contact residents in a timely manner. But what is the best system to do that?
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
It’s easy for drivers to speed when they don’t think they’ll be caught. That perception seems to persist on Selbyville’s Gumboro Road, where residents are worried about speeding.
Just west of Route 113, cars and tractor trailers are picking up speed on the residential 25 mph road, residents told the Selbyville Town Council on Sept. 8.
Mountaire Farms may be facing a lawsuit in the coming months, following the receipt of a “Notice of Intent to Sue” from Food & Water Watch.
A nonprofit organization, Food & Water Watch stated in the Aug. 6 letter that they are prepared to file suit if the company continues to violate the Clean Water Act at its Selbyville poultry processing facility.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office announced on Aug. 4 that the July 27 blaze that gutted Pomeroy’s Tavern was arson.
The Selbyville bar and package store has stood for 90 years near the state line on North Dupont Boulevard, built just after Route 113 was laid.
As the law-enforcement agency for all fires, Fire Marshal’s Office investigators have since determined that the blaze was intentionally started. A criminal investigation is ongoing to identify and apprehend those responsible for the fire, officials said.
Lynn Pomeroy tried to be positive as he surveyed the charred remains of his family’s business. But that was a challenge after a devastating fire swept through Pomeroy’s Tavern and package store on Monday, June 27.
The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company got the call at 5 a.m., responding with three other companies, plus another six secondary stations and five on standby, said Fire Chief Matthew Sliwa.
Opened in 1924, Pomeroy’s celebrated 90 years of business last September.
“I’m in shock night now. I spent every Christmas … in front of that fireplace,” Pomeroy said, pointing to the charred remains of the fireplace his grandfather had built. “When I was born in Salisbury, this is the first place I stopped when I came home. … It was a very magical place for me.”
The good news was that no one was injured. But the tragedy was that the Wolfenbarger family lost everything else when their brand new home burned down on Thursday, July 16.
Two separate salvage companies have determined that none of their belongings was salvageable. The items that were lost were once special to Jeff and Kim Wolfenbarger and their teenage daughter, Isabel.
Selbyville’s new town administrator is no stranger to the townspeople, or to the Town’s rules. Michael “Mike” Deal is coming off of nine years in Selbyville code enforcement to become town administrator.
He took on the role full-time on June 19, after a few weeks as interim administrator.
He’s already familiar with the way locals think. Now he’s learning how to run the Town. That means attending grant seminars and meeting with legislative leaders, so he can represent the Town of Selbyville and its interests at a higher level.
Deal said he aims to “to carry on with the traditions the town likes … this small-town America presence,” which also drew Deal to a place so like his own childhood home.
Selbyville Police W. Scott Collins reported on Friday, July 17, that officers in his department had arrested a 16-year-old Selbyville boy after reports he had threatened people with a handgun in the area of Ellis Alley and Church Street about 5:15 p.m.
Boil-water alert dropped after test shows no contamination
Selbyville residents were instructed to boil their tap water for about 48 hours this week to prevent possible transmission of E coli.
On Tuesday, July 14, the Selbyville Water Department alerted residents that a broken water main could cause E coli to contaminate the water supply.
Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Mitchell, 19, has been involved in pageants since the age of 6.
“I’ve been watching the Miss Delaware pageant since I was 6 years old. I’ve grown close to the organization and have competed in the Outstanding Teen organization, as well, which is the little-sister program to Miss America,” said Mitchell.
“I pretty much had grown up with the organization. It’s a big family, so I knew most of the girls. When I was younger, all of the Miss Delawares were my role models, so I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”
According to its website, the focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to “make scholarships available to the state’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Over the 13 years Mitchell has been competing in pageants, she said, she’s been able to make life-long friends.
“It really is just a sisterhood. There isn’t cattiness backstage, which is a good thing. I think people think that a lot, which is so not true.
Water main break poses E. coli risk
Selbyville water customers are being instructed to boil their tap water to prevent E coli. On Tuesday, July 14, the Selbyville Water Department alerted residents that a broken water main could cause E coli to contaminate the water supply.
For perhaps the first time since 2008, Robert “Bob” Dickerson sat in the audience of a Selbyville Town Council meeting. The newly retired town administrator still got to speak on July 6, though, as he accepted a tribute from the Delaware House of Representatives.
State Reps. Ron Gray (R-38th) and Rich Collins (R-41th) shook his hand and spoke of the support Dickerson has given over the years.
“I appreciate your service,” Collins said. “To my mind, this is a very well-run town, and you were a big part of that.”
The certificate honored “this outstanding individual for his many years of dedicated service to the Town of Selbyville.”
“We’re gonna miss him bad,” Mayor Clifton Murray said.
“It’s been a pleasure,” Dickerson said.
Meanwhile, residents and council welcomed Mike Deal as the new town administrator. Selbyville has received 13 applications to fill Deal’s former position of code enforcement officer.
To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to celebrate the country’s independence from Great Britain with family and friends.
In the local community, there is no shortage of celebration — from family barbecues and picnics on the beach, to parades and fireworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
South Bethany to hold holiday weekend fun
South Bethany is heating up for the holiday weekend, from a boat parade to movie night.
Pedestrian Safety Day comes to South Bethany on Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will distribute safety information and demonstrate best practices, to encourage bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to share the street, on the corner of Henlopen Drive and Route 1.