Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Various Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of December

Town office:

  • 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939 (302) 732-3777

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Brian Baull, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, VIce-Mayor
  • Theresa Ulrich, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Patrick Miller
  • William Chandler

Town Administrator:

  • Cynthia Brought

Town Clerk:

  • Megan Thorp

Code Enforcement:

  • Cynthia Brought

Water Department Supervisor:

  • Cynthia Brought

Maintenance:

  • Bob Flowers

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Scott Crater

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Staff Sergeant
  • Tyler Bare, Patrolman
  • James Jones, Patrolman

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Witsil

Town Planner:

  • Kyle Gulbronson, AECOM

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

Botanical gardens sponsoring native plants presentation Oct. 19

Gregg Tepper will present “The Sensory Appeal of Native Plants” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by the Southern Delaware Botanical Gardens.

County discusses botanic gardens, height restrictions

The Sussex County Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to approve the conditional use of 36.99 acres of land in an AR-1 agricultural-residential district for use as botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater, nature center and parking, with councilman Sam Wilson opposed.

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

Public comments period ends Oct. 4

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through southern Sussex County.

Memories of Clayton Theatre shared in new book

“I was 12 years old when the Clayton opened for its very first movie, ‘One Touch of Venus,’ in 1949. I believe I rode my bike there from my home on Clayton Street,” recalled Joe Kollock Jr. “The Clayton Theatre was new and modern, with bright light bulbs under the marquee. It was so bright. For little old Dagsboro, getting a movie theater was a big deal.”

Dagsboro considers water tower maintenance, IRHS marquee

The Dagsboro Town Council met on Monday, Sept. 23, and discussed issues ranging from an electronic marquee proposed by the Indian River High School alumni committee to a water-tower maintenance program pitch from an outside company.

Botanic garden application recommended for approval

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Sept. 12 to recommend that an application from Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens Inc., for “flagship” botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater, nature center and parking, be approved as a conditional use.

American Legion luncheon to benefit Puppy Rescue Mission

Dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” and that sentiment has led to the Puppy Rescue Mission to help bring home dogs adopted by American military troops overseas. American Legion Auxiliary Post 24 will support that mission in the most delicious way possible this weekend, with an all-American lunch buffet on Sunday, Sept. 22, at their Dagsboro location.

Beach Uniques offers one-of-a-kind recycled goods

The town of Dagsboro holds a lot of history, which is also true of one of the town’s newest shops, Beach Uniques.

Dagsboro water loss reduced, meeting with Millsboro officials planned

Dagsboro finally has some good news about town water: they’re paying much less for it. Moreover, that’s water they possibly never used.

Classic movie nights returning to Clayton Theatre

Next Monday, Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre will resume its Clayton Classics, showing classic films on Monday nights at 7 p.m. for a mere $4, as well as a new matinee offering mid-week.

Local crafter's work selected as gifts for Israeli dignitaries

It’s not every day that one’s artwork is given to the president or king of another country as a gift, but that’s just what happened recently for Clarksville resident Kim Frey — and it wasn’t the first time.

Bennett Orchards offering fruits of sixth generation of farmers

For many locals and visitors, it’s not truly summer at the beach unless they’ve headed out to Bennett Orchards to pick their own peaches straight from the tree.

Children welcome to free church day camp

Kids can stay busy for at least one week this summer as Community Lutheran Church in Frankford offers a free day camp from Monday to Friday, July 29 to Aug. 2. Spots are still available.

Gajdos family returns home

On July 10, after 140 days of hospitalization, Adley Paige Gajdos was finally able to come home to Frankford with her parents.

Age doesn't hold back Old Tymer Softball

There’s always a ball game in Dagsboro if you know where to look. Follow the winding dirt road behind Dagsboro Church of God, and you’ll find the oldest softball league in the area — or at least, the oldest players.

Grief Share support group to kick off with June 30 introduction

According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author of the book “On Death and Dying,” there is a series of emotional stages a person will go through when dealing with impending death or loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Anyone who has ever lost someone might agree — and possibly add some. And though no two people grieve in the same way, it often helps just to know that someone else has experienced something similar and lived to talk about it.

Route 26 lane closures extended to June 30

A ‘ballet’ of work to begin in October

The end is near for Route 26 lane closures, but further away than was planned and many had hoped. The Delaware Department of Transportation has now given utilities and road crews permission to continue closing lanes on Atlantic Avenue until June 30. The original end date for the work was May 15.

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

Exactly six months after Hurricane Sandy scrubbed the East Coast, replacing basements and roadways with floodwater and debris, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to rebuild Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline.

Jayne's Reliable to hold Meet the Artist with Arlene Bailor

It’s easy to find a gem when visiting Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro — from stained glass to repurposed cabinets, local honey to homemade soap, blown glass and everything in between.

An Evening at the Clayton to feature 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

These days, it’s rare the one gets the chance to see Audrey Hepburn on the big screen. But, this Sunday, local movie buffs will be able to do just that.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

Local first-responders honored at annual Valor Awards

They perform CPR. They investigate rape cases. They use kayaks to check on residents during hurricanes and floods. They also write grants and keep up with administrative needs, cover shifts, and go above and beyond their call of duty.

St. Patrick's Beef & Brew to benefit Clayton Theatre

Since film industry announced that it would no longer be offering film prints and would be changing over to only digital media by the end of 2012, owners and supporters of Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre have been working hard to raise the approximate $100,000 to convert to the new technology.

Gerken asks community to share Clayton memories

In 1948, Pete Hancock and Steve Campbell, along with their wives, decided to build a movie theater in Dagsboro. The Clayton Theatre screened its first film on Feb. 2, 1949, with the curtain opening on “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.