Selbyville News

Town of Selbyville, Delaware

Population:

  • 2167 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of March

Town office:

  • 68 West Church St., Selbyville, DE 19975 (302) 436-8314

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Clifton C. Murray, Mayor
  • Richard Duncan, Sr., Council Member
  • Jay Murray, Council Member
  • G. Frank Smith III, Council Member
  • Clarence Tingle, Jr., Council Member

Town Manager:

  • Robert Dickerson

Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Deborah McCabe
  • Sandra Givans (Asst. Secretary Treasurer)

Code Enforcement:

  • Michael Deal
  • William Hoyle

Police:

  • Scott Collins, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 436-5085

Housing grants discussed in Selbyville

Al Phillips, a Sussex County project manager handling Community Development Block Grant applications, visited Selbyville on Monday night to introduce its residents to the program, which helps low- to moderate-income residents.

Prime rib and coddle and seafood — oh, my!

Irish pubs may be difficult to come by in the area, and Irish dishes are even sparser. But thanks to Dublin Steakhouse and Erin’s Pub, local diners will find both — and a lot more — in an atmosphere that seems foreign, but, oh, so familiar.

Town tradition

Santa Claus is coming to town. In fact — in one of likely many trips this holiday season — he is coming to Selbyville, along with marching bands, commercial floats, antique cars and fire trucks for the annual Selbyville Christmas Parade.

Sussex holding grant hearings

Selbyville officials recently sent a list of roughly 15 homes to the Delaware State Housing Authority. On the list are regular violators of town code who, according to Selbyville Town Manager Gary Taylor, have resisted requests from town officials to fix floors, kitchens and leaky windows and roofs because of a lack of money.

Smaller Wilgus store opens six months after fire

Almost exactly six months after a fire destroyed Wilgus Cleaners’ nearly 70-year-old Selbyville plant, Jeff Wilgus has opened a dry cleaning store in Selbyville. Sitting in the new store across from Arby’s on Route 113 Monday, Wilgus, a Selbyville native and resident whose grandfather started the cleaning business in Selbyville in 1939, said the Wilgus name will attract long-time customers.

Selbyville council awards project

Selbyville Town Council members have put the ball back in the court of Underground Utilities, the low bidder for the town’s Routes 17/54 water and sewer infrastructure project.

The company had requested its bid be withdrawn after the sealed bids on the project were opened, realizing belatedly that a mistake had been made in the amount it had bid on the project — just $4.5 million.

Family friend arrested for embezzlement

A woman charged with embezzling more than $27,000 from a Selbyville real estate business was a family friend of the business’ owners, police and business officials said this week.

Selbyville Halloween parade set for action

Since before World War II, local kids have gathered on one night of the last week of October, donning witch, soldier and ghoul costumes to march through the streets of Selbyville.

Selbyvile pair win childcare awards

A kindergarten teacher and a childcare professional in Selbyville were among the 11 winners of this year’s Governor’s Award for excellence in early-childhood care and education. The awards were announced at a banquet last Thursday, Sept. 28.

Selbyville man dies from burns

A Selbyville man who suffered first- and second- degree burns on 90 percent of his body after trying to reignite a backyard bonfire with an unidentified liquid died Sunday in Crozer Burn Center in Upland, Pa., according to State Fire Marshal officials.

Selbyville VFC jumps on Web wagon

In what has become a growing trend for towns, fire departments and other organizations locally and nationally, the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company recently launched a seemingly all-inclusive Web site.

Towns use internet to reach their citizens

It’s become a tool of convenience. People use the Internet to buy shoes, check the scores of sports games, book plane flights and even compare hotels without leaving their homes.

Fenwick candidates introduce themselves

The five candidates vying for three Fenwick Island council seats in the upcoming Aug. 5 election paraded in front of a full meeting room at town hall on Saturday, introducing themselves to their potential constituents at the annual meet-the-candidates event and general meeting of the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH).

50 years

Selbyville celebrates 50th Old Timer’s Day; SPD 75th anniversary to be recognized as well

Since late 2004, Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins has been sifting through minutes of old town meetings and copies of local newspapers archived in Dover and Selbyville or at various news organizations’ headquarters, searching for information on the town and department’s history.

Selbyville talks guns, cars, water, power

The Selbyville Town Council on June 6 passed two ordinances, each unanimously, but tabled a third proposed ordinance until the council members could consider some deeper implications.

Town, Mountaire clash on waste

Tensions between Selbyville officials and Mountaire Inc. have ebbed and flowed over the years.

The poultry processing plant in Selbyville is the sole industrial user of the town’s sewer system, and problems with levels of nutrients in the wastewater it puts out have often meant thousands of dollars in fines assessed by the town.

Celebrating America

On May 17 every year, Emanuel and Franca Ortiz have a party. Complete with a cake and decorative icing, the celebration looks more like a birthday party than an anniversary. But May 17 is an anniversary for Franca Ortiz, formerly Franca Ferraro. And this year’s 50th anniversary of her arrival in America was momentous for the four-year Selbyville resident and anyone in attendance.

Cactus Cafe celebrates 15 years of service

To celebrate its 15-year anniversary in business, the Cactus Cafe is giving back to its customers by offering menu items at the price they were originally sold when the restaurant first opened its doors.

Wilgus cleaners loses 67-year old location to fire

A business that has been in Selbyville for nearly 70 years was completely destroyed along with its contents in an early-morning fire on Saturday. According to a release from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, an employee from a nearby business reported the fire at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

DNREC offers land protection suggestions

“Open Spaces & Natural Places” — Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) staffers held a public workshop on the topic in Georgetown on April 26, sharing recommendations on how much to protect, and where.

Selbyville restaurant regular stop for fundraisers

It seems like someone’s holding a fundraiser every month, at the Georgia House restaurant in Selbyville — and that’s because they are.

The Georgia House (located at Main and Church streets) hosts one fundraiser a month, including, in recent months, events for two sports booster clubs (Indian River soccer, Indian River softball) and Agape, a Christian group.

Finally, he's the bride

Burk to be recognized for lifetime achievement

Selbyville Wastewater Treatment Facility Manager Jim Burk is familiar with an old cliché. “I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” he said.

Selbyville officials award wasewater contract

At a Monday town council meeting, Selbyville councilmen awarded the contract to upgrade the town’s wastewater facility to Greensburg Environmental Contracting Services Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company licensed in five states.

Selbyville drafts new parking regulations

Selbyville town officials read a draft of a changed ordinance at Monday’s council meeting. If adopted, the ordinance would prohibit people from parking on both sides of four streets in the town for safety reasons.

“There’s just not a lot of room to park on both sides,” said Clifton C. Murray, Selbyville’s mayor.

Selbyville to hold student art show in town

Last year, for the first annual Selbyville Community Club Art Show, more than 300 students turned in pieces to be judged by the club’s members. According to Lucille Creel, the art chairwoman for the club that founded the show, that participation was far above what the club expected and they could hardly handle the resulting size of the show.