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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Selbyville library bridges language gap

About two weeks ago, a Spanish-speaking Selbyville Public Library patron stood near the front door, dangling a set of keys in front of Jill DiPaolo, the director of the library.
The middle-aged man was trying to ask DiPaolo a question, using the keys as a prop. But since she doesn’t speak much Spanish, the conversation wasn’t going anywhere.

Selbyville police arrest two in theft

Selbyville police officers recently arrested two local women for allegedly using a credit card to steal about $37,000 from Fireplace Specialties, a Selbyville business.
After they turned themselves in, Selbyville’s officers charged Fern “Jean” Goepel, 31, of Milsboro, and Yvonne Greene, 28, of Frankford each with 54 counts of theft, unlawful use of a credit card and conspiracy.

Selbyville opens up process for wasterwater bids

After more than three years of planning and designing its new wastewater plant, Selbyville opened the bids on Thursday in preparation to construct the state-funded project. All four bids received came in above the estimated construction cost of $1.3 million, ranging from $1.8 million to $3.2 million to replace the outdated, existing plant on Polly Branch Road.

Selbyville keeps the lights on in community

Residents of the Buntings Mill community in Selbyville avoided having their neighborhood’s lights turned off this holiday, thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of the town’s mayor.

Selbyville applies for housing grants

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed Monday to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) for the town again this year. The grants help low-income property owners and landlords with low-income tenants make needed refurbishments and improvements to their homes.

Selbyville considers multiples issues

The Selbyville Town Council has approved — again — a resolution for an $850,000 bond for water and sewer system improvements, based on votes in 2000 and subsequent years. The re-approval of the council resolution was needed due to some minor changes in languages from when it was passed at the council’s November meeting.

Annual holiday parade set for Friday

Area residents can get what will likely be their first glimpse of Santa Claus this year at the popular Selbyville Christmas Parade, set to step off Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Santa will again conclude the parade this year with his arrival via horse-drawn carriage.