Selbyville News

Town of Selbyville, Delaware


  • 2167 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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


  • 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


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

Code Enforcement:

  • Michael Deal
  • William Hoyle


  • Scott Collins, Chief


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 436-5085

Gordon to serve 18 years for attempted murder

A 19-year-old Selbyville resident, Devon Gordon, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony.

Gordon had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, a suspect in the shooting of his neighbor Lauren Banks, 25, in the head on the morning of Gordon’s 18th birthday.

Concrete weighs heavy on Selbyville Town Council

After concrete debris has piled up at a Selbyville business, the Selbyville Town Council is preparing to suspend and revoke the business license of SMI Services, a site maintenance company.

In July, the Town sent a cease-and-desist letter regarding the storing of concrete debris, which is not a permitted use for the property at 20 Railroad Avenue.

Selbyville woman arrested after daughter brings heroin to daycare

Selbyville made national headlines this week after a 4-year-old girl reportedly brought heroin into her daycare and began passing it out to other children.

Body & Soul ‘raising the barre’ in Selbyville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : A yoga class at Body & Soul.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : A yoga class at Body & Soul.Body & Soul has been offering Pilates and yoga since they opened in January of 2013; however, it wasn’t until recently that the Selbyville-based studio became the first in the area to offer barre workout classes — which is a growing exercise trend based on ballet.

“It’s a very non-impact, yet still aerobic workout. Their heart rates are elevated but at a maintained level,” said Body & Soul barre instructor Erin Dunworth. “It’s a proven exercise that we just haven’t had around here. Every week we get a couple new clients.”

“[We’re] following the curve,” added Body & Soul owner Di Hill. “[It’s] a group fitness exercise, and then adding in the fundamentals of Pilates, which is strengthening and a lot of core work, and yoga, which is the stretching part — so it’s a compressive program.”

While Hill has only owned the studio for going on two years, she brings 35 years of experience in various exercise and health practices, including Pilates, personal training, reformer training and yoga, and is certified in them all.

Pizza Palace III delivering the goods in Selbyville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : A pizza comes rolling out of the oven at Pizza Palace III in Selbyville. The pizza parlor offers delivery service across much of the area.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : A pizza comes rolling out of the oven at Pizza Palace III in Selbyville. The pizza parlor offers delivery service across much of the area.Pizza Palace III has come to Selbyville, and with a delivery service, it’s bringing the party all over Sussex County. Located in the Strawberry Center on Route 113, it takes the place of the former Pizzelli’s restaurant.

In the kitchen, freshly made dough rises on the counter, and the sauce is a secret recipe. Hand-rolled into each pan, pizza headlines a long Italian-style menu. Any combination is available, building on top of golden melted mozzarella cheese: Mexican pizza with hot sauce, tomato, onion, jalapeno and chicken; meat lovers; vegetarian; Hawaiian; classic white pizza with garlic butter and mozzarella; cheesesteak pizza; and more.

Or, diners can try a variation, with the Stromboli, steak-o-boli or calzone.

“They love the pizza here — dinner specials at a decent price,” said Salvatore “Sal” Barbagallo, partner and pizza master.

Pathways to Success offers information about fair housing

Pathways to Success, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “prepare youth, adults, and their families for successful lives,” held a community meeting last week in Selbyville to discuss revitalization and fair housing rights.

Alleged illegal sale of prescription drugs leads to arrests

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : La Sierra in Selbyville was one of three locations recently identified by the Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement as selling illegal prescription drugs. Coastal Point • Laura Walter : La Sierra in Selbyville was one of three locations recently identified by the Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement as selling illegal prescription drugs. Arrests have been made at three local convenience stores in recent weeks, for the alleged sale of illegal prescription drugs. The medications were allegedly being sold at La Sierra, at 58 West Church Street in Selbyville, Danny’s Pizzeria on 48 N. Main Street in Selbyville and at Taco Town at 34051 DuPont Boulevard in Frankford.

During the mid-August raids, the Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) seized prescription-style drugs and substances, more than 500 bootleg DVDs and approximately $88,000 in cash, officials said.

“It all started with a routine visit that one of our agents made,” said Lt. Kevin Jones, DATE operations supervisor, who oversees statewide enforcement. “It was discovered that one of these businesses in Selbyville were selling prescription medication over the counter. An arrest was made there … and then we learned that there were several other locations that were doing the same thing.”

DEA to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.

Selbyville council makes a stink over Mountaire odor

The Selbyville Town Council is holding its nose — and its breath — over the stinky situation at the Mountaire poultry processing plant in town.

Arts & Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Freeman

The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.

Selbyville man pleads guilty to attempted murder

Selbyville resident Devon Gordon, 18, has pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony in Sussex County Superior Court. Gordon was arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, after Selbyville police received. 911 call about a 3:30 a.m. stating that a female had been shot.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

Dudley a scholarship recipient at Lebanon Valley College

Rydge Skyler Dudley of Selbyville is the recipient of an academic scholarship from Lebanon Valley College, the college announced this week. Dudley, intending to pursue a major in criminal justice, has been admitted for the fall 2014 semester.

Selbyville sets clear construction guidelines

Selbyville officials are hoping to make building guidelines crystal-clear for developers. The town council recently adopted a construction standards and specifications manual, which includes everything the town code demands, plus specifics.

New Selbyville library director sees history and potential

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kelly Kline is the new director of the Selbyville Public Library.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kelly Kline is the new director of the Selbyville Public Library.Returning to serve her childhood library as its director, Kelly Kline sees the past and future coming together at the Selbyville Public Library.

“I see a town that’s really proud of its history and wants to be involved. I’d like to give them the chance to have lots of things to be involved in,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to work in a library. I’ve always wanted to be a librarian,” said Kline, whose dream finally came true with this position. She had been an event planner at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, having graduated from Indian River High School and then from the University of Delaware, with an English degree.

She now brings both planning experience and love of literature to Selbyville.

“I want to plan events … start bringing more patrons in and have more things for people to enjoy,” especially for teens and adults, she said.

“We have a very active children’s program. Shelly Purnell has really taken the ball and run with it. I’d like to continue [and] double our efforts for next summer,” Kline added.

Inspired partly by the Frankford Public Library, Selbyville’s revamped adult program will begin with the Stitchers needlecraft group (Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. — pre-register with the library and bring materials).

Playing in the dirt

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children have planted this garden in May, in partnership with the Selbyville Public Library, and continue to maintain it.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children have planted this garden in May, in partnership with the Selbyville Public Library, and continue to maintain it.For once, kids are being encouraged to get dirty, and the Selbyville Public Library is leading the way.

The Selbyville Children’s Garden was planted in May by about 12 children in the library’s summer reading program. Now, every Tuesday at 4 p.m., children can attend the reading program — but they can help take care of their garden all week long. That means pulling weeds and watering the many plants.

“They love it,” said children’s librarian Ronshell “Shelly” Purnell.

They’re growing tomatoes, peppers, radish, cucumbers, squash, basil, parsley, cantaloupes and more. A line of sunflowers along the side of the library building is expected to reach 7 feet tall.

The veggies will be used in the teens’ Chop Challenge cooking program. They’ve even made a few dollars selling vegetables in the library.

“The parents say, ‘How do you get kids to come out and play in dirt and we can’t get ’em to clean their rooms?’” Purnell laughed. “It’s all about putting fun in little stuff like this.”

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Selbyville discusses need for drainage easements

The owner of a property on Hosier Street in Selbyville is concerned about stormwater management. With the property located between the road and Sandy Branch Creek (near Cabinetry Unlimited), he believes the nearby storm drain is leading to a broken drainage pipe on his property.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Selbyville council prepares for new floodplain paperwork

Municipalities throughout the state are in the process of updating their town codes regarding floodplain requirements. Town Administrator Bob Dickerson said this week that Selbyville has until March of 2015 to incorporate new federal requirements.

Any town that does not will make its citizens ineligible for the federal flood insurance program.

Bodies in suspected murder-suicide discovered near Selbyville

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a suspected murder-suicide after the bodies of a Maryland couple were discovered in Bayview Estates, in an unincorporated area of Sussex County near Selbyville.