Freeman stage offers up the arts, and volunteer opportunities

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Carla Briccotto and Mark Banaszak are among the volunteers at the Freeman Stage.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Carla Briccotto and Mark Banaszak are among the volunteers at the Freeman Stage.The Freeman Stage at Bayside has entertained Sussex County residents and visitors since the summer of 2008. Each year, the number of shows and the name recognition of the artists has increased. Indeed, last year, 50,000 people took the opportunity to experience the arts at the Stage’s unique and attractive outdoors setting, located on Route 54, halfway between Fenwick Island and Selbyville.

Each of those individuals, as well as every artist, came in contact with at least one Freeman Foundation volunteer.

“The volunteers are the backbone of our mission,” said Patti Grimes, executive director.

Homer Coates saw his first Freeman Stage show in 2010 and started volunteering the next year.

“I’ve always been a live entertainment junkie, and I’ve always volunteered at something or another,” he said. “So when I retired to the Refuge, close to Bayside, it just felt natural. I love it.”

Dickerson announces retirement from Town of Selbyville

A familiar figure at Selbyville Town Hall is stepping away, as town administrator Robert “Bob” Dickerson announced this week that he will retire this summer. Turning 65 years old this month, Dickerson has served as administrator in the town since 2008.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Selbyville road closed, showing signs of collapse

Selbyville’s Railroad Avenue is at the first stage of collapse where it crosses the Sandy Branch tax ditch. Town Manager Bob Dickerson reported that a small hole had formed where the road fell in. The weakness was discovered, and the road closed on Saturday, May 2.

Classic car show returning to Selbyville on June 20

Coastal Point • File Photo: The town of Selbyville will once again be home to the annual Old Timer’s Day classic car show on June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Coastal Point • File Photo: The town of Selbyville will once again be home to the annual Old Timer’s Day classic car show on June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Selbyville’s 58th Annual Old Timer’s Day, presented by Bunting & Murray Construction, is returning as the town’s traditional summer festival after a year’s hiatus, featuring a classic car, truck, tractor and military and emergency vehicle show.

The event will take place on June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Church Street in Selbyville. Judging in the car show will take place from noon to 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Themed “Hot Rods for Hospice,” all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go directly to Delaware Hospice.

The long-standing event is a tradition in Selbyville, attracting car enthusiasts, families and tourists with something for all ages. During the event, Church Street is closed and lined with classic cars, trucks, tractors and military and emergency vehicles from 1979 and older. The occasion will also feature door prizes, food, vendors, live classic country and rock entertainment from the Bo Dickerson Band, and children’s activities including crafts, pony rides, a moon bounce and an obstacle course.

Take a trip down memory lane at library

Selbyville memories and history filled the sunny parlor recently as neighbors chatted over coffee and cookies. The Selbyville Public Library’s Selbyville Reminisce — an informal discussion held on Saturdays — recently kicked off, open to anyone who wants to come.

“People love to talk about Selbyville past, and there are so many people who lived through it and love sharing their experiences,” said Library Director Kelly Kline.

“Also, there are so many people moving to Selbyville who don’t know the history of their town,” she said.

Anniversary gala shines the spotlight on Selbyville Library

Dim the lights and get dolled up for the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library. The Friends will bring the party on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside.

“We started in April of 1985. It’s our 30th anniversary of being around and helping the library,” said David Nilsson, Friends president.

The public is being invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a full buffet, silent auction and cash bar. This month’s party is the jumping-off point for Selbyville’s future. Proceeds will fund children’s programs, technology upgrades and future expansion of Selbyville Public Library.

Selbyville council approves budget, talks development

While the Selbyville Town Council may have approved the coming fiscal year’s budget without much change from last year’s, there was much talk this week of the potential benefits to growing housing developments, such as Lighthouse Crossing and Lighthouse Lakes.

Freeman takes center stage

Freeman Stage announces biggest season ever

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the 2015 season hits that nail on the head, with a variety of music, dance, theater and children’s performances.

Selbyville heroin mom gets probation sentence

The Selbyville woman who was arrested last October after her 4-year-old daughter brought heroin to her daycare signed a plea deal last week.

Ashley R. Tull, 30, pleaded guilty to one charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Tull was sentenced by Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley to one year of probation and substance abuse evaluation, and possible treatment.

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 28, at the public park on Park Street (across from the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall).

Selbyville residents discuss spring events, Doyle’s honored

Selbyville Public Library Directory Kelly Kline at the town council meeting on Monday, March 16, expressed her gratitude to the Selbyville Community Club for helping put on Children’s Art Month last month, which was again deemed a success.

Mountaire opens employee health center in Selbyville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Dignitaries gathered to celebrate the opening of the Mountaire Health & Wellness Center in Selbyville.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Dignitaries gathered to celebrate the opening of the Mountaire Health & Wellness Center in Selbyville.Mountaire has always been known for poultry. Now, it wants to be known for health, too.

The Mountaire Health & Wellness Center opened at 85 Hosier Street recently, available to all of Mountaire’s Selbyville factory workers, and their dependents, who are on company health insurance.

“We say our employees are our most valuable asset,” said Mike Tirrell, vice president of Human Resources and Business Services. “We put our money where our mouth is.”

“The center will be staffed by Premise Health, with one physician, one registered nurse and two medical assistants,” the company noted. “The clinic will support Mountaire’s goal to provide employees with access to high-quality health services, and promote a culture of health and wellness.”

Local brides to get help with weddings

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Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
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Selbyville to hire part-time police for Mountaire-funded security

Mountaire wants a police officer to be the first thing visitors see at its Selbyville and Millsboro poultry-processing plants.

The company wants extra security presence, said Mountaire’s Jay Griffith at a recent Selbyville Town Council meeting. The officer on duty will provide extra security indoors and outdoors.

Selbyville approves development exceptions

Chamber to host Old Timer’s Day

The Selbyville Town Council last week approved three exceptions in the final layout of Lighthouse Lakes, a new development on Route 54 with 302 total units (222 single-family units and 80 duplex units).

No elections for Selbyville or Millville councils in 2015

No elections are necessary this year for town councils in Selbyville and Millville. In both towns, the three incumbents were the only registered candidates.

Council positions in both towns carry a term of two years, from this spring to March of 2017.

In Millville, Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent will retain their seats.

West Fenwick locals getting hooked on Yellowfin’s

There are many bars and restaurants in the area, but it’s a little harder for a local resident find a place where “everybody knows your name,” especially along the Route 54 corridor east of Selbyville. However, there’s a new spot for the locals to gather now that Yellowfin’s Bar & Grill has opened its doors in the Williamsville Shopping Center.

Selbyville calls for candidates in town council election

Selbyville’s town council and mayoral election day is approaching, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Residents wishing to serve on the council must register to run in the election by Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Selbyville ‘relaxes’ approval process for planned communities

Selbyville Town Council passed an amendment allowing them to consider community designs that don’t follow Town Code to the letter.

If a developer can prove that relaxing the Planning & Zoning code is in Selbyville’s best interest, the Town Council can now flex the rules.

Groundbreaking set for Bayside McDonald’s

A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, for a new McDonald’s in Selbyville, to be owned and operated by The Meoli Companies. The site of the restaurant will be at 36218 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, west of Fenwick on Rt. 54, in the new Bayside CVS parking lot.

Samaritan Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of community giving

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda Lewis and Theo Brans.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda Lewis and Theo Brans.When Pat Plocek considers the fact that Samaritan Thrift Shop gave the community $48,000 this year, he can only say, “That’s a lot of $1 and $2 pieces of clothing.”

Located in a simple Route 54 warehouse in Williamsville, the nonprofit shop is pleasant. Music is playing, clothes and jewelry are displayed, and Christmas decorations softly light the shop.

Just because they pay less, shoppers shouldn’t have less of a retail experience, said Plocek, who is serving as temporary manager.

“We’re here for the community. We’re not here to make money,” he said.

Samaritan Thrift Shop is ready in times of need. So, families suffering house fires can request a recommendation from their churches to shop Samaritan Thrift Shop for free.

But low-priced items are available for anyone on a tight budget.

CVS opens its doors at Bayside Marketplace

The Carl M. Freeman Companies this week announced the official opening of CVS/pharmacy at Bayside Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Route 54 and Americana Parkway, across from Bayside Marketplace. The 13,281-square-foot store opened Oct. 26 and offers pharmacy service, health, beauty and personal-care offerings, general merchandise, food and digital photo services.

Coats for vets taken at Selbyville Town Hall

Once again, Selbyville Community Club is collecting winter coats for homeless veterans.

From now until Dec. 30, locals can donate clean and gently worn jackets, sweatpants and sweatshirts at Selbyville Town Hall on Church Street.

Selbyville getting more help for home repairs

Without hesitation, the Selbyville Town Council this week adopted a resolution to again allow the Community Development Block Grant program to do its work in Selbyville. The program fixes and improves homes to be livable — work that may include roofing, doors, windows or more.

Thanksgiving for Thousands again offering holiday meals for those in need

This week will mark the 20th time that Mountaire Farms will be feeding those who may otherwise be unable to share a Thanksgiving meal with their families and loved ones.

Selbyville Christmas Parade set to march Dec. 5

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the 54th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade, presented by Holly Kia, will take place on Friday, Dec. 5. The public is being invited to come out and celebrate the holiday season starting at 7 p.m.

Selbyville council revokes business license

Tired of being ignored by a local business owner, the Selbyville Town Council didn’t hesitate to revoke the business license of Andrew Principe, owner of the site maintenance company SMI Services.

Principe did not attend the Nov. 3 council meeting to defend his business practices.

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., once again sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and Town of Selbyville.

“I’m surprised at how many people say, ‘I was in that parade when I was a kid,’” organizer Fran Pretty has said in the past. “So I think that’s a testimony to how people look forward to it.”

People may line the streets from Town Hall to PNC Bank, where the judging and main performances occur.

Besides rocking out to several local high school bands, people can take in appearances by floats, gymnasts, candidates for public office, fire trucks, scout troops, pageant winners, farm equipment, classic cars and much more.

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