Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 7 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • First Wednesday of the month, 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 2013:

  • Patti Adams, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, Vice-Mayor
  • Cathy Flowers, Secretary/Treasurer
  • John Hansken
  • Brad Connor

Town Administrator:

  • Stacey Long

Town Clerk:

  • Duane Kenton

Code Enforcement:

  • Stacey Long

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Marjorie Eckerd

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Sergeant
  • David Ober, Police Officer

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Whitsil

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Bridge club donates gifts to local children

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Cripple Creek Bridge Club member Judie Davis wraps one of the many presents purchased for the children the club has adopted for the holiday season.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Cripple Creek Bridge Club member Judie Davis wraps one of the many presents purchased for the children the club has adopted for the holiday season.For more than eight years, members of the Cripple Creek Bridge Club have raised money in order to donate Christmas gifts to local needy children. Judie Davis said they work with Phillip C. Showell Elementary School to find local children in need.

“Every year they have a huge list of families who are needy,” said Davis, noting that the families are screened by social services.

The club raises money in November, through donations from club members, and later purchases gifts.

“For each child there is a list of wants and needs,” said Davis. “We do the ‘needs’ first, and then a few of the ‘wants.’”

Club member Carolyn Corrigan praised Davis and Aimee Marvel for their involvement in organizing the effort each year.

“They collect all the coupons they can find in order to get the most for our money and make the children happy with both fun and useful gifts. Then, they organize each child’s gifts on a table and pair things together so each child will have the same number of packages,” she said. “Judie and Aimee go above and beyond.”

Dagsboro candidates state their cases before election

The Town of Dagsboro will hold an election on Saturday, Dec. 6, for two seats on the Dagsboro Town Council. Each of the two positions is for a two-year term, and four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring. Voting will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the fire hall. Below are their responses to a series of questions compiled by the Coastal Point.

Holiday parades old and new are on the march

Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).


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Dagsboro men arrested after string of burglaries

Two Dagsboro-area men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries committed in the last month.

Jacob G. Svenson, 33, and Edward J. Nearey Jr., 37, were each charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, five counts of Theft, Conspiracy 2nd, Selling Stolen Property and two counts of Criminal Mischief.

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.

Dagsboro officials considering new building for town hall

The Town of Dagsboro is considering their options for a new town hall building — a move that, according to Town Administrator Stacey Long, would not increase property taxes for residents.

Auburn student from Dagsboro recognized for leadership

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) recently presented a Congressional Record detailing the leadership skills and accomplishments of Auburn University student Carol Linde on Oct. 7 at the Auburn Student Center.

Railroad repair to close Fire Tower Road in Dagsboro on Monday

Railway construction at Fire Tower Road will divert Dagsboro traffic this week.

Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Fire Tower Road between Route 20 (Dagsboro Road) and Iron Branch Road, just north of Dagsboro.

The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 31, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”

People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.

Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.

The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.

People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.

A doctor to the core: Millville’s Dunn passes away

Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.A familiar face has faded into memory after Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Dunn, 51, of Dagsboro passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16. Frequently found in Little League dugouts, on Pop Warner sidelines and at Millville’s Sussex Family Practice, Dunn died from brain cancer, which had just been diagnosed in early August.

“He liked being a community doctor. He liked the fact that he knew all the patients’ names [not just as numbers],” said his brother, Christopher Dunn of Elkton Md. “He treated them with the utmost respect.”

It was his dream to have a practice at the beach, the “type of place could hang up a ‘Gone Fishing’ sign,” said his friend and pastor, Andy Ehlers of High Tide Church.

Born in Norfolk, Va., and formerly of New Castle County, Dunn is survived by his wife and children, Tammy (Ledford) Dunn, and Reagan and Scarlett.

Dagsboro discusses water quality, parking lot

The Dagsboro Town Council met last Monday, to listen to a presentation from the Artesian Water Company about a potential purchase to improve the quality of the town’s water.

“We’re getting more frequent water-quality complaints — more so on dead-end lines,” said Town Administrator Stacey Long.

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.

Police seek driver of stolen car involved in accident near Dagsboro

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred mid-morning on Tuesday near Dagsboro and involved what was later reported as a stolen car.

Seatbelt violation leads to heroin arrest near Dagsboro

Second suspect sought in incident, prior charges

A seatbelt violation led to the arrest of one man for heroin possession while another was being sought early this week after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.

Steele brings weird fiction to ‘The Children of Old Leech’

Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark  : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ “If you value your health, sanity and general sense of well-being, then you should stop reading this book right now. Close the cover, put it back on the shelf, and head on over to the non-fiction section. Pick up a book on fishing, or pottery — something safe. Anything but this book.”

From the very beginning of Justin Steele’s introduction, “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” its readers are warned that the newly published horror anthology is not for the faint of heart — but for those who are brave enough to continue reading on, a wonderful read is guaranteed.

Since he was a little boy, Steele, a Dagsboro resident, has always enjoyed horror fiction.

“I’ve always been an avid reader. I hadn’t read horror and dark stuff since I was a kid. When I was in college, I discovered the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and ever since then it was kind of like going down the rabbit hole for me,” recalled Steele.

Steele’s love for the genre eventually led to the recent publication of “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” which he co-edited with Ross Lockhart.

“I was talking to Ross Lockhart, who owns Word Horde Press, and pitched him the idea for the book. He liked it. It was kind of shocking, because I know he turns down a lot of pitches,” said Steele. “Making this, I want to do something I would be excited to read. Even to see the excitement of people posting pictures of the book, or saying they’re eagerly awaiting it. It just makes me feel happy, because as a reader that’s how I want to feel when I get a new book.”

Dagsboro fire department ready to serve in new facility

Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.More than 20 fire apparatuses made their way through the streets of Dagsboro this past weekend. No, there wasn’t a fire — the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was celebrating its official station change, from their former Waples Street location to their new state-of-the-art facility on Clayton Street.

“It’s a milestone for us,” said DVFD President Al Townsend. “We left the building that we were in for 50 years. We’ve got to thank the membership, because 30 years ago they decided to start putting money away to help fund the building because they knew our community was going to continue growing.”

“It’s been a long time coming,” added Lin Hudson, lifelong Dagsboro resident and past president of the DVFD, with 40 years in the department and having served on the building committee. “We’ve been sticking back and saving for a long time because we knew we were outgrowing the old building.”

Dagsboro man arrested by Child Predator Task Force

Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week that separate undercover online investigations by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force had led to the arrest of two men who traveled to Dover-area locations allegedly to have sex with children. One of the men resides in Dagsboro.

Dagsboro man killed while fleeing from police

Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.A 26-year-old Dagsboro man was killed in a crash on Monday south of Frankford, during a police pursuit that sought him as a suspect in a home-invasion robbery earlier that morning in Dagsboro.

Delaware State Police said that both Dagsboro and Frankford officers were actively pursuing a stolen Ford Explorer that was being driven at a high speed southbound on Route 113 by Charles A. Campbell, 26, of Dagsboro around 10 a.m. on July 14.

They said Campbell lost control of the vehicle south of Frankford, near Cat Mans Road, causing it to drive over the concrete island and through the grass median before entering northbound lanes of Route 113. The 42-year-old Harrington man driving a Mack 10-wheel cargo/box truck northbound in the left lane of Route 113 attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid the SUV, police said. The two vehicles met in a nearly head-on collision in the left lane, according to the DSP.

After the impact, police said, the Explorer rotated counterclockwise and overturned multiple times, landing on its roof in the grass median. Campbell, who was not properly restrained, according to police, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the grass median. They said the truck rotated counterclockwise and slid sideways, coming to rest across both northbound travel lanes.

Clayton Theatre honored with historical marker from state

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. The Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre this week unveiled its new Delaware Historical Marker, celebrating the theater’s 65 years in business, along with its unique nature and its historical impact on the community.

“It literally started with a question,” said Dagsboro Councilman Brian Baull, who was instrumental in getting the historical marker placed for the theater. “My wife Amy and I decided one day to go out and look at a bunch of historic markers throughout Sussex County. We wound up by Seaford and the Maryland-Delaware line, and looked at a bunch of them along the way.

“On the way back home, I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if we got one of those for the Clayton celebrating its 65th anniversary? I wonder what you have to do.’”

With that thought, Baull sent an email to the Delaware Archives, and, he said, “the stars aligned.”

After providing the theater’s history — courtesy of “Memories of the Clayton Theatre: A Look Back,” written by Sandie Hancock Gerken, the daughter of one of the original owners — Baull said he also contacted state Sen. Gerald Hocker and state Rep. John Atkins to find funding for the marker.

Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

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.

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.