Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Various Wednesdays, 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:

  • Brian Baull, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, VIce-Mayor
  • Theresa Ulrich, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Patrick Miller
  • William Chandler

Town Administrator:

  • Cynthia Brought

Town Clerk:

  • Megan Thorp

Code Enforcement:

  • Cynthia Brought

Water Department Supervisor:

  • Cynthia Brought

Maintenance:

  • Bob Flowers

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Scott Crater

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Staff Sergeant
  • Tyler Bare, Patrolman
  • James Jones, Patrolman

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Witsil

Town Planner:

  • Kyle Gulbronson, AECOM

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Dagsboro and Frankford discuss possible joint police force

With the Town of Frankford temporarily without police coverage after former police chief Mark Hudson resigned from his post July 27 after serving less than a full year, Frankford officials are looking into other avenues to provide police protection to its residents.

Dagsboro offer for school resource officer rejected by IRSD

At the monthly town council meeting on July 17, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey reported to the council on his presentation to the Indian River School District regarding the role of school resource officer.

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and told residents that their driveway must be repaved to bring it up to code,” the Town reported.

Dagsboro’s Cole Haden takes his act on the road

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Cole Haden outside the MIlton Theatre.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Cole Haden outside the MIlton Theatre.When I wrote an article about him in the Coastal Point two years ago, Cole Haden was preparing to leave Dagsboro for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was his class valedictorian at Sussex Central High School, and an activist and leader for gay rights in Sussex County schools.

He had acted in several school plays and at Clear Space, regularly did stand up with the Delaware Comedy Theatre, and played keyboard and performed musical theater at the Freeman Stage.

He could taste the future and was so ready.

Fast-forward. What has happened in these past two years?

To nobody’s surprise, Haden has taken advantage of every opportunity and kept his head firmly on his shoulders.

The bottom line is that Haden is the frontman for the band Model/Actriz, which is spending its summer on a 12-seater bus with another band and all their equipment, on a 15-city, national tour. Those cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, Houston and Milton, Del. Oh, and this is after performing in various European capitals during the spring!

“Moving to Boston really influenced the way I make music,” said Haden. “There is so much diversity at school and in the city. Meeting so many new people has opened my mind to all the differences in people, and, even more, our similarities. As humans, we all have the same desires, dreams, sufferings and loves…”

Toomey honored by DoD for patriotic support

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey knows what it’s like to serve his country.

Toomey, a Sussex County native, first enlisted in the National Guard in 1973 but took a 19-year break in service before returning to the Guard. He was last deployed to Afghanistan for a year — from 2012 to 2013 — and has since retired as Guard sergeant-first-class in the Maryland National Guard.

Berries galore: Parsons’ Blueberry Festival to help fight cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.If the antioxidants in blueberries prevent cancer, then the Parsons Family Farms Blueberry Festival could be viewed as an antioxidant to help the U.S. fight cancer.

The Dagsboro festival will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro. A portion of proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society.

Family-friendly activities include blueberry U-pick, blueberry pie-eating contest, haywagon rides, face painting, petting zoo, moon bounce, a “Hope” blanket raffle and more. Beebe Healthcare will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Local artisans will sell handmade crafts and products. Guests can grab lunch from Hocker’s BBQ, Nothing Better, the Corn Exchange and Juicebox.

Dog ‘euthanized’ after attack near Dagsboro

A dog was killed by police on Tuesday during an active attack on a Delaware animal-control officer.

The incident, which took place on June 6, around 3:53 p.m., at 32978 DuPont Boulevard, near Dagsboro, involved multiple police agencies, as well as emergency medical services.

Antioch AME to host day of unity on Sunday, March 5

Benjamin “Ben” Beckett had a vision of salt and pepper in the congregation. So Antioch AME Church is inviting men and women of all colors to attend a special “CommUNITY Around Christ” church service on Sunday, March 5.

The special service will begin at 3:30 p.m., with a fellowship meal from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

National Guard renovations up for Dagsboro council approval

The Dagsboro Town Council appears set to approve planned renovations at the National Guard facility in Dagsboro.

Local couple celebrates a Marvel-ous 70 years together

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Irene and Charles Marvel in their kitchen in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Irene and Charles Marvel in their kitchen in Dagsboro.Charles Marvel traveled the world in the 1940s as a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He says, however, that he had to come home to Sussex County to find his bride. Now 70 years on, the Dagsboro couple looked back on those days fondly, and bit surprised at how fast time has flown.

“I was a sailor, visiting ports,” he said. “I saw a lot of women.”

By 1947, Marvel had settled back into life in Delaware, getting a job at the Roland Scott clothing store in Selbyville. One day, he recalled, “A friend said, ‘Let’s go around to this little greasy spoon’” for lunch.

Dagsboro appoints Baull as mayor

There’s a new mayor in Dagsboro, but one with a familiar face.

Brian Baull Sr. was appointed as mayor of the Town of Dagsboro at its December town council meeting, replacing Norwood Truitt, who remains on the council.

Baull said the appointment wasn’t a complete shock, as the role of mayor requires one to talk to the public — something Baull is used to doing as a local radio D.J.

Dagsboro’s new administrator dives right into the job

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Cindi Brought is fully immersed in her new duties as administrator of the Town of Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Cindi Brought is fully immersed in her new duties as administrator of the Town of Dagsboro.For two months, Dagsboro Town Hall was without day-to-day leadership. But Cynthia “Cindi” Brought has returned to the public sector to become Dagsboro’s town administrator.

Brought said she enjoys helping residents work through their problems — even the tough ones. And she’s done it before, as Frankford’s town clerk (and only town-hall employee) from 1998 to 2001.

“It was always something new and exciting,” Brought said. “It’s a challenge, but I really enjoy it, just dealing with the public. I feel like I’m very approachable, and I listen to their concerns, their complaints, and I follow up on it. … It might not be the answer they want, but I will get it.”

Rehoboth man arrested after pursuit

Timothy J. DrabicTimothy J. DrabicA Rehoboth Beach man was arrested last week following a high-speed pursuit involving seven law-enforcement agencies.

According to police, around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, a black SUV was observed traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md. It was reported that the SUV was driving at speeds up to 100 mph.

“This individual placed a lot of people in danger. In particular, one Ocean City officer that, apparently, he swerved toward that officer and came very close to striking their marked police car at a very high rate of speed,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt there, and we’re glad we were able to take him in without any injuries.”

Organizers break ground on groundbreaking garden

Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.It all started in 2011 with a small cocktail party and a meeting at the library. Now, the governor and Delaware’s First Lady are attending groundbreakings and the endowment is growing for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

On the cool, sunny morning of Dec. 1, most of the leaves had fallen in Dagsboro, obscuring the ground where flowers will reappear next spring, and where miles of green briar have already been heaved out.

“The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will be a world-class, inspirational, educational and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware, created for the benefit and enjoyment of all,” their mission promises.

Public welcome to rare look at botanic garden

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: From left, Peggie Ravida, Karen Dudley, Selma Tepper, Greg Tepper, Janet Point and Carol McCloud volunteered last week to get some work done at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: From left, Peggie Ravida, Karen Dudley, Selma Tepper, Greg Tepper, Janet Point and Carol McCloud volunteered last week to get some work done at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Beside a quiet country road, sunny fields stretch toward a leafy forest that hides beauties within. A 37-acre public garden is coming to Dagsboro, and the public is being invited to the groundbreaking of Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Public tours will begin at 10 a.m., focusing on the Woodlands pathways down to Pepper Creek. The ceremony will begin sometime between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

It’s been several years since the volunteer group formed to create a “world-class, inspirational, educational” public garden on Piney Neck Road, just outside of Dagsboro.

“It’s a seminal event,” said Ray Sander, board treasurer. It’s perhaps the first public opportunity to witness what’s happening behind the scenes. “They can take a tour there and see what we’ve done. … We’re moving ahead.”

Local scouts take part in NYC Veterans Day Parade

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Members of Troops 382 and 105 marched in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Members of Troops 382 and 105 marched in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11.A group of 20 boys from Sussex County marched proudly in New York City’s Veterans Day parade on Friday, Nov. 11. Members of Troop 382 in Dagsboro were joined by members of Troop 105 from Long Neck for the appearance.

Vinny Tallarico, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 382 and a New York City native, said he was “tour guide” for the three-day trip. In addition to marching in the parade, along with 25,000 others, the boys visited the World War II aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid, as well as the 9/11 Museum.

While in New York, the boys camped on Staten Island, at the Camp William H. Pouch Boy Scout Camp, Tallarico said, which included cooking their own breakfast, packing lunches and cooking dinners at the campsite. Taking advantage of free subway fares and ferry tickets available to non-profit groups, the troop members were able to keep costs for the trip down to $90 per person.

Cemetery’s youngest recognized with monument

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Bishop William Francis Malooly of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington uses holy oil to bless on Sunday, Sept. 11, the new memorial that will bear the names of babies buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery near Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Bishop William Francis Malooly of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington uses holy oil to bless on Sunday, Sept. 11, the new memorial that will bear the names of babies buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery near Dagsboro.For years, some of the babies buried at Gate of Heaven cemetery were barely recognized there — with plastic markers that were meant to be only temporary left as the only recognition of their brief lives.

Those babies might have come from families unable to provide a marker, for whatever reason. More than a year ago, they caught the attention of one man who made it his job to make sure they were properly memorialized.

Joe Mulholland of Ocean City, Md., stood at the cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 11, and said it was his late wife, Jane, who pushed him toward the project. It was visiting Jane’s interment spot at Gate of Heaven that made Mulholland aware of the babies’ unmarked graves.

“She would have said, ‘Joe, get busy!” he said, smiling, surrounded by family and friends at a ceremony dedicating a monument for babies laid to rest at the cemetery. “She motivated me,” he said, adding that his wife loved all children but had a special affinity for babies. “It’s a great feeling” to see the project come to fruition, Mulholland said, adding, “I was only one part; there were a lot of parts to it.”

Dagsboro removes Thompson from P&Z

The Dagsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to remove a member of its Planning & Zoning Commission

According to Chapter 34 § 34-4, “The Mayor, with the approval of the majority of the Town Council, may remove any member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for cause after a public hearing.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser June 11

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Ornish program helps Dagsboro woman undo her heart disease

“I have always been active and exercised regularly — that’s why it was such a surprise when I passed out for no apparent reason in 2014,” said Wilma Petenbrink, 68, of Dagsboro. “I fell and fractured my spine when I passed out, but throughout my spine treatment, neither I nor my doctor could determine why I’d passed out in the first place.”

Botanic Gardens adds two new board members

The Delaware Botanic Gardens board of directors has elected two new members, Ruth Rogers Clausen and Janet Meenehan Point. The additions bring to 10 the number of board members who are working to open the garden along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro. An Advisory Council adds a dozen professionals to the project’s expertise.

Community invited to join in National Day of Prayer

On May 5, Christians around that U.S. were set to come together for the 65th annual National Day of Prayer, gathering on Thursday at noon at designated locations, to pray together.

According to the event’s website, “It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.”

Fundraiser to benefit Botanic Gardens

Cocktails on the Ocean, a fundraiser for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, will take place April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Chuck Coltman in North Bethany.

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.