Henry Nutter honored for 32 years of service to city

By Bryant L. Richardson

More than 220 friends and professional acquaintances turned out for a dinner honoring retiring Seaford City Councilman Henry E. Nutter Jr. The dinner was held in the fire hall in the city Municipal Building on Saturday, March 16. Of the many highlights and tributes to councilman Nutter, two stood out as exceptional. The first was the renaming of the Collins Avenue Park to “Nutter Park.” Elected city officials and city employees gathered to present Mr. Nutter with an artist’s rendering of the park sign. The second high honor was presented by members of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Dept. Nutter was named an “Honorary Member” of the fire department. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Butler said Mr. Nutter is only the fourth person to receive this honor in the fire department’s 100-year history.

On the lighter side, the series of more than 20 presentations began with Bridgeville Mayor Joe Conaway declaring that Bridgeville had annexed the property on which Mr. Nutter’s house is located and now he is eligible to serve the town of Bridgeville. The list of presenters included state Rep. Tina Fallon, County Councilman Dale Dukes, former Seaford mayors Bill Slatcher and Guy Longo, current mayor Danny Short, a Bishop, church pastors and other elected officials and family and friends. “Henry Nutter has been a true, quiet leader and an inspiration to many,” the evening’s program stated. “Thank you, Henry, for all of your hard work and dedication through the years.” Entertainment was provided by members of Mr. Nutter’s family. Mr. Nutter said he was moved by the attention and felt that many projects had been accomplished during his years of service. But one project, he said, was a priority of his when he first joined the city council and is still important to him, and that is the cleaning up of Third and North streets. Mr. Nutter’s replacement on the city council, Pat Andrews-Jones was also recognized. She said she hoped to continue the work that Mr. Nutter had started to help improve the quality of life in Seaford.

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