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10 - CAPE GAZETrE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 CAPE LIFE Lewes Polar Bears take the plunge to kick off 2005 More than a hundred Lewes Polar Bear 66-degree New Year's Day 2005. Dan Cook photos jumpers hit the cool Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park on a balmy, Stephanie Boright gives her 4oyear-old daughter Sydney a thumbs-up for making the jump as dad Barry gets a warm towel. b Rich Harr, left, and Cade Laverty, students at the U.S. Air Force Academy, bid everyone to come in - the water's fine. The Nieblas Christmas Holiday Polar Bear Plungers and Supporters from California, Ohio and Pennsylvania include: (back row, l-r) Ernie D., Jason Perez, Vince Stanislowski, Gary Lopez, Robert John Summers Jr. and Misty Summers; (third row) AJ. Nieblas, Deborah Stanislowski, Rebecca and Jenna Konig, Dakota Summers, and Waldo and Gloria Nieblas; (second row) Andrea Perez, Tina DeLuca, Mike Travers, Destiny Sky Summers, and Steve and Niki Nieblas; and (front row) Robert John Summers III and Capt. Jack Nieblas. Saltwater Portrait Jim "Taxi Driver" Fagg, Lewes' diamond in the rough. By Maggie Beetz Lifelong Delawarean Jim Fagg, better known to many locals as Taxi Driver, is a gruff, out-spoken man with a distinctive voice and a heart of gold. Fagg got his nickname when he began an ongoing dialogue with WGMD radio host Dan Gaffney more than a decade ago. "I used to drive all night long," said Fagg. "Then in the morning Dan would be talking about some- thing, and it would irritate me, so I'd call and we'd argue. He start- ed calling me Taxi Driver." Although not everyone agrees with what this Lewes resident has to say, there is no doubt he speaks his mind. 'TII wear my 'Welcome to America. Please speak English' T-shirt to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) on purpose because I like to get reactions," he laughed. "People perceive things so differently. I love that." Although constantly willing to speak his mind, Fagg said being outspoken can be a two-headed snake. "Everywhere I go people know my voice." Fagg, 41, was born in Wilmington and lived back and forth between there and Dewey Beach, until he moved to Rehoboth Beach with his wife, Carrie, when he was 18 years old. Fagg had a series of jobs from landscaping to working in a gas station until he started his own business, Atlantic Lockouts, in 1999. "When I first started my busi- ness I had a problem with hoping someone would lock their keys in their car so I could make a living," he said. Then a friend told him he was looking at it the wrong way. He should be hoping that after they get locked out, they find his number. "Perception is a great thing," he said. Aside from his business, Fagg spends a great deal of time indi- vidually and as a Lions Club member getting himself involved with'his community. "If I want to bitch about what's going on in my JIM FAGG neighborhood, I have to be involved with what's going on in my neighborhood. I am constantly out there." Fagg said for most of his life he has volunteered with charities and organized community events. "I " just find myself in it. My wife just looks at me and shakes her head." For instance, Fagg said, he never planned to organize two toy drives this past Christmas. ".Well, I never planned on but one, but something came up .... " Fagg helped organize a toy drive for the kids of the National Guard in Milford. He wrapped and delivered presents to families with the help from Rehoboth Pharmacy, Atlantic Cellular, the Indian River Power Plant, Post 28 Ladies Auxiliary and WGMD. "That's why I love Sussex County, because they give," said Fagg. "I've been surrounded by these kind of people all my life and just bombarded with good things. Even when it was bad it was pretty darn good." Fagg credits the Rehoboth Lions Club for many of his chari- table actions. "Very knowledge- able, smart people are in the Lions Club. They know what works, and I've been blessed by being invited in." In addition to "spontaneous" toy drives, Fagg recently helped set up a fund for a Bill's Sport Fishing employee recovering from a:heart attack, volunteered with the Special Olympics and once every year he buys pizza for the students at Rehoboth Elementary School, his alma mater. "You know it takes $25 to buy that entire school ice cream? It really is the little things you do that count." Fagg has dressed as Santa Claus for Christmas parties at the Stockley Center, a facility for peo- ple with mental and physical dis- abilities. "I don't know how I got roped into that one, but I was a lit- tle heavier back then," Fagg laughed. Whether it is ,olunteering to park cars at Coast Day, serving breakfast at Lions Club pancake breakfasts, ringing the bell for Salvation Army or assisting stranded drivers, Fagg is always ready to help. "In the summertime, if I see someone broken down on Route 1, I'll stop, give him ice water," said Fagg, who carries two c6ol- ers of water in his truck during the Continued on page 11