Friday, January 08, 2010
I am writing you to vent a little bit if I may. My issue(s) is with our local radio stations. I am not going to name any names, but they know who there are. We here at Top Notch Entertainment have done EVERYTHING we can to bring attention to us trying to raise funds by producing a song for Sarah. We went to the newspapers... they covered it and added a clip of the song. The Seaford star has covered it. Sheriff Mike Lewis stands behind this project 100% and has informed me that anyone who has in questions about the "realness" of this movement to contact him personally at the Sheriff's Department. And the biggest support of the movement has been YOU. You have the biggest machine in our local area as far as getting the word out. Your site is the most viewed one in our area PERIOD! You have given us time on your site, promoted the song on your site and even allowed us to perform it on your upcoming TV/internet show and what most people don't know is you have even contributed money from your OWN POCKET to help with the reproducing of the cd's when we couldn't. Man, GOD bless you for all you have done Joe. Not for me... not for my music family... but for Sarah. Your one of the reason's we will be at the big event for Sarah (1/31/2009-Sunday 9am till 2pm at Chef Fred's in Salisbury, sponsor by Hope Entertainment). Because you helped us and believe in us and we won't let you down Joe. I promise you that. Thank you and GOD bless you again.
With that said, I reached out to radio asking them to play the song and bring some type of awareness to it. That way at the event people will be familiar with the song. Nothing! I called them and asked was I doing something wrong to get the song played. They informed me that they have alot of music made for Sarah from people. I then wrote them and tried to show them the difference with us and "other people". Personally, I think it was beautiful of people to try to make some type of tribute to Sarah. They (the radio) think people are doing it for "exposure". This song isn't the type of song you make for that. Trust me. I even told them we don't have to do a interview for it...just play the song. The community will take it from there. It is a beautiful song. It really is.
So now here I am asking for your "power of communication" to help again (Man, I know your tired of us-haha). I am asking you to post this letter asking people to call the station and request the song. I think that's the only way they will do it. You would think they wouldn't have a problem with it, but it is what it is. I just want people to hear the song. I want the people that knew Sarah to know that you didn't have to "know" her in person to "know" her in spirit. The 3,000 people who came out to search for her felt like they knew her. Trust me. I felt like we knew her when we did the song. And to everyone, it's not about exposure. We don't benefit from this at all. And trust me, we will be back next Christmas doing the same thing. Like the song said; 'Within us she will forever live on..more than words...more than thoughts...more than just a song".
So people PLEASE call them. Bug them about playing the song.1 (302) 853-0144 (that's the request line- Wow. I guess I just told you the station huh). 1 (302) 856-6163 is the main number. Call them! Leave messages, request it. WE want to share it with everyone cause we all were affected by this. A lot of love was put into it. You can hear it. Trust me. Thanks again Joe, aka "Mr. Do It All"- Haha. GOD BLESS
Thomas-Ceo of Top Notch Ent.
Editors Note: You will see these Artists perform this song LIVE tomorrow on our 1 Hour Long "Joe Albero Show" Special at 9:00 AM. Also Note: The event at Chef Freds has not been set in stone, (date wise) and it's looking more like February now. You can listen to a portion of this song in the top right hand corner of this Blog.
Passengers complain of 19-hour delay, shortage of food and water
Pulling into Chicago almost a full day behind schedule, one Amtrak passenger recounted "the train from hell," and others are vowing they will never use the rail service again.
Amtrak's California Zephyr arrived 19 hours late full of "tired, hungry and stinky" passengers, according to a story posted on WMAQ's Web site.
The train was plagued by severe weather and other mishaps, the Chicago NBC affiliate reported.
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Several Salisbury neighborhoods, including the Second Street area and Upland Drive area, have experienced the devastation of fire firsthand in the past few weeks.
The Salisbury Fire Department “After the Fire” Program was created to go back to the neighborhoods recently affected by the tragedy and destruction of fire to help educate and promote fire safety.
The Salisbury Fire Department will be going door to door in each neighborhood, Saturday, January 9th, from 1-3pm. Firefighters will be speaking to residents about fire safety; handing out literature; testing, and when needed, installing smoke detectors. It is the mission of the Salisbury Fire Department to attempt to prevent all fires before they occur, but when we are unable, we will stop, regroup, go to each surrounding home and try to get everyone on track with the basics.
There were not any working smoke detectors to alert the occupants of the Second Street fire, though they were able to escape; it is unknown at this time due to severity of damage if there were functioning smoke detectors in the Upland Drive structure fire. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is still conducting investigations into both incidents to determine the cause.
At the time of this press release, a third house fire had occurred in Salisbury, located on Richmond Avenue, and plans are being made for an “After the Fire” program in that neighborhood.
If you or someone you know is in need of a working smoke detector for their home, please contact the Salisbury Fire Department at 410-548-3120. We urge everyone to test their detectors in their home and practice their escape plan with their family.
Governor announced four project awards in Central Maryland under existing program set to expire
BALTIMORE, MD (January 8, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced plans to create the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program to propel smart and sustainable growth in historic areas and existing communities well-served by transit and infrastructure. The $50 million, three-year program will help create construction and rehabilitation jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and spur economic development with each project. The new program will replace and improve upon the 14-year-old Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, which is set to expire in June.
“The program represents the best of public investment and private enterprise as we continue to seek ways to fuel economic growth and create jobs,” said Governor O’Malley. “The success of the program in recent years cannot be understated. These projects will help revitalize historic communities, strengthen a green economy throughout our State, and create new construction and rehabilitation jobs in every corner of Maryland.”
The existing Heritage Tax Credit has invested more than $347 million in Maryland revitalization projects since 1996. Those projects have produced more than $1.5 billion in total direct rehabilitation expenditures by owners and developers. Coupled with wages, both construction and new jobs, and State and local revenues generated, this equates to more than $8.50 in economic output for every $1 invested by State government.
A report last year by the non-profit Abell Foundation concluded that commercial projects over the life of the program have employed roughly 15,120 people, earning $673.1 million in 2009 dollars. The state’s tax credit investment in labor-intensive building renovation has generated 1,850 more jobs than would have been created had the same funds been used for new construction, the foundation reported.
Governor O’Malley used today’s opportunity to announce $5 million in Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credits for four projects in Central Maryland. Receiving awards are:
Union Mill in Baltimore City: $2,920,000 tax credit for $20,000,000 project by Seawall Development Company to turn vacant manufacturing structure into residential and commercial space.
Proctor House in Bel Air: $100,000 tax credit for $500,000 project by Kelly Financial Group, LLC to turn vacant/storage space into commercial offices.
Two projects at the National Park Seminary development in Silver Spring: $800,000 tax credit for $4,000,000 project by the Alexander Company to turn vacant gymnasium into 12 residences. And $1,180,000 tax credit for $5,900,000 by the Alexander Company to turn vacant space and utility structures into 15 residential units.
The governor made his announcement before federal, state and local officials and community leaders at the site of the Union Mill (historically Druid Mill) development in Baltimore's Hampden community. Seawall Development is restoring what was the largest stone mill in Maryland into teacher apartments and office space utilizing L.E.E.D. "green"-certified standards.
"New legislation for 2010 seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of the tax credit program as an incentive for smart and sustainable growth,” said Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard E. Hall, who chairs the Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet. “By expanding program eligibility and coordinating it more closely with related state programs, the tax credit will benefit more communities across the state as a critical redevelopment and revitalization tool. One of Maryland’s most effective Smart, Green & Growing tools should not be allowed to sunset this year.”
The program is administered by the Maryland Department of Planning, and provides Maryland income tax credits equal to 20 percent of the qualified capital costs expended in the rehabilitation of a certified heritage structure. The tax credits are available for owner-occupied residential property as well as income-producing property. For more information about the program, visit Planning.Maryland.gov.
ARRESTED: Zachary Christopher Hufnell, 20 years of age
CHARGES: Theft (under $ 100)
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking CC # 201000000706
On January 6, 2010 at approximately 1:44 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to a vacant residence on the three hundred (300) block of Martin St. for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival the officers met with a witness who advised that he had observed a subject exiting the residence with stolen property. The witness is employed by the owner of the residence to maintain the residence. Upon his arrival the witness observed the suspect take a quantity of copper tubing from the residence and flee from the area on a bicycle. Officers located the suspect who was positively identified by the witness. The copper tubing that had been cut from the residence was recovered from the suspect’s backpack.
ARRESTED: Warren Hammond, 52 years of age
CHARGES: Fourth degree burglary
Theft (under $ 100)
Malicious destruction of property
Burglary to commit theft
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking CC # 201000000742
On January 7, 2010 at approximately 6:30 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police were on routine patrol in the area of W. Church St. and Poplar Hill Avenue and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by below listed suspect # 1 for traffic violations. During the traffic stop it was found that suspect # 1’s license was suspended. Suspect # 1 was taken into custody and a check of the vehicle revealed a smoking device containing suspected “crack”/cocaine. Suspect # 2 was a passenger in the vehicle in close proximity to the smoking device.
ARRESTED # 1: April Christine Figgs, 25 years of age
CHARGES: Driving while suspended
Possession of cocaine
Possession of cds/paraphernalia
Driving without a license
ARRESTED #2: Kimberly Renee Worley, 18 years of age
CHARGES: Possession of cocaine
Possession of cds/paraphernalia
DISPOSITION: Both released to Central Booking
CC # 201000000858
On January 7, 2010 at approximately 10:25 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the six hundred (600) block of Light Street for the report of a residence that had been damaged by spray painting. The investigation of the incident revealed that the below listed suspects had come into possession of black spray paint and were responsible for the spray painted damage.
ARRESTED #1: Juvenile, 12 years of age
ARRESTED #2: Juvenile, 15 years of age
CHARGES (both): Malicious destruction of property
DISPOSITION: Both juveniles released to parents CC # 201000000851
Board of Education To Consider Revisions to Policy On Cocurricular And Extracurricular Activity Eligibility
Since last year, a task force has been reviewing Wicomico’s minimum GPA requirement of 1.6 on a 4.0 scale. Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and Director of Secondary Education Kimberly Miles presented the task force’s recommendations and a draft policy on Cocurricular and Extracurricular Activity Eligibility to the Board Tuesday, Jan. 5, at a work session.
Middle and high schools will send a copy of the draft policy home with students on Monday, Jan. 11. Schools will also make a ParentLink call to parents and guardians to let them know about the proposal and upcoming meetings on it.
The proposed policy is also posted here. Comments or concerns may be e-mailed to email@example.com, and the Board will take public comments at the Jan. 12 Board meeting.
BALTIMORE, MD (January 8, 2010) – Next Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley, joined by U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johannsson, and other federal and military officials and business leaders, will announce and outline a cyber security economic development plan that will strengthen the State’s already strong cyber security industry and increase career and business opportunities for Marylanders. In addition, Governor O’Malley will kick off the “CyberMaryland” Summit, and will release Maryland’s first comprehensive inventory of the cyber security sector in Maryland, the “CyberMaryland” Report.
The announcement and the Summit will be held this Monday, January 11, 2010 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, charged with advancing and promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness to enhance economic security. The Summit brings Maryland’s technology companies, research laboratories, federal facilities, key industry leaders, and university officials together to position Maryland as the leader in the nation’s cyber security industry.
“Beth has been an extraordinary partner during my time as Commissioner,” said former Commissioner Ralph S. Tyler. “She has lead the effort to bring a sharper focus to the agency's mission of protecting consumers. Her expertise in health insurance will be a great asset to the state as the state prepares to implement federal health reform legislation.”
In her role as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Sammis identifies regulatory gaps and recommends policy direction for health insurance matters. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Sammis served as Vice President of Government Affairs for United Healthcare for the Mid-Atlantic region. In that capacity, she identified public policy issues and recommended positions in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina, and spoke on behalf of the company with legislators, regulators and the media. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Sammis served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at MAMSI, where she managed a department of seven public relations, marketing communication and graphic arts professionals, and identified public policy issues in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia and recommended positions to executive management. From 1998 to 2000, she served as Vice-President of Corporate Communications at MAMSI, and from 1996 to 1998, she served as Senior Director of Medicare/Medicaid and Government Relations at MAMSI. Ms. Sammis served as Deputy Director of Payment Systems, Benefits and Practice Parameters for the Health Care Access Cost Commission from 1993 to 1996, where she coordinated the development of a standard benefit plan for Maryland's small group market and HMO report cards. She was also a Legislative Analyst with the Department of Legislative Reference from 1985 to 1993.
Ms. Sammis obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, received her Master of Art in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), founded as the Maryland Insurance Division in 1872, is an independent State agency located in downtown Baltimore. This agency regulates Maryland's $26 billion insurance industry and makes certain that insurance companies, health plans and producers (agents and brokers) comply with Maryland insurance law. The MIA also licenses over 11,000 producers and approximately 1,500 insurance companies, regulates insurance rates, monitors insurer solvency, investigates consumer complaints and travels across the State providing consumers with educational materials on insurance.
Date of Occurrence: January 6th, 2010, at approximately 3:15 pm
Michael Graver, 23 years old, of Lewes, DE
Jamison Spangle, 35 years old, of Georgetown, DE
Kenneth Boulden, 34 years old, of Rehoboth, DE
Scott Boulden, 24 years old, of Rehoboth, DE
Ricky Knight, 23 years old, of Rehoboth, DE
Aaron Patrycia, 24 years old, of Georgetown, DE
Resume: On January 6th, 2010, members of the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit along with members of the Governor’s Task Force conducted an investigation on a prescription drug ring. This prescription drug ring was operating from a home in the Rehoboth Beach area.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Michael Graver had been purchasing prescription drugs from Kenneth Boulden, while at Boulden's residence on Shady Lane, Rehoboth, DE. Michael Graver was at a local pharmacy with Jamison Spangle when he was taken into custody by members of the Task Force. After being placed in custody Michael Graver was found to be in possession of 10 Oxycodone and 3 Diazepam pills which he did not have a prescription for. Jamison Spangle was found to be in possession of marijuana, and also placed in custody.
Task Force members also executed a search warrant at the home of Kenneth Boulden. As a result of the search warrant Task Force members seized a .380 caliber handgun, Xanax pills, and drug paraphernalia. Kenneth Boulden, Scott Boulden, Ricky Knight, and Aaron Patrycia were all in the home on Shady Lane during the time of the search warrant. All four subjects were taken into custody without incident.
As a result of this investigation, six individuals in the Rehoboth/Lewes community were charged with multiple criminal offenses thus breaking up this prescription drug ring.
Michael Graver was formally charged with, 3 Counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (f), Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (m), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m). Michael Graver was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correction Institute in lieu of $13,000.00 secured bail.
Jamison Spangle was charged with Possession of Marijuana (m),and released.
Kenneth Boulden was formally charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (f), Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (f), 3 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (f), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m). Kenneth Boulden was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correction Institute in lieu of $16,000.00 secured bail.
Scott Boulden was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), and released.
Ricky Knight was found to be wanted out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas for an unpaid fine. Ricky Knight was released after posting $50.00 cash bail.
Aaron Patrycia was formally charged with, 2 Counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (m), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m). Aaron Patrycia was arraigned and released on $3,000.00 unsecured bond
Hopefully these results will be published later this month.
This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court's accepting the
District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.
We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to your comments after the Show.
The mission of the Board is to protect the public and animal health and welfare through:
Effective licensure of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospitals under its jurisdiction;
Effective discipline of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and operators of veterinary hospitals under its jurisdiction, when warranted; and
Adoption of reasonable standards for the practice of veterinary medicine in the State of Maryland.
A State in which the public can be assured of safe practices by all licensed veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospitals.
Primary Contact for the Public:
Tonya D. Jones, Office Secretary, or
Laura C. Downes, Executive Director
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401 Telephone: 410-841-5862
Ariz. Sheriff Investigated by Federal Grand Jury for aggressively cracking down on illegal immigration.
PHOENIX — Two officials said Thursday night they have been subpoenaed to answer questions next week before a federal grand jury about a high-profile Arizona sheriff who gained attention for aggressively cracking down on illegal immigration.
In statements read by a county spokesman, Maricopa County Manager David Smith and Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson said they met with a federal prosecutor to discuss the case and will testify Wednesday.
Wilson said the general subject of the inquiry was abuses by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Neither Wilson nor Smith offered specifics, said county spokesman Richard de Uriarte, who spoke with the two officials Thursday night.
Arpaio is widely known for tough jail policies and pushing the bounds on local immigration efforts. He has led a dozen crime and immigration sweeps, some in heavily Latino areas.
Critics allege that some of Arpaio's deputies racially profiled people during immigration sweeps. But Arpaio maintains that people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.
O'Malley recently announced that he is running for re-election and some claim he can't loose. Yet he is so confident, he is trying to basically call his would-be contender "a birther" after hearing that Robert Ehrlich may run against him this year, even though no official announcement has been made. Real class act there Martin.
What really gets me though is he's now jumping on the Sarah Foxwell case. The 11 year old girl who's body was found on the Eastern Shore on Christmas day, after she was abducted by a convicted child molester and rapist. Not that I don't want the governor of our state to impose better protective laws for children, then the ones he opposed before, but it all seems kind of well, disingenuous. After all, he is well known for opposing the death penalty. Not only that, he lead the charge to repeal the death penalty in the State of Maryland He even testified at the the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Did we ever once hear from our esteemed governor, over the Christmas holiday, as we were tearing our hearts out hoping against hope that Sarah would be found alive and well? Did we hear from him once her remains were discovered, dumped in a field by all accounts, a convicted and released child rapist? No. Not one word, and now he says he pledges to Sarah "There is still work to be done."
Is that all you've got Governor? Seriously?
The people of Wicomico County demand justice for this innocent child. Not empty words. We're sick of empty rhetoric, Governor.
Let's review: O'Malley was left with a Billion dollar Rainy Day Fund. He blew through it. He pushed hard for the largest tax increase in Maryland history (2007). He got it. He courted and received nearly $4 billion in federal “stimulus” dollars (2008), and we STILL have a projected $2 billion budget deficit. Governor O'Malley's inability to manage a budget is astounding. His priorities are all screwed up and now we are supposed to believe that suddenly he's going to create 60,000 new jobs and we should re-elect him?
We don't believe anything you say anymore Governor. You've had your chance. You blew it. It's time to move on down the road to a different endeavor before you completely distroy this state.
As the Least Free State O'Malley is free to go.
For More Information Check Out the O'Malley Watch
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“Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Parking Acquisition and Development – Wicomico County is currently negotiating to purchase 5 acres of land from the old Salisbury Mall site for parking. This is not sufficient to provide the total parking necessary for the WY&CC to be a viable entertainment center. $900,000 is recommended in FY 2011 to be combined with County and Program Open Space money in the combined amount of $5.4M currently on hand to provide for the purchase of fifteen additional acres. It is recommended that the requested amount be approved in the Capital Improvement Plan even if it is not included in the ultimate bond issue to allow for flexibility in the process of acquiring additional land.”
Pollitt’s plan to pay $300,000 per acre for the first 5 acres has been approved by the County Council – 2 of the members, Joe Holloway and Stevie Prettyman, were opposed. The final vote won't occur until after a public hearing that will be held in a few weeks, but it’s a done deal barring a major shift -- 2 members must switch from for to against – are you listening Ms. Bartkovich and Mr. Cannon?
The capital budget does not indicate the proposed cost of the 15 additional acres. Assume that it is only $250,000 per acre, that’s $3,750,000, almost as much as the County needs for the routine road maintenance and improvement that Pollitt says can’t be funded in this year’s budget. If all 20 acres are purchased by the County, it could pay in excess of $5 Million for the land, despite Pollitt’s pleading that there is not enough money for essential public services.
In the County’s new capital budget, according to John Cannon: "We're cutting back everywhere we can." Baloney!
This unsettling discovery was made by graduate student Cynthia Magnus outside the back entrance of H&M on 35th street in New York City. Just a few doors down, she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor. On December 7, she spotted 20 bags of clothing outside of H&M including, "gloves with the fingers cut off, warm socks, cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor, men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.”
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Defense attorneys for accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan are racing to collect evidence that could show their client is insane before a psychiatric evaluation is completed.
The Army on Wednesday evening told Maj. Hasan's defense lawyers that it had convened a so-called sanity board to evaluate whether Maj. Hasan is fit to stand trial. The three-person panel is expected to make a recommendation by the end of February, a timeline that has defense attorneys frustrated.
Maj. Hasan is accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian in a Nov. 5 rampage at the Texas Army base. Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty.
Maj. Hasan's mental status is shaping up to be a central issue in the case. John P. Galligan, the retired Army colonel leading the defense team, has said he was considering pursuing an insanity defense, and the Army has appointed a prosecutor with experience in such cases.
Legal experts said an insanity defense could be Mr. Galligan's best chance of winning an acquittal for his client, or at least avoiding the death penalty. But it wouldn't be easy. Defendants, both in civilian and military trials, rarely are found not guilty on the basis of their mental state. A 2006 study by three Army psychiatrists found that in the more than 21,000 courts-martial between 1990 and 2006, only six defendants were found not guilty by reason of insanity.
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The Washington Times had an article yesterday linking poor RNC fund-raising and discontent with Steele among big contributors. Steele, on ABC radio, told his critics to “get with the program or get out of the way.”
Newt Gingrich has been a defender of Steele, and Thursday was no different. He said that the RNC chairman was wrong to say that Republicans had no chance of taking the House in ‘10, and had corrected himself.
But Gingrich said continued criticism of Steele amounted to “inside-the-party cannibalism.” Said the former congressman:
“Michael Steele makes a number of old-time Republicans very nervous. He was the [GOP] chairman of a blue state, Maryland. He was the lieutenant governor of that state.
“He comes out of a very different background – he spent six years at seminary. He is an African-American. He is a physically big guy who’s noisy, and I think there are a number of Republicans who wish they could just find a good, boring, old-time Republican to be in that job so he wouldn’t make them nervous.
“On the other hand, I think he’s pretty close to what we need. He’s different, he’s gutsy, his book is tough, his book is honest. His book’s going to make a number of Republicans mad, because it says we deserved to lose in ‘06 and ‘08, and we better learn some lessons from it.
“We have a lot of Republicans who don’t want to learn, don’t want to change, and don’t want to be told it was our fault. They’d like to think it was somebody else’s far. I’m a fan of Steele. I think he is learning, I think he is smart, and I think he ultimately will be a very important part of where we’re going
“I think people ought to relax. There’s a group who are so mad at him, that they are feeding the news media, and trying to start a fight over Steele. Steele is the chairman. The purpose of the Republican National Committee is to create a majority. They’ve done a very good job with finances. He’s raised a lot of money. We won the governorship of Virginia, we won the governorship of New Jersey. That strikes me as a pretty good starting year for him.”
We left my Mom's house at 6:45 this morning for her CT scan but we weren't able to get the scan done until about 1:00pm! Insurance was denying coverage for it and we found out that they were denying coverage for last nights scan as well (they wanted us to drive to Maryland to have it done....ARE YOU KIDDING ME???). It took about 4 hours but CHOP was able to eventually get it approved but in the meantime Brooke was getting very agitated and starving since she wasn't allowed to eat until after the scan! I have no idea why and we have not, up until this point, had any problems with our insurance company. Hopefully this will be an isolated incedent.
We got home a little after 8 and I just got her to bed around 9pm but wanted to let everyone know the results. This will be a difficult week of waiting...please keep Brooke in your prayers.
Thank you so much.
Here's the deal. Bennie Smith Funeral Homes has been holding Solei's body ever since she passed. They refused to hold the funeral until all funds have been paid. Originally they were going to charge $8,000.00 for her funeral. We put out the word that the Family needed help and were informed, (several times) that everything had been taken care of. I didn't learn until yesterday the total amount Bennie Smith wanted to charge for the funeral, so I contacted them directly and they reduced the funeral expense down to $3,995.00. While that's better, so far we're told as of today, the Family has raised $1,300.00.
The Family was considering setting up an account at Bennie Smith Funeral Home but after I got off the phone with them yesterday they then informed the Family that IF they were to set up a fund raising account through them, they would get the first $8,000.00 and anything above and beyond would then go to the Family. UNBELIEVABLE, I know!
That being said, an account has been set up with PNC Bank and we have listed the account number for anyone kind enough to go by and make a donation. The Town of Princess Anne was kind enough to put up $100.00 and $700.00 came in from Solei's School through fundraising. Johns Hopkins put up $500.00, so the Family needs your help.
Again, even when the Town of Princess Anne contacted the local Bennie Smith Funeral Home, they too had been told twice that everything had been taken care of, it had not. If you, or anyone you know has in fact made a donation directly to the Bennie Smith Funeral Home for Solei before today, please contact us right away. firstname.lastname@example.org
Solei Watson was diagnosed with Infantile Fibrosarcoma at the age of 18 months. Due to this diagnosis she was deemed uninsurable for life insurance. Solei went into remission for 3 years and then the cancer came back in late August of this year and had spread to her right lung and knee. On December 28, 2009 she went in to have a tumor removed from her right lung and sadly she never made it through the surgery.
The family was having a hard time coming up with the money for the funeral and after we were told everything was taken care of a family member called the funeral home and there was a mix up in communication and so nothing concerning Solei's funeral was taken care of. As of yesterday Bennie Smith funeral home had only received $500.00 towards her final expenses. We had withheld interviews from the media when we were told everything was taken care of and after realizing otherwise we are now forced to backtrack and again ask the community for help. The funeral home has agreed to hold the service but Solei just can't be buried until the bill is paid in full.
Solei Watsons mother (Yomika Dickerson) set up an account at PNC Bank in Princess Anne today.
The account number is 5558506804.
Joe the family is in absolute shock because like I stated before we were told everything was alright and taken care of but that one phone call has changed everything."
Resume: Detectives have completed a composite sketch of one of the suspects from a Home Invasion in Sussex County. The Home Invasion occurred December 19th, 2009, on Carpenter Road, Milton, DE. (Please Refer to the below Release for Further)
Anyone who may know the identity of this suspect can contact Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. - January 7, 2010 -- New Jersey's state Senate has defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, the latest in a string of setbacks for advocates.
Gay rights advocates had been pushing hard for the bill because on Jan. 19, new Republican Gov. Chris Christie takes office and he has vowed to veto a gay marriage bill. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine had promised to sign it into law.
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the western part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan after their severe snow
storm ... The Mining Journal,Marquette, MI WEATHER BULLETIN Up here in the
Northern part of Michigan we just recovered from a Historic event --- may I even
say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of
up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked
down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed
ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.
FYI: Obama did not come. FEMA did nothing. No one howled for the government. No
one blamed the government. No one even uttered an expletive on TV. Jesse Jackson
or Al Sharpton did not visit. Our Mayor's did not blame Obama or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Obama or anyone else either. CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, or
NBC did not visit - or even report on this.
As much as $9.5 million in federal stimulus dollars went to 14 zip codes in Virginia that don’t exist or are in other states, Old Dominion Watchdog (http://virginia.watchdog.org) reports. The fake zip codes were listed on Recovery.gov, the federal Web site that is supposed to track how the stimulus money is being used.
The phony zip codes are a new wrinkle in Recovery.gov’s increasingly tattered credibility. In November, Ed Pound, director of communications for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, said a rash of phantom congressional districts found on the website were the result of confusion by fund recipients, who apparently didn’t know who their congressman was.
But who would give millions of dollars to somebody who doesn’t even know their own zip code?
The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about Â£75,000.
She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.
It is replaced by a womanâ€™s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young womanâ€™s face appears.
She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.
This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house...
In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.
The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.
Kseniya Simonova says:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And thereâ€™s surely no bigger compliment."
Please take time out to see this amazing piece of art.
The reason I'm writing , last night we notice a medium size dog came to our porch in Delmar DE. when I looked for it, it took off. I had thought it when home but to my dismay upon opening the door this morning there she was curled up on our door mat. She is an older dog but look like she had puppies at one time in her past. I was at a loss knowing I couldn't keep her cause of my Granddaughter can not handle dog hair. So I did what I didn't want to do and called the local police dept to see if there was any way animal control could help. The Officer was so kind he came out and saw what I saw a very under weight dog, that was very bad shape. He called SPCA of DE they agreed to send someone to get her if she was held as so not to leave. This dog could bearly walk let alone run. So we waited, I got some food, she eat it out of my hand ever so gentle. I'm sure she was a special dog to someone at one time. To me it was heart breaking cause I know she probably wont make it. How could someone be so cruel to do this a sweet dog. I could count each and every rib on this poor thing. The Camden DE SPCA has her. The lady that came to get her told me they would do all they could for her and handle her with up most care. They came in matter of an hour to get her,the officer waited along with me till they took her. My hope is that they can help her and know they will. I hope that whom ever left this dog, has a broken heart cause they sure broke that dog's heart forgetting her. I would send a picture but couldn't get it off my phone to sent. Besides I know it would upset them to see her as much as it upset us.
Thanks for listening, and again thanks to SPCA and Delmar police dept.
The first guy slept with Bob and comes to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot.They said, "Man, what happened to you?"He said, "Bob snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night."
The next night it was a different guy's turn. In the morning, same thing, hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot.. They said, "Man, what happened to You? You look awful!" He said, "Man, that Bob shakes the roof with his snoring. watched him all night."
The third night was Fred's turn.. Fred was a tanned, older cowboy..... a man's man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. "Good morning!" he said. They couldn't believe it.
They said, "Man, what happened?" He said, "Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Bob into bed, patted him on the butt, and kissed him good night. Bob sat up and watched me all night."
America needs Obama care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.
At a recent Obama speech there was a guy in the back of the hall screaming anti-American slogans and making hateful racist remarks. They turned the house lights up and it was Reverend Wright.
For a moment Obama thought he was back in church and yelled, "Can I get an amen"?
Have you heard about McDonalds new Obama Value Meal? Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser.
Q: What do Vanilla Ice, Eminem and Barack Obama have in common?
A: They all made careers pretending to be black men.
Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.
Obama has ordered GM to come out with a new model called the Pelosi. It's a convertible, but no one wants to see it with the top down.
On Halloween you put on a false face and trick people. This year Barack Obama is going as – Barack Obama.
If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved? .... America !
Q: What’s the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers.
The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter and lines up his putt.
His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying here and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you.
"Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."
A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, "You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?"
Mickelson replied, "The holes are numbered."
A young man and a priest are playing together.
At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son? "
The young man says, "An 8-iron, father. How about you?"
The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."
The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.
The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.
The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."
Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man.
The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?" "Yes " says the woman.
"Did you hit him with that golf club?"
" Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her, hands on her face.
"How many times did you hit him?"
"I don't know, five, six, maybe seven times.....just put me down for a five."
A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.
Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.
As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?"
The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.
She said: "What are your golf clubs doing here?"
He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day,` is it?"
Nomination forms will be sent home with students. They are also available in schools, at the Board of Education Office, at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, and on line at www.wcboe.org.
The Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Program annually solicits nominations from parents, students, the community and fellow educators to recognize Wicomico teachers with exceptional qualities and characteristics that make them shining examples of teaching in Wicomico County. Nominations come from many different people; a student who treasures a special teacher, a parent who sees the benefits of all that a teacher does, someone who recalls an outstanding experience in the classroom of a teacher who is still teaching, or a coworker who sees the value of a fellow teacher’s work every day.
“Teachers considered as nominees for recognition as Teacher of the Year should exemplify the traits associated with master teachers. They should be skillful and dedicated teachers who plan to continue their teaching careers," said Karen Leimann, coordinator of the Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Program.
Wicomico Teachers of the Year, including the current Teacher of the Year, Susan Cullen (Grade 3, Delmar Elementary), model teaching excellence. Wicomico has had a number of finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year, and has two past Maryland Teachers of the Year on staff, Bonnie Walston, now the director of special education (1994), and Aaron Deal, a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle School (2004).
Semifinalists for the Wicomico award will be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges (March 4-5). On March 18, during the Teacher of the Year Banquet at Salisbury University’s Commons, the finalists at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels will be named, and the new Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced.
For more information, please call Karen Leimann at 410-677-4462 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
The January 2010 edition of the show features interviews with Kim Finger, Director of Student & Family Services, and Patti Adkins, coordinator of the Infants & Toddlers Program. The show also features a visit to Northwestern Elementary, which in December was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School.
"Working Together for Children" airs regularly at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon Saturdays; check the Programming grid at www.pac14.org for additional times. PAC 14 also streams its programming live on its web site at www.pac14.org, so viewers can visit the web site to "tune in" on line when the show is on the air. DVDs of many past "Working Together" shows are now available at the Wicomico Public Library. Please call 410-677-4529 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Rumors swirl about comic’s primetime show, possible shake-up on NBC
NEW YORK - Although NBC shot down rumors Thursday that it would be canceling the low-rated “The Jay Leno Show,” unconfirmed reports indicate a lineup shuffle may be in the works that would keep Leno at the network, but not necessarily in the 10 p.m. time slot he’s held since September.
According to the speculation, “The Jay Leno Show” would go on hiatus beginning Feb. 1 and after the Winter Olympics the comic would return at the helm of “The Tonight Show” at 11:35 p.m., replacing Conan O’Brien.
The New York Times also reported that in addition to restoring Leno to his former spot, the network would push O’Brien to a 12:05 a.m. starting time for an hour-long program. “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” would then start at 1:05 a.m.
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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his own image than on rebuilding the GOP.
"I tell them to get a life," Steele told ABC News Radio in an interview Thursday. "I'm looking them in the eye and say, 'I've had enough of it. If you don't want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.'"
Steele apparently was responding in part to a Thursday report in the Washington Times that quotes some GOP operatives as saying they plan to withhold donations from the RNC because they are unhappy with Steele's leadership. In the story, Republican critics accused Steele of spending too much time promoting his new book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," and giving paid speeches around the country.
Steele told ABC he would grade himself a "solid B" in his first year as chairman, saying he helped the party raise $80 million, win governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia and launch a new Web site.
"A 'B' is not bad," Steele said. "I can do better."
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Formula One Chief Executive Officer Bernard Ecclestone confirmed his plans to make a bid for Saab Automobile, the Swedish carmaker that is being wound down by General Motors Co.
Ecclestone said he was making the bid together with partner Genii Capital.
“It’s a good brand. It’s a good brand that has probably been neglected by the current owners,” Ecclestone said in a phone interview. “We don’t own it yet, so let’s see what happens.”
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