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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


 Language warning on video

A New Orleans man decided to fight back against a shotgun-wielding attacker who attempted to rob him at around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Instead of hoping for the best and following the criminal’s orders to give up his cash, the would-be victim yanked the shotgun from the robber’s hands and sent him running for his life.

The man was approached moments later by two black men, one of which was apparently the attacker, in a black four-door sedan, according to police. Hilariously, the driver of the car reportedly tried to negotiate with the man, saying “give me my gun back and I’ll give you your phone that you dropped.”

The man wasn’t about to accept that “deal.” An New Orleans Police Department spokesman told that he instead used the shotgun to shatter the rear windshield of the vehicle. For the second time, the criminal fled from his “victim.” It was unclear whether the shotgun was loaded.

The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council Presents Survival Boot Camp Training On May 15

Training for Heritage Tourism Related Non-Profits

(Salisbury, MD)
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Heritage Tourism Program is offering a Survival Boot Camp training session for heritage tourism sites and organizations on Wednesday, May 15 from 8:00am to 1:30pm at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Survival Boot Camp is a half-day training session that involves an active and hands-on discussion of the actions you can take to get a better handle on your organizations situation in today’s economy. It is designed to engage participants in voicing their challenges and ideas, to help in developing creative strategies for their own sites and destinations, and to offer inspiration through the sharing of survival stories from across the country.

Carolyn Brackett, the Senior Field Officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be facilitating and leading the discussion. She has been involved with the development of the ten year strategic plan for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program and the development of the corridor management plan’s heritage tourism sections for Michener’s Chesapeake Byway.

This program is meant to benefit volunteers, board members, or staff involved in areas of historic sites, museums, Main Street Programs, scenic byways, heritage areas, arts organizations, and state and county tourism agencies. The strategies discussed within this program have shown to be successful for many of these cultural and heritage tourism organizations across the country.

Advanced paid reservation is required. Registration fee is $20 per person if received by May 1st. After May 1st registration cost is $25. Final registration must be received by May 10th. A continental breakfast and full lunch are included.

Please contact Lisa Ludwig or Jay Parker at the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council to register by calling 410-677-4706 or email

Boston Marathon Bomb Amputees Offered Prosthetics Free Of Cost

A trade group representing makers of artificial limbs on Tuesday promised to provide prosthetics free of cost to the estimated 20 to 25 victims of the Boston Marathon bombings who underwent amputations.

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association offered initial services and prosthetics not covered by insurance for patients injured in the blasts, which tore the lower limbs off some spectators near the finish line of the race on April 15.

Costs for a below-knee device average $8,000 to $12,000 each and $40,000 to $60,000 for above-knee prosthetics, said Greig Martino, a prosthetist treating bombing victims.


911 Center Safety Open House

Location: Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane, Georgetown, DE

Date of Occurrence: Thursday May 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Georgetown, DE- Delaware State Police Sussex Communication Section along with the Fire and Ambulance Callboard of Sussex County will be hosting their 12th Annual 911 Open House Thursday May 9, 2013. The Open House will take place at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center located at 21911 Rudder Lane, Georgetown Delaware. The safety event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Approximately 500 children from the local school districts are expected to visit the 911 center on this day. They will be given a tour of the 911 center and students will learn important safety tips on How and When to contact 911.

To promote public safety, the following demonstrations, displays, and activities will be available to the public: University of Delaware’s Bicycle Safety Program, “Kick Butts” Anti-Smoking Campaign provided by American Lung Association, Millsboro Fire Company’s Fire Safety House, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Various units from the Delaware State Police, Local Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services will also be on display. This will provide hands on education for the students.

Last year's event had a very impressive turn out and we are expecting more of the same this year. For additional information concerning the 911 Open House please contact Bryan Schieferstein at (302)752-6802.

Preakness Beefs Up Security, Bans Backpacks

Backpacks and duffel bags will be prohibited at the Preakness this year, part of a new security policy at Pimlico Race Course influenced by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

For the first time, only clear coolers will be allowed in the building and the infield at the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown. The new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers, along with cameras with lenses more than 6 inches in length.

In previous years, backpacks and duffel bags were allowed in the vastly populated infield. Duffel bags were permitted in the building and the grandstand, but now duffel bags and backpacks are forbidden on the entire premises. The rule applies to fans, employees and vendors.



Salisbury, MD… Wicomico County NAACP Branch #7028 will host a Job Readiness

Seminar addressing the interview process, appropriate dress for job interviews, and the use of proper conversational skills. The targeted audience is middle and high school students. The seminar will be presented in such a way that the students will have hands on experience and fun. Lunch will be provided at noon.
Date: June 8, 2013 

Time: 10:00 A.M. – Noon

Place: Sojourner-Douglass College

408 Coles Circle, Suite D (Truitt Street near railroad track)

Salisbury, MD 21804

Cost: Free
To obtain a permission slip, email us at or call 410-543-4187
Students must register by May 31, 2013 with name, address, phone number, age and a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian, giving permission to participate in this seminar. 

Send registration to WCNAACP, P.O. Box 1047, Salisbury, MD 21802. Family must provide transportation to and from this event.
This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187.

Smithsonian Limits Gallery Closures To 3 Museums

The Smithsonian Institution is limiting the number of galleries it will close due to budget cuts mandated by Congress.

Smithsonian officials plan to close sections of three buildings between May 1 and Sept. 30. The museum complex must reduce its budget by $42 million as part of Congress' across- the-board budget cuts.

Spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the Smithsonian will close a small exhibit space in the National Museum of African Art, some sections of the Hirshhorn Museum displaying parts of its permanent collection and the Commons area of the Smithsonian Castle. That area shows objects from every Smithsonian museum.

No major exhibitions will close.



Salisbury, MD … Mr. Kenneth Jones will be the guest speaker for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) monthly meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 P.M. This meeting will be held at Chipman Cultural Center, 325 Broad Street, Salisbury, MD.
Mr. Jones’ topic will be “Unlocking the Minds of Males in Education.” Kenneth Jones is a 

Wicomico High School teacher, who grew up as a ward of the state, spending the first 18 years of his life in foster care and on a variety of welfare programs. Mr. Jones’ seminar is a clarion call to action to examine the effects of the educational achievement gaps on young males and society.

The seminar will also offer practical solutions to the problems that males are facing in education.
For additional information about this meeting, contact Mary Ashanti, President, at 410-543-4187

The public is invited to attend this meeting.


 The Sacramento Bee last Thursday published a “shocking” cartoon featuring side-by-side images of Republican Gov. Rick Perry boasting of the state’s “booming” business and the deadly explosion, TheBlaze’s Jason Howerton reported:

And even though the Gov. Perry editorial was not well received, the Sacramento Bee cartoon isn’t alone in its take on the West tragedy.

Syndicated editorial cartoonist Matt Davies last week published his take on the deadly West, Texas, explosion that claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured hundreds more. And it’s just now grabbing headlines. Here it is:


Recovery For The 7 Percent

"From the end of the recession in 2009 through 2011 (the last year for which Census Bureau wealth data are available), the 8 million households in the U.S. with a net worth above $836,033 saw their aggregate wealth rise by an estimated $5.6 trillion, while the 111 million households with a net worth at or below that level saw their aggregate wealth decline by an estimated $600 billion." Pew Research, "An Uneven Recovery," by Richard Fry and Paul Taylor.

Since the recession was officially declared to be over in June 2009, I have assured readers that there has been no recovery. Gerald Celente, John Williams(, and no doubt others have also made it clear that the alleged recovery is an artifact of an understated inflation rate that produces an image of real economic growth.


WCSO Press Release 4-30-13


SPD Press Release 4-30-13

Md. Groups Want To Overturn Gun Control Law

Gun control opponents gear up for a fight at the polls. A petition drive called Free State Petition may soon be up and running.

But, as political reporter Pat Warren reports, even some of the staunchest Second Amendment advocates think the petition is ill-advised.

Gun groups brought thousands of gun rights advocates to Annapolis to fight the governor’s gun bill in the General Assembly, but they will use lawyers to fight it in court.

“This bill is clearly unconstitutional. It goes against our rights,” Delegate Neil Parrott said.

Gun groups have decided it is better to go to court than to the polls, because of Second Amendment constitutional guarantees.


Does President Obama Possess A Constitutional Right To Kill Americans Without Due Process ?

Republican advocate of mass murder, John Bolton, empathetical declares “YES” and uses the genocide committed against the Southern people in the years 1861-1865 as precedent for justification of murder by a pseudo-Republican government.



The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has just been re-introduced in the Senate and specifically bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill has been around for the last couple of decades and its new supporters (two Republicans and three Democrats) probably believe that polls showing movement in favor of same-sex marriage mean that the iron is hot for striking.

From what I can gather, ENDA will offer the LGBT workers the same federal protections against employer discrimination as there are now in the categories of age, race, gender, religion, and disability. As the bill is written now, it would exempt employers with fewer than 15 employees, religious institutions, and religious-affiliated employers, such as Presbyterian hospitals, Catholic adoption agencies, etc.

Let's leave the debate over the overall bill for another time. The development I want to focus on is brand new. There is now a push underway to remove the exemption for religious-affiliated employers by no less than the ACLU and a number of LGBT legal organizations.



“Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Mike Tyson


Van Jones, former advisor to President Barack Obama and progressive activist, was arrested outside a federal courthouse Monday during a protest against “Big Coal.”

Jones confirmed his arrest on Twitter and said he “volunteered” to be arrested at the demonstration “supporting miners being ripped off by Big Coal.” Shortly later he announced he was out of jail and “ready for next round.”


Turn In Your Guns

First Cruise Of The 2013 Season

Smith Island Cruises would like to announce their first cruise of 2013 tomorrow May 1st. The cruise departs Crisfield at 12:30 and returns from Smith Island at 3:45pm. Treat yourself to a fun afternoon and fresh homemade crab cakes at the Bayside Inn restaurant on Smith Island! To reserve your seat call 410-425-2771.

Casinos Reap Benefits As Maryland Lottery Revenues Drop

The Maryland Lottery is losing ground thanks largely to the rise of casino gambling in the Free State.

Lottery revenue in fiscal 2013 totaled about $435 million as of April 14, according to a report from lottery Director Stephen Martino. That's less than the $442 million in revenue at the same point last year.

Total sales, according to the report, are down nearly $29 million -- from $1.41 billion as of April 14 last fiscal year to $1.38 billion this year. Revenue from Keno games, which lottery officials said are more similar to slots and casino games than more standard lottery tickets, are down more than $5.9 million over the same period.


‘Misha’ Speaks: An Interview With The Alleged Boston Bomber’s ‘Svengali’

As the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings continues, one of the more clouded aspects is the tale of “Misha,” a mysterious US-based Islamist who has been accused by members of the Tsarnaev family of radicalizing Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two alleged bombers. “It started in 2009. And it started right there, in Cambridge,” Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, told CNN after the attacks. “This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.” These accusations set off a frenzied search for what some reports have called an Islamic Svengali, and over the past few days, the FBI has said it has located and has been talking to “Misha,” though his identity has remained unknown.

Today I was able to meet “Misha,” whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov. Having been referred by a family in Boston that was close to the Tsarnaevs, I found Allakhverdov at his home in Rhode Island, in a lower middle class neighborhood, where he lives in modest, tidy apartment with his elderly parents. He confirmed he was a convert to Islam and that he had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but he flatly denied any part in the bombings. “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov said.


3rd Annual 10K/5K Run Slated To Promote Camp Barnes Summer Program

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 10K, 5K, and 1 mile walk at 1:00 p.m. Kids Fun Run at 12:45 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

WHERE: Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes
Address: 37171 Camp Barnes Rd. Frankford, De 19945

DESCRIPTION: A beautiful 10K/5K/1 mile walk through the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge on country roads and scenic trails. Kids Run will be held inside Camp Barnes.

REGISTRATION: 10K/5K/1 Mile Walk-$20 Pre-registration thru April 27, 2012. $25 registration April 28th through Race Day. Register online at or register by
mail by downloading the application from the website. Kids Fun Run 12 and under FREE (donations accepted, no shirt, but awards and lunch).

AWARDS: Presented to Overall and Master Champions, as well as, the Top 3 male and female in nine age groups. Awards to all kids who participate in the Fun Run.

AMENITIES: Long sleeve T-shirts guaranteed to all Pre-registered participants in the 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Walk. Water Stops and post event lunch for all registered participants. Lunch is also available for all non-participants. FEE: Adults $5. Children $3 (12 and under).

In 1947, the Delaware Association of Chiefs’ of Police, an organization which was composed of active law enforcement and correctional officers, accepted the challenge to undertake a project to combat juvenile delinquency in the First State. A committee was appointed to investigate the problems confronting youth. The committee’s resulting recommendations led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.

Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, has since served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware. Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. 
Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences for over 60 years.
The summer camp is an overnight residential camp run by the Delaware State Police and is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13 at no cost to the camper or family. Camp Barnes accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks. The camp is in session from early July through August. All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

One of the many positive aspects of Camp Barnes summer camp is the innovative use of adventure based outdoor learning experiences. Camp Barnes has on its grounds an extensive outdoor initiative course with 17 different initiative and team building elements. Some of the many activities campers participate in throughout the week include swimming in an Olympic size pool, kayaking in Miller’s Creek, arts and crafts, nature walks, and talent shows. Campers also enjoy a scaled down version of the Olympics and State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit. 

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, two cooks, and one kitchen assistant and a nurse. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal background check as well as an interview. There is also a State Trooper on grounds at all times when the camp is in session. Website:

Ohio Girl, 8, Gets Kidney Donation From Teacher

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant -- with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher.

Nicole Miller, an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School, got the kidney last week from Wendy Killian, who was her kindergarten teacher last year.

"See you soon, sweet girl," Killian told Nicole just before they both taken into the pre-operation area last week, The Mansfield News Journal reported.



A 2012 speech by Masha Gessen, an author and outspoken activist for the LGBT community, is just now going viral and it includes a theory that many supporters of traditional marriage have speculated about for years: The push for gay marriage has less to do with the right to marry – it is about diminishing and eventually destroying the institution of marriage and redefining the “traditional family.”
The subject of gay marriage stirs powerful reactions on both sides of the argument. There are those who argue that legalizing it would diminish traditional marriage. And those advocating for gay marriage have long stated that the issue will not harm traditional marriage. Ms. Gessen’s comments on the subject seem to contradict the pro-gay-marriage party lines.

Gessen shared her views on the subject and very specifically stated;
“Gay marriage is a lie.”
“Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there.”
“It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.” (This statement is met with very loud applause.)

As mentioned above, Gessen also talked about redefining the traditional family. This may have something to do with the fact that she has “three children with five parents”:


Md. Delegate Ron George Plans To Run For Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Delegate Ron George said Monday he will seek to be the GOP’s candidate for governor in 2014, adding to a pool of Republicans who are eyeing a potential run.

George said in an interview that he has made up his mind to run after much thought and encouragement from supporters. He said he plans to announce his candidacy June 5 in Annapolis.

“We’ve reached that decision now,” said George, who represents an Anne Arundel County district that includes Annapolis. 


Fed Is 'Wrecking Our Free Enterprise System'

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his allies at the central bank haven’t merely embarked on a misguided policy — they’re a threat to U.S.-style capitalism, says former White House Budget Director David Stockman.

The Fed now determines the level of short-, medium- and long-term interest rates, he told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. “It’s all rigged. This is administered price-setting by 12 people who are not even elected.”

DelDOT Promotes Bicycle Month

Bicycling is an inexpensive and environmentally sensitive alternative to driving

-- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is 'pedaling' Bicycle Month in May. During the month, DelDOT will sponsor a variety of events to raise public awareness about bicycling as an inexpensive and environmentally sensitive alternative to driving.

"Studies show that most motorists take trips that are three miles or less. For these people, bicycling is maybe a viable means of transportation for some of these trips. It's more affordable and greener than driving a vehicle. There are health benefits and environmental benefits for bicyclists," said DelDOT Senior Planner Anthony Aglio.

Schedule Of FY14 Budget Sessions

Thursday April 18 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Overview of City's financial condition

Room 306 General Fund Revenues

City Council

City Clerk


Mayor's Office

City Attorney

Monday April 22 6:00 p.m.

Council Chambers

Regular Council Meeting - 1st reading of proposed

FY14 Budget and establishing date for a public

hearing; Water & Sewer rates Ordinance

Tuesday April 23 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Community Development

Room 306 Information Technology

Planning & Zoning

Municipal Buildings - Poplar Hill Mansion

Fire Department

Building, Permitting & Inspections

Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance

Community Promotions

Lunch Break

Police Department

Internal Services - Finance

Thursday May 2 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Water & Sewer Fund

Room 306 Water & Sewer Rates

Tuesday May 7 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Debt Service & Other Uses

Room 306 Marina Fund

Parking Authority


Internal Services - Procurement

Internal Services - Human Resources

Government Office Building

Lunch Break

Public Works - General Fund
Thursday May 9 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. General Discussion

Personnel Committees

Tax Rate – Discussion

Follow-up on outstanding issues

Monday May 13 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting - Public Hearing on FY13

Council Chambers Budget; Proposed Water and Sewer Rates & Constant


Tuesday May 14 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. General Discussion (if necessary)

Room 306 Follow-up on outstanding issues

Thursday May 16 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. General Discussion (if necessary)

Room 306 Follow-up on outstanding issues

Tuesday May 28 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting - 2nd reading and adoption

Council Chambers of Budget; adoption of Water & Sewer rates

Groundwater Contamination Meeting Tonight

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Geranium Sale, Just In Time For Mother's Day!

Geranium Sale Extended Through May 1!

Just in Time for Mother's Day!

Locally Grown and Competitively Priced at Just $4 Each

Available in PinkWhite and Red

Pick up locations in all four lower shore counties. Order HERE until 5 pm on May 1.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release 4-29-13

On 4/28/13, A Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a vehicle for weaving on Rt. 113 near Bishopville. The Deputy observed a suspected cocaine in the center console of the vehicle Mr. Paul Elwood Longacre 51 years old of Delaware, was operating. Mr. Longacre was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of CDS paraphernalia.