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Friday, August 09, 2013


An injured Army vet has won an employment discrimination lawsuit against the FBI. Justin Slaby of Stafford lost his hand to a grenade explosion during an Army training accident. He then applied to be a special agent with the FBI. Slaby says trainers at the FBI Academy in Quantico discriminated against him. He says they forced him to shoot a gun with his left hand but did not impose the same requirement on other candidates. The FBI has transferred one supervisor involved in the incident. It has refused to comment on the ruling.

Swallowing Your Own Medicine

Talk about swallowing your own medicine: The Office of Personnel Management has published a proposed rule explaining how members of Congress and their staff will choose health coverage for next year. No longer will they have access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. Instead, lawmakers and their direct hires will pick a plan through the new health care exchanges that go online Oct. 1. That's because Congress included the requirement in the Affordable Care Act. Unlike the general public, those on Capitol Hill won't be able to take advantage of tax credits. But they'll still get contributions from the federal government, as their employer, to defray the cost of the insurance premiums.

Robbery At Parkwood Apartments

New Hampshire Woman Who Lies About Dying Father To Get Out Of Ticket Arrested

Carley Williams, 28, of Nashua, spun a tale so elaborate about rushing to the hospital to see her father with stage four cancer that State Trooper Christopher J. Cummings let her go — that is, until finding his obituary online dated five years ago.

A New Hampshire woman who sobbed her way out of a speeding ticket by claiming she was rushing to her father's deathbed was arrested two days later when confronted with his obituary — dated five years ago.


O'Malley Names New Information Technology Head

Governor Martin O'Malley has named a new secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology.

The Governor announced Thursday that Isabel FitzGerald will lead the department.

“I am pleased Isabel has chosen to serve the people of Maryland as our State’s Secretary of Information Technology,” Governor O’Malley said. “At the Department of Human Resources, she worked diligently to improve data security, and implement new and innovative strategies to provide infrastructure and support for Maryland’s most disadvantaged residents. With her exceptional talents, skills and experience, I am confident that the Department will flourish under her leadership.” 


Brew River TONIGHT

Brew River's Friday Dock Party with The Bonedaddys 6pm!

Domino's Customer Appreciation Day Today, Medium Cheese Pizza $3.99

The Domino's in Berlin has this special.
Medium with two toppings $5.99 ALL stores. 

Amazon Is Selling This $1.45 Million Monet In Its New 'Fine Art' Section, And The Reviews Are Hilarious

Amazon's new Fine Art and Collectibles section just launched yesterday, and it is already getting less-than-stellar reviews.
One of the most vocal opponents is economist Tyler Cowen, who says that much of the art is low quality and overpriced. "It looks like dealers trying to unload unwanted, hard to sell inventory at sucker prices," he wrote on Marginal Revolution.
Most of the items by famous painters — including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Míro — are lithographs, mady by a delicate printing process that uses oil and water on an aluminum plate to make copies. Since there are multiple renditions available, these are usually much less expensive than a typical painting.
But there are a few original paintings for sale. The most expensive is a Norman Rockwell for $4.85 million. There's also a Claude Monet painting titled "L'Enfant a la tasse, a portrait de Jean Monet" from 1868 available for $1.45 million.
The Monet is getting particular attention from Amazon reviewers who find the new section — and its prices — absolutely ridiculous.
Below are some of the best comments about the painting.
"L'Enfant a la tasse, a portrait de Jean Monet" (1868) by Claude Monet.

"For as much as I paid I'm a little upset that this isn't a new painting. You can see OBVIOUS cracks and I'm worried that the artwork has had several owners before me. I might return to Amazon if I can't get in touch with the seller. 1 out of 5 stars."
"BUYER BEWARE: THIS ITEM IS IN FRENCH. There is no English version. I purchased this product and couldn't understand a word of it."
"The meme has no caption!"
"Pros: Delivered as promised, packed well.
Cons: Stupid picture of some kid, and it's old. And the kid that painted it left their signature right on the painting where everyone can see it; ego much?"
Overall: This was a waste of money, I'll never buy any memes by this Jean woman ever again."
"Eww, as if"
"My friend Dionne advised me against buying a Monet, and I should have listened. From far away, it's okay, but up close it's a big old mess."
"I've been a fan of Monet since the early days and this is a serviceable example of his mid-period stuff, not too fancy but gets the job done and gives an idea of what he's like for people who aren't ready to make up their minds about Waterlilies or Impression, Sunrise. But I really wrote this review to warn casual searchers that some bunch of opportunists are trying to rip off the unwary or inexperienced browser by flooding Amazon with their cheap replicas, under the confusingly similar name "Manet". Remember, it's "Monet", with the "o" that is the real thing. Apparently it's permitted by the Terms of Conditions for people to sell "Manet" product, as long as (when pushed!) they admit somewhere in the fine print that their "Manet" paintings aren't genuine Monets. Seems as unethical as hell to me, but I guess all we fans can do is warn the gullible."
"Amateur Hour"
"I was seriously considering purchasing this item, but I can't get beyond my suspicion that the artist doesn't know how to draw hands. The clumsy attempt to hide them behind a misshapen bowl just screams AMATEUR."

White House Tours Cancelled, But Lobbyists Still Get In

Students seeking a tour of the White House have been locked out due to sequestration, but lobbyists looking for help from President Obama have found an open door.

The White House cancelled all tours, effective March 9, 2013, citing budget cuts necessitated by sequestration. But the work of the White House must go on, so President Obama met with Tony Podesta, one of the top lobbyists in D.C., on April 18, 2013. Podesta’s 2013 clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, include: Google, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Solar Reserve — an Energy Department loan guarantee recipient tied to Solyndra – and some of the energy drink companies that Senate Democrats have recently decided to target for increased regulation, such as Monster Energy and Rockstar, Inc. (White House visitor logs say that 412 people were in that meeting, so it seems likely Podesta was there for the Greek Independence Day reception hosted by the president.)


Rizzi's Roost Car Show

Saturday, September 7, 2013 will be the 1st Annual "Rizzi's Roost" Car show in memory of TONY RIZZI.

The event will be held on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Princess, Anne. Maryland 11793 Crisfield Lane
Registration is from 9am until 10am for a fee of 10.00 dollars.

There will be music, food and drinks for sale. I am looking for someone to do face painting. If any of you out there have contacts for that will you please share with me????

This is a fundraiser to raise awareness for ALS.
The show is free for all guests. Car lovers may register their "beautiful antiques" for a small fee of 10.00. Could you please forward this email to all car lovers???

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 10: 00 an until 2:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Princess Anne 11793 Crisfield Lane
REGISTRATION 9 am until 10am nominal fee of $10.00
Participant AWARDS
"Dash Plaque"to the first 25 registered cars
PURPOSE: To Raise AWARENESS of ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Is Sharia Law A Threat To America?

Bel Air Residents Frustrated with Obamacare & White House Scandals

Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. hosted a town hall event on Tuesday August 6 in Bel Air, MD to take questions and hear the concerns of people in Maryland's First District. Many voiced their frustration with Obamacare and the scandals that are plaguing this administration from the IRS targeting conservative groups, the NSA snooping, and the coverup in Benghazi.

Berlin Little League on ESPN At 3pm

UPDATE: Berlin's Game Postponed Till Saturday
Due to rain, the semi-finals of the Mid-Atlantic Regional baseball tournament in Connecticut have been postponed until Saturday. Berlin will play in the second game with the first game at 2 p.m. Saturday. ESPN is still expected to televise the game, according to early indications.
The Dispatch
UPDATE: Berlin Little League Game Delayed
Rain has pushed back the 11 a.m. start of the other semifinal not involving Berlin this morning up in Connecticut for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. We will update when we know of the new start time and whether it will still be televised on ESPN or an associated network. Berlin was scheduled to play at 3 p.m. but the weather delay will push that back. 

Picture courtesy of Berlin Little League Facebook Page
BERLIN -- Despite back-to-back losses, Berlin Little League’s under-12 Major League All-Star team advanced this week to the semifinals of the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, which will be broadcast on ESPN on Friday afternoon, with a chance at a berth in the Little League World Series in Williamsport later this month on the line.

Berlin jumped out to quick 2-0 record in pool play last weekend with a narrow 5-4 win over New Jersey in the tournament opener on Friday, followed by a 6-2 win over Delaware last Saturday. After an off day on Sunday, Berlin was back in action on Monday morning against Washington D.C. with a chance to improve to 3-0 and all but assure themselves a spot in the semifinals.

The top four seeds among the six teams in the region would advance to the nationally televised semifinals, and at 2-0 with two still to play, Berlin appeared well on their way to advancing. However, Berlin dropped a couple of tough games on Monday and Tuesday and fell to 2-2 in pool play. Berlin had to wait for final results in other games on Tuesday to find out if it would advance.

The Architect Of Destruction

"Obama comes from a community organizer background where it's us against them. But that's not who we are. And that's not the position the leader of our Nation should take."– Dr. Benjamin Carson

Obama appears to be a tormented man who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family members and mentors who instilled him with an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. That bitterness seems not to have left him.

It is not the color of his skin that is a problem – for anyone in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.

Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets "goose bumps" when a band plays "The Star Spangled Banner," or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful?" Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or is he moved to sadness and reflection when someone plays "taps" on a trumpet? Has he ever felt the depth of our admiration of the military, as lovers of those who keep America free feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful – because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a grandfather or uncle who showed his medals and told of the bravery of his fellow troops as they fought and tramped through foreign lands sacrificing for a cause greater than their own lives. He didn't have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.


Officials Continue Investigating High Number Of Dolphin Strandings Along Eastern Shore

Federal officials are continuing to investigate what's causing an unusually high number of dolphin strandings in Maryland and other states along the the East Coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared an unusual mortality event for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region.

They say more than 120 dolphins have died off five states since July. That's seven times the historic average. 



Seafood Feast & Peach Festival

Seafood Feast-I-Val
Seafood Feast-I-Val
August 10, 2013

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast and more, on the shores of the Choptank River. This event is held annually at Governor's Hall at Sailwinds Park on the Choptank River, in historic Cambridge. Enjoy live entertainment, craft sales, door prizes and displays. Rain or shine.

The Seafood Feast-I-Val was chosen by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 group tour events in the United States.

The all-you-can-eat menu includes steamed crabs, fried fish, crab soup, fried clams, BBQ chicken, sweet potato fries, ranch fries, watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, hot dogs, cake and freeze pops. Soft drinks are included in the price; beer is sold by the cup.

Plus live music by Golden Touch, car show, historic town tours, and more. Feast-I-Val hours are from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free Parking!  

Advance ticket prices  are $35 for adults, $10 for children (5-12 years), and free for children under 2. At the door, the price is $40 for adults; children's prices will remain the same.   For more information, call Kathy at 410.228.1211 or email To purchase tickets, go
Seafood Feast-I-Val
Aug 10th
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peach Festival
Have a peach of a time in Dorchester County!
August 10, 2013
Join us for the celebration of this annual summertime favorite! Featuring sun-ripened peaches, mouth-watering pies, delicious fritters, home-made cobbler, authentic Eastern Shore crab cakes, cool refreshing ice cream, unique vendors and more! You won't want to miss out on this summer event that people look forward to all year long.

The festival will be held at the Antioch United Methodist Church. Directions from Cambridge: From Route 50 East, turn right on Route 16. Go about 4 miles. Make a slight right at Dailsville Road; continue for 3.5 miles. Turn left at Town Point Road. Church is a mile on the left at 1742 Town Point Road.

For more information, call 410-228-4723.

The event benefits Antioch Methodist Church.
Peach Festival
Aug 10th
9:00 am

Times Have Changed

Washington, DC, 1914.
Not so thoughty having those horses run on a railroad tracks.
(thoughty? must have been a popular word back in the day)

Employers Show "Strong Distaste" For The 3 Million Long-Term Unemployed

There are still more than 3 million Americans who have been unemployed for more than 52 weeks and, as WSJ reports, economists (via recent studies) worry they will never work again. Of course, with benefits at such heights (and work punished), it is not surprising but on the demand side, for the long-term unemployed, interview "callback rates decrease dramatically at 9 months of unemployment." Worst still, for those applying for medium-to-low skilled jobs (so the majority), being long-term unemployed reduced interview requests by 20% - the equivalent of shaving four years of work experience off their resumes. Critically, one study found employers showed "a strong distaste for applicants with long spells of non-employment."


NBC’s Hillary Miniseries A ‘Total Nightmare For NBC News’…Says An NBC News Journalist

NBC News’ political director said Thursday his own network’s upcoming miniseries on Hillary Clinton will be a “total nightmare for NBC News.”

“There’s this giant firewall, we have nothing to do with it, we know that we’d love probably to be as critical, or whatever it is going to be, if it comes out. But there’s nothing we can do about it,” Chuck Todd said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”


Md. Nets 27.6 Percent More In Gambling Revenue

The state of Maryland netted nearly $830 million in lottery and casino revenues in the last fiscal year.

The Maryland Lottery said Thursday that is an increase of 27.6 percent from the previous fiscal year.

The money will go to the state's general fund and a trust fund for education.


Panhandler Party


Winter Place Park, FREE Admission & Parking
A family friendly fun event for the community.
Lots of exhibitors, Vendors and of course, the FOOD VENDORS.
Animals and poultry can be viewed at any time show is open.
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Judging of Entries
5:00 P.M. Sheep Show
5:30 P.M. Dwarf & Mini Goat Show
6:00 P.M. Swine Show
6:30 P.M. Chicken & Cornbread Contest
7:00 P.M. Cake Auction of prize winning entries
Get your raffle chance for a 43” flat screen TV or Stainless Grill
12 NOON Beef Cattle Show
2:00 P.M. Dairy Goat Show
2:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Station Street Sounds – DJ
6:00 P.M. Dairy Cattle Show
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Benefit Auction
Stainless Steel Grill Raffle will be given away tonight GET YOUR TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. Classic Car Show Registration
10:00 A.M. – NOON 6th Antique Tractor Pull Registration
10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Classic Car Show
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. FREE Children’s Activities
with a 70’ x 20’ walk through whale from the Baltimore Aquarium, make a free grain art display with the grain the farmers grow, water balloon & watermelon seed spitting contest, obstacle course
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. FREE D N R’s Scales & Tales
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Assateague Nat’l Park “Creature Feature”
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Registration for Corn Hole Contest
11:00 – Until 3rd Annual Corn Hole Contest
11:00 A.M. Meat Goat Show
12 NOON Antique Tractor Parade
1:00 P.M. – until Antique Tractor Pull Begins
1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. FREE Youth Pedal Tractor Contest Registration
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Youth Pedal Tractor Contest
2:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. DJ Steve Speed
6:00 P.M. Awards Ceremony
43” Flat Screen TV Raffle will be given away tonight. GET YOUR TICKETS !!!!!!!!!!!

Updated August 5, 2013

Registration Open For 18th Annual West Wicomico Heritage Ride Bike Tour

Ride Scheduled for September 7; Register By August 16 & Save

– The West Wicomico Heritage Ride Bike Tour will return on Saturday, September 7. The tour will begin at Pemberton Historical Park and travel through the western Wicomico County towns of Whitehaven, Hebron, Quantico and Bivalve. Cyclers will experience 300 years of Maryland history along some of the most scenic roadways on the Eastern Shore.

Cyclers may choose a 15, 32, 50 or 62 mile route and will receive a t-shirt, map and cue sheet upon check-in. Rest areas will be placed throughout the tour equipped with iced water and healthy snacks. Sag service will also be available. After the ride, enjoy an outdoor picnic and live music at Pemberton Historical Park until 2:30 p.m. Beer will also be available for purchase with a valid ID.

Register by August 16 to save $5 off your registration fees. Early registration fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 8-18. After August 16, fees will be $40 for adults and $25 for children. Registration is available online at or in person at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.).

Proceeds from the tour will benefit historic preservation and education at Pemberton Historical Park and The Whitehaven Heritage Association.

For more information on the West Wicomico Heritage Ride, please contact Andy Kitzrow, Recreation Superintendent, at 410-548-4900 x114

CNN Exposed – Emmy Winning Former CNN Journalist, Amber Lyon, Blows The Whistle…. Simultaneously Answers One Of My Questions….

Perhaps this one of the most important discussion threads ever regarding Legacy Media manipulation. We sincerely hope you will take the time to digest the content, think about the ramifications to what is here, and then share the information with others.

This is not a matter of opinion, the CNN stories are documented, attributed and cited. They are factual. Everything is verifiable within the embedded links and citations.

Believe it or not, just creating this discussion thread is risky. We are unable to expand.

Before getting to the CNN Amber Lyon expose’ (which is incredible and troubling) let’s first back up a moment and take you back to a previous video we shared surrounding recent events.


MAD Magazine's Take On Agent Double O-Bama

State To Look Into Alleged Racism In County Department

Maryland's health secretary says the department will investigate allegations of racism against the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Dr. Angela Wakhweya, who is African-Americans, was fired as county health officer by the county council in January.

She told The Capital of Annapolis on Wednesday that she is considering contesting her firing in the courts. She also says she witnessed "racism against clients, racism against staff and racism against leadership." 


Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana Flee Obamacare Exchanges

( – Major health insurance companies--Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana--have decided not to participate in various states in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges that will be the only place Americans will be able to buy a health insurance plan using the federal subsidies authorized under the Obamacare law.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), every American must buy a health insurance plan that meets minimum government specifications. If a person does not get health insurance through their employer, and is not on Medicaid, they can buy insurance through their home state's insurance exchange (which, depending on the state, will be run by either the state or federal government).

States will also operate exchanges where small businesses can buy health-insurance plans.


Purnell-Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament - Amateur Event

This year, the Purnell-Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament is offering an amateur draw in addition to its professional tournament. The top two finishers in the amateur draw will win a trip to compete in a sectional tournament in Hawaii. This is truly an excellent opportunity to win such a great prize while benefitting Coastal Hospice.

The amateur tournament begins Monday, August 12th at Salisbury University. To enter online – and for complete eligibility and prize information – please visit

40 Years Of 'The Unbearable Heaviness Of Being' An American Taxpayer

When federal spending grows faster than American's paychecks, the burden of government on taxpayers becomes greater. Over the past four decades, Americans' earnings have risen only 24%; while spending by the government has risen 288%, which begs the question - where did it all go?

O'Malley Campaigns in N.J. for Booker

Cory Booker's experience as mayor of Newark, N.J., would be a big advantage in Washington, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said.

O'Malley is campaigning for Booker throughout the day in New Jersey.

The U.S. Senate candidate will meet up with O'Malley after a debate Thursday night in Newark.


He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
He sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer for a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing, 'tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their life stories from the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are often disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier, his home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier, who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier, and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:

OCEAN CITY GHOST WALK - Friday - Saturday August 9 & 10th

MARION STATION, MD - On Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th, author Mindie Burgoyne will lead a 1.5 mile ghost walk through the lower historic part of Ocean City. This will be the eighth Eastern Shore ghost walk in the Chesapeake Ghost Walk series she launched in January of this year. Burgoyne will have researched and crafted nine walking tours focused on folklore, hauntings and tales of the dead by the end of 2013. "Ocean City" she says, "was the most difficult to research and the most rewarding."

The Ocean City Ghost Walk will begin at the Indian at the Inlet and end at the Henry Hotel, making a circular sweep from the Inlet to 4th Street. In between stops will include the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum, the Ocean City Pier, Trimper's Rides, the Atlantic Hotel, the Tarry-A-While Guest House, a Fisherman's Cottage, and the Shoreham Hotel. Burgoyne hopes to have more than a dozen stops with rich, "ghostly" tales at each one. She will impart a loose but powerful history of the town as the setting and then tell stories about unexplained happenings, apparitions, and tales of the dead ... in some cases, the walking dead. Burgoyne also challenges the guests to examine their own psychic abilities and discover whether or they tend to be more clairvoyant (seeing apparitions), clairaudient (hearing things from the spirit world) or clairsentient (absorbing feelings from the spirit world).

This Ghost Walk is the first ever for Ocean City. Mindie Burgoyne has spent months researching and interviewing to gather the information needed to craft a tour. "It was very difficult and I wasn't sure I could get enough material to put a tour together." Burgoyne states. "Ocean City isn't as old as the other towns on my Ghost Walk series. And while there's a rich history and many historians willing to share information, there isn't an accessible legacy of storytelling or folklore - at least not on the surface."

Burgoyne conducted twenty-six face-to-face interviews when preparing the tour including Sandy Hurley from the Lifesaving Station, historians George and Sue Hurley, Charlie Purnell from the Atlantic Hotel, Brooks Trimper from Trimper's Rides (and several Trimper's staff) and welcomed help and advice from Glenn Irwin of the Ocean City Development Corporation and Lisa Challenger, Director of Worcester County Tourism. In addition the formal interviews, Burgoyne conducted dozens of phone interviews and combed through genealogical records and the folklore collection at the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University. The end result is a walking tour that highlights ghosts of hoteliers, sea captains, opera singers, fisherman, ghosts from shipwrecks, suicides and several ghosts believed to be Ocean City legends .... who just aren't willing to leave, even though they're dead.

The Ocean City Ghost Walk takes approximately one and one half hours to complete and guests will walk about 1.5 miles. Good walking shoes and weather-smart clothing is suggested. Cost is $15 for adults and $9 for children 8 to 12 years old. Advanced registration and ticket purchase is required. Guests can purchase tickets on-line at Each tour is limited to 25 people and likely to sell out. There are 4 tour options - 2 on Friday evening (Aug 9) and 2 on Saturday evening (Aug 10).

Lost Huskey Found

Reggie the 45 lbs male huskey found today and returned to owner. Thank you

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA August 12, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Government Office Building Room 301

Times shown for agenda items are estimates only.

6:00 p.m. CALL TO ORDER



6:07 p.m. CERTIFICATION OF APPRECIATION – Mayor James Ireton, Jr.

 Christine Chestnutt for her contributions to National Night Out


6:15 p.m. CONSENT AGENDA – City Clerk Kim Nichols

 July 15, 2013 special meeting minutes

 July 15, 2013 work session minutes

 July 22, 2013 regular meeting minutes

 July 22, 2013 closed session minutes (separate envelope)

 August 1, 2013 special meeting minutes

 August 1, 2013 closed session minutes (separate envelope)

 Resolution No. 2311 - approving the appointment of Chad Brown to the Board 
of Zoning Appeals for term ending 10/31/2016

 Resolution No. 2312 - approving the reappointment of Dr. James C. Todd, III 
to the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals for term ending 7/31/2017

 Resolution No. 2313 - accepting a private donation for the Salisbury Zoo 
from Mr. Daniel Morris in memory of his wife, Mrs. Beverly Trice Morris

 Resolution No. 2314 - accepting grant funds awarded through the Organized 
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide for overtime reimbursement for officers participating in investigations and strategic initiatives related to gang activities/crimes in the City of Salisbury

 Resolution No. 2315 - accepting grant funding from the National Association 
of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) for investigations into prescription drug fraud by the Salisbury Police Department

 Resolution No. 2316- authorizing the Chief of Police of the City of Salisbury 
to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Salisbury Police Department and the Maryland Office of Highway Safety and to accept grant funding for three (3) separate traffic safety programs each with their own conditions and grant funding amounts 

Resolution No. 2317 - accepting funds awarded through a grant from the Tony 
Hawk Foundation for the Salisbury Skatepark, Phase 1

6:30 p.m. AWARD OF BIDS – Assistant Internal Services Director - Procurement 
Catrice Parsons

 Surplus of Equipment at the Waste Water Treatment Plant

 Surplus SAN-4 Refuse Truck

 Surplus Various Items at the City Service Center/Yard

 Apv. of Change Order #1 to Project #5289 N. Division St. Sewer Relief Main

 Award of Annual Contract A-3-12 R2-WTP

 Award of Annual Contract A-3-12 R2-WWTP

6:45 p.m. RESOLUTIONS – Interim City Administrator M. Thomas Stevenson, Jr.

 Resolution No. 2318 - authorizing the Capacity Fee of the City’s
Comprehensive Connection Charge be waived for a development known as Rivers Edge Apartments and Studio for the Arts, which is an affordable housing development

7:00 p.m. ORDINANCES – City Attorney Mark Tilghman

 Ordinance No. 2257 – 2nd reading - approving a Budget Amendment of the 
FY2014 General Fund to appropriate funds for the addition of a Network Administrator position to the Department of Information Technology

 Ordinance No. 2258 – 1st reading - adjusting water or sewer charges in 
accordance with Chapter 13.04.090 of the City Code



Critics Blast Jackson, Sharpton Over Silence On Florida School Bus Beating

Self-appointed civil rights leaders and celebrities remained mum on the vicious beating of a white sixth-grader at the hands of three older African-Americans in Florida, despite a growing chorus of critics who called their silence hypocrisy given their recent, racially-charged condemnation of the Sunshine State.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who both blasted Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Martin's death, with Jackson calling it an "apartheid state" and "our Selma," have not spoken publicly of the brutal beating aboard a school bus caught on cellphone and surveillance video. Neither Jackson nor Sharpton responded to requests for comment from


Thank God Its Friday 8-9-13

What will you be doing this weekend?

Make Up Your Mind

Yesterday I was leaving Sam's Club and thought, hey, these gas prices aren't so bad. I decided to fill up my tank and then I noticed, wait a minute, that's not $3.40 a gallon!

Yard Sale 8-9-13

Family Yard Sale Saturday, August 10, 2013 starting at 7:00 a.m. at 34590 Railroad Avenue, Pittsville, MD 21850

More Speed Cameras Eyed For Wicomico County

SALISBURY – Despite a few flaws, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office is looking to expand the speed cameras in school zones after finding the program to be successful in slowing down speeders.

According to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, in October 2009 the State of Maryland authorized the use of automated speed monitoring systems in school and highway work zones.

The system uses radar technology to measure the speed of every vehicle that passes the camera. Vehicles found to be exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles per hour will be photographed to document the violation and determine the vehicle’s registered owner. After the violation is reviewed and approved by a deputized officer, a citation, including the violation photos and the vehicle’s speed, will be sent to the registered owner. The maximum fine is $40 for each violation. No license points are assessed and vehicle insurance providers are not notified.


Obama On His ‘Bromance’ With John McCain: ‘How A Classic Romantic Comedy Goes’

On NBC’s “Tonight Show,” Jay Leno asked President Barack Obama, “Is it me, or do I see kind of bromance with you and John McCain?”

Speaking about his vanquished 2008 rival, the president said, “That’s how a classic romantic comedy goes, right? You know — initially you’re not getting along, and then you keep on bumping into each other.” The line caught some laughs from the audience.

Leno followed, “What changed? Who saw the light?”

Obama responded that he and McCain, an Arizona Republican senator, still have many philosophical differences, but he believed McCain had integrity.


Lost Cat 8-6-13

Oscar, a mostly indoor cat, got out of his house on Druid Hill Avenue late Saturday night, August 3rd, and has not been seen since. He is an older cat, being neutered, and is not prone to wandering. Please, if you have any information, call Beth at 410.742.3501.....410.603.7435. Thank you!


The description below of martial law and when it is usually imposed does not meet the circumstances in our country today, but the government has silently imposed martial law while the American sheeple were distracted by their iGadgets and Reality TV shows. The DHS has been arming local police forces with military level weaponry over the last few years. The military has been conducting military training exercises in cities across the country. DHS has been stockpiling ammo. DHS locked down the 6th largest city in the country searching for a wounded teenager and went into homes without a search warrant. We are treated like prisoners when attempting to fly on a plane. The NSA is monitoring everything we say, type, or text. Drones are flying in our skies observing our every movement. Random checkpoints are set up on our roads where we are harassed for our papers. The government propaganda media keeps the masses fearful of imminent attacks. If this isn’t martial law, is it freedom?

Martial law is the imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis. Martial law is usually imposed on a temporary basis when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, or provide essential services), when there are extensive riots and protests, or when the disobedience of the law becomes widespread. Fundamentally it is a requirement put on civilian government when they fail to function correctly. The imposition of martial law accompanies curfews, the suspension of civil law, civil rights, habeas corpus, and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians.


Troopers Arrest Two For Drugs And Guns, Seaford

Location: 11000 block of Orange Blossom Road, Seaford, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday August 7, 2013 at approximately 10:35 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:
Richie C. Hurley, 37, Seaford, DE (Photo Attached)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (3 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Manufacturing Marijuana
Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription (4 counts)
Conspiracy 3rd
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts)
Possession of Heroin
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts)

Arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $47,500.00 secured bond.

Jessica C. Orozco, 23, Seaford, DE (Photo Attached)
Conspiracy 3rd
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts)
Possession of Heroin
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts)

Arraigned at JP2 and released on $6,500.00 unsecured bond

Seaford, DE- The Delaware State Police Drug Task Force (DTF) in Sussex County have arrested two people after the culmination of a several month long investigation into illegal drug sales from a Seaford home.

On Wednesday August 7, 2013 at approximately 10:35 a.m., detectives, along with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor's Task Force (GTF) and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed a search warrant at the 11000 block of Orange Blossom Lane near Seaford. Richie C. Hurley and Jessica C. Orozco were taken into custody without incident. Three juveniles, ages 7, 15, and 17, were removed from the home and placed into a relatives care. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located a bag of heroin weighing .025 grams, a .22 caliber rifle along with ammunition, and various drug paraphernalia to include hypodermic needles, scales and smoking devices. Numerous assorted prescriptions pills were also located in the couples bedroom along with over $2,900.00 in suspected drug proceeds. Detectives also located two marijuana plants weighing approximately 2 grams growing under the deck of the house.

Richie Hurley and Jessica Orozco were transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were arrested on the above listed charges. Hurley was committed to SCI in lieu of $47,500.00 secured bond while Orozco was released on $6,500.00 unsecured bond.

Who Really Has Your Back 8-9-13

IRS Scandal