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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Caribbean Joe's House Band Loud Love Rocked The House This Weekend

Caribbean Joe's has become the new hot spot in West Ocean City. Come see what we're all about and enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment. We'll be providing all sorts of new entertainment including steel drum bands playing Caribbean style music, we're simply going to mix it up every week to please everyone, except rap. Sorry, I just can't stand rap music and guess what, that's my choice. You can save that crap for the Salisbury Folk Festival. 

We open our doors at 11:00 AM today. 7 flat screen TV's will have Golf, NASCAR, (if they're running today) and whatever else fits your style. 

Coming soon, we will be hosting a day of Dominican Food one day a week and Romanian Food on another week day. We will also be hosting a Hospitality Night for those of you IN THE BUSINESS, (Hotel, Bar, Restaurant) specials all day and night. Bring in a copy of your paycheck or proof of employment and get the best drink and food specials in all of Ocean City. We want to Pay It Forward this summer to ALL of the forgotten people working their tails off who need a night off.

West Ocean City, (LOCALS) needed a place like Caribbean Joe's and this weekend proved we were right. Come see what we have to offer. You'll love this place because we redesigned it with locals in mind.

Happy Mother's Day


Salisbury, MD ... The purpose of this communication is to clarify my stance on the construction of a new high/middle school in Mardela Springs. There is no doubt in my mind that Mardela, Hebron, Sharptown, and the west side of Wicomico County deserve a school that not only continues to have some of the best educators in the County but also have one of the finest facilities. The recent Mardela track and field upgrades are just the beginning for Mardela.

As your County Executive, I have made it a top priority to invest in the infrastructure of our educational facilities. As you likely are aware, I have funded the completion of Bennett High School, the construction of Bennett Middle, along with a new West Salisbury School. I have committed to the building of a new school for Beaver Run and it is in the planning stages. We are set to borrow $7 million in this budget to help begin construction.

This year we have worked with Dr. Hanlin and her staff to fully fund her Imagine 2022 Education Plan. We felt it was important to give her plan the opportunity to make a difference in the educational results for Wicomico County. Combined with the Maintenance of Effort, we are proposing to provide the Board of Education $2 million more than last year. This increase will be a recurring commitment to the Board of Education and we have full faith that they will succeed in their mission.

Considering the potential impending recession in 2020, the newly approved state minimum wage hike, the anticipated very expensive Kirwan Commission funding mandates, along with other financial issues out of our control that will affect the county's finances, we have to be cautious with our borrowing of bond money and expensive commitments in the years to come. As we get a better understanding of the depth of the recession and financial commitments of the Kirwan Commission, we will have a clearer idea when it is prudent to fund the school in Mardela.

It is my understanding that the Maryland General Assembly is expected to consider a strong Maryland School Construction legislation in January. As always we will be working with our local delegation to encourage this legislation to pass and hopefully make it possible to achieve funding for Mardela High/Middle School.

We have difficult choices to make daily and this was one. It is my hope that this explanation will help with everyone's understanding what my position is for Mardela High/Middle School.

Mural Artist Selected for Church St./Route 13 Mural Project

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day is pleased to announce that Salisbury artist Paul Boyd III has been selected to paint a community-themed mural at the corner of E. Church St. and Route 13. Boyd was chosen from a field of almost a dozen artists who submitted designs and work schedules for the project.

Based in Salisbury, Boyd’s design company, Seven Digits and Running (S’DAR) Studios, brings urban influence to portraiture, interior design, and fashion. Boyd’s work can be found in homes and businesses around Salisbury, and even in the office of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in New York City. Though his skill shines through in every piece he creates, Boyd’s talent for portraiture is remarkable. His portfolio is filled with stunningly lifelike paintings with tremendous depth and character.

“When we met with residents of the Church Street neighborhood to ask what they wanted the mural to be, the answers we heard gave us two clear priorities for the subject matter: depict the history of the African American community in Salisbury, and show us a road to the future. Paul’s design is exactly that. He nailed it,” said Mayor Day.

Boyd’s submission depicts 5 prominent figures; World War I hero and recipient of the American Distinguished Service Cross and French Croix de Guerre, Sergeant William Butler; Respected educator and Principal of Salisbury Industrial High School, Charles P. Chipman; Beloved Salisbury High School Teacher, Elaine Brown; Mortician to Salisbury’s African American community, James Stewart; and Dr. G. Herbert Sembly, who practiced medicine in Salisbury for over 60 years.

In addition to the faces of the esteemed figures which line the top of the mural, children are depicted in the foreground, playing and preparing for school. A train bisects the mural, indicating the passage of time. Two passengers await their turn to become guiding influences for younger generations, and a family holds hands as they face the future.

Upon completion, the mural will serve as a gateway to the Church St. neighborhood. It will be accompanied by a wayfinding sign which will celebrate notable architecture in the neighborhood.

“Paul Boyd is helping Salisbury accomplish something for the residents and businesses of the Church Street neighborhood that they have long deserved. We have eliminated a blighted property on an easily-ignored corner and replaced it with an attractive sign, a landscaped plaza, a beautiful gateway and a stunning piece of art that celebrates the neighborhood’s history. This neighborhood has been too often ignored, too little cared for, and too easily ripped apart by the highways that cut through it. It is high time we started to find ways to help those wounds heal.”

Work on the mural is expected to take approximately 5 weeks. Upon completion, the City will host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

SPD Press Release 5-6-19 (Shooting Investigation)

Accident Sixty Foot Road & Rt. 50 In Pittsville 5-5-19

Paul Wilber Letter to County Executive and County Council

"We are in receipt of the attached letter. The Executive is very concerned and he and his administration are reviewing it now to determine the potential impacts on County Government." Thank you.

If We Don’t Impeach Trump, ‘He Will Get Re-Elected’

Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) said on Saturday that if Democrats don't begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, "he will get re-elected."

Green, who has called for Trump's removal from office since 2017 and introduced articles of impeachment that year, told MSNBC that he dismissed the idea that impeaching Trump could help him politically.

"I'm concerned if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don't impeach him, he will say he's been vindicated," Green said. "He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn't take up impeachment. He will say that we had a constitutional duty to do it if it was there, and we didn't. He will say he's been vindicated."

Green added he and fellow House Democrats face a constitutional crisis on the question of impeachment.


Question Of The Day 5-11-19


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a Los Angeles event Saturday that the 2016 election was stolen from her.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee spoke with her husband at “An Evening With The Clintons” event.

“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she said, according to CNN.

Clinton has suggested that she unfairly lost the 2016 election numerous times but also criticized President Donald Trump for saying the election was rigged against him.


Governor Hogan Announces Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Survey Shows Strong Growth

Increases in Male, Female, and Juvenile Populations

ANNAPOLIS, MD— Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, announced that the results of the 2019 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey showed that the Bay-wide blue crab population increased 60% from last year, to an estimated total population of 594 million crabs.

“We are proud of our administration’s strong record of skilled environmental stewardship, which begins with safeguarding the Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Hogan. “Today’s results are further proof and a shining example that our efforts to protect Maryland's blue crab population, while ensuring the health of our state’s most important natural asset, have been successful.”

Ahead of today’s announcement, Governor Hogan went to Mike’s Crab House in Riva, where he and First Lady Yumi Hogan enjoyed their first crabs of the season.

The rise in adult abundance of blue crabs was higher than anticipated given a poor influx of juveniles in 2017 and 2018. This is a sign that blue crab management has been successful at allowing more crabs to reach the spawning stock.

The adult female population climbed to 190 million, a 29% gain from 2018 and the adult male population increased to 80 million or 38%. Mild winter temperatures also helped increase both juvenile and adult blue crab overwintering survival rates.

Report: Colorado Juvenile Shooter Female ‘Transitioning’ to Male

A second alleged Colorado school shooter, identified as a juvenile, is reported to be a female “transitioning” to male.

The Denver Channel reported:

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects – a juvenile and an adult – were believed to be students at the school. Spurlock said there were no other suspects in the case, but authorities were still investigating at the scene.

Multiple sources close to the investigation told Denver7 late Tuesday night that the second suspect, who is a minor, is a transgender male who was in the midst of transitioning from female to male.


School bus sexual assault

Good morning,

I am writing because I don't know where else to turn. My son is a student at a wicomico county school and he was sexually assaulted on his bus on April 16th. He reported this to the driver assuming he would handle the issue. However all the driver did was send the child to the back of the bus. This was an elementary school bus.
The assault happened 2 rows behind the driver. 

Since the driver did not report this and no action taken my son was assaulted again on 4/17. This time he told his mother and I. We immediately filed a police report with MSP and emailed the principal. On 4/18 I spoke to the principal and he interviewed all the students who witnessed this. 

I followed up with emails to the school safety director, principal, assistant superintendent for student services, the superintendent, the governor and board members. 

I did not receive responses for days. It took almost 2 weeks to get someone to talk to me about everything. Now I learned today over 3 weeks later the Sherriff's office took over the case yesterday and the bus's cameras seem to have malfunctioned. And no one seems to be taken it serious that the inaction of the driver lead to the second assault. If he had done his job and the school followed up the students would not have had to be exposed to a second assault.
Please reach out to me for more details. This type of inaction by the school is why we have the safety issues currently happening at Wicomico County schools.

Thank you

Muslim Amazon employees say they fear taking time to pray at work, are discriminated against in several ways

Three Muslim employees at an Amazon warehouse in Minneapolis say they "have experienced discriminatory treatment, hostile work environment, retaliation, and constructive discharge" at work, according to a letter written by Muslim Advocates.

The advocacy group says the three women, identified only as Ms. A, Ms. B. and Ms. C., are all black women of Somali origin. They feel they are being discriminated against on the basis of their race, religion, and national origin — and they say they are not alone.

"The conditions described in their charges reflect a broader pattern and practice of unlawful employment discrimination against Muslim, Somali, and East African workers at Amazon," the letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Minnesota area office reads.


George Washington mural 'traumatizes' San Fran students; high school may remove art

A San Francisco school district may remove an 83-year-old mural of President George Washington from, ironically, George Washington High School because it “traumatizes students and community members.”

The work of artist Victor Arnautoff, a communist, may no longer be progressive enough for “Fog City.” His 13 panels for the high school, created in 1936, have been deemed problematic by the San Francisco Unified School District.

Officials say some of the artist’s historical depictions are offensive to Native Americans and blacks.


City Of Salisbury Notices (Tax increase, Council Agenda, Public Hearing)


Agenda and Agenda Packet for Monday’s City of Salisbury Council Meeting, and the material can be accessed from the link below:


Climate change will bring drastic shift in color of oceans, researchers say

As the Earth undergoes climate change, the color of the planet might actually be changing, too.

"In particular, the color of the ocean is going to be the first early warning signs that changes to the marine eco systems are happening," said Stephanie Dutkiewicz, a research scientist at MIT.

A study she recently released shows a surprising trend: More of the ocean is likely to be bluer than it is now.

"There are subtle changes. A lot of the ocean is likely to get bluer. That means that the plant life is decreasing and there’s less of it," Dutkiewicz said.

Scientists have been charting the color of the oceans since the 1990s.



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged Tuesday that Democrats would respect the outcome of the presidential election in 2020 if President Donald Trump was re-elected for a second term.

“Oh, I think we have to respect the vote of the people,” Pelosi said while speaking at Cornell Club in New York.

“Winning an election is a decision,” she continued. “You decide you’re going to win, and therefore, you make every decision in favor of winning.”


Baltimore TV anchor Mary Bubala ousted after asking controversial question about city’s recent mayors

A Baltimore TV anchor was ousted days after she received backlash for asking a question surrounding the race, gender and leadership abilities of the city’s recent mayors that some viewers deemed “racist and sexist.”

Mary Bubala, the anchor for CBS affiliate WJZ-TV’s 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts, no longer worked at the television station as of Monday, four days after her question to Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead led to a firestorm of criticism, the station’s manager Audra Swain told the Baltimore Sun.

Bubala confirmed her departure in a Facebook post Tuesday and said the station she’s worked at since 2003 was “forced” to let her go.

“In my 22 years of working in TV news in Baltimore - 15 of those years with WJZ - I have always treated people with the utmost respect and dignity. I loved my job because I loved the people of Baltimore,” Bubala wrote in the post. “...Unfortunately, I now stand in the path of the tornado. WJZ was forced to let me go. I am saddened and shocked by this decision. Baltimore City has been my home for 25 years and I treasure and am so grateful for the relationships I have made with the people of Baltimore during this time.”


There's a push for classes on the Bible in public schools. And there's also a pushback

(CNN)Legislators across the country have reignited the fight for, and debate over so-called "Bible literacy classes" -- elective courses in public schools about Scriptures' impact.

Alabama, Florida, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia are among the states that have seen Bible literacy bills so far in 2019. Several of those efforts have fallen along the wayside.

While advocates for such classes believe students ought to be able to learn about the Bible's influence on world history, culture and language, opponents tout separation of church and state and their concerns that teachers might possibly stray into proselytizing.