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12:15 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Newark Will Soon Provide Spots for Skateboarding

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Skateboarders in Newark will soon have dedicated spaces in the city to practice their tricks.

The city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $160,000 project to build skateboarding spots at Norma B. Handloff Park and Phillips Park. The areas would be about the size of tennis courts, and Councilman David Athey says they will have rails and ramps for skateboarders to ride on.

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9:12 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Only In Kind Help From Salisbury for July 4th Fireworks

 No cash from the City of Salisbury for this year’s 4th of July fireworks.

By a 4-to-1 vote the City Council said it would only provide in kind-services.

The Council majority turned down a request for $5-thousand to the Red, White and Boom fireworks display.

Mike Dunn, former president of the city council who has been spearheading the effort, told the Salisbury Daily Times that $25-thousand to $30-thousand has been raised so far.

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9:08 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Delaware Bayshore Initiative Will Attract Tourists

 

SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (AP) - State officials say conserving and protecting the coastline hugging the Delaware Bay can spawn new recreational, tourist and economic opportunities while preserving important natural habitat.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Gov. Jack Markell and other officials on Tuesday to mark the launch of the Delaware Bayshore Initiative.

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9:04 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Express Medical Transport to Continue for Disabled Residents in Ocean City

 The public express transport shuttle for the disabled in Ocean City will continue.

The resort’s Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Council member Brent Ashley who volunteered to take over – what’s called – MEDTRN.

It takes disabled patients to medical appointments in the Berlin area.

He replaces Bob Melvin who died at the age of 94 in February after promising to takeover if no one stepped up to the job.

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9:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Enough Signatures To Challenge Maryland Gay Marriage Law in November

  

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law have delivered more than twice the number of signatures needed to put a referendum on the law on November's ballot.

Activists say they submitted 113,000 signatures on petitions on Tuesday - double the 55,736 needed to put the issue on the ballot.

The state has 20 days to verify signatures.

Maryland's law legalizing same-sex marriage does not go into effect until January, leaving time to put the measure on the ballot for voters to decide.

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8:46 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Waiver from No Child Left Behind Law for Maryland

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The waiver - one of eight announced by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday and one of 19 total - was granted in exchange for promises to improve how students are prepared and evaluated.

Maryland's interim schools Superintendent Bernard Sadusky says the state is not turning its back on accountability, but concentrating on schools with the greatest needs.

Officials say the flexibility plan parallels the state's Race to the Top project.

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5:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Salazar, Markell Push Delaware Conservation Plan

 

U.S Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited Delaware this afternoon to launch the Delaware Bayshore Initiative, which officials say will encourage conservation and boost local economies.

Salazar, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and local officials stood under the Slaughter Beach Pavillion in Milford to present information on land acquisitions and restoration projects.

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4:52 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Man Charged In Fatal Motorcycle Crash Involving Laurel Teacher

Matthew Kondash
Delaware State Police

 Delaware State Police have extradited a fugitive from Virginia back to Delaware, on charges related to a May 18 motorcycle crash, in which a 78-year-old woman was killed.  According to police reports, shortly after 9:00 a.m. on May 18, Eleanor B. Pusey, of Laurel, was crossing Sycamore Road, near the Epsworth Christian School in Laurel when she was struck by a motorcycle operated by 28-year-old Matthew A.

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1:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Opponents Predict Enough Signatures For Ballot in Maryland

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists say they'll deliver their first installment of signatures for a petition aimed at repealing the state's same-sex marriage law ahead of schedule.

Opponents must submit a third of the 55,736 signatures needed to petition a law to referendum - or 18,579 - by Thursday. But Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, says the group will deliver more than twice that on Tuesday.

Recreation
12:25 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Non-profit Teaches Underserved Students How To Sail, Wins US Sailing Award

Students from Washington Jesuit Academy enjoy Pirate Day at last summers’ Schooner Camp.
DC Sail

 

For the first time in almost 20 years, a Washington D.C.-based organization has received the Outstanding New Program Award from US Sailing.

DC Sail, an organization that teaches underserved, urban youth sailing and leadership skills, recently won the award for its Schooner Program.

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Annoucements
10:34 am
Tue May 29, 2012

2012 Celebration of Music

Asbury United Methodist Church is once again pleased to be able to host the WSCL/WSDL Celebration Concert; one of the finest concerts on The Shore. Early seating is advised for this concert, that will feature some of the most inspirational Classical Musicians from the region. Saturday evening, June 2, 2012, at 7:30 PM, in the nave of Asbury United Methodist Church.  

 

This concert is sponsored by the Peter and Judy Jackson Music Performance Fund. 

 

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7:57 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Heat Warning Issued for New Castle County

 The National Weather Service is warning of dangerously hot temperatures this afternoon with a high of 89 and a heat index in the mid-90’s.

For New Castle County there’s an excessive heat warning in effect through 7 pm tonight.

There is also a chance of some thunderstorms by 4 pm this afternoon.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggestions range from drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun to checking up on relatives and neighbors and remaining in an air conditioned room.         

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7:55 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Good News For Bay: Less Severe Hurricane Season Ahead

BALTIMORE (AP) - Forecasters says this hurricane season could be less active than last and that has environmentalists and researchers hopeful the Chesapeake will avoid a repeat of heavy rains that dumped pollution into the bay last year.

Last year's storms included Irene and Lee, which caused widespread flooding along the Susquehanna River, a major source of freshwater in the bay. Runoff from the pair is being blamed for algae blooms this spring that have led to fish kills.

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7:47 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Body Found Of Boater Off Howell Point

BETTERTON, Md. (AP) - Authorities say they have recovered the body of a boater who jumped into the Chesapeake Bay to go swimming and did not resurface.

Maryland Natural Resources police identified the man as 21-year-old Brandon Greene of Edgewood.  A statement from the agency Monday night says Greene's body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Police say that over the weekend he jumped feet-first into the water about a half-mile west of Howell Point in Kent County.

 

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7:44 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Seeking Guides for the "Lightship Overfalls" in Delaware

 

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Guides are being sought to give tours on the Lightship Overfalls ship, which was designated as a National Historic Landmark in Delaware last year.

The ship, built in 1938, is docked on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that it opened its 2012 season over Memorial Day weekend and will be open every day, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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7:37 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Dog Park Delayed in Ocean Pines

    

That dog park planned for completion this May in Ocean Pines won’t be done until the end of June.

Local residents raised $15-thousand for a place where their canines can play.

Jack Levering, who organized the fundraising effort told the Salisbury Daily Times, that he is not sure why there has been a delay.

He said dog owners estimated that the project would cost $30-thousand and promised to raise half of that if the Association’s Board of Directors matched them.

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7:35 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Berlin Town Officials Seek Public Input for Henry Park Improvements

The Berlin Parks Commission wants to create a subcommittee to look at ways to improve Henry Park.

The group will get input from neighbors to develop recommendations for the parks commission.

Grant money has allowed the town to hire a company to come up with a design for a walking path.

Mary Bohlen, Berlin’s deputy town administrator, and liaison to the parks commission told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a similar path at Stephen Decatur Park.

Mike Wiley, chair of the parks commission, added that particular walking path is heavily used.

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12:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Pay To Play for Musicians in Dewey Beach

 

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Musicians booking gigs in the town of Dewey Beach will have to pay to play.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,  reports that for the first time the town is making musicians and DJs buy a $109 business license to play in the town. If a performer does not pay, they face a warning or a fine of up to $500.

The fee only applies to musicians being paid, so free acts are exempt.

Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson says having artists pay for a business license is a matter of fairness.

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8:30 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Worker Dies in Trench Collapse at Heritage Shore Development

 

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware are investigating a deadly trench collapse at a construction site in Sussex County.

Authorities said 47-year-old Richard A. White of Milford died Thursday morning when the trench he was working in collapsed at a job site in the Heritage Shores development in Bridgeville.

Emergency crews worked for almost five hours to recover the man's body, which was buried beneath several feet of sand and dirt.

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8:24 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Delaware Public Employees To Get 1% Raise

 Delaware state workers will get a 1 percent pay hike this coming July.

The legislative committee, which is drafting the state’s 2013 fiscal budget, approved the compromise after its co-chairs had asked for a 2 percent raise on Tuesday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the raise would cover all state workers and retirement pensions as well as public education employees including state college and university staff.

The cost will be $20.7 million.

That’s about $10 million less than the 2 percent proposal.

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8:21 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Feldman Furniture Project Gets Okay From Historic District Commission in Salisbury

 

Developers have gotten the okay from the Historic District Commission for the Feldman Furniture building project in downtown Salisbury.

Palmer Gillis, one of the developers says, that his company is taking it slow making a $2 million commitment to buy the property and turn the structure into professional and potential retail space. 

Gillis says his company is also considering including residential use.

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8:16 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Anglers Begin Search for Diamond Jim

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland natural resources officials say Diamond Jim is on the loose.

The first specially tagged Diamond Jim was among dozens of striped bass released Thursday into the Chesapeake Bay as part of an annual fishing challenge. Anyone who catches the fish wins a prize that increases the longer the fish goes uncaught. Diamond Jim is worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight June 30. A new Diamond Jim is released each month and the prize increases to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

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8:14 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Maryland Officials Delay Smart Meter Program

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers can defer installation of so-called smart meters until the panel issues a permanent order on whether customers can opt out of the meters entirely.

The commission's order is effective immediately and affects customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company and Delmarva Power.

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8:10 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Oyster Castles Are Coming to Ocean City Coastal Areas

 

The artificial reefs off the coast of Ocean City could be getting a new addition known as oyster castles.

These are palette contraptions that attract sea-dwelling creatures that would benefit the local ecosystem and fisheries.

The Ocean City Reef Foundation also wants to relocate a set of concrete pipes to a new site.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the Foundation will be enlisting volunteer divers this summer to take 16 oyster castles out to shipwreck sites that serve as artificial reefs.

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12:18 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Colorado Superintendent Jerry Wilson to Head Worcester Public Schools

 

NEWARK, Md. (AP) - The Worcester County Board of Education has selected a Colorado educator as its new schools superintendent.

Jerry Wilson will replace Jon Andes on July 1, pending approval from the Maryland Department of Education. Wilson was chosen from four candidates after a nationwide search that began last year.

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12:15 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

UD Students Protest Outside Sallie Mae HQ in Newark

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - More than 100 people are demonstrating against the lending practices of student loan company Sallie Mae outside its headquarters in Newark.

The protesters criticized the heavy debt burden that students accumulate during college and what they say are unfair profits made by Sallie Mae. Shouting slogans and carrying signs, the demonstrators demanded a meeting with Sallie Mae CEO Albert Lord.

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9:16 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Maryland And Delaware Ranks High for Bicycling

Maryland and Delaware have made the Top Ten list drawn up by the League of American Bicyclists.

Both fulfilled six of the 10 signs of a bike friendly state.

These ranged from a safe passing and vulnerable road user laws and complete streets policy to dedicated state funding for bicycling and a share the road campaign.

Maryland ranked 8th and got praise for establishing the Cycle Maryland program offering up $5 million in grants this spring for new bikeway connections and bike share stations.

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9:12 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Salisbury City Council Rejects Hearing Affordable Housing Plan

 A redevelop plan to turn the Residences at Rivers Edge into affordable homes got a thumbs down from the Salisbury City Council before the plan was even heard.

Council Vice President Debbie Campbell said that while she wanted to break the cycle of poverty in the city – in her words – subsidizing somebody’s house is not going to change their ability to earn and prosper.

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9:10 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Dover City Council Members Question Proposed Property Tax Hike

 The Dover City Council is still seeking an alternative to a proposed 3 percent property tax increase offered up by city administrators to help filled a $3.4 million shortfall in next year’s budget.

Last night’s meeting wrapped up a two-night draft budget presentation which asked for alternatives to the 1 cent rate hike that would account for only $315-thousand.

Council member Beverly Williams wondered whether there was a better way to come up with the money emphasizing that the tax increase would be a relatively small part of the $166 million operating budget.

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9:07 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Delaware University Students Plan Protest of Sallie Mae

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group of college students and recent graduates is planning to protest at the annual shareholders meeting of student loan company Sallie Mae.

The students say they should not be forced to pay back loans they took out for their education, and that Sallie Mae should forgive their student debt.

They plan to protest at Sallie Mae's annual meeting Thursday at the company's Newark headquarters.

About three dozen people were arrested in March at similar protest at Sallie Mae's Washington, D.C. offices.

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