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Cambridge has gotten its first city manager.

She is Sandra Tripp-Jones who previously held a similar position in Santa Barbara, California.

Her position will be full time and she will be a point person for the Mayor and the City Council.

Carol Ruark, owner of The Wine Bar, told WBOC that she hopes this will streamline governmental operations.

The television station reports that other business owners hope this will help provide a unifying effort to promote the city.

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The U.S Coast Guard and other agencies are now searching the waters of the Choptank River for a 63 year old Easton man whose boat ran aground off Riverpoint Road last night.

WBOC reports that a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the incident involved a 27-foot cabin cruiser near Cambridge sometime around 7:30 p.m.

The television station reports that the search resumed this morning and covers the area from La Trappe Creek and Tood Point to the mouth of the Choptank.

The man’s identity has not been released.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Officials say a fire has heavily damaged a church rectory in Cambridge.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire was reported Monday morning at St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church on Glasgow Street.

Some 60 firefighters battled the blaze. The building was not occupied when the fire broke out and no one was hurt.

The Easton Star-Democrat reports that the fire caused an estimated $350,000 in damage to the rectory.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Maryland’s mosquito eradication efforts begin today with aerial spraying operations in Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties.

They will hit flooded woodland and fresh water areas to destroy the larvae.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the white aircraft with red and blue strips will fly around 250 feet above the land.

There are around 28-hundred acres of woodland in Dorchester County near Cambridge and another 900 acres of woodland in Somerset County around Dames Quarter and Fairmont.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - An artificial oyster reef made up of 300 concrete balls has been completed in the Choptank River.

The reef was finished Saturday in the Bill Burton Fishing Pier adjacent to the Fredrick C. Malkus Bridge in Cambridge.    

The two foot-tall igloo-like reef balls were set with baby oysters, or spat, by submerging them in large tanks of Chesapeake Bay water.   

The reef balls were deployed throughout the summer.                                                                                                   

A fourth arson fire has hit the town of Cambridge since late March.

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the multiple fires the last of which occurred on Friday night involving a two-story vacant home on Fairmount Avenue.

The first fire on High Street set on March 20th also involved a two-story single-family home causing $90-thousand worth of damage.

Two other fires were set on March 26th involving a similar type of structure one located on Cross Street and another on Cedar Street.


      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Cambridge officials say a mixed used redevelopment is planned for the city's waterfront.

     A mixture of commercial, public and possibly some residential properties is being considered for the port property at Sailwinds Park along Franklin Street. The property is owned by the state and leased by the city. The city and state have agreed to develop the property.


            Police in Cambridge are searching for a suspect that may have been injured early Sunday morning in police shooting during a traffic stop.

            An officer is also recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

            The suspect is 39-year-old Demetrice Demby who could be seeking treatment.

            After being stopped for a traffic violation Demby’s 1995 Chevrolet truck was being examined by a K-9 unit when he suddenly drove away from the scene.


      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Organizers say they have raised 90 percent of the money needed for construction of a replica of the Choptank River lighthouse, which they hope to have ready by September.

     The project is expected to cost more than $600,000 and supporters say more than two-thirds has been raised through private donations.


      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - An officer has been shot in the Eastern Shore town of Cambridge during a barricade situation.

     Cambridge Police spokesman Lt. Martin Herring says shots were fired Wednesday morning in a residential area of the town. Herring says a member of a U.S. Marshal's task force was shot. It was not clear how seriously the officer was injured.

     Herring says police are responding to a barricade situation. He says other details were not yet clear.