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There cutting through the ice as Delmarva begins to recover from the sharp cold snap.

The Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock worked to break the ice to make way for navigable waters from the Delaware River through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the north to Tangier Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Each cutter is 65 feet long and is designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

For the residents of Tangier Island the efforts brought needed groceries and medical supplies.

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More than 100 officers joined the Crisfield Police Department Sunday morning and descended on the small town raiding nine locations aimed at shutting down gang activity.

WBOC reports that for months authorities hunted several suspects connected to the Tree Top Piru gang for crimes in the city.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said his department had dismantled the gang and assured residents that they were safe.

He said that 18 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine and more than $22-hundred in cash were recovered.

He said no guns were found.

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A single wind turbine will soon sit behind the Crisfield wastewater treatment plant.

The Maryland Department of Environment gave $3.6 million in a green energy grant to fund the project which will offset some of the electrical costs at the facility.

Four parts of the 750 kilowatt turbine has already shown up provided by Aeronautica Windpower LLC based in Massachusetts.

It will stand 300 feet tall.

Noah Bradshaw, who recently retired as the city’s inspector, told WBOC that the town could save somewhere between $200-thousand and a quarter of a million per year.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have rescued five people and a dog from the Chesapeake Bay.

Police said Monday that the group was on a 22-foot boat Sunday night when they experienced a problem with the fuel system. The boat stopped working and strong winds blew the vessel onto a small island southwest of Crisfield.

The group called 911.

Police say the winds were too strong and the water too shallow for rescue boats. They used state police helicopters based in Salisbury and Frederick to hoist the five people and the dog to safety in a rescue basket. 

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The It Takes A Village Youth Program in Crisfield is looking for a temporary home.

It is vacating its quarters in the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School this month that will be demolished and rebuilt in the fall after it was hit by waters from Hurricane Sandy.

The temporary site must be in Crisfield under the terms of grant funding restrictions.

A meeting is scheduled with the Somerset County Commissioners sometime this week to see if they can help with finding temporary quarters as well as getting an update on the facilities.

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The all-you-can-eat seafood festival in Crisfield drew a lot of people including some political candidates.

But the 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon did not see Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who was in Baltimore with his running mate for a funeral.

His Republican opponent Larry Hogan did show up.

Many in the crowd said they looked forward to meeting with some of the local and state elected officials.

And there was Jimmy Sarbanes, who is running for Circuit Court judge in Wicomico County.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat seafood festival is set for Wednesday afternoon.

The event is known for having a strong political flavor. It's also an election year in Maryland, and that tends to draw even more people who are running for office.

This year is a little bit different, though. Usually, the feast falls before Maryland's primary. This year, the primary was moved from September to June, so those races already have been settled.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Federal recovery aid following Superstorm Sandy will help rebuild an aging school building in Somerset County.

County officials plan to use $3 million from the $16.7 million awarded to the country for Sandy recovery to demolish and replace the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School in Crisfield. The building now houses Crisfield Head Start and the It Takes a Village after-school program.

Crisfield Has a New Mayor

Jun 19, 2014
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Crisfield has a new mayor.

He’s Kimberly Lawson who racked up an overwhelming 216 votes over his challenger Irving Saltz who only picked up 43 votes.

There are still 36 provisional and absentee votes to be counted.

Lawson, who is currently on the city council, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looked forward to developing projects for the city noting that he had lived in Crisfield all of his life.

He replaces outgoing mayor Percy Purnell who decided to retire form city polices.

He will be sworn in on June 25th.

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Taxes took center stage at a forum for candidates in Crisfield’s municipal elections.

Around 70 people showed up at the meeting where most candidates said they opposed the concept of a split tax rate that would provide a lower rate for owner-occupied houses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the candidates for Mayor and city council said they believed the 17 cent property tax increase was far more equitable.

But mayoral candidate Irving Saltz and council candidate Jordan Bo Joyner said they opposed that recent tax hike.

The Crisfield City Council has approved a 17 cent across the board property tax hike to help fund the police department.

That would bring the rate up to 87 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

And it comes after strong opposition to a two tiered tax of 81 cents for owner occupied buildings and 87 cents for others proposed by Council member Mike Atkins.

Another proposal was voted down called for a 95 cent rate sponsored by Council member Mark Konapelsky.

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The Crisfield City Council got some push back during a public hearing yesterday against its two tiered property tax plan.

The proposal would increase the property tax for homeowners from 70 cent per $100 of assessed property value to 81 cents.

Rental property owners and those who own unoccupied property would pay twice that amount.

WBOC reports that condo owners would be the first hit with Melanie Chelton who owns one at Harbour Light Condominiums calling an increase devastating to our pocketbooks.

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In Crisfield, local residents and businesses are still recovering from the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy last year. But with climate change and the resulting sea level rise, such devastation is not expected to be the last. Dr. Joe Casola with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that now is the time for communities on Delmarva to prepare.

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In Crisfield officials broke ground this weekend for a new 15-thousand square-foot library.

On hand was state Senator Jim Mathias who called it a beautiful day for the town that last year was hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The old library is a cramped and aging structure on East Main Street but did escape damage from the 5-foot storm surge.

Plans for a new library laid in 2007 were pushed forward with a library campaign as a result of the storm.

Construction is expected to take a year or so.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard rescued two boaters aboard a fishing boat taking on water near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area.

Officials say the operator of the 41-foot fishing boat Carolyn Jeanne contacted his father Wednesday when the boat began taking on water. The father went to the Coast Guard Station Crisfield and notified watch standers.

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Local residents are shelling out $500 as a reward to find those responsible for vandalizing a play-boat area on Wellington Beach near Crisfield.

Katie Schoffstall, whose grandson was playing at the site, noticed the graffiti that mentioned drugs and alcohol which she said was not appropriate for her grandson.

The boat was donated by a local business in June and work was funded by the Crisfield commissioners.

Local resident Billie chandler was one of the organizers and contributed $100 to the reward.

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Some city owned properties in Crisfield could become sites for new homes for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The City Council has decided to donate the properties to the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee for potential homeowners.

Joyce Morgan, the city’s clerk-treasurer told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are around 10 locations that were acquired after county tax sales that might be suitable.

In addition, two more were donated to the city.

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If you plan on bicycling from Westover to Crisfield the Somerset County Commissioners could make it a bit safer.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Commissioners that the trail would follow the former railroad tracks.

But it would need to deal with the state’s 60-foot-wide right of way along the 13.5-mile stretch.

Julie Widdowson, the county tourism director, noted that unlike Wicomico and Worcester counties Somerset does not have any.

She said that this would boost tourism and bring more business to the region.

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The Crisfield Beach is open for summertime tourists.

City officials say that there was some $120-thousand in damages with much of the sand having disappeared as a result of Hurricane Sandy last year.

WBOC reports that private donations and some city funding help restore the beaches so that sunbathers can bask on the shores just as they did before.

Wayne Swift of Crisfield told the station that the beach is extremely important to nearby damaged neighborhoods.

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Smith Island homeowners will not be getting federal money for damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy.

During a meeting with state officials Tuesday night they said that all of the Community Development Block Grant funding will be directed to the county for recovery efforts.

$5 million of it will go to rehabilitate and elevate houses in Crisfield and other storm damaged areas.

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If you had losses from Hurricane Sandy in Somerset County and are hoping to get some federal relief midnight tonight is the deadline to get your application in.

Residents are recommended to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by phone or go on line to get an identification number.

Ron Roth of FEMA told the Salisbury Daily Times that about a dozen people have filed in the last two weeks…after the original February 12th deadline was extended to the 26th.

Senator Barbara Mikulski told the residents of Crisfield that she intends to send more money to help them rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

During a tour of the damaged areas in Somerset County the Maryland Democrat told them that she along with fellow Senator Ben Cardin and Governor Martin O’Malley had lobbied to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its initial denial of benefits to individuals.

The County was eventually declared a major disaster area even though there was little damage statewide from Hurricane Sandy.

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will visit the city of Crisfield to observe recovery efforts that are ongoing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Mikulski, a Democrat, will be given a tour by Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell. Mikulski's office says 585 homes in Crisfield sustained damage as a result of the hurricane, and 71 homes had major

damage. More than 50 businesses were also affected by the storm.

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Senator Ben Cardin is scheduled to tour Crisfield and other areas today hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

He will be checking out how the recovery is going especially after the delay in federal assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Maryland Democrat noted that this is an economically-disadvantaged area where almost 600 homes were affected.

He wants to make sure that people know about federal help such as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program.

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Hurricane Sandy may have been just a reminder of the impact of sea level rise as its storm surge crashed into the Atlantic Coast. On Maryland's Eastern Shore local government officials have begun to scramble to shore up the impact of the rising flood of water expected within the next one hundred years.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of a request for individual assistance for residents of the lower Eastern Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Ken Mallette, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced plans to appeal the decision on Tuesday.

FEMA notified Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday of the decision to deny the individual assistance declaration. 

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Help could be on the way for local businesses in Crisfield which suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.

State and federal representatives will be on hand tomorrow at the Crisfield City hall ranging from the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury and the Maryland Department of business and Economic Development to Federal Emergency Management Agency and USDA Rural Development.

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It’s been a month since Hurricane Sandy and hundreds of residents in Crisfield are still waiting for federal assistance to deal with the damage left behind by the superstorm.

Many like Teresa Shallcross had their homes destroyed as waters lapped up from the Chesapeake Bay.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that her home of 20 years is now uninhabitable because the furnace is slowly falling through her water-damaged floor.

Crisfield officials say they will enact new laws as a way to crackdown on alleged criminal activity at the Pines Motel.

Mayor Percey Purnell told a crowd of around 40 residents during a special meeting on Wednesday night that the town was determined to act after the stabbing death of a man at the motel three weeks ago.

It was Crisfield’s first murder in the last seven years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nearby residents have been complaining for years about suspected drug dealing and prostitution.

The Somerset County Commissioners will get a briefing today on how the Maryland’s new septic tank law will impact the county.

Under the new law there are restrictions where residential development can take place.

Gary Pusey, the county’s planning director, said the county’s Planning Commission is now working on a map that divides the county into four tiered zones.

County planners will be working closely with the town of Princess Anne and the city of Crisfield which must create their own maps.

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