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The Maryland Board of Public Works will once again take up additional funding requests. 

And, among them, is money for the new Salisbury University Commons and a new facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

But, this year, it is a very different kind of Board with the arrival of the new Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Capital News Service reporter Brian Marron about the chances that some of the delayed requests get funded and how the panel has changed this year.

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There were more disturbances at the Centre at Salisbury mall over the weekend.

Two females began fighting around 8 p.m. on Saturday that drew some spectators.

It was quickly dealt with by the Salisbury Police Department and the mall security.

No injuries or arrests were reported.

There was a second incident about an hour and a half later that involved a bus from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Too many people tried to ride the bus back to campus and caused some to become upset.


Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is returning to the state he once presided over as Lt. Governor.

He will be delivering the Commencement Speech tomorrow at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Steele was the first African American to be elected statewide in Maryland and subsequently made a failed senate bid.

During his time in the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich he worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program and championed charter schools in the state.

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A small group of protesters gathered on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to protest in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The rally was organized by the local chapter of the NAACP on the UMES campus.

Some carried signs readying “Hands up Don’t Shoot #Mike Brown” while another asked “Why Is He Dead.”

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Protests of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, are expected to continue this week with the NAACP chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore planning a rally.

The Daily Times reports the university's NAACP rally is inviting supporters to gather Tuesday in the courtyard at the Student Services Center of the Princess Anne campus.

According to the group's Facebook page, the event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group is also urging participants to wear black clothing.

The University of Maryland has installed metal detectors at entrances to the Student Services Center in response to concerns over social media chatter.

A message form the UMES police issued last night said that they were taking a proactive step to “dialogue detected on a social media site popular with college students. “

In addition, the university said students would be subject to questioning by campus authorities should the detectors be triggered.

Miss UMES Steps Down

Feb 28, 2014

UMES Campus Queen Porsha Harvey has stepped down after being charged with disruptive behavior involving a campus police officer and a separate incident involving a citation for marijuana possession.

Harvey quit telling university officials that recent incidents had devalued her role as a student leader.

Her attorney would not discuss the charges when contacted by the Salisbury Daily Times and said his client would not be discussing the case in the public media.

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December 2nd is the new deadline for private venders submitting bids to take over the dining services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

It had been November 18th.

University spokesman Bill Robinson told the Salisbury Daily Times that it could take several week to decide whether to hire a private company.

There are an estimated 70-full and part-time jobs that will be affected by any move to outsource dining services at the University.

UMES officials say they will require any contractor to let the current personnel to apply for a job.

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Small group with green signs reading “No Layoffs” held a rally on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore yesterday with petitions bearing the names of students and staff.

They were protesting an outsourcing proposal that could lead to the layoff of 70 to 80 full and part-time food services worker on the campus after an audit found deficiencies in the current system.

University spokesman Bill Robinson says that if the jobs are contracted out the current employees would be able to apply for the new positions.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is looking at outsourcing its food service operations which could affect up to 80 employees at the school.

The university has issued request for the cost saving measure with a decision expected to be made for the next fiscal year starting in July.

University spokesman William Robinson told the Salisbury Daily Times that a contract clause would require that the current employee be able to apply for the jobs.

A natural gas pipeline from Salisbury to the South Pocomoke River serving such big customers like University of Maryland Eastern Shore got a step closer this week.

The Somerset County commissioners signed a franchise agreement with Somerset Utilities.

During this week’s meeting County Administrator Doug Taylor called the decision “a very important development in growth for the region.”

There will be no Division 1 football team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UMES President Juliette Bell accepted the recommendation from a taskforce she named to look into the possibility.

The taskforce found that it was too costly and there was not the personnel to move forward with such a program.

However, the report adds, that the issue could be taken up again in the next five years.


The mood was somber, the students quiet.

Yesterday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a morning vigil for the deaths of two of their own.

21-year old Edmond St. Clair was stabbed to death in a Saturday night altercation.

Known as Trini, one student said, he was known as a happy-go-lucky person who always had a smile.

Meanwhile, a former student 26-year old Dickson Muiruri died of an apparent self-inflict gunshot wound.

Classes were cancelled yesterday for a day of reflection.

UMES Mourns Loss

Feb 20, 2013

All classes at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have been cancelled today.

It’s being called a “A Day of Reflection” in the wake of the stabbing death of Edmond St. Clair last Saturday night – the first murder on the campus in 35 years.

In addition, another tragedy has struck the campus with the apparent suicide of former student Dickson  Muiruri, who was also a Marine veteran. 

UMES President Dr. Juliette Bell described the campus as shocked, pain, angry and sad.

A vigil will be held at 11 am at the performing arts center on campus.

Students on the campus at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore saw more security after a student was stabbed to death over the weekend.

UMES police officers and security staff were put on 12 hour shifts.

That doubles the number of personnel on campus.

21 year-old Edmond St. Clair was stabled to death and died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Police are still instigating the stabbing death which resulted from an altercation last Saturday night.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is the first murder on campus in 35 years.


Peninsula Regional Medical Center has joined Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to bring a medical school to the Delmarva peninsula.

PRMC CEO and President Dr. Peggy Naleppa said that there was a shortage of physicians on the Shore.

WBOC reports that the plan would allow patients to get healthcare from physicians trained here rather than going to Baltimore.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach called the partnership a good fit.     

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore says it won't hold this year an annual gala event that raises money for student scholarships.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the Hollywood on the Shore-themed gala has been put on hiatus.

In the past at that event, typically held in the winter, honorary degrees have been handed out to movie stars and other celebrities.


It’s been a long haul.

But football has returned to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore – with the Hawks finishing among the top 15 teams in the final poll of the National Club Football Association.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that only four other new entrants finished higher in the rankings.

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Tragedy has struck the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

19 year old Devin Aaron was killed when the car he was driving went off the side of the road near Palmetto Church Road and overturned.

Police say the passenger 20 year old Kandace Sewell was thrown from the car.

She was taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and then later transferred to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Campus spokesman Bill Robinson told the Salisbury Daily Times that she suffered cuts, bruises and a broken leg. 

Football at UMES?

Sep 21, 2012

Could football return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

Well, a task force has been established to see if it’s feasible.

The announcement was made by university President Juliette Bell yesterday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision is the result of work done by the consulting firm of Alden & Associates over the summer.

The $35,000 study was paid for by the university’s foundation.

From 1946 through 1968 UMES football was a powerhouse but was suspended in 1979. 

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It’s time for students on the Lower Eastern Shore to gear up for the National Spelling Bee.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is partnering with Somerset and Wicomico county public schools to help them to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

UMES President Juliette Bell said she welcomes the chance to help the local schools in their efforts to win the top honor.

The spelling bee is open to students in Grades 4 through 8.

They can attend public or private schools as well as being home schooled.


             Julliette Bell, a biochemist, who has been called a giant in science, will soon become President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the appointment was just announced by Patricia Florestano chair of the University System Board of Regents. 

            Bell has been provost and vice president of academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and is credited building or strengthening competitive academic science programs at universities.