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Monday, March 30, 2015

WCSO Calls For Service 3-29-15

Carozza offers amendment to fix marijuana confusion

When marijuana was decriminalized last year, what has been called a legislative oversight occurred where possession of the paraphernalia used for smoking was a more serious offense than the substance itself.

House Bill 105 is a bid to normalize that portion of the law with the intent of marijuana decriminalization. The bill, which passed the house 90-48 on March 18, would limit the fines for paraphernalia involved to a $100 civil offense if used in conjunction with fewer than 10 grams of marijuana.

Courts would be obligated to consider medical necessity as a mitigating factor in paraphernalia cases, according to the analysis of the bill performed by Kathleen Kennedy of the Office of Policy Analysis.

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SPD Calls For Service 3-29-15

Betty White Reveals Her Biggest Regret And It Will Break Your Heart

When we think of Betty White, we think of a sweet, funny little old lady who is larger than life. What we sometimes fail to realize is that she is exactly like the rest of us, with fears, hopes, dreams and regrets.

From IJReview:

Betty White recently appeared on an episode of OWN‘s “Where Are They Now?”

Oprah, the host of the show, asked White a simple, yet loaded question:

“At 93, do you have any big regrets?”

Without any hesitation she answered,

“That I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together.”

Allen Ludden is Betty White’s late husband. They were married for 18 years, until he lost his life to cancer.

“[I said], no, I wouldn’t marry him. Saying, no, I won’t leave California. No, I won’t move to New York. I wasted a whole year we could have had together. But we made it. We finally did.”

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Governor Hogan Signs “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Bill Into Law

First Bill Signing Honors 1,014 Marylanders Who Served In Vietnam

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined Senate President Mike Miller, Speaker of the House Mike Busch, Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings, and local veterans at a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 80 and House Bill 1118, establishing March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” With unanimous support from the Maryland General Assembly, the new law establishes a commemorative day to honor Maryland veterans who served in Vietnam. 

“I couldn't be more proud to have my first bill signing be one that honors Vietnam veterans,” said Governor Hogan. “Making sure all our veterans receive the support and gratitude they deserve will always be a priority of our administration. I want to thank Senator Astle and Delegate Wilson for their leadership, and most importantly thank our veterans for their service. Marylanders enjoy freedom today because of the sacrifices made by our veterans.”
“We are proud to see Governor Hogan sign his first bill, especially one dedicated to our veterans,” said Secretary Owings. “This is a bill of high priority, which is why it passed both houses of the General Assembly so quickly this session.”


During the Vietnam War, 58,000 members of the armed forces, including 1,014 from Maryland, lost their lives. More than 2.7 million Americans served in the Vietnam War and nearly 9 million served during the Vietnam era.


In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in the District of Columbia to commemorate those members of the armed forces who died or were declared missing-in-action in the Vietnam War. Forty-two years have passed since troops left Vietnam.

NEWS RELEASE - Infrastructure Improvements in Salisbury, Md.‏

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Never before in history has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there's been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Some analysts speculate that could spark another dramatic crash in oil prices.

Everyone in the oil trading business needs information. One thing they want to know these days is how full are oil storage tanks in places like Cushing, Okla. To find out, ask a professional — someone with eyes on the ground, and in the sky.

Genscape, an oil intelligence service, uses planes, helicopters and satellites to track where and how much oil there is all over the world. The company "does a James Bond approach and flies over the storage field twice a week," says Hillary Stevenson, a manager at the firm.

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Governor Hogan, Governor Haslam Announce Friendly Wager On Maryland–Tennessee Women’s Basketball Game

Home-State Specialties Of Maryland Blue Crabs 
And Memphis Ribs On The Line

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today challenged each other to a friendly wager, ahead of tonight’s “Elite 8” women’s basketball matchup between the #1 ranked University of Maryland Terrapins and the #2 University of Tennessee Volunteers.
Confident that the Terrapins will win, Governor Hogan called Governor Haslam, and they agreed to place the wager over a bushel of Maryland blue crabs and ribs from the world-famous Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous restaurant in Memphis.
“The Lady Terps are going to the Final 4; it’s that simple,” said Governor Hogan. “Don’t forget the barbecue sauce, Governor Haslam!”
The game airs tonight at 9 PM EST on ESPN.

Pentagon chief may ease military enlistment standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.

The idea, which is largely in line with many civilian sectors, upends the military’s more rigid mindset that puts a high value on standards. And it reignites a persistent debate about how the services approve waivers for recruits who have committed lesser crimes, behaved badly, are older than current regulations allow or have other physical issues that prevent them from joining the military.

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SPD Press Release -3-30-15 (Weekly Shoplifting Arrests)

JUST IN: Last Day of School In Worcester County Will Be June 18th

BREAKING NEWS: Worcester Public Schools' Last Day Will Be June 18 After Three-Day Waiver Granted By StateSeveral...

Posted by The Dispatch on Monday, March 30, 2015

Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

If you're murdered in America, there's a 1 in 3 chance that the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent.

And that's worse than it sounds, because "clearance" doesn't equal conviction: It's just the term that police use to describe cases that end with an arrest, or in which a culprit is otherwise identified without the possibility of arrest — if the suspect has died, for example.

Criminologists estimate that at least 200,000 murders have gone unsolved since the 1960s, leaving family and friends to wait and wonder.

"It's like the boogeyman," says Delicia Turner. Her husband Anthony Glover was found murdered — along with a friend — in Boston in 2009. Police never made an arrest. She says the open case preys on her mind. "You don't know if you're walking next to the person, if you've seen the person ... if the person knows you."

Turner watches a lot of true-crime TV, hoping to see something that could be applied to her husband's case. She calls her ideas in to the detectives in Boston, who tell her not to be "a TV cop," she says.

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As #BoycottIndiana protests spread, Gov. Pence says new law is 'not about discrimination'

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WJLA) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.

Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to discuss the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" he signed last week prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

Since the Republican governor signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag #boycottindiana. Already, consumer review service Angie's List has said it will suspend a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.

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Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared.

Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP, a huge "trade" agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries, kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.

The section of the TPP that has leaked is the "Investment" chapter that includes investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses. WikiLeaks has the text and analysis, and the Times has the story, in "Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.":

An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment "expectations" and hurt their business, according to a classified document.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a cornerstone of Mr. Obama's remaining economic agenda -- would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings -- federal, state or local -- before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.


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BREAKING NEWS: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In Shooting After Gate-Crashing Incident At NSA, Ft. Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. (WJZ) — Federal authorizes are investigating a firefight near the National Security Agency’s gate at Fort Meade Monday morning that left one person fatally injured and injured two others including an officer.

According to officials, two people tried to crash into the gate outside the NSA at Ft. Meade shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. The driver of the vehicle refused to listen to an NSA police officer’s instructions to safely exit the campus, the NSA said in a statement.

Barriers were deployed when the vehicle refused to stop, then the vehicle accerlated toward an NSA Police vehicle blocking the roadway.

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‘FERGUSON’ STAGE PLAY WILL RECREATE MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING FROM GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

“Would you indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown?”

That is the question posed by a new play, Ferguson, that will make its debut in April at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.

The play, written by journalist, producer, and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, will be the first to explore the controversial shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. The show will recreate the shooting using witness testimony presented during grand jury proceedings in Ferguson, where the jury ultimately declined to pursue an indictment against Wilson.

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WBI - Press Release - Armed Robbery Dollar General 3-30-15

From Delegate Kathy Szeliga: Assisted Suicide

Bill introduced called Death with Dignity

HB 1021, Death with Dignity was assigned to the Health and Government Operations Committee. This bill is an assisted suicide measure. As a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee, I was not able to hear the testimony on this bill, nor will I be able to vote on the bill unless it comes out of the HGO committee.

HB 1021, Death with Dignity, is a deeply flawed bill. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of assisted suicide, this particular bill is not ready for prime time. My concerns are:

Screening for depression is not required
No family notification is required
No doctor or nurse is present when the person commits suicide
Not enough safeguards to prevent someone from needlessly taking their own life

I will not be supporting this bill and I do not think it will get out of committee this year. It's literally a matter of life or death and a very important bill to get right.

Rise Up Coffee Adds Second Location in Salisbury, MD


East College Ave | Salisbury, MD 


I recently facilitated the deal for Rise Up Coffee Roasters to purchase the Viva Espresso located at 105A East College Avenue in Salisbury, MD. Viva Espresso owners Chuck and Nancy Dix are retiring but stated, "We thank all of our loyal customers, especially our daily patrons, for their support of us and our products. We hope that you will visit the College Avenue location when it re-opens as Rise Up Coffee."
Rise Up Coffee has been an independent small-batch coffee roaster and retailer since March 2005. The College Avenue location will become the fourth location for Rise Up Coffee, which already has existing locations in Easton, MD, St. Michaels, MD and Salisbury, MD. They will be doing light renovation work on the space and plan to re-open the business in early May. "As an Eastern Shore original, we take great pride in serving our local communities," stated Tim Cureton, owner of Rise Up Coffee. "We're very excited to add another option for our friends in the Salisbury community, and we're also very excited for Nancy and Chuck as they transition on to their next adventure!" To learn more about Rise Up Coffee Roasters, visit www.riseupcoffee.com.

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Flying drones is restricted in Delaware State Parks

With the increasing popularity of unmanned aircraft, particularly hobby drones, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware State Parks that the use of drones on all park lands is restricted and otherwise illegal without proper authorization.

State park regulations specifically prohibit the use of radio-controlled model aircraft or flying machines, including hobby drones except in park areas that have been designated for them.

However, while drone use is illegal in Delaware State Parks, park regulations permit organized activities - which includes hobbyists flying their drones - at the discretion of the director of the Division of Parks & Recreation.

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Ted Cruz: I don’t believe in climate change because I ‘follow the science’

Ireton Is Not Delusional, He Is Simply and Skillfully Deceitful

Those who listened to Mr. Ireton's recent spiel, aided and abetted by Don Rush of "Public Radio Delmarva," might jump to the conclusion that Ireton is non compos mentis. In his attack on the effort to bring about an elected school board in Wicomico County he pointed his finger at two persons that he named – "G. A. Harrison and Joe Albero” – whom Ireton portrays as having drawn the County’s council districts. He offered no evidence to support that claim, and there is none.

Ireton also attributed the legislation pending in the General Assembly to what he sees as the "far right wing" that – according to him – controls the County after last year's election and to the right wing portion of the county voters who elected the Council members and County executive. Given the magnitude of the victories of Bob Culver and the council members who faced an opponent (two ran unopposed) it is preposterous that the far right "won" the election. Then, look at the council members: four of the seven members are moderate Republicans or RINO’s, and another is a Democrat.

Mr. Ireton is not ignorant or misinformed, and he is not crazy. Like his idol, Obama, he knows that if you vilify your opponents by distortion and outright falsehood – and do it enough and with a straight face – the low information residents will accept what you say as fact. Obama has mastered that technique, but he did not create it. Past masters have included Hitler among others. Like them, Ireton knows that it works best by pointing to a group that is portrayed as the "enemy among us." For that purpose, Obama uses the wealthy and business owners; Hitler used the Jews; and Ireton castigates the "far right" and "tea party." Often, the masters portray themselves as community organizers or watchdogs, and there is a racial or nationalistic aspect to the baiting and fomenting. Sound familiar?

But to pull it off, you must be an accomplished liar and agitator in public speaking, like Obama and Hitler, and Ireton has honed that skill for many years. And it helps, and may even be essential, to have an accommodating mainstream media. Again, Obama and Hitler are examples, and in Wicomico there’s the Daily Times as well as Don Rush, who sat mute while Ireton spouted his vitriol at those currently at the top of his enemies list. The Daily Times, which gave major coverage to Ireton’s recent and similar performance in Annapolis, has afforded him extensive free and flattering publicity for many years.

Without suggesting that their respective goals are equally evil, there is a remarkable similarity in the manner in which Ireton, Obama and Hitler have used the "big lie" propaganda technique in public statements and the mainstream media. We weren't around to counter Hitler, but we have not been silent in regard to the other two. It’s interesting that so many comments now refer to Ireton by a term that’s a word-play on his name and suggests his propensity for deliberate distortion and fabrication of fact.

R.I.P. Margaret L. Robinson

Maude of Maude & Earl just passed away in Texas. They performed for many years in Salisbury at Johnny & Sammy's and Dockside Murphy's.

TSA checklist reveals behavior agents look for to spot a terrorist

A behavioral checklist that the Transportation Security Administration uses to help identify airport travelers they believe could be potential terrorists has been revealed.

The Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques system, nicknamed SPOT, breaks down body language and demeanor the TSA believes indicates either 'stress' or 'deception'.

Mannerisms are assigned points based on their severity and are assessed by trained 'Behavior Detection Officers', who observe passengers as they go through the security checkpoint.

Behaviors are given points based on their perceived severity. If you walk through security with a 'face pale from recent shaving of beard' or happen to be yawning or whistling, you can be assigned one point.

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High school bans special needs student from wearing letter jacket

A high school student who suffers from autism and Down Syndrome was given a varsity letter by his mother to celebrate that he had begun playing special needs basketball at his high school, and then shockingly told he had no right to wear that letter.

Michael Kelley, who attends East High School in Wichita, Kansas, wore the letter, which his mother purchased for him, on a jacket, until he was told to remove it and never wear it again at school.

And not only did the school tell the young man he could not wear his letter, but they are now firmly standing behind their decision.

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Troopers Arrest Seaford Man with Assaulting Elderly Woman

Seaford, DE – Troopers have arrested a 35 year old Seaford man after he assaulted an elderly woman moments after he committed another violent crime in the parking lot of the Seaford Walmart.

The incident occurred around 6:50 p.m. Sunday March 29, 2015, after troopers and Seaford Police Department were dispatched to a residence located in the 9000 block of Tharp Road for an assault complaint. Upon arrival, an 81-year old female was immediately being transported to Nanticoke Hospital by EMS due to severe injuries to her head and face. Upon interviewing the victim at the hospital, troopers learned that a black male approached her near the side of her residence and was willing to walk to the road with her to see if her cat was deceased in the road. As the two were walking along the side of her house, the male began attacking her and punching her in the face. Once she fell to the ground, the suspect took off running without any items from the woman. A description was broadcast across the radio to all police agencies and within a half hour,Jerome Q. Roach, 35 of Seaford, was located by Seaford Police Department walking along Middleford Road matching the description given.

Jerome Roach was transported to Seaford PD, where it was determined he was the same suspect involved in an earlier altercation that occurred in the parking lot of Walmart which is directly behind the 81-year-old victim’s house.

State Police charged Roach with Assault 1st Intentionally Causes Serious Physical Injury to a Person 62 Years or Older and was committed Sussex Correctional Institution on $35,000.00 cash only bond.

Since the arrest, the elderly female victim has been transferred and admitted to Christiana Medical Center in stable condition.

MSP DUI Log 3-23-15 thru 3-29-15 (Berlin Barrack)

"Public Enemy No. 1" For The City Of Baltimore Sentenced To Beyond Life In Prison

Darryl Martin Anderson was listed as “Public Enemy No. 1″ by Baltimore police. He got this title after shooting several outside of a house in the city. He was sentenced to life plus 35 years last week in Baltimore County for a separate murder, but the previously mentioned shooting buried him even further.

Anderson was one of two gunmen summoned by Tierra Fallin, a woman who believed that someone at the house spoke ill of the father of her children. Fallin went and got Anderson and another unidentified man and returned the house. Yelling, “Air this bitch out!” and “Do what y’all do!” Shots were fired and three out of the eight people on the porch were hit. Gennie Shird, 20, was killed. Cierra Williams was critically struck in the head, but has recovered. Michelle Hitchens, 51, was hit in the arm, which appeared non-threatening. However, she developed embolism later and died.

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Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring 'Black girls rock!' at the annual awards show of the same name.

The first lady wasn't one of the honorees Saturday night but was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event. It honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle.

Obama told the audience, which included many young black girls, to ignore voices that suggested that they were 'not good enough.'

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A Letter To The Editor: First Alert

I have been following this thread on Wicomico First Alert about a vehicle accident today (Saturday), Rum Ridge Rd.

They have two threads on this incident. The first one simply announces it, and someone asks;
"Does anyone who what color vehicle cause know alot of people in that area"

And their reply was;
"We don't post or allow people to post vehicle descriptions. Sorry."

Then, in the second thread they start on the same accident, they post pictures of the silver pick up truck crashed into the tree.

So someone replies in the first thread:
"What is the difference between posting a description and posting pictures?"

They delete her question.

So she asks again and then someone else also asks.
So they delete their own comment and all replies.

These were the people, who posted pictures of the crash on Sixty Ft Rd where the people died. How is that not giving a description of the vehicle? Then they posted a video of the fire department? trying to cut the victims out of the vehicle. Had the family even been notified yet before their parents vehicle was plastered all over the internet?

They make up these lame rules, chastise anyone who questions them and threatens to block them and then 2 minutes later they are posting pictures of vehicles that they claim they do not give descriptions of.

PS
And if they happen to cry foul... I do have one screen shot of the second time the person asked a question, that they deleted off their page.

Publishers Notes: Any time you put the flamboyant Ryan Stevenson in the mix of things you are certain to get a LOT of drama and mistakes. 

As we had predicted early on, First Alert will be a short lived Website. They have already been exposed to numerous mistakes and quite frankly, any time you try to gather up a group of volunteers to do anything, it's bound to fail because most of them won't put in their fair share of time and effort.

That being said, they have all started to scatter and even created a new website that will compete with each other. Heck, one of them allegedly started scamming their viewers with a possible, (I've got cancer, Go Fund Me) SCAM. Now they are claiming the person they helped raise money for may have scammed them, AND YOU. 
Anyhow, I've got better things to do then to sit here and talk about these VERY unstable people. Firefighters wanting to be cops, need I say more... 

Former Obama Intel Chief: Administration’s Iran Policy Is ‘Willful Ignorance’


President Barack Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said on “Fox News Sunday” he believes the White House is acting with “willful ignorance” in its dealings with Iran. (VIDEO: Former Obama Intel Chief: John Kerry Is ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’)

HOST CHRIS WALLACE: It seems to be a patch work of alliances where in some countries we’re on the side of Saudi Arabia and the Sunnis, in other countries like Iraq, we’re on the side of Shiite and Iran. Can that work?

FLYNN: So let me just start by saying as an intelligence officer, intelligence has to be part of the calculus of every strategic level of decision. And right now, I don’t — my sense of where the policy is at is sort of — and I hate to say it like this, but it’s almost a policy of willful ignorance. And to me, we have some major problems that we are dealing with and here we are talking to Iran about a nuclear deal with this almost complete breakdown of order in the Middle East.

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Getty: No Decision Made On Restoring Pay Raises Education Funding

The man charged with convincing lawmakers to approve Governor Larry Hogan's legislative agenda says the governor has yet to decide if he will agree to changes lawmakers have made in his budget.

Legislative and Policy Director Joe Getty told Maryland's News This Week that the governor is pleased with the progress that lawmakers made on the budget.

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a budget that restores pay raises for state workers and extra education funding for large school districts that Governor Hogan had wanted to scale back. The House had previously approved a similar budget.

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RAW Footage Of Fresno Firefighter Falling Through Roof

“I’m Black,Democrat & A Woman And I’ll Park Anyway I Want You Racist Bastards!”

A congresswoman has come under-fire after her bad parking was caught on camera. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, 77, who represents by the District of Columbia, was secretly filmed on Wednesday morning as she drove into a spot on Capitol Hill at the wrong angle.

Instead of pushing forwards at 45-degrees, she blindly performed a perpendicular maneuver. As a result, the back and front ends of her car were almost touching other vehicles, while her bumper also rested well over the curb.

Wrong move: Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, 77, who represents by the District of Columbia, was secretly filmed on Wednesday morning as she drove her car into a spot on Capitol Hill at the wrong angle 

Oblivious: Instead of pushing forwards at 45-degrees, she blindly performed a perpendicular maneuver

Footage shows her jutting to a standstill as a young aide runs over to help. But he decides there is little he can do to help the situation and goes over to help Norton out of the silver sedan instead. As he strolls to the driver’s door, around the 40-second mark, a U.S. Capitol police officer zooms by on a motorcycle apparently oblivious to the parking offense.

Norton, then locks her car and walks away. But before getting too far she stops and returns to her vehicle. It looks like she might have spotted her bad parking. However, it transpires that she’s merely forgotten something.

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Eastern Shore Police Association 2015 Fallen Officer Memorial Ride

THE RIDE RETURNS !!!! Coming to Delmarva for Spring Bikes to the Beach ? Spend Saturday morning supporting Camp ESPA and on the ONLY escorted ride during Bikes to the Beach. After the ride & brief ceremony, you can be at the beach by 2PM. The 5th Annual Camp ESPA Police escorted ride will be the best one yet !!! Don't miss out on this one.

Honoring the memories of Police Officers that died in the line of duty while working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Registration 0830 to 0945, all bikes out by 10AM ( Police Escorted ). ALL VEHICLES WELCOMED !!

Ride Starts: Power House Gym, 702 Cambridge Plaza, Cambridge, MD 21613 & Ride Ends at Camp ESPA, 5425 Sharptown Rd, Rhodesdale, MD 21659

Short Ceremony. Lunch Included. Donation $20 per bike/$10 per passenger

Delaware State Police Announces the Trooper and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014

Delaware State Police Announces the Trooper and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014
 
Cheswold- On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 11:30 a.m., in Cheswold, at the Delaware State Troopers Association Hall, The Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., announced the winners of the Trooper of the Year and Civilian of the Year Award. Employees are recognized with this prestigious award which is celebrated annually.
 
Trooper of the Year
 
Each year the Delaware State Police Executive Staff selects one Trooper for the Trooper of the Year Award.  A Trooper must exceed performance standards and be recognized by his or her peers as one who consistently displays integrity and work ethic to be nominated.
 
This year, eleven Delaware State Troopers were nominated.  The Executive Staff selected Corporal Lloyd “Mike” McCann from Troop 3 patrol as the 2014 Trooper of the Year for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the Division and the citizens of Delaware.
 
Cpl. Lloyd “Mike” McCann has been a member of the Division since October 23, 2009. In that time he has established himself as a hard worker, who is highly motivated, and very productive. He is consistently among shift leaders in all statistical categories. Cpl. McCann has volunteered to take on additional administrative duties such as completing shift vehicle inspections and computer downloads. Cpl. McCann is a positive role model to junior shift members. He is well liked and respected by his shift mates, superiors and the Troop Administration. During the year, Cpl. McCann had multiple proactive vehicle stops where he went above and beyond to investigate drug complaints where several arrests were made and drugs were seized.

19 States Have 'Religious Freedom' Laws Like Indiana

Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post.

But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those states are shown above in dark teal.

Forty percent of U.S. states have something similar to Indiana, as does the federal government.

A federal RFRA signed by President Clinton in 1993 shares language with Indiana and other states' bills, prohibiting the government from "substantially burdening" individuals' exercise of religion unless it is for a "compelling government interest" and is doing so in the least restrictive means.

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Pence: Indiana Religious Freedom Law 'Not Going To Change'

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Sunday that a new state law that attempts to protect long-standing religious freedoms “is not about discrimination” and that he and other state lawmakers do not intend to change the legislation.

Pence, a Republican, said the legislation that he signed last week prohibits Indiana laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations, which is being interpreted as allowing a cake maker, for example, to legally refuse an order for a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Pence told ABC's "This Week” the original federal law is more than 20 years old and that the purpose of the new Indiana one is to expand individual rights for those who feel government has impinged on their personal rights.

“This is not about discrimination,” he said. “This is about empowering people to confront government overreach.”

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U.S. economy is showing cracks

NEW YORK — America’s economy is starting to see cracks after closing out 2014 with Superman strength.

The U.S. job market had its best year of gains last year since 1999, and economic activity hit a whopping 5% in the third quarter — the best quarter since 2003.

Three months later, the U.S. economy is looking a little tired. It’s losing momentum in puzzling ways. Hiring is still strong, but experts are starting to scale back their growth forecasts.

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen summed it up well in a speech Friday: “If underlying conditions had truly returned to normal, the economy should be booming.”

Economists say there are two main problems: Workers’ wages aren’t growing much, if at all. As a result, Americans aren’t going out and spending much. On top of that, many foreign economies are slowing down, which puts pressure on the U.S.

The question going forward is whether we’re just in a blip or a bigger shift is taking place.

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Adam Smith of infamous Chick-Fil-A viral video forced to sell home, live on food stamps

Adam Smith, the former medical-device executive whose career was ruined when a video of him berating a Chick-Fil-A employee for the company’s anti-gay stance went viral, said his family is now homeless and living on food stamps.

Mr. Smith, 37, who was the CFO of an Arizona-based catheter manufacturer, toldABC’s “20/20” he was fired after recording an exchange between himself and a drive-thru cashier in June 2012, as the fast-food chain was embroiled in a national controversy over company President Dan Cathy’s public opposition to gay marriage.

“I don’t know how you live with yourself,” he told the cashier in the video, adding that the company was a “hateful corporation.”


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Top foreclosure states February: Maryland

Maryland: 1 in every 564 housing units received a foreclosure filing.

Change in filings from January: Up 10.1 percent

Nationally: 1 in every 1,295

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Judge Strikes Down Coercive Dues in Wisconsin School District

A judge in Wisconsin voided a teachers union contract that would have forced educators in the Kenosha Unified School District to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Judge David Bastianelli of the Kenosha County Circuit Court ruled that the school district contracts with the local chapters of three of the largest public sector unions in the country—NEA, AFSCME, and SEIU—violated Gov. Scott Walker’s sweeping labor reforms in 2011. The legislation, Act 10, restricted the use of coercive dues payments for most government workers.

“The [collective bargaining agreements] entered into by the union defendants during November of 2013, were contrary to the provisions of Act 10 and are therefore null and void,” the March 19 ruling states.

The lawsuit was filed by a current teacher in the school system, as well as a local taxpayer. The pair contended that the district agreement violated their freedom of association since it required non-member teachers to pay union dues.

“The unlawful agreement contains provisions with respect both to wages and to the factors and conditions of employment that are illegal subjects for collective bargaining between school district and their employees,” a September brief filed with the court says. “The agreement requires teachers to pay union dues against their will under a so-called “fair share” provision. Such provisions are expressly prohibited by state law.”

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Iranian Defector: US Working 'On Behalf' of Iran

An Iranian journalist who defected while covering the nuclear talks in Switzerland has accused the United States' team of acting on Iran's behalf in the negotiations.

Amir Hossein Motaghi defected late last week, saying he no longer saw any point in his profession in a country whose government told him what to write, the U.K.'s Telegraph reported.

Motaghi told the London-based Irane Farda, an Iranian opposition television station, that the American team is working to convince the other members of the U.N. Security Council nations and Germany – the P5+1 powers.

"The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the P5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," he said.

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A Letter To The Editor: Military addresses being publicized

Joe, 

The Us Army issued a warning to military families whose home addresses were released by Islamist terrrorists as targets. The Army, as you know, has warned these military families (whose warriors are often NOT HOME) to check the peep hole before opening the door and to not invite delivery people into their homes. 

These young women and children are supposed to feel safe from lunatics seeking to please ISIS by locking their doors?

The US military claims they do not have room for these families on military bases. This is how we support our troops? We leave their families vulnerable to siege on US soil? 

Only 100 addresses were released (I believe). Why can't we handle this? 

Either they get 24/7 National Guard security or they should be moved. 

If not our complacent government, there are 100 billionaires who could move these families easily. Why isn't it a bigger deal? Why isn't America screaming?

Video: O'Malley: "Presidency Not A Crown Passed From Family To Family"

He stopped short of declaring his plans to run for president, but former Governor Martin O'Malley did tell ABC's This Week today, that the presidency is, "not a crown passed from family to family."

O'Malley did not say if he was referring specifically to the Clinton or Bush families, only "two families."

As governor, O'Malley supported Clinton in her last bid for president in 2008.

"I certainly believed that for those times, she was the best choice for us as a country," O'Malley said.

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And So It Began


March For Babies Event


MSP Press Release 3-30-15 (Princess Anne Barrack)

WELFARE ABUSE: 32 years old Austin, TX welfare recipient says working is stupid.

Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.

Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.

The facility will be located east of the safari park in Jackson and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.

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Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — facing a major backlash from a new law that would allow businesses in the state to cite religious objections to refuse to serve gay people — says he supports an effort to "clarify the intent" of the legislation while acknowledging surprise over the hostility it has sparked.

As we reported on Saturday, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — approved by the Republican-dominated Indiana legislature and signed by Pence on Thursday — immediately touched off a vociferous online campaign against the law, as well as a protest on Saturday in front of the Statehouse.

Indiana's RFRA, which goes into effect in July, has also caused some high-profile businesses, such as Angie's List, to rethink expansion plans in the Hoosier state, potentially costing the economy tens of millions of dollars in and thousands of jobs.

Although the law is similar to a federal one and those in 19 other states, sexual orientation is not a protected class in Indiana, leaving the door open for discrimination, critics say.

In an interview on Saturday with The Indianapolis Star, Pence, a Republican who served in Congress for a decade before becoming governor, said: "I just can't account for the hostility that's been directed at our state.

"I've been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill," he said, reiterating his support for the legislation.

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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.

"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social indicators — life expectancy, education, housing, etc. — in the first 20 years," she says.

Lee Kuan Yew, the man who founded modern-day Singapore and died last week at age 91, led that economic transformation. One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, Lee was an autocrat whose tiny island-state became one of the richest places in the world, and a role model for other governments in Asia and beyond.

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Laurel Man

Dow Sells Chlorine Business

$5 billion deal relieves company of legacy product, allows firm to own 50.5 percent of Olin while also getting 3 seats on its board of directors

Dow Chemical Co. agreed to sell almost all of its chlorine business, the world’s largest, to Olin Corp. in a $5 billion deal as it pares less profitable products.

The transaction will leave Dow investors holding 50.5 percent of the enlarged Olin, while Olin shareholders will own the rest, the companies said Friday in a statement.

The move also means Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris is set to exceed his target of selling $7 billion to $8.5 billion of assets. The company is focusing on value-added products such as genetically modified corn seed and plastics for autos and packaging.

Dow was founded in 1897 as a producer of bleach, which is made from chlorine. Chlorine, in turn, is produced in tandem with caustic soda by running electricity through brine, the kind of cyclical, low-margin activity the company has sought to divest in recent years.

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The Dodge Brothers Weren’t Ford Employees; Died Long Before The Challenger & Charger Were Made

In a series of recent ads exploring the creation and evolution of Dodge and its famous Challenger and Charger models, the car maker harkens all the way back to its origins as the Dodge Brothers Company to evoke a sense of spirit and competitiveness. While these commercials are successful in eliciting the desired emotional response, the company isn’t quite telling the truth about John and Horace Dodge and their role in creating these popular muscle cars. 

Bay Bridge (US 50/301) Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns Scheduled for the Week of March 29 - April 4, 2015

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of March 29 - April 4, 2015


All work will be performed weather permitting. The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals. Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes.

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

The westbound span may be closed Sunday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.
The eastbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span during the full eastbound span closures.
One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon for preservation/maintenance work. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.
When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 4 through 7 will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span. Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lane 9.
Monday through Thursday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up.
Note: Concrete repair and replacement project nears completion at Bay Bridge toll plaza. Lane 2 and associated toll booth remain continuously (24/7) closed. Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Armed Robbery In Salisbury

SPD ofcs invest armed robbery area of kmart P/L 2 susp located and arrested $ stolen..no injuries..inv cont....

Posted by Salisbury Police Department on Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Week In Review

The below posts with today's date were the most 
popular posts last week.

Wicomico County Residents, You Need To Contact Senator Jim Mathias RIGHT NOW!



410-841-3645 


Text his cell phone 443-497-0911


Ladies & Gentlemen, the time is RIGHT NOW! Senator Jim Mathias is about to assure residents of Wicomico County the Elected School Board will never come out of committee TODAY. 

He is claiming there's not been a strong enough stance on this matter, not enough people have spoken out about it. He went on to say that the black community also needs to be heard. 

We tried to tell you this man would be a great disappointment to the Eastern Shore as Wicomico County is one of only two districts in the entire state that does not have an elected school board. 

It doesn't take a genius to figure out we are way behind the times but as we can ALL see, it's the LIBERAL leadership who is fullly against what the taxpayers truly want. 

Call, text or e-mail Jim today and let your voices be heard immediately. It has to be done within the next few hours. SO DO IT for once in your life. 

Exclusive Shocking Information About Your Wicomico County Board of Education

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This is exactly what I mean when I say, Fredericksen is absolutely CLUELESS on how to run the Board of Education. That's right, FIRE the people who were instructed to follow the Supervisors orders and do NOTHING to the Supervisors. 

If it wasn't for Salisbury News, (the Blog) none of you would know any of this is happening. Funny how we've not only delivered documented evidence about something VERY important to ALL parents, yet it has not been exposed in the rest of the media. 

The Eastern Shore is about as crooked as I've ever seen. Damn that Joe Albero for exposing the TRUTH so often. We were perfectly fine before that guy came along! Yeah, raw sewage was leaking into the river from the WWTP. Millions of gallons of untreated water was being pumped into the river at the same WWTP. Nasty, disgusting food is being served to your CHILDREN and because I've exposed it, Joe Albero is the Anti Christ. 

Then there's the Chamber of Commerce who is so upset with me because stories and evidence like this gets exposed and Salisbury News is HURTING Salisbury and Wicomico County. God Forbid someone is actually held accountable for THEIR actions. 

I could go on and on with the incredible things we have exposed over the past 10 years but I think you pretty much get my drift here. YOU need to hold your local media accountable as well. WHY do they not give a crap about stories like this? 

Yeah, just take the food that's about to ROT, pull it out of the package, wash it thoroughly and REPACKAGE it while placing it back with the fresh products. To ALL of the local restaurant owners here on the shore, what would happen to you if the Health Department caught YOU doing the same! 

If I were you, I'd start packing a HEALTHY lunch each and every day for your children from this point forward because even AFTER these people have been exposed, they just want to HIDE it, repackage it and put it back on the shelf so that nasty Joe Albero can't expose us any more. 

Last but not least, WHERE'S THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON ALL OF THIS? We have delivered documented evidence of clear and blatant violations. I think YOU deserve to know what they're doing to protect innocent little children. 

Senator’s Position On Wicomico School Board Bill Questioned; Mathias: ‘I’m Not Being An Obstructionist’

SALISBURY — After taking his lumps this week over the elected school board issue in Wicomico County, State Senator Jim Mathias (D-38) aimed to clear the air this week about his position, reporting his lack of support for a bill that would put the question to referendum in 2016 was due to the public not yet being fully engaged.

For several years, Wicomico County has wrestled with the concept of going from a school board appointed by the governor to an elected school board or a combination of the two. In 2011, a bill that would have put the question to the voters in Wicomico through the referendum process passed through the House with amendments and got before the full Senate, but the clock expired on the session before it could come to a vote. Nearly four years later, the issue has surfaced again and has gotten particularly nasty this time around. State Senator Addie Eckardt (R-37) has introduced legislation that would put the question of an elected school board to the voters in the general election in 2016.

Wicomico remains one of the few jurisdictions in the state with a school board fully appointed by the governor. In the proposed referendum, the voters in Wicomico would ostensibly have a choice between keeping a school board appointed by the governor or opting for the bill’s proposed hybrid proposal, which would include five elected members from each of the county’s council districts along with two appointed members chosen by the County Executive with the advice and consent of the County Council. Also included would be one non-voting student representative.

In typical protocol, a “local courtesy bill” such as a request for a referendum for an elected school board would come with the blessing of both senators from the jurisdiction making the request, in this case Eckardt and Mathias. However, Eckardt has introduced the bill without Mathias as a co-sponsor, an omission that did not get by the committee chairperson. As a result, Mathias was lambasted this week by the Salisbury News blog for his perceived lack of support for the hybrid school board proposal. The blog on Wednesday published Mathias’ contact information, including his cell phone number.


The blog urged readers to reach out to Mathias immediately to voice their displeasure with the fact he was not a co-sponsor of the bill. As a result, the senator was bombarded with calls, texts and emails, not all of which were entirely pleasant. However, Mathias stood by his decision not to sign on to the legislation at this point and said his resistance was based on his notion the public had not been fully engaged in the issue and that he had co-sponsored the legislation in 2011 that just failed to get to a vote before the session expired.

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Comment Worthy Of A Post 3-24-15

Joe, I stumbled across an interesting website this morning:

Best Public Schools in MD
https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-elementary-schools/best-overall/s/maryland/?source=fb_md_e

I decided to do a little research on the school on the list; more particularly, the Counties in which they operate.

Of the 100 schools on the list:
59 in Montgomery
31 in Howard
4 in Frederick
3 in Prince George's
2 in Calvert
1 in Worcester
O in Wicomico

I took it a step further and started looking at teacher salaries (Min to Max - Maryland Public Schools, 2013-2014):
Montgomery $46,410 to $105,707
Howard $45,971 to $80,405
Frederick $40,706 to $95,007
Prince George's $44,799 to $90,843
Calvert $45,046 to $99,110
Worcester $42,987 to $78,444
Wicomico $43,987 to $76,589

Given the much lower cost of living in Wicomico County, Teacher salaries for Wicomico seem to be on par with those Counties making the list. In fact, despite making less money, teachers would fair much better in Wicomico County over other counties due to the differences in cost of living.

So teacher salaries are likely not the cause as to why Wicomico didn't make this list... Let's look at cost per student for 2014-2015 (from County budgets)

Montgomery: $15,025
Howard: $14,274
Frederick: $16,813
Prince George's: $13,944
Calvert: $12,657
Worcester: $14,705
Wicomico: $14,338

Again, Wicomico comes in on par with cost per student being merely $687 shy of of the list leader, Montgomery County. If anything, Wicomico benefits from the lower general cost of being on the Shore thus making it's dollar stretch farther.

So what is the problem here? What do these counties have that Wicomico does not? ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS! All of the Counties that made the list have an elected school board. This tells us that Wicomico can throw all the money it wants into "education" but that money is ineffective if it is mismanaged or poorly appropriated. There is absolutely no reason why we operate in the same State as these other counties yet are so sub-par. It isn't about money folks (well it is about money - SAVING IT!), it is all about leadership and quality decision making! I encourage everybody look into and support moving to an elected school board in Wicomico County - that would truly be a decision "for the kids"




Democrat Jim Mathias withdraws his support for a Wicomico County elected school board

Clearly Jim Mathias did not learn a thing about why Norman Conway lost his seat. Now he will have to learn the hard way - as his butt will be toast come next election. There will be no elected school board for Wicomico County. 

Breaking News Alert

Fyi, government vehicles being spotted in rural areas outside Salisbury, marked "wetlands" on their vehicle, are trespassing on peoples property and marking any areas with water with pink ribbons, each marked with an alpha numeric code. They do not ask for permission to be on your land, they just appear. It just happened to one of my neighbors. He is furious and said he's been seeing them moving around the area. Not sure what it's about, possibly EPA ? New water law enforcement from Obama? Watch and check your property! Will be checking my property tonight weather permitting.

Congratulations Somerset County

After FIVE YEARS of trying to convince residents of Somerset County this was a good deal, Salisbury News published several revealing articles providing not only factual information referencing the downfalls of such a project, citizens spoke out in comments that shattered records right here on Salisbury News and ALL of the local media combined. 

Of course the rest of the media waited until AFTER the decision was made to stop the project in its tracks and quite frankly we saw this as a complete injustice to the Eastern Shore as they should be telling BOTH sides in advance.

However, this is what we get any more these days and this is exactly why this Blog continues to grow exponentially. 

One article fell only a few short comments under 1,200, something never seen here before, or anywhere else. Hundreds of additional comments came in on other articles referencing the same topic. Somerset County residents flat out said, NO! 

They can blame the immediate halt to this project on Legislators but I think we all know, your comments are what put a stop to it, period. They knew many months earlier what these Legislators had decided, yet they waited until after comments came in to see their project no longer had legs. Of course the rest of the media isn't willing to mention the massive amount of comments. Instead, they simply republished the press release announcing it was over. 

So my hat is tipped to ALL of you who participated with your comments. You CAN beat City Hall and now you know how influential you can be with your comments.

NEXT!