Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
He helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non violent resistance. He was planning a national walk in Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.
King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medals of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. Federal Holiday in 1986. Hundreds of Streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also rededicated for him. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2018
Liberal Leave is in effect for non-essential County employees on Monday, January 8, 2018 until 10:00 a.m.
Employees that exercise Liberal Leave must notify their Department Head or immediate supervisor. Employees should arrive to work by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 3, 2018
Executive Culver has determined that Wicomico County offices will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2017. Essential personnel must report as scheduled.
Blizzard conditions with 50 miles per hour winds are expected from 3:00 a.m. until Thursday afternoon. For that reason, we believed it is important for travelers to be at home and off County roadways. Department heads and supervisors are to adhere to the following county declared emergency policy to compensate employees, and to ensure that all county personnel with the exception of those determined to be essential, do not report to work tomorrow.
Rotary awards 3 Point Initiative Grant funding to nine local nonprofits
SALISBURY, Md. – The Rotary Club of Salisbury recognized nine local nonprofits as the grantees of more than $34,000 during the Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 29.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury is a partner with Wicomico County for the annual Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament, which is sponsored by The Bank of Delmarva.
The 2017 3 Point Initiative Grant recipients are Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at the United Way, the Epoch Dream Center, the 1 Year to Empowerment program, the Salisbury Art Space, Main Street Gym, Horizons Salisbury, The Salvation Army Youth Club, Prince Street Elementary School and the Fruitland Community Center.
“They, like us, have a vested interest in building a better and strong community through programs that champion the tenets of our 3 Point Initiative: Responsibility, Integrity and Academic Achievement,” said Kurt Schuster, president of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, of the grant recipients.
Funds for the 3 Point Initiative grant were raised through the Rotary Club of Salisbury’s work in procuring sponsors for the tournament. The Donnie Williams Foundation offered to match those funds dollar for dollar, as it did in 2016.
The Rotary Club raised $7,237.50, which doubled with the match from the Donnie Williams Foundation to $14,475. With an additional $5,000 from the Richard A. Henson Foundation and a $15,000 match from the Richard and Patricia Hazel Charitable Fund, the total going to local nonprofits is $34,475.
The presentation to the nonprofits was made on one of the basketball courts at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center before the start of the evening’s M&T Bank Three Point Contest, Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest.
The 37th annual Governor’s Challenge concluded Saturday, Dec. 30.
Annually, The Rotary Club of Salisbury channels over $65,000 back into our community through the support of agencies and causes including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, Fruitland Fire Department, Christian Shelter, Wicomico County third grade dictionaries, RYLA, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, MAC, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Parsons Home, Polio Eradication (Global), Fruitland Community Center, HALO, Wicomico County Library, The Salvation Army, Mission of Mercy, the construction of wheelchair ramps and much more.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive in Salisbury. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Salisbury or to obtain membership information, please contact Membership Chairman John Aukward at 410-713-2833 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club’s website at www.rotarysalisbury.org.
Photo Caption: The Rotary Club of Salisbury announced the recipients of the 3 Point Initiative Grant funding on Dec. 29 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center during the Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament, sponsored by The Bank of Delmarva. In the back row, from left to right, are Carl Cottingham (The Bank of Delmarva), Jason Miller (Prince Street Elementary School), Mark Granger (Donnie Williams Foundation), Alison Grice (Salisbury Art Space), Lennart Elmlund (Salisbury Art Space), Allison Merriken (Epoch Dream Center), Samantha Scott (1 Year to Empowerment), Konstantin Maslenikov (The Salvation Army), Dan Williams (Rotary Club of Salisbury) and Terry Greenwood (Rotary Club of Salisbury). In the front row, from left to right, are Roger Follebout (Rotary Club of Salisbury), Hal Chernoff (Main Street Gym), Kurt Schuster (Rotary Club of Salisbury), Kathleen Momme (United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore), Alexis Dashield (Fruitland Community Center) and Teresa McCain (Horizons Salisbury).
2-1-1 Can Connect Residents to Help During Extreme Cold
January 2, 2018, Salisbury, MD- With the continued extreme cold and the threat of snow this week, Wicomico County Health Officer Lori Brewster reminds residents that they can find resources to help with issues caused by the cold by dialing 2-1-1. “This service will connect callers to local resources that are available to people who don’t have heat or who are homeless,” Brewster says. “2-1-1 can be called by anyone at any time,” Brewster states, “and trained specialists will provide assistance for dealing with challenges such as housing and utility shutoffs.”
Brewster provides residents some other key actions to take to stay safe during extreme cold:
· Check daily on those who live alone to ensure they have what they need to survive the cold.
· Keep the very young, the elderly, and those with medical issues such as breathing or circulation problems inside as much as possible.
· Never heat inside with ovens or grills, and maintain a 3’ boundary around space heaters.
· Check carbon monoxide sensors to make sure they’re in working order.
· When going outside, dress in layers and wear a hat and mittens; cover mouth with a scarf.
· Check local weather conditions frequently and prepare for weather events beforehand.
· Bring outside pets inside, and provide them with fresh water and extra food.
For more information about cold weather safety and local shelters, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at www.wicomicohealth.org, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @WicomicoHealth.
2017 was a special year of celebration and accomplishment for Wicomico County. Opportunities to communicate our achievements are normally few and far between. I would like to take a moment to highlight the abundant accomplishments that have taken place in my first three years in office. Even more exciting are the numerous accomplishments coming in the years to come.
At 150 years old, our County continues to maintain its strong fiscal standing, sound governance, and improved quality of life for its citizens. We have a lot to be proud of. In my third year as your County Executive, I am ever more optimistic that 2018 will be even better. We’re not done yet!
To read the full 2017 State of the County annual report: Annual report 2017 Final
Recently I had the occasion to visit the local MAC Center, Maintaining Active Citizens, and received a prsonal tour of the facility. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to many citizens who use the facility on a daily basis and listen to how important the programs are to them.
The Richard A. Henson Wellness Center offers a wide variety of programs and services targeted toward addressing the health concerns and needs of older persons. The center’s goal is to enable and to empower members to be physically active and to maintain and enhance their level of independence.
The Senior Health Program offers health promotion and disease prevention activities designed to promote and maintain the older person’s levels of physical and mental well-being. Various activities include health fairs, nutrition screening & counseling, blood pressure screening, dance and movement classes.
Meals on Wheels
The Home-Delivered Meal program, better known as Meals on Wheels, provides a critical service to the home-bound, frail elderly, with the goal of improving health through adequate nutrition, and helping them to age in place. The program is open to those age 60 and older who are not able to get food and prepare their own meals due to illness or physical disabilities.
Program staff not only deliver a noon meal, but also serve as a safety check for these frail seniors who live alone. Because the frail elderly are at an increased risk of medical emergencies, falls and accidents, the routine meal delivery ensures that in case of an emergency, someone is coming into the home.
Meal deliveries also help break the isolation, as the meal drivers may be the senior’s only contact with the outside world. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers serve as a link to other community resources that may be needed.
There are others meals that are served in a community setting such as senior centers and offer seniors an opportunity to engage in other activities while having a nutritious meal.
I encourage our seniors to explore MAC’s programs.
On December 14, 2017, Dennis DiCintio and David Shipley presented at the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center Opioid Intervention Teams (OIT) “Swap & Share”. At this event, local partners shared promising practices in the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic with OIT leads from Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. Mr. DiCintio and Mr. Shipley presented on the collaborative effort Community Outreach Addictions Team (COAT).
COAT provides a link to treatment for those suffering from a substance use disorder in Wicomico County. The team is comprised of peer support specialists who are able to respond 24/7 to overdose calls. Since its inception in June of 2016, the Team has been in contact with 301 addicted county residents, assisting 169 (56%) into treatment.
A formal evaluation of the Community Outreach Addictions Team program was conducted by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University. The Health Department contracted with BEACON to determine the effectiveness of the program. In their final report, BEACON stated that “COAT is performing at a 62.68% higher rate than the nation in assisting drug users into rehabilitation at specialty facilities.” In addition, the return on investment was calculated at nearly 7:1. Meaning, for every $1 spent on COAT, a savings of almost $7 can be seen in the community.
In the first half of 2017, Wicomico saw a 42% decrease in total drug and alcohol-related deaths. The State observed a 20% increase. During that same time, Wicomico also had a 50% decrease in total fentanyl-related deaths, while the rest of the State averaged a 70% increase.
The number heroin overdoses observed in PRMC’s Emergency Department has decreased 34% from FY16 to FY17.
Photo from left to right: Birch Barron, Russell Strickland, Clay Stamp, Dennis Dicintio, David Shipley, Dennis Schrader
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410-974-2316Governor Larry Hogan Announces 2018 Jobs and Economic Development Initiatives
Includes More Jobs for Marylanders Act 2.0, New Investments in STEM Industries, Partnership to Create Maryland Center for Cell Therapy Manufacturing in Baltimore City
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of new initiatives to spur job creation and economic growth in Maryland and further establish the state’s leadership in key STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) industries. The governor was joined by Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, and numerous officials from the counties benefiting from the governor’s expanded jobs initiative.
“For nearly three years, the focus of our administration has been on growing our private sector, putting more people to work, and turning our economy around – and that is exactly what we have done,” said Governor Hogan. “The initiatives we are announcing today will help us to create an environment of economic opportunity for every Marylander, and to accelerate growth in some of the sectors where Maryland already leads.”
The governor pledged to introduce new legislation in the upcoming session to expand on the already-successful More Jobs for Marylanders Act, which was passed in the 2017 session and went into effect on June 1st. The program incentivizes manufacturing companies to create jobs in areas with higher unemployment by providing a tax credit for each new job created. In less than six months, nearly 70 manufacturers have filed letters of intent with the Maryland Department of Commerce, with the potential to create thousands of jobs. Seventeen of those companies have filed official applications, which will create approximately 450 new jobs, including Marlin Steel and Tulkoff Foods in Baltimore City, Alertus Technologies in Prince George’s County, Lanco Dairy Farms in Washington County, and Sherwin-Williams in Somerset County.
“Governor Hogan’s program to create manufacturing jobs is paying off,” said Drew Greenblatt, CEO of Marlin Steel. “Marlin Steel is hiring engineers, welders, and robot technicians who all live locally in Baltimore City.”
The new legislation, the More Jobs for Marylanders Act 2.0, will build on that success by expanding the reach of the program to additional jurisdictions, including Garrett, Caroline, Kent, and Wicomico Counties, and allowing all eligible jurisdictions to select up to three industries or sectors in addition to manufacturing where the tax credits would be applicable. This will give jurisdictions the ability to leverage their unique economic development goals and strengths to create even more jobs. The expanded program will also increase the available funding for tax credits from $9 million to $15 million.
“I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his tireless efforts to bolster economic opportunity throughout the state, and especially on the Lower Shore,” said Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver. “Through the expanded More Jobs for Marylanders Act, local jurisdictions will have greater flexibility to identify their own individual economic development needs based on their local goals and strengths.”
“We are grateful and excited for the governor to include us in the More Jobs for Marylanders Act. As a small and economically depressed area, the need for state support through these types of incentives is paramount if we are going to have any opportunities for growth. This is big for us!” said Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards.
Governor Hogan also unveiled a series of new initiatives to maximize growth in Maryland’s leading industries, including cybersecurity and life sciences, based on recommendations from Excel Maryland, the administration’s comprehensive statewide economic development program launched earlier this year. He announced that the administration will launch a $33 million partnership with the University System of Maryland to increase degrees awarded in STEM-related fields. The degree program dovetails with the administration’s ACCESS Initiative, which targets STEM education to K-12 students.
In addition, the governor announced new legislation to incentivize cybersecurity companies to grow in Maryland, after the legislature failed to act on a bill proposed in 2016. Despite the legislature’s inaction, the administration was successful in securing an investment of $3 million in a cyber-specific grant through the state’s nationally-recognized Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) apprenticeship program.
Building on the administration’s commitment to workforce development, the governor announced that he will fund the Maryland Technology Internship Program for the first time in state history, which provides matching funds to companies for internship stipends. To support the program, the state will launch a social network technology platform called IN-MD to create a one-stop-shop for internships in STEM-related fields.
Finally, the governor announced a groundbreaking new partnership between the state, Johns Hopkins University, Cognate Bioservices, and Forest City to invest $17 million to establish the Maryland Center for Cell Therapy Manufacturing in Baltimore City. This critical infrastructure investment will leverage Maryland’s robust clinical and research base to become a world leader in the regenerative medicine industry.
“Investment to support cell therapy manufacturing is an exciting opportunity and an important initiative to support both research and treatment to benefit patients,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels. “This crucial funding will ensure Johns Hopkins and Maryland remain a destination for cutting-edge patient therapies.”
“With all of these important announcements we are making today, we are continuing our focus on jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Governor Hogan. “We are providing the job training needed to increase the number of qualified and skilled job candidates right here in Maryland, and we are working to address current industry demand to help our businesses and our economy continue to grow. Most importantly, we are continuing our very successful efforts to create tens of thousands of new high-paying jobs for Marylanders.”