Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, April 25, 1970

Saturday, April 25, 1970 —

  • In a visit to Salisbury this week, R. Sargent Shriver, the former Ambassador to France and Kennedy Family member, said he is still undecided on whether he will run for governor. Shriver had breakfast at Johnny’s & Sammy’s and then engaged in a news conference held in the cafeteria at Wicomico Senior High School. Shriver lives in Montgomery County and is married to President Kennedy’s sister, Eunice. If he runs, he would face incumbent Gov. Marvin Mandel in a Democratic Primary.
  • Wicomico County Housing Authority Chairman Ralph O. Dulany told city and county officials this week that the community needs another 200 units for low-income families. He said the units would be financed by federal housing programs. He said 50 units should be reserved for elderly citizens. The current public housing facility for the county, Riverside Homes on Alabama Avenue cost more than $1 million to build and has 75 units. There are 100 units on Booth Street for low-income. No locations for the units have yet to be considered.
  • The Wicomico County Council hit the road on Tuesday night, holding one of their two monthly meetings in the Sharptown Fire Hall. The council conducted regular business, then opened the floor to local comments for residents who might not be able to attend the regular meetings held in Salisbury.
  • The price tag for Eastern Shore Drive, the cross-city road planned just east of Route 13/Salisbury Boulevard, has been announced at $2.6 million. The road would stretch nearly half-way across the city, from College Avenue in the south to Ward Street in the north. Public Works Director Pete Cooper said the street could be completed by as soon as 1974.
  • An ailing sea lion removed from the beach in Ocean City is in quarantine at the Salisbury Zoo. Officials will watch the animal and see if recovers before deciding whether to return the sea lion to the Atlantic Ocean or making it a part of the zoo family. The zoo has one sea lion in residence already.
  • The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized the 50th new member that it has added since January. Chamber President Eleanor Stagg said a campaign to add 50 new members — in recognition of the Chamber’s 50th anniversary celebration — has been a tremendous success. L. Fulton Lowe, President of Sharptown Dress Co., was recognized as the 50th new addition to the Chamber roster.
  • The Women of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church are planning their 20th Annual Spring Festival for May 7 in the parochial school hall. Chairwomen for the event are: Mrs. Hugh McLaughlin, fashion; Mrs. George Hurchella, luncheon; Mrs. Ronald Rayne, publicity; and Mrs. James McCurdy, reservations. This year’s theme: “Ups and Downs in the Age of Aquarius.”

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Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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