Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997

Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997 —

  • Twelve members of Beth Israel Synagogue volunteered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Food Service Department at Peninsula General Medical Center so that several Christian employees could be home for the holiday. This is the third year that synagogue members have worked overnight at the hospital. Rabbi Herbert Silberman said he chose the hospital because there is always a need there and it never closes.
  • A large percentage of Salisbury-area residents are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, according to county health officials and local pharmacists. One type of illness is causing sudden nausea and diarrhea, according to Jeff Sheer of Apple Drugs. A second common illness is sore throats, coughing spells and upper respiratory woes, said Brenda Williams of the Wicomico Health Department.
  • While Christmas shopping numbers were reported as disappointing nationwide, the opposite was true in Salisbury. The Centre at Salisbury has been packed with shoppers each day for the past two weeks. Boscov’s reported record sales, especially among big-ticket items such as jewelry. Frank Gerardi of Johnny Janosik in Laurel said this December will go down as the biggest month in the furniture store’s history.
  • Hundreds of people crowded into the Chipman Historical Center on Broad Street to officially celebrate Kwanzaa. The seven-day observance runs through Jan. 1 and primarily celebrates the rich cultural roots of African-Americans. Organizer Rachel Polk said this year’s celebration — the fourth — was the most successful.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that the engine of a private airplane that crashed earlier this month in Pittsville had no mechanical problems and was running properly all the way until impact. Pilot Richard Farrell White, 37, and passengers Melvin Collins, 43, and Everett Collins, 42, all died when the Piper Cherokee 6 crashed in dense woods off Sixty Foot Road.
  • The Salisbury City Council said it will support an effort to create a public access channel that will broadcast council meetings and allow members of the public to produce their own TV programs. The channel would operate a studio at Salisbury State University. Fred Marino, who would manage the operation, said $40,000 is needed to get things started. He said he would be asking the Wicomico County Council to contribute, as well as the city and private donors.
  • City officials said the municipal sewer plant is discharging too much silver into the Wicomico River and businesses producing the silver runoff will have to purchase new filtration systems. Dentists and doctors offices that produce and develop x-rays and photographs are the biggest culprits, sewer officials said.
  • Benny Riddick of the Salvation Army Boys Club is making a slow recovery from a freak fall last month that broke three vertebrae and paralyzed his upper body. Riddick, 56, has been spending full-time hours undergoing rehabilitation at HealthSouth and is also suffering from a swollen spinal cord.
  • Salisbury’s two huge New Years welcoming events are expected to draw thousands of people. The New Year Eastern Shore, a family oriented nonalcoholic event, will take place on the Downtown Plaza. Meanwhile, Bright Lights, Big City will be held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

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

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