Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000 —

  • Contractors are busy putting the finishing touches on Brew River, a new restaurant slated to open in April along Salisbury’s waterfront. After years of deal-making and delays, city officials and owner Frank Hanna said the restaurant is crucial to revitalizing Downtown Salisbury. The city has been looking since the 1970s for someone to develop the city’s waterfront. Located on West Main Street, Brew River is expected to be the linchpin to those efforts.  
  • About 65 people crowded into the Salisbury City Council chambers to hear a 20-minute status report from Council President Bob Cannon about proposal to implement a City Manager form of government in the city. Cannon handed the discussion off to Charter Review Committee member Bob Taylor, who also spent 20 minutes explaining to the crowd how the City Manager system would work.
  • Parishioners at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury helped to celebrate Santo Nino de Cebu — the Feast of Jesus — a Filipino religious celebration, held on the third weekend of January. The event featured a colorful group procession, in which women donned gossamer dresses and men wore white embroidered shirts and carried flowers.
  • Former Salisbury mayoral candidate Rob Ryan, 45, has filed to run for a City Council seat. Ryan, an engineer with Boeing, ran against Barrie Tilghman and Carolyn Hall in 1998. He said his priority, if elected, would be to make Salisbury kid- and family-family and institute policies to dead with rapid growth.
  • Bill and Karen Gordy of J. William Gordy Fuel Co. have opened their latest Exxon Tiger Mart, this one located just north of the entrance to the Centre at Salisbury on North Salisbury Boulevard. The new Tiger Mart also incorporates a Hardeee’s restaurant. The convenience store area also featured the Beer Cave concept, similar to the one at their Delmar location.
  • Some 1,200 people attended the 15 annual banquet to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, a Salisbury native, was the keynote speaker at the event, where civic leaders echoed many of King’s immortal teachings.
  • Snow has fallen in Salisbury on five of the past seven days, but the weather is finally expected to clear up in the coming week. A series of pesky storms has resulted in a total of about 8 inches currently on the ground. The storms have been mostly manageable, however, and schools have remained open and roadways clear.
  • Six months since coming to town to serve as Salisbury’s Police Chief, Allan Webster is implementing policy changes designed to reduce overtime hours, place more officers on the street, reduce management structure and investigate complaints against officers. To hire more officers, Webster — who has raised some eyebrows by wearing dress suits to work instead of uniforms — has created controversy by eliminating the positions of two high-ranking officers, while also implementing new conduct and weapons policies.
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