Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 19, 1976

Friday, Nov. 19, 1976

  • City Executive Officer Patrick J. Fennell announced Salisbury’s new $1.3 million Downtown Parking Garage will officially open Saturday, bringing 526 additional parking spaces to Downtown. He said construction crews working on the Market Street stairway were going into overtime hours to complete the installation of stairway glass. He said the stairway on South Division Street is still not complete and that additional concrete would be poured there soon.
  • The annual Men’s Day was set to be celebrated at New Missionary Baptist Church in Quantico. The guest minister was the Rev. Jonah Lindsey, pastor of the AUMP Church in Mardela Springs. The Rev. Hugh Nichols was set to assist.
  • Avery W. Hall accepted a check for a $25,000 personal donation to Peninsula General Hospital from Baltimore contractor A.V. Williams, president of Williams Construction Co. Though Williams lives in Baltimore, he was born in Nanticoke. “My roots are in Wicomico County,” Williams said, “and you never forget home.” More than $4 million in local pledges have been made to build the $26 million facility now under construction on East Carroll Street.
  • A 29-year-old Salisbury man, Michael Clay of 403 Camden Ave., was convicted of armed robbery in the June holdup at Riverside Wine and Beer Market, in which $253 was taken.
  • With his trademark cigar stuffed in his mouth, City Treasurer W. Hampton Brittingham was back at work at City Hall following his second eye operation in a matter of months. Last week, City Clerk Fara Tawes had to drive to a Baltimore hospital to obtain Brittingham’s signature on a $900,000 city bond check; Brittingham was undergoing cataract surgery.
  • The Salisbury Indoor Racquet Club at Court Plaza in south Salisbury was scheduled to hold its grand opening on Sunday. State Attorney General Francis Burch, the Rev. Howard Gordy and state Sen. E. Homer White were set to join owner Bob Layton at the opening ceremony.
  • Thrashers World Famous French Fries, located at the corner of East College Avenue and South Division Street, was offering a cheesesteak sub special for $1.45 (regular $1.85). A Prime Rib Steak special was being offered at Ponderosa Steak House next to Tony Tank for $2.99.

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

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