Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 27, 1969

Monday, Oct. 27, 1969 —

  • A 27-year-old Bridgeton, N.J., native has been named Wicomico County’s new City-County Planning Director. Matthew E. Creamer has been with the county department for the last two years and will replace Phillip L. Tallon. The job pays $12,500 annually. Creamer, who currently lives in Oak Hill Townhouses, holds degrees from Western Maryland College and the University of Tennessee.
  • Mid-Delmarva YMCA President David A. Clark and Salisbury-based sports promoter Bill Riordan announced the new Michael R. Riordan Memorial Tennis Center was nearing completion on Schumaker Lane. The center will feature 11 all-weather tennis courts. Construction on the neighboring YMCA building, which will feature an indoor pool and basketball courts, is expected to begin this winter.
  • A police raid conducted Sunday at the Rod and Gun Club on West Main Street netted heroin and marijuana, and resulted in the arrests of three Salisbury men and a juvenile. Agents with the state Alcohol Beverage Tax Unit also said beer was being sold on the premises, which is illegal on a Sunday. Leading the raid were State Police Troopers David Luce and W.H. Dobson.
  • The Salisbury City Council is considering a new 52-page list of housing codes. Inspections Chief Henry P. Wojtanowski said the current rules contain too many exceptions for specific neighborhoods. Said Wojtanowski: “I can’t touch these places; they look like hell.” The streets mentioned by the inspector include Poplar Hill Avenue, Chestnut Street, East Church Street, Delaware Avenue and Tangier Street. The codes include provisions for licensing and annual inspections of rental units and rooming houses.
  • Some 65 pigs and sows, and one boar — valued at more than $10,000 — were killed in a blaze on a farm owned by Robert Smith on Allen Road. The Fruitland Fire Department extinguished the hog shed blaze at about 5 a.m.

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

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