Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Sept. 14, 1987

Monday, Sept. 14, 1987 —

  • Peninsula General Hospital was rededicated on Sunday and will now be known as Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The move comes 10 years after the medical center’s massive reconstruction project and 90 years since the hospital’s founding. Rain forced the rededication ceremony indoors, where three past hospital chairmen — Oscar L. Carey, John W.T. Webb and Richard A. Allen — received special recognition.
  • Mayor W. Paul Martin has declared Sept. 19, 1987, “Milford Twilley Day” in the city of Salisbury. The special day will honor the developer’s 76th birthday. Twilley was saluted for his commitment to building affordable housing that helps poor families, as well as commercial projects such as the 19-tenant Twilley Centre.
  • Davey Allison, NASCAR’s 1987 Rookie of The Year, was due to appear in Salisbury, where he will sign autographs at Grant’s Texaco on Route 50. Allison, 26, drove the Texaco-sponsored car to two big wins this year, in Dover and Talladega.
  • Salisbury’s City Council has decided to table a measure that would have increased members’ annual pay. Council members currently receive $4,000, the president $4,500 and the mayor $500. A proposal from the Salary Study Commission was to award $500 raises to council members and $2,500 to the mayor. While Council President Robert Powell said he thought the numbers “reasonable,” Councilwoman Martha Graham was able to persuade her colleagues to table the matter. She cited a need for the council to “show a spirit of volunteerism” and reviewed how the council has received public criticism for new spending in the budget that took effect July 1.
  • Four high school students have been selected to represent their schools on the Wicomico County Board of Education. They are: Michael Downs, James M. Bennett; Lori Newsome, Parkside High School; Geno Lowe, Mardela Springs; and John Robinson, Wicomico High School.
  • Salisbury property owners will have another month to comment on the proposed “Clean It Or Lien It” law be considered by the City Council. City Solicitor Robert Eaton said the measure complies with City Code, while the city’s Housing Director said the law’s advantage is the city can act swiftly against those with problem properties. Meanwhile, Victor H. Laws II, attorney for the Salisbury Area Property Owners Association, called the ordinance’s fine structure “unconstitutional.”

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

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