City implements new phone system to improve service

Salisbury’s new phone system, unveiled last week by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, allows residents to reach any city department, or learn about upcoming activities, by dialing a single number – 833-SBY-CITY. Callers are immediately thanked for contacting the city and told it’s the staff’s pleasure to serve them. They are instructed to dial 911 if […]

City fire volunteers seek county fire funding

City of Salisbury volunteer firefighters will lobby Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, as well as candidates for that seat and for County Council, in an effort to get county funding restored for Stations 2 and 16. But Culver – who budgeted about $820,000 for FY19 for Salisbury’s fire and ambulance — this week insisted the […]

Incoming SU President makes good first impression

In a friendly atmosphere, as laughter mingled with compliments, the new president of Salisbury University outlined his philosophy of education. “I really hope what we do is, we teach students how the world works and how they can change it for good,” Dr.  Charles Wight told faculty, students, staff and community members who gathered in […]

Baby wallaby at Salisbury Zoo awaits public debut

The baby wallaby at the Salisbury Zoo will be formally introduced to the public at the ribbon cutting for the Discover Australia Exhibit, but for now, it’s enjoying life with the mother wallaby they call Petunia. It’s assumed the 4-year-old Bennett’s Wallaby gave birth around the first of November. “Her pouch appeared to be getting […]

Marathon’s success exceeds all expectations

Last weekend’s marathon was pronounced a success by Mayor Jake Day, who continued to nurse sore legs a few days after running more than 26 miles. “I can’t find enough Motrin and Tylenol,” the mayor said, laughing. Maybe not, but judging by his face as he hugged his two little girls – who made him […]

Day’s budget avoids tax hike, asks water fees increase

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day’s $60 million FY19 operating budget, presented to the City Council and at a news conference this week, includes a slight increase in water and sewer fees but no new taxes, a combination Day called “great news for property owners and something we’re committed to.” “The budget remains nearly flat.  We’re just […]

Truitt Street Community Center off to positive start

Now that the Community Center at 319 Truitt St. is open, volunteers are working to appeal to local  young people. “The goal to have a safe haven for them,” said Jermichael Mitchell, of the Salisbury Pride Lion’s Club, one of the local organizations that signed a contract with the city to use space in the […]

City ready to host its first-ever marathon this weekend

This week, Mayor Jake Day was counting down the days to the marathon. “Eleven. It’s 11 days away,” he said about the highly anticipated SBY Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K scheduled for Saturday, April 28. So far, it has attracted nearly 900 people in 35 states, including two from overseas and registration remains open. “I […]

Links to this week’s real estate Open Houses

Here are two convenient links to download this weekend’s real estate open houses in the Salisbury area: SalisburyIndependent_20180419_25 SalisburyIndependent_20180419_26

Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to step down after 33 years service

The city is advertising for a new Fire Chief to replace the retiring Rick Hoppes, whose 30 years of service evoked glowing comments from Mayor Jake Day. “I am grateful for his commitment to the city, his loyalty, his dedication to his employees. He is a person who is always interested in improvement and learning […]