Salisbury Rising Q&A: Brad Gillis, Joey Gilkerson

Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson are the sons of Salisbury’s most-prominent developers, Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson of business mainstay Gillis Gilkerson. While their dads garnered a great deal of attention over the past 30 years, the spotlight has shifted to Joey, 29, and Brad, 35. Their ambitious redevelopment projects are changing Salisbury, while promoting […]

Salisbury Rising: Fisher’s designs will impact city

When local architect Keith Fisher talks about his upbringing and how he developed a strong work ethic, credit goes to his grandfather and mother. His grandfather owned a pizzeria in the Philadelphia area, where he was born, and it was there he learned the value of a dollar with such precision that, with help from […]

Salisbury Rising: City is building a bicycling network

Several times every week, Matt Drew rides his bike from his home near Salisbury University, north to the company where he works, AWB Engineers on Northwood Drive. It’s not only enjoyable, but beneficial. Bikers, Drew strongly believes, help the environment as they exercise for better health.  Even real estate values increase when homes are near […]

Salisbury Rising: More than veggies growing in Camden

“If you want to transform a neighborhood, you must change the composition of that neighborhood’s vacant lots.” I first shared that statement in my 2016 TEDxSBY talk, “Growing More Than Veggies.” I continue to delight in seeing this transforming work being done in nine community gardens in Salisbury and Wicomico County. The MAC Center hosts […]

Raise letter audit brings sharp divisions

A county government “whodunit,” loaded with intrigue, accusations, multi-tiered storylines and an aura of cover-up, is apparently over — for now. How important the “whodunit” is, whether its context is significant and what the long-term effects will be, no one seems to know. If anything, the episode reveals a monumental divide between the executive branch, […]

What happened to Headquarters Live?

While a cornerstone enterprise in the rejuvenation of Downtown Salisbury has proven a business disappointment, the historic Headquarters Live building will have a rent-paying and tenant contributing to city commerce and culture as a historic office and community center. Many people wondered whether the music/entertainment venue concept projected by developers Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson […]

Heroin: ‘This could happen to anybody’

Amid the crushing heartache of losing a son, this is certain – Mac Wessels didn’t want to be an addict and he didn’t want to die. Yet, he did. In bed in an apartment in California, where he was attending college, across the country from the parents who adopted him at birth, sought help and […]

Heroin: Hogan launches new, sweeping initiatives

Just a week before his State Of The State speech, Gov. Larry Hogan announced new details to his 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Initiative. A multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort, the initiative includes the creation of a statewide Opioid Operational Command Center to assist in breaking down governmental silos and […]

Heroin: Good Samaritan Law makes it safe to help

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest, as well as prosecution, for certain crimes. The purpose of the law is to encourage any person regardless of age, who experiences or observes a medical emergency caused by the ingestion or use of alcohol or other drugs, to seek medical […]

Heroin: Attorney tracking the carnage of abuse

For nearly three years, Rick Brueckner has been building a database to capture what he calls “the big picture of the problem of heroin use.” “We now have a mechanism. We know this — we are getting far better at saving lives,” Brueckner told the Salisbury Independent. “We’re getting close. The information we gather includes […]