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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has departed for a ten month mission with his National Guard unit. Before leaving Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with the mayor about the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and the subsequent protests.

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With the coronavirus pandemic Maryland Governor Larry Hogan moved quickly to stem the tide of the disease ordering stay home orders and closing down non-essential businesses. In part three of our discussion with Salisbury Mayor Jake Day we talk about his assessment of the state and national response to the virus.

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As the Coronavirus pandemic deepens the residents of Salisbury are coping with new restrictions from the Mayor's office. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Mayor Jake Day about how residents are reacting to the new reality.

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Salisbury has imposed new restrictions on local businesses as the nation struggles with the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Mayor Jake Day about the impact of pandemic in the first of a three part series. 

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Tributes are being made to Spencer Wiersberg a member of the Fruitland Police Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 23-year-old officer died after a 10-month struggle with bone cancer.

He joined the force after graduating from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in June of 2018.

Among the officials offering tributes were Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day.

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Salisbury will be create a memorial that marks the lynching of African Americans in Wicomico County.

The Lynching Memorial Task Force will work to create the permanent monument.

Mayor Jake Day’s announcement is part of an effort by Maryland to note the history of lynchings in the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that at least three black men were lynched in Salisbury.

One took place in 1898 when Garfield King was accused of shooting a white man.

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A deal has been signed by ARCON with the United Kingdom’s largest offshore training company AIS Training to locate a facility in Salisbury.

WBOC reports company officials say it would be the state-of-the-art training facility on the East Coast.

ARCON is hoping the begin training next year with the facility located on Northwood Drive.

Katarina Ennerfelt, ARCON’s CEO, told the television station that the company would train anyone who has anything to do with offshore wind.

That would include jobs in such areas wind turbine maintenance and boat safety.

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There could be as many as a hundred new jobs in Salisbury.

APEX RF Conditioning said those jobs will range from engineers and technicians to assemblers.

The startup distributes radio access networks and antenna systems as well as assemblies for builders and installers.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that David Chambers with the company said that with the introduction of 5G development this was the time for introduce the company.

Mayor Jake Day told the paper that this demonstrated that manufacturing was well and alive I the city.

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Mayor Jake Day swept to victory for a second term as Salisbury’s chief executive with 86 percent of the vote.

His opponent Wayne King received 14 percent.

The totals were 2,276 to 377.

Voters emerging from the District 3 polling place:

Day promised that he would begin strategic planning for the next four years.

He added that his election along with the five winning council members represented a rejection of the angry politics of our time.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Day to talk about the significance of the election.

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It’s time for Salisbury voters to cast their ballots in the city’s municipal election.

At the top of the races is incumbent Mayor Jake Day who is being challenged by Wayne King.

Meanwhile, there are a number of contested races in the five council districts.

Voters in District One should cast their votes at the Fire Station on Cypress Street while those in District Two should show up at the Ward Museum on Schumaker Drive.

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It’s one last day of campaigning as the candidates for Mayor and City Council in Salisbury make their last pitch before tomorrow’s municipal election.

Incumbent Mayor Jake Day is facing Wayne King who describes himself as conservative Republican.

Meanwhile, there are five council seats with a number of incumbents including council president Jack Heath in District 3 who is being challenged by Riley Smith.

Three candidates are vying for District 4th that has been vacated by former Mayor Jim Ireton.

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The Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day delivered his fourth State of the City address last night as he heads into next week’s municipal election.

Day emphasized a number of efforts that he said was key to the growth of the city.

Among the initiatives were a series of events that included the Salisbury Marathon and the National Folk Festival.

In addition, he pointed to projects like the Truitt Street Community Center along with the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day clashed with his Republican opponent Wayne King on Sunday over crime and the economic future of the city. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and files this report.


At forum held by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce six of the ten candidates running for Salisbury City Council focused on the growth the town has seen in recent years.

Incumbent Jack Heath from District 3 touted economic growth noting that the unemployment rate had declined significantly.

WBOC reports that incumbent April Jackson said she wants to deal with the entire city including a focus on neighborhoods with blighted housing.

Meanwhile, Riley Smith running in Heath’s district charged that there has been censorship at the city council meetings.

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A battle has broken out between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Culver sent a letter to state Senate President Mike Miller charging that the alcohol license approved by the Comptroller’s office for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury was illegal.

Specifically, the county executive said that decision should have been left to the local alcohol commission.

In addition, he wrote that the comptroller’s nonprofit beer and wine festival permits were not proper.

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An estimated 120-thousand people attended the three day National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury over the weekend.

That’s according to Mayor Jake Day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were 63-thousand in attendance on Saturday according to cellphone data and drone coverage of the event.

There were 350 artists ranging from musicians and dancers to crafts and cultural events this second year of the event.

The paper reports that a Salisbury University study found last year’s festival had a local economic impact of around $20 million.

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Mayor Jake Day kicked off his re-election campaign for another term ysterday.

He declared that Salisbury was the com back city pointing the municipality’s economic growth and the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

Day pointed to the creation of 25-hundred jobs during his time in office noting that Salisbury was Maryland’s fastest growing city.

Meanwhile, his challenger Wayne King told WBOC that he believed that city needs to be fiscally more responsible and transparent.

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Mayor Jake Day will kick off his bid for another term as Salisbury’s chief executive.

The event will take place in the downtown area that has been under renovation and development under his plans to revitalize the center of the city.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Day is expected to tout the creation of 25-hundred new jobs and the replacement of the aging water and sewer lines on Main Street.

Meanwhile, Day is overseeing the overhaul of the Riverwalk and has attracted the National Folk Festival with the second year’s event slated for early next month.

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The 80-acre old Salisbury Mall has been sold to a Seaford-based real estate broker.

Plans range from residential and commercial space to hospitality and commercial services.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the old mall has been one of his top priorities after being vacant for more than a decade.

He said that the last time he had talked to the developer about revitalizing the property was about six years ago when Day was on the city council.

But he believes the city has created an attractive environment for economic development.


It may have been hot yesterday but thousands showed up for the 43rd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.

Among those mingling with the crowd were Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake day.

Hogan may not be able to run for reelection but told the Salisbury Daily Times that he tries to make the all-you-can eat event.

Meanwhile, Day told the paper that he did have an election that he was gearing up for.


The City of Salisbury celebrated the restoration of the 1955 War Memorial.

Mayor Jake Day and other members of the city council attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Pricilla Street and North Salisbury Boulevard.

The Salisbury Daily reports that council member Muir Boda told the gathering that the idea for the memorial came from local resident James Agnew.

The four-sided monument stands 32-feet tall tapering off as it reaches into the sky.

Atop is a 200-pound bronze Eagle.

Since its construction the monument began to show cracks.

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How good is Salisbury water?

It was awarded a silver medal from the National Rural Water Association in 2018.

And the competition in May will take place in Ocean City to see how it has been doing.

In past years the city has won the association’s award for best water in the state in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2015 on.

Ron Clapper, the city’s water superintendent told the Salisbury Daily Times that the quality of the water is helped by coming from the deep underground Paleochannel.  

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It will be Comptroller Peter Franchot’s day in Baltimore as he is sworn in for another term.

This is instead of being sworn in at the State House in Annapolis.

Franchot received the highest number of votes for a statewide office in the history of the state.

And, there have been hints that the comptroller may being looking at a run for the governorship.

Franchot has said he would look at it a few years down the road.

Meanwhile, Republican Governor Larry Hogan will swear in the longtime Democrat.

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Salisbury is planning to develop a town square.

It would be located in the downtown area and would host the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop as well as concerts and other events.

WBOC reports that it will face the parking garage and reach into a section of Parking Lot 1 that reaches from the library to the First Shore Federal building.

Mayor Jake Day said he expects of the first phase to take place in the spring with completion by the end of the year 2020.

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A 12 screen theater could be coming to downtown Salisbury along with a parking lot.

It would be located at the intersection of Route 13 and Route 50.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mayor Jake Day said at least three developers have submitted bids for the Lot 10 proposal.

Day said that the movie theater operator had considered several locations but found the city parking lot more to his liking.

The theater would cover up to 50-thousand square feet with at least 300 public parking spaces.

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Salisbury is looking to expand its port along the Wicomico River beginning with a $37-thousand grant that will look at potential plans and costs.

WBOC reports that Bill Chambers with the Salisbury Maryland Chamber of Commerce said he believes such an expansion would bring boats, jobs and a lot on money.

Mayor Jake Day noted that a multi-user terminal could bring new companies to the city.

Chambers adds he envisions the expansion would inject tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.

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A new study by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) found that the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this year was a success.

It’s executive director Memo Diriker said in general terms the event did better than expected despite the rain.

It’s estimated that around 60-thousand attended the event with an around 40 percent coming from outside the area.

WBOC reports that Diriker said the outreach through earned and social media had the most impact.

He estimated that the social media was worth around $200-thousand in traditional ads.

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Mayor Jake Day gave his third State of the City address last night telling his audience that Salisbury was a more diverse and better educated city than it was three years ago.

He touted events like the National Folk Festival and the first ever Salisbury Marathon.

Day also turned his attention to the homeless noting that the city had placed 30 chronically homeless in the city in stable housing over the last 11 months.

He also said that the city’s wastewater treatment plant had received a 100 percent compliance rating from state and federal authorities.

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Mayor Jake Day hailed last weekend’s National Folk Festival held in Salisbury a success.

He says that up to 63-thousand people showed up for the event.

WBOC reports that the mayor said the estimate was based on the city’s Wi-Fi system which can track how many devices were in the area.

The actual total was 97-thousand but was rounded down to take into account a number of variables.

Day noted this was despite the inclement weather which saw on and off rain during the event.

The exact amount of money raised by the festival is still be determined.

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It’s been a while but work crews are putting the last finishing touches on the Salisbury Riverwalk which is expected to be ready for the National Folk Festival.

Some 80-thousand people are expected to descend on the city from September 7th through the 9th.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city would be working right up to the last day.

The new construction involves a brick sidewalk along the river near West Market Street and Circle Avenue.

It will also connect a new section behind Acorn Market and Angello’s Unique Gifts.