Monday, December 31, 2007

Amatuer Night

WOW! Last day of the year. Got to remember to write ’08 on the checks starting tomorrow.
What are your plans for this evening? The wife and I will do our usual, watch the tube until around 10 pm and then hit the hay. I found out a long time ago the New Year gets just fine while I’m asleep. Beside, I don’t trust all the amateur drinkers out on New Years Eve.

Whatever your plans are for tonight, be safe! Here’s hoping everyone has a happy and healthy New Year.

Whats Up?

I certainly do not mean to detract from the wonderful homecoming of Lt. Groton today, but something strikes me as odd.

In one of Alberos photos Salisbury Firefighter Jon Gerity is shown shaking Lt Grotons hand. Below that post it shows 4 comments were made concerning that picture. When the comment count was at two, I read them and they both seemed to berate Mr. Gerity. When I viewed the post later there were 4 comments and all had been deleted by the BLOG administrator.

What was so damaging to the Albero cause to prompt such an action?
Inquiring minds want to know.

1st Lt Clay Groton

I have to give credit were credit is due and I must say Albero has provided a very nice photo spread for the arrival of Clay Groton returning home today from Iraq.

To Lt. Groton I say this---THANK YOU SIR!

My family and I appreciate your service more than you will ever know. We offer our prayers to you and yours for a prosperous and healthy New Year. God Bless You and yours.

Joe Perdue & Family

Sunday, December 30, 2007

New BLOGGER on the Block

I just had a request to add "Honest Opinions" to my link list. In his e-mail request he stated,

"This blog will contain many of ideas and news realted information. In no means will it have bashing or derogatory messages. Just a nice way to get involved with different people and have different ideas out there."

Sounds like it could be a refreshing change of pace. Give him a look. "Honest Opinions" is on my link list to the left.

Good Luck Opinions, and have fun!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Albero Falsely Befriends Jon Gerity

Albero breaks bad on straight shooter and calls him out for a face-to-face confrontation. The only problem here is the last person to take Albero up on this offer found himself in trouble with the law and now has to answer to a judge for his actions. Why than would some else try the same thing. Albero, in his demented manner, claims this challenge is justified because the shooter has allowed commenters on his site to say things about his family.

However take a look at Albero’s site and what he allowed to be said about Jon Gerity and his family. Albero has the ability to reject these comments and to end all that before it became public. But let’s be real. It is an opportunity to further slam the SFD and the administration at the Gerity’s expense. I only wish Jon Gerity could see through Albero’s ploy.

In some of the most recent comments, Albero is urging Jon to sue the city for liable/slander whatever the correct term is. He advises Jon to “confront” Davis Ruark have all the city computers subpoenaed. Albero claims Mr. Ruark is obligated to investigate. This in itself should prove to Mr. Gerity what an unreliable legal source Albero truly is. To begin with, Davis Ruark is the States Attorney. His focus is on criminal cases. Somehow I doubt Mr. Ruark is all that interested in the Salisbury News Enquirer, or the all the 4th grade bravado and playground name calling going on there. Nothing can be proven as to who said what and even if it could be it could it would only be a civil case. The States Attorneys Office does not handle civil cases.

This would mean Mr. Gerity would have to hire a lawyer, and possibly an investigator to spend hours on end to basically find out who hurt his feelings. Guess who the big winners are? You got it ---the lawyer and P.I. I don’t see Albero offering up any of his millions to Jon Gerity to finance such a quest.

It does occur to me however that if Mr. Gerity wishes to pursue this venture he should step back and carefully look at who is to blame for all of this slander to be made public.


As I said in the beginning of this post, Albero has the ability to stop any of the comments before they become public on his site. It is well know Albero moderates comments so why has he allowed all of this garbage to be brought to light about Gerity’s family, especially since he has often and loudly denounced mention of family in the past.

I myself asked some time ago to leave Albero’s family out of the BLOGs and I rejected comments on this site that referenced them. Albero now allows another family to suffer immense degradation so that he may further his cause against the SFD. Albero claims to be showing the world how immature and relentless the SFD firefighters are when in fact there is no proof what so ever that a firefighter has posted anything. What is proven however is that Albero has allowed this muckraking to become public. He has under the guise of being an ally freely provided the forum for the aspersions against the Geritys, and in that I say Albero is responsible for the despair the Gerity family now endures. How many times in the past has Albero used the word "respect"? How many times has he openly demanded "respect"? How much respect does he now show for the Gerity family?

However I offer this to Jon. E-mail me so you and I can make arrangements to meet for a cup of coffee or perhaps a beer. Together we can share dialog on the events of the past week and possibly the two of us will walk away with a better understanding of this debacle. You will find my e-mail address in the profile section to the left of this post. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Meet "Munch"

Meet "Munch" aka "Chewbacca". Munch weighs in at about 2 lbs and was rescued from the human society about a year ago by my sister. He is quite a character and so full of himself. His goal in life is to see how many "no-no's" he can steal and then play keep away with my sister or brother in law. Today it was a lens cloth for her glasses. He's a quick litte bugger too.

When I go to visit I always take a special treat for him and "Fritz". I get no peace until I am seated and produce the treats. "Fritz " is another rescued dog about the same size of Munch. He's a little skittish about the camera so I couldn't get his pic today. Maybe next time.

As a reminder the human society always has some good dogs for adoption. Thinking of pet? Give one of those guys a chance.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Take the crisp cold of a December night, add two generous parts of snow, stir in air so clear it tinkles.

Into a generous heart, mix the wonder of a little girl, the sparkle of a young boy's glance, the love of parents, and set gently before the chimney side.

Add the lightest touch of a reindeer's hooves, a sprig of holly, a scent of fir.

Set the mixture to rise in the warmth of a dream of good will to men.

It will be almost ready to serve when it bubbles with warmth and good feeling.

Bedeck with the light of a star set in the East, garnish with shining balls of gold, silver, and red.

Serve to the tune of an ancient carol in the middle of the family table.

Have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year
Joe P. & family

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Redmen's Lodge Annual Christmas Project for the Needy

The Redmens Lodge in Fruitland was very busy today. Volunteers were wraping
presents in preperation for their annual effort to help needy families. Mrs. Pat Stevenson heads up the project and informed me it all started some 20 years ago with just a few toys and some boxes of food for a couple of families. Tomorrow when they hit the streets they will deliver 2 boxes of food, plus toys, to 91 needy families in the lower shore area.

The Redmen Lodge provides funding for this project through Bingo, BBQ's, Slot Machine revenue, and the profits from the lunches and dinners served at the club. The Redmen also recieve donations to the cause. The Eastern Shore Chapter of the Antique Truck Clubs of America donatied $1000.00 to the cause this year and many of the club members will be on hand tomorrow to deliver the food and toys. Some of those volunteering from the truck club will come as far away as Dover to help.

Each family nominated to recieve food and toys is investigated and the proper toys and types of food is bought accordingly. Mrs. Stevenson
informs me that without the help of the Redmen
many families would have litte to eat for
Christmas and many children would
not recieve toys.

Top Right, Pat Scharf carries a bag of wrapped
toys to the holding area for delivery tomorrow.

Center right, One of the many volunteers wrapping toys.

Bottom Right, Over 180 boxes of food cover the
tables in the large banquet room in the Redmens Lodge in Fruitland.

A huge tip of the hat to all those volunteer for this Labor of Love.

Merry Christmas!
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Albero Finally Speaks the Truth

While responding to a comment on his BLOG from Mike W. , Albero states--

"You are asking me to do leg work you know this administration would make it almost impossible for me to obtain. I don't have the time and I won't make that kind of effort. "

However I do believe if Albero had approched the administration in the correct form way back when this started, he could have had all the co-operation he would ever want. It was his initial attacks that brought things to pass, not the SFD.

The Albero Fire Department

Albero’s concept of starting his own fire department sure brought me to my knees. I laughed so hard I couldn’t walk.

Let’s assume he can buy land and build a building as he claims he can. Good! We have a fire station in the city. Now the fact that the City finds itself in need of 3 stations currently, and has long term plans for another is certainly of no consequence. Albero is convinced that his one station should suffice any of the needs the citizen’s place upon it. Oh, and don’t forget the SFD covers a tremendous amount of area in the county as well. How soon will this building be built and where.? I certainly would like to see the feasibility study that will justify the location to accommodate his new fire dept.

How much equipment will Albero buy? Far less than SFD, that's for sure. First of all there will only be one staff vehicle and that will be reserved for Albero himself. Of course it will remain in Salisbury because that type of vehicle is not allowed out of state. How about fire fighting equipment? He says he could buy fire trucks. Just trucks Albero? How about a few engines too? Got any idea what those puppies cost?

He’s going to hire a full staff as well. They will be paid on “First Response Results”. Will someone please explain that to me?

Let’s see, Albero FD and Salisbury FD respond to a house fire. Everybody has to drive like an idiot to get there first and the winner collects from the homeowner. Yep—that’ll work. But as long as we are being stupid, what if the homeowner doesn’t like the first to arrive? Can they choose the second place winner instead?

HOLD IT! This would mean more than one fire department responding to a single house fire. According to Albero that is a no-no. No race---no winner---No "First Response Result"—no pay! I think that’s called a “Volunteer” Fire Dept. Albero. How many folks are going to do that for you?

Albero will build his firehouses in the “Hottest Spots” in town. How long did he take to do his feasibility studies for that one? And don’t forget he's going to ignore the west side of town. Who’s being racist and prejudiced now? A true fire department would not ignore anyone. Wait, I got it, He will just make his own district to cover just the areas that can afford to pay for his “First Response Result”. The west side being predominately poor (in his eyes) doesn’t qualify.

Who is going to train his people? MFRI special programs can do it. At a cost per student, per hour, per curriculum it should only run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

How many people will Albero have? Depends on the number of pieces of equipment. Salaries for those people? Let's be conservative and say the lowest paid will come in at $40,000. Maybe you can pay them all the same regardless of rank, experience or education. That would make everybody equal---that’s fair. How about benefits? You going to provide health and hospitalation for these folks? Let’s be conservative again, $4500 per year per employee. Hey!----these are bare bones figures. Want to add it up so far?

One engine $250,000
One truck $750,000
One medic $150,000
24 people $960,000 salary
plus $108,000 benefits

Plus maintenance, fuel, insurance etc, etc, etc.

And this barely scrathes the surface.

Albero guarantees he would get support from the County. That, I would like to see in writing. First of all I know of no other private enterprise the County (government) subsidizes. The County Chiefs surely will not support such a venture and in as much the County Emergency Services would be under no obligation to dispatch his Fire Department. Whats he going to do, listen to his scanner or depend on his mole to notify him of alarms via cell phone?

No doubt Chief See is shaking in his boots.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"Pity Me" Albero

Today I spent some time visiting the Salisbury Fire Department talking with some of the folks involved with the neighborhood sweep after the tragic fire on Washington Street this past weekend. I learned some interesting facts.

First let me say this. The smoke detector giveaway program has been in existence for about 15 years. I remember well when the duty crews would spend afternoons going door-to-door offering detectors and installation. If a detector were present, we would check to make sure it worked and install a new battery if needed.

In 2001, Chief Steven Brezler instituted the “After the Fire” program. Chief Brezler recognized the fact a neighborhood recently having a fire was in a high state of awareness about the dangers. With this sharpened perception of the danger, citizen more readily accepted the on site and immediate offer from the fire department to assist them in ensuring the safety of their home and family. The goal of this program was encompass about one city block. This by no means replaced or suspended the detector giveaway program already in existence; it was merely used as an enhancement tool in an area recently suffering a catastrophic fire.

On Tuesday night members of the Salisbury Fire Department met at Station 1 at 7:00 pm. Assistant Chief Gladwell whose job it was to organize the project briefed the team members on their assignments. Having received their instructions and required paperwork and material the teams left the station and arrived in the target neighborhood at about 7:30 pm, and set to work on the task at hand.

I am told there were 3 engines, 1 truck, 1 rescue, 1 squad, 2 support units and 3 staff vehicles in the convoy. 30 –35 members and officers of the department both career and volunteer manned all this equipment representing all three Salisbury stations. In all, a little more than 250 homes were visited. About 15 new smoke detectors were distributed (some of those installed), and more than thirty batteries were replaced in existing detectors. At many of the homes the occupants were away for the evening and the teams left letters explaining the reason for the visit and a cordial invitation for them to contact the SFD and arrange a time when it would convenient for someone to return. I am told there were 7 teams working and the operation concluded at about 9:45 pm.

Albero, under a thin veil of quasi praise continues to find fault with the operation of the fire department. In the past he has condemned news agencies for not attending events he felt worthy, now his beef is there were too many cameras on the scene. He feels slighted because he did not receive a cordial invitation from the department to attend. After the beating he given the fire department for months on end, why should expect anything less than what he got? He has also once again flip-flopped on his media/no media position. He now claims to again be a news source and not just an opinion maker. He even takes issue with one of the firefighters snapping his picture claiming they were “trying to make him feel uncomfortable.” How many photos has Albero taken of people without their permission, and for the sole reason of berating them? Albero takes great pleasure in arguing the point on the number of cameras present. What’s it to be Albero—too many or not enough? Either way he's not happy.
Not invited. To many cameras on hand draw attention away from you. Can’t decide if your media or not. Pity you? Not gonna happen!

Several persons I talked to today, at separate locations, have all agreed that A/C Gladwell got the ball rolling at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 the event was under way. It’s not known how long Albero has had a defective watch, but maybe Santa can correct that by next Tuesday.

By holding the sweep in the time frame used it made it much easier for the volunteer members to participate, and caused much less disturbance to the neighborhood during the supper hour. I consider that being courteous and prudent.

Albero now has a post up that Salisbury Fire Department has denied requests from schools for visits from the Department. I can assure you this is not the case. Starting in the 1980’s the Salisbury Fire Dept has teamed up with the Ronald McDonald “Learn not to Burn” program and visited schools and presented programs annually. I know in the years I worked there if a school or day care center requested it, a fire engine and talk could be provided at any time.

It’s a no win situation for the fire department. Albero will manufacture 3 negative points for every bona-fide good one. He even questions the role Chief See played in the sweep. Chief See was there in a support role. One can only imagine what Albero would have to say had Chief See stayed at home. Of course not knowing the hierarchy of the department Albero has no clue as to what a support role is.

Many of the participants expressed how well the sweep went. They felt good about what they did. I understand the residents of the neighborhood were also impressed and thankful for the care shown to them.

In order to continue sweeps such as these it is necessary to have smoke detectors on hand. In the past generous donations from Delmarva Power & Light, Home Depot, Lowes, and others have been a tremendous help. But it is also donations from the citizens that help to maintain a supply of detectors at the ready. Albero sees fit to constantly ask you to throw away donation requests from the fire department, and then he berates the service at every turn. What would Albero’s take on the situation be last night if the supply of detectors ran dry due to lack of funds? I assure you, his hostility would run high.

The annual fund drive is now under way with the Salisbury Fire Department and I ask that each you be as generous as possible. Regardless of the size of the gift, you can be well assured if you need the Fire Department in Salisbury, they will be there.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

For The Youngsters

Dominick the Donkey---enjoy

Today in History - Pilgrims at Plymouth & Slavery Abolished

Today in 1620 the Pilgrims landed in America. Earlier the group had left a harsh political atmosphere in England and moved to the relative calm of the Netherlands in order to preserve their religion. Seeking to maintain their identity, they secured funds from investors and sailed for America on the Mayflower. Initially they sought to sail the Hudson River to find a place to settle but winter was upon them so they settled on Cape Cod instead.
Plymouth Colony was the second successful settlement in the new world the first being Jamestown.

Also today in 1865 the Thirteenth amendment to the Constitution was ratified ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Albero's Class Act Reporting

Albero shows some real class in his “reporting” today. Wouldn’t a statement of fact be sufficient concerning the tragic deaths on Washington Street without the morbid description of the scene? Firefighters often go to great lengths to shield the public from such scenes and Albero sees fit to explicate what is better left alone. Has Albero no compassion for the families or friends of the victims?

Albero has stepped over the line on this one. He has allowed his quest for sensationalism and self-glorification to completely quell any commiseration that a normal human being should have.

Interesting also is his claim of the City mainly harping on renters to have smoke detectors and not homeowners. I would ask him to provide some proof of this. The City and the fire department have always encouraged the use of smoke detectors and never have distinguished any difference as to ownership of a property.

Fire knows no season, no individual, no financial status, and does not have the ability to pick and choose its victim. No one knows this better than the fire department and the men and women who serve.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Day It All Started

This is for all you history buffs.

THE DAY IT ALL STARTEDIt was March 6, 1836.

On that fateful day, Davy Crockett woke up and rose from his bunk on the main floor of the Alamo. He then walked up to the observation post along the west wall of this fort. William B. Travis and Jim Bowie were already there, looking out over the top of the wall. These three great men gazed at the hordes of Mexicans moving steadily toward them.

With a puzzled look on his face, Crockett turned to Bowie and said,"Jim, are we having some landscaping done today?"

Thanks Steve R.


Back on October 26th I had a post up about getting utility services on my prperty moved so I could construct a building on my property. Things have been moving a little slow but yesterday the contractor arrived at about 1:30 to dig the trench for the electric service. Brian & Michael were really nice guys and a pleasure to talk to. Brian said they would be done in about one hour to hour and a half. They opened the ground by hand at the transformer, dug the new trench to the splice site. At about 3:00 the rep from DP&L showed up to make the final spice. The cable in the ground had yet to be found. Out came the locating tools and an attempt to verify the cables location began. At around 4:00 a fourth person arrived and the location attemp continued. Now this would be the fourth person to locate this cable. The first was done in October, The second was done this past tuesday, the third was the DP&L rep yesterday and the contractor late yester afternoon. Everyone agreed the paint marks on the ground were accurate and the cable had to be there. They hand dug over seven feet deep and several feet to each side of the paint indicators and no cable has yet to be found.

Just at dusk, on a hunch, the DP&L rep dug in an area some 25 feet from the indicators. He dug on the marks that were supposed to be the telephone lines. Want to guess what he found? So now its after dark, no service has been moved, they cover up the trench as best they can (no headlights on the trencher) and leave me waiting for who knows how long for the engineer from DP&L to contact me again. I am also left with a mess in part of of my yard that didn't need to be there and my checkbook is $615.00 lighter for nothing.

Isn't life wonderful?
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Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Coward's Way Out.

Albero has taken the coward’s way out AGAIN! Straight shooter over on the “Off the Cuff” asked Albero some very simple and direct questions concerning his continued rant about racism in the SFD. Answers to these questions, if given honestly, would lay to rest any doubts anyone might have about the issue. Many of the gaps would be filled in and a clarification for all to understand would be on the table.

The questions straight shooter asked are as follows:

1) Why did you say the NAACP was involved (oh excuse me, allegedly involved) in the Hostile Work Environment claim of Mr. Cropper.

2) Did you, or did you not speak to Mr. Cropper BEFORE you broke your news story (and I use term loosely) about racial discrimination and the promotions.

3) I know for a fact you spoke to Mr. Cropper AFTER you posted the allegations. When you spoke to him did he EVER tell you that he in fact had been called names? Or did he simply tell you he was hurt because of the change in attitude of his co-workers?

In this case, the time line of the occurrence of events is a HUGE factor and could tell the tale.

Albero’s answer:

joealbero said...
Answers: None of your business.However, they're pretty stupid questions. Nice try.

joealbero said...
Goodbye for good Off The Cuff. I'll not participate in your games any longer. Without me, you're nobody.

This is obviously a 4th grade playground answer and the coward’s way out of an intelligent conversation.

What’s so hard Albero? Just explain why the questions are stupid and we can go from there. You wont, because you can’t.

Even with Albero’s supporters a red flag should be flying high right now. If he is so honest, truthful and exact with is summations, then why he now in what he calls,” Damage Control”

Friday, December 7, 2007

Day of Infamy

Today is “Pearl Harbor Day”. The day the Japanese attacked the United States American Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

I first learned about Pearl Harbor in elementary school. In Junior High School we learned of the events leading up to the attack, and did quite a bit of study on the following 4 years, basically ending with—We won! Than in Senior High we attempted to analyze it all not as a war but as a “Problem of Democracy”.

I wonder how the generation of today views Pearl Harbor and it’s aftermath. I sorely feel that those events are far too distant to be any concern to them, and maybe they are right.

I remember well asking my Dad about Pearl Harbor and I remember well the lesson I got that day. Pop had enlisted in the Navy in 1938 and received his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great Lakes Illinois. He was in San Diego the day the Japanese attacked Pearl. He knew his life would never be the same again, and neither would the world.

The battleships at Pearl Harbor were an eclectic fleet. Many of them were of Pre-World War I vintage. Although aging, it was a formidable force and the pride of the U.S. Navy. Relations with Japan were severely strained but even so it was not generally believed an attack so brazen would even be attempted from the small island nation, especially since they were so involved in the conquest of Indochina and the South Pacific. How utterly wrong we were.

The Fleet was severely crippled, but the resolve of the United States was far more than the Japanese had counted on. Many of the battleships that could be repaired were and in the process, they were upgraded and retrofitted. Moreover, new Battleships were built, a class of battleship known as the “Fast Battleship”. Battleships like the Missouri, Washington, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are all members of this class.
I have a special interest in the South Dakota, as that is the ship my Dad served on and his stories of that service are some of my fondest memories of him. But that is for another post.

Today we must remember the brave men and women of Pearl Harbor and that pivotal event that took us to war in the Pacific. As with all wars it was controversial. But nonetheless, a significant page in our history in the ongoing quest for the freedoms we enjoy today.

God Bless Our Veterans! God Bless America!

Albero Called to Task

Straight shooter over on “Off the Cuff” has an excellent take on the situation with Albero. It is well worth the read. Albero has made a comment on shooters site in an attempt to clarify some accusations made against Mrs. Albero. Regardless of what Albero’s explanation is, the documents speak for themselves. I’ll say no more on that.

So far as the situation within the Salisbury Fire Department, shooters take on that is equally accurate.

The racism remains an issue only because Albero wishes to make it so. He has taken the ungratified sentiments of one employee, and without proper analysis of the situation, has championed another employee and has created within the fire department community a rift of unequaled magnitude. All this to strike back at Mayor Tilghman for what is clearly an issue that should have been put to rest years ago.

The rift Albero created has gone well beyond the boundaries of Salisbury Fire Department. How do I know this? By the e-mails I receive from far and wide within the community of fire service personnel. Many, many of these people have been offended by Albero’s negative comments and generalization of firefighters as racist. The rift has extended to “The Watchdesk”, a website dedicated to firefighters and their concerns. Albero has no place there as he is not a firefighter and never will be. As an outsider seeking information or advice he would be welcomed. I am aware of one “civilian” that came to The Watchdesk a few years ago asking questions and very soon became a viable member of his local department and community. That was done courtesy of Wayne Barrall.

Albero comes to The Watchdesk as a malcontent. Though he says in many of his posts he is a friend of firefighters in general, his words of contempt speak volumes revealing his disdain of those in the service. Since it is evident that Albero has little knowledge of the fire service, and especially the Salisbury Fire Department, that disdain festers from the pseudo dogma of one unfit to lick the shoes of the newest recruit in the SFD.

I stated some time back Albero’s wife and grandson should be excluded from all the posts and statements Albero makes on his BLOG. I still believe in that and I refuse to reference them in my posts. However Albero himself has violated this creed. Recently he blamed a comment on straight shooters site as being created by his “better half”. That post was written as a casual observer and not as one involved in the incident it referenced. As straight shooter said, it was written in “Third Person” format. Now I am not a literary genius but I am aware that the “Third Person” is an exacting form of writing and not a form to be used on these BLOGS. Back to the subject at hand. By insisting his wife wrote the aforementioned comment, and by continually including his grandson as a shield and subject of injury, Albero constantly brings their being to the forefront. With that Albero opened the season on his family and any injury or hurt is squarely in his lap.

To use Albero’s own catch phrase—he has gone “Over the Top”. The time for generalization has come to an end. If Albero has a vested interest in the issue of racism than he should come forward now make good on his claims to sue. Otherwise it is time to cease the clamor and discord and return to reporting overflowing dumpsters and clogged fountain drains on the Plaza, a subject more commensurate to his expertise.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wee Winter Wonderland

Just enough snow snow today to make things look pretty for a while. Too bad it's a couple weeks too early. What we had today should have waited until Christmas Eve, stayed around until Christmas Day, and be gone by suppertime.

There was a time when the deeper the snow got the better I liked it. Cold weather in general was not a problem---I loved it!

Now if the temp drops below 60 degrees I'm ready to head south with the geese (or should that be "Old Crows"). Oh Well--such is the nature of growing old. Enjoy the snow every one. Especially the Kids.
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Crisfield Christmas Parade--A Cordial Invitation

I just recieved an e-mail from one of my former students down in Crisfield. He asked that I post an announcement about the Crisfield Christmas Parade. I took the lazy way out and did the old "Cut & Paste" trick. Here 'tis

"Crisfield is holding it's second annual Christmas Parade on Saturday evening at 6:00. It's being held on Main Street and ends at the Firehouse. It's not too late to register an entry.If any fire company ( YES THEY"RE ALL WELCOME! LOL!) wants to join in, come on down and they'll find a spot for you.

Plenty of good Restaurants to get a good meal before the parade, The Cove, Captains Galley, Watermans Inn, and Circle Inn are good choices.

Now this sounds like a decent family outing to me. I know it's a bit of a ride but look how much country you will go through and all the homes decorated for Christmas you might not see otherwise. And what about the food! I have yet to dine at the new Capatains Galley, but years ago that was a regular stop for me when I was in Crisfield.

Take note as well the invitation for any Fire Department to enter into the Parade. I know these folks and they will certainly make you feel welcome.

Thanks S.W. for reading my BLOG down yonder in Crisfield. Spread the word and stop in anytime.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hostile Work Enviroment at SFD

Yes! I have heard about the “Hostile Work Environment” action allegedly against SFD by the NAACP.

NO! I have no comment to make at this time

I say allegedly because at this very moment I have not spoken to anyone of authority involved and what I have heard from others is just hearsay.

I will try to find out if the rumor is true. However there is a strong possibility the only thing I will find out at this point is:
1) Yes--- there an action under way, or
2) No---there is not.

If there is an action under way I will not be held privy to it’s content until it is over and I can almost guarantee any info fed to Albero with be of the same clandestine quality he has received in the past, that being abstract at it’s very best.

However I can say with 100% certainty that Albero’s most recent post is about as accurate as shooting the moon with a BB gun. Albero speaks of the recent accident in Hebron involving a Fire Dept vehicle. He says:

“It's fairly obvious that since it was turned over to the States Attorneys Office, criminal charges are inevitable. OR WILL THEY? Remember, we have experience with Barrie Tilghman and her bullshit games…..”

Neither Mayor Tilghman, nor the Salisbury Fire Dept, nor any of it’s members are personel have anything what so ever to do with that accident. That matter is with the Hebron Fire Dept and Salisbury is in no way involved.

Additionally Albero also spews another misconception by stating:

“ ….Fire Fighters have retaliated with threats against me and one even came to my home threatening me on Thanksgiving and was ARRESTED for doing so…..”

Although not naming Salisbury Fire Department the insinuation is plain. It should be well known by now Wayne Barrall went to see Albero as a citizen and as a man and not as a representative of his home department and certainly not as a member of Salisbury FD, especially since he is not now, nor ever has been a member of SFD.

I urge readers to keep the two incidents listed above apart from Albero’s oral diarrhoea concerning SFD and the issues there of which he so ignorant.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Help Please!

I have a LCD flat screen monitor that just made passage to great electronic afterlife. I'm looking to recycle same monitor so that it may rest in peace and not damage the enviroment.

Is anyone aware of a local recycling entity that will accept said deceased piece of computor hardware?

Thank you in advance.

Albero's Big Surprise

Albero’s big surprise certainly held the parade audience in awe today. My guess is better than 90% of them looked at that dandy Dodge Ram with the magnetic SBYNEWS.COM signs and said------HUH?????

Albero has made such a to-do about the fire equipment being in local Christmas parades and yet the “Big Surprise” he provides is Pick-up truck with a 12” stuffed Santa in the back and some Andy Harris stickers. I suppose in his mind this much more entertaining than fire equipment to the children and even the adults watching. At least the fire equipment sends a message of fire safety for the holiday season and serves as a reminder that many men and women are there for the community regardless of the time year. It also allows more of the community see what their donations go toward in the interest of life and property.

It’s not like he didn’t have plenty of time to create something better. It was at least a couple months ago when claimed to be the first person to register an entry to the parade. I should think that in that period of time he could have least put a ribbon or two on that 4X4.

WAIT!!!------4X4???? Isn’t this the same type of vehicle Albero denounces when he sees a fireman driving one? How about those he photographed in the employee parking lot at DP&L. some time back and questiond the owers need for such a vehicle?

And for some really “Big News”, check his latest post concerning Lynn Cathcart. Near the end of his diatribe he speaks of Debbie Campbell and says, “she has ALWAYS impressed me as being on OUR side, the CITIZENS' side.” Since when did he become a citizen of City of Salisbury?

Just asking!