Archives for October 2013

It Takes a Community to Prevent Substance Abuse

Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, through its coalition, encourages the community to recognize the problems and implement solutions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. We are looking to help families create a community free of the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs where youth and adults lead healthy, safe and productive lives.

In Hillary Clinton’s book It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, she presents her vision for the children of America. She focuses on the impact individuals and groups outside the family have, for better or worse, on a child’s well-being, and advocates a society which meets all of a child’s needs. In Talbot County, if we are to realize the vision of a community safe from substance abuse, we will need the collective efforts of the community.

Talbot Partnership is actively involved in many community initiatives, advocacy efforts, and committees which focus on prevention in the community. At the same time, we are looking for individuals, businesses, churches, and community groups to participate in a wide-spread and meaningful community effort. These efforts can include sharing prevention resources including fliers, brochures and other information; referrals for services; participating in media campaigns; hosting  a Talbot Partnership presentation or training to staff, volunteers or constituents; providing alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse prevention activities; or host speakers, parent education and training programs.

This is an opportunity for individuals and organizations in the community to stand up and differentiate yourself, your family, your work place or your organization as supporters of a community free of the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs where youth and adults lead healthy, safe and productive lives. If you are interested in learning more about what you, your business or organization can do, please contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067 or info@talbotpartnership.org.

Wednesday Morning Artists to Stage Another ‘Opening Night’

 

WMA members with some of the artist-created packages that will be a part of the Opening Night décor.  Front row: Ann Geiger and Nancy Snyder.  Back row: Wendy Rue, Jean Browne and Kay Jones.

WMA members with some of the artist-created packages that will be a part of the Opening Night décor. Front row: Ann Geiger and Nancy Snyder. Back row: Wendy Rue, Jean Browne and Kay Jones.

Wednesday Morning Artists of Cambridge will present another Opening Night on Friday, December 6, at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. 

Opening Night is a one-evening gala.  It is designed to enhance the visitor’s experience with the art exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Art Center by providing education, opportunities to talk with the artists, special décor, unique appetizers, hands-on activities, silent auctions, and more.

Previous Opening Night events were staged around the shows of other exhibitors.  On this occasion, however,Opening Night will expand the Wednesday Morning Artists’  own 7th annual December show to include a holiday wonderland of lavish and glistening décor, specially prepared appetizers, fun and educational activities, a silent auction, and drawings for  new memberships to the Art Center.  This event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Art Center at 410.228.7782.

The exhibit, Small Works and Other Good Things, highlights exquisite original art that is priced for gift-giving. Paintings, jewelry, books, pottery, fabric art, photography, basketry, and other creative art forms will be offered. 

Wednesday Morning Artists is a well-known group around the Cambridge area and comprises many art disciplines and levels of skill.  Artists interested in any art form and at any level of accomplishment are welcome.  See Wednesday Morning Artists on FaceBook, Opening Night on FaceBook, WednesdayMorningArtists.com, or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@aol.com.

 

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Fall Fun for Families November 9 at Adkins

Celebrate fall at Adkins Arboretum! On Sat., Nov. 9, join naturalist and educator Jenny Houghton for Fall Fun for Families, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the fall season.

All ages are welcome for this fun-filled program that includes a nature hike along the Arboretum’s scenic woodland paths, stopping for a marshmallow roast at Paw Paw Playground, the Arboretum’s natural playspace. Families will enjoy fall-inspired games in the meadow, search for leaves on a forest scavenger hunt, and paint a pumpkin pansy planter to take home.

The program runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The fee for members is $5 per person or $20 per family; the non-member fee is $8 per person or $25 per family. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Children’s Theatre Launches 17th Season At Chesapeake College

The Theatre for Young People Series, presented by the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, kicks off the 2013-2014 season on November 15 with the “The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle.” For ticket information, please call 410-827-5867.

The Theatre for Young People Series, presented by the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, kicks off the 2013-2014 season on November 15 with the
“The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle.” For ticket information, please call 410-827-5867.

WYE MILLS – The Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College is celebrating its 17th season with the innovative 2013-2014 Theatre for Young People Family Series.

Thousands of people attended the children’s theatre presentations last season. The weekday Schoolday Series patrons included students from public schools in all five of the service counties, local private school students and home-schooled children.

This season we are pleased to be presenting three of ArtsPower’s professional productions.  All three of their original musicals are based on some of America’s best-loved children’s literature by award-winning authors.  ArtsPower has grown into one of America’s premiere producers of professional theater for young family audiences. Their touring musicals and dramas have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states – from Alaska to Florida – in hundreds of the nation’s top cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York.

Triple Threat Theatre Company will also join the season with their original Holiday Celebration – “Sleigh Ride Around the World.” Triple Threat is a local company that brings local and regional talent together in a performance combining music, drama and dance.  Have the time of your life immersed in the imagination and joy of this spectacular holiday celebration!

American Family Theatre (AFT) will return this season with another original telling of an American classic – “The Wizard of Oz.”  AFT have been producing the very best in family entertainment for more than 40 years.  They are the oldest and largest family theater company in the nation, and are seen each season in more than 700 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“We hope you enjoy the season and that the productions we present will entertain, thrill, educate, and motivate you and your families, bringing you the excitement and magic that only live theater can provide,” said  Program Director Linda Zaragoza.

The Family Series kicks off on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. with the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s production of “The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle.” ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship, based on the book “The Little Engine That Could.”  Tickets are $9 for adults and children.

Holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride Around the World” returns to the Todd Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Travel with the “Sleigh Ride” company as they explore seasonal traditions, dances and songs from across the globe.  Experience the beauty of holiday music and dances performed by local and regionalprofessionals from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Delaware.  Enjoy a special holiday dinner buffet in the lovely TPAC lobby prior to the show.  Dinner and show tickets are $35, and show-only tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (10 and under).

Children’s favorite “Are You My Mother?” comes to life on the TPAC stage on Friday,

February 7 at 7 p.m.  Based on P.D. Eastman’s popular book for young readers, “Are You My Mother?” is an enchanting musical about Baby Bird’s Journey.  Told with humor, sensitivity, and a bit of calculated silliness, this touching story shows how loss can be turned into empowerment and how Baby Bird happily finds more than she is looking for.  “Are You My Mother?” features a rich and upbeat musical score with imaginative sets and costumes.  Tickets are $9 for adults and children.

Fans will have the opportunity to see “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” this spring, on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at TPAC.  Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power, based on the book “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Tickets are $9 for adults and children.

The season ends on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. when the American Family Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” at TPAC.  Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends in one of the most famous musical journeys of all time.  AFT’s “The Wizard of Oz” is a sparkling production that features a terrific cast, unforgettable songs and special effects, plus lots of audience participation. Last year, hundreds of families enjoyed their production of “Cinderella.” American Family Theater is the nation’s premier producer of musicals for families and young audiences and performs in more than 300 venues each year.  Tickets are $9 for adults and children.

After all performances, join the cast from each production in the TPAC lobby for a meet and greet and to grab autographs!  Books from each show will be available for sale along with snacks and beverages.

For a Theatre for Young People Series schedule or more information, please call Linda Zaragoza, Program Director, at 410-827-5867 or email lzaragoza@chesapeake.edu.  Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

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Mediation Center Honors Volunteers At Conflict Resolution Day Dinner

Members of Mid Shore Mediation’s Board of Directors were honored at the Conflict Resolution Day dinner, including, left to right, Jack Donahue, Linda Webb, Peter Rohman and George Borowsky. (Not pictured, Jim Adams.)

Members of Mid Shore Mediation’s Board of Directors were honored at the Conflict Resolution Day dinner, including, left to right, Jack Donahue, Linda Webb, Peter Rohman and George Borowsky. (Not pictured, Jim Adams.)

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center held its annual Conflict Resolution Day dinner on October 16 at the Talbot County Historical Society auditorium. About fifty guests attended to celebrate the organization’s peacemaking accomplishments in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties and recognize the contributions of its volunteers.

President of Mid Shore Mediation’s Board of Directors, Linda Webb, offered remarks from Executive Director Cynthia Jurrius. She emphasized the difference volunteers make in the community through their service, including bringing people together to solve problems and work toward common goals, teaching students conflict resolution skills that can change lives, and strengthening neighborhoods, organizations and their missions through facilitations.

Webb thanked the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the George B. Todd Fund, and the Women and Girls Fund, along with individual donors, for supporting the organization. She also expressed her appreciation to the local judiciary for its commitment to the mediation process.

Reviewing the previous year’s statistics, Webb reported that the number of mediations conducted by the Center’s volunteers had increased 25 percent, with more than fifty mediators participating. Eight mediators underwent performance-based evaluation to receive Community Mediation Maryland’s mediator certification. “We have some of the best mediators on the Eastern Shore,” said Webb. “They allow us to leverage a small amount of funding into a huge impact in the community.”

The volunteers were recognized with certificates of appreciation. Bronze, silver and gold pins were awarded to “12 By 12” volunteers—those who had mediated at least twelve sessions plus volunteered twelve non-mediation hours for the past one, two and three years, respectively. Mediators Rebecca Clizbe and Owen Lyons were the gold pin recipients.

Board President Linda Webb, center, presented gifts to Mid Shore Mediation’s “Superlatively Valuable Peacemakers,” Rebecca Clizbe, left, and Jack Donahue.

Board President Linda Webb, center, presented gifts to Mid Shore Mediation’s “Superlatively Valuable Peacemakers,” Rebecca Clizbe, left, and Jack Donahue.

Clizbe and Jack Donahue received gifts as Mid Shore Mediation’s “Superlatively Valuable Peacemakers” for the year. Both participated in more than fifty mediations and were commended for their additional volunteer efforts as board members and mentors to new mediators.

Donahue, who had been honored at Community Mediation Maryland’s annual gala event in June as Mid Shore Community Mediation Center’s Volunteer of the Year, spoke of the value of community mediation in providing a safe forum in which people can have a dialogue and freedom to listen and speak, “perhaps for the first time.”

Webb applauded the work of Mid Shore Mediation’s staff, including Director of Youth and Special Programs Jennifer Williams. Williams presented plaques to Damien Ransome and Cody Wehlan, the Center’s AmeriCorps members, who had completed 1700 and 900 hours, respectively, working primarily with the Dorchester County school-based mediation program. She noted that both have signed on for new terms of service, with one additional AmeriCorps member and two interns also signing on for the coming year.

The evening concluded with gifts of appreciation to Mid Shore Mediation’s board members, who include Peter Rohman, Jim Adams and George Borowsky in addition to Webb and Donahue.

For more information on mediation, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mediator, call Mid Shore Community Mediation Center at 410-820-5553 or visit www.midshoremediation.org.

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Seminar for Parkinson’s Rehab Therapies in Queenstown Nov. 11

“The Science and Practice of LSVT © BIG and LOUD” will be the subject of a free, informative presentation for Parkinson’s patients, their families and other caregivers on Monday, November 11, 5:30 pm at Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, Maryland.

Led by Cordia Reilly, DPT, and Diane Lorsong, M.S., CCC/SLP, rehabilitation therapists for Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, the presentation will outline the benefits of the Lee Silverman LSVT (©) BIG and LOUD rehabilitation programs for Parkinson’s patients.

Parkinson’s patients experience voice and speech problems that make communication with their caregivers increasingly difficult over time. LSVT LOUD © is speech therapy program that trains patients to regulate their volume and improve their articulation and intelligibility.

Parkinson’s disease also diminishes movement, flexibility, balance. LSVT BIG © is a physical therapy program that involves daily tasks and exercise moves that are constant and repetitive and require maximal effort.

Significant improvement in speech intelligibility and motor performance are clearly documented in studies of patients who have completed the Lee Silverman therapies. In addition to this improvement, LSVT © therapies seem to delay the progression of some of the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s.

Refreshments will be served at the presentation. To RSVP, email dlorsong@shorehealth.org, or call Shore Regional Health Outpatient Rehab at Queenstown, 410-827-3818.

Library Week November 11-16

St. Michaels Library to Screen “Silver Linings Playbook”

On Tuesday, November 12, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a free screening of the award-winning film “Silver Linings Playbook.”  Released in 2012 and rated R, Jennifer Lawrence won the best actress Oscar for her role in this film; the film’s male lead, Bradley Cooper, was nominated for the best actor Oscar.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons are not required to pre-register for these programs.  For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-745-5877

 

Easton Library to Offer Parent Café

On Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a “Parent Café” featuring conversation, refreshments, and activities for parents and young children.  All library programs are free and open to the public but patrons are asked to pre-register for this program.  For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Rosemary Morris, telephone: 410-822-1626

 

Tom Horton Photo by Dave Harp

Tom Horton
Photo by Dave Harp

Tom Horton to Discuss “Bay Country” at Library

Noted author, sportsman, and environmentalist Tom Horton will discuss his groundbreaking book of stories and essays “Bay Country” on Thursday night, November 14,  at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.   The New York Times Book Review said that with the publication of this book “Mr. Horton … ventures into a small, distinguished circle of nature writers.  Fans of Aldo Leopold, John McPhee, and Sigurd Olson won’t be disappointed.”  Horton’s presentation will be the second in a series of four programs on the health, history, and life of the Chesapeake Bay that the Talbot County Free Library, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is hosting in November.  Herb Reed, of the University of Maryland Extension Service, Calvert County, will speak at the third program, on Monday, November 18, on the care and maintenance of septic systems; and on Monday night, November 25, the series will conclude with “Story-Tellers of the Bay,” featuring five of the Chesapeake’s finest yarn-spinners: Captains Fred Pomeroy, William Roe, Scott Todd, and Michael Vlahovich, and native Smith Island crab-picker and song-writer Janice Marshall.  Each of these programs will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Easton library.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons are not required to pre-register for these programs.  For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

 

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Maryland 3.0: Main Street is the New Wall Street

“America’s investment system is broken,” according to author Michael Shuman. “Half the jobs and the output in the U.S. economy derive from local busScreen shot 2013-10-28 at 9.12.57 AMiness but almost all our investment dollars go into big corporations on Wall Street,” far from home.  Shuman advocates balancing the scale between Main Street and Wall Street through new mechanisms developed for local investment which yield, according to his research, “a five percent living rate of return,” among other community benefits.

Shuman is a community economist and author of several books, including his most recent, Local Dollars, Local Sense. His central message?  We must begin to shift some of our investment dollars from Wall Street to Main Street, from corporations over which we have no control to local community enterprise where we can see a business up close and personal, track its progress in real time, and benefit from its recirculating dollars locally. Investing in corporations may have been wise decades ago when corporations were mostly local. But now, Shuman emphasizes, corporations are global, stock markets are “casinos of high risk” driven by technology, and financial markets serve the corporate bottom-line, rather than the health and wealth of community economies.

Shuman acknowledges that implementing local investment will be a paradigm shift for investors. Current government and financing policies favor Wall Street as the single most valuable investment platform and communities have traditionally focused on attracting global business operations.  For example, 15 states have spent over 80 percent of their economic development dollars to attract and retain global businesses.

Yet, data for Main Street investments show, according to Shuman, that it is both lower risk and averages a more consistent and higher rate of return than global enterprise. “Small businesses, including homegrown businesses,” he reports, “have maintained their share of jobs in the economy since 1990 at the same time that nonlocal businesses have failed to increase their presence or profit in that same economy.”  In other words, in a financial and public policy system that goes contrary to local investment while favoring the global businesses of Wall Street, Main Street has held its own unassisted. Overall, sole proprietorships are three times more profitable than C-corporations and, on regional measures, a higher density of locally-owned firms is positively associated with per capita income growth.

Acknowledging that investing in Main Street is in its “infancy,” Shuman described several “cutting-edge capital tools” that have been successful in various U.S. locales.  Developed by non-profits, local and state governments, and private enterprise, these mechanisms have significantly assisted economic development at the community level. They include investing in revolving loan funds for local businesses, intensive “buy local” campaigns, the formation of producer and consumer cooperatives that have lending capacity, development of local business portfolios for investment, and local bank issuance of specialty Certificates of Deposit (CDs) to benefit the business community.

Shuman cites Main Street investment for its multiple attractions: Investors can evaluate and promote the products and services in which they’ve invested; they often know the business owners and directors – or can get to know them – to provide feedback; they can easily know if their investments are socially and environmentally sound; and they can ensure that local businesses are spending locally, creating a positive feedback loop for the entire business community.  Local businesses are also flexible, able to shift with their market, and can help reinforce a community’s identity. In many cases, just-in-time delivery, lower shipping costs, and convenient storage facilities bring added advantage.

“The U.S. has $30 trillion held in various forms of savings, with less than 1% of those savings held at the local level,” asserts Shuman. If a larger percentage of that very large pot were dedicated to Main Street, even a small town of 5,000 could find itself in possession of several million dollars for starting or expanding local businesses. Fortunately, Shuman points out, public policy regarding investment is beginning to look toward Main Street.  In the past, an investor had to be accredited to formally invest in a business, a process open to people with a wealth base of $1 million in assets (excluding their home) and involving complex and expensive legal activity by the business seeking investment.  Accredited investors are roughly 2% of the economy. With the recently-passed federal JOBS Act, the other 98% of Americans who are unaccredited investors are being invited into the action. The best-known result so far are crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter which allow a business to solicit dollars from the general public.

Shuman confesses that he himself was drawn into the tried-and-true “Wall Street is where it’s at” mantra.  Then, like so many others, a victim of Wall Street’s collapse and the housing bubble, the light bulb sparked on for him and he started afresh.  Now his mantra and practice are about encouraging individual investment in local businesses to help them start, grow, diversify, and thrive. The best method to build prosperity, he believes, is to invest our extra dollars in “local businesses we know and trust, so that our families, our neighbors, and our communities become our true sources of wealth.”

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Cambridge: What Will the Affordable Care Act Do For You?

Find out what the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care) will mean for you on November 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Dorchester County Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD.  The League of Women Voters of Mid Shore has assembled a panel of experts to answer your questions:

•    How do I buy health insurance on the new exchange called the Maryland Health Connection?

•    Do I qualify for subsidies for premiums, deductibles and coinsurance?

•    Do I qualify for the newly expanded Maryland Medicaid coverage?

•    Can I buy health insurance from a local insurance broker on the exchange or in the private market?

•    How will Obama Care affect my Medicare coverage?

The panel will include:

Jake Frego, Director, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC)

Sharon Wilson, Navigator, ESAHEC

Amanda Nelson, Lead Navigator, ESAHEC.

William McDonnell (or representative), Director, DHR

Belinda Kowitski, Medicaid Eligibility, Dorchester Co. Dept. of Health

Jim Laverty, Mullaney Insurance

The League of Women Voters of the Mid Shore is sponsoring the November 7 panel on the Affordable Care Act as part of its continuing mission to foster an educated citizenry.

Local Residents Oppose Kent Island Four Seasons Development

KENT ISLAND—A majority of voters in Kent Island and Queen Anne’s County are opposed to the 1079-unit Four Seasons development project proposed for Kent Island. On the island, opponents outnumber supporters by more than 2-1, according to a public opinion poll by Public Opinion Strategies commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), and Queen Anne’s Conservation Association (QACA). Half again as many people county-wide oppose the project.

Better than four-in-five voters also said Governor O’Malley and state officials should take their time closely reviewing the project, and the vast majority said Four Seasons should not be built at all, or should be modified.

“There can be no doubt now how the public feels about this massive project. It is one of the largest development projects ever proposed in Maryland within an ecologically sensitive waterfront area. Will someone listen to the will of the people? The state Board of Public Works must deny the project’s pending wetlands permit, and county commissioners must take Four Seasons back to the drawing board,” said Alison Prost, Maryland Director of CBF.

Released today, the poll shows 61 percent of Kent Island voters opposed to the Four Seasons project, 48 percent strongly opposed. Only 26 percent support the development.

In Queen Anne’s County, 52 percent of voters are opposed, while only 34 are supportive.

“It is no surprise that Queen Anne’s County residents, and Kent Islanders in particular, remain strongly opposed to the Four Seasons development,” said Jay Falstad, Executive Director, Queen Anne’s Conservation Association.  “The people have always hated this project, and we’ve been fighting it for over a decade. Previous county commissioners were voted out of office for supporting Four Seasons. Someday, the voice of the people will be heard.  The largest major subdivision in Maryland Critical Area history can’t be good for the Chesapeake Bay or the Chester River.  The Board of Public Works denied this license once before over concerns related to public safety and the environment, and those concerns are even more present today.”

 

Public Opinion Strategies conducted the  telephone survey October 7-10 of 300 voters throughout Queen Anne’s County on both landline and cell phones. Additional interviews were conducted on Kent Island to reach a total of 200 voters on the island. The overall margin of error was 5.66 percent for the total sample.  Language that introduced the Four Seasons project was drawn from recent newspaper coverage in order to provide a neutral context for all respondents.  Public Opinion Strategies is a widely respected polling firm which conducts the NBC Wall Street Journal poll, and is the largest Republican polling firm in the country.

 

Some findings of the poll include:

 

  • Voters overwhelmingly want Governor O’Malley and state officials to closely and carefully examine the project, with 83 percent in favor of a go-slow approach and 16 opposed to that approach.
  • 80 percent of Kent voters said the project should either not be built at all, or should be modified (49 percent – don’t build at all, and 31 percent – modify) while county-wide 72 said it should not be built or should be modified (37 percent do not build, 35 percent modify). Kent Island voters perceive Queen Anne’s County as growing too quickly – 47 percent compared to 38 percent who find the pace of development “about right.”
  • Residents say concerns about the project are so grave they trump any potential economic benefits. Three-in-five county residents (59 percent) and 65 percent of Kent Island residents agree with a statement that Even though the proposed development could create thousands of construction and related jobs and help some local businesses, the negative impact to water, traffic, and our way of life is too great for me to support it.”
  • Voters across the political spectrum oppose the development: 53 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Independents.

 

“A development of this size and density should not be placed directly on the banks of the Chester River, period,” said Isabel Junkin, Chester Riverkeeper. “We need to rethink how we develop our river edges; in the long run, healthy buffers and vibrant waterways will be more valuable to our local economies and to our lifestyles than dense waterfront development. A clean Chester River and a healthy Chesapeake Bay are invaluable resources. ”

 

CBF also is conducting an online petition here for citizens to voice their objections to the “wrong development in the wrong place.”

 

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