Archives for May 2012

Londonderry Retirement Community Offers Seminar on Aging Parents

More and more adult children in the Baby Boomer generation are faced with thinking about their parents’ current living situations, safety, and health as they age. One the average, seniors are moving into independent retirement communities at age 85. To help adult children with the daunting task of making informed decisions, Londonderry Retirement Community in Easton is sponsoring a seminar, “Aging Parents: Dealing with Today and Planning for Tomorrow,” on June 2, 2012, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

This seminar is intended to help adult children who are concerned for their parent(s) in their current living situation find a safer and more supportive lifestyle for their loved one(s). Geriatric Social Worker and Consultant, Amy Schine, LCSW-C

will present a two-hour seminar exploring how to recognize the signs when parents are not managing well on their own; the various levels of care/housing available from home health, independent living, assisted living, nursing home care, and adult day care; how to recognize the pros and cons of aging in place at home and alternative options; and how to discuss this difficult topic with aging parents.

The seminar includes a continental breakfast and tours of Londonderry Retirement Community. Space is limited. To make your reservations, call 410 820-8484.

 Londonderry Retirement Community
700 Port Street Suite 148 Easton, MD 21601

Attica Riots Remembered By St. Michaels Pulitzer Winner

On September 9, 1971, 1300 inmates of Attica Prison–a maximum security facility in western New York State– decided to rebel against their white captors. Taking forty prison staff hostage, the prisoners attempted to negotiate with authorities for better treatment, living conditions, and educational opportunities within the overcrowded, mostly minority prison. Eventually resolved by the New York State Police, the conflict lasted four days, resulting in 41 fatalities, 10 of which were civilian prison staff.

“I had gone to the Holiday Inn in Batavia where the state police were relaxing in the bar watching the news, and it was kind of like being in a hunting camp after a successful day,” said Dick Cooper, who was put on assignment during the riots as a young journalist for the Rochester Times-Union.

According to the authorities within the prison, the fatalities that occurred during the four day skirmish were caused by prisoners armed with shanks, who indiscriminately slaughtered each other and their civilian hostages as the state police valiantly sought to restore order.

And in 1971, this stereotype of the maximum security prison inmate as conscious-less psychopath had enough currency that it could float over the head of the public, going generally unchallenged. But this image of the state as an impugnable, righteous actor, and the prison inmate as a disposable societal burden without entitlement to basic human rights was about to change, all thanks to the work of Cooper and his partner on the beat, John Machacek.

Cooper’s eye for inconsistencies between the behavior of the troopers, the pronouncements of the prison, and ultimately, the autopsy reports of the coroner, led to exposing the truth about what really happened inside Attica those four fateful days.

Forty one years later, Cooper can recall as if yesterday the words spoken by Carl Lupo, the senior civilian member of the medical examiner’s staff, who gave the then 24-year-old journalist the lead of a lifetime. The following year, in 1972, Cooper and Machacek were rewarded  for their coverage with a Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting.

“He was a former butcher in another life, so he was well trained for his position,” Cooper said wryly of the senior coroner, “Then he came up to me and he said, ‘Yo Cooper, where did the media get this story about slashed throats?’ So I said, ‘Well, what do you mean, Carl?’ He said, ‘We completed the autopsies, and they all died of gunshot wounds[…] All the fatal injuries were gunshots.’

“So I said, ‘what kind of gunshots?’ And he says, ‘Well, it was thirty-ought six, double-ought buck, and it was .38 caliber revolver.’–which was the arsenal of the New York State Police.”

With this information brought to light by Cooper and Machacek’s reportage, the administration of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller came under serious scrutiny, as did the State Police, who were now guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors about the causes of the inmates and hostages’ deaths. Radical left wing activist/anarchists The Weathermen  made their disapproval of the institutional racism that led to the prisoners unrest clear with a bomb detonation at the New York Department of Corrections.

And indeed, the sense that the state was getting off with murder scot free did become the general sentiment regarding the riots, as the Special Commission that was convened to investigate the riots in the aftermath did little more than provide verbal condemnation towards the State of New York’s conduct under Rockefeller, resulting in a single state trooper indictment for reckless endangerment. Meanwhile, it took until 2004 for the State of New York to agree to a $12 million settlement to the families of the slain prison employees.

The year 1971 may be remembered by those who lived it as a particularly turbulent year in U.S. history. With protest against the Vietnam War raging and the Black Panthers and Weathermen inciting social unrest in the streets, distrust for authority, police, and the Nixon administration were at an all time high.

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Spy Profile: Queen Anne’s Conservation Association’s Chris Pupke

The  Spy sat down with Eastern Shore conservationist Chris Pupke, President of Queen Anne’s Conservation Association. In the eight minute video interview Pupke tells his vision of sustainable growth in QAC that also recognizes the need for planned economic development.

Pupke spoke about finding the balance between advocating for  smart zoning and encouraging sustainable economic development–he cited the communities of Northbrook and Symphony Villages as projects  QACA supported.

“[These are] appropriate places to grow,” he said. 

Pupke has been critical of a prevailing “economic development concept” in Queen Anne’s County to build housing developments in corn fields.

Here Pupke clarifies QACA’s stance on growth and development in Queen Anne’s County. 

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Excerpts from the interview

Pupke plays overlapping roles with two other organizations,  Biophilia and the Chesapeake Bay Wildlife Heritage, where as a grant coordinator he promotes wildlife diversity through habitat restoration on private property.

“It’s important for conservationists not to lose sight that there is a need for economic development, and that the other side is not always agitating for self interest,” Pupke said. “We want to be careful that we don’t make development decisions solely based on the economic self interest of a few individuals, but we need to look at the economic benefits to the entire county and the region.”

Compared to farms, sprawl developments  provide less in taxes than they consume in public services, Pupke said.

“Development in farm fields has a very negative impact on our county budget,” Pupke said. Conversely, farms “provide more income in taxes than they use in county services.”

Pupke said sprawl can be cured by good legislation that allows the commissioners to measure the tax revenue benefit of a proposed development against the costs of county services to maintain the influx of new residents. Commissioners can then levy financial responsibility on the developer to subsidize the costs of an expanding population on the school system and rpads. The developer of Northbrook followed a similar paradigm for the installation of a traffic light.

The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance is just that kind of legislation. But in Pupke’s opinion, the APFO currently in place in Queen Anne’s County could be doing a lot more.

“What they have done in Queen Anne’s County recently is taken an excellent APFO ordinance and kind of dumbed it down a little bit, at the cost of increasing school crowding, which has a detrimental effect on our children’s education, which has a negative impact on making Queen Anne’s County such a great place to live,” Pupke said. “It will permit increased traffic on our dangerous roads [and make them] even more dangerous. And it will do so by allowing the taxpayers to subsidize the folks who are speculating on the real estate and trying to build more homes in the area.”

QACA hopes to work with the local PTA to reform the current iteration of APFO and enact concrete zoning laws for Queen Anne’s County.

Pupke grew up in Long Island and attended New Jersey’s Drew University. His ties to the Eastern Shore are through his mother’s family, which has roots in the area. Prior to his work with QACA, Pupke worked as the outdoor education coordinator for the Pickering Creek Audubon Center near Easton.

NYC Proposes Ban on Large Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

This just in from the watch what you eat and drink department, or should we say the big brother is watching department?

The New York Times reports today that the city’s Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a ban on, “The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle…”  in an effort to curtail growing obesity figures.

According to the article, more than half of the adults in the city are obese or overweight, and that, “..  the city had seen higher obesity rates in neighborhoods where soda consumption was more common.” The regulation would apply only to restaurants, sports arenas, theatres and street carts, but not grocery or convenience  stores, and would take effect next year.

Read the article here

Easton & St Michaels Library Branches Offer Story Times

St Michaels Branch
On Mondays, June 4 and 11, and July 16 through August 27, at 10:15 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Tot Time Story Hour for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

All library programs are free and open to the public, but children do need to be pre-registered for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit

Date and Time of Event: Mondays, June 4 & 11 and July 16 – August 27, at 10:15 a.m.
Location: 106 Fremont Street, St. Michaels
Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877


Easton Branch
On Wednesdays, June 6 through July 18, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Preschool Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds who have not attended kindergarten. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program on July 18 will feature a visit from Sherman, the mascot of the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team!

All library programs are free and open to the public, but children do need to be pre-registered for this program. For more information call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit

Date and Time of Event: Wednesdays, June 6 through July 18, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Location: 100 West Dover Street, Easton
Contact: Rosemary Morris, telephone: 410-822-1626

Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure Raises Over $200,000

500 cyclists took Maryland’s Eastern Shore by storm on May 19 as the Chesapeake Bay Tour De Cure raised $200,000 for diabetes research and community education.

George Drake, of the Chester River Health System Team, shows off his Tour-In-Training Tee!

Diabetes is a national epidemic and one that affects Maryland and the Eastern Shore communities in even greater proportions. More than 13% of adults in the Upper and Mid-Shore area have diabetes, compared to the 8.3% national average.

The event marks the first time that a Tour de Cure, a national event organized by the American Diabetes Association, took place on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Riders rode on routes ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles so people off all ages had an opportunity to participate. Seven-year-old Allison Holdgreve, newly diagnosed with Type-One Diabetes and the Youth Ambassador for the Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure participated by riding on the 10 mile route with her family.

The funds raised go to support critical research and community outreach. “We have been working hard to bring more awareness and support to the Eastern Shore because of the significant impact diabetes has on the community. There are many at risk for type 2 who do not have access to information in their communities and the funds we raise allow us to increase our outreach substantially, as well as direct money to research for a cure,” says Kathy Rogers of Cambridge, Maryland and Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association, Maryland Chapter.

The date for next year has been set for May 18th, 2013 at the Talbot County Community Center.

For more information about participating and sponsoring the event, contact Julie Frieman at or 410-265-0075 x4677 and visit

University of Maryland Hosts First UM Ventures Symposium on Entrepreneurship

The first symposium on “the notion of entrepreneurship” by the newly formed University of Maryland (UM) Ventures was a breakthrough event for technology collaboration between the Baltimore and College Park campuses, said Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

UM Ventures is a joint effort among the technology transfer offices at the two campuses and the entrepreneurial business services programs at College Park, and is a core initiative of the new collaboration called MPowering the State.

The theme of the symposium, held May 11 at the UM BioPark, was starting a company based on discoveries made by University of Maryland faculty. The event featured more than a dozen entrepreneurial researchers.

“By joining these forces, UM Ventures will stimulate discovery and new business development. And this first symposium gives you a terrific perspective [on academic entrepreneurship],” Perman said as he welcomed faculty, venture capitalists, and business men and women to ‘The UMVentures: Symposium on Entrepreneurship, A Tool Kit for Launching a University-Based Startup.’

It was a full day of interaction among expert panelists from corporate perspectives, including CEOs of University of Maryland startup companies, legal fundamentals, and foundations for success by patent attorneys and intellectual property managers, and startup funding resources by public and private financial experts.

“We are not just an academic institution, we are a healthcare institution and the advantages of starting a company are many,” said UMB 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Scott Strome, MD, FACS,, professor, School of Medicine. Strome co-founded startup Gliknik, Inc. with CEO David Block, MD, MBA, at the BioPark. Starting a company provides fulfillment, opportunities for nontraditional funding, and revenue for the School and the inventor, said Strome, who is chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The symposium also celebrated an annual 10 percent rate of industrial funding at UMB. Phil Robilotto, DO, MBA, assistant vice president at the UMB Office of Technology Transfer, (pictured) said that with additional human and funding resources, the University has “a real opportunity to increase an impressive list of startups.”

He said, “Faculty come into our office asking how to start a company and run a company. If you think about this, if you spent your life in research, you don’t have any background in this. We put them in touch with the right people to get things going.”

For more information on UM Ventures and the symposium. click here.

Message Systems CEO George Schlossnagle is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2012 Finalist in Maryland

COLUMBIA, Md., May 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Message Systems today announced that CEO George Schlossnagle was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2012 program in Maryland. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 28 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a finalist for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” said Schlossnagle. “At Message Systems, we are committed to delivering the best messaging technology solutions possible. It’s very exciting to be acknowledged for our innovation, growth achievements and genuine commitment to our business.”

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Maryland, local sponsors include Baltimore Business Journal, Cassidy Turley, Clearview Consulting, DLA Piper, The Mergis Group, PNC Bank and SmartCEO.

About Message Systems

The industry leader in messaging technology, Message Systems offers a family of software solutions and services that addresses the digital communications needs of today’s most innovative companies. Telecommunications carriers, ISPs, marketing services providers, cloud computing firms and social media companies rely on Message Systems software to power the message-based communications driving their critical business initiatives. Message Systems solutions get billions of unique messages to the right place at the right time every day through the full range of channels: email, SMS text, MMS messaging and more. Founded in 1997, the company is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. For more information, go to or call 877.887.3031

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R)

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young

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“Front Porch Pop” Band Native Run @ NightCat Thursday

Native Run perform June 9 at the NightCat in Easton.

Virginia’s Native Run, who has developed a large popular following like their predecessors Carbon Leaf and Eddie From Ohio, continue their upwards path next Thursday night with a headlining date at Nightcat. The group sold out their previous NightCat date last year. Showtime is 8 pm.

Native Run is Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley, both born and raised with deep roots in the Virginia commonwealth. It all started in a tiny, red practice room at their local Virginia venue, Jammin Java. Though a young band, after hitting the road for two years straight they’re no rookies to the stage. Wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Beauregard and Dawley bring a chemistry to the stage that is unparalleled.  It’s a fluid, sonic experience combining elements of pop, folk, and blues with straight-up homegrown sass.

Collectively, they bear influences from Shakespeare to Springsteen, and from Patsy Cline to Keith Urban. Hailed by Paste Magazine as “The Best of What’s Next”, it is no surprise that the duo is now taking Nashville by storm. Native Run will be gracing the stage this fall at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Native Run

Thursday, June 7, 2012
8 pm
Tickets $15

5  Goldsborough St
Easton, MD  21601

Cardin: Internet Sales Tax Would Have Solved Maryland Budget Crisis

Walk into most retailers in the country and your receipt will show how much you paid in sales tax on your purchase. Order the same product online, and in many cases, it’s gone.

Supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act, including co-sponsor U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., say that this disappearing act is only taking money out the pockets of retailers with a physical presence.

Improved Internet tax law, said Cardin, would’ve helped Maryland capture $375 million in revenue, enough to solve the doomsday budget crisis in Annapolis and eliminate the need for the special session of the legislature.

(A University of Tennessee study estimates that Maryland will lose approximately $184 million in uncollected sales and use tax revenues from remote sales in 2012, according to a Department of Legislative Services presentation last year, page 20.)

Survey shows public support

According to a study conducted by the National Retail Federation, an umbrella group of more than 100 national and international retailers, 60% of Americans believe state sales tax should always apply to online sales.

Although the NRF represents stores with a storefront as well as catalog and Internet sales, the trade association has launched an intensive 60-day media campaign to “level the playing field” for brick-and-mortar “Main Street” businesses.

A series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings have found that states cannot tax sales of merchants that do not have a physical presence in the state, and Congress extended that in a 1998 law. Previous attempts to change the law at the federal level have failed.

Despite support of the e-fairness bill though, an increasing number of shoppers are going online to avoid the tax.

“It really hurts to spend time with a consumer in our store and watch them walk out the door with their phone in their hand saying ‘I think I’ll buy it from this place on the Internet,’” said Jim Adams, owner of Baltimore’s Falls Road Running Store. Adams appears in this video by the trade group.

Ultimately, says Cardin, this only hurts the state’s retailers. “Maryland retailers aren’t looking for special treatment but simply a fair way to compete against large Internet sellers who charge similar prices but get away without collecting sales tax.”

Retail supports one-fifth of jobs in every state, about 742,000 jobs in Maryland. Directly and indirectly this accounts for about 16% of the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

“The $24 billion in lost sales tax is revenue badly needed by cash-strapped state and local governments to pay the salaries of essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, ambulance crews, and schoolteachers,” the National Retail Federation reported. “All of those public workers are among retailers’ customers, and when customers lose their jobs retailers lose sales.”

Losses may only get worse

According to an online retail forecast report produced by Forrester Research, Inc., online retail shopping will increase 10% each year until 2016 accounting for 9% of total retail sales. This is up from 7% in both 2010 and 2011, the report said.

Aggressive merchandising and the increasing ubiquity of smartphones and tablet communications encourages more impulse online purchases, said Sucharita Mulpuru, a Forrester analyst.

Adams said that without an Internet tax the the gradual shift from in-person to e-commerce will result in a loss of customer-centric relationships.

“I think as the online business becomes a bigger and bigger part of the American shopping experience, the next generation’s going to lose that ability to go in and have a hands-on experience in a small specialty store because they’re not able to compete at at that broad national level,” Adams said.

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By Dana Amihere