Recently a decision was made to replace the logo for Somerset County Schools. The logo being replaced was designed by 1992 CHS graduate Louie Gundling, who lost his life in 1996. Louie's design was chosen from among several entries from all over Somerset County Schools. After his death it served as a memorial for those who knew him, alumni and staff alike. This inspirational logo has been present for 25 years. The decision to replace it is a real slap in the face to Louie's memory, his fellow classmates and his family.
At the Delmarva Shorebirds Game on the 17th which I happened to be in attendance for, the Shore Birds players were auctioning off their special ravens jerseys to benefit the relay for life team. A 16 year old fan, a season ticket holder, was celebrating her birthday. She won the jersey of 3rd baseman Jason Esposito who promptly tried to buy it back from her for his girlfriend after the game.
The 16 year old fan politely told him she wanted to keep it as that was what she wanted for her birthday. She had taken herself out of the other auctions because she had won this one. Well it seems Jason got ticked off at this and dropped 2 f bombs on the girl which made her break down in tears. He then slops an autograph on it and takes off. The girls father who is in law enforcement asked her what was wrong seeing she was obviously upset. She then threw the jersey at him and said she didn't want it and told him what had happened. The Father spoke to Chris Bitters the general manager who then spoke to Manager Ryan Minor. The Father told them to keep the jersey if that was the way Esposito was going to act. The General Manager worked hard to make things right and got the girl another jersey and gave them their money back.
The punishment for this outrageous behavior? He got chewed out but was playing in Saturday nights game. The season ticket holders booed him loudly but I think more punishment is deserved for this ridiculous behavior on his part. I guess Ryan Minor didn't feel the behavior warranted benching. The following day when out signing autographs seemed to snub the girl when she tried to get an item autographed by him even though he was signing right beside her.
This behavior is appalling for a player to treat a fan like that for no reason.
I have to thank a commenter for this because I hadn't even noticed, but what in the world is with the huge discrepancy in bond for these two cases? Chicken Pot Pie Boy is being held on 250,000 bond while PCP boy who had much more serious charges including assaulting Police Officers only gets 50,000 bond? WTH?
Maryland State Police Press
Release 08/20/2012 23:42
BACK TO SCHOOL EQUALS SCHOOL
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – According to the U. S. Department
of Transportation, “School buses are the safest mode of transportation for
getting our children back and forth to school” and the Maryland State Police are
reminding motorists that school bus safety is everyone’s responsibility.
For 23 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with
a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching
or leaving the bus. Troopers are urging motorists to take extra care when
driving in proximity to school buses. The reality is that motorists pose a
greater threat to school bus students than they would ever have to face simply
riding on the bus.
Here are a few reminders to help motorists keep our
student safe this school year:
BE ALERT AND SLOW DOWN - Keep an eye out
for students, since they will likely be preoccupied and may not be paying
LOOK FOR THE FLASHING LIGHTS - The yellow flashing lights on
the bus indicate it is preparing to stop, to unload or load students. The red
flashing lights show the bus is stopped and students are getting off or on.
Drivers are prohibited from passing in either direction a school bus when red
flashing lights are activated, unless they are on a divided
NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT - The consequences could be tragic if
students are loading or unloading. Make sure you stop your vehicle at least 20
feet either in front of behind the bus when its red lights are flashing. This
gives children enough space to safely enter and exit the bus.
ROUTE WITH YOUNGER STUDENTS – Whether your child walks to school, or just to the
bus stop, it is important for an adult to initially walk the route with them,
especially if they are younger. Parents or guardians can point out hazards to
children and alert them to locations along the route where they should be
REDUCE YOUR DISTRACTIONS – This is an important tip
for drivers at anytime, but especially during the school year. Reduce any
distractions inside your vehicle, so you can concentrate on the road and your
surroundings, especially in school zones. Remember, no texting or handheld cell
phone use while driving.
State troopers across Maryland will be joining
their local law enforcement partners in special school bus enforcement patrols
during the start of this school year. Extra patrols will be deployed on school
bus routes and troopers will be specifically targeting motorists driving
unsafely around school buses or ignoring the red flashing lights when a bus is
stopped. These patrols will be funded by special state school bus enforcement
grants coordinated through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and
Somerset County Schools find themselves in a bit of turmoil as the new School year begins. It seems there are no School supplies for the teachers. Many have come in to find they have no new pencils, crayons, scissors etc which normally is ready for them to start the year. The teachers are beginning to question where is the budgeted money for these things since they are having too rely on what they had left from last year to start the new.
There was also confusion for the new employees as to what they were supposed to be doing, especially after an incident at Central Office where one day out of the blue the employees came in to find their stuff moved into a new room and then come back the following day to find half of it back where it started making it next to impossible to find anything.
I can envision Joe Hall sipping his cup of tea laughing hysterically at his own jokes, telling himself "You're Good Enough, You're Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You". This must be a day in the life of Joe Hall who with his recent newspaper ads has ventured further into his own fairy tale land. Joe decided to shell out almost a grand telling Ocean City it needs a new Mayor, the kicker is however he isn't even going to run for the seat. It seems Joe just wants Meehan gone and is going to beg people to run against him and uses the fact that he has run unopposed as his reasoning. Joe I'm not sure how things work in Wonderland (tell Alice Hi for me) but usually when people run unopposed it's because people are happy with the job the person is doing not the opposite. The thing everyone needs to hope is that you don't get re-elected and continue to embarrass yourself and Ocean City with this stupidity of yours