Saturday, December 16, 2006
Happy Birthday Ramonia and Gerry
He drove a van that was painted in patriotic colors with the saying “God and children hates divorce”. He always attended the Delaware/Maryland joint council/commissioners meetings. At that time (in the 1980’s) we would smoke during the meetings. Ford use to have a World War I gas mask that he would put on when we started smoking and wear it through the entire meeting. He always had comments at Public Comment time, although his comments were at time muffled due to the gas mask he was wearing. He would pass out photocopies of newspapers articles about irate citizens in other towns who came in and shot their mayor and council over disagreements. It was in that period we started having the police attend the meetings. However he was always interested in helping people. The Maryland side of Delmar Town Government was just as much to blame as Ford was for what later transpired. Ford collected old cars and the Maryland side of Town got their Town attorney to write him a letter saying he was running an unauthorized junk yard. Ed Feeney was a commissioner at that time and was so ticked off about the injustice he got the Town to change their position on that one. Ford also collected license tags and when his estate auctioned them off he had over 25,000 of them. For a view of the 2003 Ford Brewington Estate Auction click here.
Well things just got worst and worst between the town and Ford. It was just a constant pissing contest between Ford and the Maryland side of town government; specifically Karen Horsman, the town manager, and Frank Gully, the Maryland Mayor. At each Joint council meeting I use to thank God that I was the Delmar Delaware Mayor and did not have to get involved in that mess. Karen, I haven’t heard from in years and we know where Frank Gully is. It finally accumulated in Ford painting a sign on the entire side of his house in pink paint and refusing to pay his property taxes. He refused to pay his taxes until the town provided services for the taxes. The town declared it an unauthorized sign and went after Ford with all the force and vengeance they had. Regardless how small a town is, any news item about a town going against a citizen will always be played out as a David versus Goliath scenario. An article, with accompanying photo, of Ford’s house was carried in the Baltimore Sun and local papers. It gave the town a lot of unfavorable publicity, but they deserved it. I think eventually his house was sold for delinquent taxes because he continued to refused to pay them. You may think you own your home but try and not pay taxes and you will find out you are in a no better position than a renter.
Ford started an annual Public Christmas Dinner in his home, than branched out to holding it in the American Legion. He became very well known for this event and other helpful things he did around Town. This resulted in his being awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1993. This award is statewide and honors individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. It is my understanding the American Legion is not having the dinner this year but will have it next year.
So when it is all over with Ford Brewington is remembered favorably for his annual Christmas Dinner, receiving the Jefferson award for Public service in 1993, and has a charitable trust named after him. Whereas Frank Gully, former Delmar Maryland Mayor, is remembered as a child molester who went to jail. In this case the “strange” person was the one who did the most good and the “normal” person (Frank Gully) was the one who was hiding things.
As a postnote, should you feel a really strong Christmas spirit and want to be charitable toward Frank Gully, you can send him a Christmas Card to this address:
FRANK EDWARD GULLY
DOC ID Holding Facility 241341
Western Correctional Institution
13800 McMullen Hwy. SW, Cumberland, MD 21502
If a person is in a Maryland State Prison his address can be looked up by going
to inmate locator
“Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.”Quote Jim Harrison
Ten Reasons To Live In Delmar, Delaware
2) Our Library is one of the best on the Shore.
3) Altho I question the quality of the Middle and High School, we have Lil Red Hen - one of the best preschool and nursery facilities on Delmarva.
4) The VFW is one of the best civic and social organization around, in spite of being located on the wrong side of the street.
5) The Concerned Citizens will be one of the best civic organizations in Delmar.
6) We have Sara Bynum-King as town manager.
7) The Police Department, altho they work in mystical ways, is excellent.
8) We have the Delmarva Model Train Club.
9) Our American Legion will become one of the best on the shore.
10) We don't have Barrie Tilghman as Mayor.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Clam Chowder and Clam Cakes
The Christmas Carol
Today, in 1843, Charles Dickens published "The Christmas Carol" and brought forth that great Christmas word of "Humbug". A word we hear frequently as Christmas gets closer. He gave the accounting profession a new idol in the form of Scrooge. To reread this story click here The Christmas Carol It is different from the movie version - less emphasis on Tiny Tim.
A quote from Charles Dickens "There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts”
Monday, December 11, 2006
“We decided to take the trees down because we didn’t want to be exclusive,” said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. “We’re trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year.”
For the story go to MS NBC
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Richard M. Nixon