Friday, May 06, 2016

Farrah Morelli Reply

I posted on a previous post about this comment received concerning Farrah Morelli re-election run; 

Just an FYI, she voted against going to referendum. That was a vote against handicap Accessibility, Fixing the roof at the school, having a cop at the school, Teacher raises(Delmar teacher are the lowest paid in the state), and a new locker room (middle school students are currently changing in sheds and in bathrooms because there are not enough lockers for all the students) these were things that the school desperately needed and she voted no?? makes no sense. You want to be on the school board to make the school better, not for your own agenda. Vote no for Morelli.

Farrah Morelli recently responded with this;

Yes, I voted “no” on the referendum.  I will gladly explain why.

My vote was not against teachers, the roof or ADA compliance.  It was a vote for transparency and a more concrete plan.  I wanted current estimates and written assurances of EXACTLY what the money was to be used for.   I believe the tax payers should have a say on how their money is spent.   I refused to vote for a slush fund tax increase of nearly 15%.

There are many members of our community who cannot afford such a tax increase.  At that time, Governor Markell proposed an elimination of the Senior School Property Tax Relief.  The elimination of this program coupled with a tax increase would have created an enormous hardship on our community members.

I am well aware of the repairs that the building needs.  This is the reason why I was so torn with my no vote, and I’m sure many voters felt the same way.  I certainly do not want the building to fall into disrepair.  I felt as though people were being forced into voting for additional items they may not have wanted to vote for because of the roof issue.

I feel that the current unrest and problems with the Bi-State Agreement and redistricting issues are much more important than a new locker room and concession stand.  If the Bi-State Agreement is not renewed, we will not have an elementary school for our students.  There is a real possibility that the Delmar School District could be consolidated with the Laurel School District.  I feel that this issue should have been addressed first.

I asked that the teacher’s raise component be outlined in a specific question on the referendum ballot.  I requested that the exact amounts of the teacher raise be outlined and guaranteed.  The specific language I requested was refused.  Requesting a specific line item for a teacher raise is hardly a vote against the teachers.

I never voted against having a police officer at the school.  One of the first things I did when I came on board was express my dissatisfaction that the school resource officer was cut the month BEFORE I was sworn in as a board member.  The SRO has since returned to the building.

I wanted further clarification on the items in the “Voluntary ADA Compliance Report”.  Other school districts were taking a closer look at the terms of the report and I felt we should be doing the same.  I do not feel that asking questions and requesting further information before going out on referendum was a vote against ADA compliance.  Since I did not receive the information I requested, I did not feel that all avenues were being pursued before going to the taxpayers and asking for more money.

Perhaps one should re-read the vague language of the referendum questions…..“The district voters will be asked to vote for or against an increase of 41.5 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation effective July 1, 2016 to support the general operation of the schools to include, but not be limited to, staff salaries, building maintenance and classroom instructional materials.”

This tax increase did NOT guarantee teacher raises, a school “cop”, security cameras on the school buses, transportation for the band to football games, new uniforms for the athletic teams, etc---It simply created a tax increase to support the general operation of the schools.  A lot of promises were made to a lot of people, but none of them were guaranteed.

I firmly believe there is over spending in the district.  I repeatedly brought up ways to cut the budget and those requests were ignored.  I ask questions.    I believe that the money should benefit the students in every way possible.  I am tired of overspending at the top on things that have no tangible benefit for the students or community.  The children of our school district are my #1 priority.  Maintaining the Bi-State Agreement and avoiding redistricting is at the top of my list.  Without the Bi-State Agreement we will not have a Delmar School District.

If anyone would like further clarification, feel free to contact me directly.  My contact information is listed on my website at:  www.MorelliForDelmar.com






Friday Rain

Still raining

Still having road work done in Delmar, holding up traffic

The TGIF photo Charlie C's in Crisfield


In reading the Guide I see another 53 people filed for a application to carry a concealed weapon in Sussex county Delaware

Also there will be a gun show at the Nur Temple south of Wilmington on May 21 and May 22.

Like him or hate him he has increased TV news ratings by about 200%

Somethings look so good you can just taste them


and on May 7th, the Flagship in Seaford will be auctioned off at 12 Pm rain or shine.  3 Seasons Auction is handling the sale.  http://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/2700876.html


Government tells you what you can and can not do,  California has passed legislation raising its smoking age from 18 to 21 for most of its citizens.  This shit drives me up the wall, I personally don't think there should be any age limit on smoking or alcohol or gaming but the max I would go would be 18 years old and that is based on the draft age for the military.  If you can be drafted you are an adult and deserve to be treated as an adult.


In todays world apparently the baseball hat is the most common male hat worn.  Way back when I was a child, baseball hats were worn by children.  A hat often seen worn by men in that time period was the peaked or visor hat or chauffer hat.  No doubt a carry over from WW2 when men wore that type of hat while in uniform and it just became something of a standard after WW2 for men who were in some service related industries; mainly transportation.  Today it is still used by the military and police but generally has gone away as far as being frequently seen in the general populous.

The police still wear this type of hat altho currently it is in declining favor.

but in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s it was standard for brand name service stations attendants



and many truck drivers also wore the hat




bus drivers and baggage porters wore it



 and of course chauffeurs



ice cream sales people

milk men delivery people

Coca cola delivery people



it was a standard biker cap of the time
and a visit to the seashore and boating required the Captains cap









Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Misc Tuesday

Well I have grass and weeds up to my ass and it still rains. About ten days ago I was unhappy about how dry it was and now the opposite. Not much happening in Delmar the past few days, the carnival packed up and went away.

I did go to the Delmar Delaware council meeting last night and listen to the Perdue Agribusiness presentation about the land they purchased in Delmar. Delaware.  Judy Schwartz, engineer from George Miles and Buhr who is designing the complex lead the presentation with about six people supporting her.   They have 17 acres, on which is a tax ditch (meadow branch) and two other nontax ditches, so it shows there will be  a lot of discussions with the state, corps of engineers, etc about storm water management. They are looking at one large storm water drainage pond and two smaller marsh land type drainage area or ponds.  They are looking at a 30 to 40 thousand sq ft building that will house about 200 office workers.    A road (driveway will extend from RT13 to Stage Road.  Off of RT13 will be a right only entrance and a right only exit on to Rt 13.  Deldot did not see the need for a cross over (thank god as Deldot has screwed up the Whitesville road entrance and cross over).  The access on to Stage road will just be a normal access.  Deldot did not see the need for a turn lane into Perdue.  Parking will be for 100 spaces with an additional 50 spaces for over flow.  There will be a two acre plot to test corn and wheat etc with different type of fertilizer.  Perhaps the more interesting thing to me is there is an old cemetery on the property and Perdue wants to restore it and show it off as a heritage point highlighting the areas agriculture background. 


 We had two old cars that it was time to get rid of.  Both were to the point where they didn't run.  Not  knowing which scrap dealer to called we picked Kroeger's Salvage in Seaford (302-875-7750).  He came by in a rollback and paid cash (no checks) for the vehicles and removed them.  We mainly wanted to get rid of them but the cash was nice as I can pay more Vet bills.  The price he pays I am sure varies with the age of car and what can be salvaged off them, in our case it was about a  nickel a pound for each car.   I was pleased in dealing with him.
NS 3407 was in town last week

Grass is growing so the horses are bound to be happy.

 I received this comment concerning Farrah Morelli re-election run; 

Just an FYI, she voted against going to referendum. That was a vote against handicap Accessibility, Fixing the roof at the school, having a cop at the school, Teacher raises(Delmar teacher are the lowest paid in the state), and a new locker room (middle school students are currently changing in sheds and in bathrooms because there are not enough lockers for all the students) these were things that the school desperately needed and she voted no?? makes no sense. You want to be on the school board to make the school better, not for your own agenda. Vote no for Morelli.

Now  to me this is reasons to vote for her.  I was against the referendum when it came up and am still against the ongoing waste of money out at the school.  As far as I am concerned I will vote for her re-election. We need people on the board who will question what the school says they need, as schools are the worst empire builders going. 


The street light at the corner of First and Jewell is finally working again.  My daughter called DPL countless times about it and now it works.  Besides the street and sidewalks It floods my porch with light and frankly I feel a lot safer with the light working.

 1973 at Washington College
Submit your photos for “Happy and Healthy Chickens” photo contest

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Agriculture is inviting Delawareans to enter their best photos of back yard poultry for its 2016 Happy and Healthy Chickens Photo Contest.  The top image will be published in the 2017 Delaware Agriculture Calendar, and winners in each age category will receive a poultry-related prize pack and have their photograph published in DDA’s #FarmFriday social media series.


Judges will look for photographs that best exemplify the contest theme, “Happy and Healthy Chickens.” Judges will also be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity, and composition. The photos should accurately reflect the subject matter, with nothing added or removed from the photo. Age categories include: 5-7 years old; 8-10 years old; 11-14 years old; 15-21 years old; 22 years and above.

Hundreds of Delawareans keep back yard chickens in small flocks. Benefits include fresh eggs and a reduction in weeds and pests.  



 Don't you hate it when that happens?


People look at this photo in various ways, some says Jackie was hauling ass trying to save her skin, others say she was scooping up her husbands brains for some unknown reason.



I recently was reading an old (1996) book about the Clintons, it is called "Blood Sport" by James B. Stewart.  It covered those days of the Clintons and whitewater (remember that one?) , Vincent Fosters suicide, Bill Clinton womanizing etc.  Just brings back the days when the Clinton were in power.  I thought it was interesting the first paragraph read;
Hillary Rodham Clinton is called to testify before a grand jury, the first time a first lady has ever been subpoenaed in a criminal probe.  on the Senate floor, Lauch Faircloth, conservative North Carolina republican, calls her a liar
Let face it everyone considers her a liar.