GRASONVILLE — Bar Crawler Entertainment will join thousands of organizations and communities across the nation in remembering the heroes of 9/11, the sacrifices they made and also to thank all public service personnel for the work they do. BCE will carry this message to the people of Grasonville and the surrounding communities through activities that honor the lives and efforts of all firefighters, EMS, police, military, doctors and nurses in a “Salute to Heroes” on Sept. 11 at The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar, 201 Wells Cove Road, Grasonville.
Justin L. Davis, owner of Bar Crawler Entertainment and coordinator of this event, said, “Everyone recognizes the importance of remembrance and honoring the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to help others.” At this event the public will have a chance to show its appreciation and be part of “The Brotherhood” that lives strong among all public service personnel, whether paid or volunteer. Everyone in the community is invited to participate in what has become this area’s largest annual memorial for 9/11.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a special tribute at 7:30 p.m. There will be live music, special discounts and give-aways for public service personnel. The dress code is casual, however, those wishing to wear uniforms or station gear are encouraged to do so.
Departments attending who wish to bring a piece of apparatus are asked to contact Justin Davis in advance due to limited parking. All apparatus will be placed on Wells Cove Road or under the Kent Narrows Bridge, and shuttles will be available for personnel to The Jetty and back to the lot. Call 410-829-2821
By MICAH MOORE Digital Editor | Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:44 am
STEVENSVILLE - This Thanksgiving, thousands of people across the Mid-Atlantic including families on the Lower Shore of Maryland are still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
These individuals and families are observing the holiday in cramped homes, makeshift houses and shelters. Many are strapped for cash after costly repairs and recovery and had no plans for a proper Thanksgiving dinner, that is, until Queen Anne's County residents arrived with turkey and all the fixings.
In less than two weeks, a group of Kent Island residents raised nearly $5,000 to buy and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of families in Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
Justin Davis, Eddie Hitt, Doug Edmunds and their friends knew they could help when they learned of the difficult situations people would be spending the holidays. They reached out to their Facebook friends to donate what they could to help provide warm meals to those in need and news travels fast. In a few days, thousands of dollars, food, trucks and other donations were raised and almost 200 dinners
have been delivered to families.
A convoy of people and refrigerated box truck traveled Saturday to Crisfield, where they had contacted churches to identify the needs of people there.
"We wanted to make sure our donations were going directly to people that needed it the most," Edmunds said. "We don't want this food sitting in a warehouse. People are in need now, and we knew the best way to help was to find out specific needs and go there ourselves."
Though many areas of Crisfield were flooded with three feet of stormwater after Sandy, it was not included in the state disaster declaration until Nov. 20, limiting the amount of federal and private aid sent there. A federal disaster declaration, which would provide FEMA assistance, was pending Wednesday.
"There were people living on the first floor of their homes even though the second story was destroyed in the storm. We delivered dinners to a two-bedroom mobile home with a dozen or more people living in it," Davis said. "All the stuff you see in the newspapers doesn't do it justice until you see it for yourself."
Volunteers distributed almost 100 meals Saturday in Crisfield and on Tuesday drove to Staten Island with another load of 100 Thanksgiving dinners to pass out.
Generosity has continued pouring in and, just before leaving for Staten Island Tuesday morning, organizers were counting up donations that came in overnight and planning their next delivery.
"We put the names of cities and areas that we know were affected by the storm and pull one out of a hat every time we have enough money to deliver another 50 meals," Davis said.
The group will continue helping those in need until donations stop.
"There is still a lot of need in so many areas. It's devastating to see all the destruction and living conditions everywhere we've gone so far, but it's even worse to know these people won't be able to celebrate a normal holiday season," Davis said. "We're going to keep this going as long as we can to help make the season brighter for as many families as we can."
Tax-deductible donations may be made through the Rentals-Donations section of
grasonvillecommunitycenter.com. Proof of the charitable donation may be printed after the transaction is complete. For information on how you can help, email Sandra Bradshaw at nursebradshawyahoo.com or call Justin Davis at 410-829-2821.
By KELLEY L. ALLEN Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 12:00 am
SALISBURY - Several men from the Grasonville and Easton volunteer fire departments helped search
Christmas Day for Sarah Haley Foxwell, an incident that prompted calls for tighter laws to protect
Sarah disappeared Tuesday night from her Salisbury home, allegedly with a man a child witness called
"Tommy." Thomas James Leggs Jr., 30, of 30461 Bennett Road in Salisbury is held without bond in
the Wicomico County Detention Center on burglary and kidnapping charges. Leggs had previously
dated Sarah's aunt, who was the 11-year-old's legal guardian.
Search crews found Sarah's body Christmas Day near the Delaware State line news that devastated
searchers and communities across the Eastern Shore.
"It's so hard for something like that to happen to anybody, but especially a child they're innocent," said
Justin Davis of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department. Davis, along with Wes Logue, Tom and Andrew
Sheahan and Art Eisenstein, headed down to Salisbury early Christmas morning to help search for the
The team searched about a six-mile grid, signed up to come back later that night or Saturday if needed,
and left. As the crew pulled out onto the highway, the men saw the helicopters hovering.
"We were at the parking lot and saw the state police getting in the Dauphines," Davis said. "When we
saw the helicopters hovering, we figured they had something."
Easton Fire Department 1st Lt. Sonny Jones and his crew had already made it back home when he
heard the news.
"I think everyone grieved in their own way," Jones said.
The Easton crew searched about a five-yard by two-mile grid around Zion Church Road and left
Salisbury by lunch time. Jones estimated about 3,000 people helped search that day.
"It's a matter of priorities," Jones said. "You have a family that isn't complete and is missing a member.
I think everybody had the same objective to try to find this girl and return her home, alive or
Jones called Davis on Christmas Eve, and the men formed the two groups to help with the search. No
one called either department the men heard the call for help on the news and responded. Jones is also
a deputy with the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office and former member of the Kent Island
Volunteer Fire Department.
"I told the guys here, we're not doing it for thank-yous," Davis said. "I felt kind of obligated. If it were
my child, I would want people to help, too."
And many of the men have children, which made the day difficult.
"I don't know how to explain it," Davis said. "Everybody wanted to find her, but didn't want to be the
one to find her. It's hard to deal with. We've got young kids too, which made it a little bit harder.
"But it was nice to see so many people. I didn't expect to see so many people there."
The experience has pushed Davis into advocacy he wants to start a search team and hopes to lobby for
tighter laws for registered sex offenders.
Leggs is registered in Maryland and Delaware, and has had sex offense charges at least five times
since 1997. The Delaware registry describes him as "high risk."
"That guy should never have been out of jail it's ridiculous," Davis said.
Anyone interested in helping with a search team or with lobbying for change can contact Davis at the
fire department at 410-827-8100.
Davis is not the only one looking for changes in Maryland law as a result of Sarah's kidnapping and
Jerry Norton, head of Citizens for Jessica's Law in Maryland, told The Baltimore Sun the case is
evidence that child protection laws need to be tougher.
And Del. Mike Smigiel, R-36-Cecil, says he's "seething" over the case and is considering laws ranging
from cracking down on plea bargains to allowing the wiretapping of sex offenders.
Volunteers from additional fire departments also are believed to have helped Friday with the search.
A Dorchester County 911 center operator said volunteers from additional fire departments helped
with the search, but could not confirm which ones. And a Hurlock fire department spokesman said a
few members headed down in their personal vehicles.
A spokesman at the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office referred questions to Chief Deputy Baker,
who was not in the office Sunday.
No date has been set for a memorial service for Sarah, whose body was taken to the Office of the
Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
John Holloway of Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury told WBOC-TV that local donors have paid
for Sarah's funeral. Holloway says the donors want to remain anonymous.