SPENCER — A water line break near your property can be annoying all on its own. Add in foundation problems, a previously unknown decaying stormwater system, a sinkhole, insurance problems, a pandemic and flooding in the basement and there’s a series of unfortunate events. Jennifer Perrell is the owner of Steppin’ Out Dance Company in Spencer at 1401 Salisbury Avenue. In December, she remembers going … Continue reading Ask Us: What happened at Steppin’ Out Dance Company in Spencer?
SALISBURY — Long lines at food banks have become commonplace images on the internet, cable news and newspapers across the United States, wrote in one Ask Us questioner. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated food insecurity as incomes of many are made tenuous or unavailable because the economic effects of shutdowns. So, how are local people and nonprofits dealing with food insecurity locally? Do they need … Continue reading Ask Us: How are nonprofits dealing with food insecurity from COVID-19 shutdowns?
Read the published version of this work here. SALISBURY — Rowan Helping Ministries is preparing for a steady increase in clients because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Erica Taylor, the director of community relations. “We believe that we will see a significant increase once utility companies begin reinstating disconnection notices,” she said. “It has been challenging with a limited number of volunteers. … Continue reading Ask Us: How can I help people in need during COVID-19?
Read the published version of this story here. SALISBURY — While development plans have changed, they haven’t been dropped for an empty lot at the corner of Innes and North Lee streets. A pink granite gas station with a 1930s front used to sit at 201 E. Innes St. The station, which was known as Bankett Station, was taken down in January 2018. There was … Continue reading Ask Us: What is the status of the empty lot at the corner of E. Innes and Lee Streets?
SALISBURY — The Salisbury VA Health Care System started to screen all visitors for COVID-19 on March 9 in conjunction with federal orders for all VA centers. The slowing down of cars as they enter the facility has caused traffic to back up. Police officers have been helping direct traffic. A reader asked: Are they being compensated for their time and work? “Yes, the SPD … Continue reading Ask Us: Is SPD being reimbursed for help directing traffic at VA?
Read the published version of this work here. SALISBURY — What laws govern service animals and emotional support animals in restaurants and grocery stores? Federal laws, not state or local laws, set baseline regulations for the do’s and don’ts of service animals. Service animals are defined and regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These animals have to do work or tasks for the … Continue reading Ask Us: What are the differences between service animals and emotional support animals?
Read the published version of this work here. SALISBURY — It all started with a lone rollerblader in the shared lane on Fulton Street. As oncoming traffic continued to pass by, cars backed up behind the rollerblader because of their inability to pass them, according to a Salisbury Post reader who submitted this week’s “Ask Us” question. The lanes on Fulton Street are shared lanes, … Continue reading Ask Us: Do rollerbladers have road rights?
Read the published version of this here. SALISBURY — During a 2012 City Council meeting, the late William Peoples, a community activist, said those living around the former Kesler Mills site were “helpless.” On their own, they couldn’t clean up the huge piles of debris that contained asbestos at the old textile mill. “It’s a travesty that they’ve had to endure this for so long,” said … Continue reading ‘Too valuable to throw away’: Brownfields programs a way for former industrial sites to get new life