Message wall April 17: Neighbors sharing ideas and support

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Gillnet
Neighbors are posting notes on social media, sending flyers and emails, all trying to spread news of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.

CAMBRIDGE — As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, local groups are reaching out to spread the word about changes to their events and schedules. It remains a good idea to check on the status of goods and services before leaving home.
The Banner compiled a list of announcements over the previous week, which follows:

Cambridge Police Dept.
There has been some confusion over Governor Hogan’s executive Stay-at-Home Order that there is an 8 p.m. curfew. There is NO curfew. The order advises other than going out for essential needs you are to stay home. This is not an interpretation, this is the order as it is written and enforced by the Cambridge Police Department. To review the Executive Order, visit

Dorchester 4-H
Dorchester’s 4-H Club forwarded the following message from an associate at Wicomico 4-H:
I have a request and I know we can rise to the challenge. I have had a request for masks for employees at PRMC hospital. These employees need masks that they can wear home and in public.
If you are able to make and donate masks, please email Amy Rhodes at These are some of the exceptional operating room staff in need masks.

Wendy Cooper-Parsons and Shane Walker at The Salvation Army Cambridge
First, a big thank you to all who have come alongside The Salvation Army Cambridge and fed our residents through the first half of April! Your support has been incredible!
As we approach the second half of the month, we humbly request continued assistance feeding our shelter residents breakfast, lunch, and dinner as we shelter in place. Meals not listed on the calendar on Facebook are not yet covered.
Please contact me via FB or If you’d like a copy of the calendar to share with others you think may want to help, I am happy to do so. Much love and many thanks!

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore
Each United Way operates as an independent organization, focusing help to their local communities. At United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, we are grateful to our local community nonprofit partners for all they do everyday, and what they continue to do during this countrywide crisis.
Thank you to MAC Inc., Area Agency on Aging with their Meals on Wheels program, Life Crisis Center who operates our local 2-1-1 Maryland, Salvation Armies, YMCA of the Chesapeake, and so many more of our local partner agencies for providing valuable help and resources during this critical time. For ways you can help to keep these programs running, please go to

Carmela’s Cucina
Dear customers of Carmela’s Cucina, we will close our restaurant on Friday at 8 p.m. due to our inability to safely get fresh supplies. As many of you know, we are family owned and operated and, for the past few weeks, we have been feeding Cambridge with only three or four employees — our skeleton crew.
We would rather close our doors now, while we are all healthy, and reopen our doors at a later time than not be able to reopen at all. We hope and pray that you all stay safe and remain in good health.
We will come back stronger than ever. We can’t wait to feed Cambridge again. Until we see you again, we send you a “pizza” our hearts and saucy dreams, Stay tuned for updates and we will keep you posted on a reopen date.

Dorchester County Public Library
Database Thursday
Want to learn something new? The library offers Database Thursday, Young Adult Wednesday, Reference Tuesday, Reading Monday, Creative Sunday, Caught Reading Saturday and Self-care Friday.

Selling masks
Hurlock Lions has masks for small donation, text 443-521-5518.

North Dorchester Middle School
Another creative idea from Ms. Kari Lynn Lamboni:
Interview your parents and family members to see how they feel about the changes to their daily life. Ask your parents questions about how they are feeling, what are things that have changed, how can you help them make the daily flow go easier. Think of creative questions to get conversation flowing throughout the house! It is important to keep conversation going and be creative!

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