Message Wall: Caring neighbors share 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.

Dorchester Banner
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:

Gov. Larry Hogan
Lack of testing is probably the number one problem in America, and has been since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Every governor has been pushing and fighting and clawing to get more tests, not only from the federal government but from every private lab in America and from all across the world, and we continue to do so.
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

County Council Member Lenny Pfeffer
I have confirmed with Cambridge that you can park at Long Wharf and Great Marsh parks and walk around or eat in your car. You cannot assemble in groups or play on the playground equipment. Egypt Road park can also be used to walk around but social distancing must be practiced. I hope these parks can continue to stay open, but it all depends on people obeying by the rules.
Feeding neighbors
Cambridge Lions Club Secretary Dale Krotee presented a $500 donation from the club to Salvation Army Cambridge food pantry.
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
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!

Cambridge Elks Lodge #1272
There is now a new email address to contact the lodge secretary. If you have any questions related to dues, dues payments, membership or anything of the sort, please contact Carrie @
Thank you and stay safe!
Dorchester County Public Library
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to celebrate National Library Week! All this week we’ll be sharing trivia, fun facts, and special moments with the staff members you know and love.
This year’s theme is, “Find the Library at Your Place.” We may be closed, but there are so many ways to interact with your library virtually and at home. Now more than ever it’s important to remember how valuable libraries, and librarians, are to their communities.
Follow #LibrariesStrong to see all the fun content that we and other libraries across the country are sharing!
The Salvation Army Cambridge
59 food boxes for Dorchester County were distributed Thursday, 120 for Caroline County today, 100+ for Talbot County Friday. Loaves and fishes y’all! If you know of anyone on the Mid-Shore who is elderly and can’t or shouldn’t get out who needs food, please call us so we can get some to them! 410-228-2442 ext. 100.
Maple Elementary School
Attention Parents: this message is for you!
The staff at Maple Elementary would like to sincerely thank all our Maple parents for all your support during this challenging time. We know how difficult this is and would like to thank you for supporting your children at home with their continuity of learning.️📚📘We appreciate all you do and we are here to support you. ♥️
Normally during the school year, we recognize one staff member each week as our Pawsome Teacher. During this closure, we would like to switch things up a bit and recognize YOU – our awesome parents. We will begin recognizing our Pawesome Parents and highlighting some of the awesome things you are doing at home.

Delmarva Community Services
Hey Kids! You’ve been writing notes to older folks who are stuck at home like you and it is really making folks smile!
We have a lot more seniors who would like notes so keep them coming or if there are other kids who would like to participate get them writing! Anyone, adults or kids who would like to write can email OR send in the mail to Lemonade project c/o mary handley DCS 2450 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge Md. 21613.
Ask questions of the seniors, what do they like? what did they do when the were kids?
Ask them for advice. They love it. When this is all over we’re hosting a party so everyone can meet, and have lemonade of course.
Kids you are the best!