VIDEO: Mayor's Nephew Home From Afghanistan
James Spielman surprised uncle Wayne Dougherty at Monday's City Council Meeting.
Mayor Wayne Dougherty likes to keep his private life and his public service separate.
There wasn't a dancer in the house. Nor was there a dry eye in the extended Dougherty family.
Spielman had been stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. He brought back a flag the mayor had given him, as well as another flag Spielman told his uncle was "flown in your honor."
Dougherty, whose office walls are adorned with photos and artwork of the picturesque waterfront city he governs, will find space for the images and flags.
City officials were made aware of the surprise earlier Monday. Council President Bill Martin, with an assist from resident Mike Hitchings, organized the arrangements. Martin explained to council members Monday afternoon that the Havre de Grace Dance Team wouldn't be attending.
Normally, official amendments are required to alter the agenda. On Monday, formalities—and the agenda—didn't matter.
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