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Morning Glory: The sunrise on Monday is pictured from West Ocean City with views of Assateague island and Ocean City. Room Tax Increase Talks Turn To Where New Revenue Should Be Spent If Approved

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Proposed Parking Change Will ‘Stifle’ Redevelopment In OC, Some Maintain

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New Worcester County State’s Attorney Makes History With Official Swearing-In Ceremony See Page 16 • File Photo

Cutest Pet Of The Month The winner of last month’s Cutest Pet of the Month contest was Shooter, a 4-year-old rescue owned by Arlene Beebe. See Page 35 • Submitted Photo

Photo by Tyler Horton Photography


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Fatherhood PAGE 32

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Things To Do


People In Society


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Editorial PAGE 43

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OCEAN CITY – Tourism officials last week renewed the debate over increasing the room tax in Ocean City by a half a percentage point, leading to a larger discussion about the future branding of the resort. During last week’s Tourism Committee meeting, the debate over potentially increasing the room tax in Ocean City from the current 4.5 percent to an even 5 percent began anew. The room tax was last raised from 4 percent to 4.5 percent in 2007 and 2 percent of the overall increase was dedicated by ordinance to advertising and marketing the resort. The discussion began late last year at the Mayor and Council level and

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was forwarded to the tourism committee for further review. While most on the committee agree it could be time to nudge the room tax rate again after the last increase 12 years ago, the discussion quickly turned to a larger debate about how and where the potential revenue increase should be dedicated. For example, Councilman and committee member John Gehrig suggested, and many agreed, a portion of the potential increase could be dedicated to an aggressive campaign to tap into the growing youth sports market. Ocean City’s target market has always been families and no one is suggesting that should change, but the billion dollar youth sports market could provide an opportunity for growth in the resort. “We can still fish in the same core fishing holes,” he said. “They aren’t

dried up. We just have to find new fishing holes.” Budget Director Jennie Knapp provided the background on the last room tax increase and how the discussion had reached the point where it is now. She explained how room tax was one of the three basic pillars of revenue in Ocean City and how the half percent increase could impact the budget and the increased cost of providing services to residents and guests. “We would gain $1.7 million in additional revenue by raising the room tax from 4.5 percent to 5 percent,” she said. “That would cost an additional two cents on the property tax rate.” Mayor Rick Meehan said the town faced a similar issue in 2007 when the room tax was last increased. The increase that year from 4 percent to 4.5

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percent increased the town’s advertising and marketing budget and, in turn, improved the shoulder seasons. However, with the expanded shoulder seasons came an increased demand on services provided by the town, services that have come with a cost. “I think the room tax increase has done everything we thought it would do,” he said. “The result has been more people in the offseason, but that has also resulted in an increased cost to provide services.” Some on the committee pointed to the current growth in hotel inventory in the resort. With several new hotels expected to be available next spring, the number of available rooms will increase by around 10 percent. However, Meehan pointed out it was not a safe assumption that simply filling those new hotel rooms will have an inkind impact on the town’s bottom line. “We’d be very optimistic to believe we’ll have 10 percent more revenue because we have 10 percent more hotel rooms,” he said. “There will be some cannibalization.” Meehan also pointed to the rapid development of new hotel rooms in West Ocean City. By extension, those new hotels share the same benefits from the town’s advertising and marketing campaign as the hotels on the island, but currently no portion of the room tax collected in West Ocean City comes back to the town. “The elephant in the room are the 600-plus new hotel rooms in West Ocean City,” he said. “Who is going to have to do the heavy lifting to fill those? We are. We need a percentage of the room tax collected in West Ocean City to come back to Ocean City to help offset the advertising costs.” Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said the focus should remain on finding ways to attract visitors to fill all hotel rooms in and around the resort. “What are we going to do as a city and as a community to increase the demand?” she said. “The challenge is going to be filling those rooms.” Gehrig pointed out there certainly appears to be room for growth in the town’s room tax rate. “Our room tax is 22nd out of 23 counties in Maryland,” he said. “Only Talbot County has a lower room tax. The state’s top tourism destination has the 22nd lowest room tax rate.” Gehrig also pointed out it could be time to revisit the town’s marketing strategy. “Let’s face what we’re in,” he said. “We’re in a peaking market. We’re seeing a season within a season. We have rooms at $99 on a Wednesday and $399 two days later.” Gehrig said increasing the room tax puts the increased cost of providing services such as public safety and public works, for example, on the visitors who use them and not on the residents. “There is zero political will to raise SEE PAGE 24

WOC Bike Path Talks Continue

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OCEAN CITY – A representative with the State Highway Administration took time this week to address resort officials’ concerns regarding a design flaw in the proposed bike-friendly trail along the Route 50 corridor. In December, members of the Mayor and Council questioned the State Highway Administration’s (SHA) plans for a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly trail along the Route 50 corridor in West Ocean City. The trail, which spans the length of Route 50 from Route 611 to a block before the bridge, will cross at the light near Hooper’s Crab House and continue in a grassy area to the north of the highway until it reaches the bridge. While the proposed trail is expected to accommodate residents, visitors and J-1 students living and working in West Ocean City, resort leaders questioned the wisdom of having the bikefriendly path cross a busy highway and onto the north side of the bridge, which has steps going down to the street level once in town. Councilman Tony DeLuca, chairman of the Ocean City Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, broached the subject with SHA Assistant District Engineer Jana Potvin in a meeting this week. “Three or four councilmembers said, ‘Why do we cross the street on Route 50 at Hooper’s?’ ” he said. “On the north side, you have steps.” Potvin noted the lack of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to the north as a driving factor in SHA’s decision. “There are no pedestrian or bicycle facilities in front of Hooper’s,” she said. “The sidewalk stopped and then it picked up again at the Inlet.” Potvin did, however, recognize bicycle and pedestrian options on the south side of Route 50. “They can walk either way, but you are correct,” she told DeLuca. “On the north side you have steps and on the south side you have a ramp.” Potvin said SHA will change proposed signage along the trail to inform pedestrians and bicyclists of options. “Right now, the signage on the plans does direct people to cross the street,” she said, “but we are going to make sure it gives them a clearer message to what their options are.” Potvin said officials will have to do their part to educate visitors and J-1 students on how to access the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge from Ocean City. “We at State Highway Administration want to provide them all the legal options available to them and let them make the choice …,” she said. “Their legal choice is they ride in the lane or they walk on the sidewalk, and by the way if you walk on the south side you’ve got a ramp.”

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Seal Saved From Eagle Dies In Rehab

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A bald eagle is pictured approaching an injured seal on Assateague Island last Friday. Photo by Allen Sklar BY SHAWN J. SOPER


ASSATEAGUE – The often-vicious circle of life that briefly saved an injured harbor seal pup turned the other direction this week when it died from injuries and illnesses at the National Aquarium rehabilitation center. Last Friday, local photographer and naturalist Allen Sklar was making his rounds on Assateague when he saw a juvenile female harbor seal had beached itself, suffering clearly from various injuries. Lurking nearby was a bald eagle, presumably preparing for an early meal. Sklar called the Maryland Coastal Bays Program’s Sandi Smith, who also coordinates the local seal steward program and volunteers with National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. After learning of Sklar’s assessment of the situation, Smith began to intercede on

behalf of the injured juvenile harbor seal. “We collected the seal after Allen called me to let me know there was a juvenile harbor seal on the beach that didn’t look too good,” she said. “I came down and described the condition to the aquarium and sent Allen’s photos and they decided it was best to collect it.” Smith said the injured juvenile harbor seal did not resist, which she deemed as a sign it was either ill or severely injured or both. “It wasn’t difficult to collect, so that sometimes is a sign that the seal may not have been well,” she said. “Once the aquarium rehab team determined the seal was potentially in trouble, I called Ward Kovacs from the Ocean City Beach Patrol, who is also a volunteer for the National Aquarium, and asked if he could help collect the animal. Ward came and brought Mike Arbin, also an Ocean City Beach Patrol member, and we successfully collected the seal and met aquarium officials in Easton, who took the animal from there to the aquarium.” On Tuesday, National Aquarium officials confirmed they had admitted the juvenile harbor seal into the marine mammal rehabilitation program over the weekend, but did not have any firm information on its condition. On Wednesday, National Aquarium officials confirmed the female harbor seal had passed away overnight. In the end, while Sklar, Smith and the other volunteers had temporarily saved the seal from becoming a feast for the bald eagle, its injuries and illnesses were too severe to survive. While this particular incident ended sadly, seal strandings in the area each winter often meet with happy endings. Each winter, migrating seals of various species and sizes pass through the mid-Atlantic region as part of their normal migratory patterns and more than a few haul out on the beaches in and around Ocean City and Assateague. Many are simply resting or sunning themselves along their journey, while others are ill or injured. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the National Aquarium Marine Rescue Program partnered on an outreach program for responsible seal viewing and sighting reporting. Anyone who encounters a seal on the beach this winter is urged to call the aquarium’s direct line at 410-576-3880 so a trained observer can evaluate the condition of the animal to determine if it is just doing its normal activity or if it is in distress. Seal sightings can also be registered at

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County Explores Options After Treatment Plant Malfunction

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to have their attorney explore potential recourse in the wake of equipment problems at the Riddle Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant. On Tuesday, staff presented the commissioners with an update regarding ongoing problems caused by faulty equipment at the Riddle Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant. Expressing concern for the $100,000 in expenses that came as a result of the equipment failure, the commissioners voted unanimously to have their attorney explore the manufacturer’s responsibility in the situation. “It’s quite a large amount of money,”

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Manufacturer Could Be Liable

Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom said. “If the problems weren’t caused by any fault of our equipment the burden should be on the manufacturer to at least help us cover part of these costs.” John Ross, the county’s deputy director of public works, attended Tuesday’s meeting to provide a summary of the problems at Riddle Farm. While there were several issues at the plant, he said the biggest problem during the last few months had related to the plant’s membranes. “These membranes were replaced a little over a year ago as a part of the

Riddle Farm commercial project,” he said. “We’ve been having problems getting wastewater to pass through those membranes. If wastewater doesn’t pass through those membranes it doesn’t go out the other end of the plant. It’s like putting a big plug in the end of that plant.” As a result, the county was forced to haul wastewater from Riddle Farm to other service areas. Ross said staff had contacted the manufacturer of the membranes and they’d agreed to replace them. “Half of the plant has now been put

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back on line with the replacement membranes,” he said. “We’re not having the issue anymore. The problem we’ve got right now is the expenses that we incurred getting to that point.” While the final figures haven’t been tallied, Ross said he estimated roughly $100,000 in expenses. “What we’re bringing to your attention today is that the overrun of costs that were caused by us having to haul wastewater to the different service areas over the last couple months,” he said, adding that the county had also purchased a new screen for the plant at the recommendation of the membrane manufacturer. He stressed that the plant was now operable but that the commissioners would have to determine how to cover the costs that had been incurred. “We’re back up and running and everything is working but we have to look at the long-term impacts of this,” he said. Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins said he recommended the commissioners set the expected $100,000 for an interoffice or intergovernmental loan. “We have enough cash to pay for it,” he said. “How we recognize the expenditure is yet to be determined.” Commissioner Chip Bertino said he’d feel more comfortable doing so if he knew exactly how much the unanticipated expenditures were. “Does it in any way inhibit your operations if we delay allocation of this money until you have a firm fixed number?” he said. Ross said that it would not. When asked if the problems at the plant were the result of faulty parts, Ross said the vast majority of them were. Nordstrom suggested the county’s attorney explore potential recourse. “I came from the car business and if we had a faulty part from GM or Toyota and it came in and we went to one of our customers and said ‘we’ll replace the parts but you’ve got to pay us to do the work,’ we would have some unhappy customers,” he said. “Being that we’re the customer here that makes me very unhappy if we’re taking six figures worth of taxpayer money and spending it on something that was caused through no fault of the county’s.” Commissioner Jim Bunting said there was no reason to make a decision regarding how to cover the expense now as the final costs hadn’t yet been determined. “Once the actual numbers are broke out, if it’s a loan how will we pay it back?” he said. “Will it be put into the bills of these users?” Staff confirmed that the expense would be the burden of the service area’s ratepayers. The commissioners voted unanimously to have the county’s attorney and staff discuss the issue to determine what liability is the responsibility of the manufacturer.

Pines Board Not Pleased Motion Not Acted On

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OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines officials agreed to rescind a motion to seek proposals from auditing firms but only after reminding General Manager John Bailey of his role. On Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted 6-1 to rescind a motion to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) from auditing firms. The motion, which was passed last January, was never acted on, something that caused consternation among current board members. Director Esther Diller told Bailey the board wasn’t supposed to babysit him. “I don’t think you really want seven people up your butt every single day to get your job done,” she said. “My feeling is do your job we’ll do ours.” Last January, the board passed a motion to have the general manager issue an RFP for auditing services no later than Sept. 1. On Saturday, Director Steve Tuttle made a motion to rescind that directive since the deadline had passed and it hadn’t been acted on. Director Slobodan Trendic, who made the motion last January, objected. He said the board needed to recall why the motion had been put forward and passed in the first place. He said the association’s current Baltimore-based auditor had been hired even though the fee was 50 percent higher than fees charged by local firms. “I felt it was my duty as a director to revisit the whole process and make sure that we get the best, most competitive financial offer for auditing services,” he said. “The intent of my motion, which was unanimously approved, was to correct what happened earlier. That still stands.” He said it was also a bad idea to begin the practice of rescinding motions. “I think it’s the wrong thing to do and it will set precedence that will put to question the judgement of previous boards if we start rescinding motions,” Trendic said. Tuttle said he didn’t support rescinding motions generally but that in this case the motion’s deadline had passed and the association was already in the middle of a forensic audit. He said the board should issue an RFP for auditing services after the start of the next fiscal year. Director Colette Horn agreed. “I understand the position of Director Trendic,” she said. “Rescinding motions is not a good idea however I think we’re in a spot here.” Diller said the motion to rescind should have come up in September, as soon as the deadline to issue the RFP had passed with no action. “Why are we not meeting deadlines?” she said, adding that she did not want SEE PAGE 11

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County Moves Ahead With Broadband Feasibility Study

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners agreed this week to seek proposals for a broadband feasibility study. Following a November discussion regarding broadband internet options for the county, the commissioners voted 5-1 this week to solicit bids from consultants interested in conducting a broadband feasibility study in Worcester County.

“We need to move into the future,” Commissioner Ted Elder said. “It’s time that we got into the 21st century.” Brian Jones, the county’s information technology manager, presented the commissioners with a draft of the request for proposals (RFP) Tuesday. He said there were a variety of options for the county to pursue but that the first step in the process should be a feasibility study. Studies in counties similar to Worcester have cost close to $30,000. “The problem is without having ac-





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curate numbers we don’t know what they’re telling us, if it’s feasible or not,” Jones said. “Anybody can sell us anything but until we really have a basepoint of where to start and how to put this thing together it could be a disaster and we don’t want to repeat what we’ve seen in the past.” While Commissioner Bud Church was quick to make a motion to approve issuing the RFP, Commissioner Jim Bunting said he would not support the motion. He said the county had three broadband options and that those should be explored before a consultant was hired. Jones said feasibility studies had helped other counties offer access to broadband. “Before we can even start to build it we’ve got to understand what our needs are,” he said. Bunting however maintained his objection. “It’s not going to be feasible,” he said. “It’s going to cost the county a lot of money. I do think all three options should be looked at … before we hire a consultant.” Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom indicated he supported issuing the RFP but said he expected the consultant to help the county through the entire process. “If we’re going to have this expen-

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diture, I want to make sure we’re getting our money’s worth out of it,” he said. “I want someone who is there to answer questions, someone who is there from beginning to end.” Jones said the cost of the study was insignificant compared to the total cost of bringing broadband to the area. “That’s a drop in the bucket to what it’s going to cost to put any service in this county,” he said. “You’ll be looking at starting probably $5 million just to start. That’s a lot of money.” He said he was under the impression the county wanted to explore its options and have a study done so that it would be eligible for grant funding. “Before we apply for anything, for any grant, we have to have a study put together,” he said. “This is a step. This is not just spending it and throwing it away. It’s a step for anybody to come into the county. We have to start somewhere.” Elder agreed. “If you just go in and say give me money, they’re not going to hand you anything,” he said. “You’ve got to have all your numbers, and I think this is the first step.” The commissioners voted 5-1, with Bunting opposed and Commissioner Joe Mitrecic absent, to approve the RFP.



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OCEAN CITY – Resort police continue to search for the couple wanted for stealing a baby Jesus statue from a Nativity scene at a downtown church early New Year’s Eve morning. Just after 6 a.m. on Dec. 31, a baby Jesus statue was stolen from a Nativity scene at a church on Baltimore Avenue at 3rd Street. The suspects were operating a silver-colored sedan with no front license plate believed to be a Hyundai Elantra or Sonata. The suspects responsible for the theft are urged to return the statue to the church or turn it in to the Ocean City Police Department at the Public Safety Building. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the identities of the suspects is urged to contact OCPD Detective Chris Snyder at 410-520-5351 or

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FROM PAGE 9 the board to get in the habit of rescinding motions. Doug Parks, president of the board, said it was the board’s responsibility to follow through with its actions. “We didn’t do that,” he said. “We have to do a much better job on following up on that.” Diller asked him how that was going to happen. “This is not the first RFP that was not completed on time,” she said. Parks said he’d created a spreadsheet of open and pending items that would help board members track the issues. “That spreadsheet you’re talking about should be published on a weekly basis and distributed to the staff and to the media to track what should be done and what is being done,” Director Frank Daly said. Trendic said he didn’t think it was the board’s responsibility to make sure the general manager did what motions directed him to do. “We know what the board’s role is, the general manager knows his role,” Trendic said. “I really don’t want to be tracking his actions. It’s not my role to do that. When the board says it wants something done, I expect it to be done. There are several instances in the past where this has not happened. Why? I think maybe that’s something that we need to look into.” Diller offered similar comments. “JB, we’re not your babysitters,” she said. “You’re a grown man who knows his job. When an RFP is given, get it done.” The board voted 6-1, with Trendic opposed, to rescind the motion to issue an RFP for auditing firms.

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OCEAN CITY – Resort planners this week took no action on a proposed code change that could eliminate or at least limit special exceptions for parking amid concerns it could stifle redevelopment projects in town. For the last few months, the Ocean City Planning Commission and staff have been exploring ways to tighten certain loopholes and exceptions in the zoning code for new development that sometimes result in less desirable projects. For example, there are transfer development rights (TDRs), special exceptions and parking non-conformity. The latter has been discussed at great length, beginning with a public hearing that was tabled in December. That public hearing on parking nonconformity resumed at the planning commission meeting on Tuesday, sparking an often-tense debate. A parking non-conformity allows a property to be redeveloped in certain circumstances when the available land on the site does not allow for the parking requirements to be met. For example, a property owner desiring to build a 60-room hotel might only have space to provide 50 parking spaces on site after other requirements such as setbacks, landscaping and sidewalks

are met. Town planners and staff can approve the parking non-conformity under certain circumstances if, for example, the developer can provide additional parking spaces offsite. Town planners and staff generally hold developers’ feet to the fire on the parking requirements, but there are instances when non-conformities are granted. To that end, town planners have been working on a code amendment that could change some of the language regarding parking non-conformity. For example, proposed changes in the language in the code discussed during Tuesday’s public hearing would allow a property owner to keep a parking non-conformity only in cases where there was not a substantial change in the use, density or bulk. It was the “change in use” language that caused the most heartburn for property owners, developers and lawyers in attendance on Tuesday. Zoning Administrator Frank Hall explained how the proposed language change in the code would affect parking non-conformity. “You would only be able to keep the parking non-conformity if there was no change in the use, bulk or density,” he said. “If you have a 10-space non-conformity for a 60-room hotel and you tear it down and build a new 60-room hotel, you keep the non-conformity. If you rebuild with a 70-room hotel, you


lose the non-conformity.” However, attorney Joe Moore, representing multiple clients, said the code change as proposed threatened to slow redevelopment because of the stringent parking requirements if nonconformity was taken off the table. “If I understand this, I have a hotel and I change it to a restaurant use, I lose the non-conformity,” he said. “If I change from a motel to a condo, I lose the non-conformity. Same thing if I change from a restaurant to a hotel. The purpose of allowing non-conformity is to encourage redevelopment and economic development, but that goes away if I’m reading this right.” Moore suggested a change in the use of a property would not necessarily change the intensity, and thus, the need for more parking. “What is the detriment if the change in use does not intensify the use?” he said. “Why is change of use even in there? Density and bulk can change the intensity, but they can be addressed in other ways.” Moore said eliminating parking nonconformity ran afoul of the comprehensive plan’s desire for redevelopment. “Anything that prohibits redevelopment is a detriment to the code,” he said. “The comprehensive plan calls for redevelopment. If this doesn’t stop redevelopment, it at least stifles it.” However, Planning Commissioner

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Peck Miller said while the proposed code change would apply to all of Ocean City, the problem was particularly acute in the downtown area, a problem that could have been alleviated if a proposed parking garage had ever been built. “There is a theory and I subscribe to it is that we need a parking garage downtown,” he said. “With adequate parking, the whole non-conformity issue would go away.” Miller said the proposed code change was not directed at a developer that needed 10 parking spaces, but only had the space for eight. Rather, it was for larger projects that had found a way to get around the parking requirements using the non-conformity allowance. “If somebody builds a 100-room hotel with 30 parking spaces, that’s a problem,” he said. “It’s a complex situation and we need to begin to at least address it. I don’t think we can give parking non-conformity on large projects downtown and get the downtown we’re hoping for.” Planning Commission Chair Pam Buckley said parking non-conformity was just part of the equation. She said some savvy developers were combining parking non-conformity with TDRs and other loopholes to push through projects that fell short of meeting the code. SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 12 “This town has been hit with people coming in and grabbing two or three different things in our zoning code and overlapping them and it has to stop,” she said. “There are cases where the horse is already out of the barn, but we need to fix these things. That’s why we’re having this dialogue.” Moore agreed the parking garage proposed for decades could ease the problem, but it was up to the Mayor and Council to ultimately find a space for it and fund it. “You’re talking about a societal problem controlled by the Mayor and Council,” he said. “You’re creating circumstances that will absolutely stifle redevelopment. Nobody can deny redevelopment is good for downtown.” The Mathias family property on the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Worcester Street was also used as an example. Over several decades, the property has been home to a billiard parlor, an underage club and lately a haunted house. The family will likely be seeking a new tenant as the haunted house appears to be shuttered. However, if the new tenant represents a change in use, for example a restaurant or a retail store, the property could lose its parking non-conformity. Former Mayor and State Sen. Jim Mathias, speaking on behalf of the family, said losing the parking nonconformity because of a change of use could deter or at least limit what could go in there. For example, if the Mathias property had a non-conformity exception for seven spaces, but a new use would require say 20 spaces, the property could not be redeveloped unless an additional 13 spaces were obtained somehow under the proposed new language in the code. “I’m deeply troubled by the word ‘use’ in this,” he said. “We’ve been down that road before. Every time we go through this with use, you run the risk of having another vacant property there. This, as written, has the potential to take away responsible capital investment.” Hall said the tenor of the debate on Tuesday suggested a deeper dive into the parking problem in general. “If a code change sparks this much debate, maybe we need to take a closer look at the root of the problem,” he said. However, Miller said the issue continued to be the change in use when a property is redeveloped. “We need to take a closer look at change of use,” he said. “There have been cases in Ocean City where we’ve had a significant change in use, but haven’t gotten any more parking spaces.” Architect Keith Iott said the standard procedure for redeveloping property in Ocean City is to first determine what the parking non-conformity is and then designing a project that meets that parking standard along with other requirements such as set-

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backs and landscaping, for example. He applauded the town’s allowance for parking special exceptions under certain circumstances and said it was a rather rare allowance around the shore and beyond. “I don’t know of any other municipality on Delmarva that perpetuates non-conformity,” he said. “Frankly, I think it encourages redevelopment in a good way.” Attorney Regan Smith, representing several large property owners in the downtown area, said the parking issues date back decades. “This problem started in 1968 with a zoning code that never recognized that downtown Ocean City was built before there were cars,” he said. “We had a 1968 suburban parking code for north Ocean City that didn’t recognize that we had an already-built downtown that didn’t have any parking.” Smith said the result has been a slowing down, if not a halt, to redevelopment in some cases. “What we ended up with is what I consider a brake on redevelopment because it’s very hard to do a project because there is no parking,” he said. “… When we redevelop property downtown, we use non-conformity. The result has been significantly good projects that have been a benefit to the town, increased the tax base and have been an improvement over what existed before.” Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) Executive Director Glenn Irwin said the current parking non-conformity allowance makes sense somewhat in a densely developed downtown area built out long before the parking code was written. “Downtown … is very compact, but compact in a good way,” he said. “You want your downtown area compact because it encourages people to walk around and come down off the Boardwalk and visit the businesses on the side streets.” Irwin cited the recent redevelopment of the Fat Daddy’s property on Baltimore Avenue near Talbot Street as an example. The property now features a restaurant and some retail on the street level along with seasonal worker housing on the second floor. If not for the non-conformity parking allowance, the project would not likely have been possible. “The Fat Daddy’s project … would have needed 35 parking spaces without non-conformity,” he said. “They would have had to find two or three other lots to meet the parking requirements and it probably wouldn’t have been doable.” After considerable debate, the planning commission entertained a motion to deny the proposed code change regarding parking non-conformity, but that motion failed to pass by a 3-3 vote with Planning Commissioner Palmer Gillis absent. Instead, the planning commission and staff will go back to the drawing board to work on language that will accomplish the goals while not impacting redevelopment.

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SNOW HILL – Worcester County recognized the importance of mentoring with a proclamation this week. On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore to proclaim January as National Mentoring Month. “I encourage everyone here, and everyone who you might know, if you have the time and the inclination to get involved with organizations like this because it makes a huge difference in the youth in our community,” Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom said. Nordstrom presented the proclamation Tuesday to Robert McClure of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore. Nordstrom said he himself was a longtime board member of the organization and had seen firsthand how important mentoring was during his years of involvement. “The statistics are staggering in how many children are able to be kept out of various forms of trouble just by mentoring and having someone in their lives,” he said. “I know the organization pretty well by this point and it is a wonderful thing to be a part of and something wonderful to have in our community as well.” McClure said mentoring played an

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important role for children, particularly those who faced adversity in their lives. He said many of the kids his organization worked with dealt with bullying, while others came from single-parent homes. Others lived with grandparents. “There’s one young man I can think of in particular, an 8-year-old boy who – his mother and father are not involved in his life at all – he’s staying with his grandmother who’s disabled and what he’s seeking is someone to play basketball with him,” McClure said. “Those are the kind of people that the mentors that we work with benefit most.” He said mentors enriched children’s lives by simply sharing their time and offering encouragement that caregivers might not be able to provide. “Our research has shown that the kids in our program graduate high school and go to college at a higher than national average rate,” he said. He added that children involved in the mentoring program were 33 percent less likely to begin using drugs and were 50 percent less likely to engage in violent crime. “Mentoring has been proven to work,” McClure said. “And I thank you on behalf of the mentoring community for recognizing the value and the need for mentoring in our community.”






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SNOW HILL – Veteran prosecutor Kris Heiser was sworn in as the first female state’s attorney for Worcester County this week. On Monday, Heiser was instated as the new Worcester County state’s attorney in front of a standing room-only crowd. Heiser defeated challenger William McDermott with 51 percent of the vote to win her seat in June’s primary election. The primary race ultimately decided who would take over the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office as no Democrat filed for election. For Heiser, the victory represented a homecoming of sorts. After obtaining her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, she soon moved to Ocean City to pursue a career as a prosecutor. From 2008 to 2011, Heiser worked as the assistant state’s attorney in Worcester County before taking a similar position in Wicomico, where she was also in charge of the hiring and training of all new prosecutors and support staff for the District Court division. She also taught police officers at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy and has served as an interagency liaison among county law enforcement agencies.

Clerk of Court Susan Braniecki administers the oath of office to State’s Attorney Kris Heiser Monday. Photos by Bethany Hooper

Held at the courthouse in Snow Hill this week, the swearing in ceremony featured remarks from friends and peers who knew Heiser personally and professionally. Worcester County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Brian Shockley opened the proceedings by reminding Heiser of the task at hand. “Congratulations again for your successful campaign, but the political chapter of this story has now ended and what now begins is the difficult and often thankless task of being the day-to-day state’s attorney,” he said. “As you well know, you will be called upon to balance the competing interests of law enforcement, victims, the defendant, the court, and of course the law. All with a mind toward seeking

the truth and seeking justice.” Shockley shared the role of a prosecutor and noted that Heiser was qualified for the position. “Ms. Heiser, I speak for all the members of the court when I say I have confidence you have the prerequisite skills, judgement, discretion, dedication and humility to discharge your constitutional duties,” he said. “And we look forward to working with you in your successful endeavors.” Magistrate Cathi Coates also praised Heiser for her strong work ethic and dedication to Worcester County. “Even though she has been working in Wicomico County the past seven years, I for one consider her a Worcester County attorney,” she said. “This is where she lives, this is where her husband serves as a police officer and this is obviously where her heart lies. And you can tell that because she worked tirelessly throughout an entire impressive campaign so she can bring herself back to Worcester County, so she can serve her own community as our next state’s attorney.” Coates pointed out the lasting impression Heiser had on her colleagues when she started working in Worcester County. “When I first met Kris 10 years ago, she was a brand-new prosecutor and I was a defense attorney,” she said. “The first thing most people notice

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when they met Kris in court for the first time was that she was really smart. In spite of being new, she was well spoken and she could efficiently and competently handle the docket. She was comfortable and easy to work with because she exudes a warmth and a likeability that has made her a natural liaison between the police officers and both sides of the trial table.” Coates jokingly confessed the first thing she noticed about Heiser were her high-heeled shoes. “There is an old saying and it says you can tell a gentleman by his shoes,” she said. “Ironically and truly, this past Friday I read a newspaper article written by a female author who opined that old saying still holds true today. She said, ‘Shoes can still point the way to a man’s moral character.’” Coates said Heiser’s shoes represent her confidence and candor. “She knows what she likes and what she wants,” she said. “She’s not only willing to put herself out there, but she’s willing and able to do the hard work needed to achieve the goal she sets for herself.” For her part, Heiser said she was humbled to be the next Worcester County state’s attorney and pointed out the rewards of being a prosecutor. “When we prosecutors win cases, we can sleep at night because the outSEE NEXT PAGE

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From Page 17 come has awesome consequences to both victims and defendants,” she said. “It’s a product of our fight for justice, but also the fairest legal system humans have ever devised. When we lose a case, we can sleep at night for the exact same reasons. I believe in the system, and I am proud to play this role in it. We succeed when the innocent are exonerated as well as when the guilty are convicted.” Heiser thanked her family and friends for their support as well as her mentors for their guidance. She also recognized the assistant state’s attorneys, who were also sworn in to their positions on Monday. “I am proud and excited to work with you every day to keep our county safe,” she said. “As Magistrate Coates said, I am glad to be home, and I pledge to do everything in my powers to support you, to assist you and to promote you as proactive community prosecutors engaged with our citizens to change Worcester County for the better.” Heiser also vowed to support local law enforcement. “For my part as state’s attorney, I promise to collaborate with you, to be a resource for you and to stand next to you in defense of our community,” she said. “Together we will work to address the opioid crisis, protect vulnerable adults and children, and to ensure the safety and security of our county.”

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“… I also pledge to be transparent, communicative and accessible to you. When you have concerns, I want to hear them,” said Heiser.

Heiser went on to address county citizens. “To the citizens of this county, I do not take this position lightly,” she said. “As chief law enforcement officer, I will face difficult decisions, and I am prepared to make them. I pledge to work hand in hand with our fine law enforcement representing all agencies in Worcester County to keep you and your family safe and to hold offenders accountable.” Lastly, Heiser shared her commitment to Worcester County. “Citizens, defense attorneys, judges, victims and defendants alike will all be able to count on my team of prosecutors for fair and consistent administration of justice and the highest level of ethics,” she said. “Worcester County deserves no less.”

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BERLIN – A team of local watermen and volunteers removed 27 abandoned crab pots from the coastal bays over the holiday season. In one day, Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) volunteer Marie Brodey, commercial crabber Skip Maisel and his first mate removed 27 “ghost” crab pots from the waters near the Saint Martin River and Assawoman Bay. Ghost crab pots are crab traps that are lost or left abandoned to sit on the bottom of the bays indefinitely. There, they continue to “ghost” fish, trapping crab, terrapin, and other animals and debris. In 2017, for example, a dead river otter was recovered from an abandoned crab pot, and the year prior more than 20 dead terrapins were recovered from an abandoned crab pot in the Assawoman Bay. Sandi Smith, development and marketing coordinator for MCBP, said the 27 abandoned crab pots collected over the holiday season contained an assortment of debris – including a boogie board, large pieces of Styrofoam and plastic – that was transported for recycling. Volunteers also tallied the animals, or by-catch, found in the pots to keep track of the impact these pots have on bay marine life. “Fortunately, there were no terrapin

remains, which is typically what you find in these crab pots,” she said. “They did find live fish, which were released, and dead crabs.” Smith said all but three pots were buoyed and were put out by commercial crabbers. Most of the pots were pulled out of Greys Creek. “Commercial crab pots are not required to have by-catch reduction devices or turtle excluder devices …,” she said. “Unfortunately, the bait attracts other animals in the bays and they can’t get out of them.” Smith said abandoned crab pots are a common problem in Maryland’s waterways. She noted that commercial crab pots are often lost because boat propellers cut the lines. “Unfortunately, the derelict crab pots are a big issue,” she said. “So it’s a nice project to keep in tow.” Recovery efforts are made possible through grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. The money allows MCBP to hire watermen who are familiar with the coastal bays and can retrieve marine debris from the bay bottom. “We try to do it every year after the crabbing season ends,” Smith said. “But last year we didn’t do it because the weather never cooperated.” For questions or more information on the project, contact Smith at or call 410213-2297, ext. 106.

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OCEAN CITY – Lilly Madeline Farlow, 95, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones on Jan. 3, 2019. She was born in Ocean City and was the daughter of the late John Jackson Bunting and Mary A. (Fisher) Bunting. Fondly known as “Mom Mom” or “Aunt Lil,” she was a devoted mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. She was the oldest native of Ocean City who was born on the island and lived there her entire LILLY life. She was a member of MADELINE Atlantic United Methodist FARLOW Church and was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roland Farlow, in 2008 and three brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her children, Bonnie J. (Farlow) Dinges and husband Frederick of Salisbury, James "Jimbo" Farlow and fiancé Margaret Ann Tierney of Ocean City, and Chris D. Farlow and wife Debora of Bishopville; seven grandchildren, Steven Dinges, Lisa (Dinges) Brady, Christopher Farlow, Carey Farlow, Ryan Farlow, Jessica Farlow and Madeline Farlow; nine great-grandchildren, Steven Jr., Alyssa, Elizabeth, Kelsey, Taylor, Adam, Olivia, Lily and Claire; three great-great-grandchildren, Candence, Kayla and Donnie; a dear friend, Ellen “El” Diffendal; and many special nieces and nephews, including Reggie Bell, Joyce Shaffer and Mary Jane Fields. Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., Ocean City, Md. 21842 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Quentin Branham BERLIN – Ouentin Branham of Berlin passed away at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. He was 55 years old. Quentin was born in Houston, Texas, the family eventually moved and settled in Crofton, Md., where he attended Arundel Senior High School and then the University of Maryland. He worked for Battelle, a defense contractor in Northern Virginia as a technical writer where he excelled. Quentin was a sports enthusiast who supported his alma mater, the Washington Capitals, Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins. He enjoyed playing blackjack in local QUENTIN BRANHAM casinos and Las Vegas. He also loved cooking, fishing and playing golf. Quentin was a private individual but had close friends at the beach and longtime friends from high school and the Crofton area. SEE PAGE 20

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FROM PAGE 19 He is survived by his father, Bill Branham; sister Laura Keller and her husband, Karl; nieces Kendall and Caroline Keller of Houston; aunt Mary Lozier and her husband, Arthur, and cousins Casey Jones and Jodee Jackson. Quentin was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Branham. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Ocean City. Please view and sign the family’s guestbook at

Marie Theresa Hollendersky OCEAN PINES – Marie Theresa Hollendersky, age 81, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Bethlehem, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Michael and Theresa Shalbert Rohal. She is survived by MARIE her beloved husband of THERESA 61 years, George Hol- HOLLENDERSKY lendersky, and daughter Beth Ann Mount and her husband, Daniel, and three grandchildren, Breanna Ruffin

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch (James), Jordan Mount and Kelsey Mount. She was preceded in death by her son, Scott Hollendersky. Also surviving is a brother and several sisters. Mrs. Hollendersky had worked as director of operations for Consumer Credit of New Jersey until retiring and moving to Ocean Pines. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and active volunteer with Diakonia in Ocean City. Services were held. A donation in her memory may be sent to Diakona, 12747 Old Bridge Rd., Ocean City, Md. 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent via:

Kelly Leaberry Smar BERLIN – Kelly Leaberry Smar, age 53, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at her home in Berlin. Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Bob and Carol Leaberry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Smar. She is survived by her son, Nicholas Douglas; daughter Danielle Douglas and longtime boyfriend Bobby Patterson; former husband Bill Douglas; brothers Derek Leaberry and wife Amy and Darryl Leaberry; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Kelly was a certified appraiser and owner of American Appraisal Com-

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pany. Kelly was fun loving and lived for her children. She loved the beach, traveling, hanging with her friends and everything about Ocean City. Kelly’s smile and laugh will surely be missed. Family will do a celebration of life on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Trader Lees from 2-6 p.m. Arrangements are in KELLY the care of the Burbage LEABERRY SMAR Funeral Home. Letters of condolence for the family may be sent to

Paul Anderson Scott OCEAN CITY – Dr. Paul Anderson Scott, age 68, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at his home. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late William Henry Scott and Wanda Anderson Scott. He is survived by his half-sister, Diane Savage, and her three children, Scott, Ann and Sarah, as well as a favorite cousin, J. Douglas Trimper, and his two sons, Chris and Brooks. Dr. Scott attended school in Ocean City, Berlin and St. Andrews in Middletown, Del., where he graduated with honors. Majoring in zoology at the University of Maryland, College Park, in his junior year, he won early admission in to the Medical College of Virginia in

Richmond where he graduated with honors in 1975. He practiced medicine in the Berlin-Ocean City area for over 10 years, then for seven years at Chincoteague Medical Center, also teaching family practice residence and medical students there, as well as serving as attending physician at Wallops Flight Facility. Later he retired and moved to West Ocean City where he pursued his lifelong interest in music. An accomplished pianist and organist, he taught himself to play the cello and bassoon, and was the principal bassoonist with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. He enjoyed boating, photography, cooking, electronics, horseback riding and learning foreign languages. In his youth, he spent many happy years hunting and fishing with his father, a local attorney. Paul was a member of the Episcopal Church including St. Paul’s Worcester Parish here in Berlin, where he served as vestryman and organist. He firmly believed that God loves each and every one of His children. Dr. Scott was also president of Windsor Resorts and Trimper’s Playland. Services were held. A donation in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, 3 SEE NEXT PAGE


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Rachel Mamie Hays OCEAN CITY – Rachel Mamie Hays, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital. Born in San Diego, Calif., she was the daughter of the late James Ross Morris and Ruth Arellano. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Hays, in 2004 and her son, Anthony Morris Rodriquez. RACHEL She is survived by MAMIE HAYS Rodney Morris and wife Lisa and Harland Morris III; daughters Antoinette Layton and husband Sonny, Catherine Colson, Michelle Lancaster, Leslie

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch Simpson and husband Barry and Elizabeth Hays; brother James Dido Morris; sister Rebeckah Ontiveres and husband Bob; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 32 nieces and nephews. Rachel loved ceramics, poetry, piano, shopping and her grandbabies. Services were held. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at Flowers welcome or please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Barbara Mitchell Evans BERLIN – Barbara Mitchell Evans, age 86, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at her home. Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Morris H. Mitchell and Mildred Jones Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce W. Evans, in 2001, her son, Rodney Evans, in 2016, a baby son, Morris Evans, and daughter Lynn Fulton and son in-law Robert. Also preceding her in death were brother Harry Mitchell, sister Annabelle and brother-in-law Russell Hastings. Surviving are daughters Rosanna Bruning, son-in-law Bill of Snow Hill, and Lisa Jarman and son-in-law Scott of Berlin. Also surviving is her sisterin-law, Jerry Mitchell, and several nieces and nephews. She was adored


grandmother to Gretchen Ninzeheltzer, Kirby Ingersoll and husband Justin, Mary Evans, Sabrina Fulton, Brittany Jarman and Molly Evans and great-grandchildren London Garms, Mackenzie Walls, Reina Vazquez and Sukaynah Fulton. A 1949 graduate of Buckingham High School, she was employed as a secretary for Lewes Dairy, Gateway Motel, Showell Poultry and Hudson Foods. She was a member and past president of Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post 123 in Berlin for 45 years. She BARBARA MITCHELL was member of St. Paul’s EVANS Episcopal Church in Berlin. Mrs. Evans enjoyed gardening (raising roses) and going to the beach. She also leaves her beloved dog, ChiChi. Services were held. A donation in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, Berlin, Md. 21811, or Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post 123 in Berlin, Ladies Auxiliary, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via: Arrangements are in care of Burbage Funeral Home.


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Nathan James Naddeo OCEAN CITY – Nathan James Naddeo, age 83, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at his home in Ocean City. Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Benjamin Naddeo and Hilda Littman. He is survived by his wife, Deloris Simpson Naddeo; son Mark Naddeo and wife Linda; daughters Marsha Robinson and husband Richard, Melissa Raymond and husband David; sister Janet Billings; three grandchildren, Shawn Stevens, Connor Naddeo and Brenna Naddeo; great grandchild Ryan Stevens; and nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in NATHAN Berlin. Visitation will be JAMES held from noon-1 p.m. prior NADDEO to the service. Interment will be at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, Md., on Monday Jan. 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Coastal Hospice at P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802 or American Cancer Society at 1315 Mt. Hermon Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at LAWN CARE





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Traffic Stop Yields Pot, Handgun Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Virginia man was arrested on drug and weapons charges last week after a traffic stop in Ocean City. Around 1:35 a.m. last Monday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of Baltimore Avenue when he observed a vehicle make a turn onto 26th Street without activating a turn signal. According to police reports, the officer had to slow rapidly to avoid colliding with the vehicle. The officer pulled the vehicle over and made contact with the driver, identified as Joseph Mullane, 18, of Norfolk, Va. When asked for his license and registration, Mullane could not produce the documents, according to police reports. The officer detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle’s passenger compartment. When asked, Mullane reportedly told police he smoked marijuana earlier that morning and there might be a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. When asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle, Mullane reportedly told police there was an airsoft replica handgun. The officer then observed in the interior map pocket on the door what appeared to be a black Glock handgun. Upon inspection, the handgun turned out to be an airsoft BB gun, but did not have any markings to identify it was not real. The handgun was loaded with BB pellets, according to police reports. A further search of the vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana that appeared to be more than 10 grams in weight, or the weight for which a civil citation could be issued, and Mullane was taken into custody. The marijuana turned out to be around 13 grams in weight and Mullane told the officer it was only for his personal consumption. Mullane told police he carried the BB gun for his personal protection in his native Norfolk. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 10 grams and carrying a replica handgun.

Employees Thwart Theft From Vehicle OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was charged with theft and rogue and vagabond last weekend after getting caught allegedly going through a vehicle and stealing change near a midtown restaurant.

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Last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the 28th Street area and was waved down by an individual chasing after another man. The officer responded and found the individual, later identified as a nearby restaurant manager, holding another man, later identified as John Tarr, 39, of Ocean City, in a headlock in front of a bar across the street. The witness told police he was the manager of a restaurant on the east side of Coastal Highway at 28th Street and had walked out of the kitchen to observe the suspect, later identified as Tarr, inside another employee’s vehicle. At first, the witness said he believed the individual inside the vehicle was one of his employees and yelled for him to get back into work. However, the manager quickly realized the individual was not his employee and questioned Tarr about why he was in the vehicle. According to police reports, Tarr told the manager the vehicle belonged to a friend and that his friend was inside the bar. The manager told Tarr to take him to his friend and motioned for another employee to assist him when Tarr took off running, according to police reports. The manager and the other employee gave chase and motioned to the OCPD officer to assist. When the officer arrived, the manager had detained Tarr in a headlock in front of a bar on the west side of Coastal Highway at 28th Street. It was determined that Tarr had taken about five dollars in change from the victim’s vehicle. According to police reports, Tarr told the arresting officer he had only taken change from the vehicle in order to take a bus to West Ocean City. Tarr was arrested and charged with theft and rogue and vagabond.

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OCEAN CITY – A local woman was arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges early Monday morning after first fighting with a man and later scrapping with police near the base of the Route 50 bridge. Around 12:20 a.m. on Monday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the downtown area when he observed a woman identified as Donna Taylor, 54, of Ocean City, yelling at a man near the base of the Route 50 bridge. A third unidentified man was attempting to separate the two combatants. When the OCPD officer intervened, Taylor allegedly began yelling at the officer and when she was told to quiet down because she was in violation of the town’s noise ordinance, she reportedly said she didn’t care and continued to go after the man she was originally scrapping with. Meanwhile, motorists and a bicyclist in the area slowed down to watch the incident. Taylor was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

Probation, Restitution For Golf Cart Sinking OCEAN CITY – A Florida man, arrested in June after Ocean City police connected him to a golf cart found partially submerged in the bay, pleaded guilty this week to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to six months in jail, all of which was suspended, and was ordered to pay over $9,000 in restitution to the victim. On June 16, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to the Lighthouse condominiums at 56th Street to investigate a breaking and entering that had already occurred. Officers met with staff who said they ar-

January 11, 2019 rived for work and found the company golf cart partially submerged in the bay. Staff members told police the key to the golf cart had been located in an obscure location within the establishment’s kitchen. The suspect would have to enter the establishment, go into the kitchen and retrieve the keys again without being suspected of stealing the golf cart. In short, the suspect would have to have prior knowledge of the location of the kitchen and the keys due to the obscure location. OCPD officers reviewed surveillance video from different locations to piece together the theft of the golf cart. One surveillance camera angle allegedly showed a suspect later identified as John Disney, 25, of St. Johns, Fla., approach the door of the condo building and pull on the front door until the lock failed and the door opened. About 15 minutes later, the surveillance video showed Disney allegedly leaving the front door with the golf cart key, which was attached to a section of PVC pipe, in his hand. A second surveillance video allegedly shows Disney reversing the golf cart, turning it and driving forward until it leaves the view of the camera. The security manager from the nearby restaurant and bar recognized Disney as a past employee who was recently rehired. The security manager told police Disney would have knowledge of the location of the keys to the golf cart as a former valet attendant. The security manager told police he remembered seeing Disney the night before in the restaurant leaving with a female. OCPD officers were able to make contact with Disney at his female friend’s residence. According to police reports, Disney told officers he had been drinking heavily the night before. After the officers told Disney what they had observed in the surveillance video, he reported told police he was not surprised because he knew the location of the golf cart key and had knowledge of how to operate it from his time as a valet at the establishment. According to police reports, Disney was cooperative and apologetic for his actions. This week, Disney pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to six months, all of which was suspended. He was also placed on supervised probation for three years and was ordered to pay $9,358 in restitution to the victim.

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OCEAN CITY – A Missouri man was arrested on weapons and drug charges this week an hour after appearing in court for the same charges from a case in December. On Wednesday morning, John Hale, Jr., 24, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., appeared in District Court in Ocean City to face charges of possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle stemming from an incident in December. Hale pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle and was placed on probation for one year. About an hour later, Hale’s vehicle was stopped in Ocean City, and the suspect was again found in possession of a loaded handgun along with marijuana. Around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the area of 120th Street observed a vehicle allegedly roll through a traffic signal that had just turned from yellow to red. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, but had difficulty discerning who or how many people were in the vehicle because of dark window tinting, according to police reports. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Hale, who opened the vehicle door because he said the windows were not functioning. According to police reports, the officer noticed SEE PAGE 25

Charges Dropped In Dealing Case



SNOW HILL – A Berlin man, arrested on crack cocaine distribution charges last September after a raid on his home, had the charges against him dropped this week. On Sept. 14, 2018, the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team concluded an extensive investigation into crack cocaine distribution in the Berlin area with the arrest of a local man, Marcus Pitts, 46, of Berlin. The arrest came after a search and seizure warrant was executed at Pitts’ Berlin residence, during which 395 grams of crack cocaine were allegedly seized. In addition, detectives allegedly located various items of paraphernalia used in the process of converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine during the raid in September. Pitts appeared in Worcester County Circuit Court on Wednesday to face charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, manufacturing crack cocaine and possession of narcotics production equipment. However, all the charges against Pitts were “nolle prossed,” or placed on the inactive docket.

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… Room Tax Hike Debate Turns To OC Rebranding Talk

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FROM PAGE 4 property taxes,” he said. “That’s not going to happen.” Gehrig said a younger generation of vacationers are not choosing the typical domestic beach vacation. He said Ocean City should continue to target families as it has done for generations, but with an increased focus on the growing youth sports market. “When you look at the millennials, the oldest are now in their 30s and the youngest are in their 20s,” he said. “They’re not going to the Outer Banks or Deep Creek Lake. They’re going to Copenhagen and Iceland because it’s cheaper. What is our core market? Families with kids under 14 who are playing sports.” It’s no secret youth sports is a burgeoning industry in the U.S. with families

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with young kids traveling all over for tournaments, travel leagues and camps. Heretofore, Ocean City has done a good job of tapping that growing market with basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments almost all year long inside at Northside Park and outside on the beach throughout the summer, but Gehrig believes there is room for growth. “They spend $15,000 per child per year on sports, travel teams and tournaments,” he said. “That’s how they’re using their travel and vacation days. We’re fighting that trend, but we need to get out in front of it. We’re built to dominate the youth sports market.” Ocean City has reportedly begun exploring a possible youth sports complex off the island, but it would likely take a partnership with Worcester

County. The county, meanwhile, has also evaluated the possibility of a youth sports complex, likely somewhere in the north end, but the concept has hit some political snags among the commissioners with the majority as of November rejecting a proposed property acquisition near Berlin. “We need the county to be more of a partner,” said Meehan. “Maybe a way to do that is partnering on sports marketing.” A start would certainly be getting the county to dedicate a portion of the room tax collected in West Ocean City to the overall marketing campaign for the resort area in general. West Ocean City hotelier Annemarie Dickerson pointed out the recent property value assessment increases in the county’s north end along with the commercial

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growth along the Route 50 corridor as a means by which the county could contribute to the town’s marketing. “Worcester County should be able to do everything you want and need in terms of support for advertising,” she said. “You saw the recent report on assessments.” For Gehrig, the answer was simple. He suggested moving forward with the proposed half-percent increase in the room tax and dedicating a portion of the increase to expanding further into the youth sports movement. “Raise the room tax because it worked last time and dedicate some of the funds to sports marketing,” he said. “It’s our natural target market. It’s bigger than the NFL and maybe all pro sports combined.” Again, it would likely take a partnership with the county, a point not lost on Gehrig. “We need to play nice with the county because we’re in the county,” he said. “The state would be on board. They would love to fill all of the hotel rooms in their number one destination.” Gehrig also cautioned about dedicating the entire proposed room tax increase back into the same advertising and marketing strategy. “It just can’t all go into tourism,” he said. “We don’t need more radio ads and banner ads. We need to invest in this youth sports market because we’re made for it.” Knapp said if there is a will to increase the room tax as proposed, simply changing some of the language in the ordinance could divert some of the increase to sports marketing. “One suggestion is changing some of the verbiage in the ordinance from just advertising to economic development,” she said. “I caution you to continue to dedicate a portion to advertising because a future council might not dedicate the room tax to advertising and marketing.” Not all on the committee were enamored with raising the room tax. Although the increase would likely barely be felt on the bottom line for a hotel stay in Ocean City for most visitors, even a modest increase could be troublesome in a resort often dealing with a value perception. Ocean City hotelier Michael James suggested the proposed room tax should be put on the back burner. “I think this should be tabled,” he said. “We need to bring this back to a work session. I’m not sure this is the right time to make Ocean City more expensive.” Gehrig pointed out raising the room tax by a half a percentage point on a typical $200 room night would equal one dollar. A motion was made to begin the process of raising the room tax a half a percentage point to 5 percent, while having the Mayor and Council explore dedicating a portion of the increase to sports marketing and economic development. That motion passed with a 71 vote with Michael James opposed.

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FROM PAGE 23 an odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. During a subsequent search, Hale reportedly told the officer there was a handgun inside the vehicle. The officer located a black, semi-automatic 9mm handgun in a holster in the center console with a loaded magazine. The officer checked and found no rounds in the chamber. The officer noted in the report the handgun was not in a locked compartment and easily accessible to the driver. The search also revealed a backpack containing a pouch labeled “happy kit” with marijuana inside along with other marijuana throughout the vehicle including some in a thermos. At that point Hale was arrested and agreed to speak with the officer. He reportedly told police he was in Ocean City on Wednesday morning to appear in court for charges of carrying a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop in December. Hale reportedly told police he pleaded guilty and was placed on probation. At the conclusion of his trial, Hale was instructed to report to the Ocean City Police property section to retrieve the handgun confiscated during the traffic stop in December. Hale retrieved that handgun and left it how it was packaged as evidence in the initial case.

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Hale told police while he was awaiting trial for the December incident, he purchased a second handgun in his native Missouri, which was the weapon recovered during the traffic stop on Wednesday just an hour or so after he appeared in court.

Hale reportedly told police he carries the weapon for self-protection and typically has it on his person or in his vehicle. When asked where he was going, Hale told police after his court appearance and after he retrieved his original handgun seized as evidence, he was driving around Ocean City looking for a place to sleep in his vehicle before driving back to Missouri. He was charged with possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle and on his person along with possession of over 10 grams of marijuana. Hale acknowledged he had just come from court where he received probation for the same charges just a month earlier. He also acknowledged he was advised by the court on Maryland law regarding carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle. Hale was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was held initially on a $3,000 bond. He was released on Thursday after posting bond and is scheduled to appear again in court for the latest charges on Feb. 15.

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Liquor Warehouse For Sale BY CHARLENE SHARPE


SNOW HILL – County officials agreed to move forward with trying to sell the former liquor control warehouse in Snow Hill. After deciding to get rid of the warehouse last month, the Worcester County Commissioners this week agreed to seek bids for the purchase of the property. The asking price for the nearly eight-acre parcel is $990,000. Kelly Shannahan, the county’s assistant chief administrative officer, told the commissioners this week that the property’s most recent appraisal set its value at $990,000 and that that was how he’d established the asking price. The property includes a 47,500-squarefoot warehouse in as-is condition. Shannahan said that while there had been a prospective buyer scheduled to tour the building Monday, that tour had been rescheduled for a later date. In light of that, he said he was seeking the commissioners’ guidance on how they wanted to proceed with selling the property, which has an outstanding mortgage of approximately $400,000. “We could put it out for bid by public notice, we could get a real estate agent involved to market the property and try to find us a buyer, or we could arrange with an auctioneer to sell the property,” Shannahan said, adding that Commissioner Bud Church might be able to offer guidance. Church, a longtime realtor, said he recommended seeking bids as working with a realtor would require paying a commission of as much as 6 percent. “Putting it out to bid all you have to pay is advertising,” he said. “You could save yourself a lot of money by doing that in my opinion.” When asked if the county would be obligated to accept a bid, staff said it would not. “The bid notice would specify that you’re not obligated to accept,” Shannahan said. The commissioners voted 6-0, with Commissioner Joe Mitrecic absent, to proceed with seeking bids for the property.

CAR Admonishes Harris OCEAN CITY –The Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) this week joined the growing fight against proposed seismic air gun testing off the mid-Atlantic coast with a strongly worded letter to Maryland’s U.S. Congress Representative Andy Harris (R-1-Md.) The CAR letter acknowledges Harris has publicly said he is opposed to seismic air gun testing for oil and natural gas reserves off the mid-Atlantic coast but calls the congressman out somewhat for not signing a bi-partisan letter taking against the Trump Administration’s recent approval of seismic testing. “On behalf of the over 1,000 members of the Coastal Association of Realtors, I implore you to take a strong SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 26 stance in opposition to the practice of seismic air gun testing off Maryland’s coast,” the letter penned by CAR President Bernie Flax reads. “This testing is extremely dangerous and we are concerned about how it will impact our industry as well as the Eastern Shore’s economy as a whole.” The letter reports over $984 million in real estate was sold in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties last year, of whjch nearly half was sold in Ocean City. “Of that amount, over $450 million as sold in Ocean City, which would suffer the hardest economic blow as a result of fish kills and oil spills,” the letter reads. “The Lower Eastern Shore cannot lose that economic activity. Your constituents in District 1 don’t need you to speak for other states on this issue.”

Solid Audit For Salisbury SALISBURY – Salisbury officials announced this week the annual audit Report, once again shows the city to be in a favorable financial position. The audit was also returned with no findings, comments or recommendations from auditors, indicating that the financial machine within the city is functioning well, and internal controls are adequate and being followed. Auditors determined that Salisbury’s 2018 financial reports fairly represent the city’s financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. “The city uses its financial policies as guidance for doing business,” said Director of Finance Keith Cordrey. “Adherence to the policies preserves fund balances and keeps the City financially strong. That is why the City enjoys such a strong credit rating.” The city had a substantial 11-percent increase in the unassigned fund balance. A strong unassigned fund balance helps to ensure the city will be able to sustain itself during difficult economic cycles.

Casino Revenue Soars BERLIN – Maryland Lottery and Gaming officials this week announced the December 2018 revenue numbers for the state’s six operating casinos, showing another significant jump for the Ocean Downs Casino. The state’s six casinos totaled over $148 million in revenue during the month of December, representing an overall increase of about five percent. The MGM National Harbor Casino lead the way with nearly $60 million in revenue in December 2018. Closer to home, the Ocean Downs Casino by far saw the biggest jump in revenue percentage-wise of any of the state’s six operating casinos due to the addition of table games. Ocean Downs generated $5.4 million in December, representing an increase of $1.7 million over December 2017. The $1.7 million increase represented a gain of 45 percent over the same month last year due to table games being added. The Ocean Downs Casino operates 892 slot machines and 18 table games.

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Approximately $12,000 will be reallocated to new carpeting in the large meeting room and small conference room of the Ocean Pines branch, which is undergoing interior and exterior renovations. An additional $23,000 will be reallocated to new window coverings in the library.


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derstanding of the need for an addition and renovations at the Pocomoke library. She said any future capital improvements would likely address the facility’s aging roof and HVAC system, single-pane windows and layout. “That branch right now is approximately 6,700 square feet and it’s twice the size of the old Berlin branch,” she said. “It sits on about an acre, so there is land where you can push out behind the library.” Ranck said the board will meet with architects in Pocomoke next month to go over preliminary designs for an addition. “They’ve developed preliminary sketches to give us an idea of what possibly could happen to Pocomoke,” she said. “It is all budget dependent.” Ranck said she applied for design funding in fiscal year 2020 from the state’s Library Capital Projects Grant Program to launch the project. “This is what sets it off so the county would even consider it,” Board President Ron Cascio added. Regardless, Ranck said the Pocomoke library needed an addition. She noted the facility was built in the early 1970s and underwent an addition in 2003. “They probably outgrew that the second day they were open,” she said.

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ESTATE NO. 17671 To all persons interested in the estate of RUTH WARD HOWARD. ESTATE NO. 17671. Notice is given that PAMELA JEAN HOWARD, 708 GREENBACKVILLE ROAD, STOCKTON, MD 21864 was on DECEMBER 21, 2018, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of RUTH WARD HOWARD, who died on NOVEMBER 26, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 21ST Day of JUNE, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

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To all persons interested in the estate of ANNA LEE LOMBARDI. ESTATE NO. 17672. Notice is given that BRIAN L. LOMBARDI, 4052 ADAMS DRIVE, SILVER SPRING, MD 20902 was on DECEMBER 21, 2018, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of ANNA LEE LOMBARDI, who died on DECEMBER 15, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 21ST Day of JUNE, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

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January 11, 2019 Date of Publication DECEMBER 28, 2018 BRIAN L. LOMBARDI Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 12-28, 1-04, 1-11


HEATHER R. KONYAR, ESQ. 313 LEMON HILL LANE SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17680 To all persons interested in the estate of BARBARA VIERLING BENNETT, AKA: BARBARA V. BENNETT. ESTATE NO. 17680. Notice is given that SUSAN BENNETT HOLT, 98 ROBIN HOOD TRAIL, P.O. BOX 1201, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on JANUARY 03, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of BARBARA VIERLING BENNETT, who died on NOVEMBER 13, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 3rd Day of JUlY, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 SUSAN BENNETT HOLT

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17183 To all persons interested in JOHN of estate the BOHLMANN. ESTATE NO. 17183. Notice is given that BETTE BOHLMANN, 81 HINGHAM LANE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on JANUARY 04, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of JOHN of estate the BOHLMANN, who died on OCTOBERE 29, 2017 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 4th Day of JUlY, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the representative personal mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 BETTE BOHLMANN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 1-11, 1-18, 1-25


APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17678 To all persons interested in the estate of JOAN D. BARALOTO, AKA: JOAN ELAINE BARALOTO. ESTATE NO. 17678. Notice is given that CHRISTOPHER JON BARALOTO, 3752 KUMQUAT AVENUE, COCONUT GROVE, FL 33133, was on JANUARY 02, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of JOAN D. BARALOTO, who died on DECEMBER 31, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 2nd Day of JUlY, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 CHRISTOPHER JON BARALOTO Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 1-11, 1-18, 1-25



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To all persons interested in the estate of QUENTIN EDMOND BRANHAM. ESTATE NO. 17676. Notice is given that WILLIAM K. BRANHAM, 1807 REGENTS PARK EAST, CROFTON, MD 21114, was on JANUARY 02, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of QUENTIN EDMOND BRANHAM, who died on DECEMBER 23, 2018 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 2nd Day of JUlY, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 WILLIAM K. BRANHAM Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 1-11, 1-18, 1-25



MD 21037, was on JANUARY 08, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of IDA MAY LAYNOR, who died on DECEMBER 27, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 8TH Day of JUlY, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 ROBERTA G. LAYNOR Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 1-11, 1-18, 1-25



JAMES T. MCCLELLAND, who died on JULY 03, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019

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EILEEN A. MCCLELLAND Personal Representative True Test Copy CHARLOTTE K. CATHELL Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 1-11


ABANDONED EQUINE Notice is hereby given that the following EQUINE has been CONSIDERED abandoned and a Lein on the equine is being made to secure debt from non payment of boarding fees. The EQUINE is described as: 14.2 HAND, CHOCOLATE BROWN APPALOOSA PONY, GOING BY THE NAME OF MOOSE. Located at AUTUMN GROVE STABLES, 11026 SINEPUXENT ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811. 410-430-9072. Section 16-401 of the Commercial Law Article of the Maryland Code provides if the owner or operator of any stable or similar facility is owed money for boarding, training, veterinary and/or blacksmith services, or other maintenance expenses, and the fees are due and unpaid for 30 days, the owner or operator in possession of the livestock may sell the livestock at a public sale to satisfy the debt. If said debt is not paid within 30 days of notice, the equine will be sold at auction, on site. Scheduled for: FERUARY 19, 2019 AT 9:00 AM. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 11, 2019 2X 1-11, 1-18

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL REPAIRS TO BULKHEAD The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) invites qualified bidders to submit proposals for the repair of existing bulkhead at Westfield Circle Tax Map 16 Parcel 47 various lots and Wood Duck Drive Tax Map 21 Parcel 260 Lots 84-86 in Ocean Pines, MD. All bidders must include adequate information to demonstrate that they have the necessary experience and professional qualifications and licensing to complete the work. Bids Due: Bids are due by Friday January 14, 2019 by 3:00 PM. Bids should be delivered to: Ocean Pines Association, Inc. Public Works Building 1 Firehouse Lane Ocean Pines, MD 21811 Attention: Kevin Layfield Facilities Manager Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication DECEMBER 21, 2018 4X 12-21, 12-28, 1-04, 1-11


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The Adventures Of Fatherhood By STEVE GREEN

eing busy is an excuse many use when we either screw up or can’t do something in a timely fashion. Of all the various responsibilities in my life, I consider being a parent a top priority. That’s why I make sure to not put work or other obligations ahead of the kids. That doesn’t mean I’m not distracted from time to time when I’m with my kids running from this or that to that or this. Like most families, we do a lot of running around with our children. That’s why the roughly two-week break off from school, sports and appointments for the holidays was especially cherished. In fact, it spoiled me a bit as the grind came back in a big way this week. I enjoy almost all of it, but there are many times when I question whether scrambling from soccer games and practices, birthday parties, homework and speech and occupational therapy sessions is how our lives with our kids should be. Since I’m a geek, I read dozens of parenting articles a week. One I read this week on this topic on was headlined, “Our Children’s Busyness Is Not A Badge Of Honour (And Why We Need To Change It.” I thought I would share a portion of it that hit home to me. “I was fortunate enough to see Dr. Shefali Tsabury speak at an event in Vancouver recently. After her talk the audience was free to ask questions. A father asked, ‘How do we know how much to push our kids in sports and activities when they want to give up?’ I will never forget Dr. Shefali’s answer. She said, ‘Mozart was always going to be Mozart. No matter what his parents did, he would have found anything that was black and white and played it.’ Her message was clear; we don’t need to push our kids.

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We need to give them the space and freedom that a simple childhood provides and then support them by making opportunities available when they show an interest. We need to release the pressure, guilt and obligation we put on ourselves to give our children more than they need; organized activities can be wonderful … but it’s healthiest as an a-la-carte experience not an all-you-can-eat buffet. … perhaps of all the elements of simplifying childhood that I’ve written about, simplifying schedules seems to be the one that causes the most controversy. Yet, it’s a relatively easy thing to do; there are no secrets or special tips you need to do it. It’s as simple as paring back, being mindful, choosing our YES’s and NO’s wisely. I think what stops us from simplifying is fear. It takes a leap of faith and a brave parent to trust that simplifying our children’s lives and giving them down time to play, connect with their families and create simple joy is what our kids really need. It is more than ok to prioritize family time, … To truly BE with them, not just DOING things for them. Our kids don’t need to be enrolled, entertained, scheduled, supervised, coached, or assessed in an adult directed activity to be happy. They are perfectly capable of leading the way and directing their own lives. While busyness may have been glorified in our modern day society; it is not a badge of honour and we need to prevent it from compromising our kids’ childhoods. Let’s give them the freedom to be unbusy. … Let’s create white space in our children’s lives and give them the freedom to paint it with the vibrant colors they choose. I have no doubt they’ll create works of art beyond our wildest imaginations.” This concept is something I have given a lot of thought to lately with both our kids, especially when we had an empty activities calendar over the holidays.

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Carson, as a special needs child, has a certain amount of therapies that are not negotiable, but we are evaluating everything he does currently to ensure it’s productive for him. He deals with more on a daily basis than most even without added out-of-school therapies. Beckett enjoys all sports. I have recently seen something change in him slowly but surely as he seems to be questioning his commitments. He’s not sure he wants to continue with some things, and we are giving him time and space to make up his own mind. We want to do whatever he does because he enjoys it and not simply because he feels he must. There have bene instances over the years when I have dragged Beckett away from a great time he was having with friends to a sports practice. I then spent the entire drive reminding him he made a commitment, but all he really wanted was to be with his friends in the pool. Parenting is a sea of constant questioning whether the right thing is being done by and for the kids. The end goal is to raise well-rounded and kind humans, but there’s a lot of guilt and doubt along the way for parents. Excuse me now as I need to run to a youth basketball game I’m coaching. If you need me, you can find me and Pam with Beckett at Northside Park on Tuesday and Thursday nights for basketball and Saturday and Sunday afternoons for soccer and in Salisbury for speech therapy for Carson on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. As you can see, this “busyness” thing is a work in progress.

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Before they take some time off this month and reopen in February, I stopped by Harborside and Rare & Rye, in addition to checking out the 2nd Anniversary/Customer Appreciation Party at Northside Pit and Pub on 127th Street.

harborside: Bartenders Kyle rodriguez, Jordan Kellagher, phil lewis and ian Fisher

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harborside: Bartenders Summer Mattie, greg “grimmy” grim and Brendan “dJ BK’ Kashuba

northside pit & pub 127th Street: gM nadine horsey and Brian Ziegler

northside pit & pub 127th Street: Kitchen duo Taron dutton and Ben Minor


In Places

harborside: Staffers Joanne Mcnamara, Mohamad Mejber, Victoria Stone, emily cashman, Keith rivers and ryan ellis

rare & rye: lynda huettner, arthor clubb, Katie Krynitsky, Mike “goody” goodbrod and Managing partner ralph deangelus

harborside: amber and Wes novelli and Brandon connolly, center

rare & rye: Bartenders chase hunt and anthony Brock

rar & rye: Managing partner ralph deangelus and Manager Kearston deangelus

northside pit & pub 127th Street: hank Twist Sr. and patrice ricciardi


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Pet’s Name: Bailey Pet’s Age/Breed: 3-month-old soft-coated wheaten terrier Pet’s Owner: Melanie Moore

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Pet’s Name: Tiny Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old cane corso Pet’s Owner: Debbie Miller

Pet’s Name: Sinatra Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old Haskimo Pet’s Owner: Anna Hobbs

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Pets’ Names: Magnum & Finn Pets’ Ages/Breeds: Chocolate Labs, 13 years old and 1 year old Pets’ Owner: Suzy Taylor


Pet’s Name: Kingston Ichabod Dane Pet’s Age/Breed: 3-year-old Great Dane Pet’s Owners: Charlie & Sherrie Rizer

Pet’s Name: Jeannie Pet’s Age/Breed: 1-year-old pomeranian Pet’s Owners: Deanna & Sandy Kimble

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Shooter, owned by Arlene Beebe. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on Feb. 8.

Pet’s Name: Koji Pet’s Age/Breed: 4-year-old tabby Pet’s Owner: Jan Stevenson

Pet’s Name: Oliver Pet’s Age/Breed: 9-week-old terrier mix Pet’s Owner: Jenn Hardester

Pet’s Name: Denali Pet’s Age/Breed: 15-month-old Labrador retriever Pet’s Owner: David Giusti

Pet’s Name: Coco Pet’s Age/Breed: 4-month-old mini goldendoodle Pet’s Owners: Tom & Dawn Moore

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SALISBURY – Three governors will convene in Salisbury next month to promote civility and bipartisanship through conversation. On Monday, Feb. 11, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Delaware Gov. John Carney and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will come together at Salisbury University for the third installment in a conversation series featuring elected leaders. The event, entitled “A Conversation with the Governors of Delmarva,” will allow members of the public to hear from the three leaders as they discuss

issues specific to Delmarva. The Greater Salisbury Committee, in collaboration with Salisbury University, will host the event. President and CEO Mike Dunn said all are welcome to attend. “The governors will engage in conversation,” he said. “It will be issuebased, but not just issue-based. We really want to provide an opportunity for people in the three states to hear and see their governor interact.” Dunn said the idea to host an event with the three governors came after two successful conversation series, one with Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot and another with Senators

Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen. “This is the third year of the series, and we are thrilled,” he said. “Each of the governors has reacted to this in a positive way.” Unlike forums or debates often seen during election years, Dunn said the conversation will form organically. He said the governors will have an opportunity to discuss hard-hitting issues, their jobs and the value of the Delmarva peninsula, among other things. Dunn said the Greater Salisbury Committee hopes to promote civility and bipartisanship through the conversation series.

January 11, 2019 “It shows that governance can still happen in a civil way,” he said. “What better way to witness that then by grabbing a seat and listening?” Organizers with the Greater Salisbury Committee are calling the meeting an “unprecedented event.” “We don’t think this has ever happened before,” Dunn said, “and I don’t know how often people of Delmarva can see and interact with their governors. I think people sense this is kind of cool and exciting.” The event will begin at 1 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium at Salisbury University. Attendees are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. for parking. The event is open to the public, but individuals wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Eileen Lenehan at

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January 11, 2019

Every Monday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157.

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club

7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly gettogether to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month.

Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-629-6123.

Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music

5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Dance lessons with Certified Hand Dance instructor Diane Engstrom on first and third Wednesdays of every month, 5-5:45 p.m. Dancing afterward until 9 p.m,. All are welcome. or 410-208-1151.

Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo

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First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.

Now Through Jan. 29: Art Exhibits

“Artist’s Choice” and “Shared Visions.” Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th St. 410-5249433,

Jan. 17: AAUW Luncheon And Meeting


10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Rehoboth Beach Country Club, 221 West Side Dr., Rehoboth Beach, Del. $25 cash. Meal choice of grilled sirloin with veal jus, whipped potatoes and green beans or penne pasta, grilled chicken, spinach, tomato and roasted garlic cream. RSVP to 301-980-8738 by Jan. 4.

Jan. 18: Fish Fry

4:30-7 p.m. Bowen United Methodist Church, Newark. Platters: $10 and include flounder filet, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cornbread, dessert. Beverage included for those who eat in.

Jan. 18-19: “Fiddler On The Roof”

4-6:30 p.m. Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin. Single crab cake sandwich green beans, baked potato, cole slaw and drink: $12. Carry-outs available and bake sale table.

Show times Friday-Saturday 7 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Ocean City Performing Arts Center. Top talent from Ocean Pines Children’s Theater. Tickets: $15. Purchase online at or in person at OC Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. email: or visit Ocean Pines Children’s Theater on Facebook.

Refreshments at 9:45 a.m.; business meeting at 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. January project to be announced. Pine’eer Artisan and Gift Shop open every Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and every Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests welcome. 410-726-8062.

Noon-until. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant Road, Willards. Proceeds to benefit “A Village At The Shore,” a nonprofit organization serving the elderly, disabled and veterans. Oyster fritter sandwiches, vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, bake table. 410-726-1967.

Jan. 11: Crab Cake Dinner

Jan. 17: Pine’eer Craft Club

Jan. 17: Worcester County NAACP Meeting

Germantown School Community Heritage Center, 10223 Trappe Rd., Berlin. Executive Board: 6 p.m.; general membership: 7 p.m. Public invited for the swearing-in ceremony of new 2019 officers. Worcester County Historical Society President Charles Weaver will discuss progress of the Judy Johnson Memorial tribute stone to be installed in front of the Snow Hill branch library.

Jan. 19: Oyster Fritter And Soup Sale

Jan. 19: An Evening Of Jazz And Blues

7-11 p.m. Germantown School Community Heritage Center, 10223 Trappe Rd., Berlin. Tickets: $25, limited seating. Evening entertainment by singer/-saxophonist Everett A Spells. 410-2131956.

Jan. 19: Ocean Pines Anglers Club Meeting

9:30 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center, As-

Page 37 sateague Room, 235 Ocean Parkway. Doug Murphy will speak on changes to the 2019 tax law and a slide presentation highlighting the year in review will be shown along with any fishing updates. All are welcome. 410-641-7662.

Jan. 19: All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

3-7 p.m. East Sussex Moose Lodge, 35933 Zion Church Rd., Frankford, Del. Abate of Sussex County, for Bill Morgan, a longtime Abate member. Menu includes spaghetti with or without meatballs, salad, garlic bread. Cake table. $10/person; $5/children 4-12. 302-732-3429 or 410-251-8699.

Jan. 24: Luncheon Meeting Republican Women Of Worcester County

Doors open at 10:30 a.m., meeting begins at 11 a.m. Captain’s Table Restaurant, 15th Street in the Marriott Hotel, Ocean City. Topic: “Know What’s Coming in 2019-A Discussion of Maryland and Worcester County Legislative Issues.” A Worcester County commissioner will be present to answer questions. Cost of luncheon: $20. Reservations: or 410208-9767.

Jan. 26: All-You-Can-Eat Taco Night Canceled

5-7 p.m. Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. 443-880-6966.

Feb. 5, 6, 7: Md. Basic Boating Safety Course

U.S. Coast Guard offering the program. Ocean Pines branch library. The Maryland Safe Boating Certificate is required for all boat operators born after July 1, 1972, and is awarded after successful completion of the course, which includes piloting in local waters, tying nautical knots, foul weather tactics, legal issues and common marine maintenance. $15 for all three evenings. Register: 410-935-4897 or email

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Celebrating their recent expansion were plak that owner Wyatt harrison (center) with employees reeves Dark, emma Kirby, Kond Dong, Mark Brady and evan schultz.

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By Jeanette Deskiewicz

Featuring those helping Causes in the resort area

processing donors at the ocean pines south Fire station blood drive were Vivian powell, tiffany Whiteman and Coreen harris of the Blood Bank of Delmarva.

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in charge of clean-up for the last stevenson united Methodist Church Crab Cake Dinner of 2018 were Bob Murray, gerald Bunting and Charlie Dailey washing dishes.

the last crab cake was cooked for 2018 by sonny nock, gary Caldwell and Joe sise, but they will start back up at 4 p.m. today in the stevenson united Methodist Church kitchen.

plak that’s ribbon-cutting gave Jim Mathias and sBDC regional Director John hickman a chance to reflect on how the Volt loans they helped create can help small businesses.

ravens roost #44 members tony Chaplinksi and Mike grimes were in attendance for the live filming of the final ravens rap show of the 2018 season.

the final taping of the 2018 season of the ravens rap show had Diane and ronnie staines winning the tickets to the ravens vs. Browns home game.

Kiwanians Bill purvis and al Kastner helped out at the canteen station during a blood drive held at the ocean pines south Fire station.

ocean pines Yacht Club thursday night trivia ended the year with a full house with servers Chuck hargest and tommy Betz taking care of the crowd.

Celebrating his birthday at ocean pines Yacht Club was rick Manick and wife sharon for thursday night trivia.

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Things I Like ... By Steve Green

Close NFL playoff games

Peeling a just-right avocado Old lighthouses

The story behind the “John’s Crazy Socks” company

Taking Christmas decorations down on a warm January day

When a referral works out for everyone Waking up before the alarm

Young athletes who don’t complain about calls by referees

Personalized photo calendars as a gift

Finding a perfect conch shell on the beach Spanish moss hanging from a tree

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Best Beats

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on the beach

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Sunday Playoff Special Menu


1 p.m. Game Only At The Bar

Try Our Famous Maryland Crab Cakes ... No Mumbo, Just Jumbo!

Happy Hour Daily 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Food And Drink Specials

Wednesday Night:

Prime Rib $17.99 Includes One Side • While It Lasts

Early Bird Daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Special Dinner Menu

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28TH/127TH STREET PIT AND PUB 410-289-2020 443-664-7482 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. & 127th St. & Coastal Hwy. Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.)

DJ WOOD Greene Turtle North: Every Saturday

DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, Jan. 11

ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano BUXY’S SALTY DOG DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, Jan. 11: Darin Engh, 5 p.m.

DJ DUSTY Clarion/Ocean Club: Every Friday & Saturday

AARON HOWELL 45th St. Taphouse: Wednesdays

CAPTAIN’S TABLE 410-289-7192 Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 15th St. & Baltimore Ave. Every Thursday Thru Saturday: Phil Perdue On Piano CLARION HOTEL 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Highway Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11 & 12 First Class Every Friday & Saturday: DJ Dusty FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, Jan. 11: DJ RobCee, 5 p.m., DJ Hook, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12: DJ Groove, 9 p.m. GREENE TURTLE NORTH 410-723-2120 11601 Coastal Hwy. Fridays: DJ Wax, 10 p.m. Saturdays: DJ Wood, 10 p.m. GREENE TURTLE WEST 410-213-1500 Rte. 611, West OC Tuesdays: Blake Haley

DJ HOOK Fager’s Island: Friday, Jan. 11

DARIN ENGH Dry Dock 28: Friday, Jan. 11

KEVIN POOLE Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Saturday, Jan. 12 Harpoon Hanna’s: Thursdays

BINGO W/BLAKE Greene Turtle West: Tuesdays

DJ GROOVE Fager’s Island: Saturday, Jan. 12

BEATS BY WAX Greene Turtle North: Fridays 127th St. Pit & Pub: Wednesdays Pickles Pub: Thursdays

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FIRST CLASS Clarion/Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11 & 12

DUST N BONES Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Friday, Jan. 11

ON THE EDGE Clarion/Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Jan. 18 & 19

ROGUE CITIZENS Pickles Pub: Saturday, Jan. 12

RANDY LEE ASHCRAFT & THE SALTWATER COWBOYS Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Wednesdays Smitty McGee’s: Thursdays & Fridays

JUMPER Fager’s Island: Saturday, Jan. 19

HARPOON HANNA’S 302-539-3095 Rt. 54 & The Bay, Fenwick Island, DE Tuesday, Jan. 15: DJ Rupe Thursday, Jan. 17: Kevin Poole HOOTERS 410-213-1841 12513 Ocean Gateway, Rte. 50, West OC Friday, Jan. 11: DJ Wax JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 410-723-5600 56th St. & Coastal Hwy., Bayside Friday, Jan. 11: Dust N Bones Saturday, Jan. 12: Kevin Poole Wednesdays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, Jan. 11: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, Jan. 12: Rogue Citizens Mondays: Karaoke With Jeremy Thursdays: Beats By Wax SMITTY MCGEE’S 302-436-4716 37234 Lighthouse Rd., a West Fenwick Ireland, DE Thursdays & Fridays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

GLASS ONION Harpoon Hanna’s: Friday, Jan. 18

FULL CIRCLE DUO Seacrets: Saturday, Jan. 19

SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11 & 12: DJ Cruz, 10 p.m.

Come Join Us On Sunday

UPCOMING EVENT Friday, Jan. 11: Crab Cake Dinner


Stevenson United Methodist Church

123 North Main St., Berlin, Md. 410-641-1137 •

8:30 a.m.: Fellowship In The He Brews Cafe 9 a.m.: Blended Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.: Children And Youth Sunday School

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Locals To Enter Golf Hall Of Fame

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Seahawks Finish 3rd In Iron Horse Duals In The News



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team turned in a strong performance at the Iron Horse Duals last weekend, winning seven and losing just one match to finish third in the prestigious tournament. The Seahawks cruised through their early matches before losing a close one to defending state champion Southern Garrett. The loss put Decatur in the third-place match against Cape Henlopen and the Seahawks prevailed, 4032. Five Decatur wrestlers went unbeaten in the Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High School including Noah Reho, Jagger Clapsadle, Kyle Elliott, Nico D’Amico and Lukas Layton. In the 66-18 win over John Carroll, Decatur got wins from Anya Knappenberger at 113, Nico D’Amico at 120, Devin Pilarski at 126, Noah Reho at 132, Kyle Elliott at 145, Hayden Gable at 152, Lukas Layton at 170, Micah Bourne at 182, Henry Brous at 195, Eugene Edwards at 220, and Malachi

Tunnell at 285. In the 55-20 win over Howard, the Seahawks got wins from Shamar Baines at 106, Jagger Clapsadle at 113, Caleb Myers at 120, D’Amico at 126, Jeremy Mitchell at 132, Noah Reho at 138, Elliott at 145, Bourne at 170, Brous at 182 and Eugene Edwards at 220. In the 63-15 win over Walter Johnson, Decatur got wins from Baines at 106, Myers at 113, Clapsadle at 120, D’Amico at 126, Reho at 132, Jack Quisgard at 138, Ethan Kalchthaler at 160, John Hoffman at 170, Layton at 182, D.J. Taylor at 195 and Daletez Smith at 285. In the 44-18 win over North County, the Seahawks got wins from Austin Miller at 106, Knappenberger at 113, Clapsadle at 120, D’Amico at 126, Reho at 132, Elliott at 145, Layton at 170, Bourne at 182, Taylor at 195 and Dakota Souder at 285. In the 61-13 win over Liberty, Decatur got wins from Baines, Clapsadle, D’Amico, Mitchell, Reho, Miller, Jhymir Blake, Layton, Bourne, Taylor and Souder.

Worcester Girls Open Second Half With Rout



BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s’ girls’ varsity basketball team wasted little time rebounding from its first loss of the season, routing Salisbury School, 61-11, in its first regular season game after the holiday break. The Mallards were unstoppable in the opening part of the season, jumping out to a 7-0 record and dominating opponents on most nights. The Worcester girls competed in the highly competitive Governor’s Challenge tournament over

the holiday break and continued their impressive streak with a 61-24 win over Thomas Stone in their opener. However, the Mallards took their first loss of the season in the second game of the Governor’s Challenge, falling in a close one to Kings Christian Academy, 43-41. Back in action last Friday in the opener of the second half of the season, the Worcester girls cruised past Salisbury School, 61-11. The Mallards left nothing to chance against the Dragons, leading 24-2 after one quarter and 40-6 at the half.

Seahawks In Tough Stretch Against South



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team, in the midst of three straight road games against tough Bayside South opponents, dropped a pair of games to Bennett and Wicomico over the last week. The Seahawks started the season 4-1 and split two games in the Governor’s Challenge to enter the second half with a 5-2 record. However, a

scheduling quirk had them playing three straight Bayside South games to start the second half of the season. Last Thursday, Decatur fell to host Bennett, 66-54, then lost to Wicomico on Tuesday, 75-33. Decatur completed the tough stretch with a road game against Parkside played too late to be included in this edition. The Seahawks get a non-conference home game against Arcadia next week, followed by a rematch with Pocomoke.



OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame will hosts its eighth annual induction ceremony next weekend and the impressive list of inductees this year includes some familiar faces around the resort area. Started eight years ago by Eastern Shore Golf Magazine it honors those who have spent 20 yearsplus in golf on the shore in various capacities. Nominees are sent in to and reviewed by a committee chaired by Ocean City Golf Club PGA professional Buddy Sass. This year’s Hall of Fame induction class includes some heavyweights from all over the shore, including a handful who have made their mark on golf in and around the resort area. Headlining the list this year is former Stephen Decatur varsity golf coach Jim Krall, local and regional golf television producer and host Bobby Vermillion and original Greene Turtle owner and philanthropist Steve Pappas. Other inductees this year include Bill Horney III, Bob Crowther, Mike Hall and Andre Jordan. While the event honors the inductees for their contributions to golf in the area, perhaps even more important are its charitable elements. Each year, Eastern Shore Golf Magazine and the Hall of Fame give a $2,000 scholarship to the PGA golf management program at UMES. Over the years, the event has donated over $25,000 to the program, which goes to minorities chasing their dreams of becoming PGA professionals. The following is a brief look at some of this year’s inductees with local connections:

Jim Krall Jim Krall has been a teacher at Stephen Decatur High School for 24 years. He took over the golf program in 1998 and coached for 20 years, ending after the 2017 season. His teams and players qualified for the state tournament in all 20 seasons he coached the program. Krall was named Bayside South Coach of the Year seven times and

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during his tenure his teams collected 110 first-place finishes, 90 second-place finishes and four third-place finishes. Under his watch, Decatur won eight Bayside South titles, seven Bayside Conference titles and seven District VIII titles. Numerous players who came up under Krall’s tutelage went on the play at the next level in college.

Bobby Vermillion Bobby Vermillion has produced and hosted golf television programs “Resort Golf Guide” and “Endless Golf” for over 25 years. The regional programming highlights golf in and around the Ocean Ci-ty area and across the Eastern Shore. Over the last 25 years, Vermillion has largely become the face of golf on the Eastern Shore and his regional television programs are credited with helping to put golf on the shore and in the Ocean City area on the map during its growth spurt over the last two decades or more. In 2000, Vermillion was honored with the Sports Media of the Year Award by PGAMid-Atlantic.

Steve Pappas Steve Pappas and his longtime partner Tommy Dickerson took over the original Greene Turtle in 1981 and the Ocean City staple has expanded rapidly over the years. Pappas and the original owners began franchising the Greene Turtle a few years back and there are now 48 locations in six states and Washington, D.C. Pappas’ entry into the Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame has less to do with the success of his businesses and more to do with his generous spirit and philanthropy. Over the years, Pappas and the Greene Turtle have donated to thousands of charity golf tournaments in the area and sponsored countless others. If there is a charity golf tournament somewhere around the resort area, the chances are good Pappas’ fingerprints are on it somehow.

Mallards Trending In Right Direction



BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team opened the second half of its season with a 40-35 win over Salisbury School last Saturday at home. With the win over Salisbury School,

the Mallards now have their season trending in the right direction. Worcester opened the season with four straight losses, but since then have won three of the last four including the win over the Dragons last Saturday. The Mallards will face Salisbury Christian at home on Friday for Senior Night.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Mathias Grateful For Opportunity To Serve District Editor: As I write this on my last full day as your State Senator for District 38, I want to thank all my constituents and our neighbors in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties for the privilege of serving you and our Lower Eastern Shore. My 2018 campaign provided you, the voters of our district, a summary of my accomplishments, my leadership and my relationship-building across our local, state and federal governments and agencies: •In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I secured critical FEMA aid to Crisfield and Somerset County residents. •I protected our legacy agriculture and poultry industries. •For our loved ones entrenched in a fight against cancer, my legislation offered enhanced access and more timely treatment. •My legislation continued to fund the dualization of Route 113, one of the most dangerous roadways in Maryland. •My work provided opportunities and respect for our veterans. •I helped to protect our environment – our oceans, bays and open spaces – that are so important to our shore legacy and tourism industry. This list only scratches the surface of the accomplishments we achieved together through your efforts and support during my 12 total years as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate, as well as my 16 years spent in service to the Town of Ocean City as the mayor and a member of the City Council. The need for effective leadership for the Lower Shore, Eastern Shore and all of Maryland continues. I remain fully committed to the successes of the people of our Eastern Shore, its legacy and its future as we establish our goals and priorities for the continued success of our families here. All People. All Maryland. Always. Respectfully yours, Jim Mathias Ocean City (The writer served in the Maryland State Senate from 2011-2018 after being a member of the House of Delegates from 2006-2010. He previously served 10 years as mayor of Ocean City and six years as a councilman.) The Dispatch welcomes any and all letters from our readers. All letters are encouraged typed, but not required, and we reserve the right to edit each letter for clarity, accuracy and brevity. Letters should include writer’s name, address and day and evening telephone numbers. If we are unable to reach the writer, we will have to withhold the letter. Due to space restraints, letters under 500 words in length will be given top priority. Letters can be mailed to The Dispatch, P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811, emailed to or faxed to 410-641-0966.

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Ocean City’s continual discussion of a possible room tax increase is interesting. Most of the talk this week at the committee level centered on what the city would do with this new revenue – estimated at $1.7 million in the first year if the room tax is increased from 4.5 percent to 5 percent – if the county and city both approve increasing the room tax. It’s been 12 years since the room tax was last increased. I think the timing is right to go ahead and increase the local room tax rate, which is the second lowest in the state currently. While it’s certainly not a given the Worcester County Commissioners will approve the room tax increase if the Ocean City Mayor and Council does agree to it as expected, the most riveting part of the discussion is how should the new revenue be spent. The idea at this point seems to be for the city to keep some of the money and funnel it toward paying for the increased services and expenses associated with off-season special events. The county is going to have a problem with that, and I’m looking forward to diving into that deeper when the city explains in detail how much more money is being spent in the off-season months now than was a decade or so ago. Certainly, there are costs with hosting special events, but I’m not buying the need for much of this new revenue being retained by the city to pay for services associated with growing crowds in the spring and fall. While that remains unknown, I am fully in support of the city earmarking some of these new dollars, if the room tax increase is approved, on new marketing strategies. Ocean City Councilman John Gehrig is right when he says Ocean City needs to become fully engaged in the youth sports industry. “Raise the room tax because it worked last time and dedicate some of the funds to sports marketing … It’s our natural target market. It’s bigger than the NFL and maybe all pro sports combined,” he said. “… It just can’t all go into tourism. We don’t need more radio ads and banner ads. We need to invest in this youth sports market because we’re made for it.” It should not take having children playing youth sports currently to understand the value of this burgeoning industry. It’s big business and I see it each fall and spring when I travel to the Lancaster, Pa., area for youth soccer tournaments. Hotels fill up months in advance, restaurants see booming sales and nightly waits and kids activity centers bring on extra staff to meet the demand during these weekends. Without these tourneys, none of that would be happening. On a micro level, I will be spending some of my weekend watching my son compete in the first-ever Ocean City Futsal Classic at Northside Park. There will be teams from around the shore participating. There will be economic impacts on businesses as a result. Since it’s a new tourney, it will not be a major financial boost. However, these teams and their players and parents would not be in Ocean City in mid-January if it weren’t for this tournament. They will have breaks in between games and will be looking to eat and play. The annual indoor soccer tournaments held in February and March in Ocean City do draw teams from outside the area for overnight stays. They buy local hotel rooms and eat out for most meals. Ocean City businesses understand what these events bring to town. These teams come whether it’s rainy or sunny. They spend money. Unfortunately, most of the county commissioners simply don’t get it yet. They are being foolish and myopic when they say government should not be in a private sector industry matter. I’m all about small government, but standing behind this traditionally conservative ideal is wrong in this case. We need to think economic development. Ocean City and county officials should look at increasing the room tax rate as an investment. The city may prove the case some of the funds should be used to offset services provided as a result of increased special events. That’s fine, but it should not be more than half of the new revenue. The remaining $850,000, half of the estimated new revenue that would come with a room tax increase, should be focused on becoming more of a player in the youth sports industry.

Quotable Quotes

“Anything that prohibits redevelopment is a detriment to the code. The comprehensive plan calls for redevelopment. If this doesn’t stop redevelopment, it at least stifles it.” ATTORNEY JOE MOORE EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO A CODE CHANGE ON NONCONFORMING PARKING

“We had a 1968 suburban parking code for north Ocean City that didn’t recognize that we had an already-built downtown that didn’t have any parking.” ATTORNEY REGAN SMITH POINTING OUT AN ISSUE WITH THE CITY’S CURRENT CODE

“There is a theory and I subscribe to it is that we need a parking garage downtown. With adequate parking, the whole non-conformity issue would go away.” OCEAN CITY PLANNING COMMISSIONER PECK MILLER DURING A DISCUSSION OF A PARKING CODE CHANGE

Page 44 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue West Ocean City 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and

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sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy!

FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd. West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials. Full menu includes appetizers, salads, stromboli, hoagies and wedgies, pizza, spaghetti and more. Open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight. FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Restaurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd. West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reser-

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RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest customaged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET

28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway

January 11, 2019 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open MondayFriday at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, pierogis,eggrolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-fromscratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular SEE NEXT PAGE

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From Page 44 bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, FridaySaturday, off-season. Open every day, yearround. A Fun Place!

JOHnny'S PIzzA & SPOrtS PuB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer. MArLIn MOOn reStAurAnt 33rd Street in the Doubletree Ocean City Oceanfront • 410-289-1201 Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Fred-dy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

reD reD wIne BAr OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-6801 Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association.

PICkLeS PuB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The

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big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SeACretS On the Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost! 94tH Street nOrtH-FenwICk BetHAny

BILLy’S SuB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Freshdough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa.

BreAkFASt At tHe CrABCAke FACtOry 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. WorldFamous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carryout. Online at: See other listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round.

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CArOuSeL OCeAnFrOnt HOteL AnD COnDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC!

tHe CrAB BAg 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food.

CrABCAke FACtOry uSA 120th Street & Coastal Highway 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia,” by The Washington Post (July 2004). Full-service family restaurant, carryout and sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 8 a.m. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers and kids menu. Shipping crabcakes online year-round at or Homemade soups served daily. See previous listing (Breakfast House at Crabcake Factory USA) for breakfast specials. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations, year-round.

FI-nA-Le reStAurAnt rte. 1, Fenwick Island, De 302-539-3526 Fi–na–le ... Fin Alley is now fi–na–le, sounds the same but looks even better. Under SAME ownership. Indoor and outdoor bayside casual dining with beautiful water and sunset views. Happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. Culinary coastal classics with a modern twist! In the Village of Fenwick, two blocks north of Rte. 54. Open Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon.

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greene turtLe-nOrtH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., yearround.

HArPOOn HAnnA’S reStAurAnt & BAr rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round.

HOrIzOnS OCeAnFrOnt reStAurAnt Located inside the Clarion resort 101st Street, Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-youcan-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! SMItty MCgee’S rte. 54-west Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 • Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close!

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John Dale Showell Jr. built Ocean City’s first swimming pool in 1917. Located on the Boardwalk between North Division and Caroline streets, it was a salt water pool with water pumped in from the ocean. Showell charged 25 cents to swim in the pool and cleaned it once a week, refilling it at night. The beach was very narrow in those days and at high tides the ocean came within 20 yards of the Boardwalk. It did not take a long pipeline to connect the pool with its water supply. The Hurricane of 1933 heavily damaged Showell’s pool and the following year Edwards 5 and 10 was constructed on the site. The remains of the famous salt water swimming pool were boarded over and it faded into Ocean City’s Postcard photo from Bunk Mann’s collection unique history.



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