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Last weekend’s O.C.toberfest activities included “The Great Pumpkin Race, above, and a “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade.” More Halloween activities are planned this weekend in Ocean City, including costume dance Submitted Photos parties with prizes on Friday and Saturday at Trimper’s Rides.

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Investigation Seeks ‘Petroleum Fingerprint’ Of Oil Spill

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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FENWICK ISLAND – As efforts to clean up an oil spill continue, Fenwick Island and Ocean City officials are encouraging community members to report any oil debris found on the beaches. In a Fenwick Island Town Council meeting last Friday, officials encouraged beachgoers who come across oily debris to report it to state authorities. “If you see anything out on the beach, please report it but don’t touch it,” Mayor Gene Langan said. Last week, a command unit consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) began an operation to clean up an oil spill that deposited blobs of oil – called tar balls – and oiled debris over a stretch

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of Delaware coastline, extending from the upper Delaware Bay to the tip of the Atlantic Ocean. And by Friday morning, the cleanup effort intensified with additional resources deployed by state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. Roughly 55 tons of debris – enough to fill four construction dumpsters – had been recovered through Sunday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard, although the source of the oil spill remains unknown. More than 100 personnel have been engaged in the cleanup operation daily over most of the last week, working where needed along the Delaware coastline. “The job of removing oil from our beaches is challenging and labor-intensive, but we’re making progress,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Our teams are getting more and more of it off

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Some debris is pictured in Ocean City with oil remnants Tuesday.

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our beaches every hour, every day.” Surveys over the weekend found small globs of oil and oily debris scattered from Slaughter Beach to the north side of the Indian River Inlet. An information advisory originally is-

sued for bay beaches last week was extended to some ocean beaches, including Slaughter Beach, Fowler Beach, Prime Hook Beach, Broadkill Beach, Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and the Indian River Inlet. The towns of Lewes and Dewey Beach also closed their beaches temporarily due to the oil that washed up on shore. “Our crews and technology are yielding positive results,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fredrick Pugh, federal incident commander for the response. “We're seeing a lot of this pollutant coming off of our beaches by the ton and that feels like a high level of productivity, but we're not letting up. These communities need its beaches back.” On Monday, DNREC was called to inspect the beach in Fenwick Island after the town received reports of oil, according to Town Manager Terry Tieman. She said officials found some small spots roughly a centimeter in size. “Oil is on Fenwick Island beach and now part of DNREC’s cleanup list,” she said. In Ocean City, officials on Monday also confirmed tar balls have been observed along the resort’s north-end beaches. “Yes we have observed ‘tar balls’ along the high tide line of the surf,” said Public Works Deputy Director Jim Parsons. “Nothing too alarming at this point. The Coast Guard is monitoring and the MDE (Maryland Department of the Environment) is aware and responding. Ocean City is monitoring and cooperating with those agencies.” While the oil spill cleanup continues, the Coast Guard and DNREC strongly advise the public not to handle any oily product found or attempt to assist affected wildlife along the shore, but to report these findings to DNREC's environmental hotline at 800-662-8802 so the situations can be addressed by hazmat-trained professionals. “This is our worst nightmare,” Langan said. “Hopefully this has happened on a small scale, but we don’t know yet. We don’t know what the source is, where it’s coming from.” In a press release Wednesday, the Coast Guard said it has sent samples of the oil to be analyzed its Marine Safety Laboratory for a “petroleum fingerprint,” which may help determine the spill’s source. If a source is found, the federal government would seek compensation for cleanup expenses.


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Task Force Discusses Next Steps With Pop-Up Weekend

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Among the takeaways from last week’s motor vehicle task force wrap-up on the late September pop-up rally is focusing attention on the court system following through with a heavy-handed approach to those charged by police. In late September, the pop-up car rally, as it is now being referred, brought huge crowds of largely unruly, disrespectful visitors who wreaked havoc on Ocean City for the better part of four days as expected. Ocean City, its police department and its allied partners were as best prepared as ever heading into the pop-up car rally week with an enhanced special event zone law, a beefed-up towing ordinance, altered traffic patterns and road closures and all manner of equipment and resources on hand. Those combined measures worked to a large degree for much of the weekend, but despite the thankless efforts of law enforcement and first-responders, the pop-up car rally was a disaster Saturday night. As Ocean City and its partners ramped up their enforcement efforts, a large majority of the pop-up car rally enthusiasts ratcheted up their unruliness in kind. The motor vehicle task force con-

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Convictions, Enhanced Penalties Needed

vened last Friday for the first time since the September unsanctioned event and reviewed what worked and what could be done in the future. Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro was asked what the next important step was in deterring the popup event in the future and he said it could come down to successfully prosecuting the hundreds of cases and meting out the appropriate penalties and fines. “It’s wait and see,” he said. “Now, we go into adjudication. We have a very strong state’s attorney’s office and it comes down to adjudication. We have to provide airtight cases to prosecutors and need to follow through in court. We need to make sure the message is sent and we need to make sure this is not all for naught. If you come to disrespect Ocean City, there is a price to pay. That could be the deciding factor in what happens going forward. We’ll see that in the days and months to come.” Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser said on Monday her office was prepared to prosecute the numerous cases that came out of the pop-up rally event, but it was up to the judges

to mete out the appropriate punishments. “I agree with Chief Buzzuro that it is important to follow through in getting convictions and we are certainly prepared to do that,” she said. “We can and will ask for maximum or increased penalties as appropriate on a case-bycase basis, consistent with our ethical obligations as prosecutors, but all we can do is ask. The sentences for these cases are within the sole discretion of the judges that hear them.” The special event zone was in place in Ocean City and along the major thoroughfares in northern Worcester County throughout the week. Heiser said it could be beneficial to expand those boundaries in the future. “I think we need to consider expanding the special event zone countywide,” she said. “If we expand it to the entire county, we don’t have any questions about whether they are in special event zone from a prosecution standpoint.” Heiser called for stronger traffic enforcement for the pop-up rally enthusiasts along highways throughout the state to curb some of the behavior be-

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fore they even reach the resort. “It really is bigger than our town and even our county,” she said. “We need to coordinate efforts throughout the state. That’s the goal here. Everything along the way on Route 50 and even everything along the way through Delaware would be extremely beneficial. We can rebrand that week as traffic safety week.” Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater was on hand for last Friday’s task force meeting and agreed some of the activity during last month’s pop-up rally in Ocean City mirrored some of incidents in other parts of the state often with tragic consequences. “We saw an incident with drag racing in Prince George’s County where we had eight fatalities in the blink of an eye,” he said. “What I see with this event in Ocean City is just a whisper away from that.” Mayor Rick Meehan said most of the initiatives in place achieved the desired results and thanked the community for their cooperation and participation. “Our community really did step up,” he said. “Most understood what was going on and the citizens supported us. We weren’t sitting idle. We did what we said we were going to do.” SEE NEXT PAGE


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Buzzuro agreed most of the initiatives were successful. “Why all this time and effort and resources? To achieve an acceptable level of public safety,” he said. “Were we successful? We believe so. We did whatever we could within our scope and authority.” Buzzuro commiserated with the locals and other visitors in town who got caught up in the traffic jams and altered traffic patterns associated with the popup rally and urged them to continue to be patient. “This is not going to go away,” he said. “It’s only going to get worse. I feel terrible about the people who got caught up in this and were stuck in traffic, such as our employees and workers. I understand their level of frustration, but this is an extraordinary event. We’re all in this together and we’re going to get out of this together.” Buzzuro presented an overview of the pop-up event and said the intent was to set the tone early from an enforcement standpoint “On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we really tried to set the tone with the enforcement and the towing,” he said. “We believe we were successful in setting the tone. That wasn’t by accident. They knew law enforcement was going to very proactive and the word got back to them.” Buzzuro said the initiatives worked for the most part before the crowds really started to swell. “By Saturday morning, they were really pouring in,” he said. “They were pouring in Route 50, Route 90 and through Delaware and we knew Saturday night was going to be the culmination. We did everything in our ability.” The chief said the larger problem quickly became the throngs of bystanders and spectators on the side of the road. “We had a degree of success on the roadways,” he said. “Roads were always the primary problem in the past and number-two was the situation on the sidelines. That changed on Saturday. The spectators watching the show became the primary problem.” Buzzuro said the event reached a crescendo on Saturday night. “By Saturday night and into Sunday morning, the crowds became more brazen and additional law enforcement was called in,” he said. “We were in riot gear with helmets and we wanted to put an end to it once and for all. There were some dicey moments, but it could have been much worse. At the end of the day, we got through this. We did everything possible.” As the arrest counts started to swell, the OCPD and its allied partners turned to another resource, Buzzuro said. “We began transporting arrestees to the Worcester County Jail because we

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were at capacity,” he said. “That’s unprecedented, and we had to do that three different times.” Many of those arrested or who had their vehicles towed lingered in town into the early part of the following week. “The special event zone was still in place that Monday,” said Buzzuro. “There were a lot of arrestees and those who had been towed still in town on Monday. They were in town a little longer than they wanted to be.” Another problem identified during the task force meeting last week were the large groups of rowdy individuals on hotel and motel balconies egging on the illicit behavior, particularly along Baltimore Avenue. Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones told the task force many of her members had success with private-sector security guards and said the plan was to bring in even more next year, akin to bringing in more law enforcement officers from other areas. “The attitude of the guests toward the security officers was 100% different than the attitude toward police officers,” she said. “If a security guard said get back in your rooms, they complied. If a police officer said it, they threw bottles. It’s part of that nationwide attitude toward police officers we’ve been seeing. We’re working on bringing more security guards from around the state.” As far as getting information out to the public in a timely manner, Communications Director Jessica Waters said her team, which manned the information center around the clock, was successful. “The goal was to control the narrative and I think we did that,” she said. “There was a very noticeable shift in the calls and complaints we received. They were coming from the participants. They were saying ‘you towed my car,’ or ‘are you going to tow my car.’” The task force got a different perspective from local resident and car enthusiast Mike Ferrari. “Ocean City is seven miles long with three lanes of traffic,” he said. “You have this unique atmosphere where we have seven miles to show off our cars. The good guys just want to show off their cars, their craftsmanship and their passion. We have to find a way to have an event and discriminate those who are here to enjoy the cars and everything Ocean City has to offer from those who are only here to wreak havoc.” Meehan said there is a shift in focus during the pop-up rally and other motorized events that differs from the many of the town’s other special events. “I never thought Coastal Highway would be the venue,” he said. “It’s always the beach and the Boardwalk and the attractions. Coastal Highway was never meant to be the venue, but that’s what this has become.”

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Health Department Concerns Likely Derail OC’s Parade Hopes

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – It now appears there will not be a Christmas parade in Ocean City this year after county health officials late this week voiced concerns about the modified plan. On Tuesday, Special Events Director Frank Miller pitched the concept of a modified Christmas parade uptown on Coastal Highway planned for Dec. 5. The parade route would run north on Coastal Highway from Old Landing Road to 120th Street like it has for years and conclude with family-friendly activities at the Carousel Resort and Hotel. Miller said the typical high school bands and other groups will not be participating because of ongoing school closure and COVID-related issues, but there appeared to be enough interest from

the private sector to move forward with the event based on polling done by city organizations. The Mayor and Council voted 4-1 Tuesday with Councilman Dennis Dare opposed to move forward with the modified Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 with the caveat Frank Miller discuss the logistics with Worcester County Health Officer Becky Jones. Miller told the council he had not presented the specifics of the parade plans to Jones as of Tuesday because he wanted to gauge the interest of the council before making the presentation to the health officer. The conversation between the city and the health department happened on Wednesday, one day after the majority of the council approved moving forward with the parade, and Jones voiced concerns.

As a result, Frank Miller said on Wednesday it was almost a certainty the parade would not go on as planned and City Manager Doug Miller was going to poll the council to see if there was any interest in going forward despite the health officer’s concerns. By Thursday morning, Doug Miller acknowledged Jones had concerns with certain aspects of the parade plans, but said he had not yet gauged the opinion of the Mayor and Council. “She does have concerns, so we don’t have the green light at this point,” he said. “I don’t know if the council wants to further discuss this as this is a recent development.” After his discussion with Jones on Wednesday, Frank Miller enumerated some of her concerns. “Her concern is having a potentially larger crowd because so many other

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parades and holiday events in the area have already been postponed or cancelled,” he said. “She was not sure how we would be able to enforce social distancing and masks over a three-quarters-of-a-mile parade route.” Frank Miller said Jones was also concerned because the Ocean City Christmas Parade is largely a local and regional event, and while the COVID numbers in the county have at least stabilized, she is concerned a large event could cause a spike. “The risk of us creating a numbers issue could potentially affect the schools,” he said. “I spoke to the city manager and he said that’s something we probably don’t want to risk. It looks like that’s the direction we’re going to take.” With the local school bands, cheerleaders and ROTC groups, for example, not participating this year, Frank Miller said on Tuesday he asked the Chamber of Commerce and the HotelMotel-Restaurant Association to reach out to their members to check the interest in filling that void with private sector entries. Frank Miller said his staff got 66 responses to that request. Miller said 12 previous participants said they would not be participating this year. A total of 39 said they would be willing to participate, including nine new entrants, representing a 23% increase in new participants. Of those that responded they would participate in the 2020 parade, five were vehicle clubs, seven were floats, five were other elements, 17 are vehicle-related elements and three are marching units. Miller said the anticipated cost of hosting the event is around $18,000. When he presented parade plans to the Mayor and Council on Tuesday, Frank Miller acknowledged he had not yet received the blessing from the county health officer. “Given how busy she is with so many things, it seems valuable to have a lot of facts in front of her when that conversation takes place,” he said. With that said, Councilman John Gehrig made a motion to move forward with the Christmas parade with the caveat a conversation is held with the county health officer. “I think we should proceed,” he said. “Based on the demand and the eventual conversation with the health officer, let’s move forward and celebrate Christmas.” Of course, that conversation has now taken place and it appears Jones’ concerns will be enough to derail the parade this year. On Tuesday, the council voted 4-1 to move forward with the plan. Councilman Dennis Dare was the lone dissenting vote. “Yesterday set a new all-time record for new cases around the country at 70,000,” he said “That topped the previous all-time record set the day before. That’s more than the peak in April. This is another example of how we send the wrong message and put wealth before health. This sends a bad message at a critical time.”


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“There will be no unions in my government. My government employees will have one boss ... the people.”

Meet the Two Candidates the Unions would not endorse!!!

DANIEL HAGAN AND NICHOLAS EASTMAN Meet and greet at Johnny’s Pub on Sunday 4-8 p.m. with Daniel Hagan and Nicholas Eastman. They will be there to present their vision for Ocean City. Candidates welcome.

Two Young Candidates NOT SUPPORTED BY UNION BUT WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE! H Bring back the families & the children! H Make the economy vibrant once again. H We are both in favor of Open meetings! No more back room politics! H End OC involvement in special events! Aside from Air Show, Sunfest, Springfest, and Fire Works on the Fourth! H Stop misrepresentation of the Pension Funds. Make sure the Pensions are funded. Daniel Hagan (Age 34) Nicholas Eastman (Age 25) These two candidates have had signs ripped out and are shunned by the Unions. Unlike the rich Councilman Matt James and candidate Peter Buas they have very little money. Listen to young Mr. Eastman explain Broken glass theory, how we must revitalize Ocean City and why hiring 10 more police won’t help.

On Sunday Nicholas and Daniel put up two signs next to the 4 candidates that were union backed within 15 minutes the signs were removed by connections to Councilman Matt James on the Carousel Group property. The Councilman knew the signs were being removed and would not allow them. So disrespectful!!! Allowing all candidates and restricting these two young men. Rather then calling ripping the signs down! On Tuesday morning the lying Psychopath Mark Paddack is threatening Daniel Hagan trying to stop him from putting signs up. Fellow voters is this how you want to be governed?? I paid for and approved this ad because I don’t think the office should be determined by the money you have and I want these kids to have an even playing field to compete.

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

NEWARK – More than half of Worcester County Public Schools students are back in their classrooms this week. On Monday, the school system welcomed back a third wave of students, bringing the total who have returned to inperson learning to 56%. All students who want to return to school this academic year are expected to do so in November. Meanwhile, students still learning virtually have struggled this week as schools countywide experienced connectivity is-

sues. “We are very sorry that the connectivity issues persist in our schools,” said Carrie Sterrs, the school system’s coordinator of public relations and special programs. “Please rest assured that our IT team is hard at work to pinpoint and troubleshoot this problem. We appreciate everyone's patience as we work to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, and we will continue to keep families informed as this situation evolves.” On Thursday, as schools experienced at least their third day in a row of connectivity issues, the school system asked

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parents of kids learning virtually to stay in touch with their child’s teacher and announced that Friday’s lessons for virtual students would all be asynchronous (no live teacher interaction). “Unfortunately, our internet connectivity remains down,” a message on the school system’s website read. “We know that this is frustrating to hear, and we are equally as frustrated that we have not been able to resolve this issue in as timely a manner as we had hoped. At this time, we are working with our firewall engineers to troubleshoot this issue. Please know that any students participating in distance learning will still be able to access content (i.e. recorded lessons, assignments, etc.) at this time. We ask you to please stay in touch with your child’s teacher, as they may have specific updates related to your child’s distance learning experience at this time. Looking ahead to tomorrow, October 30, we have decided that all distance learning will be asynchronous, so please have your child log-in and participate in those activities at a time that works best for your family. Again, we are incredibly sorry that this issue persists, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.” While the lack of internet is causing frustration for many, in a video message Monday, Superintendent Lou Taylor said that overall, the process of returning students to schools was going well. “As you know we are currently in Stage 2 of our return with all of our schools

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welcoming back groups of students in waves as we reevaluate health and safety conditions every two weeks,” he said. “We are very fortunate here in Worcester County as our efforts to reinforce our safety protocols have proven to be widely successful thus far, leading our county’s COVID rates to remain low.” Taylor credited students’ efforts to monitor for symptoms, wear face coverings, physical distance and wash their hands frequently. He said students who returned to school Oct. 26 represented the third wave of kids to do so. “As our team forecasted this wave serves as an important tipping point in our responsible return,” he said. “As our Stage 2 roll in continues we anticipate that our next waves of students to potentially return in November could see all students wishing to return to in person learning back in our school buildings.” At Buckingham Elementary School (BES), parents of kids who hadn’t already returned to school were contacted earlier this month and given the option of having their children return Oct. 26 or Nov. 9 or to remain in virtual learning through the entire school year. “BES will utilize a hybrid model for our virtual students who are remaining at home for the remainder of the school year,” a letter to parents reads. “This means that virtual students will log on to ZOOM through Schoology and be an active member of their “teacher of record’s” SEE PAGE 42


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OC’s Final Fiscal Year ’20 Numbers Better Than Expected Budget Reserve Fund Now At 29%

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City ended fiscal year 2020 in a robust way, despite much of its fourth quarter being impacted by COVID, according to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released this week. During Tuesday’s work session, Finance Director Chuck Bireley presented the CAFR to the Mayor and Council. The weighty tome is chock full of numbers and statistics, but the bottom line said it all for what was expected to be troublesome year because of the ongoing pandemic. In simplest terms, the final projected budget number on the revenue side was around $86 million, while actual revenues for fiscal year 2020, which ended on June 30, came in at about $88.6

million, for a difference of $2.6 million. On the other side of the ledger, expenses for fiscal year 2020 were budgeted at $79.9 million, but the town’s actual expenses for the fiscal year came in at $77.7 million. When a $72,000 variance in other financing uses was added to the mix, the town ended up with a $4.8 million variance in what was budgeted and what actually happened. Bireley said the bottom line was good news for the town. “This presentation will be brief because you’ve recently seen some of these numbers,” he said. “It was a good year financially for the Town of Ocean

City. It was unexpected, but we ended the year in a very good place financially.” Councilman Tony DeLuca said the final CAFR numbers were something to crow about, especially during a difficult pandemic. “Any time revenue is up over $2 million and expenses are down $2 million, it was a very, very good year,” he said. The successful conclusion to fiscal year 2020 allowed the town to continue to grow its unassigned general fund balance. For years, it was the town’s stated policy to maintain a reserve fund balance, or a rainy-day fund of sorts, at 15% of the general fund balance. At re-

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cent strategic planning sessions, the goal was unofficially back to 20%. However, the CAFR presentation on Tuesday showed the unassigned fund balance has swollen to 29.6%. Even before the CAFR presentation, and the somewhat related presentation on the recently-completed audit of the town’s financial statements for fiscal year 2020, former Councilman Vince Gisriel questioned the growing fund balance, as he has been wont to do in the past. “The unassigned fund balance is now at 29%,” he said. “That’s the equivalent of 12.6 cents on the tax rate. You continue to overtax the taxpayers.” Gisriel also questioned sections of the CAFR that outlined the expenses related to the redevelopment and expansion of the town’s midtown Public Works campus. He pointed out the massive project’s budget has gone up and down with variance of sometimes $8 million on the road to completion. Gisriel said he has raised the questions before, but has yet to get all of the answers. “Where will that extra $8 million come from?” he said. “I’ve been waiting 19 months-plus for answers. Frankly, I’m appalled by the lack of information that comes back to the public. I’d like to initiate an investigation into why it keeps increasing and where the money is going.” In terms of Gisriel’s question about the growing fund balance, Mayor Rick Meehan said it is needed to ensure the town has a nest egg for emergencies, and also to secure the best scores from the various rating agencies. “We need to ensure we have enough to cover potential shortfalls in fiscal year 2021 and fiscal year 2022,” he said. “That’s what the fund balance is for. It’s there to cover unforeseen expenses.” Chris Lehman of SB and Company presented the report on the audit of the town’s financial statements for fiscal year 2020, which came back squeaky clean with no issues or concerns. Lehman agreed the town’s unassigned general fund balance was attractive from the outside looking in. “It is a very healthy fund balance,” he said. “I think a lot of jurisdictions would be jealous of that favorable position.” Lehman also attempted to address Gisriel’s question about the expected increases on the final cost of the Public Works Campus project. “At any point in time, it’s a moving target from year to year,” he said. “There are contracts within the project that aren’t completed yet, so it’s sometimes difficult to pin down the final number. Sometimes they go up for a variety of reasons and sometimes they go down.” Meehan, meanwhile, attempted to allay Gisriel’s concerns about the changes in the cost and the perceived lack of information. “I’ll check with [Budget Manager] Jennie [Knapp] and I think she should be able to get some of those answers,” he said. “They are committed to giving you a complete summary when the project is completed and hopefully that will resolve your questions.”


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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Regardless of the outcome of next Tuesday’s municipal election, the make-up of the Ocean City Mayor and Council will look significantly different this time next week. The municipal election will be held next Tuesday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in conjunction with the highly anticipated national election. This year, six candidates are vying for four at-large open council seats including incumbents Tony DeLuca and John Gehrig, along with newcomers Peter Buas, Nicholas Eastman, Daniel Hagan and Frank Knight. Mayor Rick Meehan is unopposed and has retained his position.

No matter what happens on Tuesday, the face of the city council will change somewhat. Gone are longtime councilmembers Dennis Dare and Mary Knight, who did not file for reelection. At the very least, there will be two new faces on the council and as many as four. Last week, The Dispatch hosted a virtual town hall-style forum during which the candidates were asked for their views on a variety of timely issues. At the outset of that forum, the candidates were asked to provide a little information about their backgrounds, how long they have lived in Ocean City and why they are running. The following are the candidates’ responses to the introductory question: Meehan: My name is Rick Meehan

and I’m currently the mayor of the Town of Ocean City. Like many of you, I started coming here when I was in high school and college. I worked here all the way through high school and college. I actually moved to Ocean City and became a year-round resident in 1971 and started a business in town and was elected to the city council in 1985. It was a great time to be in Ocean City. Ocean City was just starting to really grow and develop and there were a lot of new people coming to Ocean City and I was fortunate to be in a position to represent them and to be a part of the city I really enjoyed. I live in town with my partner, Katy Durham, and my daughter Kelly lives in Ocean City with my two grandchildren, who most of you know, Brantley and Everly.

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It’s a great place to raise a family. I raised my kids here and now my grandchildren are being raised here. I’ve always been very active in the community, participated at Northside Park, coached all of their teams and all of the things that all of us want to do, and were so fortunate to be able to do in Ocean City. I was appointed mayor in 2006. When Jim Mathias held that office, I was council president at the time and became mayor when he went to the state legislature. I’ve been re-elected six times since then. I also served as acting-city manager for a total of 17 months during two different time periods, so I’m very well acquainted with the government of Ocean City. I’m very dedicated to the Town of Ocean City, and I think for the same reason a lot of you are here tonight, I’m here because I’m committed to Ocean City. I love where I live, I love doing what I do and I hope to continue doing that with your support. Buas: I was born and raised in this town and come from a big family. I grew up in the hospitality industry working mainly in hotels. Myself and my five younger siblings all went to Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin. After that, I went to the University of Maryland and thereafter, the University of Baltimore Law School. After I graduated from there, I really didn’t hesitate to jump back to the shore pretty quickly. I came back here and I clerked for the judges of the Worcester County Circuit Court for two years. And after that, I moved to Moore, Williams, Shockley and Harrison, where I practice today. My background abilities kind of give me an opportunity to jump in and make a difference. If I was elected, I would focus on two overarching goals and one would be quality of life for the residents of the town and two would be reinforcing Ocean City as a safe, family-friendly resort. DeLuca: I worked for Yum Brands, which is Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. I was in charge of franchising there. I moved here 12 years ago from Annapolis, but I’ve owned here since 1988. I’ve owned here for a long time. As I said, I’ve been a resident since 2008. I’ve been on the council for six years. I was elected with Councilmen Matt James and Wayne Hartman. I met my wife on the Boardwalk at 9th Street in high school and we live here at the Gateway Grand. Why am I running? I think I want to continue to ensure that Ocean City is the cleanest and safest family beach in the world. Eastman: I moved to Ocean City two years ago. However, I’ve been a life-long Maryland resident, with the exception of a little over three years. I went to West Virginia University where I somehow managed to cram a fouryear degree in criminology and a minor SEE NEXT PAGE


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in forensics into that three-year period. Hard work isn’t something I shy away from. I did cram a four-year degree into three years and it’s no easy task. That’s something that I am fully committed to do for the city and for the residents. I want to make sure that Ocean City is the family resort town that I always came to as a child. I want to continue to be that family resort town and bring back that family atmosphere that I know we all love. I guess the other thing I’m really passionate about that I’d like to see on the city council is transparency. My job with the city of Salisbury working at the water department does not permit to have enough time to have all of these closed-door meetings, so they’re going to need to be in the open. If they’re not in the open, I won’t be able to attend them. So, transparency is just something that I cannot, cannot stress enough. Gehrig: I’m a 25-year resident. I moved here in 1995 and happened to move on the same street where my wife’s mom lived. We met at Macky’s and now we’re married. We have two kids and my father moved here. Both of her parents moved here, so now we have three generations who live right on the island. So, this is personal for me. Ocean City is one of the few places in the world, and I think we take it for granted because we live here, but it’s one of the few places in the world that has the amenities and the God-given nature that we have. I own an internet business and for 25 years we’re a debtfree company. After a couple of decades in business, I have developed an understanding of business principles and how to deal with human resources and managing people and leadership and making payroll. Sometimes the most stressful part right now is setting budgets and marketing and economics and pivoting and changing. So, being able to think creatively, see trends, see around the corner and create ideas with my team. A lot of times these ideas come from them. So, I think thinking and listening and taking action when appropriate, those are some of the skills I bring to the council. We have a diverse group on the city council and I think those are my unique skills that I bring to the table. I’m on the board of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and I’ve been a president for three terms. I’m also on the board of the Ocean City Paramedics Foundation, so I appreciate the value of our public safety. I’ve been on countless other boards and committees as well. I’ve been a councilman now for four years and I tell you, it’s just been a lot to learn and absorb. You think you’re smart and you know things, but you have to listen. So, now I think I’m kind of in the groove a little bit and have a much greater understanding of things I

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never really knew about before. I’m not a civics guy. I’m not a government guy. I think that comes out a lot in the meetings, but I’m kind of the voice of change. I think I have a bold style and it’s not for everyone, but I’m fighting for our future through creative thinking and new ideas and bold action. I’m really just tired of sitting around, so I’m running to expand what makes us great and to help solve our challenges. There’s a need for solutions and I’m happy to sit at the table. So, I hope to earn the confidence of the public for the next four years. I’ll be even better now with four years behind me. Hagan: My name is Daniel Hagan. I’ve been a resident of Ocean City for about a year. My family has been coming here for generations since the 1960s starting with my grandparents and on. I decided to run because I believe in honesty, transparency and loyalty. I believe we need to have better leadership on the council and in the mayor’s spot as well. I come from Glen Burnie, Md., which is a small town. Like Ocean City, it’s a tight community that believes in honesty, loyalty and transparency. That’s what I hope to convey when I get in office. I believe all business should be conducted in an open forum because without having that type of platform, how can you trust the people that have the town in their hands. I’m a graduate of Glen Burnie High School in 2004. I studied government, marketing and business throughout my four years there. I learned a lot. I studied to make me better prepared for things like this. I decided to run because I feel like I can be the voice of change and hopefully learn from others when it’s time to do that. Finally, I would like to be the one who goes out on the Boardwalk when things turn to hell. I am going to be there and making sure we can do better when certain events and other things occur. Knight: I too have a history in Ocean City. I took my first steps here on 3rd Street in the sand. I worked at Mario’s, I flipped burgers at the Alaska Stand and I bussed tables in Harrison Hall. In 1995, I became a full-time resident to raise my daughter in a better environment. It was family-friendly and safe. I’ve got a lot of experience to bring to the city as a retired business owner. I’ve had two successful dental practices. I’m a member of the American Legion. I’ve been a Boardwalk code enforcement officer for a few years. I’ve been on the Board of Port Wardens for the last six years. I’ve been on the OCDC, the Downtown Association and I’ve served on multiple task forces. I believe this experience can help me hit the ground running to serve the taxpayers, the non-resident taxpayers and the tourists that come to Ocean City.

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BERLIN – Changes in meeting procedure prompted questions from one longtime councilman this week. During Monday’s meeting of the Berlin Town Council, Councilman Dean Burrell expressed concern regarding some operational changes implemented by Mayor Zack Tyndall in the weeks since his election. Tyndall has eliminated the recital of the Lord’s Prayer at the start of each meeting. “Never have I heard a concern from any citizen about the Lord’s Prayer,” Burrell said. “I would have thought that change in operation or decision would have been presented to this group before it was changed and possibly heard public comment.” Burrell, who has served on the council since 1994 and is now its vice president, congratulated the town’s new elected officials but offered some observations at the close of Monday’s meeting. He addressed the elimination of the prayer as well as Tyndall’s new practice of requiring a second for each motion made. He said not requiring a second to motions had been a longstanding tradition for the council. “Being a five-member organization it has been felt that the thoughts and concerns of every individual on this council are important and should be addressed by the council, thus not requiring a second,” he said. Burrell also asked why the prayer had been eliminated. Tyndall said he and the town administrator had made the change during a practice run of Tyndall’s first meeting as mayor. “I’ve always grown up saying the Lord’s Prayer in most establishments that I have been a part of but I also recognized during my time as a councilmember that not everybody saw things the way that I see things,” Tyndall said, adding that elected officials represented the entire town. “So the town administrator and I had a discussion and despite our personal beliefs we felt it was

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time to become more inclusive. Many more people call Berlin home now than they ever have in the past. With that being said we, well I and the town administrator, in conjunction with our legal department, decided that we would just begin the council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.” Burrell said that with the prayer being such a longstanding tradition at meetings he would have expected the council and possibly the public to have been consulted about the change. Residents expressed varying viewpoints in the wake of Monday’s meeting. Like Burrell, resident Jason Walter criticized the way the change was made. “I find the swift and quiet move alarming,” Walter said. “No matter if one is for or against it, it is alarming to see a longstanding council tradition fall by executive fiat.” Resident Jeff Smith praised Tyndall’s decision. “I think it demonstrates our new mayor’s willingness to open city hall as a welcoming place for all members of Berlin’s community,” he said. Resident Marie Velong feels the prayer was never appropriate for a government meeting. “I used to wonder about people that were not of the Christian faith and how they felt having to say the Lord's Prayer before their council meeting,” she said. “It is for all the people, Christian or not.” Councilmembers Jack Orris and Troy Purnell acknowledged that it was the town’s mayor who ran council meetings. “While the structure of the meeting is the purview of the mayor, for me, prayer is a personal expression of faith and I offer my own prayer before the meeting seeking guidance and wisdom for myself as well as my colleagues,” Orris said. Purnell said he knew it was Tyndall’s prerogative but was still upset by the change in procedure. “It’s a tradition that’s been part of Berlin as long as I can remember and I was sad to see it go,” he said.

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Mayor ‘Strongly Discouraging’ Trick-Or-Treating In Berlin

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BERLIN – With Halloween just days away, Mayor Zack Tyndall asked residents not to trick-or-treat in Berlin this year. While the town’s previous leadership opted not to sponsor Halloween activities, Tyndall took a stronger stance this week and actively urged against trickor-treating. “We have Halloween this Saturday and we’re in the middle of a pandemic so I am strongly discouraging anyone from trick-or-treating in Berlin,” Tyndall said at Monday’s meeting of the town council. “It’s usually a pretty big holiday here in town but with the pandemic we are discouraging that.”

Tyndall said the town would not be offering candy scanning like it typically did and was not planning to close any streets. “The town administrator has met with residents on Washington Street and Burbage Funeral Home,” Tyndall said. “The consensus is they will not be handing out candy and not having a huge holiday event like normal. So once again please no trick-or-treating in Berlin.” Though the town made the announcement it would not sponsor Halloween events back in September, then-mayor Gee Williams didn’t actively discourage trick-or-treating. He asked residents who didn’t want to participate to leave their lights off and asked those who were trickor-treating to practice social distancing and wear masks.

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BERLIN – Town leaders are working with a developer to ensure a Maple Avenue apartment project can move forward as planned. The Town of Berlin is working with representatives of the Willows at Berlin on a property transfer that would allow the apartment renovation and expansion to move forward. A title search revealed that a portion of what was thought to be the apartment complex actually belongs to the town. “We could modify our plan to address it,” said David Holden, representing the

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developer. “We’d rather not do that. I think we have a plan that works really well. We wanted to see if there’s a way we could come up with a resolution that’s agreeable to the town so we could continue with the project as planned.” Planning Director Dave Engelhart told the town council Monday the developer had been working with the town for nearly two years on the project, which received site plan approval in January. As proposed the project would include the renovation of the existing Wolf Terrace apartments and the addition of 34 new units as well as a community building. “It’s a really nice site plan, a big upgrade for the parcel itself and the neighborhood,” Engelhart said. He said the project was within days of permitting when a title search revealed that the town actually owned a portion of property that was thought to be part of the apartment complex. “We haven’t maintained that short stretch,” Engelhart said. “We don’t plow it, we don’t fill potholes in it. It’s 11,000 square feet of property. It doesn’t really serve a public purpose. It would influence the project itself being completed because the one building would be encroaching on town property to meet the setback requirements for the whole project.” In order for the development to move forward, it would need to be redesigned or the town needs to transfer the 11,000square-foot piece of property to the developer. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said the town could give the developer the property, sell the developer the property, ask for the project to be redesigned or do a more creative barter. Fleetwood said the developer could pave all of Maple Avenue in exchange for the piece of property. The town could also ask the developer to extend the sidewalk in the area. Councilman Dean Burrell said before making any decision he’d like to know the value of the piece of property and the cost of the proposed paving and sidewalk work. He said he wasn’t comfortable doing anything without that information. “But I also think that an arrangement can be entered into with the proper knowledge,” he said. “We need to know what we’re doing and we need to know the possible value to the town.” Other councilmembers said selling the property to the developer or giving it to them in exchange for paving were the best alternatives. “I personally would not like to force you to redesign the project,” Councilman Jay Knerr said. Town staff members are expected to return to the council with the value of the property and the cost of paving once the 20-day advertising period required for the dispersal of municipal property has passed.


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BERLIN – Town leaders abandoned plans to host New Year’s Eve fireworks and will instead plan for a July 2021 event. On Monday, the Berlin Town Council voted unanimously to plan for fireworks on July 3, 2021. Though the town’s annual July 3 display was postponed earlier this year with hopes it could be held this fall or winter, officials decided it would be too difficult to host the event under current COVID-19 guidelines. “Fireworks itself without the pandemic is going to be difficult,” Police Chief Arnold Downing said. “With it, it’s going to be very difficult.” Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director, presented the council with three options on Monday. She said the town had already paid a $5,000 deposit on its usual $10,000 show and that the town could pay the remaining $5,000 to host a show Dec. 31. She said the other options were to forfeit the $5,000 deposit and stop hosting fireworks or the town could have 50% of its 2020 deposit applied to a show for July 3, 2021. While Wells reported that the fire marshal would issue a permit for a Dec. 31 show, the Worcester County Health Department would require a map of the location layout and a plan for viewers, who would have to maintain social distance. Downing said he’d spoken with Worcester County Health Officer Becky Jones regarding fireworks. He said she advised that the plan would have to go to the state and county fire marshal for approval. “If everything is as it is today it’s a definite no in her opinion,” Downing said. “It is a lot of things we would actually have to go over. It’s not only the actual people and location, it’s about flow, ingress and egress on our side. In discussing this on our side we know that we as a police department wouldn’t be able to handle it ourselves.” He said part of the problem was the proposed location at the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex. In years past, fireworks have been held at Heron Park and police were able to control traffic smoothly. Downing said it would be harder near the ballfields. He added that Jones also cautioned against holding the event. “She made the statement if she had her druthers she’d rather not…,” Downing said. “They don’t have a right to really refuse us but they do have the right to tell us we have to fix these things with the plan.” Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said he did not recommend doing a Dec. 31 show because the plan submitted to the health department would have to be enforced. “I think it’s unrealistic that it could be enforced because we don’t know what size crowd,” he said. Downing agreed. “If we’re the only show in town everybody’s going to come here,” he said. The council voted unanimously to plan for a July 3, 2021 fireworks display.

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OCEAN CITY – With the municipal election looming next Tuesday, the six candidates for the four open City Council seats along with Mayor Rick Meehan, who is running unopposed, sat down for a virtual town hall-style forum last week to express their views on a wide variety of issues facing the resort. The Dispatch hosted the virtual town hall meeting and posed questions to the candidates on several topics. The candidates also fielded questions submitted by the public. This year, four at-large City Council seats are up for election on Nov. 3 and the field of six candidates includes incumbent Councilmen Tony DeLuca and John Gehrig along with newcomers Peter Buas, Nicholas Eastman, Daniel Hagan and Frank Knight. Meehan is unopposed, but participated in the forum as well. The two-hour-plus forum can be viewed in its entirety on The Dispatch’s web-

site and YouTube channel. A sampling of the questions posed to the candidates ran in last week’s print edition along with another batch this week. The following is another segment: The Dispatch: June was once again a major challenge for law enforcement in Ocean City, including one stretch when 15 guns were confiscated in nine days. It was a dangerous time. Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said a key point from his perspective is ensuring the police have the necessary support. He told the Mayor and Council in June, “There has to be changes. It can’t be on the backs of law enforcement. It’s a holistic effort.” What do you think Ocean City should be working on this off-season to prevent the crime wave of last June from occurring again in 2021? Knight: In June, all the elements aligned to create the proverbial perfect storm. We were still mostly locked down from COVID. No bars were open to absorb these young adults that came to

town. Unemployed people had an extra $600 added to their regular unemployment paychecks. There were no J-1s in town, so their rooms were unused and there were rentals for $50 a night. So they came to Ocean City and they found the Boardwalk was the only place for them to hang out and we know that didn’t end well. Unless we see large spikes in COVID, I don’t think that same scenario is going to repeat itself next year, but we will still have two weeks, so we have to repurpose those two. This goes to the economic development director and sports tourism. We have to sell Ocean City. We have to sell June. We have to pack June with events and gradually squeeze out high school graduates and the criminals that come down here to prey on them. We have to fill Ocean City with families. As far as next year, I know the police are working on this. I know they’re going to do a great job. Some people have asked where were the police that we had in September.

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Why weren’t they here in June? They weren’t here in June because they were out working in Dorchester County and Somerset County and Wicomico County and we didn’t call on them to come here in June. We had 107 police officers on duty and they did a heck of a job, but they can’t be everywhere at once on the Boardwalk. Maybe we can repeat some of the things we did during college takeover week a few years ago and during these troubling times, we can have officers in those nice day-glow green vests at every block on the Boardwalk. That’s the best I can offer at this point. Hagan: I was up there. I created an email for the residents and tourists and I had a massive response. I did a two-part video on my YouTube channel. It clearly shows I was up on that Boardwalk when a crowd that got bigger and bigger was literally coming down the Boardwalk. Families were behind me running. When the police and public safety aides tried to get control, they overpowered them. It was like 150 to two and their lives were in danger. Obviously, the horses in danger and there are videos of that. As I said before, these people do not care about ordinances. They are doing crime and they don’t care about anything. Everybody said we had officers in other places. I totally respect that, but the thing is when the police are outnumbered, it’s hard for them to do anything and we have to make sure they are protected too. They’re over in the Monte Carlo parking lot jumping on cars. The same crowd did the same thing over at 8th Street. It’s like their hands were tied and nobody said anything. The tourists were saying I reached out to the council, I reached out to the governor, I reached out to the mayor and nobody did anything. That’s the kind of hell I’m talking about. I’m going to go to battle. I’m going to go up there when that type of thing is taking place. We need to figure out a plan that is going to be executed and not be afraid, because just like all around the country, if we back down, they are going to come down here and they’re going to burn it down. They have proven that they don’t care. Unless the National Guard with military orders comes down here, they’re not going to stop. No matter what we do, this community cannot handle the hell that these people bring. No matter how many officers we put up there, their lives are going to be in danger. They have shown they don’t care about anybody’s lives or property. These people have proven that they don’t care. Baltimore City is a prime example of what they can do. We do not want Ocean City to be a bunch of abandoned homes and businesses. This is a family community and families deserve better, the voters deserve better and we do not need to put officers’ lives in danger. We need a more aggressive plan to handle this situation. Gehrig: We’ve had bad June’s, but this was the worst June I can remember. Last year felt better. I thought maybe we were turning a corner. Whatever reason was, and yes there probably was a perfect storm this June, but we can’t assume it’s going to go away. We can also assume the bad guys have discovered SEE PAGE 36


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Domestic Assault Repeated OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was charged with multiple counts of second-degree assault last week after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in separate incidents in late June and again in October. Around 7:55 p.m. on June 29, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the midtown area and was advised by Ocean City Communications a domestic assault was in progress in a vehicle traveling northbound on Coastal Highway in the area of 80th Street. The caller advised a male passenger, later identified as William Colberg, 51, of Ocean City, was actively punching the female driver. The witness continued to follow the vehicle and gave updates to the officer, telling the officer Colberg continued to punch the female victim as she was driving. OCPD officers made contact with the couple in the parking lot of their residence. The victim reportedly told police they had been at a West Ocean City restaurant and that Colberg had become intoxicated and at one point urinated outside, according to police reports. While the victim was in their vehicle, she reportedly told Colberg to stop urinating in public, which caused him to snap and he began yelling at her, according to police reports. During the drive home, the argument escalated and Colberg allegedly began to punch and kick the victim. At one point, Colberg allegedly kicked the windshield, causing it to crack. Since that alleged incident in June, the victim has reported the domestic ab-

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use has continued. Around 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 19, the OCPD officer met with the female victim to complete the investigation into the assault that had already occurred. The victim told the officer two days earlier on October 17, she had been assaulted by Colberg again. The victim said the couple was a bar when they bean to argue. The victim told police she left and got a ride home, but when she reached home, she found that Colberg had followed her. The victim reportedly told police when they began to argue, Colberg reportedly began striking her in the head and torso. The victim told the officer she believed her rib was broken, but that she did not require medical assistance. Based on the totality of the two incidents, Colberg was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

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was arrested for malicious destruction of property last week after allegedly throwing rocks at an uptown business. Around midnight on Tuesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of the Starbucks at 112nd Street and was typing a report when a loud bang was heard. The officer looked around and did not initially determine what caused the loud noise, which sounded like two hard objects hitting each other, according to police reports. The officer went back to typing the reports and heard the same loud bang two more times. The officer reportedly moved the patrol vehicle closer and observed a suspect later identified as Albert Dennis, 39, of Ocean City, holding fist-sized planter’s rocks in both hands while facing the Starbucks. According to police reports, the officer observed Dennis hiding behind a bush on the sidewalk east of the business before throwing another rock at the

October 30, 2020 coffedhouse window. When Dennis saw the officer, he dropped his remaining rocks and started to walk away. When the officer approached Dennis, he reportedly put his hands up in a “don’t shoot” motion, according to police reports. The officer motioned for Dennis to come back and he complied. According to police reports, Dennis exhibited signs of intoxication. Dennis reportedly told police he had too much to drink at a bar at 131st Street and told the officer he was walking home and wanted to throw rocks at Starbucks and other businesses. He reportedly told the officer he had only thrown rocks at the coffee shop so far. Dennis reportedly told the officer, “It was my fault,” and “That was my mistake.” The officer went to assess the damage and found three large planter’s rocks in the patio in front of the Starbucks door. The rocks were reportedly part of the landscaping in the business’s patio area. The officer observed three gouges and scratches in the door of the business. In front of the door, there was one fist-sized rock and three smaller fragments of the same rock. According to police reports, it appeared the rock was thrown so hard that it broke into smaller fragments. Dennis reportedly admitted throwing multiple rocks at the business. He was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property and intoxicated endangerment.

Arrest After Bike Crash OCEAN CITY – A local man was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly crashing his bicycle into a parked vehicle. Around 10:10 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to the area of Bayshore Drive for a requested welfare check. Upon arrival, the officer met with an individual, later identified as John Kelley, 68, of Ocean City, who appeared to be intoxicated, according to police reports. Next to Kelley was a bicycle with the handlebars bent sideways. Witnesses told police they heard a loud bang and walked to the area where they located Kelley face down on the ground with his bicycle on top of him, according to police reports. Near Kelley was reportedly a parked vehicle with rear-end damage. The witnesses reportedly told police they believed Kelley had crashed into the parked vehicle with his bike. The officer observed and recorded the damage to the parked vehicle. While OCPD officers were attempting to contact the vehicle’s owner, Kelley reportedly became disorderly and screamed “police brutality” at the officers. Kelley reportedly tried to walk away, but when he was advised he was being detained, that only angered him further. According to police reports, he stumbled and used a wobbly fence to support himself to keep from falling. He also resisted arrested and reportedly assaulted the officers atSEE NEXT PAGE


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tempting to take him into custody. He was ultimately charged with seconddegree assault, resisting arrest, intoxicated endangerment and DUI and DWI.

Jail Time For Assault OCEAN CITY – A Philadelphia man arrested on multiple charges In August after first assaulting his sister and then battling with police attempting to load him into a transport van pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to 12 days in jail. Around 12:35 a.m. on Aug. 18, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a motel at 16th Street for a reported assault that had just occurred. Upon arrival, an OCPD officer met with a female victim who had been lying on a bed, drinking alcohol and listening to music with her brother, identified as Joseph Bryant, 34, of Philadelphia, who had assaulted her. The victim reportedly told police Bryant began yelling about being assaulted as a child and then struck her with a liquor bottle. The victim told police Bryant than grabbed a lamp and struck her with it, and then again with her walker. The victim told officers Bryant then fled the second-floor room and went to hide in a room on the first floor, according to police reports. OCPD officers located Bryant in a room on the first floor. Bryant was reportedly attempting to sneak out the back of the first-floor room while OCPD officers were knocking on the door. OCPD officers were able to place Bryant under arrest, but he did not go easily. According to police reports, Bryant told the officers they were going to have to carry him to the transport van and let his body go limp and laid on the ground. OCPD officers attempted to pick Bryant up, but he continued to resist, according to police reports. OCPD officers physically carried Bryant to the transport van and laid him in the vehicle on his back, but he reportedly braced his legs against the middle divider wall and attempted to push himself out of the van. The attempts to secure Bryant in the transport van went on for several minutes and even his family members pleaded with him to stop resisting. Bryant was reportedly warned if he did not stop resisting, he would be pepper-sprayed, and that is just what happened next, according to police reports. Bryant still refused to stop fighting with police and was able to use his legs to push himself out of the van and onto the ground again, according to police reports. All in all, Bryant was charged with five counts of assault, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order. This week, he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault and resisting arrest and was sentenced to 12 days in jail.

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OCEAN CITY – Apparently there was confusion for some this week about the inability to vote early in-person for the Ocean City municipal election. At different times throughout the week, Worcester County residents lined at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to vote early in person for the state and national election set for next Tuesday. What Ocean City residents found, however, is that was not an option to vote early in-person for the municipal election also slated for next Tuesday. This summer it was learned Worcester County’s traditional early voting center at the Gull Creek Senior Living Community in Berlin would likely not be available in this election year because of the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the state Board of Elections began a search for a facility that met Maryland’s early voting requirements. The facility must be located within 10 miles of 50% of the county’s registered voters, while being large enough to accommodate safe distancing and other COVID directives. The Ocean City convention center’s bayfront ballroom met the requirements and was chosen to host the county’s early voting center. Early voting at the convention center began on Monday and the facility will be open for early voting each day, including Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Monday. However, Ocean City residents hoping to kill two early voting birds with one stone do not have the option of casting their ballots in the municipal election. Councilman Matt James broached the subject at the close of Tuesday’s work session. “Councilman [Mark] Paddack went to vote early and he voiced concern there was no early vote option for the municipal election,” he said. “Going forward, we should really send something out reminding people if they did vote early for the national election, they still need to come back to vote in the municipal election on Tuesday.” The federal and state elections are both being held independently at the convention center next Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The state and federal election will be held in the upstairs ballroom, while the municipal election will be held in Hall A. City Clerk Diana Chavis said interest has been robust for absen-

tee ballots, but there was not much interest shown for early voting in the municipal election. “I haven’t seen much interest in inperson early voting,” she said. “I have received 210 absentee ballots already. We have tried early voting in the past without much interest.” James said there appeared to be some confusion because the county’s early voting center was moved this year from Gull Creek to the convention center because of COVID concerns. “In a traditional year, it probably wouldn’t be a problem,” he said. “This might be the new way of doing things going forward.” Council Secretary Mary Knight said she had received calls from concerned residents. “I got five calls just on Monday,” she said. “People were asking me why they couldn’t vote early for the municipal election.” Chavis agreed the change of venue was the likely source of the confusion and said she would get the word out to local residents through social media or a press release in the waning days of the early voting period. “We don’t typically have early voting at the convention center,” she said. “That’s why you’re probably hearing the confusion.” Like almost everything else, voting in Tuesday’s municipal election in Ocean City will be a little different this year. Gone will be the traditional booths with voters going behind the curtain and pulling the levers for their favored candidates. Instead, the town’s Board of Supervisors of Elections are anticipating a large majority of voters to cast their ballots by mail through the absentee ballot process because of the lingering COVID-19 concerns. The process on election day itself in Ocean City will be different in other ways this year because of COVID. For example, the traditional voting booths will be replaced with paper ballots filled out at tables in the convention center and fed into scanning machines. The change is largely in the interest of public safety. Voters will be able to distance socially and each will be provided with his or her own pen, for example. Masks will be required and eliminating the old voting booths will limit interaction and prevent board members and staff from cleaning and disinfecting SEE NEXT PAGE


Hearing On Capital Budget Scheduled

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SALISBURY – A deferral of two capital projects could allow the county to pay for a roof replacement at its government office building. Last week, the Wicomico County Council agreed to hold a public hearing to amend the capital budget for fiscal year 2021. Finance Director Pam Oland told county leaders the amendment would defer engineering evaluation at the old courthouse and permits and inspections for the government office building in order to fund a roof replacement project using pay-go funds. “In the fiscal 2021 budget, the council approved funding for the roof out of general obligation bond new money,” she said. “In making the decision as to what was going to be bonded this year, the decision was this was not the best use of bond proceeds and that we would look at reallocating some pay-go money that had been allocated to other projects.” Oland told the council the roof replacement project was a shared cost between the county and the City of Salisbury. With a total cost of nearly $188,000, the county’s portion for the project would come in at $93,880. “We received favorable pricing, and that is why we are asking for this to move forward,” she said. “Plus, it is a needed repair to this building.” Councilman Bill McCain agreed. “I think it’s a very good decision and something that should be a pay-go project …,” he said. “I thank you for what you’ve done here.” While he didn’t disagree with the amendment, Councilman John Cannon said he would like to see a breakdown of the county’s debt obligations. “In the long term, I would like to personally see a breakdown of where we are and the sustainability of the county in our loans, pay-go and reserves,” he said. “We’ve had so many transfers in the last couple of years it would be comforting to know how sustainable all of our debt obligations are going to be over the next five to 10 years.” After further discussion, the council scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

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Officials Discuss To How Fund Public Safety Complex

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SALISBURY – A discussion on how the construction of a new public safety complex could impact the county’s finances highlighted a council meeting last week. In a work session last week, the Wicomico County Council met with Finance Director Pam Oland and Acting County Executive John Psota to discuss how the county could fund the construction of a new public safety building, to be located on an eight-acre site at the corner of Westwood Drive and Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury. While the county had initially planned for a $10 million project, officials were surprised to learn late last month that the new facility would cost significantly more.

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To that end, the county’s administration was tasked with evaluating ways to fund the construction, as well as the impact the project would have on other capital projects moving forward. “To be clear, there is an identified need for this public safety building project,” Psota said last week. “The purpose of this presentation is to fulfill our responsibility to provide the prospective impact that the capital projects listed could have on our future debt management and our

future borrowing capacity. “ In the fall of 2018, a feasibility study was completed for the new public safety complex. And that November, the county purchased an eight-acre site on which to build the facility. The first phase of the project, which would be the construction of a new Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, includes roughly 58,000 square feet at an estimated cost of nearly $28 million. The second phase, which would be the con-

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struction of an emergency services department and 911 call center, includes 20,000 square feet at an estimated costs of nearly $8 million. But when the designs and cost estimates were presented to the council last month, many were quick to share their concerns regarding the scope of the project. While the county had allotted funds in its capital improvement plan (CIP) for a new sheriff’s office, officials said it did not include an emergency services center. They added that they did not anticipate a $28 million price tag for the sheriff’s office. “We’ve never been updated until this point …,” Councilman Ernie Davis said at the time. “You drop it in our lap at the last minute … That’s why the money isn’t there.” Oland told the council last week the administration has since conducted an analysis of the county’s available debt service. She noted the county would need to borrow roughly $19.6 million to fully fund the public safety building project. But with a handful of other major projects, Oland said the county would reach its borrowing limit within five years. “Over five years, if we funded every single one of these projects, we would need $95 million to borrow …,” she said. “We will have tapped out on all of our borrowing capacity on five departments and not be able to borrow for any other general fund project at the current estimates.” Oland noted the county had tough decisions moving forward as it developed the CIP for fiscal years 2022-2026. “The council and administration is trying to make a decision on the public safety building,” she said. “So we are trying to give a broader picture of what the public safety building’s impact – at the number it’s currently listed – has on the county’s finances as a whole.” Councilman John Cannon noted the CIP would have to be reworked if the county were to move forward with the public safety complex project. “This project is already moving forward, so I think we have to figure out how we can make it work,” he said. “In doing so, we need to know how we are going to stretch our dollars and that’s the information we are going to need from the administration.” The council agreed to continue its discussion on funding for the public safety building after the coming year’s CIP is submitted to the legislative body in December. Officials also encouraged another meeting with the project’s architects to discuss the scope of work. “Square footage needs to be talked about …,” Councilman Bill McCain said. “Is there a way to do some modifications that could save some significant dollars?” When asked the timeline for breaking ground on the project, Purchasing Agent Nicolas Rice said it would be in fiscal year 2022 at the earliest. “We have the funding to finish the design of the building, but we wouldn’t be able to start the construction of the building until we have the full $28 million for the construction of the building,” he said.


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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) detectives late this week were still trying to identify the deceased individual found on the beach at 14th Street early Tuesday morning. Around 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Ocean City Public Works crews, who were surveying the beach due to the recent oil spill in Delaware, reported discovering the deceased body of an adult male in the surf off 14th Street. OCPD detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division’s Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and began an investigation at the scene to determine the identity of the victim and the circumstances surrounding his death. Access to the beach in that area was closed off four hours on Tuesday morn-

ing. The deceased’s body was removed from the beach later on Tuesday afternoon and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. As of Thursday afternoon, the victim’s identity had not yet been determined and the results of the autopsy had not yet been determined, according to OC PD Deputy Communications Manager Ashley Miller on Thursday. “I spoke with the detectives this morning regarding the 14th Street incident,” she said. “At this time, we are still trying to identify the gentleman. The investigation is ongoing, and we are waiting to hear back from the Medical Examiner’s office.” Anyone that may have been in the area and believes he or she has information related to the case is urged to contact the OCPD at 410-723-6610. Callers may remain anonymous.

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BERLIN – Authorities continue to seek leads Thursday in locating the suspect in a local bank robbery. At approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office responded to the Taylor Bank branch in West Ocean City in regard to an in-progress bank robbery. Investigators with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation were contacted to assume the investigation. It was learned a Caucasian suspect dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt and mask entered the front entrance of Taylor Bank and approached a teller in the lobby. The suspect handed a note over to the teller demanding cash. The suspect ultimately left Taylor Bank with an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect was last observed on foot heading west from Taylor Bank. The suspect was last seen wearing a long-sleeve black shirt with white writing on the left sleeve, black sweat

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Shorebirds Seek Amendment To County Concessions Agreement

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Canceled Season Leads To Request

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SALISBURY – The Delmarva Shorebirds team is seeking to change its lease agreement with the county after its 2020 season was canceled. In a work session last week, Delmarva Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters came before the Wicomico County Council seeking an amendment to its concessions agreement for the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. “Our goal is to make this request and still make the agreement whole essentially over a period of time,” he said. Bitters said he’s requested the county waive the team’s $100,000 commitment for amusement tax payment for the 2020 season and accept the $55,239 that it had already collected for the year. He also asked that the county reduce its $100,000 minimum for the 2021 season to $44,761. “The new minimum would become the difference of the $100,000 and the $55,239 that was already paid to Wicomico County,” he said.

In return, Bitters said the team would waive its 2020 electricity savings agreement – which comes as a benefit to the Shorebirds – and extend its concessions agreement with the county an additional year. “Instead of expiring in 2037, it would expire in 2038,” he said. Councilman John Cannon questioned if other Minor League Baseball teams were making similar requests. “I’m sure we’re not the only ones faced with this …,” he said. “Are they requesting similar arrangements with government entities?” Bitters noted that most teams were reevaluating their lease agreements with municipalities after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the season. “This is a pretty common request in our industry at this point in time,” he said. Councilman Bill McCain said he supported Bitters’ request. “I think the request you are making is very fair, is temporary in nature,” he said, “and also given the fact you all offered to extend the agreement out another year to make up for it, I think it’s a very fair request.” When asked what the electricity savings agreement waiver would save the county, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Director Steve Miller said it could range from $6,000 to $10,000. “So that would be a savings for this year,” he said. Cannon questioned if the Shorebirds had sought CARES Act funding or any other financial assistance. “Chris is in the process with the county officials that administer that program and pursuing what options there are,” Miller replied. With no further discussion, the council agreed to schedule a public hearing on the proposed amendments at its Nov. 17 meeting. “From what they contribute to this community, I think it’s a small price to ask,” Cannon said. The council last week also agreed to hold a public hearing on a proposed fiveyear lease extension between the county and the Eastside Youth Sports Complex in Willards. Miller said the lease, which began in 1999, expired last year. He noted the county was interested in renewing the contract. “From the county’s perspective, we hold a number of leases with volunteer groups and the Eastside is at the top of the list as far as the care and responsibility they take in the facility …,” he said. “We feel they do an excellent job.” The public hearing will also be held on Nov. 17.


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The OC Lioness recently presented a $250 check to Sandra Winter from 4 Step Therapeutic Riding located in Parsonsburg. Also pictured are OC Lioness President Bev Topfer and Vice President Lori Wagman.


Wicomico School Reverts To Virtual

October 30, 2020

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

SALISBURY – A Wicomico County elementary school returned to virtual instruction this week after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS) announced Fruitland Primary School would shift to virtual learning beginning Oct. 26 after reporting a positive COVID-19 case and a person with COVID-19-like symptoms in the staff. The building will reopen to hybrid instruction on Nov. 9. “The school is immediately shifting to virtual learning for the next two weeks as a health and safety precaution,” a statement from WCPS reads. “School families and staff were informed by a call from the school principal Sunday evening.” As soon as Wicomico Schools became aware of the positive case and the possible case, School Health Services followed established protocols and reported both cases to the Health Department, which monitors COVID-19 case numbers. Contact tracing was immediately conducted. “Despite staff members and students having followed COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, there were a number of staff members and students who were close contacts late last week of one of the two people affected,” the statement reads. “All of these close contacts must now begin a 14-day quarantine period. (The quarantine could end sooner for close contacts of the person with COVID-19-like symptoms if that person tests negative.)” WCPS announced it had already contacted individuals who had close contact with the two cases and had informed all families and staff associated with Fruitland Primary. “Extensive cleaning and disinfecting will be done throughout the school building, which is anticipated to reopen for hybrid instruction on Monday, Nov. 9,” the statement reads. “While the school building is closed, Fruitland Primary will not serve as a meal site. Meal bundles may be picked up at any Wicomico school, including nearby Fruitland Intermediate and Bennett Middle.” School system staff and students take a prescreening health questionnaire each day before reporting to a school or worksite, according to WCPS. They are also required to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times while in a school or on a school bus and must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more whenever possible. “While these measures are designed to minimize the spread of the virus, no method of prevention or protection is guaranteed to be 100% effective,” the statement reads. This week’s announcement comes as schools across Wicomico County invite kindergarten students back into the classroom. Using a hybrid learning model, the first group of kindergarten students returned to school on Oct. 26, while another group is expected to return on Oct. 29.

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – The Worcester County Board of Education will see two new faces following next week’s election. Voters will choose from Rodney Bailey and Donald Smack Sr. in District 2 and from Jon Andes and Angie Phukan Chatelle in District 3. Neither of the incumbents, Sara Thompson in District 3 and Barry Brittingham in District 2, are seeking reelection. In District 5, incumbent Elena McComas is running unopposed. Smack, who retired as head custodian after 30 years of working at Ocean City Elementary School, said he wants to represent the community on the school board to share any concerns or ideas. “I decided to run for a love of the children,” he said. “I think people should vote

for me because I have 30 years of experience with the school district and I was a member of the union, fighting for the rights of teachers and support staff.” In District 3, which has been represented by Thompson for more than 20 years, Andes is hoping to use his more than three decades of experience in education to take over her role. Andes served as superintendent of Worcester County’s public schools for 16 years before retiring in 2012. He’s spent the past eight years teaching at Salisbury University. “I believe my experience in working in public education can provide support and help as we address the challenges of distance learning, virtual learning and a return to regular school programming,” he said. Andes knows the importance of rural school systems and wants to help make sure each student had an opportunity to

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“excel and thrive.” “This community has been so good to me I wanted to give back to the community by helping our school system become even better,” he said. Chatelle, according to her website, has taught classes at Delaware’s Lifelong Learning Center and currently teaches at Wor-Wic Community College. On her website Chatelle addresses the issues of testing, school safety, college alternatives and overall priorities. “I love auditing and making improvements,” she wrote. “I will review financial and non-financial aspects of our education system to remove redundancy and waste, and find areas that need more resources and attention. I also will advocate for better internet and transportation needs for off campus experiences, even if that means telling Annapolis we need more money for public works projects.”


Maryland Joins Three-State Offshore Wind Coalition

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – While two offshore wind projects off the coast of Ocean City continue to chug through the approval and implementation phases, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Thursday a three-state agreement with North Carolina and Virginia to spur further offshore wind development. Hogan joined the governors of Virginia and North Carolina on Thursday in announcing a three-state collaboration to advance offshore wind projects in the region and promote the mid-Atlantic and the southeast as a hub for offshore wind energy. The announcement comes as two projects off the coast of Ocean City, including the US

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Developer Applauds Partnership

Wind and Skipjack projects, continue to move forward. It’s uncertain at this point what, if anything, the three-state partnership means for those projects. At least one of the developers of two of the ongoing offshore wind projects off the coast of Ocean City was already applauding Maryland’s joining of the three-state coalition on Thursday. “Maryland has been a leader in offshore wind since the passing of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013,” said Brady Walker, Mid-Atlantic Market Manager for Ørsted. “Today’s announcement will help to move the

American offshore wind industry forward in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Ørsted applauds this forwardthinking approach from Governors Hogan, Northam and Cooper, and we’re excited to engage with their effort to grow this new American industry.” The creation of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, or SMART-POWER, provides a framework for the three states to cooperatively promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy and the accompanying industry supply chain and workforce.

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Specifically, the three states agree to form a SMART-POWER leadership team with representatives from each state that will work to streamline the development of regional offshore wind resources. “Maryland has been leading the charge when it comes to real, bipartisan, common sense solutions and we are proud to continue setting an example for the nation of bold environmental leadership,” said Hogan on Thursday. “Joining this multi-state partnership to expand offshore wind development will further our strong record of supporting responsible energy projects that provide jobs, clean air benefits, and energy independence.” As southeast and mid-Atlantic states become a focus for offshore wind developers and supply chain companies, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia recognize that the fast-growing, global offshore wind industry has significant potential to drive economic development and job creation as well as reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollutants. According to the United States Department of Energy, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments, and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030. “Offshore wind development combined with our strong solar capacity will bring more high paying, clean energy jobs to North Carolina while we continue to ramp up our fight against climate change,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “This bipartisan agreement with neighboring states allows us to leverage our combined economic power and ideas to achieve cost effective success.” Through this partnership, the three states have committed to work together to increase regulatory certainty, encourage manufacturing of component parts, reduce project costs through supply chain development, share information and best practices, and promote synergy. “Harnessing the power of offshore wind is key to meeting the urgency of the climate crisis and achieving 100% clean energy by 2050,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “Virginia is wellpositioned to scale up offshore wind development with a 12-megawatt wind demonstration project already built off our coast. This agreement will help unlock our collective offshore wind resources and generate tremendous economic and environmental benefits for the region. We look forward to working with our partners in Maryland and North Carolina to grow the offshore wind industry and secure a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient future.” Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia have access to vast resources and assets, such as deepwater ports and transportation infrastructure, toptier universities and research institutions, and highly trained workforces, to support the offshore wind industry and supply chain efficiently develop along the Atlantic Coast.


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… Incumbents, Council Hopefuls Discuss June Crime

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FROM PAGE 22 Ocean City, so we have to assume they’re coming back. We can’t enforce our way out of it. That’s dealing with the symptoms and not the problem. Some people say it’s the seniors, but it’s not really the seniors. I’m going to use this analogy. You know, I was a senior and graduated from high school and came here and acted like a fool, but I didn’t get arrested or thrown in jail or had guns confiscated out of my car. Most of the seniors are just normal people like me and now I’m here living in Ocean City with my family and I have a business and hire employees, and I’m a councilman and involved in the community and that all started with me being a senior and having fun in Ocean City. I wanted to keep coming back as I grew up. We have people who prey on these seniors. We have this pure, innocent plain full of gazelles running around and hopping around and having fun and then a lion stumbles upon them and got some easy meat. He went back and told all the other lions, and now we have a bunch of lions in our plain. It’s in June, but it can certainly spread. We’ve dealt with other issues at different times of the year with enforcement, but we have to deal with the lions and what they prey on. I’ve been saying this for the last four years on the council, but this goes back to when I was president of the chamber of commerce. We have to sell our way out of it. Sales isn’t sitting in a chair, sales is being out on the streets. For my family, our big vacation is June. When the kids get out of school, we pick them up, we throw the bags in the back of the car and we’re off. We’re built for that, you know, being three hours away from 50 million people. We built for being that school’s out celebration spot and I think we need to go sell that. We need to really open the city up and welcome K through 12, not just 12. We need to fill the city up with second- and third-graders and sixth-graders and kindergartners and 10th-graders. We fill it up and we get the hotels to sponsor schools and we have banners and movies on the beach and we repurpose our family beach Olympics and create competitions with other schools. Then, we get the kids to put pressure on their parents. Hey, Tommy is going to the beach or Tommy is going to Ocean City and so is Jimmy, so we have to go to the beach. Then, they come here for three or four days, or maybe longer. So, from the middle of May through the third week of June, we can be filling our city with families, but it takes sales to do that. We need a salesperson to go out and press the flesh, strike these deals and work with the hotels. Sports is certainly part of it. It's a big tournament time and that can certainly be part of it too. Even if we did fill it up, the gang members, aren't going to go away. You know, they're here to hook up with girls, they're here to sell their drugs and steal and terrorize. They're not going to go away the first year or two, so there will be a transition period where we'll have families on the boardwalk with gangs. So, we're going to have to have enforcement measures. We may need to close the Boardwalk. A lot of the staff members who work on the Boardwalk are terrified when

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Pictured at last week’s town hall forum, top row from left, The Dispatch’s Shawn Soper and Steve Green and Councilman John Gehrig; middle row, Councilman Tony DeLuca and candidates Frank Knight and Peter Buas; and bottom row, Mayor Rick Meehan, Daniel Hagan and Nico Eastman. File Photo

they get off work, so we might have to close the Boardwalk early. The bad guys won't listen, but at least the good guys will, and then we can keep our eyes on them in one place without having any innocent people. So anyway, economic development is our way out of it, for sure. We can beat it. We have the market, we have the location, we're made for this. We just have to go attack. Eastman: The June crime I hope was an anomaly that had a lot to do with coronavirus, government checks and a pentup energy from being locked up in houses for so long. I always like to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. What we saw in June, that’s what prompted me to run for city council. I know I can make a difference in this area with my degree in criminology. I think I learned a lot in school that I could apply to Ocean City and make our town a lot safer. Ocean City south of 32nd Street has been declared an economic opportunity zone and people need to be held accountable for that. This issue is a lot bigger than just June. What’s occurring is there are vacant properties, there is trash on the ground, there’s loud music in June. These small crimes, unattended houses, this is when people think they can take advantage of our city and hurt us, for lack of a better term. What I would like to see is for us to implement the broken window theory, much like Rudy Guiliani did in New York City, which was continued by Mike Bloomberg but unfortunately was totally disregarded by the current Mayor Bill DiBlasio. If we did that, it would a long way to making June a place for families and making this a town I know we all want to live in. DeLuca: I support the long-term repurposing of June with a really strong event and with our new marketing VP. I was on the strategic plan group in 2017 and we talked about it all the time. We kind of talked through this whole thing and presented a plan that’s finally coming to fruition. But until that happens, I have a view that’s not supported by many people. I really think we need to test a curfew on the Boardwalk after 11 p.m. in the four weeks of June. Buas: The first thing we need to recognize is this is not a new phenomenon.

This June crime has been building for years. Of course, this year is exceptional due to COVID and federal assistance and just general unrest. In that spirit, I think it’s equally important we recognize that this problem is not going to get solved overnight. We’re going to have to make incremental changes over the next couple of years to actually get this fully under control. This building behavior is actually threatening the viability of the visitors we actually want to bring to town. I think we need to improve in a couple of areas. The first would be presence. This presence includes police officers, but I think it also includes public safety and public works. So, we need to make sure we’re giving all three groups the tools they need for success. An interesting example from a couple of months ago, the OCPD presented a request for a utility vehicle that would be used on the beach. It’s actually a pretty cool looking utility vehicle, but the argument is they can get from point to point pretty quickly. That was denied for budget concerns, which I can certainly appreciate, but I think we should have approved that. Frankly, I think we should add a couple more. What I would like to see happen downtown, when I’m talking about presence is the OCPD, but really also public safety on the streets serving three main purposes. One is keeping an eye on the community, making calls when there’s an issue. Two, making sure the community stays clean, especially downtown. Three, downtown is a great spot for our tourists to visit. Any questions? Talk to a public safety officer, directions, attractions, all that kind of stuff. They serve three specific assets. In addition, I want to see an infusion of full-time residents, especially downtown. I think we can also figure out a way to incentivize primary home ownership. And more than that, we can also figure out a way to incentivize year-round tenancy. I don’t think it has to be home ownership. When people live in the area full-time, they take care of the community. They make calls and when there’s an issue, they watch out for their neighbor. That’s the type of stuff we need to be encouraging. I also think we need to sell June. I think we need to get someone on the staff

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that sells to the events that bring the people we want into June and fill it with the right people. And then naturally, the people we don’t want here aren’t going to come anymore because it’s a familyfriendly sort of environment and they don’t have fun. Meehan: I agree with a lot of what’s been said by everybody that has spoken before I did. You know, one thing we need to remember is we lost all of our events. We lost the Maryland State Fireman’s Convention, we lost the MML convention. We lost our beach soccer tournament, we lost the air show and we lost the Ravens’ beach bash. We lost all of those events, and that is one of the reasons that there were so many rooms. On top of the fact that due to COVID, many of our visitors that would normally come decided not to travel. That created a vacuum and that was part of the problem, so hopefully as we turn this corner, we’re going to get those events back and that, in itself, will make a huge difference, but you’re right. We need to continue to look for those types of events, expand some of those events, sporting events in particular that time of year. It doesn’t have to be just here if you look at all of the availability of fields we have. I know we’re talking about building a sports complex, which I certainly hope we do, and I hope we work with the county and do it right. But if you just go over to West Ocean City and you look at all of those beautiful soccer fields behind the church, if you look at Northside Park, if you look at the other schools and all of the fields in Worcester County, we have the ability now to host those types of tournaments. That’s what we should be looking at because those are great types of business because families come with their kids that are on a team and it multiplies the number of visitors. So, I hope we really do concentrate on that. I do want to say something about enforcement. You know, it was a really difficult time, not just because of COVID, but because of what was happening around the country. Unfortunately, the world around us has changed and Ocean City is not immune to all of those changes. But what I can tell you, contrary to what I have heard is the OCPD never stood down. The OCPD stood strong and they prevented some of those problems that we saw from expanding and becoming the same type of problems you saw in other areas. We didn’t have those types of problems, but we always have to be cognizant that could happen, but they didn’t happen here and I think the Ocean City Police Department should be recognized for that. We’re going to have a good plan in place. We can’t take for granted that just because some things are going to return to normal, that a number of these individuals are not going to return and we have to be prepared for it. Public safety should be our number-one priority always, We want people to feel confident when they come to Ocean City. We want to make sure when they come here, they feel safe and they feel comfortable to go out and about. We have a big job ahead of us and we have a challenge. That’s what we’re going to have to concentrate on the rest of this winter.


Boardwalk E-Bike Ban Decided By Divided Council

October 30, 2020

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Despite some passionate last-ditch pleas to sway opinion, the majority of the Ocean City Council approved on second and final reading a prohibition on electronic bikes, or ebikes, on the Boardwalk, putting an end to the contentious issue. The Mayor and Council had before them Oct. 19 the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the use of any e-bikes on the Boardwalk. For the last month or so, the elected officials have been debating if e-bikes should be allowed on the Boardwalk at any time, and if so, how should they be regulated. At each level and following each discussion, the outcome has been the same 4-3 vote with Council President Lloyd Martin, Council Secretary Mary Knight, and Councilmen Tony DeLuca and Dennis Dare in favor of the prohibition of e-bikes on the Boardwalk. The ordinance came up one last time last week for second and final reading and the outcome was the same 4-3 vote, despite impassioned pleas from the dissenters to reconsider. For DeLuca, the decision came down to three essential points. “Our police department recommends prohibiting them,” he said. “You can’t differentiate between the various classes. Why would we ask our police to enforce something when they can’t tell the difference? Finally, the calls and emails I’ve received on this issue are three-to-one in favor of no motorized bicycles on the Boardwalk.” However, Councilman Mark Paddack said banning e-bikes from the Boardwalk was premature because they have existed for years and there is no evidence they cause any problems. “The state of Maryland has allowed these,” he said. “We have not had one documented accident up there relating to e-bikes. I will not be voting to approve this.” Councilman John Gehrig agreed there hasn’t been any evidence presented to suggest the e-bikes are any more dangerous than regular bikes on the Boardwalk and continued his call to

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simply monitor the situation for now before passing a broad-brush prohibition. “It’s not like we’re allowing them,” he said. “They’re already there. We can keep an eye on it. To ban something that doesn’t have a history of needing to be banned is premature.” Gehrig then turned his sights on DeLuca’s point about the difficulty for police to differentiate between the classes of e-bikes. “This is not about Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3, it’s about behavior,” he said. “Sure, it might be hard to differentiate, but there shouldn’t be a need to differentiate. If somebody is riding a pedal bike recklessly on the Boardwalk and putting other people at risk, they should be punished too.” Gehrig said passing the ordinance is essentially discriminating against an entire segment of the population that need the pedal-assisted bikes for regular exercise or to rehabilitate an injury, for example. “People want to use the Boardwalk, which is a top 10 Boardwalk in the world, right?” he said. “Basically what this ordinance does is say if you need to get out and get exercise and stay healthy, you live in one of the greatest places in the world with one of the best amenities in the country, but you can’t use it.” Gehrig said the alternative is inherently more dangerous. “Instead, we’re going to put you out on Coastal Highway where we do have documented cases of accidents, injuries and even deaths,” he said. “We’re forcing them, many of whom are senior citizens, or who have ailments and injuries

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where they need to get exercise, off the Boardwalk and onto the highway.” Councilman Dennis Dare, however, said the decision to ban e-bikes on the Boardwalk was a no-brainer for him. “To me, it’s simple,” he said. “Motorized vehicles don’t belong on the Boardwalk, with the emphasis on walk. It makes it that much more difficult to make the Boardwalk safe.” Dare took exception to the seemingly endless amount of time the elected officials have spent debating the e-bike issue. “We’ve spent more time on this debate then we have had on some very significant issues such as tourism, economic development, renovating Baltimore Avenue, tax differential and the list goes on and on,” he said. “We have serious issues that need to be solved and we dwell on this? That’s one of the reasons I decided not to run for City Council. We’re not focused on what we need to be focused on.” Gehrig agreed with the endless discussion of the e-bike issue, but for a different reason. “I agree,” he said. “Why we’re proactive on an issue like this makes no sense to me. This is where we plant our flag? This is where we take a stand? Why we choose what we choose to rise up and be bold about, I never understand it.” Local attorney and e-bike advocate Cullen Burke weighed in on the issue. Burke said his wife rides an e-bike because of a health issue and also brought along with him a longtime friend who also rides an e-bike because of multiple joint replacements. Burke said he can

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practically walk along with his friend on an e-bike because he goes so slow. “My wife rides her e-bike up there and I ride my regular bike and I really don’t see too many of them up there,” he said. “All of the sudden this issue comes up and it’s like the Hell’s Angels or the Pagans are coming to town. We just don’t have any empirical evidence that they cause problems.” Burke agreed with Gehrig’s assessment of the amount of time the council has devoted to the e-bike issue. “Sometimes, it seems like the council is frustrated they can’t put the clamps down on H2Oi or some other serious issue, so they take a stand against people riding a bike at 10 mph,” he said. “This is excluding people from a wholesome, healthy activity. The law is simply too broad.” Local resident Larry Yates agreed with Dare and the majority of the council and said DeLuca’s estimate of the ratio of those for and against the ban was likely too low. “I’ve heard both sides of this,” he said. “I’m a senior citizen and if I had to use one of these bikes, we have parks, we have bike paths and we have other alternatives,” he said. “I ride my bike up there two or three times a week and I’ve had a chance to ask a lot of people their opinion on this and I think the ratio is more like six-to-one against allowing these bikes up there.” In the end, the council voted 4-3 to approve the prohibition of e-bikes on the Boardwalk, bringing closure to an issue that has lingered for several weeks.


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Students

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In lieu of their annual fall field trip to a local farm, pre-kindergarten through second grade students were treated to an in-house field trip this year when Oakley’s Farm Market brought an outdoor Mobile Pumpkin Patch to Worcester Prep. Oakley’s owner/presenter Connie Oakley and presenter Marcy Disbennett, treated the children to a fun, interactive, agricultural lesson followed by hands-on educational activities including a wheat and corn station, a tractor photo booth and a pumpkin patch to select their own pumpkin. Above, kindergarteners Carter Merryman and Isla Pippin search for the perfect pumpkin to take home.

Berlin Intermediate School art teacher Sarah Perdue and students (on Zoom and in class) were investigating where value is shown on a three-dimensional pumpkin. Students will be using value on their pumpkin art inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Students pictured in class are Ryleigh Aydelotte and Payton Oates. Submitted Photos

Worcester Prep kindergartener Landon Moreland, left, enjoys playing at the corn station. Above right, Wesley DeVito poses for a photo in the tractor booth.

After a rigorous day of learning at Ocean City Elementary, students enjoyed some fitness time and warm sunshine on the playground. Pictured are first grader Diana Moreno Ricardo and PreK-3 student Morgan Connolly.

The Berlin Intermediate School Book Bus made its debut this fall. Media Specialist Stacy Lloyd is bringing the library to the students, making her first stop at Ashley Miller's fifth grade classroom. Tyliah Collins was able to visit the mobile library to check out a book.

Kindergarteners are pictured on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to take home.


Airport Water Main Extension Breaks Ground

October 30, 2020

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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SALISBURY – State and local leaders this week broke ground on the construction of a water main extension near the Salisbury airport. In a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, local leaders gathered together to celebrate the start of construction on the Ocean City-Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport water main extension project. “When completed, this project will extend for the first time a dedicated City of Salisbury water main from Wor-Wic Community College to the Salisbury airport to provide potable water to the airport facilities and on-site businesses,” said Wicomico County Airport Commission Chair Calvin Peacock. Nearly a year ago, the county secured more than $4 million in grants and lowinterest loans to run municipal water six miles from the community college water tower to the airport campus. In addition to delivering potable water to the facility, officials said the water main is expected to enhance fire protection and increase development potential of the airport’s business park. “Through the local partnerships, Wicomico County will install the water main and the City of Salisbury will maintain and operate the completed water system,” Peacock said. “This water system is one more step in providing the airport with the infrastructure needed for continuing business growth.” Airport Manager Tony Rudy explained the water main extension project would support the construction of hangers and buildings needed to grow the airport. “They can’t be built unless they have a fire suppression system …,” he said. “That’s really going to help the future growth of this airport, bringing these businesses in, bringing these large hangers in.” Construction on the water main extension began this month, Peacock said. And while the total project cost comes in at $4.7 million, the state of Maryland is providing $1.5 million in grant funding. Katherine McAllister of George, Miles & Buhr (GMB) said the project was years in the making. She explained her engineering firm had worked with the county on the water main extension since 2013. Now, as the project advances to the construction phase, McAllister said GMB would work alongside David A. Bramble, Inc., who was awarded the construction contract. “We hope to have it completed and live by fall 2021,” she said. Funding for the project is provided by the state of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We are really excited about this project finally getting underway here,” Rudy said. “It’s going to mean a lot to the airport.”

Pictured, from left, are Wicomico Councilmen Bill McCain and John Cannon, Delegate Wayne Hartman, Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, Salisbury Council President Jack Heath, Salisbury Acting Mayor Julia Glanz, Salisbury Councilwoman Michele Gregory, Acting County Executive John Psota and Senator Mary Beth Carozza. Submitted Photo


Halloween Events Held In Resort

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Trimper’s To Host Costume Dance Parties

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Participants in “The Great Pumpkin Race” are pictured managing through the rainy elements on Sunday. Below a Penn State University family sported the colors for the pet parade on Saturday. Submitted Photos

OCEAN CITY – Fun was had by all at 9th Annual O.C.Toberfest last weekend. To kick off the weekend, Friday night, Halloween fireworks filled the sky above the beach near North Division Street. Throughout the weekend over 5,000 experienced all the thrills of the giant Halloween Beach Maze, according to organizers. Children of all ages could enjoy a pleasant scream as they meandered the sands of the giant, bigger and better than ever,

beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, creepy clowns, zombies and more added to the excitement. While walking through the maze families could play the mask game and look for characters throughout the maze wearing a mask. The correct answer was eight. Another event that took place as part of the O.C.Toberfest events was the “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade” on the Boardwalk near North Division Street. Close to 200 pets showed up last Saturday dressed in their best costumes, including dogs, cats, a mini pony, a chicken, lizards and even a ferret! Participants traveled from six states plus Washington DC. Lots of trophies were awarded. Some of the crowd favorites included Chris & Katie Hauser from Middle River, Md., dressed as The Tiger King and Carol Baskin with all of their “tigers”; Sadie the golden retriever from Allentown Pa. dressed as Fisher’s Popcorn; Oshie the Chihuahua from Annapolis dressed as Tom Wilson in the penalty box; Layla, Jynx & Stitch, two

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Trimper’s month-long Thrills-N-Chills events wrap up this weekend with more an all-day ride package offered at $20 along with gremlins, goblins, witches and brooms. This weekend’s activities feature on Friday, Oct. 30, DJ BK-Zombie Dance Costume Party from 5-8 p.m. All costumes are welcome and there will be a prize for the best zombie costume. On Saturday, from 1-5 p.m., a family costume dance party will be held featuring trick-ortreating, a prize pack for best family costume, a costume parade and awards. Above some attendees enjoy dancing in their costumes at Trimper’s Rides while it was a dress-up affair for this family. Submitted Photos

cats and a dog, from Reedsville Pa. dressed as bathing beauties; and Ricky Clark, the pug, from Forest Hill, Md. dressed as a pilot in his plane. While the event was free to participate, donations of pet supplies and monetary donations were collected for the Worcester Humane Society. A complete list of winners can be found online, OCtoberfestMD.com. After the pet parade last Saturday, participants and spectators could sit back and watch the decorated cars parade down the Boardwalk for the Drive in Disguise. The parade ended in the Inlet parking lot with trunk or treating. Saturday evening families enjoyed a spooktacular drive-in movie, featuring Hocus Pocus in the Inlet Parking Lot with lots of Boardwalk snacks. The fun continued with “The Great Pumpkin Race” on Sunday. Even the rain and wind couldn’t stop 27 pumpkin

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racers, who competed in this wacky and zany side-by-side downhill race. Taking home first place in the Junior Division was Josh Smith from Bishopvill driving Bone, second place went to Tyler Shilling from Hampstead driving Tow Mater and third place went to Kelton and Keigan Carl from Crofton driving Pikachu. Taking home first place in the adult division was Ken and Michelle Nutwell from Newburg, Md., driving the Dino Dragster, second place went to Zachary Hilbert from North Versailles, Pa., driving the Spooky Cat with working lights and third place went to Frank Shilling from Hampstead, Md., driving Crabby Pop Pop. Trophies were also awards for creativity and designs. All O.C.Toberfest events were free thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Ocean City Mayor and City Council along with the Department of Tourism and Hotel Motel Restaurant Association.

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… Worcester Plans To Welcome Back All Students To School Next Month

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FROM PAGE 10 face to face classroom. Asynchronous work will be completed during designated times. Each classroom will have between one and five students joining virtually with their face to face class.” In his message to parents, Taylor said the Oct. 26 wave of students was a tipping point but that the school system would not in fact be using the “A week, B week” model outlined in the return plan. “Due to the incredible planning efforts and ingenuity of our school leaders and teachers we do not intend to move to the alternating week model,” Taylor said. “At this point that model would serve as more of a backward step in our recovery efforts and could possibly cause chaos and confusion for our families which is in no one’s best interest. I want to reassure you that our schools are planning with great detail how to use every inch of our school facilities to house all those students wanting to return while still observing the physical distancing guidelines from the CDC.” Taylor acknowledged however that distancing would be impacted on school buses as more kids returned to school. “We will be shifting to our one student

per seat model in order to accommodate this increase in students,” he said. “We realize this possesses a higher risk as we are not able to observe the recommended six-foot physical distancing, but we will remain as diligent as possible to keep our buses safe for all our students.” While Taylor credits the school system community for a successful return to schools during the pandemic, some parents have used social media to express their frustration with what they consider a lack of transparency. “Why is it not public knowledge that groups of students/staff have had to be sent home from SES, BES, OCES and SDHS?” one person wrote on the school system’s Facebook page. “Wicomico County schools, Accomack County schools, Dorchester county schools, Worcester Prep, Seaside Christian and Salisbury school all made their closures/cases/quarantines public knowledge. Why is WCPS not doing the same?” When asked about that, Sterrs said the situations referenced in Worcester County schools “are all related to COVIDlike illness.”

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department had a busy day last Sunday with a morning chimney fire at an uptown condominium and a boat and jet ski fire in West Ocean City later that evening. Around 10 a.m. last Sunday, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) was alerted to an unknown type of fire at a condo building on 72nd Street. Firefighters arrived on scene and found smoke conditions in a unit on the third floor. First-responders located an active fire contained to a fireplace where the damper to the chimney was closed. Firefighters put out the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher and removed smoke from the unit. With the change of seasons, OCFD Chief “None of these instances resulted in a positive case of COVID-19,” she said. “Second, the neighboring counties that this post refers to reported positive cases of COVID-19, and, as a result, a school(s)

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Preparing For Potential Pandemics

October 30, 2020

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BERLIN – If you think the economic decline due to the pandemic has been difficult for you personally, the big picture numbers may be even worse. Analysts project the total economic disruption could eventually cost between $9 trillion and $33 trillion. Many economists are advocating that the U.S. – and the world – make a concerted effort to prevent future pandemics. Much like indiKRISTIN vidual health care, the COANE cost for prevention is significantly less than the cost of treatment. In fact, the coronavirus has exposed many weaknesses in our infectiousdisease surveillance and ability to respond quickly and effectively. While state governments continue to work on their current response, many in the private sector are looking toward the future. Government attempts to revive the economy have been mixed. The quick efforts to roll out stimulus legislation to benefit consumers and small business ran into headwinds. Many states’ unemployment programs were not built to handle so many claims at once, resulting in delays and confusion. The application system for small business loans led to haphazard benefits, wherein many small employers lost out while large corporations, such as Shake Shack and the Los Angeles Lakers, received millions (although both companies returned the money). The pandemic has impacted nearly every household, business, organization and government agency in some way. At this point, it makes sense to evaluate how we’ve been affected and devise plans to help reduce the risks from similar situations moving forward. Even the Pentagon admits there are flaws in its system for protecting Americans. It recently began the process of rewriting its pandemic playbook for faster and more efficacious response efforts for this type of crisis in the future. It just goes to show that even the best-laid plans may not work when stress-tested in a real-life situation. It’s time we all take a deep breath, look at our current position, and determine where we want to be in the future. To some extent, we can rely on the investment markets to enhance our longterm financial futures, but we should set goals and make sure our portfolios remain well-diversified. Merrill recently re-assessed its portfolio models with guidance to actively rebalance back to original asset allocation targets. The wealth manager cautioned that markets tend to be more volatile during a presidential election,

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HOW WE SEE IT

Ocean City voters heading to cast their ballots in next week’s municipal election do not have a lot of choices to make, as the incumbent mayor is unopposed and there are only six candidates for the four open seats on the Ocean City Council. However, those facts do not mean this election is not important. We understand this is not an entirely exciting election in Ocean City with a mayoral race and more seasoned council candidates with a superior familiarity with the town and issues facing it. Nonetheless, what makes this election unique is the balance of power on the council is up for grabs more than ever in recent years, thanks largely to tenured council members Dennis Dare and Mary Knight, who are often on the same side of issues, opting against running for re-election. With Dare and Knight off the council, the council makeup will be in for a major change, no matter who gets elected next week. The current City Council is a divided group on numerous issues. Divided votes have been commonplace recently with this council. Last week’s vote on electric bikes on the Boardwalk illustrates the point in the most recent fashion. There was opposition to the prohibition of e-bikes from Councilmen John Gehrig, Matt James and Mark Paddack. They were outvoted by Council President Lloyd Martin, Knight, Dare and Tony DeLuca, who along with Gehrig are the two incumbents running to retain their seats. However, there have been at least a dozen issues of consequence in recent years when the council decided major issues with either a 4-3 or 5-2 vote. In April of 2019, the council voted 4-3 (Dare, Knight and James opposed) on a new contract with the firefighters/paramedics union because they differed on the proposed hybrid schedule that reinstated 24-hour shifts, which were dropped the year before. One month later, a 4-2 vote (with James and DeLuca opposed) decided the town’s budget that set the property tax rate slightly above the constant yield level, meaning property owners saw a slight increase in owed taxes to the municipality. Furthermore, for weeks in 2019, the council was embroiled in a stalemate over cell phone towers in residential neighborhoods. The vote was meaningless because the FCC said municipalities can not block the towers. It’s not just the weighty issues that divide this council, as another 4-3 vote (with Gehrig, James and DeLuca opposed) denied a bar owner’s request last summer to park a band’s tour buses in six public parking spaces. Last spring’s pandemic handling, specifically masks on the Boardwalk and sending the message for tourists to stay away, was also an issue that often divided this council, though the mayor held sway over most of those decisions by virtue of his executive power

rights. One month ago, another divided 4-3 vote (with Dare, Knight and DeLuca opposed) lifted the Boardwalk mask requirement enacted earlier in the summer. We offer this week’s endorsements after covering the incumbents over the course of their careers in office while also vetting the challengers through our town hall forum earlier this month as well as reviewing their backgrounds and qualifications and abilities to serve in a passionate manner. Mayor: Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, who has held the seat in 2006, tops the ballot and is unopposed. After 35 years in elected office in Ocean City, Meehan remains a calm, influential and rational leader. In addition to his elected office experience, Meehan has been interim city manager for 17 months on two separate occasions. His dedication to Ocean City is unmatched. Meehan knows everything there is know about city operations and puts forward admirable leadership during media spots representing Ocean City. In recent times, these media spotlights are not always positive, such as this week’s oil spill, the pop-up chaos of September, the June crime wave and some heavy decisions made during the pandemic. We believe Meehan deserves another term in office. Looking ahead, the mayor has a lot to consider over the next two years. The time is coming soon for a new face to lead the town. He may be ready to hand over the leadership position he has held adeptly for more than three decades. We hope he is able to call his own shots and go out on his own terms when the time comes. We will see whether that’s 2022. In a situation akin to an accomplished professional athlete unsure of when to call it quits, we would prefer to see Meehan step away on his own accord rather than suffer a loss at the polls. Council: John Gehrig is an idea man seeking a second term. He pushes hard. Detractors may say he drives with too much fury at times and is too blunt, but the fact is he’s passionate, driven and confident. He admits to not being a polished politician who always says the right things at the right time. We view that as a positive, however. The truth is sometimes tough to hear. He believes Ocean City needs to diversify its tourism industry. He’s right. It’s been a long time. The future of tourism in Ocean City needs to change. He knows the beach and ocean will always be our niche, but sees the value in sports tourism and selling Ocean City. His approach to improving some concerning elements of Ocean City such as June crime as well as the pop up weekend is to move them out through more events. “We have to sell our way out of it,” he said this month. Gehrig, an accomplished 25-year business owner, is known around the area through numerous leadership duties with the chamber and the paramedics

foundation as well as coaching in youth recreation leagues. Ocean City needs a councilman with Gehrig’s resume as well as his ideals and passion. Council: Six-year Councilman Tony DeLuca brings a wealth of business experience and professional acumen to the council. He’s retired from 46-year as a corporate employee for the owner of the Taco Bell/KFC brand. He’s lived in Ocean City for 12 years but was a frequent visitor for many years beforehand. This residency coupled with his perspective as a visitor for decades equips him with a unique view of Ocean City. During his six years on the council, he has become known as the “bike guy” due to his desire to see a safe bike path throughout Ocean City. He’s also a “green guy,” as the leader of the town’s green team committee. We like DeLuca’s independent mind and willingness to go against the majority. During a conversation about June crime last week at our town hall forum, he said he was for trying a Boardwalk curfew during the trying month. He also proposed closing Baltimore Avenue during the pop-up rally. It’s these bold ideas and strong will that merit a return to the council. Council: Local attorney Peter Buas is suited well to be a successful councilman. Born and raised in the area and working in his family’s hospitality business before obtaining his law degree, Buas has the life experiences and professional background to be an immediate success on the council. It’s been many years since Ocean City had an elected official who grew up in the town and matriculated through early life here. His only time away from Ocean City was for higher learning. In the town hall we hosted earlier this month, Buas was the most succinct with his comments. He can articulate his views clearly with an obvious depth of thought. His legal background will also help on the council. Buas brings two unique backgrounds to the council – an attorney and born and raised local. Those are two intriguing perspectives within one person that have not been on the council in decades. We think Buas will make a tremendous councilman and deserves to be elected to his first term. Council: Frank Knight is prepared to be a productive elected official, having attended council meetings routinely for seven years and lived in Ocean City for 25 years. The desired council seat swap with his wife – who opted against reelection after 14 years – is unorthodox, but it’s clearly been planned. Knight’s familiarity with the town through his service as a town code enforcement official and member of the Board of Port Wardens and on the street performer task force provides him an opportunity to step in to a council seat without a need for orientation. As a retired business owner, he possesses the time and energy to devote to the demanding responsibilities of serving as a council person.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Franchise Deals’ Inequities Confirm Need For Change Editor: I have criticized the Mayor & City Council (M&CC) of Ocean City for the way they handled the pier franchise ordinance. They negotiated the repeal and replacement of the previous ordinance over an 18-month period, all behind closed doors, leaving the public completely out of the process. Maryland's Open Meetings Compliance Board found multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act, and has advised the City Council of those many violations in a scathing opinion issued on June 3, 2020. In addition to the way the City Council secretly negotiated the revised pier franchise agreement, I have questioned the financial compensation in the fee structure paid to the town as a result of the new deal. Upon learning of the new ordinance, I questioned whether the town is being adequately compensated for the pier franchise. Earlier on, I suggested that an independent audit and an independent appraisal be conducted to determine the true value of the franchise. Had the pier franchise been put out to bid, we would have learned what open market competition would have garnered for the town. The M&CC ignored my suggestions. The new ordinance changed the terms of the remaining 10 years of the original 50-year agreement set to expire in 2029. It further added at least 25 years to the previous term. During the first nine years of the new agreement, the franchisee pays $1,900,000. There was an initial fee of $1,000,000 to be paid in March of 2020, followed by an annual fee of $100,000 due on March 31, 2020 through March 31, 2028. Spread over the initial nine years, this amounts to the equivalent of a fee of $211,111.11 per year. Now, compare the average annual fee of the pier franchise for the first nine years to the Beach Equipment Rental Franchise fees. In 2020, 11 beach parcel operators paid the town a combined $1,318,493 in beach parcel fees to operate approximately four months in the summer. The Beach Photographer Franchisee pays $228,750.02 each summer during the current franchise agreement. Something is out of sorts. The current City Council created this inequity. Perhaps, the voters of Ocean City will see the need for change. Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr. Ocean City, MD 21842

Time For Change Part III Editor: I voted last Friday in our municipal election as a resident for the first time since arriving in 1954. I voted for change, I voted for Nico Eastman, Daniel Hagen and Peter Buas. Although I had doubts about Peter, I decided to give him a chance. I will explain later. First the mayor and the existing council spent over $6 million in tax dollars on advertising and brought every wretch on the planet to town this sum-

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mer. They didn’t deserve our vote. Peter Buas and Matt James are rich kids but most of their millennial cohort are not rich. Therefore, in an effort to level the playing field, I have donated money to Dan Hagen and Nick Eastman and believe they are good young capable men and more representative of the younger generation. They just don’t have money. They are not supported by the union. They don’t have as many signs as DeLuca, Gehrig or Buas and they are not being supported by the unions, but I am trying to help them level the playing field to give them a chance. They would be two out of seven good councilmen that are not in the current entrenchment. Let’s talk for a moment about Gehrig and DeLuca, neither of which I voted for. At least one of which will get in no matter what. The Buddy Jenkins Pier deal is being investigated by the state prosecutor. The investigation will take months. It was a terrible deal for the Town of Ocean City. Both DeLuca and Gehrig voted for it. Moreover, Gehrig, Mary Knight and Dennis Dare were on the committee that repeatedly met with Buddy Jenkins in closed session for 18 months and was cited for numerous violations. Both Mary and Dennis have jumped ship. Gehrig is the only one of three left seeking office, and he has sought no remorse for scandalous 25year lease which begins in eight years, John never entertained a single competing bid. Moreover, no one knew it was done in a back room. I could accept it easier if John Gehrig apologized and acknowledged that he made a mistake. Gehrig went into a passionate appeal for your votes, yet but his actions alone, we deserve an explanation that explains his mistake. Numerous violations have been cited by the State Open Meetings Commission. The State Prosecutor’s office is investigating. The entire council and mayor are complicit should it be determined to be a crime. The matter is with the state prosecutor for consideration. If a misdemeanor is charged against the mayor and the entire council still in office will have to resign If the prosecutor finds more serious violations, for example they received money, they will go to jail. Mayor Rick Meehan has been a longtime supporter of the Buddy Jenkins sweetheart deal. Rick, why aren’t you married? You’re not hiding any assets from the public, are you? Court Commissioner Joe Potter should be applauded for his courageous action submitting the original complaint to the prosecutor. DeLuca has been equally disappointing with his lengthy experience and keen understanding of business and costs I had expected him to be a louder voice on holding down spending and the present mismanagement unfortunately he wasn’t, often deferring to the mayor. Excuse me for saying so but Mayor Rick Meehan is as misplaced in business decisions as a turd in a punch bowl. Frank Knight and fake Mary are covSEE PAGE 46

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By Publisher/Editor Steve Green

It was naïve of Ocean City to think the Worcester County Health Department would bless the holding of a Christmas parade at this time. There were two online articles on the subject this week. The first story was posted Tuesday after the council meeting on Monday when the City Council voted 4-1 (with Councilman Dennis Dare opposed) to move forward with planning a modified Christmas parade on Dec. 5 if the health department supported the town’s plans to socially distance individuals and adhere to other pandemic-related rules. In objecting, Dare said, “This is another example of how we send the wrong message and put wealth before health. This sends a bad message at a critical time.” I immediately wondered how the health department was going to sign off on this event in Ocean City when serious concerns were raised from the same agency over fireworks proposed over ballfields in Berlin on New Year’s Eve. Though a definitive no was not given by the health department, Berlin officials were told they would have to present a detailed layout and plan on how they would social distance individuals gathering for the fireworks. Other logistical issues with traffic also doomed those plans. With the Berlin advice and other precedents for other events, it was no surprise to hear late Wednesday the health department had expressed serious concerns about the event and how Ocean City would enforce social distancing guidelines. In the second online story, which reports the Christmas parade will most likely not take place now, it was interesting to hear the take by Worcester County Health Officer Becky Jones on the event as expressed by Ocean City Special Events Director Frank Miller. “Her concern is having a potentially larger crowd because so many other parades and holiday events in the area have already been postponed or cancelled,” he said. “She was not sure how we would be able to enforce social distancing and masks over a three-quarters-of-a-mile parade route. … The risk of us creating a numbers issue could potentially affect the schools. I spoke to the city manager and he said that’s something we probably don’t want to risk. It looks like that’s the direction we’re going to take.” It's tough to argue those points. Two days after next week’s Ocean Council election, a new council president will be sworn in. Odds are it will be Councilman Matt James after an unsuccessful attempt in 2018. James won his second term in October of 2018, securing 70% of the vote. The council majority voted 5-2 to retain the presidency with Lloyd Martin, who was re-elected in a close vote, besting the fourth-place finisher by just four votes. Councilman John Gehrig pushed hard for James to take over the presidency, saying, “… None of the other candidates who won this election got more than 50 percent of the vote. One candidate got 70 (percent). Are we going to listen or not? Are we going to have confidence in our youth and next generation of leaders? Are we going to be high minded or are we going to hold them back? That’s what this vote is about.” The council was not swayed with the majority reinstating Martin with little comment. Though the election may change things up a bit, there appears to be an agreement in place at City Hall for James to replace Martin as president at next week’s council meeting. It’s the right thing to do as the transition of leadership needs to occur. When I asked him this week why he didn’t run for mayor, as had been rumored for some time in Ocean City, James said after a rough summer on all fronts he didn’t want to spend his fall knocking on doors. Instead he was spending Tuesday afternoon hunting. Though he has admitted to having conversations about the council presidency over recent months, he said there was no promise made for the leadership position in exchange for not running against long-time incumbent Rick Meehan for mayor. Following the unsuccessful attempt to become council president in 2018, James said he was asked to wait two years. Next week would be that time. Every election there seems to be an advertisement or two that causes some waves. For Ocean City Council hopeful Nico Eastman, it’s the full-page ad purchased by Tony Christ. Councilman Matt James also took issue with the information purported as fact in the ad. For Eastman, after his request to have his name and photo removed from the ad altogether were rejected, he issued the following statement, which I said I would share as a trade-off for not removing him from the ad. “My name is Nicholas Eastman and I am running for Ocean City Council. There is an advertisement in the paper that uses my name and photo that is very misleading,” Eastman said. “I want to make it clear - I support all city workers and as city councilman will ensure that they have all resources to do their job effectively. I also want to make it clear that I do not support the childish removal of competitors’ signs that some people have engaged in, not now or ever. This ad is running without my approval. In fact, I have asked for my name, image, and likeness to be removed. So, I want to take this opportunity to let you know what I truly believe in – the success of our town, safety, and American values. Freedom of expression is fundamental to democracy and I understand the paper’s desire to run this ad despite my opposition and thank them for doing so. As for the event, I will always attend any event where I can speak to voters.”


Page 46 FROM PAGE 45 ering for their move out of town. “If Frank wins, we will buy or rent a place in town,” Mary says. Yeah but will they live there as is required? Doubtful. Frank, who I consider complicit in all the council’s current mismanagement, says he wants to fix the mess, he just doesn’t want to live in it. Rather than listen to the banter, I would rather follow the money. According to property records, Frank and Mary borrowed $550,000 from Taylor Bank in August to buy a property at 10107 Sweet as Sugar Lane (what a name) in Glen Riddle. Their money speaks louder than Frank’s words. He intends to work on the current problems of the town but just doesn’t want to live in town. The new kid, Nico Eastman, beat everyone at the Maryland Coast Dispatch’s candidates’ debate online. If you haven’t seen it you should watch it. Nico, short for Nicholas is 25 years old. He received a criminology degree from West Virginia University in 2016 spent two years working in Gaithersburg the best

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR run city in the State of Maryland. Gaithersburg is the only city in Maryland I know of with a large surplus and no debt. Nico presently works for the Salisbury government. When asked about back room politics, he said. “You don’t have to worry about me I have a day job till 5 p.m. I won’t have time to meet in a backroom,” Nico says. Daniel Hagen also held his own among seasoned politicians. Facing a room full of seasoned politicians, he emerged as the clear winner. Unlike the union endorsed four Buas, Knight, Deluca and Gehrig, who embraced hiring 10 new police officers as a solution to the town’s decline at a huge expense, Nico Eastman and Daniel Hagan talked about returning to a vibrant economy as an antidote for crime, not pandering to the unions. Nico talked about the “broken window theory” having a vibrant e-

conomy that eliminates all vacancies, no graffiti, a well-lit town, getting rid of the rust on the rails at the Boardwalk and, of course, no more broken windows. This will be achieved by reducing government not adding 10 more police officers which the mayor and the four union endorsed candidates for council embraced reaffirming the status quo at a time we need change. From 1987-91, I ran a small breakfast luncheon dinner in Northeast Washington DC at Dupont Circle in the NRECA building called US Deli. We were open from 5:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. and were very busy. During those years Washington DC had the most police officers of any city in the nation and the highest paid police. Washington DC was also the Murder Capital of the Nation. Nico and Dan are right contrary to what the mayor and council are pushing

October 30, 2020 the mess we had this summer can’t be corrected by more police. In academia it is no secret that more police and higher paid police do not reduce crime. I was robbed three times at US Deli. Broken window theory in part says a vibrant economy is the best way to fight crime. Vacancies, graffiti, unlit areas and yes “broken windows” need to be eliminated. The rust on the rails on the Boardwalk would be a start. The vacancies at Gold Coast need occupants. Come to a meet and greet this Sunday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnny’s Pizza (see ad on page nine) let Dan Hagen and Nico Eastman explain what we need to do to restore vitality, bring families back and reduce prices in Ocean City and, of course, no more closed backroom politics. The local union is endorsing four candidates for council. All four plus the mayor are advocating for hiring 10 new policemen and raising the room tax to cover for their mismanagement. Take it from an Ocean City cop, 1972, hiring 10 officers is just passing the buck for the political class’s mismanagement of the city. I was at a fund raiser for Peter Buas at Omega Eats last week. I donated $200, mostly Greeks attended. I got Nico in after overcoming objections from Pete. I was shocked to see that Ryan, the union head, was Pete’s campaign manager. At one-point Nico and Pete, (two half Greeks make a whole right), were standing close enough that I wanted to get a picture. I stood up with my phone, immediately Ryan cut me off by physically getting in my face to prevent a photo. “I said what do you think I am going to do with the picture Ryan?!” Ryan said, “I am not talking.” I had not seen Ryan since giving him free tickets to our children’s concert last December. We also gave police, fire and EMT free tickets. Then Peter Buas chimed in, “I am running independent not with anyone else.” Really Pete with the union as your campaign manager, independent really?, I said. Two final points that totally surprised me that I would like to make the electorate aware of regarding the other rich young councilman, Matt James. Matt allowed the four union endorsed candidates for our council to put signs up at 118th Street along the Carousel parking garage, so I took our two candidates for the people Dan and Nick up to put signs. I had worked with Matt a number of times and never would have imagined what was going to happen next. I helped Dan dig pilings and we put his sign and Nick’s small signs up, never thinking Matt would discriminate against these two young fellas his age. I am 71. Matt called me within 20 minutes his minions had removed these two young men’s signs, so disrespectful. I was surprised by his behavior given all the support I had given him, I guess he gets it from his dad. In September, Matt was thinking of running for mayor. I decided not to run after changing residence to Ocean City to support the young man. My daughter and wife did not want me to run but I was preparing to do it. I believed the mayor should not run unopposed. In early OcSEE NEXT PAGE


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tober Matt called me saying, “I have made a deal with the mayor and Lloyd Martin, to be council president and John and Tony support it,” referring to Tony DeLuca and John Gehrig. The election of the council president is supposed to occur with the new council after the election not in a backroom deal with the mayor who can now run uncontested. Is that what the voters want? Nico’s sign was also torn down on Division Street also. Finally, while writing this Part III, Time for Change, I got a call from Dan Hagen, Mark Paddack, the psychopathic liar, was trying to stop Dan from putting signs up saying, “where is your permit.” You don’t need permits to put signs up. What I might expect from that wacked out councilman. Shouldn’t everyone with a clean record have an equal chance to run for office? Regardless of whether they are rich or poor? Isn’t that an American right? You don’t have to vote for four council members and you certainly don’t have to vote for the mayor even though he is uncontested. A no vote sends a message. Let’ send them a message even if they get in. Tony Christ Ocean City Falls Church, Va.

History Week One To Remember In OC Editor: On behalf of the staff and board of the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum, we would like to thank everyone

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR who participated in our recent History Week. Although 2020 was a challenge, we were able to restructure History Week using social media, virtual tours and collaborating with other organizations to reach as many people as possible. And, of course, we appreciate those folks who participated and our sponsors Dunes Manor Hotel and Dolle's Candyland. When the Mayor and City Council declared History Week to be Oct. 1016, they proclaimed "the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum has been preserving, exhibiting and disseminating the physical, cultural and natural history of Ocean City for 41 years." We are grateful for their confidence in the museum and believe History Week raises the level of awareness of the Museum's importance to our community. I think our major disappointment was having to cancel the Historic House Tour. Our previous tours have shown there is an appreciation of an Ocean City of past times. We want to thank those folks who were willing to be a part of the tour and trust they will choose to participate next year. We were delighted to have Anna Dolle Bushnell hold a book signing of her new Dolle's Candyland, Inc. There is so much history in that 109-year-old Boardwalk business. As is true of all museums, there are too many artifacts and too little display space. So thanks to our Curator Sandy

NOTICE OF ELECTION Town of Ocean City 2020 Municipal Election The Town of Ocean City is holding the Municipal Election in conjunction with the National Election. Registered Ocean City voters are able to vote in both elections at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Municipal Election will be held in Hall A; the National Election will be held in the upstairs Ballroom. The Mayor and City Council approved free bus service on Election Day. ADA service requests require a 24-hour advanced trip reservation. The building is handicap accessible. Shown is a sample ballot for the 2020 Ocean City Municipal Election which includes a mayoral candidate and six council candidates. This year, Municipal Election voters will fill in the oval to the left of the name(s) of their choice. Absentee ballot applications are available on oceancitymd.gov. A self-addressed, return envelope will be included for the ballot return or absentee ballots can be dropped in the white mailbox outside of City Hall specifically designated and marked for Municipal Election Absentee Ballots only.

Hurley and Ocean City historian/author Bunk Mann for giving the public a look into our closet during our live broadcast Pieces of our Past. We are always happy to work with our good friends at the Worcester County Library and thank them for presenting a virtual tour of the museum and showing what life was like for the LifeSaving Station keeper. We also are indebted to them for showing the Ash Wednesday Storm. An event that changed the course of Ocean City's history. Lastly, we want to thank the Ocean City Development Corporation for nom-

Page 47 inating this year's Spirit Award winner, St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, for the restoration that will preserve this oldest building in Ocean City. Funds raised during History Week are dedicated to the George and Suzanne Hurley Memorial Scholarship. Two-thousand dollars is awarded to a graduating senior of Stephen Decatur High School who plans to further his/her education in the fall at Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury University, or the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Here's keeping our fingers crossed for 2021. Christine Okerblom Nancy L Howard (Okerblom is the museum’s assistant curator, while Howard is president of the museum society board.)


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plete shutdown like we did in March. Their lives came to a halt or at least an extended pause. They lost a lot. We like most parents didn’t know when to re-enter society. We still struggle with certain decisions. We dropped plans for Busch Gardens over worries all the restrictions and changes would not even make it fun for all of us. We assume the Disney cruise we booked for next March will not happen. It will be the third vacation canceled. Pam and I are pivoting with the times, but we are not doing it as well as our boys. Beckett, 12, tends to live with rosecolored glasses on. This is not to say he lives in the clouds because he gets discouraged from time to time, but he doesn’t seem to dwell on heavy things, like there being no school dances, a huge project due the next day, only having a handful of middle school soccer games rather than many more and other fun opportunities he has been robbed of since March. He said once he learned a lot about the pandemic. After days of questioning our pre-teen as to what he meant, he finally said it was to not things for granted. Our autistic guy, Carson, who turns 11 next week, is notoriously aloof, or he at least likes to let people thing he is. However, he grasps the severity of it all. His resilience has been amazing to observe. One day he walked out of school with a mask and shield on. He looked like he was ready for chemical warfare. When he took his shield off, his hair was a mess. I said something about it and he insisted on messing my hair up terribly and pulling out my tucked shirt. I rolled with it. Back to Beckett’s point about not taking things for granted, I am focused on not sweating the small stuff. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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Emerging Leaders Graduates BERLIN – Taylor Bank announced Dominique Bias, operations supervisor, and Lee Chisholm, vice president, loan and business development officer, were among 26 banking professionals to graduate from the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) Emerging Leaders “Champion” Program this month. Nationally and state recognized, MBA’s Emerging Leaders “Champion” Program, now in its fifth year, provides a structured leadership development program tailored to meet the needs of Maryland banks and bankers. Champions cultivate skills in the banking industry by becoming involved in leadership development, peer networking, and learning knowledge sessions with industry, community and advocacy DOMINIQUE BIAS leaders. Over the course of the year-long program the 2020 Emerging Leader “Champions” met, both virtually and in-person, for seven different “anchor meetings” at locations across Maryland, completed a professional development and an advocacy requirement, and organized an Emerging Leaders community service project. “Investing in, and developing the next generLEE CHISHOLM ation of local community bankers is an important strategic initiative at Taylor Bank, and that means ensuring that our employees are exposed to educational programs and continuing professional development such as the MBA Emerging Leaders “Champion” Program,” said Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO. “We are proud of Dominique and Lee’s success, and we

thank them for their hard work and dedication to this program for the past year. I know they will utilize the knowledge and experience they have gained to continue to serve the bank well.”

Primary Care Office To Open BERLIN – TidalHealth has reported the opening of TidalHealth Primary Care in Berlin is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9. The new practice will be located at 9950 North Main Street. TidalHealth Primary Care in Berlin, offering complete family medicine services, will be staffed by Tammy Donoway, DO and Jordan Braniff, CRNP, who will be transitioning from the Ocean Pines Family Medicine practice. Anastasiya Deem, NP, will join them. The practice will also house a full-service TidalHealth FamilyLab offering onsite comprehensive lab and EKG services. The medical office is now accepting patients of all ages. Donoway, a Worcester County native and graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, completed medical school in 2007 at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received an Army Health Professions Scholarship and completed seven years of active duty with the Army. She completed residency training at Womack Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in 2010. After residency, she was Officer in Charge of Robinson Health Clinic, the largest clinic in the Department of Defense. In 2012, Donoway became the Assistant Residence Director of Family Medicine Residency and in 2017, became Chief of Executive Medicine. She joined TidalHealth in 2017. Braniff is also a native of Worcester County and a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. He is board-certified in family medicine by the American AsSEE NEXT PAGE


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sociation of Nurse Practitioners. A former firefighter/EMT and emergency department nurse, Braniff earned his Bachelor of Science degree and became a Registered Nurse (RN) through the program at Salisbury University (SU). He also attended SU for his advanced practice education, earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and a post-graduate certificate in healthcare administration. He has been with TidalHealth since 2012, and joined the provider network in 2018. Deem has been with TidalHealth since 2010, most recently as the RN Care Coordinator for Patient Care Management. She has also provided nursing care on one of TidalHealth Peninsula Regional’s medical/surgical units and in its progressive care unit for critically ill patients. Her RN was earned from WorWic Community College. She also holds a BSN degree in Nursing from Wilmington University and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner from Salisbury University. The medical records of existing patients of Donoway and Braniff will automatically transfer to the new Berlin office. If patients of those providers wish, instead, to remain with the practice in Ocean Pines, they will simply need to inform the Ocean Pines office of their desire to remain there.

Grant Funding Awarded SALISBURY – Women Supporting Women (WSM) has received a $5,000 “Community Needs & Sustainability” grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The grant funding will be used to continue the Salisbury nonprofit’s breast cancer support and awareness programs across Maryland’s three Lower Shore counties. As is the case with most nonprofit organizations, Women Supporting Women faced financial setbacks after canceling several fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changing in person events to virtual. WSW is dedicated to providing awareness, education and support to all those affected by breast cancer.

Service Award Presented OCEAN CITY – Gregory Shockley of Berlin is the recipient of the alumni college service award from McDaniel College. Shockley graduated from McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies in 1983. Presented annually during McDaniel’s Homecoming, the alumni college service award is given to a graduate who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the McDaniel College Alumni Association. Shockley opened the Irish-themed Shenanigan’s Irish Pub on the boardwalk in Ocean City in 1988 and has served as its owner for more than three decades. He credits his liberal arts education, his part-time job at Maggie’s in Westminster, Md., and other restaurant

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch experience for helping him adapt to the everchanging industry. Since 2003, Shockley has hosted a free Alumni Night for McDaniel at his restaurant. He has served as a career services volunteer and speaker in 1994 and 2014, a reunion committee member in 2003, and a carpe diem campaign volunteer and alumni host in 2008. In addition to his degree from McDaniel, Shockley obtained a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore in 1985.

Commercial Land Sold SALISBURY – Advisor Meredith Mears recently participated in the sale of nearly five acres of commercial land in Federalsburg. In collaboration with Senior Advisor Henry Hanna of SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, Mears crafted a deal on behalf of the Town of Federalsburg that is set to bring jobs and revenue to the mid-shore region. The purchaser, a nationally recognized manufacturer, acquired the land with intent to develop. The parcel is situated within Federalsburg’s industrial hub and offers convenient access to routes leading north into Delaware and Pennsylvania, and west towards Baltimore and Washington, D.C. “Representing government owned properties and finding solutions that work for both public and private entities is incredibly gratifying work,” said Mears. “Once again, we stayed true to the vision the client had for the property and didn’t stray when offers came in that didn’t produce jobs for the area.”

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October 30, 2020

with Scott Lenox

Lena Stoltzfus, above, helped her dad Kevin catch and release this beautiful over the slot 37-inch rockfish. Opposite page, top row from left, this lucky angler caught a legal black drum while fishing the Oceanic; “Sea Bass” Bob was pulling them up two at a time on a recent trip with Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star; and Jordan Hallowell caught this nice flounder on board the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak at the helm. Opposite page, middle row from left, these jumbo doormat flounder came over the rail of the Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting; Mikey Pitarra was all smiles when he caught this 29-inch keeper rockfish while fishing with his dad Mike; and Big Bird Cropper was fishing the Route 50 Bridge area when he landed this 29-inch keeper rockfish. Bottom row, from left, an impromptu trip to Ocean City resulted in a keeper rockfish within the legal range from the Route 50 Bridge for Morgan Mericle, and these guys had an awesome trip with Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters that had beautiful weather and keeper flounder, tautog and red drum. Submitted Photos

We’ve reached the slightly somber time that I must bid farewell to another awesome season of the Fish in OC column here in The Dispatch. Don’t worry, Ocean City has plenty of great fishing to go this fall and anglers can catch certain species year-round, but with the change in the season there will be fewer days to fish and fewer anglers on the water. Offshore fishing effort has decreased in recent weeks to a few trolling trips that have produced some tuna and some deep drop trips that are producing good catches of swordfish. The daytime sword fishery has exploded in recent years thanks to improving techniques and anglers are enjoying an extended season

that can produce some of the tastiest steaks in the ocean. Currently the legal length to harvest a swordfish is 47 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail and the creel limit is one per person with a maximum of four fish per vessel per trip. Ocean bottom fishing is probably the most productive and reliable fishing going on right now and will be from now through the winter. The local ocean party and charter fleet has been crushing sea bass over ocean structure for months and the good fishing has continued as water temps cool. There are also flounder, bluefish, triggerfish, tautog and the occasional cutlassfish being caught SEE NEXT PAGE


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... Fish In OC

by bottom fishermen using squid, crabs, clam and Gulp baits. Sea bass will be the target species for the fleet through the end of the Maryland sea bass season on Dec. 31, and then boats that fish during the winter will switch to targeting tautog from January until May. Anglers fishing Ocean City’s back bays are en-

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joying some of the best fishing of the season right now with most every popular species being caught. I’ve gotten reports of flounder, rockfish, bluefish, red drum, black drum, speckled trout, weakfish, tautog and sheepshead all caught in Ocean City’s Inlet or back bays over the past week or so. Flounder are staging up in the Inlet area as they prepare to move offshore for the winter and there will be some available until about the time the water temperature moves into the lower 50s.

There are some nicer fish being caught now from the south jetty and Route 50 Bridge and it should get better as water temperatures cool. Remember those crappy regulations for the coast, one rockfish per person from 28 to 35 inches, that’s it. Everything shorter than 28 inches and larger than 35 inches must go back. Though 2020 has certainly been a year to forget in some aspects, it was a pretty darn good fishing year from my spot. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you re-

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ports every week here and I’d like to thank The Dispatch crew for the opportunity. You can check out my Daily Angle fishing report every day at www.FishinOC.com and if you’d like to be a part of the report you can email info and photo of your catch to info@fishinoc.com. Until next year, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)


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THIRD INSERTION NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18448 To all persons interested in the estate of JOHN H. SCHLEICHER, AKA: JOHN HENRY SCHLEICHER, SR. ESTATE NO. 18448. Notice is given that DOLORES DIANE TAYLOR, 8215 BOX DRIVE, ORCHARD BEACH, MD 21226, was on, OCTOBER 02, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JOHN H. SCHLEICHER, who died on AUGUST 16, 2020, 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 APRIL, 2021. 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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 16, 2020 DOLORES DIANE TAYLOR Personal Representative


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18451 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA, appointed MICHAEL GERARD GATTI, 1420 N. ST., NW #903, WASHINGTON D.C. 20005, as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of MICHAEL ANGELO GATTI, who died on JULY 02, 2020, domiciled in VIRGINIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is VALERIE A. CARY, whose address is 7407 QUIXOTE COURT BOWIE, MD 20720. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for WORCESTER COUNTY with a copy to the foreign personal representative 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 foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 16, 2020 MICHAEL GERARD GATTI Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT

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C. BRIAN CARLIN, ESQ. OPPENHEIMER, FLEISCHER & QUIGGLE, P.C. 4419 EAST WEST HIGHWAY BETHESDA, MD 20814 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18455 To all persons interested in the estate of FRANK WILLIAM CULLER, ESTATE NO. 18455. Notice is given that LAURA GENE COMFORT, 6 VILLAGE WAY, BERLIN, MD 21811 and CLAIRE ELLEN MACK, 9869 WILDERNESS LANE, NORTH LAUREL, MD 20723, were on, OCTOBER 08, 2020, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of FRANK WILLIAM CULLER, who died on AUGUST 22, 2020, 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 APRIL, 2021. 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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of

the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 16, 2020 LAURA GENE COMFORT Personal Representative CLAIRE ELLEN MACK 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, 10-16, 10-23, 10-30

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MICHAEL B MATHERS ESQ. WEBB, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & MATHERS, LLP PO BOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18444 To all persons interested in the estate of KATHLEEN PATRICIA CHANEY, ESTATE NO. 18444. Notice is given that LAURA LEE MILLER, 2003 WEST MARKET STREET, YORK, PA 17404 was on, OCTOBER 19, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of KATHLEEN PATRICIA CHANEY, who died on JULY 29, 2020, 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 19TH day of APRIL, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the

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Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

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(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

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18467

(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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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.

To all persons interested in the estate of CATHERINE FRANCES HAROLD, ESTATE NO. 18467. Notice is given that SUSAN HAROLD MATIS, 500 BUCKINGHAM DRIVE, STEVENSVILLE, MD 21666 was on, OCTOBER 15, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CATHERINE FRANCES HAROLD, who died on SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, with a will.

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 23, 2020 LAURA LEE MILLER 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, 10-23, 10-30, 11-6

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BEFORE THE REGISTER OF WILLS FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND IN THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM HOWARD FORMWALT

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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 15TH day of APRIL, 2021. 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

ESTATE NO. 18459 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL PROBATE To all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by JOHN WILLIAM FORMWALT, 153 NAUTICAL LANE, OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, for judicial probate of the will dated SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at ONE W MARKET STREET, COURT ROOM 4, COURT HOUSE, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 on NOVEMBER 17, 2020 AT 10:00AM. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 23, 2020 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street

(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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 23, 2020 SUSAN HAROLD MATIS 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, 10-23, 10-30, 11-6

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26 S. MAIN STREET BEL AIR, MD 21014 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18469 To all persons interested in the estate of BARBARA LEE CONAWAY, ESTATE NO. 18469. Notice is given that JACQUES R. CONAWAY, 9858 SHORE BREAK LANE APT. 302, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, OCTOBER 15, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of BARBARA LEE CONAWAY, who died on SEPTEMBER 7, 2020, 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 16TH day of APRIL, 2021. 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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 23, 2020 JACQUES R. CONAWAY 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, 10-23, 10-30, 11-6

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18472 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA, appointed BERNETTA ANN VAUGHAN, 6619 BIRCHLEIGH WAY, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22315, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of EMILY SELENA VAUGHAN, who died on AUGUST 27, 2019, domiciled in VIRGINIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is RAYMOND D. COATES, JR., whose address is 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative 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 foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 23, 2020 BERNETTA ANN VAUGHAN 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, 10-23, 10-30, 11-6

FIRST INSERTION BEFORE THE REGISTER OF WILLS FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND IN THE ESTATE OF ELAINE WAUGH ESTATE NO. 18457 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL PROBATE To all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by RONALD WAUGH, 5 HARLAN TRACE, OCEAN PINES, MARYLAND, 21811 for judicial probate of the will and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at ONE W MARKET STREET, COURT ROOM 4, COURT HOUSE, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 on NOVEMBER 17, 2020 AT 10:15 AM. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 30, 2020 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 2x 10-30, 11-06

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BEFORE THE REGISTER OF WILLS FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND IN THE ESTATE OF JAMES A. BROWN

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch BER 01, 2020 AT 10:00 AM. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 30, 2020 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 2x 10-30, 11-06

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WILLIAM M. GATESMAN, ESQ 8209 JONNIE LANE GAITHERSBURG, MD 20882 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18475 Notice is given that the THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of DONA ANA COUNTY, NM, appointed ANDREW CARROLL, 6715 BRIGHT VIEW ROAD, LAS CRUCES, NM 88007, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of JAMES J. CARROLL, who died on APRIL 05, 2020, domiciled in NEW MEXICO, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is WILLIAM M. GATESMAN, ESQ., whose address is 8209 JONNIE LANE, GAITHERSBURG, MD 20882. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative 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

ESTATE NO. 18474 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL PROBATE To all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by RYAN T. BROWN, 10 VALLEY RIDGE LOOP, COCKEYSVILLE, MARYLAND, 21030 for judicial probate of the will and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at ONE W MARKET STREET, COURT ROOM 4, COURT HOUSE, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 on DECEM-

(2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 30, 2020

ANDREW CARROLL 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, 10-30, 11-6, 11-13

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18477 To all persons interested in the estate of VERA ELLEN BAKER, ESTATE NO. 18477. Notice is given that STEVEN WILLIAM BAKER, 30 ANCHOR WAY, BERLIN, MD 21811 AND JOANNE ELLEN BAKER HOWE, 30 ANCHOR WAY, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, OCTOBER 22, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of VERA ELLEN BAKER, who died on OCTOBER 20, 2020, 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 22ND day of APRIL, 2021. 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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 30, 2020 STEVEN WILLIAM BAKER Personal Representative JOANNE ELLEN BAKER HOWE Personal Representative

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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, 10-30, 11-6, 11-13

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LAWS, INSLEY & BENSON, P.A. VICTOR H. LAWS, ESQ 209 E. MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 75 SALISBURY, MD 21803-0075 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18479 Notice is given that the REGISTER OF WILLS COURT of CHESTER COUNTY, PA, appointed JENNIFER CONWAY, 821 LINCOLN AVENUE, UNIT 4, WEST CHESTER, PA 19380, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of STEPHEN R. CONWAY, who died on FEBRUARY 02, 2020, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is VICTOR H. LAWS, III, whose address is 209 E. MAIN STREET, SALISBURY, MD 21801. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative 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

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RAYMOND D. COATES JR., ESQ COATES, COATES, & COATES, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18481 To all persons interested in the estate of DOROTHY PRUITT HUDSON, ESTATE NO. 18481. Notice is given that WILLIS WRAY HUDSON JR, 10504 FRIENDSHIP ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, OCTOBER 23, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DOROTHY PRUITT HUDSON, who died on OCTOBER 04, 2020, 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 23RD day of APRIL, 2021. 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 foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred.

(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 claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A 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 OCTOBER 30, 2020

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 30, 2020

JENNIFER CONWAY Personal Representative

WILLIS WRAY HUDSON JR 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, 10-30, 11-6, 11-13

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, 10-30, 11-6, 11-13


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At the Shore United Bank West OC ribbon cutting last week were CEO Scott Beatty and Senior Vice President Thomas Mears.

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People

By Jeanette Deskiewicz

FEATURING THOSE HELPING CAUSES IN THE RESORT AREA

Shore United Bank employees Laurie Tuel, Allison Parcells and Ashley Phillips were happy to welcome in the community at their West OC Branch ribbon cutting.

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Members of the ReMax Advantage Realty team, Elaine Davidson, Alex Karavasilis, and Sandy Walker, were honored to host a reception congratulating Joy Snyder, a Coastal Association of Realtors 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Local breweries represented at the 2020 OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest included Pete Mantzouris of EVO and G. and Mitch Pruitt of Fin City.

Performing at the OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest this year was Kathy Denk and Michelle Schachter of Full Circle Duo.

Joining in on the celebration for Joy Snyder receiving the Coastal Association of Realtors 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award were local realtors Sherry Dare and Kathy Panco.

Volunteers Nikki Osgood and Audrey Ranning served beers to participants of the 2020 OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest.

It was a long time coming, but Shore United Bank Personal Banker Dana Trustle and Branch Manager Lynn Hancock finally got to hold a ribbon cutting at the new West OC location.

Making sure masks were worn and attendees stayed seated at the 2020 OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest were Montez Green and James Ward of the safety team.

Beach Real Estate’s Joanne Laslo nominated Joy Snyder for the Coastal Association of Realtors 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, which she was recognized with last week.


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Horoscopes

ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Deciding to work out that pesky problem (even though you might have been bored, bored, bored with it) should be paying off right about now. Expect to hear some very welcome news very soon. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Unexpected news might cause you to rethink a previous conclusion. Don't be bullheaded and try to bluff it out. Make the needed change, and then take a bow for your objectivity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Money matters should be considered as you continue to work out your holiday plans. This is a good time to scout out discounts before demand for them outstrips their availability. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): A calm period early in the week helps you complete most, if not all, of your unfinished tasks. A new project appears by midweek, and this one could carry some big career potential. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Positive results from recent ventures continue to pump up those self-esteem levels, making you Fabulous Felines feel you can tackle any challenge anyone wants to throw at you. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Family and friends might feel neglected because of your almost total focus on a project. Try to rework your schedule so you can have time for both your loved ones and your work. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): Don't

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be surprised if you suddenly hear from someone from your past who wants to contact you about the possibility of renewing a long-dormant (if not dead) relationship. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): This is a good time to check over what went right and what went wrong with recent efforts. This can provide valuable lessons for projects that will be coming up soon. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): Dealing with people who feel they're always right about everything might be a problem for some. But the savvy Archer should be able to deflate their oversize egos. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): This week favors a balance between the demands of your work and your need for fun timeouts. Taking breaks helps restore and keep your energy levels high. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): There could be an occasional setback in what you're working on. But look at them as lessons on how to do better as you move along. More supporters turn up to cheer you on. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Although a more positive aspect influences this week's course, you still need to be sure that those who will work with you have no reason to work against you. Good luck. BORN THIS WEEK: You believe in keeping your promises. It's not always easy to do, but somehow you do it. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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WITH BUNK MANN

Ocean City changed from a seasonal to a year-round resort in the 1970's. It was a decade of unprecedented growth with a new convention hall, a new bridge across the Assawoman Bay, high rise condominiums that reminded many of Miami Beach and the election of a legendary mayor. Convention Hall was dedicated on April 18, 1970 and opened the way for larger conventions as well as more off-season events in Ocean City. Built at a cost of $3.5 million, it would easily pay for itself over the next several years. Harry Kelley was elected mayor in 1970 and would serve for over 14 years. His battles with the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the beaches by pushing sand from the shoreline with bulldozers gained the town national attention. The Route 90 Bridge opened in 1971 and would provide a new entry into the resort at 62nd Street. With this bridge, the development of northern Ocean City was guaranteed. Developments such as Montego Bay and Caine Woods would double the town's population within a decade. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Photo circa 1971 from Bunk Mann’s collection

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By Steve Green

A nice sunset at the end of a cloudy day Driving with the windows down The sound of keyboards at work in the newsroom

Walking around a big dog sprawled out on the floor A full tank of gas

Smell of Italian food in the house

Biking with a good wind at the back A great sports comeback

Realizing now that my stepdad was right about most things

A parent’s ability to forgive but not forget Old sitcom reruns

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