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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Everything is on the table after another intolerable unsanctioned motorized event had the resort community “under siege” for much of the weekend. For the record, the official H2O International (H2Oi) car show was held in Atlantic City for the second straight year last weekend, but, as expected, a huge contingent of car enthusiasts hell-bent on wreaking havoc in Ocean City arrived anyway. Throughout the weekend, Ocean City witnessed the same lawlessness and blatant disrespect from the unregistered, unsanctioned participants for the entire community, its police department and allied law enforcement agencies that have long been associated with the event weekend.

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As expected, there were thousands of tricked-out vehicles cruising up and down Coastal Highway and other roadways throughout town and thousands more along the sidewalks and in business parking lots egging them on. When the dust settled and most of the car enthusiasts cleared out by Sunday evening, left in their wake were trashed parking lots and a community still trying to find answers for the challenging problems. In a prepared statement issued on Sunday morning after a particularly raucous Saturday night, Mayor Rick Meehan said what took place in Ocean City over the weekend “can never happen again.” During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Meehan reiterated his position. The mayor pointed out the wellattended press conference is typically reserved for times when the resort is bracing for a major storm. In this case, the press conference was held in the aftermath of a hurricane of a different sort. “We did experience a storm this weekend,” he said. “We’re trying to evaluate as much of what happened as possible. It was extraordinary. We all live here and we all experienced the same kinds of things. What we all saw is something we should never see in Ocean City ever.” Again, to be clear, the official H2Oi event, self-billed as the “laid back” two-day Volkswagen and Audi event, was held in Atlantic City. Typically, participants who officially register for that event are well-behaved car enthusiasts sharing their hobby with likeminded individuals. However, the unassociated and unregistered throng that arrived again in Ocean City last weekend, fairly or not under the banner of H2Oi, wreaked havoc on the resort, according to Meehan. “This group’s sole purpose is raising hell and that’s just not acceptable,” he said. “We don’t invite people here to terrorize our community. I felt like we were under siege and the residents and visitors felt fear at some of the things they were seeing and we shouldn’t have to accept that.” Meehan thanked the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and its allied law enforcement partners including the Worcester County Sheriff’s SEE PAGE 32

A pedestrian, dressed up as a banana, is pictured firing one of multiple fireworks from a sidewalk in Ocean City last Saturday.


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OCEAN CITY – Resort residents and visitors will see a takeover of a different sort in the downtown area this weekend with thousands expected to compete in the inaugural Spartan obstacle course race. Spartan, a national sports event company based in Boston, produces high-intensity obstacle course races all over the country. For the first time ever, Spartan is bringing its obstacle course race to Ocean City on Saturday. The Spartan obstacle course event will include a festival village at the Inlet parking lot featuring tents with food, music and vendors. The obstacle course itself will take place largely on the Boardwalk in the downtown area including some obstacles at street ends. Thousands of competitors are expected to compete in the race, which includes obstacles such as cargo nets, walls to traverse, rope climbs, monkey bars, water hazards, atlas carries, box jumps, spear throws, sandbag carries and others. Spartan produces similar events all over the country with different courses and degrees of difficulty. During a presentation to the Mayor and Council last month, Tourism Director Donna Abbott said roughly 3,300 racers had already registered. Spartan’s Ocean City race is its shortest distance, but it will include 20 obstacles in the three-mile race area on the Boardwalk and streets. “The sprint may be our shortest distance, but it’s still a favorite among both new and returning racers,” the company’s description of the Ocean City race reads. “It’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The spring also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves.” The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with the elite men hitting the course. The elite women hit the course beginning at 7:45 a.m. After that, waves of 15 racers will be released every minute. At 1 p.m., the afternoon heats will begin following the same format. The race is expected to wrap up around 3 p.m. although the Inlet festival and post-celebration will continue. The event’s footprint will require some traffic modifications in the downtown area on Saturday. For example, North Division Street between Baltimore Avenue and the Boardwalk will be closed entirely from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, single lanes of Baltimore Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on race day between Caroline and North Division streets and between 7th Street and Surf Avenue. The race will cause the closure of the Inlet lot, which will also be shared with the Corvette event.

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Acting Administrator Named For Berlin

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BERLIN – Jeff Fleetwood has been appointed Berlin’s acting town administrator for six months. Though Fleetwood — who has served as managing director, human resources director and public works director since June — took over leadership duties at town hall as soon as Laura Allen was fired Sept. 16, Mayor Gee Williams confirmed Thursday that Fleetwood would be the acting town administrator until mid-March. “This gives Jeff an opportunity to work at the position while also giving the mayor and council a reasonable time period to evaluate his performance and then determine if the temporary arrangement should become a formal agreement,” Williams said. “If not, then the town would at that time advertise for the position in the spring.” Fleetwood was hired by the town in 2010 as human resources director. In 2017, he was given the title of managing director. Earlier this year, he added public works director to his job description. “He was the second in charge prior to Laura’s termination and had filled in for Laura on numerous occasions,” Williams said. “He had shown that he could keep everything on track. It seemed the proper and fair thing to do to give him the opportunity to try out the job.” Williams said the decision to offer Fleetwood the opportunity was made in a closed session meeting of the council Sept. 23. He added that it had made for a smooth transition in the wake of Allen’s departure. “I’m confident this is the right thing to do and I hope it works out in a positive way,” Williams said. Fleetwood said that while he’d worked well with Allen, he was looking forward to serving as town administrator. “I enjoy coming to work, I enjoy the people here, I enjoy the challenge,” he said. “I sincerely mean that. It’s not the money, it’s not the title. I like a challenge. I’m mission driven.” He added that while he had a good grasp of the town’s operations after nearly a decade in Berlin, he said his fellow staff members ensured everything ran smoothly. “The department heads we have are very knowledgeable,” he said. Allen, who had served as the town’s administrator since 2013, was fired Sept. 16. Though few details regarding her termination were given, Williams acknowledged that one of the reasons related to handling of the chemical spill that occurred in June at Heron Park. When asked about the costs associated with terminating Allen, Williams said those would be announced at the Oct. 15 meeting of the town council.


Resort Adds Off-Season EMS Crew

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – With 44 occasions in the offseason last year when the Ocean City Fire Department did not have ambulance crews available to respond to calls, resort officials this week approved funding to add a twoperson paramedic crew this year. During Tuesday’s work session, Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers and his staff came before the Mayor and Council requesting approval to fund another two-person ambulance crew from October through April. The request came after a recent review revealed there were numerous times during the offseason last year when the department had two or fewer ambulance crews available to respond to calls including 44 times when no crews were available. The proposal on the table was to add a two-person ambulance crew to be staffed from Sunday to Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning Thursday and through the weekends when call volume is highest, the unit would be staffed 24 hours a day. The cost of the proposal is just under $160,000, but a creative funding mechanism has been identified. Ocean City received a $60,000 grant from Worcester County for the Safe Station program at fire headquarters, along with another $125,000 increase in the grant from the county for EMS

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response. Bowers told the Mayor and Council the issue was critical heading into the offseason, which is why he was making the request at this time. “Increasing call volume and a reduction in staffing during the offseason has increased the frequency in which the department is either out of crews or staffing is reduced to two or fewer crews,” he said. “These occurrences leave the town without adequate fire and EMS protection.” Bowers said the issue was identified during his systemic review of the department following his appointment last spring. “As your fire chief, I looked at the data and looked at safety and a single unit provider does not help the situation at all,” he said. “We made a data-driven decision. Another two-person unit should be staffed from October to April.” Bowers said there has been a 21% increase in overall call volume during the shoulder seasons over the last five years. The increase is largely due to the growth in special events in the offseason, which is achieving the desired goal of increasing business in the resort, but does not come without a cost and a strain on emergency services. In addition, residential and commercial growth in West Ocean City, which the town’s fire and EMS divisions serve, has contributed to the strain during the offseason. Bowers said the calls for service in West Ocean City increased SEE PAGE 8

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FROM PAGE 7 13% during the offseason last year. As a result, there were numerous occasions during the most recent offseason when the increase in calls for service coupled with the unavailability of staff resulted in no crews being available, according to Bowers. “During the offseason, we have significantly fewer crews available,” he said. “There were 44 occasions last year when we were out of crews. That reduces the ability to provide an adequate level of protection and decreases the department’s ability to handle increases in call volume.” Bowers said on those occasions when no crews were available, or two or fewer crews were available, response times increased. He said the response times during those occasions sometimes ranged from five

minutes to as long as 38 minutes. It’s important to note those response times are for EMS crews able to transport patients if necessary. There are no times when a call goes unanswered. If a call came in and a crew wasn’t immediately available, supervisors and crew chiefs can respond initially. In addition, the Ocean City Police Department is trained in EMS and can provide immediate assistance until the fire department’s EMS crews arrive. Nonetheless, Bowers said increased response times are never acceptable for his department. “Whether it’s 30 seconds, three minutes, 13 minutes or 38 minutes, response times for a 911 call is critical,” he said. Councilman John Gehrig asked what has changed suddenly in terms of increased calls for service and the need

for another two-person EMS crew in the offseason. He pointed out the number of special events in the offseason has increased dramatically. City Manager Doug Miller said the formula for the number of allowable hours for part-time EMTs creates staffing challenges. Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peterson also said it isn’t an entirely new problem, pointing out the increased strain of calls in West Ocean City has been a contributor. “We’ve had a significant problem for a number of years,” he said. “We just haven’t had a failure yet.” Gehrig questioned why the problem wasn’t addressed during budget deliberations. To be fair, Bowers came on after the budget was struck and he and his staff have spent the summer reviewing operations and working of solutions for shortcomings. Nonetheless, Gehrig questioned if the funding needed for an-

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other offseason crew could be worked out within the department’s budget. “I look at this like a salary cap. Here’s how much money you have and it’s up to you on how best to spend your allocation,” he said. Gehrig pointed out the fire department just came to the Mayor and Council three weeks ago seeking $300,000 for new motors on aging fire engines, a request that was approved. Now, with the request for more funding for the extra offseason EMT crews, he questioned what other requests might be forthcoming. “I’d like to look at this in totality,” he said. “Instead of you coming back to us every other meeting, I want to hear all of your needs. I’d be in favor of having a mini-budget meeting with your department.” Bowers said the department does have other needs and that his systemic review has resulted in a priority list. Clearly, with the number of occasions with no crews available, adding an offseason two-person EMT crew appears to be at the top of that list. “We’re coming to you with a problem, but we’re also coming with a solution,” he said. “We have a priority list and a strategic plan, and I can lay it all out for you right now.” Gehrig said his questions are an attempt to find out what other unknowns might be out there. “Look, I’m 100% behind you,” he said. “We want to give you everything you need to do the job and keep everybody protected. I just want to know if more is coming.” In term of the increased number of calls for service in West Ocean City, Councilman Mark Paddack questioned if those calls were cost-neutral. Budget Manager Jennie Knapp said the county provides Ocean City with $750 per ambulance run in West Ocean City, but that does not cover the city’s cost. The patients transported to the hospital are also billed through insurance, but the town isn’t always reimbursed 100%. Mayor Rick Meehan agreed the fire department’s recent requests for more funding should be reviewed in the broader sense, but said the alarming number of calls without crews available merited urgency. “You have prioritized your requests and the fact that you’re here today makes me believe this is your number one,” he told Bowers and his staff. “I think this is a reasonable request, especially with the grant funding we have to cover it.” Councilman Matt James agreed with the urgency of funding the department’s request for an additional offseason EMT crew. “Since we ran out of crews 44 times in the offseason in 2018, I think this is a top priority,” he said. When asked if the request on Tuesday could be part of a larger review of the department’s needs, Bowers said he was open to that, but with the arrival of the offseason, adding the extra EMT crew was a pressing issue.


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Council To Send County Bill For West OC Emergency Services

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Frustrated with the growing strain of providing emergency services to West Ocean City, resort officials this week voted to calculate the cost and send Worcester County a bill. During a large debate about the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) adding an additional two-person ambulance crew during the offseason to handle the growing number of calls for service, the discussion inevitably came around to the issue of Ocean

City providing fire and EMS service in unincorporated West Ocean City. For the record, the OCFD handled 1,000 calls for service in West Ocean City in 2018, including 144 fire calls and 856 EMS calls. While the county does provide grants to the town of Ocean City for providing the service, resort officials believe those grants don’t come close to covering the cost. During Tuesday’s work session, Councilman Dennis Dare pointed out the expense of providing service to West Ocean City accounts for around onesixth of the department’s total budget.

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“Our taxpayers pay $6 million for a world-class fire-EMS service,” he said. “About 17% of that is $1 million. They’re using $1 million of our money to provide service in West Ocean City. That’s one penny on the tax rate. We’re going to ask our taxpayers to pay more to protect an area out of town. That’s not an issue for today, but it should be tomorrow.” As it turns out, it was an issue for Tuesday. Mayor Rick Meehan called for a change in philosophy with the county over compensation for providing fire and EMS protection in unincorporated West Ocean City. “We did ask the county to form a task force to begin examining fire and EMS service all over the county and we got no response,” he said. “I would like to calculate what it costs to provide service in West Ocean City minus what we get back and send them the bill. You keep bringing it up, let’s just send them a bill.” Dare said West Ocean City residents and businesses get bills for water and sewer and other services provided by the county. “I think it’s time for people in West Ocean City to help pay for the service,” he said. “The billing doesn’t come close to covering our cost.” Councilman Matt James made a motion to calculate the town’s cost of providing emergency services to West

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Ocean City, minus the funding returned in the form of grants, and send the county a bill. Council Secretary Mary Knight seconded the motion. However, Councilman John Gehrig said sending the county a bill seemed like a measure of last resort. “I’d like to try to continue to work with the county,” he said. “I think we need to have a conversation before we just send them a bill. I do believe we could put them on notice after we’ve had the conversation if we didn’t get any results.” Meehan said many of those attempts to work with the county on the issue had been exhausted. “We’ve had the conversations, we’ve sent the letters and we’ve invited them over here to discuss this,” he said. “All we get are blank stares and shrugged shoulders.” Councilman Mark Paddack agreed sending a bill might be one of the few options left. “They’ve had plenty of opportunity to address this,” he said. “What if we asked our fire chief to cut $1 million from the budget, not that we wouldn’t answer calls, but for all of the other stuff we provide out there.” The motion to calculate the cost of providing service to West Ocean City minus what is returned and sending a bill to the county passed with a 6-1 vote with Gehrig opposed.


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Tensions Run High Over Commissioner’s Approach

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – Commissioner Josh Nordstrom’s comments to the media drew criticism from his peers this week. At the close of Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Chip Bertino brought up comments made to the media by Nordstrom regarding his efforts to get funding for the south end of the county. Prior to voting in support of a countywide room tax increase, Nordstrom said he wanted to make sure his fellow commissioners acknowledged the needs of his district. “When I read in the paper that there were deals that were made, that the votes were there to pass something, when we didn’t even have a debate, to me rings a little bit hollow,” Bertino said. He said he’d been reluctant to bring up his concerns but felt that it was his responsibility to do so. “We are a body, but we are individual commissioners who have our points of view and our own perspectives on different issues,” Bertino said. “This government moves when four commissioners, at least, make a decision, and government moves forward. There has been no designation by the commissioners to have a spokesperson for this body other than our Public Information Officer Kim Moses or our

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president. Yet over the past several months the public, and the media, has been led to believe that issues have been taken up by the commissioners.” He said it had been reported that the commissioners were going to discuss funding for Snow Hill and Pocomoke at a particular meeting. When the time came, however, Nordstrom’s motion to use 10% of the county’s table games funding to increase annual grants provided to Snow Hill and Pocomoke was tabled. “If the votes were there I suspect that particular issue would not have been tabled and the vote would have been taken,” he said. “Then government would have moved forward. It did not.” Bertino said the issue was written about in local papers, however. “I’m not blaming the media … they’re reporting what they have been told,” he said. “But it was stated in print that if when this particular issue is discussed at budget time, which I believe is the time to do it, that if it is not passed the commissioners reneged on any promises that were made.” Bertino stressed that he’d made no promises. “I didn’t make a promise in signature or in word that I was going to vote a certain way,” he said. “In fact, that particular topic was never even discussed with me. Nor did I have the benefit or the opportunity to discuss it in open session as it should have

been discussed. I don’t know what the vote will be. I don’t know if that particular issue is going to be brought up. But no one up here, no one speaks for any one of the commissioners other than themselves.” He said the commissioners didn’t speak as a body until a vote was taken. “Over the last several months, the media and the public has been led to believe certain things about the operations, the interaction, among the commissioners that to me rings false,” Bertino said. “I just wanted to make clear on this particular issue and some others I’ve seen in the press recently that accusations or comments have been made that do not ring true to this body … it’s something that’s been going on for several months. I think it’s wrong. I certainly can’t stop it. But I think the public and the media have a right to know that one commissioner, two commissioners, do not speak for this entire body unless or until a vote is taken on a particular issue.” Commissioner Jim Bunting agreed and referenced a “Between The Lines” opinion column from The Dispatch that expressed Editor Steve Green’s opinion that a majority of the commissioners were unlikely to support Nordstrom’s funding request come budget time. The opinion piece read, “It’s going to be interesting to see what transpires in the spring involving a deal made among the Worcester County Commissioners.

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In exchange for his vote two weeks ago for a room tax increase, it’s clear Commissioner Josh Nordstrom was promised some funding for the south end of the county by his colleagues. … Perhaps it’s a conspiracy theory on my part, but I would not be surprised if a majority of the commissioners renege on this deal at budget time.” Bunting said no “deal” has occurred. “I want whoever wrote this line to know that I have not made a deal with anybody,” Bunting said. “I have not talked to anybody about making a deal. I will not make a deal.” Bunting added that he’d heard an affidavit regarding the funding proposal had been put forth to other commissioners and the county attorney. “The county attorney wisely said she couldn’t do that,” he said. While Bertino and Bunting didn’t address Nordstrom by name as they spoke, he quickly acknowledged he was the subject of their concern. “Let’s be clear here,” he said. “They’re talking about me. When I speak to the press or to anyone else I speak for myself. I believe I’ve made that clear to the reporters.” He said he was working to do things to help his district. “Sometimes my tactics, the way I go about things, may not be the regular way to go about things,” he said. “I just want to do the best job that I can. SEE NEXT PAGE

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… ‘Deal’ For Nordstrom’s Room Tax Increase Vote Denied

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When I talk to the press, I speak for me. I do not speak for you or anybody up here. I never have claimed to. Let’s be very clear on that. I enjoy doing press. I think people should know what is happening here. I do not violate the sanctity of the closed session. Neither of you have come and talked to me personally about this. You chose open session to do it which is unfortunate but that’s your right.” Nordstrom said if he said something wrong he would apologize. “I represent myself and only myself when I speak in the press,” he said. “To talk about how I am somehow

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falsely representing this board, this commission up here is untrue. Some of the things you’ve heard may or may not be true but none of them are illegal or immoral or have any negative connotations whatsoever. They just might be something you don’t approve of or don’t like. But I haven’t done anything wrong and I won’t do anything wrong. I’m going to continue to do press when they ask me because I think people should be informed. It is not my intention to cast dispersions or bash any of you up here. I respect all of you but I will let people know my opinion.” Commissioner Bud Church said he

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was offended when Nordstrom called him and asked him to sign an affidavit prior to a vote. “That’s pretty far out of line,” Church said. “I’ve been here going on 18 years. We’re all in the same ballpark. You don’t try to force a commissioner into voting your way and have them sign an affidavit.”’ Nordstrom said that had been a mistake on his part. “That was a learning moment for me and I apologized to you for even broaching the subject,” he said. “It was a learning moment for me. You won’t see me do it again, but I thought it was

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the right thing at the time. But again, not against the rules, not illegal. Just trying to make sure that I have the votes. That’s all.” Commissioner Ted Elder said anyone who thought the commissioners were making deals out of the public’s eye simply needed to watch a meeting. “I’ve been on the losing end of a 16 vote several times and also been on the winning end of a vote,” he said. “We’ve had the discussions right here in front of everybody. I’ve never made a deal with anyone. Many times I don’t have my mind made up until I’m sitting right here and listening.”


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Commissioners Vote Down Sailboat Harbor Lease

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

SNOW HILL – County officials this week did not approve an agreement that would have allowed a sailboat to dock at the West Ocean City Harbor. A motion to approve a one-year lease for the sailboat Alyosha at the West Ocean City Harbor failed on Tuesday. Though three commissioners supported it, two were opposed and there was one who abstained. The motion would have needed the support of a majority of the board — four commissioners — to pass. In early September, the commissioners approved a resolution that allowed them to designate a portion of the harbor for county joint ventures. Immediately after, they conceptually approved a lease agreement with Thrive Engineering LLC (Stephen Butz) that would allow the 50-foot Alyosha to be docked at the harbor. The commissioners did, however, set a public hearing for Oct. 1 to allow citizens to comment on the proposal before it was formally approved. Even before the public hearing was opened Tuesday, Commissioner Jim Bunting voiced concern with the lease. “I’ve had calls about how busy the harbor is and how this is going to affect it,” he said. He pointed out that Alyosha was at times chartered for weddings. He asked whether parking requirements associated with that use had been explored. Worcester County Recreation and Parks Director Tom Perlozzo said the boat was licensed for six passengers and he figured parking for that number wouldn’t be a problem. Commissioner Chip Bertino said he liked the idea of partnering with Alyosha for advertising but did not like the fact that the boat would be docking in the harbor. When asked how much advertising would be done, Perlozzo said a conservative estimate was $50,000. Bunting stressed that he didn’t think leasing space to Alyosha was an appropriate use of public space. “I think there’s other areas in that harbor that would take him,” he said. When the public hearing was opened, Floyd Bassett, a former commissioner, said he thought the area was quite busy already. “That’s a real gem that we have there,” he said. “However, it’s crowded. If you don’t think so, go there on a Saturday in the summer. I can’t picture anything else going there that adds to it.” He added that he and other boaters had used the space proposed to be leased to Alyosha in the past when they’d had emergencies that required them to leave a boat docked for a period of time. Commercial fisherman Sonny Gwin said he was worried that leasing this space would set a precedent and lead to similar arrangements in the harbor. Commissioner Bud Church said that was not the county’s intention. “We’re not going to take your slips away,” he said. He added that the county would be getting a lot in return for the agreement, as there was an $8,500 annual payment as well as the estimated $50,000 in advertising. Hugh Cropper, a local attorney, told the commissioners he and some partners owned property near Mad Fish, which is where the Alyosha picks up its passengers. He said the boat’s owner was “a firstclass operator” but that the boat extended beyond Cropper’s property. “Half the boat’s on our property,” Cropper said. “Our boat slips were not accessible when he was there.” He added that if the county was interested in a

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lease, it should pursue a one-year lease rather than a five-year lease. Cropper pointed out that the fact that Alyosha encroached on his property wasn’t really the county’s concern but said it could mean that the boat would have to find a new loading location. Bunting maintained that by leasing the space to Alyosha the county was taking it away from the public. Perlozzo said the sailboat would be docked directly in front of the restrooms and would not take up any of the commercial boat space. “There’s no intent whatsoever to take away commercial spaces now or in the future,” Perlozzo said. “Where he loads and unloads, he has an agreement with a local restaurant. I do believe it is an attraction to West Ocean City. When he puts his flags up, there is an opportunity to promote the area beyond the commercial harbor … I’m not a voting member but since I’ve taken over the boat ramps, in traveling to and from and observing the area, I don’t see any adverse effect to the recreational fishermen, the parking lot or anything associated with the harbor.” Bertino pointed out that if the Alyosha did not have permission to load passengers where it currently did, that could start taking place on the property leased from the county. “Who’s going to police that?” he said. “I think there’s a number of challenges associated with using that location.” Perlozzo said if the Alyosha was successful, it would hardly be present in the harbor, as it would be out sailing. When Bunting again brought up the issue of parking, Perlozzo acknowledged the area already had a problem and said he didn’t think it would get any worse with the addition of the Alyosha. “I think West Ocean City, the harbor in itself, has parking issues in general,” he said. “There’s abandoned trailers, there’s storage units, etc. I deal with that pretty much weekly. I don’t see any additional effects that the Alyosha will have at the parking lot. In fact, I think we have to address how we handle the parking lot in the coming budget year.” Nordstrom made a motion to approve the lease with Alyosha for one year. “That way we’ll have the opportunity to see if it’s causing problems,” he said. The vote failed with a 3-2-1 vote. Nordstrom and Commissioners Ted Elder and Diana Purnell voted in favor of the motion while Bunting and Bertino were opposed. Church abstained and Commissioner Joe Mitrecic was absent.

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OCFD Veterans Retiring With 77 Years Of Experience

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – In one fell swoop on Tuesday afternoon, the Ocean City Fire Department lost nearly 80 years of combined experience with the retirement of two legends. At the outset of Tuesday’s work session, Ocean City firefighters and paramedics David Cropper and David Pruitt were feted with a retirement ceremony for the two legends. Combined, Cropper and Pruitt served the Ocean City Fire Department and the town of Ocean City for nearly 80 years, with Cropper hanging it up after 40 years and Pruitt calling it quits after 37. The affable Cropper started with the department in June 1979 and has served the town in the 40 years since. Mayor Rick Meehan said Cropper’s retirement was bittersweet for a lot of reasons. “I never thought I’d be here to see this one,” he said. “We all know David’s contribution to the town of Ocean City and its fire department. To say he has given his life to the town of Ocean City is probably an understatement. He is a true legend.” Meehan said he learned from his predecessor Cropper was the man to go to during an emergency. “If you’re ever in a pinch, call David Cropper, that’s what Fish Powell told

Retiring paramedics David Pruitt and David Cropper, center, are pictured with OCFD Chief Richie Bowers and members of the Ocean City Mayor and Council. Submitted Photo

me,” he said. “He is leaving as a town of Ocean City employee, but he will still continue to serve with our volunteer fire company.” Fire Chief Richie Bowers was just appointed last spring, but he said he already knew of Cropper’s legacy and it has only been enhanced during his time as chief. “David is a legend in this town and in this department,” he said. “His legacy is that he is passing the torch to the young men and women of this department.” For his part, Cropper, who has never been shy with a story or a joke, took his

opportunity to inject a little humor in the otherwise solemn ceremony “I already have a key to the city that Harry Kelley gave me, but I haven’t done anything with it yet,” he said. “I don’t feel bad about leaving because I know we’re in good hands, and I am confident in the men and women of this department.” As for Pruitt, Meehan said his accomplishments were equally impressive after joining the department 37 years ago. “It’s hard to lose almost 80 years of combined service to the community in one afternoon,” he said. “To put in 37

years of service to this community is a tremendous accomplishment.” Bowers agreed the department was losing vast amounts of knowledge and experience and thanked Pruitt for his decades of service. “It’s not easy to lose the almost 40 years of service David Pruitt leaves behind,” he said. “The wealth of knowledge and experience David has is incredible. We often talk about the legacy you’re leaving behind for the men and women of this department and we will continue to have those talks.”


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Wind Farm Partnership Could Bring $18M To Fenwick State Park

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FENWICK ISLAND – Community members came out in droves this week to learn more about proposed improvements at Fenwick Island State Park. On Wednesday, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks and Recreation held an open house at Fenwick Island Town Hall to share and review proposed improvements to Fenwick Island State Park as part of a partnership with Orsted, one of the two companies holding permits for offshore wind energy farms off the coast. Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens said the partnership would provide up to $18 million in improvements, all paid for by Orsted. In exchange, the offshore wind energy developer would also construct a twostory, one-acre interconnection facility on the bayside of Fenwick Island State Park. “They had this innovative idea to plug into the grid right at the park,” he said. “We told them the only way we would consider that is if there was no loss of recreational use.” Earlier this summer, DNREC signed a memorandum of understanding with Orsted to have a detailed discussion on a potential public-private partnership. Bivens said since that time, the company has hired an architecture firm to develop a park plan that considers safety, neighboring views and environmental concerns. The proposed improvements presented to the public on Wednesday include new bathroom facilities, lifeguard housing, pavilions and a visitor center that would house the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a nature center and additional programming space. The current chamber building would be relocated to Holts Landing State Park. And while the inside of the interconnection facility would be used to house equipment, the roof of the building would feature lifted park space with pickleball courts. “My favorite thing is this becomes a four-season park,” Bivens said. Bivens added the improvements would also address capacity and accessibility issues at Fenwick Island State Park. The proposed plan also includes a two-story parking garage and a pedestrian overpass that connects the oceanside and bayside. Overall, the project would increase the percentage of developed land at the park from 2.4% to 2.6% and create between 30% and 40% more parking, which is expected to reduce backups

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entering the park from Route 1. If approved, officials said Fenwick Island State Park would be the first offshore wind-powered state park in the country. But Bivens noted the project is dependent upon necessary county, state and federal permits. “If the wind farm never happens, this capital project doesn’t happen,” he said. Joy Weber, development manager for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, agreed. “These are all preliminary ideas,” she said. “We still have an extensive permitting process before we can put some metal in the ground.” Weber said the company plans to run a single cable from the Skipjack wind farm project to the power lines through the process of horizontal directional drilling. “The electric line that runs up and down the road right now is what we’ll be connecting into,” she said. “That allows us to bring the power from the wind farm into the grid.” If all required permits are received, the park improvement project could begin as early as 2021 and will be completed concurrently when the wind farm comes online by 2022. The park will not be closed for construction during peak seasons. Jeffrey Mumford, owner of Warren’s Station restaurant in Fenwick, said he had mixed feelings about the proposed improvements. “We are a quiet town,” he said. “We like the quietness, and we like to keep it that way. But as far as my business is concerned, I feel it could potentially bring more people to the area.” Doris Ann Pierce said she lives on Route 54 and frequents the state park in the summer months. She said she was eager to see how the potential improvements addressed accessibility into the park. “I wanted to be in the know as to what changes we might anticipate … ,” she said. “If you are there at 9 o’clock you can barely get off the road to get into the park.” Resident Karen Milan said she was concerned about the traffic new amenities would generate. “It’s all very nice, but you are just attracting more people …,” she said. “I understand it’s a resort area, but it is our home.” For more information on Fenwick Island State Park’s proposed improvement plan, or to take an online survey, visit destateparks.com/FenwickImprovements. “I understand this is a new industry and that there will be a lot of questions,” Weber said. “So I really encourage folks to reach out to us. We are very excited about this project.”


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OC Golf Course Bridge Replacement Bids Vary Greatly

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Bids were opened this week for the contract to replace the aging wooden cart path bridges at the municipal Eagle’s Landing golf course, displaying a wide range of options for the town. Last year, it was learned many of the cart bridges at the 30-year-old Eagle’s Landing course are in disrepair and need replacing with an estimated project cost of $230,000. Replacing the bridges was included in the town’s capital improvement plan

(CIP) last year and was given a “very important” rating in the Mayor and Council’s priority grading system. During Tuesday’s work session, bids were opened for the labor and equipment elements of the cart bridge replacement project. City Engineer Terry McGean said the overall project estimate was originally $230,000, but the materials part of the project was bid out separately. McGean said the estimate for the labor and equipment portion was around $180,000. As a result, the bids for the labor and equipment elements of the project were opened on Tuesday, show-

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ing a wide range of potential price tags. For example, of the five bids opened on Tuesday, the highest came in at over $377,000, while the lowest bid came in at just around $88,000. There were also bids at $245,000, $136,000 and $116,000. Those bids reflect the estimates for replacing the cart bridges at Eagle’s Landing at holes four, seven, eight, nine, 16, 17 and 18A. There was also an alternative bid out to replace the bridges at holes 10, 11 and 18B. Each of the submitted bids included estimates for doing the other three bridges above the base bids.

The highest bid for the alternate to do the other three bridges was over $75,000, while the lowest came in at around $11,000. After opening the bids, the council voted to remand them to staff for further review. When asked why the bids for the materials had been separated from the labor and equipment bid, McGean explained the town can save considerable money purchasing the lumber needed for the project directly, similar to purchasing the lumber for Boardwalk projects. McGean also said the project would begin in January because the course will have to be closed.

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Pines Considering Electronic Signs

October 4, 2019

BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines Association officials are investigating the possibility of installing electronic signs at the north and south gate. At a meeting Wednesday, Ocean Pines Association (OPA) board members discussed the idea of eliminating the 13 traditional marquee signs throughout the community and installing two electronic signs at the main entrances. Though no action was taken, the board agreed to have the Communications Advisory Committee explore the cost of moving to electronic signs. “I’d need to see all that before I could even think about saying yes or no,” Director Tom Janasek said. Director Colette Horn told the board that the Communications Advisory Committee and OPA’s director of marketing and public relations had recommended replacing the existing signs with electronic signs. “The purpose is to promote easier maintenance of the information they provide,” she said. Horn said the existing signs were in good condition but that it took four different departments to keep their information current. “In addition, when situations occur that result in last minute cancellation of weekend or holiday events, the person responsible for changing the information on the marquee must gain access to the necessary materials on the weekend, which is sometimes dif-

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ficult,” she said. Horn said the two new electronic signs were expected to cost $40,000 each. She added, however, that there were zoning issues to resolve first. “Current Worcester County code restricts message signs only to the identification of the community or geographic region,” Horn said. “Furthermore, there are no variances or exceptions that can be obtained. Although OPA's signs presently go beyond this to provide information about programs and activities related to programs and association business, according to Jennifer Keener, Worcester County zoning administrator, the county has never pressed the issue of removing what has been in existence. Additionally, she indicates that she could not permit new or replacement signs.” Instead, Horn said county officials advised the community to submit a text amendment that would allow for replacement of the signs. Several board members said they wanted the committee to continue exploring the possibility of electronic signs and all of the associated costs. “How long does it take us to recoup that investment?” said Doug Parks, association president. Director Larry Perrone said the last time the concept of electronic signs was explored the county had been intransigent in its position. “Until the codes are changed we’re just spinning our wheels,” he said. The board agreed to ask the Communications Advisory Committee to continue looking into the issue.

Revised Center Agreement Approved

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – With the next expansion of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center set to go out to bid soon, resort officials this week approved a modified construction and operations agreement with the Maryland Stadium Authority for the facility. The Town of Ocean City partners with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) on the convention center and a bill passed by the state legislature authorizes the MSA to issue up to $24.5 million in bonds to help pay for the third phase of the expansion. The total cost of the project is $34 million, of which the state is requested to fund 60 percent, or $20.4 million. The town’s share would be 40 percent, or roughly $13.6 million, which would be funded by the one cent added to the food tax in Ocean City. The expansion will add 30,000 square feet of exhibit space on the north side of the facility. The expanded space could be used alone for a single event, or opened up with the other adjacent exhibit halls to create a larger space. The bill passed last spring changed the funding formula for the convention center expansion from a 50-50 split be-

tween the state and the city to a 60% share for the state and a 40% share for the city. The legislation also required changes to the construction and operations agreement between Ocean City and the MSA, changes which were approved by the Mayor and Council on Tuesday. One of the more significant changes is an alteration of the formula by which each party contributes to the convention center’s capital reserve fund. In the past, each partner contributed $50,000 annually to the capital reserve fund to cover the cost of unanticipated repairs and other expenses. That formula has now been changed to $100,000 annually for each party. City Engineer Terry McGean said the changes reflect the increased size of the convention center after the expansion, along with the aging existing facility, which was first built in the 1970s. “The reason for the increase is the building will be much larger after the expansion,” he said. “Also, the building is getting older and things like the roof or the escalators or the mechanical systems might need replacing in the future. The MSA wanted to make sure we had that funds to cover that.” The council unanimously approved the revised agreement with the MSA.

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Young Assateague Horse Killed By Park Vehicle

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSATEAGUE – A wild horse on Assateague was struck and killed by a park vehicle early Sunday morning, serving as a grim reminder to motorists to obey speed limits and use caution around the island’s famed residents. In the predawn hours before first light on Sunday, the chestnut mare N2BHS-ALQ, or Connie’s Girl, was standing in the road on a curve on Bayberry Drive when it was struck by a park vehicle. The park vehicle struck the horse in the hind quarter and the animal did not survive the collision. The park employee was uninjured and the incident is under investigation.

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Connie’s Girl was born in April 2018 to Ms. Macky with the likely sire being Yankee. The band frequented the developed area and campgrounds at the Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. Connie’s Girl in the 34th wild horse to be hit by a vehicle and killed on the island since 1982. Another 17 horses have been struck and injured. “As always, the loss of one of our horses saddens park staff,” Assateague Island National Seashore officials said in a statement. “The National Park Service reminds everyone to be alert when driving on Assateague Island, especially at night.” With the loss of Connie’s Girl, the wild horse population on the Maryland side of Assateague now stands at 75.

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The most recent census completed in May had the population at 76 after the birth of a new foal in April and the loss of an aging mare that had to be humanely euthanized. The ideal population range for wild horses on the Maryland side of Assateague is 80100. Sunday’s unfortunate loss of Connie’s Girl is a reminder of the importance of using care and caution while driving on the island and interacting with its famous wild inhabitants. The horses often interact and mingle with the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the island with sometimes dangerous or deadly results. Many of the horses inhabit wild and seldom visited areas of the island, but more than a few can routinely be seen

Connie’s Girl, who was born in April 2018, was a member of a band seen often in the developed areas of Assateague. Submitted Photo

in and around the visitor areas, interacting with vehicles, beach goers and campers. Drivers are reminded to be alert at all times on the barrier island. When approaching horses in or on the side of the road, it may be necessary to drive even slower than the posted speed limit as common sense would dictate.


Berlin Merchants Seek Road Closure Extension

October 4, 2019

BY CHARLENE SHARPE STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – Merchants at the south end of Main Street are hoping to see special event road closures extend past their shops next year. As special events for 2020 go to the town council for approval this month, merchants south of Jefferson Street are hopeful that officials will agree to include their portion of Main Street in any road closures. “We’ll never know unless we try,” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. During special events, such as the recent Fiddlers Convention, Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic. Typically, barricades marking the closure are placed near the intersection of West and Main streets, Gay and

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Broad streets and near the intersection of Jefferson and Main streets. Business owners whose shops are located beyond the southern barricade would like to see the street closure extended past its current location. “It would extend the (foot) traffic down our way,” said Brenda Malone, whose shop is at 10 S. Main Street. “When the barricade’s up people think that’s the end.” Neighboring merchant Ruth Koontz agreed and said she’d lobbied for extending the street closure in years past. She says attendees see the barricade and the signs prohibiting alcohol past that point and don’t go any farther. “We called it the great wall of Berlin and we’re on the wrong side,” Koontz said. While that section of the street was

full of service businesses several years ago, now that it’s primarily retail Koontz is hopeful officials will reconsider the placement of the barricade. Wells agreed. “We’ve been talking about this for a number of years,” she said. “It’ll definitely help the businesses out.” She added, however, that public safety officials and Maryland’s State Highway Administration (SHA) would make the decision. Police Chief Arnold Downing said this week the street closure had not been extended previously because of SHA concerns. He said moving the barricade farther south would create more dead ends and impede more traffic. He added that it would also eliminate more parking spaces. “It causes a lot more issues,” he said.

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Boardwalk Dog Beating Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Parkville, Md., man was arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges last weekend after allegedly kicking and beating his dog on the Boardwalk. Around 1:45 a.m. last Friday, the City Watch surveillance system caught video of a man later identified as Jordan Brokus, 22, cruelly and intentionally beating his dog, a two-yearold boxer-lab mix named Stone, on the Boardwalk around Caroline Street. According to police reports, the video surveillance showed Brokus kick the dog in his rib cage on the right side and then pull the dog up by his collar, strangling the dog in the air for several seconds. The video showed Brokus then slam the dog down on the Boardwalk and choke the animal for several more seconds, according to police reports. Once the dog was let up, it walked toward Brokus’ girlfriend. The dog was able to pull out of its collar and ran away from Brokus, whose girlfriend called the dog’s name. According to police reports, the dog returned to Brokus’ girlfriend, but Brokus grabbed the dog and aggressively put the animal’s collar back on. According to police reports, Brokus then punched the dog in the face several times with a closed fist. Brokus then reportedly yanked the dog’s leash, launching the animal forward. According to police reports, Brokus repeated that action multiple times, launching the dog forward several feet before kicking it again in the rib cage on the left side. Finally, Brokus reportedly yanked the dog by the leash off the Boardwalk and down Caroline Street. According to police reports, at no time in the video did the dog misbehave or act aggressively. Instead, Brokus abused the animal for no apparent action on the dog’s part. Brokus’ girlfriend was able to regain control of the dog without further incident. Based on the video evidence, Brokus was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty.

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was arrested on indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges last weekend after allegedly dropping his drawers and exposing himself to several onlookers along the sidewalk. Around 7:40 p.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of 44th Street when he observed a male suspect, later identified as Jessie Bentley, 27, of Ontario, Canada, unsuccessfully yelling at vehicles and inciting them to spin their tires. According to police reports, Bentley then removed his pants and exposed himself to motorists stopped at the traffic signal along with several hundred people in the area. The officer attempted to speak to Bentley, but he put his pants back on and ran away, according to police reports. The officer searched the area for about five minutes before locating Bentley and placing him under arrest. Bentley told the officer he was sorry for exposing himself, according to police reports. He was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Patio Furniture Thrown In Pool OCEAN CITY – Two Maryland men and a juvenile were arrested last weekend on various charges after allegedly throwing patio furniture into a north-end condo pool and swiping a bicycle. Around midnight last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 143rd Street for a report of a group of disorderly males. Ocean City Communications advised the officers a group of

young males had thrown patio furniture into a condo pool. The officers were advised two of the suspects were on skateboards and one was on a bicycle. When officers arrived on the scene, they located and detained the three suspects, later identified as Skyler Smith, 21, of Mount Airy, Md., Gavin Sweeney, 18, of Baldwin, Md., and a juvenile. OCPD officers contacted the witness and complainant, who came to the scene and positively identified the three suspects. The witness told police he was on his balcony with a full view of the pool and surrounding area when he observed Smith, Sweeney and the juvenile enter the pool area and throw patio furniture into the pool, according to police reports. The witness told police he observed the suspects leave the pool area and heard one of them say “Let’s get some bikes,” according to police reports. The witness reportedly told police he observed the suspects go to several different bike racks and different condos in the area and yank on bicycles to find any that weren’t locked or could be dislodges from their locks. When they were unsuccessful, they kicked some of the bikes, the witness told police. One officer searched the pool area and found it to be secured, the only access to it being an entry near the concrete steps that led to it. Another officer searched the area and found several bikes locked at bike racks had been kicked over. Officers questioned the suspects and Smith reportedly said they had climbed the fence to gain access to the pool. When asked why they had thrown furniture into the pool, each suspect shrugged their shoulders and said they didn’t know. Smith was observed with a pink bicycle that did not belong to him. When asked where he got the bike, Smith reportedly motioned to the area of nearby condo building. The bike had a registration indicating the bicycle belonged to a resident of the condo building and the officer returned it to the rack from whence it was taken. Smith and Sweeney were each charged with malicious destruction of property, theft and trespassing. The disposition of the SEE PAGE 26

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Fight Nets 10-Day Sentence OCEAN CITY – A Clarksville, Md., man, arrested in May after first getting into a fight inside a midtown condo and then scrapping with police attempting to control him, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Around 9:30 p.m. on May 18, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a condominium building on 36th Street for a reported active fight in progress. The officer arrived on scene and observed two men arguing inside a condo through an open balcony door. The officer went around to the front of the condo, announced himself as a police officer and knocked on the door. The arguing continued until the door opened, according to police reports. One of the individuals was identified as Cameron Haghighat, 20, of Clarksville, who continued to shout while the other individual attempted to calm him down. Haghighat reportedly did not respond to the officers’ orders to calm down and sit down and instead walked toward the officer and into his upraised hand. The officer attempted to handcuff Haghighat, but the suspect resisted to the point he had to be taken to the ground. The other man reportedly told police Haghighat was acting that way because he was young and could not handle his alcohol. According to police reports, Haghighat’s demeanor changed multiple times from aggressively shouting insults and threats at officers to crying and apologizing. While on the ground, Haghighat continued to shout insults at the OCPD officers attempting to detain him and began kicking his legs, striking at a female OCPD officer in the middle and lower part of her body at least five times. At that point, Haghighat was placed under arrest for assaulting the female officer. While being taken to the prisoner transport van, Haghighat reportedly continued to shout gang names and string of expletives at the officers. By now, several people including families, were gathering on nearby balconies to watch the incident unfold, according to police reports. Once inside the prisoner transport van, Haghighat reportedly continued shouting and throwing himself around in the van, causing it to sway from side to side, according to police reports. Based on all of the evidence, including Haghighat reportedly kicking the OCPD officer multiple times, the suspect was arrested and charged with assault. On Monday, Haghighat pleaded guilty to seconddegree assault and was sentenced to 10 days. SEE NEXT PAGE


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Guilty Plea In Boardwalk Ruckus

OCEAN CITY – The third of three Baltimore-area men arrested in May after causing a disturbance on the Boardwalk over a skateboarding incident pleaded guilty this week to disorderly conduct and was placed on probation for one year. Around 11:20 a.m. on May 25, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were patrolling on the Boardwalk in the area of 9th Street when they observed a suspect later identified as Javon Thomas, 26, of Baltimore, skateboarding in violation of a city ordinance. An OCPD officer stopped Thomas, told him to get off the skateboard and provide identification, but Thomas refused to comply, according to police reports. The officer reportedly advised Thomas he was not allowed to ride a skateboard on the Boardwalk at that time, but Thomas repeatedly ignored requests to dismount and provide identification information. According to police reports, Thomas began to shout loudly and drew the attention of around 100 people on the crowded Boardwalk, who reportedly formed a half circle and began filming the incident. According to police reports, there were young families including children in strollers among the mid-morning Boardwalk crowd. According to police reports, Thomas shouted he was being singled out and that there were other skateboarding violations going on, although no other skateboarders were seen in the immediate area. At that point, another man identified as Tamil Witherspoon, 26, of Parkville, started to physically and verbally hinder the OCPD investigation into Thomas’ identification, at one point physically placing himself between the officers and the suspect while shouting at police and protesting the stop. At that point, a third man identified as Quincy West-Crump, 25, of Baltimore, intervened and attempted to get Witherspoon away from the officers despite being told not to interfere. West-Crump then attempted to grab Thomas to get him away from the OCPD’s custody. When officers attempted to hold West-Crump back, he allegedly slapped their arms away and continued to intervene. In the end, Thomas was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Witherspoon was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing and hindering. West-Crump was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on police officers, disorderly conduct and obstructing and hindering. On Monday, Thomas pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was placed on probation for one year. Earlier in September, West-Crump pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and Witherspoon pleaded guilty to obstructing and hindering in August. Each of the suspects was placed on probation.

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More Redevelopment Eyed For 45th Street

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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What Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville described as the “last piece of the puzzle” for the 45th Street redevelopment was approved by the town’s planning commission this week. Rendering by Iott Architecture

OCEAN CITY – What will likely be the last component of the piecemeal redevelopment of the old 45th Street village property was approved this week including vast outdoor dining areas and more retail. For decades, the 45th Street Village with its quaint shops and restaurants was one of the premiere tourist destinations in the midtown area, but it has been redeveloped piecemeal in recent years. The last vestiges of the 70s era shopping center are long gone and in its place has grown a vast hotel, restaurant, retail and mini-golf complex. The first real piece of the multi-use redevelopment project was the 45th Street Taphouse and O.C. Steamers restaurants on the direct bayfront portion of the bayfront property. That was followed by the construction of the shiny new Aloft hotel on the south portion of the property along the bayfront, which opened last year. Also last year, an 18-hole mini-golf course was approved and developed on the south side of the property closest to Coastal Highway and that opened this summer. On Tuesday, the planning commission had before them a site plan for the redevelopment of the space along the north end of the property closest to Coastal Highway largely utilized by the O.C. Steamers resaurant. “We didn’t think there was going to be another part of this redevelopment but believe it or not, here is yet another component,” Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville told the commission. “We believe this will probably be the last piece of the puzzle.” The plan calls for the construction of 4,720 square feet of retail space along with 3,318 square feet of open, unenclosed rooftop outdoor dining. The plan also includes reconfiguring some of the space in the existing O.C. Steamers building to create more outdoor space for the 45th Street Taphouse. The result would be 16,573 square feet of open, outdoor dining. “There’s a great demand for outdoor dining and the plan is to hollow out part of what was O.C. Steamers for outside dining for the taphouse, which has been very successful,” said architect and project designer Keith Iott. “The former Steamers would now basically become a food service operation for the other amenities on the property.” Iott said the latest redevelopment proposed was likely the last for the vast bayside commercial property. “You’d be hard pressed to find a better example of the mixed-use concept then this project now is,” he said.


Park Enforcement Approach Outlined

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE STAFF WRITER

SNOW HILL – County officials agreed Tuesday to move forward with enforcement actions to make sure White Horse Park property owners abide by occupancy restrictions. Though the item was not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, after a brief closed session the Worcester County Commissioners reconvened in open session and voted 4-2, with Commissioners Josh Nordstrom and Bud Church opposed, to move forward with plans to issue citations and fines up to $1,000. “In my opinion there’s too much urgency on getting those people out of there,” Church said in an interview Wednesday. “Everyone’s in too big of a rush. I agree they should not be there, but I think there’s some hardship consideration that needs to be addressed.” The enforcement plan comes after months of discussion regarding the roughly 50 residents who have been living full-time in White Horse Park despite the restrictions on campground subdivisions, which state that between Sept. 30 and April 1 units shall not be occupied for more than 30 consecutive days or an aggregate of 60 days. The residents, many of whom are elderly, hired an attorney and submitted various renditions of a text amendment that would have allowed them to remain in their homes. Two weeks ago, however, the commissioners voted to reject the latest text amendment proposal. In the days following, three commissioners met with the White Horse Park board to talk about enforcement plans. Staff on Tuesday presented the commissioners with a series of letters outlining the county’s proposed enforcement plans. The first letter will be mailed to all White Horse Park property owners advising them the off-season occupancy restrictions will be enforced beginning Oct. 1. The second letter is proposed for distribution to property owners who may have previously violated the occupancy restrictions. It defines enforcement actions as civil citations and increasing fines. It also offers consultation with Worcester County’s state partners who might be able to help in locating alternate housing. “In the event that enforcement becomes necessary, you will be guilty of a civil infraction and may be issued a civil citation each day the violation continues,” the letter reads. “The fine for the first civil infraction shall be $100. Thereafter, fines will escalate each day with a fine of $250 for a second offense, $500 for a third offence and $1,000 each day for a fourth and each subsequent offense.” The third letter is for distribution to renters and tenants reminding them of the occupancy restrictions.

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FROM PAGE 4 Office, the Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police and others for their assistance. “Even though it was not pleasant out there, the residents and visitors were safe thanks to our police department and the allied law enforcement agencies,” he said. “I dread to think what would have happened if they weren’t here.” In terms of the size of the police presence in Ocean City over the weekend, OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro said it was the largest ever for any event in the resort.

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“Without going into specifics from an operational standpoint, we had the highest number of officers working in Ocean City at one time than at any other time in history,” he said. After a particularly troublesome motor vehicle special event season a few years ago, a task force was created to begin exploring ways to combat some of the illicit behavior. Borne out of those early task force meetings was the creation of a special event zone during some of the events with lower speed limit, higher fines and stronger enforcement efforts among other initiatives. While the special enforcement zone

has worked to some degree and the police presence in the resort was the strongest it has ever been, the event over the weekend was perhaps the worst it has ever been, forcing resort officials to go back to the drawing board. “We all have to work together with one voice,” said Meehan. “Everything will be on the table as we begin to discuss what to do about this. Some things might cause inconveniences for residents and businesses, but we need them to be on board with some of these things and I believe they will. We are not going to let what happened define Ocean City.” Buzzuro agreed everything is on the table going forward. The chief reported there were 121 arrests over the weekend for a wide variety of charges. Indeed, a review of the arrest logs for the weekend revealed few if any major, or part 1, crimes with hundreds of lesser crimes including disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, for example. Oddly, there were very few drunk-driving arrests although the group in town last weekend, by and large, is not typically known for its alcohol consumption. “It was intolerable,” Buzzuro said. “The level of disrespect has never been seen. It was very taxing and very challenging we were fortunate there weren’t any significant injuries because there was a lot of anger and hostility directed at law enforcement.” Buzzuro said there is little that can be done to keep the group from coming to Ocean City in the future. In the meantime, every avenue will be explored to at least make their visit more palatable for residents and visitors. “We are not going to be able to keep this group of people away,” he said. “We have to figure out ways to mitigate this and nothing is off the table. We’ve seen it escalate over the years and it isn’t going away.” Throughout the weekend, there were reports of law enforcement officers being assaulted with rocks and bottles and other scuffles with participants. In one particular case, a fairly viral video shows a law enforcement officer resorting to tasing a suspect. Buzzuro said his officers and their allied partners used a variety of techniques in an effort to maintain some semblance of control “There are a lot of different tactics we use to maintain control,” he said. “There were literally thousands of motorists on the roadways committing violations and thousands more egging them on.” In another well-circulated social media post, law enforcement officials are seen drawing their weapons on suspects. Buzzuro said that was not an isolated incident. “We did have some instances of officers drawing their weapons,” he said. “There is a review process and all of those incidents will be reviewed.” Buzzuro said many law enforcement officers were dinged up during the weekend donnybrooks with event participants, but there were no major injuries. “For the most part, everybody is okay,” he said. “We’re a little bruised

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up and sore, but there were no significant injuries.” Both Meehan and Buzzuro said they have reached out to Governor Larry Hogan for assistance going forward. Meehan said he also heard from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, State Senator Mary Beth Carozza, Delegate Wayne Hartman, the state comptroller’s office and the State Highway Administration over the weekend. “They all want to help,” he said. “They all recognize this is a situation Ocean City needs help with.” Buzzuro said going forward resort officials will likely return to Annapolis to urge state lawmakers to strengthen enforcement of some violations such as reckless and negligent driving, for example. A similar bill seeking to strengthen the special event zone parameters was denied by the General Assembly during the last session, but after this weekend’s disturbing event, state lawmakers might be more receptive to the proposed changes. “Some vehicle laws don’t rise to the level of being a deterrence,” said Buzzuro. “A good bit of the bad behavior was on the roads. We need to dig deeper into some of these offenses and see how they can be strengthened or enhanced.” Later in the week, Carozza vowed to take action at the state level to help ease the situation. “I join with Mayor Meehan and all our community stakeholders, partners in law enforcement, in the legislature and Governor Hogan’s administration in working together to take the necessary actions to protect our home community,” she said. “We will do whatever it takes to protect the residents and visitors of Ocean City. All options are on the table for future action.” Carozza said she would likely go back to the General Assembly with legislation similar to the bills voted down last year in enhancing the penalties and strengthening the special event zone enforcement. “The increased reckless, destructive and illegal activity over the past H2Oi weekend demonstrated that the Maryland General Assembly should have passed our 2019 special events increased penalties bill,” she said. “I will continue to work with Mayor Meehan, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro, the Hogan administration and my colleagues to take all necessary actions, including legislation, to protect our home community.” At any rate, it will likely take a concerted effort by the city and its partners, including local residents and business owners, to affect real change. Meehan said despite some businesses reporting successful weekends, there appears to be a will make changes to avoid a repeat of last weekend’s events. “Some of our businesses were very busy and many have said it just wasn’t worth it,” he said. “What we’re hearing from our business community is that they stand behind everything we’re trying to do with this.”


Council To Consider Ag Building Permit Moratorium

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County introduced a legislative bill this week declaring a six-month moratorium on the issuance of building permits for certain agricultural storage tanks. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted to introduce legislation that would declare a moratorium on the issuance of building permits for agricultural storage tanks that store waste, or sludge, from poultry renderings. “I will state now that I am not happy about a moratorium on anything, especially anything to do with our farming community,” said Councilman Joe Holloway. “But I do realize the issues that we are having, that neighbors are having.” Earlier this year, Wicomico County Planning, Zoning and Community Development issued a building permit that would allow a local farmer to construct a 3-million-gallon storage tank containing poultry by-products on his property in the area of Porter Mill Road. Since that time, several nearby residents have shared their concerns with the council regarding the potential smells and hazards associated with the tank. Councilman Larry Dodd said the proposed moratorium would allow

county officials to review the permitting process regarding any future storage tanks. “This is just a temporary moratorium because we don’t want another one of these million-gallon tanks to pop up in a neighborhood and we get a new group of people in here complaining,” Councilman Larry Dodd said. “It’s just temporary … I just want to make sure we are doing the right thing.” The legislation was initially presented this week as a one-year moratorium. The council, however, voted 5-2 to amend the moratorium to six months, with Councilman Bill McCain and Councilwoman Nicole Acle opposed. Councilmen Ernie Davis and McCain argued the council should discuss a moratorium on the issue after

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related to smell. He noted that the intent of the moratorium was to address zoning issues. “This particular moratorium is focusing on zoning issues and storage tank issues,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the odor. It has nothing to do with the application. We want to make that clear.” Dodd made a motion to introduce the legislation, which was seconded by Acle. “I would like to see one year, but I understand the rationale of six months,” she said. The council voted 5-2, with McCain and Davis opposed, to introduce the legislative bill. “I think we are getting ahead of ourselves,” Davis said.


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The Germantown School Community Heritage Center is located off Trappe Road in Berlin. Submitted photo

BERLIN – Community members are invited to celebrate the dedication of the first phase of the Germantown School orchard this month. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Germantown School Community Heritage Center invites the public to attend the dedication of the apple trees and bench that mark the beginning of the facility’s orchard. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. at the school on Trappe Road in Berlin. “We’ve had a lot of interest,” said Barbara Purnell, president of the Germantown School Community Heritage Center. “We’ve had great support for all of our projects.” The Germantown School, built in 1922 through the Rosenwald program, was reopened as a museum in 2013 after an extensive restoration. Now that the school is providing visitors with a glimpse of the local African American heritage, Purnell hopes to enhance the experience for visitors with the addition of an orchard. “When we were going to school during the 1950s, we were surrounded by orchards,” Purnell said, referencing the extensive operations of Harrisons Nurseries. “The Harrisons were one of the largest employers around and some of our parents worked there. We

felt the orchard was part of our history.” To celebrate that history, there are plans to create an orchard of apple and peach trees on the school property. Purnell said that thanks to a donation from 100+ Women Who Care, the apple trees were purchased and planted. And in July, the Republican Women of Worcester County donated a bench, built by Tim Gallagher, that will be placed in the orchard. Purnell said there are plans to add peach trees in the spring. Eventually, Purnell hopes audio can be installed to share the history of the Germantown School with visitors. “We’d like to put it by the bench so people can sit and listen,” she said. Purnell added that she was grateful for the support of organizations such as 100+ Women Who Care and the Republican Women of Worcester County. “We’re really appreciative of the donations,” she said. Purnell encourages community members, particularly those who haven’t visited the school since its restoration, to attend the Oct. 12 ceremony to gain a better understanding of local history. “Our school was a landmark in our community,” she said. “We wanted to hold on to that landmark. We want to continue to educate people about the history of the African American community. We want to tell our story.”

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October 4, 2019

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FENWICK ISLAND – Sidewalks and crosswalks highlighted a discussion on pedestrian safety efforts in Fenwick Island last week. Last Friday, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean presented the Fenwick Island Town Council with an update on various pedestrian safety efforts in town. Carmean, chair of the Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee, announced last week that a longawaited sidewalk project in Fenwick Island had made it onto the Delaware Department of Transportation’s proposed Capital Transportation Program priority list for fiscal years 2021-2026. “This means we have been included in DelDOT’s plans to fund our sidewalk project for both sides of Coastal Highway,” she said. Earlier this year, Fenwick Island received $250,000 in the state bond bill to begin the first phase of a sidewalk construction project. Instead of pursuing a DelDOT sidewalk project – which had a cost estimate of roughly $10 million – town officials decided to handle the first phase of the project themselves and worked alongside state legislators to secure the bond bill funding. Though planning for the first phase is now underway, Carmean noted DelDOT has since added a multi- million-dollar sidewalk project to its proposed priority list. The project is No. 13 on the list and includes $10.8 million for a continuous sidewalk system from Lighthouse Road to Lewes Street. “The good news is we the town are included in these capital projects and our town taxes will not be involved,” she said. “The bad news is this project will not take place probably until 2026.” Town Manager Terry Tieman, however, said planning could begin as early as 2023. “While no physical work will be done, planning and engineering work will be done the beginning of July 2023 and then again in July 2024,” she said. “Then there will be some right of way work in 2025.” Tieman added the town would try to advance the timeline for any proposed sidewalk project. “We’ll really be pushing hard to get it,” she said. Carmean told the council that the town had also received a proposal contract from The Kercher Group, an engineering firm, as it launches the first phase of its sidewalk project. “However, because we have some questions regarding the proposed services, no action is planned until we can schedule a meeting with the company to go over the details,” she said. Town officials said they were hop-

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ing to schedule a meeting with the engineering firm in the coming weeks. “Once we have worked through this, I will schedule a committee meeting to share that information,” Carmean said. While most pedestrian safety committee meetings focus on sidewalks, residents earlier this year made it clear to committee members they were also concerned about other pedestrianrelated issues in Fenwick, including the lack of crosswalk visibility along Coastal Highway. “I was so focused on sidewalks,” Carmean said. “But a lot of people –

and rightly so – have been focused on the current safety here in our town and what we can do between now and then to improve things.” To that end, town officials called a meeting with DelDOT Traffic Studies Manager Peter Haag last week to share the residents’ concerns. “He seemed like a very promising person to work with,” Carmean said. “We discussed a number of concerns and Mr. Haag has promised to study these issues and return with some ideas for remediation. He has also promised to talk with residents at a future pedestrian safety committee

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meeting. I’m hopeful we will have some results.” Carmean said DelDOT would also explore a restriping project at crosswalks along Coastal Highway later this year. “We also talked about restriping the crosswalks in such a way that people can more easily see that it is a crosswalk,” she said. Town officials said the project could also include additional crosswalk signage. They noted that the council’s decision in August to purchase crosswalk signs would be postponed until further information could be provided. “I’m very hopeful that changes will be made, and made soon, for our crosswalks,” Mayor Gene Langan said.


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New OP Golf Clubhouse Work Now Underway

October 4, 2019

BY BETHANY HOOPER STAFF WRITER

Ocean Pines officials and residents are pictured at this week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse. Photo by Bethany Hooper

OCEAN PINES – Officials in Ocean Pines celebrated the start of construction on a new golf clubhouse with a groundbreaking ceremony this week. On Tuesday, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse. Construction on the new facility will start next week. “I’m glad this day is finally here,” said Association Vice President Steve Tuttle. In April, the OPA Board of Directors approved construction of the new building at a guaranteed maximum cost of $1.6 million. The Whayland Company, based in Laurel, Del., will oversee construction. And in May, Absolute Demolition of Ocean City demolished the former two-story clubhouse. Association President Doug Parks recognized the many individuals involved with the project, as well as current and former board members. “I also thank the former board members who supported this and the current board members who continue to support this,” he said. “And we can make sure this project is delivered on time, so we can start enjoying a wonderful new facility here at the golf course.” Salisbury architectural firm Davis, Bowen and Friedel developed the plans for the roughly 7,200-squarefoot, single-story building. The clubhouse will feature a large meeting room, outdoor deck, pro shop, club-fitting area and space for the Tern Grille restaurant, which will be overseen by the Matt Ortt Companies. General Manager John Viola applauded the individuals on the project’s advisory team, including Tuttle, builder Marvin Steen and contractor Frank Brown. He also thanked members of the board and community members. “I want to thank everybody in Ocean Pines as well as the golfers that have supported this place over the years,” he said. “Let’s go forward.” Opened in 1972, the Ocean Pines Golf Course is one of the earliest courses in the Ocean City area. It is open to the public year-round, and is the only Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed course on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Golf operations have moved to a trailer and will remain there until the new clubhouse is completed. Food and beverage service and restroom facilities will be available during the interim. For more information on the course, call 410-641-6057 or visit www.oceanpinesgolf.org.


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SALISBURY – A new service is expected to benefit patrons of Wicomico County’s library system. On Sept. 9, the Wicomico Public Library began offering passport services at its Centre branch, located within the Centre at Salisbury. There, patrons can apply for a new passport, renew an existing passport and take passport photos. Sam Gibson, marketing and communications manager for the library, said the new service follows a growing trend to offer additional resources to library patrons. “The library is a great hub for not only checking out books and online resources, but we also have things like fax and notary services,” he said. “This just adds to the things we already offer.” Gibson said library staff went through a lengthy training course to process passports and applications. He said patrons began using the new service as soon as it was offered earlier this month. “People are using these services and there was a lot of excitement when we started promoting this on social media,” he said. “There was definitely a lot of interest and we have had patrons come through, even on the day we first started.” Gibson said passport services at the Centre branch offer convenience and accessibility to members of the community who cannot travel to the post office. He noted that the library will offer the new service in the afternoon and evening hours throughout the week. “People are already there,” he said of those shopping at the mall. “So they can take care of multiple things in one stop.” Gibson said passport services will be offered at the Centre branch Monday through Wednesday from 1-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. by appointment.

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Betty Carmean Pruitt SNOW HILL – Betty Carmean Pruitt, age 92, died on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at the Snow Hill Nursing and Rehab Center after a brief stay. Born in Snow Hill, she was the daughter of the late Dorsey B. and Mary Bonneville Carmean. She is survived by her beloved husband of 74 years, George Lee “Tad” Pruitt; sister, Wilsie C Haber of Lewes, Del.; sisters-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Pruitt of SalisBETTY bury, and Pam McCabe of Snow Hill, CARMEAN PRUITT Shirley Hunt of South Carolina; brother-in-law, Benny Ward (Linda) of Hebron; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was a sister, Grace Ellen Dukes; brothers-in-law Lawrence Pruitt, Homer Pruitt, Paul McCabe, Robert Wimbrow and Charles Hunt; and sisters-in-law Mary T. Pruitt and

Shirley Hunt. Betty was a devoted wife, homemaker and aunt. She was a lifelong member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Snow Hill American Legion Post #67 Ladies Auxiliary, Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Snow Hill C.B. Club and served on many committees at Whatcoat Church. She had attended Goldey Beacom Business College in Wilmington, Del. Betty retired from Moore Business Forms in Snow Hill where she served the company as a proof reader for many years. For the past 20-plus years, she had worked as a hostess with the Burbage Funeral Home in Snow Hill. She and Tad enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida, and dining with friends and family in many area restaurants. They were a

mainstay at the local American Legion on Friday nights. Services were held. A donation in her memory may be made to Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 100 West Federal St., Snow Hill, Md. 21863. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com

Carolyn Hudson Bradshaw BERLIN – Carolyn Hudson Bradshaw died suddenly in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. She was the daughter of James F. Hudson and Margaret J. Hudson. She is survived by her son, James Bradshaw and his wife Shana and their daughter Zelda; her son Beau Bradshaw; her mother Margaret J. Hudson; her sisters Ellen Bunting and Linda Smith; her brothers-in-law Dick

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OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted unanimously this week to rename a room in the community center in honor of Anna Foultz. On Wednesday, the board voted 7-0 to change the name of the Marlin Room at the Ocean Pines Community Center to the Anna Foultz Room. Foultz, a longtime resident and volunteer loved by many, passed away Sept. 22. “Anna will be sorely missed,” said Doug Parks, president of the association. “She was a very very important person in the Ocean Pines community. Condolences go out to her family and we’ll celebrate her, not only by the dedication of the room but just remembering all the things she did for Ocean Pines, Star Charities and the other organizations she was associated with.” Parks also announced that Star Charities, the nonprofit Foultz started with her husband Carl in 2007, will host a remembrance ceremony for Foultz on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the renaming of the room in her honor. “More details will come,” Parks said. Foultz lived in Ocean Pines for more than 30 years. In addition to cofounding Star Charities, which gives back to the men and women of the U.S. military, Foultz was a staunch supporter of the Girls Scouts. Star Charities volunteers plan to continue the annual “Holiday Gifts for Soldiers” collection in October, in Foultz’s honor. The drive is among the biggest endeavors of Star Charities, and Foultz had said collecting for servicemen and women made her feel closer to Carl and helped to honor his service. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, black collection buckets will be placed in Ocean Pines at the Community Center, Sports Core Pool and Manklin Meadows Racquets Sports Complex. Additional collection containers will be available at the libraries in Ocean Pines and Ocean City, as well as at the Gold Coast Mall in Ocean City, Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin, and First Shore Federal Savings & Loan on Racetrack Road. All items collected will go to U.S. soldiers serving outside the United States.

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OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines motorists should expect delays near the North Gate next week because of planned road repairs. Chesapeake Paving and Sealing, based in Parsonsburg, will start working at the beginning of next week at the North Gate entrance and exit, according to Operations Director Colby Phillips. Scheduled construction over the next two-to-three weeks will also include the following roads: Allendale Court, Bimini Lane, Brookton Lane, Burr Hill Drive, Laporte Court, Newport Drive, Clubhouse Road East and the White Horse Park path to the pavilion. “The team is looking forward to starting the first phase of our revitalized roads program,” Phillips said. “Clint Parks of the Ocean Pines Maintenance Department works hard each winter grading all the roads in Ocean Pines based on a ‘poor’ through ‘excellent’ rating scale, and we then determine which roads need to be done first. This is done each winter, because the road conditions can change because of many different variables. The work he does gives us the areas we need to focus on for the upcoming year.” The Ocean Pines Association uses its share of revenues from the Ocean Downs casino to pay for roads programs. Last year, Ocean Pines re-

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Firehouse Open House Planned For Sunday OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The campaign works to educate families about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016. While NFPA and the Ocean City Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.” The Ocean City Fire Department is SEE NEXT PAGE


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New Carozza Bills Became Law Oct. 1 BERLIN – This week marked the effect date of several pieces of priority public safety legislation, including several bills and initiatives supported by State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-38). “Public safety is job number one, and these new laws will go a long way when it comes to protecting our communities across the State of Maryland,” Carozza said this week. One of the new laws taking effect this week increases the maximum penalty to 10 years for individuals convicted of multiple drunk and drugged driving offenses. The law includes provisions from Governor Larry Hogan’s Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act, which Carozza co-sponsored. Other Carozza-supported laws going into effect this week include Laura and Reid’s Law, which makes it an additional penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment for committing a crime of violence against a pregnant woman. Grace’s Law 2.0 increases the penalties for cyberbullying with the intent to induce a minor to commit suicide.

Historic House Tour Set For Next Week OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Museum Society will host its 2nd Annual Historic House Tour on Satuday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are invited to spend the day discovering the history of their favorite beach town as they tour several of Ocean City’s unique homes, cottages, and churches. This tour will invite guests into homes that sit directly on the bay offering stunning views to cottages that are named after longtime Ocean City families. A docent will be on site to share the history of each location. Whether you want to take a close look at the stainedglass windows that belong to one of the town’s oldest churches, or you are interested in the traditions that took place in an Ocean City family home, the tour offers something for everyone. The Historic House Tour is a fundraiser that will help strengthen and grow the George and Suzanne Hurley Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is open to Stephen Decatur High School graduates who plan on furthering their education at Salisbury University, Wor-Wic Community College, or UMES. The tour will start at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the museum. To purchase tickets in advance, visit ocmuseum.org or mail a check to: Ocean City Museum Society, P.O Box 603, Ocean City, Md. 21843.

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HOW WE SEE IT Weekend Proves Current Approach Not Working

Tough talk is exactly what got Ocean City in this position with the spinoff elements of the former H2Oi event. Much of the vitriol pointed at law enforcement is a direct result of the motorists knowing full well they are not wanted here. The other part, which cannot be understated, is the extreme degradation of morals among many segments of society. Last weekend was not unusual for this gathering of vehicle owners, despite perceptions it was worse than ever. To be certain, there are more people than ever focused on wreaking havoc on town roads, littering wherever possible and disrespecting police officers. These people are empowered by the fact the town wishes they would not visit. They embrace the notion people are scared of them and consider them punks. They hate the police, and their messages taped on to their vehicles and their actions confirm it. Our biggest fear with this event is the safety of our police officers. It’s a miracle there were not more significant injuries. These cops are husbands and wives in our community. They are parents. They are youth sports coaches. They are volunteers at schools. Their safety matters. Though it’s an expectation they put their lives on the line every day they put on their uniforms, what they endured last weekend was ridiculously dangerous. These law enforcement officials were called every name in the book. When they would respond to a call for service, their vehicles would be pounded with bottles and debris. They were treated terribly, and their lives

were in jeopardy all weekend. Did police overreact in some specific instances? Maybe. Should we trust the timely discretion of our police officers and not trust an online video devoid of context? Absolutely. When I watch a police officer taze a man who seemingly was doing nothing but running his mouth in a foul fashion, we trust the cop there was more to it. We have faith in the discretion of the officer. To the contrary, these young folks here last weekend despise authority. They feel harassed by law enforcement and take umbrage at those who are charged with protecting peace and order. They take out their frustrations with not being welcomed to town on police, especially when getting hefty tickets and their vehicles impounded. The town needs to find a new approach with this group. Toughening the special event zone through state legislation may help the matter. It also may not have an impact whatsoever. After last weekend, it’s difficult to determine whether it helps in the least bit. The tough talk and harsh comments at this week’s press conference served no purpose other than allowing the regional media an opportunity to get all their answers in one setting. The resulting news coverage of the town’s reaction that it didn’t like being “under siege” and would explore all options to ensure it doesn’t happen again was mockery from the H2Oi community and a threat, which is likely baseless, to return for Cruisin next week. What matters is the months to come. Planning to declare a state of emergency for that weekend and al-

lowing property owners onto the island will crush many business operations and stop other special events like the wine festival and powerboat races. It’s not realistic. The operations most impacted by a town closure as if there was a hurricane looming would be the hotels, fast food operations and similar types of restaurants and convenience stores. They were busy last weekend by most accounts. The fact is this group is going to return in future years because Coastal Highway allows them the space to show off for the gawkers on the sidewalks. It’s not the beach, Boardwalk, ocean or bay that brings them here. It’s the straight, multiple-laned highway they love and can’t get in Atlantic City (where the official H2Oi event is now held). The only realistic answer lies in more law enforcement because the troublemakers badly outnumber the police. Hauling in help from the National Guard or other law enforcement agencies may be beneficial. It also might not help at all, but it’s the only option as far as a safety standpoint. In the meantime, over the months until next year’s gathering, we would advocate for town officials to take a more creative approach than simply reiterating the message these folks are not wanted and foolishness will not be tolerated. The city should make efforts to reach out to the hosts of the social media pages that drive this unofficial event. A more welcoming approach could help tamper the hostilities. It might not. We certainly know what does not work – the status quo.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A Disgraceful Weekend Editor: After this past weekend's debacle with those H20i cars in town, I have reached my fill. Enough. To have the mayor say that "Ocean City was under siege" should provide enough impetus to, for once and for all, put an "end" to all these car and motorcycle weekends in Ocean City. If the city officials are now saying the "city was under siege," then ask the governor to mobilize the National Guard and have them augment the police in Ocean City during these vehicle shows. I live in Ocean City year-round. I was a prisoner in my own house this weekend. When I did venture out to go to church Saturday at St Luke's, on the way down, I was cursed at and shown obscene gestures by the drivers of these cars and also by the idiots who sit out and watch them parade. I saw very little police patrols during my trip. I am 69 years old and do not deserve to be treated that way.

I don't want to hear the argument that these shows bring business to Ocean City. These animals in the cars the past weekend do not stay at hotels nor do they eat in restaurants. They sleep in their cars and live on junk food. An Ocean City policeman, who I see at church, is a close friend. He tells me how the police "hate " these car and bike shows because of the bad element who come to town hell bent on starting trouble. He also tells me that they keep coming here because, when given a ticket, they appeal it and go to court. In court, instead of getting a heavy fine because of a " no tolerance" policy, the judges give them a "slap on the wrist" fine. That is why they keep coming here. To all residents and voters in Ocean City, I have decided that I will no longer vote for any elected official on the City Council or for mayor until a candidate steps forward with a platform to put an end to all these car and motorcycle shows forever.

Enough is enough. I live here and pay taxes and property taxes. I urge my fellow citizens of Ocean City to refrain from voting for any elected official until one candidate steps up with a platform to end these vehicle shows. R.E. Derencz Ocean City

Charge Vehicles A Fee Entering Ocean City Editor: Please, Ocean City Council, put a stop to this nonsense, that has invaded our beautiful town. More of these H2Oi vehicles are being converting to cannon shooting moving objects, scaring the town’s citizens and their pets. There has to be a noise ordinance or code that can be enforced. The town’s citizens cannot open their windows to enjoy the fresh fall ocean air. Handing out tickets have not deterred the nonsense. We need to take the next step and use technology. SEE NEXT PAGE


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Since we now read every car’s license plate coming into our town, can we charge the H2Oi participants an entry fee? Why are Ocean City taxpayers paying for increased law enforcement efforts to deal with this nonsense? Tom Buettner Ocean City

New Wind Turbines Deserve A Close Look Editor: In response to Shawn Soper’s article “World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Now Planned Off Ocean City,” I thought I would take the time to make Ocean City residents aware of some of the issues with offshore wind, and these newly announced turbines in particular. As an Ocean City business person, as with most business owners, my economic and personal life centers around established Ocean City industries -tourism and local fishing. Earlier this year, the Ocean City Hotel-MotelRestaurant Association sent a letter to the Department of the Interior opposing offshore wind development off the Maryland coast, stating “[s]ince our founding in 1875, our coastal community has relied on fishing and tourism to sustain our economy”. Now, our pristine waters that draw thousands each year are at risk from industrialization and construction, our views destroyed, our ocean marine life threated by underwater electromagnetic fields, low frequency noise, vibration, and navigational hazards, and other threats. The costs of offshore wind are unbelievably high, and the Department of Energy has listed offshore wind as the most expensive levelized cost of potential electricity in the country, at more than double that of natural gas. If local hotels and restaurants and businesses, never mind the average household, are forced to pay twice the current amount for electric, can they survive? Even in Rhode Island, the “nation’s first offshore wind farm” off Block Island, rather than lowering electric rates on the island as wind farm proponents claimed it would because its electric was previously run off diesel generators, the town has now had to vote in favor of turning back on the diesel generators during peak usage to save 8% on ratepayers’ electric bills. Meanwhile, if we are to look to Block Island as an example, both massive underwater wind farm electric cables have been exposed at local beaches where people are swimming since 2018, and won’t be reburied until 2021. Is this what we want for our area? The new turbines chosen by Danish offshore wind developer Orsted for the Skipjack project off Maryland’s coast, the Haliade X-12 MW turbines, are 853 feet tall, the height of a skyscraper, with blade rotor width as wide as the Golden Gate Bridge is high. The blade sweep area is equivalent to seven football fields. Is this what we want to see from our shores? These moving blades cause radar interference for fishing vessels and other boats; just earlier this year an offshore wind farm service

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boat overseas crashed into a windmill because boat radars don’t work inside a wind farm. Is this what we want in the way of the White Marlin Open every year? Is this what we want in the way of all the tub/barge/transport vessels off our shores? One oil spill caused from a crash would cripple our beach town tourism. The claim that these offshore wind farms will create American jobs isn’t looking to pan out that way either. Instead, from what I can tell looking at what is going on here and in other places, all the jobs will be in Europe. The Haliade X will be built in France. Other offshore wind projects in the Atlantic have contracted with Dutch companies who own Panamanian vessels to install all their turbines and with Italians to build all the wind farm underwater cables. My guess is that it’s cheaper than American labor, and that we don’t have the equipment to do it, which means it will all come from overseas. Never mind the military capability interference. Just last year the DOD gave a mission compatibility report that showed nearly the whole East Coast as a “wind farm exclusion zone” including the Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey leases. It specifically highlighted problems with wind turbines higher than 800 feet because of interference with military training. So why are these leases proceeding at all, much less with 853-foot structures? Meanwhile, for the past couple years, China has had a port in the Bahamas so that it can “actively” provide military assistance to the Bahamas, and now is being called upon to rebuild the island after Dorian. Why would we be wanting to compromise our East Coast defense system if that is the case? None of it makes sense. In my opinion, Ocean City is doing very well, and I would like to keep it that way. We have established jobs, businesses and industries that have been around a long time and will hopefully be around even longer. I for one am not supportive of putting all of that in jeopardy, never mind my safety and security, for a foreign wind company that will create foreign jobs at the expense of American jobs. Please consider contacting your government representatives and plead for NO off shore windmills. John Fager

Compromise Needed Editor: In reference to the recent decision made in regard to the residents in White Horse Park who are living there for the entire year, I am truly saddened by the Worcester County Commissioners’ decision. From what I hear, those residents thought the park would be their final home while they lived out their lives. I have two suggestions for the county code. First, most of the people involved are elderly and retired with ill health and financial difficulties. Having to move at this stage of their lives would be monumental and could be fatal for

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By Publisher/Editor Steve Green

Worcester County Commissioners Chip Bertino and Jim Bunting had to get some things off their chest this week. They wanted to make it clear there was no “deal” made among the commissioners over the summer to obtain Commissioner Josh Nordstrom’s support for a room tax increase. For a period of a few weeks this summer, it appeared Ocean City’s plan to increase the countywide room tax by half of a percentage point could be in jeopardy because Nordstrom had said he would not support it if his fellow commissioners were not willing to be more receptive to funding support for his southern district in the future. His abstention from the enabling room tax increase vote was a message. His vote on that actual increase itself was critical because the vote had to be unanimous. When Nordstrom voted along with his fellow commissioners on a room tax increase without making any public comments, it raised some red flags among many. It was evident some sort of agreement, assurance or “deal” was made to gain Nordstrom’s vote. After the meeting, Nordstrom said he had gained enough support from his colleagues his district would get a better shake on future funding, potentially a share of casino table game revenue, that he was willing to vote for the room tax increase. What that was specifically was not known, but it would be discussed further at budget time. I then opined in this space, “It’s going to be interesting to see what transpires in the spring involving a deal made among the Worcester County Commissioners. In exchange for his vote two weeks ago for a room tax increase, it’s clear Commissioner Josh Nordstrom was promised some funding for the south end of the county by his colleagues. … Perhaps it’s a conspiracy theory on my part, but I would not be surprised if a majority of the commissioners renege on this deal at budget time.” The word “deal” rankled Bertino and Bunting because they said one never took place. Bertino said this week, “I didn’t make a promise in signature or in word that I was going to vote a certain way. In fact, that particular topic was never even discussed with me. … But no one up here, no one speaks for any one of the commissioners other than themselves.” Bunting, who read from this column in open session, added, “I want whoever wrote this line to know that I have not made a deal with anybody. I have not talked to anybody about making a deal. I will not make a deal.” Nordstrom made it clear to his colleagues he was going to continue to stand up for his district. “Neither of you have come and talked to me personally about this. You chose open session to do it which is unfortunate but that’s your right,” he said. “… To talk about how I am somehow falsely representing this board, this commission up here is untrue. Some of the things you’ve heard may or may not be true but none of them are illegal or immoral or have any negative connotations whatsoever. They just might be something you don’t approve of or don’t like. But I haven’t done anything wrong and I won’t do anything wrong. …” I remain convinced Nordstrom was given assurances by some of his colleagues his requests for his district would at a minimum get more consideration in exchange for his support of the room tax increase. Bertino and Bunting certainly made it clear they were not a part of it. Commissioner Bud Church evidently knew about some private talks along those lines because Nordstrom asked him to sign an affidavit of support, which Church called “pretty far out of line.” No matter the case, I must say it was refreshing to see the commissioners exchange in a dialogue like this in open session. An online petition has been launched after last Friday’s nightmare on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The traffic backups at the bridge were so bad last week tells were waived to allow for traffic to proceed at a reasonable rate. The summer-like traffic was unexpected by the state and likely a result of the warm weather forecast as well as the H2Oi motorists. As of Thursday, the petition, “Bay Bridge Traffic – Find a better solution to alleviate traffic issues,” had about 2,300 signatures. One of the suggestions was instituting only electronic tolls rather than the current system, which is a hybrid of EZPass and traditional workers colleting the fees. The petition seemed to have an ally in Comptroller Peter Franchot. In a Facebook post yesterday after a Board of Public Works meeting Friday, one of Franchot’s suggestions to improve the situation was the, “Elimination of the traditional toll booths themselves, which naturally, and unnecessarily, slow traffic to a crawl. More and more tolled properties are transitioning to overhead cables which are capable of reading EZ Pass transponders and deduct value from passenger accounts, even at regular highway speeds. Why hang onto '70sera structures when better, proven technology is in the marketplace?” Switching over to this system will certainly ease the commute for millions each year.

some of them. Secondly, advise those residents currently living in the park and any newcomers of the time factors involved with living arrangements.

I believe that a compassionate, Christ-like decision would satisfy everyone involved. Robert P. Riordan Ocean Pines


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Worcester Girls Win, Improve To 4-1 In The News

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer routed Salisbury Christian, 6-0, last Friday to improve to 4-1 on the season. The Mallards opened the season with a pair of 5-1 wins over Salisbury Christian and Salisbury School before suffering their first loss of the season against old rival Saints Peter and Paul. Since that loss, the Worcester girls have won two straight, each by shutout including a 5-0 win over Gunston and the 6-0 win over Salisbury Christian again last Friday. In a bit of a scheduling anomaly,

the Worcester girls opened the season with four straight road games and came through with three wins and just one loss. Now, the Mallards are in the midst of four straight home games, starting with the 6-0 win over Salisbury Christian on Monday. The Mallards are playing the same four teams they started the season with on the road, but now at home in practically the same order. The Worcester girls play Salisbury School next Tuesday at home, followed by Gunston at home on Senior Day on October 16, followed by a rematch with Saints Peter and Paul on October 18 at home in the regular season finale.

Mallards Fall To Sussex Academy, 3-0

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – After a mini-winning streak, Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team fell to Sussex Academy, 4-0, on the road this week. After three straight losses in September, the Mallards reversed their fortunes somewhat last week. It started with a 2-2 tie with Laurel on the road, followed by a 2-0 win over Delmarva Christian. Last Wednesday, Worcester beat Gunston, 2-0, also at home. After a scoreless first half, the Mallards got two second-half goals by Ryan Cronin to secure the win. Back in action on Monday, the suc-

cessful run ended with a 3-0 loss to Sussex Academy on the road. With the loss, the Mallards’ record now stands at 3-5-1 on the season. Worcester faces Holly Grove at home on Friday on Senior Day. The Mallards beat Holly Grove, 2-1, in the season opener back on September 5. After that, the Mallards have a home game against Salisbury School next Tuesday, followed by a rematch with Salisbury Christian next Friday and a rare non-conference game against Delmar next Saturday. Worcester will close out the regular season with a pair of conference games on the road at Gunston and Delmarva Christian.

Seahawks’ Skid Reaches Three Games

Decatur’s Hawk Almony crashes through the North Caroline line during last week’s 49-0 loss to the Bulldogs. Submitted photo

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team took another one on the chin last weekend, falling to Bayside North powerhouse North Caroline, 49-0, on the road. After beating Arcadia, 35-14, in the season opener, the Seahawks have now lost three straight against tough Bayside North teams. Decatur lost to Queen Anne’s, Easton and now North Caroline, 49-0, last Friday on the

road. The Seahawks face another tough assignment at home on Friday against Kent Island. After that, the Seahawks are finished with the Bayside North schools and play four straight against Bayside South rivals including Bennett, Parkside, Wicomico and Snow Hill with a chance to pick up some wins and turn the season around. Going into this week, Bennett was 2-2, Parkside was 2-1, Wicomico was 1-3 and county rival Snow Hill was 1-3.

Decatur Boys Back On Track With Shutouts

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – After suffering their first loss of the season last week, Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team has come back with a vengeance with two straight shutout wins. The Seahawks were rolling right along with a 5-0 record before facing Bayside South rival Parkside at home last Tuesday in a battle of previously unbeatens. The Rams edged the Seahawks, 1-0, in that matchup, handing Decatur its first loss of the

season. Decatur wasted no time getting right back on track, however. The Seahawks worked off a little frustration last Thursday with a 10-0 rout of Wicomico on the road. Back in action on Tuesday, Decatur blanked Easton, 5-0, to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents by a combined 40-4 on the season. Next up is a road game against county rival Pocomoke next Tuesday, followed by another road game against Kent Island next Thursday.

Decatur Girls Fall To Parkside, Easton

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

The OPA Offshore Powerboat Racing Series returned to Ocean City last weekend with a series of events culminating in the action off the resort coast on Sunday. Pictured above, Ocean City’s own Bull on the Beach team soars over the choppy sea during a race on Sunday. Photo courtesy Robert Banach

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity soccer team lost two games this week by identical 3-1 scores to Parkside and Easton. After beating county rival Snow Hill last week, 3-0, the Seahawks fell to Parkside on the road last Wednesday, followed by another 3-1 loss to Easton at home on Friday. With the loss,

the Decatur’s girls’ record dropped to 2-5 on the season, the highlight coming with an 11-0 win over Wicomico back on September 16. The Seahawks face Bennett on the road on Friday in a battle of Bayside South rivals, followed by a rematch with Parkside at home next Monday. Decatur closes out the regular season with a home game against Wicomico on October 16. The Bayside Championship is set for October 21.


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Tough Guy Of The Week:

This week’s Atlantic Physical Therapy “Tough Guy of the Week” award went to D.J. Taylor, who played every snap on both sides of the ball in a loss to North Caroline. Pictured above is Taylor (center) flanked by Head Coach Bob Knox (left) and APT President and CEO Bob Hammond (right). Submitted Photo

Worcester Golfers Improve To 9-3

BY SHAWN J. SOPER MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s varsity golf team finished second in the fourteam Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) match at Nutter’s Crossing to improve to 9-3 on the season. The Mallards finished second with a team score of an even 200, coming in behind Salisbury Christian,

which finished in 185. Gunston finished in 209, while Salisbury School came in last with a team score of 246. Last week, the Mallards swept the three other ESIAC schools at a match at Glen Riddle with a team-low of 186. Salisbury Christian was a close second with a 190, followed by Salisbury School at 221 and Gunston at 222. With the wins, Worcester’s record now stands at 9-3 on the season.

OCEAN CITY – The Delmarva chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association had its fifth contest in a summerlong series last weekend on the beach at 35th Street. In the open shortboard division, Robby Pinzhoffer was first, followed by Kai Sommers, Gavin Bren, Austin Bren, Trey Winklbauer and Sam Moritzcat. In the boys’ under-12 division, Gavin Bren was first, Kade Chester was second, Thomas McKean was third, Seamus Orth was fourth, Gray Bunting was fifth and Reef Henson was sixth. In the boys’ under-14 division, Gavin Bren was first, Ashton Clarke was second, Seamus Orth was third, Finn Ramanarain was fourth, Jonah McCann was fifth and Luke Leffew was sixth. Kai Sommers finished first in the boys’ under-16 division, while Austin Bren was second and Trey Winklbauer was third. Kai Sommers was first in the junior men’s division, while Austin Bren was second and Zachary Lingenfelter was third. Charles Labin finished first in the senior men’s division, Craig Garfield was first in the legends division and Chris Farren was first in the grand legends division. In the girls’ under-12 division, it was Luca Russo finishing in first, followed by Clementine Kohut and Carolina Labin. Molly Hoffman finished first in

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the girls’ under-14 division, while Chloe Kohut was second and Carolina Labin was third. Lily Preziosi finished first in the girls’ under-16 division, followed by Miah Schwind and Chloe Kohut. Lily Preziosi also finished first in the junior women’s under-18 division. In the women’s division, Madison Bloxom finished first and Isabella Preziosi was second. Cat Volmer finished first in the ladies’ division. In the menehune longboard division, Gavin Bren finished first, followed by Ashton Clarke, Finn Ramanarain, Dillon Scopp, Seamus Orth and Luke Leffew. Austin Bren came in first in the junior men’s longboard division, followed by Kai Sommers and Robby Pinzhoffer. Kevin Chandler won the masters longboard division, Craig Garfield won the legends longboard division and Chris Farren won the grand legends longboard division. Lily Preziosi won the junior women’s longboard division, while Isabella Preziosi won the women’s longboard division and Cat Volmer won the ladies longboard division. In the open bodyboard division, Seamus Orth was first, followed by Gray Bunting, Canton Ryall, Molly Hoffman, Gunnar Ryall and Reef Henson. In the Get Stoked Push In, Clementine Kohut was first, Lucca Martin was second, C.J. Labin was third and Isabella Labin was fourth.

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eckett’s list of things he enjoys expanded this fall to include being a ball boy. He “worked” his first few varsity games as a soccer ball boy last month at his school, Worcester Prep. Pam and I couldn’t be there with work and Carson responsibilities, but we also didn’t really feel our attendance was critical for ball boy duties. When Pam picked him up, she quickly discovered he loved it. He especially relished tending to balls on the same sideline as the coaches and players. I immediately realized that was because he got to talk to them and listen to their conversations. Later at home, as one of his coaches for his club team, I liked that he said the game was “a lot cleaner” play than his games at his age and they use their heads a lot. I was hoping he got something out of it rather than just asking players who their favorite hip-hop artists were at this time. A few days later, he was back at it running the sidelines, and I was able to come and watch most of the game. I was surprised to learn how much action the ball boys get. They run a lot because balls are flying all around the field. He doesn’t seem to mind it one bit. In fact, by the end of a ball boy game he’s about as sweaty as after one of his own. It’s partially from chasing down balls, but also from juggling and doing tricks on the sidelines as the action unfolds on the field nearby. He’s committed to serve as ball boy for his school’s home games so long as they don’t conflict with his own games. At this point, since it’s so new, he tried for a few minutes to convince me to let him skip one of his own soccer team’s practices to

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FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island got their first look at a completed sustainability plan last week. Last Friday, Debbie Pfeil of KCI Technologies came before the Fenwick Island Town Council to present the town’s new Community Sustainability Plan. “What I don’t like is a project where they give you a book to put on the shelf and you never go back to it ever again …,” she said. “This is a working, breathing document.” In 2017, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate awarded $245,000 in grant funding to the cities of Wilmington and Newark, and the towns of Frederica, Milton and Fenwick Island, to create a local sustainability plan that would ultimately serve more than 100,000 Delaware residents. The plan is expected to identify ways to save energy, reduce pollution, increase green space, and overall, make communities healthy and livable. In short, the document identifies sustainability goals and creates a roadmap of sorts to achieve them. Fenwick Island received $40,000 from the grant award and provided a $12,000 match to complete a sustainability plan for the town. Since that time, town officials have gathered data and community input, developed goals and objectives, and created strategies and implementation plans. Pfeil said areas of concern for Fenwick Island included the lack of a complete risk and vulnerability assessment, transportation, emergency preparedness and protecting and preserving the town assets. She noted that outlining the town’s goals and efforts to address those concerns would improve Fenwick Island’s chances of securing grants. “Let’s say in two weeks Terry [Tieman, town manager] gets an email or I get an email that somebody has the money,” she said. “We are laid up very well with a recent plan to be able to get Fenwick additional funding to investigate some of these issues.” Pfeil said she held 15 meetings and worked alongside town staff and several committee members to complete the Community Sustainability Plan. She said the next step is to get final comments and recommendations from the town. Pfeil noted that recommended changes for the plan are due to the town clerk no later than Friday, Oct. 11. “If I were to take this and get money for some of your implementation items, it shows you are invested in volunteerism, invested financially and invested in seeing things through,” she told the council. “That shows really well for any potential funding.”

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Q&A WITH SAM CARD

BY SAM CARD

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BERLIN – Selecting the right lineof-business software for your organization is an important decision that can affect your productivity for years to come. Sam Card, CEO of Cards Technology, shares the steps to take to help you choose the right apps for your business. Q. Why is it important to spend time researching new line-of-business software before you make a purchase? A. Doing a competitive analysis will ensure that you end up with software that meets your needs. Start with a pros and cons list of the current software you want to replace. What do you like? What are your must-haves? For instance, if you use the automatic dialing feature of your current CRM, then that may be a deal-breaker if the software you’re considering doesn’t have that function. If you aren’t replacing a current software, then base your pros and cons on the features you desire. Do you need to access the app remotely? Is the line-of-business software available in the cloud? It’s important to spend the time researching and to go

through the pros and cons of the app. Figure out what’s important to you before you buy or you may end up creating more problems. Q. What should you look for when evaluating new line-of-business software to ensure it will be the right fit for your business? A. Make sure the software is compatible with your systems and will run on your devices. We recently worked with a business that used iPads but their new line-of-business software was a PC product, so they had to replace the iPads with Surfaces. It worked out fine for them because SAM CARD they had done their research and therefore planned for the replacement devices. You also want to make sure your software contains a good reporting engine internally or has a robust dashboard system. Reporting, of course, is essential to making good business decisions, so this is a very important consideration. Last, there needs to be a backup and recovery strategy for the line-ofbusiness software. Don’t just assume because it’s in the cloud that your data is being adequately protected and

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backed up. Look at the software’s documentation about the backup process and timeframe. If the software doesn’t meet your backup criteria, it may not be a good fit – especially if you have to back it up yourself. Q. What are some common mistakes business owners make when choosing new software? A. One common mistake is not making sure the software is compatible with your devices. The company above planned for their equipment change so they didn’t get any surprises. However, if you switch software and then find out it isn’t compatible with your computers or tablets, you have a costly, unplanned expense to replace equipment. Sometimes businesses switch to software that is problematic or difficult to learn so the vendor’s technical support is critical to adoption. I suggest that you call tech support for the app you are considering – before you buy it – to see how long you are on hold before getting to talk to someone. I like to call a couple of times before deciding to switch. Good companies have hold times on their websites. (The writer can be reached at SCard@cards-tech.com. To learn more about Cards Technology, visit www.-cards-tech .com.)

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

SALISBURY – A $1 million grant is expected to benefit those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. Last week, MAC Inc. announced the agency received $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living to launch its Life Bridges Project. The award comes to MAC as part of a national Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative to create and sustain a dementia-capable home and community-based service system that includes a single point of entry and no wrong door access for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. Carol Zimmerman, director of the Life Bridges Project at MAC, said the agency applied for grant funding to start the program after recognizing a need in the community. “There is a great need in the community that’s not being met for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers,” she said. “Because we live SEE NEXT PAGE

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OCEAN CITY – For the second year, the Art League of Ocean City will bring an art-inspired national touring stage show to Ocean City. On Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., Catapult Entertainment will perform for Delmarva at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. Catapult wowed the judges, critics and millions of viewers when they catapulted to fame on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent,” earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show. The live audience leapt to their feet; the judges gave the group standing ovations, and America was captivated. “The mission of the Art League is to bring visual arts to our community, and this performance is a fabulous piece of visual art that moves and transforms right before your eyes,” Rina Thaler, executive director of the Art League, said. “We are proud to take the arts beyond the walls of our Arts Center and entertain audiences and school children here on Delmarva.” Catapult is a theatrical art form about the human body and its ability to transform, an imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. The Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. The dancers morph into a mountain, a full size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside. Catapult's show is packed with hundreds of shape transformations and is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30 and available at ticketmaster.com and the Ocean City Performing Arts box office. Sales benefit the programs of the Art League of Ocean City and also allow for a free performance on Monday, Oct. 7 for more than 1,000 Worcester County students. The Humphreys Foundation, the Optimist Club, T.E.A.M. Productions, the Town of Ocean City, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore are funding the special free Monday performance. “This is the type of opportunity that can change kids’ lives,” Thaler said. “When children are exposed to the arts at an early age, it opens up possibilities they may not have considered in their lives and gives them an outlet of self-expression.” Video previews of the show are available at www.CatapultEntertainment.com. More information is available from the Art League at 410-524-9433 or www.ArtLeagueOfOceanCity.org

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Hastings Real Estate listed for $42,000 a fourbedroom cottage 75 yards from the ocean. Welsh Drug on 22nd Street was offering 48hour “Kodachrome Processing” as well as “dark room rentals.”

A Resort Realty Corporation ad read, “West Ocean City – in exclusive Captain’s Hill development. Spacious homesite 120’ x 180’ in su-

Among the people photographed in Dick Lohmeyer’s Salt Spray were Dick Smith of Hungry Jack Pancakes; John and Dorothy Rolfe of Resort Realty; Gail Cathell modeling for Lemon Tree Boutique; Cathy Livingston and Clark Bruskin of Excalibur Shop; Mary and Bill Alexander of Alexander’s Boutique; Bill and Ilow Harrington of Harrington Arms Motel; and Dick Laws of the 64th Street Market. Ronnie’s Barber Shop offered razor cuts for $2 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Bunting Yacht Sales was offering a Boston Whaler Sport for $740.

The Silco Junior Department Store was open and had locations in Snow Hill, Berlin, Selbyville, Millsboro and Lewes.


Water aerobics Classes to Benefit Cancer awareness

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BERLIN – Ocean Pines Operations Director Colby Phillips will teach two classes this month to both honor her late grandmother and raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer awareness. “My grandmother, Barbara Kleinfeller, died almost 20 years ago fighting a battle against breast cancer,” Phillips said. “And there are several other women I have known in my life who battled cancer, not only from around here in our Ocean Pines community, but also other areas. In honor of them and their courageous fight, I wanted to do something to give back, even if it’s just a small thing. “Cancer sucks, on all levels, no matter the type,” she continued. “I definitely pray for the day where the only time we need to discuss the word ‘cancer’ is when we are giving COLBY PHILLIPS our horoscope.” On Sunday, Oct. 20, Phillips will teach a water aerobics class at 3 p.m. and a hydro cycle class at 4 p.m., both at the Sports Core Pool on 11144 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. Phillips said she ordered pink noodles for the occasion, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “The water aerobics class is one I have been teaching in Ocean Pines for 12 years now,” she said. “It involves all-over cardio and is perfect for all ages. It’s low-impact aerobics and easy on the body, but still provides great cardio. “The hydro cycle class is our oneof-kind, popular, in-the-water spin class. If you have never sweat working out in a pool before, this class is for you,” Phillips continued. “It’s also easy on those with bad knees and backs, because of the buoyancy of the water.” The fee for each class is $10, with all proceeds going to the Komen foundation. Unlimited space is available for the aerobics class, but only 12 spots are available for the cycle class. Those wishing to take either class must sign up in advance by calling 410-641-5255.

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22nd Annual Endless Summer Cruisin Returns For Fall Event

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OCEAN CITY – The 22nd Annual Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show will return to Ocean City next Thursday for the Columbus Day holiday weekend. This four-day automotive event, from Oct. 10-13, continues to be one of the East Coast’s largest fall car shows with more than 2,000 hot rods, street machines, customs and more. This event will have various car shows at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street, both inside and outside, as well as the downtown Inlet parking lot and various citywide locations. Scheduled to appear at Endless 2019 from the hit show Gearz will be Stacey David. David will be at the event Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. inside the convention center and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Inlet parking lot. Plus joining the fun, from Iron Resurrection attendees will be able to meet Amanda Martin. She will be at the Inlet Friday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and inside the convention center Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Being held in conjunction with Endless Summer Cruisin is the 39th Annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Show Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., inside the convention center. See some of the hottest show cars in the mid-Atlantic compete for cash and trophy awards. In addition, spectators can vote for their favorite ride. Plenty of live entertainment on

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stage including Mook Jones on Thursday, noon-3:30 p.m., and Golden Touch, performing Friday and Saturday, noon-3:30 p.m. Also on hand will be vendor showrooms for automotive needs plus jewelry, arts and crafts and more all inside the convention center. Live in concert during Endless Summer Cruisin, back by popular demand, will be The Doo Wop Project, taking the stage Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. inside the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. The Doo Wop Project features members of the Broadway hit musicals “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical”. The show traces the evolution of doo wop music from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to some of the biggest hits on the radio today.

Tickets are on sale now at the Ocean City Box Office (1-800-OC-OCEAN), TicketMaster (1-800-551-SEAT) or online at delmarvaconcerts.com. Another event being held during Endless Summer Cruisin is the Cruisin Classic Auction. With over 100 vehicles, including classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods and special interest vehicles, expected to cross the auction block this is sure to be quite the event. Consignment previews begin Oct. 10 and continue Oct. 11 with a special VIP event for all registered bidders, consignors and their guest Friday night at Harpoon Hanna’s. The live auction begins Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Some highlighted vehicles are a 1957 Chevy Belair Pro-built 355c.i. engine, a 1941 Willys Coupe custom built and a rare 2005 Ford GT. If you are interested in participating in this sale as a seller or buyer, visit cruisinclassicauctions.com or call 410-8718381. Spectator admission into the auction is included with the admission ticket for Endless Summer Cruisin. Some of the top national names in the country will be on display at Manufacturer’s Midway located at the Inlet including Advance Auto Parts, AMSOIL, Automotive Lift Service, Miller Welding, the Maryland Lottery, Summit Racing and many more. At the OC Convention Center Treasured Motorcars will be on display.

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Another Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show highlight are the special Boardwalk parades that will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, Oct. 10-12. Parades begin at 8 a.m. leaving 27th Street and cruising south along the Boardwalk to the Inlet. Spectator tickets for Endless Summer Cruisin are $10 per day, Thursday and Sunday, and $15 per day Friday & Saturday. Four-day event passes are also available for $35 at the event. For more information on Endless Summer Cruisin visit www.EndlessSummerCruisin.com or call 410-798-6304. Endless Summer Cruisin Ocean City has always held safety as the top priority. The event does not tolerate unlawful activities or the disrespect of Ocean City. The town of Ocean City will be classified as a special event zone during the event where there will be increased fines for speeding, negligent/reckless driving, spinning wheels and alcohol related offenses. STACEY DAVID A press release for the event said, “We encourage everyone that comes to Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin, both participants and spectators, to respect the town and abide by the rules. We look forward to a wonderful and safe Endless Summer Cruisin for 2019 and years to come.”

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Dates Announced For Wicomico Beer, Wine Festivals

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SALISBURY – Beer and wine will be the focus at two events planned for this month in Wicomico. The 10th Annual Good Beer Festival will be held Oct. 11-12, and hours are 5-10 p.m. that Friday and 12:305:30 p.m. that Saturday. There will be 100 craft brews, including those in the Local Beer Garden, live music, food and craft vendors, Carni Beer Games and oversized games. “We’re pumped to celebrate 10 years of the Good Beer Festival,” said Program Director Allen Swiger. “As tradition, folks can expect to try all the best, newest beers from top breweries on the Eastern Shore. I’m especially excited to be back on Friday night again.” Tasting tickets include a threeounce glass and as many samples as one can responsibly consume. Tickets are $35 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasting tickets. Tickets are good for either day of the festival. Fees may apply. Tickets can be purchased online at www.GoodBeerFestival.org or at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office at 410-548-4911. Later in the month, Oct. 19-20, the 17th annual Autumn Wine Festival will take place. The Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism event, which is produced in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, offers festivalgoers the opportunity to taste samples from different Maryland wineries. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. The Autumn Wine Festival has also partnered with Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit that strives to provide awareness, education and support to those affected by breast cancer. Women Supporting Women will be on-site all weekend hosting a variety of fundraisers under the Pink Party Tent. The festival also features live music, regional cuisine, vendors and a Sports Zone. “Pemberton Park provides the perfect location to enjoy wine, food, music and activities during the Autumn Wine Festival,” said event organizer Cole Lacey. “Bring a chair or blanket and partake in this annual tradition with your friends.” Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Tasting tickets include a sixounce glass. Regular tickets are $35 for one day or $60 for both days. Nontasting tickets are also available for $10. Early bird sales end online, in person and by phone on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Additional fees may apply to ticket prices. Purchase tickets online at www.AutumnWineFestival.org or at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office at 410-548-4911.

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The Harrison Group held its 33rd Annual “End of Season” company party and Employee Prize Drawing on Sept. 15 with $15,000 in cash and other prizes awarded. Each group employee received an entry ticket for each week they worked during the three-month summer season period for the random prize drawing. This year’s $5,000 prize winner was Harry Cropper from the Quality Inn Boardwalk. The second prize, $3,000, was won by Jterra Kinsey who is also from the Quality Inn Boardwalk, and the third prize of $2,000 went to Lashawn Awosika from the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront Hotel. Ten other employees won $500 each. They were Dorina Peter, Dashawn Beckett, Rochina Brittingham, Jacqueline (Jackie) Haggerty, Michelle Wilkins, Beth Harrington, Eduard Mateita, Paul Stoica, Felicia Grant and Adela Porutiu. Submitted Photo.

Company Awarded Fed Contract POCOMOKE – The U.S. Marine Corps announced Hardwire, LLC, a leading manufacturer of armor and protective systems for military, law enforcement, infrastructure and consumer applications, has been selected to manufacture and supply the Gen III ballistic protection for the Marines for the next five years. This small business setaside contract, awarded under a multiyear competitive procurement process, has a total value of $42.7 million. “The Marines are one of the most feared and effective fighting forces in the world, and with Hardwire’s soft armor – the lightest, thinnest protection available – they become even faster and more capable,” said Hardwire CEO George Tunis. The Gen III soft armor offers the last layer of ballistic and fragmentation protection for the Marine user. The Hardwire soft armor manufacturing process is unique in the soft body armor industry. This proven Hardwire technology presses the armor materials with millions of pounds of force at precise temperatures and then softens the material into flexible layers similar to softened leather. This process produces unique shock physics that transfer incoming projectile energy onto a greater area, resulting in superior ballistic performance and less trauma to the Marine. The end product is a highly durable ballistic panel that forms to the user’s body

for maximum comfort. The high degree of automation in the manufacturing process also improves cost effectiveness by, among other innovations, not using a single sewing machine like older, out-of-date armor producers. “Our armor is up to 50% lighter and 65% thinner than older Kevlar®-based systems,” said Tunis. “But most importantly, we consistently stop the threats that our Marines face while still lightening their equipment load.” Hardwire was selected for this program as the best value to the Marine Corps based on performance, weight savings, manufacturing and price.

Agent Attends Retreat OCEAN CITY – Tim Meadowcroft, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate, attended the company’s fall ReCharge retreat held at the prestigious Greenbriar Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.VA. Meadowcroft is an associate with the company’s Ocean City office. Consumer education, technology and planning techniques were among the topics discussed at ReCharge, an event created by and for Long & Foster’s top-producing sales associates. Presentations were given by top industry experts in the field of real estate. Company technological tools designed to enhance agent productivity were also presented. “Attending ReCharge helped me SEE NEXT PAGE


Retirement Income Plan Critical To Managing Taxes

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BERLIN – The federal income tax system in the United States is progressive, meaning individuals or couples with lower levels of “taxable income” pay a lower rate than those with higher levels of taxable income. During our working years, our taxable income is primarily made up of earnings from our workplace com-

bined with some interest earnings from our savings and investments. Pretty straight forward from a tax standpoint given that we aren’t going to ask for less income from our jobs for the sake of managing our income taxes. We simply add up what we made plus our interest, subtract our deductions and plug it into the tax bracket we fall in to determine what we owe. Not too complex. Unfortunately, many of us carry this

connect with my fellow Long & Foster agents and prepare for the upcoming business year,” Meadowcroft said. “Long & Foster understands what agents like me need to be successful, so we can provide unparalleled service to all our clients. That is always my number one goal.” Meadowcroft has been named the office top salesperson for the last several years. In his nine years in the business, he has sold over $100 million of real TIM estate. He has been a Gold Team member for MEADOWCROFT

several years as well. “Long & Foster’s ReCharge presents a fantastic opportunity for our family of agents to gather and learn from each other, plan for the coming year and hear from industry experts,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “Being part of the Top 100 performers in our company of nearly 10,000 agents is a huge achievement and I am so happy that you are part of this prestigious group of Realtors. Real estate remains a business built on relationships, and events such as this help our agents continually invest in their skills and knowledge, so they can build those relationships and provide the best service possible,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate.

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“intuitive” concept of taxes into retirement only to realize, sometimes far too late, calculating our income taxes in retirement are completely different. Yes, the brackets are the same as they were while working however, the different “flavors” of income you receive during retirement can be taxed totally different. Let me explain. These different “flavors” of income you can receive in retirement are; Social Security, Retirement plan/IRA withdrawals and capital gains. You may find it surprising but taken individually, these sources of inMATT come may not be taxed REPASS at all, but when you put them together, like most folks do in retirement, taxes snowball. We find that most folks are completely confused when it comes to the question; “is Social Security income taxed?” The answer is, possibly yes, possibly no. If your retirement income is made up of only Social Security, then you probably pay no income taxes on those dollars. If you are like most retirees and your income during retirement is made up of all three sources of income, you could have 50% to 85% of your social security

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drawn into the tax calculation along with your IRA and capital gains. It is possible for folks in the 12% tax bracket with their only income sources being social security and interest, have to begin taking required minimum distributions from their IRA’s only to see a $5,000 withdrawal cost $2,497 in income tax. That’s right, 49.95% tax due on just this $5,000 withdrawal. Retirement is supposed to be a time of low stress and less of the worries from our working years however, income taxes are much more complex. Statistics reveal that poor tax planning during retirement can take eight to 10 years off the “life of your nest egg” At a time when the number one fear of Americans is outliving their money, we can ill afford to enter into our “golden years” of retirement failing to understand how this “snowball effect” of taxes can affect our lives. There isn’t a requirement in the tax code which says you must pay more tax than you’re supposed to, a welldesigned retirement income plan can assure you don’t pay more than necessary. (The writer is a retirement income specialist and wealth advisor with Key Financial Service. He has more than 30 years experience in the industry.)


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Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society officers take time out from a busy Freshman Seahawk Day morning to pose for the camera. Pictured, from left, are Ellie Dutton, Kiley Hamby, NHS President Nicholas Poist, Ella Peters and Mikayla Denault. Submitted Photos

In honor of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, Lower School art teacher Rebecca Tittermary continued the annual tradition of having her students decorate more than 200 pinwheels to display around campus to commemorate the occasion. Above are first graders Madelyn Bobenko and Paige Asbil and below are first graders Suri Thomas and Matthew Evangelista.

Stephen Decatur High School has announced its 2019 Homecoming Court after a school-wide vote. The homecoming queen will be crowned during halftime of the Decatur football game on Friday, Oct. 4, while the king will be crowned earlier in the day during the annual afternoon pep rally. Above, from left, are Keegan Mitchell, Branden Manuel, Noah Carpenter, Andre Andrews, and Jackson Halverson. At right, standing, Tacoa Johnson and Leslie Zamora-Espinoza and, front, Abby Yesko, Alexa Upperman and Macy Layton.

Berlin Intermediate School's sixth grade teams recently visited an outdoor classroom on Assateague Island. This series of visits are a part of the science curriculum. These Mako Team students measured and analyzed beach elevation data.

Second graders Layla Hunchuk and Rosalin Carbajal from Maria Graham's class work on building words during their phonics time at Ocean City Elementary.


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At the September meeting, Worcester County NAACP hosted a discussion with Worcester Board of Education Chief Academic Officer Denise Shorts, who described the curriculum changes and expectations for this current school year. Shorts is pictured with NAACP President Ivory Smith Sr. and chapter members.

Representatives from the Matt Ortt Companies and Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Friday presented a $600 check donation to Coastal Hospice, representing funds from an Oyster & Bull Bash held at the Yacht Club on Sept. 7. Above, Beverage Director Kearston Frey, left, and Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel of the Matt Ortt Companies present a donation to Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Heather Duma. Submitted Photos

Bob Long and Don McMullen recently presented a check to Worcester County Humane Society for over $2,000 from the Ernie Stiles Memorial Bavarian Charity Match that was held at the Ocean Pines Golf Club on Sept. 13. Pictured, from left, are Long with WCHS volunteers Mary Jo Armiger, Mary Martinez, Nick Sprouse and Sandi Fleischer and McMullen.

The Atlantic Club and the Worcester County Addictions Cooperative Services Center on Route 50 hosted a ribbon cutting for the new “River of Hope� garden this month as part of the Worcester Goes Purple celebration. Above, Worcester Goes Purple Coordinator Debbie Smullen celebrates the occasion.

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to Primeros Pasos, an early childhood care and education center in Georgetown, Del. Pictured, from left, are Sandy Baker, president of the board of Primeros Pasos; Casey Christophel, executive director of Primeros Pasos; Lindsey Barry, controller for SoDel Concepts; and Sally Beaumont, Primeros Pasos board member.


Fenwick Committee Weighs Next Steps In Dredging Goal

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FENWICK ISLAND – With an engineering company now on board, a Fenwick Island committee last month evaluated the town’s next steps for securing a dredging project in the Little Assawoman Bay. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Dredging Committee met with consultant Tony Pratt to discuss how the town should proceed in a dredging project of the neighboring bay after the council voted in August to hire Anchor QEA, a Lewes-based engineering firm, to provide design, bidding and construction management. “We’ve made a lot of progress,” said Councilman Bernie Merritt, chair of the committee. In August, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to negotiate a contract with Anchor QEA for engineering services related to the dredging project, which is expected to address shoaling in the back bay system and clear between 3,000 and

4,000 linear feet of channel. Additionally, roughly 12,000 cubic feet of dredged material will be moved to another site for reuse. Merritt told the committee last week the town was working with the Carl M. Freeman Companies to relocate the material to one of its properties. “In the meantime, we’ve been dealing with the Freeman Companies …,” Merritt said. “We’ve had a good relationship with them the last eight to 10 months and they have shown interest along the way.” Merritt said the town’s next step was to meet with company officials in the coming weeks to develop a memorandum of understanding for the use of the dredged material. Committee members said many of the unknowns related to the project would be addressed in the agreement. “That’s why we need this memorandum of understanding,” Town Manager Terry Tieman said. “But we really couldn’t do that until we had an engineer on board that knows the situation

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and can talk to them … There’s a lot of unknowns and we’ll know more as we work through it.” Merritt noted that the town would also need to bid out the project and explore ways to finance the town’s efforts. So far, the town has committed roughly $80,000 in funding toward the dredging project. “What we are saving by Freeman taking the dredged materials is huge,” he added. Tieman said the town would consider financing options and low-interest loans once it has received bids from dredging companies. Committee members last week also agreed the town should seek support from state and county representatives. “We’ll start to set meetings,” Merritt said. “It’s critical.” Councilwoman Vicki Carmean applauded the town for its efforts to dredge the waterway, but questioned how long it would be before the town would have to dredge the bay again.

“Is there any way that somebody can use this to measure what’s going to happen in the future?” she asked. Pratt said officials could conduct annual surveys of the Little Assawoman Bay to determine future dredging needs, but noted there was no way to stop the accumulation of material over time. “You are not going to stop deposition,” he said. “It’s going to happen.” Pratt said the town saved time and money by working with a local company to relocate the dredged material. But he said the town should look into developing a comprehensive plan for dredging. “You are saving a lot of hassle by finding a property that will take this dredging material. The problem is it’s a one-time shot,” he said. “Looking into the future and what your needs might be, there’s got to be some comprehensive plan … That will give us some sense of channel maintenance and where dredged material could go that would be beneficial.”

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BERLIN – Celebrate all things maritime during this month’s Harbor Day at the Docks. This free, family-friendly festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Ocean City commercial harbor. Bring your family and friends and get set for a day of all things maritime. The Maritime Heritage Festival of Harbor Day at the Docks will take place along Sunset Avenue in the West Ocean City Commercial Harbor. A complimentary shuttle service will be available for convenient parking from the West Ocean City Park N’ Ride. The event is being hosted by Worcester County Recreation and Parks (WCRP) in partnership with Worcester County Tourism, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Fish In OC, Martin Fish Company and many other individuals and businesses. “This event originally ran between the years of 2008 to 2012,” WCRP

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We are currently recruiting an experienced AM Dining Room Manager to help our team oversee our busy restaurant. Must have strong management experience in a large restaurant, ability to train staff, excellent communication skills and ability to solve problems. Micros and computer experience strongly preferred. Excellent salary and benefits package. Send resume and salary requirements to: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel 10100 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 410-524-3535 Facsimile 410-723-9109 EOE M/F/D/V

Openings to start ASAP! Must have exp! Pay DOE & position. www.arksysinc.com or call 410.995.1220 ask for HR Now accepting applications for the following

Maintenance Specialist (HVAC) Atlantic General Hospital/Health System offers you the opportunity to work in an environment that is both stimulating and rewarding. Our management team and Board of Directors place a high priority on keeping our associates satisfied and committed to the organization and our community. We are seeking to satisfy the need for professional satisfaction and growth in a team-oriented individual in the following capacity: Maintenance Specialist (Full Time): Working knowledge of the following systems: mechanical, electrical, plumbing with an emphasis in HVACR. Installs, maintains, and repairs all heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems along with their associated equipment which includes Building Automation Controls (DDC). Full Time, Monday – Friday, 7am – 3:30pm. Looking for a High school graduate or equivalent with excellent mechanical aptitude. Degree from a technical school preferred. Universal EPA refrigerant recovery certification. HVAC Journeyman licensure strongly preferred.

Atlantic General Hospital 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD 21811 PH: 410.641.9612 FAX: 410.641.9715 e-mail: jobs@atlanticgeneral.org www.atlanticgeneral.org/careers

Year Round Positions FRONT DESK ROOM ATTENDANT Apply in person or email resume to duran.showell@marriott.com No phone calls, please All candidates must go through a satisfactory background check. 2 15th Street, Ocean City, Maryland

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PROPANE SERvICE TECHNICIAN

Mrohs Gas, Inc. is currently seeking a Propane Service Technician with experience in installation and maintenance of propane storage and vapor distribution systems. This position will serve Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Lower Sussex counties. Propane appliance installation and diagnostic repair skills are required. A strong background in control wiring a plus. Applicants should have a CDL license with Hazmat endorsement or be willing to obtain one within sixty days. Applicants should also have a gas fitters certificate or be willing to obtain one. We require pre-employment drug testing along with a MVA license check. We supply a company vehicle and offer competitive pay and complete benefit package. Sign on Bonus with completion of specific requirements.

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Mrohs Gas is currently hiring for a Job Estimator to add to our team. This position will serve Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Lower Sussex counties. As a Job Estimator you must have knowledge of and a basic understanding of Propane accessory equipment. This includes appliances, Hearth Products, space heaters, furnaces and outdoor products. HVAC experiences is a plus. You must know how to properly size each product to comply with safe installation practices and code requirements. You must also know how to professionally prepare a proposal with an understanding of gross margin formula. Pay and sign on bonus based on experience. This position includes competitive pay, great benefits package and a company vehicle.

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RENTALS WINTER RENTAL: Home in Ocean Pines, Furnished, 4BR, 4BA, NO smoking. NO pets. Oct- June $2200 + ulit's. Call 717-855-4566. Owner is a licensed Realtor. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: Oct.-Apr. Oceanfront. Newly furn. Quiet bldg. No pets/smoking. Occupancy lim. to 1. $850. + util.’s. 410-804-3444. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YR, HOUSE FOR RENT: 3BR, 2BA. Beautiful home. Unfurn. Oyster Harbor. $1,600 per mo. + util.’s. Available Nov. 1st. 443-880-5353. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– OFF SEASON RENTAL: Waterfront ome/mobile home. 11212 Gum Point Road, Berlin, MD. 2 Bedroom and 4 Bedroom. $900 & $1200 per month. 410-430-9797 (text preferred) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: Bayside, 28th St. 1BR, Queen + full. W/D. no smoking/pets. Mid. Sept.-May. $700 per mo. + util.’s. $500 sec. dep. 410-768-1791. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL IN OCEAN CITY MD: 1BR Furn.Condo. Avail. Oct. 15th -April 30th.$700 per mo., util’s incl. $700 sec. dep. req. Must have good work & rental ref.’s. Email name & info to: ocrevenuemgt@gmail.com. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YEAR ROUND RENTALS: 94th St: 3BR, 3.5BA ($2,200/mo). 12th St: 2 BR, 2BA ($1,600/mo) w/ Pool. Both Units Close to Beach & Bay, Newly Remodeled, Furn or Unfurn, Available Oct. 1. Will Consider Multiple Year Lease for the Right Tenant. Call 410251-2892 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: 3BR, 2BA. Montego Bay. No smoking/pets. Avail. Nov. 1st thru June 1st. $800 per mo. + util.’s & sec. dep. 410-718-0145 or 443-8800706. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTALS: DOWNTOWN OC. 2BR, 2BA. Furn., W/D, Occupancy limited to 2. Non smoking, no pets. $675 per mo. + util.’s. 410-2026353. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FURNISHED WINTER RENTALS 1BR, 1BA Oceanblock, 122nd St. Pet friendly w/addtl. dep. $700 per mo. 2BR, 1BA Bayshore Dr. $900 per mo. 3BR, 2BA Jamestown Rd. $1,100 per mo. Tenant pays elec. & cable. 410202-2632 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YR RENTAL, 28TH ST.: 1BR Condo. Bayfront. 3rd Floor. 2 parking spots. $900. + elec. Cable incl. 410-4307675. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YEAR ROUND CONDO, 3BR 2.5 BA, Furn. Modern appl’s, W/D, 117th ST. Bayside on canal. $1500. per mo. No pets, call 410-848-1767. dougherty35@aol.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: 52ND ST, SEACRETS & 127TH ST. N.S. PARK: 1BR, 1BA. Sleeps 5-6. Furn. W/D. Great location. $250 per wk incl.’s util’s. Cable & WiFi incl. 267-254-0111. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WEEKLY RENTAL:4BR, 2 1/2BA. Fully furnished. W/D, Pool, Tennis court. Quiet community. 7 miles from the beach. $2,500 per wk. Call Mike for details. 410-877-3894 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTALS, DOWNTOWN OC: Clean & Comfortable Furnished Unit’s $550 -$1,000 per month, utilities included. 443-856-5241 OcWinterRentals.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WEEKLY RENTALS 2 BR Apartment $300. 3 BR Suite $400. 4 BR House $500. Family Room $235.

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ROOMMATES YR, ROOM FOR RENT: North gate OP. Single female. No drugs. Must like cat, dog & grandbabies. $100 per wk. 443-669-3004. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SEASONAL ROOMMATES: Looking for College age female roommates for seasonal rental. Call Tricia 443-610-4644. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YR, ROOMMATE, WOC: $650. per mo. Util’s. included. 443-3907092. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ROOM FOR RENT: I n c l .’s everything but food & phone. $600 per mo. + 1 mo. sec. dep. Prefer 50+ persons.Must live mellow lifestyle. Own entrance, shared kitchen and bath. Must like small pets. Smoking house. Vehicle req. Lv. Msg. 410-641-1421. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

REAL ESTATE OP SALE/RENTAL: 4BR, 2BA. New roof, siding & appl.’s. FP, Deck & shed. Lease purchase avail. 3% towards closing. Owner Lic. RE agent. $285K. Text 443-880-0468. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FOR SALE: NEWLY REDUCED! THOUROUGHLY UPDATED! 3BR, 2BA. home in Bishopville. Step in shower, Lrg. LR, lead free, no city taxes!. $239,000. Call Howard Martin Realty. 410-3525555. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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OCEANFRONT STORE FOR LEASE: 1,100 sq. ft. with patio. Space is immaculate! 7th St. & Bdwlk. Avail. for 2020 season, or can take now. 443-880-5323. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEST O.C. OFFICE/RETAIL SPACES AVAILABLE: 3 Offices/Retail and 2 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BOATS 25’ CHAPARRAL SUNESTA: I/O 250 HP. Good to exc. cond. Many extras! $10,500. Call Bob 443-497-0854. Leave message. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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LABRADOODLES: Now taking deposits for multigen labradoodles available early October. Dewclaws removed, shots, microchipped, and crate included. 1 female and 4 males left. Contact 410-430-3693 for more information. References available upon request. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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COATES,COATES, & COATES, P.A. RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17995 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of FAIRFAX, VA, appointed TIMOTHY ALLAN WOLK, 1157 WATER POINTE LANE, RESTON, VA 29014, as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of IDA BLACKBURN WOLK, who died on JANUARY 21, 2019, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is RAYMOND D COATES JR., whose address is 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300, 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 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. Claims filed after that date

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or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 TIMOTHY ALLAN WOLK 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 9-20, 9-27, 10-04

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JOEL J. TODD, ESQ.P.O. BOX 4060 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17973 To all persons interested in the estate of WAYNE L.

MORELAND, ESTATE NO. 17973. Notice is given that BARBARA JEAN INGHAM, 51 BLACK DIAMOND ROAD, EPHRATA, PA 15722 was on SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of WAYNE L. MORELAND, who died on APRIL 28, 2019, 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 the11th day of MARCH, 2020. 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 tha 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 SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 BARBARA JEAN INGHAM

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY C-23-FM-19-000408 IN THE MATTER OF SHAWNTEL D. HALL FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO SHAWNTEL DENISE ROBINS NOTICE (ADULT) (DOM REL 61) The above petitioner has


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field a petition for Change of Name in which she seeks to change her name from SHAWNTEL DENISE HALL to SHAWNTEL DENISE ROBINS. The petitioner is seeking this name change for the following reasons: THIS (ROBINS) IS MY FAMILY NAME. HALL IS MY MOTHERS MARRIED NAME, BUT HER EX-HUSBAND IS NOT MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 29th day of OCTOBER 2019. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to fine an objection. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 04, 2019 SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court for Worcester County Room 104 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 10-04

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18011 To all persons interested in the estate of MARY LOUISE BOUNDS, ESTATE NO. 18011. Notice is given that KIMBERLY BOUNDS PHILLIPS, 589 ASHCROFT LANDING DRIVE, JACKSONVILLE, FL32225, was on SEPTEMBER 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of MARY LOUISE BOUNDS, who died on SEPTEMBER 16, 2019, with a will. Further information can be

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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 27th day of MARCH, 2020. 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 tha 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 04, 2019 KIMERLY BOUNDS PHILLIPS 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 10-04, 10-11, 10-18

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APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18012 To all persons interested in the estate of TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL THOMAS. Notice is given that AMANDA POOLE, 214 14TH STREET, POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851, was on SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 APPOINTED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SMALL ESTATE OF MICHAEL THOMAS, who died on SEPTEMBER 8, 2012, 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 shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law,

is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 4, 2019 AMANDA POOLE 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 1X 10-04

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SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18012 To all persons interested in the estate of TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF JOAN G. COLLINS. Notice is given that ANNIE BELLE FRANKLIN, 312 FLOWER STREET, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 APPOINTED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SMALL ESTATE OF JOAN G. COLLINS, who died on OCTOBER 16, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with

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the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 4, 2019 ANNIE BELLE FRANKLIN 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 1X 10-04

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SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18007 To all persons interested in the estate of TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF GRACE ELLEN DUKES. Notice is given that CONNIE MILLS, 2344 LAMBERTSON ROAD, POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851, was on SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 APPOINTED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SMALL ESTATE OF GRACE ELLEN DUKES,

who died on JANUARY 29, 1998, 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 shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 4, 2019 CONNIE MILLS 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 1X 10-04

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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157. Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-641-6876.

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month. Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. jeanduck47@gmail.com.

Second Tuesday of Month: Eastern Shore Stamp Club Meeting 6 p.m. Salisbury branch, Wicomico County Library. Meetings held in basement.

Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-629-6123.

Every Wednesday: Community Bible Study (Women and Children) September 2019 through May 2020. Harvest Baptist Church, 29945 Dixon Rd., Salisbury. Pre-registration now open. $35 for adults, $10 for children. Thirty-week study of Revelation, Galatians and Colossians. Women of all ages and Bible knowledge welcome. Coordinator Linda Frey, 410-4228773. Register and pay online at Salisbury.CBSclass.org.

Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Members and guests welcome. dance@delmarvahanddancing.com or http://delmarvahanddancing.com. 410-208-1151. Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting 2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

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Every Thursday: Beach Singles 45 Plus, happy hour 4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. 302-436-9577, 410-524-0649, beachsingles.org. Second Thursday: Ocean Pines Garden Club 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Visitors and new members welcome. Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994.

Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry 6:30-8:30 p.m. FORGE Center, 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. Designed for kids ages 5-65, the program provides a meal, music, games, activities and a life lesson that can be of use to anyone. Christian-based program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813.

Every Saturday: Goat and Sheep Seminars 10 a.m. Tractor Supply Co., Berlin and Farmers & Planters Too, Salisbury. Free programs focusing on small ruminant health, fencing and pasture management and feeding. Programs by University of Maryland Extension. For full schedule and registration, contact Maegan Perdue, mperdue@umd.edu or 410-632-1972. First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.

October 5: Touch A Truck From 10 a.m.-noon at Stephen Decatur Park, kids can check out vehicles used by Berlin’s electric, water resources, public works and police departments as well as exhibits and demonstrations.

October 5: Chicken/Dumplings Dinner Calvary United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and dumplings din-

ner, 11 a.m. until, at the Ocean Pines Community Church. Dine in or carryout.

October 5: State Party Abate of Delmarva will host State Party starting at 11 a.m., featuring camping from Oct. 4-6 for a fee. Food, music, basket of cheer and prizes during event including bonfire. Location, 34291 West Line Road, Selbyville. 410-251-8699. October 5: Fried Chicken Buffet Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Willards will host from 11 a.m.-until. Adults, $14, children $7; and under 6 eat free. Bake table and carry-outs available. 443-614-9898

October 6: Feast, Pet Blessing The Church of the Holy Spirit in Ocean City will hold a Blessing of the Animals ceremony from noon till 1 p.m. in the church parking lot on 100th Street. Pets should be on leashes or otherwise under their owners’ control. Any size, shape or type of pet is welcome. You may also bring a photo of a departed pet, or a stuffed animal that means a lot to you. Following the blessing, a crab/chicken feast will be held 2-5 p.m. Tickets available, but limited. 410-723-1973.

October 9: Class of 1959 Reunion The 60th reunion for Stephen Decatur’s Class of 1959 will be held at Windmill Creek Vinery. Reservations, call Monty 443-235-6621.

October 10: AARP Meeting The local AARP chapter will meet Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Ocean City Senior Center. Please arrive early at 9:30 for a social half-hour and refreshments. Guest speaker will discuss fire prevention and an optional luncheon will follow the meeting at Denny's. New members are welcome. Call Bob McCluskey at 410-250-0980 with questions. October 11: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will offer the last dinner of 2019. Crab cake sandwich with green beans, baked potato and cole slaw for $12 or two crab cake sandwich platters for $20. Carryouts available. Bake sale table offered. October 12: Basketball Open House The Fast Breakers of Ocean City invites girls from fourth through eighth

October 4, 2019 grades to their open house at Northside Park, 9-11 a.m. (registration 8:45 a.m.) Free admission. Open house will consist of skill development, games and prizes. NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla will be guest coach for players. 410-726-3459.

October 12: Pancake Breakfast Annual Fall Kiwanis Club event from 8-11 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center. Carryout also available.

October 12: Coastal Walk Join Coastal Hospice for the inaugural Coastal Walk at Assateague State Park. The walk includes a 5K Fun Run which begins at 10 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a two-mile walk. The 5K will start on the paved trail but after a mile transitions to the beach. Registration is $30 and can be completed on https://runsignup.com/coastalwalkand5k.

October 12: Artisan’s Festival The Bethany Beach Fire Company Auxiliary’s 12th Annual Artisan’s Festival will be held at the fire house, noon-3 p.m.

October 12: Willards Bingo The 13th Annual Baskets, Bags & Bucks Bingo will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 at Willards Lions Club. Doors open 5:30 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at door. For tickets, call 410-726-1583 or willardsfire.com. October 17: Bus Trip The Ocean Pines Boat Club and Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines-Ocean City are sponsoring a Harrington Casino bus trip. Cost is $20 per person including $15 in slots play and a $7 food voucher. Bus departs Ocean Pines Yacht Club at 10 a.m. Call Tom at 410-641-5456 to reserve a seat.

October 19: Spirit Breakfast County Commissioner Josh Nordstrom will be the guest speaker at the Worcester County Democrats’ 15th Annual Spirit of the Party Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Cost is $20 for club members, $25 for non-club members. Call 410-629-9107 for tickets.

October 19: Fried Chicken Dinner New Hope United Methodist Church in Willards will host an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost $13. Carry-outs available. 410-543-8244. October 19: Spirit of the Party Breakfast Worcester County Democratic Club will host the 15th Annual Spirit of the Party Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s meeting room. Elected officials will be SEE NEXT PAGE


October 4, 2019 present. Cost is $20 for club members and $25 for non-club guests. 410-6299107.

October 19: Corvette Club Car Show The Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware will be hosting its annual car show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date Oct. 20) at Salted Vines Winery in Frankford, Del. The first 100 to register will receive dash plaques and “Top 50� trophies. www.beachcomberscorvetteclub.org or 917-539-2531. October 21: Life Line Screening Elks Lodge #2645 on 138th Street in Ocean City will host Life Line Screening. Five screenings will be offered for a fee. Register by calling 888-6536441, lifelinescreening.com or text the

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October 24-27: Plein Air Workshop This four-day workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., led by fine artist, Karen McLain, encompasses the complete process of field study, anatomy, photo reference and to complete a studio painting with the life and energy of paintings in the field. Registration at Assateague-Is-

landAlliance.org/shop.

October 26: Fall Bazaar Ladies Auxiliary of Swann Keys is hosting our annual Fall Bazaar at the community clubhouse. Crafters, food, baked goods, 50/50 drawing, giveaways and more. October 26: Oyster Fritter

Page 75 The American Legion Post 123 in Berlin will offer oyster fritter sandwiches from 2 p.m. till for $9.

October 26: Chicken, Dumpling Dinner Remson United Methodist Church in Pocomoke will be holding an all-youcan-eat chicken and dumpling dinner from 4-7 p.m. Adults, $13; children 6 12, $6; and children under 6, free. Carry-outs available. 410-957-1351. October 26-27: Home Show, Pet Expo The 9th Annual Autumn Home & Condo Show and the new OC Pet Expo will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Hours Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


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My stops over the last week included a mid-week visit to the Tap House on the Boardwalk at 4th Street; Crab Alley for the OPA Powerboat Race Meet and Greet on Friday; and Seacrets for the beach closing party on Saturday; and MR Ducks for some live music on Sunday.

Crab Alley: Philip Houck, Heather & Seth Booker, Angela Houck, Paul Callahan and Christina Wolfe. Great Job!

By Terri French

Faces

SPOTLIGHT ON THE REGIONAL RESTAURANT AND BAR SCENE

MR Ducks: MD Coastal Bays Sandi Smith with family, Willy and Becky Smith

In Places

The Bull on the Beach: Power Boat Race Team came in 1st Place in their class. Capt. Don Hetherington, Owner Phil Houck, Bob AnselmoDriver and Jerry Thompson-Throttle. Congratulations! Meet & Greet Party hosted by Crab Alley

Seacrets Staffers: Tara Webster, Ciara Hess, Ashlee Mann and Ace Cabrera

Seacrets Bartenders: Mike “Dirty” Gray, Hollie Studds and Andy Quigley

Crab Alley hosted the Meet & Greet Party for the OPA Race: Owner Phil, Angela & Philip Houck Great Party!

Seacrets Beach Bar: Brian Dawson and Mike Schmitty

MR Ducks: Chef Gary Beach and Marco Hernandez

4th Street Taphouse: Manager Courtney Flounders, Chef Anthony Eppolite and Bartender Scottie Wheeler

4th Street Taphouse: Anemoha Candea and Shawn Rossey. Happy Birthday Shawn!


Horoscopes

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): An upcoming trip could create some problems with your schedule unless you tie up as many loose ends as possible before you head out the door. Ask a friend or colleague to help you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Being eager to start a new project is fine. However, moving ahead without knowing what actually will be expected of you could cause a problem down the line. Ask some questions. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Getting through some recent challenges in good shape might give you a false sense of security. Don't relax your guard. You need to be prepared for what else could happen. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Caution is still advised, even though you think you're as prepared as you need to be. Keep in mind that change is in your aspect, and you should expect the unexpected. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): The Lion's gift of persuasion helps you get your points across, even to some of your most negative naysayers. An old friend might seek you out for some advice. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Being sure of your convictions is fine. But leave some room for dissenting opinions. You might learn something that could help you avoid a possible problem later on. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): Getting good legal advice on what your rights actually are is the first step toward resolving that pesky problem so that it doesn't re-emerge at a later date. Good luck. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Longtime relationships work well this week, whether they're personal or professional. It's a good time to invite new friends and colleagues into your life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): This is a good week to do the research that will help you uncover those irrefutable facts that can back you up on your new venture when you most need it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Change is an important factor in your aspect this week and could affect something you might have thought was immune to any sort of adjustment or "alteration." AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Being asked to share someone's deeply personal confidence might be flattering, but accepting could be unwise. Decline gracefully but firmly. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): As wise as you are, you could still be misled by someone who seems to be sincere but might not be. Take more time to assess the situation before making any commitments. BORN THIS WEEK: You like to face challenges that others might try to avoid, and by so doing, you set an example of courage for all. Š 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Ready to bring out the best in their patients with the new rehab gym in the Snow Hill House were Robert Dolney, DPT; Suzy Beebee, OTR/L, Director of Rehab; Cherilynn Kent, Activities Director; and Tina Dykes LBSW/Social Worker, of Harrison Senior Living.

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By Jeanette Deskiewicz

FEATURING THOSE HELPING CAUSES IN THE RESORT AREA

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services wanted Sunfesters to know they are here and hiring with Officers Justin Kelly and Aneetra Hankerson on the scene.

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Raising funds for the US Lifesaving Association at the Sunfest Beer Truck were Tommy Vach, Mike Yandle, Shelly Dawson, Rick Berman and Carmean Sanger.

During this year’s OC Bikefest Beth Amos, Susan Braniecki and Brent Gould sold adult beverages to benefit The Cricket Center.

Working to bring recycling back to Ocean City at the 2019 OC Bikefest, were Laura Degnan-Burke and Cindy Santiago of the Go Green OC Team.

US Army SSgt Juan Cortazar and SSgt Aaron Jones were looking for new recruits while staffing their booth at the 2019 OC Bikefest.

Members of the Ocean City Fire Department EMS including Rex Foxwell and Craig Evans took shifts down at Sunfest, to keep everyone safe.

Harrison Senior Living Community Liaison Brandi Lilly and CEO Harrison Saunders welcomed community members to the opening of their new rehab gym in Snow Hill.

Presenting the Black Out Veterans Tribute at this year’s OC Bikefest were Chuck and Patty Timbrook, supporting our veterans.

On hand to help out with the new rehab gym opening were Administrative Assistant of 40 years Sheila Morris and Administrator Sharon Raynor of the Harrison Senior Living Snow Hill House.


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Page 80 WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE CRAB HOUSE & CARRYOUT Rte. 611, Assateague Island • 410-641-4330 On the way to visit the ponies of Assateague, stop by this rustic crab house. Enjoy Maryland crabs by the dozen, or try the all-you-can-eat specials including snow crab legs. Their extensive menu features various appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and ribs. The kids can enjoy their own menu along with the great game room. Great for casual dining or carry-out. House specialties: All-you-can-eat, crab cakes, steaks and ribs. ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 www.assateaguedinerandbar.com Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! CARIBBEAN JOE’S BAR AND GRILLE 12614 Ocean Gateway Next To Alamo Hotel 443-664-8509 Completely renovated and under new ownership, we are proudly located at the first ever motel in Ocean City, “The Alamo.” You truly will not believe what we’ve done! Thursday we have fresh 1/2-lb. burgers served on a delicious Hawaiian Roll for only $5. Wash it down with a natural light for only $1. We also have tender pulled-pork sandwiches and unique chicken salad to die for. We’re open 7 days a week when the season kicks in. Come see our Caribbean atmosphere, 7 flat-screen TVs and the coolest pool bar in Ocean City. CRAB ALLEY Golf Course Road, West Ocean City Head Of Commercial Fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • www.craballey.com Just close enough to be out of the way-located at the head of the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City, Crab Alley has it all! Spectacular view, casual and fun atmosphere, super service and mouth-watering food combine to make “The Alley” a true locals’ favorite. Enjoy our light fare and full menu of unbelievably fresh seafood, chicken and steaks indoors or on our upper deck. We offer appetizers, sandwiches and a children’s menu too. Our name says it all -”crack’em and attack ‘em”. Big Fat Crabs both by the dozen and all you can enjoy specials. Check out our website for our fantastic happy hour food and drink specials or find us on Facebook. Having a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop!

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THE DOUGH ROLLER West Ocean City, 410-213-7655 S. Division St. & Boardwalk, 410-289-3501 3rd Street & Boardwalk 410-289-2599 41st Street & Coastal Hwy • 410-524-9254 70th Street & Coastal Hwy • 410-524-7981 Ocean City’s favorite family restaurant for 40 years! Open 8 a.m. breakfast, lunch and dinner, great kid’s menu. Breakfast and lunch specials offered during the week at WOC, 41st Street and 70th Street locations. At same locations, Tuesdays are half-price pizza nights; Wednesdays are Dollar Days with special offers for breakfast and dinner. Thursdays are half-price Italian dinner nights. Order online DoughRollerRestaurants.com DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. www.dumsersdairyland.com This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-andcheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • www.foxpizzamd.com Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out foxspizzamd.com for a list of our regular menu items

FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL South Harbor Road • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course. HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • www.hootersofoc.com

New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • www.ruthschris.com Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • ocshark.com We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET 28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • www.pitandpub.com Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • www.32palm.com Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crab-

October 4, 2019 cakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • www.blucrabhouse.com Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. Featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, allyou-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood & non-selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open Saturday & Sunday at noon, and Friday at 3 p.m. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 www.thebonfirerestaurant.com 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. SaturdaySunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • www.buxys.com Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue • 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • dry85.com Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. SEE NEXT PAGE


October 4, 2019 DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • www.embers.com The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, crab cakes, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent happy hour with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open Friday-Sunday at 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • www.fagers.com Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, FridaySaturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 www.harborwatchrestaurant.com Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant and RawBar has been bringing Ocean City, MD the Freshest Seafood, an award winning RawBar, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, unlimited sides and a view you have to see to believe for the past 35 years. Please come join us at the end of the Boardwalk where the Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Banquet and wedding space available. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue • 410-289-7377 www.happyjackpancakehouse.com Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “must-visit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • www.hootersofoc.com Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam

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HOBBIT RESTAURANT 81st Street, Bayside • 410-524-8100 Beautiful panoramic views day and night from the bayside await in a warm, sleek and sophisticated dining room. Forgetting the view, the menu will also please, featuring the Hobbit Catch, Veal Pistachio and Jumbo Lump crabcakes. Fresh, new preparations from the chef will also never disappoint. The bar is friendly and inviting with bar stools and lounge seating available. JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 www.johnnyspizzapub.com The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer. MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront 410-289-1201 www.marlinmoonocmd.com Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Freddy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M.R. DUCKS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLE Talbot St. & The Bay • 410-289-9125 www.talbotstreetpier.com A world-famous, open-air gazebo bar on the bay. Deck seating available for lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. No cover and plenty of parking. Wings, crab dip, burger, steamed shrimp, crab cakes and much more. Kid-friendly menu. Great sunsets and cool drinks. One block south of the Rte. 50 bridge. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-6801 redredwinebar.com Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • www.seacrets.com We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers,

soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website www.seacrets.com for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-5244900. Find us and get lost! 94TH STREET NORTH-FENWICK-BETHANY ABBEY BURGER BISTRO • 410-250-2333 12601 Coastal Highway An enticing selection of flavors are offered for any burger palate, from rotating exotic meats like antelope to locally raised Dry Aged Black Angus to Delicious Handmade Vegetarians and even Vegan options. All are hand-pattied and made to order. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own using our signature ‘Build A Burger’ checklist, or simply choose one of the tested and proven classics and leave it to the chef. A wide selection of local, domestic, and imported beers and microbrews as well as an expansive bar are featured. Also offered are adult and children’s arcade games as well as a children’s play area. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: www.CrabcakeFactoryUSA.com. See other listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round. CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at crabcakefactory-online.com or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Highway

Page 81 Fenwick Island, DE • 302-539-2500 Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials. GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 www.facebook.com/OriginalGreeneTurtle This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open yearround. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” allyou-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 www.smittymcgees.com Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! SURF’S EDGE DELI & PIZZERIA 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island 302-537-5565 Best Salads award by Coastal Style 4 years in a row. Healthy, casual dining featuring home-made salads, fresh salads, subs, paninis, sandwiches and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner. Children’s menu, take-out and delivery available. TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island 302-436-2305 www.twiningshanty.com “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.


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with Scott Lenox Happy October folks and welcome to the reduced version of the Fish in OC fishing report. For the next several weeks I’ll be bringing you the same great photos and fishing information, but we’re going to bring it to you on one page because there’s just not as much of it going on.

Christian Bohlen, 7, caught his first wahoo while fishing with his dad Shawn when this 48-pounder ate a trolled bait beSubmitted Photos hind their boat JEB.

Offshore fishing has been consistent, but hit-or-miss at the same time. There are still white marlin and blue marlin to be caught, but they are migrating south and won’t be around much longer. Mahi, tuna, wahoo and swordfish have been caught in pretty good numbers over the past week and that should continue until later this month when offshore waters cool, and we start to see more non-fishable days than fishable. The ocean party boat fleet continues to enjoy good bottom fishing with plenty of sea bass and the occasional flounder and triggerfish. More tautog will be caught over the coming weeks as inshore ocean waters cool into the 60s and some of the best sea bass fishing we see throughout the year happens in No-

This lucky couple had a great day of fishing with Captain Austin on board Captain John Prather’s Ocean City Guide Service when they put four nice keeper flounder in the box.

This guy is all smiles after landing a 4.5pound sea bass on the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak and mate Rich Fouts.

vember and December. Flounder fishing in the bay has been a little tough thanks to dirty water conditions from a caravan of hurricanes that have passed by our coast. Once things settle down inshore and we get a few good tide changes, water conditions will improve and so will flounder fishing. Flounder are beginning to stage in the channels around the Route 50 Bridge and Inlet before heading out to the canyons for the winter months. Last year my wife Kristen and I had one of our better flounder trips of the year on Oct. 25 when we caught four keeper fish up to 21 inches and released another 40. The other usual suspects in our bay fishery are starting to be caught in good numbers right on schedule. Over the past week or so, I have seen several nice sheepshead, some weakfish to 25 inches and even some triggerfish from the south jetty. The

Captain Steve Moore and the Stalker had an insane overnighter when they released two white marlin and boated an 80-pound swordfish, a 73-inch mako and a limit of mahi.

weakfish are being caught around the Oceanic Pier and the north sea wall while the sheepshead and triggerfish are being caught on both jetties and even along the rocks of the route 50 bridge. Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters just missed the state record for triggerfish when one of his anglers landed a huge 5pound fish from the south jetty last week. Don’t forget our 3rd Annual Ocean City Inshore Classic is next weekend, Oct. 1113. Last year we had 30 boats and paidd out over $9,000 in prizes. I hope to see you there. Until next week.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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