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Glorious Sunset: A colorful scene is pictured at Northside Park this week as the sun sets on a cool autumn day. Resort Police, Fire Leaders Express Concerns Over Current Staffing

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Halloween Storm Winds Uproot Big Trees, Bring Minor Damage To Berlin

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Public Safety Staffing Concerns Raised In Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY – Stopping short of sounding an alarm, resort police and fire officials last week raised concerns about critical staffing issues and the ability to safely serve and protect the town. During strategic planning sessions last week, resort officials reviewed a myriad of issues and projects large and small as they updated the town’s roadmap for the future. Inevitably, the discussion came around to public safety, one of the pillars of Ocean City’s plan for the future. While the police department is thriving and crime rates have steadily dropped, and the fire department and emergency services continue to provide a high level of service, some concerns were raised

about staffing levels and increased funding in the future. Funding was a catch word all week during the town’s marathon strategic planning sessions and the issue was no different for the various public safety departments. Councilman and former police officer Mark Paddack said he has heard from some of his constituents concerns about safety on the Boardwalk and in other areas of town. “I know there is a perception at least from some local residents about the safety on the Boardwalk,” he said. “There are also concerns about safety in some of the neighborhoods when the snowbirds go south. That’s why we really need to emphasize the residential check program and the other programs we have.” Ocean City Fire Department Chief Richie Bowers said he continues to re-

view and overhaul his department’s staffing needs and other resources. Bowers cited a specific recent example when his staffing levels were briefly not up to the challenge. “There was a fire two weeks ago uptown and for 13 minutes, we only had seven people there,” he said. “Now, those seven people did a tremendous job until reinforcements arrived, but we have to do more from a fire-rescue perspective. Fire protection in the north end is at risk right now.” Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro said his department faces staffing challenges and continues to do more with less. He said he has kept his additional staffing requests to a minimum because of budget constraints, but there soon could be a tipping point. “I’ve asked for one additional officer

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for the last several years,” he said. “We haven’t been able to go beyond that for the last 10 years. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep the same level of protection and service.” Buzzuro said current staffing levels leave little room for rank-and-file office leave time. The expanded special events schedule in the shoulder seasons only contributes to the problem. “This year, I asked for one additional officer,” he said. “That only allows for our other officers to get some leave. I’m not just talking about special events, I’m talking about fortifying us for the future.” Mayor Rick Meehan said public safety was paramount and it was important to heed the requests from the town’s police and fire chiefs. “We have to expect the unexpected and we have to plan for that,” he said. “Our intelligence should be able to determine when we’re at risk. When they tell us what they need, we have to listen. They have to have the capabilities to prepare for anything that comes up.” Paddack pointed to changing dynamics in public safety. He alluded to the recently-completed Boardwalk access control project as an example. “The world has changed,” he said. “We hardened the Boardwalk for a reason. We have to plan for everything because everything is possible. The police, fire and emergency services all need to coordinate so we’re all on the same page.” Buzzuro said the situation was not dire, but said public safety and staffing and resources need to be closely monitored going forward. “From a law enforcement perspective, we’re in a good place,” he said. “Crime rates continue to drop. We’re providing a high level of service and we’re doing it under budget. What’s down the road is a promising future, we just need to be sure we’re prepared for it.” Bowers agreed emergency services staffing needs required close scrutiny. “We continue to monitor trends and one trend is the number of calls for service continues to go up,” he said. “We need to continue to look at staffing changes and we need to continue to invest.” One local law enforcement tool that is achieving success is the City Watch surveillance camera system. Paddack said the City Watch program provided extra eyes and ears for law enforcement and emergency services and it might be time to invest in it and expand it. “I think we need to expand that,” he said. “We need better-quality cameras and more of them in more locations.” Buzzuro agreed City Watch could be one program on which to invest more. “… We have good coverage on the Boardwalk, but I’d like to see it expanded to other hot spots. I know there is a cost associated with it, but it would be a tremendous investment for us,” he said.

Limits To Solar On Ag Land Difficult

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SNOW HILL – Staff told county officials this week that even if they wanted to they could do little to limit solar farms in the area. The Worcester County Commissioners, at the request of District 4 Commissioner Ted Elder, discussed the prospect of implementing restrictions on the growing number of solar farms at their meeting Tuesday. Ed Tudor, the county’s director of developmental review and permitting, said there was little that could be done because the larger systems were regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission. “Until the Maryland legislature does something to give zoning control back to the counties, back to the local jurisdictions, for those projects that currently are exempted because of the Public Service Commission, we’re really stuck,” Tudor said. “Unfortunately, they have taken that out of our hands.” According to Tudor, the county began regulating solar energy in 2011. The code identifies four different sizes of systems and regulates each differently. “The larger solar systems, what some people refer to as the solar farms, which are 2 megawatts or greater, are regulated by the Public Service Commission,” he said. “There was a court decision recently that basically said local jurisdictions have no authority in these types of projects.” He added that developers of some large-scale projects in Worcester County had nevertheless made an effort to comply with the county’s solar regulations. He added that if the commissioners did move forward with efforts to further regulate solar they had to remember that what they did would impact all sorts of projects. “If we get into a discussion of regulating solar panels I just caution it’s a very broad subject area and has a lot of implications,” he said. “Anything you do will affect all those that are deployed out there today.” Elder said he was worried large solar farms were turning the county’s farmland into industrial zones. “In the future when these government subsidies run out and they have a life of 20-30 years are we going to have a conglomeration of solar junkyards all over Worcester County?” he said. He said he didn’t object to roofmounted solar panels but didn’t see the need for various fields filled with solar panels. “We need to figure out some way of protecting our rural nature,” he said. Tudor said he didn’t disagree but said there was nothing the county could do at this point regarding the solar projects larger than 2 megawatts. “The state has completely preempted us on our regulations,” said Maureen Howarth, the county’s attorney.


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Baltimore Avenue Improvements Mired With Complications

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OCEAN CITY – The future of the Baltimore Avenue corridor, largely a gateway to the resort for many via the Route 50 bridge, was the subject of considerable debate during strategic planning sessions last week. In recent years, a major renovation of the streetscape along the Baltimore Avenue corridor from North Division Street to 15th Street has been on the town’s radar, but the issue is complicated. On the one hand, the State Highway Administration (SHA) has been systematically milling and repaving sections of Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Avenue heading south in recent years and along the way SHA has been improving sidewalks to make the compliant with federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The section of Baltimore Avenue from North Division Street to 15th Street was next in that process and was scheduled to be done two years ago, but the town asked SHA to put it on the back burner while alternatives for renovating that corridor were formalized and the state agency acquiesced. In advance of last week’s strategic planning cram sessions, the Mayor and Council were asked to prioritize their issues and concerns and the Baltimore Avenue renovations made the short list. The alternatives range from simply doing nothing and allowing SHA to come through and repave the corridor and make the requisite ADA improvements to a complete remodel of the corridor including undergrounding the utilities, thereby eliminating the oftenunsightly poles and overhead power lines. The latter has been done successfully in other areas of town, but there is a significant cost associated with it. Complicating the issue further is the existence of a long forgotten and underutilized right-of-way along the Baltimore Avenue corridor. Baltimore Avenue is somewhat unique in a variety of ways. For example, the original deeds show the right-of-way as 75 feet wide, but the current roadway only utilizes about 45 feet from curb to curb. Included in the cursory discussion of the streetscape plans was a review of the ancient deeds for Baltimore Avenue that create a no man’s land of about 32 feet in some areas that could ultimately be deeded back to the property owners along the corridor or used to widen the roadway and its sidewalks. Over the decades, however, private property is steadily encroached on the original right-of-way platted over a century ago. For example, in some SEE PAGE 8

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cases, private businesses along the corridor have signs in the old right-ofway, while others have parking areas. In some cases, the long-forgotten right-of-way is just covered with grass or landscaping and isn’t necessarily utilized by the private sector. City Engineer Terry McGean said the right-of-way issue had to be resolved before any real discussion of renovating the corridor could go any further. “We have 32 feet of additional rightof-way to work with,” he said. “The question is how much of that right-ofway do we want to give back to the property owners.” McGean said resolving the right-ofway issue didn’t have to be a black and white solution. In some cases, the town could accomplish wider sidewalks and streetscapes by utilizing just some of the right-of-way or all of it. “It doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” he said. “We could use 16 feet of the right-of-way or all 32 feet, or we don’t use any of it. I just need some direction on what you want to do.” Another significant issue is the potential undergrounding of the utilities along the corridor. Again, it has been done successfully in other areas of town and greatly improves the aesthetics, but it comes with a significant price tag. McGean said cursory discussions with Delmarva Power alone have resulted in estimates in the $15 million to $20 million range and there are other utilities above ground in the corridor. “The big question is do you want to underground the utilities?” he said. “If you don’t, there are things we can do in terms of streetscaping and widening sidewalks. We just need some direction so we can begin moving forward.” Councilman Dennis Dare pointed out when significant undergrounding projects were undertaken in the past, the city’s public works department still had a construction division and much of the work was done in-house. “In 1991, when we did a lot of utility undergrounding, we did it in-house with our public works department,” he said. “In a cost-saving measure in 2008, we got out of the construction business. We don’t have that capability anymore.” Dare pointed out the undergrounding of utilities along Baltimore Avenue north of 15th Street, along with other sidewalk widening and streetscaping resulted in a renaissance of sorts along the corridor which helped pay for the projects. “The redevelopment spurred by that section offset the cost of the project through growth in the tax base,” he said. “We have alleys more attractive than Baltimore Avenue. People come into Ocean City along Baltimore Avenue and it’s their first impression. Undergrounding the utilities is critical. Equally important is what we do with that right-of-way.”

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BERLIN – A storm Halloween night left a trail of downed trees and property damage throughout town. On Nov. 1, the town’s public works and electric staff spent much of the day removing trees from roadways after a severe storm. “It was isolated for the most part,” Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said. “It started on the southwest corner of Berlin and went to the northeast corner of town.” While some areas of town saw no storm damage, certain sections of Berlin were scattered with torn-off tree branches and in some cases entire trees. Limbs were torn from trees at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum and a block away, at the historic Robins Nest property on West Street, an entire tree was uprooted. Brady Freestone, who lives at the historic home with his family, said strong winds woke him up around 1 a.m. “I was already concerned about trees and branches coming down,” he said. “I couldn’t go back to sleep so I turned my lights on and I’m sitting there when a gust of wind comes. I literally thought the glass was going to break in the windows. There was a rumble and I felt the ground shake. I

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saw my lamp shake.” When the rumbling subsided, he looked outside. While there was nothing wrong in the front yard, Freestone was shocked to see a giant tree down on the Broad Street side of the property. “I just went into panic mode,” he said. “It could have demolished our house or the neighbors’ houses. That thing was massive.” The tree, which he identified as black walnut, will be cut up and removed in the coming days, Freestone said Tuesday. Fleetwood said the town’s public works and electric departments spent nearly the entire day Friday cutting up and removing tree limbs from roadways. “It was pretty busy Friday and Saturday as far as cleanup,” he said. At Heron Park, fencing was destroyed and the roof of a storage building was torn off. Fleetwood said the building was used to store snow plows, one of which was moved several feet during the storm. Metal from the building’s roof was found mangled, hanging from nearby trees. Fleetwood said the damage escalated the cleanup effort that was being planned for the park. He said town staff would be rebuilding the fence.

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Local Officials Stress Route 90 Dualization’s Importance

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SNOW HILL – Elected officials stressed the importance of dualizing Route 90 during a presentation from transportation officials this week. On Tuesday, representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) made their annual presentation to the Worcester County Commissioners. Though the commissioners were quick to voice interest in improvements to both the Route 90 and Route 589, MDOT officials offered no immediate solutions. “We’re challenged by resources right now,” said Deputy Transportation Secretary Earl Lewis Jr. Lewis and other transportation officials met with the commissioners Tues-

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day as part of MDOT’s statewide tour to discuss transportation priorities. MDOT leaders outlined local projects that had been done this year, such as the addition of rumble strips and signage at Assateague Island to help protect the park’s wild horses, as well as projects that would be underway in 2020. Officials said that by June of 2020, the years-long dualization of Route 113 would be complete. Commissioner Josh Nordstrom said he was pleased he’d be able to share good news with his constituents who traveled the road on a frequent basis. “June 2020 is a solid date and I can

take that back to the people, who quite honestly ask me a lot,” he said. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic asked why the dualization of Route 90 had not been mentioned as a future project when both the county and the Town of Ocean City had reached out to the state about adding it to the priority list. “The Worcester County Commissioners have asked that this be put on as a priority and I know the Town of Ocean City has also asked this be put on as a priority,” he said. “I’m just wondering when we’re going to see it get there.” Lewis acknowledged the importance

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of the project. “Our capital budget right now is very, very tight,” he said. Mitrecic added that the commissioners and Ocean City leaders had advised the state that they didn’t believe the Route 50 bridge, which is on the state’s future projects list, could even be worked on unless the Route 90 bridge was dualized first. “We’ll keep that in consideration and continue the dialogue,” Lewis said. “There’s one challenge that we always have, there’s always more projects that we’d like to do than we have resources to do right now.” Mitrecic said he understood that but thought the Route 90 dualization should at least be on the state’s list. “I know that once it gets listed it could be 20 years out,” he said. “This is something I know this board of commissioners and the Town of Ocean City have expressed concern about and want to move this forward.” Commissioner Chip Bertino asked if there was a timeline for any improvements to congested Route 589. Lewis again alluded to financial constraints. “The challenges and the increased dollars we’ve had to spend on transit, we’ve had to really sharpen our pencils,” Lewis said. Bertino asked whether potential improvements were 20 to 25 years away. “My honest answer is I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Lewis said. “I do know there are a lot of projects that have taken some time to do but if we maintain our focus on the importance of getting those done, eventually they get done — even large projects. I hope it’s not decades away, I hope it’s more like years, but I can’t forecast that.” Jay Meredith, district engineer for MDOT’s State Highway Administration, added that his agency had completed some smaller projects on Route 589 that would help with congestion. Meredith said the possibility of a roundabout at the north gate to Ocean Pines was also being explored. Delegate Charles Otto and Delegate Wayne Hartman thanked MDOT for Tuesday’s presentation. Hartman also used the opportunity to stress the significance of dualizing the Route 90 bridge. “I can’t tell you how much of a safety concern that is and how disappointing it is to not see that being recognized,” he said. Hartman pointed out that during the White Marlin Open, one of the busiest weeks of the summer in Ocean City, the Route 50 bridge got stuck for some time. “Route 90 being a single lane, it doesn’t take much, a simple accident can make that impassible and leave the island totally stranded,” he said. “Emergency response vehicles and so forth have no way to navigate.” He said he hoped that when MDOT returned for next year’s presentation its priorities would include Route 90 dualization.

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SNOW HILL – A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Worcester County Board of Education following the 2016 death of a Cedar Chapel Special School student has been settled. School system officials confirmed last Thursday that the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the school system and a former Cedar Chapel staff member by the parents of a student who died in 2016 had been settled. “MABE (Maryland Association of Boards of Education), our insurance carrier, has been handling this case and we have been made aware that a settlement was made,” said Carrie Sterrs, the school system’s coordinator of public relations and special programs. In January, lawyers for Pocomoke residents Patricia and Richard Richardson filed a wrongful death suit in Worcester County Circuit Court against former Cedar Chapel employee Richard Blessing, the Worcester County Board of Education and Cedar Chapel Special School. The Richardsons’ 15-year-old son, a student at Cedar Chapel, passed away in January 2016. According to the complaint, the boy, who had a history of seizures, was in the pool as part of his Adaptive Aquatics program when he “stopped swimming and submerged.” “…the staff at Cedar Chapel Special School ineptly attempted to administer emergency care,” the complaint reads. They used an automated external defibrillator even though the boy was still breathing and had a pulse, according to the complaint. He was eventually transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later died. The first count outlined in the complaint alleges that Blessing failed to recognize the boy’s seizure activity before he entered the pool and failed to discontinue the aquatics program after noticing unusual behavior, among other things. The second and third count included in the complaint address the liability of Cedar Chapel Special School and the Worcester County Board of Education. “As a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s actions and omissions, decedent suffered death by near drowning in the defendant’s swimming pool,” the complaint reads. The complaint said the Richardsons were seeking $400,000 in damages. Attorneys for the school system filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing various issues with the complaint. School system attorneys said Cedar Chapel was not a proper party in the lawsuit, as it is just a building, and that Blessing could not be held individually liable because he was shielded from personal liability as an employee of the school system. The motion to dismiss the case was withdrawn Oct. 30 once a settlement was reached.

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SNOW HILL – County officials delayed a discussion of new rental licensing fees this week. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday asked staff to postpone a presentation regarding proposed rental licensing regulations until Commissioner Bud Church, who was absent, could be in attendance. “His district will be impacted by this heavily,” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said. “I think he should be part of this conversation.” Earlier this year, the commissioners passed a variety of bills designed to enable the county to enact a rental license program. The commissioners were expected to discuss implemen-

tation of the rental regulations Tuesday with Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, and Phil Thompson, the county’s finance officer. In a report to the commissioners in advance of the meeting, Tudor outlined the process, including the intake of license applications, issuing licenses and monitoring the properties being used as rentals in Worcester County. “As I have stated on numerous occasions, I believe that I need two additional staff persons to manage all of these tasks,” Tudor wrote. “While both would be cross trained in all aspects, we would like one individual to focus on processing license applications and renewals and the other to focus on education, enforcement and complaint reconciliation.”

The draft resolution establishing rental license fees that accompanied the report sets the annual license fee for short-term rentals at $400 per unit. Bed and breakfast operations would also be charged $400 a year for a license while year-round rental properties would require a $100 license. The fees would apply only to rental properties in unincorporated Worcester County, such as Ocean Pines and West Ocean City. Tudor’s report and the proposed fees were not discussed Tuesday, however, based on the commissioners’ agreement to wait until Church was present. Mitrecic said the delay would also give the public more time to peruse the draft resolution and contact their commissioners if they had concerns. He indicated the commis-

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sioners had received emails from constituents who felt they were “slipping something in” at the last minute. “So it will give those people that had those concerns a little bit more time to contact their commissioners as there will be no public hearing about this,” he said. Sarah Rayne, government and public affairs director for the Coastal Association of REALTORS, said that her organization hadn’t sent out the email Mitrecic referenced but said the association had sent members an email advising them that the fees were being discussed. “We did want to make sure we brought this to the attention of our members,” she said. “Four hundred dollars is incredibly high for a rental license.” According to Rayne, the residential rental licensing fee in Ocean City is $191, while the fee in Salisbury is $120. She said that in Montgomery County the fee was $114 and in Prince George’s County the fee was $150. “It’s hard to justify a $400 license fee but we are happy they chose to table it to allow a couple of weeks for people to provide input,” Rayne said. She added that property owners who rented would be passing the added cost on to customers. “It’s something that’ll impact a lot of people,” she said.

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Law Change On EpiPens In Private Establishments Eyed

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OCEAN CITY – In a community still coming to grips with the loss of one of its young pillars, an effort is underway to pursue legislation in his honor that might save lives in the future and provide some solace to those continuing to mourn. Late last month, local resident Chris Trimper suffered an extreme allergic reaction during a reception following a golf tournament fundraiser at the Poseidon restaurant at the Ocean Downs

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Casino and did not survive. Trimper was administered an epinephrine autoinjector, or EpiPen, at the scene when paramedics arrived, but had suffered extreme seizures from the reaction. Last weekend, hundreds turned out for the memorial service for Trimper at the Performing Arts Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to remember the affable 42-year-old husband and father of three young children. Such tragedies are often followed by what-ifs as mourners try to come to grips with a loss. Near the close of Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, Council

Secretary Mary Knight broached the subject and questioned if the outcome could have been different if the restaurant stored and maintained EpiPens and had staff on hand trained in their usage. Knight’s comments were not meant as an indictment of any shortcomings of the facility or of the first-responders to the scene. She was merely pointing out there is currently no law in Maryland allowing private entities such as restaurants, for example, to store EpiPens and have staff trained in their usage on hand. Sadly, it will never be known if that

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could have made a difference for Trimper, but Knight said a change in the state law regarding EpiPens might be an endeavor worth pursuing in his memory. “An extreme tragedy happened to Ocean City and this whole area and to a very strong family,” she said. “Why was there not an EpiPen at the location where this happened?” Knight said she began looking into the current law in Maryland regarding epi-pen and was somewhat surprised it was one of a handful of states that did not allow authorized entities to SEE NEXT PAGE

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maintain EpiPens and have staff trained in their usage. “After some research, I discovered through the Allergy and Asthma Network that Maryland is one of 14 states that do not allow private entities to administer EpiPens,” she said. “There is a real movement for these 14 states including Maryland to get a law passed.” To that end, Knight urged the Mayor and Council to launch an effort to have the law changed in Maryland. “I’m requesting tonight that the Mayor and Council send a letter to our state senator and our delegate asking

them to start to get this law enacted,” she said. “Mr. Trimper was a man who was very involved in many organizations. He was also the kind of guy who did random acts of kindness. I don’t want his legacy to stop. I think if we tried to get this legislation enacted, maybe it could be called Chris’s Law so his legacy will continue and his family could possibly someday find some solace that this tragedy hopefully resulted in saving other people’s lives.” For his part, Mayor Rick Meehan agreed with Knight’s sentiments. “We are all touched by what Mary

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tainly a will to address the issue. “I have an absolute interest in making EpiPens available in certain entities in the private sector and I’m currently conducting research and gathering information,” she said. “The initial plan is to pursue some form of legislation, and I’m gathering information and consulting with my colleagues in committee to determine what that might look like.” Some cursory research confirmed Maryland is one of just 14 states that currently don’t allow private entities to obtain, store and utilize EpiPens during emergency situations. Delaware and Virginia do not have laws allowing private entities to administer EpiPens. However, Washington, D.C. does allow it. The District of Columbia legislation could provide a template of sorts for future legislation in Maryland. D.C.’s law “allows healthcare professionals to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense and distribute epinephrine autoinjectors to authorized entities, to authorize employees or agents of an authorized entity who has completed a training program to provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector.” In the D.C. legislation, an “authorized entity” is defined as any entity or organization other than a public school, including recreational camps, colleges, universities, daycare facilities, youth sports leagues, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas.

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OCEAN CITY – A seemingly innocuous request to approve a site plan extension for the redevelopment of a corner lot in the heart of the resort’s downtown area this week led to a broader discussion on when the statute of limitations should run out for such requests. The Ocean City Planning Commission on Tuesday had before them a request to extend the site plan approval for the proposed redevelopment of a property on the northwest corner of Dorchester Street and Philadelphia Avenue. The proposed redevelopment plan calls for a mixed-use three-story structure with retail on the street level and office space on the second level. The property owner, Christopher Reeves, first gained site plan approval for the project in 2012. For a variety of reasons including uncertain economic conditions and the chronic flooding in the area, for example, Reeves has not yet started building the project. The original site plan approval has been extended multiple times in eight years and Reeves was asking for an additional two years. The commission appeared inclined to approve the extension before a larger discussion of approving site plan extensions in general. Planning Commissioner Palmer Gillis questioned if there

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was ever a time when a developer has been told the site plan has expired and you have to submit a new one. “What is the protocol?” he said. “This will be eight years and now 10 if we grant the two-year extension.” Planning Commission Chair Pam Buckley said there is no hard and fast deadline for extending site plans. “There isn’t a specific protocol,” she said. “We take it as a case-by-case basis. This is a long extension, but we certainly don’t want to squelch a small property owner’s desire to improve his property.” Planning Commissioner Lauren Taylor said the site plan before the commission on Tuesday had not changed since the original approval was granted in 2012, which was reason enough to grant the extension. “The question is if the site plan came before us now, would we approve it?” she said. “If the answer is yes, then I think we can grant the extension.” There was some discussion about a potential in the future to convert some of the space to housing, which would complicate the parking requirements. The original site plan came with a parking non-conformity, which essentially means it lacked the number of spaces for what the property is zoned for. However, because there is no housing included in the plan, the parking requirements were relaxed someSEE NEXT PAGE

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what, the idea being rental units typically require more parking than more transient retail and office space. “My plan was never to put in housing units,” Reeves said. “I had housing units there before and it became a nuisance. That’s why it was torn down.” Reeves said his desire was to redevelop the property in such a way that is consistent with the old town feel in that area of the resort. Losing the parking non-conformity might require him to revise the plan and come back with something less in keeping with downtown area.

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“I want to build something that is complementary to downtown Ocean City,” he said. “The last thing I want to do is build some monstrosity with a parking garage on the first level and the other elements above street level.” He also said he needed another extension because there were some uncertainties with that section of downtown, not the least of which is the chronic flooding problem. “I have no immediate plan to build right now,” he said. “Ocean City is conducting a flooding study in that area right now. A couple of weeks ago, the

street there was closed because of flooding. I don’t want to commit to building something before that study is concluded. It might call for raising the street or some other solution.” Nonetheless, some on the commission remained reluctant to extend the site plan again. Zoning Analyst Kay Gordy said the property owner could lose the parking non-conformity if the site plan were to expire. “When the site plan expires, the nonconformity goes away,” she said. “If he came back with a new site plan, he

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would lose the non-conformity. Now, he could ask for a new parking non-conformity, but there are no guarantees he would get it.” With that said, the commission voted 4-0 with two members abstaining to approve the site plan extension. The approval did not include any limitation as to if this was the last one. “You don’t want to handcuff someone,” said Planning Commissioner Joel Brous. “We’re not sure about the flooding solution or the financial solution. I don’t think we want to say build this in two years or else.”

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SNOW HILL – Inequities in the state’s funding formula and a potential increase in education costs highlighted concerns expressed by local officials regarding the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. On Tuesday, local elected officials joined school system and county staff to talk about changes that could be coming to Worcester County’s public schools if recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, which was created to improve Maryland’s public education system, become law. “What we do know is regardless of what happens in Annapolis, Worcester County will do what it has always done — work together to ensure we continue to provide students an exceptional education experience based on individual student needs, opportunities and county resources,” Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino said. While local officials don’t disagree with the commission’s major goals — which include expanding prekindergarten, focusing on high quality teachers, ensuring college and career readiness and increasing accountability — they’re worried about the cost of implementing the recommendations and the financial impact on a county that already funds 80% of the school

system’s budget. Harold Higgins, the county’s chief administrative officer, said that currently, the state required counties to fund schools at a “maintenance of effort” level. “State law has required that local governments maintain their educational funding effort from year to year on a per pupil basis by meeting or exceeding their contribution from the year before,” Higgins said, adding that the county also funded educational costs that weren’t included in the maintenance of effort calculation. Based on current criteria, maintenance of effort (MOE) funding for Worcester County Public Schools is $91 million. That is expected to grow to $113.7 million by 2030. Kirwan recommendations would increase that figure to $119.1 million in 2030. Bertino said the current MOE formula was unfair to Worcester County taxpayers, as they were forced to fund a far greater percentage of the school system’s budget than taxpayers in other counties. “By comparison, local taxpayers in the neighboring counties of Wicomico and Somerset fund only about 20% of their respective boards of education budgets,” Bertino said. “How is that fair? Rather than address and fix the inequities of the MOE formula suffered by Worcester and other counties, the

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Kirwan Commission recommendations bake the inequities into funding projections going forward, thus ensuring no relief for Worcester County taxpayers.” He stressed that the financial impact of the Kirwan recommendations on Worcester was jarring. He said they would mandate increased spending even though Worcester County already spent more per student than any other school district. He added that there was no flexibility for the county in applying the recommendations in ways that made sense locally. “One size does not fit all,” he said. Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor also expressed concern in that regard. “We certainly agree with the commission on many of its recommendations and overarching goals,” Taylor said. “It also seems to me that these recommendations are designed to bring other counties in the state up to Worcester County’s level of performance and success.” Because the school system was already one of the best performing in the state, he said he hoped legislators would allow the county to continue local control of its educational decisions. “Otherwise I know many of our locally identified priorities could take a backseat to state mandates designed for lower performing county school systems,” he said.

Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, a recent addition to the Kirwan Commission, said she too agreed with its overall goals but was worried about how they’d be funded. She pointed out that commission members spent years reviewing education policies and creating goals that would improve education in Maryland but failed to put sufficient focus on how those improvements would be funded. Carozza said she would use her position on the commission to press local priorities and concerns such as affordability and fairness in the state’s funding formula as well as transparency and accountability. “We are spending a record number already on education,” she said. “When you’re spending that much money on education, before you even start talking about increases in education funding I think we have an obligation to know how was the money spent in the past? What were the outcomes? I don’t think that we have done justice yet on accountability.” Carozza said she was also hoping the commission would look at learning environment issues. She’s heard concerns from area teachers who feel student performance is negatively impacted when teachers have to deal with interruptions in the classroom. “If there are not the tools in place to address that situation it’s going to continue to have an overall effect on student performance,” she said.





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Local Hotel Worker Charged In Knife Threat OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last weekend after allegedly threatening a co-worker with a knife at a midtown hotel. Around 6:15 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a hotel at 66th Street for a reported assault that had already occurred. The officer met with a female victim, who told police she had been threatened by a male co-worker, later identified as Nikolay Suhin, 40, of Ocean City, with a knife. The victim told police she and Suhin were co-workers and were preparing a room in the hotel for an upcoming conference. The victim told police Suhin was upset because he had to work longer than he expected and was going to miss a class, according to police reports. The victim told police Suhin went into the kitchen and she heard loud banging and screaming. When the victim went to the kitchen door, Suhin was banging on a table and screaming obscenities. The victim, still standing in the doorway, asked Suhin why he was upset and he reportedly told her he had missed a class because of her and asked her to leave him alone and leave, according to police reports. At that point, Suhin began walking toward the victim and as Suhin got close to the victim, she observed he was holding a knife. According to police reports, the victim got within arm’s length of the victim and held the knife just inches from her neck. The victim reportedly told police the weapon was a folding knife and not a knife that would be found in the hotel kitchen. She estimated the knife was five- to six-inches long. The victim told police she was able to back away and ran to the conference center office where she called police. Meanwhile, Suhin returned to the front of the building and was taken into custody. Suhin told police he had gotten into a verbal argument with the victim because she had made him work later than expected, which caused him to miss a class. According to police reports, Suhin said he was in the kitchen yelling and banging on a table out of frustration with the situation. Suhin reportedly


told police the victim came into the kitchen doorway and that he yelled at her to leave because he was upset she had caused him to work later. Suhin did tell police he approached the victim and got close to her neck region and yelled at her to leave. However, Suhin kept telling police different versions on the story. For example, he did tell police he possessed a knife like the one described by the victim, but that he kept it in the console of his vehicle and that is was nowhere near him during the incident. OCPD officers retrieved the folding knife from Suhin’s vehicle. Suhin also told police when he approached the victim, he was carrying a wooden door stop and not a knife. Based on the investigation, Suhin was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault.

Errant BB Shot Leads To Major Pot Bust OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on marijuana distribution and gun replica charges last week after he and another local man allegedly shattered a neighbor’s sliding glass door window with BB guns, leading to a police investigation of their residence. Around 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) detective investigated a reported sliding glass door window being broken at a residence on 57th Street. The officer met with the owner who pointed to a shattered sliding glass door window. The officer observed the window had been struck by a small projectile, likely from a BB gun, causing the shattered spider web pattern, according to police reports. The officer searched the area for suspects, and while walking the perimeter of the property, reportedly


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heard several popping sounds in the area. The officer walked west on 57th Street and heard the intermittent popping sounds grow louder. The officer walked back around to the front of a residence on 57th Street and observed a male, later identified as Scott Berry, 21, of Ocean City, walk out on the screened porch carrying two black-in-color handguns. According to police reports, Berry informed the officer the weapons were just BB guns and he was ordered to hand them over and sit on the sidewalk. The guns were identical and appeared to be real handguns, but the officer determined they were BB guns that used CO2 as a propellant. Berry reportedly told the officer he and his friend had been in the backyard and were firing the BB guns at a trashcan. Another officer collected information while the initial officer went to the residence to contact the other individual, later identified as Jacob Forrester, 20, of Ocean City. Forrester reportedly came to the door and the officer immediately detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside. The officer also saw a Mason jar on the table along with a grinder, or a device used to prepare marijuana for smoking. The officer informed Forrester he was investigating the broken window and had already discussed he and Berry discharging the BB guns in the backyard. Forrester told police he and Berry had been firing the BB guns and had accidentally discharged the weapons in the direction of the residences that face the ocean along 57th Street. The officer reportedly asked Forrester for his identification and Forrester advised him he had to go inside to get it. While Forrester was fetching his ID,

November 8, 2019 he left the door open and the officer observed in plain sight a quantity of marijuana in a Mason jar along with loose marijuana and a grinder on the table. When asked about the marijuana, Forrester reportedly told police he had obtained it from a source in Salisbury with the intent of selling it off to friends and associates. According to police reports, Forrester told police there was another large jar of marijuana within the residence along with scales for preparing it for sale. At that point, Forrester was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a replica handgun. OCPD officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. The search revealed five pounds of raw marijuana in multiple kitchen-sized trash bags. The search also revealed multiple large marijuana plants in one of the bedrooms. According to police reports, the officers also discovered clothes pins and wiring strewn across the room indicative of a system for drying out raw marijuana for future distribution. The search also revealed boxes of zip-lock bags and a notebook with weight designations and prices for each written on it. For the record, Berry was only charged with possession of a gun replica and was released.

Assault, Bike Theft Charges After Incident OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, swiping a bicycle and scrapping with police officers. Around 7:25 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a residence at 14th Street after receiving a call from a man requesting a check on the welfare of his daughter and grandchildren because he had been receiving concerning text messages that the daughter’s boyfriend, later identified as Burt Foskey, 40, of Ocean City was starting to “act up.” As officers approached the residence, they reportedly heard a woman scream “stop.” When the female victim opened the door, she reportedly yelled to the officers “get him,” and the officers detained Foskey in handcuffs and removed him from the residence. AcSEE NEXT PAGE

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cording to police reports, Foskey was combative while officers attempted to detain and question him and launched into an expletive-laced and racial slurlaced tirade at them, informing them he was going to “[expletive deleted] them up,” according to police reports. The tirades reportedly went on for several minutes as neighbors started coming out of their homes to observe. At one point, a group of three men walking by told Foskey they were going to intervene if he did not sit down and continued screaming and resisting arrest. Foskey was ultimately subdued and taken to the Public Safety Building for processing. OCPD officers interviewed the female victim who told police she had been in an argument and that Foskey had yanked her head back by her hair just before police arrived. The victim also reportedly told police she feared Foskey because of his gang affiliations and the officers noted in the report Foskey had tattoos consistent with gang membership. That led to a second-degree assault charge against Foskey. OCPD officers also interviewed the victim’s two juvenile daughters who reportedly told police there was a bicycle in the kitchen that was stolen. The female victim told police within the last couple of days, Foskey had walked to a liquor store a few blocks away and had returned on a bicycle. The victim told police Foskey bragged about how he had avoided surveillance cameras when he took the bike. Based on the evidence, theft charges were tacked on. The bike had a sticker on it from a local bicycle shop and was valued at over $300.

Probation For Loaded Handgun In Vehicle OCEAN CITY – One of two Baltimore men arrested in July on weapons charges after a loaded handgun was found while they were sleeping in a vehicle pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to six months, all of which was suspended. Around 7 a.m. on July 19, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 6th Street and Philadelphia Avenue and two men sleeping in a vehicle on a public street in violation of a town ordinance. The two men, identified as Desmond Butler, 21, and Day On Geter, 20, both of Baltimore, were lying all the way back with the front driver’s seat and front passenger seat reclined. The officers could only observe the suspects through the windshield because of the heavy tinting on the other windows. The officers knocked on the vehicle’s windows for about 30 second before the driver, Butler, rolled down the window about six inches, according to police reports. Geter, the passenger, was still sleeping. Once Geter was awake, he made furtive movements as if to conceal something under his seat, according to police reports. Both of the suspects

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch were asked to get out of the vehicle and a frisk of each revealed no weapons or other contraband. However, during a search of the vehicle, a strong odor of raw marijuana was detected. The officers unlocked the glove compartment and located a semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun loaded with nine rounds including one in the chamber. Because neither of the two suspects admitted ownership of the handgun, each was arrested and charged with having a loaded handgun in a vehicle. This week, Butler pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle and was sentenced to six months, all of which was suspended. He was also placed on supervised probation for one year. Geter had the charges against him put on the stet, or inactive, docket.

Boardwalk Tirade Results In Probation OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man, arrested on assault and other charges after allegedly causing a scene near the Boardwalk on the Fourth of July and scrapping with cops before attempting to spit blood on paramedics trying to evaluate him, was granted probation before judgment this week. Shortly after 11 p.m. on July 4, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling the Boardwalk on a bicycle heard loud screaming coming from the ocean block at 8th Street. As the officer approached, he observed a suspect later identified as Joseph Walawender, 40, of Drums, Pa., standing face to face with a woman and screaming at her while attempting to hold her back with her hands. According to police reports, as the officer approached the scene, two small girls pleaded with him to “please don’t take my dad to jail.” At that point, a large group of Boardwalk store employees had gathered on a balcony to watch the incident unfold. In addition, numerous other people gathered on hotel balconies to watch Walawender’s behavior, according to police reports. Walawender refused to identify himself or provide any identification to the officers. When OCPD officers attempted to take Walawender into custody, he reportedly resisted and had to be taken to the ground forcefully, during which he landed on his front and began bleeding from his lips, nose and knee. Walawender laid on his hands and refused to be handcuffed until officers applied as many as four knee strikes to get him to comply. When he continued to kick at the officers, a violent person restraining device was applied to his ankles and he was ultimately subdued. According to police report, during the tirade and subsequent arrest, as many as 60 people gathered on the Boardwalk at 8th Street to watch the incident unfold. He was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order. This week, Walawender pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and was granted probation before judgment. He was placed on probation for one year.

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OCEAN CITY – With its simple messages of respect, integrity and making good choices perhaps more important than ever in society’s current climate, the Ocean City Surf Club’s Surf Into Integrity program is close to wrapping up one of its best sessions ever this fall. Started by the Ocean City Surf Club in 2015, Surf into Integrity is a nineweek program taught to students at Stephen Decatur Middle School that combines classroom sessions that teach formative life lessons such as respect, perseverance, empathy for others and self-esteem among others with surfing sessions on the beach that carry to same lessons over to respect for the ocean. The program was the brainchild of local attorney and Ocean City Surf Club member Richard Brueckner, who teamed up with the Stephen Decatur Middle School’s after-school academy run by Terry Torpey, to create a comprehensive program to teach life’s essential lessons to students. In the current society’s often abrasive and confrontational climate, the Surf into Integrity’s lessons are perhaps more important than ever for the young participants. The course, now overseen by Ocean City Surf Club president Tommy Vach, is open to sev-

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enth- and eighth-graders at Stephen Decatur Middle. The classroom sessions are held every Wednesday throughout the late summer and early fall from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then the outdoor surfing sessions are held every Sunday afternoon on the beach at 36th Street. The last classroom session for the 2019 program was held on Wednesday and the last surf session is set for this Sunday. The 2019 program culminates with graduation at Stephen Decatur Middle next Wednesday. During the classroom sessions, Vach and the 14 Ocean City Surf Club instructors, all volunteers, taught lessons founded in the simple “give respect, get respect” mantra and drawn largely from world surfing champion Shaun Thomson’s book “Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life.” The book is essentially a personal commitment based on those 12 lessons that offer practical advice on how to act in the surf zone, and how those same 12 lessons have meaning for other areas of life. Vach said this week since the program’s inception four years ago, its has grown by leaps and bounds with more and more middle-schoolers turned away because of program’s size limitations. “This year, the program was more SEE NEXT PAGE

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popular than ever,” he said. “We had over 60 seventh- and eighth-graders from Stephen Decatur Middle School wanting to get in this year, but we could only accommodate 24 students because of classroom size and ocean safety. We have a list started already for entry into next year’s class for 2020. Each year, this successful program is growing because of the tremendous positive impact it has on the students, the parents and, in turn, the community.” During the classroom course work each Wednesday, the participating students were required to read two chapters from the book and were prepared to answer questions on those chapters and discuss how they lessons they teach can be applied in everyday life. On the following Sunday after each classroom session, the students, instructors and parents circled up on the beach and reviewed the information learned during the previous classroom session. The Sunday beach sessions culminated with surfing lessons with the club’s instructors, bringing the whole respect issue full circle. The nine-week course attempts to teach life lessons and determine what integrity means to each student, typically with great success. Mutual respect is a basic tenet of the program and while the lessons often spark opinions on different topics, the students learn to respect the opinions of their peers and of the instructors, regardless of how different they might be from their own opinions, again, a refreshing lesson in a society increasingly fraught with anger, disrespect and intolerance. Vach said the lessons taught during the Surf into Integrity program prepares the students for a life of respect for others and tolerance, lessons perhaps more important these days than ever. He said what is perhaps most gratifying is the way in which former participants continue to grasp the concepts long after they have left the Surfing into Integrity program. “What we really notice now at this stage is all of the past graduated students from the previous four years coming out to help us with this year’s class,” he said. “They help us on Sundays with the beach and surf sessions. They all use the manners and show the respect they were taught when they were part of the program, so that is very rewarding for the instructors, knowing that this course is making an impact and it is helping these children make the right choices and stay on track.”

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BERLIN – After 13 years in Berlin, The Globe will close its doors at the end of the month. The Globe owner Jennifer Dawicki told employees Tuesday that the business would be closing its doors Nov. 30. Dawicki’s announcement came just as Burley Oak Brewing Company owner Bryan Brushmiller purchased the property from C&E Patton Family LLC. “I have served the community, my staff, the public for 13 years,” Dawicki said. “It’s been mostly joyous and somewhat challenging but it’s time for me to transition.” Though rumors regarding the future of the building and the business have been circulating through town in recent weeks, Brushmiller’s purchase of the property wasn’t official until Tuesday. He said he was approached earlier this fall by the property owner. “I was approached by the seller because she knew I’d keep the legacy of The Globe and preserve our local landmark,” he said. Brushmiller, who operates his brewery as well as Viking Tree Trading Company and Burley Café, said he met with the seller and Dawicki early on to disSEE NEXT PAGE

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cuss the building’s future. He said that while Dawicki initially expressed interest in closing the restaurant, he encouraged her to keep it open through the end of the year. Even after she confirmed her plans to close Nov. 30 to The Dispatch this week, Brushmiller hoped she’d reconsider. “I’m still hoping she stays until the end of the year,” he said. “I can’t imagine New Year’s Eve and the holiday season without The Globe.” Brushmiller added he hated to see employees lose their jobs in the winter. “I lost my job during the holidays,” he said. “That’s why I started the brewery.

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I don’t want to see anyone go through the anxiety of losing their job during the holidays.” Dawicki has operated The Globe since 2006, when the historic building was renovated and its movie theater dining room was restored. When asked why she’d decided to close now, Dawicki said it was simply time for her to transition. “I believe the job I have done for the past 13 years has given me the skills to do just about anything,” she said. “As far as Jennifer Dawicki, the world is my oyster. The Globe operation as we know it will be over Nov. 30.”

Brushmiller said he considered the building a cornerstone of Berlin. He said that while he didn’t have set plans for the building yet, it would continue to be known as The Globe Theater. He wants to ensure it remains a theater and event space. “It’s a cultural landmark that defines our town and community that we really need to preserve,” he said. Brushmiller added that he loved Berlin and was invested in the town. He stressed that he wanted to make sure it retained its character and remained successful. On The Globe’s Facebook page

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Wednesday afternoon, Dawicki wrote, “It has been an honor to have been part of the Berlin community and contribute to its unique history for the last 13 years,” Dawicki said. “Although it’s with a heavy heart we announce our closing, we find comfort in the memories we made, the friends we gained and the families we watched grow along the way. While we move on to the next chapter in our lives, we thank you for the smiles, the joy and for sharing so many special memories with us at The Globe. We are forever grateful for your friendship, for your patronage and for your unconditional support.”

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BERLIN – The founder of a project aimed at bringing a series of flower murals to towns across the nation made his way to Worcester County this week. Throughout the week, community members joined Tim Gibson, artist and founder of the Ten Thousand Flowers Project, to create public art installations for Berlin, the Worcester County Developmental Center and Cedar Chapel Special School. Gibson said the mission of the Ten Thousand Flowers Project is to bring communities together to create one large mural consisting of 10,000 flowers spread over hundreds of small towns across the country. “I left on tour this June and started at the tip of Maine,” he said. “My hope is to bring this project to each state.” Gibson said the Ten Thousand Flowers Project was formed in June of 2018, when he helped residents in his own hometown create a community mural. “I quickly realized this was something I could do across the country,” he said. Gibson said he began his East Coast tour of the U.S. in June, going from town to town and creating flower murals with the help of those in the

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community. As of this week, the Ten Thousand Flowers Project has completed nearly 30 murals and more than 600 flowers. Gibson said the process is simple. After a wall has been selected and prepped, he sketches each mural and guides community members as they paint each flower. Once finished, Gibson then outlines each flower and touches up where needed. “They have ownership of these murals …,” he said. “They belong to the town and are painted by the commu-

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County voted this week to accept grant funding to improve community involvement in the 2020 Census. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council approved a request to accept $20,000 from the Maryland Department of Planning for activities conducted by the Wicomico County Count Committee. Planning, Zoning and Community Development Director Lori Carter told the council the funds would be used to increase participation in the 2020 Census. “I’m here asking the council to favor us in being able to accept the award of $20,000 to help us with our Census 2020 operations for this year,” she said. Carter explained most of the funding would be used to promote the 2020 Census in the media. “One of the things we are looking at is being able to utilize these funds for media,” she said. “That’s going to be one of our largest goals, where we will be able to get the best bang for our buck.” Carter said the county’s count committee – composed of representatives from the community – has been working to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the Census. She noted the committee was also seeking individuals from the county’s municipalities to get involved. “It is a very important initiative,” she said. “It takes a lot of groundwork, and therefore it’s required us to put a lot of long hours in to get it done. We’re just asking everyone to inform your constituents to please not ignore what comes in the mail for the Census.” Officials noted the importance of completing the Census. Carter said Census data would be used to distribute federal funding back to state and local governments. “It’s very important because everything related to funding – schools, roads, everything from the playgrounds to the parks – is connected to the Census dollar,” she said. Carter told the council it was also important to reach “hard-to-count” populations that have historically been undercounted or traditionally have not responded well in the Census questionnaire. She said the committee was focusing its efforts to make sure those individuals – including minorities, senior citizens and renters – were represented. The council voted unanimously to accept the $20,000 grant. Carter said the committee would also consider partnering with other counties in its media efforts. “We do thank you for your participation and we want to invite people to get involved,” she said. “Tell everybody about it and that they need to participate.”

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mained in a leadership position with Ocean City Troop 261 as a mentor for hundreds of scouts and Eagle Scouts who have followed the long-standing tradition in the resort. It was fitting he earned his Outstanding Eagle Scout Award on Monday in the same council chambers in which he was bestowed his Eagle Scout award 45 years ago, in a room filled with many of his young charges from Troop 261. “The trail of an Eagle Scout is never over,” he said. “From time to time, we pause along that trail to recognize one’s achievements and this is one of those times.” Shortly after achieving his Eagle Scout award in 1974, Leinemann established his business Carpets by the Ocean, Inc., in Ocean City.

Md. Funds OK’d For Airport Water Main Project

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SALISBURY – A water main extension project will move forward in Wicomico County with the help of $4.4 million in state funding. Last week, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced the State Board of Public Works secured funding for the Ocean City-SalisburyWicomico Regional Airport Water Main Extension Project. Through a combination of grants and low-interest loans, the county will receive $4,428,292 toward the project, which will run a water main roughly six miles from Wor-Wic Community College to the airport campus. Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young said the project will enhance fire protection in the area through the installation of fire hydrants and address water quality issues at the airport. Currently, the facility brings in bottled water and water dispensers from private companies. “We’ve had lead – which everybody knows lead is bad – we’ve had copper, we’ve had high amounts of iron,” he said. “In short, whether it’s at the terminal or it’s at Piedmont, which has hanger there, it’s not drinkable. It’s not potable.” Airport Manager Dawn Veatch said the project will also increase development potential at the airport’s business park. “Our fire suppression requirements for large hangers and any building over 10,000 square feet requires a high volume of pressure …,” she said. “This will open up our options and ability to build something larger than 10,000 square feet.” Officials said the project aligns with the airport’s efforts to extend the runway and bring in a full-service fixedbase operator (FBO). “That’s been our top three priorities,” Young said, “the runway extension, airport water and bringing in a full-service FBO. We are making progress on all three of those things.” Young said the county has been working on this project for roughly three years. He noted the county would be working alongside city officials to tie up loose ends before construction begins in the coming months. “The next step is we are touching up things with the City of Salisbury,” he said. “They will own the water main and you need to make sure everything is built to their standards. So we’ll be working closely with the city from here on out.” Officials estimate the water main extension project will take a year to complete. “The development at the airport when the water is there should be free flowing,” Veatch added.

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SNOW HILL – In an effort to better protect the community’s elderly citizens from becoming victims of crime and other issues, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office is collaborating with local law enforcement agencies on the creation of a vulnerable adult task force. The elderly in the community are vulnerable to frauds, scams and other crimes throughout the year. In some cases, there have been incidents of elderly citizens being victims of fraudulent schemes such as paying contractors up front for work that isn’t completed. In other instances, particularly during the upcoming time of holiday giving, some elderly citizens in the community fall victim to phony charity scams, for example. To that end, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office is partnering with law enforcement and other agencies in the community including the Department of Social Services and the Worcester County Health Department to create a vulnerable adult task force. The concept is to create a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the swift and thorough investigation of criminal complaints involving vulnerable adult victims. Task force members will meet monthly to determine the best strategies for simultaneously achieving justice, preventing re-victimization and providing for the needs of each victim, according to Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser. “As a task force, we are committed to providing practical solutions for our vulnerable adults,” she said. “Aside from conducting a criminal investigation, police officers have been limited in the type of assistance they can offer to senior citizens who are in obvious need of additional help. For these cases, our partnering agencies will collaborate with law enforcement to offer resources, meet these needs and provide ongoing services for seniors.” Heiser said the task force and allied agencies will leave no stone unturned as they attempt to protect some of the most vulnerable in the community. “We are doing everything in our power to prevent the physical, financial and emotional victimization of our community’s vulnerable adults and to hold those who take advantage of them accountable,” she said. “With the creation of this task force, we are placing a special emphasis on these cases to drive home the message that our team will go the extra mile to protect our seniors and prosecute offenders.” To raise awareness about issues affecting seniors, the State’s Attorney’s Office will host a table at the Senior Living Expo at the Ocean Pines Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Single Beach Photo Franchise Approved

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week approved on second reading a couple of ordinances, one consolidating the beach telescope picture business into a single franchise and another conveying a portion of town-owned property in West Ocean City to the volunteer fire company. For years, Ocean City’s beach photography franchise was essentially divided into two separate franchises and under the town’s code, one vendor can hold both franchises. The two franchises are not divided geographically, but rather limit the number of photographers allowed on the beach to 15 each day. Last year, J and S Management, which has held both beach photography franchises for over a decade, was the sole bidder on just one of the franchises at a cost of $152,500 per year. The second franchise was not bid on and remained open. However, J and S Management reached out to the city in July with an unsolicited of $40,000 for the remainder of the summer. Resort officials accepted that unsolicited bid at the time and promised to revisit the entire beach photography franchise system after the summer season. In August, J and S Management expressed an interest in retaining the second franchise for the 2020 to 2022 seasons and offered $76,250 per year, which is under the current required minimum bid at $150,000 per franchise. However, because J and S already held the contract for the first beach photography franchise at $152,500 per year, adding the second for $76,250 would bring in a combined $228,750 to the town for the entire operation, which is actually more than the town brought in from the two franchises this year. On Monday, the Mayor and Council approved the ordinance codifying the beach photography franchise into a single franchise. In another piece of business that went by quietly on Monday, the Mayor and Council approved on second reading an ordinance that will convey a piece of property at the town’s public works facility on Keyser Point Road in West Ocean City to the adjacent Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. In April, the OCVFC requested another boundary line adjustment to facilitate future growth for the company’s West Ocean City station. The Mayor and Council approved the land swap with the condition the appropriate approvals were acquired from Worcester County. As a result, the Mayor and Council approved the transfer of the flagshaped parcel at the Keyser Point public works facility to the OCVFC. The expansion will allow the OCVFC to accommodate a growing desire for its live-in program.

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Joseph H. Maycock BERLIN – Joseph Maycock, 86, of Berlin, passed away on Oct. 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at Coastal Hospice at The Lake in Salisbury. Born Jan. 6, 1933, he was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Maycock. Joe served his country in the United States Army and later as a Nassau County Police Officer for 22 years. He was also a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in JOSEPH H. MAYCOCK death by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen Maycock, and son, Joseph Maycock Jr. He is survived by children William Maycock and his wife Cynthia, Edward Maycock and Kathleen Maycock; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and life-long friends Joseph and Catherine Rogers. Services have taken place. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe’s honor may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO


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Betty Munsey Wilde OCEAN CITY – Betty Munsey Wilde, age 95, passed peacefully on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019 at her beloved home on Butterfish Cove in Ocean City. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Stevenson of Roanoke, Va., and her second husband, Kenneth R. Wilde of Ocean City, as well as her seven siblings. She is survived by her loving god daughter, Sheila Ann Williams and her husband Kelly of Las Vegas, Nev., their daughter, Jamie Lee Williams and her husband Danny as well as their children Bennett and Miles, of California and several nieces and nephews. Betty also

will be remembered by her very special neighbors, Alfred and Betsy Harrison, their children, Avery and Wyatt, her devoted caregivers, Helen and Paul Mumford, Kita Walker, Lori Hinmon, Ancy Bowden, Tonya Powell and Kate Records. She received her education from Roanoke and Salem, Va. schools. She was a member of BETTY St. Paul’s by the Sea MUNSEY WILDE Episcopal Church where she was a member of the altar guild. Betty was also a former member of the Dunes Club of Maryland and spent eight years volunteering at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Those close to her would like to give a special thanks to Bill Greer, Wendy Fitzgerald and their staff for the won-

November 8, 2019 derful care that they gave to Betty. A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Matthew D’Amario officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Worcester County Developmental Center, P.O. Box 70, Newark, Md. 21841 where the clients had a special place in her heart. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Maryland and condolences may be sent via

James Kenneth Fink OCEAN CITY – On Oct. 30, 2019, James Kenneth Fink of Ocean City passed away peacefully in his sleep at Compass Regional Hospice. He was 83. He was born on Nov. 1, 1935 in Manheim, Pa. He graduated from Manheim Central High School. He served two years in the US Army before beginning his career with the telephone company in 1956. He retired in 1989. Mr. Fink lived in Ocean City after his retirement. He was a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of JAMES America, the Ocean City- KENNETH FINK Berlin Optimist Club, The Elks Lodge #2546 of Ocean City and the VFW of Seabrook, Md. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Ann Fink (Guthridge); his son, Glenn Williams (Kathy); his daughters, Linda Thompson (Blair) and Darlene Ruggiero (Paul); his brother, Donald Fink (Kay); his sisters, Donna Ort (Levere), Linda Dennis (Clair deceased); his grandchildren Katie Kelley (Andrew), Blair Thompson (Kayla), Eric Thompson and Remy Thompson; his aunt, Helen Wallace; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held Nov. 3, 2019 at Fellows, Helfenbein, & Newman Funeral Home in Chester, Md. with a visitation one-hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Dr Centreville, Md. 21617 or Cancer Comfort Angles, P.O. Box 253 Chester, Md. 21619.

Emma V. Johnson BERLIN – Emma V. Johnson, age 100, of Berlin died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at Atlantic General Hospital. Emma was born in Siloam, Md. and was the daughter of the late Lonie Vincent and Anna Gertrude (Fields) Abbott. EMMA V. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, JOHNSON grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Worcester County Farm Bureau and Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by three children, Carol J. Evans and husband Neal of Selbyville, Gerald L. Johnson Sr. and wife Linda and Michael E. Johnson and wife Terri all of Berlin; six grandchildren, Lisa R. West (Scott), Diana Johnson, Gerald Johnson Jr., Dana Layfield (Kelly) Tracey SEE NEXT PAGE

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Bounds (Ron) and Michael Johnson Jr. (Becky); 10 great-grandchildren, Kristi, Lorraine, Craig, Dillon, Allison, Morgan, Alex, JR, Brianna and Emma; four greatgreat grandchildren; and a loving nephew, Rodney Abbott and wife Debbie. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Johnson, in 1999 and a brother, Melvin Abbott. A graveside service was held at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury with Rev. Olin Shockley officiating. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Adenia Norvell St. Clair OCEAN CITY – Adenia Norvell St. Clair, 89, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Ocean City, passed away on Oct. 25, 2019 after a long illness. Denia, as she was known by all, was the only child of Adenia and Norvell Stearn of Washington, DC. In 1948, she met Wilbur Wingate (Webb) St. Clair, Jr. and they wed in 1951, going on to have two children, Adenia Marie (Deede) and Thomas John. They resided in Silver Spring, Md. and Ocean City until 1995, when they moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife and mother, Denia was a huge asset to Webb, who worked for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company. She participated in bowling leagues in Silver Spring and was an active golfer at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase and Mirasol Country Club in West Palm. She also was an avid card player until she became ill in 2009. Denia is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Webb, of 68 years, and her two children, Deede Wockenfuss (Eddie) and Tom (Patti), four grandchildren, 14 great grand-children and two great great grandchildren. Special thanks to her devoted aides of many years, Julye PierreLouis, Sherene Hall and Akilia Davis.

Antonio B. Coletta BERLIN – Antonio B. Coletta died at the age of 87 on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Formerly of Washington, D.C., he was the beloved husband of Elena Coletta; father of Maria, Marco (Pamela), Peter and Patriza (Ivano); and ANTONIO B. brother of Bruna. He COLETTA is also survived by eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Church, Norbeck & Muncaster Mill Roads, Rockville, Md. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association. Services handled by Collins Funeral Home at

David Alexander Bryant ELLICOTT CITY/OCEAN CITY –

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch David Alexander Bryant of Washington, DC, passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2019 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Columbia, Md. Born Aug. 9, 1946 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he was the loving son of the late Herbert Elvin and Edith Hattie Bryant, Sr., of Pensacola, Fla., and grandson of the late Edward David & Bertha Brower, and Ausphera Walter & Clara Octavia Bryant, Jr./II. DAVID He is survived by his ALEXANDER BRYANT brother, Herbert Elvin Bryant, Jr. and his wife Mae of Las Cruces, N.M., his former sister-n-law, Charlene Reba Bryant of Ellicott City, his niece, Barbara Joann Bryant of Ellicott City, his nephew, Herbert Elvin Bryant, III of St. Johns, Fla., his niece, Dana Jean Carr and her husband, Robert of Ellicott City and his nephew, Paul Bryant of Las Cruces, N.M. He is also survived by many of his great-nieces and nephews, his beloved

co-workers and the countless people who were lucky enough to call him a friend. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Wesley Bryant, and his loving sister, Clara Mae McLain of Pensacola, Fla. In 1964, David was a graduate of Howard County Senior High School in Ellicott City. David was also a graduate of the University of West Florida in 1969. He taught school for two years in Cambridge and started working for Phillips Seafood in 1964. He worked for many years as the general manager of the Phillips Beach Plaza in Ocean City, from where he retired in 2012. He was actively involved and a member of his Howard High School Reunion Committee, a member of the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Downtown Improvement Association. David's wishes were to be cremated and to have no formal funeral services. Letters of condolences can be sent by

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Barbara Ann Wisnosky OCEAN PINES – Barbara Ann Wisnosky, age 70, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury with her husband and two sons by her side. Born in Fitchburg, Mass., she was the daughter of the late James J., and Katherine Ryan Buckley, II. She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Richard Wisnosky. Together they resided formerly in Pottsville, Pa. for over 40 years before retiring to Ocean Pines in 2010. Barbara also BARBARA leaves behind two sons ANN and three grandchil- WISNOSKY dren, Jay and Erica Wisnosky and their children, Graham and Claire of Dexter, Mich., Marc Wisnosky and his wife AliSEE PAGE 40

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FROM PAGE 39 son Archer and their daughter, Anastasia of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also surviving are sisters Katherine Schmitt (Daniel, dec.) and Mary Patricia Lundy (Gary) and sisters-in-law Barbara Cochran and Donna Buckley, along with several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by brothers John, James III and Bernard Buckley. Barbara will be remembered for her friendship and joy, especially while socializing with friends over Mahjong, Irish music, Bailey’s or with family at the beach and her many adventures with Rich. She was a devout Catholic as a member and volunteer at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and for St. Mathew the Evangelist Catholic Church while residing in Pottsville. She was a present member of the Red Hat Society and over the years her commitments ranged from Cub Scout leader to volunteer for her sons’ many sports teams and school organizations, and even as a band “roadie” for her son’s Irish rock band. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards, reading, holiday decorating, and going to concerts on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Memorial Mass is planned for Nov. 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church in Minersville, Pa., with interment to follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery #2. A donation in her memory may be made to St. Matthew the Evangelist Church,

November 8, 2019 139 Spruce St. Minersville, Pa. 17954. Letters of condolence may be sent via: w w w. b u r b a g e f u n e r a l h o m e . c o m . Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Rebecca Lou Tull BERLIN – Rebecca Lou Tull, age 72, of Berlin, passed away on Friday Nov. 1, 2019. Born June 25, 1947 in Mahan, W. Va., she was the daughter of Sidney Massey and Evelyn Thurman Massey. She is survived by her husband, Charles Tull; their two sons, Bernie Tull and his wife Pam, Sean Tull and his wife Stacey; sister Sue and her husband Bill REBECCA Schoble; grandchildren LOU TULL Shalita and her husband John, D’Angelo, Alyssa, Hailee; and great grandson Devin. She was preceded in death by her brothers Junior and Sam Massey. Becky spent many of her years volunteering for the Camp Springs Boys and Girls club and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary club. A visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at the Burbage Funeral Home, 108 William Street, Berlin Md. from 9:30-11 a.m. Interment was at the Eastern Shore Veteran’s Cemetery, 6827 E New Market Ellwood Rd, Hurlock, Md. 21643. Deacon Charles Weschler officiated. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be made to the family via,



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Worcester County NAACP President Ivory Smith was honored to receive the key to Ocean City by Mayor Rick Meehan at the Maryland State NAACP Convention at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center last month.

Sunset Grille’s annual Pink Party, in honor of Hope Palmer, donated $6,010 of the proceeds from the event to the John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center and the Atlantic General Campaign for the Future. Pictured, from left, are Michael Franklin president and CEO of AGH; Buddy Trala, Sunset Grille; Palmer; Burbage, past chairman of the Board of Trustees at AGH and CEO of Blue Water Development; Toni Keiser, vice president of public relations at AGH; and Tammy Patrick, development officer at AGH. Submitted Photos

The Ocean City Lions Club recently donated $1,500 to the Lions Vision Research Foundation. Pictured are Lion Dr. Kevin Darcey, Snow Hill Elementary School student Rylee Miller, District Governor John Lawrence and OC Lions President John Topfer. Miller spoke about her experiences and help from the club.

After hearing a presentation on the organization, First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City Pastor Dan McKenty presented Hope 4 Recovery House’s Tish Ottey with a $2,500 donation from the New Castle Presbytery Ignite Grant. Deacon Sarah Dypsky also provided Iris bulbs from church gardens for the men to plant at Hope 4 Recovery house.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 812 of Berlin are pictured at The Northern Worcester County Senior Center with the CD library they created and donated as part of their Girl Scout Silver Service Project. Pictured, from left, are Chloe Beall, Evelyn Walsh, Emery Busko, Summer Brenner, Julia Kozma, Paula Magathan, Summer Banks and Adrienne Kozma.

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For Worcester County schools, the mantra “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” comes to mind in regard to the legislation from the Kirwan Commission. Last week, while acknowledging there are positives with the commission’s recommendations, Senator Mary Beth Carozza said her main concern is the commission ignored the state’s wealth formula, which uses property values to determine how much state aid to dole out to individual education systems across the state. “The wealth formula is heavily weighted on property and not income which means it affects the level of funding Worcester receives,” she said. “A lot of that wealth and property income is second homeowners that don’t live here. It distorts our poverty numbers. … At this point it is not part of the recommendations of the funding work group.” Measuring the success or failure of this commission from a local standpoint depends on this formula being changed. Though there are other positive education measures included in the commission’s report, addressing the unfair formula for education funding trumps any positives. In a lengthy commentary piece distributed this week, Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino touched on similar concerns. “… the unfortunate reality is that when it comes to education allocations by the state, Worcester County

has been systemically and historically penalized for the very thing that has made us effective – the positive, engaged and results-oriented relationship among those vested with the responsibility to educate the children of our county. Worcester County’s best intentions to for years appropriately fund the school system based on local student need and available resources were held against us when Maintenance of Effort (MOE) became law in Maryland. “Because it does not include variables such as poverty levels and demographics, the MOE formula as currently calculated, is unfair to Worcester County taxpayers who are forced to fund about 75% of the Board of Education's operational budget, the highest of any other public-school jurisdiction in the state. By comparison, local taxpayers in the neighboring counties of Wicomico and Somerset fund only about 20% of their respective boards of education budgets. How is that fair? “… Unfortunately, reviewing and revising the MOE funding formula to ensure fairness of state education funding to all school districts was ignored by the Kirwan Funding Group and by the full Kirwan Commission despite the fact this was a stated objective at the Commission's inception. Rather than address and fix the inequities of the MOE formula suffered by Worcester and other counties, the Kirwan Commission recommenda-

tions bake the inequities into funding projections going forward, thus ensuring no relief for Worcester County taxpayers. That is not right. “… In short – county taxpayers invest more per student than any other jurisdiction in the state and county taxpayers maintain our school facilities at an exceptionally high level without the benefit of a fair state education funding partnership. And the Kirwan recommendations, if adopted in their current form, would deepen the disparity between what is fair and what is not. “… What we do know, is that regardless of what happens in Annapolis, Worcester County will do what it has always done – work together to ensure that we continue to provide students an exceptional education experience based on individual student needs, opportunities and county resources.” It was disappointing the commission did not tackle crafting a new formula removing the weight on property values. Worcester County, due to its seaside geography, will always be in a vice grip when it comes to state education funding until that changes, no matter if more than one-third of students come from impoverished homes. Until this formula is tweaked to ease the huge burden to fund our schools on the local government, we don’t see how the Kirwan Commission will result in positive change in Worcester schools.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Ocean City Holds Too Much Surplus Money Editor: We continue to read that the Mayor & City Council (M&CC) of the Town of Ocean City are in need of additional revenue. Thus, the push for more parking meters and increased parking fees. In recent strategic planning sessions, funding sources and money appear to be major topics of discussion. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year (FY) ending June 30, 2019, reveals that the Unassigned General Fund balance is at 27.5%. The Town has a stated policy of maintaining a reserve fund equal to 15% of General Fund expenditures. The 12.5% excess fund balance amounts to over $9.6 million in surplus funds. This is equivalent to 11 cents on the property tax rate. The CAFR further reveals that the Town closed its books at the end of FY19 with revenue up $1.3 mil-

lion over budget projections, while expenses were $2.9 million under budget. This created a favorable variance of $4.2 million. The M&CC continue a longstanding pattern of underestimating revenue and overestimating expenses. They have done so every budget year since at least 2013. Over the last five fiscal years, the town has averaged $1.3 million over budget revenue projections, while averaging $2.3 million under estimated expenditures. During the same fiveyear period, the average favorable variance is over $3.6 million. Simply put, the M&CC are over-taxing the property owners of Ocean City. The bottom line is the town has an abundance of surplus money. Don’t be fooled by the M&CC’s recent narrative. Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr. Ocean City

Vaping Issue Needs Attention

Editor: It is time to address the issue of vape pens and juuls in our schools with more than confiscation and suspensions. Students are acquiring not only vape pens, but also, unbeknownst to the user, laced marijuana when “taking a hit from a friend.” They are in danger. Last year the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, issued a warning that vaping among youth has reached epidemic levels. Yale Medicine reports, “The numbers are startling. More than 3.6 million middle and high school students currently use ecigarettes, according to the latest National Youth Tobacco Study. Another national study last year found that 11 percent of high school seniors, 8 percent of 10th-graders, and 3.5 percent of eighth graders vaped with nicotine during a previous one-month period. The worrying part? Young people think vaping is mostly harmless.” Worcester County is not exempt. So SEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR what do we do? The Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 21, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, puts the responsibility of quitting on the smoker to start the journey to being smoke free, but what is our responsibility as a community for middle and high school students that are addicted to vaping? They thought it was harmless. They aren’t smoking cigarettes. Aren’t e-cigarettes marketed as a better alternative and a method to break the smoking habit? Hogan’s health secretary, Robert Neall, acknowledged in The Baltimore Sun that, “the vaping problem is a serious and deadly one.” It is a deadly problem, yet rampant in our local schools. It is against the law in Maryland for them to purchase vape pens, juul pods, and/or marijuana, yet they are; in fact, these juul pods are advertised at Royal Farms directly across the street from Stephen Decatur High School. Yes, young people can purchase them elsewhere, but why is the supply so readily available? Yes, we need to support students who are addicted with smoking cessation classes, but we need to do more. Worcester County needs to provide an environment that is vape free until they are 21. If they don’t start, they can’t become addicted. Utopia, maybe; however, we owe it to our children to try. Karen E. Conner Ocean City

A Special Fall Festival Editor: Last week, a special event was held in West Ocean City. Diakonia held a Fall Festival for their resident guests. I was fortunate to be there to witness the magic. Costumed children ran from activity to activity, men were playing cornhole toss, everyone enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and too many treats to mention. Diakonia’s staff organized pumpkin decorating, face painting, air-brushed tattoos and even a petting zoo. There were contests for all ages; pie eating, guess the number of candy corn and bobbing for apples. Adults and children filled treat bags with a variety of candies. There was even a petting zoo and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. It was the perfect Fall celebration full of fun, conversation and smiles. For a few hours, those facing life’s toughest challenges were able to put aside their concerns and enjoy an evening of pure pleasure. These types of events are made possible by funds raised through Diakonia’s “Used To Be Mine Thrift Store” sales, fundraisers and monetary, food pantry and item donations. Diakonia’s mission is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. Community support makes this a reality for our neigh-

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bors in need. For more information about Diakonia, upcoming events and to donate, please visit Beth Rodier (The writer is the chair of the Diakonia Board of Directors.)

Impressive Performance Editor: Recently I have had the pleasure of seeing firsthand what a treasure Salisbury University is to the Eastern Shore. The Theater and Music Department has put on two performances in the last few weeks that were outstanding – the play “Medea”, based on the Greek Tragedy by Euripides, was wonderful – the acting, the set and costumes. I have rarely seen anything done as well as this. Until last week when I had the opportunity to see the “Singers’ Showcase - From Ship to Shore: Celebrating 400 Years of Human Resilience Through Music”. The phrase “blown away” has become almost trite in its usage; however, it is the only phrase that really fits the way I and other attendees felt about the production. Dr. John Wesley Wright and the students were amazing – I am not a music or drama critic and do not know the proper verbiage – I can only say “well done” - a beautiful tribute to the resilience of the African slaves brought to America starting in 1619. I doubt anyone left the theater that night untouched by the tragedy and beauty of this performance. Carol Frazier Ocean Pines

How About My Rights? Editor: For three years, Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC have been lying to the American people saying that President Trump had the Russians meddle with the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton paid someone to lie about President Trump. It shouldn’t be long before Hillary is arrested. Hillary was a poor choice for a candidate. What the Democratic party has tried to do to President Trump is disgraceful. President Trump is trying to find out what happened in the 2016 election. I will not vote for any Democrat for federal or state office since they don’t want to help the American people. They want to let all the immigrants in and take away the rights of the American people and their guns and healthcare. Nancy Pelosi is breaking the law trying to impeach President Trump and not going to the House of Representatives first. I am thinking about filing a lawsuit against Nancy Pelosi for taking away rights as an American citizen. Richard Ruzicka Selbyville

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When the Maryland General Assembly last year reversed the governor’s executive order requiring public school systems start after Labor Day, it was assumed most local decision makers would return to a pre-holiday start day. I actually predicted in this space Worcester would be the only school system in the state starting after Labor Day in 2020. I am glad I was wrong. As opposed to the 11 school systems in Maryland who have already opted to start before the holiday, the Baltimore County school system will start Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. From news reports, it appears the decision was largely based on the fact many schools are not equipped with air conditioning and have been forced to close on severely hot days. “August is the hottest month statically in the state of Maryland, so that was becoming a big factor, so with the post-Labor Day start, we’re safer moving away from the heat,” School Board Chair Kathleen Causey said to CBS Baltimore. Comptroller Peter Franchot, a leading proponent of the “Let Summer Be Summer” program for several years, congratulated the school system on his Facebook page. “They did it! Thanks to the Board of Education and the hard work of one of Maryland’s most respected educators, Jeffrey Freedman, the Baltimore County Public Schools will open AFTER Labor Day next year,” Franchot wrote. “A big win for children, families, teachers and small businesses. In Baltimore County, the locals have spoken – Let Summer be Summer.” Freedman is a Baltimore County public school teacher who has worked with Franchot on the post-holiday start date, despite his school system’s administration opposing it. In a September press release he said, “As a teacher, I know starting school after Labor Day not only is economically beneficial to our communities, it is crucial to the professional development and well-being of teachers and administrators. Many teachers take coursework during the summer and need that time to complete that work while others value the time to unwind with their families and recharge. A post-Labor Day start helps us be the most successful, effective teachers we can be.” A common theme during last week’s strategic planning sessions in Ocean City was the need for more staff in public safety. Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro put it like this. “I’ve asked for one additional officer for the last several years,” he said. “We haven’t been able to go beyond that for the last 10 years. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep the same level of protection and service.” OC Fire Chief Richie Bowers said, “There was a fire two weeks ago uptown and for 13 minutes, we only had seven people there. Now, those seven people did a tremendous job until reinforcements arrived, but we have to do more from a fire-rescue perspective. Fire protection in the north end is at risk right now.” These are major concerns. I think a possible solution to explore is removing some dollars from the city’s overly held reserve fund. The town’s policy is to maintain 15% of the general fund in reserves for emergencies. That’s a sound policy, but the city’s level is now at 28%, which as citizen Vince Gisriel wrote in a letter to the editor this week amounts to $9.6 million being withheld from operations unnecessarily. If public safety is found to require more funds, there’s an obvious and appropriate place to look. There have been a growing number of instances recently when elected officials across the country have engaged in inappropriate social media discourses. In Berlin, there have been multiple instances this year when elected officials have engaged in back-and-forth rants with citizens over taxes and the chemical spill disaster in the park. This year, it was Ocean City Councilman Mark Paddack who became unhinged on a post about bikers on the H20 2019-20 Facebook page. In the comment section, Paddack wrote, “Been there OC, Sturgis, Daytona and Myrtle Beach bike weeks. Yep combined over 25 times and never had an issue or; confronted authority figures. Adult motorcyclist that act like adults. Yep some problems created by POSs that feel entitled. Overall really great group of people motor cyclists and not because I own a Harley since 1994. As Americans par for the course. Nothing is perfect. Far more of law abiding adults at those motorcycle events that span over a month in each location except Ocean City. You would know if you had life experience and developed some wisdom. Just saying. Not four days of immature acts of adult children showing their asses without pulling their pants down. Stupidity based on the numbers, prepare your self according and don't whine. You are adults responsible for your actions. Grow up, follow the rules and respect the community. That simple. Those are the facts. End of Story.” While Paddack is not wrong in my opinion, this is the kind of talk that’s not needed to appropriately handle this group of disorderly individuals, especially from an elected official. Screenshots of Paddack’s comments are now trending on Twitter and Instagram with emojis of him 20 years ago compared to today. In other news, this group has confirmed on its Facebook page it will be returning the same weekend as Sunfest next year.

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Bank of Delmarva held a ribbon cutting last week to launch its new Coin Plus program at the bank’s Park Place Plaza branch in West Ocean City. The program allows customers to place orders for cash and coins in the denominations chosen. The money is then loaded into a secure box in the Coins Plus room at the branch. Pictured above is branch Manager Kelly Swagler with bank employees, board of directors and chamber and community members. Photo by Jeanette Deskiewicz

Office Adds Nurse Practitioner BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announced that family nurse practitioner Gena Swift has joined the medical staff of Atlantic General Health System to provide gastroenterology care alongside physicians Jonathan Bell and Lee Klepper at Atlantic General Gastroenterology practice. Swift has ties to the Lower Shore and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Salisbury University. Upon graduation, she worked in primary care GENA SWIFT and transitioned to the gastroenterology specialty in 2017. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. “Swift will help us expand access in our gastroenterology service line and directly benefit our patients in our community and on the Eastern Shore,” said Tim Whetstine, vice president of practice administration for Atlantic General Hospital.

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tered nurse practitioner (CRNP), in May 2019. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Penn., as well as his Bachelor of Science in nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Boyle is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He has been serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves since 2011 and currently holds the rank of Captain. “We are thrilled to have Michael on staff to expand access to primary care for residents of Ocean View and the surrounding area,” said Tim Whetstine, vice president of practice administration for Atlantic General Hospital. “We recognize that there is a critical shortage of healthcare providers in our region, and we continue our recruitment efforts to attract qualified medical professionals to the Eastern Shore and southeastern Sussex County.”

Firm Promotion Announced OCEAN CITY – Merrill has announced that Christine Selzer has been promoted to first vice president. She is based in the Ocean City office. “Selzer’s promotion to first vice president is a well-deserved recognition of her industry knowledge and commitment to delivering personalized strategies to help clients pursue their CHRISTINE SELZER financial goals,” said Jeff Adams, Merrill market executive. Selzer, a resident of Berlin, joined Merrill in 2006. She received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

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At this time, the Bank of Ocean City had two locations — Dorchester Street and Baltimore Avenue and 59th Street and “Ocean Hiway.”

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Decatur’s Mergott Headed To State Finals

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity cross country teams represented their school well at the state 3A-South regional meet last week and will send one runner, Mary Mergott, to the state championship meet this weekend. Mergott finished 16th overall in the girls’ 3A-South qualifying meet last week and will represent Decatur in the state championship meet at Hereford in Baltimore County on Saturday. Other top female finishers for Decatur included Elizabeth Dut-

ton (31st), Avery Braciszewski (35th), Mackenzie Cathell (36th), Mikayla Denault (42nd) and Amalia Murphy (46th). Overall, the Decatur girls finished eighth as a team in the regional meet with an average finish of 23:44:74. On the boys’ side, Samuel Woodley finished 27th, Tristan Dutton finished 28th, George Cheynet came in 42nd, Liam Foley finished 53rd, Silas Cascio finished 61st, Philip Becnel came in 63rd and Kai Ross came in 66th. The Decatur boys finished eighth as a team in the regional meet with an average finishing time of 20:04:68.

Decatur Golfers Solid In Region Match


BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity golfers turned in solid performances at the state 2A-1A semifinals and championship matches at the University of Maryland last week. Decatur’s Brady Leonard qualified as an individual golfer for the state 2A-1A semifinals match at the University of Maryland course last week. Leonard shot an 81 in the qualifying round and closed out day

one with a nice round of 75 to advance to the state final round. The cut line for the state finals was 81 and Leonard breezed through that with a 75. In the state final, Leonard shot an 88 and finished 13th overall. In the girls’ 2A-1A state semifinals at College Park last week, Decatur’s Abby Wesche shot a 90 in the qualifying round and turned in a 97 at the end of day one. Decatur’s Katelyn Davis shot a 91 in the qualifying round and a 103 on day one. The cutoff to advance to the state finals in the girls’ tournament was 92.

Stephen Decatur’s cheerleading and dance teams made a clean sweep at the Cheer and Dance Kick-Off Classic at Harford Community College with the varsity team taking first place and being named grand champions and the junior varsity team taking first place in their division. Pictured above, the happy teams celebrate with their championship banners. Submitted Photo

Seahawks Rout Eagles In Season Finale

Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team routed rival Snow Hill, 63-0, in the season finale. Pictured above, the Seahawks celebrate the big win in the annual rivalry game with the Eagles. Submitted Photo


BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team routed county rival Snow Hill, 63-0, last Friday on the road to close out the 2019 campaign with a 3-6 record. The 63-0 rout of the Eagles was the 10th in the row for the Seahawks over their Worcester County rival in the long series of regular season-ending games. Decatur has owned Snow Hill in recent years, but the season-ending

rivalry game used to often have postseason repercussions for both teams. With the win last Friday, the Seahawks finished the regular season just how they started it. In the season opener, Decatur beat Arcadia, 35-14. The only other win for the Seahawks this season was a 38-10 rout of Bayside South rival Bennett on the road back on October 11. Despite the 3-6 mark, Decatur was competitive through much of the season with a handful of close games that could have gone the other way with a break or two.

Inaugural Kings Of The Mat A Success


OCEAN CITY – Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team turned in a strong performance at the inaugural Kings of the Mat Dual Meets at the Ocean City convention center last weekend with great team finishes and a handful of unbeaten individual performances. Decatur hosted the Kings of the Mat Tournaments at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center last weekend. About a dozen of the top high school programs from around the region competed in the high school portion of the dual match, along with an in-kind number of top youth club teams from all over the region. The Stephen Decatur High School team split into a blue team competing in the Bay Pool and the white team competing in the Ocean Pool. The Kings of the Mat tournament was a good early test for the defending 3A duals state champions and the Seahawks were up to the test. In the Bay Pool bracket, Stephen Decatur Blue finished first, edging Caravel Academy, 24-21, in the finals. Stephen Decatur Blue lost its opening round match to Holy Spirit by a mere point at 22-21. Stephen Decatur Blue then beat Sussex Central, 32-21; Queen Anne’s, 30-18; and Team Del-

marva-Parkside, 39-15, in the fourth round to reach the finals against Caravel Academy. In the Ocean Pool bracket, the Stephen Decatur White team finished third overall. Town Center Wrestling finished first, followed by the Arrowhead Wrestling Club in second. Stephen Decatur White got a first-round bye, but fell to Arrowhead, 26-18, in the second round. Stephen Decatur White then beat Oakland Mills, 45-9, before losing to eventual champ Town Center, 43-6, in the semifinals. Stephen Decatur White beat Stevensville Wrestling in the fifth round to earn third place in the Ocean Pool. The Seahawks also turned in several strong individual performances during the meet. Nico D’Amico went undefeated at 6-0 at 135, while D.J. Taylor also went a perfect 6-0 at 180. Jagger Clapsadle also came through with an unblemished record of 5-0 at 125. Alex Koulikov finished with a 4-1 record at 145 and Lexx Carr finished with a 3-1 mark at 200. Henry Brous finished with a 4-2 record at 200, while Ethan Kalchthaler finished with a 4-2 mark at 155. Kyle Elliott went 2-1 at 145, Noah Reho finished with a 3-3 record at 145 and Shamar Baines finished with a 2-2 record at 125.

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OCEAN CITY – This year’s assault on the state fishing record books on the Atlantic side continued last week when a local angler caught a new record 5.6pound triggerfish. In August, the new state record for mahi was set and broken again twice within a span of two weeks. Just two weeks ago, the new state record on the Atlantic side was set when a local angler landed an 11-pound tripletail. Last week, the trend continued when local angler and Ocean City resident Mike Glyphis caught a 5.6-pound triggerfish while fishing 16 miles off the resort coast. Staff at the Martin Fish Company certified the weight and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the species. Glyphis said at first he thought his line was snagged on debris, but after a few tugs on the line, the big triggerfish took off. After fighting the fish for a few minutes, the veteran angler was able to boat the new state record.

“This was something I never expected,” he said. The catch broke a record held almost exactly five years to the day by another Ocean City resident. Angler Wayne Gower landed a 5.2-pound triggerfish on October 31, 2014. DNR Recreational Fishing and Outreach Coordinator Erik Zlokovitz said the department was thrilled with last week’s record catch and the recent assault on the state record books. “It’s always really exciting when these records come in,” he said. “Most of the time, anglers aren’t looking to hook a record. It just happens.” The DNR maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions including Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive, and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for consideration. Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out a state record application and call (443) 569-1381 or (410) 260-8325.

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BERLIN – The annual Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star football game is coming to the Eastern Shore this year and the Bayside South conference will be well-represented on one team’s roster. Each year, the Maryland Crab Bowl features some of the top high school football players from all over the state. Players are selected to compete on one of two geographically situated teams including Team Baltimore and Team Washington. This year, the Bayside South conference is well-presented on Team Washington including a couple of top players from Decatur. Offensive lineman Zach Hickman and defensive end

DeCameron McAfee will represent Decatur on Team Washington. Other Bayside South players on the Team Washington roster include quarterback Andrew Mathews and running back Ronnie Satchell from Wicomico, running back Devian White and linebacker Alijah Bivans from Parkside and wide receiver Takai Davis from Bennett. The Maryland Crab Bowl will be played this year at Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, December 21. Most of the players and their families and friends from the other side of the Chesapeake will be staying in Ocean City. This year marks the 12th in a row for the Maryland Crab Bowl, which features some of the top senior players from around the state.

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t was early, but it was hilarious. On Sunday, the first morning after daylights savings time ended, Carson came into our room around 7 a.m. This is normal each morning. He jumps out of bed, runs (or more like stomps) to our room to look at the digital clock on the dresser. If the time is before 6 a.m., he often jumps in with us, as we have asked him not to get up before the clock says 6 a.m. No matter the time, there is one thing we can count on with Carson. When he leaves his room, his bed will be made and his weighted blanket will be spread out neatly across the floor for folding. On this particular morning, after entering our room, he pointed at the alarm clock across the room and seemed confused. The clock read 7 a.m. and we were still in bed. We reminded him about the whole “spring forward and fall back” concept. In his nonverbal way, we could tell he was baffled looking at the clock. He was wondering if it was the right time because the sun was coming up. I told him something along the lines of, “it’s not right, I haven’t turned the clock back yet.” He didn’t appear worried and seemed to have it all under control. He simply turned the clock backwards, so the numbers were no longer facing us. He made sure we knew what he did and ran out of the room laughing. We love his sense of humor even if it was super early on a Sunday.


iddle school has brought a lot of changes for Beckett, including the introduction of band. The nightly trombone practice sessions have kept things lively around the house. It actually doesn’t sound terrible most of the time and he seems to know a few notes, though it’s impossible to not

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mistake the sound coming from his trombone at times for passing gas. That fact is certainly not lost on our middle schooler. This fall’s introduction to instruments has brought back some memories. When I was in school, I was assigned the cello. I was convinced at that time it was because I was a big kid and my teacher knew I could handle lugging it to and from school each day. It certainly wasn’t due to my prowess, as I found it challenging, or my gentle way with it, as I broke a few bows that I can remember. I also recall never being able to keep track of the rosin needed to keep my bow in good shape. I believe that was an excuse for the sound emanating from the cello. In Beckett’s case, his assigned instrument is the trombone, which is clearly much louder than the cello. He seems to be having a lot of fun with this member of the brass family, though the 15-minute required practice sessions each day are not always greeted with cheers when we remind him. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy it. It’s more not feeling like he’s good at it currently. What I have noticed about these practice periods is he will not stand still. He prefers to march and dance around while playing it. When I asked him if that tendency was due to the Trombone Shorty concert videos we showed him after a recent show we caught, he said he had forgotten about viewing them. This sort of response has become pretty typical from our 11-year-old boy who seems to waver in and out of clear consciousness depending on the minute and the subject. I should have known better to think he was impacted to that degree by something I showed him. He said the trombone is meant for a marching band, and he wants to be sure he can play the notes while moving around.

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I didn’t have the heart to tell him his school does not have a marching band at this time. Therefore, we will just have to deal with the roving trombone player as he wanders through the house practicing. He begins in his room making his various sounds (usually followed by some sort of ‘dad, did you hear that one, sound familiar?’). I am usually unclear if he’s referring to flatulence or if he’s asking me if I know the song he just played. While I like to think it’s the latter, I know it’s more likely the former. He is 11 years old after all. My response is typically there’s a music book with his trombone full of notes. I understand he hasn’t learned them all, but I know he can read music. He seems to prefer to play off the cuff, or as he describes it “free flow,” which I take to mean play whatever and however he wants whenever. The result of that being a wide range of sounds. It occasionally resembles music but more often it’s a series of loud bursts strung together as long as he can muster the breath output. Of this learning the instrument period, his music teacher advised us parents early in the school year to “embrace the squeak.” We are doing just that. At back to school night, his teacher told the parents of a band concert in December. From hearing my son’s practice sessions, it’s hard to believe in six weeks or so he and his classmates will be performing together on stage. For me, it happens to fall on my birthday. It should be a memorable one.

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Students Against Destructive Decisions members from Berlin Intermediate School are pictured with Jackie Ball from the Worcester Warriors during Red Ribbon Week. Ball spoke to sixth graders about the harmful and deadly effects of opioids.

Ocean City Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week last month. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually. Each day, students, faculty and staff show their school spirit by dressing in a fun theme. Pictured, from left, during "Team Up Against Drugs" day were fourth graders Trevor Lehman, Trent Macrides, Lucas Ruppert and Tanner Intrieri. Submitted Photos

Stephen Decatur High School students Chalea Brittingham, D'Ajah Smith, Billy King and Mandi McCready attended the inaugural Maryland Teacher of the Year conference in Linthicum. The students are prospective teachers and members of the school’s Future Educators of America Club.

Stephen Decatur High School sophomore Emma Sperry (cheer) and junior Kellen Catrino (soccer) were named Premier Driving School Athletes of the Month. While Catrino racked up seven goals in Bayside soccer play, Sperry's cheer squad earned first place and a bid to the national championship at the Kick Off Classic competition. Also pictured are Assistant Principal Dr. Curtis Bunting and Premier Driving School representative Geri Riden. Decked in an array of festive costumes, Erika Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s pre-kindergarteners trick-or-treated throughout classrooms in Worcester Prep to celebrate Halloween. The pre-k class is pictured above. Below are students Gracie Hornung and Georgia Duffie.

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School welcomed Kevin Martin, local steel pan drum musician, instrument maker and MBS parent, for an artist in residence visit. Martin taught students the art of playing steel pan drums as well as the process for their design and creation. Martin has built a set of steel pan drums that he will be donating to the school.

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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.

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

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. or 410-208-1151. Every Wednesday: Every Wednesday: Rotary Club The Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club meets Wednesdays on a weekly basis at the Residence Inn in Ocean City at 6 p.m.

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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.

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,

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, 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. November 8-9: Italian Dinner, Christmas Bazaar The weekend will feature the 41st An-

nual Christmas Bazaar from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The bazaar will feature Christmas trees, wreaths, décor, gifts, bakery, vintage jewelry and a silent auction. From 3-7 p.m., Nov. 8, Atlantic United Methodist Church will hold an Italian Dinner with carryouts available for $10. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The church’s thrift shop will be open throughout.

November 8-9: Annual Christmas Bazaar St. Matthew’s By-The-Sea UMC will hold Friday, Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday features lunch and bazaar includes silent auction, baked goods, jewelry, White Elephant sale, attic treasures and more. November 9: Sausage Sale Pre-Order Bishopville Volunteer Fire Ladies Auxiliary will hold a sausage sale Dec. 7, but pre-orders will only be accepted until Nov. 9. $4/pound in five-pound packages. Pick-up time is 9-11 a.m. Call or email Wanda 443-735-7473 or email

November 9: Anglers Club Meeting The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Ocean Pines Library. Featured speaker will be White Marlin Open winner Tommy Hinkle. All are welcome.

November 9: Democratic Meeting The next Democratic Central Committee of Worcester County meeting will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Snow Hill library branch. 410-213-1956

November 9: Chinese, Live Auctions American Legion Auxiliary Unit 123 is having a Chinese auction and live auction with doors opening at 6 p.m. DJ Billy T will play music 7-11 p.m. $5 per person.

November 10: Anniversary Celebration The Polish Club of Delmarva’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Veterans Day Memorial will be held 1-5 p.m. at the Ocean City Elks Lodge on 137th Street. Tickets $25. Fred, 410-2508625.

November 14: AARP Meeting The local AARP chapter will meet Thursday, Nov. 14 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

November 8, 2019 be Mayor Rick Meehan and an optional luncheon will follow the meeting at a local restaurant. New members are welcome. Call Bob McCluskey at 410-250-0980 with questions.

November 15: Fish Fry Bowel United Methodist Church is having a fish fry from 4:30-7 p.m. Platters are $10 and include flounder filet, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cornbread and dessert.

November 16: Fried Chicken Dinner New Hope United Methodist Church will hold an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $13 per adult. Carryouts available. 410-5438244 or 443-235-0251.

November 16: Focus On Prayer Focus on Prayer 7.0 will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Angelican with complimentary lunch and $5 child care provided with advance reservations. To reserve spot, 443-235-5675 or email

November 16: Yard Sale The public is invited to a yard sale put on by artists who are cleaning out their studios from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th St. The sale will be held indoors, rain or shine. Cash only.

November 21: Annual Dinner Meeting The Republican Women of Worcester County will hold an Annual Dinner Meeting and Installation of Officer at Marriott Residence Inn. Guest will be Nicole Harris. Cost of the dinner is $40 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. with meeting at 6 p.m. and dinner 6:30 p.m. To make your reservation with your entrée choice and/or for information, contact Ann Lutz at 410-208-9767 or Reservations are due by Nov. 14.

November 23: Spaghetti Dinner Bethany United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner and live and silent auctions at 5 p.m. Adults $10 and $12 at the door; ages 5-12, $6 each; and ages 4 and under, free. 410207-7039.

November 30: Oyster Fritters Powellville United Methodist Church will sell oyster fritters, homemade soups and BBQ sandwiches from 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Eat-in or carryout available. Desserts offered.

December 7: Christmas Bazaar A Christmas Bazaar to fund the Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health at Most Blessed Sacrament School from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local crafters, raffle table and baked goods on hand. Homemade food will be available for purchase all day. Eat-in or carry-out. 443-690-6913.

New Art Fellowship Endowed By Jenkins

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410-641-2900 • WWW.EASTERNSHOREPT.COM 314 FRANKLIN AVENUE, SUITE 405 (NEXT TO LAB CORP), BERLIN, MD. 21811 Laura Jenkins is pictured outside the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

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OCEAN CITY – The Art League of Ocean City has announced local businesswoman, artist and board member Laura Jenkins has endowed an art fellowship in honor of her parents. The endowment provides $1,500 annually and will fund in perpetuity the Orem and Harriet Robinson Memorial Fellowship for Contemporary Art and Community Engagement at the Ocean City Center for the Arts. Jenkins’ parents were both educators. Orem Robinson was Dean of Students at Salisbury University and Harriet Robinson was principal at Pinehurst Elementary in Salisbury. Jenkins named this fellowship after them because of their dedication and love for education and art. “Both of my parents came to art late in life and loved it,” Jenkins said. “My dad was handicapped as he grew older, and art became very important to him. He did pencil drawing and oil painting and also carved ducks. My mother did oil painting and had a very unique style. Art was a tremendous joy for them. … This fellowship means a lot to me because of the opportunity for growth it provides the Art League and the fine art community.” Brooke Rogers of Ocean City is the inaugural Art League fellow for 2019. He has taught in the art department at Salisbury University for over 20 years, serving as department chair from 2009-15. He led workshops and docent bus trips to important art museums, lectured on contemporary art, and curated exhibitions and pop-up shows. The Art League of Ocean City is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the community through education, exhibits, scholarship, programs and community art projects. Financial support comes primarily through membership dues from individuals and corporate sponsors.

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Who’s Where When 28TH/127TH sTReeT piT & pub 410-289-2020 • 443-664-7482 28TH sT. & coasTal HWy. & 127TH sT. & coasTal HWy. Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.) aTlanTic HoTel 410-641-3589 2 noRTH Main sT., beRlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano

buxy’s salTy doG/ dRy dock 28 410-289-0973 28TH sT. & coasTal HWy. Friday, Nov. 8: Opposite Directions, RoastJohn claRion HoTel 410-524-3535 10100 coasTal HWy. Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 & 9: On The Edge Fridays & Saturdays: DJ Dusty

cRabcake facToRy bayside 302-988-5000 RT. 54 fenWick island, de Friday, Nov. 8: Smooth & Remy Wednesday, Nov. 13: Jason Lee faGeR’s island 410-524-5500 60TH sT. in THe bay Friday, Nov. 8: DJ RobCee, DJ Hook Saturday, Nov. 9: Opposite Directions, DJ Groove, The Loop Monday, Nov. 11: Bryan Clark GReene TuRTle noRTH 410-723-2120 11601 coasTal HWy. Friday, Nov. 8: Jack & T, 3 p.m., DJ BJ, 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9: Slappy Hour, 11 p.m.

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bRyan claRk fager’s island: Monday, nov. 11

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kevin poole Harpoon Hanna’s: Thursday, nov. 14

Randy lee asHcRafT & sWc Johnny’s pizza & pub: Wednesdays smitty McGee’s: Thursdays & fridays

GReene TuRTle WesT 410-213-1500 RTe. 611, WesT oc Friday, Nov. 8: TBA

HaRboRside 410-213-1846 souTH HaRboR Road, WesT oc Fridays: DJ Billy T Saturday, Nov. 9: Chris Button/ Side Project, DJ Jeremy

beaTs by Wax 127th st. pit & pub: Wednesdays pickles pub: Thursdays

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Who’s Where When Sunday, Nov. 10: Opposite Directions, 2 p.m., Chuck D, 7 p.m. Thursdays: Opposite Directions

on THe edGe clarion/ocean club: friday & saturday, nov. 8 & 9

HaRpoon Hanna’s 302-539-3095 RT. 54 & THe bay, fenWick island, de Friday, Nov. 8: Dave Hawkins, Tor & Coastal Storm Saturday, Nov. 9: Dave Sherman, Kaotik Thursday, Nov. 14: Kevin Poole

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HooTeRs 410-213-1841 12513 ocean GaTeWay, RTe. 50, WesT oc Friday, Nov. 8: DJ BK Saturday, Nov. 9: Classic Vibe

opposiTe diRecTions Harborsdie: sundays & Thursdays dry dock 28: friday, nov. 8

JoHnny’s pizza & pub 410-723-5600 RT. 54 fenWick island, de Wednesdays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

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pickles pub 410-289-4891 8TH sT. & pHiladelpHia ave. Friday, Nov. 8: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, Nov. 9: Swamp Candy Mondays: Karaoke W/ Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays: Beats By Wax

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Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store

Christmas Has Arrived!

SELLING NEW AND GENTLY USED ITEMS. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE ANIMALS AT THE WCHS SHELTER. Open Shop Days: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 12703 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City, MD 21842

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We rely on donations from the public. For information on items accepted and drop-off directions, please call the Thrift Store during business hours.



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Things I Like ... By Steve Green

Taking my kids to new places Old houses with big front porches and rocking chairs Well-trained dogs Not being able to sleep after an exciting football game Big backyards People watching in hotel lobbies An accurate weather forecast Picking up my kids from school on Friday Reading about a subject I know nothing about Brief power outages Biking on the Boardwalk this time of year

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Pet’s Name: Raven Pet’s Age/Breed: 5-year-old black lab Pet’s Owner: Patrick O’Toole

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Pet’s Name: Riptide & Whipeout Pet’s Age/Breed: 5-month-old Shih tzus Pet’s Owner: Karen Robertshaw

Pet’s Name: Cuda Pet’s Age/Breed: 8-year-old German shepherd Pet’s Owner: Valerie Kramer

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Pet’s Name: Gidget Pet’s Age/Breed: 6-month-old toy poodle Pet’s Owners: Steve & Anne Ferris


Pet’s Name: Sophie Pet’s Age/Breed: 9-year-old terrier mix Pet’s Owner: Nancy Hendricks

Pet’s Name: Freyja Pet’s Age/Breed: 20-month-old German shepherd Pet’s Owner: Alex Ortiz

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Lester, owned by Michelle Glodeck. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on Dec. 13.

Pet’s Name: Halo Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-year-old morkie Pet’s Owners: Chris Fries

Pet’s Name: Bella Pet’s Age/Breed: 6-year-old Havanese/Schnauzer mix Pet’s Owner: Judy Lafferty

Pet’s Name: Lucy & Sheba Pet’s Age/Breed: 2 and 9 years old Siberian huskies Pet’s Owner: Bill Walsh

Pet’s Name: Denali Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old yellow lab Pet’s Owner: David Giusti

Veterans Day Event Announced Film Festival Returns Nov. 14

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BERLIN – The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Board of Directors has invited the community to join them in honoring the men and women who have served in our nation’s military services on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at the site of the memorial located at Route 589 and Cathell Road. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Some seating is available but please bring a lawn chair for your convenience. The guest speaker will be World War II veteran Carroll Wagner, a retired member of the US Navy who

served in the Pacific Theatre, Feb. 1945 through July 1946. The Delmarva Chorus, under the leadership of Carol Ludwig, will perform patriotic music. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Community Church at Ocean Pines, on Route 589. Faded or worn American flags may be dropped off before or immediately after the ceremony for proper disposal at the Flag Retirement and Disposal Ceremony, provided by the local Boy Scout troops, at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m.

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BERLIN – The Assateague Coastal Trust will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at three venues this year, with a premier kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Seacrets Morley Hall in Ocean City. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) aims to inspire environmental activism and a love for nature through film. Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) Communications Director Billy Weiland said this year’s lineup stresses the importance of community engagement. “When we’re building our program, we are carefully choosing films that

are relevant to the Eastern Shore and which convey a message that we feel will resonate with our community,” he said. In addition to the Ocean City kickoff, ACT will also bring the WSFF to the Island Theatre in Chincoteague Island, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The tour will wrap up in Lewes, Del. at the Cinema Art Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 19 with a matinee showing on Sunday, Nov. 24. You can purchase tickets and find more information about each venue by visiting or by calling 410-629-1538.

ADOPT A PET FROM THE SHELTER These Loving Animals, Sponsored Each Month By Local Businesses, Are Available For Adoption At The Ocean City Humane Society: 410-213-0146.

To Sponsor A Pet, Call 410-641-4561 • Annually, 10% Of The Proceeds From This Page Are Donated To The Shelter

The Humane Society Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Care For The Cats And Dogs. Any Amount Of Time You Can Spare Will Be Appreciated.






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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Lots of choices could make it difficult to select what is best for your needs. Avoid snap judgments. Take the time to check them all out to find the one that really meets your goals. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): You could once again experience pressure from others who would like to see you move in another direction. But heed your Bovine instincts to stay on your own path. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Taking charge of a project that seems to be about to stall or collapse altogether could be a challenge. But once everyone knows what you expect of him or her, things should go smoothly. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Avoid the pressures of the upcoming holiday period by setting a time right now to discuss how to divide up the responsibility of helping a loved one come through a difficult period. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): It's not too early for all you Leonas and Leos to start making long-distance travel plans. The sooner you stop procrastinating and start deciding where, when and how you're going, the better. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Someone you've known for years might disappoint you, or even make you feel you've been betrayed. But check the facts carefully before you make charges that could backfire on you. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A holiday plan might need to be revised to accommodate an unexpected complication. Come up with an alternative arrangement as soon as possible to avoid more problems down the line. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Don't accept halfway explanations for a situation that requires full disclosure. The more you know now, the better able you will be to handle any complications that might arise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): The cooperation you relied upon might not be easy to get. Maybe there's an information gap. See if everyone understands the situation. If not, be sure to offer a full explanation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Problems caused by that recent workplace distraction should soon be easing, allowing you to resume working at a less frantic pace. That personal matter also begins to ease up. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Changing your mind about a job decision isn't easy for the usually committed Aquarian. But once you check it out, you'll find facts you didn't know before. And facts don't lie. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Your unique way of sizing up a situation gives you an edge in resolving that upsetting workplace problem. Stay on your current course regardless of any attempts to distract you. BORN THIS WEEK: You are emotionally attuned to what's going on around you, and you easily pick up on people's needs. Š 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Fun Halloween festivities took place last month around town including Fager’s Island, Smitty McGee’s, Seacrets and at the 28th Street block party/Matty Wisor farewell party at Buxy’s Salty Dog and Dry Dock 28 and 28th Street Pit & Pub.

Buxy’ Salty Dog: Annie Buxbaum, Kalsi McConnell, Michael Guerrero and Crystal Kirven By Terri French



Seacrets: Bill & John Arter and Terri Moran

In Places

Seacrets: The Full Circle Trio rocked the house. Michelle Schachter, Joe Mama and Kathy Denk

Smitty McGee’s: Palma Cunningham, Kayla Bellman, Alex Bounds and Julie Dempsey

Fager’s Island: Emilio Dalisa and Josh Stroup

Buxy’s Salty Dog: Owner Doug “Buxy” Buxbaum and Matty Wisor

Fager’s Island: Willie Rogers and DJ Rob Cee

Smitty McGee’s Bartenders: Jordan Shank and Mark Murphy

28th Street Pit & Pub Bartenders: Stat and Sean

28th Street Pit & Pub: Rose Ray and Jackie Walsch

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Shelter volunteers Gina Castagna, Tammy China, Terri Mahoney, and Anne O’Connell were hoping to find Short Stack a fur-ever home during the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade.

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Vietnam veteran and photographer Bill Cecil attended The Greyhound Indie Bookstore Veteran’s Authors Book Signing with Malinda Cecil and Kim Huerta during Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll.

In Society

November 8, 2019

During the 2019 Salisbury Jaycees Past Presidents’ Night, Exhausted Rooster Jason Rhodes, with stepdaughter, Lauryn, and wife, Kelly, was honored for all his hard work.

Worcester County Humane Society Volunteers Anne O’Connell and Crystal Redington had guests of the Howl-O-Ween Casino Night trying their luck on the money wheel.

Checking out the selections at The Greyhound Indie Bookstore were Christine Selzer and Anna Dolle Bushnell during the Veteran’s Authors Book Signing Event.

Special Event Productions’ Jacklyn Lehr and Meredith Herbert got ready to award the prizes at the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade to benefit the Worcester County Humane Society.

Happy with all the food donated to benefit the shelter were Dulce Olexo and Diana Snyder, Worcester County Humane Society Howl-O-Ween Casino Night event co-chairs.

Welcoming shoppers into their Veteran’s Authors Book Signing were Maury and Susan Wimbrow, owners of The Greyhound Indie Bookstore.

Salisbury Jaycees Chairman of the Board Kristy Johnson and President Jamie Nichols, led the festivities for the 2019 Past Presidents’ Night.

Selling tickets for the tricky tray auction were Mary Jo Armiger and John Donaldson at the HowlO-Ween Casino Night for Worcester County Humane Society.

Winter Schedule In Effect In Resort

November 8, 2019



OCEAN CITY – Beginning on Nov. 11 and continuing until April 5, Ocean City buses and ADA service will run from 6:20 a.m. until 11:35 p.m. For Sunday through Thursday, the bus service will run every 40 minutes leaving the end of the line stations on the hour starting at 7 a.m. and continuing every other hour. The timetable will be available at all stations and bus shelters, on the Ocean City web page at (click on public works then transportation) or call 410-723-1606. For real time bus information download the Transloc Rider app at Text your bus stop code found on the bus stop sign to 414-11 to find the next bus coming to your stop. On weekends, the service schedule is slightly different. On Fridays, the service runs every 30 minutes from stations and stops from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then after 6 p.m. runs every 40 minutes until 6 a.m. the next morning. Saturdays are 30 minutes from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and then the service picks up in frequency to every 15 minutes until 11 p.m. After 11 p.m. the service drops back to 40 minutes until 6 a.m. but the important thing to remember is buses run the entire night and morning on Friday and Saturday night. Buses run all holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day with additional service and no fare on New Year’s Eve. During the winter months, Ocean City transportation staff will be in the process of recruiting and hiring employees for the new season. To get a head start on earning some extra dollars next summer, it’s a good idea to apply early and secure your position as a bus driver, vehicle tech, dispatcher or Boardwalk tram driver or conductor. Although the bulk of the service time will not be until May, there will be training as early as February and even earlier for those applicants taking the full commercial driver’s license course. By acting early and gaining your new license, which our staff will help you acquire, you can then get some seat time driving the equipment before the busy season begins on Memorial Day weekend. At that point, all employees in the bus division can expect to work about 40 hours per week through Labor Day and even up to Sunfest at the end of September. Remember nights and weekends are our busiest and this is the time you will be expected to work. Tram employees will work slightly fewer hours as the hours of operation are different and the operation on the Boardwalk is subject to weather. For more information call Dianna Davis at 410-723-2174. Ocean City is an equal opportunity employer and veterans are welcome to apply. (The writer is the transit manager for the Town of Ocean City’s Department of Public Works.)

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Fitness Walk:

November 8, 2019


Ocean City Elementary physical education teachers Tracey Drocella and Mark Engle took the third and fourth graders to the Boardwalk for the annual fitness walk to raise awareness that healthy bodies make healthy minds. The students, teachers and parents walked the entire length of the Boardwalk. Above, the fourth graders are pictured after their walk. Above right, third graders Alexis Castagana, Clementine Kohut, Kirra Wright, Madison Andrews, Adelyn Sweitzer and Izabella Willoughby are shown on the sea wall. Bottom right, fourth grade teacher Dr. Melanie Biscoe is pictured with Sofia Drakos, Caroline Olson and Madison Imschweiler. Submitted Photos


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FENWICK ISLAND – A state transportation project is expected to address flooding at a busy resort intersection. In a meeting of the Fenwick Island Town Council last month, Town Manager Terry Tieman announced the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) had started planning for drainage improvements at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 54, just outside of town limits. “We did meet with two representatives from DelDOT,” she said. “They came and showed us their plans.” Tieman explained the project will involve catch basins and pipework that will drain water into the bayside canals. She said the project could also involve test cuts to identify utilities underneath the surface. “We are waiting for documentation on where they are going to do these test cuts and we’ll have that reviewed by our engineers and our attorney before we sign on for that,”

she said. Tieman noted the state agency would also be responsible for maintaining the pipework. “One thing they did mention is this pipework, thankfully, will be considered DelDOT’s obligation and not ours to maintain,” she said. “So we are very happy with that news.” Councilman Bill Weistling said the project would be completed in two phases, with the first leg of the project taking place between the waterpark and go-kart track and the second leg


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taking place on Route 1. Councilwoman Vicki Carmean noted the project would improve flooding issues in town. “That’s considered outside the town limits,” she said. “But it certainly impacts the town.” Tieman agreed. “We had a couple of instances last summer where we had downpours, and traffic was backed up for quite a ways in town,” she said. “It made navigation in town pretty difficult, so this does impact us.”


When reached for comment this week, Nelson Kesselring, project manager for DelDOT’s south district, confirmed planning is underway to address flooding in the area. “DelDOT is pursuing a project to improve the drainage at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 54,” he said. “This intersection has flooded intermittently throughout the years and the goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of the flooding.” Tieman said there is currently no timeline for the project.


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$15/Week For Minimum Of Five Lines • $2 Thereafter Per Line Display Classified Ads: $20/Week Per Column Inch (Contract Discounts Available)

Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday.

NOW HIRING! HELP WANTED HYGIENIST:Patient-centered family dental practice in Berlin is seeking a RDH. We are looking for a people oriented hygienist with a gentle touch. Please email your resume and any questions to: ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SOUTHSIDE GRILL WOC: Hiring Line Cooks, Kitchen Help, Dishwashers. YR, FT or PT. Ambitious, willing to work individuals only. Pay neg. based on performance. 9923 Stephen Decatur Hy. 410-2131572. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GO-CART SMALL ENGINE MECHANIC NEEDED: FT/YR. Call 410-289-4902 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––



Please send resume to: Royal Plus Electric, Inc. 9939 Jerry Mack Rd. Ste. 400 Ocean City, MD 21842 or email to 410-213-2658.


Owner needs PT ASSISTANT

Selbyville Goose Creek Fenwick Goose Creek


Hiring for all positions. For Both Locations Apply Online

Assawoman Ale Shoppe Hiring for all positions. Apply within store. 52nd Street, Bayside, OC.

Work With the Best Ocean City has to Offer ... We Invite You to be a Part of our Family!


CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811

TOWN OF OCEAN CITy RECREATION AND PARKS Part-time positions •Basketball/Indoor Soccer Scorekeepers •Youth Basketball Officials & Assistants •Youth Flag Football Officials Apply online at


Veterans Are Encouraged to Apply

FULL-TIME PERSONAL BANKER FLOATER Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time Personal Banker Floater position available at the Salisbury location. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to Kris Derickson at P.O. Box 10, Willards, MD 21874 or email:

November 8, 2019


Must be hard-working, road conscious, able to receive a medical card, able to lift 90 pounds or more. Must be willing to do other duties such as restocking, setting up equipment in the field, and must be able to work 40 hours a week. Valid driver’s license is a must. Competitive benefit package available. Please apply in person at: 11935 Hammer Rd., Bishopville, MD or apply online:


Please apply in person 12905 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City MD or online at call 443-366-5556 during regular business hours BEACH PLAZA HOTEL 13TH ST AND THE BOARDWALK OCEAN CITY, MD.

•FRONT DESK AGENTS •NIGHT AUDITIOR Seeking an individual able to work any shift. Duties would include greeting guests, making reservations, answering phones, check in and out, and able to handle currency. Please apply in person Btwn 10am and 12pm-1pm and 3pm Monday thru Friday or call for an appointment-410-289-9121x1556


CARPET CLEANING TECHNICIAN Must have knowledge and a valid Driver’s Lic.

Call 443-493-0966

Application cut off is 11-18-2019 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”


25 year + Exterior Restoration Building Company is now hiring FT/YR employees who are able to: Caulk, Point & Patch, building exteriors. Must have Swing Stage experience. Excellent pay! Call 443-507-5096

FULL-TIME PERSONAL BANKER Farmers Bank of Willards has two full-time Personal Banker positions available at the Salisbury location. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to Kris Derickson at P.O. Box 10, Willards, MD 21874 or email: Application cut off is 11-18-2019 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”

Currently hiring manpower for

•STUCCO & EIFS MECHANICS • CARPENTERS •CONCRETE BLOCK • FLAT CONCRETE •CONCRETE REPAIRS •COMMERCIAL CAULKING •COATINGS SPECIALISTS  •DELIVERy DRIVER •WINDOW & DOOR INSTALLERS Experience Preferred. Tools, transportation & a valid driver’s license are a plus.Competitive benefit package available. Please apply in person at 11935 Hammer Rd, Bishopville, MD, or apply online:




Great pay & Benefits! Please apply in person. Greene Turtle West, Rt. 611, West OC 410-213-1500

Now hiring




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1st Service Company has current openings for: Experienced HVAC Service Technicians Lead Installer Exp. installers Retro installations. Basic Trade hand tools required, all other tools of the trade, power and testing tools provided. Everything needed to perform quality work. Specialized training, monthly tool allowance, on call duty pay, uniforms including boots and outerwear, vacation and holiday pay, bonuses and other incentives. High paying positions. This is an opportunity to work with a great team. To apply and Interview, call 410-208-3220 or 866-990-4822 Send resumes to:


Busy, convenience, beer & wine store. Open 365 days yr. Duties incl: assist Store Manager in all daily operations. Must be Flexible, dedicated, able to work Various shifts. Experience in retail management preferred. FT, Excellent benefits.

WINTER RENTAL: High Point North. Direct OF. Lrg 1BR, 1BA. Beautiful view of ocean & bay. Convenient Location, $900 per mo. + util.’s. & sec. dep, Nov.-May 30th. 717-938-5986. Must be credit worthy. Single occ. only. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEST OCEAN CITY: Off season rental. 2BR. $750 per month. Text 443-497-9177. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. 443-510-2557. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YEAR ROUND RENTALS: 94th St: 3BR, 3.5BA ($1,800/mo). 12th St: 2 BR, 2BA ($1,450/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 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YEAR ROUND TOWNHOUSE: 3BR 2.5 BA, Furn. Modern appl’s, W/D, 117th ST. Bayside on canal. $1500. per mo. No pets, call 410-848-1767. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

Burgundy Inn 1210 Philadelphia Ave.


Stop by Fruitland Wine Rack 100 West Cedar Lane Fruitland, MD 21826 No phone calls.


yR CONDO, NORTH OC: 2BR, 2BA. W/D. UPDATED! No pets, no smoking. $1350 per mo. + util.’s & sec. dep. 410-971-9240. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER OR yR RENTAL:3BR, 2BA Rancher. Near Northgate OP Minimal credit... no problem!No smoking, No pets. Rent is very competitive based on rental terms Call 410726-5200. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: 1BR, 1BA. 2 Queen beds. Nicely furn. Newly painted. 2 blocks from Northside Park. $750 per mo. + elec. & sec. dep. Avail. now until May. 412-965-4079. ––––––––––––––––––––––––—––––

ROOM FOR RENT: Ocean Pines, single occupancy. 1 mi. from North gate. NON SMOKER. $600 per mo. + $500 sec. dep. 267-7842588. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YR OR SEASONAL ROOMMATES: North OC. Looking for female roommates to share 3BR, 2BA Condo. Call Tricia 443-6104665. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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FSBO-LOT-FENWICK AREAKEENWICK SOUND: Lot on Roy Creek, adjacent to golf course. Water & sewer. $89,900. Call 302270-1894. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

OCEAN SEABREEZE CONTRACTING: All phases of work. 35 yrs. in the area. 443-880-3346. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HANDYMAN SPECIALIST: General maintenance of all types, All powerwashing. Build/Stain/PWash Decks. Drywall repair. Painting. Property Management. Call for any other odd jobs! Joe 443-610-4644. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

COMMERCIAL 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: 1 OfficeRetail and 1 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Ceja’s Landscaping

& More!

•YARD MAINTENANCE •PAINTING •POWER WASHING 410-251-3425 410-202-2545 Baybridge Construction, LLC.

yARD SALES ART YARD SALE Sat 11/ 16, 8am–2pm Ocean City Center for the Arts 502 94th St., OC, MD Artists clean out their studios and offer yard sale prices! Original paintings, photos, art books, pottery, jewelry, more, plus framing/art supplies and objects of inspiration. Cash only. Indoors rain or shine.


Affordable pricing! MHIC #132729.

Call 410-430-5907

FOR SALE VINTAGE MAGAZINES: 50’s & 60’s magazines. Great/good condition. Most kept in sleeves. Life, Look, Womans Day, Good Housekeeping, Playboy and many more. Call for more info. 410-251-1098. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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Legal Notices

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18027 To all persons interested in the estate of TERESE G. LAMARRE, ESTATE NO. 18027. Notice is given that MICHELLE M. O’BRIEN, 5521 CAROLINA PLACE NW, WASHINGTON DC 20016, was on OCTOBER 16, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of TERESE G. LAMARRE, who died on JUNE 17, 2019, with a will.

(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.

(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 25, 2019 MICHELLE M. O’BRIEN 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 10-25, 11-01, 11-08



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.

To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES V. GESLOIS, ESTATE NO. 18040. Notice is given that HELEN T. GESLOIS, 13906 BARGE ROAD, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on OCTOBER 21, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of JAMES V. GESLOIS, who died on AUGUST 31, 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 the 16th day of APRIL, 2020.

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 21ST day of APRIL, 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:

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:

LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966.


Page 65 (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

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 25, 2019 HELEN T. GESLOIS 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 10-25, 11-01, 11-08

THIRD INSERTION THOMAS K. COATES, ESQ COATES, COATES & COATES, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21843 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18033 To all persons interested in the estate of KATHLEEN A. HARMAN, ESTATE NO. 18033. Notice is given that M. STACY HARMAN, 2304 BALTIMORE AVE., OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on OCTOBER 18, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of KATHLEEN A. HARMAN, who died on july 23, 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 the 18th day of APRIL, 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:

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LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966.

(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 25, 2019 M. STACY HARMAN 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 10-25, 11-01, 11-08


KENNETH L HOOPER, ESQ 126 EAST MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 138 SALISBURY, MD 21803 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18019 To all persons interested in the estate of WANDA L. TULL, AKA: WANDA LEE TULL, ESTATE NO. 18019. Notice is given that H. WAYNE TULL, 12045 SHEPPARDS CROSSING ROAD, WHALEYVILLE, MD 21872, was on OCTOBER 08, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of WANDA L. TULL, who died on JULY 28, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or be-

fore the 8th day of APRIL, 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.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch among other things, that the amount necessary to redeem the property has not been paid. lt is thereupon, this 28TH OF OCTOBER, 2019, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion ,of a copy of this order in The Dispatch, for Worcester County, once a week for three successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court and answer the Complaint or redeem the property by JANUARY 2, 2020; and that the failure to answer the Complaint or redeem the property within the time limit set forth above may result in a FInal judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property and vesting in the Plaintiff a fee simple title free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BRIAN SHOCKLEY Judge for the Circuit Court for Worcester County True Test Copy 3x 11-01, 11-08, 11-15


Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 01, 2019

Terrapin Certicates LLC c/o James F. Truitt, Jr. 20 East Timontum Road, Suite 106 Timonium. Maryland 21093 Plaintiff

H. WAYNE TULL 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 11-01, 11-08, 11-15



Martha A. Bowen Gordon B. Heyman, Trustee Atlantic Loan Company, Inc. 101 123RD STREET. UNIT 360C3 and Worcester County, Maryland (for Maryland Annotated Code 14—1836(b)(1)(v) purposes onIy) and


Any and all person having or claiming to have any interest in the fee simple in the properties and premises situate, lying and being in the County of Worcester described on the Tax Rolls The Town of Ocean City Collector of State and County Taxes for said County known as: 101 123rd Street. Unit 36003, Ocean City. MD 21842, 10th (tenth) Election District, described All that Iot of land. DESCRIBED AS JOCKEY BEACH CONDOMINIUM. UNlT 360 B C P 3.

JAMES WILLIAM PURNELL (deceased): (no estate opened)

ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclo-

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY MARYLAND C-23-CV-19-000277 ROMELIA PROPERTIES, LLC, a Maryland Limited Liability Company 3 St. George’s Road Baltimore, MD 21210 PLAINTIFF

sure of all rights of redemption in the foliowing property 101 123rd Street, Unit 36003, Ocean City, MD 21842 in the County of Worcester, sold by the Coiiector of Taxes for The Town of Ocean City and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: All that lot of land, DESCRIBED AS JOCKEY BEACH CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 360 B C P 3 The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. It ls thereupon this 25th of OCTOBER, 2019 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Ordered, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in some newspaper having general circulation in Worcester County once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the day of JANUARY 2, 2020, and redeem the property 101 123rd Street, Unit 360C3, Ocean City, MD 21842 and answer the complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff’s title, free and clear of all encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BRIAN SHOCKLEY Judge for the Circuit Court for Worcester County 3x 11-01, 11-08, 11-15


Terrapin Certificates LLC c/o James F. Truitt. Jr. 20 EastTimonium Road, Suite 106 Timonium. Maryland 21093 Plaintiff V. David Carabelli Alan Fink, Trustee Fairfax Savings Association 5104 COASTAL HIGHWAY. #101N AND Worcester County, Maryland (for Maryland Annotated Code 14—1836(b)(1)(v) purposes onIy) and Any and all person having or claiming to have any interest in the fee simple in the properties and premises situate, lying and being in the County of Worcester described on the Tax Rolls The Town of Ocean City Collec-

November 8, 2019 tor of State and County Taxes for said County known as: 5104 Coastal Highway, Unit 101N, Ocean City. MD 21842, 10th (Tenth) Election District, Ali that lot of land and imps DESCRIBED AS SIESTA VILLAS CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 101 N. ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the foliowing property 5104 Coastal Highway, Unit lOiN, Ocean City, MD 21842 in the County of Worcester, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the The Town of Ocean City and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: All that lot of land and imps DESCRIBED AS SIESTA VILLAS CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 101 N The complaint states, among other thlngs, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. It is thereupon this 25TH OF OCTOBER, 2019 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Ordered, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in some newspaper having general circulation in Worcester County once a week tor three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by JANUARY 2, 2020, and redeem the property 5104 Coastal Highway, Unit iOi N, Ocean City, MD 21842 and answer the complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption ln the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff’s title, free and clear of ail encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BRIAN SHOCKLEY Judge for the Circuit Court for Worcester County 3x 11-01, 11-08, 11-15



The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for change of name in which she seeks to change her daughter last name from Micaela Ondina Perez Ricardo to Micaela Ondina Ricardo Alvarez. The Petitioner is seeking a name change because her daughter would like to take her mother's last name. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 9th day of Decembe 2019. The objection must be supported by cin affidavitand 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 on time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 8, 2019 SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court For Worcester County Maryland True Test Copy 1x 11-08


SIMPKINS & SIMPKINS, P.A. P.O. BOX 550 PRINCESS ANNE, MD 21853 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND C-23-CV-19-000200 MUSTAFA KOLTUK 10507 FRIENDSHIP ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff VS ESTATE OF ROOSEVELT H. TURNER Serve on: ALICE M. TURNER, PER. REP. 507 DIGHTON AVE. SNOW HILL, MD 21863 AND BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO. 8103 OCEAN GATEWAY, P.O. BOX 675 EASTON, MD 21601 AND WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Serve on: PHILLIP G. THOMPSON, TREASURER P.O. BOX 248 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 AND All persons or Corporations having Or claiming to_ have interest in the hereinafter described properties situate in Worcester County, Maryland.

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LEGAL RATES: Legal advertising rate is $7 per column

inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. Defendants

ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the County of Worcester and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: "The property located in Worcester County, further described as List Number: 71 Parcel Number: 02017105 Property Description Lot 3 507 Dighton Ave PL Harry W Ward assessed to: Turner Roosevelt H." states, Complaint The among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. IT IS thereupon, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Worcester County once a week for 3 successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the January 1, 2020 and redeem "The property Worcester in located County, further described as List Number: 71 Parcel Number: 02017105 Property Description Lot 3 507 Dighton Ave PL Harry W Ward assessed to: Turner Roosevelt H." and answer the complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. Failure to answer or redeem this property within the time allowed may result in a Judgment foreclosing the right of redemption. It is further Ordered said Notice shall be published in the Maryland Coast Dispatch. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 8, 2019 BRIAN D. SHOCKLEY Judge for the Circuit Court for Worcester County True Test Copy

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3x 11-08, 11-15, 11-22


MILES & STOCKBRIDGE, P.C. JEFFREY D. RENNER, ESQ. 100 LIGHT STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21202 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18055 Notice is given that the SURROGATE COURT of SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ, appointed FRANCIS M. LAI, 2 BIRCH HILL DRIVE, CHATHAM, NJ 07928 and GILBERT M. LAI, 161 SMOKE RISE ROAD, BASKIGN RIDGE, NJ 07920 as the EXECUTORS of the Estate of IRENE FAN LAI, who died on JULY 24, 2019, domiciled in NEW JERSEY, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is JEFFREY D RENNER, whose address is 100 LIGHT STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21202. 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 or after a date extended by law will be barred.

Date of Publication NOVEMBER 08, 2019 FRANCIS M. LAI GILBERT M. LAI Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTOCTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 11-08, 11-15, 11-22


MARIANNA BATIE, ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY STE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18049 To all persons interested in the estate of KEVIN JOSEPH CERAMI, ESTATE NO. 18049. Notice is given that PHILIP P. CERAMI, 120 FIRETHORN DRIVE, DOWNINGTOWN, PA 19335, was on OCTOBER 28, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of KEVIN JOSEPH CERAMI, who died on SEPTEMBER 7, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 28th day of APRIL, 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:

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cept if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 29th day of APRIL, 2020.

(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.

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:

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication NOVEMBER 08, 2019 PHILIP P. CERAMI 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 11-08, 11-15, 11-22


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18052 To all persons interested in the estate of JUDY TARR HOWARD, ESTATE NO. 18052. Notice is given that JEFFREY DEAN HOWARD, 3300 RESIDENTIAL DRIVE, EDEN, MD 21822, was on OCTOBER 29, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of JUDY TARR HOWARD, who died on SEPTEMBER 5, 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

(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 NOVEMBER 08, 2019 JEFFREY DEAN HOWARD 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 11-08, 11-15, 11-22



2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of BILLY JAMES FOREMAN, who died on OCTOBER 23, 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 the 28th day of APRIL, 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 NOVEMBER 08, 2019 SHAIRON FOREMAN 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 11-08, 11-15, 11-22

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Page 68 WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts St., 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 Rd., West Ocean City Head Of Commercial Fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • 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

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a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop! THE DOUGH ROLLER West Ocean City, 410-213-7655 S. Division St. & Boardwalk, 410-289-3501 3rd St. & Boardwalk 410-289-2599 41st St. & Coastal Hwy • 410-524-9254 70th St. & 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

DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. 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 ‘40sstyle 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-and-cheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out for a list of our regular menu items FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Rd., West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Restaurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking.

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

28TH ST. PIT & PUB 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the

November 8, 2019 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 St. Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th St. & The Bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BONFIRE 71st St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th St. • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th St. 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 St. • 443-664-8989 • 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 SEE NEXT PAGE

November 8, 2019 cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. • 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 St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-289-3322 • 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-Saturday at 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th St. On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bay-front restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, FridaySaturday, off-season. Open every day, yearround. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th St. & Coastal Hwy. • 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. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st St. & Coastal Hwy. • 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 Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th St. & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • 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 pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the world-famous Hooters Girls. JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-723-5600 • The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable

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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 St. in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront 410-289-1201 • Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and 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. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th St. • 443-664-6801 Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th St., 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 St. 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-5244900. Find us and get lost! 94TH ST. NORTH-FENWICK-BETHANY

ABBEY BURGER BISTRO • 410-250-2333 12601 Coastal Hiwy. 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 & CONDOS 118th St. & 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 CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th St./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: 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 or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Hwy., 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 St. & Coastal Hwy 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def.

Page 69 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 & The Bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located Inside The Clarion Resort 101st St., Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-youcan-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! 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 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 “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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The English Diner opened in 1939 on the corner of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Moved to 21st Street and Philadelphia Avenue in the last 1950s, it was one of Ocean City’s most popular family restaurants. It was known as “Little City Hall” for the daily breakfast gatherings of Ocean City’s political elite during the years that Hugh Cropper, Harry Kelley and Roland “Fish” Powell served as mayors. The English Diner was demolished in November 2005 and the Mariner’s Watch condominium was built on the site the following year. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to Photo by Bunk Mann from Nov. 6, 2005

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