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Flying High: A bald eagle is pictured in flight on a beautiful day this week, the last of the winter season. Spring begins on Wednesday. Berlin Residents Express Angst Over Potential Increase In Town Taxes, Fees

Parking Task Force Narrows Focus To How To Increase City’s Revenue

Ocean City Agrees To Room Tax Hike, But Much Debate Over New Revenue

General Assembly Reverses Governor Hogan’s School Start Date Mandate

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Berlin Residents Voice Concerns On Possible Tax Hike

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An unusually crowded council chambers is pictured at Berlin Town Hall on Monday.

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BERLIN – Calls for the town to cut expenses and sell Berlin Falls Park highlighted a town council meeting Monday. Dozens of Berlin residents attended a Berlin Town Council meeting this week, primarily to voice their concerns about the potential 34-percent tax increase being discussed by elected officials. “Berlin Falls Park is a boondoggle,” resident Jim Meckley said. “It is dragging this place down.” Mayor Gee Williams told those in attendance this week that the budget process had only just begun. Expenses had been greater than expected in recent years, he explained, and the town had been forced to use its reserves to supplement utility operations. He pointed out that 57 percent of the town’s costs related to public safety and capital expenses. Williams added that while the town did need to replenish its reserves, it was not in dire straits yet. “The town is not going to run out of money,” he said. “Not in five months, not in the foreseeable future.” He also acknowledged a rumor that Town Administrator Laura Allen would be getting a raise when other employees were not. “This is not true,” he said, adding that Allen had specified in a statement signed Feb. 28 that she was unwilling to accept a raise outlined in her contract this year. Nevertheless, concerns regarding town spending and the plan to raise taxes as well as water and sewer fees dominated the public comment portion of the meeting. Jeff Auxer, a merchant and resident, said he thought the town’s finances should have been addressed before they got to this point. He said his livelihood was being jeopardized by Berlin’s administration. “We clearly need change in Berlin,” he said, comparing the town to a football team. “Change starts at the top with the head coach. In Berlin’s case that head coach is our town administrator. It’s never personal but a business decision that’s best for that organization. I feel it’s time to start over and fix Berlin’s problems from the ground up.” When Councilman Zack Tyndall asked Auxer for his views on a two-tier tax system, which would implement one commercial rate and another residential rate, Auxer expressed apprehension. “The property owners are going to take that cost and put it onto the renters,” he said. SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 4 Broad Street resident Cindy Krempel asked if the town leaders were truly considering the 34-percent increase described by local newspapers. Williams said that was one of the possibilities being reviewed. “If I was writing the headline or lead for a story, I would use the same fact,” Williams said. “It gets everybody’s attention. The range is anywhere from 20 percent to 34 percent.” The mayor pointed out that the town’s reserve funding levels varied through the years and would be boosted when they were no longer being used to supplement the sewer fund. “We’re not in a crisis,” he said. Krempel suggested that the town focus more on cutting expenses, such as the one approved earlier in Monday’s meeting – the $124,000 price tag associated with demolishing some of the smaller buildings at Berlin Falls Park. “We’re at a place right now where you’re looking at a 20- to 34-percent increase – $124,000 to knock down buildings on a worthless piece of property at this point is not responsible spending,” she said, drawing applause. Resident Betty Hudson said the town simply spent too much money. She said she supported spending on vital services such as public safety. “We don’t need to go out and spend money on a chicken plant that sits there no use to us whatsoever,” she said. Resident Kim Holloway said the town had wasted money on fire company studies when in fact it wasn’t the fire company that needed improvement. “It seems like they’re doing the smart business here…,” she said. “They’re the ones having a reserve fund that keeps their fire company running for over 100 years yet you criticize them for having a reserve fund.” Resident Jim Meckley expressed concern for the town’s proposed tax increase, citing the fact that there were many seniors on fixed incomes that would be affected. He also criticized Berlin Falls Park and the fact that the town was spending money to tear down buildings and paying a project manager to study the park. “Where has it gotten us?” he said. “It has gotten us nowhere. For God’s sake, sell it. I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love to have that property.” Middle Street resident Jason Bratten expressed concern about town spending and the effect the proposed tax increase would have on residents. “If there is an increase it should be in phases …,” he said. “There are a lot of hardworking average income families that live here. We and other families may be forced to move if the increases continue to come which SEE PAGE 30

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OCEAN CITY – After hours of debate, the Ocean City Council voted to set in motion a room tax increase to offset expected budget shortfalls and potentially fund increased economic development. During Tuesday’s work session, the debate over potentially increasing the room tax in Ocean City from the current 4.5 percent to an even 5 percent was renewed. Hours after often intense deliberation, the Mayor and Council voted to approve the increase although it certainly wasn’t easy. While all agreed with increasing the room tax conceptually, much of the debate focused on how best to spend the revenue increase. The room tax was last raised from 4 percent to 4.5 percent in 2007 and 2 percent of the overall increase was dedicated by ordinance to advertising and marketing the resort. While it appears the council majority agrees it is time to revisit the room tax rate after the last increase 12 years ago, there was no clear consensus on how best to spend the additional revenue. Boiled down to its simplest terms, raising the room tax now from 4.5 percent to 5 percent would allow the town to continue to dedicate a portion to advertising and marketing while providing revenue to fund the services to the

growing number of visitors those efforts generate. Added to the mix is a desire to rebrand the town somewhat with an increased effort to tap into the rapidly growing youth sports market. Increasing the room tax by half a percentage point would result in an anticipated increase in the town’s advertising budget by about $5.8 million along with another $1.2 million in the marketing budget. Complicating the issue even further is an expected fiscal year 2020 budget revenue shortfall of around $500,000, which could be offset by funds generated by the increased room tax. Councilman John Gehrig has been a strong advocate for rebranding the resort’s image by tapping into the growing youth sports market. On Tuesday, Gehrig pushed for dedicating a portion of the room tax increase to that purpose. However, Budget Manager Jennie Knapp pointed out first and foremost was getting through what appears to be a challenging budget cycle while maintaining the formula for advertising and marketing. Knapp said any funding left after those primary needs are met could be dedicated to exploring sports marketing and economic development. “If we don’t spend all of the marketing money, it could be set aside for future principal and interest on a sports SEE PAGE 31






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Parking Task Force Narrows Focus To Raising New Revenue

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OCEAN CITY – The resort’s parking task force met for the second time this week, but for the first time it became clear the intent of the comprehensive look at parking issues all over town centers on revenue. When the task force, appointed by Mayor Rick Meehan at the request of the council, met for the first time two weeks ago, members went to great lengths to assert the point of the exercise is not an indication that town is leaning toward adding more paid parking meters in certain areas of the town. After noted consultant Dan Kupferman of Walker Consultants, hired by the city to lead the parking task force, had time to digest com-

ments from the initial session two weeks ago, he returned for a second session on Wednesday with a power point presentation covering a myriad of parking issues from the Inlet lot and the paid municipal lots to the existing metered street parking. The presentation also covered the issue of expanding paid street parking in the ocean block in certain areas of the resort. After a steady stream of slides and charts, task force member Chris Mitchell brought the discussion around to its simplest terms. “Do we have a parking problem?” he said. “That’s the question. I’ve never had to leave Ocean City because I can’t find a place to park. I might have to ride around awhile during the peak season, but there are always spots to be found.”

It’s no secret Ocean City is facing challenges on the revenue side in the upcoming budget. On Tuesday, the Mayor and Council had an hours-long debate on a proposed room tax increase to help offset expected budget shortfalls before eventually passing the measure. It now appears increasing parking revenue is also part of that larger equation. The conventional thinking has always been the three basic pillars of revenue for the town are property taxes paid by the resident and nonresident property owners, the room tax paid by vacationers who choose to rent accommodations and parking revenue, which is largely borne by daytrippers. To that end, expanding parking revenue can offset some of the responsi-

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bilities carried by property tax and room tax revenue. While task force members were reluctant to couch their efforts in those terms during their first meeting two weeks ago, it became apparent Wednesday it’s the heart of the effort. Much of the task force’s discussion focused on supply and demand for parking. Two weeks ago, City Engineer and parking guru Terry McGean explained there were currently around 2,600 paid parking spaces in the resort including 1,270 at the Inlet lot, 727 more on the various municipal lots and about 569 paid on-street parking spaces, mostly clustered in the downtown area. Those paid parking spaces combined produced about $4.2 million in parking revenue in 2018. In addition, there are roughly 3,975 free on-street parking spaces in the resort’s ocean blocks. Whether to expand paid parking to some of the on-street ocean block parking spaces remains the multi-million-dollar question and the task force was no closer to recommending that at the close of Wednesday’s second session, but at least the potential for that was made known in no uncertain terms. “I think we cut to the chase today,” said Kupferman. “One of the parking problems is you’re not making enough money. It’s a revenue issue.” Councilman and task force member John Gehrig took that sentiment a step further. “We’re not talking about a demand problem, we’re talking about a dollars and cents problem,” he said. “From the council’s perspective, this is about revenue.” Task force member Joe Groves, president of the Delmarva Condominium Managers Association, said the focus should be on all of the parking issues from one end of the resort to the other, but did not shy away from getting to the heart of the matter. “We’re sitting here because the city needs revenue,” he said. “If anybody in this room doesn’t believe that, they’re kidding themselves. We have to be honest about that.” With that 800-pound gorilla in the room addressed, task force members began exploring ways to potentially expand parking revenue in a way that is fair and equitable for all involved. Task force member and business owner G. Hale Harrison offered a solution to avoid the controversial expanded paid parking issue while addressing the town’s revenue needs. “Every so often this comes up and we talk about adding meters and there is always a backlash,” he said. “Why don’t we look at raising the rates? The rate at the municipal lots and on the street is $2, but maybe that can go to $2.50. The same with the Inlet lot from $3 to $3.50. That might be more palatable for people and meet the revenue needs. Let’s keep it simple. That’s something that could be SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 8 done this summer.” For others, it boils down to simply a supply and demand issue. For example, McGean explained the Inlet lot nears capacity during the height of summer only for a couple of hours each night and during the day on weekends. That’s perhaps symptomatic of a larger issue Ocean City has been battling with filling in those midweek down times. For example, if the demand was greater throughout the week during the summer, the parking revenue issue could take care of itself without a major overhaul including an expansion of paid parking. “We need to figure out how to get more people to come here, especially during those slower times we’ve talked about,” said Mitchell. “That’s the goal. I don’t think adding paid parking or more fees is the answer. We have a demand problem.” Harrison said figuring out where the demand is greatest and making adjustments to paid parking in those high-demand areas, especially in the ocean block in and around the Boardwalk area, could be paramount to solving the parking revenue issue. “Free parking is going to vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and from street to street,” he said. “In the downtown area, a lot of day-trippers are visiting businesses, but it shifts as you go further north. We have to look at demand. There is a place where it drops off. I’m not sure where that line is, but it may be in that area of 10th or 11th or 12th Street.” McGean agreed whatever came out of the task force would need to be applied on a case-by-case basis. “Whatever we do, we have to recognize it’s not one size fits all,” he said. “We literally have to look at it street by street.” Task force member Danielle Amos said the demand changes from time of day to time of week and was largely driven by the visitors’ needs. “It depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing,” she said. “If you’re going to the beach, you’ll drive around for a few blocks until you find a spot. If you’re going to a specific restaurant or business, you’re not going to park five or 10 blocks away.” For other task force members, it was an issue of fairness. Downtown business owner Bill Gibbs pointed out some businesses are surrounded by paid on-street parking, while in other areas of town, street parking is free for potential customers. “It is a money issue,” he said. “It’s a money issue for the town, but also for the businesses. In the downtown area, if you want to improve business, you have to improve the ability to park for customers.” Councilman and task force member Dennis Dare pointed out there might not be a simple black-and-white solution. “We need to look at some of the premium parking spaces closest to the beach,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be

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all or nothing. There could be a half a dozen spaces closest to the beach that could be paid parking if people are willing to pay for it and the rest could be free parking.” Kupferman said the entire issue relates to what is palatable for the public, whether they are day-trippers, vacationers or even residents. He said the expectation is to pay for parking at destinations and Ocean City is no different. “The issue is whether the tourists are willing to pitch in,” he said. “Will they pay to park, or will they not come because they have to pay to park? The perception is people won’t come if they have to pay to park, but that’s not true. People will come. You’re a destination people want to come to and they are willing to pay to park.” Whatever solutions come out of the task force, it’s apparent the town is exploring all sources of potential revenue including eking more out of parking. Dare explained there are expectations of operating a clean, safe environment for visitors and residents and that is coming in ever-increasing costs. He said the alternative could be cutting services, but there were expectations to be met and used an analogy to illustrate his point. “The City Council essentially operates 25 different businesses and we try to operate those businesses to meet the expectations, but it takes ‘X’ amount of money to do that,” he said. “If you sell French fries by the bucket and you want to keep the price at the same $2 it’s always been, maybe there are just three or four fries in that bucket. If you sell pizza by the slice for $2, maybe you cut it in 16 pieces instead of eight. It’s the same thing, but there are expectations.” Dare said Ocean City would continue to meet those expectations, but it has come at an increased cost and used the same analogy to illustrate his point. “We want to continue to provide the same level of service, but we can’t sell a bucket of fries with just four or five fries in it,” he said. “They want it brimming over and that’s the expectation, but they’re willing to pay more if its brimming over.” Dare said the parking issue was only part of the equation, but whatever came out of the task force had to be equitable. “It’s not a specific number, it’s a fairness issue,” he said. “Last year was very tight and we’ve been told it’s going to be tight again this year. If we go into the budget without exploring room tax or paid parking, the only thing left is property tax. We’re going to be faced with tough decisions if we don’t at least explore all of these things.” The task force closed its session with more questions than answers. McGean explained he and the consultant would go back to the drawing board and pick up the discussion again when the task force meets in two weeks.

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Enhanced Special Event Zone Bills Killed In Annapolis

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OCEAN CITY – A pair of cross-filed bills seeking to add more teeth to Ocean City’s special event zone legislation approved by state lawmakers last year died at the committee level this week. Two years ago, after a particularly troublesome motorized special event season, resort officials began exploring ways to combat some of the illicit and reckless activity. Out of those early discussions was borne a desire

to create a special event zone with enhanced penalties during certain sanctioned and unsanctioned motorized events. Last year, state lawmakers passed legislation that created a special event zone on roadways throughout Ocean City during spring and fall motorized events and the bills breezed through their respective chambers and were ultimately signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan. As a result, special event zones were implemented during some of the sanctioned motorized special events last year and even the unsanctioned



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and unofficial H2O International (H2Oi) event with considerable success. Buoyed by the success in the first year, local legislators cross-filed a pair of bills in the current General Assembly which, if approved, would have increased the types of violations often associated with the motorized special events that weren’t included in the bill passed last year. Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 682 and freshman Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38C) introduced House Bill 789. Both legislators believed the local courtesy bills would easily pass. However, the Senate bill was given an unfavorable report from the Judicial Proceedings Committee on Monday, effectively killing the legislation for this year, although Carozza vowed this week it could return in next year’s session. “While I believe we made a strong case at the hearing for the need to expand the violations under the current law, the committee members were not inclined to increase penalties again this year after granting approval for the special events zone last year,” she said. “We are disappointed with the committee’s decision, but we have left the door open to go back again next session and push for the increased penalties.” With the Senate committee killing the special event zone enhancement bill this week, Hartman said the writing

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was essentially on the wall for his cross-filed House bill and he withdrew the legislation this week. “I withdrew the House bill to keep options open for the future,” he said. “We had good support on the House side, however, with the Senate vote already unfavorable, it was with the advice of several in leadership to withdraw it.” Hartman said he was prepared to testify for the bill at a hearing scheduled for Friday, but with the legislation killed in the Senate, the House bill was withdrawn. “We were prepared to present that on Friday with letters of support from the Worcester County Sheriff, the entire Eastern Shore delegation, Delegate Otto as well as support from the State Highway Administration and the Town of Ocean City,” he said. “I believe that if we continue to document the unsafe behavior that still exists even with the current special event zone, we will be successful in passing this legislation in the near future.” The proposed legislation would have increased penalties for certain traffic violations not included in last year’s approved bill. For example, a violator could be fined up to $1,000 if convicted of negligent driving, participating in a speed contest, skidding, spinning wheels or causing excessive noise.

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OCEAN CITY – As expected, the House of Delegates this week approved legislation reversing Gov. Larry Hogan’s mandate for a post-Labor Day start to the school year. In 2016, Hogan issued an executive order establishing a post-Labor Day start to the school year for public schools in the state. Despite some pushback from certain school districts across the state, Hogan’s mandate went into effect last year and remains in place.

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However, on Wednesday, the House of Delegates passed the crossed-over Senate Bill 128, introduced by Senator Nancy King (D-39Montgomery) to allow each school district in Maryland to set their own start and end dates. The House passed the bill with a 95-45 vote on Wednesday after the full Senate passed the legislation, 31-13, last month. When the Senate approved the bill in February, Hogan vowed to submit legislation that would send the postLabor Day school start issue back to

the residents of Maryland with a referendum on a future state election ballot. However, it remains to be seen if voters in Maryland will ever get the chance to vote on the issue through a referendum. The Senate vote to reverse the executive order fell straight along party lines and the House vote on Wednesday nearly did the same although at least three Democrats broke ranks. Democrats hold a 99-42 majority in the House the vote on Wednesday came in at 95-45. Hogan on Thursday was quick to couch the vote as partisan politics run amok in Annapolis. “This is just politics at its worst,” he said. “As if it isn’t bad enough that members of the legislature are attempting to reverse our common-sense initiative to start school after Labor Day, they are now using heavy-handed tactics to influence the ballot process and any petition to bring this issue directly to Maryland voters.” Hogan said the state legislature’s reversal of his executive order flies in the face of the initiative that began under the prior Democratic administration including a task force recommendation. “In 2016, after years of public outcry, I took action to return to the tradition of starting school after Labor Day,” he said. “This is the same action that was recommended by the legislature’s own commission, supported by the

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former governor and favored by more than 70 percent of the people of Maryland.” Hogan said state lawmakers cowed to special interest groups and not the will of the state’s citizens when they approved the bill to reverse the postLabor Day school start mandate. Republican leadership in Annapolis echoed some of Hogan’s sentiments. “This body has a history of supporting a post-Labor Day school start, albeit under a Democratic governor,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “Then suddenly, after an election and three years after Governor Hogan’s executive order was signed, there is an emergent need to repeal this policy under the guise of local control. Given the number of bills in the House that bypass the locals to set education policy, this excuse is laughable.” House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga took it a step further. “Post-Labor Day school start dates have been widely favored by a vast majority of Marylanders,” she said. "With this bill, the House is not only bypassing the will of the citizens of Maryland, but it is also rigging the system by writing the ballot question itself. If the House has so little confidence in the citizens' support for this bill that it needs to rig the ballot question, why are we passing this bill in the first place?”

Berlin To Spend $124K To Demo Park Buildings

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BERLIN – Town officials agreed to spend $124,000 to demolish several small buildings at Berlin Falls Park. The town council voted 4-1, with Councilman Troy Purnell opposed, to accept a proposal from Coastal Site Works LLC for the demolition of seven small buildings at the park. Mayor Gee Williams said eliminating the buildings would help in the town’s efforts to get grant funding in the future. “By doing this we’ll be much higher on the list, more likely to get a good grant when it’s time to do demolition work on the major building,” he said. Town Administrator Laura Allen told the council that several companies had attended a pre-bid meeting but only two submitted proposals for the demolition work. Coastal Site Works LLC of Ocean City submitted a bid for $124,000 while Lindstrom Excavating Inc. submitted a bid for $496,000. She recommended awarding the contract to Coastal Site Works. Allen added that funding was available, as the town had $259,000 remaining in its Berlin Falls Park account. Williams said that by demolishing the buildings the town would be in a better position to receive grant funding, as it would have shown some of its own investment in the property. “There’s no such thing as free money,” he said. The council approved a motion by Councilman Elroy Brittingham to award the contract to Coastal Site Works. During the public comment portion of the meeting, local merchant Jordan Pippin asked if there was any way the town could make use of the buildings, rather than spend money to tear them down. “It’s a lot of money,” Pippin said. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the buildings would need major work if they were to be used. He said there was possibly one that could be useful. “They don’t have water,” he said. “They don’t have electric.” He said making those improvements would be a large expense, which was why the town hadn’t pursued the possibility of turning any of them into public restroom facilities. Purnell, when contacted after the meeting, said the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee – which he is a member of – had been divided about whether the town should pursue demolition of the buildings. “I didn’t think it was the right time,” Purnell said. “I’ve always said those buildings are in good shape.”

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Ocean City Not Interested In Bikeshare Operations

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OCEAN CITY – Efforts to prohibit, or at least regulate, dockless bike and scooter rentals are moving forward in Ocean City as a resort committee this week agreed to seek legal advice and support from county officials. On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission agreed to contact the town’s city solicitor, as well as other resort and county officials, in an attempt to prohibit, or at least regulate, dockless bike and scooter operations in town. As the name suggests, dockless bikes and scooters do not require a bike rack or docking station and can be rented and unlocked using a smartphone app. Ocean City Police Department Captain Michael Colbert told the commission dockless bikeshare companies often place hundreds of bikes on public property. “They’ll dump 300 in there, and another company will dump 300, and another company will dump 300 …,” he said. “They quickly overload the area, and there isn’t a lot of protocol." Colbert added the bikes often clutter public and private property. “People stop riding them and they just throw them against a tree or up against a building,” he said. Colbert told the commission a new


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trade association for the bikeshare industry has guidelines for working with municipalities to introduce dockless systems, but noted not all companies followed its recommendations. Mayor Rick Meehan suggested Ocean City be proactive in dealing with dockless bike and scooter rentals. He questioned if the town could prohibit such operations. “I’m really concerned about this,” he said, “that we’d become a dumping ground for these bikes.” Colbert pointed to several cities that have placed strict regulations on dockless systems. But he suggested resort officials contact that city solicitor for advice on prohibiting such operations. “Certainly, you can put rules and regulations in place,” he said. Meehan said dockless systems

could create public safety issues and could lead to complaints from residents and visitors. “I think what we ought to do at this point in time is not allow them, period, if possible,” he said. Council Secretary Mary Knight also highlighted the importance of working with the county. She explained any dockless systems set up in West Ocean City, where many J-1 students live, could migrate to the resort. “I think this is something Mr. Mayor might want to make the commissioners aware of also …,” she said. “If we do something, they should also do something.” Council President Lloyd Martin said the town did not want to see business licenses issued to dockless bikeshare companies.

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“We don’t want to issue a license for this,” he said. “It’s not a bicycle rental shop. If this ever happened, we want to make sure it’s regulated … and they aren’t just dumping things in the street.” Meehan told the commission he wanted to move forward with efforts to prohibit dockless bike and scooter rentals. He noted, however, that things could change as bikeshare companies grow and regulations are introduced. “I think it’s something we need to get out in front of now …,” he said. “Two years from now, this might be a different story.” The commission voted unanimously to seek advice from the city solicitor and to reach out to various resort and county officials. The issue will also be brought before the Mayor and Council at the next work session.

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SELBYVILLE – Diana Ross, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Currington, and Gavin DeGraw are among the dozens of artists who will grace the Freeman Stage this summer. In a press conference Tuesday, Michelle Freeman, president of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, unveiled the first portion of this season’s performance lineup. “There is something for everyone this season, and your suggestions and recommendations made the final cut this year more than ever,” she said. “You’ll enjoy tribute acts, our seasonal favorites, wonderful free programming and last, but not least, our main stage performances.”

Headlining performances this year include The Mavericks on June 7, O.A.R. with American Authors on June 8, Boz Scaggs on June 29, Diana Ross on July 2, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes on July 10, The Marcus King Band on July 11, Buddy Guy on July 15, moe. and Blues Traveler with special guest G. Love on July 16, The War and Treaty on July 24, Ben Folds & Violent Femmes on July 29, Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart on July 30, Gavin DeGraw on Aug. 3, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band on Aug. 6, Brian Setzer on Aug. 11, Billy Currington on Aug. 15, Jim Gaffigan on Aug. 23 and The Beach Boys on Aug. 24. Additional performances include The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute on June 1, The Tamburitzans on June 15, Kat Edmonson on June 21, Kashmir, the Live

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OCEAN CITY – A subtle change to Ocean City Police Department uniforms is expected to save tens of thousands of dollars. On Monday, Ocean City Police Lt. Glen McIntyre presented the town’s police commission with a new uniform line that will reduce costs and consolidate biking and patrol apparel. “When I took over for Todd Wood downstairs, I started to really take a look at our uniform line, what we were doing and how we were doing it,” he said. “I found out we were spending an inordinate amount of money with regards to uniforms because we’re carrying multiple lines of uniforms.” McIntyre explained the department currently carries midnight navy patrol uniforms – including jackets, pants, and long- and short-sleeved shirts – as well as biking uniforms, which include black shorts and black and royal blue shirts. “When we finally spec’d it all out and started to look at the cost, we figured out that to outfit an officer top to bottom we’re spending about $4,500 per officer …,” he said. “That was kind of shocking to the conscience because I don’t think we ever really looked at it in that regard.” In an effort to simplify the uniform lines, McIntyre said those on patrol in the summer season will wear black pants and biking shirts, while those on bikes will wear black shorts and biking shirts. During the winter, officers will wear black pants and black, longsleeved shirts. “We are going to transition to basically black on black with the regular patrol uniform, so we can wear it in combination with things like the bike shirt and the bike jacket,” he said. “That eliminates extra winter jackets.” McIntyre told the commission simplifying the apparel, in addition to a new vendor, would lead to significant savings. “Top to bottom, we’re going to save somewhere in the area of about 30 percent in our overall uniform budget,” he said. “We’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.” McIntyre noted the transition would be fully implemented by the summer season. “When somebody needs something, we’ll have it in stock because we are carrying the same line for seasonal officers …,” he said. “We haven’t had that luxury in a long, long time.” McIntyre added the department is not asking for any additional funds. “We didn’t think it appropriate to pull the trigger and move that direction without you all getting a chance to see it and understand what we are doing,” he said.

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OCEAN CITY – While it has been quiet for several months on the issue of offshore wind farms, a pair of bills circulating in the General Assembly could, if approved, essentially triple the capacity of wind energy off Maryland’s shores. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017 approved two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City, town officials have been in a prolonged battle to have the two approved companies site their wind turbines as far as 26 nautical miles off the coast, or a distance believed to have the turbines not visible from the shoreline. After considerable debate, one of the approved companies, US Wind, has acquiesced somewhat and agreed to place its turbines no closer than 17 miles from the resort’s coast, while a second project would site its turbines in a range of 17-21 miles offshore, or at the western edge of the state’s designated Wind Energy Area (WEA). After a prolonged letter-writing and petition campaign carried out by the Town of Ocean City to push the proposed turbines far enough from the re-


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sort coastline that they aren’t visible from shore, the two companies have been working through the approval process and conducting preliminary surveys and site work. However, a pair of cross-filed bills in the General Assembly now appear to have the potential to significantly expand offshore wind off Maryland’s coast with an aggressive second phase appropriately titled “Round 2.” Senate Bill 516 and the companion House Bill 1158, collectively known as the Clean Jobs Act of 2019, if approved, would allow for the expansion of offshore wind energy generated off the Maryland coast to 1,200 megawatts. Currently, the two projects plodding through the approval process would generate under 400 megawatts. The intent of the legislation is to position Maryland to keep up with the growing offshore wind energy competition on the East Coast. When state lawmakers approved the Clean Energy Act of 2013, paving the way for the two approved projects now on the table, the state was considered in front of the burgeoning offshore wind energy market. In the years since, however, other states have approved projects, some of which are up and running and others further along in the approval pipeline. According to language in the bills, the PSC shall provide additional application periods for consideration of Round 2 offshore wind projects on a graduated scale through 2030. “The commission shall approve orders to facilitate the financing of qualified offshore wind projects including at least 1,200 megawatts of Round 2 offshore wind projects,” language in the bill reads. “It is on the public interest of the state to facilitate the construction of at least 1,200 megawatts of Round 2 offshore wind projects in order to position the state to take advantage of the economic development benefits of the emerging offshore wind energy.” US Wind Country Manager Salvo Vitale last week testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee, urging state lawmakers to support the sister bills to essentially triple the capacity for offshore wind off Maryland’s coast. “This transformational legislation would serve to re-assert Maryland’s leadership position in the fast-developing offshore wind energy sector underway in the United States, creating an additional 5,000-7,000 direct jobs, an additional $18 million to be deposited in the Offshore Wind Business Development Fund, approximately $5 billion in new capital expenditures and thousands of tons more of carbon emissions reduced or avoided altogether,” said Vitale. “With only 358 megawatts currently available for development here in our state and no further incentive to develop more, Maryland risks ceding its leadership position as other states along the SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 18 Eastern Seaboard move aggressively to increase the proportion that offshore wind energy accounts for in their own state renewable energy goals.” Vitale testified a wide variety of economic incentives have been made available recently to offshore wind development companies in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts and cautioned Maryland was in danger of lagging behind. Proposed projects in those states are already approved for capacities far greater than what Maryland had approved. “Without question, the primary driver for these supply companies is the offshore wind development capacity, and it all comes down to the question of how many mega- or gigawatts can they rely on,” he said. “Right now, the answer is clear, and Maryland is falling behind.” In his testimony, Vitale urged state lawmakers to approve the companion Clean Jobs Act of 2019 bills in order to restore Maryland’s leadership in the growing offshore wind energy market. “The time has come for Maryland to again act boldly,” he said. “We can still capture large sectors of the offshore wind industry. Our world-class assets, expansive port infrastructure, skilled workforce and the potential to develop an even larger skilled workforce, in addition to top research and development universities. Hopefully, Maryland will once again take the lead.” During a larger discussion at Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting about a presentation last week on seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, commission members this week said it was time to reawaken the awareness of the offshore wind issue. “We need to let people know what this means to them, not only from a quality of life standpoint, but also from a financial standpoint,” said committee member Michael James. “With the new technology, these turbines can by three times taller than the Carousel. Now, they’re coming back and they want way more.” Beyond the obvious aesthetic concerns, some on the committee brought up the potential for wind turbines to jam important communications for the vast military presence in the mid-Atlantic region, shipping and even commercial and recreational fishing. “I thought it was interesting how this can affect sonar and radar for fishing, shipping and even the military,” said Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce CEO and Executive Director Melanie Pursel. “There is a potential for disaster with this.” Mayor Rick Meehan agreed it was likely a good time to stoke up the public awareness campaign about a potentially expanding offshore wind energy presence off the resort coast. “A lot of people haven’t clued in to the importance of this,” he said. “We have pictures showing them three times taller than the Statue of Liberty.”

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Berlin Annexation Plans Advance With Planning Commission Support

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BERLIN – Plans for annexation of property near the intersection of Route 818 and Route 50 will move forward following planning commission approval this week. On Wednesday the Berlin Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend annexation of slightly more than six acres of property near where Route 818 meets Route 50. The property, owned by Athena Properties Inc. (Spiro and Marianne Buas), is slated for commercial development. “When Athena Properties does develop the property they’ll have to come back here for site plan review,” attorney Peter Buas said. Buas told the commission that the property in question, which is located on the west side of Route 818, was contiguous with property that was already in the town and was already in one of the town’s designated growth areas. “I would suggest this is backfilling what was already annexed,” Buas said.

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He said sewer infrastructure was also already in place to serve the land. Commission member Pete Cosby was quick to express concern regarding Route 818 itself and the impact further development would have. “I don’t think 818 is adequate,” he said. “It’s another 589.” He said it was a main access to the town and needed to be widened, particularly if it was going to experience more development. Town staff said last month that a hotel, convenience store and two restaurants had been suggested for the Buas property. “This needs to be put in the works and pressure put on the state to get this right,” Cosby said. When the commission asked for public comment, Berlin resident Carol Rose, chair of the town’s historic district commission, spoke in support of the annexation. “I’m highly in favor of it,” she said. Though not present, resident Jeff Smith expressed concern about the proposed annexation in a letter. He pointed out there were now two similar annexations being considered—this one and the one previously submitted by Ernest Gerardi – and that both would involve significant development on Route 50. “Both need to be addressed together as part of a broader plan for the growth of Berlin,” he wrote. He indicated development on Route 50 could siphon business away from Berlin’s downtown. “We’re at a crossroads,” Smith wrote. “The question is how does Berlin want to proceed.” Commission member Ron Cascio said he had concerns about the appearance of the conceptual development, which was provided to the commission at the start of the discussion. “If this is ‘welcome to Berlin’ I don’t know that I want to be a part of this,” Cascio said. Spiro Buas stressed that everything was conceptual at this point. Cascio also said he was worried about the financial impact of residential annexation. While the Buas property is not planned residential, the property between it and downtown Berlin was. “These are all growth pains that we’re dealing with,” Cascio said. “We have to be very careful about how and what we do.” Cosby pointed out that the town had already annexed property farther away from the town limits than the Buas property. The commission voted 6-0 to recommend annexation of the property to the town council.

Wicomico Schools Eye $220M Budget

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SALISBURY – The Wicomico County Board of Education this week adopted a $220 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. On Tuesday, the school board voted unanimously to approve the $220,816,643 budget. The spending plan includes $7.58 million in funding to launch Achieve! 3.0, Superintendent Donna Hanlin’s strategic priorities for the school system. “It is well aligned and designed based upon the resources we believe we need to implement in the next iteration of Imagine 2022 where we are emphasizing the three strategic priorities,” she said, “students entering kindergarten ready to learn, increasing the graduation rate with a real focus this year on the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students and our English language learner population, and recruiting and retaining a high-performing workforce.” Jesse Reid, the board of education’s comptroller, said the $220 million budget includes a special revenue budget of nearly $18 million and a general fund budget of $202.8 million, which includes $46.15 million in county appropriations. “This amount represents $800,000 above maintenance of effort in order to balance the budget and fund Dr. Hanlin’s vision for FY 2020 …,” he said. “This request represents an increase of $1.987 million, or 4.5 percent, from the previous year.” Reid said total projected revenue will increase by $7.99 million in the coming fiscal year, which will fund $403,000 in additional mandatory operation costs not covered by budget reductions and Hanlin’s $7.58 million strategic plan. The first priority, to increase the number of students ready to enter kindergarten, calls for three full-time positions and instructional materials at a total cost of $235,000. The second priority, to increase the graduation rate by providing social, emotional and behavioral support and English language learner support, calls for 17 full-time positions at a total cost of $1.319 million. “It includes additional teachers for our expanding NextGen program, English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, an additional school resource officer, and a mental health coordinator,” he said. Reid noted the last priority, to attract and retain a high performing workforce, calls for $6.032 million in funding. “This request represents the board increase in health insurance for fiscal year 2020,” he said, “as well as the amounts needed to fund and negotiate agreements with our unions for the parameters that were set by the board.” The board voted 6-0 to approve the budget, which will be submitted to the county executive.

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Allewalt denied he was the operator of the vehicle that had driven over the median and through the wooden pylons before becoming disabled in the eastbound lanes of the span. The investigation revealed the van was traveling southbound on Philadelphia Avenue when it failed to negotiate the on-ramp to the Route 50 bridge and crashed into the median. According to police reports, the van was damaged to the point it was completely disabled and was blocking the eastbound lanes on the bridge. A review of the town’s City Watch surveillance system footage revealed the van ran into the median and through the wooden pylons with the driver fleeing the scene on foot. A review of the convenience store’s surveillance footage revealed Allewalt walking into the store just moments later. Allewalt was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident involving property dam-

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FROM PAGE 24 way from his normal duties to handle Mergler and other employees including kitchen staff were drawn away from their jobs to keep him from going into restricted areas. In addition, Mergler was seen randomly opening elevator doors and interacting with other hotel patrons who tried to avoid him. Finally, the hotel manager told Mergler in the presence of OCPD officers he was no longer allowed on the hotel premises. The manager was able to determine Mergler’s room number and OCPD officers escorted him to the room to gather his belongings. He was told if he came back on the property he would be arrested for trespassing. A short time later, Mergler was observed in the hotel parking lot allegedly jumping up and down and causing a scene, essentially asking OCPD officers to arrest him. When a marked OCPD vehicle transporting an arrestee from another incident came through the hotel parking lot, Mergler allegedly blocked its path and refused to let it proceed, according to police reports. He was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing and trespassing.

Burglary Arrest OCEAN CITY – A local homeless man was charged with burglary last

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch week after allegedly setting up housekeeping in a vacant downtown residential property. Around 2:50 a.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer conducted a residential check at an apartment building in the area of 2nd Street when another officer earlier had reported what appeared to be recently discarded beer cans in the backyard.

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The OCPD officers knew the property was vacant during the winter and had been victimized by burglary in the past, according to police reports. The officer responded and observed a light on inside of a storage or utility closet which was out of the ordinary from previous welfare checks on the property. The officer also noticed a piece of denim fabric along the base of the closet door as if to block light from inside from shining out or perhaps to prevent cold air from getting in. While the officer was on the scene, he observed a male individual exit the storage closet and walk toward Philadelphia Avenue. The officer activated his emergency equipment and stopped the individual, whom he knew as Scott Bryant, 62, of no fixed address, from previous encounters with the suspect. According to police reports, Bryant only had one question for the officer and that was, “How did you know?” Bryant was arrested and charged with fourth-degree burglary.



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William Kenneth Tyler Sr. OCEAN CITY – William Kenneth Tyler Sr., 93, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Soloman Goldsborough Tyler Sr. and Alma Aaron Tyler. He was preceded in death by two brothers, S. Goldy Tyler and Burtis Tyler. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia Tyler; sons Chris Tyler (Polly) and W. Kenneth Tyler Jr. (Barbara); daughters Theodora Ann Tyl- WILLIAM KENer and Robin Tyler NETH TYLER SR. Bunting; sister Phyllis North; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Ken served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II on a USS LST 817 (Fire Control-Man) until 1946 when he joined the Maryland State Police as a trooper. In 1956 he served as deputy

sheriff of Worcester County, until 1959, when Gov. Tawes appointed him to the office of sheriff. In 1962, he was re-elected and served as sheriff until 1966. Interested in real estate and all things Ocean City, Ken worked for Anderson-Stokes Realty firm in the 1970s until opening his own business, Ken Tyler Real Estate. He held the office of president for the Greater Ocean City Board of Realtors and served as an Associate Broker for O’Conor, Piper and Flynn from 1982 to 1998. Additionally, Mr. Tyler served as a Worcester County Commissioner and a Judge of the Orphan’s Court. He was a life member of the Ocean City Fire Company and the American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other

affiliations include US LST Association, Masons, Shriners and Lions Club. An active member of St. Paul’s By the Sea, Ken served in many varied capacities – the Vestry, warden, usher, kitchen work, building and construction, search committees and overseeing the building fund, to name a few. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s By the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Visitation with family will be held from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Paul’s

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Lawrence J. Jock Sr. BERLIN – Lawrence J. Jock Sr., age 85, of Berlin died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the son of the late John and Florence Jock. Larry graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1952 and then enlisted with the Navy from 1952 to 1954. He was well known as the best dental technician in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area before his retirement. Larry LAWRENCE J. was vice president of JOCK SR. everything of the Coastal Fisherman newspaper from 2006 to present. He enjoyed golf and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maureen Jock of Berlin; three sons, Larry Jock and his wife, Mary, of West Ocean City, Tom Jock and his wife, Maria, of West Ocean City and John Jock and his wife, Sue, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; six grandchildren, Larry Jock III, Melina Rodriguez, Kayla Jock, Thomas Jock, Kaitlyn Jock and Jack Jock; and a great-grandson, Travis Jock. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Jock. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Holy Savior Catholic Church on 17th Street in Ocean City. Friends may call one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Ann T. Burns REHOBOTH BEACH – Ann T. Burns, 86, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Ann was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1932, to the late Edward and Grace Ewing. Ann attended Ursuline College in Ohio and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was married to Major General (R) Paul P. Burns for 55 years. During Paul’s time in the Army, Ann raised five children and was very active in their military life. Following Paul’s retirement from the Army, Ann received her nursing degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and they moved to Rehoboth Beach, Del. In retirement, Ann ANN T. BURNS enjoyed her family and friends, playing bridge and golf, her garden club and volunteered as a visiting/traveling nurse for Delaware Hospice. Predeceased by husband Paul, her parents, sister Joan, and son William, Ann is survived by her children, Maryellen Rosenblit (Robbie) of Ocean City, Kevin Burns (Lauri) of Indianapolis, Ind., Brian Burns (Andrea), of PineSEE PAGE 28

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FROM PAGE 26 hurst, N.C. and Colleen Wilgus (David) of Bethany Beach, Del.; her siblings, Bob Ewing (Mic) and Tom Ewing (Ruth); her grandchildren, Andrea Burns, Martin Burns, Sarah Rosenblit (Rory Nodine), David Rosenblit, Seth Wilgus, Derek Wilgus, Hanna Burns, and Jenna Burns; and her greatgrandchildren, Madison Burns, Quinn Burns, Owen Nodine and Cooper Nodine. A funeral service and interment will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ann’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Del. 19963. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral homes & Cremato-

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch rium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Del. 19958, where letters of condolences may be sent. Please visit Mrs. Burns’ Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at

Joseph Richard Beatty Jr. BERLIN – Joseph Richard Beatty Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Born in Catonsville, Md., he was the son of the late Joseph R. Beatty, Sr. and Cornelia Beatty. In addition to his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Carduff-Beatty, he is survived by a daughter, Anna M. McBride of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Brandon, Samantha and Emily McBride; and his beloved “fur babies,” Cody, Beau and Sammy. He was a 1965 graduate of Baltimore Poly-Tech High School and attended Catonsville Community College and the University of Baltimore. He spent most of his adult life in the real

estate/building industry. Joe will always be remembered for his great smile and positive attitude. He was an avid reader, sailor and had an intense love of animals. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kenille’s Kupboard, JOSEPH P.O. Box 598, Ocean RICHARD BEATTY JR. City, Md. 21843 or Carolina F, 6705 Union Hwy., Pacolet, S.C. 29372 (Carolina Poodle Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Please visit to express condolences to the family.

Joseph Matthew Metro Jr. OCEAN CITY – Joseph Matthew , Jr., age 81, of Ocean City, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Oakridge, Tenn.,

March 15, 2019 passed away on March 8, 2019, with his family by his side. He was the son of the late Joseph Matthew Metro Sr. and Helen Sabol Metro and brother of deceased Dolores Metro Cepko and beloved husband of Georgette Metro of 57 years. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Dec. 14, 1937, he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1955 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. Joseph and Georgette were married on Aug. 12, 1961. He is survived by his children, Joseph Matthew Metro III of California, Valarie (Scott) Montgomery of Baltimore and Debbie (Kyle) Hayes of Bishopville, Md. In addition, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Joseph Matthew Metro IV, Brooke Metro, Sean JOSEPH Obiecunas, Emily Mont- MATTHEW gomery, Sarah (Clayton) METRO JR. Camponschi, Tiffany (Andrew) Evans, Kyle Hayes Jr. and Andrew Hayes, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, starting at 9:30 a.m. at St. Rosalia Church, 411 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., with the Mass immediately following visitation at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Deer Creek Cemetery, PA-28, Cheswick, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be done to Parkinson’s Foundation.

John E. Cresmer OCEAN CITY – John E. Cresmer, age 68, of Ocean City, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital. Mr. Cresmer was born on Aug. 2, 1950, in Norristown, Pa., to the late Edward N. and Joan M. (Custer) Cresmer. He was a graduate of Norristown High School and Denison University. Before retiring, Mr. Cresmer worked in the auto parts industry. Mr. Cresmer was a member of Norristown Lodge #620, Free & Accepted Masons and Sons of The American Revolution. Mr. Cresmer is survived by his brother, James L. Cresmer, Key West, Fla. A private graveside service will be held in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King Of Prussia, Pa. Arrangements are by Holcombe Funeral Home Inc. in Trappe.

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Regional Digest Local RAM Award Nominees OCEAN CITY – The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) announced the nominees for its annual Stars of the Industry Awards, including several from the area. Each year, RAM honors restaurants and bars across the state in a wide variety of categories including favorite restaurant, favorite new restaurant, favorite bar or tavern, chef of the year, restaurateur of the year, the Heart of the Industry award and several others. In each of the last few years, the resort area has been well-represented on the list of nominees and eventual winners. The winners will be announced at RAM’s annual Stars of the Industry Gala this spring. Nominated this year for Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant is the Marlin Moon in the Double Tree by Hilton on 33rd Street. The nomination is somewhat unique because Marlin Moon won RAM’s Favorite Restaurant in Maryland award several years ago in its original location at the Francis Scott Key Resort in West Ocean City. Also nominated this year from Ocean City are Brian and Lisa Bolter of Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar for Restaurateurs of the Year award.

Pines Town Hall Meeting Slated OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines residents will get a chance to weigh in on current projects and community matters at a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 30, from 9-11 a.m. in the ballroom of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. The Ocean Pines Communications Advisory Committee, under the guidance of chairwoman Jennifer Cropper-Rines, will host the event. Residents are encouraged to submit questions and comments to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors and its Communications Advisory Committee in advance via email to The submission period will run until Wednesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. Director Colette Horn, at the July 27, 2018, Regular Board Meeting, introduced a motion to accept the recommendation from the Ocean Pines Communications Advisory Committee to set a policy for the coming year of holding three Town Hall meetings for the purpose of updating and engaging in question and answer and discussion with the membership on pending board business and other topics of concern to the membership. Those unable to attend the SEE NEXT PAGE

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OCEAN PINES – Planning is underway for a roundabout at the north gate of Ocean Pines. State Highway Administration (SHA) officials are working on plans for a fourlegged roundabout to replace the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Route 589. The change is expected to better accommo-

date the heavy volume of traffic accessing Ocean Pines via the north gate. “The average traffic volume is approximately 10,000 vehicles daily,” SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said. “Westbound Ocean Parkway traffic turning left onto southbound MD 589 experience significant delays and backups waiting to exit, especially in the summer tourist season. A 4-legged roundabout is being proposed to replace the existing traffic signal.”

He said the project was in the concept phase at this point. “Concept plans are in the review and approval stage,” he said. “We anticipate completing all engineering phases by September 2020.” He added, however, that construction funding would not be available next year. Gischlar said that once engineering was done SHA would have to secure funding, which “would likely be a few years out.”

FROM PAGE 5 would be eventually devastating to Berlin by losing that family-friendly, small hometown feel. That to me is what makes Berlin special.” Bratten also suggested the town take a closer look at spending and potential revenues. “Charge parking fees if we have to,” he said, adding that he believed there should be a different commercial and residential tax rate. Williams told him that all town departments had been instructed to cut their budgets by 10 percent. “That’s not chicken feed, “Williams said. “That means to cut the budget for next year by $1.8 million.” Resident James Manley questioned the impact of recent annexations. Williams indicated annexation was not the problem and said expanding the tax base by annexing spread the cost of operations. “That’s a good thing…,” he said, adding that the fees required from developers reduced the debt of the wastewater treatment plant and that spray irrigation, which was costly, had to be done regardless of new development. “If we had not one additional home, not one additional development, the costs are still there.” Williams did say he thought it was a mistake when he’d suggested the town lower its tax rate in 2012. He added, however, that criticism regarding the park hadn’t been shared with the council until now. “All these years I’ve heard almost nothing,” he said. Councilman Zack Tyndall said he disagreed with his colleagues regarding annexation. “I’m of the belief that if we have a problem we should fix it, stop the bleeding now, fix whatever’s going wrong before we continue to annex,” he said. “I’ve said that from day one. I’ll continue to say it as long as I’m allowed to sit up here.” Resident Grayson Mayne said he knew taxes had to go up but suggested it be handled the way the sewer losses had been handled. He said the general fund had supported the sewer fund for 15 or 16 years. “You can put it back over 16 years instead of taking 34 percent,” he said. He added that if the town was in a

hole it should stop digging. “You just said, Gee, that this is the first time you’ve really heard from people like this,” Mayne said. “Well we kind of trusted you to spend our money like it was coming out of your pocket. Obviously, that’s not the case. [Former longtime Mayor] John Howard Burbage spent our money like it was coming out of his pocket.” Krempel asked if the council would admit that buying the park had been a mistake. “No,” Councilman Dean Burrell replied. “The room is full now, but if a seafood processing plant had moved there this room would be running over. We bought that place so we could control what goes there. To ensure and help build the quality of life and the air we breathe here in the town.” Hudson asked if the town would have bought the park if the previous owner (Councilman Troy Purnell’s Berlin Properties North) hadn’t been on the council. Williams stressed that the former industrial property had been a detriment to the town since the 1940s but that now that the town owned it, it was not. “That was a mistake ... buying that, throwing us in debt, spending our money and now you want us to pay for your mistakes,” Hudson said. Longtime Councilman Elroy Brittingham said the town had spent years fighting the former chicken plant that was there. “I think eventually that plant’s going to benefit the town,” he said. Resident Bill Todd said now that the town did own the property it had control over who to sell it to. “We’re just trying to be realistic,” he said. “There’s a huge piece of property over here that is completely underutilized especially at this moment. There’s not a definitive plan as to what’s going to happen. What I’ve heard the whole time is you bought it to make sure there’s not a seafood company coming in to run it. Well now we own it we can be secure that there’s not a seafood company coming in. Let’s sell this damn thing.” Williams said that Monday’s meeting was the first time that had been suggested. Longtime resident Marie Velong said that in recent years, Main Street

and the commercial area in town had been improved while less visible residential neighborhoods had been neglected. She said the town needed to focus on what it had, particularly in its residential areas. “I don’t care if we’re the coolest town in America. I just want it to be a nice town,” she said. Jennifer Dawicki, owner of The Globe, told the council she understood the need for some sort of tax increase. “I think myself and any other business owners are here to listen and cooperate and collaborate and figure out a way we could afford an incremental tax rate increase …,” she said. “Folks that come to my establishment one, two times a week are saying that if they can’t handle a rate increase they’re going to leave the town, which is going to trickle down to small business, which is going to trickle down to the way I earn a living.” She added that merchants would be meeting next week to determine best how to communicate their concerns to the town. Williams said town officials welcomed informed ideas. “Citizen participation has taken a nosedive in the last 25 years,” he said. “We’re all for it. We have to operate a lot of times on the minimum amount of citizen input.” He reminded the concerned citizens that it was the elected officials, not the town administrator, who implemented policies. Tyndall said he thought the town should schedule another public meeting to discuss the proposed tax increase. Burrell said citizens were welcome to speak at the council’s next meeting. “We have these meetings every other week,” Burrell said, adding that it was up to residents to attend them to share their concerns. “I heard some statements in here tonight that would have changed my mind when I voted to approve the expenditure for that place out there. We can’t read your minds. Come and share with us what you think. A dollar to a donut hole we will try to address your concerns.” Tyndall, however, was adamant about hosting a special meeting. His motion to do so passed 3-2, with Burrell and Purnell opposed. The meeting is set for March 26 at 6 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School.



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FROM PAGE 6 complex, for example,” she said. However, Gehrig was adamant that some of the proposed revenue increase be dedicated to sports marketing through changed language in the proposed ordinance. The challenge is the increased special events and expanded shoulder seasons have taxed town resources to the point there is an apparent budget shortfall, according to town officials. Gehrig said the town needed to go wholeheartedly into expanding economic development including sports marketing, or simply accept being a seasonal resort town. “If we’re going to be in it, we have to be in it to make money,” he said. “We can’t just dabble in it. We need to get to an economy of scale or we need to get out of the events business and go back to being a 100-day town. I’d rather not go that way, but if we’re not going to adjust to changes in travel habits then shame on us.” Gehrig suggested simply raising the room tax to offset budget shortfalls only perpetuated itself without an increase in economic development including sports marketing. “If we don’t use this opportunity to invest in economic development, it will be a lost opportunity,” he said. “We have an opportunity to dominate this market. Otherwise, we’re just chasing money to pay bills.” Knapp reiterated those concerns could be addressed after the immediate needs were met. “What’s the primary goal with this?” she said. “The primary goal is to keep the formula relatively the same, balance the fiscal year 2020 budget and continue the formula for marketing. Down the road, when we figure out what we want to do with sports marketing, we can change the formula.” Knapp was not shy about expressing the potential budget shortfall even in its earliest form. She said the number could increase depending on what happens with the ongoing firefighterparamedic contract negotiations and other factors including a pending minimum wage increase. “In the rough draft of the general fund budget, we’re starting at $525,000 in the hole,” she said. “I am going to have to come to you and ask you what we’re going to cut.” Councilman Tony DeLuca suggested it was short-sighted to derail the approval of the needed room tax increase because of the rather nebulous, at this point, sports complex. DeLuca also pointed out the proposal on the table included an implementation date for the room tax increase of next Jan. 1 and that significantly more revenue could have been derived from the increase if the council had acted on it earlier and started it on July 1 of this year in the midst of the summer. “The thing we can’t do is let an unknown sports complex, which we all support, hijack the room tax increase,” he said. “We talked about this plan back in 2017 and here we are today

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talking about implementing it next Jan. 1. We potentially lost $750,000. That’s what could have happened if we had acted on this then.” Council President Lloyd Martin then attempted to bring the conversation back to the primary issue at hand. “I think our direction is pretty clear,” he said. “We need to take it one step at a time. The next step is figuring out where we want to be with a plan for a sports complex. We’ll be in a good position to do that if we approve this now.” Council Secretary Mary Knight was confident there would be funding available from the room tax increase to begin exploring an expansion of economic development including a sports complex. “With this $1.2 million, a lot of this probably won’t be spent on marketing and there will be room to explore our sports marketing goals,” she said. “Our advertising consultant has told us we can accomplish most of our goals with the $7 million. I think a good first step is to approve this.” Knight made a motion to approve the room tax increase while leaving the formula as it is with funds dedicated to advertising and marketing. If all the $1.2 million is not utilized for marketing, the balance could be directed at exploring the town’s sports marketing goals. DeLuca seconded the motion. However, Gehrig could not be dissuaded from his notion, saying, “I believe we’re going to fall into the trap of raising taxes to pay bills. If we just take the money and pay bills, we’ll be back here next year and the year after that.” The challenge is the increased advertising and marketing efforts from the last room tax hike in 2007, and the resulting increase in special events and expanded shoulder seasons has resulted in an increased demand for the town’s services over the years, which has stressed most of the town’s departments. However, City Manager Doug Miller has said that bill is now coming due and there is no turning back. “Some of what we’re asking for is paying for things we’ve added incrementally over the years,” he said. “We asked for more public safety aides to keep the town safe and we added more public works to keep the town, the beach and the Boardwalk clean. We can’t go back now.” Nonetheless, Gehrig was not convinced the sports marketing issue would be revisited after other primary needs were taken care of with the room tax increase. “There is a motion on the floor to increase the room tax without a commitment to economic development,” he said. “This is our focus today, but we’ll lose sight of that and we won’t follow through on that if we don’t put it in there today. It will become a New Year’s resolution that we never followed through on.” Councilman Dennis Dare said there was a consensus to explore the growing youth sports market, but approving the room tax increase was just a necessary first step in that larger process.

“I love the idea of getting going on sports marketing,” he said. “I think we know where we want to be and it will be good for the business community and good for the taxpayers. This is just a necessary first step that gets us going in that direction.” For his part, Councilman Matt James said he couldn’t support approving the room tax without a stated goal on how to spend the money. “I think we’re all on the same page,” he said. “I think we should figure out what we’re going to do before we raise the room tax. I’d like to see that done before we simply raise the room tax.” Mayor Rick Meehan brought the conversation back around to the needs in the general fund budget to continue to provide essential services. “We’re victims of our own success,” he said. “Economic development has been successful in bringing in special events and expanding the season, but that has come with a cost. Maintaining a clean, safe environment is the most important thing we do. We need funds to continue to do that and increasing the room tax shares that burden with the tourists who use the beach and the Boardwalk and everything we provide.” Gehrig said he believed his colleagues were talking as if simply raising the room tax was some magic bullet that was going to balance the next budget. “We’re getting ready to come up on budget time,” he said. “Are all budget work sessions cancelled, because what I’m hearing is if we pass this, it looks like we’ve already balanced the budget. The danger here is passing an increase because of a perceived crisis that isn’t there. We can say we’re going to revisit this for economic development, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.” As the hours dragged on, DeLuca provided a moment of levity by essentially calling out Gehrig for his perceived filibuster on the proposed room tax hike. “Can we please call for a vote on this?” he said. “What I’m hearing up here is classic stall tactics with some sprinkles of pious piffle.” For his part, Councilman Mark Paddack agreed how best to spend the room tax increased revenue was challenging, but opined raising the tax was a necessary first step. “We’re hearing we’re $500,000 under in the budget,” he said. “That number is going to go up. We need the money now. We’re talking about a Jan. 1 effective date, but I’d like to see that moved up. We’re either going to have to make serious cuts or we’re going to raise this room tax.” The council voted 5-2, with Gehrig and James opposed, to increase the room tax from the current 4.5 percent to an even 5 percent with a Jan. 1 effective date to allow the hospitality industry to affect the needed changes. The successful motion also included keeping the current advertising and marketing formula the same with the caveat the sports marketing idea could be explored with any surplus funding after essential budgetary needs were met.

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Health Dept. Grant Awarded SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department has been awarded a grant through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control to put into action community-based projects supporting physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign. The goal is to prevent chronic disease and injury, improve health, and enhance the quantity and quality of life for county residents. WCHD will achieve this by addressing physical activity, specifically by putting forward a community-wide walking action plan. “Worcester County Health Department is very grateful for this funding opportunity and is looking forward to beginning project implementation,” said Crystal Bell, chronic disease supervisor at the WCHD. “Walking is an excellent way to help people become more active and improve their health. It is an easy way to begin and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and it is the most common form of physical activity for people across the country.”

Kids Consignment Sale Returns SALISBURY – The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center next week will host its annual Coastal Kids Consignment Sale. The Coastal Kids Consignment Sale is a community favorite for Delmarva families who understand that kids grow way too fast to pay full price. This event provides a safe, clean, organized marketplace for local families to sell and purchase high-quality, gently used and new children’s items. Savvy parents have been selling and shopping with Coastal Kids for 10 years and agree this is an event that should not be missed. Acceptance guidelines ensure that the items sold at the event are clean and damage free, include all parts, batteries and in good working order. Items are also checked for recalls. The consignment sale is open at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center next week with hours from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 22, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Admission is free.

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WEST OCEAN CITY – The hits kept coming this week for a man already facing felony drug distribution and assault charges following a raid on a business he partially owns. Last Dec. 18, allied local law enforcement agencies executed search and seizure warrants at a screen printing and promotional products company in West Ocean City that is owned in part by Matthew John Brown, 35, as well as his wife and mother in-law. As a result, Brown was later indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on multiple drug possession and distribution charges after the investigation revealed he was allegedly dealing marijuana, LSD and PCP out of the West Ocean City business after hours, unbeknownst to his family and business partners. The Worcester County grand jury indicted Brown on four counts, the most severe of which is felony possession with intent to distribute LSD and PCP, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Brown also faces felony marijuana distribution charges, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Brown also faces two misdemeanor charges for possession of LSD, PCP and marijuana.

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According to sources, Brown’s wife and mother in-law worked the legitimate West Ocean City apparel business by day, while Brown presumably contributed to the daily operation by working at night. However, after the raid in December it became apparent he allegedly wasn’t doing just legitimate company business after hours. Brown was indicted by the grand jury on Jan. 15 and was later released on bond. During a preliminary hearing in February, Brown entered pleas of not guilty to the charges handed down by the grand jury. To add insult to injury, Brown was arrested again on Feb. 18 on seconddegree assault and false imprisonment charges after allegedly attacking his wife at their business and locking her in the office against her will. The victim has since filed for divorce. In that case, Brown was held initially without bond but was later released on a $25,000 bond.

On Monday, Brown was cited for operating a vehicle while using a handheld phone. A jury trial is planned in Worcester County Circuit Court on the drug charges for May 8, while the seconddegree assault and false imprisonment case will be heard in Worcester County District Court on March 22.

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BAY FRONT ~ OC EMERSON TOWERS #304 on Wicomico Street $669,000 • MLS #1001953136 3 bed, 3 bt, 1,785 sqft, built 2006 Condo Fee $398/m, RE Tax $535/m Gated Parking, 545 Sqft Wrap Balcony, 2 Deep Water Slips - 35’ & 50’ with Lifts

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC 10 92nd Street $650,000 • MLS #1001563118 5 bed, 2 full + 2 half bt, 2,240 sqft NO HOA Fee, RE Tax $650/m 60’x100’ lot, 1964 Coastal Cottage, ½ Block to Beach, Lots of Parking

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC CORAL GRAND #2 at 70th Street $550,000 • MLS #MDWO100442 3 bed, 3 bt, 1,818 sqft Condo Fee $378/m, RE Tax $429/m Hot Tub, 2 Fireplaces, 3 Levels, 2 Balconies, Low-Density Beach

BAY VIEW ~ OC EMERSON TOWERS #402 on Wicomico Street $499,000 • MLS #1001564166 3 bed, 3 bt, 1,835 sqft, built 2006 Condo Fee $400/m, RE Tax $436/m Deep Water Slip - 15.6’ x 34.5’, Gated Parking, Secure Lobby, Views

OCEAN PINES ~ SEC #14C 5A BLUE BILL COURT at South Gate $400,000 • MLS #MDWO102374 4 bed, 4 ½ bt, 3,504 sqft, built 1992 HOA Fee $87/m, RE Tax $369/m Water Front with Dock, Dbl Garage, Estate Sale: $8k Flooring Credit

BAY FRONT ~ OC MARESOL #310 at 56th Street $325,000 • MLS #1002104726 3 bed, 2 bt, 1,309 sqft, built 2004 Condo Fee $400/m, RE Tax $346/m Amazing View, North Corner Condo, Pool, 1½ Blocks to Beach at Light

OCEAN FRONT ~ OC RAINBOW #1009 at 112th Street $325,000 • MLS #MDWO102574 1 bed + DEN, 1 bt, 990 sqft, built 1984 Condo Fee $393/m, RE Tax $267/m Amazing View, North Corner Condo, Updated Thru-Out, Pool, Views

CANAL FRONT ~ OC WESTPORT #B at 94th Street $315,000 • MLS #1002243590 2 bed, 2 ½ bt, 1,332 sqft, built 1983 No Condo Fee, RE Tax $242/m 2 Boat Slips, 18’ X 100’ Lot, Fireplace, Updated Appliances

OCEAN PINES ~ SEC #10 12 HICKORY WAY at South Gate $310,000 • MLS #1002078722 3 bed, 3 bt, 1,439 sqft, built 1978 HOA fee $80/m, RE Tax $141/m Renovated & Expanded 2003, Backs to Parklands, Unique

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC CARIBBEAN #2W at 78th Street $289,900 • MLS #1001560770 2 bed, 2 bt, 784 sqft, built 1965 Condo Fee $225/m, RE Tax $250/m Traditional Beach House Charmer, Sunny Top Floor, Exceptional Updates

BURLEY HEIGHTS ~ BERLIN 103 UPSHUR LANE $265,000 • MLS #MDWO103754 3 bed, 2 bt, 1,344 sqft, built 2004 No HOA fee, RE Tax $282/m Family Rm, Sunny Vaulted Ceilings, Deck, Lawn Shed, Lots of Updates

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC WATERGATE I #308 at 135th Street $245,000 • MLS #MDWO103596 2 bed + DEN, 2 bt, 924 sqft, built 1973 Condo Fee $184/m, RE Tax $225/m Private 22’ Balcony, Ocean View, Elevator, 2 Lockers, Corner Condo

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BERLIN – The town’s planning commission delayed a decision on apartments proposed for the Purnell Crossing development in the wake of community concerns. When the Berlin Planning Commission met Wednesday to discuss a request to modify the Purnell Crossing planned unit development (PUD), they were greeted with a roomful of irate townhouse owners. After giving the Purnell Crossing residents the chance to speak, commission members tabled the request and encouraged the developer to communicate with those concerned. “I’d like to see the developer get with this community association and

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talk a little bit and see if you can’t reach some kind of compromise,” commission member Pete Cosby said. Troy Purnell of TPGP LLC presented the commission with the request to modify the PUD, which is currently set up to allow for assisted living and townhouses. He said that because there was no market for assisted living or townhouses at the moment, he wanted instead to adjust the PUD to allow for construction of 126 apartments. The project would be done by Justin White’s Live Oak Home Builders. White told the commission the project would include five buildings – four 24-unit buildings and one 30-unit building – as well as a clubhouse and pool. As proposed, three apartment buildings would be located at the end of Sunlight Lane, which will be turned

into a cul-de-sac, while the clubhouse and two apartment buildings would be located just west of the existing townhouses, closer to Route 346. Purnell, who serves on the Berlin Town Council, stressed that the density of the new proposal was no greater than the density of the prior assisted living proposal. When commission members questioned the proximity of the proposed apartments to the existing Purnell Crossing townhomes, architect Keith Iott confirmed that the apartments would be closer than the initially proposed assisted living would have been. He said there would be about 40 feet between the townhouses and the new buildings. Commission member Newt Chandler suggested reconfiguring the lay-

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out of the new development so it wouldn’t impact the existing townhouses so much. “That’s a big change to those people’s lives,” he said. White indicated he thought the layout shown Wednesday was the best option. “I think at any point it’s going to cause somewhat of a concern,” he said. “I feel this would be the quieter of the two options.” Commission member John Barrett echoed Chandler’s concern and suggested a shadow study be done to gauge the new buildings’ impact on the townhouses. Chandler said he wanted to ensure the apartments would not eventually become subsidized housing. White said the rent would be comparable to what was charged at Oceans East, in the $1,400 to $2,000 range. “As you know the road to hell was paved with good intentions …,” Chandler said. “I don’t want to be living here and pointing over there saying there was another shooting at the projects last night.” White said there was a demand for high-end apartments, exhibited by the fact that there was a one-year wait on two-bedroom apartments at Oceans East. “The concept of higher end will stay,” he said. “I have no intentions of Section 8.” Commission member Ron Cascio said the commission needed to consider what impact the proposed apartments would have on the town’s wastewater treatment plant. He said he also wanted to see a shade study and had concerns about property tax implications. Instead of a total of 49 townhouses and 100 assisted living units originally proposed in the PUD, the project would now consist of the existing 27 townhouses and 126 apartments. Mark Cropper, Purnell’s attorney, reminded the commission that there was no market for more townhouses. “If the market’s not there for it, it’ll never get built and you won’t get any tax revenue,” he said. Purnell added that tax revenue would be based on assessed value. “This is going to cost about $19 million,” he said. “That’s what the assessment’s going to be based on.” Numerous Purnell Crossing homeowners told the commission they objected to Purnell’s plans. Ruby Halligan said residents had just learned of the proposal, which she referred to as appalling, on Monday. Halligan said she worked in property management and knew townhouse residents had concerns about the apartments. She added that parking at Purnell Crossing was already a problem and she expected it to worsen if apartments were built. Purnell Crossing resident Sharra Watson expressed concern about the traffic impact the apartments would have. SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 34 “The impact is not just for Purnell Crossing. It’s for everyone on Route 346,” she said. “Who’s going to compensate the homeowners for the loss in property value?” Commission members pointed out Purnell Crossing had been a PUD all along and had been slated for additional development. Watson said residents were aware of that but had always thought the project would include more townhouses. Resident Lisa Doyle said the community was currently quiet and safe, something she feared would now change. “I ask you to think about the detrimental effect 100 rentals can have on 27 townhomes and the people who proudly live in them,” she said. Cosby replied that if the currently approved assisted living facility was built the neighbors would have to deal with what was essentially a commercial use. Doyle said she still thought assisted living was more secure than a community made up of rental apartments, where there would be transient residents. “It’s a wonderful community,” she said. “Peaceful and quiet. This would ruin it.” Several other residents agreed and stressed that they’d all been led to believe the future development on the site would consist of townhomes. “I’m thoroughly disgusted about the whole thing,” Gail Cowles said. “We’ve been misinformed about a lot of things over the years.” Resident Matthew Stoehr pointed out this was the only chance the townhouse owners had to voice their concerns. He said they’d have no leverage once the commission approved the project. “I would just ask that the board make sure to try to protect our little community as much as they can because when this ball gets rolling our 27 little townhouses will get run over…” he said. “We need as much up front, in writing, taken care of to try to protect us.” Chris Denny, chair of the commission, asked Purnell and White how long they’d been working on the project. “I imagine it was before Monday,” he said. White said he’d submitted the plans and documents as the town dictated. He said there was just no market for townhouses now. Purnell said the original townhouses in Purnell Crossing had been priced at $390,000. “If that was the case today you’d see this completed,” he said. Commission members agreed the developer needed to meet with the Purnell Crossing residents. Cosby said the commission would be faced with a difficult decision. “The Oceans East project was hard for us to digest and I’ve been disappointed with what I’ve heard about the quality of construction,” he said. “Where should we put these kind of large apartment buildings? That’s what we have to struggle with. It’s not an easy thing for us to do. We want to be reasonable.” The commission voted 6-0 to table the proposal for further review.

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OCEAN CITY – An Annapolis couple’s search for a home in Ocean City will be featured on HGTV’s “How Close Can I Beach?” this Sunday. On March 17, viewers can follow Annapolis couple Colin and Samantha Long in their search for a full-time residence near Ocean City’s iconic beaches and Boardwalk. A synopsis of the show reads, “An Annapolis, Maryland, couple is tired of dealing with traffic and wants to move

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full-time to Ocean City. Having grown up in the area, they’re hoping to give their kids the same positive experiences that come with living near the world-famous boardwalk and gorgeous beaches.” While the Longs declined to be interviewed, Chelsea Tull, a featured real estate agent affiliated with the Ocean City office of Coldwell Banker, said HGTV first reached out to her colleague nearly two years ago. “They had specific requirements clients had to meet and a specific price range, so she passed the email onto me,” she said. “I happened to have cli-

The Long family is pictured with HGTV crews in Ocean City during filming. Submitted Photo

ents that seemed a good fit for what they were looking for.” With their permission, Tull and the Longs soon began a two-month audition process. Tull explained the idea of “How Close Can I Beach?” is to show buyers potential homes at varying distances to the shore. “The idea is to show them three homes in the same price range …,” she said. “One was a direct oceanfront condo at 70th Street, one was on an ocean block on 142nd Street and one was in Ocean Pines, or a close drive to the beach.” For four consecutive days in June, Tull said she and her clients were filmed throughout Ocean City. She said the show will feature the Board-

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walk, bayside and local establishments, including Mad Fish Bar and Grill in West Ocean City. “Filming went on from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for four days straight,” she said, “and I would come and go as they needed me.” Tull said she was most surprised by the production process. “We had to wear the same clothes and had to do our hair the same way every single day,” she said. “The episode looks like we do everything in one day, but in reality it was four long days of filming.” Overall, Tull said she enjoyed the process. “It was a great experience for me to get myself out there as a younger, newer agent …,” she said, “and of course to promote Ocean City as a great family vacation spot.” Tull declined to publicly share which home the Longs chose, but encouraged the community to tune in on Sunday. “It’s cool that the whole nation is going to be watching and will see the best of Ocean City, how great the beaches are and what properties you can get,” she said. “It’s neat to see how much you can actually get for your money and still be within walking distance to the beach, or actually on the beach.” “How Close Can I Beach?” will air on HGTV March 17 at 8:30 p.m.

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Junior Achievement Holds First ‘Life Fair’

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D3Corp Creative Director Brian Robertson is pictured speaking with attendees at the first JA Inspire event. Photo by Bethany Hooper BY BETHANY HOOPER


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OCEAN CITY Assateague House Unit #408 210 Worcester St Sun 12-2 3BR/2BA Condo Water View Kelli Meeks Berkshire Hathaway 410-520-2600

OCEAN CITY Sunset Cove #21 701 Rusty Anchor Rd Sat & Sun 11-2 2BR/2BA Townhome Renovated Loaded w/ Upgrades Tara Wancowicz Berkshire Hathaway 443-880-7029

OCEAN CITY Le’ Lisa #104 10 143rd Street Sun 10-1 2BR/2BA Condo 1 Block to Beach Close to Park Claudia Gausepohl Berkshire Hathaway 443-856-8072

WEST OCEAN CITY 12702 Whisper Trace Oyster Harbor Sun 12-3 4BR/2.5BA Home Well Maintained Community Pool Claudia Gausepohl Berkshire Hathaway 443-856-8072

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WEST OCEAN CITY 11100 Blockade Lane Unit #204 Glen Riddle 3BR2.5BA 1st Floor Condo Marina View Lauren Bunting Bunting Realty 410-641-3313

OCEAN CITY 13461 Madison Ave 5BR/3.5BA Single Family Bayfront Home, Dock 2 Car Attached Garage Lauren Bunting Bunting Realty 410-641-3313

WEST OCEAN CITY 10157 Queens Circle Fox Chapel Sat 10-2 4BR/3.5BA Home Totally Renovated Spacious Backyard Joe Wilson Coastal Life Realty 443-552-7579

OCEAN PINES 1 Freeport Lane The Parke 55+ Fri-Sun 11-1 4BR/3BA Single Family Home 1 Year Home Wty Lauren A. Smith Keller Williams 410-245-9915

OCEAN CITY 31 Windswept Bay Vista II Fri 2-4, Sat 12-2, Sun 1:30-3 3BR/2BA Waterfront Home Lauren A. Smith Keller Williams 410-245-9915

OCEAN CITY 207 Windward Drive Unit 303 Sat & Sun 12-2 2BR/2BA Waterfront Condo Pool Lauren A. Smith Keller Williams 410-245-9915

BISHOPVILLE 13244 Rollie Rd East Sat 10-12 4BR/2.5BA Single Family Home 1 Year Home Wty Lauren A. Smith Keller Williams 410-245-9915

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SALISBURY – Nearly 1,000 eighthgrade students and 95 exhibitors gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center this week for a hands-on career exploration event. On Tuesday, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore hosted its inaugural JA Inspire event. Throughout the course of the day, eighth-grade students from Wicomico County schools interacted with the Eastern Shore’s top industry professionals to learn about various career paths. Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement, said the goal of JA Inspire is to educate students on the various job opportunities available to them on the Eastern Shore, as well as the skills needed to fill them. “We have 3,000 that are unemployed and 3,000 that are unable to take those open jobs,” she said. “There’s a skill gap.” Leading up to Tuesday’s event, Hayes said eighth-grade students spent time in the classroom learning about the needs of the community, completing a career analysis, and understanding their own strengths. She added that they also prepared questions to ask employers at the fair. “They are actually going to engage with employers and ask them what skills they need, what the salary is,” she said. “We are planting the seed in eighth grade and hopefully seeing the fruits of our labor in five years when they graduate.” The event featured nearly 1,000 eighth-grade students, 250 volunteers, 95 exhibitors and nearly 200 high school students, who participated in a separate career fair on site. Industries represented on Tuesday included agriculture, business, communications, arts, information technology, education, law, human services, health services, hospitality and food, manufacturing and the skilled trades, utility and transportation. “This is, by far, the largest event that Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore has put on in the history of my 13 years [here],” Hayes said. Mike Dunn, president and CEO of

the Greater Salisbury Committee, said the idea is to inspire eighth-grade students as they begin to think about their professional futures. “Who knows how many lightbulbs are going to go off in these heads this morning,” he said. “They are going to walk out of here and go, ‘You know what, I think I want to be an ‘x’ when I grow up.’ That’s what this is all about.” But Hayes said the inspiration doesn’t stop there. She explained that Junior Achievement has partnered with local universities to make their dreams a reality. “We’ve partnered with local universities to create educational pathways,” she said. “They help students to understand what they need to do to acquire those jobs.” County Executive Bob Culver said he was proud to witness the community event. “This is what’s so special about Wicomico County,” he said, “to see this many people come together to help raise our children.” Salisbury Mayor Jake Day told exhibitors the event demonstrates the many opportunities that are available on the Eastern Shore. “There are some young people … who are saying to themselves ‘To succeed, to thrive, I’ve got to get off the Eastern Shore,’” he said. “Prove to them they’re wrong.” Superintendent Donna Hanlin said JA Inspire was an example of the instructional experiences that Wicomico County Public Schools wishes to provide students. “JA Inspire allows our imaginations, in part, to become a reality,” she said. Kelly Schulz, Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce, applauded JA staff and the many professionals and volunteers for their vision. “You can’t have economic development unless you have workforce development,” she said. With a state unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, Schulz said employers are constantly seeking skilled professionals to fill jobs. She noted JA Inspire aims to seek and retain homegrown talent. “This is not just a career fair today,” she said. “This is a life fair.”

Feasibility Study On Mardela School OK’d

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SALISBURY – School leaders this week approved a final feasibility study for improvements at Mardela Middle and High School. On Tuesday, Facility Planner Matt Auchey presented the Wicomico County Board of Education with a completed feasibility study for Mardela Middle and High School. The study included four options for improving the facility, from simple mechanical and electrical upgrades to a completely new school. “The School Building Commission recommended Option 3,” he said, “as well as the superintendent and the community.” According to the feasibility study, the third option calls for a revised parking layout, a two-story addition and complete systematic upgrades to the existing space. The facility would increase from 96,000 square feet to 106,000 square feet. “There is a strong desire for this school to stay in the community,” Auchey said. “Option 3 allows the school to stay on the current site.” Auchey explained the third option – which is estimated to cost $71.8 million – would eliminate portable classrooms, provide adequate teacher workrooms and media center, incorporate common areas for specific age groups and include a new auxiliary gym. “A new auxiliary gym will be provided to help eliminate the strain on the cafetorium …,” he said. “Also in the cafetorium, we are going to do our best to enhance the acoustical output of that space because we know the theater programs and the music programs are very important to that school.” Auchey noted the option also includes a newly designed nurse’s suite, an enhanced entrance vestibule, and instructional space dedicated to special programs, among other things. “The new classroom design will allow for flexibility,” he said. “Conscious efforts will be undertaken to separate the middle and high school. The current design does not really allow for that.” Auchey told the school board the parking layout would also be revised to include separate bus and car lots. “Right now, it’s a concern with students driving, and with buses entering and teachers trying to leave,” he said. Auchey noted the third option would allow the school system to address both systematic and instructional issues at Mardela Middle and High. “In the current capital plan, we have over $8 million worth of systemic issues at the school,” he said. “So if we don’t address this school, we still have all of these issues that need to be taken care of. And even if we went in there and addressed the systemic problems, we obviously are not addressing all of the instructional problems. So, again, Option 3 allows us to meet both sides of the spectrum.”

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Hourly Parking Rate Increase A Reasonable Call HOW WE SEE IT

After much hot air was blown around at the first meeting, the Ocean City Parking Task Force is now getting to work on the true objective of the effort – deciding on how to make more money for the city without hurting the commercial sector, angering residents and alienating visitors. We advocate for keeping things simple. It often leads to the best results. That’s why we like Ocean City hotelier/restaurateur G. Hale Harrison’s idea of simply increasing hourly paid parking rates for this summer. An argument can be made it’s too cheap to park in Ocean City, a clean and safe oceanfront resort destination. A quick evaluation of other tourist and metropolitan destinations confirms the resort could and should be charging more for parking to ensure daytrippers are paying their way. “Why don’t we look at raising the rates? The rate at the municipal lots

and on the street is $2, but maybe that can go to $2.50,” Harrison said. “The same with the Inlet lot from $3 to $3.50. That might be more palatable for people and meet the revenue needs. Let’s keep it simple. That’s something that could be done this summer.” We support the approach but would take it a step further with a small addition of new paid parking. We support the idea of increasing the parking rates across the board by 50 cents an hour with a consideration of a larger increase at the Inlet. Additionally, we would like to see Ocean City consider an approach pitched by Councilman Dennis Dare where some of the oceanside blocks along the Boardwalk become paid parking. We like the idea of making the most desirable spots paid while keeping some oceanside blocks as is for now. It’s reasonable for motorists to expect to pay for

parking spots within steps of the Boardwalk and beach. It can be gradual expansion of paid parking to these blocks over the course of years. We would encourage the task force to wrap up its work soon, presenting an hourly rate increase for existing paid parking as well as identifying ocean blocks that are prime for new paid parking spots. A recommendation of how many new parking spots will be the controversial piece here, but the task force would be wise to put before the Mayor and Council a reasonable number all stakeholders can accept. The summer is nearing and the dollars are needed for this year’s budget. Once this year’s decisions are made, it’s a good idea for this task force to enter a dormant phase during the season with an intention of regrouping next winter for another evaluation.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sheriff Defended Editor: Regarding the letter, “Sheriff Needs To Go” from the March 8 issue of The Dispatch, some additional facts are in order. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is an outstanding sheriff. As a life-long resident of Wicomico County, Sheriff Lewis strives everyday to provide the very best police service to Wicomico County citizens. He has built on the pgoress of the late Sheriff John W. Baker and his immediate predecessor, R. Hunter Nelms, in making the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office a first-rate police agency for our county. The citizens of Wicomico County make the decision as to who serves as sheriff. While I share the concerns of increasing gun violence across the State of Maryland, it should be understood that penalizing law abiding lawful gun owners here is not a workable solution to the problem. People that hunt, target shoot and possess guns for protection of person or property have long held that constitutional right here in Maryland and across the United States. Sheriff Lewis is to be commended for understanding this and I thank him publicly for stating that. Donald L. Lewis Willards

Harris Should Be Ashamed Editor: In October of 2018, an enthusiastic, dedicated and principled 20-year-old progressive student activist named

Jake Burdett participated in a peaceable protest at the Salisbury office of U.S. Congressman Andy Harris. Those protesting were taking issue with Rep. Harris’ failure to meet with advocates from Maryland Marijuana Justice (MDMJ) and the congressman’s persistent efforts to block legislation legalizing marijuana on the federal level. The Congressman’s staffer agreed to meet in the Congressman’s district office with a few of the protesters, but told them that they were not allowed to record the meeting. As U.S. taxpayers publicly fund the office, Mr. Burdett did not believe he was breaking any law. He felt that he was simply defying an unjust office policy rule, and so he allegedly live streamed this meeting. Shortly thereafter Mr. Burdett learned that recording the meeting was against the law in Maryland, one of 12 U.S. States with a two-party consent law. Thirtyeight states do not have this law. When Mr. Burdett discovered that he was in violation of the law, he deleted this posting and apologized. Consequently, the Office of Congressman Andy Harris charged Mr. Burdett with felony wiretapping, a charge as close to keelhauling as the law will allow. I believe that Congressman Harris is inflicting this charge in retribution for honest, democratic dissent among his constituents. Public affairs conducted in a taxpayer-funded office by elected public officials and their staffs should be on the record and transparent to all, except in such case where public safety and/or national security are at risk and requiring proof that such excep-

tions were in fact warranted. The decriminalization/legalization of marijuana is only one of several causes championed by Mr. Burdett. He also advocates Medicare for all, free college education, getting money out of politics, The Green New Deal, and other advances. He is in favor of ending the war on drugs and champions fair and equal voting rights and 100 percent renewable energy. He managed the 2018 campaign of Dr. Kirkland Hall for Delegate in Maryland legislative District 38A. Mr. Burdett is in fact an effective, genuinely benevolent, civic-minded individual who dedicates his time and energy to creating what he wishes to be a true civilization, an America that walks the talk. His spirit should be fed and encouraged, not squashed under the heavy foot of a corporate funded elitist politician. Is there a need to further ponder why Congressman Dr. Andy Harris desires to make an example of this young man? Donald Ross Salisbury

Adoption Process Concerns Editor: On Friday, Feb. 15, I visited the Worcester County Humane Society shelter in Berlin to adopt a dog. I described what I was looking for and the volunteer brought out the only dog that fit the description, saying they had just gotten her the day before. I was so taken with her I put in an application and was told it was the only one submitted for her. Louise came to SEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM PAGE 42 me and put her front paws on my legs. That's when I fell in love with her. On Sunday, Feb. 17, I visited the shelter again to see Louise and play with her. On Sunday, Feb. 24, as I had not heard anything from the shelter nine days later about my application, I went back to the shelter and was told Louise was not there but was at the Petsmart to participate in a community pet adoption event. I found Louise at the Petsmart in a wire crate labeled, “Please Adopt Me.” A volunteer board member said several visitors to Petsmart had submitted applications to adopt her. I was very upset as my references and vet had not been contacted by the shelter regarding my application submitted nine days ago. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 days later, I got a call from the WCHS volunteer telling me that "based on her observation (of me) she did not approve my application because she felt I would not be able to walk the dog myself; the dog was not a good fit for me; the dog would be better off in a home with children, and I should just look for another dog." I was in disbelief hearing the volunteer's discriminatory reasons for rejecting my application. I told her that pet walkers and friends are available who walked my previous dogs and would walk any dog I have. She said that was not good enough. I told her I have a large, fenced backyard for a dog to romp around in. She repeated that was not good enough. No effort was made by the WCHS volunteer to interview me, my references or my veterinarian to determine my eligibility to adopt Louise. My prior dogs brought me loving companionship, much pleasure and affection, which I returned. I live alone and having a dog like Louise would be a blessing for me and her. Does the WCHS volunteer understand that her decisions, which seem to be based on her own observations, impact the lives of people looking for special comfort? Does the volunteer have the proper credentials, i.e., a medical background, to be in such a delicate position? If not, the WCHS shelter in Berlin is doing a disservice to me, the community and those in need of companionship with less-than-perfect mobility and disability. I was treated unfairly by the WCHS in not being vetted. I will file a discrimination complaint with the proper authorities to bring the situation to light

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and hopefully improve Worcester County dog adoption policies. I still hope to adopt Louise as Louise and I are a perfect fit for each other. Myrna Wright Berlin

Beach Fee Worth Considering Editor: One of the time-tested ploys of politicians is to set up a task force or committee to “study” an issue that may be unpopular with taxpayers. The politicians appoint a majority of the committee who support the politicians’ agenda and then selects “experts” to advise the committee. The committee then issues a report recommending actions that agrees with the politician’s agenda. It would seem to me that the Ocean City parking task force may be such a subterfuge. The City Council and mayor appointed the task force members, City Engineer, Terry McGean suggested the expert and the mayor said that “until we have a recommendation from this committee, there will be no action taken.” Three members of the City Council, Mary Knight, John Gehrig and Dennis Dare (the Knight bloc), have already expressed concern that the taxpayers are subsidizing parking spots for visitors. The Knight bloc has made it very clear that something must be done to reduce the taxpayers cost resulting from day-trippers coming to Ocean City. The Knight bloc has a noble goal of looking out for the pocketbook of the taxpayers. However, if they were really concerned about the taxpayers’ costs resulting from day trippers visiting Ocean City, they would pass a law establishing a beach tax for anyone who wants to use the Ocean City beach. Councilman Dennis Dare is correct when he said, “Where can you go to the beach for free and have your trash picked up and have a lifeguard watching over you every block? There are very few places like that anymore, but there is a cost associated with that.” A beach fee will offset that cost. I failed to see why the Knight bloc persist in toying with the nickel and dime parking revenue when the establishment of a beach tax would bring in millions of dollars more than parking meters. Of course, to obtain the support of local residents such a fee should legally exempt anyone who permanently resides in Ocean City or is a property owner. Joseph H. Potter

TO OUR READERS: The Dispatch welcomes any and all letters from our readers. All letters are encouraged typed, but not required, and we reserve the right to edit each letter for clarity, accuracy and brevity. Letters should include writer’s name, address and day and evening telephone numbers. If we are unable to reach the writer, we will have to withhold the letter. Due to space restraints, letters under 500 words in length will be given top priority. Letters can be mailed to The Dispatch, P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811, emailed to or faxed to 410-641-0966.

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It appears schools in Maryland will head back before Labor Day in the near future. It could even occur as early as this summer. With this week’s legislative action, many school systems will quickly get to work on revising their existing school calendars for the 2019-20 school year. In fact, many school systems on the western shore most likely already have calendars drawn up for a pre-Labor Day start date based on their awareness the legislation to undo the governor’s start date mandate would easily cruise with a veto-proof majority. While he talks tough on the matter, the fact is Republican Gov. Larry Hogan does not have the power to beat the Democratic-controlled legislature on this matter. Even if he is successful in getting a statewide referendum put on the ballot for the next election, which would be in 2020 at its earliest, it will likely only be a temporary thing. His term expires in 2022 and the General Assembly can still overrule the referendum results. I admit to not being entirely convinced the post-Labor Day school start is a huge economic boost for Ocean City. Clearly, it has a positive impact on the bottom line of Ocean City businesses. It’s too early to tell for me, but it’s important to realize schools in Pennsylvania start before Labor Day. Therefore, the economic impact is limited to our state’s families. While the economic implications are debatable, what is clear is the repulsive claims from school officials that a post-Labor Day start somehow places impoverished kids in peril of falling behind similar students in other states. I find that to be nonsense. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to seeing what Hogan’s plans are to try and battle the legislature on this front. In the meantime, the tough talk from Comptroller Peter Franchot and Hogan against the state’s Democratic decision makers will continue. “This is just politics at its worst. As if it isn’t bad enough that members of the legislature are attempting to reverse our common sense initiative to start school after Labor Day, they are now using heavy-handed tactics to unfairly influence the ballot process and any petition to bring this issue directly to Maryland voters,” said Hogan. The legislation attempting to add some harsher penalties to Ocean City’s current special event zone was expected to clear the General Assembly with ease. It was viewed as a “local courtesy bill,” but the reality is it was a failure. Despite testimony in support of it from local legislators, government officials, trade groups and others, the bill never made it out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. As a result, the companion bill was pulled from a similar committee in the House. While everyone should be disappointed in this effort, it appears there is a precedent in place in Annapolis. It appears bills generally do not see significant changes the initial year after being passed. Next year it will likely stand a better chance. “While I believe we made a strong case at the hearing for the need to expand the violations under the current law, the committee members were not inclined to increase penalties again this year after granting approval for the special events zone last year,” Sen. Mary Beth Carozza said. “We are disappointed with the committee’s decision, but we have left the door open to go back again next session and push for the increased penalties.” I don’t agree with those who say sell Berlin Falls Park to help town government deal with its financial troubles. While criticism of the town’s fiscal woes and the planned tax and fee increases should continue to be heaped on the town’s elected and appointed officials, I’m not ready to conclude the acquisition of the old chicken plant property is the biggest reason the town is where it is today. First, selling the property is not an easy matter and will not help with this fiscal year’s budget woes. It’s not as simple as saying sell the land so taxes and fees won’t skyrocket. Additionally, there were months of opportunities for Berlin citizens to weigh in on this expensive acquisition before it was purchased. There was little to no opposition expressed. Berlin Falls Park is basically an outdoor spot to walk and exercise. It’s not beautiful in its current state, but it’s open space with potential. It’s also property within the control of the town. When it was on the open market, the town had no control over what that huge piece of property was going to be used for in the future. Those of us who have lived here long enough remember well the days of the dead chicken smell from Hudson Foods. It was a bad situation for Berlin and a constant source of complaints. There were days when being outside was disgusting. The town is going to have to spend a lot of money to get the property into a suitable open space that will be a source of pride for the community. It’s going to take years. I think those who are unhappy with the park and the perceived lack of progress or direction need to understand they can be part of its future. There is an active Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee in existence. It meets regularly and wants to hear what town citizens have to say. You can find a lot of information on the town’s website about the park along with various studies and plans including an interpretive plan spelling out some exciting possibilities.


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As a fun and memorable way to celebrate Worcester Prep’s 100th day of school, Lower School students and teachers dressed up like they were 100 years old. Above, from left, are fourth-graders Lily Dixon, Lara Owens, teacher Erin Shimko, McKenna DePalma and Bella Fernley. Below, from left, are second-graders Ella Tull, Collin Hastings, teacher Kelley Burton, Samko Poffenberger and Kaylin Zervakos.

During Showell Elementary School’s The Cat in the Hat Day to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday, all eyes, even extra eyes, were focused on teacher Mike Johnson. Pictured, from left, were Jessica Shipman, Rozie West and Aiden Noonan.

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Worcester Prep last week doled out its upper school winter sports awards, recognizing the accomplishments of several student athletes during the recently completed seasons. Pictured seated, left to right, are Lily Baeurle, Morgan White, C.C. Lizas, Gracie Gardner, Chloe Ruddo, Hailey Merritt, Sami Repass, Kendall Whaley and Hana Miller. Pictured standing, left to right, are Alec Dembeck, Colin Miller, Cole Berry, Ben Brandt, Connor Carpenter and Michael Wehberg.

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BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s upper school last week handed out postseason awards after highly-successful 2018-2019 campaigns. For the Mallards’ boys’ varsity basketball team, Colin Miller was named Most Valuable Player, Cole Berry was honored with the Coach’s Award, while Alec Dembeck was named most improved. Connor Carpenter was named most valuable player for the boys’ junior varsity basketball team, while Michael Wehberg earned the

coach’s award and Ben Brandt was named most improved. For the girls’ varsity basketball team, Hailey Merritt was named most valuable player, Gracie Gardner earned the coach’s award and Chloe Ruddo was named most improved. For the girls’ junior varsity basketball team, Lily Baeurle was named most valuable player, C.C. Lizas earned the coach’s award and Morgan White was named most improved. Sami Repass was named most spirited on the varsity cheerleading team, while Kendall Whaley earned the coach’s award and Hana Miller was named most improved.

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BERLIN – When Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team takes the field against Delmar on Friday, there will be new head coach at the helm for the first time in several years. Merle “Hoffy” Hoffman takes over as boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Decatur this season after long-time coach Scott Lathroum stepped down following the 2018 season. Hoffman had been an assistant coach at crosstown rival Worcester Prep for the last two years after relocating to the local area. Hoffman brings years of lacrosse coaching experience to Decatur’s

highly successful program in recent years and is expected to transition smoothly this year. Originally from the Annapolis area, Hoffman had been head coach of the successful Aces Lacrosse Club and also coached the Snappers Lacrosse Club. He also coached Junior AA teams in Annapolis and Davidsonville. The Seahawks open the season on Friday with Delmar. Hoffman will face his old team Worcester Prep in the annual rivalry game on March 27 on the road. Worcester also has a new head coach this season. Otherwise, the Seahawks will face a schedule loaded with usual Bayside Conference opponents with a few non-conference games sprinkled in.

BERLIN – With a new head coach at the helm, Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team opened the 2019 season with an 8-5 win over old rival Saints Peter and Paul on the road on Tuesday. The Mallards opened the season with a gutty 8-5 win over Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) rival Saints Peter and Paul in Easton on Tuesday. The game went back and forth and featured several mini scoring spurts by both teams before Worcester took charge late to open the season at 1-0. Worcester’s Alec Dembeck opened the scoring with a goal just two minutes into the contest for a 1-0 lead. About halfway through the fourth quarter, Dembeck assisted on a nice goal by Owen Tunis to put the Mallards ahead, 4-0, with about four minutes left in the period. Saints Peter and Paul rallied for two goals in the second quarter and the game was tied at 2-2 at the half. Worcester took charge again in the third with three unanswered goals during one stretch. The Mallards got another goal by Dembeck, followed by goals from Jay Gosnear and Brugh Moore during the sequence to take a

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5-2 lead. There was no quit in the Sabres, however. Saints Peter and Paul rallied with three straight goals to tie the game again at 5-5 with about eight minutes remaining. Worcester finished strong on the road, however, with three straight goals of its own. During the stretch to close out the game, the Mallards got goals from Graham McColgan with six minutes left, Gosnear again with four minutes left and finally Mason Brown on a nice move from behind the net to finish the 8-5 win. The Mallards are led this season by new Head Coach John Moeser, who also coached Worcester’s boys’ varsity basketball team this year. Moeser comes to Worcester with an impressive resume, having just completed his 23rd year as a teacher and coach at Calvert Hall in Baltimore. At the Baltimore prep school, Moeser was the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach for both basketball and lacrosse. He takes over a Worcester Prep team loaded with upperclassmen and a flock of young Mallards ready to spread their wings this season. After Tuesday’s win in the season opener, the Mallards won’t take the field again until a March 27 game against crosstown rival Stephen Decatur at home.

Seahawks Celebrate With Awards Banquet



BERLIN – After what can only be described as a remarkable season this year, Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team took time last weekend to relish the favorite moments and dole out some post-season team awards. There was little the Seahawks did not accomplish this season. Decatur went undefeated in conference meets and handily won the Bayside Conference championship meet. The Seahawks then won the state regional meet before capturing the team state championship meet. Decatur sent eight wrestlers to the state individual championship meet and brought home a school record six place-winners including a state cham-

pionship for Noah Reho at 126 and a state runner-up for Jagger Clapsadle at 113. Reho’s state championship was the first for a Decatur wrestler since Danny Miller won a title in 2009. In addition, Decatur’s Anya Knappenberger won the school’s first-ever girls’ state championship during the 2018-2019 season. All of those milestones and victories were reason enough to celebrate for Coach Todd Martinek and his team last weekend at a packed reception and awards banquet at Dry Dock 28 in Ocean City. Reho was named the team’s most valuable wrestler. Three wrestlers earned Coach’s Awards including Clapsadle, Lukas Layton and Michah Bourne. Nico D’Amico was honored with the award for the most heart on the team, while Kyle Elliott was named the most improved wrestler.

Post-Season Honors Announced



BERLIN – The Bayside South conference this week released its postseason basketball awards and Decatur was represented on both the boys’ and girls’ teams. For the boys, Churchill Bounds was named to the Bayside South All-

Conference Second Team. Named to the All-Conference honorable mention team were Brett Berquist, London Drummond, Drew Haueisen and Theo Hobbs. For the Decatur girls, Nadia Bullock was named All-Conference honorable mention, while Grace Beres was named to the Bayside South Senior All-Star team.

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OCEAN PINES – Seven swimmers represented the Ocean Pines Swim Team (OPST) at the 2019 Maryland LSC Junior Championship Meet last weekend at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Natalie Canham, Adam Diehl, Nate Fink, Daniel Karcheuski, Ashley Marcum, Katie Marcum and Gavin Stearn all achieved qualifying times to compete at this meet during the USA Swimming short course season, which is competition in 25-yard pools. The team turned in a weekend of personal best times and top finishes to complete their season, which began back in September. Coach Brad Diehl was impressed with all the personal best times at this meet. “There are times for swimmers when they struggle to drop time. Many of our swimmers overcame that and saw great results this weekend,” he said. Marcum, 15, competed in the 15-18 girls age group and finished first in the 400-yard individual medley, first in the 100-yard freestyle, and first in the 200yard individual medley. All three swims qualified her for the 2020 MD Senior State Championship Meet. Marcum also placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke. All four of Marcum’s swims are new OPST team records. Stearn, 14, broke a 13-14 boys team record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.09 earning him a 2nd place finish. Stearn also broke team records and placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. He finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, fourth in the 100yard backstroke and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke. Fink, 10, competed in the 9-10 boys

age group, qualifying for seven events and swimming seven best times. Fink finished second in the 500-yard freestyle, third in the 200-yard freestyle, seventh in the 100-yard freestyle, 11th in the 50-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100yard individual medley. Karcheuski, 13, competed in the 13-14 boys age group in seven events and swam seven best times. His 1:05.88 earned him a 17th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Canham, 13, placed ninth in both the 13-14 girls’ 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events. Canham also had a 10th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Marcum, placed 7th in the 15-18 girls 100-yard freestyle with a seasonbest time of 58.67. She had an 11th place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:25.03. Marcum dropped two seconds in the 200-yard freestyle for a personal best time of 2:13.93. Diehl, 14, earned a 16th place finish in his 100-yard backstroke with a best time of 1:06.07. Diehl also swam a personal best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:03.86. In a sport where results are measured in hundredths of a second, every detail counts. “These swimmers have been working very hard since the first day of practice in September and it definitely showed with their results this weekend,” said Coach Kristina Watts. “I think it validated everything we worked on.” Watts said the OPST results in the 25-yard pool all season will prepare them for the longer distances in the upcoming spring season. The longcourse swim season with competition in 50-meter pools begins in April. “The results will give them the fuel they need going into the next season,” said Watts.



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istening to Beckett sing in the shower is a highlight of my day. If I have the time, I will sit outside the bathroom and listen to him bounce from song to song. He typically sings a few lines he knows and then ad libs a bit because he can’t remember all the words. When he starts making up his own lines, it gets hilarious. A recent favorite shower song is “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. We watched the movie last weekend and let him watch the song performed at the Oscars. The lyrics he was later adapting in the shower to his own style was the line, “In all the good times I find myself longing for change And in the bad times I fear myself. I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in. I'll never meet the ground crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us We're far from the shallow now.” In his 10-year-old mind, he twisted the lyrics to more of his interests, singing, “In all the good times, I find myself smelling like poop. In all bad times, I poop during school and at home. I’ll never poop through the surface, where they can’t hurt me. We’re far from the pooping now.” When he came out of the shower and saw me sitting on the steps outside the bathroom, he asked if I could hear him singing. I wondered with him whether his creative take on the lyrics could provide a future career. He remarked it would be his dream job. He thought I should record him the next night and send it to Lady Gaga. I made sure I was busy the next night.


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The Greyhound owner Susan Ayres Wimbrow is pictured welcoming new author Ruby Dillon to her first book signing.

The Worcester County Commissioners last week presented a proclamation recognizing March as National Social Work Month to Department of Social Services (DSS) professionals striving to improve lives locally. Those pictured include, front from left, Dawn Blades, Tammy Jones, Terry Whitney, Kimberly Linton, Jamie Manning, Terry Edwards and Brandon Riggin; and, second row, Latosha Harmon, Ashley Collins, Althenia Jolley, Trina Townsend and Commissioner Joe Mitrecic; third row, Kevin Schablein, Meg Marcarelli, Felicia Northan and Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino; and, back row, Commissioners Josh Nordstrom, Ted Elder and Bud Church. Submitted Photos

On an unseasonably nice day in February, employees of Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes helped bag oyster shells as part of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays “Don’t Chuck your Shucks” program. Together, the group assembled more than 700 bags of oysters. Pictured, from left, are Jana Susenaceva, Ronnie Burkle, Lauren Herlihy, Julie Hemp, Charles Armstrong, Brian Hutchinson, Chris Lippa and Brendan Hutchinson.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City recently heard from 4STEPS Executive Director Sandy Winters. At 4STEPS, disabled students leave their frustrations behind for the freedom of a horse's movement. Students challenge the limits of their abilities and best of all have fun doing it. Above, Club President Dick Clagette presents Winters with a $400 donation.

Past and present members of the Commission for Women joined the Worcester County Commissioners to recognize March as Women’s History Month in Worcester County to honor the exemplary mothers, sisters, wives and daughters who have pioneered policies that benefit women, working families, and all to shape a more just society. Those pictured, front from left, include Eloise HenryGordy, Tamara White, Liz Mumford and Theresa Shockley; second row, Vanessa Alban, Beth Rodier, and Commissioner Joe Mitrecic; third row, Commissioner Josh Nordstrom, Hope Carmean and Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino; and Commissioners Ted Elder and Bud Church.

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OCEAN CITY – Brown Box Theatre Project will return to Ocean City this month to debut its newest production, “don’t feed the bear.” Written and performed by playwright Cam Torres, the one-man show follows a character’s journey to find connection. A synopsis for the play reads, “In a theater, or a place where theater can happen, there exists Will. At the least, Will is born out of words on a page at the whim of a playwright. But Will is anyone, anywhere, anytime. Battling their own existence, Will questions reality, explores human connection, and admits deafening loneliness and debilitating insecurity in the common pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. With

Will, we witness what it means to be utterly and horribly human.” Torres, an actor, playwright and tour manager with the Brown Box Theatre Project, said he spent three years writing “don’t feed the bear” before submitting his work to the theatre company for consideration. While he has performed with Brown Box in the past, Torres said this is the first of his plays to be produced. “The whole premise is based around one character,” he said. “They know they are the character in a play. However, they don’t know what is supposed to happen. So it’s a journey to see what the play is about, and along the way the character stumbles upon this need for connection.” Torres said “don’t feed the bear” differs from traditional solo performances pieces.

“A lot of solo performances are very biographical …,” he said. “However, this play is about a character trying to figure out who they are. Flipping that on its head was interesting to me.” Torre’s “don’t feed the bear” kicks off the Brown Box Theatre Project’s ninth year of programming. Its mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts, with a constant goal to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest audience possible. Officials with the Brown Box Theatre Project said “don’t feed the bear” is a play that challenges the ways in which theatre is typically created and consumed. For Torres, the play provides a

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SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St.& Coastal Hwy. Friday, March 15: John McNutt Band, 5 p.m., Split Decision, 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16: Party Kickoff w/JJ Roth & DJ Magellan From Ocean 98, Noon, John McNutt’s Celtic Rock Warriors, 1 p.m., Flip-N-Mickeys, 1:30 p.m., OC Pipes & Drums, 4 p.m., Jim Long Band, 5 p.m., Cherry Crush, 5 p.m., Limabean Riot, 6 p.m., Shake 3X, 9:30 p.m., The Benderz, 10 p.m., 3 DJs Sunday, March 17: The Benderz Trio, 1 p.m., DJ Bobby O, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21: Opposite Directions, 5 p.m.

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FROM PAGE 54 humbled and honored to be the 2019 grand marshals,” Frances Kelly said. Featuring the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band and the Ocean City Pipe and Drum Band, the parade brings the sounds of Ireland to the streets of Ocean City. Also participating are local high school marching bands plus numerous festively decorated floats sponsored by local businesses, groups and organizations. The procession begins at noon at 57th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center, where the viewing and judging stands will be located. Trophies will be awarded for best marching band, best commercial float, best non-commercial float, best motorized unit, best adult marching unit, best youth marching unit, special committee award, judges’ choice award and best overall entry in the parade. In addition to the celebration on the street, the 45th Street Shopping Center will be once again be transformed into a spirited Irish festival complete with live entertainment from Kevin O’Brennan and the Shoreline Band, Irish apparel and plenty of food and drink. Spectators can enjoy the free-admission festival beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. To avoid traffic delays, viewers are urged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. and to view the parade from 57th Street south to 45th Street. For the fourth year in a row, WRDE will broadcast the parade live beginning at 11:30 a.m., with hosts Matt Pencek, Madeleine Overturf and Dean Langrall. The WRDE Irish Eye in the Sky will bring brilliant pictures of the parade from above along with cameras covering all the floats, bands and maybe a leprechaun or two. Watch a re-broadcast of the parade Sunday, March 17, on My Cozi TV, which can be found on Comcast and Mediacom. The DIAC was founded in 1980, and its first membership drive resulted in 75 members. Today, there are close to 300 members. Over the years, the club – a 501(c)(3) social organization – has donated more than $500,000 from the proceeds of the annual parade and festival. These donations go to scholarships for local high school students and to other local charities and organizations.

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After stopping into The Shark on the Harbor, it was a weekend of celebrating with the 7th Annual Finnegan’s Wake held at Seacrets benefiting the Friends of the WCDC and the one-year anniversary for West Ocean City’s Tequila Mockingbird in the Park Place Plaza.

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OCEAN CITY – Shore United Bank has announced Ross Bergey has joined the company as a commercial banking officer. Bergey will be working at the loan production office in Ocean City. He joins Shore United Bank with prior experience in commercial banking and knowledge of the Ocean City market area. “We are thrilled to have Ross on our team,” ROSS said om Mears, Senior BERGEY Vice President, Ocean City Market Executive. “His prior knowledge of commercial banking and experience in the Ocean City market will be an asset to our expansion goals. He has a passion for helping businesses reach their financial dreams and we look forward to all he will accomplish with us.” For his part, Bergey said, “I strongly believe in the benefits of a team effort and always putting the customer first. My background in accounting will help me work with the customer and dive deep into their business so I can help them achieve their goals. I am looking forward to working with everyone at the Ocean City office.”

SALISBURY – Gillis Gilkerson has named Kevin Dorman as controller. Dorman will prepare and monitor corporate budgets, provide tax planning and oversee the policies and procedures relating to the financial practices of Gillis Gilkerson. “Kevin’s experience in accounting and planning will help enhance the company’s financial reporting and forecasting,” said Dwight Miller, president of Gillis Gilkerson. “We look forward to his recommendations for improvements in operations and the management of capital expenditures.” Dorman joined the GGI team after working for PKS & Company, P.A. as a public accountant for five years. He brings with him a background in public accounting where he specialized in financial and tax planKEVIN ning in the areas of con- DORMAN struction and real estate development.

Academy Adds High School WEST OCEAN CITY – Seaside Christian Academy (SCA) has announced an expansion of its academic program to include high school in addition to its Pre-K3 through eighth-grade classes. “We are excited to be implementing a long-term vision of partnering with Liberty University Online Academy to offer an exceptional blended learning experience,” said SCA Principal Julie DuChene. Ninth- and 10th-grade students will enjoy blended learning with a combination of classes taught in a traditional classroom and online courses in the school’s new tech lounge. In addition, 11th and 12th grade students will have the option of online dual enrollment courses from Liberty University. A variety of diploma options will be available including an accelerated track that allows a student to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree from Liberty University simultaneously, an 18-credit hour certificate program in addition to high school diploma, a la carte dual enrollment courses and an advanced high school diploma. “We are pleased at the strong interest in SCA’s high school program and encourage parents interested in exploring enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year to schedule a tour,” said DuChene.

Broadband Effort Launched BERLIN – KCI Technologies Inc. (KCI) and Noovis, LLC (Noovis) have been contracted to create a Broadband Request for Proposal (RFP) to attract Internet Service Providers (ISPs) wanting to deliver improved service to the residents of Captain’s Cove. The RFP is scheduled to be released on March 18 and will be available on the community website. KCI and Noovis will create a design specification for the community that will ensure it receives reliable and expandable fiber optic infrastructure and quality service from the winning service provider. “We have been pursuing this for some time now and we are excited to see the plan coming together,” said Justin Wilder, general manager of Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club. Currently home to more than 1,000 residences and another 2,900 available lots, Captain's Cove Golf & Yacht Club is located on the Western Shore of the Chincoteague Bay, bordering Maryland. “We are very proud to be in a position to help this community and have a very experienced Communications Infrastructure Practice as well as a great partnership with Noovis to meet all of their needs,” said Debbie Pfeil, senior project manager with KCI. “Reliable broadband service is just as important as any other utility these days,” said Eric Welty, President of Noovis. “The residents of Captain’s Cove are long overdue for access to highspeed connectivity and we are glad we can be part of the solution for them.”

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OCEAN PINES – Police are monitoring speeding on Footbridge Trail following concerns voiced by a resident. Police Chief David Massey said police would be reviewing speed data from Footbridge Trail following a citizen complaint. Longtime Footbridge Trail resident Susan Canfora approached the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors Saturday to ask for a lower speed limit on the street as well as a speed bump. “It’s up to you to keep us safe,” she said. “I’m asking you to do something.” Canfora said speeding had increased dramatically on the street during the last five years. The road, which connects Nottingham Lane and Ocean Parkway, is posted with a 25 mph speed limit. “People launch, I mean launch, from either side,” Canfora said. Though she’s voiced speeding concerns to police in the past, Canfora said this week’s plea came after a motorist hit her cat. She said the cat was sitting at the end of her driveway when the vehicle struck her. Though the cat will recover, Canfora is stuck with a $500 vet bill and the concern that a pedestrian will be the next victim. “Something has got to be done,” she said. “Somebody’s going to get killed. I’m asking you to please take this seriously.” Canfora said she was in the process of starting a petition to prove that neighborhood residents wanted to see the speed limit lowered to 15 mph. In an interview Monday, Massey said he’d spoken to Canfora on several occasions and as a result had asked his officers to run radar in the area. Police have also put a radar display board on the street at various times. “We have not found any speeding problems,” he said. “There have been no accidents. Ms. Canfora’s the only citizen that’s complained directly to us.” Nevertheless, Massey said police had a new radar display board on the street that would record the speeds of vehicles passing by. After two weeks, Massey said he’d evaluate the data to determine how much of an issue speeding was on Footbridge. He pointed out the speed limit is currently 25 mph, as it is on all of the side streets in the Pines. He said that was regulated by the state. “In an urban area, 25 mph is the lowest you can post except in school zones,” he said. As for the suggestion of a speed bump, Massey said that was not something he’d support. “I’m never in favor of speed bumps because of liability reasons,” he said, adding that he didn’t want them to hinder emergency vehicles.


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Building at 9 a.m. Atlantic General Hospital will be offering 13 different health screenings free of charge during the event. The Evergreen Lodge # 153 of Berlin will be hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BIS parking lot on the day of the event. They have also recently received training to provide the Maryland Child Identification Program (MD CHIP). This service is provided free of charge by the Freemasons of Maryland. When a child participates in the program, all vital statistics are recorded. The child is photographed, digital fingerprints are taken, and a video recording of the child speaking is made. All information is then recorded onto a CD. A cheek swab of the child’s DNA is collected painlessly. Everything is then sealed in an envelope and given to the parent for safekeeping. A military sweep is done of the computer after each child, they retain none of the information. The event will offer shredding services in the BIS parking lot from 9 a.m.11 a.m. The shredding truck will be asking for donations of $5 per box; the donations will go to Worcester Technical High School for new coveralls. Anchors Aweigh Entertainment, LLC will bring their luxury game theater on wheels, it features seven widescreen high-def TVs, a laser light show, and multiplayer gaming excitement! Up to 28 people can game at the same time with their stadium seating, with an additional four gamers on their exterior TVs. Their gaming vehicle will be located in the parking lot of BIS during the event. Worcester CARES will provide a food voucher for the Stevenson United Methodist Church Spirit Kitchen lunch located at 123 N. Main St. The lunch will take place on Wednesday, April 3 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Spirit Kitchen will also provide you with bagged groceries to take home after lunch. The event has room for more vendors, sponsors and volunteers. For more information, contact Town Clerk Kelsey Jensen at 410-973-2289 or Debbie Smullen with Worcester Youth and Family at 410-641-4598.


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OCEAN CITY – The annual Taste of Finer Things – a “pearing” of fine food and fine wine from 16 local chefs – will take place on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City, and reservations are now being accepted. Participating restaurants include Atlantic Hotel, Barn 34, Captain’s Table, Crabs to Go, Desserts by Rita, Embers/Blu/Mad Fish, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, OC Wasabi, Red Red Wine, Seacrets, Sunset Grille, Sweet Disposition, Touch of Italy and Wockenfuss. “This wonderful evening is a chance for lovers of fine food and fine wine to sample some of the best the Ocean City area has to offer,” said Stephanie Meehan, event chairperson. “The setting overlooking the Ocean City inlet at sunset couldn’t be more perfect, and it’s for a very good cause.” The event raises funds for the capital campaign to build the Macky & Pam Stansell House, a hospice residence and outreach center that will serve the Lower Shore. This home is for hospice patients who can no longer manage safely at home and will open to patients later this year. Reservations are $100 per person and can be made at or by calling 410-7428732. The event is typically a sellout, so early reservations are encouraged. Lauren Glick will provide entertainment. The Taste of Finer Things committee members are Meehan, Macky Stansell, Pam Buckley, Karen Cramer, Madalaine How, Marsha Howarth, Donna Leiner and Gayle Widdowson.




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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department recently held its Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony, honoring members for their commitment to public safety and protection of the Ocean City community. The celebration named Firefighter of the Year, Member of the Year and Paramedic of the Year, along with several Years of Service Awards, Distinguished Service Awards and Resuscitation Awards. Along with Chief Chris Larmore, Deputy Chief Chris Shaffer and Deputy Chief Moe Cropper, several dignitaries attended the ceremony, which began with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company (OCVFC) Ladies Auxiliary Awards. The OCVFC Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award was given to Verla Hammond and the Lifetime

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Achievement Award was presented to Cheryl Nottingham. In addition, the Ladies Auxiliary donated funds raised to the John Paul Adkins II scholarship fund, the F. Michael Sacca scholarship fund, the OCVFC cadet program and the OCVFC. Following the Ladies Auxiliary, awards were presented for length of service and incident citations. “Most of our members did not devote themselves to the fire service in order to be recognized or awarded for their actions to their community,” Larmore said. “Despite their modesty and humbleness, every member of our organization has contributed to our success and I am thrilled to have been able to honor just a few of those men and women here today.” Also, for the second year, the de-

partment recognized successful resuscitations of patients who were in cardiac arrest. These were patients who were successfully resuscitated and discharged from the hospital with no deficit from their quality of life before their cardiac arrest. This comes after the Ocean City Fire Department adopted a High-Performance CPR program that has increased the department’s survival rate to almost 40 percent, which is well above the national average of 11 percent. Other awards were presented to Jason L. Bloom, Volunteer Firefighter of the Year; Christopher M. Gee, Career Firefighter of the Year; Ryan L. Cropper, Paramedic of the Year; David E. Hedges, Member of the Year; Anthony J. Villani Jr., Training Award; Michael T. Todd, Chief's Award; and

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Robert D. Korb, President's Award. Incident citations were presented to Robert E. Magee, Thomas Ryan McCready, Christopher M. Gee, Christopher G. Weber, Christopher M. Barrs, David H. Pruitt, Keith A. Bennett, Richard T. Koch Sr., Greg C. Dypsky, Michael A. Lecompte, Kyle Tanner, Steven H. Twilley, Mark T. Lloyd, Damian A. Jones, Ethan D. Hitch, Chrsitopher M. Gee, Brian L. Bond, Jeffery R. Aperance Jr. and William C. Savage III. Earning five-year service awards were Jeffery R. Aperance, Christopher M. Gee, Nicholas L. Kinhart, Eric M. Olson, Yvete M. Rode, Jason A. Williams, Ryan L. Whittington, Ryan C. Womer, David Quilter, Captain Greg Dypsky, Anthony Sandulli, Jason L. Bloom and Guy Talbot. Ten-year awards of service were presented to Chief Chris Larmore, Chief Moe Cropper, Asst. Chief Connor Braniff, Scott Shuster and Kevin Knowles. Joseph Sexauer was recognized for 15 years of service, while Chris Kehne and Jerry Priestly earned honors for 20 years of service.

Sorin Statue Celebrated A reception was held last month honoring the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Sorin statue at the Ocean City Library. The name of the statue is “The Educator” in honor of Herman Sorin’s love of his profession as an educator. He was principal of three local schools from 1952 to 1971. The statue was sponsored and dedicated with love and devotion to her husband and daughter by Eunice Q. Sorin and facilitated by the OCDC Public Art Program Feb. 20, 2009.Standing behind the statue of his grandfather is Jay Phillips, pictured with his wife, Christie. The statue depicts Sorin reading to his daughter, Janice Sorin Wainwright, mother of Phillips. Submitted Photo

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Ocean City Reef Foundation’s Dave “TANNK” Moore and Courtney Thompson provided information on the non-profit at the 36th Annual OC Seaside Boat Show.

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In Society

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Representing the 1st State Detachment Marine Corps League at the 36th Annual OC Seaside Boat Show were Bob Broderick and Mary Kwesko.

Taking care of coat check at the 36th Annual OC Seaside Boat Show were Terry Edwards, Donna Kupec and Eileen Deutsch of the OC/Berlin OPTi-MS club.

Venue and food sponsor for the 2019 OC Chamber Business Expo was The Grand Hotel with Dawn Nock and Amy O’Connell at their exhibit booth.

Serving refreshments at Bayside’s Open House Extravaganza were Kelly Pitts and Jen Greenawalt in the Welcome Center.

Schell Brothers partnered with Bayside for their Open House Extravaganza with Jeff Crockett and Grace Reardon covering the model home tours.

Working the back bar for the American Legion Post 166 Valentines Dinner Dance were Tina Preziotti and Ray Kudobeck in the banquet hall on 23rd Street.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 166 program chairs Rosie Garlitz and Karen Thompson helped with serving tables at the post’s Valentines Dinner Dance.

At the American Legion Post 166 Valentines Dinner Dance, the daughter-mother team of Kendall and Jessie Parsons sold roses to support the Juniors Project.

Bus Best Answer To Weekend Issues

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OCEAN CITY – Traffic and parking issues should be expected for the annual parade centered on 45th Street on Saturday and the following festivities all over town. The bus is the best way to deal with these concerns for several reasons. First, it is your designated driver. We can carry you and your friends and family from place to place with no concerns about being too smitten to be behind the wheel. Second, we are affordable at $3 unlimited rides. We amp up the service Saturday to summer-like schedules or about 10-minute frequency during the day and evening. Finally, there are no parking woes with us. If you live or are visiting on the Northside, there is easy access to the bus stops and free parking on most side streets similar to beach parking in the summer. From the transit station at 144th Street, if you are coming in from Delaware, limited parking is available at the station, but spaces abound on side streets both bayside and oceanside. It is a good idea to stay out of lots reserved for the movies, businesses and specific condos, however, but usually good to park on streets. From the south and Route 50, there is no park and ride service for the weekend, but there is plenty of street parking in the southside of town on Saturday including the major lots close to the bus stops and the station at South Division Street where the buses will be leaving every 10 minutes. During the parade, the bus will be slowed as with the rest of southbound traffic, but there will be no restrictions northbound during the parade. Taking the bus to the parade will be easy as all buses pass by the parade location both north and southbound. Once the crowds pick up and the buses are in general traffic lanes, police will assist when parade goers step off the bus and attempt to board. Bus supervisors will also be able to assist. For the first time on St. Patrick’s Day, all buses are equipped with digital cameras for your safety. The bus fleet cameras were installed last spring and have been a success. The location of buses can also be picked up on your smart phone by using the Rider app. Download the Transloc Rider App from you App Store or text your bus stop ID number to 414-11 when you are at the bus stop. When riding the bus be sure and have exact change or take advantage of our emoney app and Pay with your phone, Emoney mobile bus fare payment. To learn more go to Once the payment is loaded onto the phone, simply show the driver your payment. For more information on the buses on Saturday, call 410-723-1606. The drivers should be able to assist you when you board the bus with most questions. Everyone have a happy and safe time. – Mark Rickards Special To The Dispatch (The writer is the transit manager for the Town of Ocean City’s Department of Public Works.)

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7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-6416876.

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.

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6 p.m. Eastern Orthodox Community of Saint Andrew Church, 33384 MacKenzie Way (off Plantation Road), Lewes, Del. “The Gospel of Mark: The Way of the Cross and the Challenge of the Empty Tomb.” Everyone welcome. 302-645-5791 or

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

5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Dance lessons with Certified Hand Dance instructor Diane Engstrom on first and third Wednesdays of every month, 5-5:45 p.m. Dancing afterward until 9 p.m,. All are welcome. or 410-2081151.

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. 410-723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

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March 15: Book Signing By Author B.B. Stamp

9 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. Energy Gym, 36666 Bluewater Run, Selbyville, Del. Author will discuss her latest novel, “The Grist Mill Bone.” Story is a finalist in the international da Vinci Eye Award. Rich in Delmarva characters and history.

March 15: Spaghetti Dinner

Two seatings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post #166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City. Silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, games for adults and children. Tickets: $8/adults; $5/children under 12. 443-929-1505 or

March 16: CaTourny Charity Poker Tournament

9 a.m. satellites; noon main event. Willards Volunteer Fire Department, Willards, Md. Free hot dogs and sodas. Buy-in amounts for the tournament are $125, $240 and $350, your choice. Or win an entry for $30 in a satellite. All proceeds go to support the fire department.

March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Party

1 p.m. until. American Legion Post #166, 23rd Street and Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City. Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes: $9. Open to the public. 410289-3166.

March 16: All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. New Hope United Methodist Church, 7338 New Hope Rd., Willards. Menu includes mashed potatoes, greens, string beans, macaroni and cheese, beets, biscuits, dessert and coffee. Cost: Adults, $13. Carry-outs available. 410543-8244 or 443-235-0251.

March 16: Annual Bull And Oyster Roast

5-9 p.m. Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, Main Station. Fried, raw and steamed oysters, fried chicken, livers and gizzards, beer and more. Cash bar, 50/50, music, gun raffle. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Tickets: 410-352-5757.

March 17: Homecoming

2 p.m. Showell United Methodist Church, 10115 Pitts Rd., Showell. Spakers: Courtland (a former member of the Showell Congregation) and Betty Cropper. Music by Southern gospel band Precious Memories. Free will offering. Meal to follow. 757824-2280.

March 18: Democratic Women’s Club Of Worcester County

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.

Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; conversation and presenstation at 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. In celebration of Women’s History Month and in preparation next year for celebrating 100 years of women winning the vote, the club will welcome its own Linda Linzey who will discuss the significant conributions made by women throughout history. Her presentation will focus on the 2019 National Women’s History Alliance theme of “Visionary Women, Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” All are welcome. 410-2082969.

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. Christianbased program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813.

6-10 p.m. Sello’s Italian Oven and Bar, 9802 Golf Course Rd., West Ocean City. Support the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness & Prevention Program. Music by DJ Wax. Small plates by Sello’s, desserts by Baked Desserts, cash bar, disco prizes. Tickets: $75/person. Available at or Baked Desserts, 4 Bay St., Berlin. 443-982-2716.

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 Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry

First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group

March 21: “Let’s Groove Tonight” Dance Party

March 21: Worcester County NAACP Hosts Sheriff Matt Crisafulli

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.

6:45 p.m. Ocean Pines Branch library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Discussion of the protection and security of the community. Question-and-answer session follows talk. Executive Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. Interested persons encouraged to attend. 443-944-6701.

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

5:30-8 p.m. Laser Tag/Game World, 146th Street, Ocean City. Benefit of Boy Scout Troop 2173, Bishopville. Open to the public. Admission: $20, unlimited rounds of laser tag and mini golf. Funds will be

March 15: Fish Fry

March 22: Laser Tag And Mini Golf

used to buy needed camping/hiking gear and pay for camping trips. Group is looking for sponsors or donation items to be raffled off during event. 443880-7180.

March 23: Keith Twilley Benefit Bingo

Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Hosted by Willards Volunteer Fire Company at Willards Lions Club, Main Street, Willards. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets: $35. Pay $125 per game, $1,000 jackpot, 50/50 drawing, special games sold separately. All proceeds will go to the Twilley family to help them in their time of need. 410-430-1135.

March 23: Girdletree Spring Fling

9 a.m. Girdletree Methodist Church Hall, 2805 Snow Hill Rd., Girdletree. Benefits The Girdletree Historical Society. Craft items, yard sale items, baked goods, lunch. 410-632-1641.

March 23: Soup And Oyster Luncheon

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Powellville UM Church, 35606 Mt. Hermon Rd., Powellville. Eat in or carry out. Homemade soups, oyster fritter sandwiches, chicken salad, barbecue pork and desserts on sale. 443880-8804.

March 23: Abate Of Delaware 11th Chili Cook-Off

Noon-4 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. for set-up. Sussex Moose Lodge, 35933 Zion Church Rd., Roxana, Del. If you think your chili is the best, bring it on. Admission: $8 gets you a cup and spoon for tasting; $5 if you enter your own chili. Voting at 3 p.m. by People’s Choice: first-, second- and third-place awards. Door prizes every hour. 302-732-3429 or 410-251-8699.

March 24: Italian Dinner

4-6 p.m. Church of the Holy Spirit, 100th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City. Catered by Carrabba’s. Includes chicken Bryan, penne pomodoro, Caesar salad, garlic breadsticks, iced tea, lemonade. Desserts will be available for $1. Tickets: $15, available at the church and at the door on the day. 410-723-1973 or 443-235-8942.

March 28: Worcester County Democratic Club

6:30 p.m. Assateague Room, Ocean Pines Community Center. Presentation by James Fisher, communication director for the Delmarva Poultry Industry Association who will addresss the importance and impacts of the poultry industry on the local economy. Open to the public. 443-523-4491 or

March 29: Greyhound Bookstore Author Signing

Noon-3 p.m. 9 S. Main St., Berlin. Retired Johns Hopkins University Vice President Ross Jones will be signing copies of his groundbreaking biography, “Elisabeth Gilman: Crusader For Justice.” Come meet the author and have your book signed at this catered event., 410-641-0291.

March 30: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

7-10 a.m. Whaleyville United Methodist Church, 11716 Sheppards Crossing Rd., Whaleyville. $8/adult; $4/child. Buffet includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrapple, scrambled eggs, chipped beef, has brown potatoes, toast, fruit, assorted beverages. 410-726-0603.

March 30: FORGE Youth And Family Quarter Auction

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., auction begins at 6:30 p.m. 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. Paddles are $10 for first, $5 for each additional. Refreshments will be available. To contribute items for the auction: 443513-1048 or

March 30: Luncheon And Bake Table

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Powellville Volunteer Fire Company. Soups and sandwiches, oyster sandwiches, bake table. Benefits Friendship UMC. All are welcome. 443-235-1381.

March 30: St. Joseph Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Andrew’s Hall, 144th and Sinepuxent streets, Hosted by OC Sons and Daughters

March 15, 2019 of Italy. Lodge members invited to honor St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, and raise funds for local charities, student scholarships. Free admission. Italian specialties, ravioli with meatballs or sausage, meatball and sausage subs, salad, minestrone soup, zeppoli, cannoli, gelato, fried dough, salami and cheese trays available for purchase. Music by Mario Monaldi Band. Basket and silent auctions, expanded seating area.

April 11: Annual Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony, Luneheon

10:30 a.m. Pintail Park, Ocean Pines. Hosted by Ocean Pines Garden Club. A tree will be planted in memory of loved ones who passed away during 2018. Open to all. Luncheon at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club follows ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Cost of luncheon: $22 per person. Menu choices are grilled salmon Greek salad; chicken quesadilla and cup of tortilla soup; or brisket French dip. Includes dessert of cookies and brownies, iced tea, water, coffee, tax and gratuity. Mail check to OPGC, c/o Ann Shockley, 273 Windjammer Rd., Ocean Pines, MD 21811. Indicate menu choice. 410-641-5295 or

April 11: Friends Of The Berlin Library Meeting

4-6 p.m. Berlin branch’s Dr. Mary E. Humphreys Community Room. Includes business and library information. Guest speaker: Branch Manager Alice Paterra discussing history of libraries in America and the new library. Snacks will be served. Everyone welcome.

April 11: AARP Meeting

10 a.m. Ocean City Senior Center, 41st Street and Coastal Highway (behind the Dough Roller). Please arrive early at 9:30 a.m. for a social half-hour and refreshments. Guest speaker will discuss good kidney health. Optional luncheon will follow the meeting at a local restaurant. New members welcome. 410-250-0980.

April 13: All-You-Can-Eat Chicken And Dumplings

5-7 p.m. Bishopville Fire Department Auxiliary Main Station. Adult: $12; children under 11: $6. Chicken, hand-rolled dumplings, cole slaw, green beans and sweet potatoes, water, tea, coffee. Soda, bottled water and desserts sold separately. Eat-in or carryout. 443-880-6966.

April 13: Bridge Bash And Games Galore

9:15 a.m. Doors open for registration and breakfast (homemade cinnamon rolls, pastries, juice, coffee; playing begins at 9:45 a.m.; lunch, short program and door prizes at noon. Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury. P.E.O. Chapter V, a philanthropic organization where women celebrate advancement of women, educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. $30 per person, space is limited. Four two-hour classes will be offered in March for 4100, location to be determined. 410-873-2126 or

April 15: Burley Oak Charity Night For Assateague Island Alliance

6-9 p.m. Burley Oak Brewing Company, Berlin. Win prizes, enjoy iive music courtesy of Michelle and Kathy from Full Circle, and enjoy a fresh brew or root beer. All funds raised benefit Assateague Island National Seashore.

April 26-28: Assateague Nature Photography Workshop

Friday: 7 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. Join world-class instructor Irene Sacilotto to focus on strategies and techniques required to produce high-quality wildlife images while capturing moments in nature. Limited spaces available. This workshop will utilize Assateague for field work. Fee. Registration:

April 30: Registration For Sussex C.A.R.E.S. Conference

“Creating Awareness Of Resources For Every Senior In Sussex County” conference set for May 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown, Del. Keynote speaker: Patricia W. Griffin, Master, Delaware Court of Chancery. Includes lunch and door prizes, vendors. All are invited to learn how to ensure that final wishes are carried out. Register: 302-396-9518 or

May 9: AARP Meeting

10 a.m. Ocean City Senior Center, 41st Street and Coastal Highway (behind the Dough Roller). Please arrive early at 9:30 a.m. for a social half-hour and refreshments. Guest speaker will discuss the Living Legacy Foundation. Optional luncheon will follow the meeting at a local restaurant. New members welcome. 410-250-0980.

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Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-Payment Is Required. We Accept Visa & MasterCard.

Help Wanted

landscape/Hardscape: Now hiring Landscape/Hardscape employees in Bishopville, MD. 2-4 spots open. Must be able to pass a bckgrnd ck. & have valid DL. Please call Erin at 410-251-7351 for any information or inquiries. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– line cooks: Ruth’s Chris Steak House now hiring for Full -Time Line Cooks. Apply in person, 1pm4pm. or call 410-213-9444. 11501 Maid at Arms Ln. Berlin, MD 21811 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Housekeepers: Sun Hospitality is now hiring Year round Housekeepers. Apply in person starting March 5th. Coconut Malorie, 200 59th St. Bayside, OC ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Yr serVers : alex’s italian restaurant Now hiring Year Round Servers. Apply in person. Rt 50 in West OC. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

dental oFFice: Busy Dental Office looking for Dental Assistant with Radiology Cert, good clinical & keyboard skills. Also, Front Desk position. Dental knowledge and good keyboard skills required. M-F, FT w/ many benefits. Fax 410-213-2955 or Email: ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– construction Help Wanted: Call 443-614-0234. Ocean City Area. ___________________________ oFFice manaGer: FT/YR. Seeking bright, energetic individual for our small office. Exp w/Word, Excel and QBooks. Excellent organizational, communication and customer service skills. Rental experience a plus. Send resume to –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WORK ON THE BEACH IN OCEAN CITY, MD. • Rent Umbrellas & Chairs To Beachgoers • Now Hiring Students For Over 80 Positions • Make Friends & Memories • Earn Valuable Sales & Customer Service Skills • Energetic Individuals Wanted • Hourly + Commission + Tips

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

coordinator special proGrams i HealtH serVices

Full Time, contractual position located in Snow Hill. The main purpose of this position is to conduct assessments, planning, education and evaluation of activities in Emergency Preparedness, all Hazards Response Planning, implementation and recovery of the Worcester County Health Department. Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, social work, psychology, education counseling or a related field. Background check required.

APPLY ONLINE at by March 29, 2019. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-632-1100 ext. 1221.

Full-time personal Banker

Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time personal Banker position available at our talbot street location. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to 12641 Ocean Gateway, OC, MD 21842 or email: Application cut off is 3-29-2019

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now accepting applications for the following positions: Front desk recreation room inspector room attendant maintenance serVer Barista Hostess line cook We are looking for experienced personnel with customer service skills. must be flexible with hours. email resume to or stop by and complete an application at the Front desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check. carousel resort Hotel & condominiums 11700 coastal Highway ocean city, md 21842 eoe

Front desk receptionist (Full time)

A caring. dependable person with excellent communication skills in person and on the phone. Dental experience in insurance and dental procedure knowledge is required.

Fax resume to 302-732-3855 or email to Immediate opening with benefits.

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Fax resume & salarY req. to: 410-723-9109 online at applY in person mon-sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. clarion resort FontaineBleau Hotel 10100 coastal HWY. ocean citY, md. 21842 eoe m/F/d/V

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Full Time, Seasonal Positions SERVER AM LINE COOK PM/OVERNIGHT HOUSEPERSON Apply in person or email resume to No phone calls, please 2 15th Street, Ocean City, Maryland All candidates must go through a satisfactory background check.

Full-time personal Banker

Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time personal Banker position available at one of our salisbury locations. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to P.O. Box 10, Willards, MD 21874 or email: Application cut off is 3-29-2019

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We are currently recruiting a Golf Sales Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for selling, coordinating, and packaging overnight accommodations, golf, and food & beverage. Previous golf packaging experience is a must. Excellent benefits package available. compensation commensurate with experience. Apply in person or fax resume with salary requirements Mondays through Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Fax resume & salarY req. to: 410-723-9109 or applY in person mon-sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. clarion resort FontaineBleau Hotel 10100 coastal HWY. ocean citY, md. 21842 eoe m/F/d/V


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

Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-Payment Is Required. We Accept Visa & MasterCard.

Now accepting applications for the following

March 15, 2019

The Carousel Group is looking for an energetic individual to become part of our sales team. The candidate’s area of responsibility includes conducting outside sales calls, obtaining new business accounts, conducting site tours, networking within the local business community and driving sales. The ideal candidate must be organized, professional, a team player and able to multi task. Excellent communication and presentation skills are imperative. Qualified applicants should possess a willingness to learn hotel sales and rooms software with a solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Prior hotel experience is a plus. This position requires a flexible work schedule. Email resume to or stop by and complete an application at the front desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check.

carousel resort Hotel & condominiums 11700 coastal Highway ocean city, md 21842 eoe Bookkeeper

Local real estate company is looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to assist in managing our day-to-day accounting and numerous rental accounts. Confidentiality, excellent organizational skills and accuracy are important qualifications. Good customer relations and the ability to communicate clearly is a must. Proficiency in QuickBooks, Word and Excel is required. Real Estate office experience a plus! The position is Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM (some flexibility in hours).

please email resumes to: the moore companies now Hiring

The Moore Companies of Berlin, MD are in need of Landscape Laborers & persons with Irrigation knowledge. Our serving areas include Selbyville & Millsboro, De and Ocean City, WOC, OP & Berlin, MD. Valid driv.’s lic. required. call 410-641-2177 or email to schedule an interview

now Hiring

Immediate openings:

OVERNIGHT PREP MGR. KITCHEN STAFF apply in person or online 302-436-4716

Worcester county Health department communitY HealtH nurse ii

Full Time, State Benefits. Occasional weekends and evenings required. Duties include but not limited to providing clinical services in the Communicable Disease Program including health promotion, maintenance, and education; case management and coordination of care for patients using the nursing process. Must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing. Valid driver’s license required. Background check & drug screening required. applY online at We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-632-1100 ext. 1221.

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DINING ROOM MANAGER We are currently recruiting an experienced Dining Room Manager to oversee and be responsible for our busy dining room & convention center. Must have strong management experience in a large restaurant, banquet and/or convention services experience, ability to train staff, excellent communication skills and ability to solve problems. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays. Our current F&B Manager is retiring after 26 years. Excellent salary and benefits package. Send resume and salary requirements to:

clarion resort FontaineBleau Hotel 10100 coastal HiGHWaY ocean citY, md. 21842 phone: 410-524-3535 Fax: 410-723-9109



Busy hotel is seeking a year round full time Sales Secretary. Must have hotel sales experience. Applicant must be detail oriented and computer literate, proficient in Excel, Word & Publisher. Sales CRM experience a plus. Exceptional people skills, professional phone & email etiquette a must. Excellent benefits, working conditions and salary (commensurate with experience). Qualified applicants only, forward resume with salary requirements to: SALES SECRETARY P.O. BOX 467 BERLIN, MD 21811 EOE M/F/D/V



•FUEL DOCK/DOCK HAND For additional information, please contact the Marina office at 302.227.3071 AA/EOE

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


DEcK cOATING APPLIcATORS INTERIOR REMODELING PROFESSIONALS LEAD cARPENTER/FRAMERS Please apply in person 12905 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City MD or online at call 443-366-5556 during regular business hours

dental assistant (Full time)

Experienced Dental Assistant for busy dental office in Dagsboro, DE. Self-motivated, responsible, and good communicator. Hours M-T 8-5 Friday 8-1. Benefits available.

call 302-732-3852 or email resume to


GREAT OPPORTUNITIES! In business for 35 years- We have Auto/ Marine parts stores, Service centers and Used car Dealership and still growing! Due to some recent retirements along with expansion, we are hiring for additional: - Experienced Technicians - Up to $27.00 hr. - Oil Lube -Tire Techs - Maryland State Inspector - Experienced Tow Truck Drivers-Very competitive pay!! - Auto Parts and Service counter Associates Locations in the Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Ocean city Maryland areas. company matched retirement plan and much more!! call: 443-373-1324 or 443-497-0465 Come grow with us ...Plenty of room for advancement!!

seeking Yr, experienced

line cooks serVers Bartenders

apply within Wednesday - sunday 11 am - 10 pm

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.

come See Us At The Ocean city Job Fair On March 31 From 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


centurY condo

maintenance person needed (Full time Year round) must have maintenance exp.

securitY Guard

(part time Year round) must be able to do rounds and secure building

send resume to

Only serious inquires please

restaurant manaGer Yr/pm

entry level position Banquet exp. a plus inquire Within 32 palm at Hilton suites 3200 Baltimore ave. ocean city, md


Business Opportunity. cleaning condos in Oc, MD. Must have experience & license.

contact Linda or Keti Shoreline Properties



doWnsiZinG! inside & out taG sale: Fri. 3/22 & Sat. 3/23. 9am-6pm. Furn., antiques, glassware, old farm tools, “yard sale” items. 9921 Main St, Berlin, MD. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––



FsBo/open House: 4BR 3 1/2 BA. 3,075 Sq. ft. 1st Floor Master. open House: 3/16 & 3/17, 1PM-4PM. Holiday Harbor, 11207 West Marie Dr. Bishopville, MD 21813. $379,500. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SEASONAL RENTAL May 10th-Sept 10th

2BR, 1.5 BA

Newly remodeled, big kitchen/ living area. Sleeps up to 6. $13,500/season + util’s

$2,000 sec. dep. 410-428-7333 312 Sunset Dr., Sunset Terrace


We Want Your Rentals!

We manage nice and updated long term rentals in Mid-North Ocean City area. Our business will take care of all the details in renting your property. Please contact us: “JNBINVESTMENTS-HILDA” on 302-222-6310 We have references available

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saddle For sale: Circuit Elite, English. Brown. Used but in great condition. Call for details. 410-713-9139. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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room For rent, op: Private RR, shared house. Must like dogs. Non smoker. $600. per mo. incls. utils. Avail. immed. 1 mile from North Gate. 215-852-2189. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

West Ocean city

Higgins crab House now taking applications:

•ExP. LIqUOR STORE ATTENDANT Please Apply in person Fri-Sun, 10am-7pm 128th St., Ocean city

Ceja’s Landscaping

Highly Desirable WhisperingWoodsNeighborhood

Priced to SELL $ 389,000 NO REALTORS 443-880-0364


WareHouse (larGe) For rent: 11212 Gum Point Road, Berlin, MD. $1,200 per month. Call 410-430-9797. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– West o.c. oFFice/retail spaces aVailaBle: 3 Offices/Retail and 2 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Whiton location will immediately follow. Contents of multiple units will be sold for cash at time of sale. For directions – 410-632-3900.

HandYman specialist: All new & existing decks. Builiding, powerwashing and staining. General Maintenance & Property Mgmt. Call for any other odd jobs! Joe 443-610-4644. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––-

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to all persons interested in the estate of WaYne e. FraZier. notice is given that Bernard k. leister, 306 tarrYtoWn road, ricHmond, Va 23229 and Grant e. leister, 11524 park BrancH lane, cHesterField, Va 23838, was on marcH 04, 2019 appointed personal representative of the small estate of: WaYne e. FraZier, who died on auGust 15, 2018 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before october 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

(2) thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. name of newspaper: maryland coast dispatch date of publication marcH 15, 2019 Bernard k. leister

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notice to creditors oF appointment oF ForeiGn personal representatiVe estate no. 17748

notice is given that the circuit court of loudon countY, Va, appointed marJorie m. Jackson, 110 queen st., ne, leesBurG, Va 20176 as the executor of the estate of nancY Jo Bell london, who died on decemBer 22, 2018, domiciled in VirGinia, usa. the maryland resident agent for service of process is mYrie e. Ward, whose address is 69 neWport driVe, Berlin, md 21811. 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. name of newspaper: maryland coast dispatch date of publication marcH 08, 2019 marJorie m. Jackson personal representative

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terri Westoctt register of Wills for Worcester county room 102 - court House one W. market street snow Hill, md 21863-1074 3x 3-08, 3-15, 3-22


laW oFFices oF coates, coates & coates, pa 6200 coastal HWY suite 300 ocean citY, marYland 21842 in tHe circuit court For Worcester countY marYland case no. c-23-cV-19-000065

JoHn Wood plaintiFF V tHe estate oF William F. duckett (deceased) deFendant and JoHn H. duckett personal representative of the estate of William F. duckett (deceased)

deFendant and William c.duckett personal representative of the estate of William F. duckett (deceased) and Worcester countY defendant and unknown owner of property described as 1 acre n side st martins neck road, BisHopVille, parcel no. 05-004489, the unknown owner's heirs, devisees, and personal representatives and their or any of their heirs, devisees, executors; administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right, title,. and interest defendants and all persons that have or claim to have an interest inproperty described as l ac n side st martins neck rd, BisHopVille, parcel no. 05-004489, deed ref. 233/118, assessed to William.F. duckett defendants order oF puBlication the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclo-

sure of all rights of redemption in the following parcel, sold by phil thompson, collector of taxes- for the state of maryland and treasurer of Worcester  county, to the plaintiff, and described as follows: 1ac n. side st. martins neck road, BisHopVille; parcel no. 05-004489; assessed to William F. duckett.

the complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary to redeem the property has not been paid.

it is hereupon, this 7th of marcH, 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 maY 12, 2019; 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 marcH 15, 2019

Brian d. sHockleY JudGe For tHe circuit court For Worcester countY 3x 3-15, 3-22, 3-29


small estate notice oF appointment notice to creditors notice to unknoWn Heirs estate no. 17047

to all persons interested in the estate of Frederick Francis Jackson, Jr. notice is given that eileen marie Jackson, 1304 ocean parkWaY, Berlin, md 21811, were on auGust 08, 2017 appointed personal representative of the small estate of: Frederick Francis Jackson, Jr., who died on maY 16, 2017 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the

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estate file in the office of the register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before october 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. name of newspaper: maryland coast dispatch date of publication marcH 15, 2019

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notice oF appointment notice to creditors notice to unknoWn Heirs estate no. 17751

to all persons interested in the estate of audreY H. snYder, aka: audreY JoHnson snYder, estate no. 17751. notice is given that katHY a. eit-

ner, 808 oak driVe, moreHead, nc 28557 was on marcH 05, 2019 appointed personal representatives of the estate of audreY H. snYder, who died on FeBruarY 28tH, 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 5tH day of septemBer, 2019. any persons having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned persona representative or file their objections with the register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before october 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. claim forms may be obtained from the register of Wills. name of newspaper: maryland coast dispatch date of publication marcH 15, 2019 katHY a. eitner personal representative

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to all persons interested in the estate of lorraine sWena scHoolField, estate no. 17749. notice is given that ed l. marsHall, 402 cedar street, pocomoke citY, md 21851 and tommY r. marsHall, 908 laurel street, pocomoke citY, md 21851 and deBoraH marsHall reVels, 908 laurel street, pocomoke citY, md 21851 was on marcH 07, 2019 appointed personal representatives of the estate of lorraine sWena scHoolField, who died on FeBruarY 12tH, 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 be-

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fore the 7tH day of septemBer, 2019. any persons having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned persona representative or file their objections with the register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before october 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

(2) two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. claim forms may be obtained from the register of Wills.

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ed l. marsHall tommY r. marsHall deBoraH marsHall reVels personal representatives true test copy terrY Wescott register of Wills for Worcester county room 102 - court House one W. market street snow Hill, md 21863-1074 3x 3-15, 3-22, 3-29


BeFore tHe reGister oF Wills For Worcester countY, marYland in tHe estate oF peter romano estate no. 17761

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to all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by peter s. Buas, esq., 3509 coastal HiGHWaY, ocean citY, md 21842. a hearing will be held at Worcester countY courtHouse court room 4, one W. market st. snoW Hill, md. 21863 on 4/02/2019 at 10:15am.

this hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the register of Wills.

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notice notice oF application to estaBlisH a BrancH oF a state memBer Bank

shore united Bank, 18 e. dover street, easton, maryland intends to apply to the Federal reserve Board for permission to establish a branch at 12905 ocean Gateway, ocean city, maryland 21872. the Federal reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application including the record of performance of applicant banks in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal reserve Bank of richmond, p.o. Box 27622, richmond, Va 23261. comments can also be sent electronically to the comment period will not end before march 31, 2019. the Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 c.F.r. part 262. procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 c.F.r. 262.25. to obtain a copy of the Federal reserve Board’s procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact adam m. drimer, assistant Vice president, at (804) 697-8980. the Federal reserve will consider your comments and any request for a public meeting or formal hearing on the application if they are received in writing by the reserve Bank on or before the last day of the comment period.

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and, important as well to our local community. As year-round residents, our family and friends have had to utilize the vital services offered in the AGH Emergency Room. Recognizing the importance of this community asset, we are excited to participate in its improvements and maintain this valuable resource in the most modern manner possible with today’s latest technology and advances in medicine,” said Sandy and Palmer Gillis. Below, from left, are Toni Keiser, vice president of public relations at AGH; Jack Burbage, AGH Campaign for the Future co-chair and CEO of Blue Water Development; Sandy and Palmer Gillis; Todd Ferrante, chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation; and Michael Franklin, president and CEO of AGH. Submitted Photos

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Questions For Future Del. Beach Replenishment Projects

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FENWICK ISLAND –Funding for future beach replenishment projects was called into question by Fenwick’s mayor last month. In a meeting of the Fenwick Island Town Council Feb. 22, Mayor Gene Langan shared an update on future beach replenishment projects. He said in a recent meeting with the mayors and representatives of coastal towns, officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and

Environmental Control (DNREC) outline future funding challenges related to beach replenishment projects. “Typically, the cost share is the federal government does 65 [percent] and the state does 35 [percent],” he said. “What they are looking for is creative ways to raise money in the future.” While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed its latest round of beach replenishment in Fenwick Island, Langan said the town must start planning for future projects. “Fenwick is not scheduled for another one until 2022 unless we have an emer-


gency, but we have to start planning now,” he said. “They are probably going to ask for some money from the towns, but we can’t do this all ourselves.” Langan said the last beach replenishment in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick totaled more than $18 million. But he said partnerships with the state and county might be needed to fund future projects. “In years past, the town assessed people in helping to pay for beach replenishment,” he said. “The feeling among all the towns is this isn’t a coastal town problem. This is the whole county’s


March 15, 2019 and the whole state’s problem because we aren’t the only ones using the beach.” Langan explained beach replenishment projects supported the state’s tourism industry, which he said brings in approximately $5 billion a year and creates more than 55,000 jobs. “The thought among most people is we have to keep these dunes and beaches maintained so we can, one, keep our property values maintained and, two, keep tourism as a driver of the economy,” he said. Langan said he would keep the public informed as discussions continue.

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OCEAN CITY – Susan G. Komen Maryland has announced some changes for its annual spring fundraiser in Ocean City. Komen has been hard at work on the next evolution in the history of the Race for the Cure® series, and residents of the Eastern Shore will be among the first in the country to see it. Komen Maryland has been selected to be one of 26 locations across the country to launch the new Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK WalkTM event, which along with a new name will include a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible. This new approach is based on input from participants across the country, data from nine pilot events in 2018, and by Komen’s own observations from years as the leader in breast cancer walks. “Much of what you have come to love about the race will continue with our new MORE THAN PINK Walk,” said Michael Jessup, executive director of Komen Maryland, “These changes are

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PINK Walk will not have a separate timed run element, focusing instead on the vast majority of the event’s participants who walk, rather than run, during the event historically. This change will create a greater sense of community among participants and will provide a more personalized, emotional experience for all who attend. “We’re excited about this new chapter and encourage everyone to register and begin fundraising. We look forward to seeing everyone walking on


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Page 76 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open TuesdaySunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and 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! 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

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the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-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. Full menu includes appetizers, salads, stromboli, hoagies and wedgies, pizza, spaghetti and more. Open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight.

FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking.

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.

MAD FISH BAR & GRILL 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City West Ocean City has welcomed a new concept created by the team of The Embers and Blu Crabhouse. Located conveniently on the harbor with tremendous views of the Inlet and sunsets, the menu offers something for everyone. Fresh fish and classic seafood dishes will tempt most, but the Filet Mignon from the land side never disappoints. Lighter options, like Certified Angus Beef burgers and fish and shrimp tacos, are also offered along with a diverse kids menu. Check out the outdoor decks for drink specials and live music. 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

HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL South Harbor Road • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course.

28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment.

HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning.

32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and

45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the

March 15, 2019 backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 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 Street • 410-289-0973 Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, pierogis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway • 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 76 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, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 • The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer. MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront • 410-289-1201 Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Fred-dy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street

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443-664-6801 • Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost! 94TH STREET NORTH-FENWICK BETHANY

BILLY’S SUB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 Rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Fresh-dough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving

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happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: 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. GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab

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cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 • 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! 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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Saturday Matinee Fundraiser March 23 THE CLAYTON THEATRE • $10 Featuring The Steve Martin/John Candy Comedy

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One of Ocean City’s most famous mayors was the late eight-term Mayor Harry W. Kelley Jr. He was born in Ocean City, served as a lifeguard on the beach patrol and was a city councilman for 16 years before being elected mayor in 1970. His fights with the Army Corps of Engineers over beach revitalization were legendary and his ride into the 13th Street surf on a bulldozer gained national media attention in 1977. At the height of the gas crisis in 1979, Kelley had the city buy gas by the tanker truckload and promised summer visitors that if they came to Ocean City they would have enough gas to get home. Kelley died at the age of 66 and his funeral in February 1985 was one of the largest ever held in Ocean City. Harry Kelly will long be remembered. Photo courtesy of Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum

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