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Resort Council Votes Down Community Cell Towers

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Preparing for the future while holding onto the past was the center of a debate this week about the deployment of small-cell towers in an uptown neighborhood. Members of the Ocean City Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a request from private sector company Crown Castle to install six new small-cell towers to enhance wireless service in north Ocean City, including three in the Montego Bay community. For the record, Crown Castle installs

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small cell towers and nodes around the resort and contracts with wireless providers like Verizon and Sprint, for example, to provide the hardware. Even before the Mayor and Council reached the agenda item and Crown Castle’s presentation, a large contingent of Montego Bay residents was on hand and voiced opinions on the proposal to install three cell towers in their community. The majority of the dozen or so who spoke during the public comment period were opposed to adding any small cell towers in their neighborhood, while a handful spoke in favor of adding the towers, which could enhance wireless serv-

ice in underserved areas, especially with the advent of 5G technology. After considerable debate, the council voted 5-1 to deny the three towers in Montego Bay, with Councilman Mark Paddack in opposition and Councilman Lloyd Martin absent. Paddack later made a motion to approve the other three cell tower locations in north Ocean City, but his motion died for lack of a second. At the end of the day, the council had essentially denied all six of the small cell towers requested by Crown Castle, but the denial could be merely symbolic. A federal court ruling in the case of Portland versus the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last summer ostensibly decided wireless carriers were free to install small cell towers in communities as they see fit with little oversight from local governments, save for agreements on locations and aesthetics. The Town of Ocean City already has in place an agreement with Crown Castle on desired locations and the aesthetics of the equipment. In many cases, the small cell nodes and associated equipment are installed on existing light fixtures and blend easily into the scenery. In other cases, the small towers are stand-alone, but are designed to mimic other fixtures in a given area. Before the council could take up the debate, several members of the Montego Bay community weighed in. Holly Donovan, representing many in the com-

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munity, said the biggest concern was the appearance of the proposed small cell towers, although she pointed out there were some health concerns as well. “Our main concern is aesthetics,” she said. “Cell towers are out of character with our neighborhood. I have heard overwhelming opposition to cell towers in Montego Bay and I urge you to listen to the feedback you’ve heard from our community.” Another Montego Bay resident, Karen Powell, agreed the community’s aesthetics could be compromised, even by adding three towers. “Aesthetics in Montego Bay are what makes the community,” she said. “There’s not a tall building or a tall tower anywhere. It’s an old-fashioned family neighborhood.” However, Montego Bay resident Eric Waterman said the three small cell towers could greatly improve wireless service in underserved areas of the community and said his neighbors who spoke on Tuesday did not represent the feelings of the majority on the issue. He pointed to a recent survey when 219 homeowners voted in favor and 104 voted against. “The majority of the people commenting today want you to believe everybody in Montego Bay are against these,” he said. “A survey indicates it’s more like two-to-one in favor. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.” Crown Castle Government Relations SEE PAGE 45


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Council, Air Show Dispute Last Year’s Profit Sharing Deal

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – An agreement between Ocean City and the OC Air Show was derailed this week amid a debate about the profit-sharing plan for the event’s livestream. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the city and the air show, set for June 19-20, is typically an innocuous chore needed to be completed before the event that carefully spells out each party’s responsibilities. However, this year the MOU approval became more complicated because of some of the language in the 2021 document, especially regarding the profit-sharing of advertising sales revenue from the event’s livestream. Last year, the air show was postponed in June, with the promise to revisit the

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event if and when COVID-19 restrictions eased to the point it could be pulled off successfully. It was later scheduled for mid-August, but ongoing COVID restrictions limited large gatherings, essentially eliminating the traditional show center on the beach near 15th Street. Instead, the 2020 air show – limited to just Saturday due to poor weather -- was livestreamed with narration and music choreographed to the action in the skies, allowing people to enjoy the show from afar and hotel and condo balconies, for example. The livestream was a critical success, although it is uncertain if it was a financial win, given the short timeframe the promoter’s third-party provider had to gain sponsors and sell advertising. When it appeared the air show was not going to go off as planned last year, the Mayor and Council agreed to provide the promoter with a $100,000 investment

on top of its typical $35,000 commitment to ensure it would be held and to offset the cost of providing the livestream. The city’s additional funding came with stipulations, including it would only be used to pay invoices, the town would receive 50% of livestream ad revenue and the city would get the email addresses of livestream subscribers. On Tuesday, Special Events Director Frank Miller and Ocean City Air Show promoter Bryan Lilley was seeking to expand the show center footprint on the beach in order to accommodate this year’s ticket holders along with the tickets he was honoring from last year’s altered show. “The promoter is looking to expand the show footprint on the beach,” he said. “It would allow them to expand the show center to 13th Street and provide them with more opportunity to sell tickets since

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they are honoring the 2020 tickets.” A motion was made to approve the MOU for the 2021 air show, but before a vote was taken, the Mayor and Council had some questions about certain specific language in the document. For example, Councilman John Gehrig questioned the section regarding headline acts. “What are we defining as headline acts?” he said. “The Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels are headline acts, but I’m not sure about some of these others. Bringing in headline acts are tied to the town’s funding commitment.” Frank Miller explained the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels certainly qualified as headline acts, but the same could be said about the Canadian Air Force Snow Birds, or even the single aircraft military performers such as the Warthog or the Harrier, for example. “We’ve been very privileged to have back-to-back performances by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds in recent years,” he said. “Most air shows don’t have that luxury. The Snow Birds are a fabulous performance and the military single-ship performers are still strong and draw big crowds.” Frank Miller said Ocean City was fortunate to have a run in recent years of performances by the top military jet teams. “We have been lucky,” he said. “If there was ever a year when the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels weren’t available, it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t have an air show. We’d just have to discuss it.” Gehrig broached the subject of the profit-sharing from ad sales from the livestreaming of the air show. “Did we get any revenue from ad sales last year?” he said. “This MOU specifically states the promoter shall provide the town of Ocean City with 50% of all revenue from the live feed.” Lilley said he hoped to bring back the livestream of the event for 2021, but there was no funding mechanism in place to do that at this point. “That was an accommodation last year because of the COVID circumstances and no narration or music at show central on the beach,” he said. “At this point, we have no funding dedicated to the livestream. The air show does not have a financial model to absorb the cost of the livestream.” When pressed about the town’s $100,000 commitment last year, Lilley, who was participating in the meeting via cell phone, said that investment was not explicitly linked to providing a livestream. “The $100,000 commitment last year was just to have an air show,” he said. “Without that investment, there was no air show. That funding was about keeping the air show alive last year.” According to language in the MOU, the town is supposed to receive 50% of the revenue derived from the livestream, with the promoter receiving the other 50%. However, Lilley pointed out he had to contract with a third-party to produce the livestream and gain sponsors and sell advertising, which cut into his share. For example, if the town got its 50%, then Lilley might get 25% and the third-party SEE PAGE 47


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Berlin Officials Frustrated With Mayor’s Budget Approach

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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BERLIN – Several of the town’s council members voiced frustration this week with the lack of information being shared by Mayor Zack Tyndall. In the wake of a divisive tax rate discussion last week, council members remain frustrated with the current budget process. While the timing is one issue, some say another is the fact that Tyndall is slow to share information. “He won’t share anything he’s received with the council,” Councilman Troy Purnell said. “He’s got the information and will disseminate what we can and cannot see.” Tyndall, meanwhile, maintains that he’s providing more information than the last mayor. “This council is getting information way earlier than I ever did [as a council per-

son],” he said. Last Monday, the council voted 4-1, with Purnell opposed, to approve a tax rate of $.815 per $100 of assessed valuation. The decision came after hours of discussion and exceeded the current rate of $.80, which the mayor recommended retaining. Tyndall said this week that while he signed the ordinance setting the rate out of respect for the council, he was not happy with increasing taxes. “I felt like it was a reverse bidding war,” he said of the meeting, which included motions for tax rates ranging from $.815 to $.86. He said he remains confident that a tax rate of $.80 would have served the town well. He doesn’t want to simply increase taxes because the cost of business is going up. “We need to look at costs, look at what’s necessary,” he said. “We can’t

continue to do business as usual.” Councilman Jay Knerr acknowledges that taxes were voters’ primary concern as he campaigned last fall. “That being said, when we got into the budget it was clear it was out of sync,” he said. “You couldn’t possibly balance the budget on 80 cents.” His peers agreed. Purnell pointed out the town does not have the money it needs to address roadwork or capital projects. While he favored at least a sixcent increase, others said $.815 was at least a step in the right direction. “The increase, in my view, was a compromise and a step to get the town moving forward,” Councilman Jack Orris said. “We need to do something to start preparing and saving for the future. That being said, during the upcoming budget sessions, I plan to offer suggestions to use the increased revenue for capital projects and cushion our new reserve policy.”

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Knerr maintains that the cuts Tyndall proposed to get to the $.80 rate — things like pay increases, cell phone allowances and training expenses — should not have been made. He believes the town’s employees are critical to its success. “If their morale is busted, they may not stay,” he said. Purnell also didn’t agree with those reductions. “That’s not how I treat my staff,” he said. Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols echoed their concerns. “Those guys are the backbone of this town,” she said. “I understand the citizens are the most important members of the community but at the same time I also feel that the people that run this town, that do the grunt work day in and day out to keep this town in the standard that we have it, deserve to be compensated adequately.” The council’s concerns with Tyndall’s proposed budget were exacerbated by the fact that a policy approved in 2019 required adoption of the tax rate at the second meeting in March. Budget work sessions, however, don’t begin until April. Following last week’s lengthy discussion, several council members are advocating for a change once this year’s budget is complete. “The process the way it is currently doesn’t offer any information to the public in regards to the budget,” Orris said. “If SEE NEXT PAGE

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we set the rate after all the meetings, public work sessions and hearings, the public can see throughout the whole process what we’re all paying for. After this budget season, I’m looking forward to working with the mayor, council and staff to develop a more transparent and informative budget timeline.” Knerr said the council would be able to make a better decision regarding the tax rate if it had budget information. “This whole process has been quite backward,” he said. “I don’t know how you work with that.” Having received Tyndall’s proposed general fund budget three days before the decision on the tax rate, council members are now anxious to get the utility funds’ proposed budgets. “Unfortunately, the mayor has seen them but has not released them,” Knerr said. “He’s withholding information. You need to work with your council. That’s not happening, which is unfortunate.” Nichols said that as a new council member she hadn’t been sure what to expect during the budget process. “I thought that during the budget process there would've been far more communication than we're having right now,” she said. “I'm hoping that it gets better, that these are just growing pains for all parties involved and, being very optimistic here, I know that within these next three to four years that we are going to learn to

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Ocean City Reworks Outdoor Seating Permit Application

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – In what could be another change borne out of the pandemic that might remain permanent, resort officials this week agreed to extend the outdoor dining permit program implemented last year for local businesses. Last year in the midst of the pandemic, the Mayor and Council implemented a permit process allowing local hospitality businesses to utilize outdoor space for dining. The program was instituted at the height of state restrictions on indoor

dining and dozens of local businesses took advantage of it. Ocean City food service establishments generally fell into one of three categories in terms of outdoor seating. Naturally, those with existing dining areas were immediately allowed to utilize those areas when Gov. Larry Hogan announced the first phase of the state’s recovery plan. The second category included those that did not have existing outdoor dining, but had opportunities on their own private property to create areas for outdoor seating. The third included those businesses desiring to use

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said there have been some requests to make the outdoor seating accommodations permanent. “We’ve had a lot of folks who have applied for making their outdoor seating areas permanent,” he said. “We’re working through that process now.” Neville said the council in January approved extending the outdoor dining permit program through the end of 2021. However, some of the governor’s restrictions on restaurants and bars have since changed. For example, in mid-March, the 50% capacity rule was lifted, however, social distancing and table-spacing rules remain in place, resulting in most restaurants being unable to seat to their stated capacity maximum. For that reason, some of the language in the permit application needed to be changed. “Everyone is optimistic for the program this year, but some of the language needs to be clarified,” he said. “When we looked at this in January, many of the governor’s restrictions were still in place. We need to update the application form.” Neville said his staff would handle most of the requests, but anything new or significantly different would come before the Mayor and Council. “We can keep the renewals at the staff level if you’re comfortable with that,” he said. “Any new requests would come back before you.”

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time to be volunteers. “It’s a big commitment,” he said. Rhode showed elected officials the BFC’s vehicles, which include a 75-foot ladder truck as well as a new engine, purchased for $800,000 in 2019, that can carry 2,000 gallons of water. Officials were also given a look at the company’s new ambulance, which features a hydraulic stretcher and is capable of transporting two patients. Fitzgerald said the BFC had been forced to cut ambulance staff to three because of funding constraints. “We used to staff four people,” Fitzgerald said. Because two respond to each call, any time there’s a second ambulance call in Berlin Fitzgerald said that patient might have to wait on a crew from another fire company. “That has handicapped us pretty severely,” Fitzgerald said. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood asked why BFC’s fundraising revenue was down when other fire companies were still having success with fundraisers. Fitzgerald explained that the BFC’s most lucrative fundraiser in years past was a casino night. With the addition of a real casino in Worcester County, however, he said that event was no longer viable. He added that most area residents just assumed their tax dollars were going to the fire company. While the company does get funding from the town and county, it also relies on donations and fundraisers to operate. “We’re open to ideas,” he said. Tyndall invited the company to set up at Berlin’s special events. “You’re more than welcome to set up a medical tent any time we close down the road, you’re welcome to have a booth out there,” he said. “You could have cadets or medical personnel or members do blood pressure checks. Whatever you want to do we’re here to help.” Tyndall thanked officials for the tour and the opportunity for newly elected officials to get an idea of what went on at the firehouse. He added he was hoping funding for a strategic plan would be included in the town’s budget and the BFC and Atlantic General Hospital would both be part of that process.

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OCEAN CITY – A Cambridge, Md., man is being held without bond this week on first-degree assault charges after allegedly strangling a female victim and trashing a downtown hotel room. Around 4:15 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a hotel at 28th Street for a reported disorderly male. While officers were responding, Ocean City Communications advised the male may have thrown a chair out of a window. Communications also advised there was damage to the hallway outside of the disorderly male’s room, according to police reports. OCPD officers responded to the third floor of the hotel and found a fire extinguisher lying in the hallway and broken glass scattered about, according to police reports. OCPD officer knocked on the suspect’s door, but no one responded. The hotel manager opened the door using a master key and OCPD officers entered. According to police reports, the room was in disarray with broken glass and trash scattered about and OCPD officers observed a lamp on its side with fresh blood on it. The officers also observed the sliding glass door was damaged and a lamp and two chairs had been thrown from the room and landed on the floors below, according to police reports. Meanwhile, other officers arrived on scene and located a male suspect, identified as David Brickwood, 32, in the lobby with bloody knuckles, according to police reports. Brickwood was reportedly intoxicated and hotel staff confirmed he was registered to the room where the damage had occurred. During the investigation, a female victim arrived on the scene. The victim reportedly told police Brickwood had strangled her to the point she was unable to breathe and also punched her in the head. The victim reportedly told police she ran away in fear of Brickwood finding her and “finishing what he started,” according to police reports. The victim also reportedly had red marks and bruising on her neck and repeatedly told police “he knows where my children live, and he said he is going to kill them,” according to police reports. Brickwood was arrested. While police attempted to place him in the transport vehicle, he allegedly head-butted one officer. Officers had to take Brickwood to the ground in order for him to be transported and he was ultimately taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. He was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and ordered held without bond.

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Worcester Announces Tech School Teacher As Honoree

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SNOW HILL – Education officials have selected Worcester Technical High School’s Aarti Sangwan as the 2021 Teacher of the Year. In a virtual ceremony Friday, Superintendent Lou Taylor recognized nominees and announced that Sangwan, who teaches computer science, preengineering and physics, was the 2021 Worcester County Teacher of the Year. “It’s truly an honor to represent our county at the state level,” said Sangwan, who is in her sixth year of teaching at Worcester Tech. Though the pandemic again prompted the cancellation of the school system’s annual gala honoring teachers, educators held a virtual ceremony Fri-

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day to recognize the county’s 14 Teacher of the Year nominees. “While we had held out hope we would be able to return to hosting our beautiful gala in Ocean City to honor our teachers while they are surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, unfortunately we’re not quite to that point in this pandemic,” Taylor said. “But just because we can’t be together in person to celebrate our teachers it doesn’t mean we can’t gather together here on social media and in family watch parties in the thousands of homes across our region.” The virtual ceremony included clips of each nominee teaching as well as commentary from educators and students. Taylor said the presentation highlighted the efforts of all the county’s teachers.

“This year more than any other I have witnessed our teachers’ courage and dedication in ways I have never seen,” he said. “To all of our educators tuning in tonight I am so proud of you and incredibly grateful for each and every one of you.” Finalists for the 2021 award were Buckingham Elementary School’s Melissa Reid, Pocomoke Elementary School’s Lauren Walker, Snow Hill Middle School’s Cara Kurtz and Sangwan. The winner was selected by scored evaluations from a panel of education and local officials. Diane Shorts, the school system’s chief academic officer for prekindergarten through eighth grade, praised all of those who’d been nominated. “What an amazing group of educators,” she said. “They are all phenome-

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nal teachers that are truly working to reach every child in their care.” Sangwan’s peers at Worcester Tech described her as a role model who could always be found helping students, whether it was through tutoring or after-school clubs. Student Jessica Beck said during Friday’s ceremony that Sangwan was efficient and engaging. “You sit down in class one day and by the time you’ve left you haven’t even realized you’ve learned so much because it’s so natural and it feels so effortless the way that she presents,” Beck said. In an interview this week, Sangwan said that while she was initially just happy to be her school’s Teacher of the Year nominee, her heart started racing when she found out she was a finalist. “I was excited,” she said. Sangwan, who has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in computer science, earned her Master of Arts in teaching from Salisbury University. She said she’d always been interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. While she was initially hired to teach AP physics, she was thrilled to add preengineering and bio-med classes to her schedule. She’ll be involved with a new cyber security course next year. ‘The best part about my job is being able to teach the subjects I enjoy,” she said, adding that she tries to keep classes hands-on. She loves seeing her students’ “Aha!” moments. “I see the excitement,” she said. Sangwan does her best to promote science literacy and science education. She coaches Science Olympiad teams and SkillsUSA engineering challenge competitors. She also oversees a girls coding club, which she says educates students about the importance of cyber security and also brings more female representation to the computer science field. As the 2021 Teacher of the Year, Sangwan will represent Worcester County in the state level competition.


OPA Holds Public Hearing Before Referendum On Spending Limit

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OCEAN PINES – A discussion on a referendum involving board spending limits highlighted a public hearing in Ocean Pines last week. Last Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors held a public hearing on a referendum proposal to lower the board’s spending limit on capital expenditures. Currently, the board can spend 20% of assessment income – which is about $1.8 million in fiscal year 2020-2021 – on capital expenditures without a referendum. The membership will soon vote on a bylaw change that will lower that threshold to $1 million. In 2019, former board director Slobodan Trendic filed a lawsuit against the association after its board rejected his petition to hold a referendum that would lower the board’s spending limit. And late last year, a Worcester County Circuit Court judge ruled the petition met OPA requirements and that the association was required to put the question to a vote. President Larry Perrone told community members last week a public hearing was the first step in the referendum process. “A mailing has to go out that will include a brief statement from Mr. Trendic as well as from the OPA board,” he said. “We intend to have that mailing go out to the community no later than April 8. The ballots will have a return date of May 13, and the count of the ballots will be Friday, May 14. The count will be done by the Election Committee.” In his comments last week, Trendic thanked the 800-plus community members who signed his petition, as well as those who donated money to help cover his legal expenses. “This started two years ago, and we are finally sort of at the finish line,” he said. “Petition is a very important vehicle to the membership and that’s why I

felt it was necessary to preserve our rights as members to voice our interest and to present to the board and to the membership either a proposal or action – or in my case a question – that requires, if approved, changing the bylaws.” Resident Grant Helvey told the board last Saturday he supported the bylaw change. He noted examples of SEE PAGE 16

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FROM PAGE 15 prior boards spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on projects, one of which never came to fruition. “It does appear we should let the community decide on such issues that exceed $1 million,” he said. “I’m going to vote yes on the referendum question, knowing that a yes vote could lead to restricting the board’s spending limit to $1 million without community approval.” Jeremy Tucker, the association’s general counsel, stressed that the board currently has a spending limit of 20% on capital expenditures without a referendum. He said it would be up to the membership to decide if that limit should be reduced to a fixed $1 million. “The language of the amendment does not create carve-outs for addi-

tions, alterations or improvements costing more than $1 million needing approval,” he added. “It’s any expenditure requires approval, a single project over $1 million requires approval.” Board members, however, said the proposed bylaw change would have unintended consequences, most notably for the association’s bulkhead replacement program. Perrone noted annual bulkhead work could exceed $1 million in the coming years. “Those expenditures would require a referendum every year,” he said. Trendic and several community members suggested the association put together a five-year replacement plan with cost estimates and bring it before community members in a referendum. Officials, however, argued varying material and labor costs made

it impossible. Association members also noted the bylaws allowed the association to divide bulkhead work into phases, with work not exceeding $1 million. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid here, breaking up costs just to fit it under a referendum dollar,” Perrone replied. “You want to talk about transparency, that is a lack of transparency.” Resident Jay Perskie said he had concerns about a bylaw change that would restrict board spending on capital expenditures to $1 million. He said maintaining a percentage threshold, even one that is less than 20%, would allow the association to take inflation into account. “Sadly $1 million isn’t what it used to be …,” he said. “We may want to consider a more thoughtful way of setting

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it rather than just freezing it and not taking anything into consideration for inflation or for deflation.” When asked why he proposed a referendum question that set a spending limit of $1 million, Trendic said he did so at the suggestion of community members. He said he supported that limit after looking at the association’s assets and future capital projects. “It has nothing to do with handcuffing the board, current or future boards,” he said. “It has to do with giving the membership an opportunity to have a voice in any capital expenditure that exceeds $1 million.” Resident Paula Marple agreed, adding the proposed bylaw change would give community members a say in how money is spent. “There have been boards we have not been able to trust because they turned out to be not trustworthy,” she said. “So it is not that we do not trust this board. The problem is we have been burned and have not been able to trust former boards.” Board members, however, said community members have an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns throughout the budget process and during public hearings and town hall meetings. “The referendum is not an efficient way to have a voice in my view,” Director Colette Horn said. “The engagement of the membership in coming to our monthly board meetings and receiving very detailed financial reports put out by our treasurer with very detailed project updates and operations updates from our general manager provides a great deal of transparency of where exactly your assessment dollars go.” Director Camilla Rogers added holding a referendum costs the association roughly $30,000 in postage, printing and legal review. “There’s a lot to be considered here,” she said. “When you get your ballot, I hope you’ll think about it.”

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Proposed Fishing Grounds Closure Eyed For Training

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Concerns have been raised over a federal agency planning to close a vast area of open ocean off the coast from late April to early May for specialized training and systems testing. Earlier this month, the Federal Registry posted a notice of the proposed closure and opened a public comment period. In February, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) informed the Coast Guard is will be conducting U.S. government training and systems testing from April 25 through May 8. The training and testing will take place in two locations off the coast of Ocean City, according to the Federal Register listing. “The Captain of the Port MarylandNational Capital Region had determined that a security zone is needed for waterborne protection of the public, mitigation of potential terrorist acts, and the enhancing of public and maritime safety and security in order to safeguard life, property and the environment on or near the navigable waters near Ocean City, Maryland,” the Federal Register listing reads. According to the Federal Register listing, the security zone will be established off the coast of Ocean City from 9 a.m. on April 25 through 10 p.m. on May 8. The security zone will be enforced from 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. on each day of the two-week closure. The security zone is roughly 9.3 nautical miles in length and 3.6 nautical miles in width. It’s a little cryptic just what the NGA does. According to its website, the agency “delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, military service members, intelligence professionals and first-responders” The NGA website also states “anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, located targets, responds to natural disasters or even navigates with a cell phone relies on NGA.” The Federal Register invites interested parties and stakeholders to submit written comments on the proposed closure and Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star this week said the local fishing community is taking the agency up on the offer. “It’s going to close a pretty big slice of bottom close to Ocean City,” he said. “It blocks off pretty much everything to the east. The public comment period is open, and the boys are commenting.” Comments can be submitted to www.regulations.gov in the public participation and requests for comment section. The public comment period is open until April 15.

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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FENWICK ISLAND – An effort to improve drainage on West Farmington Street will advance to the town council with a favorable recommendation from a resort committee. On Tuesday, the Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee voted to forward a favorable recommendation to the Fenwick Island Town Council to include a street drainage improvement project in the town’s capital budget. Officials say the project – estimated to cost roughly $31,000 – is expected to improve water quality and reduce ponding in the roadway between Our Harvest and Eclectic. “It’s a pretty simple plan,” said Erik Hughes, representative with the engineering firm AECOM. “It’s not a large project, it’s part of your overall project that included West Indian and Delaware Avenue and Indian Street. It’s a small part of a larger project that we believe will improve the drainage situation in town.” Town Manager Terry Tieman said Fenwick Island began working on projects that address drainage, stormwater infrastructure and runoff in 2013. Since that time, she said, the town has completed improvements on several side streets, as well as a study on sea level rise and planning for improve-

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Work Expected To Cost $31K, Help ‘Drainage Situation In Town’

ments along Delaware Avenue and West Indian and West Farmington streets. “That’s where these projects came from,” she said. In a presentation this week, AECOM representatives outlined plans for the West Farmington Street project. Project Manager Kyle Gulbronson said the improvement project would be similar to the one completed on Dagsboro Street in recent years. “What these projects will do is improve drainage and create as much storage as we can …,” he said. “This improvement won’t prevent flooding during a storm situation, but it will improve drainage and eliminate the ponding that is occurring during minor rain events.” Hughes explained perforated pipes, additional catch basins and gravel trenches would be installed toward the easternmost side of West Farmington. The new piping system would then be connected to existing outfalls.

While the project would impact a few properties on the south side of the street, officials said the work would likely be completed in the off-season. “We are looking for a solution that considers that there’s a limited budget and that we want to have limited disruption to the residents and businesses that are in town,” Hughes said. While the project would address nuisance flooding at the intersection of West Farmington and Coastal Highway, some residents noted it would do nothing to address tidal flooding on the westernmost portion of the street. “Our biggest problem is the catch basins …,” said resident Bob Warburton. “That is causing us much more problems than the flooding up by [Our Harvest] because the backflow preventer at the end of that pipe has never worked and maintenance is almost nonexistent. Every time we have a high tide the water just backs up in that catch basin and creates more problems than what it’s worth.”

While admitting the project did not address tidal flooding at the west end of the street, officials said the town was planning to install new backflow preventers that would alleviate the problem. Tieman added the town needed additional studies to address the tidal flooding issue. “We cannot solve this flooding problem,” she said. “That is a sea level rise and climate change issue that will require major investments from the state and federal government, and there will be investments that property owners may have to make … In the end, the solution to sea level rise is very expensive.” Committee member and Councilman Bill Weistling said the town could reevaluate flooding issues along West Farmington once the proposed improvement project was completed. “Let’s do the work and see what happens when the work’s done …,” he said. “The problem might be solved. If not, we will go back and address it.” After further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to forward the drainage project to the town council with a favorable recommendation. “I think people need to understand this is not a correction of everything,” said Councilman Bernie Merritt, committee chair. “It alleviates some of the smaller problems, but we will still be faced with large rainfall ponding.”

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‘An Extraordinary Day For Offshore Wind’ Biden Outlines Lofty Green Power Goals

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – President Joe Biden this week announced an ambitious plan to jumpstart offshore wind energy projects, but it remains uncertain what some of the bold actions included in the plan mean for a pair of projects already in the pipeline off the resort coast. The Biden administration, through a multi-department coalition that includes the Departments of the Interior, Energy and Commerce, announced a stated goal of deploying 30 gigawatts, or 30,000 megawatts, of offshore wind energy off the east coast by 2030. According to the administration statement, reaching the goal will generate enough power to meet the demand of more than 10 million American homes and avoid 78 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. On Monday, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a new priority wind energy area off the coasts of New Jersey and New York. The next step in that process is for BOEM to publicize a proposed sale notice, followed by a formal public comment and a lease sale later this year or early in 2022. BOEM previously announced environmental reviews for projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and anticipate initiating environmental review for up to 10 additional projects this year. Closer to home, two offshore wind energy projects -- US Wind’s MarWin project and Ørsted’s Skipjack project -- area moving through the approval process so it remains to be seen if the bold actions announced by the president on Monday will have any impact on those. However, Biden’s announcements on Monday call for expediting the approval process for offshore wind projects. In 2017, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City. Technically, the PSC awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits, or ORECs, to the two successful bidders seeking to develop wind energy farms off the coast of the resort including the US Wind project and the Skipjack project. From the beginning, Ocean City has not opposed, but rather supported, the development of clean renewable energy off the coast. The town’s problem from the beginning has been the proposed distance of the wind turbines from the coast and the potential impact on the offshore viewsheds. The issue has been debated at nearly every level and every step in the regulatory process. After Biden’s major announcements on Monday, the secretaries of the various federal departments involved issued statements in strong support. The statements were well-coordinated and redundant, but the following is a sample from Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The Commerce Department is committed to innovative partnerships that advance the best science and data to ensure the development of offshore wind is transparent and inclusive of all stakeholders,” she said. “We look forward to engaging the public and private sectors to invest in clean energy solutions, like offshore wind, that will contribute to the whole-of-government approach to combat the climate crisis and create high-paying, high-skilled American jobs.” US Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski issued a general statement about the president’s commitment to offshore wind energy development. “This is an extraordinary day for offshore wind,” he said. “The Biden administration is perfectly aligned

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with what we need to make offshore wind a huge source of clean energy and American jobs. I have always believed that the U.S. would be a global leader in this industry, and for the first time in over a decade, I can see a path to getting there.” Grybowski’s statement also included language specific to US Wind’s project in Maryland off the coast of Ocean City. “This is an industry that cannot succeed without 21st century port infrastructure and the hardworking men and women in organized labor,” he said. “As Maryland’s leader in offshore wind development, US Wind is committed to building out Maryland’s exceptional industrial waterfront while revitalizing underserved communities and hiring skilled union labor in the process.” Ørsted CEO David Hardy also issued a formal statement praising the president’s bold initiatives for offshore wind. “This action will set our country on a path to maximize our unmatched wind potential to help meet the nation’s clean energy needs,” the statement reads. “More than that, it reaffirms offshore wind’s ability to launch a new U.S. industry that will provide well-paying jobs, create economic opportunity and generate local investment that will benefit all Americans.” Ørsted Mid-Atlantic Market Manager Brady Walker addressed what the president’s initiatives could mean for the Skipjack project. “The Skipjack wind farm will play a critical role in helping to meet the administration’s new goal of creating $12 billion in annual offshore wind capital investments and 44,000 domestic offshore wind jobs by 2030,” said Ørsted Mid-Atlantic Market Manager Brady Walker. Not all were pleased with Biden’s announcements for bold action on offshore wind development on Monday. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations, issued their own statement on Monday voicing concern fishermen will be ignored in the rush to expand offshore wind. “Offshore wind development poses an enormous risk to the marine environment and sustainable U.S. seafood production,” the statement reads. “The Biden Administration’s disappointing fervor over its advancement continues an ineffective approach toward addressing climate change begun by previous administrations without demonstrating any willingness to include fisheries, ecosystem science or our coastal communities in climate solutions.” The RODA statement asserts the fishing industry should be invited to the table during the rush to identify new lease areas. The president’s initiatives include $4 billion for offshore wind development, although a paltry $1 million is promised to help coastal communities “improve understanding of offshore renewable energy. “A $1 million grant in only one region of the country is an ineffective attempt to pay lip services to the coastal communities that will experience significant impacts from the industrialization of their shorelines for decades to come,” the RODA statement reads. “The concession ignores the needs and economic realities of fishing communities, leaving them without a seat at the table where decisions about our exclusive economic zone are being made. As fisheries experts have long understood, fishermen’s knowledge is a key contributor to effective science-based management of ocean resources and ecosystems and should be utilized as an asset, not a hurdle to marginalize.”

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Berlin Waiting On Parcel Appraisal For Park Discussion

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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BERLIN – Following a public input session in March, town officials are expected to have another discussion regarding the future of Heron Park. Mayor Zack Tyndall said this week that the council would again discuss the park, and the potential sale of portions of it, in the near future. He says that discussion can’t take place until the parcel 57 appraisal is complete. “In order to make that decision we’ve got to have the numbers,” he said. The town hosted a special listening

session March 15 to gauge public interest in selling two parcels that are part of the park property. The parcels that could be sold include parcel 57 (the old poultry processing buildings) and parcel 410 (a 10-acre rectangular portion of the property that runs behind Cropper & Sons and includes outbuildings and open space). When an interested purchaser had an appraisal of parcel 410 done, it was valued at $770,000. The two-hour listening session on March 15 included several presentations outlining potential uses for the park property. Residents Tony Weeg and Ron Cascio suggested design charrettes for the

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OCEAN CITY – New federal requirements on engine cutoff devices, or kill switches, went into effect this week, impacting the resort’s boating and fishing community. Starting April 1, the U.S. Coast Guard recently announced it will begin enforcing a new federal regulation included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act on engine cutoff switches (ECOS) for certain smaller vessels in federal waters. ECOS, commonly referred to as kill switches, will be required for all operators of boats under 26 feet in length with three or more horsepower. The new federal law requires the operator of a boat with an installed ECOS to use a link, typically a coiled bungeestyle lanyard clipped to the operator, a personal floatation device or other clothing. When an operator is wearing a link while underway, the engine will cut off if the operator is separated from the helm for any reason. For example, if the operator is ejected from the vessel or falls within the vessel, the engine would stop. The law change is rooted in safety. Serious injuries or death can occur when an operator loses control of a vessel for a variety of reasons and the pro-

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peller or propellers continue to operate when an operator or passengers end up in the water. ECOS prevent runaway vessels continuing on course with no one at the helm, or from running in circles and striking an ejected operator or passengers. For example, in 2019, a woman and a child were ejected from a small power boat near the Indian River Inlet and the vessel continued circling in a high-traffic area with people in the water until Delaware Natural Resources Police were able to board it and shut it down. Most vessels for years have been equipped with ECOS, which are typically located at the helm or on an outboard motor that connect the operator to the kill switch. Some ECOS eliminate the lanyard connected to the operator and rely on wireless devices to effectively shut down the vessel if the operator is separated from the helm. Exceptions to the new ECOS requirement is if the main helm of the vessel is in an enclosed cabin or the vessel is not operating on-plane or at a displacement speed. For example, low speed activities such as fishing, traveling in “no wake” areas or docking do not require the use of an ECOS. Though the Coast Guard promises to enforce it, education and outreach will likely be the focus before civil penalties, including a potential $1,000 fine, are meted out.


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Arson Threat At Hotel OCEAN CITY – An Annapolis woman was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly causing a disturbance at a downtown Ocean City hotel and later threatening to burn down the Public Safety Building. Around 12:10 a.m. last Tuesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to the area of a downtown Boardwalk hotel for a report of a group of disorderly individuals. While the officer was attempting to interview members of the group to find out what was going on, a female suspect later identified as Amethyst Briggs, 22, of Annapolis, emerged from the hotel and began screaming, “What right do you have to hold them?” and “This is illegal,” among other things, according to police reports. The officer reportedly explained why he was questioning the group of individuals and advised Briggs to lower her voice and wait by the door of the hotel, an order to which she complied with at least briefly. The officer concluded the interview with the allegedly disorderly group, but Briggs launched back into her expletive-laced, racially-toned tirade, according to police reports. The hotel manager advised the officer the group was being evicted and Briggs reportedly continued to yell and scream the entire time she was gathering her belongings and walking through the hotel lobby. Her friends told Briggs to stop

screaming or she would be arrested, according to police reports, to which she reportedly screamed, “You’re violating my rights,” and “I’m under arrest for free speech.” At that point, Briggs was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During a search incident to the arrest, OCPD officers located a fixed-blade hunting knife in her purse. Once a transport vehicle was on scene, the OCPD officers asked Briggs to stand up and she continued her tirade about her rights being violated and the First Amendment, according to police reports. When OCPD officers attempted to get Briggs in the transport vehicle, she allegedly began yelling, “I want my lawyer,” according to police reports. Briggs was ultimately loaded into the transport vehicle after struggling with officers and refusing to comply. Once at the Public Safety Building for processing, Briggs reportedly told

booking officers, “If you don’t let me go, I’ll burn this [expletive deleted] down,” according to police reports. She was charged with disorderly conduct, concealed deadly weapon, arson threat, obstructing and hindering and noise violations.

Handgun Found At Traffic Stop OCEAN CITY – A Finksburg, Md., man was arrested on drunk-driving and weapons charges last week after a routine traffic stop in the midtown area. Just after midnight last Tuesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the midtown area observed a vehicle allegedly committing numerous traffic violations. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and while approaching the vehicle the officer observed the driver, later identified as David Mihm, 43, of Finksburg, Md., blow smoke from the

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Assault, Weapons Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Bel Air, Md., woman was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting another woman near a downtown bar and later found with weapons in her possession. Around 10:50 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of a downtown bar for a reported group of disorderly individuals. While OCPD officers were watching, they reportedly observed a woman later identified as Kristin Oxendine, 39, of Bel Air, Md., assault another female by slapping her in the face with an open palm, according to police reports. Oxendine was quickly arrested for second-degree assault. During a search incident to the arrest, OCPD officers located a metal baton carried over Oxendine’s shoulder, which she indicated she carried for personal protection. OCPD officers also located an assisted-opening switchblade-style knife in Oxendine’s purse. Oxendine was charged with second-degree assault and weapons violations.

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later identified as Jami Mills, 40, of Georgetown, Del., arguing with a male in the parking lot, according to police reports. When officers asked Mills if she was okay, she reportedly told them to “go [expletive deleted] themselves,” and started to scream other obscenities including “this is why you [expletive deleted] get stabbed,” according to police reports. Mills was told multiple times to stop screaming. By now, a group of bystanders had come out of the hotel to observe what was going on, according to police reports. OCPD officers told Mills they were only there to help, to which she replied, “I am an MMA fighter and I ought to knock you the [expletive deleted] out right now,” according to police reports. At that point, Mills was arrested for disorderly conduct. While Mills was being detained, she reportedly kicked the arresting officer several times. During the booking process, Mills reportedly grabbed an officer’s hand who was attempting to remove her jewelry. She was charged with multiple counts of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Jail Sentence For Ruckus OCEAN CITY – A local woman, arrested in January after causing a disturbance at a downtown hotel, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree assault and was sentenced to one year, all but 14 days of which were suspended. On Jan. 12, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch to a hotel at 21st Street for a reported trespasser. Dispatchers advised a woman who was not a guest at the hotel was standing in the men’s room. The officer arrived and made contact with the suspect, later identified as Emily Gore, 30, of Ocean City, who appeared to be under the influence, according to police reports. Gore was reportedly trying to enter an elevator, but the doors were not open. The officer interviewed Gore and asked if she needed help, according to police reports. Gore first told police she was staying in a room on the third floor, but then said she was not a guest at the hotel, according to police reports. The caller told police he knew Gore from an earlier encounter during which he called 911. He explained Gore had been a nuisance at the hotel multiple times during the day that required either a police or EMS response and that he expected her to continue to cause issues. The OCPD officer told Gore she needed to leave the property because she was no longer welcome. At that point, Gore became upset and told police she needed her phone. The officers could not locate her phone and was told to leave but refused to exit the premises, according to police reports. Gore was placed under arrest for trespassing at that point. During a search by a female officer incident to the arrest, Gore allegedly kicked one officer in the shins four times and kneed him in the genitals, according to police reports. She also reportedly kicked the female officer who was searching her in the shins. Once at the booking facility, Gore refused to leave the transport vehicle and had to be carried inside by officers, ac-

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Indecent Exposure Probation OCEAN CITY – An Annapolis man, arrested in September after allegedly standing naked in front of a window and exposing himself to a female manager at an uptown hotel, pleaded guilty last week to indecent exposure and was placed on probation for one year. Around 1:15 p.m. last Sept. 4, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a hotel at 126th Street for a reported indecent exposure. The

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week jumpstarted the town’s anti-litter campaign by approving the transfer of funds to support the program. On Tuesday, the Mayor and Council had before them a request to approve the transfer of $20,000 from the town’s stormwater mitigation fund to support the “Litter Free OC” campaign. After a particularly trashy summer last year for a variety of reasons, much of the winter was spent embarking on an aggressive anti-litter

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campaign to roll out in advance of the upcoming season. Last summer’s contributors were likely many, not the least of which were many businesses, at least early on, operating in a carryout-only model because of the pandemic. Overall, however, there seemed to a change in the general public’s attitude about tossing trash around the resort.

The change was decidedly noticeable and resort officials this winter began exploring ways to reverse the trend. The initiative began at the Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, level and the Litter Free OC campaign was borne out of those early discussions. Internally, the campaign includes the public works department, the police department, tourism, recreation and parks, communications and just about every other town department. Externally, the campaign includes the private business sector, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and the Delmarva Condominium Association, for example. The plan includes signage and banners throughout town, an ambitious social media campaign and public outreach. There is also an enforcement element to the program. While the essence of the anti-litter campaign will be public outreach and awareness, kind of a “kill them with kindness” approach, there will be stricter enforcement for the most egregious offenses. Last year, there was a total of seven civil citations issued for littering and the police department’s public safety aides (PSAs) will be instructed to step up enforcement.

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On Tuesday, Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer presented to the Mayor and Council a request to transfer $20,000 from the town’s stormwater mitigation fund to support the Litter Free OC program. The request was approved by the council unanimously. The money to support the program and its banner and signage will come from a fund established years ago when state critical area laws changed. When the critical area, or essentially the waterfront border along the bayside of Ocean City, was created several years ago, a payment-in-lieu system was set up for property owners and developers that could not always meet the stringent criteria. For example, if a developer could not meet the landscaping levels or the number of trees necessary in the critical area, for example, payments could be made into the mitigation account that could be used by the town for the same purpose in other areas. Blazer on Tuesday told the Mayor and Council there is currently $75,000 in the stormwater mitigation fund and the transfer of $20,000 would help jumpstart the anti-litter campaign. “We want to lead by example and keep Ocean City a clean and safe city,” she said. “The public works department does an incredible job, but keeping Ocean City clean is a 24-hour job.” The $20,000 will be earmarked for advertising, outreach, the printing of materials and operational costs.


Ocean City To Extend Downtown Pedestrian-Only Block

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) this week presented its annual update to the Mayor and Council and gained approval for a handful of its initiatives, including an extension of the Somerset Street Plaza. The OCDC, a quasi-public organization charged with directing the continued revitalization of the historic downtown area, gave a detailed overview of its many successes over the last year despite the ongoing pandemic and presented a handful of action items to the Mayor and Council. Chief among the action items was a request to move forward with the proposed extension of the Somerset Street Plaza, which was among the projects included in the fiscal year 2022 capital improvement plan. Currently, the plaza is pedestrianonly with some light businesses between the Boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue. The OCDC is seeking to extend that pedestrian-only plaza along Somerset Street between Baltimore Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue. When the capital improvement plan (CIP) was presented last month, the OCDC requested funding for the Somerset Street Plaza in the fiscal year budget at around $250,000. During Tuesday’s presentation, OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin and current President Kevin Gibbs explained a creative funding mechanism had been discovered, resulting in some savings on the estimated cost of the project. “The original estimate was $250,000, but [Public Works Director] Hal [Adkins] found some savings and we can do it for $180,000 if it’s included in the fiscal year 2022 plan,” said Irwin. Mayor Rick Meehan urged the council to take advantage of the savings and move the project further up on the CIP. “I recommend the Somerset Street project,” he said. “That’s a great project and I hope the council supports it.” The council did vote unanimously to move the Somerset Street extension project up in the CIP. The Somerset Street improvements between Baltimore and Philadelphia avenues are viewed by the OCDC as a natural extension of the Somerset Plaza streetscape that was completed in 2002. “In addition to being adjacent to the model block, this is vital as a pedestrian link from the Boardwalk to the bayside,” said Irwin. “It also has the potential to attract commercial uses along this public right-of-way to become a special place in Ocean City.” Among other things, the OCDC’s mission is to oversee several aspects of the ongoing revitalization of the resort’s downtown area. It obtains grants for various initiatives, most notably the highly successful façade program, and

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holds sway over many major redevelopment projects in the downtown area. The OCDC also reviews site plans for private sector new development projects proposed downtown, helping to ensure they fit in with the larger goals in the various sections of the downtown area. The organization also oversees demolition and renovation projects and often secures grants and other funding sources to help finance the project. The OCDC also conducts an extensive public art campaign, has been instrumental in the model block program, which when completed will revitalize and rejuvenate an entire block in the downtown area, and also sponsors various successful special events. In short, the OCDC is essentially the eyes and ears for the city on the revitaliza-

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tion of the downtown area. Tuesday’s presentation included an outline of the many initiatives completed in the last year as well as a host of ongoing programs and projects expected to be completed in the coming year. Perhaps the signature initiative for the OCDC is the highly successful façade program. To date, 246 downtown buildings have been renovated through the program, representing over $7 million in private-sector investment. There is also a green element to the OCDC’s efforts. The organization has been able to successfully implement several environmental initiatives with its many projects including Energy Starrated doors, windows and “cool” roofs. To date, 83 environmentally-friendly projects have been completed with seven more already underway. The

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FENWICK ISLAND – Citing the need for clarification, Fenwick Island’s ordinance on shuttle services will head to a resort committee for review. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to refer the town’s ordinance on shuttle services to the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance (C&O) Committee for review and discussion. Town Manager Terry Tieman said the recommendation came from the town’s solicitor, Mary Schrider-Fox. “We’ve had some confusion about the definition of a shuttle service and also the use of shuttle service,” she said. “We would like to refer that to C&O for clarification.” Tieman told council members last

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week the town had only one line in its code that prohibits shuttle services. “We need to define it better and make sure we clearly state what we want and don’t want,” she said. When asked if the committee would clarify the definition of a shuttle service, Tieman said that would be the intent. “Any changes will come back to the council before it’s approved,” Councilman Richard Mais added. With no further discussion, the council voted unanimously to refer the issue to the town’s Charter and Ordinance Committee. During public comments, however, resident Janice Bortner questioned if there were plans for implementing a shuttle service in Fenwick. “I don’t feel there was any real clarification of what is involved,” she said. Tieman clarified the town had no in-

tention of allowing shuttle services in Fenwick Island. “We just want to clarify our existing code, which prohibits them …,” she said. “It’s pretty clear we don’t allow them here … but we need to make a clarification that we will not be allowing them, and we need to define things better. That’s all that this is, clarification of the existing code.” Bortner, however, said she was still concerned the town would not enforce its town code. “As a citizen I’m a little concerned because other ordinances and violations have been overlooked by the council,” she said. “What’s to stop these shuttles? We haven’t been able to stop other issues, like open-air bars outside and things like that. As a citizen I’d like to know this won’t go forward at all because they’re not allowed.”

Fenwick Relaxes Special Event Rules

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

FENWICK ISLAND – Fenwick Island officials agreed last week to relax special event requirements for another summer season as COVID-19 recovery efforts continue. Last week, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to temporarily relax special event requirements in the town’s code in an effort to assist businesses open their doors and maintain safe physical distancing. “It’s very similar to the resolution we had last year,” Town Manager Terry Tieman said. “The exception is we are actually following and adhering exactly to the state of Delaware’s guidelines. Last year, our guidelines were a little bit stricter.” As part of the resolution approved last week, permits for a summer 2021 special event will be available to town businesses and will be required for outdoor events in the commercial zone. The resolution requires outdoor seating areas and sidewalk display areas be located at least 20 feet away from front and side property lines, and they cannot block sidewalks and passageways. In addition, seating for restaurants offering outdoor seating cannot occupy more than 20% of the total parking spaces available. Businesses seeking a permit for the coming summer season must submit an application with detailed drawings and plans for physical distancing and sanitation practices. The town will not collect fees for a special event permit. Tieman reiterated to town council members that any federal and state guidance would take precedence over guidelines established in the resolution. “Because of the situation we are in now with the pandemic, things are changing rapidly ...,” she said. “We’re not doing anything they’re not asking us to do. We’re doing exactly what they’re saying.” Councilman Richard Mais said he supported the changes. “I think being in line with what the state requires would be good,” he said. “I think it’s confusing to go from Delaware to Maryland with what’s allowed and what’s not. I think the simpler we can make it, the better.” With no further discussion, the council voted unanimously to relax its special event requirements from April 1 to Nov. 1. The council this week also voted to cancel the town’s annual bonfire, but not before agreeing to reevaluate the decision in the coming months. “I’m not saying it’s impossible to do the bonfire,” Tieman said, “just very difficult under the protocols we would have to adhere to at this point.” Councilman Bill Weistling noted a potentially busy summer season could make distancing even more difficult. “People have been cooped up the last year,” he said. “I think this summer is going to be a boom down here in Fenwick. It could be a major crowd event on the beach.”


Committee Advances Balloon Bill

April 2, 2021

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A bill introduced in the General Assembly to prohibit the celebratory release of plastic and Mylar balloons inched closer to passage this week with a favorable vote in a Senate committee. Introduced in the House by Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38C), House Bill 391 would prohibit an individual, association, partnership, nonprofit organization or any other group from knowingly and intentionally releasing a balloon into the atmosphere. The intent of the bill is to prohibit the intentional release of balloons at weddings, graduations and other ceremonies. House Bill 391 was passed by the full House of Delegates on a 94-34 vote last month and crossed over to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee for approval in that chamber. On Wednesday, the Senate committee approved the bill, inching it closer to final approval. A sister bill was cross-filed in the Senate and awaits a final vote by that chamber. Hartman introduced similar legislation last year and it breezed through a House subcommittee and was headed toward passage. When the General Assembly session last year was cut short amid the COVID outbreak, the bill died

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on the table as the session expired During its introduction, Hartman explained the legislation was nearly identical to the bill that came up a little short last year as the session timed out. If approved, it would create a civil infraction with a fine of $250 for each infraction and authorize certain agencies to enforce the legislation. Hartman, who represents Ocean City and Worcester County, testified during a recent committee hearing about the great distances balloons can travel and the dangers they can cause to marine life when they end up in the ocean or other waterways. “When a balloon is released, the best-case scenario is it becomes litter,” he said. “Oftentimes, it’s much worse. Mylar balloons can travel hundreds of miles for a period of over two weeks. They often land in the waterways, the ocean and the bays.” Hartman testified how marine life can be impacted by released balloons that end up in the ocean and bays. “Unfortunately, these are often confused as food for sea life and the ribbons and so forth can cause entanglement,” he said. “The outcome is often fatal for marine life.” The Maryland Farm Bureau is also supporting the legislation because of reported impacts on livestock and equipment when the balloons land in rural areas.

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SNOW HILL – Local officials continue to oppose state legislation that would prohibit the county jail from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The “Dignity Not Detention Act,” which will ban local jails like the one in Worcester County from housing detainees for ICE, passed the House of Delegates with an 86-44 vote in March. Local officials continue to oppose the bill as it moves toward consideration in the Senate. “I am strongly opposed to any and all legislation that jeopardizes public safety and paves the way for Maryland to become a sanctuary state, including the bill that would end contracts with federal immigration authorities,” Senator Mary Beth Carozza said. Worcester County has been housing up to 200 immigration-related detainees through a contract with ICE since 1999. The county’s jail was even expanded in 2011 to increase capacity in part to provide more space for ICE detainees. Revenue from the ICE agreement provided the jail with $5.1 million of its $9.2 million budget in fiscal year 2019. The legislation moving forward now —House Bill 16 and Senate Bill 478— would prohibit governmental entities in Maryland, including Worcester County, from housing ICE detainees as of October 2022. Proponents of the legislation question ICE practices and argue that local jails shouldn’t be profiting from immigration enforcement. The Worcester County Commissioners wrote a letter of opposition to the bills in February and asked the Eastern Shore Delegation not to support the legislation. “Worcester County and the Worcester County taxpayers are going to be impacted negatively,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said. “I find that egre-

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BERLIN – A Stephen Decatur High School alumna is celebrating a recent Grammy win as an ensemble member in the record-breaking production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” On March 14, the conductor, singers, ensemble members and orchestra musicians with Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” – which performed to sell-out crowds each night during The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-2020 season – won a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. As an ensemble member, Katerina Burton – a 2012 graduate of Stephen Decatur – said she is proud of the production’s cast, chorus and musicians for their work in making “Porgy and Bess” a success. “I can’t say anything more than I’m so proud that I’ve had this experience,” she

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said in an interview last week. “I still feel incredibly blessed. Even though we are in this terrible time, it’s amazing to know good things can still happen.” In 2019, Burton was hand-selected for the new production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” at The Met. The show’s run was so successful, three performances were added to the schedule. “It’s a record-breaking production, which I’m most proud of,” she said. In addition to a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, the album’s producer, David Frost, also won Producer of the Year in the Classical genre. While she expressed her appreciation for the recognition, Burton said she wasn’t necessarily shocked by the Grammy win. “Everyone from the principals like Angel Blue and Eric Owens and Latonia Moore and Leah Hawkins down to my fellow chorus members and orchestra, I just remember that feeling of family,” she said

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of castmates. “Working with them, and what we were able to produce, was just magical. I’m not surprised that that ended up being translated onto recording.” Burton said she and her fellow castmates are celebrating this year’s Grammy win, though notably with one less chorus

member – Antoine Hodge – who died of COVID-19. “All of us have had to grapple with that,” she said, “and it makes me incredibly sad he wasn’t here to be able to celebrate with us this incredible win.” Prior to joining the production of “Porgy and Bess,” Burton completed an artistin-resident program at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. And last March, after the production’s final show, she returned to St. Louis for yet another residency. “The world kind of shut down on March 13,” she said, “and my residency subsequently, and rightfully, ended up getting cut short.” Last August, however, Burton joined the Washington National Opera as a member of the Cafritz Young Artists program. “Washington National Opera has been one of the companies closest to my heart, not just because it’s a great company but because it’s actually one of our closest major opera houses,” she said, noting that the first professional production she attended was at the Washington National Opera. “Now being able to be a part of this company, even during a difficult time, is just a huge, huge blessing.” Burton said she is grateful for the opportunity, as many artists are currently struggling to find work. “I got very lucky,” she said. “So many artists – singers, Broadway people, actors – are out of work right now because we can’t get back into the theaters. I find myself very privileged to still be able to do even a fraction of what we are used to doing.” Though she doesn’t know what the future will bring, Burton said she hopes to use her talents to make a difference in the community. She also hopes to one day travel abroad. “In spite of this incredible path I’ve been on, I’ve never been outside the country …,” she said. “How incredible would it be to not just sing in German, Italian, French, Spanish, all these languages, but see these countries and possibly be able to sing in their opera houses. That’s a huge goal for me.” Burton encouraged everyone to support their local artists by reaching out to local arts organizations. She added people can also give to funds that support The Met’s chorus and orchestra members, who have not been paid since the start of the pandemic. “I would be in the wrong if I didn’t mention how difficult it’s been for artists around the world …,” she said. “This community has just been devastated by the virus.”


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WEST OCEAN CITY – A new smokehouse restaurant is bringing exceptional food and service to the West Ocean City community. In February, Matt Ortt Companies opened its newest restaurant, Coastal Smokehouse, at the corner of Route 50 and Keyser Point Road. Featuring premium grade steaks, smoked dishes and unique culinary creations, operators say there is something for everyone. “It’s the next step in the progression of Matt Ortt Companies,” said Managing Partner Matt Ortt. “We started out with management contracts, and now we own restaurants.” Last year, construction crews began the months-long process of transforming the former Hooters restaurant building into a contemporary smokehouse complete with an open-air patio, a new bar and a renovated dining area. Managing Partner Ralph DeAngelus said nearly everything – from windows and kitchen equipment to tables and chairs – was replaced. “This is a totally different space …,” he said. “No one is going to walk in here and say, ‘Ah, it’s an old Hooters.’” Director of Operations Lewis Sherman said just as much work went into crafting the restaurant’s menu, which takes its inspiration from traditional steakhouses and smokehouses, albeit with a coastal flair. “Our price is structured so people can come here frequently,” he said. “We don’t want to be a special occasion destination. People can come here frequently and work their way through the menu because there’s so much variety.” Menu items include braised short ribs with nitro milk stout gravy and bourbon pecan sweet potato casserole, coastal grits with jumbo shrimp, lump crab meat, pork belly and roasted pepper jus, and a fried green tomato appetizer with jumbo lump crabmeat, corn relish, baby arugula, roasted tomato aioli and queso fresco. Coastal Smokehouse also offers an assortment of grilled and smoked meats, house-made sauces and a selection of toppers and add-ons. “We’ve got a lot of classic items you can expect at a barbecue place, and a lot of nice, high-end steaks,” said Managing Partner and Executive Chef Stuart Diepold. The menu also features an extensive list of bourbons, whiskeys and ryes, as well as an array of beer and wine selections. Signature cocktails include a Sweet Mojo with Malibu, muddled mint, vanilla syrup, fresh lime juice and soda water, a BBQ Smoked Old Fashion with Bulleit, BBQ bitters and brown sugar syrup on a smoked rock, and a Bloody Hell Mary with Makers Mark, housemade green tomato mix, sriracha ice, smoked salt rim and peppered bacon. “There are a lot of things to try here,” Diepold said. Matt Ortt Companies currently manages four restaurants in and around the resort area and owns two others – Coastal Salt and Coastal Smokehouse. Ortt

Pictured outside of the new Coastal Smokehouse in West Ocean City are, from left, Director of Operations Lewis Sherman, Managing Partners Ralph DeAngelus and Matt Ortt and Managing Partner and Executive Chef Stuart Diepold.

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Margaret Ann Tierney OCEAN CITY – Margaret Ann Tierney, age 64, of Ocean City, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at home. She was living in the West Ocean City with her beloved fiancé of 13 years, Jimbo Farlow. Margaret was born on Dec. 30, 1956 to Michael Tierney, Sr. and Margaret Tierney in Baltimore. She attended Shrine of the Little Flower, Hamilton Junior High School and then Northern High School. After graduating high school, she began her career at Amtrak where she retired after 35 years of service. Margaret grew up in Northeast Baltimore City with her maternal grandmother who lived on one block, her family in the MARGARET next and her mother’s ANN TIERNEY two brothers with their family right down the street. For most of her younger years, and some of her adult life, she was inseparable from her cousin Tricia. After spending their days having fun, and getting into some trouble, they could often be found meeting up with the rest of their cousins at their grandmother’s house. After retirement she was able to spend her days enjoying the company of those she loved, relaxing on the beach, shopping and spreading joy to those around her. A day with “MA” started with champagne as she enjoyed life to its fullest. She enjoyed staying active at the gym, walking the beach and especially by helping out at Full Moon Saloon where she could be with the love of her life, Jimbo. On Sunday you could always find her at Full Moon. Although she was there to be the hostess, she enjoyed the patrons so much it was hard for her to stay focused. She would light up the room with her cheerful personality, making new best friends with everyone she greeted. Her nickname was Splash, because her cup was never empty with “one more splash.” Although Margaret Ann never had children of her own, her niece shares

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her name. Her cousin Cathy joked she had two daughters (Cassidy and Shannon), one for her. Mary Margaret, Cassidy and Shannon loved their Aunt Margaret Ann. Fondly referred to as “MA” by those close to her, she will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit, ability to make a party out of any situation, quick smile, beautiful hair, and love for life. She will be missed more than words can describe. She leaves behind her brother, Michael Tierney, Jr., her sister, Mary Katherine Tierney and her niece, Mary Margaret Highlander. A visitation was held at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville on Monday, March 29, 2021. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.

Francis Anthony Pettolina, III OCEAN CITY – Francis Anthony “Franky” Pettolina, III, age 47, of Ocean City, died Monday, March 22, 2021 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Franky was born in Woodbury, N.J. and is the son of Francis Anthony “Frank” Jr. and Madelyn (Komczyk) Pettolina. Franky was owner and operator of Pettolina Marine Surveying FRANKY and Consulting. He was PETTOLINA a member and president of the Ocean City Marlin Club, a loyal brother of Apha Phi Epsilon, Captain of the "Last Call," founder of AEF Enterprises and a well-regarded member of the fishing community. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. Pettolina, and his furry friends Natty, Doc and Millie; his aunt, Jean Bakely; his uncle and aunt, Ed and Miriam Komczyk; a goddaughter, Regina Bakely; and countless

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friends. Franky was the most loyal and generous soul to walk this Earth. There is not one person he met that he did not touch their lives. He was a true people person. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him. His smile would light up any room. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Ocean City Marlin Club Scholarship Fund, 9659 Golf Course Road, Ocean City, Md. 21842. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com

Mark J. Record BERLIN – Mark J. Record of Berlin, passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2021. Mark was born Dec. 24, 1953 to Joseph David Record and Kathleen Jellison Record. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Record in 1987 and Kathleen Jellison-Record in 2003. MARK J. RECORD He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rae Ann Nardella Record; son Matthew Record (Traci); daughter Erin Record Gray (Robert); and son Joseph Record (Cassie). The biggest joy in his life was his five grandchildren, Kylie, June, Luke, Andrew “Wilder” and Grace. His siblings, Nedra Macioce (Nick, deceased), Joseph David Record, Daniel Record (Sandra, deceased) and Kathleen Record and several nieces and nephews also survive him. Mark was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He took great pride in his Irish heritage and loved time with his family. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, in Pittsburgh in 1972 and Edinboro University in 1975. Mark began his teaching career in Bradford, Pa. as a special education teacher. In 1976, he continued his career in the Worcester County Public Schools for 30 years. He served as a special education and alternative education teacher, Assistant Principal at Stephen Decatur High School and Principal at Snow Hill High School. He was a transformational school leader and established innovative programs impacting the lives of the entire school community. Always a teacher at heart, Mark touched the lives of many, especially those students who needed the most guidance and direction. He found great joy in blending his faith and passion for education as he went on to serve as principal for the Diocese of Wilmington, starting at St. Francis de Sales School of Salisbury and then Most Blessed Sacrament School, in Berlin until he retired in 2020. Under his leadership, Mark fostered the Christian principles and grew a stronger school community. Mark was very involved in his local community. He was a member of many boards and community organizations.

April 2, 2021 His involvement in scholarships and fundraisers for the betterment of students was unmatched. His care and compassion for a better school was always his purpose. As a school leader, he received countless awards, accolades and recognitions throughout his career. Visitation at The Burbage Funeral Home was held on Tuesday, March 30. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Edward Aigner officiating. Burial was private for the family at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Most Blessed Sacrament School, in honor of Mark J. Record to aid in tuition assistance for students, Attn: Amanda Evans 11242 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, Md. 21811 Arrangements are in the care of The Burbage Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Edward Russell Greene, III OCEAN CITY – Edward Russell Greene, III, age 70, died on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Edward R. Greene, Jr and Marjorie Swim Greene. He is survived by his wife, Renee Lauer Greene, and daughters, Gretchen Hancock and her husband Chad, and Stacie Brown and her husband Chris, all of Ocean City. There are four grandchildren, Em- EDWARD ma, Sarah, Josephine, RUSSELL and Elizabeth. Also sur- GREENE, III viving is his sister, Sharen Hastings and her husband Mike, and sister-in-law Susan W. Lauer, all of Ocean City. He was preceded in death by his brotherin-law, Ted Lauer. Greene was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and had served in the United States Coast Guard. After his discharge, he worked as a fiber optics technician for Verizon for 35 years. He was a member of the Atlantic United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, a 32nd degree Master Mason at Evergreen Masonic Lodge #153 AF-AM and a member of the Boumi Temple Order of Shriners. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. As an avid boater and fisherman, he so enjoyed the outdoors and fishing with his family and friends. His wife was and always will be the love of his life. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 31 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. George Patterson officiated. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery. A donation may be made to IAFF, Local 4269, P.O. Box 3217, Ocean City, Md. 21843. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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own home. Denny (Lawrence D. Collins) was born in Milford Memorial in Delaware on Aug. 9, 1960, the son of the late Lewis Charles Collins JR (Jerry) and Georgia Mae Ewing Emory. Denny attended Woodbridge school district in Delaware and graduated from Sussex Central in Georgetown, Del. After graduation, Denny moved to Ocean City to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked at the Shrimp Shack restaurant, the Lobster Claw and the Crab Alley on 9th Street. He later became a manager at Harrison Group Supply Company, then transDENNY COLLINS ferred to the Plim Plaza for an engineering position. Denny left the hospitality industry to pursue a career with Delaware Elevator and received his apprenticeship as an elevator constructer in 2009. Denny married the love of his life, Judy Campbell Collins, on Assateague Island on July 7, 2007 a marriage made from heaven. He adopted and helped raise their two beautiful children, son Jeff Campbell and daughter Jenifer Campbell, both of Berlin. Denny is survived by his wife Judy Collins; son Jeff Campbell and his wife Jordanne Rochester and their children Austin, Avril and Liam Campbell; daughter Jenifer Campbell and her son Dylan McDonald; his older sister Jerri Lynn Butler and her husband Johnnie Butler of Greenwood, Del. and their three children and six great nieces; his younger sister Robin Leigh Ryan and her husband Kris Ryan of Harrington, Del. and their three children and five great nieces and nephews; and his Uncle Glenn and Aunt Connie Collins and cousins spread from Bridgeville, Del. to North Carolina and all in between. Denny was a very outgoing kind of guy whose hobbies included fishing and NASCAR racing. He was on the Pirates Den pool league team and played in many dart and pool tournaments also at the Pirates Den. He was a member of the Berlin American Legion and the VFW Post 123. Denny also loved watching college football and Alabama Crimson Tide was his team. He loved watching his favorite NASCAR race car drivers Rusty Wallace and Denny Hamlin. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and with his sisters and their families. Denny always claimed his brain was full of useless knowledge, as he watched every episode of Jeopardy and This Old House. Before there was Google and before there was Siri, we had Denny. After Google and after Siri, Denny had the answer quicker than you could look it up. A memorial Celebration of Life will be held at the Greenwood, Del. VFW Club on Sunday April 11, 2021 from 3-5 p.m. Contributions in Denny’s memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Roll Tide.

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Clayton C. Mikolasy MILLVILLE, N.J. – Clayton C. Mikolasy "Clay", age 78 of Millville, N.J., passed away on March 23, 2021 at his home. He was born on Oct. 24, 1942 in New York City. Clay was the son of the late Alexander and Ruth Walters Mikolasy. He was raised in Lehigh County, Pa., finished high school in Sunnyvale, Calif. and went to the school of CLAYTON C. City College in San Ma- MIKOLASY teo and City College of San Francisco. Clay enjoyed reading, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, automobiles, trolley cars, gardening, using his snowplow, riding his recumbent "Catrike 700," visiting Sanibel Island, Fla., Washington D.C., the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, classical music, YouTube and visiting with friends and family. Clay worked in property insurance underwriting and safety inspection and fire premium rate grading. In 1972, he began his business as "Clay Mikolasy Fire Insurance Rate Analysis" and "Clay Mikolasy Insurance appraiser on buildings," working directly for property owners to reduce their property insurance premiums and to set an estimate of construction costs of their buildings so they could buy the correct amount of insurance. He worked fulltime up until December of 2020 when he was forced to retire with the unwelcome diagnosis of terminal stage four pancreatic cancer. About 10 years ago, he became a mem-

ber of the Tea Party and later ran for Republican Party county committee, defeating an Establishment candidate. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane (Cameron); stepson Paul Cameron (Heather); and grandson Kaden Cameron. Clay has always been extremely grateful and privileged to work for his wonderful clients in the Ocean City, Md. area for many years. A special thank you to Bayada Hospice for their compassionate care. Clay will be sorely missed. Burial services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in his name to First Presbyterian Church, 119 N. Second Street, Millville, N.J. 08332. Info, guestbook and condolences at www.pennjerseycremation.com

Dorothy Andrews Sarter OCEAN PINES – Dorothy Andrews Sarter (Dottie) of Ocean Pines, passed away on March 25, 2021. She was born Oct 14, 1930 in Baltimore to Emma Ramming and Frederick Andrews. She earned high marks at Eastern High School for girls, and went on to the University of Maryland, where she pledged the Tri Del- DOROTHY ta sorority and earned a ANDREWS SARTER Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952. Following her graduation, she worked at Voice of America and later at the Department of Justice.

Page 39 While raising her children, she became the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at C.W. Post College of Long Island University, where she simultaneously earned a Master’s degree in Spanish Education and Literature in 1973. In 1978, she moved to Annapolis with her second husband Vincent Sarter and worked as the Executive Secretary to the town Postmaster. She retired in 1995 and attained her dream of living in Ocean Pines in 2004. Dottie was known for her kindness, generosity and dedication to family. She would light up a room with her infectious smile, laughter and impeccable style. She was intellectually gifted and highly organized, was an aficionado of crossword puzzles, and loved zipping around in her 1965 GTO convertible. She was the center of gravity of her family and was a strong force bonding them together. Her legacy will continue in our hearts as we strive to follow her example of a life lived to its fullest, full of love and caring for others. In addition to her parents, and stepfather John J. Clancy of Baltimore, Dorothy is preceded in death by her late husband Vincent E. Sarter, her beloved brothers Carroll Andrews and Clarence Andrews and sister Emma May (Andrews) Marco. She is survived by her first husband, William J. Raymond, and their daughters, Dana Raymond, Lynn Raymond and husband Tim Murphy, and Carol Raymond and husband Steve LaBrecque; her stepsons Douglas, Timothy SEE PAGE 40


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FROM PAGE 39 and Thomas Sarter; stepdaughters Stephanie Dunwell, Barbara and husband Butch Suter, Diana and husband Joseph Crupi, and Patricia Sarter; as well as 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A visitation was held at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin on April 1 with services and Pastor Dale Brown officiating. Burial will be on April 2, 2021 at the Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Md. with a service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider donating to the Society for the Blind (https://societyfortheblind.org/get-involved/ways-togive/) or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/).

Brenda Jean Smith WHALEYVILLE – Brenda Jean Smith, age 63, died on Monday, March 29, 2021 at her home. Born in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Albert “Connie” and Ella (Parker) Baker. She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Tony Smith, and BRENDA children, Jacob A. Smith JEAN SMITH of Whaleyville, Jeri Lynn Tucker and her husband A.J. of Salisbury, and Rebecca Smith of Salisbury.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch She was an adored grandmother to four grandchildren, Haley Tucker, Colby Tucker, Kylee Smith, and Kayson Joseph. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother Ernie Baker and sisters Carolyn Driscoll, Marty Simpson and Susan Baker. Mrs. Smith had been employed as a mutual manager of Ocean Downs Casino for 10 years. She was a member of the USTA Horse Racing Association. Brenda was an avid NASCAR fan and loved Dale Earnhardt, Jr. She loved her animals, especially her horse, B Faithful, her German Shepherd, Odie, and her Jack Russells, Junior and Rascal. She also loved mustangs, especially her autographed Shelby GT. Brenda helped raise many children over the years and loved all of them as her own, especially Chris Justis, Brandon Stamps, and Bridgette Buchanan. A graveside service was held on Thursday, April 1 at Dale Cemetery in Whaleyville. Rev. Terry Fort officiated. A donation in her memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com . Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

William Candy PRINCESS ANNE – William “Bill” Candy of Princess Anne, passed away on March 28, 2021. He was born Oct. 2, 1940 to Walter Candy and Bernice Graver Candy. He is survived by his wife, Janice Townsend Candy, with whom he owned the

Riverside Auction Company in Snow Hill. Also surviving are his son, Ray Candy and wife Molly of Mt. Helix, Calif., and daughters, Debbie Candy of Berlin and Shirl Cox and her husband Tom of Steamboat Springs, Colo. There are three grandchildren, Claire, Alison and Nick. Also surviving are brothers Jim Candy and Walt Candy, sisters Mildred Groff and Jane Coppage as well as his many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Glen Candy and Clara Jarrell. Bill had an abundance of common sense and humor. He was a master of all trades and could build or fix anything. He believed that people could achieve everything they set their mind to. He had no time for worrying. Always refusing to act his age, he rarely allowed a photo where he did not make a funny face. When his granddaughter wanted to ride the Slingshot on the pier, he said, “Hold my teeth,” and jumped on. Riding in a hot air WILLIAM CANDY balloon was a bucket list check, but riding a few turns in a commercial dryer was just for laughs. Bill never got old, and never took life too seriously. Even after his hair turned white he remained young at heart. He leaves behind a legacy of love through his family that will never forget his style of living life fully. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local animal shelter in his name. Arrangements are in the care of the Bur-

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Mary Elizabeth Walsh OCEAN CITY – Mary Elizabeth Walsh, age 89, passed away in her sleep at home in West Ocean City on March 30, 2021. Mary was born on Jan. 31, 1932 in Perryville, Md. to her loving parents Ava and William Purcell. She married Dierk Braughn Walsh and raised her children in Baltimore, Brian Francis Walsh (Wife, Mary) and Alison MARY Walsh Carmody, (Mich- ELIZABETH WALSH ael), and two grandchildren, Madison and Gavin. They were all her pride and joy. Moving to Ocean City in 1997, her family was with her constantly and she always commented just how lucky she was. Her famous quote to her children growing up was, “kill ‘em with kindness” and no one could dispute that she lived by that motto. An amazing mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, she truly never met a stranger. Her gift of making everyone that crossed her path feel as if she had known them forever, made her a memorable and loving person and will be missed by many. To say she will be missed terribly is an understatement. We were all just fortunate enough to have her in our lives as long as we did. Interment at Belair Memorial Gardens in Baltimore.


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Senior’s Capstone Project Aims To Help Autistic Kids

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – A local high school student is partnering with a Berlin counseling service to host a community event for children with autism and those who struggle in social settings. On Saturday, April 10, high school senior Brady Esham and Ocean Front Counseling will host Operation Ocean Hope, a program designed to allow children ages 6-12 to participate in fun social activities. The event, held at the Healing Arts Center in Berlin, will run from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature four different events led by volunteers. “Right now, our focus is on participants …,” Esham said. “We’re trying to

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get the kids in the community, and more importantly the parents, to know that this opportunity is there.” Earlier this year, Esham began his internship with Ocean Front Counseling as part of Worcester Technical High School’s biomedical science program, led by teacher Bill Severn. He said his capstone project, Operation Ocean Hope, aims to help kids who struggle with communication in social settings. Ocean Front Counseling President Sharon Willey-Spurrier said she was excited to hear Esham’s plans for an inclusive community event. “I think it’s hard at times for people in the community. They may know somebody with autism, but they are afraid they will say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing,” she said. “So this is just a

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Brady Esham’s capstone project for his senior year is next weekend’s Operation Ocean Hope. Submitted Photo

very relaxed day where we can get to know each other and be able to have a social experience, something that would

be fun to do together. I thought Brady really had an excellent idea in coming together with this.” Esham – who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 – explained his participation in a social skills sleepaway camp gave him many ideas for the activities that will be at Operation Ocean Hope. He said children will have an opportunity to play outdoor games like cornhole and participate in drawing activities and a rock scavenger hunt. There will also be an indoor campfire, an activity his young campers enjoyed. “We went back to the cabin and did the indoor campfire …,” he explained. “Throughout the day the kids were really focused on what they were doing. It was hard for them to have that energy and be silly for a little bit. That campfire experience allowed them to do that.” Esham noted his efforts were made possible with the help of friends and volunteers. For example, the rocks for the scavenger hunt were painted by a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 225, of which he is an adult leader. And the image used on the event poster was designed by his friend Jaiden Denk. Willey-Spurrier also highlighted Esham’s efforts to spearhead an event that could be held multiple times throughout the year. “I think this is a great way to go beyond his initial project,” she said. “It’s something we can continue to do every couple of months to have a social experience for people with and without autism to be able to participate together.” Operation Ocean Hope will be held on April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Healing Arts Center, located at 617 Franklin Avenue in Berlin. Social distancing and masks will be required. For more information, contact Brady Esham at bradyjasmtroop225@gmail.com or Sharon Willey-Spurrier at swspurrier@ocfront.com. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. “I think it’s a wonderful experience for people to make some friends and have some community connections for people with and without autism,” WilleySpurrier said. “It’s a wonderful time to get outdoors in a safe, socially distanced activity.”


Council Signs Off County Senior Surprised With $40K Scholarship On Armored Vehicle

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The purchase of an armored personnel carrier for the police department was approved this, replacing an existing vehicle that has reached the end of its days. At the close of Tuesday’s work session, City Manager Doug Miller told the Mayor and Council a problem has arisen with the Ocean City Police Department’s existing armored personnel carrier, but presented a timely solution. “We have a problem and an opportunity,” he said. “The problem is we have an armored personnel carrier that’s 40 years old that we received from Baltimore County,” he said. “That vehicle has reached end of life. It has an exhaust issue where we get carbon monoxide in the cab. We want to decommission that vehicle.” Miller said a replacement was located on a government surplus property website and urged the council to act quickly on the opportunity. “The opportunity is local governments, including us, get rid of surplus equipment through a service called govdeals.com,” he said. “Right now, Washington County has an armored personnel carrier that they’ve declared surplus with a price tag of $80,000. We’d like to pursue that. The reason I bring it to you now is it has an April 1 deadline.” Miller said Budget Manager Jennie Knapp was able to come up with a creative solution to fund the purchase from a variety of means. “We were able to find some unrecognized revenue through the income tax,” he said. “We have $56,000 from our police department’s participation in the inauguration in D.C. For the last 10,000 or so, we have forfeiture money that the police department has, so we can put the financing together. We’re asking for your permission to pursue this.” Councilman Mark Paddack, a former career officer with the OCPD, made a motion to approve the purchase of the armored personnel carrier for the OCPD, citing the current climate around the country. “If you’re watching the news, you can see almost daily critical incidents occurring around the country,” he said. “It hasn’t changed in the last 100 years. The town of Ocean City has a piece of equipment that is extremely vital to the police department and special operations.” Paddack said there were extensive times when the current armored personnel carrier sat idle, but it’s a great resource to have when it’s needed. “In the past, there were attempts to get rid of it because it wasn’t used enough times,” he said. “You never know how much you really need something until you actually need it and this particular vehicle is something that we need. I don’t like the idea of exhaust coming into the cab. This is the time to do something for our employees.”

SNOW HILL – A Snow Hill High School student was surprised with a $40,000 scholarship on “Good Morning America” this week. Leia Donaway, a senior at Snow Hill High School, was one of 25 students from across the country who were awarded scholarships from the College Board during Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” show. “We are so proud to congratulate Snow Hill High School senior Leia Donaway,” said Worcester County Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. “She, like so many high school students, has overcome so much to stay on the path to college during a year of uncertainty and challenges caused by the pandemic. Leia serves as a model that all students

can follow to make their college dream attainable.” In the “Good Morning America” clip, which focused on the struggle of applying for college during the pandemic, 25 students from across the country were surprised with the news that the College Board was awarding each of them a $40,000 scholarship. “This scholarship is for every student, no matter their background or what school they attend. It’s about giving all students a chance to raise their hands and be seen,” said College Board CEO David Coleman. “These 25 students are as diverse and strong as the country we call home; they come from small towns, cities, and everywhere in between. What unites them is that they have overcome adversity and taken a series of small steps to earn themselves a big future.” According to the College Board, Don-

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away is among the second cohort of recipients of its Complete Your Journey Opportunity Scholarship winners. Twenty-five students in the class of 2021 from across the country earned a total of $1 million toward their education by completing the steps in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program— steps that help them plan, prepare, and pay for college. More than 1 million students from all 50 states have joined the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program since it launched in December 2018. Students have won more than $10 million in scholarships. In addition to the 25 $40,000 Complete Your Journey winners from the class of 2021, nearly 4,000 students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands earned $3.6 million in smaller scholarships.


Berlin Welcomes World’s First Mermaid Museum

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The new Mermaid Museum in Berlin opened its doors last weekend at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets. Submitted Photos

BERLIN – A new space in Berlin aims to celebrate the myth and magic of the mermaid. The Mermaid Museum, being billed as the world’s first, opened in Berlin last weekend. Created by artist and photographer Alyssa Maloof, the museum has been designed to be a mystical place for visitors to explore the centuries-old fascination with the mermaid. “I got the siren’s call for a mermaid museum,” Maloof said. Maloof said the idea had been on her mind since she took over the upstairs space at 4 Jefferson St. two years ago. She decided to go for it last summer and has been working to get the space ready ever since. According to Maloof, the mu-

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seum is the first of its kind aside from a pop-up display and a facility under construction on the West Coast. “The fact that there wasn’t one inspired movement toward it,” she said. Maloof, who’s always had an interest in fine arts, has assembled mermaid-related artifacts and pieces from around the world within the museum. She’s fascinated by the fact that mermaids have been a figure throughout history in cultures all over the world. With Berlin’s proximity to the ocean, she felt the historic town was the perfect place to explore the mythical creature. “It’s a good fit because we’re so close to the ocean and it’s nice to get a different perspective,” she said. The museum includes artifacts, including an authentic Fiji mermaid, as well as oddities, such as a mermaidshaped Cheeto. Though open to all ages, the Mermaid Museum, which Maloof described as “less Ariel, more 1900s,” is not particularly geared toward children. A sign on the wall advises visitors “Warning: Nudity. Also fish nudity. Early mermaids didn’t wear suits.” The museum also features a gift shop. Maloof, who lives in Berlin, credited her neighbors with helping to make the museum a reality, as they provided help and suggestions throughout the process. “It was really a community effort,” she said. The Mermaid Museum welcomed its first visitors last weekend. The museum, which has an admission fee of $11, will be open on weekends this spring before expanding hours this summer. Maloof said last weekend’s soft opening went great but suggested people stop in to judge for themselves. “You’d have to experience it to feel the vibes,” she said. “People think it’s a magical world up there.” For more information visit berlinmermaidmuseum.com.

Owner Alyssa Maloof described her museum as “less Ariel, more 1900s.”


… Federal Ruling Could Trump Council’s Tower Vote

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FROM PAGE 4 Specialist Trey Spear said the objective on Tuesday was not to debate what the towers would ultimately look like, but simply to review the proposed locations. Spear said Crown Castle works carefully with City Engineer Terry McGean and his staff on the best possible aesthetics for the towers. “We’re here today to review the proposed locations,” he said. “The design and engineering can come later. Let me start by saying why this is needed. Originally, we came with nine requests for Montego Bay, but that’s been pared back to three. They are all in the highest-need area. There’s a lack of coverage, especially in the south end of Montego Bay.” Spear presented charts showing how the demand for wireless service has increased exponentially in recent years. “Ocean City has changed dramatically,” he said. “As more and more users come on, we need to plan for the next five to ten years. The total user-hours have increased dramatically in Ocean City.” Council Secretary Tony DeLuca started off by making a motion to deny the three small cell towers requested for Montego Bay and enumerated his reasoning for the motion. “Montego Bay has a very unique character and aesthetics are important,” he said. “There are no above-ground utilities in Montego Bay and there is a 15foot height limit for light poles. There are no tall light fixtures in Montego Bay. That’s my justification.” Councilman John Gehrig swung the debate from a discussion of the specific towers requested by Crown Castle on Tuesday to an overall discussion of the proliferation of towers in the resort in general. With the federal court ruling, Crown Castle and presumably other service providers have carte blanche to install towers wherever they like with few limitations. It’s a debate that has been ongoing in recent years. “I just want to talk about the facts,” he said. “Basically, the new rules state there could be an unlimited number of poles installed. That’s what concerns me. What does that mean for Ocean City? We don’t know the answer on the end game.” Spear said Crown Castle provides the hardware so the wireless providers, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, for example, don’t have to come in and install their own towers, which will limit the proliferation. “When is enough enough?” he said. “We’re a co-locate solution. Our sites allow up to four carriers to co-locate. It doesn’t make sense for a carrier to deploy another site right next to our equipment.” Another wrinkle in debate surfaced when it was learned the Mayor and Council on Monday had received a letter from Crown Castle’s legal counsel regarding the siting of small cell towers in the resort. The contents of the letter were not made public, but suffice it to say it essentially advised resort officials

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they were powerless to halt the installation of new cell tower. Council President Matt James said most on the council, along with the town’s own legal counsel, had not yet digested the letter. “We received a letter from your legal counsel, but we haven’t had the opportunity to read that in advance of today’s presentation,” he said. “We do have a motion on the floor, but I’m not sure we’re prepared to vote on it.” Spear attempted to deflect the discussion away from the letter, returning instead to an existing agreement between the town and Crown Castle. “We’re limited to where we can go in order to meeting our obligations in the agreement,” he said. “We’re here to work with Ocean City. We’re not trying to ramrod anything through.” However, Gehrig was not ready to let the letter issue slide by.

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“That’s not what this letter says,” he said. “This letter has a whole different tone. It was probably bad timing to send us the letter prior to your presentation.” DeLuca said Verizon, AT&T, Spring and T-Mobile make up 75% of the wireless market and each of them could ostensibly come in and install their own small-cell towers, in an attempt to answer Gehrig’s question about future competition and the proliferation of more cell towers in the resort. “I’ve heard AT&T is already planning on coming,” he said. “That’s one of their customers turning into a competitor. I hope that answers your question.” Gehrig again referenced the federal court ruling in Portland v. FCC. “It’s almost as if this ruling is so broad, it’s wide open with the possibility for more towers,” he said. “At some point, local governments have to have

some control over the aesthetics of their community.” Paddack continued to push for working with a known entity such as Crown Castle, almost in a “if you can’t beat them, join them,” tenor. “We have a court ruling, and it’s very clear,” he said. “We’re not sure what’s going to happen in the future, but Crown Castle is providing a service that could help ease the proliferation of cell towers. The town cannot deny them. The town can work with them on the aesthetics and locations. As a town, we do have a right to have a voice, but we cannot deny them.” In the end, the council voted down the three small cell towers requested for Montego Bay with a 5-1 vote. A motion to approve the other three requested locations died for lack of a second.

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Surrounded by a limited number of family and friends in socially distanced seating pods, Worcester Preparatory School hosted back-to-back live performances this month of their spring musical revue, “A Taste of Broadway,” in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center. The show was made possible thanks to the creative collaboration and determination of talented performers and Director Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, Music Director Christopher Buzby, and Art Director George Zaiser. Seventeen Upper School thespians and artists combined music, dance and sketches, while performing 15 heartfelt renditions of songs from nine Broadway musicals. Above, seniors T.J. Bescak, Lexi Willey, Natalie Foxwell, Hannah Perdue, and C.C. Lizas, bring the house down with their final WPS stage performance of crowd favorite, Mamma Mia’s “Dancing Queen.” Ocean City Elementary School recently held its annual Worcester County Humane Society Care for Pets Drive. Students, faculty and staff collected $1,676 as well as many donations of cat and dog treats and toys. Pictured with some of the school's Humane Society donations are third graders, from left, Christian Winter, Brooklyn DelliGatti, Veronica Randall, Fallon Webster and David Banach.

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Fourth grade students at Ocean City Elementary School recently completed research projects on famous Marylanders. After completing the research, the students had to create a poster of their famous Marylander. Students also wrote and delivered a monologue and presented their poster to their peers. Some students even dressed up as their famous Marylander. Pictured are Paul (Joonie) Yoon with his Thurgood Marshall project and below is Carly Watts with her Annie Oakley work.

WPS senior Waverly Choy, left, performs “What Baking Can Do” from The Waitress. Above right, sophomore Cayden Wallace and his backup dancers pulled off a beautifully choreographed “Singing In The Rain” from Singing In the Rain.

Senior C.C. Lizas, center, is pictured with her high school mates performing “Money, Money, Money” from Mamma Mia.


… Council Questions Air Show On Livestream Revenue

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FROM PAGE 6 might get 25%. Lilley said he would like to continue to provide the livestream, but it might not be fiscally possible this summer. “It’s a great value-add,” he said. “People were watching from their balconies and their hotels. Would it have had an impact on the 2021 show? Not necessarily. Was it needed for the 2020 show? Absolutely. We needed it for the narration and the music without a show center.” As the debate wore on, Lilley suggested separating the livestream profitsharing issue for another day and moving forward with approval on the overall MOU. “Maybe what we need to do is separate that out,” he said. “We can figure out how to share the revenue between the town and the Ocean City Air Show.” Gehrig, however, continued to press the promoter in the explicit language about the 50% share for the town. “Last year, we didn’t expect anything because of COVID,” he said. “That’s why we invested the $100,000 and we took a lot of heat for that. We have our deal as the primary sponsor and that’s all we can control. We can’t control your third-party arrangements.” Lilley said that arrangement was not likely possible this year. “We can’t possibly do what you’re suggesting,” he said. “We can’t spend the money for the livestream without taking money from somewhere else, such as

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eliminating some of the acts.” Council President Matt James recalled the discussion last year and the town’s late $100,000 commitment. “My understanding was the $100,000 was to help offset the losses because of COVID, but a portion of that was an investment in the equipment for the livestream,” he said. “I think the discussion was times have changed and people would rather enjoy watching the air show from their balconies and hotels.” Gehrig remained adamant about the livestream profit-sharing issue. “There is no negotiation on this,” he said. “You came to us last year in desperation and we agreed to the $100,000. That was the agreement.” Lilley again countered there was a cost associated with contracting a third party to produce the livestream. “The third-party provider has to get a percentage,” he said. “Are they going to be willing to give up their half? I’ll honor the agreement. I’m just not sure it will bear fruit.” Lilley said he and his staff were in the air show promotion business and the livestream last year was borne out of necessity because of the COVID restrictions. “We don’t sell livestreams,” he said. “We promote air shows. If you want to maximize it, we have to have their expertise and sales team to go out and sell it. There is a cost associated with that.” There was some question if the MOU clearly required a livestream of the air

show this year and in future years. An addendum to the 2020 MOU states, “the Ocean City Air Show will provide a livestream for all future air shows now that the town has invested the $100,000,” a point not lost on the Mayor and Council. “Last year, you didn’t really know what to sell,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “Now you know, and it was very successful. Now you have an asset and you know what you have. You have an asset and we want you to honor that agreement.” Lilley said he intended to do so, but figuring out how to distribute the gross

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revenue would be challenging. “I will honor that, but it will have to come at the cost of something else,” he said. “It just doesn’t fit into the financial model.” At the end of the day, the motion to approve the MOU for the 2021 air show was rescinded. Instead, Frank Miller, City Manager Doug Miller and the town’s legal counsel will go back to the drawing board with Lilley and his staff to work out the profit-sharing issue. The council did approve a separate motion allowing for the expansion of the event’s footprint on the beach to 13th Street.


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Council Right To Question Air Show On Accord The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch

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HOW WE SEE IT

The Ocean City Mayor and Council was smart to not rubberstamp approval for the 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OC Air Show and the city. If agreements are not honored, they are not worth the time to discuss. If public funds are used inappropriately, scrutiny is required. Heading into the meeting it was evident air show representatives were confident there would be no issues with the agreement on the table for the 2021 event. Otherwise, in-person attendance from at least one official from the event would have seemingly been merited. Before moving on to the 2021 plan to grow the beachfront headquarters, which was approved ultimately, a sticking point for several council members was the execution of the 2020 air show event. The concerned council members were right to not forget about the agreement in place from last year not being honored. Under last year’s MOU, which was

crafted within two weeks of the event in August, part of the $100,000 bail out money the city provided to keep the air show on as scheduled last year was to be returned with the city getting 50% of the livestream advertising sales. The MOU was clear. The fact is the livestream most likely did not make money in its first year. It only was offered one day of the event and it appears there were minimal ad sales, if any at all. In the promoter’s mind, the city’s late funding contribution was to save the air show from having to be canceled after state restrictions prevented ticket sales from taking place. Whether the accord was not clear to the promoter is unclear, but the facts are certain. The city was to get some funds back from the additional $100,000 the city contributed. The late funding came on top of in-kind contributions from the city as well as a $35,000 lump sum. The air show is important to Ocean City. It’s going to happen this summer in June, no matter the out-

come of this current dispute over last year’s deal. However, Ocean City’s elected officials are right to hold the promoter to the terms of last year’s agreement. From watching the livestream, it was obvious there was little to no revenue last year. The air show paid the vendor to conduct the livestream, ad sales were unsubstantial and might have been nil. Therefore, there is nothing to give to the city as far as revenue from the livestream ads. The promoter should let the city know this is the case. If money was made, the terms of the agreement should be respected. The reality is the city will not likely see any money back from last year’s deal. The promoter is right the city’s contribution “was about keeping the air show alive last year.” However, the terms of the deal are clear. The city was to receive something in return for the $100,000 it contributed to keep the event going. It appears at this point it will not, and the city should remember it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Benevolence Appreciated Editor: A few days ago, I was walking across Old Ocean City Boulevard on my way to a doctor’s appointment at the Barrett Building and while attempt to negotiate the curb, I lost my balance and fell. I was struggling, unsuccessfully, to reach the fire hydrant for support to get up. In the meantime, a kind gentleman stopped his vehicle, got out, assisted me back on my feet and escorted me to Dr. Todd Bescak’s office. The staff expressed concern for my wellbeing; a nurse came to check for injuries; she drove me home; and made certain that I was safely inside. The benevolent man is Michael Franklin, president/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital, and the nurse is Janice from Patient Safety, AGH. I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Franklin, nurse Jackie and the staff of Chesapeake Eye Center. It is of comfort to know that our local community is comprised of such caring individuals. Mary Adrian Price Berlin

Comptroller Seeks State Health Answers Editor: (The following letter was sent to Maryland Department of Health Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader with a copy shared with this publication.) First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and

the employees at the Maryland Department of Health for your leadership and tireless efforts to combat the COVID19 pandemic. I know that for more than a year now, you and your colleagues have worked round-the-clock to safeguard the lives of our fellow Marylanders, and for that I, and all of our residents, am grateful. The Board of Public Works (BPW), as you know, is charged with approving and providing oversight on Maryland state government contracts. While I appreciate that this extraordinary public health emergency has put significant stress on the workload of your department, the board’s role is even more important during this emergency as billions of dollars are expended, and billions more are sent to Maryland. BPW must ensure that taxpayer money is being directed to contracts, programs, and services that yield the best outcomes for our residents. As your staff may have briefed you, during the March 24 BPW meeting, Treasurer Kopp and I voted to defer three emergency contracts, which the Maryland Department of Health entered into with Ernst & Young (“EY”), Berkeley Research Group, and KPMG, LLC totaling $14 million. I am sorry that previous scheduling conflicts kept you from attending the Board meeting to discuss the 11 emergency contracts, totaling $128.8 million, which your agency presented for our consideration. The Board of Public Works office has

advised my staff that your department does not intend to bring these three emergency reports back to the Board of Public Works next Wednesday, April 7th. Since no reason was given for this delay, I urge the department to bring back these three emergency contracts and be ready to answer any and all questions from Board members. Specifically, I request that you attend the meeting as is customary for other cabinet secretaries when presenting contracts for board approval. Ahead of next Wednesday’s meeting, I am requesting information pertaining to the aforementioned emergency consulting contracts. Some of these inquiries were made during the March 24 BPW meeting, during which Assistant Secretary Webster Ye committed to getting the information requested to the Board members. I request the department respond to me, Treasurer Kopp, and Governor Hogan with answers to questions outlined below no later than close of business this Friday, April 2. As these contracts are currently being executed, I trust that the information being requested should be able to be provided without unnecessary delay. General Questions 1. Can you discuss what planning the department did in preparation for the rollout of FDA-approved vaccines? What, if any, logistical and operational plans were formulated ahead of the SEE NEXT PAGE


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR state’s first allocation of vaccines to create vaccination sites, examples of coordination with local governments and health systems, and how the department determined who would be eligible in each phase. Can the department provide copies of these plans to the Board? 2. As you know, of the 11 emergency contracts the Department brought to the Board for the March 24 meeting, nine were presented beyond the 45-day deadline. Can you provide the number of emergency contracts that are deemed late and have not been submitted to the Board? If there are any, can you provide justification for the reason(s) why they were not submitted within the 45-day deadline? Secretary’s Agenda Item A5 Ernst & Young (March 24 BPW Meeting) 1. The Department entered into an emergency contract with EY in January 2021 for a three-month (with two threemonth renewal options) not-to-exceed contract of $11.9 million. Since entering into this emergency contract with EY, how much has the Department expended on this contract? 2. The agency remarks accompanying this item indicates that EY is “providing improvements to Maryland’s first and second dose vaccine supply chain.” Can the Department elaborate and provide specific examples of what EY has done to accomplish that objective? 3. The agency remarks accompanying this item indicates that EY is providing “specialized staff services for logistics and supply chain management, forensic accounting, and other specific staff augmentation, assistance with the state’s vaccine distribution technology, services to improve public and internal facing data reporting and support, and national benchmarking and continuous process improvements analysis and support.” Can the department elaborate and provide specific examples of what EY has done to accomplish these objectives? 4. It is my understanding that included in the scope of work of this emergency contract, EY was to produce a seven-day, end-to-end assessment that included actionable recommendations for the Department. Further, my office has been advised this report was also requested by Senate President Ferguson and members of the Senate COVID-19 Workgroup. At the March 24 meeting of the Board, Treasurer Kopp and I made the same request. As this report has already been completed and submitted to the department, please provide the Board a digital copy of the report by Friday, April 2. Secretary’s Agenda Item A13 Berkeley Research Group (March 24 BPW meeting) 1. According to the agency remarks, this 10-month, 15-day, not-to-exceed $330,000 contract to Berkeley Research Group was to provide “consulting services” as part of the Department’s Patient Surge Task Force. Can the department elaborate on what consulting services the vendor provided?

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2. Of the $330,000 not-to-exceed amount, how much of the contract has been expended? 3. How many individuals from the Berkeley Research Group provided consulting services on this contract? 4. What were the deliverables of this contract? Secretary’s Agenda Item A15 KPMG, LLP (March 24 BPW Meeting) 1. According to the department, this $1.1 million, five-month extension and three-month renewal option to KPMG, LLC is for “consulting services to provide a staffing plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic.” This modification brings the existing contract with KPMG to $1.8 million. Can the department provide the board a list of deliverables expected from KPMG with this contract? 2. In the agency remarks for this item, the department also indicates that this emergency modification is “the most reasonable option for utilizing high demand rapid antigen tests quickly and strategically to avoid and mitigate COVID-19 transmission through rapid identification of new cases in high transmission populations.” Can the department comment on what specifically KPMG has done to accomplish this critical objective? Lastly, unrelated to the questions above pertaining to emergency contracts entered into by MDH, I was very disturbed to hear an interview by CNN with Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control. It is my understanding that Dr. Redfield serves as a COVID-19 adviser to the state in a voluntary capacity. Specifically, Dr. Redfield indicated during his astonishing interview that “I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, you know, escaped.” His comments are especially concerning and reckless as hate crimes and bigotry against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have skyrocketed over the last year. There is no scientific evidence supporting his theory on COVID 19’s origination or spread. It is very concerning that Dr. Redfield is advising the governor and state health leaders on our COVID-19 strategy, and the process we use and pace to reopen our schools, businesses, and places of worship. As the Governor’s chief health adviser and acting secretary of the State’s Health Department, I would urge you and the administration to sever all ties to Dr. Redfield and make policy decisions based on the advice of medical professionals and science. Thank you for your prompt attention to this letter and for your response by Friday, April 2. Your cooperation, and that of the department, is sincerely appreciated as the Board fulfills its critical mission of providing accountability and oversight on behalf of the taxpayers of Maryland. Peter Franchot Annapolis (The writer is the Comptroller of Maryland.)

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President Biden let the proclamation banning the critical J-1 visa program participants expire this week. It’s good news, but only one piece to a complicated puzzle on the resort’s labor front. Time will tell whether it’s too late to have a major impact on this summer’s tourism industry. About 4,000 foreign workers typically come to Ocean City each summer filling key positions in the hospitality industry. These employees are valued tremendously throughout the summer but particularly in late August and September when high school and college students return to school. Another difficult piece of the employment puzzle is the fact many Americans can get paid more for not working and collecting unemployment currently than taking low-level trade jobs in resort businesses. Several employers this week said privately they expect about onethird of the typical foreign workforce to be here this summer. It will be a help and better than last summer when Ocean City did not have any help from foreign J-1 visa holders. However, the labor force is going to again be a major concern this summer. It should not be as impossible of a scenario for businesses as last year, but it’s going to a persistent problem. In what was unheard of previously, it was common last summer to see businesses closing a day or two a week in the peak season to give their employees a break. The additional foreign workers who do make it here this summer may prevent that for some businesses. One employer who returned last week from eastern Europe said embassies in two of the five countries he visited for employee searches were open and ready to begin processing J-1 visa applications. There were no plans for the other three countries to open their embassies anytime soon as COVID-19 spikes were taking place. A recent conversation I had with a manager at the Hyatt in Cambridge last week told a similar story. The manager said last summer the resort instituted its own capacity restrictions on lodging to ensure the experience offered to guests met the brand’s expectations. Without foreign workers – estimated at half of the resort’s summer workforce – there was little else that could be done outside of not selling as many rooms. When asked about this summer, she painted a grim picture. She said the hotel traditionally attracted the foreign workers who arrived too late to secure jobs at the beach. If the supply of jobs in Ocean City exceeds the workforce, as expected, she expects another summer of self-imposed restrictions. Throughout the pandemic and all the associated rule changes, consistency has been a struggle for decision makers. This lack of congruency has resulted in confusion among the general public and frustration for those who are responsible to adapting and pivoting amid the changing set of rules. For example, it was significant news last week when the Maryland State Department of Education agreed to adopt the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control about three feet of spacing (rather than six feet) being appropriate for students in school. The updated guidelines say it’s safe for students to be situated in classrooms at three feet of distance so long as they are masked, but adults should keep on maintaining six feet of distance whether they are vaccinated or not. On the surface, this is welcome news for local schools, as it helps schools get more kids in their classrooms, but it also comes with problems because of expectations. The three-foot rule does not apply to lunch when kids are without masks. Six-foot distancing still applies whenever masking is not possible. More importantly, the three-foot rule does not change close contact guidance. For example, if a positive fifth grader is identified, any child found to be within six feet of him or her for more than 15 cumulative minutes in an hour will still need to quarantine for two weeks. The obvious question is: If it’s safe for kids to be distanced just three feet, why does six feet remain the threshold when determining who needs to quarantine if near a positive individual? It’s either safe (meaning non-quarantinable) or it’s not. Another example would be last month’s lifting of 50% capacity restrictions on restaurants that came with the continual requirement to socially distance tables by six feet and the continued prohibition of standing at bars. This only helped the large restaurants with the ability to space out guests. This change was more symbolic than anything. I sense it gave many restaurants the confidence to go ahead and push the limits further. The six-foot distance seems to be more of a goal now than a requirement. I can understand blurring the lines a bit because the state’s capacity change was confusing. Another example involves vaccinated individuals. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose. Once fully vaccinated, individuals can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated folks without wearing a mask; can gather inside with unvaccinated people without wearing a mask; and cannot be close contact quarantined if around a positive individual unless showing symptoms. However, fully vaccinated individuals must, according to the CDC, still quarantine seven days and/or get tested after traveling. Over time hopefully the logic piece will catch up with the changing rules and regulations.


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Seahawks Extend Shutout Streak To Four In The News

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team edged Bennett on the road on Monday to run its win streak to four games. The Seahawks have been on a roll since suffering their one and only loss

to Parkside, 4-0, back on March 10 and their record now stands at 6-1. During the recent win streak, Decatur has not allowed a goal in four games and has outscored its opponents by a combined 19-0. After the Easter break, the Seahawks get a chance to avenge their only loss of the season thus far with an April 7 rematch with Parkside.

Decatur Girls Take Two In Pair Of Routs

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BERLIN – After three straight losses, Decatur’s girls’ varsity soccer team vented a little frustration this week with a couple of big shutout wins against a pair of opponents. After starting the season 2-1, the

Decatur girls had lost three straight to Bennett, Parkside and Snow Hill, the latter two coming by narrow 2-1 scores. This week, the Seahawks vented some frustration, blanking Mardela, 6-0, and Wicomico, 15-0, on Tuesday. Decatur has now beaten Wicomico by a combined 19-1 in two meetings. Next up is a rematch with Bennett next Tuesday.

Jr. Seahawks Dominate State Meet In OC

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OCEAN CITY – The Junior Seahawks Wrestling Club, made up largely of what would have been Decatur’s team this year, won the Maryland State Wrestling Association (MSWA) Unified High School Championships last weekend at the convention center in Ocean City. The Junior Seahawks finished with 209 total points to win the team competition and come in first among the

35 programs competing in the state championship tournament. The Seahawks also placed in eight different weight classes, including a first and four seconds. Micah Bourne finished first at 220. Noah Reho finished second at 160, Alex Koulikov finished second at 195 and Eric Ward finished second at 285. John D’Amico finished third at 138, Jack Mulligan finished third at 132, and Sean Rinebolt finished third at 126. John Hooks finished fourth at 113.

Decatur’s Koby Higgins gets around the edge in a 30-6 win over Parkside last weekend. Submitted Photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team routed visiting Parkside, 30-6, last weekend to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Seahawks led just 8-6 after one quarter, but scored touchdowns in each the last three quarters to pull away for the 30-6 win. Quarterback Ashten Snelsire went 13-27 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He

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also led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 129 yards and one touchdown on the ground. RJ. Brittingham, Zimere Handy and Koby Higgins each scored single touchdowns for the Seahawks. The win completed a season sweep for the Seahawks over the Rams. Decatur beat Parkside, 38-12, in the spring season opener. Decatur played Bennett on Thursday in a game played too late to be included in this edition.

This week’s Atlantic Physical Therapy “Tough Guy of the Week” award went to junior tackle Khi Reid for his outstanding performance in a 25-12 loss to Wicomico. Pictured above is Reid (center) flanked by Atlantic Physical Therapy Director of Clinic Operations Bobby Hammond (left) and Head Coach Jake Coleman (right). Submitted Photo


Memorial Freeman Tournament To Benefit Semper Fi Fund

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BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Club will host its third annual benefit tournament on April 24, at the Ocean Pines Racquet Center. This year, the club has dedicated the tournament to Jim Freeman, an active platform tennis member who passed away on March 15 after a battle with cancer. Freeman, according to his obituary,

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served the U.S. Marines with honor and later worked for 31 years as a seventhgrade science teacher at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. He retired to Ocean Pines with his wife, June, and “always kept active with platform tennis, where he made many wonderful and caring friends and served as the president of the platform tennis group for many years.” The Platform Tennis Club will donate all tournament proceeds to Semper Fi & America's Fund, a nonprofit “dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.” Sue Walter, one of the tournament organizers, said the goal of the tournament is to "help OPPTA to remember and honor our friend who lived and breathed platform tennis." "Jim Freeman was a huge part of platform tennis and we will all miss him terribly," she said. "He would be so proud and happy we were doing this to raise money for the Marines charity,

Semper Fi.” All platform tennis clubs in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania may compete. Individual players may also enter. The entry deadline is April 17, and

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the entry fee is a $50 donation, per player. Checks may be made payable to Semper Fi/America's Fund, "in Memory of Jim Freeman," mailed with an entry form to Michael Petito, 4 Long Court, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 21811. For questions or more information, contact Walter at cbreeze601@verizon.net or Petito at map11946@yahoo.com.

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April 2-5: Kids Easter Celebration Trimper Rides will hold an opening park celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4 with opportunities to meet the Easter bunny as well as Easter egg hunts. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon.

April 3: Spring Celebration From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Berlin, enjoy a safe Easter egg hunt in downtown Berlin and visits with the Easter Bunny starting at 10 a.m. at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling and continuing along the Main Street Bunny Trail until 4 p.m. Wear your homemade Easter Bonnets and take a selfie at the Berlin Spring Celebration of Hope Selfie Display at Artisans Green, next to House and Health Freedom. April 3: Fried Chicken Dinner Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Willards will hold a drive-thru fried chicken dinner. Menu includes four piece fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cole slaw, apple sauce, roll and cupcake. $14 each. 410-835-8340

April 3: Easter Market The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market will hold at White Horse Park, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring spring-baked goods and farm-fresh produce. Synder's Produce & Beautiful Things will feature potted Easter flowers and hanging baskets for the home and garden. Additionally, country music artist Sarah Campbell will perform on the marketplace stage starting

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April 6: Faith-Based Partnership Via conference call from 10-11 a.m. join the Faith Partnership: A cooperative effort for local worship centers and Atlantic General Hospital and Health System to increase health awareness, education and healthy living incentives for our community members. For information, contact: Gail Mansell at 410-641-9725 or gmansell@atlanticgeneral.org. April 9: Bingo Is Back After a tough year, the Knights of Columbus on 99th Street behind St. Luke’s will bring back its weekly Bingo night on Friday nights. Doors open at 5 p.m. and with bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. Social distancing and masking rules in effect. 410-5247994.

April 9: 2nd Friday In Berlin 2nd Fridays in Berlin are back with a new vibe from 5-8 p.m. Live outdoor and indoor music, kids art, shops open late, plenty of restaurants offering outdoor dining as well as desserts.

April 9: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will host from 4-6:30 p.m. carryout only. One crab cake dinner with green beans, baked potato and cole slaw, $12; two crab cake dinner, $20; and $8 crab cake sandwich.

April 10: Oyster Fritter Sandwich Sons of the American Legion Post 123 will hold from 2 p.m. until sold out at 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd, Berlin. Carryout or eat in with a legion member. Public welcome. Cost is $9. April 10-11: Kids Create Art projects will be organized by the Art League of Ocean City at Trimper Rides. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon.

April 17: Chicken & Dumplings The Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a “Chicken & Dumplin'” carryout only at the main station. 5-7 p.m. Chicken, dumplings, green beans and sweet potatoes. Cost is $13 and $7 for an additional pint

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April 17: Walk With A Doctor Educate, exercise and empower during the virtual “Walk with a Doc” at 9 a.m. on the Atlantic General Hospital Facebook page, where there will be a short presentation by neurologist Dr. Preeti Yonker, who will discuss Parkinson’s disease. You can then walk wherever you want and share your selfies on social media with the hashtag #walkedwithagh.

April 17: Bikers Food Drive The public is invited to join the Bikers Without Borders Foundation from 9 a.m.2 p.m. at the Food Lion in Ocean Pines for the Fill-the-Truck Food Drive. Members will be collecting canned goods, nonperishable food items, and monetary donations for local food banks. April 17-18: Kids Build Trimper Rides will welcome kids to take a look at construction vehicles up close and design their own skyscraper. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon.

April 24-25: Kids Unite Trimper Rides will hold safety education and demonstrations featuring first responders and their vehicles. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon.

May 1: May Day Celebration The Ocean Pines Garden Club will host its 3rd Annual May Day Community Celebration on May 1, rain or shine. It is your chance to show your community support by creating a beautiful basket of fresh flowers and display it in a way that it is visible from the street. The only rule is the basket must contain fresh flowers and greens. Place a zip lock bag near your creation that contains five copies of your name, address and the inspiration for your creation for the judges. Judges will visit displays between 9:30 and 12:30. Baskets will be judged on condition, distinction, originality, color harmony and design, balance and proportion. All participants will receive certificates of appreciation and winners will receive ribbons. Things To Do activities are printed free of charge. To ensure that an event is listed in a timely manner, please submit information as early as possible, since all items will be listed in advance as space permits. Be sure to include the date, name of event, time, location, address and a contact number. Email to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com; fax to 410-641-0966; or mail to The Dispatch, P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811.

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Key Differences Between Economics And Finance

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BY COLLIN MACOMBER

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BERLIN – One of the more glaring lessons of the 2020 pandemic was that the economy and the stock market are not the same thing, nor do they necessarily move in lockstep. They are measurements of two different things, often indicating how the other will react. However, as we saw last year, the economy is a greater indicator of how Main Street is doing while the stock market is more a reflection of Wall Street. The day-

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to-day performance of major stock indices, such as the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is not usually an accurate account of what’s happening in the lives of most Americans. As a general rule, economics is more of a social science. It conveys a picture that captures the interplay between real resources and human behavior. Finance, on the other hand, is a proactive measure. Its focus is on the tools and techniques of managing money. We hear these two terms used interchangeably all the time, though, and that’s

because they often do move in the same direction. That’s not what happened last year. While millions of Americans lost jobs and other sources of earned income, after an initial drop in the stock market, many investors saw their portfolios make ample gains. This was a good demonstration of how your money in the market could be working as another source of inCOLLIN come. It’s another way of MACOMBER diversifying your assets, so that your investments can keeping earning money even if you can’t. Economics covers the production, consumption and distribution of goods and services and how people interact with them — through buying, selling, or working to buy or sell them — and how they react to price changes driven by supply, demand and inflation. It is, after all, people who drive economic activity and ultimately growth. There are two main branches of economics: macroeconomics and microeconomics. Macroeconomics measures the overall economy through factors such as inflation, price levels, rate of economic growth, national income, gross domestic product (GDP) and changes in employment levels. Microeconomics tracks specific factors within the economy, largely the choices made by people, households and industries.

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Finance, on the other hand, deals specifically with the use and distribution of money. As a discipline, it comprises three basic categories: public finance, corporate finance and personal finance. Within those realms, we often talk about the difference between Main Street and Wall Street. Main Street describes the average American investor as well as small independent businesses, while Wall Street consists of high net worth investors, large global corporations and the high finance capital markets. There are inevitable conflicts between these two sectors. For example, government regulations frequently are designed to protect individual investors and/or small businesses, but they can pose a detriment to Wall Street profitability. The opposite can also be true, where benefits for large corporations can hurt small businesses, local jobs and small investors. Early on, the Federal Reserve and other central banks stepped up to infuse the economy with capital, thus stemming the tide of the economic decline. While these moves helped bolster the stock market, they did not prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs or stimulate consumerism. In other words, policy and even legislative intervention may have helped Wall Street, but it didn’t do that much to encourage economic growth or job creation. (The writer is an investment advisor with Key Financial Services. The entire team can be reached at 410-629-0357.)

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Bank Promotions BERLIN – Taylor Bank has announced the following internal promotions. Sandy Duncan has been promoted to Vice President. Duncan began her career with Taylor Bank as bookkeeper in the Bookkeeping Department. Today, she oversees the Deposit Operations Department as Deposit Operations Manager and serves as Deposit AdSANDY ministrator for our Core DUNCAN system. She has been employed by the bank for over 40 years. Kathy Allam will become a Vice President. Allam joined Taylor Bank in 2008. She began in branch operations, later completed the management trainee program, and then was promoted to manage the IT and Electronic Services KATHY ALLAM Departments. In 2019, she was promoted to Director of IT and Security. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from Salisbury University. Carl Vandivier has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Vandivier joined Taylor Bank in 1999. During his career with the bank, he has served in various support roles in the back office. In 2008, he was promoted to Information CARL VANDIVIER Systems Administrator. Vandivier earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with a concentration in IT, from Salisbury University. Margaret Mudron has become the Branch Administration Assistant. Mudron began her employment with Taylor Bank as a summer teller at the East Berlin location. During her career she has served in various branch leadership roles, including the opening of the Bank’s Ocean View, DE office in 1998, and most MARGARET MUDRON recently as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the North Ocean City/Fenwick branch. After over 40 years of experience, Mudron is transitioning to the operations side of the bank. In her new role, she will be responsible for branch reporting and statistics. Mudron is an active volunteer in the local community and serves as treasurer of the BerlinOcean City Rotary Club. Debbie Rickards has been named the Branch DEBBIE RICKARDS Manager of the North Ocean City/Fenwick Branch. Rickards joined Taylor Bank in February of 2018 as a Customer Service Associate. In September of 2018, she was promoted to Operations Supervisor of the Mid-Ocean City Branch. Rickards has over 30 years of community bank experience. She is a graduate from Delaware Technical Community College where she studied Business Administration and Banking. An active member of the local community, she serves the Ladies Auxiliary in Selbyville, Del. Holly Hogan will now serve as Business Services Officer. Hogan joined Taylor Bank in 2019 as Senior Electronic

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Services Representative. This year, under her leadership, the bank has successfully launched its new, improved credit card processing program with BASYS Processing. Hogan has 20 years of industry experience, spe- HOLLY HOGAN cializing in business solutions and relationships. Tori Grundman has been promoted to Marketing Director. Grundman joined Taylor Bank in 2012 as Customer Service Associate. In 2016, she was promoted to Electronic Services Representative. In 2017, she was promoted to Marketing Manager. Grundman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from TORI GRUNDMAN Southern New Hampshire University. She holds the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation with the American Bankers Association.

Top Producers Named OCEAN CITY – Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva has announced the February top producers for its Maryland locations.

The awards are based on gross commission income or number of units, whichever is higher, for the month. The Platinum Award winner is Melanie Shoff of the Ocean City office. Individuals who won the Double Gold award are Michael Dunn of the Salisbury office and Theresa Diefendorf of the Ocean City office. The Gold Award Winner was Jay Pierorazio of the Ocean City office. Billy Barr, Carlie Archer, Kelley Bjorkland and Kim Lucido-McCabe of the Ocean City office. Geri Mason from the Salisbury office won the Silver Award. Bronze award winners are Brenda Archer-Nichols, Chris Dero and Gaije Hallstrom from Ocean City and Cassandra Price and Harryson Domercant of the Salisbury office. Jimbo Weismiller, Kathy Pusey, Lauren Fiorelli and Mia McCarthy of the Ocean City office also earned Bronze status as did Rusty Molnar of the Salisbury office. The Top Teams for the month of February include the Fritschle Barker Group in the Ocean City office. Team members are Grant Fritschle, Jon Barker, Clint Bickford, Bryan Coates, Courtney Wright, Mark Barker and Jackson St Jean. The Windrow Group of the Ocean City office also received the Triple Platinum

Page 55 award. Team members are Erik Windrow, Nikki Rayne, Jennifer Kukel and Robert Windrow. The Moore Team earned the Platinum award. The Sharon Daugherty Group, Lucido Global and Davis Strategic achieved Triple Gold status The Britt Team earned Gold and the Optimism Group achieved Bronze.

Blue Water Growing BERLIN – The Delaware Beaches Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort™ has been acquired by Ocean Citybased Blue Water Development. The property opened its 2021 camping season on April 1 under new management. Located minutes from Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Del., Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park™ joins Blue Water's portfolio of 12 East Coast RV resorts and its seventh on the Delmarva peninsula. Since purchasing the campground five months ago, Blue Water has been hard at work on a multi-million-dollar program of infrastructure enhancements and new family-focused amenities, including the splash pad and water slides, upgraded WiFi, revamped playground, expanded camp store, new campfire features, updated RV sites and renovated arcade with new games. "Jellystone is a family-friendly brand that, just like Blue Water, focuses on delivering the best experience possible to each and every guest, each and every time," said Blue Water CEO Todd Burbage. "Jellystone's brand and this campground are a perfect addition to our Blue Water family, and we're excited to build on the decade-long legacy of the park's preSEE PAGE 56


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FROM PAGE 55 vious owners. We look forward to elevating the park with new amenities, more fun activities, and a unique service culture that will help guests make priceless memories that last a lifetime." Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park features more than 265 sites, including full hook-up RV sites, vacation rental cabins, and primitive tent sites, as well as seasonal and extended stay opportunities. "Campers who have enjoyed Jellystone in the past can expect an elevated experience," said General Manager Bryan Fykes. "We've enhanced and accentuated all of the things that make Jellystone Delaware an exceptional family vacation destination. We're thrilled to have retained the majority of our staff so that guests will see familiar faces as well as some new rangers, too."

Hospitality Group Expands

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group based in Rehoboth Beach, Del., recently announced plans for a second brewpub. Ocean View Brewing Company will be located on the corner of Route 26 and Woodland Avenue in Ocean View, Del. A spring 2022 opening date is planned.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch “We are so excited to bring a first-class brewpub to Ocean View,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. “We love the community, which has supported NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, also in Ocean View, as well as our restaurants in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. We have so many loyal customers in the area, and this has been a long time coming.” SoDel Concepts opened Thompson Island Brewing Company in Rehoboth in 2019. The brewpub recently was named Delaware Brewery of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition. “It seems as though we can’t make enough beer to satisfy all the craft beer fans who come to the Delaware beaches,” said Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts. Patton is a certified cicerone, a designation for beer professionals that’s similar to a sommelier program for wine experts. He oversees the hospitality group’s beer program and will oversee the new brewpub’s construction. “Thompson Island Brewing Company has been a huge hit, and we want to bring a similar experience to residents and visitors south of the Indian River Inlet bridge,” Patton said. “Ocean View Brewing Company will follow the SoDel Concepts tradition of providing coastal comfort foods, a beach-influenced atmosphere and exceptional service.”

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Like its sister brewpub to the north, the 5,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant will feature a beer garden. In cooler months, guests can gather around the fireplace. Fisher Architects is handling the design, and the décor will reflect a modern beach house with touches of Americana.

Firm’s Design Recognized SALISBURY – Becker Morgan Group has been honored with a ‘2021 Best of Houzz’ award in the category of Residential Design. The annual awards program recognizes the most popular designs and designers on Houzz.com, a leading platform for home design and remodeling. The winners, which represent the top 34% of each category, span the country and world. “Our objective is to create unique, sitespecific and aesthetically-pleasing design solutions that provide our clients with comfortable and functional homes they love to live in,” said Chris Pattey, leader of Becker Morgan Group’s Residential Studio. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Houzz community and it is exciting and gratifying to learn that our designs serve as inspiration to others.” Houzz.com users vote for winners by visiting and saving a designer’s projects as motivation for their own plans. This is the second consecutive year and the third time Becker Morgan Group has received

the honor for achievement in the Baltimore Region.

Scholarship Established SALISBURY – The family and friends of Dr. Donald Harting recently established the Donald A. Harting Memorial Scholarship at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore to honor his life and legacy. The scholarship will provide a minimum of $2,000 per academic year to support students seeking a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), or Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. Harting was grateful for the financial support he received from his local community to pursue his education in pediatric medicine and public health. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Delmarva Education Foundation and its endowed fund, which now provides funds annually for scholarships and programs for local students. Qualified applicants must be graduates of a public or private high school located in Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, or Somerset County and admitted to an accredited graduate program leading to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), or Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree as a fulltime student. All scholarship guidelines and application forms can be found at www.cfes.org.

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Trimper’s Rides Planning Month-Long Kids Fest Activities Easter Celebration This Weekend

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OCEAN CITY – Trimper’s Rides, the oldest continuously family-owned and operated amusement park in the country, announced recently a new series of events for April. This year, Trimper’s will open the park on the first weekend of April and launch Kids Fest, themed familyfriendly events each weekend of the month all with the mission of celebrating and empowering kids. “Trimper’s is thrilled to bring another great event series to Ocean City, and we couldn’t be more excited to see our 2021 season kick off with Kids Fest,” said Jessica Bauer, marketing manager or Trimper’s Rides. “Our park staff has worked tirelessly to ready the park for Easter and will continue our standards of safety and cleanliness. Keeping everyone protected and happy is our number one priority.” Bring the whole family to enjoy rides and games at the beach, indulge in made-from-scratch foods with a carnival twist, and engage in themed weekends designed to educate and inspire. Special activities will be free of charge

and unlimited ride wristbands will be discounted to $20. Doors open at noon. Kids’ Easter Celebration: On April 3 and 4, Peter Cottontail — the Easter Bunny himself — will welcome all visitors and host Easter egg hunts each day at noon in the Carousel building. On Saturday, the hunt will include golden eggs and the lucky kids who find one will help declare Trimper’s “open” and commemorate the beginning of the 2021 season. The hunts will be divided into three age groups -- 1 to 2, 3 to 5 and 6 to 8. Socially distant pictures are encouraged. Bring your baskets and seek out those eggs. Kids Create: In partnership with the Art League of Ocean City, Trimper’s will stimulate kids’ inner Bob Ross with hands-on art projects the weekend of April 10-11. Kids can join a collaborative effort to make community artwork

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and create their own masterpieces to take home. Arts and crafts leaders will be on hand to assist with projects, but kids will be encouraged to express their personal style. Be ready to spread color and your artistic vision. “The Art League of Ocean City is excited to participate in Kids Fest. Our goal is to inspire kids to think creatively, and Trimper’s new event series aligns with our mission to empower youth to reach their creative potential,” said Rina Thaler, executive director of Art League of Ocean City. “We will continue to offer and support classes, camps and other community art events, like Kids Fest, to bolster the positive impact of arts in our region.” Kids Build: Large construction vehicles — dump truck, excavator and skid-steer loader—will enhance the park’s landscape during Kids Build on April 17-18. Construction vehicles

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in the outdoor park give kids a safe and unique perspective of a worksite. Inside the carousel building, stations will be set up to let kids “build” with craft materials, allowing Trimper’s young guests to be architects, contractors, and home designers for the weekend. Kids Unite: Being safe is cool on April 24-25 as attendees will join local first responders while they shepherd kids through urgent situations. Kids will learn what to do in emergencies, like being lost on vacation or getting caught in a riptide and how to prepare and stay calm. Emergency vehicles will also be available for kids to admire close up. Kids Fest guests can purchase wristbands at the park or online. Stay up to date on Kids Fest and other upcoming events by visiting www.trimperrides.com/upcoming events and following us on Facebook and Instagram. Park events are weather-dependent, and social distancing and masking will be observed for the wellbeing of all. MVA LICENSED

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Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 4507 Coastal Hwy. Tuesdays: Aaron Howell Wednesdays: Aaron Howell (137th St. Tavern)

BRYAN CLARK Fager’s Island: Monday, April 5

BEATS BY WAX Crawl St. Tavern: Sundays Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Wednesdays

ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley BUXY’S SALTY DOG DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, April 2: Aaron Howell Duo, 6 p.m.

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KARAOKE W/WOOD Pickles Pub: Mondays

AARON HOWELL 45th St.Taphouse: Tuesdays Taphouse Tavern: Wednesdays

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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE WEST 410-213-1500 Rte. 611, West OC Tuesdays: Bingo with Blake Haley NATALIE DAVIS BAND Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, April 2

ON THE EDGE Ocean Club/Clarion: Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3

THE DUNEHOUNDS Pickles Pub: Saturday, April 3

STEALING SAVANNAH DUO Seacrets: Friday, April 2

OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3: On The Edge

ONE LOUDER Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3

PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, April 2: Beats By Styler, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3: The Dunehounds Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax

AARON HOWELL DUO Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, April 2

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LENNON LARICCI & THE LEFTOVERS Cork Bar: Saturday, April 3

PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Streets On The Boardwalk Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3: One Louder Saturday, April 3: DJ Adam Dutch, 2 p.m. SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, April 2: Stealing Savannah Duo, 5 p.m., Late Last Night Duo, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3: Full Circle, 5 p.m., DJ Bobby O, 9 p.m., My Hero Zero Duo, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8: Full Circle Duo, 5 p.m.

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Resort Arts Center To Unveil New April Exhibits Friday

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OCEAN CITY – In-person First Friday art openings return to the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th St. bayside on April 2 from 5-7 p.m. The event will maintain CDC guidelines and require masks and social distancing. The Thaler Gallery hosts “Points of Juxtaposition” featuring the work of six African American artists from the Eastern Shore who find inspiration from life in America and from an older African consciousness. The title comes from the work that, like the points of a compass, covers their many visual points of view and reflects a culmination of more than 190 years of experiences and perspectives. Tony Burton of Felton, Del., is a cartoonist at heart and draws his life observations in a comedic way. A graduate of Delaware State University and Delaware College of Art and Design, he

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taught for 40 years in Bridgeville, Del. and also teaches Tai Chi. Burton does art to relax his inner Chi and achieve a painterly style he has developed over the years. Alexander Gamble was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., received his BA in art from Delaware State University, and is now part of Studio IXOII in Wilmington, Del. His digital and print media art is a combination of circumstance and the recall of events past, and he dedicates his work to God. Kenneth Jones of Salisbury is a graphite artist and photographer. As a young boy, Jones struggled with oral communication and expression. His pencil work involved the creation of sociopolitical subjects and commentary. As a photographer, he captures the subtle world around him, focusing on discarded and forgotten things that have stood the

test of time. Michael J. Morris of Salisbury is a retired art educator of 40 years and a painter, graphic artist, printmaker, and photographer. He works under the name Mijomor and uses his four disciplines to create mixed media art with an illustrative style. Mijomor is an artist with a painterly voice that speaks with the softness of a brush stroke, but with the power of a cutting edge. Ernest Satchell of Princess Anne was born and raised in Northampton County, Va., and received his degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for Boeing Aircraft before pursuing Masters Degrees in art education, ceramics, and fine art. Satchell began teaching at UMES in 1971 and retired after 39 years in 2010. He is known for throwing very large pots, raku vessels,

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and sculptures. Carl Williams of Wilmington, Del., works with collage, lines and shapes, acrylics, inks and natural materials to evoke self-reflection by the viewer. His work is graphic and design-oriented, influenced by the graphics work he produced for Dupont Corp. His characters have appeal to viewers because they seem like someone they know. The Corporate Partner Juried Group Show, an annual exhibition to honor the corporate partners of the Art League of Ocean City, will be on display in The Galleria. The Art League receives support from more than 50 local businesses that have signed up to be corporate partners. “Our corporate partnerships are vital to keeping the Ocean City Center for the Arts up and running, and this is our way, once a year, to thank them for their support,” Rina Thaler, executive director, said. The Spotlight Gallery hosts UMES associate professors Elvin Hernandez and Brad Hudson and celebrates Manga and Anime styles of animation originating in Japan characterized by stark, colorful graphics depicting fantastic or futuristic themes. Hernandez of Salisbury, who is originally from Puerto Rico, earned his MFA in Sequential Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and his EdD in Higher Education from Argosy University. He is a long-time educator and practicing freelance artist in the field of comics and commercial art, working for Toys R Us, DC Entertainment, Marvel, FX, and Cartoon Network. Hudson of Mardela Springs has been an artist/instructor at UMES for 20 years and publishes his own comics under the moniker of Coldstream Studios, developing characters such as Rocket Girl and Dark Crusader. He produces work for, among others, Topps Trading Cards, including StarWars, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, and more. The annual student portion of the Manga/Anime show moves online this year at www.ArtLeagueofOceanCity.org. The Art League developed this show to promote creativity among students outside formal art programs and to increase community awareness of this art form. Students in middle, high school, and higher education in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Sussex counties submitted entries judged by Hudson. Art League President John Sisson sponsored cash prizes to the winners. Mosaic artist Carol Rydel of Selbyville, Del., occupies Studio E in April. Symbolism plays a big part in her artwork, and she titled her exhibit “Fin Yang” as a play on words based on the yin yang symbol. Rydel mixes textures, materials, and finishes in her mosaic pieces to create a visual story. Mary Ainsworth of Ocean Pines is the artisan for April. The jeweler recently relocated to the Eastern Shore from Denver, Co., and her jewelry creations are inspired by her love of the sea and its natural beauty. All shows will be on display at the Arts Center until May 3.


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

HELP WANTED FROG BAR & GRILL JOB FAIR: Fri. 4/2, 4pm-7pm & Sat. 4/3, 10am-2pm. Hiring all positions. Open interviews. 221 Wicomico St., OC. Email resumes/inquiries in advance to frogbaroc1@gmail.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LANDSCAPE WORKERS NEEDED: Must have valid DL. Reliable transportation to work. Call 410-641-2177. The Moore Companies, Berlin, MD. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CONDO CLEANERS: Clean condos in Ocean City. Spring, Summer, and Fall. Lisa’s Cleaning Service. 443-783-5033. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 Hwy. 410-2131572. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

TECHNICIANS Peninsula Irrigation, Inc. is expanding & currently seeking exp. installation & service technicians. Exp. pref., but will train right person. Must be self-motivated, have drivers license & transportation.

Call 410-352-5252

NIGHT SUPERVISOR FT, YEAR ROUND BENEFITS INCLUDE VACATION, SICK DAYS, HEALTH INSURANCE, 401-K. Competitive hourly wage + Temporary $2 extra per hour until further notice

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THUNDERBIRD BEACH MOTEL NOW HIRING FRONT DESK HOUSEKEEPING MAINTENANCE/ BELLMAN APPLY IN PERSON

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm Thunderbird Beach Motel 32nd Street, Ocean City

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CASHIER/ SALES ASSOCIATE Must be friendly & dependable FT/PT - Year Round & Seasonal - Various Shifts Competitive Hourly Wage Benefits Available Temporary $2 extra per hour until further notice

To Apply-go online www.petromg.com *Employment *Retail *OC MD *Cashier Wine Rack *Search *Cashier Sales Assoc.-Wine Rack Rt. 50 Wine Rack 12827 Ocean Gateway West OC, MD

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CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com 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. CHURCH MUSICIAN: Vocal and instrumental skills. Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, 11021 Worcester Highway, Berlin, MD. Call 410-6414882 or email secretary@htcanglican.org ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FULL MOON SALOON: Now hiring a full time server and full & part time kitchen staff. Apply within at 12702 Old Bridge Road, WOC. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BALI-HI RV PARK: Bishopville, MD. Maintenance Man/ Groundskeeper. Grass cutting. Experience in plumbing and electric. 40 hrs/wk, $15/hr. 410-352-3140. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BALI-HI RV PARK: Bishopville, MD. RV Park Manager. 40 hours per week, $15 per hour. Full Time. Call 410-352-3140. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C L E A N E R S / VAC AT I O N RENTALS: Needed for Ocean City and Ocean Pines. Experience preferred but not necessary. Text or call 443-397-1189. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Come Join Our Winning Team! Now accepting applications for the following positions!

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Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums 11700 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 EOE

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

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Off the Hook Restaurant Group is hiring energetic individuals who desire to execute the total Guest Experience to the fullest. We offer an Honest, Fresh and Local approach to each of our guests in our five restaurants; Hooked OC, Tailchasers OC, Just Hooked Fenwick Island, Off the Hook Bethany Beach, and Hooked Up Millville.

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If you are interested in a rewarding career with a winning team, please visit any of our restaurants or please send resume to: gbowers@irseafood.com

The Castle in the Sand Hotel and The Barefoot Mailman are currently seeking applicants for the following positions for the 2021 season.

FRONT DESK ATTENDANTS NIGHT AUDITOR HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES FOOD & BEVERAGE STAFF Experienced applicants are preferred, but not required. We require a satisfactory pre-employment background check by all applicants. Please contact Bob at 410-289-6846 for further information or to schedule an interview.

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TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD North Location 129th Street, OC Hiring: Host/Hostess Bus Person Foodrunners Must be flexible with hours Email: jenvank@yahoo.com

Or stop in to fill out an application.

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PART-TIME FRONTLINE ASSOCIATE Farmers Bank of Willards has a Part-Time Frontline Associate position available at the Talbot Branch, Ocean City 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: jennie.rice@fbwbank.com Application cut off is 04-12-2021 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”

•LINE COOKS Please apply in person. Greene Turtle West, Rt. 611, West OC 410-213-1500

NOW HIRING SEASONAL SALES ASSOCIATES FULL-TIME & PART-TIME POSITIONS Set Schedules. Starting Wage $12.00/hour. Must be 18 years or older. Apply On Website: www.ronjonsurfshop.com/thecompany/careers Send Resumes To: OCSales@rjss.com Store Address: 6701 Coastal Highway #8, Ocean City, MD 21842

I NDI A N R I V ER MA R I NA I S NO W HI R I NG! •MAINTENANCE •NIGHT WATCH 3PM-11PM SHIFT

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UI Professional I Contractual Recruitment #21-001150-0002 The Maryland Department of Labor (MDOL) Division of Unemployment Insurance is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of UI Professional I. Worksite Location: Salisbury, Maryland SALARY $17.94 per hour Bilingual (Spanish) applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university. Experience: None Note: Applicants may substitute additional experience in unemployment insurance as defined above for the required education at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education, for up to four years of the required education.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS Applications that meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring manager for interview selection. Must have two years using Microsoft Office. To proceed with your application, please visit the link to apply directly to this position. https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp? R1=21&R2=001150&R3=0002


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FOR LEASE: Retail Banking Center with drive thru. Contact Brian Gamm. 443-880-2225. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT: 416 West Street. Berlin, Md. Available April 1, 2021. Can be used for contractor shops or storage. Has 3 overhead doors, high ceilings, vanilla shell. Electric, water, sewer, and parking provided. Also included is forklift rental in the lease. If interested call (410) 251-2892. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEST O.C. OFFICE/RETAIL SPACES AVAILABLE: 1 OfficeRetail and 1 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– UPSCALE MIDTOWN OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT: 2,130 sq.ft. No CAM fees. 443-880-2225. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WEEKLY RENTALS Poolfront Room $215. Efficiency Room $245. 2 BR Apartment $350. 3 BR Suite $400.

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THIRD INSERTION NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18644 To all persons interested in the estate of DANIEL HERMAN RUNDE, ESTATE NO. 18644. Notice is given that PAMELA RUNDE, 23246 COURTHOUSE AVENUE, ACCOMAC, VA 23301 was on, MARCH 08, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DANIEL HERMAN RUNDE, who died on FEBRUARY 11, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 8TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 19, 2021 PAMELA RUNDE Personal Representative

True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-19, 03-26, 04-02

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MICHAEL B MATHERS ESQ WEBB, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & MATHERS, LLP PO BOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18649 To all persons interested in the estate of THORNTON FREDERICK THOMAS FRANK, ESTATE NO. 18649. Notice is given that JENNIFER LOUISE FRANK BURNS, 700 AUGUSTA DRIVE, ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 48309 was on, MARCH 09, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of THORNTON FREDERICK THOMAS FRANK, who died on DECEMBER 25, 2020, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 9TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will

be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 19, 2021 JENNIFER LOUISE FRANK BURNS Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-19, 03-26, 04-02

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MICHAEL B MATHERS ESQ WEBB, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & MATHERS, LLP PO BOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18654 To all persons interested in the estate of C GRISE MCCABE JR AKA CHARLES MCCABE, ESTATE NO. 18654. Notice is given that GERALD E MCCABE, 35966 PEPPER ROAD, SELBYVILLE, DE 19975 and GREGORY E MCCABE, 30175 RABBIT NAW ROAD, SELBYVILLE, DE 19975 was on, MARCH 10, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of C GRISE MCCABE JR, who died on JANUARY 30, 2021, 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 10TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim


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against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 19, 2021 GERALD E MCCABE Personal Representative GREGORY E MCCABE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-19, 03-26, 04-02

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18652 To all persons interested in the estate of ORLANDO HARRISON MARINER JR, ESTATE NO. 18652. Notice is given that ORLANDO HARRISON MARINER III, 211 EAST FEDERAL STREET, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 was on, MARCH 17, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ORLANDO HARRISON MARINER JR, who died on DECEMBER 31, 2020, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the

Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 17TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 ORLANDO HARRISON MARINER III Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

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STEPHEN M HEARNE ESQ STEPHEN M HEARNE, P.A. 105 W. MAIN ST, 1ST FLR SALISBURY, MD 21801

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch MITCHELL WILSON, ESTATE NO. 18660. Notice is given that STEPHEN M HEARNE, 105 WEST MAIN STREET, SUITE 1, SALISBURY, MD 21801 was on, MARCH 17, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of RONALD MITCHELL WILSON, who died on FEBRUARY 22, 2021, 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 17TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 STEPHEN M HEARNE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

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WILLIAM E. ESHAM III ESQ. AYRES, JENKINS, GORDY & ALMAND, PA 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

WHEELER JR, ESTATE NO. 18663. Notice is given that MARTHA ANN WHEELER, 5 CANNON DRIVE, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, MARCH 18, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CHARLES B WHEELER JR, who died on JANUARY 26, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 MARTHA ANN WHEELER Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

SECOND INSERTION LESLIE LOBOS, ESQ. IN-HOUSE COUNSEL PINES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18660

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18663

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000037

To all persons interested in the estate of RONALD

To all persons interested in the estate of CHARLES B

BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS

April 2, 2021 ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff

ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. For more information, call: Leslie Lobos, Esq., Trustee, at 240-449-8862.

v. SAMUEL PASCHALL, ET AL. Defendants TRUSTEE’S SALE OF TIME SHARE INTERVALS IN THE BORDERLINKS CONDOMINIUM, OCEAN PINES, MD By virtue of a certain Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-21-000037, the undersigned Trustee, will offer for sale at public auction at the entrance of the Borderlinks Condominium, located at, 438 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland, the following described property located in Ocean Pines, Worcester County, Maryland, on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., the following timeshare intervals: Condomimium Unit Ae5 Ae5 Aq17 Bi35 Bi35 Bu47 Bu47 Bv48 Bz52

Time Interval

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

SECOND INSERTION LESLIE LOBOS, ESQ. IN-HOUSE COUNSEL PINES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000041

5 9 37 1 37 3 10 19 46

VILLAS OF OCEAN PINES BORDERLINKS TIMESHARE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff

Each time interval being one week per year in the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Borderlinks Condominium, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Declaration of Condominium and Timeshare recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, as to each condominium unit and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records.

THERESA A. BUONOMO, ET AL. Defendants

The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties and guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The Trustee reserves the right to withdraw any interval from the sale and/or to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of the sales price per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, 2021 maintenance fees and all other settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be within fifteen (15) days after final

v.

TRUSTEE’S SALE OF TIME SHARE INTERVALS IN THE VILLAS OF OCEAN PINES, BORDERLINKS CONDOMINIUM, OCEAN PINES, MD By virtue of a certain Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-21-000041, the undersigned Trustee, will offer for sale at public auction at the entrance of the Villas of Ocean Pines, located at, 438 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland, the following described property located in Ocean Pines, Worcester County, Maryland, on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., the following timeshare intervals: Condomimium Unit Aj10 Aj10 Aj10 Aj10 Am13 Am13 An14 Au21 Au21 Au21 Au21

Time Interval 7 10 44 52 10 49 19 2 3 19 20


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Each time interval being one week per year in the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Villas of Ocean Pines, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Declaration of Condominium and Timeshare recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, as to each condominium unit and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties and guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The Trustee reserves the right to withdraw any interval from the sale and/or to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of the sales price per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, 2021 maintenance fees and all other settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be within fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. For more information, call: Leslie Lobos, Esq., Trustee, at 240-449-8862. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

SECOND INSERTION I WILLIAM CHASE, ESQ. THE BELVEDERE TOWERS 1190 W NORTHERN PKWY #124 BALTIMORE, MD 21210 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MD C-23-CV-20-000127 WILBARGER, LLC P.O. BOX 2367 DENVER, CO 80201 Plaintiff vs. SHIH FAMILY TRUST C/O JAMES SHIH, TRUSTEE 10850 NANTUCKET TERRACE POTOMAC, MD 20854 AND THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER SERVE ON: ROSCOE LESLIE COUNTY ATTORNEY 1 WEST MARKET ST. ROOM 1103 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 AND All other persons having or claiming to have an interest in 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property, 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 assessed to Shih Family Trust, and sold by the Collector of Taxes for the County of Worcester and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiffs in these proceedings: 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke Account No.: 01-008447 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid although the required time for filing a Complaint has elapsed. It is thereupon this 18TH OF MARCH, 2021 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, ORDERED, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some

newspaper having a general circulation in Worcester County once a week for three (3) successive weeks before the 12th day of APRIL, 2021 warning all persons interested in said property to be and appear in this Court by the 18th day of MAY, 2021 and redeem the property, 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 and answer the Complaint of or thereafter a final decree will be rendered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff, WILBARGER, LLC, a title, free and clear of all encumbrances, except for ground rents. BEAU H. OGLESBY JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

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SHAHZAD KHAN, ESQ. RACHEL STARIHA, ESQ. KHAN LAW FIRM, PLLC 1315 FREEWAY DRIVE REIDSVILLE, NC 27320 IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FILE NO. 21 CVD 323 ALYSSA MARIE WRAY Plaintiff v. ELIZABETH IRENE JONES Defendant NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: ELIZABETH IRENE JONES, the Defendant herein: TAKE NOTICE that a pleading has been filed against you in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: ABSOLUTE DIVORCE BASED UPON ONE YEARS CONTINUOUS SEPARATION. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than forty days from the date of the first publication and upon your failure to do so, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This the 16th day of March, 2021. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09

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HAROLD S. LINK, ESQ. 875 VICTORIA PARK DRIVE SUITE 303 SALISBURY, MD 21801

RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ COATES, COATES & COATES, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

COATES, COATES & COATES, P.A. RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18673

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18675

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18657 To all persons interested in the estate of CONNIE LEE TAYLOR, ESTATE NO. 18657. Notice is given that PATRICK JOSEPH ROBERTSON, 13047 SELBY ROAD, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813 was on, MARCH 23, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CONNIE LEE TAYLOR, who died on JUNE 14, 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 23RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021

To all persons interested in the estate of BARBARA MITCHELL EVANS, ESTATE NO. 18673. Notice is given that ROSANNA EVANS BRUNING, 5334 TAYLOR ROAD, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 was on, MARCH 25, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of BARBARA MITCHELL EVANS, who died on JANUARY 05, 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 25TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021

PATRICK JOSEPH ROBERTSON Personal Representative

ROSANNA EVANS BRUNING Personal Representative

True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

Notice is given that the REGISTER OF WILLS court of LANCASTER COUNTY, PA, appointed JUDITH S SANDT, 523 RED MAPLE WAY, LANCASTER, PA 17603 as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of ANDREW D STAUFFER, who died on DECEMBER 18, 2020, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is RAYMOND D COATES JR, whose address is 6200 COASTAL HWY SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 JUDITH S SANDT Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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J. HARRISON PHILLIPS III ESQ 115-72ND STREET OCEAN CITY, MD 21842


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SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18672 To all persons interested in the estate of ADELINE SMITH FORMWALT. Notice is given that JOHN WILLIAM FORMWALT, 153 NAUTICAL LANE, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on MARCH 24, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of ADELINE SMITH FORMWALT, who died on AUGUST 13, 2020 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment 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 probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months 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 APRIL 02, 2021

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JOHN WILLIAM FORMWALT Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 04-02

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MARK H. WITTSTADT, ESQ. JUSTIN HOY, ESQ. QUINTAIROS, PRIETO WOOD & BOYER, PA 1966 GREENSPRING DRIVE, SUITE LL2 LUTHERVILLE-TIMONIUM, MD 21093 SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY 409 BONNEVILLE AVENUE POCOMOKE CITY, MARYLAND 21851 By virtue of a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Ernest J. Barnes to Bank of America, NA dated April 20, 2005 and recorded in Liber 4449, Folio 392 in the Land Records for Worcester County, Maryland, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at public auction, at the Circuit Court for Worcester County, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863, (Sale will be held at the courthouse door), on

on the inside of the sidewalk on Fifth Street, said iron pin being a boundary between the property now or formerly of the said John Sidney Collins and the property now or formerly of Harrison Hargis; thence running in a Northwesterly direction by and with the line of the said Collins property a distance of 47 feet and 6 inches to the line of the property now or formerly of Lewis Gunby; thence running in a Southwesterly direction by and with the line of the said Gunby land a distance of 85 feet to the place of beginning; The improvements thereon being known as 409 Bonneville Avenue, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. The property is residential and is believed to be improved by a dwelling. The information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable but is offered for informational purposes only. Neither the auctioneer, the Trustee nor their agents or attorneys make any representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy of the information. Prospective purchasers are urged to perform their own due diligence with respect to the property and the uses thereof, prior to the foreclosure auction. The property will be sold in an "as is" condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any and with no warranty of any kind.

APRIL 19, 2021 AT 1:00 PM All that lot or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Pocomoke, in the Election District, Worcester County, State of Maryland, and BEGINNING for the same on the Northeasterly side of Bonneville Avenue at the line of the property now or formerly of Lewis Gunby, and running thence by and with said Bonneville Avenue in a Southeasterly direction a distance of 47 feet and 6 inches the line of the property now or formerly of George H. Long, which was conveyed to him by deed from Quince Ashburn and wife; thence running in a Northeasterly direction by and with said Long land a distance of 85 feet to the line of a certain Johns Sidney Collins to a point a distance of 102 feet from an iron pin driven in the ground

Terms of Sale: A deposit of $2,345.00 in the form of certified check or cashier’s check will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within 10 days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. If the purchaser fails to settle within the aforesaid ten (10) days of ratification, the purchaser relinquishes their deposit, and the Trustee may file an appropriate motion with the court to resell the property. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed with the Court in connection with such motion and any Show Cause Order issued by the Court and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper or Order by certified mail and regular mail sent to the address

provided by the purchaser and as recorded on the documents executed by the purchaser at the time of the sale. Service shall be deemed effective upon the purchaser 3 days after postmarked by the United States Post Office. It is expressly agreed by the purchaser that actual receipt of the certified mail is not required for service to be effective. If the purchaser fails to go to settlement the deposit shall be forfeited to the Trustee and all expenses of this sale (including attorney fees and full commission on the gross sales price of the sale) shall be charged against and paid from the forfeited deposit. In the event of resale the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds or profits resulting from any resale of the property regardless of any improvements made to the real property. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase money at the rate of

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6.375% per annum from the date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Trustee. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, condominium fees and/or homeowner association dues, all public charges/assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if applicable, to be adjusted for the current year to date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for the costs of all transfer taxes, (including agricultural transfer taxes, if applicable), documentary stamps and all other costs incident to settlement. Purchaser shall be responsible for physical possession of the property. Purchaser assumes the risk of loss from the date of sale forward. If the Trustee is unable to convey either insurable or good and marketable title, or the sale is not ratified for any reason by the Circuit Court includ-

ing errors made by the Trustee, the purchaser’s sole remedy at law or in equity shall be limited to a refund of the deposit without any interest. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 MARK H. WITTSTADT SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE JUSTIN HOY SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE AUCTION.COM 1 MAUCHLY, IRVINE, CA 92618 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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Ocean City Police Officer Amy Gutowski, right, was named Ocean City Police Officer of the Year 2020 at a presentation award at the Post March 24. At the event, 21 area first responders and 8 area first responder organizations were recognized for their service. Presenting the award to Gutowski is Emily Nock, president of Post 166 Auxiliary. Also cited at the awards night were Mike Ellingsworth, Ocean City Career Firefighter of the Year 2020; M. Wayne Timmons, Jr., Ocean City Volunteer Firefighter of the Year 2020; and Steven Twilly, Ocean City Paramedic of the Year 2020.

The Worcester County Commissioners joined with representatives from the Worcester Commission on Aging (WorCOA) to celebrate the 19th Annual March for Meals Month, which highlights the importance of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs, both congregate and home-delivered, and raises awareness about the escalating problems regarding senior hunger and isolation. Pictured, front from left, are WorCOA Deputy Director Rob Hart, board member Mike Pennington, Meals on Wheels Program Manager Shelia Jackson, Executive Director John Dorrough, and Outreach Coordinator Mike Hedlesky; and, back, Commissioners Chip Bertino, Jim Bunting, Josh Nordstrom, Joe Mitrecic, Ted Elder, Bud Church and Diana Purnell. Submitted Photos

Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County recently hosted the Hello Spring! Virtual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk from March 14-20. All funds raised will stay in Worcester County, supporting the mission of Habitat for Humanity. The safer-athome practices during the pandemic have given many Americans a deeper appreciation of the importance of safe, affordable housing. Pictured, from left, are Miralena Smith, Jun Smith and Jeff Smith of Berlin participating in the socially distanced fundraiser.

In advance of his retirement, Berlin Public Works Superintendent Dave Wheaton, center, was honored by municipal officials this week. Wheaton, who stepped down April 1, has worked for the Town of Berlin since 2004. Pictured, from left, are Council members Jay Knerr and Troy Purnell, Wheaton, Mayor Zack Tyndall and Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood.

Dorothy Juckett donated $5,000 to the Stansell House in memory of her late husband, G. Douglas Juckett. Juckett was a U.S. Army veteran and served on the Anne Arundel County police force for 30 years. When asked why she chose to give to the Stansell House, she said, “Words cannot express my thanks and gratitude for the tender loving care given to my husband at the Stansell House. The entire staff from the moment we arrived was wonderful – they helped me get through the toughest time of my life. What a gift they are on this earth.” Above, Dorothy Juckett, second from right, presents a donation to members of the Coastal Hospice Management team including Senior Director of Business Development Bob Miller; President Alane Capen; and Director of Advancement Tammy Patrick.


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The Adventures Of Fatherhood By STEVE GREEN

(Frankly, this week got away from me with work and kid appointments. Therefore, here’s a previous post-Easter weekend column from 2012 when my boys were 3 and 2 years old, respectively.) aster weekend has quietly become one of my favorite times of the year. This year, in particular, was quite significant for my family on several fronts, including an odd deadline we set for our oldest son, a new vigor for Easter egg hunts and a harsh lesson in the danger of toddlers eating candy for breakfast. •Since he was born, Beckett has had a love affair with his pacifier. However, it’s always been a bedtime thing and he was never much interested in using it during the day. Consequently, we were not in a rush to take it away from him. But, make no mistake, the infatuation at bedtime ran deep, and we have been reluctant to mess with it. As most parents will attest, smooth transitions to bedtime are imperative to home happiness, and we have been in a good routine with our kids for more than a year. The binky had a lot to do with that for Beckett, 3. Carson, 2, was never much for the pacifier, and he has been without it for months as a result. We just decided if he did not want it let’s just take it away. For Beckett, ever since I can remember, when it came to bedtime, he immediately sought out his binky, and we decided months ago it had to go. We initially began the conversation of losing the binky while we were on vacation last October. He was not at all ready, and we gave in since a smooth bedtime routine is so crucial. Then we tried Christmas, working in Santa Claus and the fact he was going to deliver it to our neighbor’s little girl, Opal. That was met with tremendous resistance at the time and we didn’t

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push it. Last month sometime, we decided we were going to work the Easter bunny into our plan, and we were firm on this decision this time around. Maybe that should be reworded because I was resolute on this plan. Pam, in typically mommy fashion, was not so sure, saying something about how he needs it and that it was sad. Beckett, of course, had his own reservations, most of which were largely discounted. Come Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, there was a lot of pacifier talk, particularly when we spotted the Easter bunny in Berlin. The plan was we were going to leave the pacifier in his empty Easter basket at bedtime on Saturday and the Easter bunny would deliver it to our neighbor’s newborn, Lomax, who we alleged desperately needed a binky because he’s a baby (or at least that was our motivation). Without the pacifier, the actual falling asleep process now lasts a little longer these days than usual, but I am proud to report Beckett has stepped up and proven he’s a big boy. •For Carson, 2, this was the first year he truly got to participate in Easter egg hunts. He was involved last year and recovered his share of eggs, but it required a tremendous amount of help from parents and grandparents. This year he took part with much less assistance and seemed to thoroughly enjoy cracking open his eggs and examining contents. He had a mild interest in the egg hunts themselves, but once he had a few eggs he was content to just sit on the ground and get busy uncovering what was inside. Speaking of Easter egg hunts, last year Beckett was like Carson this year. He didn’t seem at all interested in the competition aspect of gathering eggs as quickly as possible. Instead, he was overly anxious to discover what was inside.

This year he went about gathering his eggs with more gusto, understanding now that he can dive into eggs with as much detail as he likes later. •Note to self: church and candy do not go well together. We should have known better, but we relented in the spirit and excitement. After growing weary from the begging and pleading, both kids capped off breakfast on Easter morning with candy and too much of it. That’s why church that morning was a bit of a fiasco, leaving Pam and I sweating and frazzled by the end of the service. At one point, the knot on my tie had dwindled to the size of a nickel from Beckett and Carson repeatedly tugging on it in competitive fashion. Fortunately, the kids’ Sunday School on Easter featured an egg hunt, allowing us some time to actually take in the holiday service and for the kids to burn off some energy, and, of course, consume some more candy. Last Sunday was a special holiday service and therefore ran longer than usual, meaning the kids returned from Sunday School to take part in communion. Soon, the sweats returned for their parents and my tie shrunk to the size of a penny and my collar began tightening around my neck. As we were walking out of the church, growing more irritated by the minute, I couldn’t help but apologize for the ruckus my kids were making during the service. One nice lady offered up a nice comment. “Oh, don’t worry, it’s always worse for the parents than anyone else,” she said. I can’t disagree with that one bit.

(The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Regarding your upcoming challenges, the Aries Lamb should very quickly size things up and allow you to make the best possible use of whatever resources you have on hand. Good luck. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): You rarely blame others for missteps that worked against you. But this time you need to lay out all the facts and insist that everyone acknowledge his or her share of the mistakes. Then start again. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): You might want to start making vacation plans. And don't be surprised by unexpected family demands. Maintain control. Be open to suggestions, but don't get bogged down by them. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Work with both your Moon Child and Crab aspects this week to keep both your creative and your practical sides balanced. Your intuition sharpens, giving you greater insight by the middle of the week. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): The Big Cat finally should have all the information needed to move on with a project. If not, maybe you'll want to give everything a new and more thorough check before trying to move on. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Too much emotional pain caused by someone you can't win over as a friend? Then stop trying to do so. You have other things you need to work on this week. Go to it, and good luck. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): It's a

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High school lacrosse games Easter bonnets

My kids helping with a landscape project Daffodils

When a referral turns into a sale Hearing geese flying over head Weekends with no homework

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The Hastings Hotel was built in 1916 by its namesake Josephine Hastings. Located on the Boardwalk between 2nd and 3rd Streets it was purchased by Willye Conner Ludlam in the mid-1920s. Shortly afterward she built the Miramar next door and connected it to the Hastings. Known for its hospitality, the Hastings-Miramar was a popular family destination. It attracted a loyal clientel, many of whom returned summer after summer. For over half a century the hotel was a landmark on Ocean City’s Boardwalk. The Hastings-Miramar began showing its age and was demolished following the 1975 season. The site became a parking lot for several years but in 2000 the modern Park Place Hotel was built at the location. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishinPostcard image from Bunk Mann’s collection goc.com.


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