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Spring Roadwork: Contractors are pictured repaving North Division Street Tuesday, resulting in lengthy bridge backups in West Ocean City. OC Council Okays Budget; Elected Officials Exchange Heated Remarks

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Worcester Seeking Support From Other Counties Against Md. Sprinkler Law

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At Budget Hearing, Education, Fire Companies, Charities Explain Funding Needs

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Cutest Pet Of The Month The winner of last month’s Cutest Pet of the Month Contest was Archie, a 1-year-old petite Goldendoodle owned by Carin Chuvala. See Page 15B • Submitted Photo

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Editorial PAGE 42

Sports

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Fatherhood PAGE 48

Crossword PAGE 50

Music

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Things To Do

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Business PAGE 62

Classifieds PAGE 66

Vanishing OC PAGE 78

Community PAGE 1B

Things I Like PAGE 3B

Faces In Places PAGE 10B

People In Society PAGE 14B


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Vehicle Nearly Flips Into Ocean

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A Halethorpe, Md., man faces drunk-driving charges after allegedly failing to negotiate the turn near the Inlet early last Sunday morning, leaving the roadway and flipping his vehicle not far from the ocean. After midnight last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the south end of Philadelphia Avenue near the Oceanic Motel for a report of a vehicle in the water. When OCPD officers arrived, they discovered the vehicle was actu-

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ally on its roof in the sand between the fishing pier and the nearby motel. The investigation revealed Sumpter McWatters, 33, was heading south on Philadelphia Avenue and failed to negotiate the turn as the roadway bends around toward Baltimore Avenue and the Inlet lot. Instead, McWatters’ vehicle continued straight, went over the curb and struck a pylon and rolled on its roof. According to police sources, the vehicle came to rest on its roof about 30 feet from the Inlet. McWatters was able to kick out the window and climb out of the overturned vehicle. When

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Authorities are pictured at the site of the Oceanic Motel early Sunday.

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police arrived, the suspect was standing outside the vehicle. He reportedly was uninjured and refused EMS treatment at the scene. McWatters was

charged with multiple counts including driving under the influence and driving while impaired. He was later released on his own recognizance.


Whale’s Fate Unclear After Freed From Net

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – The fate of a juvenile humpback whale snagged in a fishing net in the bay north of the Route 50 bridge last week remains unknown. Around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday, a group of individuals fishing from a boat in the bay north of the Route 50 bridge around 12th Street came upon a juvenile humpback whale stranded in a fishing net. The Good Samaritans called Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) and then began the tedious process of cutting the net away from the 40-foot-long humpback whale. The NRP responded and, together with the individuals who discovered the snagged whale, continued to cut away at the net for a long time until the whale freed itself and swam away. The rescue efforts were halted because of darkness and a nearby storm. According to National Aquarium officials, the whale had a monofilament net entangled around its mouth, pectoral fins and possibly its tail. Because the whale remained in danger, the National Aquarium animal rescue team early last Friday morning resumed a search for the endangered whale in the waters in and around the resort area. The search continued throughout the weekend to no avail. “At the time of the Maryland Natural Resources Police’s initial response, their group along with a nearby group of public citizens were able to remove a good portion of the netting on the animal,” National Aquarium officials said in a statement last Friday afternoon. “While we began our response protocol as soon as the sighting was confirmed, members of the National Aquarium Animal Rescue team were unable to participate in search efforts by boat until 8 a.m. this morning due to weather conditions. Our search for the animal continues at this time.” On Saturday, there were unconfirmed reports of whale sightings off the resort coast, but there is no indication the whale or whales spotted were the whale rescued last Thursday. The National Aquarium Animal Rescue team is urging the boating public to report any sightings of the whale, which is likely still in danger. Aquarium officials stressed the importance of anyone spotting the whale to not touch or approach the marine mammal or allow others to do so. Aquarium officials are asking anyone who spots the whale to carefully note the location and time of day and immediately contact the Animal Rescue Team at 410-576-3880.

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Split Council Approves Budget With Modest Tax Hike

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week approved the fiscal year 2020 budget on first reading, but not before a somewhat heated and philosophical debate about the property tax rate, which, depending on sematics, will go up for some this year. At the conclusion of a marathon budget wrap-up session last month, the Mayor and Council had a decision to make on the tax rate for fiscal year 2020. For years, it has been the council’s policy to set the property tax rate at the constant yield, or a rate which generates the same amount of municipal funding needed to maintain the same level of services and programs as the prior year. When the fiscal year 2020 budget was first presented back on April 2, the property tax rate was set at the constant yield rate of .4585, which is actually lower than the fiscal year 2019 constant yield rate of .4656 because property assessments were flat or even declined slightly in some cases during the latest assessment cycle. However, because of rising expenses, especially the state-mandated minimum wage increase, for example, the council was faced with the decision to set the property tax rate at the same rate as last year, or .4656. Depending

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on semantics, setting the property tax rate at the same rate as last year represents a slight tax increase for non-resident property owners and commercial property owners. By way of background, resident property owners are protected from tax increases by the Homestead cap, which is set at zero percent in Ocean City. Politically, it has been anathema for the current council and those that preceded it to consider touching the sacred cow that property tax has become. However, with unexpected deficits and unforeseen costs in some areas, along with the mandated minimum wage increase, the majority of the town’s elected officials at the close of budget deliberations last month broke from that tradition and voted to set the property tax rate for fiscal year 2020 at the constant rate of .4656, or the same rate as last year. When the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget came up for first reading on Monday, the same philosophical divide on the apparent tax increase arose again. Councilman Matt James, who voted against setting the tax rate at last year’s constant rate at the close of budget work sessions last month, continued his opposition to the proposal. James thanked Budget Manager Jennie Knapp for her diligence in preparing the balanced budget but said he could not support the finished product.

“I’m not going to vote for this budget because I don’t agree with the route we took at the end of the budget sessions with the constant yield rate,” he said. “I think we were just looking for some extra money, and I think the whole process could have been better if the staff knew if the intent of the majority of the council was to raise taxes.” Councilman Tony DeLuca also said he couldn’t support the budget as presented with the modest property tax hike included. “I also must vote no on this budget,” he said. “Call it philosophical differences. I don’t support the tax increase for non-resident property owners and commercial property owners. I support any and all revenue increases not including property tax increases such was room tax, parking or franchise fees and the like.” Councilman John Gehrig said raising those other revenue generators were essentially just tax increases in disguise. He said setting the fiscal year 2020 with the constant yield rate actually represented a tax cut. “No matter what you call them, other fees are taxes,” he said. “Everything went up and we got kicked in the gut with the minimum wage increase. Costs rise, benefits rise and in an environment of rising everything, I don’t think it’s wise to have a real dollar tax cut when we have real dollar increases in expenses.

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I don’t need to rationalize my vote, but I just think this is prudent and wise.” Gehrig said the slight increase some property owners would see with the same constant rate as last year would go largely unnoticed. To put the approved tax rate in context, it would add about $1.78 a month to the tax bill on a $300,000 home, or a little over $21 per year. Gehrig said everything goes up modestly all the time because of rising costs and the tax rate should be no different. He used a grocery store example to illustrate his point. “It’s better to have a three-cent increase in the cost of a gallon of milk now than a $3 increase in a couple of years,” he said. “It’s somehow miraculous that we’re expected to increase the fund balance and pay for all of these additional costs. This is still a tax cut in real dollars.” Councilman Mark Paddack somewhat challenged James and DeLuca for their opposition to the proposed tax rate, essentially calling them out for allegedly posturing politically. “It’s such a small amount that I think the public wouldn’t even notice it,” he said. “It’s $638,000 in an $86 million budget. I think, respectfully, you gentlemen are politically pandering to the public. You gentlemen sat in the same room I sat in for four or five days and heard the department heads being SEE NEXT PAGE


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FROM PAGE 6 told to hold the line and hold the line and we did it.” Paddack said he ran for council last year on a promise to hold the line on the property tax rate, but things had changed between the election last November and the budget work sessions last month. He also alluded to the budget challenges faced in other jurisdictions including the town of Berlin. “Look, I ran on a platform that I was not going to raise taxes, but I got educated,” he said. “We saw the state of Maryland ram that minimum wage increase down our throats. I don’t want to be like the county or the community to the west of us where we have to talk about an 18% tax increase.”

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Paddack said he supported the budget as presented with the modest tax increase and took a few more veiled jabs at those who opposed it. “I’m going to vote for this because it’s the right thing to do and the prudent thing to do,” he said. “We have some differences, but I’m not going to sit up here and grandstand. I can’t wait until we see those recommendations about parking in the fall and see where you gentlemen stand on that.” However, James was not giving Paddack a free pass on his perceived slights against his colleagues. “I’m not sure what your problem is, or if you understood what I said,” he said. “I was pretty clear that I support taking care of our town, the issues that may come up and being prepared. I just don’t like the process in which this happened. On the last day of the budget sessions, we went away from the constant yield rate to the constant rate. Who’s to say last year’s number is the right number?” James continued to assert it was not the property tax rate itself he had an issue with, but rather the process. “I don’t know what your issue is, but this is not political pandering,” he said. “I just don’t like the process. If we need to raise taxes, then we need to raise taxes, but I think we should talk about it. Again, I don’t know what your issue is, but get over it.” For his part, DeLuca also took exception to some of Paddack’s comments. “I don’t care what you call this, but it’s a slight tax increase,” he said. “It’s a $638,000 tax increase. Back on April 2 when we introduced the budget with the constant yield rate, what that did was give a slight decrease to the resident property owners. I think it’s interesting Councilman Paddack that you said you ran on not raising taxes, but that’s exactly what you did with this.” Gehrig did his best to diffuse the debate somewhat by bringing the discussion back to the reasoning for setting the property tax rate with the modest increase for some property owners. “I don’t know if there is a right or wrong answer,” he said. “There are two sides to everything. To prevent property tax increases in the future, the best way to prevent that is to have a vibrant economy. We need to continue to invest in our product and invest in economic development.” Council President Lloyd Martin said approving the budget with the property tax rate set at the same rate as last year represented proper planning and could avoid a rather onerous increase in the future. “As we move forward, we need to look at not giving back six cents one year and adding two cents the following year,” he said. “We need to be planning for the future. We want to find a way to make this town better for tomorrow. I think this is proper planning. It’s not a big increase to any one person, it’s a solid plan as we move into the future.”


Education, Nonprofits Pitch Annual County Budget Requests

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – Funding requests for education, volunteer fire companies, local nonprofits and the arts dominated a public hearing on the county’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget this week. On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners asked for public comment on the county’s proposed $202.7 million budget. The commissioners will spend the coming weeks working to balance the budget, which currently includes a shortfall of $6.7 million amid the various funding requests from county departments and local organizations. “We hear you,” said Diana Purnell, president of the board. “We’ll do what we can do.” As officials asked for comment in each of the more than 30 areas of the county’s budget, few spending categories drew public input. Landowner Harold Scrimgeour expressed concern about unplanned growth in Worcester County. He proposed the county establish an economic development planning officer position to address the issue.

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“We don’t have a collective person that brings all that knowledge together,” he said, adding that the county currently didn’t even have an economic development director. Tim Jerscheid, speaking on behalf volunteer fire companies in the county, stressed the funding needs of local fire companies as they worked to provide fire and EMS coverage to local residents. “We always need financial support to assist in our delivery of services,” he said. Trey Heiser said that EMS costs in particular continued to rise. “Times have changed…,” he said. “We can’t keep providing the advanced services that we’re currently providing at the same rate we’ve been getting for the past 10 years.” Several speakers advocated for funding to local nonprofits. Allyson Bernard-Church, president of Diakonia, thanked the county for past support. She said that while the nonprofit needed financial support from the county, it did work all year to raise funds. “The point I want to send home is we are not a spoiled child coming to SEE PAGE 10

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FROM PAGE 9 our parents to ask for an allowance,” she said. “We work very hard all year to raise the funds that we can to go forward.” Jack Ferry, executive director of the Worcester County Developmental Center, said the organization had grown in the past five years from 85 clients to 116 clients. He said that 85% of the developmental center’s funding came from federal and state government. “This is all new money we’re bringing into the county,” he said. He added, however, that the center

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torical site. Last year the commissioners cut $30,000 in funding to Furnace Town. “If we’re going to grow we don’t need less money we need more money,” said Ron Geesey, a member of Furnace Town’s board of directors. Jessica Evans, director of Furnace Town, said the historical site provided local students with a variety of educational experiences. In the next three weeks, she said 1,000 children would visit Furnace Town. “We rely heavily on the county…,” she said. “Without this support we’re not going to be able to do what we’re here to do.” Lou Taylor, the county’s superintendent of schools, addressed the needs of the school system. “I am confident standing before you that our budget request is entirely rooted in what we believe to be the best interests of the students of Worcester County,” he said. He said priorities included hiring and retaining qualified teachers, maintaining small class sizes, providing necessary materials of instruction and supporting afterschool programs. “It is my belief the budget before you will meet the needs of our students both now and into the future,” he said. Beth Shockley-Lynch, president of the Worcester County Teachers Association, said educators were responsible for making local schools the

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successful learning environments they were. She added that her organization was willing to work with the county in any efforts to advocate for higher levels of state funding. “We all continue to be disappointed with the lack of direction and financial support that’s coming from the state,” Shockley-Lynch said. She indicated teachers and support staff were willing to fight aspects of the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations that would negatively impact the county’s state funding. “Both the associations will support the commissioners in any and all efforts to increase funding from the state,” she said. “It’s just wrong that the state limits funding to our county based on a funding formula that they came up with. We must continue to work together to find ways to defend ourselves against the parts of Kirwan that would limit or reduce our funding from the state.” A handful of parents also spoke up to highlight the school system’s funding needs. “Mr. Taylor knows what our schools need,” parent Keri Payne said. “I put my faith in his budget request and I hope you’ll do the same.” The commissioners will next discuss the budget at a work session scheduled for May 14. Additional work sessions are set for May 21 and May 28, with budget adoption scheduled for June 4.


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Blood Test Results Completed In Fatal Accident Investigation

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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BERLIN – While charges related to a fatal December accident in Berlin have yet to be filed, the investigation appears to be coming to a close. Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser said Saturday that blood testing had just been completed and she was waiting on a report from the investigating officer related to the Dec. 17 accident that left a 25-year-old man dead. “I spoke with the investigating officer yesterday and we have finally received the results so that case will be referred to my office for review and charges, if appropriate, shortly,” Heiser said. Heiser, who was a guest speaker at a town meeting hosted by Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino Saturday, shared the information after a citizen in attendance asked for an update, as even five months later little information has been released regarding the fatal accident. Initial reports from police revealed that a single-vehicle accident in the area of Route 589 near Beauchamp Road claimed the life of a 25-year-old man on Dec. 17.

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Highway Administration, we’re looking at 20-25 years before they claim they would have the funding for this.”

BERLIN – Updates on new development, Route 589 changes and county finances highlighted a community meeting hosted by Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino.

He also said that he’d asked State Highway Administration officials about the traffic circle proposed at the north gate of Ocean Pines. Bertino said he’d been advised that even if the circle was approved it’d be a few years off because of funding constraints.

“We’ll be looking at ways to close that gap,” he told a crowd of about 75 people. Bertino said the budget as proposed included “a lot of asks” by department heads as well as increased requests from local municipalities. He said he believed that was a result of the county’s decision last year to provide Snow Hill with funding for road paving. He pointed out that he and Commissioner Jim Bunting, who was also in attendance Saturday, had not supported providing that funding. “I don’t think it’s the county’s responsibility to pay for that,” he said. “Now this year we’ve set ourselves up because now another town has come to us for infrastructure.” He said in Pocomoke certain infrastructure needs had been neglected for 40 years and now the town was asking for county funding to help address those issues. “I don’t think that’s right,” he said, adding that he and Bunting would not be voting in support of funding for that. As far as new development, Bertino said two additional businesses that would be coming to Route 50 near Home Depot included Aspen Dental and a Verizon retail store. On Route 589, Bertino said the Atlantic General Hospital development moving forward just south of Ocean Pines would include medical offices as well as an independent assisted living facility. Bertino said the developer would be required to widen Route 589 in front of the parcel. “One of the things that’s going to be part of this project here is they’re going to be widening 589 in front of this new facility,” he said. “Quite truthfully, this is my take – this is not official – but what I think is happening is the state’s not going to pony up any money to widen 589. As more developers come in they’re going to force them to pay for the renovations … The last conversation we had with the State

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“I don’t know how you all feel but I see some major problems with that…,” Bertino said, adding that a circle would lengthen the wait for vehicles trying to get onto Route 589 from Ocean Parkway. “If you have a circle there Saturday on Fourth of July, I think we’re going to be waiting quite a while. You may want to keep your eyes and ears open for that.” Guest speakers at Saturday’s meeting included Lynne Barton, principal of Stephen Decatur Middle School, as well as Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser and Chief Deputy Mark Titanski. Titanski outlined the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to protecting local schools and fighting the opioid epidemic. He also highlighted the department’s efforts to work cooperatively with other local law enforcement agencies. When asked about the office’s view on the Second Amendment, Titanski said Sheriff Matt Crisafulli believed in common sense gun laws. He said that while there were those who believed all guns should be illegal and those who believed citizens should be able to have any guns they wanted, there was a middle ground. “We could sit here and talk about what gun laws could come up and we could spend days on it,” he said. “I will tell you that the sheriff’s not going to enforce any laws that haven’t been vetted, that haven’t been discussed with the state’s attorney’s office.” Titanski added that gun laws became a hot topic every spring. “It’s a tough subject,” Titanski said. “Let me bring it to you like this. Drugs are illegal. Heroin’s illegal. We’re not going to go to everyone’s house and knock down their doors and look for heroin in everyone’s house just because it’s illegal. If certain guns were ever made illegal, I would not see the sheriff’s office knocking down doors looking for guns. That’s not what we’re about. That’s not what we do. I would refer to our previous statement that the sheriff’s main mission is to keep everyone that lives here as safe as possible. Sometimes protecting people means protecting them from crime, and it can also mean protecting them from the federal government and lawmakers that want to enact laws that are unconstitutional. That’s something that’s always going to be done at a state level or at a federal level.”

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Foster Care Month Observed: The Worcester County Commissioners are pictured Tuesday

with Department of Social Services (DSS) representatives and 2019 Foster Parents of the Year Terry and Alison Tinker on the steps of the Worcester County Government Center. The Tinkers have served as foster parents for more than 30 years. The commissioners earlier presented a proclamation to DSS Director Roberta Baldwin and other DSS professionals to recognize May as National Foster Care Month and to recognize the essential role foster care professionals, parents, and other partnering organizations play in helping children whose lives have been disrupted through no fault of their own to reestablish trust, find renewed hope, and receive the support they need to thrive. Submitted Photo

Old Library To Serve As Offices, Conference Space

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BERLIN – The building long known as the town’s library will now serve as administrative space for the Berlin Fire Company. Now that the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library has a new location on Harrison Avenue, the Berlin Fire Company (BFC) has opted to use the old library building for office and conference space. David Fitzgerald, president of the BFC, says the community will be able to rent out the space for meetings and special events. “It’s a win for the fire company and a win for the community,” Fitzgerald said. The building, which was leased by the library for decades, has been vacant since last summer when the library moved to its new building on Harrison Avenue. Fitzgerald said Thursday the building’s mechanical systems were currently being upgraded but that work was expected to be complete within a week. When it is, the building will officially become the Berlin Fire Company Administrative Building and Conference Center. “We’ve never had any office space for our officers to work, any private space,” Fitzgerald said. While the BFC researched the possibility of adding on to the main station, Fitzgerald said estimates had come in at $1 million. He added that officials had also looked into converting some of the banquet space in the main building into offices. They determined, however, that in doing so they’d lose the ability to offer a 300-seat space to community groups looking to host special events. Instead, the fire company will give its officers space in the old library building and will use the remainder of the facility for conferences and special events. “We get a lot of calls for a facility that size,” he

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“If you look at most of these fires the loss of life is due more to the fact that there were non-operating smoke detectors in the houses,” said County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, pictured with Commissioner Ted Elder. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

FROM PAGE 16 the loss of life is due more to the fact that there were non-operating smoke detectors in the houses.,” he said. “I know that I’m going to get pushback that even one life is too many to lose and I do believe that … I think we really need to work on making sure our houses and our rental homes here in the county have working smoke detectors before we worry about new houses being built.” Commissioner Diana Purnell said that if county staff were asked to sign off on a sprinkler waiver they could have concerns about liability. Bunting said he was suggesting pursuing a legislation change instead

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OCEAN CITY – Preparations for the first special event zone of the season were already taking place this week in advance of next week’s 29th Annual Cruisin Ocean City event. The special event zone, which includes reduced speed limits on roadways throughout Ocean City, increased fines for speeding and other violations and an enhanced multiagency law enforcement presence, will be in effect starting next Tuesday, May 14, through Sunday, May 19. The official Cruisin Ocean City event gets underway next Thursday, but many participants and even those who are-

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n’t registered will start trickling into the resort early next week, necessitating the early implementation of the special event zone. By mid-week, evidence of the pending special event zone was already starting to be put in place including blinking digital message boards alerting motorists to the reduced speed limits and higher fines in the enforcement zone. Also conspicuous this week was the ongoing milling and repaving project along Philadelphia Avenue in the south end of town including a section of the Route 50 bridge east of the draw span and a section of North Division Street between Baltimore and Philadelphia AvSEE NEXT PAGE

Guilty Pleas In Drug, Assault Cases Local Man Sentenced To 30 Days

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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SNOW HILL – An Ocean City man, indicted by a Worcester County grand jury last December after a raid at his family business, pleaded guilty this week to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and assault and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, all but 30 days of which was suspended. Last Dec. 18, allied local law enforcement agencies executed search and seizure warrants at a screen printing and promotional products company in West Ocean City that is owned in part by Matthew John Brown, 35, as well as his wife and mother in-law. As a result, Brown was later indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on multiple drug possession and distribution charges after the investigation revealed he was allegedly dealing marijuana, LSD and PCP out of the West Ocean City business after hours, unbeknownst to his business partners. A Worcester County grand jury indicted Brown on four counts, the most severe of which was felony possession with intent to distribute LSD and PCP, which carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Brown also faced felony marijuana distribution charges, which carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Brown also faced two misdemeanor charges for possession of LSD, PCP and marijuana. According to sources, Brown’s wife and mother in-law worked the legitimate West Ocean City apparel business by day, while Brown presumably contributed to the daily operation by working at night. However, after the raid in December it became apparent

he wasn’t doing just legitimate company business after hours. To add insult to injury, Brown was arrested again on Feb. 18 on seconddegree assault and false imprisonment charges after attacking his wife at their business and locking her in the office against her will. During preliminary hearings, Brown pleaded not guilty to all charges in both incidents. On Wednesday, however, Brown pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 18 months, all but 30 days of which was then suspended. He was also placed on supervised probation for two years upon his release. The sentence in that case is set to begin on May 20. Also on Wednesday, Brown pleaded guilty to seconddegree assault for the Feb. 18 incident and was sentenced to 18 months, all of which was suspended. In the meantime, Brown’s wife and partner has been left to pick up the pieces for the family business with her mother and young son. During the trial on Wednesday, she read her victim impact statement into the record prior to sentencing. “Eleven years ago, I never would have imagined I would be living through this nightmare,” she said in the statement. “I question everything I believed in. I trusted him with everything and I have lost everything I have known.” The victim then turned her attention to Brown with the impact statement. “I want him to realize what he has ruined and that he needs to get help,” she said in the statement. “I refuse to let this define me, my son or my mother. I want him to be an active part of my son’s life when he is sober and accepts responsibility for his actions.”


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FROM PAGE 18 enues. According to an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) release, residents and visitors should expect to see an increased police presence throughout the resort next week with allied agencies including the Maryland State Police, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland Natural Resources Police assisting the OCPD. Not only will the allied law enforcement agencies be enforcing speeding and other illicit activity associated with some of the motorized special events on the roadways, but will also be keeping a close eye on the spectators that line the streets to watch the classic cars. According to the OCPD release, spectators are urged to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic and should not incite the spinning of wheels or burnouts by motorists. Allied law enforcement agencies will enforce all laws for spectators who incite drivers as well as cite the drivers for violations. After a particularly troublesome motorized special event season a few years ago, a task force was formed to begin exploring ways to combat some of the reckless activity. Out of that effort came the idea of creating a special event zone of roadways throughout the resort during certain sanctioned and unsanctioned special events. State lawmakers in 2018 passed legislation allowing for the implementation of special event zones with lower speed limits and increased fines during the spring and fall motorized special events last year. As a result, special event zones were implemented during some of the sanctioned motorized special events last year and even the unsanctioned and unofficial H2O International (H2Oi) event with considerable success. Buoyed by the perceived success in the first year, local legislators in Annapolis this winter introduced crossfiled bills during the General Assembly session hoping to add more teeth to the existing special event zone legislation. However, the bill introduced on the Senate side was given an unfavorable report from the Judicial Proceedings Committee, although local lawmakers vowed another effort could be launched during next year’s session. The proposed legislation would have increased penalties for certain traffic violations not included in last year’s approved bill. For example, a violator could be fined up to $1,000 if convicted of negligent driving, participating in a speed contest, skidding, spinning wheels or causing excessive noise.

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SALISBURY – The Wicomico County Council this week debated what action it should take after learning the county executive had not met the deadline to submit the names of department heads for confirmation. County Executive Bob Culver’s deadline to submit the names of department heads for council confirmation was Monday, May 6, as required by the county’s charter. The charter reads, “Within six (6) months after each election for County Executive, the County Executive shall appoint all heads of each department or agency of the executive branch as defined by Section 502 and 503 of this Charter and the Code of Wicomico County, subject to confirmation by the Council as required by Section 315 of this Charter.” In April, however, County Attorney Paul Wilber told the council that Culver would not be forwarding the names of department heads for council confirmation. And by Tuesday’s council meeting, it was clear Culver remained resolute in his decision. Culver’s position not to submit the names of department directors for council confirmation rested on a charter amendment passed by voters in the November election. The ballot question read, “To amend the County Charter to provide: (A) the County Executive shall appoint the Director of Administration, the Assistant Director of Administration, and the initial appointment of the Deputy Department Directors subject to confirmation by the Council Council; and (B) within six (6) months after each election for County Executive, he or she shall appoint the Director of Administration and the Assistant Director of Administration.” In a statement this week, Culver asserted the ballot question does not “add to or supplement the existing law, but rather amends it to read differently.” “I have fully complied with the new charter requirement as I have submitted and received Council’s confirmation for the Director of Administration and the Assistant Director of Administration within the six (6) month time period after the election,” he said. “There have not been any initial appointments of Deputy Directors of Departments.” Both Wilber and Council Attorney Robert Taylor, however, disagreed with Culver’s interpretation, and on Tuesday Taylor gave the council his SEE NEXT PAGE


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FROM PAGE 20 views on the matter. “What was on the table, and by that I mean the ballot question that was before the voters last November, couldn’t have removed anyone because that wasn’t part of the council’s resolutions that started the process to amend the charter that resulted in a ballot question,” he said. “It wasn’t within the cards.” Taylor reiterated that Culver was still required by the charter to submit the names of department heads for council confirmation. But he urged the council to avoid litigation. “In my view, the council should try as best it can to conform to the charter and proceed as the charter lays out,” he said. “I understand the amendments requiring the appointments have not been presented, but I think in this instance it would be appropriate and reasonable to assume whoever is now serving as a department head is essentially an appointee … The only thing he hasn’t done is turn in the list of the names.” To that end, Taylor suggested the council continue to either confirm or reject department leaders currently holding the position. According to the charter, the council has 45 days after the six-month deadline to act. “We know, or I think it’s a fair assumption, that there are department

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NEWARK – Worcester Technical High School celebrated students’ career intent with its first ever National Signing Day ceremony. On Wednesday, teachers, community members and employers applauded as dozens of students declared their intent to enter the workforce. “We couldn’t be more excited for the students in this room,” Principal Tom Zimmer said. “The students you will see come across this stage are students that have taken classes at Worcester Technical High School and used the knowledge gained to begin a career upon graduation.” Just as schools host signing ceremonies for student athletes who have committed to certain colleges, Worcester Tech hosted this week’s signing ceremony to celebrate those who have made a similar commitment to the workforce. “In recent years, the catch phrase in education has been ‘college and career ready,’” Zimmer said. “Are we graduating students that will be college and career ready? At Worcester Technical High School I can say that answer is a strong yes. We’re so proud of the young men and women in this room who have chosen a trade, set career goals and worked hard to acquire the

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skills necessary to join the workforce.” Rick Stephens, Worcester Tech’s teacher of the year, introduced former student Colby Macomber, a 2011 graduate. Macomber now successfully operates his own company, Pirate Fabrication and Mobile Welding. “Colby is a sample of what can happen,” Stephens said. Wednesday’s ceremony recognized 40 students, all of whom have jobs lined up. Employers included various local salons, the Town of Ocean City, several plumbing companies and multiple auto repair shops.

Sen. Mary Beth Carozza presented a proclamation from Gov. Larry Hogan marking the occasion. “This warms my heart to be back home at Worcester Technical High School and to see these students that are now going on, making commitments to employers,” Carozza said. She said that for years, employers had been approaching her to talk about the area’s need for a skilled workforce. “We need a pipeline of talent coming from our schools into these high tech and lucrative careers,” she said. Carozza told the crowd that she’d

just come from a visit to a construction site. “As soon as I got on that site, the supervisor said ‘we need a pipeline,’” Carozza said. “’We have plenty of jobs and plenty of work.’” Zimmer credited Tracy Lewis, Worcester Tech’s HVAC instructor, with suggesting the school participate in the 2019 National Signing Day. Lewis said the students had worked hard and deserved to be celebrated. “These students, a lot of them aren’t used to getting this type of recognition,” Lewis said.


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First-Degree Burglary Charge For Mom Theft OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was charged this week with first-degree burglary after an investigation allegedly connected him to the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and other items from his mother’s home in Ocean Pines. On April 9, an Ocean Pines police officer conducted an investigation into burglary and theft complaint at a residence in that community. The officer interviewed the female victim, who told police she returned from work and noticed pieces of furniture out of place in her residence. Suspecting someone had broken into her home, the victim searched the residence and discovered an Apple iPad was missing from the kitchen counter. The victim told police she had won the iPad during a raffle at a holiday party thrown by her employer in December, a party she attended with her son, James Hill,Jr., 34, of Ocean City. At the time, the victim told police she had not searched the residence to see if other items had been stolen, but told officers she had jewelry on top of her dresser that appeared to be undisturbed. Ocean Pines officers searched the residence and found no evidence of forced entry, according to police reports. When questioned further, the victim reportedly told police Hill has a history with heroin addiction and a past criminal history of arrests for theft, drug possession and assault. The next day, Ocean Pines police contacted Hill via phone and told him about their investigation. Hill agreed to meet with police at the station in Ocean Pines to discuss the investigation, but later cancelled, telling police he was visiting a friend in Pennsylvania. On April 22, police again arranged an interview with Hill, but he failed to show up, according to police reports. Meanwhile, police again interviewed the victim, who reported two pieces of jewelry including a gold necklace and a diamond ring had apparently been stolen during the April 2 breakin. Last Wednesday, the investigating officer searched a database of items pawned in the area and learned Hill had visited a West Ocean City jewelry store on several occasions between April 2 and April 9 and had pawned various pieces of jewelry including

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items reported stolen from his mother’s Ocean Pines residence. The officer made contact with the store’s owner, who remembered making several transactions with Hill during the prescribed period. The store owner said the items of jewelry allegedly pawned by Hill had been shipped out to be destroyed and repurposed, according to police reports. The officer then told the victim of his findings and asked her to meet him at the police station. Prior to that meeting, the victim prepared and printed out an extensive list of items of jewelry that had been missing since the April 2 break-in. The list included several gold necklaces, bracelets and rings, many with different stones and gems attached. The total value of the list of stolen jewelry came to around $2,000. The victim told police Hill did not have permission to enter her residence, nor did he have permission to take and ultimately pawn her jewelry. Based on the evidence, Hill was charged with firstdegree burglary and theft. He was taken into custody last Thursday and was ordered to be held without bond.

Fatal Collision On Route 113 SNOW HILL – A local woman perished in a two-vehicle accident along Route 113 near Snow Hill last Friday. Around 5:20 p.m. last Friday, Maryland State Police troopers, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Snow Hill Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle collision on Route 113 near Timmons Road in Snow Hill. The investigation revealed a Dodge Ram truck driven by an 18year-old Pocomoke man was traveling south on Route 113 when it crossed the center line and collided with a Chevy van driven by Charlotte Teter,

66, of Pocomoke. The victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No charges have been filed against the other driver, although the investigation was ongoing as of mid-week. Route 113 was closed in both directions for about three hours in the area of the crash scene during the initial investigation.

Malicious Destruction OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested on malicious destruction of property charges last weekend after allegedly destroying a cell phone and hair straightener during a domestic incident at a downtown hotel. Around 9:10 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported domestic incident at a hotel on 25th Street. The hotel clerk reported a man and a woman had been arguing in the hotel lobby and that the man was now chasing the woman outside the hotel. OCPD officers met with the female victim, who was visibly upset, near the entrance to the hotel. According to police reports, the victim was carrying a backpack, a pillow and a blanket. The victim reportedly told police she was staying at the hotel with her boyfriend, later identified as John Underwood, 32, of Collegeville, Pa., for the weekend. The victim told police Underwood had been drinking and wanted her to go to dinner with him, but she refused because of his level of intoxication. The victim told police Underwood then grabbed her cell phone and smashed it on the ground. Underwood also grabbed the victim’s hair straightener and smashed it on the ground, according to police reports. OCPD officers

May 10, 2019 interviewed Underwood, who provided his personal information, but refused to disclose any information about what had occurred between he and the victim. The front desk clerk told police she observed video surveillance of Underwood grabbing and pulling the victim’s arm before getting on the fifth-floor elevator. The clerk told police the couple got off the elevator on the fourth floor, which is when Underwood allegedly smashed the hair straightener. The couple then took the elevator to the hotel lobby and Underwood allegedly chased the victim out the front entrance, according to the clerk. Based on the evidence and testimony, Underwood was arrested and charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property.

Officer Assaulted In Open Container Stop OCEAN CITY – An Easton man was arrested on assault and other charges last weekend after allegedly kicking an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer detaining him for causing a disturbance on a downtown street. Around 2 a.m. last Friday, an OCPD officer was patrolling in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Avenue when he observed a suspect later identified as Dondrell Thomas, 29, of Easton, walking on the public street with an open container of beer. When Thomas saw the officer, he made furtive efforts to conceal the open container. When Thomas was detained, he allegedly began shouting profanities loudly early in the morning in the downtown residential neighborhood. Thomas was detained and was told to sit on the sidewalk while the officer completed his investigation, but he allegedly failed to comply with the officer’s orders. According to police reports, Thomas was told by the officer to sit on the sidewalk with his legs extended and his ankles crossed, a position that allows an officer to maintain better control over a suspect’s movements, especially when the officer is alone, according to police reports. Thomas refused to comply with that order and raised his right foot up to his shoulder height and struck the officer in the wrist with it. He was then arrested.

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FROM PAGE 24 ed in February after allegedly kicking a female victim down the stairs during a domestic incident, pleaded guilty this week to intoxicated endangerment and was placed on probation for one year. Around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a residence on Newport Bay Drive for a reported domestic incident. The officers responded to a 911 call from a female victim who reportedly said she feared for her life and that a male suspect, later identified as Michael March, 56, of Ocean City, had locked her out of her residence. OCPD officers responded to the residence and March would not open the door, but would only speak to police through a second-floor window. When the officers asked to speak to the female victim, whom they knew from prior domestic incidents, March would only bring her to the same second-floor window. According to police reports, while officers were speaking with the victim, she would look back at March and it appeared she would only respond to the officers with what March relayed to her. After about 20 minutes, March allowed the victim to come outside and talk to police. According to police reports, the victim told officers she feared for her safety, and that if she opened the door for the police that he

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch would kill her. After some discussion, the victim told police she wanted to go back inside the residence for the night. However, when she tried to re-enter the residence, the door was locked and March would not answer nor would he let her back in. Throughout the incident, March only communicated with police via his lawyer fielding phone calls and relaying information from inside the residence. Because the victim had legal standing in the residence, OCPD officer requested Ocean City Communications contact a locksmith to respond and get the victim back in her residence. The locksmith responded and was able to gain access to the residence. The victim elected to stay in the residence for the night despite multiple attempts by officers on the scene to find her different accommodations. By then, the victim and the responding officers had been outside at the scene for over three hours, according to police reports. After the victim was back in the residence, the officers prepared to leave the scene when they heard a loud scream stating “help me, help me,” according to police reports. An OCPD officer observed through the front door March standing over victim and kicking her down the stairs. All OCPD officers on the scene then entered the residence and located March on the second floor. He was arrested for second-degree assault and other charges. This week, he pleaded guilty to intoxicated endangerment and was placed on probation for one year.

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FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island last week agreed to provide police assistance to South Bethany. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding for police services. The agreement between the two towns will allow the Fenwick Island Police Department to assist the South Bethany Police Department as it undergoes a

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Councilwoman Vicki Carmean, however, questioned the timeframe for assisting South Bethany. “How long is this going to go on for?” she asked. Boyden estimated the police department could assist South Bethany for up to six months. “I can’t give you a definite date,” he said. “If you want my professional opinion, I’m thinking probably six months. The biggest thing is trying to get them through the summer because of the increase in population.” Councilman Richard Mais noted, however, that the timeframe for assisting the town could be shorter. “The Town of South Bethany has been sending out information to their residents that they hope to get this resolved in as short as three months,” he said. Boyden agreed. “They are already in the process of advertising for a new chief of police … and they are actively recruiting police officers,” he said. “They are much ahead of their schedule than we originally thought.” Boyden assured the council the agreement posed no liability issues and that costs would be reimbursed. “The agreement is very specific,” he said. The council voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

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OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree assault charges this week after allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend and everyone in a downtown apartment in an apparent jealous rage. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a residence on Philadelphia Avenue for a report of a man with a knife threatening to kill everyone in the unit. Upon arrival, OCPD officers met a female witness who reportedly said her roommate told her to call the police because her boyfriend, Elijah Tonnie, 33, of Ocean City, threatened her with a knife. Officers found Tonnie outside the unit talking to another female witness and took him into custody. Officers interviewed the alleged victim, who told police Tonnie had ELIJAH TONNIE awakened her to confront her about calls she had made to another male, according to police reports. The victim reportedly told police Tonnie was angry and while he was yelling at her, he moved a tote container in front of her bedroom door and placed another box on top of it to block the door and keep her from leaving. The victim reportedly told police after Tonnie blocked the door, he threatened to kill her, saying “You know how this is going to end,” according to police reports. Tonnie reportedly told the victim he was going to kill her and then himself. When the victim told Tonnie he was going to go to jail, he allegedly grabbed a folding knife off the nightstand, held it toward her in an aggressive manner and told the victim if she called the police he was going to kill her, according to police reports. The victim told police Tonnie said if she called the police, he was going to stab her to death, according to police reports. Tonnie reportedly told the victim if anyone called the police, he was going to kill everyone in the unit. Tonnie ultimately removed the barricade from the door and the victim was able to escape to her roommate’s room. Meanwhile, a different roommate walked Tonnie outside to talk to him, which is when police arrived. During an interview with police, Tonnie reportedly said he had been arguing with the victim, but had never threatened her or blocked the door. Based on the testimony and evidence, Tonnie was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment. The knife was found hidden under a pillow on the bed. Following a bail review hearing Wednesday, Tonnie was ordered to be held without bond.

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Shannon Maia Ross

MANHATTAN – Shannon Maia Ross, age 49, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at her home in Manhattan. She was born in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 8, 1970 and her parents were Kaye Camille Byrd and Malcolm Ross Jr. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School with the Class of 1988. She spent her early SHANNON years near Shenandoah MAIA ROSS National Park in Virginia and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and later spent time in northeast Pennsylvania. Shannon eventually settled in the Bronx and Manhattan where she married Lorenzo Britton on Aug. 16, 2003. Shannon worked in the health services industry for many years, enjoyed time with her family and friends and was always happy while relaxing near the ocean. She is survived by her daughter, Sophia Kristin Ross-Britton; her husband, Lorenzo Britton; her mother, Kaye Camille Byrd; her stepfa-

ther, Lloyd Byrd; her stepmother, JoAnne Merritt; her brother, Mark Ross; her sister-in-law, Selena Malott; her stepbrother, Jon Byrd; and her stepbrother, Stephen Byrd. She is predeceased by her father Malcolm Ross Jr. She has many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arline Elizabeth Rainey Hamel

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May 10, 2019 Pamela of Sonoma, Calif.; James and Patrice of Williamsburg, Va.; William and Helen of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Dr. Sally Dowling of Ocean City; and Molly Wilson of Berlin. She is also survived by her 22 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Arline was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 60 years, George, who died in 2013; her sister Louise Janas; and her brothers Ernest and Jack Rainey. Visitation will be at noon on Wednesday, May 15, at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. with Father Stanislao Esposito officiating. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception in the parish hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Md. 21842; to the Joseph House, P.O. Box 1755, Salisbury, Md. 21802; or to the charity of your choice. Burial at a later date will be at Arlington National Cemetery, where her husband is also buried. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

John A. Whitehead

OCEAN PINES – John Arnold Whitehead, a life-long resident of Laurel until a recent move to Ocean Pines, died May 1, 2019, at home at the age of 91. He was born in Laurel on June 18, 1927 on his parents’ farm and grew up with five siblings, Bill, Jim, Andy, Melvin and a beloved sister, Dorothy, in a home without electricity or running water. There was a Model A in the barn along with two horse buggies. Getting a radio was a major family event. John helped on the farm, sweated on the B&O railroad and later worked for many years as a researcher for the U.S. JOHN A. Department of Agriculture. He served in World WHITEHEAD War II, first as a civilian high school student running scrap drives on the home front, and then, after graduation, as a corporal in the U.S. Army serving in Germany and Austria. He became a life member of the American Legion, Post 60, of Laurel. While overseas, John was exchanging letters with Rose Brown, the pretty sister-in-law of one of his army buddies, John Hofmann, who had married Rose’s sister, Shirley. They got to know each other through this wartime correspondence, and, to quote John, he “knew that Rose was the girl for me.” They were married in 1949 at St. Mary’s Church in Laurel. John was known for many things like making his own blackberry wine, growing vegetables and flowers in his gardens and always building something in his woodshop. He and Rose traveled the country, went on camping trips with their extended family and spent endless hours laughing around the card table with family and friends. One of the great joys of John’s life was hosting “music” in his basement every Saturday night for decades. John played the fiddle, his son Lenny was on the mandolin, and any friends and family with instruments SEE NEXT PAGE


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FROM PAGE 28 and a taste for beer rounded out their weekly miniature bluegrass festivals. John was quick to laugh, ready to help anyone who needed it, and had a kind word or amusing anecdote for any situation. He is survived and greatly missed by his wife of 70 years, Rose; his son, Lenny Whitehead and wife Patty; his daughter, Sandy Galloway and husband Doug; his grandchildren, Matthew Whitehead, Laura Arenella, Stephanie McAlister and Michael McAlister; and his great-granddaughters, Paige and Brynn Arenella and Reese McAlister Thompson; and his sister, Dorothy Hedrick and her husband, Bill. Visitation will be held at Donaldson’s Funeral Home at 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Md. on Friday, May 10 from 2-4 p.m and from 6-8 p.m. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Mills Catholic Church at 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, Md. on Monday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldsonfuneralhomes.com.

Catherine Carney DeChant BERLIN – Catherine “Cathi” Carney DeChant, age 71, passed peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday,

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch May 5, 2019 at her home in Berlin. Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late William B. Carney and Gertrude Hill Carney. She is survived by her beloved husband, Michael DeChant Sr.; son, Michael DeChant Jr. (Emily Glaeser) of Rockville Md.; brothers Thomas Carney (Janet Copeland) of Coral Gables, Fla., Bill Carney (Mary Beth) of Poolesville, Md. and Michael Carney (Robin) of Sterling, Va.; sisters Maureen Knesel (Chuck) of Rockville Md. and Elaine Carney of Wheaton Md.; CATHERINE and numerous nieces and CARNEY nephews. DeCHANT She was predeceased by her brother, Patrick. Catherine attended the University of Maryland. She was a partner with her husband in their family business, DeChant Appraisal & Realty Service LLC. She was also an aerobic dance instructor for the YMCA for nearly 20 years. Catherine was a parishioner at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City where she was active in the choir, spending many hours volunteering her service. She also loved to sing, play golf and dance with her husband. Catherine was an avid fisherman bringing in the No. 1 wahoo in the White Marlin Open tournament in 2001. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Savior Catholic Church 1705 Philadelphia Avenue on Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. Reverend Stanislao Esposito will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment

will be private for family members at a future date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Charlotte Sophia Teter POCOMOKE – Charlotte Sophia Teter, age 66, of Pocomoke City died Friday, May 3, 2019, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Salisbury and was the daughter of the late Cyrus E. and Sophia (Molnar) Teter. Charlotte worked at NASA Wallops Flight Facility as a programmer-analyst and was a member, and very active her entire life, of Showell United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday

Page 29 school and was the church secretary and historian. She is survived by two brothers, Howard Paul Teter of Vineland, N.J. and John E. Teter of Salisbury; two sisters, R. Fay McCabe of Selbyville and Louise Teter Marell of Lexington, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at BishopHastings Funeral Home in Selbyville with Pastor Joe Caine officiating. Friends may call an hour before the service. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Showell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 55, Showell, Md. 21862. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.


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Church Project Celebrated:

Ground was broken last month on a major $600,000 restoration and expansion of the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in downtown Ocean City. The project, called “Expanding Our Home,” will feature a new building on the site of the old rectory and extensive renovations to the existing church, which is the oldest in Ocean City. Above left, Father Stanislao Esposito led the April 29 ceremony before church officials and dignitaries broke ground. Photos by Mary Jock

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Mardela Reconsideration Sought

May 10, 2019

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

SALISBURY – Requests to restore capital funding for a school project dominated most of this week’s public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and fiscal years 20202024 Capital Improvement Program for Wicomico County. On Tuesday, parents, educators, students and community leaders gathered in the chambers of the Wicomico County Council to request funding for a renovation project at Mardela Middle and High School be placed back into the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2020-2024. In late April, community members were surprised to learn the money had been removed from County Executive Bob Culver’s proposed planning document because of future funding challenges. Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young said this week the county did not want to commit to a multi-million dollar project until it had a better understanding of how a potential recession and state legislation – mainly the $15 minimum wage and educational funding mandates from the Kirwan Commission – would impact finances. To that end, the Mardela school project was removed from the CIP. “For the board of education’s request, we continue to fund Beaver Run (replacement) with a proposed $7 million being bonded this year,” he said. “We also proposed to fund the Westside Intermediate roof need. The Mardela High/Middle project, which is an $18.2 million request over four years, was removed.” But educators, parents and community members argued the funding was desperately needed to address the aging facility.

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“Our community deserves better.” Culver took time on Tuesday night to apologize for the lack of communication in deciding to remove the school funding from the CIP. “I owe you more than an apology because I didn’t get out to your area and tell you what we were looking at …,” he said. While he supported the project, Culver said allocating money to Mardela Middle and High could mean cuts to other areas. “We don’t know what’s coming down the road,” he said. Wicomico County Board of Education President Don Fitzgerald, who praised Culver in March for fully funding the board’s requests in fiscal year 2020, said he was now angry with the county executive. “I know the money is there …,” he said. “You cannot sit there in that chair and say the students of our county are not worth the money.” Superintendent of Schools Donna Hanlin thanked the community and the county for its support. “You shouldn’t settle for the status quo in terms of the instruction of our students or the facilities in our county,” she said. “I hope you will listen to everything that has been said this evening and reconsider your position.”

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Parent Michelle Wright said the school was built in 1958 and hadn’t received a renovation since 1980. She added that studies were conducted as early as 2009 to determine the future of the facility.

Principal Liza Hastings highlighted failing HVAC systems, inadequate security measures and lack of space at the school.

Hastings added the building environment at Mardela Middle and High has also impacted instruction at the school. “Our kids deserve better,” she said.

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week recognized a local mother and son for earning Good Sports Coach of the Year and Good Sports Player of the Year honors, along with another feather in the cap of a recently retired, beloved coach and mentor. During Monday’s meeting, the Mayor and Council welcomed Senator Mary Beth Carozza, who was on hand to recognize the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Mid-Atlantic Recreation and Parks Sports Alliance (MARPSA) Good Sports Coach of the Year and Good Sports Player of the Year. This year, the prestigious regional awards went to a local mother and son, Sanji and Finn Ramnarian, respectively, and Carozza on Monday presented governor’s proclamations to both. Sanji Ramnarian was recognized for her efforts in coaching youth soccer for the recreation and parks department at Northside Park. Finn was recognized for his sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication as both a young athlete and student with the MARPSA Good Sports Player of the Year award. “We’re proud to be part of MARPSA and this is an opportunity to recognize our volunteers,” said Recreation and Parks Director Susan Petito. “This

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year, we had a mother and son earning both awards, which is rather unique.” For her part, Carozza said Sanji and Finn Ramnarian were recognized at a sportsmanship banquet in Annapolis during the General Assembly session, but her other obligations caused her to miss the ceremony. Instead, she invited the Ramnarians and other recreation and parks staffers to City Hall on Monday to present them with special commendations. “I appreciate the opportunity to recognize this unique mother and son

team,” she said. “This is a big deal. When we talk about MARPSA, we’re talking about the entire mid-Atlantic. You have to earn this award.” As for Finn Ramnarian, Carozza said the Stephen Decatur Middle School seventh-grader exemplified the spirit of the award. “Finn always shows a great attitude, he is always very positive with his teammates and is very respectful to the coaches and officials,” she said. As for Sanji Ramnarian, Carozza said it was apparent where Finn learn-

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ed his attributes. “You see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” she said. “She is a great coach who makes it fun, but makes it all about teamwork and respect. This is a very unique opportunity.” Carozza drew from her own experiences playing youth sports in City Hall before it was the seat of the municipal government as she presented the citations. “My father was a coach in this very building and I played Ocean City rec basketball here,” she said. “All of those memories of youth sports are right here for me in this building.” After the citations were presented, Carozza asked the elected officials to indulge her a little longer. “If I can have just another minute or two, I have one more little surprise,” she said. “As you know, Al ‘Hondo’ Handy recently retired and I have a Senate Citation and a citation from the governor to present to him.” Handy retired last month after 39 years with the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department and was a coach, program supervisor, mentor and inspirational leader for generations. “He was such an inspiration to so many families,” Carozza said. “He inspired families and young student athletes here and beyond for 39 years.”


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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A Stephen Decatur High School graduate was shot in the line of duty in an incident in Baltimore County last week, but is on the mend and expected to make a full recovery. Baltimore County Police Officer Tabitha Hays, daughter of former Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, and other officers last Thursday afternoon responded to a 911 call hang-up in Parkville for a reported suspect in the home with gun. During the incident, Hays was shot once in the upper body and was transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in serious condition and was taken immediately into surgery. By Friday afternoon, Hays was listed in stable condition and her injuries were deemed to be not life-threatening. According to updated reports from Baltimore County police, TABITHA HAYS Hays was injured by “friendly fire” and not by the suspect as originally believed. The investigation revealed the suspect did point an unloaded gun at the responding officers who opened fire on him. Hays was reportedly injured during that exchange. Hays, a former standout studentathlete at Stephen Decatur High School, is the daughter of former OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino, who served with the department for 24 years including nine as chief. DiPino began her career with the OCPD in 1988 after serving three years, ironically, with the Baltimore County Police Department. Hays, like her mother, is a multi-generational law enforcement officer. After starting with the OCPD in 1988, DiPino worked her way through the department’s rank structure and was appointed acting chief in 2002 upon the retirement of former chief Dave Massey, now the chief of police in Ocean Pines. In 2003, DiPino was appointed the full-time police chief by the Mayor and Council. After leaving the OCPD, DiPino became chief of police in Sarasota, Florida, a position she still holds. According to a Sarasota Police Department release, DiPino was notified of the incident last Thursday afternoon and immediately traveled to Baltimore County to be with her daughter and family. Following the shooting, there was an outpouring of support and prayer from Baltimore County where the incident occurred, Sarasota where Hays’ mother remains chief of police and, of course, her hometown Ocean SEE NEXT PAGE


Homeless Men Charged With Assault

May 10, 2019

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Violence between Ocean City’s homeless escalated last week with a pair of alleged incidents involving the same suspects and victims. Around 12:30 a.m. on April 30, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of North Division Street to assist Ocean City Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a reported male individual lying on the ground. The investigaLEVIN MARTIN tion revealed the victim, known to police as Levin Martin, 34, of no fixed address, had been assaulted with a metal ball, roughly the size of a baseball and weighing several pounds, according to police reports. Martin was found with significant injuries to his face and was ultimately taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. OCPD officers interviewed multiple witnesses who told police they observed a suspect later identified as David Saylor, 55, of no fixed address, strike Martin in the face with the metal ball, drop the weapon and run away. One witness told police they observed Saylor tapping the metal ball on a guardrail as he walked along the north side of the Route 50 Bridge in what appeared to be an attempt to provoke a fight with Martin. Yet another witness reported seeing Saylor holding the ball in his hand and yelling at another man, presumably Martin, but did not witness the altercation. That same witness told police he then saw a bloodied Martin lying by the Route 50 Bridge. OCPD officers located a vehicle known to belong to Saylor through prior interactions about 20 feet away from where the alleged assault occurred. Also located in the area was a bicycle known to belong to Saylor. About four hours later, Saylor returned to the area to retrieve his vehicle and was taken into custody. OCPD officers had been searching for Saylor

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throughout the night to question him about the assault on Martin. Saylor was arrested and charged with firstand second-degree assault. Around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday, four days after Saylor’s alleged assault on Martin, OCPD officers responded to another incident involving Saylor, Martin and a different known homeless man in the downtown area. In that incident, Martin was the suspect who allegedly assaulted and attempted to rob the other man. According to police reports, Saylor approached an OCPD officer near a convenience DAVID SAYLOR store at North Division Street and reported to police Martin was allegedly assaulting another homeless man at Caroline Street. OCPD officers responded reportedly observed Martin standing over the victim. As OCPD officers approached, Martin attempted to walk away, but was grabbed by one of the officers, according to police reports. During that interaction with police, one OCPD officer injured his ankle and had to be transported to the hospital. OCPD officers interviewed the victim, who told police he was sleeping under a blanket when Martin began kicking him at least three times in the ribs on his left side. The victim told officers Martin attempted to steal his bicycle immediately after the assault. According to police reports, the victim was able to grab his bicycle and a tug-of-war of sorts began between he and Martin. When the bicycle fell to the ground, Martin allegedly jumped up and down it, causing significant damage to the bike. According to police reports, Martin allegedly made boastful statements including “yeah, I [expletive deleted] his bike up,” and “I [expletive deleted] it up,” without being questioned by police officers.

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FROM PAGE 34 City. “This is the phone call every loved one of a law enforcement officer dreads,” said OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro last week following the incident. “When an officer is injured in the line of duty, often times the only thing we can offer is prayer. Our hearts and prayers go out the Chief DiPino, her daughter Officer Tabitha Hays and the entire Baltimore County Police Department. We ask for continued prayers for Tabitha’s recovery and above all continuous respect for those that go to work each day to keep our communities and our loved ones safe.” Mayor Rick Meehan, under whom

Based on the evidence and testimony, Martin was arrested and charged with assault, attempted robbery, attempted theft and malicious destruction of property.

DiPino served as chief of police for years, offered similar sentiments. “Our hearts go out to Chief DiPino and her daughter, who were both an active part of our community for many years,” he said. “This is devastating news to their family, the communities they serve and Ocean City, which considers them both part of our community.” Meehan said the news of Hays’ ongoing recovery was welcome after the near-tragedy. “I can’t tell you how encouraged and relieved we are to hear that although Tabitha’s injuries were serious, they are not life-threatening,” he said. “We are sending them prayers and hope they receive the privacy they deserve during this time.”

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Inlet Dredging Meeting Set

BERLIN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Worcester County, is hosting a public meeting May 30 to discuss two concurrent efforts -- a project to address sediment accumulation in the Ocean City Inlet as well as a study on the scour hole near Homer Gudelsky Park. The public meeting will be held at the Worcester County Library Berlin branch from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Army Corps dredges the Inlet two or more times per year in an attempt to maintain the channel’s authorized depth of 10 feet. However, it continues to fill in with material, creating concerns for navigation. The Corps will evaluate sediment transport in the inlet and recommend options to manage the shoaling to include structural solutions like jetties or channel modifications like deepening the channel in the inlet. As part of the “Scour Hole: Beneficial Use of Dredged Material” study, which is 100 percent federally funded, the Corps and crews from the Corps’ Engineer Research and Development Center began work in 2017 to gather field data to better understand the approximately 50-foot-deep scour hole just northwest of Homer Gudelsky Park. Work included collecting sediment samples, deploying instrument suites, and mapping the region to obtain information about the movement of sediment in and around the scour hole.

Blue Crab Population Spikes BERLIN – Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, announced this week the 2019 blue crab winter dredge survey revealed the population in the bay increased 60% from last year. Hogan said the annual winter dredge survey put the estimated total population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake at 594 million. The governor credited strong conservation measures for the unanticipated increase. “We are proud of our administration’s strong record of skilled environmental stewardship, which begins with safeguarding the Chesapeake Bay,” said Hogan. “Today’s results are further proof and a shining example that our efforts to protect Maryland’s blue crab population, while ensuring the health of our state’s most important natural asset, have been successful.” The rise in adult abundance of blue crabs was higher than anticipated given a poor influx of juveniles in 2017 and 2018. This is a sign that blue crab management has been successful at allowing more crabs to reach the spawning stock. The adult female population climbed to 190 million, a 29 percent gain from 2018, and the adult male population increased to 80 million, or 38 percent.

Coffee With Cops Slated OCEAN CITY – Hoping to continue the momentum of its public outreach initiative, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) will host the latest installment of “Coffee with Cops” on Wednesday, May 15, from 8-10 a.m. at Denny’s on 61st Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with OCPD leadership and patrol officers as they enjoy a cup of coffee. This community policing event is a partnership designed to bring together police officers and the communities they serve. “The Coffee with Cops events continue to serve as a great way for us to meet more community members and build relationships,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We sincerely thank Denny’s for their partnership and we are looking forward to a great turnout.”

Annual WYFCS Benefit Set BERLIN – Local business owner Joe Kendall of Kendall Furniture has made it his personal mission to raise a record amount for Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services’ largest annual fundraiser. Kendall has worked tirelessly since February of this year to corral as many volunteer “Worcester pirates” as possible to raise money to support Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services’ youth programs. Pirates pledge to raise a minimum of $500 for the organization’s annual fundraiser. To date, WYFCS Board member Karen Bush has helped Kendall recruit 24 pirates, and board member Britany Lindsey has garnered the support of 14 business sponsors, which is the largest number of sponsors donating a minimum of $1,000 since the inaugural event in 2008. In addition to business sponsors, Worcester Youth and Family board members have gathered substantial silent auction items and prizes for the famous “Gold Bar Auction,” reminiscent of the Willy Wonka Bar Golden Ticket search. All these efforts will culminate into a summer kick-off party to be held at Sunset Grille on Friday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. (with a May 31 rain date). Those planning to attend are encouraged to join in the fun by coming dressed in their best pirate garb (pirate attire is not required to attend.) A $49 donation at the door includes a light fare buffet, drink ticket, live entertainment, raffles and silent auction. Friends, family and colleagues can help pirates meet their financial goals by visiting www.gowoyo.org/donate and donating to a specific pirate.


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OC Native Charles To Open For Country Legend

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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BERLIN – An Ocean City native will return to the area this week to open for country singer Travis Tritt. On Friday, May 10, country singer and resort native Jimmy Charles will share the stage at Ocean Downs Casino with headliner Travis Tritt and special guests Scooter Brown Band. Charles, whose hits include “Whatever It Takes” and “Superman,” said he will be joined onstage by fiddle player Marie McGlone and djembe

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drum player Brian McKenna. His performance will feature cover tunes and original songs, including those from his new album “Hard Way to Go.” “It’s exciting to get to see my hometown, to walk out on stage before a country legend and feel that hometown love,” he said. Charles – an alumnus of Stephen Decatur High School – moved to Nashville to pursue a music career shortly after graduating from Towson University. In addition to being a season nine contestant on “American Idol” and a top 50 finalist on the show “Nashville

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Star,” he has opened for country artists the full five-piece band from Nashville Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, will be in for Memorial Day weekend,” Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves and Josh he said. “It will be a fun run.” In addition to his singing career, Turner. He will also be opening for counCharles is the spokesman for Zero Cantry singer Joe Nichols in September. cer, a national nonprofit with a Charles shared his excitement mission to end prostate cancer, for sharing the stage with another and the president of I Am Not country legend on Friday. He said Alone, a nonprofit that works he would often cover many of alongside organizations like Zero Tritt’s songs, including “It’s a Cancer and the American Cancer Great Day to Be Alive” and “I’m Society to support men and Gonna Be Somebody,” at the JIMMY CHARLES women in their battle against canstart of his music career. “It’s really cool to take the stage cer. He said his songs “Superman” and with someone you’ve idolized and “We Are Warriors” are used to bring someone you’ve looked up to as a hope and strength to those with cancer. It is through these efforts that Charles country artist,” he said. Charles will kick off the outdoor was recently nominated for the 2019 Ten concert shortly after the doors open at Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets Award in the category of Humanitarian are on sale for $45 and VIP tickets are and Volunteer Leadership. on sale for $60. To purchase tickets, “For the last five years, a big part of visit ticketmaster.com. what I do is singing to survivors and “I’m really excited to see every- bringing hope and spreading awarebody,” he said. “So get your tickets ness for early detection,” he said. “I and get there early.” was very honored to be the nominee Charles said he and his band will also for Maryland.” Charles said this will be the second return to Maryland and Delaware for Memorial Day weekend. They will perform year he has been one of 48 nominees May 24 at Cancun Cantina in Hanover, from across the country. “Former presidents, war heroes, May 25 at Trader Lee’s Live Music Venue in West Ocean City, May 26 at first responders and even Elvis PresCastaways RV Resort and Campground ley have won this award,” he said. “It’s in West Ocean City and May 27 at Ham- about doing good in the world, and I’m merheads Dockside in Rehoboth Beach. hoping I can bring that trophy home for “We want to make people aware Maryland.”

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OCEAN CITY – During next week’s event, Cruisin Ocean City will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic comedy television series, The Dukes of Hazzard, with none other than Daisy Duke herself, Catherine Bach. Attendees will have the chance to meet Catherine Bach on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center and on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Inlet parking lot. In addition, Cruisin attendees can get their photo taken with the famous 1969 Dodge Charger “The General Lee” tribute car. “It's just as exciting to meet the fans as it was 40 years ago. The lovefest between the Dukes and our fans has never been stronger,” said Bach. The Dukes of Hazzard was one of those shows that had a multigenerational appeal. Grandparents could sit down and watch the show with their grandkids. Even today many kids who watched the show back in the 80s are re-watching the episodes with their kids and grandkids. In addition to Bach, Cruisin will also have Ryan Evans from the hit show Counting Cars at the event Friday May 17, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Inlet and Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. There will also be thousands of hot rods, customs, classics and other show cars, plus entertainment, vendors, a car corral, swap meet and lots more over the four-day event, May 16-19.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Early Warnings Unneeded Editor: Is it not bad enough that we have to deal with ridiculous new laws from Annapolis which will hurt our businesses now and in times to come, than to now have to try and understand our local decision making? As I was traveling home from work on the Route 90 bridge, I noticed the special events sign for Cruisin. This is Wednesday. The law does not go into effect until next Tuesday. Why are we intimidating people for Mother's Day weekend? A weekend that we should be promoting the many fine Mother's Day brunches offered by our great dining community. Who is making these decisions? If they were working for me, they would

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Berlin Needs To Start Planning Efforts Now Editor: I would like to applaud the Berlin Mayor and Council for their open and honest discussion at the work session on April 29. Passions were ignited, and it was refreshing to hear some opinions expressed that reflected the will of the people: no to a 30% tax increase, proposals to spread the repayment burden out over a number of years and across the board budget cuts. Councilman Tyndall proposed some specific cuts, and Councilman Burrell earned new fans when he pointed out that the town’s reserves were higher than they seemed, and might be more than enough to keep the town afloat. Our elected officials made a start at digging the town out of the financial morass that years of neglect and mis-

management produced. As hard as the decision is to increase taxes, along with water and stormwater fees, that is the easy part of a process that the town has needed to begin for some time. For years Berlin has relied on initial EDU hookups to pay for its stormwater system. Development money was dropped in the coffers when deals were signed, creating what looked like a budget surplus. But in the long term, those big numbers masked larger potential financial problems. The Ocean’s East EDU payment several years ago hid huge annual losses in the stormwater fund. New development looks pretty at first when big numbers are proposed, but the long-term costs have been ignored for too long. I have written before about Berlin’s need to plan for its future, and now is a good time to kick that process into high gear. We need the Mayor and Council, and the town’s finance people, to start looking at long-term costs, not just short-term gains. When Berlin expands

May 10, 2019 its borders through annexation, we face a slew of expenses that are not reflected in our budgets: wear and tear on town vehicles, personnel, utility costs, expanded road repair, greater trash and recycling expenses, just to name a few. As has become painfully obvious, the money received at the beginning of a development does not meet the expenses incurred by that development over the long term. Now is the time for the Mayor and Council to start the more difficult and daunting task of planning for Berlin’s future, not just the next fiscal year, which seems to be locked in place, but the year after that and the year after that and the year after that. Now is the time to start understanding and planning for Berlin’s long-term stability and economic growth. Now is the time to put in place practical policies for where and how Berlin will grow. Do we want new business or residential development? If so, where does it go? And how will Berlin pay for the inevitable economic cost that comes with growth? Now is the time for financial policies that reflect Berlin’s long-term needs. To be sure, there are difficult choices ahead, with tough questions that need to be both asked and answered. Now is the time to ask them. Now is the time for the Mayor and Council to start planning. Jeff Smith Berlin

Cleanup Effort Appreciated Editor: Thank you for your help in publicizing the 4th Annual Earth Day Cleanup in the Town of Fenwick Island. On April 20, a blustery, rainy morning, over 40 community members gathered in our Town Hall to enjoy delicious breakfast refreshments donated by McCabe’s Gourmet Market and to peruse environmental displays provided by the Center for Inland Bays (CIB), the Town of Fenwick Island and KCI Technologies. Every participant received a “Fenwick Island Celebrates Earth Day” reusable lunch tote and water bottle. Teams of volunteers picked up litter and trash from every street in Fenwick Island from the Maryland-Delaware line to Lewes Street. Several local businesses made the event even more enjoyable by donating door prizes. Special thanks are due to Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant, Discoversea Shipwreck Museum, Fenwick Bait & Tackle, Fenwick Surf Shop, Holly’s Treasure Chest, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Just Hooked, KCI Technologies Inc., Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, OC Paintball & Sports Center, Ocean Side Subs & Pizza, Pottery Place, Ropewalk, Sea Shell City, Seaside Country Store, Southern Exposure, Surf’s Edge Deli & Pizzeria, The Flying Fish Café and Sushi Bar, Tidepool Toys & Games, Warren’s Station and Twilley’s Willys for their generous donations. We appreciate everyone’s support in working to keep Fenwick Island the cleanest town on the Delaware Shore. Fenwick Island Environmental Committee


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Ocean City was smart to take swift action to prevent dockless bike and electronic scooter operations from becoming a reality. With the resort’s massive seasonal surge in population, the majority of which consists of folks who at times are oblivious to common traffic rules and societal norms, these sorts of community share programs have no place in Ocean City. Although there is nothing of the sort in the pipeline as there have been no applications or intentions made with City Hall, it was wise of the city to be progressive and get an ordinance on the books ensuring they will not be allowed by law to come t0 fruition. These dockless share concepts have been popular around the world for years, but they are not right for all communities. In many metropolitan areas as well as beach destinations, private companies have essentially sprouted up with hundreds of bicycles and electronic scooters. With these operations, the user can pay a fee at a convenient hub or through a phone app for a bike or scooter to move around the respective cities. When users reach their destination, they simply leave them near another hub or ditch in common areas. The companies will then routinely circulate throughout their respective areas returning these bikes and scooters to the for-pay hubs or other high-volume sites. There are many problems with these operations, but in Ocean City’s case it comes down to public safety and visual blight. The public safety risk with these electronic scooters is extreme in Ocean City. In municipalities elsewhere, these scooters are used on sidewalks as well as roads. The users often travel at high rates of speed without helmets. Many accidents have taken place where these are available. Ocean City’s vehicular and pedestrian congestion makes these incredibly dangerous potentially. Additionally, and of lesser importance, is the fact the bikes and scooters will simply be left wherever the user wants. This can be seen in cities all over the country. These bikes and scooters are simply rented and then disposed of with little care or concern for surroundings. They remain there until the companies round them out and return them to common areas. These companies provide a valuable service in some areas where vehicular transportation and parking demand concerns arise. While Ocean City may have associated issues a few months of the year, leaders were right to ensure these bike and scooter share concepts do not come to the municipality. They are not the answer.

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By Publisher/Editor Steve Green

The Ocean City Mayor and Council approved its proposed budget on first reading by a 5-2 vote this week. The budget sets the property tax rate at .4656 per $100 of assessed valuation as compared to last year’s rate of .4585. For a $400,000 assessed property, that means an annual city tax increase of $28, from $1,834 to $1,862. Although a small tax increase, the rate change will make a significant difference in the city’s $86 million budget, raising $638,000 in new revenue. During a discussion of the budget this week, there were some tense moments among council members regarding the semantics of what the city was doing with its budget. It’s clear this is a small tax increase because property owners will be paying more to the city than they did last year. Councilmen Matt James and Tony DeLuca voted against the budget because it did not use a constant yield tax rate, which would have brought in the exact same amount of tax revenue as last year. Councilman Mark Paddack, in his first year of elected office after being an employee of the town for decades, took James and DeLuca to task over their opposition to the budget. He accused them of foul play. “It’s such a small amount that I think the public wouldn’t even notice it,” he said. “It’s $638,000 in an $86 million budget. I think, respectfully, you gentlemen are politically pandering to the public. You gentlemen sat in the same room I sat in for four or five days and heard the department heads being told the hold the line and hold the line and we did it. … Look, I ran on a platform that I was not going to raise taxes, but I got educated… I’m going to vote for this because it’s the right thing to do and the prudent thing to do. We have some differences, but I’m not going to sit up here and grandstand. I can’t wait until we see those recommendations about parking in the fall and see where you gentlemen stand on that.” James made it clear he would not accept that line of criticism from the freshman councilman. “I’m not sure what your problem is, or if you understood what I said, I was pretty clear that I support taking care of our town, the issues that may come up and being prepared,” James said. “I just don’t like the process in which this happened. On the last day of the budget sessions, we went away from the constant yield rate to the constant rate. Who’s to say last year’s number is the right number? I don’t know what your issue is, but this is not political pandering. … If we need to raise taxes, then we need to raise taxes, but I think we should talk about it. Again, I don’t know what your issue is, but get over it.” When it was his turn to respond, DeLuca was quick to point out Paddack in his first budget went against what he campaigned on last fall. “I don’t care what you call this, but it’s a slight tax increase,” he said. “It’s a $638,000 tax increase. Back on April 2 when we introduced the budget with the constant yield rate, what that did was give a slight decrease to the resident property owners. I think it’s interesting Councilman Paddack that you said you ran on not raising taxes, but that’s exactly what you did with this.” In the journalism business, budget time is not typically exciting to report on. That can certainly not be said about this year with this week’s comments in Ocean City and all the tax and fee increase talks in Berlin.

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“… what I think is happening is the state’s not going to pony up any money to widen 589. As more developers come in they’re going to force them to pay for the renovations … The last conversation we had with the State Highway Administration, we’re looking at 20-25 years before they claim they would have the funding for this.” WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHIP BERTINO DURING A TOWN HALL MEETING

“This warms my heart to be back home at Worcester Technical High School and to see these students that are now going on, making commitments to employers.” SENATOR MARY BETH CAROZZA DURING WORCESTER TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL’S SIGNING DAY EVENT

“I know that I’m going to get pushback that even one life is too many to lose and I do believe that … I think we really need to work on making sure our houses and our rental homes here in the county have working smoke detectors before we worry about new houses being built.” WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE MITRECIC DISCUSSING THE STATE’S SPRINKLER MANDATE

“The point I want to send home is we are not a spoiled child coming to our parents to ask for an allowance. We work very hard all year to raise the funds that we can to go forward.” DIAKONIA PRESIDENT ALLYSON BERNARD-CHURCH REQUESTING COUNTY FUNDING AT THIS WEEK’S BUDGET HEARING


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For the 12th consecutive year, Worcester Preparatory School math students won the annual High School Mathematics League Regional Championship, ranking in the top third of participating Maryland High Schools. The participating students are from Cyndee Hudson’s Algebra II and Honors Pre-Calculus classes and Linda Bragg’s A.P. Calculus I and II classes. Pictured, from left, are sophomore C.C. Lizas, sophomore Daniel Chen, junior Eli Prushansky, freshman Ayush Batra, senior Matt Durkin and Hudson.

Led by Science and Technology teacher Colleen McGuire, the freshman class participated in Worcester Prep’s annual “Maker Day” activity last month. Maker Day is a dedicated day to celebrate inventing, problem solving, working collaboratively and constructing solutions. Drawing on a research project they were working on in History and English classes, the students were challenged to generate a display of automata, which would depict a medieval scene inspired by their research. Taking top honors was the team, pictured, of Camden Rayne, Brooke Phillips, Aria Islam, Kate Abbott and Sydney Lamson-Reich. The winning design incorporated moving horses, knights and medieval ladies in the design. Submitted Photos

Berlin Intermediate School’s sixth-grade students donated $5,530 to the Worcester County Humane Society, which was chosen by students as the community partner for service learning. Students also donated food, cleaning supplies, treats and toys.

Tina Adams' first-grade class at Ocean City Elementary School used base 10 blocks to solve Easter Egg Math Facts. Pictured, from left, are Owen Evans, Ryder Bahlman and Eva Greenlaw. Worcester Preparatory School students in grades six-eight presented the musical The Magical Land of Oz by Tim Kelly in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center. The musical was directed by middle school teachers Linda Smith and Lindsey MacWha. Above, from left, are Sara Freih, Ava Wilsey, William Mumford, Cayden Wallace and Sydney Tingle, front. Below, serving as poppies were Lilly Doran, Bella Marinelli, Danielle Carr and Jayden Scopp.

Members of the Stephen Decatur baseball team visited Showell Elementary last month to read to kindergarten and first-grade classes. Pictured are Noah Agee and Blake Marshall.


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Seahawks Win First Title In Nearly Two Decades In The News

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MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball team won the Bayside Conference championship for the first time in 19 years on Tuesday with a 41 win over Bayside North champ Colonel Richardson. Last week, the Seahawks beat Mardela, 8-7, to clinch the Bayside South championship and advance to the conference title game. The win over Mardela was the third straight one-run game for Decatur, which had a penchant for the dramatic all season.

The win propelled Decatur into the Bayside Conference championship game on Tuesday. Against the Colonels on Tuesday, Decatur scored single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings. Meanwhile, Lexi Black turned in her usual stellar performance on the mound, throwing a complete game and allowing just one unearned run. The win over the Colonels earned the Seahawks their first conference championship since 2000. The Seahawks are the number-two seed in the 3A-East Section II regional and will face Northeast at home on Monday.

Despite Slump, Decatur Seeded First In Region

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MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Despite limping down the stretch somewhat, Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team earned the top seed in their state playoff region when the brackets were released this week. In a season during which they won six in a row at one point, the Seahawks’ bats went cold down the stretch and they kind of limped to the finish line. Last Wednesday, Decatur lost to Mardela, 3-1, in what was essentially the Bayside South championship game. Hayden Snelsire was outstanding on the mound, allowing just one hit to the Warriors, but the Seahawks could not get the bats going and ultimately fell, 3-1. Two days later, the Seahawks lost to Easton, 2-1, in a game during which they scored in the first inning.

Blake Marshall drove home Ridge Watson with a first-inning single to take an early lead, but went scoreless the rest of the way and fell to Easton, 2-1. Decatur lost three of their last four regular season games and mustered just two runs in the three losses. However, the season-long resume at 13-6 was solid enough for the Seahawks to earn the top seed in the 3AEast Section II region when the brackets were released this week. Decatur will face fourth-seeded Bennett at home on Saturday, after just beating the Clippers, 8-4, back on April 30. Decatur actually beat Bennett twice on that day including a 2-1 continuation of a game halted in the 10th inning earlier in the season because of darkness. The meeting on Saturday in the regional playoffs will be the third this season between the two familiar rivals.

Decatur Seeded Second In 3A-East Region

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team earned a number-two seed in the state 3A-East Section II region when the brackets were released this week and will get a home game in the opener on Friday. The Seahawks closed out the regular season last week with an impressive 12-6 win over Parkside. The Decatur boys won seven of their last eight down the stretch and finished the regular season with a 12-3 record.

The only loss during that stretch was a 12-10 defeat to Bayside South rival Bennett last Wednesday. When the state regional brackets were released this week, the Seahawks garnered the number-two seed in the 3A-East Section II regional and will play at home on Friday against Chesapeake. Bennett is the top-seed in the sectional and will face Northeast in its opener. If the brackets follow the seedings, Decatur would get a rematch with Bennet in the sectional final. The top seed on the other side of the 3A-East regional bracket is Centennial.

Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team won the Bayside South championship last week, fell in the Bayside Conference title game on Monday and then learned they are the top seed in the state 3A-East Section II region. Pictured above, the Seahawks were all smiles after clinching the Bayside South title last week.

Seahawks Earn Top Seed In State Regional

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – It was good news, bad news, better news this week for Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team, which, in the span of a few days won the Bayside South championship, lost in the Bayside Conference title game and learned they are the top seed in the state regional playoffs. The Decatur girls struggled somewhat early in the season on their way to a 3-5 record, but won their last four regular season games including an impressive 19-14 win over Parkside last Friday to clinch the Bayside South championship. The win propelled the Seahawks into Monday’s Bayside Conference title game against perennial Bayside North champion Kent Island. In the title game on Monday, Kent Island took an early lead and led 8-6 at the half. Decatur got two quick goals by Alyssa Romano early in the second half to tie the game at 8-8. For a long stretch in the second half, neither team

could find the back of the net until Kent Island scored with 13 minutes left in the game to take a 9-8 lead. Minutes later, Decatur’s Sarah Engle scored to tie the game at 9-9, the third and last time the game would be tied. Kent Island scored again at the 10-minute mark to take a 10-9 lead and added another goal with about three minutes left to push the lead to 11-9. There was no quit in the Seahawks, however. Decatur got a goal by Abby Yesko with 2:42 remaining in the contest to pull within one at 11-10. Kent Island controlled the ball down the stretch and added a late insurance goal with just 36 seconds remaining to close out the game at 12-10 and claim the conference championship. Despite the sting of the narrow loss in the title game, the Decatur girls found out when the state regional playoff brackets were released they are the top seed in the 3A-East Section II and will face fourth-seeded Bennett at home in the opener on Friday. The Seahawks just beat Bennett, 8-6, last Wednesday.

Stage Set For Mallards-Sabres Title Game

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – For the 12th straight year, Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team will face Saints Peter and Paul in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game, but the old rivalry has lost some of its luster with the Mallards’ recent domination. It’s always special went Worcester Prep faces Saints Peter and Paul in any sport, but girls’ varsity lacrosse has produced the most drama in recent years. The two teams have met on the ESIAC championship game for the last 11 and the stage is set for a 12th on Friday at Worcester. However, it appears at least on

paper the Mallards could cruise to their seventh straight title on Friday. Worcester beat Saints Peter and Paul, 22-2, back on April 12 and almost duplicated that score last Friday when it beat the Sabres, 21-7, on the road. Regular season meetings mean little in the old rivalry, however, and anything is possible when the two teams meet. Last year, Worcester beat the Sabres, 11-5, in the title game for its sixth straight. Before Worcester’s fivegame title streak, Saints Peter and Paul won three straight from 2010 to 2012. While the scores have been a little lop-sided recently, many of the title games in the series have been decided by a single goal and more than a few have gone to overtime.


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BERLIN – Eleven Stephen Decatur standout student-athletes last week signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at several outstanding universities next year. The group signing ceremony was held in the Stephen Decatur gym last Thursday with the 11 student-athletes surrounded by family, coaches, teammates, teachers and administrators. From the Decatur varsity baseball team, Hayden Snelsire is headed to Randolph-Macon, Dawson Delaney is going to Wilson University, Alex Gaddis

is headed to Stevenson University and Jack Rosenberg is going to Christopher Newport University. Decatur softball standout Lexi Black will continue her career at Salisbury University. From Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team, Collin Eitel will play next year at Randolph Macon. Decatur girls’ varsity standout Jenna Banks will continue her career at Wilmington University. Decatur golfer Joseph Beck will continue his career at Stevenson University and volleyball standout Adriana Serpe is headed to Lock Haven University. Two Decatur varsity swimmers – Kirsten Graham and Allison Hunter – are both headed to Salisbury University.

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BERLIN – Former Stephen Decatur High School basketball standout Keve Aluma announced this week he is transferring to Virginia Tech after two seasons at Wofford. Aluma, a 6’9” power forward, was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Decatur before starting his collegiate career at Wofford in South Carolina. As a sophomore last season, Aluma started 34 of 35 games, logging around 26 minutes a game and average roughly seven points and seven rebounds. He helped lead the Terriers to their first-ever win in the NCAA tournament this spring. Aluma announced last month he was transferring from Wofford and was reportedly courted by several major collegiate programs. Last weekend via Twitter, he announced he was transferring to Virginia Tech, following his former Wofford coach Mike Young, who took the head coaching job there last month. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Aluma will have to sit out the 2019-2020 season.

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here are times when the noise in and around the house reaches a mild roar. It was particularly this way one afternoon this week when Beckett came downstairs before going outside to play. Since he had just finished his homework, I told Carson he could play a game on his iPad while I finished up some work on my computer. The noise from the game combined with neighborhood kids hooting and hollering, dogs barking incessantly nearby and banging from a construction project resulted in quite a bit of commotion. As soon as Beckett came downstairs, he asked me how in the world I could work with all these noises. He said it’s enough to give him a migraine. I didn’t actually think he was waiting on a response. I just kept writing, saying instead something along the lines of, “I know, it’s a little crazy right now.” When I looked up, he was still standing there, saying, “No, I really want to know.” For a second, I thought he was looking to see if I was wearing ear plugs. I then went into a wordy explanation as to how parents become adept at tuning out certain noises when they really must concentrate. As I was explaining, I was talking over laughing clowns from Carson’s game, annoying truck reverse beeping sounds from the street, a screaming television from another room, a dishwasher running and a video playing on an unattended nearby iPad. He looked at me for a few minutes. I assumed he was just going to say something snarky, like you lost me with, “Well, you know Beckett, sometimes …” Instead he simply said, “Lucky.” He wanted me to teach him how to tune everything out. The next day he said he wanted to do his math homework at the kitchen

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or as long as I can remember, we have worried about the spring of Carson’s third-grade year. The concerns stemmed from the knowledge he would be undergoing mandatory testing over a two-week period. Each day during testing he would need to be on a computer for either 60 or 75 minutes for reading and math evaluations. We have long heard about how important these test scores are for the school as well as the teachers. In the weeks leading up to the tests, we talked about them quite a bit in an effort to help Carson prepare for what was coming. We noticed his anxiety level seemingly on the rise and the return of some old behaviors. It was around this time we got an email from his special education teacher advising us she thought the best thing was to not broach the subject of testing anymore with him. Since anxiety is the enemy with Carson, and typically the root of behavioral problems, we agreed with that play. Though we didn’t share our concerns with him, we were preoccupied over the last two weeks with how he was doing during testing. Apologies to the school system and his teachers, but we were not sweating his test scores. We just wanted to make sure he got through the tests in the allotted

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Ocean City Lions Club President Norm Cathell recently presented Donna Greenwood a check for $1,000 for the Play it Safe program, which promotes safe and free activities in June each year.

The Delmarva Hand Dance Club honored Francis Russell, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, as through the Elks Lodge #2645 Hometown Hero Banner Program. The club donated $250 towards the program for a patriotic banner along the Ocean City Boardwalk. Pictured, seated from left, are Francis Russell, Bertha Scarpeti and Marie Torosino; and, standing, Board members Clarence Emmons, Joan McHale, Howard Simons, Barbara McArdle, Judy Martin, Banner Program Director Pat Riordan, Elks Exalted Ruler Kevin Matthews, Board member Mac Smith and Club President Eileen Smith. Submitted Photos

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently received a $3,000 donation from the David Larmore Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The donations from this fund are permanently dedicated to Easterseals. Pictured, from left, are Ford Waggoner, Easterseals Director of Marketing and Public Affairs; BJ Summers, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; Ken Sklenar, Easterseals President/CEO; Sara Belle Larmore and Sheldon Larmore. The fund was established by Sheldon and Sara Belle Larmore in honor of their son, David, who had Spina Bifida.

On Thursday, April 18, members of the Ocean City Senior Center traveled to the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, where the tulips were in full bloom, followed by lunch at Rosenfeld's in Rehoboth, and a tour and tasting at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton.

At the monthly luncheon meeting of the Republican Women of Worcester County held at the Mad Fish Restaurant in West Ocean City, a check was presented to Cynthia Malament toward "Flags for Heros." Malament serves on the board of Worcester County Veterans Memorial Fund. Malament, left is pictured with Vera Beck, RWWC Caring for America chair.


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AGH Auxiliary Dinner: The Auxiliary of Atlantic General Hospital and Health System recently held its annual awards dinner to recognize volunteers. AGH

volunteers support the hospital by donating their time and expertise in every aspect of the hospital and health system as well as in the community, providing more than 28,000 hours of service to the hospital annually. They also raise funds for the foundation through lobby sales and operation of the thrift store. During their awards dinner the auxiliary presented President and CEO Michael Franklin with a check in the amount of $50,000 toward their $300,000 pledge to the hospital’s Campaign for the Future. Above left, volunteers are recognized for their 300 hours of service. Above right, from left, at the donation presentation are Jackie Choate, auxiliary recording secretary; Franklin; Kitty Reeves, auxiliary president; Nick Salafia, auxiliary treasurer; and Todd Ferrante, chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation. Below right, Reeves presents Dana Kim with the Auxiliary Teen Volunteer of the Year award. Submitted Photos

Health, Wellness Camp Scheduled SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 1217 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City. “Our new summer wellness camp is an opportunity for teens to learn about taking care of their personal health, physical and mental,” said Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention Services for Worcester Health, “while also having a fun time, going on field trips, and enjoying summer on the shore.” For more information or to register call 410-632-0056 or email jjones@maryland.gov.


New Historic Exhibition Opens At Rackliffe House This Month

May 10, 2019

BERLIN – An exhibition titled “The Enslaved at Rackliffe House and Worcester County, MD: A Local Story” opens to the public at Rackliffe House near Assateague Island National Seashore on May 21.

The exhibition covers such topics as The Middle Passage, Growth of the Slave Economy, Resistance to Slavery in Worcester County, Methodism and African-American Life and the US Colored Troops. It includes images as well as two cases of artifacts (one of which displays pieces discovered during an archaeological dig on the Rackliffe property). “The full story of Rackliffe House cannot be told without a historically accurate portrayal of all the people who lived here,” said Ed Phillips, Jr., president of Rackliffe House Trust. “2019 is a timely occasion to open this show as it marks 400 years since the first African came to the Americas.” Public and private records, as well as archaeological evidence, show the vital role that African Americans played. They were the economic engine that helped to create and sustain the wealth of 18th-century estates like this one. Rackliffe House was built in the 1740s by Captain Charles Rackliffe, a wealthy seaside merchant-planter who owned 18 slaves. Their names are listed individually around the top of the exhibition’s walls. This exhibition covers the time from the colonial period until about 1870. It also tells a local story, focusing on Rackliffe and neighboring estates in Worcester County. Many of the names encountered in this exhibition (Purnell, Jacobs, Ayres, Jones, Derrickson, Henry and Fassitt, for instance) remain in the area today, although the spelling of names varied over the years. “The role which African Americans played is told through records that speak for themselves to explain the lives and workways of the enslaved in the Sinepuxent area of Worcester County,” said Dr. Ray Thompson, former director of the Edward Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, and curator of the exhibition. Thompson and the exhibition committee were assisted in planning the exhibition by historian Dr. Clara Small, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, and leaders from the local African-American community including Barbara T. Purnell and Rev. David Briddell and his wife Jane. Rackliffe House Trust has planned a series of talks and lectures in relation to the exhibition. Dates and speakers can be found at www.Rack-

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This exhibition has been financed in part by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council (LESHC), a certified Maryland Heritage Area through Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, whose purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the historical, cultural and natural heritage of Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Additional support was provided by The Humphreys Foundation Inc., the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Worcester County Tourism Department and individual donors. Historic Rackliffe House is located at 11700 Tom Patton Lane behind the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center. Guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. from May 21-Oct. 31 and Sundays 1-4 p.m. from June 2- Sept. 1. Admission is $5/adults, $3/active military, and $2/children. For more information visit our website at www.RackliffeHouse.org or email RackliffeHouse@gmail.com.

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It was a fun weekend celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the Tequila Mockingbird locations in North Ocean City and West Ocean City. I also stopped in the Greene Turtle West for the 3rd Annual Turtle for Recovery benefit for Worcester County Warriors.

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Coastal Hospice Presents Awards To leading volunteers

May 10, 2019

Steve Hoefer, second from right, of Cambridge is pictured with Rabbi Arnold Beinstock, Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen and Coastal Hospice at the Lake Team Leader Monique Welch. Submitted Photos

SALISBURY – Last year, more than 235 volunteers contributed in excess of 13,500 hours in roles spanning Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care’s mission across the Lower Shore. In honor of their extraordinary work, highly anticipated annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheons were held to recognize their contributions. “Our volunteers come to serve, and we could not be prouder,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice. “Community members volunteer at Coastal Hospice because they possess a caring and compassionate heart for hospice, and we stand in awe to honor them for their service.” Two volunteers, Pam Ferinde of Ocean Pines and Steve Hoefer of Cambridge, were surprised at the lunches as the dual winners of the 2019 Jean Camie Jackson “Heart of Hospice” Award. Named for one of Coastal Hospice’s founders and most beloved volunteers, the award is the highest honor Coastal Hospice bestows on its volunteers. The awards were presented by Capen at the annual Volunteer Luncheons on April 10 and 11, during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 430,000 hospice volunteers across the nation contribute a staggering $469 million in service annually. “Our volunteer programs make so many things possible,” said Capen. “They provide comfort and companionship to patients and families; assistance in our 13-month bereavement program and with office support; operate our Ocean Pines Thrift Shop; provide support for fundraising activities and much more.” A volunteer since the spring of 2017, Ferinde primarily focuses her time on supporting the staff at the Ocean Pines office, managing patient files, organizing supplies, providing support to the nurses and staff and helping with anything that needs to be done. In addition, Pam expanded her role into Patient Care and visits Compass Clients providing respite care for the families and companionship to the clients. “Pam brightens up our day,” said Niquita Gordy, LPN and clinical support for the Fairwinds team. “She is wonderful. I could not do my job without her.” Hoefer has been a volunteer at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury

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since November of 2015, visiting with patients and their families every Sunday and on all holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. During these visits, he has spent time with more than 1,377 patients and their families and has traveled more than 15,000 miles to and from his home in Cambridge. “Steve is extremely compassionate and creative,” said Renee Smith, manager of Volunteer Services. “One of so many examples … we recently had a patient who had lost the function to move from the neck down and was unable to communicate. Steve connected a laser pointer to a pair of glasses – giving the patient the ability to spell out words and to play checkers – and adding so much joy to his life. Steve was able to see the patient’s struggles and to think outside box.”

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Pam Ferinde of Ocean Pines accepts the award for 2018 Patient Support Volunteer from Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen at a luncheon earlier this month.

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Horoscopes

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): This is a good week to look at healing bruised feelings and re-establishing weakened relationships. It's also a good week to start new projects and make new job-linked contacts. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Music and art dominate the week, giving the sensual Bovine a lot to appreciate. On the practical side, deal firmly, but fairly, with those who might try to undermine your work efforts. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Good feelings continue to flow from your recent efforts to reconnect with family and friends. But be ready to defuse a dispute before it can disrupt all that peace and harmony. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): A practical view of a romanticized situation could help to clarify some of its more confusing aspects before you make a decision that could be tough to undo later on. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Pay more attention to what a recent spate of workplace criticism might say about your performance and not what you think it implies about you personally. Some flexibility might be called for. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): With new information, and new promises of support (not to mention growing selfconfidence), this could be a good time to restart a project you couldn't quite handle before. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): Before you decide to close down a problem-loaded project and make a fresh start with someone else, try once more to reach a compromise with your balky partner. He or she might surprise you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): While you continue earning points for your sharp negotiating skills, be alert for an attempt to undercut your efforts. You'll need to provide solid facts and figures to stay in the game. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): A minor health problem might cause you to ease up on your usually busy schedule. But you'll soon be back in the saddle and ready to pick up the reins and charge ahead. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): The adventurous Sea Goat might be eager to take on a new challenge. But before you do, you might want to take some time to check out previously overlooked factors. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): A feeling of being overwhelmed by all that you have to do can be eased by setting priorities. Deal with the most urgent and time-sensitive situations first, and then work down the line. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Creating a calm, peaceful place for yourself in the middle of a roiling emotional whirlpool this week starts when you, and no one else, decide how to make decisions about your life. BORN THIS WEEK: Your determination to stick with your principles wins the admiration of everyone who knows you. Š 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


Committee Will Lead Fenwick Study

May 10, 2019

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

FENWICK ISLAND –A new ad hoc committee is expected to guide Fenwick Island as it moves forward with a planning study of the commercial district. Last Friday, Fenwick Island Mayor Gene Langan announced the creation of a new ad hoc commercial district planning committee. “At the last meeting, we agreed to sign a contract with The Design Group, an architectural firm that will be working with us on plans for the commercial district,” he said. “In that regard, we’ve set up an ad hoc commercial district planning committee.” In March, the Fenwick Island Town Council approved a request from town staff to move forward with a planning study of the town’s commercial areas. Officials said the study would explore possible design guidelines and recommend possible changes to the town’s ordinance that would achieve a more desirable look for the commercial district. “We can choose whether or not to make them ordinances, or we can choose if we want them to be guidelines,” Town Manager Terry Tieman said in March. “But I do think it’s an opportunity for input from the residents and the community to talk to us about what we really want to see Fenwick look like.” Langan last week said the committee would work with community members as plans for the commercial district are explored. “Their charge is to come back to the council, after they’ve met with residents and businesses, with a conceivable plan for how we would move forward with commercial zoning,” he said. Langan said Councilman Richard Mais would chair the committee, which would include members Winnie Lewis, Faye Horner, Bill Weistling and Reid Tingle. Councilwoman Vicki Carmean, however, shared her concerns with representation. “I am concerned, and it has nothing to do with the people who are presently on this committee,” she said. “It is topheavy with ocean-side people. I think the only bayside person is Winnie. I would urge you to consider adding a few bayside people.” Councilwoman Julie Lee agreed with Carmean. She also asked the committee chair to consider adding more members. “The people on that committee are well-informed, longtime residents of Fenwick Island,” she said. “However, they are also very much like-minded, and I think we would benefit that committee to have some fresh, new people to serve on it.” Lee said new ideas would benefit the town as it moves forward with planning for the commercial district. “I think it would be good to have newer residents with fresh ideas to add to this committee as we move forward,” she said, “to try and gather some information and make some decisions about architecture and building in the commercial district.”

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This lineup of Richard Jordan, Bob Harrison, Don Price, Richard Widgeon, Woody Cooper and Rick Stack was guilty as charged for not saving me a single oyster fritter during the American Legion Post 123 SAL sandwich sale.

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FEATuRInG THoSE HELPInG CAuSES In THE RESoRT AREA

Checking in customers and VIPs into the 2019 Spring Show cocktail reception were Taylor Fischbach, Megan Johnston, Amanda Partin, Heather Geho and Lori League of Wagner & Sons Foodservice.

ocean City Fire Department Assistant Chiefs Eric Peterson and Connor Braniff accepted the 2019 Community Awards for the winners of their department from Knights of Columbus ocean City Council #9053.

Knights of Columbus ocean City Council #9053 Advocate and Community Director Sir Knight Tom Foglesong and Grand Knight Joe Gangi presented the community awards to this year’s winners.

In Society

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Kicking back at the kickoff for the Wagner & Sons Foodservice 2019 Spring Show were company representatives Jen Robins, Sal Forno, Michele Forno, Michael Gellert and Keith Miller at the Carousel Hotel.

i.g. Burton owner and president Charles Burton and his two leading ladies, Elena and Marie, welcomed community members into the grand opening ribbon cutting of their Berlin location.

The Knights of Columbus ocean City Council #9053 Family of the Year Award went to Jim and Dee Matthews.

Most Blessed Sacrament Teacher of the Year Theresa Gabbard and Principal Mark Record celebrated her accolade at the Knights of Columbus ocean City Council #9053 2019 Community Awards Program.

Celebrating the grand opening ribbon cutting of the i.g. Burton Berlin location were George Schifferer (Regional Parts and Service Director) and Rick Benton (Berlin Service Manager).

Carousel Hotel Food & Beverage staffers, Roxy Ketteman and Kim Schissler, kept Wagner & Sons Foodservice guests well-watered at the 2019 Spring Show kickoff party.


THE DISPATCH’S PETS OF THE MONTH

May 10, 2019

Pet’s Name: Kobi Pet’s Age/Breed: Rescued Papillion of unknown age Pet’s Owners: Jerry & Esther Lupton

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Pet’s Name: Chloe Pet’s Age/Breed: 8-month-old miniature Schnauzer Pet’s Owners: Ron & Kay Waugh

Pet’s Name: Chumlee Pet’s Age/Breed: 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier Pet’s Owners: George & Mary Rizzuto

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Pet’s Name: Tinkerbell Pet’s Age/Breed: 4-year-old cat Pet’s Owners: Arlene & James Beebe

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Pet’s Name: Elvis Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-year-old rescue Pet’s Owners: Arlene & Jim Beebe

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Archie, owned by Carin Chuvala. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at editor@mdcoastdispatch.com (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on June 7.

Pet’s Name: Mia Pet’s Age/Breed: 14-year-old rat terrier Pet’s Owners: Rosalind & Fred Becton


Event To Raise Funds For School Math App Subscription

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BERLIN – A bingo fundraiser is expected to benefit students at Buckingham Elementary School. On Friday, May 31, members of the community are invited to participate in a Blingo Night at Buckingham Elementary School (BES). Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase a subscription to Reflex, a digital learning application used by students in second, third and fourth grade. Event organizer Anne Mears, a second-grade teacher at BES, said students who finish their math lessons

use the Reflex app to play interactive math games. “They can go on the Reflex app and play math games based on their level of comprehension,” she said. “It pushes kids to learn further and helps those who need help understanding certain concepts.” With the help of grant funding, Mears said the school was able to purchase the $3,200 subscription to Reflex – which are installed onto iPads – for the past two years. The subscription, however, is set to expire in June, and school officials are now looking for ways to raise money to continue using the app that many students have come to love.

“We couldn’t get grant funding this year,” she said. “So we decided to have a Blingo event to raise the $3,200.” Mears said the Blingo Night includes 20 games of Bingo, with 20 chances to win Touchstone Crystal jewelry by Swarovski. The fundraiser will also feature food, prizes, raffles and more. “It’s a fun night and it’s something different,” she said. “You can win Swarovski jewelry without the price tag … and it supports a great cause.” Mears said she has seen a difference in student learning with the Reflex app. She explained it helps students recall basic math facts and

May 10, 2019 allows them to learn concepts at their own pace. “It’s an interactive way to do math, and they don’t really know they are learning,” she joked. “They love it.” Blingo Night will take place in the BES cafeteria on Friday, May 31, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the school’s main office for $20, or at the door for $25. For more information, call 410-6325300, or email Anne Mears at ammears@worcesterk12.org or Julie Hanenfeld at JAHanenfeld@worcesterk12.org. “We want to do this for the kids …,” Mears said. “If they are coming to school ready to learn, and are excited about this math app, we want to make sure they can get it.”

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY A key card reader is pictured outside the Ocean Pines dog park.

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BERLIN – Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will begin to enforce key card access to its dog park on Monday, May 13, at the Manklin Meadows complex in the south end of the community. The dog park, which includes benches, a water station, and dog waste bags, features an enclosed space and a double-gated entry. The fenced-in area allows dogs to run free and play allowing for socialization and recreation in a safe environment. Separate sections are available for large dogs more than 28 pounds and for smaller dogs less than 28 pounds to ensure a positive tailwagging experience for everyone. The Recreation and Parks Department accepts dog park membership registration at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The annual cost of each dog is $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. One additional dog may be registered at the same time for $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. All dogs must be at least 4 months old, licensed and up-to-date on all their shots. Records of shots, including rabies vaccination, must be presented at the time of registration. Each dog membership will include a key card for access to the park. For additional information about the Ocean Pines Dog Park registrations, call 410-641-7052.

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OCEAN CITY – Saturday May 11, at 7:30 p.m. is opening night for Tony Sands and his Rat Pack Together Again Show, a tribute to the legendary careers and antics of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr, and Dean Martin, at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. The venue is far from the Las Vegas strip, but the sights and sounds will make you think you are back in Vegas when these three were at the height of their prestigious careers. Three famous superstars who came together in the 1960s will be recreated their magic that night. All have since died, but their image and their music are being carried on by three wonderful performers who assume the roles of the three great singers during their glory days. Tony Sands as Sinatra, Johnny Petillo as Martin and Jeff Foote as Davis combine to bring their audiences the best of the Rat Pack songs, comedy and sketches and their individual hits with the onstage banter that made their act a big hit in Las Vegas. For tickets, go to the Ocean City Performing Arts Center web site at ocmdperformingartscenter.com or call 410-289-2800.

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Who’s Where When 28th/127th Street Pit & Pub 410-289-2020 • 443-664-7482 28th St. & Coastal hwy. & 127th St. & Coastal hwy. Friday, May 10: 9th Anniversary Party w/Otto Grundman Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.)

AtlAntiC hotel 410-641-3589 • 2 north Main St., berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano

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dJ Robcee Fager’s Island: Friday, May 10 & Monday, May 13

seaN LooMIs tRIo Pickles Pub: saturday, May 11

buxy’S SAlty Dog/Dry DoCk 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal hwy. Friday, May 10: TBA

dJ dusty clarion/ocean club: every Friday & saturday

CAPtAin’S tAble 410-289-7192 Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 15th St. & baltimore Ave. Every Thursday Thru Saturday: Phil Perdue On Piano

ClArion hotel 410-524-3535 • 10100 Coastal highway Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11: First Class Every Friday & Saturday: DJ Dusty CoConutS beACh bAr & grill CAStle in the SAnD hotel 37th & 38th St. • 410-289-6846 Friday, May 10: Top Shelf Duo, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Identity Crisis, 3 p.m. Monday, May 13: Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14: Dave Hawkins & Joe Mama, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Bettenroo Duo, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16: Aaron Howell Duo, 4 p.m. CrAbCAke fACtory bAySiDe 302-988-5000 rt. 54 fenwick island, De Friday, May 10: Smooth & Remy

fAger’S iSlAnD 410-524-5500 • 60th St. in the bay Friday, May 10: DJ Greg, 6 p.m. DJ RobCee, 9 p.m., Crushing Day, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Opposite Directions, 5:30 p.m., DJ Hook, 9:30 p.m., Animal House, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Everett Spells, 11 a.m., Bryan Clark, 6 p.m. Monday, May 13: Deck Party DJ Wax, 5:30 p.m., DJ RobCee, 9:30 p.m. greene turtle north 410-723-2120 • 11601 Coastal hwy. Friday, May 10: DJ Wax, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Rogue Citizens greene turtle WeSt 410-213-1500 • rte. 611, West oC Friday, May 10: Lime Green Saturday, May 11: DJ BK

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RaNdy Lee ashcRaFt & swc Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: wednesdays: smitty McGee’s: thursdays & Fridays

cRushING day Fager’s Island: Friday, May 10

hArborSiDe 410-213-1846 South harbor road, West oC Fridays: DJ Billy T Saturday, May 11: Chris Button/Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sundays: Opposite Directions, 2 p.m. Thursdays: Opposite Directions, 6 p.m.

hArPoon hAnnA’S 302-539-3095 rt. 54 & the bay, fenwick island, De Friday, May 10: Dave Hawkins, 5 p.m., Tor & Coastal Storm, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Dave Sherman, 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Kevin Poole, 4 p.m. Monday, May 13: Dave Hawkins, 6 p.m.

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Who’s Where When Tuesday, May 14: DJ Rupe/Kevin Poole Wednesday, May 15: Dave Sherman, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16: Kevin Poole HOOTERS 410-213-1841 12513 Ocean Gateway, Rte. 50, West OC Friday, May 10: DJ BK, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Blake Haley, 3 p.m.

BEYOND EMPTY Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11

ANIMAL HOUSE Fager’s Island: Saturday, May 11

JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 410-723-5600 Rt. 54 Fenwick Island, DE Friday, May 10: Kevin Compher Saturday, May 11: Lennon LaRicci & The Leftovers Every Wednesday: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys LOBSTER SHANTY 302-436-2305 56th St. & Coastal Hwy., Bayside Friday, May 10: TBA

JOE SMOOTH & BOB WILKINSON Coconuts Beach Bar: Monday, May 13

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Fager’s Island: Saturday, May 11 Seacrets: Thursday, May 16 Harborside: Sundays & Thursdays

M.R. DUCKS 410-289-9125 • 311 Talbot St. Friday, May 10: DJ Batman, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Bonedaddys, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Otto Grundman Duo, 3 p.m. MAD FISH 410-213-2525 12817 Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, May 10: Ray Holiday, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Half Naked, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Karaoke w/Jeremy PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, May 10: Beats By Jeremy, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Sean Loomis Mondays: Karaoke With Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays:Beats By Wax

JIM LONG BAND Seacrets Beach Opening: Saturday, May 11

LIME GREEN Greene Turtle West: Saturday, May 11

PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Streets On The Boardwalk Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11: Beyond Empty, CK the DJ, 2 p.m. Thursdays: CK The DJ SMITTY MCGEE’S 302-436-4716 37234 Lighthouse Rd., West Fenwick Ireland, DE Thursdays & Fridays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

LENNON LARICCI & THE LEFTOVERS Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Saturday, May 11

KEVIN MILLER’S SMASHED Seacrets: Friday, May 10

KEVIN POOLE & JOE MAMA Coconuts Beach Bar: Saturday, May 11

SMOOTH & REMY Crabcake Factory Bayside: Friday, May 10

SEACRETS 410-524-4900 • 49th St.& Coastal Hwy. Friday, May 10: The 19th Street Band, 5 p.m., Jah Works, 9 p.m., DJ Tuff, 9 p.m., Kevin Miller’s Smashed, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Cruz In De Bay, 11 a.m., Jim Long Band, 5 p.m., Jah Works, 9 p.m., Gypsy Wisdom, 10 p.m., 3 DJs Sunday, May 12: Rising Sun Reggae, 9 p.m., DJ Tuff, 10 p.m. Monday, May 13: Rising Sun Reggae, 9 p.m., DJ Tuff, 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 14: Yawd Lynk, 9 p.m., Lima Bean Riot, 10 p.m., DJ, 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Yawd Lynk, 9 p.m., DJ, 10 p.m. Thursday, May 16: Opposite Directions 5 p.m., S.T.O.R.M., 9 p.m., Go Go Gadjet, 10 P.M., 2 DJs


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FENWICK ISLAND – A revaluation project has concluded in Fenwick Island. In a meeting of the Fenwick Island Town Council last Friday, Town Manager Terry Tieman announced Pearson’s Appraisal Service had completed a preliminary revaluation of all properties within the town’s corporate limits. “We have completed the preliminary revaluation,” she said. “Today

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they sent out letters to everybody, which you will receive in the mail in the next few days, talking about your old value and your new value.” In January, the town selected the appraisal firm to reassess all town properties after it was discovered Fenwick’s last revaluation project took place in 1976. And over the course of two months, Pearson’s made visits to roughly 800 parcels in town. Tieman told the council last week that total assessed values had increased drastically. “Our assessed value was about

$396,000, and after the revaluation they’re $400 million,” she said. “One cent on the current tax rate that we have was worth $3,600. Under the new assessment, it’s worth $40,000. The change is phenomenal. It’s a 43year difference.” Tieman noted 367 properties decreased in valuation, while 446 properties increased in valuation. “Of the 367 properties that went down, 126 were by less than $100,” she said. “Of the 446 that went up, 133 of them were by less than $100.” While property values have changed, Tieman explained state law required municipalities reassessing taxable properties to maintain the same tax revenue as was levied in the prior fiscal year. “Preliminary estimated taxes are based on the preliminary rollback rate,” she said. “The rollback rate is the rate we would charge to get the same amount of revenue we got in the old tax assessment.” Councilman Richard Mais agreed. “It’s going to be concerning to a lot of people because it’s going to look like the assessed value of your home has gone up and you are going to assume that your taxes are going up,” he said. “But that’s not necessarily true … Some people’s taxes are going to go down and some people’s taxes are going to go up.”

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Tieman said each resident’s property card detailing the new valuation will be listed on a public online portal. “It’s there to give you a perspective of what’s going on in your area,” she said. “If you have property on Bunting [Avenue] and you live on the ocean, it’s different than if you have property on the highway. And it’s different if you live on the bayside.” Tieman explained property owners can schedule an informal appeal by contacting town hall. Informal appeals will be held in May and formal appeals will be held in June. “The whole point of the informal appeal will be to get it right …,” she said. “We want it to be open, we want it to be transparent, and we want to work with you to make sure you are comfortable with the way in which it was done.” For more information on the town’s revaluation, visit fenwickisland.delaware.gov/projects. To schedule a meeting to discuss a new assessment, contact Linda Martin, town clerk, at 302539-3011, ext. 1, or email townclerk@fenwickisland.org. “There’s some changes that were inevitable, but the whole thing was fair and that’s what we wanted it to be,” Tieman said. “Forty-three years have gone by. We need to put that in perspective.”

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SALISBURY – Citing conflicts between Wicomico County and a management company, performances of “The Sound of Music” and “Jersey Boys” at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center have been cancelled. In a statement on Monday, the county announced neither show will be rescheduled. “The Sound of Music” production was scheduled for May 13, and “Jersey Boys” was postponed on March 28 and had yet to be rescheduled. This week’s announcement comes more than a month after ticket holders arrived for a performance of “Jersey Boys” at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center (WY&CC) and were stranded outside for hours while staff inside tried to correct a technical issue that ultimately cancelled the show. The cancellations announced Monday are the result of an April 30 letter received from NETworks – the management company of both shows – listing demands of Wicomico County in a short timeframe and including concerns about the safety of the venue, according to the statement. Steve Miller, director of recreation, parks and tourism for Wicomico County, dismissed the company’s claims in a statement this week. “Since 2009, the county has partnered with Broadway in Salisbury and

successfully and safely produced 47 shows at the Civic Center,” he said. “The notion that the building is unsafe is simply not true.” Adam Epstein, CEO of Innovation Arts and Entertainment – the producers of Broadway in Salisbury – agreed. “We have complete confidence in the safety of the WY&CC to host Broadway shows and other programming,” he said, “and we will continue to bring shows to the venue as we have for over a decade.” Three days after the “Jersey Boys” cancellation on March 28, the county noted the venue successfully hosted a concert for over 3,000 people. In April, the Civic Center hosted Kelsea Ballerini’s Miss Me More Tour and PJ Masks Live! “Save the Day” without incident, as well as many other events for thousands of guests. In its response to NETworks, the county expressed disappointment with the apparent lack of concern for customers of both shows. According to the county, NETworks unnecessarily delayed the “Jersey Boys” cancellation “without any concern for the welfare of customers waiting to enter the building.” The county went on to state that “NETworks has further inconvenienced these customers by refusing to respond to offers for a reschedule date despite many efforts on behalf of the County, including a listing of available SEE NEXT PAGE

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FROM PAGE 56 dates provided the night of the cancellation.” “Jersey Boys” and “The Sound of Music” ticket holders will be refunded the full purchase price of their tickets, including fees, according to the statement. “Jersey Boys” refunds will start immediately, and “The Sound of Music” refunds will begin no later than May 28. Customers who purchased online or in person through the Civic Center with a credit card within the last four months will receive a refund to their credit card, while customers who purchased online with a credit card prior to Feb.1 will be issued a check. Ticket holders who purchased with a credit card in person at the box office prior to Feb. 1 and those who purchased tickets in person with cash are asked to call the box office at 410-548-4911 to provide their order number and mailing address. Broadway in Salisbury subscribers will receive a refund via check or credit card automatically. These customers do not need to contact the Broadway in Salisbury offices. Customers who purchased through a third party will need to contact that seller directly. Refund information will also be available online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org. “Our priority is the customers,” Miller said. “We do not want ticket holders to have the same disappointing experience they did the evening of the ‘Jersey Boys’ show and that is what ‘The Sound of Music’ was shaping up to be. We believe that both shows could have proceeded as scheduled.” Representatives for NETworks did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157.

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting

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

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month.

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. jeanduck47@gmail.com.

Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-629-6123.

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

5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. All are welcome. dance@delmarvahanddancing.-com or http://delmarvahanddancing.com. 410-208-1151.

Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting

2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410-723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

Second Thursday: Ocean Pines Garden Club

10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Visitors and new members welcome.

Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo

Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994.

Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry

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

First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group

10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.

May 10: Maryland Crab Cake Dinner

4-6:30 p.m. Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin. $12: Maryland crab cake sandwich, green beans, baked potato, cole slaw or

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$8: Maryland crab cake sandwich. Carry-outs available. Bake sale table.

May 11: One-Day Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ocean Pines Branch library. The Maryland Safe Boating Certificate is required for all boat operators born after July 1, 1972, and is awarded after succesful completion of the course. Class includes piloting in local waters, tying nautical knots, foul weather tactics, legal issues, common marine maintenance. $15 fee for materials. Register: 410-935-4807 or email CGAUXOC@GMAIL.COM.

May 11: Floral Arrangements For Sale

Ocean Pines Garden Club will be selling arrangements at the Ocean Pines Farmers Market in White Horse Park. Variety of arrangements available just in time for Mother’s Day..

May 11: Inside/Outside Yard And Bake Sale

6 a.m.-until. Berlin American Legion Auxiliary, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. Weather permitting inside/outside. Table rentals available. Limited, so call eary. $15/each. 443-235-4866 or Legion Post at 410-641-3760.

May 11: Worcester County Garden Club Plant Auction And Sale

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Covered pavilion at Sturgis Park, River Street, Snow Hill. Auction begins at 11 a.m. Annuals, perennials, gift baskets and more. Bring a chair and a friend. 443-235-9313.

May 11: Horseshoe Crab Ecology And Tagging Demo 11 a.m. Join Assateague Island Alliance volunteer and citizen scientist Dick Arnold for an informative, hands-on program encounter with horseshoe crabs. Discover how valuable this living fossil is to the global ecosystem and humankind plus how horseshoe crabs are tagged and why. Refreshments at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Assateague Environmental Education Center, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin.

May 11: Annual Yard Sale

8 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Matthews-By-The-Sea UMC, Ocean Highway, Route 1 at Dagsboro Street, Fenwick Island, Del. Proceeds go to missions.. Crafts, attic treasures, jewelry, ussed books, bake sale items. UMM will sell homemade soups and hot dogs.

May 15: Local Ocean Pines Chapter AK Of P.E.O. Italian Buffet Fundraiser

5:30-8:30 p.m. Ocean Pines Yacht Club. All proceeds benefit educational projects for women. Menu will feature antipasto and cheese board, Caesar salad, custom pasta bowls, grilled chicken, sausage with peppers and onions, meatballs, fresh vegeta-

bles, pasta, garlic bread, tiramisu and beverages. Cost: $40. Includes a silenet auction, gift baskets, mystery wines, gift card boxes. 410-201-2508. To attend, respond by May 4. Checks made out to PEO, Chapter AK, mail to Marian Bickerstsaff, 29 Wood Duck Dr., Ocean Pines, Md. 21811.

May 17: Fish Fry

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

May 17-19: Berlin PetSmart Adoption Event

Friday 2-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Many adoptable cats and dogs from Town Cats of Ocean City, Worcester County Humane Society and Forgotten Cats.

May 18: Church Rummage Sale

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Ocean City Presbyterian Church, 1301 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City.

May 18: Pine’eer Craft Club Meeting

Refreshments: 9:45 a.m.; business meeting: 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Project for May: marble vase. Cost: $6. Call 410-208-4317 to reserve your project.

May 18 And June 14: Flags For Heroes 2019

Veterans Memorial Park, Route 589 between Manklin Creek Road and Cathell Road. Sponsor a flag for $50. Each flag honors a person who has made a difference in someone’s life: military member, first respondfer, teacher, community leader, anyone who has been a hero in your life. Rotary Club of Ocean City/Berlin and Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation. Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. cliff0917@aol.com.

May 19: Crab Cake Platter

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Main Street, Bishopville. Must preorder. Only 100 platters available. One crab cake on a roll, cole slaw, baked beans, water or soda. Call or text: 443-880-6966.

May 23: Worcester County Democratic Club

6:30 p.m. Assateague Room, Ocean Pines Community Center. Former Democratic Sen. James Mathias will discuss activities of the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly and his new position as legislative liaison for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES0. His report will be in lieu of Sen. Carozza who was not able to attend the April club meeting. Public is welcome to attend. Refreshments served. 443-523-4491.

May 25: Steak Dinner

3-7 p.m. American Legion 123, 10111 Old Ocean

May 10, 2019 City Blvd., next to Rite Aid, Berlin. Public welcome. Dinner includes 14-oz. Porterhouse steak, baked potato, salad, dinner roll for $16. Pre-order required. Call Don at 410-600-5294 or Ray at 410-215-9354 for tickets or pick them up from the legion bartender.

May 25: All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Buffet

3-6 p.m. Sound United Methodist Church, Route 54, Williamsville, Del. Adults: $15; children: $8. Carryout available. Bake sale.

May 25: Artisans Fair Craft Show

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Route 26, Ocean View, Del. Artisans will exhibit both indoors and outdoos, showing textiles, metal work, fine art, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography, woodworking and sculpture. An outside farmers market will offer a variety of produce and specialty foods from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Other attractions include a raffle auction of artisans’ work, silent auction for two quilts, baked goods, a 50-50 cash raffle and breakfast, lunch and snack items. Free admission and free parking. Proceeds benefit the college scholarship fund of South Coastal Delaware AARP. 302-7326336.

June 4: OWL Summit-Older & Wiser Living

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Peninsula Home Care. Fee health care conference, Shorebirds Stadium Executive Club. OWL Summit attendance, free parking, boxed lunch and door prizes for all attendees. RSVP required by May 30. To register, call 410-543-7550 or visit peninsulahomecare.com.:

June 6: Women’s Club Of Ocean Pines Game Party

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dunes Manor Hotel, Ocean City. Organize a table to play a game of cards with friends or we’ll find a group that needs a player. Munchies and beverages during play, lunch entree from choice of three. Raffles. Cost: $30, payable to WCOP. Fundraiser to benefit high school scholarship and community donations program. 410-600-0552, 443-397-6121 or soonerkay@gmail.com.

June 13: Gardens Of Ocean Pines Tour

9 a.m.-noon. Those interested in showcasing their beautiful gardens, large or small, should contact 410-973-1423 or plookner@gmail.com to discuss placing your garden/yard on the tour.

June-Sept. 8 Saturdays: Yoga On The Beach

9 a.m. Enjoy low-impact exercise to increase balance, flexibility and reduce stress to the sound of ambient waves. All levels welcome. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. Donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. Bring your own beach towel. Meet at the Shade Pavilion in North Beach parking lot, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin.

Sept. 7: Walk To End Epilepsy

8 a.m. Boardwalk at the Inlet, Ocean City. Free registration. Join the Epilepsy Foundation Maryland at this nationwide walk to end epilepsy, a fun, familyfriendly walk that brings the community together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education. Features kids’ games, purple tent, scavenger hunt, entertainment. Money raised from the walk helps fund research and awareness, training programs and first aid, as well as improved access sto specialty and supportive care for the more than 60,000 people affected by epilepsy in Maryand. Create a team, sponsor an activity or be a volunteer. Epilepsy.com/Maryland or mwontrop@efa.org.


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BERLIN – Ocean Pines Aquatics channels its whimsical inspiration from "Alice in Wonderland" to host a Mad Hatter’s tea party on Saturday, May 11, from 3-5 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool. “Area residents are going to go mad for this Mad Hatter’s pool party in Ocean Pines,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director for the Ocean Pines Association. “This public event promises to be a fully immersive, interactive experience with visits from Disney character like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from ‘Tangled,’ the Minions, SpongeBob, the Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan.” Participants can enjoy “tea” (apple juice) in a souvenir cup and snacks (cookies and goldfish crackers.) “Don’t wait to get your tickets,” said Sawyer. “We only have a total of 120 tickets. So, get your tickets before the May 11 event.” Tickets may also be purchased at the heated indoor pool. The cost is $10 for Ocean Pines resident children and $14 for non-residents. Attending parents and infants in car seats are free. The Sports Core Pool will close at 1 p.m. that day to prepare for the event.

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Maryland Community For Life: Northern Worcester Enhancing the quality of life for Ocean Pines, Berlin and West Ocean City residents age 65 and older by providing programs and services that promote active, independent and healthy lifestyles.

Donation Funds Beach Wheelchair The Town of Ocean City accepted a generous contribution from the Ocean City Elks #2645 with funds received for a Gratitude Grant, offered by the Elks National Foundation. The town’s beach wheelchair service is free, thanks to the donations made to the program throughout the year. Pictured are Toni Wagner, chairman, Elks National Foundation; Susan Caldwell; and Joan Thompson, chairman, Board of Directors. Submitted Photo

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FENWICK ISLAND – Vantage Vacation Rentals has announced the continued expansion of its business with the opening of the Vantage Fenwick Island office, located at 1209 Coastal Highway. The official ribboncutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on May 15. “We’re thrilled to serve the Delaware beaches with the same heightened property care and management we provide in Ocean City since 2007,” said Denny Murphy, Vantage’s director of Business Development. “This new office enables us to offer our value proposition to Delaware beach property owners and gives us the opportunity to provide expanded vacation options for our traveling guests. We see this as a natural extension of our Ocean City business.” Vacation property owners working with Vantage in Delaware will benefit from year-round marketing efforts to a massive list of prospective renters. Vantage also makes it easy for these renters to find and book their Delaware beach vacations with a robust website and local reservations team eager to provide personalized service and recommendations. “We’re all about helping people find their happy place,” said Murphy. “And there are certainly plenty of those in Delaware. We are very excited to join the Delaware business community.”

Pharmacy Launches Campaign

SALISBURY – Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned and operated Healthmart pharmacy serving the community for over 40 years, has launched a new “Pitch In” campaign to collect donations for community organizations and families in need. “Apple is a very community-driven company,” said Tish Withers, marketing director of Apple Discount Drugs. “We take pride in the quality of healthcare services we provide to our customers but are aware of the families in our community with greater needs that we can help. The ‘Pitch In’ campaign offers a convenient location for people to drop off donations when they stop into the store for their prescriptions or other healthcare items. We will take care of the rest and make sure the donations are distributed to the appropriate organizations, churches, schools and shelters.” Apple is kicking off the campaign this month to coincide with Women Supporting Women’s “Bras for a Cause” fundraiser that benefits local people diagnosed with breast cancer. The theme for this year’s initiative is “Recycled

Bras.” Community members can donate gently worn bras through the month of May. They can be any size or style, including mastectomy bras. But the giving doesn’t stop there. Apple Discount Drugs will be collecting new items each month to donate to pre-arranged local organizations. Keeping in line with the “Pitch In” theme, anyone who donates will be entered into a monthly drawing to win two Delmarva Shorebirds tickets during the baseball season. In June, items for soldiers away from home will be collected including toothbrushes, wet wipes, shampoo, deodorant and razors. These items will be taken to Operation We Care for packaging and shipments to deployed troops. Back to school supplies to be donated to the Wicomico Board of Education in July and August. September will be left open for sudden needs that may arise. October’s collection will be of canned goods for the local food bank. Hats, gloves and scarves will be donated in November to The Joseph House. Blankets for local homeless shelters such as The Joseph House and Halo will be collected in December.

Physical Therapy Services Grow

BERLIN – Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, serving the community with physical therapy care since 1998, announced the addition of SMARTfit device to their physical therapy services especially regarding balance. SMARTfit is an iOS/Android driven workout console that delivers customized and scalable programming to address specific cognitive and neurological training needs of each client to promote better physical therapy outcomes. “We recognize that dual task activities – performing two activities at once – simulate real life and that’s exactly what SMARTfit delivers in its therapy and training activities,” said Bobby Hammond, president and physical therapist at Atlantic Physical Therapy. “By simultaneously performing balance activities and cognitive tasks it allows patients to better simulate real life activities. Not only is it an excellent tool to help with balance but it also helps our younger athletic population. It’s fun, engaging and has a proven track record of speeding up the recovery process.” SMARTfit aides in progressive resistance training and neuro-rehabilitation and is also being incorporated into Atlantic Physical Therapy’s total joint and stroke rehabilitation protocols.


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National Folk Festival Issues Call For Volunteers

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SALISBURY – Officials with the National Folk Festival are seeking volunteers for this year’s event, which will return to downtown Salisbury from Sept. 6-8. Volunteers can sign up for the job, date and time that they want, according to a press release. Officials are seeking individuals to man the family activities area, festival desk, marketplace, Maryland traditions folklife area, information services and

first aid stations. Volunteers are also needed for the bucket, ice and water brigades, music logging, Green Team, site setup and take down, merchandise and drink sales, transportation, volunteer registration and backstage support. “All National Folk Festival volunteers will make great memories and enjoy more than a few pleasant surprises,” a statement reads. “At the end of the day, volunteers will go home with a free Tshirt and the undying gratitude of festival attendees and organizers.” Volunteers can sign up individually or with groups of friends or business

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associates. On average, volunteer shifts are three to four hours, and individuals may sign up for several shifts during the three-day event. “The festival is also a wonderful place for your family, school, church, office or civic organization to volunteer as a group,” the statement reads. Shifts are now open for volunteers ages 12 and older. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 who aren’t accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are required to bring a signed waiver form to

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volunteer check-in each day. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit nationalfolkfestival.com/volunteer. To register online, visit getconnected.unitedway4us.org. “Volunteers are the backbone of the festival,” Caroline O’Hare, local manager of the National Folk Festival, said. “They are true superstars. Volunteers are the reason our festival was an incredible success last year and the reason we will succeed again. Volunteering at the festival is a way to give back to your community and allows you to be part of this amazing event. The festival is free, but it's not inexpensive and by having volunteers at the festival we can continue to produce each year a spectacular three-day event that is free and accessible to all who wish to attend.” The National Folk Festival is the longest-running multicultural traditional arts celebration in the country, featuring multiple stages of continuous music, a dance pavilion, traditional arts and crafts, regional food, storytelling and other folk demonstrations. The 78th National Folk Festival in 2018 marked the first year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury. When the three-year run is over, the festival moves on to its next city, but a local legacy festival featuring the same types of events and activities remains in place. AUTO

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AUTOMOTIVE-EXPANDING COME GROW WITH US!!! We are part of a large automotive group With parts stores, service centers and used car dealership and STILL GROWING!!! We have locations in the Rehoboth, Bethany and Ocean City areas. Due to expansion, we are now accepting applications for the following positions: TECHNICIANS SERVICE ADVISORS/ MANAGERS TIRE & LUBE TECHS AUTO PARTS ASSOCIATES / ADVISORS Must have valid driver's license. Excellent pay & advancement opportunities. Company matched Retirement plan, vacation, holiday pay, discounts And more!! Call 302-228-2353 or 443-497-0465

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Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-Payment Is Required. We Accept Visa & MasterCard. beaCH plaza HOTel 13TH sT anD THe bOaRDWalK OCean CiTY, MD.

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Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time personal banker position available at one of our salisbury locations. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to Jennie Rice at 12641 Ocean Gateway, OC, MD 21842 or email: kris.derickson@fbwbank.com Application cut off is 5-20-2019 “equal employment Opportunity-affirmative action employer”

Now Hiring Ocean View DE Clubhouse Attendants PT Seasonal May - September Must be able to work days, nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Starting at $10/hr Working 20-26 hrs a week. Excellent people skills a must! Microsoft skills preferred. Please send resume to: jobopportunitysussex@gmail.com or Fax to: (302) 537-4075 EOE

SECURITY STAFF Security Staff needed for large condominium in Ocean City. Year Round and/or seasonal. All Shifts available. Must be able to work weekends. Send resume to generalmanager@goldensandsclub.com or call 410-524-5505 to schedule interview DenTal OFFiCe

Patient oriented dental practice seeking front office staff person. Must be a courteous, people person, self-motivated team player, familiar with dental terminology and software. Dentrix, Microsoft word, and Power Point experience a plus. Send resume to: Dentist p.O box 348 selbyville, De 19975 email: jkdmd2@mchsi.com

WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TECHNICIANS & MANAGERS IICRC certifications a plus

DECK COATING APPLICATORS INTERIOR REMODELING PROFESSIONALS LEAD CARPENTER/FRAMERS Please apply in person 12905 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City MD or online at https://oceantowerconstruction.com/careers/ call 443-366-5556 during regular business hours

The Moore Companies landscape Contractors now Hiring

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

AUTO/ MARINE PARTS Now hiring for :

PARTS ADVISORS & MANAGERS Locations in the Rehoboth, Bethany and Ocean City Areas Call: 302-339-6910 lanDsCapeRs neeDeD

(berlin-Ocean  City)

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beaCH sTanD OpeRaTORs needed.

Must have 5 years + exp. in lawn maint. must be able to operate Zero turn, mowers, weed whacker, hedge trimmer, chain saw, etc... Must be hard working have strong attention to detail! Spanish speaking a bonus.

Call lauren 443-614-5020

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inquire Within 32 palm at Hilton suites 3200 baltimore ave. Ocean City, MD

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RENTALS

WOC, YR RenTal: 3BR Single Family rental. $1,500 per mo. + util.'s. Text 443-497-6115. 443497-6115 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YR/seasOnal COnDO, baYFROnT: 15th St 2BR 1BA inc’l boat deck, boat slip, $1200 + elec. (Call for Seasonal pricing). Plenty of parking . 410-430-7675 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– seasOnal: Large 3BR, 2BA home, West OC on Center Dr. sleeps up to 12. J-1 students welcome in group or individual. Close to Rt. 50, Bus station, White Marlin Mall, Factory Outlets, etc. $18,000. for group of 12 OR $500.per month for individuals. Rent includes AC, WD, WiFi, TV, & 1 bike. Mike or Starr 410 2138090. Or email: events@oceanpromotions.info ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WaTeRFROnT COTTaGe: 4BR,2BA. Screened in porch. $10, 300. May 15th-Sept. 15th. 443831-9898. Boat slip available for lease. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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FOR sale bY OWneR: Large 3BR 2 BA home on double lot. Enclosed porch, FP, lrg. 2 story double garage, quite street. Center Drive in West OC, 2 blocks from OC Elementary School, close to Rt. 50, Factory Outlets, White Marlin Mall, Marina’s, Restaurants, etc., reduced to $199,000. 213-8090 or emai: 410 events@oceanpromotions.info ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FOR sale: 3BR, 2BA. New cond. Home will qualify for FHA, VA, USDA financing. $249,000. Call Howard Martin Realty. 410-3525555. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MObile HOMe: 2BR,, 2BA. Newly remodeled. Near county boat ramp. 8 miles to beach. $63,000. Monthly lot rent $425.includes water, sewer, trash, taxes. Howard Martin Realty. 410-3525555. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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b. RanDall COaTes, esq. COaTes, COaTes 7 COaTes pO bOX 293 snOW Hill, MD 21863

nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 17820

To all persons interested in the estate of JOHn e. CResMeR, esTaTe nO. 17820. notice is given that JaMes l. CResMeR, 3314 nORTHsiDe DRiVe, UniT 153, KeY WesT, Fla 33040, were on apRil 23, 2019 appointed personal Representative of

the estate of JOHn e. CResMeR, who died on MaRCH 5, 2019, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

all persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 23rd day of OCTObeR, 2019.

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 follow-

COMMERCIAL

WesT O.C. OFFiCe/ReTail spaCes aVailable: 3 Offices/Retail and 2 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SERVICES

HanDYMan speCialisT: General maintenance of all types, All powerwashing. Build/Stain/PWash Decks. Drywall repair. Painting. Property Management. Call for any other odd jobs! Joe 443-610-4644. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––-

BOATS

bOaT slip FOR WOC RenT:$850 season. Includes elec. & water. Waterfront cottage also available. 443-831-9898. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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FOX HaVen COMMUniTY YaRD sale: Sat 5/11, 8am-12noon. Rain date Sat. 5/18, 8am-12noon. Fenwick Island. Zion Church Rd to Fox Hall Rd. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––-

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Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-Payment Is Required. We Accept Visa & MasterCard. seasOnal COTTaGe: 1BR, 1BA. Sun porch. Waterfront property. $4,650. May 15th -Sept. 15th. 443-831-9898.Boat slip available for lease. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WeeKlY RenTal:4bR, 2 1/2ba. Fully furnished. W/D, Pool, Tennis court. Quiet community. 7 miles from the beach. $2,500 per wk. Call Mike for details. 410-877-3894 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– seasOnal baYsiDe RenTal: Sleeps 4-6, 2BR, 2BA, AC, W/D, WiFi, fully furn. $13,250. + sec. dep & util’s. Call Mike 410-6036120. Avail. May-Sept 12th. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––-

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ing dates:

(1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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

name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019 JaMes l. CResMeR personal Representative

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nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 15632

To all persons interested in

the estate of laURenCe O. sCHRaWDeR, esTaTe nO. 15632. notice is given that paTRiCia a. sHRaWDeR, 12808 lanDinG ROaD, OCean CiTY, MD 21842, were on apRil 17, 2019 appointed personal Representative of the estate of laURenCe O. sCHRaWDeR, who died on MaY 28, 2014, 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 OCTObeR, 2019.

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


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the notice. a claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication MaY 03, 2019 paTRiCia sCHRaWDeR personal Representative

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JaMes a. sUlliVan, JR. esq. Miles & sTOCKbRiDGe, pC 11n. WasHinGTOn sTReeT, sUiTe 700 ROCKVille, MD 20850 nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 17714

To all persons interested in the estate of JOHn W. ROCHFORT, esTaTe nO. 17714. notice is given that JaMes a. sUlliVan, JR. esq., 11 n.WasHinGTOn sTReeT, sUiTe 700 ROCKVille, MD 20850, was on apRil 09, 2019 appointed personal Representative of the estate of JOHn W. ROCHFORT, who died on JUlY 12, 1998 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment (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 OCTObeR, 2019. any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

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(1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. a claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019

JaMes a. sUlliVan, JR., esq. personal Representative

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JaMes H. pORTeR, JR, esq. 11 Vine sTReeT pOCOMOKe CiTY, MD 21851

nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 17815

To all persons interested in the estate of ValeRie ROss liDDle, esTaTe nO. 17815. notice is given that sHaUn paTRiCK liDDle, 2738 sTOCKTOn ROaD, pOCOMOKe CiTY, MD 21851, was on apRil 18, 2019 appointed personal Representative of the estate of ValeRie ROss liDDle who died on MaRCH 08, 2019 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the

decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18TH day of OCTObeR, 2019. any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. a claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019

sHaUn paTRiCK liDDle personal Representative

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MCCanDlisH & lillaRD, pC MelinDa MeRK, esq. 11350 RanDOM Hills ROaD, sUiTe 500 FaiRFaX, Va 22030 nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs OF appOinTMenT OF FOReiGn peRsOnal RepResenTaTiVe esTaTe nO. 17808

notice is given that the CiRCUiT COURT of FaiRFaX COUnTY, Va, appointed JOsepH lee TanG, 1104 WaTeR pOinTe lane, ResTOn, Va 20194, as the eXeCUTOR of the estate of aMY sUi lee, aKa: aMY

lee sUi linG, who died on FebRUaRY 15, 2019 , domiciled in ViRGinia, Usa. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is JOsepH lee TanG, whose address is 7091 MeWbeRRY DRiVe, COlUMbia, MD 21044. at the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MaRYlanD counties: WORCesTeR COUnTY. all persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019 JOsepH lee TanG personal Representative True Test Copy

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MiCHael b. MaTHeRs, esq. Webb, COMbROOKs, WilbeR, VORHis, DOUse, leslie & MaTHeRs p.O. bOX 910 salisbURY, MD 21801 410-742-3176 nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs OF a seTTlOR OF a ReVOCable TRUsT

To all the persons interested in the trust of RiTa FRanCes KaCzMaReK: This is to give notice that

May 10, 2019

RiTa FRanCes KaCzMaReK died on FebRUaRY 18th, 2019. before the decedent's death, the decedent created a Revocable Trust for which the undersigned, JeROMe beRnaRD KaCzMaReK, WHOse aDDRess is 1965 lOnGVieW ROaD, bROaDVieW HeiGHTs, OH 44147-1225, is now the trustee. To have a claim satisfied from the property of this trust, a person who has a claim decedent must present the claim on or before the date that is 6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice to the undersigned trustee at the address stated above. The claim must include the following information: •a verified written statement of the claim indicating its basis; •The name and address of the claimant; •if the claim is not yet due, the date on which it will become due; •if the claim is contingent, the nature of the contingency; •if the claim is secured, a description of the security; and •The specific amount claimed. any claim not presented to the trustee on or before that date or any extension provided by law is unenforceable. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019 Jerome bernard Kaczmarek, Trustee 3x 4-26, 5-03, 5-10

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in THe CiRCUiT COURT FOR WORCesTeR COUnTY MaRYlanD C-23-CV-19-000091

COaTes, COaTes & COaTes, pa 6200 COasTal HWY sUiTe 300 OCean CiTY, MD 21842

ROMella pROpeRTies, llC, a Maryland limited liability company plaintiff v.

lUTHeR GReen, JR.

(deceased) 17 linCOln aVenUe nORWalK, CT 06854 Defendant and

WORCesTeR COUnTY serve on: MaUReen HOWaRTH, esq. One WesT MaRKeT sTReeT, ROOM 1103 snOW Hill, MD 21863 Defendant and

and WORCesTeR COUnTY serve on: Maureen Howarth, esq. One West Market street, Room 1103 snow Hill, MD 21863 Defendant and Unknown owner of property described as lOT 4 Keep COURT snOW Hill esTaTes, parcel no. 02007452, the unknown owner's heirs, devisees, and personal representatives and their or any of their heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right, title, and interest Defendants

and all persons that have or claim to have an interest in property located in Worcester /County, MD, described as lOT 4 Keep COURT snOW Hill esTaTes, parcel no. 02-007452, assessed to luther Green, Jr. Defendants

The testate and intestate successors of lUTHeR GReen JR., deceased, and all persons claiming by, through, or under the decedent Defendants Order of publication

The object of his proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following parcel, sold by phil Thompson, Collector of Taxes for the state of Maryland and Treasurer of Worcester County, to the plaintiff and described as follows: lOT 4 44810 sq FT Keep COURT snOW Hill esTaTes; parcel no. 02-007452; assessed to lUTHeR GReen JR. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary to redeem the property has not been paid. it is thereupon this 18TH DaY OF apRil 2019, by the


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Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, ORDeReD, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in The Dispatch for Worcester County, once a week for three successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court and answer the Complaint or redeem the property by JUne 18, 2019 and that the failure to answer the Complaint or redeem the property within the time limit set forth above may result in a final judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property and vesting in the plaintiff a fee simple title free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication apRil 26, 2019 bRian D. sHOCKleY Judge for the Circuit Court for Worcester County 3x 4-26, 5-03, 5-10

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b. RanDall COaTes esq COaTes, COaTes, & COaTes p.O. bOX 293 snOW Hill, MD 21863 nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 13563

To all persons interested in the estate of CORneliUs aMes bYRD, esTaTe nO. 13563. notice is given that KeRi FOsTeR, 813 MaRKeT sTReeT, pOCOMOKe CiTY, MD 21851 was on apRil 24, 2019, appointed personal Representative of the estate of CORneliUs aMes bYRD who died on JUne 27, 2009 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 24TH day of OCTObeR, 2019. any person having a claim against the decedent must

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present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. a claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication MaY 03, 2019 KeRi FOsTeR personal Representative

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ViCTOR H. laWs, esq. laWs, insleY & bensOn, p.a. 209 e Main sT p. O. bOX 75 salisbURY, MD 21803-0075 sMall esTaTe nOTiCe OF appOinTMenT nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs nOTiCe TO UnKnOWn HeiRs esTaTe nO. 17838

To all persons interested in the estate of WesleY eMeRsOn THOMas. notice is given that DOROTHY R. THOMas, 2401 pHilaDelpHia aVenUe, bOX 100, OCean CiTY, MD 21842, was on MaY 03, 2019, appointed personal Representative of the sMall esTaTe of: WesleY eMeRsOn THOMas, who died on DeCeMbeR 18, 2018, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. all persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

(2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication MaY 10, 2019 DOROTHY R. THOMas personal Representative True Test Copy

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l. CliFTOn O’COnnOR, esq. HOlMes & O’COnnOR, pa 100 CenTRal aVenUe Glen bURnie, MD 21061 nOTiCe TO CReDiTORs OF appOinTMenT OF FOReiGn peRsOnal RepResenTaTiVe esTaTe nO. 191706

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To all persons interested in the estate of DOnalD H. TaTTeRsOn JR. esTaTe nO. 17839. notice is given that KeVin TaTTeRsOn, 1678 bROWn CT, lOnGMOnT, CO 80503 , was on MaY 03, 2019, appointed personal Representative of the estate of DOnalD H. TaTTeRsOn JR., who died on JUlY 31, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. all persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 3RD day of nOVeMbeR, 2019. 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

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jection 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 OCTObeR, 2019. any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. a claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. name of newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of publication MaY 10, 2019

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SALISBURY – The 8th Annual Hats for Hospice Preakness Party will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Tall Tales Brewery in Parsonsburg. The event is the signature fundraiser for charity care at Coastal Hospice. The need is profound and growing. Last fiscal year, Coastal Hospice provided more than $650,000 in charity care to patients on the Lower Shore who lacked resources or had needs outside of their insurance coverage. No one who needs hospice services is ever denied care by Coastal Hospice. Reservations are $75 and can be made at CoastalHospice.org or by calling 410-742-8732. The event features a live Preakness broadcast, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Tall Tales including a gourmet pizza bar, plus mint juleps, beer and wine. The Larks will entertain with music. Celebrity bartenders from WBOC and WMDT will host the drink stations. This year’s Charter Society Anchor Award recipient is Bob Purcell, who will be honored at the event. A Hats for Hospice hat decorating contest sponsored by Vernon Powell returns for 2019. Hats embellished by 10 talented local designers will be on display prior to the event at Vernon Powell Shoes on Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury. The public is invited to view the hats and vote for their favorite online at give.classy.org/HatsforHospice2019 Two designers will be recognized at the event for their submissions based upon most money raised and most creative hat, and the hats will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The Hats for Hospice committee members are Diana Barber, Alan Merritt-Hyle, Kathleen Abercrombie, Nancie Booth, Buddy Dykes, Hope Morgan, Jenna Bowne and Gayle Widdowson.

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Kristen Lenox caught the first legal flounder of the Ocean City season on April 4 while fishing on the Fish in OC skiff. The 16 3/4-inch ate a five-inch white Gulp baits on a Fish in OC Dale Timmons Deadly Double.

Oceanic Pier webmaster Bob Haltmeier reported some awesome catch and release fishing for stripers from the Oceanic Pier. Some days anglers are able to catch double digit fish sometimes two at a time.

Allen Sklar paid tribute to his good friend, Mac Simpson, after he recently passed away by catching the first black drum of the season from the Assateague surf. Submitted Photos

John Behe was fishing with his son Captain Brian Behe of Buffalo Hunter Guide Service when he landed these nice keeper flounder last month in Wachapreague, Va.

Karen Coats caught and released this short striper while fishing with her “Bad Influence” Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing.

Big Bird Cropper caught the first bluefish of the season in the bays when he landed this 6-pound, 8-ounce chopper while casting Roy Rigs.

Welcome back to the Fish in OC fishing report here in The Dispatch where I’ll be giving you a weekly update on all things fishing in Ocean City including inshore and offshore fishing reports and tournament updates. The season is off to a good start and I’m looking forward to another great season of fishing here in Ocean City. We had a pretty uneventful winter with a few storms, but not much snow to speak of and just like the past few years we even had some “Indian Summer” days this February with temperatures reaching into the 70s. Fishing has started just about on time for most species in our area and it’s been early for others like the first mahi of the season that I saw last week. My winter was highlighted by a trip to Costa Rica with my family and Dave and Dorian Messick for some tropical fishing where we got to film a few episodes of Hooked on OC. We stayed in the beautiful Veranda 4B condominium at Los Suenos Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica and fished with two of the most professional crews in Costa Rica. Our first trip was on board the Scatterbrain with Captain Brian and crew right out of Los Suenos Marina where wife Kristen, son Ryan and Dorian Messick all got to catch their first Pacific sailfish, and I got to catch another. I also caught a 30pound class yellowfin tuna, Dorian caught a 25-pound female mahi and Kristen caught the fish of a lifetime when she decked a 60-inch bull mahi that the crew estimated to be over 50 pounds. On our second trip in Costa Rica we fished with Captain Carlos on board the Wing Man, also out of Los Suenos and had a great inshore fishing trip. Ryan and I tag teamed a bruiser of a rooster that Captain Carlos estimated to be over 50 pounds as they tagged and released it. While we were in Costa Rica we got word that the first flounder of the season had been caught in Virginia so we were excited to get the Fish in OC Carolina

Skiff ready and on the water to try for some Ocean City flounder when they decided to make their appearance. Little did I know that on a short scouting trip on April 4 that Kristen, fresh off of her Costa Rica adventure, would catch the first keeper flounder in Ocean City in 2019. We fished the south bay behind Assateague Island in chilly 48-degree water with our new Fish in OC Dale Timmons Deadly Double rigs and Kristen landed a 16 3/4-inch flattie that would be the first keeper for the season this year. She was awarded a very nice prize package from the Atlantic Coast Sportfishing Association and holds the honor for first keeper flounder of the Ocean City season for 2019. Flounder fishing has picked up nicely since Kristen’s fish on April 4 and now is very good in the Thorofare, especially for the flounder trolling fleet. Chef Mikey Johnston of the Ocean City Marlin Club has caught several limits of four fish at 16 ½ inches on trolled spinner blade rigs tipped with flounder belly and Gulp swimming mullets in 4 inches or 5 inches. You can still catch fish drifting, but trolling this

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Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a productive winter tautog season when the wind wasn’t blowing. This crew had several nice tog come over the rail.

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time of year can be more effective since you’re able to cover more ground. Flounder are in shallow water this time of the year as well. The flats are the best place to start and don’t be afraid to pull your baits through four feet or five feet of water. Kristen caught the biggest flounder I’ve heard of so far this year just last week too at 22 1/4 inches and my Garmin read five feet when I netted him. Yes, my wife is outfishing me badly so far this year.

Shad, bluefish, tautog and small rockfish have also made their way into Ocean City’s back bays so there are several species to keep anglers busy. Shad are illegal to keep right now so they must be released, but there are some decent sized bluefish and some keeper tautog in the bay. Bluefish only need to be 8 inches to keep and tautog can be kept at 16 inches. You’ll be hard pressed to find a keeper rockfish at 28 inches in the bay, but there have been a few larger fish caught in the Assateague surf. Just remember that slot on rockfish. They have to be over 28 inches to keep, they must be released between 38 and 44 inches and then they can be kept again over 44

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Mark Handley and Junior Jemieriez fished 1,000 fathoms of the Washington Canyon on board the Tightrope on April 26 and landed the first mahi of the season out of Ocean City’s canyons.

inches. It’s confusing, but with the current outlook on striped bass we are probably looking at some changes coming soon. There will be some offshore charter boats soon heading to the warm water out in the Washington Canyon where the first mahi were caught on April 26 by Mark Handley and Junior Jemierez. The guys found some 73-degree water that is still there so I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some tunas in it. Hopefully I’m reporting the first tuna of the season in next week’s column. We are putting on a great contest in conjunction with Hooked on OC for you flounder fishermen called the Doormat Derby that is free to enter and we’ve got

some great prizes for first, second and third place and there is also a junior angler prize. To enter just weigh a qualifying fish at Atlantic Tackle, the Ocean City Fishing Center, The Oceanic Pier, Bahia Marina or Fenwick Tackle and send us a photo to info@fishinoc.com. If you catch one of the largest flounder of the season by weight you could win some awesome prizes. It’s great to be back for the season and I’m looking forward to some fantastic fishing and some awesome tournament angling. Until next week, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)


Page 76 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • www.restaurant213.com Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 www.assateaguedinerandbar.com Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. www.dumsersdairyland.com This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for

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the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-and-cheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • www.foxpizzamd.com Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials. Full menu includes appetizers, salads, stromboli, hoagies and wedgies, pizza, spaghetti and more. Open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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

dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, chargrilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. MAD FISH BAR & GRILL 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City West Ocean City has welcomed a new concept created by the team of The Embers and Blu Crabhouse. Located conveniently on the harbor with tremendous views of the Inlet and sunsets, the menu offers something for everyone. Fresh fish and classic seafood dishes will tempt most, but the Filet Mignon from the land side never disappoints. Lighter options, like Certified Angus Beef burgers and fish and shrimp tacos, are also offered along with a diverse kids menu. Check out the outdoor decks for drink specials and live music. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • www.ruthschris.com Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest customaged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended.

THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • ocshark.com We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET

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

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

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

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

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

45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse,

May 10, 2019 the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • www.blucrabhouse.com Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. The same attention to quality and commitment to excellent customer service are offered at this new establishment featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, all-you-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 www.thebonfirerestaurant.com 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 www.buxys.com Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, pierogis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. SEE NEXT PAGE


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DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • dry85.com Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • www.embers.com The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD AND PRIME RIB BUFFET! New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! MASSIVE CRAB LEGS, LARGE SHRIMP, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent HAPPY HOUR with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open daily at 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 www.fagers.com Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue 410-289-7377 www.happyjackpancakehouse.com Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “must-visit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious

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soups, appetizers and entrees. Open MondayFriday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon.

HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • www.hootersofoc.com Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the world-famous Hooters Girls. HOBBIT RESTAURANT 81st Street, Bayside • 410-524-8100 Beautiful panoramic views day and night from the bayside await in a warm, sleek and sophisticated dining room. Forgetting the view, the menu will also please, featuring the Hobbit Catch, Veal Pistachio and Jumbo Lump crabcakes. Fresh, new preparations from the chef will also never disappoint. The bar is friendly and inviting with bar stools and lounge seating available. JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 • www.johnnyspizzapub.com The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer. MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront • 410-289-1201 www.marlinmoonocmd.com Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Fred-dy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M.R. DUCKS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLE Talbot St. & The Bay • 410-289-9125 www.talbotstreetpier.com A world-famous, open-air gazebo bar on the bay. Deck seating available for lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. No cover and plenty of parking. Wings, crab dip, burger, steamed shrimp, crab cakes and much more. Kid-friendly menu. Great sunsets and cool drinks. One block south of the Rte. 50 bridge. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street 443-664-6801 • redredwinebar.com Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis

put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • www.seacrets.com We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website www.seacrets.com for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost! 94TH STREET NORTH-FENWICK BETHANY BILLY’S SUB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 Rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Fresh-dough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food.

THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: www.CrabcakeFactory-USA.com. See other

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listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round. CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at crabcakefactoryonline.com or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 www.facebook.com/OriginalGreeneTurtle This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 • www.smittymcgees.com Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island 302-436-2305 • www.twiningshanty.com “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.


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OCEAN CITY vanishing

May 10, 2019

WITH BUNK MANN

Baltimore Avenue was Ocean City’s “Main Street” when this postcard was printed circa 1920. This view looks north from Wicomico Street and includes some of the town’s most historic structures. The building in the left foreground is the Seaside Hotel (built in 1876) and beyond it with the tall brick smokestack is the electric power plant. In the right foreground is the original Atlantic Hotel. This was the first hotel built in Ocean City and its opening on July 4, 1875, is considered by many as the resort’s official birthday. All of these buildings along with two blocks of the Boardwalk were destroyed in a huge fire that began in the early morning of Dec. 29, 1925. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Postcard from Bunk Mann’s Collection

WEST OCEAN CITY

NORTH OCEAN CITY

HAPPY HOUR 3 P.M.-6 P.M.

WEDNESDAY TACO NIGHT

SUNDAY THRU FRIDAY SATURDAY NOON-4 P.M.

3 P.M.-10 P.M. • DINE IN ONLY

BAR ONLY FOOD AND DRINKS

(Beef, Chicken, Bean Or Pork)

$1.25 CRUNCHY TACOS

$3 SOFT TACOS

(Beef, Bean, Chicken Or Pork)

(Mahi Or Rock)

$3 SOFT FISH TACOS

$5 HOUSE MARGARITAS $3 TECATE AND TECATE LIGHT

(Fried Rockfish Or Grilled Mahi)

$5 MINI NACHOS (Beef, Chicken, Pork, Bean Or Chili)

$7 TRIPLE SAMPLER MONDAY TACO NIGHT 5 P.M.-10 P.M.

TUESDAY FAJITA NIGHT

$1.25 CRUNCHY TACOS

THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIALS 3 P.M.-10 P.M. • DINE IN ONLY $10 CHICKEN, STEAK OR MUSHROOM OR COMBO OF ANY 2 $13 SHRIMP FAJITAS OR COMBO WITH SHRIMP

5 P.M.-10 P.M. • FOOD AND DRINKS

WEDNESDAY BURRITO NIGHT 5 P.M.-10 P.M.

THURSDAY BURGER NIGHT

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11 A.M. 5 P.M.-10 P.M.

SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY KITCHEN CLOSES AT 10 P.M. 12720 OCEAN GATEWAY #7-PARK PLACE PLAZA WEST OCEAN CITY • 410-390-7721

HAPPY HOUR 3 P.M.-6 P.M. SUNDAY-FRIDAY

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK

CLOSED TUESDAY MONTEGO BAY SHOPPING CENTER 130TH ST., OCEAN CITY, MD. 410-250-4424 • www.octequila.com Reservation For Parties Of 8 Or More


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