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Mayor, Senator Defend Ocean City Police’s Use Of Force

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OCEAN CITY – How much force is appropriate has been the subject of much debate nationally and the issue hit close to home this week. After a pair of incidents involving arrests on the Boardwalk over the last two weekends resulted in shortened videos circulating on social media, the Town of Ocean City and its police department has been navigating a sea of national negative publicity. Whether the use of force during both incidents, one last Saturday and another on June 6, was justified under the circumstances will ultimately be determined by an internal investigation by the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and its Office of Professional Standards. In both incidents, the confrontations

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between officers and young adults began with attempted citations for vaping outside designated areas of the Boardwalk and ended with physical confrontations between law enforcement officers and the suspects. It’s important to note the social media videos that went viral depict a fraction of the entire incidents, largely the parts when officers resorted to the use of force to subdue unruly and uncooperative suspects, whom in some cases physically and verbally assaulted officers. In a statement this week, Mayor Rick Meehan said the incidents were being investigated and the town was cooperating completely. “The Town of Ocean City is currently investigating two incidents that are circulating on social media,” he said. “It is standard procedure to run a thorough investigation into any arrests where the

use of force is initiated. We believe in total transparency and will cooperate fully in these and all investigations.” Meehan explained both incidents, from which videos are circulating on social media and beyond, began with OCPD officers attempting to issue citations for vaping in undesignated areas of the Boardwalk and ended with physical confrontations when the suspects did not comply with officers’ orders. Whether the use of force was justified in both cases, one during which a suspect was kneed repeatedly and another in which a suspect was tased while holding his hands up, is the subject of the current investigations. In his statement, Meehan explained how vaping citations resulted in arrests. “While the Town of Ocean City does have an ordinance that prohibits vaping and smoking on the Boardwalk, this by

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itself is not an arrestable offense,” he said. “It is a municipal infraction and subject to a fine. Refusal to comply with warnings to stop vaping or smoking resulted in the officers asking for ID to issue a citation. It was only after the individuals refused to provide identification that this became an arrestable offense.” Meehan said in the statement the OCPD’s primary goal in enforcing municipal ordinances, such as smoking, vaping and even littering, is outreach and compliance first. He pointed to the public outrage after videos of parts of the incidents circulated and resulted in less than flattering comments from some state officials. “Ocean City is currently the secondlargest city in the state of Maryland and our primary goal is to keep all of our residents and visitors safe by enforcing the laws and ordinances in place,” he said. “We hope to seek compliance, not arrests, in order for everyone to safely enjoy our community. We respect the concerns of all citizens and state elected officials who have commented on the videos. We pledge, on our part, to work together and thoroughly investigate the incidents in question.” State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R38) took part in a ride-along with OCPD officers last weekend, but did not witness the Saturday night incident on the Boardwalk. It was the video of the officer kneeing the man in the side while he laid face down on the Boardwalk that went viral on social media. “As the State Senator representing Ocean City and as a long-time resident of Ocean City, I have had countless opportunities to see and interact firsthand with the members of the Ocean City Police Department over the years,” Carozza said in a statement. “I personally walk the Boardwalk from end to end along with walking in neighborhoods throughout Ocean City and other areas of my district which includes all of Worcester, Somerset and half of Wicomico.” In her own statement this week, Carozza defended the OCPD in general based on her observations during the ride-along. “On Sunday, June 13, I participated in a seven-and-a-half-hour night ride along with the OCPD, which included witnessing several incidents, violations, and arrests,” the statement reads. “Throughout the entire night, it was clear to me the public safety of visitors and residents was the top priority as I watched members of the OCPD, including foot, bike and vehicle patrol, enforce the laws and ordinances of my home community.” Carozza said during her ride-along with the OCPD, she observed six different incidents and saw no indication of the allegations swirling around the department this week. “In all six of the incidences that I observed, the officers and public safety aides approached the individuals regardless of race, age or gender to inform them in a factual and courteous manner SEE PAGE 48

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Berlin Council Overrides Mayor’s Budget Veto

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For the first time since the pandemic, the full Berlin Town Council is now seated on the dais. Pictured, from left, are Councilmen Jack Orris, Jay Knerr and Dean Burrell, Mayor Zack Tyndall, Council members Troy Purnell and Shaneka Nichols and Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – The Berlin Town Council voted unanimously to overturn Mayor Zack Tyndall’s budget veto. The council voted 5-0 Monday to overturn Tyndall’s May 28 veto of the amended budget the council adopted last month. The amended budget includes items Tyndall had cut, such as a 1.5% employee cost of living increase and funding for cell phone and vehicle allowances. “I do believe the budget that the mayor presented will ultimately impact services to our citizens,” Councilman Dean Burrell said. When Tyndall presented a budget for adoption last month, the council voted unanimously to amend the mayor’s proposed spending plan to include a 1.5% raise for employees, to reinstate cell phone allowances and to work vehicle allowances currently provided to three employees into their salaries. Tyndall vetoed the amended budget May 28, advocating for items the council had eliminated to fund the employee-related changes. He also pointed out that the council’s changes would reduce expected contingency funds from $125,000 to about $49,000. Citizens had the chance to comment on the veto, and the possibility of a council override, on Monday. Resident Marie Velong said she supported the veto and questioned why the council had eliminated laptops for the mayor’s office. “It just looks kind of vindictive,” she said. Councilman Jay Knerr said the issue wasn’t providing laptops, it was providing the mayor with access to the town’s financial software. “A link was provided to the mayor to do that,” he said. “He has even told me personally he has two laptops, he’d prefer not to have a third laptop.” Tyndall said he logged in using a VPN, which had complications. “The text can’t format properly,” he said. “If the council can’t bring themselves to provide a laptop, it is something I would still be able to do my duties as mayor. It’s going to be more of a headache, but it is doable.” Velong also questioned the council’s elimination of a GIS device for the town’s utilities but Knerr said it could be purchased through grant funding. Tyndall said the council was referring to the roughly $4 million the town is expected to get through the American Rescue Plan Act. “We should be getting the $4 million,” he said. “How it will be broken out I don’t know. Everybody’s also advising that SEE PAGE 34

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OCEAN CITY – Two Washington, D.C., area residents are being held without bond this week following a shooting incident in downtown Ocean City early Sunday morning. Around 2:50 a.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a downtown hotel for a reported shooting incident. Upon the officers’ arrival, witnesses advised both the suspects and the victim had left the scene, according to police reports. The victim, a 21-year-old male from Reisterstown, Md., was located a short time later at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters at 15th Street. O- ANTONIO EPPS cean City EMS treated the victim for two gunshot wounds and transported him to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Hospital. The victim is expected to make a full recovery. The investigation revealed the suspects’ vehicle was parked in the hotel parking lot. The victim, believing the vehicle was unoccupied, walked on top of the vehicle and fell through the sunroof. The occupants of the vehicle got out and confronted the victim. During the confrontation, one of the vehicle’s occupants, later identified as Antonio Epps, 27, of District Heights, Md., shot the victim two times. The suspects then fled the scene. OCPD officers broadcasted a description of the vehicle and the suspects to allied law enforcement agencies in the area. Berlin Police Department officers located the suspect’s vehicle at a convenience store on Route JAMEAL MCLEOD 50 near Stephen Decatur High School. The Berlin Police Department, with assistance from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police, initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. During the stop, a loaded semi-automatic handgun, along with a loaded, large-capacity drum-style magazine was recovered. Epps was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, firstand second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and numerous weapons charges. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held without bond. A second suspect, Jameal McLeod, 28, of Capitol Heights, Md., was charged with three counts of accessory after the statute and carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle. He was also taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held without bond.

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OCPD Maintains ‘Use Of Force Is Never The Intended Outcome’

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Police Department is defending its officers’ use of force when an alleged disorderly individual was dropped to the ground with a Taser. On Sunday, June 6, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were patrolling on the Boardwalk in the area of 18th Street when they observed a male, individual later identified as Taizier Griffin, 18, of Perryville, Md., walking with a crowd. OCPD officers observed Griffin place a vaping device up to his

mouth and exhale into the air, according to police reports. An OCPD officer stopped his bike in front of Griffin and informed him he was in violation of the town’s smoking ordinance on the Boardwalk. The officer extended his arm to stop Griffin and asked him for his identification, but Griffin reportedly failed to stop, pushed the officer’s arm out of the way and continued walking. The officer got off of his patrol bike and grabbed the collar of Griffin’s shirt, but Griffin pulled away and got free of the officer’s grasp, according to police reports. Another OCPD officer grabbed


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Griffin in a bear hug and attempted to take him to the ground, but Griffin was able to pull away again and yelled in a loud voice he was going to kill the officers and spit on them, according to police reports. At that point, two OCPD officers drew their conducted electrical weapons (CEW), or Tasers, and pointed them at Griffin. One of them deployed his CEW into Griffin and he fell to the ground. Officers handcuffed Griffin, but he continued to resist and was yelling loudly “your lives are over,” according to police reports. Griffin was reportedly kicking his feet and attempting to roll over from his front to his back while he continued to yell at the officers. By now, a large crowd began to form on the Boardwalk to watch the scene unfold. An OCPD officer attempted to walk Griffin off the Boardwalk in order to remove the spectacle from the crowd. At one point, the OCPD officer stepped awkwardly and fell onto a grassy area adjacent to the Boardwalk and Griffin fell on top of him, according to police reports. Griffin reportedly continued to yell at officers as the crowd continued to grow. According to the police report, many onlookers were recording the incident with phones. Other OCPD officers arrived on the scene and assisted in subduing Griffin, who continued his verbal tirade and, at one point, spit a large wad of saliva at

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one of the officers, according to police reports. OCPD officers eventually applied a violent person restraining device on Griffin. During a search of his bookbag incident to the arrest, OCPD officers located two bags of suspected marijuana, a grinder and a marijuana preparation tray. Also located in the bookbag was a large, fixed-blade kitchen knife. Griffin was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey lawful orders, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, obstructing and hindering and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon. A video of the incident, including Griffin getting tased and falling to the ground, circulated on social media, causing the OCPD to defend its use of force for the second time this week. “We understand the public’s concern over the video circulating of the disorderly crowd, which is currently being investigated by the Office of Professional Standards,” OCPD Deputy Communications Manager Ashley Miller’s statement reads. “While the use of force is never the intended outcome, our police department’s first priority is to protect and serve. They do not target based on race or age. They are focused only on keeping our residents and visitors safe by enforcing the law and diffusing situations as quickly as possible, while maintaining control over the environment.”


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Hotel, Restaurant Development Proposed Off Route 54

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GEORGETOWN – Several residents along the Route 54 corridor voiced their opposition last week to a proposed hotel and restaurant near the entrance to Fenwick Island. On Thursday, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance granting Carl M. Freeman Companies a conditional use of land in the AR-1 agricultural residential district for the development of a hotel and restaurant. The company’s attorney, Jim Fuqua, told commission members the 9.2-acre parcel, located at Route 54 and Bennett Avenue, is part of an adjoining 120-plus acre property. While much of the site has already been approved for a 70-lot sub-

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division, he said his client is now seeking a conditional use to develop the parcel fronting Route 54. “The 9.2 acres fronting Route 54 is the remaining portion of the property that was not part of the approved subdivision,” he said. “The conditional use proposes two separate but related uses. The front parcel would be the site of the restaurant with a total square footage not to exceed 8,500 square feet and the rear portion would be developed as a 70room hotel with an outdoor pool.” Planning and zoning staff told commission members the agency received more than 100 letters in opposition to the conditional use application and one letter in support. While many residents voiced

their concerns regarding the project’s impact on surrounding wetlands, Fuqua said the conditional use would maintain wetland buffers. “None of the wetlands will be encroached,” he said, “and all the wetlands, both tidal and nontidal, will have significant buffers.” As part of the development, Fuqua added that the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has required his client to realign Bennett Avenue and fund the cost of a signal light at the intersection. He said the agreement was a result of a recent study the transportation department conducted along Route 54. “DelDOT was requiring the applicant to enter into a signal agreement for cost

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associated with a future signal light at the realigned Route 54, Bennett Avenue intersection,” he said. Fuqua said his client has proposed several conditions be added to the conditional use application, including a restriction on the restaurant’s outdoor music and dining and a restriction on drivethru capabilities. “In other words, there are no plans for this to be a fast food type of restaurant,” he said. Fuqua told commission members the proposed plan for a restaurant and hotel aligned with the county’s comprehensive plan. He noted the property is one of the last sites to be developed along Route 54. “Instead of seeking one of the business or commercial zoning districts as a change-of-zone application, which would permit a wide variety of uses… the applicant elected conditional use approval for the specific uses proposed,” he said. “That accomplishes the applicant’s plans and enables the county to place conditions on approval as the county deems appropriate.” When asked about the developer’s plans for lighting, Fuqua said they included two lighted entrance signs, as well as pole lighting in the parking lot. He noted, however, that there is no intent to create a nuisance. “The same company is developing the subdivision behind this, so they’re going to be impacted as much as anybody would be impacted by this,” he said. “It will certainly be done properly.” Most residents in attendance for Thursday’s meeting said they were most concerned about the traffic the proposed development would generate. Community member Doris Pierce argued traffic was already bad enough along Route 54. “I'd hate to see more traffic put on Route 54,” she said, “because the infrastructure can't handle it.” Resident Ben Moses agreed. “As we continue to grow this area, we need to consider how fast we can respond to emergency situations,” he added. “I think there’s a significant impact.” Several residents added they wished to see one of the corridor’s last open areas protected. Local farmer Henry Bennett, whose family once owned the property in question, said he was strongly opposed to the company’s plans, as it would have impacts on traffic, water pollution and water recreation, to name a few. “I think this furthers the disconnect the developer has with this area,” he added. “I think the natural and logical decision would be to leave it as the last bit of natural beauty on Route 54.” At the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing, Commission Chair Robert Wheatley encouraged the public to attend the next hearing before the Sussex County Council, which considers the commission’s recommendations. “We make a recommendation, we don’t make a final decision,” he said. “That decision will be made by your county council.”

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OCEAN CITY – The first official white marlin of the 2021 season was caught and released last Sunday morning and will earn $12,000 in combined prize money. The crew on the private boat Tuna Fowl with Captain Corbin Ensor caught and released the first official white marlin of the season last Sunday in the White Marlin Capital of the World. The Tuna Fowl was fishing in the tuna grounds when the white marlin came up in the spread and it was successfully caught and released. The Tuna Fowl crew will earn a combined $12,000 in prize money for reaching the annual milestone. Each year, the Mayor and Council offer a $5,000 prize to the angler or boat crew that catches the first white marlin of the season. A few years back, town officials during budget time briefly considered eliminating the annual $5,000 prize for the first white of the season, but thought better of that decision after some outcry from the resort fishing community. During that brief period when the town considered pulling the annual prize, a coalition of local businesses including Atlantic Tackle, Sunset Marina, the Ocean City Fishing Center, Bahia Marina, the Bank of Ocean City and Hooked on OC, ponied up its own $7,000 prize package for the first white marlin of the season to


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OCPD’s May Report Reflects Heavy South-End Placement

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s police chief said a change in deployment had some effect on police activity reported last month. On Monday, Ocean City Police Department Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the Ocean City Police Commission with an update on department activity for the month of May, which recorded an overall decrease in calls for service. Buzzuro told commission members some of the top calls for service, including traffic stops, city ordinance violations and disorderly, had decreased from May 2019. “Really 2020 was an anomaly because of COVID …,” he said. “Of the top 25 calls for service, we’re not seeing anything alarming to us as we press forward into June.” Buzzuro told officials this week he attributed changes in police activity to changes in deployment. “Our activities have been somewhat different …,” he said. “There’s heavy deployment on the Boardwalk, which has to bear into these numbers here being greatly reduced. So if there’s an explanation, it would be that. It’s just a retailoring of our duties and responsibilities, moving personnel from the north end to the south end for placement on the Boardwalk.” Buzzuro also noted that custodial arrests had increased nearly 20%, from 284 in 2019 to 333 in 2021. While the number of drug arrests remained the same, DUI arrests increased from 37 to 47 and weapons arrests increased from eight in May 2019 to 31 in May 2021, representing a 288% increase. There were six weapon arrests in May 2020. Of the 31 weapon arrests in May 2021, the breakdown included nine firearms, 11 knives and 13 other. The department also reported a significant increase in smoking citations, from eight in May 2019 to 162 in May 2021. Year-to-date smoking citations total 178 compared to 115 after five months in 2020 and eight in 2019. “This follows the direction where we are strictly enforcing the ordinances,” he said. Councilman and committee member Peter Buas questioned if the police department had issued any citations based on the town’s new noise ordinance. Buzzuro said it hadn’t. “I think we’ve been able to mitigate each one of those issues we come across,” he said. Buzzuro told commission members this week his department continues to be proactive as it works through the month of June. He noted a lot of the attention had been directed to the Boardwalk. “So far, at the north end we’ve had minimal issues,” he said. “A lot of issues we’ve had have been dealt with and mitigated at the south end.” He added he was also pleased with

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the level of enforcement and noted arrests had been made in most of the department’s high-priority cases. Councilman Matt James applauded Buzzuro and the police officers for their efforts. “Going down the Boardwalk the last number of nights, it’s a big difference

from last year,” he said. “The heavy presence is very nice.” Mayor Rick Meehan agreed. “And that’s what we’re hearing from the Boardwalk businesses too,” he added. “They’ll tell you they see the presence. Their presence has probably deterred a lot of events from occurring.”

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Divided Ocean City Council Votes Down Three Cell Towers

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OCEAN CITY – Continuing a recent trend, a divided Mayor and Council this week denied a request from a private sector company to install three small-cell towers in uptown residential neighborhoods. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a request to install three new small-cell towers in north Ocean City to enhance wireless service in the communities. For the record, Crown Castle installs small cell towers and nodes around the resort and contracts with wireless providers Verizon and Sprint, for example, to provide the hardware. In March, Crown Castle came before the Mayor and Council with a request to install six new small-cell towers, including three in the Montego Bay community. The others were planned for Old Landing Road, Bering Road and Marlin Drive. At the time, the council voted 5-1 to deny the three towers requested for Montego Bay. A motion was made to approve the other three on Old Landing, Bering and Marlin Drive, but that motion died for lack of a second. Crown Castle came back before the Mayor and Council on Tuesday requesting approval for the other three after working with City Engineer Terry McGean on the design elements. “This is a continuation of a previous presentation and discussion the council has had regarding the plan to install new antennae,” said McGean. “Crown Castle is not requesting any of the installs in the MH district. This is a request for the same three locations that were asked for earlier. All are in the R-1 district with existing above-ground utilities.” Crown Castle Network Permitting Manager Nathan Campbell explained the requests before the council on Tuesday were not new requests, but rather a continuation of the request made in March. “These are locations the council has seen before,” he said. “We have worked with city staff on achieving a design that can minimize the impact of these facilities, while providing the wireless capacity needed and the community desires.” Councilman Lloyd Martin made a motion to approve the three small cell tower locations presented, a motion seconded by Councilman Mark Paddack, who praised the company for working with the city and being flexible with the tower designs and locations. “It’s very clear that Crown Castle has worked extensively with our en-

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gineering department,” he said. “I thank you and your company for what you’ve done. There have been multiple court cases related to small cell nodes. With the current state at the federal level and FCC regulations and court rulings, we have to be very careful about how we address these.” Over the last several months, Paddack has been a strong advocate for the installation of small-cell towers throughout the resort to improve wireless service for residents and visitors. He said by working with Crown Castle, Ocean City can prevent the proliferation of other providers coming in and installing their own equipment throughout the resort. “The public needs to understand there are other carriers and providers out there that are wanting to come into Ocean City and proliferate this town with these cell phone nodes,” he said. “Crown Castle and the technology they have in their towers allows them to accept other outside carriers on their existing poles.” Councilman John Gehrig said he could not support the individual request made on Tuesday without knowing where the installation of more and more towers in the future ends and when enough is enough. “My stance has been pretty consistent,” he said. “These poles can literally grow like weeds. Who’s to say we can deny anyone based on FCC rules? Until I see a plan with the finished product, I just don’t know if I can vote for something if I don’t know what the outcome is.” The council voted 4-3 to deny the request for three new small-cell towers in north-end residential communities, with Gehrig, Council President Matt James and Councilmen Tony DeLuca and Peter Buas opposed, and Martin, Paddack and Councilman Frank Knight in favor. A federal court ruling in the case of Portland versus the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last summer ostensibly decided wireless carriers were free to install smallcell towers in communities as they see fit with little oversight from local governments, save for agreements on locations and aesthetics. The town of Ocean City already has in place an agreement with Crown Castle on desired locations and the aesthetics of the equipment. In many cases, the small-cell nodes and associated equipment are installed on existing light fixtures and blend easily into the scenery. In other cases, the small towers are standalone, but are designed to mimic other fixtures in a given area.

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OCEAN CITY – A potentially dangerous situation last Thursday morning was averted when resort police broke up a large crowd downtown, making three arrests on weapons and other charges. Around 12:20 a.m. June 10, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers on bike patrol in the area of 7th Street and Philadelphia Avenue observed a large, disorderly crowd of around 20-30 people gathered in the roadway. OCPD officers reportedly observed an argument between several people in the crowd and another group near a vehicle parked in the travel portion of the roadway. OCPD officers began to disperse the crowd and approached the ve- LAZARIUS SMITH hicle to investigate the incident. When the officers approached the vehicle, they observed the rear passenger, later identified as Lazarius Smith, 19, of Baltimore, loading a magazine into a semi-automatic handgun. Smith was removed from the vehicle and detained without incident, according to police reports. As OCPD officers were in the process of disarming Smith, another suspect, identified as Jacob Anderson, 19, of Manchester, Pa., approached them and attempted to interfere with the arrest. Anderson became disorderly and hostile toward the officers on the scene, according to police reports. Anderson was placed under arrest without furJACOB ANDERSON ther incident. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Cherish Glenn, 18, of Westminster, Md., complied with the officers’ orders to exit the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, OCPD officers located two polymer handguns and two fully-loaded extended magazines. The investigation determined Anderson and Smith had placed the guns inside the vehicle before the officers arrived. According to police reports, due to the attentiveness of officers patrolling the Boardwalk in that area, the incident was quelled without es- CHERISH GLENN calating further. Smith was charged with a loaded handgun on his person, a handgun in a vehicle and possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered initially to be held without bond. Anderson was charged with obstructing and hindering, resisting or interfering with an arrest, two counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment, and similar weapons charges as Smith. Glenn was charged with carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle and possession of a firearm or ammunition.

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OC Council To Weigh Cab Changes An afternoon rain shower did not deter Ocean City’s public works crews from replacing a damaged piece of the Boardwalk last week.



OCEAN CITY – In a review of the town’s taxi medallion ordinance this week, a resort commission agreed to recommend maintaining its authority to revoke business licenses. On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission voted unanimously to recommend the commission keep its powers for revoking taxicab business licenses. “Since the police commission has all the background, it would probably be bet-

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ter to be at this level,” Mayor Rick Meehan said. City Solicitor Heather Stansbury came before the police commission this week to present a revised ordinance for the town’s taxi medallion system. Following last month’s discussion on taxi medallion fees, Stansbury said her office worked with Ocean City Police Captain Mike Colbert, the town clerk and the city manager to review the ordinance and make recommended changes. “In doing that, because this ordinance is so old, it did need some code cleanup,” she said. “So that’s what these changes really are. There aren’t any substantive changes in a departure from what really is happening. It’s just over the years, as different ordinances lay on top of one another, some consistency is lost in terminology.” Stansbury, however, noted an inconsistency to the town’s process for taxicabs that violate the ordinance. “There is also another violation listed at the very end that allows the police commission to revoke the business license,” she said. “That’s really all it said, it doesn’t have a process for that. When you see the word ‘business license’ and there’s no other terminology, you are left to go to Chapter 14 where the business license procedure is set forth. The problem in Chapter 14 is that the city manager has the authority to revoke the business license.” Stansbury told commission members this week officials could change the process, giving those powers to the city manager. She noted, however, staff recomended the police commission keep that authority. “In talking with the various staff members, this seems to be a good place to land on it,” she said. “The appeal process is still the same, back to the Mayor and City Council, and as I understand it this has been invoked very few times, if ever.” After further discussion, the commission voted 4-0 to recommend the authority for revoking business licenses remain with the police commission. The recommendation will be forwarded to the full council, which will also consider a recommendation to lower medallion fees to $50 and transfer fees to $100.

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City police are reviewing the use of force by officers during an incident that began with a vaping violation and resulted in the arrest of four on the Boardwalk. Around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were patrolling on the Boardwalk in the area of 12th Street when they observed a large group of individuals vaping in violation of the town’s smoking ordinance. OCPD officers approached the group and informed them of the ordinance regarding vaping on the Boardwalk and advised them to disperse. As the group walked way, one of the individuals, later identified as Brian Anderson, 19, of Harrisburg, Pa., began vaping again, according to police reports. OCPD officers approached the group again to address the ordinance violation, and during the course of that interaction, Anderson refused to provide his identification and became disorderly. OCPD officers attempted to place Anderson under arrest for violating the ordinance and failing to provide proof of his identity. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and failure to provide proof of identity. During the interaction with Anderson, another member of the group identified as Kamere Day, 19, of Harrisburg, approached the officers and yelled profanities at them. OCPD officers placed a police bike between them and Day and advised him to back up, but he reportedly disregarded the orders and continued yelling profanities at them as they attempted to arrest Anderson. Day was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and obstructing and hindering. OCPD officers and public safety aides (PSAs) attempted to provide a perimeter to separate the hostile and aggressive crowd from the officers making the arrests. One suspect, identified as John Lewis, 18, of Harrisburg,

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allegedly pushed a PSA in the chest while yelling profanities. Lewis then picked up a police bike and attempted to strike a public safety aide with it. OCPD officers were able to get the police bike away from Lewis, but he reportedly assaulted a PSA again. Lewis was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, seconddegree assault, obstructing and hindering and failure to obey a lawful order. As OCPD officers maintained a perimeter, they reportedly saw another suspect, identified as Khalil Warren, 19, of Harrisburg, standing on private property next to two “no trespassing” signs. OCPD officers gave Warren a lawful order to leave the property, but he reportedly became disorderly. When officers attempted to arrest Warren, he resisted. He was ultimately arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. A video of the incident, including the officers using various levels of force to subdue the arrestees, was distributed on social media and quickly went viral. An OCPD statement released after the incident addressed the officers’ use of force during the incident. “We are aware of the social media videos circulating regarding this incident,” the statement reads. “Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance. All uses of force go through a detailed review process. The uses of force from these arrests will go through a multi-level examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander and then by the Office of Professional Standards.” At the Police Commission meeting on Monday, OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro issued a similar statement regarding the incident. “We’re actively looking into the 12th Street incident,” he said. “We had four arrests. There was force that was used in this incident. I can tell you that it’s very much active. We’re soliciting the assistance of the public if they have any information. As with any use of force, this is a multi-layer review process that is currently underway. Beyond that, that’s where we are right now.”

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OCEAN PINES – A discussion on proposed short-term rental regulations highlighted a town hall meeting late last week. On Saturday, property owners both for and against the association’s proposed short-term rental regulations attended a town hall meeting to share their questions and concerns. Board Director Frank Daly told attendees last week a motion to incorporate Worcester County’s code on short-term rentals, litter and noise into the Declaration of Restrictions would be brought forth at the June meeting of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors. He said the approach would be no more restrictive on owner property rights than the existing law, but would give Ocean Pines the power to enforce and fine property owners who violate the code. To change the Declaration of Restrictions, he said, property owners would vote section by section. “Whichever way that goes determines whether the Declaration of Restrictions are changed,” he said. “That’s basically where we are at and what we are prepared to do … This is one case where all 8,452 lot owners should really have their voices heard.” During public comments last week, property owner and local property manager Bill Haase told board members he

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thought the proposed rental regulations targeted short-term properties. He argued problem properties among longterm rentals and permanent residences also existed throughout the community. “I think the nuisances short-term rentals get blamed for is a community problem,” he said. “Even if we erased the short-term rentals, made them go away, we would still have the nuisance.” Officials agreed it was something to take into consideration, but added the process with all problem properties begins with reporting the issue. “You make a good point,” President Larry Perrone said. “But the same process would start with a call to the police department. If you are having rowdy people, a call to the police department and they can go to that house.” Haase also argued that the association’s adoption of short-term rental guidelines could encourage short-term property owners to convert to long-term rentals, which he argued had less restrictions. “The short-term rental population feels targeted …,” he said. “We have to walk the letter of the law, where other

people may not have to.” Director Colette Horn said she agreed with Haase’s points. “I would like to see these regulations applied to long-term rentals and permanent residences,” she said. “I see this as a step in that direction.” Homeowners last week also urged the board to address parking issues related to rental properties. Daly noted parking was the one topic absent from the proposed short-term rental regulations. “We can’t stop people from parking on the side of the road,” he said. “We’ve looked at this issue over and over again … My own feeling is that is one of the things we have to deal with here in Ocean Pines.” One short-term rental owner said she did not like the way the association characterized short-term rentals. Board members told attendees last week the problem was not with the short-term rental owners who use property managers and abide by the rules, but with owners who list their properties on sites like Airbnb and VRBO and don’t handle issues that arise.

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“We understand that properties that are managed … they’re not the people we are going after,” Perrone said. “The reality is that Airbnb and VRBO are the ones causing the problems. And we’re trying to get a mechanism together where we can put some pressure to bring some change in that area.” Daly said enforcement of short-term rental regulations would be complaint driven and would include a mechanism for levying fines and suspending a member’s ability to engage in short-term rentals. He also read, “The Declarations of Restrictions for Sections 15B, 16, 17, 18 and 19, executed by entities other than the ‘Boise Cascade’ Restrictions, already provide that the lots are subject to all ‘... federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations, specifically including without limitation, the Worcester County Zoning Ordinance ... ‘ Therefore, the obligation to comply with the Short-Term Rental provisions of the County Code are already contained in those Section's Declarations of Restrictions and, in my judgment, have not the same requirement for the inception in the Boise Sections of the authority to regulate ShortTerm Rentals in the manner established by the Worcester County Zoning Code. Said Restrictions also provide for the imposition of fines.” A full video of last week’s town hall meeting can be viewed on the Ocean Pines Association’s YouTube channel.

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OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week on multiple charges after allegedly banging on the door of a motel room occupied by teenage girls and then fleeing the scene on a stolen bicycle. Around 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a motel on 20th Street for a reported disorderly individual. The officer responded and met with four teenage victims who reportedly told police the suspect, later identified as Aaron Feaser, 19, of Bethel, Pa., had been banging on the door of their hotel room with brass knuckles. The distraught teenage girls told the officer Feaser had a glass bottle in his hand, according to police reports. The four victims told the officer they were concerned for their safety, so they devised a plan and called the police. Feaser reportedly entered their room and left the glass bottle before fleeing the area. One of the victims showed the officer a video of Feaser leaving on a bicycle. Feaser was described as covered in blood, according to police reports. An OCPD officer followed Feaser as he drove the bicycle through private property at 18th Street. Feaser was detained and searched, which led to the recovery of brass knuckles on his person. At that point, Feaser was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of a martial arts weapon, fourth-degree burglary and trespassing. After Feaser’s arrest, OCPD officers learned the bicycle he was riding had been reported stolen from the area of 33rd Street the day before. The victim positively identified the bicycle Feaser was riding at the time of his arrest as his stolen property and additional theft charges were tacked on.

Loaded Handgun Found OCEAN CITY – A Maryland man was arrested last week after allegedly fleeing from a resort police officer and later found to have a loaded handgun in his vehicle. Around 1:40 a.m. last Wednesday, and Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of St. Louis Avenue downtown when a vehicle parked near the public works department complex was observed with several people inside and the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle and tapped on the window, as the driver, later identified as Jihad Martinez, 19, of Accokeek, Md., looked directly at him, according to police reports. Martinez then allegedly put the vehicle in gear and sped away, driving over the officer’s foot in the process. The ve-

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hicle drove north on St. Louis Avenue at a high rate of speed as the officer ordered it to stop, according to police reports. The officer gave chase to the vehicle on his bicycle, and the vehicle stopped at 6th Street. Several occupants of the vehicle fled the area on foot and dispersed in different directions. The officer made contact with Martinez, who reportedly told police he did not know it was a police officer when someone approached the parked vehicle. Martinez reportedly told police he got scared and drove away, not knowing it was a police officer who tapped on the vehicle’s window. At that point, Martinez was arrested for second-degree assault and fleeing and eluding. Martinez reportedly told the officer there was a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. During a subsequent search, OCPD officers located inside a cereal box a revolver with six bullets in the chamber. Martinez was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time he was stopped, but denied ownership of the loaded handgun, according to police reports. In addition to the initial assault and fleeing and eluding charges, possession of a handgun by a minor were tacked on.

Fight Suspect Tased OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week after allegedly walking away from a fight and failing to obey a lawful order to stop. Around 10:20 p.m. last Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the area of 7th Street and Wilmington Lane observed a group of roughly 15 individuals yelling at each other. The officer reportedly observed two individuals, one of whom was later identified as Kaeleb White, 18, of Natrona Heights, Pa., squaring off as if they were going to fight. Officers pointed their flashlights at the group and told them to knock it off and disperse, according to police reports. While officers were observing, White reportedly started to walk away, but turned and threw a punch at a member of the other group while people in his group attempted to pull him back, according to police reports. Officers caught up to White along Baltimore Avenue near 6th Street and ordered him to stop and sit on the curb, to which he launched an expletive in their direction. When ordered again to stop and sit on the curb, White reportedly refused and continued walking. An OCPD officer drew his conducted electrical weapon (CEW), or taser, and again ordered White to stop. When White refused, the officer fired his CEW at White, causing him to fall to the ground. White was arrested and charged with affray, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. SEE NEXT PAGE

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Loaded Gun, Pot Arrest

OCEAN CITY – An Essex, Md., man was arrested on various charges last week after allegedly being found in possession of a loaded handgun and enough marijuana to indicate distribution. Around 5:50 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer working undercover in the downtown area observed a vehicle parked at 4th Street with its doors open and two occupants inside, including the driver later identified as Cameron Duke, 19, of Essex, Md. The officer detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to police reports. The officer conducted a stop and searched the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the officer located a satchel containing a 9mm Glock handgun with a loaded magazine. The officer also located eight individually-packaged bags of suspected marijuana, the estimated weight of which was about one ounce, or roughly 28 grams. There was also a large quantity of currency mixed in with the marijuana and throughout the vehicle, according to police reports. Duke was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Officer Assaulted During Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Delaware man was arrested last week after allegedly scuffling with resort police attempting to arrest him on a concealed dangerous

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch weapon charge. Around 11:55 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in the area of 8th Street. The officer made contact with the driver and asked for his license and registration. According to police reports, the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the occupants, including front seat passenger Jalani Thomas, 19, of Bear, Del., to step outside. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag of marijuana, along with a box of bags and a scale, according to police reports. In a backpack located on the floor where Thomas had been seated, OCPD officers located a fixed-blade knife in a sheath. At that point, Thomas was placed under arrest for possessing a concealed dangerous weapon. According to police reports, when Thomas was ordered to place his hands behind his back, he tensed and pulled away from OCPD officers. Officers were able to get one of Thomas’ hands in handcuffs, but he continued to resist. After an OCPD officer drew his conducted electrical weapon, or Taser, Thomas allegedly swung his left hand, which was attached to a set of handcuffs, backwards, striking an officer in the forehead, according to police reports. Thomas fled the scene on foot, but an OCPD officer deployed his Taser and Thomas fell to the ground. Thomas was secured with handcuffs and charged with second-degree assault, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon.

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OCEAN CITY – The “humble hero” has been selected to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as part of their “Hometown Hero” program that honors deserving local people, OC Air Show officials announced this week. On Friday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. (from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility), Jonathan Bauer will get to experience the ride of his life in the backseat of an F-16 with Thunderbird #8 Major Jason Markzon as his pilot. On his 45-minute flight, Bauer will experience the thrill of hitting up to seven G’s, along with the accompanying twists, spins and turns of the best roller coaster ride imaginable. “This is such an honor to be chosen by the Thunderbirds as their ‘Hometown Hero’,” said Bauer. “I am incredibly excited to be given this opportunity.” Bauer, who is vice president of information systems for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, made national news last month after he jumped 25-feet from the Route 90 bridge into Assawoman Bay to save an 18-month-old girl from drowning. She was thrown from a vehicle into the water after a crash. Bauer was referred to as the “humble hero” throughout the week after the incident as he wished to remain anonymous until a press conference was held to reunite him, first responders and other Good Samaritans who assisted in the rescue effort. Given his heroic efforts, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently presented a governor’s citation to the southwest Pennsylvania native. Additionally, Bauer, his wife, Wendi, and daughter, Ava, were also named honorary members of the Ocean City Fire Department. The U.S. Air Force’s top two demonstration teams – the Thunderbirds and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team – will be the featured performers when the 14th annual OC Air Show returns this weekend, June 19-20. Friday is rehearsal day with most performers taking flight with the actual show days on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. Other show performers will include the A-10 Thunderbolt II, United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team (Para-Commandos), GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, Mike Wiskus,

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Featured during the OC Air Show on Saturday and Sunday will be different generations of military aircraft flying together through the Heritage Flight initiative, pictured in 2020. Photo by Chris Parypa

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Man Charged In Major Assault

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OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last week after allegedly ing choking his girlfriend at a downtown hotel during a domestic incident. Around 3 a.m. last Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a hotel at 4th Street for a reported domestic dispute. Ocean City Communications advised a female caller reported her boyfriend had been “jumped” and that he was violent and she was scared he was coming back to the hotel room, according to police reports. Ocean City Communications advised they could hear screaming in the background of the call. The female caller had locked herself in the bathroom and the suspect, later identified as Jalen Marrero, 19, of Middletown, Pa., was banging on the door. Communications advised Marrero had made entry into the bathroom and the female victim could be heard screaming “stop,” according to police. The female victim was able to flee the bathroom and run to an elevator. When OCPD officers arrived, they located the female victim in the hotel parking lot. Officers located Marrero in the room. He was reportedly bleeding from

his mouth, left hand, right knee and both feet and his shorts were covered in blood, according to police reports. Marrero reportedly told officers his injuries were caused by a fight he had just been in with a group of males who “jumped” him. Officers interviewed the victim, who reportedly told police Marrero had grabbed her by the neck with both hands and squeezed hard to the point she could not breathe, but that she never lost consciousness. According to police reports, the victim had visible signs of a choking incident including broken blood vessels on her neck. The victim said she was able to lock herself in the bathroom and called 911, and OCPD officers arrived on the scene a short time later. Officers investigated the hotel room in which the victim and Marrero were staying. According to police reports, the room was in disarray with blood on the floor, bed sheets and the wall. There was a small kitchenette with the cabinet doors torn from their hinges. The bathroom door had numerous dents and gouges in it. Through the investigation, OCPD officers determined the kitchen cabinet doors had been used as a blunt object against the bathroom door. Marrero was arrested and charged with first-and second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property.



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A four-car accident snarled traffic on the Route 50 Bridge last Saturday. A rear-end collision occurred in the eastbound lanes, resulting in a head-on collision between two vehicles. One victim was transported with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Photo by Campos Media

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Heller’s ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ Remembered 21 Years Later

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POCOMOKE – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office recognized Deputy First Class Brian K. Heller on the 21st anniversary of his death this week. Sheriff Matt Crisafulli, joined by Heller’s fellow law enforcement officers and members of Heller’s family, commemorated his death with a ceremony on Route 113 on June 14. Heller was killed in a single vehicle accident while responding to a call in 2000. “Twenty-one years ago today, Brian was responding to assist a fellow deputy with a serious call and right here he lost his life,” Crisafulli said. “Brian represented what a law enforcement officer is. He was a deputy we looked up to.” Heller, 35, died June 14, 2000 following a car accident that occurred while he was responding to a call to assist another officer. Crisafulli, who was a deputy with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office when the accident happened, recalled Heller as a proactive, motivated officer. “Brian never had a bad shift,” he said. “The mission was always clear to Brian — that was to keep Worcester County safe. Our office wants to ensure we keep his memory eternal.” Heller is survived by his mother and stepfather, Connie and Dave Widmann, as well as by two brothers, two daugh-

Colleagues and family members of Brian K. Heller are pictured at the site of his death 21 years ago on Route 113.

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ters and five grandchildren. “They never got to meet him,” Connie Widmann said. She says it’s important to her that her son’s name be kept alive so his grandchildren can know who he was. Widmann said her son had wanted a job where he could help people and while he considered being a nurse, he’d gone into law enforcement.

“He just loved his job,” she said. Crisafulli praised Heller’s commitment to his work. “Brian led by example,” he said. “There were very few nights Brian was not out here getting dangerous narcotics and weapons off Worcester County roadways.” While the sheriff’s office makes an effort to honor Heller on the anniversary of

his death each year, last year’s event was limited due to the pandemic. This year however members of Heller’s family and his former coworkers were able to gather at the sign marking the section of Route 113 where his accident occurred. “Brian gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Crisafulli said. “He gave his life for all of us.”

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. . Council Vote Ratifies Spending Plan, Including Raises

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FROM PAGE 6 we should not be planning our budget based off what we think we’re going to receive.” Knerr said he believed there were different ways to accomplish some of what the mayor had proposed, such as through pursuing grants. “Zack has his way and I’m saying we can look at other options,” Knerr said. “We haven’t even begun to discuss these things as a council.” Velong asked when that would occur. “It hasn’t happened through this entire budget process,” Knerr said. Velong also questioned the vehicle allowance funding that the council wanted to return to the budget. Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols was quick to defend the decision. She said the town’s employee handbook said town department heads were supposed to have vehicles and not all of them did. “These three individuals don’t have the vehicle portion,” she said. “So this was part of their benefit package during time of hire or time of tenure. So to pull that back right now is like saying ‘I’m coming to your checkbook and I’m taking this money back.’ That’s what I don’t agree with.” Tyndall pointed out that those employees could still access a town vehicle if needed. Nichols replied that the mayor and town council could do the same.

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“However that’s not what that line item says in the handbook,” she said. “If this were a new hire I’d say let’s question this. But these folks are not new hires. I don’t think that it is right to dig into someone’s purse and pull their monies out.” Velong said she hoped Nichols cared that much about the taxpayers. “I truly do because I ma’am am a taxpayer, as is my husband, my daughter, my grandparents,” Nichols replied. Though Velong questioned the council’s concern with the budget development process, pointing out that she thought it was the same as it had been last year, Burrell said that was not the case. “This budget process may have appeared to be the same as years past, but those discussions you are referring to, the council did not have those with the mayor,” Burrell said. “We were presented a budget and there was no negotiation, there was no discussion. We were presented a budget that said to us ‘this is what I want and this is what it’s got to be.’ Even coming down to vetoing our recommendations. There was no discussion in this budget.” He said the prior mayor was recep-

tive to council input. “The current mayor is not that receptive,” Burrell said. “I talked to the current mayor by way of telephone for a half hour. I felt encouraged after that conversation, I felt encouraged that we were going to be on the right track. But I come to the meeting and find nothing had changed. No recommendation that the council has made has even been considered. I think that’s appalling.” When he added that he thought what Tyndall had proposed would impact services, Nichols echoed his concern and said employees could leave. “Many of these people do not feel appreciated right now as employees,” she said, adding that she’d received letters from some. Burrell said the town’s workers hadn’t had any pay increase the past two years. “They’re not the only ones,” Velong said. Nichols said that didn’t make it right. “I don’t want to pay extra but at the same time I do want to adequately compensate the workforce we have,” she said. Burrell said he realized that the decisions he made as a councilman weren’t always popular. “I was elected to do the best I can do for the citizens of Berlin…,” he said. “My votes may not have all been looked upon as positive or in the right vein but when I cast a vote my motivation is what I think, what I understand, is best for the citizens of the Town of Berlin. I will continue to do that as long as I am allowed.” Tyndall, going back to Burrell’s criticism of the budget process, said he’d shared more information with the council than previous administrations had. He said his budget also didn’t cut any service except single-stream recycling. Tyndall added that following the council’s comments this spring about wanting more involvement in the budget process, he’d begun having monthly meetings with each elected official. “My admin continues to reach out

every month and you do not come, you don’t even set up a time,” he said to Burrell. Burrell said that was because he didn’t want to have “side conversations” and have his words misrepresented. “But you just said he wasn’t reaching out to you,” Velong said. “What I said was we had meetings and we were not heard,” Burrell replied. “So why would I continue to have side conversations?” Velong said all that she was getting out of the budget process was the fact that elected officials weren’t working well with each other. “We are all in this together,” she said. “You are supposed to listen to me. You are supposed to listen to each other. Not having these infighting things and that’s what it seems like. That’s all I hear out of this — that you guys can’t work together.” Knerr said the council was working together just fine. “Yeah behind his back,” Velong said, adding that it appeared as if the council had been meeting without the mayor. Members of the council said there had been no meetings. “I don’t know what’s going on but it’s really frustrating to listen to and I’m sorry I voted for a lot of you,” Velong said. “I hope you stick with mayor’s budget but I know you won’t…it’s kind of pointless to express our opinions because unless they’re in line with yours it’s not worth anything.” Three other residents, Carol Rose, Sara Hambury and Ernest Gerardi, each asked the council to support municipal employees in the budget. “I’m here because our employees are the town’s largest asset and we are very fortunate to have every one of them,” Rose said. “I support the council. You’re doing your job that you were elected to do, and I think the mayor needs to realize that the leadership begins when you all work together.” Knerr’s motion to override Tyndall’s budget veto passed unanimously. Burrell thanked the residents for providing input. “Having that behind us now, we will be able to address more of your concerns going forward,” he said.

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Boardwalk Tram Driver Shortage A Focus As Bus Situation Improves

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OCEAN CITY – While the critical shortage of municipal bus drivers to meet the demand eased somewhat this week, the shortage of Boardwalk tram drivers and conductors could be more acute. Last week, Mayor Rick Meehan called a special meeting of the Transportation Committee to address the critical shortage of municipal bus drivers that have curtailed the department’s ability to fully deploy buses to meet the growing demand as the season ramps up. The meeting resulted in immediate action by the Mayor and Council, including increasing the pay rate for CDL-licensed bus drivers and solid waste department drivers from $15.60 to $19.89 per hour. On Tuesday, the transportation committee had its regularly scheduled meeting and again discussed driver recruitment and deployment schedules and the news was a little better. Interim Transit Manager Steve Bartlett told the committee the department had moved closer this week to the target goal of 75 bus drivers. Bartlett said there were 45 drivers active and on the schedule, with nine from the recruitment effort waiting on drug screen results and three more waiting for their applications to be submitted. In addition, the department is expecting at least six school bus drivers to come on board starting June 21. Bartlett said with the pending applications and drug screen results, along with help from school bus drivers, he felt better this week about reaching the target goal for this summer of 75. “As of yesterday, we still stood at 63,” he said. “I feel confident about getting to that 75 target. The current drivers, with the pay hike, are willing to work more shifts.” However, Bartlett said the news was not as positive on the Boardwalk tram driver and conductor front. The target for tram drivers and tram conductors is 22 for each. Bartlett said as of Tuesday, the recruiting efforts had resulted in less than half of the goals. As a result, he is running just five trams, with three deployed in the afternoon and two deployed during the evening hours. The five trams do overlap during the peak time in the evening. “The tram division is not so good,” he said. “We lost a conductor yesterday. We’re down to 11 drivers and nine conductors. I’m only able to get five trams deployed on a daily basis and normally, I’d have eight at least.” Council Secretary and committee member Tony DeLuca asked Bartlett for a recommendation on what could be done to reverse the situation.

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“An increase in wages would help,” he said. “I just don’t think they’re out there. I’m just not sure they want to be out on the Boardwalk right now.” Heretofore, the Boardwalk tram drivers were not paid overtime. DeLuca said it could take out-of-the-box thinking to enhance tram driver and conductor recruitment. “We need to do something,” he said. “What if we offered double-overtime pay just for this summer. We have to do something to create an incentive.” Public Works Director Hal Adkins questioned if the double-overtime suggestion would cover all in the transportation department. “There would be ripple effects to that,” he said. “Who does it cover? Is it just the tram division?” City Manager Doug Miller said the double-overtime option could create more issues than it solves across the city’s manpower ranks. For example, if a member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol who already works 40 hours in the stand could be convinced to drive the Boardwalk tram for a shift or two a week at night, he or she could make considerably more than the regular tram drivers. “Just say they work 40 hours on the beach,” he said. “If they drive for just one shift, they could make as much as $30 per hour for that one shift, while the loyal regular drivers are making $12 to $13 per hour. He’s going to have a morale problem.” However, DeLuca said something had to be done to enhance tram driver and conductor recruitment with the peak summer season rapidly approaching. “Trams are one of the true revenue generators,” he said. “It’s only going to get busier. We haven’t really seen the families yet. We have to do something.” There has been some effort to look to other departments for support for the tram division. For example, beach patrol members who work during the day might have an interest in driving the trams as a second job, especially with the possibility of double-overtime. Meehan said that avenue should be explored deeper. “Go back to the beach patrol or some of these other departments to see if there is any interest,” he said. “We only need five or six. That would make a big difference.” When asked why three trams were being deployed during the day and just two at night, Bartlett explained it was largely to honor the $8 ride-all-day passes. Meehan suggested getting rid of the pass and deploying more trams at night when the demand is higher. Later Tuesday, the full council voted to end the $8 ride-all-day tram pass in order to provide flexibility in deploying the trams that are currently available.

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Ocean City In Early Stages Of Rebranding Process

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s new Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo has hit the ground running in his first weeks on the job, including a rebranding presentation to tourism officials this week. Perlozzo was appointed to the newlycreated position in April and began his official duties on June 1. On Tuesday, he updated the Ocean City Tourism Commission – comprised of elected officials, business owners and tourism trade representatives – on his first couple weeks in the new position along with a presentation on his vision for getting the most out of his department. “Everything is running full steam ahead,” he said. “It seems like everything

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is going well. It’s reflected in the early room tax numbers.” Perlozzo presented to the commission his early plans for collecting more visitor research and implementing a plan to drive more visitors to the resort and how best to direct the town’s marketing strategy. “We’re starting to take a dive into our tourism plan,” he said. “I’m recommending the start of a process. That process includes research into finding out what the perception of Ocean City is from our regular vacationers and from those who never come here and why. We think we need a rebranding strategy and what would be our approach and how would we get there.” Perlozzo said the plan calls for retaining the traditional customer base, while attracting new visitors.

“We want to develop a new customer base,” he said. “We always talk about getting the right customer into Ocean City. We need to create a better mindset about Ocean City.” Perlozzo said his plan included four phases. The first is planning and research, the second is outreach and analysis, the third is designing the creative and testing it, and, finally, adoption and activation. Perlozzo said a key element to his plan is research and data collection, an area that has been lacking over the years. For example, in recent years the town and its ad agency MGH have attempted to collect visitor information including zip codes with varying degrees of success through visitor surveys and hotel booking information. Perlozzo said there is technology available to collect

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better, more accurate visitor data. “MGH has always complained about getting zip codes from visitors to see if what we’re doing is working,” he said. “We now have that capability. If we want to be number one in our market, we have to have the tools.” Councilman John Gehrig, a major advocate for the creation of Perlozzo’s position since being elected in 2016, said the town’s traditional marketing strategy has been to go after the week-long or even two-week vacationing families. He said the strategy should include the long, three-day weekend visitors with the large population centers just a few hours drive from the resort. “You can tell this year is going to be strong,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with the weekend warrior. That’s our market. We can’t put all of our efforts into getting people to spend a week in Ocean City.” Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) Executive Director Susan Jones said unified leadership could be the key to the plan’s efficacy. As it stands now, there is the tourism commission, the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), and the various quasi-private sector organizations such as the OCHMRA and Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, for example, with many of the same members serving on multiple boards. “The Tourism and Business Development Director is the captain of the ship,” she said. “I think it’s a fantastic plan. We feel maybe we don’t need TAB anymore because there’s so much overlap as it is with this committee and our organizations.” There was some discussion about changing language in the town’s ordinance regarding room tax allocations for advertising to create greater flexibility in the use of those funds. Worcester County Director of Tourism and Economic Development and commission member Melanie Pursel, the former chamber executive director, said some of the room tax funding could be dedicated to research and data collection in order to ensure the marketing strategy is effective. “Data is so critical to us,” she said. “It’s what you do with the data that’s so important. If we can spend tourism dollars on collecting data, that would be very important.” Gehrig agreed there could be more flexibility in the allocation of the percentage of room tax dedicated to advertising. “As we’ve grown, the budget has grown,” he said. “We keep doing the same thing. It would be nice to see a targeted approach based on the data.” Gehrig recommended the full Mayor and Council change one word in the ordinance regarding how the portion of the room tax is allocated from “advertising” to “marketing,” which would facilitate the use of some of those funds for data collection. The committee unanimously approved that recommendation. The committee also voted to send Perlozzo’s entire presentation to the full Mayor and Council for review.

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Judith O’Hara Boggs OCEAN PINES – Judith O’Hara Boggs of Ocean Pines passed away peacefully in her home on June 12, 2021. Judith, or Judy as she was known, was born on Jan. 26, 1940, to James T. & Neva (Gerber) O’Hara. She was married for 60 years to her husband, William “Bill” Boggs, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her father and sister, Veronica O’Hara Robinson. She is survived by three children, four grandchildren, JUDITH son-in-law Jeffery Gary, O’HARA BOGGS daughter-in-law Donna Marinelli and a host of extended family and friends. Dedicating decades of her life to public service, Judy was elected to represent the newly established Ocean Pines District in 2002 and served a member of the Board of County Commissioners from December 2002 to December 2014. Throughout her long public service career Judy was a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Counties, Past President, Board of Directors of the Ocean Pines Association and established and served as first President of the Worcester County Commission for Women in 2005. Judy was named Worchester County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2020 and in 2005 the Maryland Daily Record named Judy one of the 100 most powerful and influential women in the state. She also served on the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, Worcester County Board of Health, Worcester County Health Planning Advisory Council, Worcester County Social Services Board, legislative committee for the Maryland Association of Counties, board of the Worcester County Developmental Center, and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City. Prior to moving to Ocean Pines full-time in 1992, Judy retired from her position as healthcare administrator for Church Home and Hospital Health Centers in Baltimore. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the early fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Community Church of Ocean Pines. Arrangements are in the care of The Burbage Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Roland Frederick Adkins, Jr. BERLIN – Roland Frederick (Sonny) Adkins, Jr., 89, of Berlin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Born Dec. 23, 1930, he was the son of the late Roland F. (Sparky) Adkins, Sr. and Louise Scott Adkins. Sonny was raised by his mother, grandfather (William Samuel Scott) and grandmother Liza Jackson Scott in Newark. While three of his uncles were away in the military, he worked for his grandfather in the logging business in Newark. They were also air raid wardens and plane identification specialists during World


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War II. He and his grandfather supervised German POWs at the POW camp located where Stephen Decatur High School is today. After World War II, rather than attend college in Salisbury, Sonny decided to continue working with his grandfather in the family logging business in Newark. In 1949, his family moved to Berlin. Sonny married his sweetheart, Margaret Ann Donaway on Oct. 10, 1951, shortly before he was drafted in the U.S. Army due to the Korean Conflict. He received an Honorable Discharge shortly thereafter due to a medical problem. After separation from the military service, Sonny began working for Day and Zimmerman as a lineman, building high voltage lines for electric companies. A few years later, he became a journeyman lineman with Eastern Shore Public Service (now Delmarva Power). Later he also worked for Sinclair Refining Company with some of his closest friends. In 1964, Sonny became self-employed as an electrical contractor and incorporated his business in 1972, known as Adkins Electric Company, Inc. His company had many long-time accounts he serviced in the Berlin-Ocean City area and beyond. Also he was an avid Lionel toy train collector for many years with a huge collection of trains and toys and along with his son, J. Paul, was a Lionel dealer and service center for a few years. In addition, he was a talented harmonica player his entire life with a large, impressive collection of harmonicas. He played Gospel and Bluegrass music in local churches with a local musical group. Sonny loved his entire family and always had time for his children and grandchildren. He especially liked entertaining them and played his harmonica for them every chance he was able. Sonny was a long-time member of Stevenson United Methodist Church in Berlin and as a child, attended Bowen United Methodist Church in Newark with his family. He was a life member of the Berlin Fire Company serving as Engineer during his active years. He was a 60-plus year member of Evergreen Masonic Lodge #153 AF & AM in Berlin, and a proud member of the American Legion-Boggs Disharoon Post #123 in Berlin having served as Past Vice Commander and Chaplain. He had also been a Berlin Town Councilman for eight years. Sonny is survived by his son, J. Paul Adkins and his wife Patsy Elliott Adkins; daughter Janie L. Goslee and her husband David Goslee, Jr.; three grandchildren Jennifer Page Adkins Jacoby and her husband Adam, Lindsey Nicole Giblin and her husband Dan, and David (Lewis) Goslee, III; three great grandchildren, Jordin MaLynn Adkins Jacoby, Clara Faith Adkins Jacoby and Ryan Daniel Giblin; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Ann Adkins (2017) and grandson John Paul Adkins, II (2001). A memorial service for Sonny will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at

Stevenson United Methodist Church in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St, Berlin, Md. 21811, or the Berlin Fire Company, 214 N. Main St., Berlin, Md. 21811, or Coastal Hospice P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Mary Cardinale ELLICOTT CITY – Mary “Kay” Cardinale (Maisel) of Ellicott City passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Kay was 79 years old. Kay was the first born of Earl William Maisel Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Maisel (Keeny), both of Ellicott City on July 14, 1941. Kay graduated from Howard County Senior High School in 1959. She was a member of the Alpha Beta Sorority, was very active in the Ellicott City Business Association and participated in the planning and coordination of the Ellicott City Bicentennial CelebraMARY tion in 1972. She was a CARDINALE member of the Lions Club in both Berlin and Glenwood, Maryland. Kay enjoyed ballroom dancing several times a week, she was an avid gardener, an animal lover, she enjoyed "dog sitting" and crafting. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Thomas A. Cardinale. She is survived by her loving daughters Stacey (Matt) Harrison Simpson and Kelly (Mark) Harrison Miller and her son, Howard (Ellen) E. Harrison IV; her step-daughter Chris (Mike) Arnold; grandchildren Erin (Casey) Miller, Abby (Neal) Cart, Logan Simpson, Ashley (Scott) Cromwell, Brittany (Adam) Shiley, Tighe, Lyndsay, Drew, Brent and Hope Harrison and Olivia and Michael Arnold; her sister Brenda (William) Redding Wimperis; her two brothers Earl (Donna) William Maisel Jr. and Ferdinand (Tanya) Dean Maisel; eight great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Services were held at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S Liberty St., Centreville, Md. 21617. A private graveside service took place Tuesday, June 15 at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Dr., Centreville, Md. 21617 or Glenwood Lions Club, P.O. Box Online 72, Glenwood, Md. 21738. Condolences can be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.

Ellen E. Galifaro SELBYVILLE – Ellen E. Galifaro, age 79, of Selbyville, passed peacefully on Friday, June 11, 2021 at home. She was born in Cambridge, Mass. and was the

June 18, 2021 daughter of the late John and Emily (Olender) Derderian. She had been a coordinator with the University of Maryland College Park for many years before her retirement to Delaware. In retirement, she delighted in visits from her extended family (and their friends) – the more, the merrier. All were welcome. Ellen is survived by two daughters, Sandra ELLEN E. J. Allen of Selbyville and GALIFARO Susan A. Galifaro Stalnaker of Essex, Md.; two brothers and a sister, Steven Yerkes, Paul Yerkes and Barbara McGuire; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Galifaro, and a brother, Michael Yerkes. A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 17 at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Brandywine Valley SPCA, Georgetown Campus, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, Del. 19947. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com

George Richard Hannaway BERLIN – George Richard Hannaway, age 91, died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Catered Living in Ocean Pines. Born in Hempstead, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dewey and Charlotte (Bolls) Hannaway. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Hoevenair) Chandler Hannaway; daughter Lori Watson and her husband Michael of Rehoboth; Patti Shinberry and her husband Allen of Kitzmiller, Md.; two grandchildren, Verity and Sarah Watson; and a sister Barbara Helms of Duck, N.C. He was preceded in death by three chilGEORGE dren, Louis, Karen and RICHARD HANNAWAY George Hannaway. Also surviving are children, Dana Smith (George), Shell Chandler (Anita), Newt Chandler (Sharon) and Macon Carrick, and several other grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Hannaway had been a regional manager with Paine Webber and Swiss Bank, UBS. He was also a United States Navy and Army Veteran. He was a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He was a member of Stevenson United Methodist Church in Berlin and was a member of Ocean City Golf Club and enjoyed gardening. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a future date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Community Center Committee Eyed To Guide Berlin Process

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BERLIN – Elected officials agreed this week to create a committee to focus on planning for a community center. The Berlin Town Council voted 5-0 Monday to create the Community Center Development Committee (CCDC) to focus on planning for a facility. The move comes after residents took to social media last week to address the need for a community center on Flower Street to replace the aging multi-purpose building. “We live in a great community blessed with talented folks and the ‘it can wait until next year’ mantra on this long-awaited project, I agree, should no longer be in our vocabulary,” Councilman Jack Orris said. Though the council eliminated the $27,500 Mayor Zack Tyndall proposed for a community center feasibility study from the budget, council members stressed that they supported bringing a community center to town. “No one wants to not have a community center,” Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols said. “That right there is blasphemy all day long. It truly is. We all want it. My oldest is 26. I have been preaching community center since Bennett Bozman was alive with breath in his body.” Councilman Dean Burrell said his vote to override the mayor’s budget veto was not intended to be in opposition of a community center. He shared that the multipurpose building was sentimentally important to him, as it was the first place he’d danced with his wife. “So it’s very special to me,” he said. “The last administration came up with the idea, with the community needing a community center, wouldn’t it be a good idea to utilize that site over on Flower Street for construction of a center that would serve the entire community. Then and now, I feel that is a very good idea. And if it’s not out of the way, I would like to suggest that the mayor develop a committee to discuss and to come up with what a community center might look like here in Berlin.” Orris echoed his comments. He said the town should create a committee and

have it report to the council quarterly. “I’ll be making a motion tonight that the council support the mayor in creating a committee of interested and concerned residents, while still reserving our right to approve membership, to focus on the short- and long-term planning for a community center,” he said. Tyndall asked what the purpose of the committee would be. “For interested and concerned residents to come together and discuss ideas,” Orris said. “Their scope is to investigate what it is we want as a community and how we’re going to get there.” He said that there were so many ideas circulating that community residents needed to come together and discuss them, particularly since the town already had more than $400,000 in funding set aside to go toward the project. Tyndall said he was trying to understand what the council wanted. He asked if the committee should have a specific site for the community center in mind. “That would be a good discussion among the committee,” Orris said. Burrell said he felt the committee should should for now just focus on what the community center should include. “Everybody agrees that the town of Berlin needs or should have a community center but we don’t know what that should look like,” he said. “I would suggest that this committee have just one goal and that is to solicit input from the community as to what they would like to see a community center look like.” Tyndall said he thought a site needed to be determined first. Burrell maintained the committee could offer insight into the location. When Tyndall asked how the committee would solicit input, Burrell said it would be similar to the way the town council represented Berlin’s citizens. “By being really selective of who we ask to serve, we could get input from the various neighborhoods,” he said. Tyndall said the town needed to capture what residents had to say. “You want to make sure you don’t lose the stuff along the way and that data can be aggregated along the way and used for something sustainable,” he said. SEE PAGE 40

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BERLIN – The heads of a local foundation are looking to expand their efforts in the coming year. In 2020, Joanie DiNardo and her three children – Greg, Madeline and Lilly – launched the Ignatius DiNardo Foundation in honor of patriarch Ignatius “Iggy” DiNardo, a local physician and hospitalist who passed away in December of 2019. Since that time, the foundation has donated more than $50,000 to cover individuals’ medical expenses and distribute preventive care supplies such as reusable masks, thermometers, pulse oximeters, flu shots and more. “It’s been a great first year,” Greg said. “It shows that people are willing to

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come together for a great cause and to do good.” On Dec. 22, 2019, Iggy DiNardo passed away on his way to a family vacation in Mexico. Following his death, the family heard countless stories of his compassion and generosity, going so far as to reach into his own pocket when patients couldn’t afford their prescriptions. To that end, the DiNardo family agreed to carry on his legacy by creating the Ignatius DiNardo Foundation. Partnering with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and local hospitals – Atlantic General Hospital, TidalHealth and Riverside Memorial – the foundation is able to identify and assist patients who cannot afford necessary medical care. “We let the hospitals identify patients that meet certain criteria, which is that

they have exhausted all other resources and still need help,” Greg said. In the last year, Greg said, the foundation was able to cover co-pays, the installation of a residential wheelchair ramp and transportation costs to and from area hospitals. And during the COVID-19 outbreak, the foundation distributed $15,000 in emergency response supplies to vulnerable populations and helped patients receive care at home. “We were able to help a lot of patients relocate to their home and pay for their home care,” he said. “That was a nice thing to have during the pandemic.” Greg said donations were made possible through community fundraising efforts. In November, for example, the foundation raised $30,000 through a virtual 5K. “We were overwhelmed with the sup-

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port,” he said, adding that several of his father’s friends, patients and coworkers participated in the event. “A lot of these people knew my dad really well, and it was a way for them to continue his legacy and remember him. I think it’s been a good way to turn a tough situation into one that can help others.” In the coming year, Greg said the foundation aims to partner with another hospital and raise an additional $100,000 to continue its mission. The organization also has plans to promote prevention efforts and provide education and resources related to nutrition and activity. “What we want to do is preventative more than reactive,” he said. For more information on the Ignatius DiNardo Foundation, or to donate, visit dinardofoundation.org/donate.

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FROM PAGE 39 “That’s the whole point. Let’s talk for a moment about what the best way to move forward with the community center, maybe start with bringing somebody in to lead community planning. It would be a fraction of the cost of the $27,500. It would accomplish many of the things you’re talking about here this evening. It would be in a tangible way and once that project is done it’s scalable in a direction that’s going to get us somewhere.” Burrell said he just wanted to get citizens together. “I don’t believe that there needs to be a separate budget item for us to bring people together and talk about what they would like to see,” he said. Tyndall said when the town did similar projects it typically brought an outside body in to lead discussion. “I don’t believe we’re there yet,” Burrell said. “We don’t even know what we want.” Tyndall again brought up the location issue and pointed out that the process would be complicated if citizens wanted a community center on the site of the multipurpose building, as that wasn’t townowned. Burrell stressed that it was too early in the process to talk about location. Councilman Jay Knerr agreed and said the mayor was advancing the project in a direction the town didn’t need to go yet. “You could ask 10 different people in this town what they want to see in a community center and you would get 10 different answers,” he said. “You put a committee of citizens together you can determine exactly what you want to do. Then you take it to the next level. Then you do the feasibility study. I think starting off small with the committee we could move this thing forward like it hasn’t been in years.” The council voted unanimously to create a community center committee. Though Orris suggested providing it with $10,000 in funding, the council agreed to wait to discuss funding once the committee had been created and begun its efforts.

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issued for its construction. While the moratorium – first enacted in 2019 – does not affect that particular project, officials in Wicomico County agreed it would allow for further review of the permitting process and zoning issues related to DAF storage tanks. In this week’s work session, Planning Director Lori Carter and county attorney Paul Wilber presented the council with potential modifications of the county’s zoning code. While the regular permitting process would still apply for storage tanks in the I-1 and I-1 Industrial districts, a special exception is being proposed for storage tanks exceeding 250,000 gallons placed in the Agricultural and Village Conservation districts. “So that would require a notification to the neighbors and a hearing, and the board of appeals would be able to set conditions,” Wilber said. “I think that’s the key though … 250,000 gallons for an open-top storage tank. Above that, a special exception.” Wilber told council members this week the proposed amendments would address two major concerns – public notice and tank size. Staff also suggested a minimum setback of 200 feet and lot size of five acres. Council members this week applauded the department’s efforts. They questioned, however, if the amendments would address what is placed inside the tanks and how it would be used. “Is it industrial or agricultural?” McCain said. “What went in those tanks is obviously a major issue here.” Council members also questioned if the amendment would place restrictions on the number of storage tanks permitted on a property. “We can look at that,” Carter said. “That’s why we’re here, to see if there are other things you guys want to see in this.” Councilman Joe Holloway said he wanted to see a larger setback, while Councilman John Cannon urged staff to consider traffic restrictions relating to the operation of the storage tanks. “We do not legislate or regulate traffic, so that’s an area we would not be looking at …,” Carter replied. “Having it come before the board will help because that’s going to be able to give these citizens an opportunity to say these are some actual concerns.” When asked about the appeals process, Wilber said the public would have an opportunity to voice any opposition regarding a special exception at an appeals board hearing. Any challenges to the board’s approval of a special exception would then be appealed to the circuit court. Officials noted the proposed zoning amendments would go before the planning and zoning commission before being brought to the council. “There would be two separate public hearings,” Cannon said. After further discussion, the council agreed to hold another work session to review a draft bill of the proposed zoning amendments before it is sent to the county’s planning and zoning commission.

EDUs Approved For West OC Mobile Home Expansion

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SNOW HILL – County officials approved a request for sewer service that will allow for the expansion of a West Ocean City mobile home park. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to allow Mark Odachowski’s Salt Life Park LLC to purchase 34 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) to expand the existing mobile home park on Old Bridge Road by 34 units. The approval came after Odachowski agreed to surrender 45 EDUs allocated to the Alamo property, which he purchased in 2018 when he had plans to build two restaurants on the site. “Restaurants were going gangbusters at the time,” Odachowski said. “It was going really boom boom boom. When this pandemic happened, it shut everything down. Nobody was going to build restaurant pad sites.” County staff told the commissioners Odachowski was seeking approval to surrender the 45 EDUs allocated to the Alamo and purchase 34 EDUs to allow for the expansion of the mobile home park. Though he also requested that a portion of the deposit he paid for the Alamo EDUs be credited toward the 34 EDUs, staff said they recommended delaying that decision. “Those funds have been used for operational costs within the service area… ,” Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins said. “I think you should have the county attorney here to chime in on that particular issue.” Attorney Hugh Cropper, representing Odachowski, said he was only asking that a portion of the deposit be credited to the new EDU purchase. “You say I’ve got to forfeit my 45 EDUs on the other property,” he said. “That causes me a little concern unless I get some credit for the deposit.” He said Odachowski had already paid $157,000 in fees associated with the EDUs he’d not yet used. “That’s a lot of money in this economy, during COVID, for EDUs he’s never touched or never used,” Cropper said. “They’re just on paper.” He added that if he turned in the 45 EDUs now without a decision on the deposit, he suspected county staff would recommend no credit be given. “I’m very discomforted by coming back because my tea leaves are pretty clear what’s going to happen when I come back,” Cropper said. Commissioner Chip Bertino asked if the county was at a disadvantage if it redirected the deposit. “When you make the EDU allocation you’re controlling development,” Higgins said. “If you’re going to start transferring those around, you’ve changed, in my opinion, the rules of the game.” Bertino pointed out the county would be getting 11 EDUs Odachowski no longer needed back. He said those could be allocated to other projects. John Ross, the county’s deputy public works director, cautioned the commissioners about proceeding. “You’re initiating an EDU transfer policy,” he said. “Now all of a sudden there’s

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a way to transfer Mystic Harbour EDUs from one property to the other.” He said when the county allocated the 45 EDUs, it had been for a commercial use — two restaurants — not a mobile home park. “I have a concern about the fact that we had a customer who has purchased 45 EDUs,” Ross said. “Those EDUS sat in an account for how many years? This is three years they’ve been sitting in the account which means they were not available for anybody else to use those three years.” While Bertino pointed out that the county had transferred EDUs before for a Food Lion project, staff said that had been done with a resolution making it clear it was a special case. Staff recommended if the commissioners wanted to grant Odachowski’s request in this case, they do so with a resolution. They also

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pointed out that Odachowski still owed quarterly fees associated with the 45 EDUs. “We never connected,” Cropper said. “We never cost Mystic Harbour a penny other than paperwork.” Bertino said that Odachowski had paid quarterly bills in the past and he had the responsibility to pay them this time. Odachowski said he’d been waiting nearly a year for the county to consider his request to move the EDUs. “We’ve been pretty much sitting here for a year waiting for an answer,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to skip out on anything. I was just told everything is frozen.” Cropper confirmed his client had asked for the transfer, which he said was a misnomer, in July. “It’s been 11 months,” he said. Commissioner Ted Elder said he understood the pandemic had created un-

foreseen difficulties. “You’d have to be almost out of your mind to open a restaurant right now,” he said. Bunting made a motion to approve the allocation of 34 EDUs for the mobile home park, the return of 45 EDUs from the Alamo property, and to return Odachowski $45,000 of his deposit money. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic commended county staff but indicated he was going to support the motion. “I think that sewer committee finds a reason to say no before they find a reason to say yes,” Mitrecic said. “I feel that way. Overall, I know they’re protecting, or doing what they feel is protecting us in the county, but I have to question it sometimes.” The commissioners voted 6-0, with Commissioner Diana Purnell abstaining, to approve Bunting’s motion.

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BERLIN – Following a year-long closure, the Rackliffe House is now open for the 2021 season. Earlier this month, Rackliffe House reopened to the public after the COVID19 pandemic forced its closure for the 2020 season. Tours are now available on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment only. “The Rackliffe House was closed for tours and private events the entire 2020 season,” said Rackliffe House Trust Board Member Mandy Lynch. “Typically, Rackliffe House is open to the public for tours from May through October.” Located a half mile from the Assateague Island Visitor Center, Rackliffe House is a restored 18th century manor house overlooking Assateague Island and Sinepuxent Bay. Constructed in the 1740s by Captain Charles Rackliffe – one of the earliest and wealthiest English immigrants to Maryland’s Eastern Shore – Rackliffe House has witnessed Spanish galleons, Barbary pirate ships and English menof-war, and has stood through the Rev-


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the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, historic Rackliffe House now serves as a coastal museum that interprets 18th-century life along Maryland’s seaside. “Rackliffe House is a true historic gem on the Eastern Shore dating back to 1740,” Lynch said. “Visitors will learn about the Rackliffe family and history of the house through artifacts and displays. Visitors will also learn the pivotal role African and Native Americans had in the success of 18th century estates such as Rackliffe House.” Docents interpret life on the 18thcentury coastal plantation through artifacts on display in the kitchen, spinning room, children’s room, and the original milk house. Visitors will also experience an eight-minute introductory film about the Rackliffe family, the history of the house, and those who lived on the land, as well as an illustrated timeline. “Visitors of Rackliffe House will need to make tour reservations online,” Lynch said. “This helps us ensure small groups and allot time between groups for cleaning. Visitors and docents wear masks while inside Rackliffe House. Masks are not required while exploring the gardens and grounds. As the state of Maryland loosens COVID restrictions, the Rackliffe House will also update its safety measures.” Tours of Rackliffe House are available on the half hour by appointment only for groups of the same party of six or less. Private group tours are also available. Entrance fees are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-12 and $3 for visitors with a valid military ID. Officials say entrance fees are critical for the preservation of the property. “We were not able to hold our Colonial Fair in 2020, but are looking forward to holding this event again in 2022,” Lynch added. “Rackliffe House is grateful for the generosity of private donations and for several grants we received during the pandemic.” To schedule a tour, email RackliffeHouse@gmail.com or call 410-6291011. Rackliffe House is ADA accessible. For more information, call 410-629-1011 or visit www.RackliffeHouse.org.

Berlin Police Seek Citizen Reports

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BERLIN – In the wake of speeding concerns shared on social media, Police Chief Arnold Downing once again encouraged citizens to call his department to report problems. Following recent discussion on Facebook regarding speeding in downtown Berlin, Downing advised elected officials and residents to call the Berlin Police Department to report issues. “If you have an issue that’s related to law enforcement, please call,” Downing said. “We definitely can’t be all places at all times.” During his regular report to the town’s elected officials Monday, Downing advised them of the growing amount of traffic in town with the onset of summer and busy local contractors. “The town’s growing and with that has increased traffic and work traffic,” he said. “On every major thoroughfare we’re actually seeing growth … if you looked at Washington Street alone, down there we talked about six contractors at one time on a given day.” He said that in the last couple weeks there had been 17 accidents in town. “Again we ask everyone to take their time getting to where they need to get to and be courteous to each oth-

er,” he said. Councilman Jack Orris brought up the speeding complaints he’d seen on Facebook. Downing was quick to remind elected officials, and residents, that if they saw something concerning they needed to let the police know, whether they considered it “tattle tailing” or not. “We feel that’s a little bit on the ridiculous side,” he said. “If your electric’s not working you’re not going to call the electric department? If your water stopped running you’re not going to go ahead and call the water department?” He said if his officers were advised of problem areas or vehicles that habitually went too fast, they could knock on doors and talk to the offenders. “That actually works,” he said. “To go on social media and think that’s the way you’re going to go ahead and solve an issue, well it’s not.” He added that if his officers knew problem spots, they could make sure they were there to deter issues. “It’s going to be the best use of our resources,” he said. Another traffic event noted at Monday’s meeting included the planned June 21 closure of a portion of Flower Street. A section of Flower Street in the area of Henry Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 21 for road work.



SNOW HILL – Officials approved the transfer of the liquor license formerly held by BJ’s on the Water to the connections of Atlantic Beach House this week. The Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC) on Wednesday agreed to transfer the license once held by BJ’s on the Water to Windward OC LLC. Though there were some concerns voiced by area residents, attorney Joe Moore, representing Windward OC, assured neighbors of Atlantic Beach House that the proprietors didn’t want to create noise problems. “We have new owners,” Moore said. “We are trying to put our best foot forward.” Moore told the board his clients had taken over the facility and weren’t seeking any changes to its existing liquor license. He said the new owners wanted to continue the tradition BJ’s on the Water started 40 years ago. Four area residents, however, submitted letters in opposition to plans for live music at the facility. One resident in attendance at the meeting said the restaurant was in the middle of a residential neighborhood. “Water is a wonderful reflector of sound,” he said, adding that the restaurant’s entertainment could impact the neighborhood if it went past 10 p.m. William Esham, chairman of the BLC,

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said the restaurant was seeking the same entertainment privileges BJ’s had had. He said the board hadn’t received noise complaints when BJ’s was in operation. Residents said they’d called BJ’s directly, as well as the police, but had never contacted the liquor board. Moore said BJ’s had been there long before the neighboring condominium and residents knew they were buying property next to a restaurant. “We’re going to be good neighbors,” he said, adding that his clients’ families operated restaurants throughout Ocean City without problems. Members of the Atlantic Beach House management team stressed that it was a restaurant, not a music venue, and that they’d already canceled two bands because they worried they’d be too loud. The BLC agreed to approve the license transfer. Other actions taken by the BLC Wednesday included approval of new entertainment hours at Sisters in Berlin, approval of a beer and wine license for J&M Meat Market in Berlin and approval of a beer, wine and liquor license for the 410 Social Eatery and Barroom in Berlin. The 410 Social Eatery, once known as Goobers, is expected to open in August. The BLC also approved the transfer of the license for the Crabcake Factory at 12000 Coastal Highway and an application for the Lazy River Saloon & Pool Bar and Golden Nugget at Frontier Town.

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FROM PAGE 4 of the ordinance or law and their violation of it,” she said. “In these incidents, the initial officers on the scene were backed up by additional OCPD officers or public safety aides to ensure the safety of all involved. In one of these incidences, a female officer was assaulted by a female detained for disorderly conduct and public drinking. In another incident, a handgun was found in a car initially pulled over for a traffic violation. In all of these incidents, I personally observed the OCPD officers and public safety aides handle themselves with professionalism as they worked to diffuse and resolve the situation at hand.” Carozza said she viewed the entire video of the incident in question last before issuing her statement and making any assessment about the situation. “When I asked OCPD about the June

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12 Boardwalk arrests being shared on social media before making a public comment, I was shown the entire OCPD video of the event, not just snippets, and given the facts of the violations,” the statement reads. “The facts are that the four individuals detained in this incident were arrested for multiple violations including disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, obstructing and hindering, second-degree assault, and resisting or interfering with the arrest. The individuals were informed of the smoking and vaping prohibition on the Boardwalk, and their follow-up violent actions led to their arrest. These are the facts.” Gov. Larry Hogan addressed the situation briefly on Tuesday during his larger press conference about the pending elimination of the COVID state of emergency in Maryland. Hogan said he had

seen the video from last Saturday’s incident and his office had reached out to Ocean City for cooperation in the investigation. “It was a disturbing video,” he said. “I watched it yesterday as it was hitting the atmosphere. We reached out and had a conversation with the mayor of Ocean City, and our state police have reached out to the Ocean City police. We’re just anxious to get the initial investigation conducted so we can have all of the facts before we make any further statements about it.” By Wednesday afternoon, the Maryland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a press conference in front of the statehouse in Annapolis to address the Ocean City situation specifically and the statewide issues of excessive force by law enforcement in gener-

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Worcester County NAACP President Ivory Smith called for an independent investigation into the incident on the Boardwalk last Saturday, seeking the suspensions of the officers involved until the matter had been adequately probed. “I’m calling for a third-party investigation of this incident,” he said. “I have reviewed the video that has been available to me and the sight of a young black man being kneed repeatedly by a police officer for being uncooperative is an unacceptable use of force.” Smith said he spoke from experience as a Worcester County resident and former employee in Ocean City. “As president of the Worcester County NAACP branch, I understand the importance of having a safe and welcoming Ocean City,” he said. “As a lifelong resident, I worked security and other jobs in Ocean City and I have seen and heard a lot. That’s why I’m calling for a third-party investigation from other agencies besides Ocean City.” Smith suggested not all races and ages enjoy the same Ocean City experience and called on the resort for change. “I’m looking forward to the time we won’t have to worry about our kids and families coming to Ocean City to have a good time,” he said. “With what we’ve seen from last weekend, our kids came down to Ocean City to have a good time, but the end result wasn’t a good time.”


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OCEAN CITY — The Art League of Ocean City is celebrating 30 years of providing college scholarships, awarding 69 scholarships since 1991 to local students pursuing a college degree in the visual and performing arts. In 2021, seven students received scholarships, presented at a First Friday ceremony by Worcester County native and Broadway star Jennifer Wills, who was the first student to receive an Art League scholarship. On First Friday, Wills was joined by Kay Ayres who in 1991 presented the first Art League scholarship to the future lead singer of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Wills said the financial help was important to her success. “It was wonderful to be recognized for my hard work by someone other than my parents,” said Wills, who has returned to her native Eastern Shore to raise her family. “I used the scholarship money during my time at Salisbury University where I received my BA in Music Education. I then received my MM from Indiana University and spent 20 years in New York working professionally in theatre and music including starring in several Broadway shows and headlining with symphonies across the United States.” This year’s scholarships include the inaugural $5,000 Sidney M. Beckstead

Award, in honor of the entrepreneur, artist and jeweler who passed away in 2020. The recipient is Colin Porter, graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, who will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, focusing on jewelry and footwear design. “Sid began his career in the jewelry industry in Ocean City,” Sherrie Beckstead said. “It is with great humility and honor that we want to celebrate Sid’s creative gifts by awarding a scholarship in his name.” The Art League also awarded six $1,000 scholarships, funded through the Katherine Ellen Brown Fund at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and through the Art League scholarship fund in memory of Eva Fox. The recipients are Serap Aksu, a SDHS graduate who will attend Salisbury University; Lilly Jones, graduating from the Salisbury School and attending the Savannah College of Art & Design; and Allison Marx, a SDHS graduate who will attend the University of Maryland College Park. Three previous scholarship winners reapplied for and were awarded continuing scholarships: Lamont Hall, who attends the Pratt Institute; Sara Hancock, who attends Salisbury University; and Alana Troxell, who attends Marymount Manhattan College.


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Resilience, grit, commitment, perseverance and adversity. These are just a handful of words to sum up the 2020-21 school year for students, teachers, staff members and administrators. Rather than viewing it as a year to forget, although an understandable view for many who work in education, we prefer to think of it as a year to celebrate. In many ways, the year demonstrated what can be done when professional, caring educators, committed, passionate parents and flexible, resilient kids of all ages work together to make the best out of an impossible situation. The school year was by no means perfect, but that’s an unrealistic goal anyway. There were trials and tribulations, as inevitable each school year. The 2020-21 version brought the most unique challenges ever for teachers and students, but the will and ability to overcome and pivot by all involved was inspiring. The spirit alive and well this month as schools wrapped up the waning days of the year seemed more celebratory than usual. Something seemed different and we think it’s because there was also incredible relief involved. The school year was finally ending. Taking some time to embrace the final days of a challenging year was entirely appropriate. Over the last couple weeks, the workload lightened, and the moods brightened for the summer ahead, resulting in some time to reflect. It provided some moments for everyone to remember the progress that has been made as a society but also for educators and students far and wide to recall the monumental obstacles overcome. Looking back before moving ahead is a smart approach. The school year began in the fall

entirely virtual. Worcester was the first school system in Maryland in late September to welcome back its first wave of in-person students. Those with special needs and unique home circumstances – such as those whose parents were teachers as well as those with bad internet connections – were soon joined with a phased-in approach as more students returned to the classroom. The progress halted on a Sunday afternoon in mid-November when positivity numbers spiked. Teachers were told to educate from home, and virtual learning returned until early January when the phased approach was reset, and a hybrid model began. Students were rotated with one week in the school and the next virtual. With metrics heading in the right direction and confident in protocols, all Worcester County students who wanted to be back in the classroom were ultimately welcomed back in early March to inperson instruction. About 75% of the entire student body returned to the classroom five days a week. A review of Worcester County Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor’s many messages over the year confirms how far we have come in this return to normalcy and the many difficulties the journey had along the way. Yes, the school year was a masked roller coaster ride for everyone involved, but a look around the state confirms Worcester County families had it better than others. As for the next school year, there is no question county students will return to the classroom in the fall if they wish. It appears likely it will be without masks entirely. This good news should be appreciated because it was not that long ago it did not seem reasonable to expect. Throughout this memorable school

year, Worcester County Public Schools has been a leader in not only Maryland but the mid-Atlantic region. The school year ends with Worcester County being the only school system in Maryland with students in school five days a week. Most school systems finished the year under a hybrid model because they could not make the logistics work. As we head into summer, we thank the Worcester school system leaders who navigated this wild ride adeptly with the goal clearly stated along the way. It was evident the county wanted as many students back in the classroom as possible. There was never a lot of smoke and mirrors when it came to virtual learning. Teachers did the best they could and should be celebrated for their ability to pivot and educate, but it was obvious it was not how they wanted to be engaging with their kids. It was a flawed mode of learning for most students. Unclear other school systems that struggled with communications and clearly stating their efforts, the goal was always clear in Worcester County. It was to return to the classroom responsibly and with confidence. The protocols were spelled out clearly. The pandemic was handled as best as it could possibly be. School system decision makers were aggressive trailblazers when they needed to be and cautious at the right times. Hindsight shows the pandemic was handled exceptionally well. Our students suffered this school year at times, but they had the best opportunities in the state to learn. We in Worcester County should be proud of our schools. The school system’s motto was “Worcester Strong,” and it and all the individuals who comprise it were just that.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disturbing Police Policy Observed On Boardwalk Editor: (The following letter was addressed to the Ocean City Mayor and Council with a copy sent to this newspaper for publishing.) I would like to share with you what I saw on the Boardwalk June 14 from the perspective of a white, middleaged tourist. Just before 3 p.m., my family and I were seated outside at a restaurant in the 600 block of the boardwalk when right in front of us, a group of young white women got into a verbal altercation with a couple of young black men. The entire thing lasted for less than a

minute, they were about 40 feet apart, and they were all cussing and yelling but made no attempt to get near each other. Then the black men turned and started to leave down 7th Street. Police officers on bikes and on foot came swarming in from every direction, completely ignoring the white women and surrounded the black men. They grabbed one, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. One officer shot pepper spray into the crowd that gathered about 20 feet away, telling them to go away. The crowd continued to yell and several other officers, ignoring a great number of white tourists doing the same thing, lunged at a young black man in the crowd who

had been yelling at them. The man turned and ran, and a large number of officers plowed down the Boardwalk after him, crashing into tables, mannequins, store displays and my elderly parents at the restaurant table as they jumped on top of him for being mouthy. I have never in my life seen police act with such obvious racism and aggression when they could have easily deescalated the situation or admonished everyone involved, rather than ignore the white people while violently arresting the black people. The last year has seen a lot of unrest but I am horrified at your police’s refusal to deSEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR escalate and their insistence on targeting the black teenagers in a crowd of white teenagers. Since then, I’ve been watching and every day I see officers giving polite warnings about alcohol, smoking and biking to older adults and completely ignoring white teenagers while aggressively following black teenagers up and down the boardwalk. I’ve been coming to Ocean City for years and I have never felt afraid until now. I’m used to the unruly teenagers during senior week – they’re nothing worse than loud. But I’m now terrified that my children or elderly parents will be trampled by police in pursuit of a loudmouthed black kid and I’m horrified by your new policing policy. Whatever your intention, it certainly appears to be an intentional policy of “Keep Black People Out Of Ocean City.” Tara Courtland Henrico, Va.

Commission Not Acting In OC’s Best Interests Editor: I want to say thank you to our “exceptional” Ocean City Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. What is exceptional about them, you ask? In my opinion, it is the commission members’ ability to make building code “exceptions” for virtually every project submitted to them and provide very little in the way of protecting the quality of life for their already established residents. The P&Z Commission has just allowed nearly 100 new residences, consisting of three new projects, to be built at the top of the Caine Woods neighborhood. Fifty-nine new town homes, 36 new condos and a duplex. They have added a whole new neighborhood on top of an already established neighborhood. Think about it -- 400 to 600-plus new residents encroaching on the neighborhood and local area, all at once. And here are some of the “exceptions” that were allowed by the P&Z Commission -- exceptions to required number of onsite parking spaces; exceptions to required setbacks; exceptions to required sidewalk sizing; and exceptions to required driveway approaches. I could go on, but you get the point. Notably, the P&Z Commission gave up 29 required onsite parking spaces for these residences to be built. It’s bad enough the neighborhood streets get beach goers parking on them in the summer. Now they will have to contend with beach goers and residents parking on the neighborhood streets. By the way, does the P&Z Commission really believe the new residents of the

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condos are going to park in a remote lot when they can park on the street in front of their residences? Come on, stop fooling yourselves. At least stop trying to fool us. I can somewhat understand how this all happens. The almighty tax dollar reigns supreme. It seems the P&Z Commission’s mindset is more money, more money, more money and do not offend the builder’s pockets that provide it. But what about the people that already live here? It appears the P&Z Commission is trying to turn North Ocean City (NOC) into South Ocean City (SOC). If you live here (or visit here often), you know what that means. NOC is relaxed and laid back to SOC’s exuberance and bustle; NOC is roomy and breathable to SOC’s congestion and asphyxia; NOC is calming and peaceful to SOC’s fervor and intensity. Neither area is necessarily wrong or bad, but the twain should never meet! Or be engulfed. In the “no comments from the public” meeting, the P&Z Board not only gave little credence to their own tangible codes, supposedly designed to protect the established residents, but they ignored other intangible issues as well. For example, Caine Woods already has issues with speeders cutting over to Route 54, particularly on 141st and 142nd streets. OCPD has been trying to deal with it for years, to little avail. With no planning, hundreds of additional cars will now be utilizing both these streets. And to top it off, there is only one cross street (142nd) that allows you to go north on Coastal Highway between 140th Street and 145th Street, the area where these residences are being built. The streets of Caine Woods and Sinepuxent Avenue, the parallel back street to Coastal Highway, are now going to be overwhelmed with traffic. And, if there is only one cross street where these residences are being built, where do you believe the residents are going to cross Coastal Highway to get to the beach? That’s right. In the middle of the blocks. Now it will be overcrowded and dangerous for both the pedestrians and traffic in that area. I could go on with more tangibles and intangibles, but again, you get the point. So let’s see. Heavy traffic, speeders, congestion, lack of parking, jaywalkers, accidents, crowded beaches -- I’d say you’re on your way, P&Z Commission, to changing North Ocean City into South Ocean City. I guess this is where my original thank you in the first sentence comes into play. Rich Martin Caine Woods

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Ocean City was thrust into the national spotlight this week, thanks to about 30 seconds of cell phone video capturing a police officer repeatedly knee thrusting an individual on the Boardwalk and another officer in a separate incident using a taser on a man with his hands up. After a week of irresponsible and sensational reporting from national and regional media outlets, it’s time to be blunt. A majority of the people who come to Ocean City even in June come with the best intentions. There is a small minority who are here to cause trouble. It’s this group which also increasingly comes armed and dangerous. The number of weapons seized arrests in May increased by more than 400%, from six in 2020 to 31 this May. The trend is continuing in June with at least 24 weapons arrests in the first two weeks of June. It’s understandable for police to be on guard when individuals do not immediately comply. While the video snippet visuals are disturbing, the full videos show more context and justify the police’s actions. Police officers were right to react with force amid threats on their safety. What is not understandable is grandstanding and trying to exploit situations to promote an agenda as happened at a press conference Wednesday in Annapolis when Ocean City got trashed. The Caucus of African American Leaders, including members of the local and state NAACP chapters, called for the immediate suspension of all Ocean City police officers involved in the two situations. An expedited investigation into the incidents was sought. While the probe is taking place, the Black leaders called for a boycott of Ocean City and its businesses. The press conference eventually devolved into individuals standing up trying to make the news with sensational comments. One individual even said, “Ocean City has a long history of segregation and racism …” before saying some of those people are still in positions of power. Another speaker reported there is a clear “disconnect” between business people and the police in Ocean City. He then rambled on how businesses in Ocean City made “zero money last year” and the last thing businesses want is for people to boycott the town. These comments are false. I’m siding with the blue. I give the police the benefit of the doubt their actions – while difficult to watch – were required to quell a potentially dangerous situation. It’s understandable police officers will be particularly on edge after last June’s dangerous antics and the fact individuals in the senior week age range are being found armed and dangerous at an alarming rate. Senator Mary Beth Carozza was a voice of reason this week in regard to the Ocean City turmoil. At least seven national television news outlets picked up on the story and some officials took their opportunity at glory to provide harsh comments about today’s police officers. It’s disappointing to see legislators make absurd comments about situations they know little about. It was clearly the case when the two top-ranking legislators in the House and Senate went on the record in The Baltimore Sunwith kneejerk reactions. At least the governor, when asked by a reporter about the Ocean City incidents during a press conference, said he would withhold specific comments until a full probe is completed. Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones went the opposite route, saying, “The video from this weekend in Ocean City is deeply disturbing. Vaping on the Boardwalk is not a criminal offense. Black and brown children should not be tased while their hands are up.” Senate President Bill Ferguson chimed in nonsensically, saying, “No teenager should face brutality for walking along the Boardwalk.” Both comments appeared in an article in The Sun headlined, “Lawmakers, advocates criticize Ocean City Police for excessive force after videos depict violent arrests of Black teens vaping.” After some of her legislative counterparts made these irresponsible comments without knowing all the facts, Carozza defended her hometown police agency and recounted her experience from a seven-hour plus ride-along she had on Saturday night. “… In all six of the incidences that I observed, the officers and public safety aides approached the individuals regardless of race, age or gender to inform them in a factual and courteous manner of the ordinance or law and their violation of it,” she said in a statement. “… In one of these incidences, a female officer was assaulted by a female detained for disorderly conduct and public drinking. In another incident, a handgun was found in a car initially pulled over for a traffic violation. In all of these incidences, I personally observed the OCPD officers and public safety aides handled themselves with professionalism as they worked to diffuse and resolve the situation at hand.” She added, “When I asked OCPD about the June 12th Boardwalk arrests being shared on social media before making a public comment, I was shown the entire OCPD video of the event (not just snippets) and given the facts of the violations. The facts are that the four individuals detained in this incident were arrested for multiple violations including disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, obstructing and hindering, assault second degree, and resisting/interfering with the arrest. The individuals were informed of the smoking and vaping prohibition on the Boardwalk, and their follow up violent actions led to their arrest. These are the facts.”

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FENWICK ISLAND – As officials in Fenwick Island prepare for a town-wide drainage study, project consultants came before a resort committee last week with an overview of the work to be completed. Last week, representatives with GMB, a local engineering firm, came before the Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee to discuss the specifications of a proposed drainage study. Town Manager Terry Tieman said the meeting would allow committee members to review the scope of work. “Before we proceed with putting numbers to it, we want to make sure that you all, the infrastructure committee, have had a chance to review it,” she said,

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“and we can tweak the scope of work to include everything that needs to be included.” Tieman said council members last year expressed their desires for a drainage study. She said the proposed plan would include phases, priorities, project scopes and budget ranges for resiliency projects in town. “We wanted them to look at everything and give us a five- or 10-year action plan of how we can better mitigate flooding …,” she said. “We cannot fix the flooding. We are at sea level, sometimes two feet above sea level, and we can do some things to mitigate it. But to fix it is

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Using public comments, Jett said GMB would draft a resiliency plan that would go back to community stakeholders for review. He said he expects a final plan to be completed by next spring. Councilman Bernie Merritt, committee chair, said the study would identify existing conditions and develop shortand long-term solutions to the town’s flooding issues. “Folks around town are getting pretty frustrated,” he said. “It seems like we’re getting flooded more and more. We can’t stop it, but the town wants to do as much as it can.” Jett said GMB could also help the town apply for federal funding. He noted money the town receives from the American Rescue Plan Act could also be used to fund some projects. “My personal thoughts are this is a great idea,” Public Works Manager Mike Locke said. “It will be helpful in so many ways.” During public comments, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean questioned the study’s price tag. Tieman said officials were waiting for GMB to provide the town with a final project proposal and cost estimate. “They are still in the process of scoping the project,” she replied. “Once it’s fully scoped – and this [meeting] is part of scoping it – they will present us with an estimate and council will have to decide whether to fund it or not.”

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And Real Estate News ‘Safest City’ Recognition

BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Association General Manager’s Office announced that Ocean Pines, while technically a homeowner's association, was recently named as the “safest city” in Maryland by website Safewise. Safewise uses FBI crime statistics and U.S. Census data to determine its rankings. According to the site, the violent crime rate in Ocean Pines has dropped in each of the last three years, from 1.7 per 1,000 people in 2019, to 1.1 per 1,000 in 2020, and 0.7 per 1,000 in 2021. Ocean Pines moved up one spot in the Safewise ranking from last year, when Taneytown was named the safest community in Maryland. The only other local city on the top10 list was Berlin, at number six. Other

Eastern Shore communities ranked included Easton (#17), Fruitland (#26), Salisbury (#34) and Ocean City (#38). “I am glad to have Ocean Pines back in the number-one slot,” Police Chief Leo Ehrisman said. “We would like to thank the homeowners for being so involved in reporting suspicious activity early and assisting with activity information recorded on their home surveillance systems. The community can only remain at this level of safety with the help of the public. We thank the public for the involvement and the support they bring to the police, which again keeps the officers connected to the public, and the public connected to the Police.” General Manager John Viola credited the challenging and tireless work by Ehrisman and his entire department. “Our police department continues to

The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials joined with representatives of the Bank of Delmarva last week to celebrate the opening of the company’s newest branch on 26th Street in Ocean City.

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make our community one of the safest in the region, and their new state-ofthe-art facility, opened last year, should serve Ocean Pines for many years to come,” he said.

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Shaeffer and Tompkins detailed the many educational resources and shared a number of student success stories and examples of perseverance through the pandemic.

Building Wins Award BETHANY BEACH, Del. – Every spring the Regal Awards are presented by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Delaware to highlight excellence in the Delaware home building industry. Though the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be held virtually last year, this year the 29th Annual Regal Awards ceremony was held in-person at Lighthouse Cove Event Center in Dewey Beach. Sea Light Design-Build won the coveted Regal Award for Delaware Remodeler of the Year for the second consecutive time. They also took home seven more Regals for Best Owner’s Suite Design for a Remodeler, Best Kitchen Design for a Remodeler, Best Renovation under $15,000, Best Renovation over $50,000, Best Residential Addition/Alteration under $50,000, Best Website for an Associate building less than 20 homes per year, and Sussex County Remodeling Excellence of the Year. “Everyday our team continues to provide unsurpassed customer service, innovative designs, and unique solutions to customer requests,” said Chuck Coleman, owner of Sea Light Design-Build. “We are honored, and humbled, that our efforts won us 8 Regal Awards this year. It was truly a team effort”.

Firm’s Design Recognized SALISBURY – The American Council of Engineering Companies-Delaware Chapter has honored Becker Morgan Group with its “2021 Engineering Excellence Award” for the design of Delaware Technical Community College’s (DTCC) new 13,500-square-foot Automotive Center of Excellence (ACOE) Owens Campus in Georgetown, Del. The award recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity while providing a significant benefit to the public welfare and

the practice of consulting engineering. Becker Morgan Group provided full design services for the project including surveying, civil engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, structural engineering, and interior design. “There were a number of unique challenges on this project, such as the handling of storm water management,” said Greg Moore, a principal with the firm. “We designed a system that effectively managed runoff off below the parking field using a PaveDrain system. This approach to sustainable water resource management was one of many solutions that allowed us to make the most of the two-and-a-half-acre site.”

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Welcoming the community into their new branch on 26th Street were The Bank of Delmarva Universal Bankers Carlie Chilton, Sofiya Buchkova, and Amanda Mullinix.

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Doing their best to stay dry during a rainy Saturday at the Ocean Pines Farmers Market were Larry Slater and Linda Doherty of Linda’s Backyard.

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One of the activities held at the Healing Arts Center of the Eastern Shore June Healthy Happy Hour was a story telling by Amber Frasier, with daughter Joya, of Amberlina’s Adventures.

New to the Ocean Pines Farmers Market this year are Michele and Wayne Yon of Pet Wants, featuring small batch pet food and treats.

Artist Kal Dupchen received an honorable mention for his multi-media piece “Reborn Universe” in the Rare Earth Group Show on display at the Ocean City Center for the Arts in June.

Delmarva Veteran Builders Vice President Daniel Mills and Head of Operations Kathryn Ellis came out for the unveiling of their newest project, The Bank of Delmarva on 26th Street.

During the Ocean City Center for the Arts June First Friday Opening Reception, Lewes, Del. artist Nina Mickelsen unveiled her show, “Screenspective Plus.”

The Bank of Delmarva Marketing Director Matt Swinehart and Marketing Assistant Bobbie Dickerson were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the new 26th Street branch.

Ammal Elali, and his uncle Imad Elali, enjoyed participating in the painting project at the Healing Arts Center of the Eastern Shore June Healthy Happy Hour/Youth ArtFest.

Happy to see the great turnout for the ribbon cutting ceremony of their 12th location were Betsy Eicher (CFO) and Larry Dernulc (Senior VP) of The Bank of Delmarva.

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The Beebe Auxiliary gathered outdoors recently to celebrate a difficult year of fundraising for Beebe Healthcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The auxiliary, which runs a craft group, a thrift shop beside the go-kart track at Midway, the gift shop at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, along with many other fundraising efforts, had all normal avenues closed or limited for the entirety of the year. Above, Nancy Tartaglione, treasurer, and Wendell Alfred, president, present Tom Protack, president of the Beebe Medical Foundation, and David A. Tam, president and CEO of Beebe Healthcare, with a donation of $125,000.

In honor of Flag Day, Boy Scout Troop 225 presented the flags at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645 in The Flaig-Wagner Banquet Room. Leading Knight Eileen Loftus presided over the ceremony. Executive Director of Boy Scout Troop 225 John Belzner coordinated the event. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the order's observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression, but it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country. The Elks Grand Lodge adopted mandatory observance of Flag Day by every lodge and the requirement continues. Submitted Photos

During the June 1 meeting, the Worcester County Commissioners, who were joined by State's Attorney Kris Heiser, presented a retirement commendation and thanked office assistant Lorraine Mack for providing 15 years of dedicated service to the Worcester County State's Attorney's Office. Mack is pictured with Heiser and the commissioners. The Worcester County Commissioners presented a proclamation this month to the Department of Social Services Administrative Assistant Tracy Lynch and other staff members recognizing June 2021 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Worcester County. Elder abuse robs victims of their sense of dignity and self-worth. Nearly 2.1 million seniorage U.S. citizens are violated each year when they become victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial exploitation or healthcare fraud.

The Worcester County Commissioners presented a retirement commendation and thanked Captain Bruce Bunting for providing 40 years of outstanding service to the Worcester County Jail this month. Pictured with Bunting, front center, are Commissioners Diana Purnell, Bud Church, Ted Elder, Josh Nordstrom, Chip Bertino, Jim Bunting and Joe Mitrecic.

The Republican Women of Worcester County group held its general meeting at The Coral Reef Restaurant in Ocean City on May 27. RWWC welcomed home local legislators for a report on activities in Annapolis. Pictured, from left, are Delegate Charles Otto, Senator Mary Beth Carozza and Delegate Wayne Hartman. They each highlighted the Maryland General Assembly key issues during the recent session.

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New Fishing Pier Celebrated: Worcester County Commissioners Ted

Elder and Josh Nordstrom, Parks Superintendent Jacob Stephens and incoming Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young cut the ribbon for the new fishing pier at Newtown Park in Pocomoke on June 5 to kick off the festivities for the 2nd Annual Fishing Derby. The new pier is open to those of all ages daily and is an ideal fishing spot. Permitted activities at the pond include kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. However, swimming and ice skating are strictly prohibited. Submitted Photos

NOW HIRING FOLLOWING POSITIONS • INSTALL LEAD The trophy for the largest fish caught by a girl during the fishing derby at the Newtown Park pier in Pocomoke went to Nora, above, who landed a 10.5-inch fish. More than 100 youth and adults attended the fishing derby and ribbon cutting. Below, the trophy for the most fish caught by a boy went to Gunner for landing 18 fish.


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June 18: Freedom Walk Juneteenth Snow Hill Freedom Walk at Byrd Park with registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk starting at 9. Walk sponsored by Snow Hill United, Worcester County NAACP and African American Heritage Society of Snow Hill & Surrounding Areas. 443-944-6701.

June 19: Assateague Fishing Derby Assateague State Park will be holding its annual Youth Fishing Derby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free for all; participants must be children 16 and under. Participants will get the chance to learn fishing techniques and try their hand at surf fishing alongside Assateague State Park employees who will be on hand to instruct participants in proper fishing methods for the surf. Fishing equipment will be provided but is limited so participants should bring their own equipment if possible. Prizes will be awarded. June 19: Classic Car Festival Selbyville’s 64th Annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car & Family Festival will feature classic vehicles across multiple decades as far back as the 1930’s. A family-friend-

ly affair, the event also includes food vendors, children’s activities, and live music from The Glass Onion Band sponsored by Mountaire Farms. Vehicle entry into the car show is $10, and the first 100 registrants receive a commemorative event gift sponsored by Murray Sod. Prizes awarded for each category by decade, as well as cash prizes for People’s Choice and Best of Show. For complete details, schedule of events, and to enter a vehicle, visit www.thequietresorts.com.

June 19: Judy Johnson Event The Worcester County NAACP will commemorate Negro League Baseball Player Hall of Famer Judy Johnson, a Snow Hill native, from 11 a.m.-noon. He will be recognized in front of the Judy Johnson Memorial at the Snow Hill Library at 307 N. Washington St, in Snow Hill. Judy Johnson’s long-time friend James Knott will share personal stories. Rayner "Ray" Banks, ambassador for the Baltimore Negro Leagues, will also be present. 443-944-6701

June 19: Teach A Kid To Fish The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will host the annual Teach A Kid To Fish Day from 9-11 a.m. at the South Gate Pond near the Sports Core Pool. Kids of all ages are invited to “test the waters” and learn fishing skills and techniques with the members of the Ocean Pines Anglers Club. A wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce a new generation to the sport of fishing. The pond is stocked with several species of fish and participants will have the opportunity to try out their newly learned skills. Participants are encouraged to bring insect repellent and a bottle of water. Please bring your own rod. Bait will be provided. There will be a drawing for a free rod and reel. The event is free. No pre-registration is required. For more information contact John McFalls at 610505-1697 June 19-20: OC Air Show SEE NEXT PAGE

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June 20: Golf Social Local golfers are invited to take part in a special “Sunday Golf Social” hosted by the Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council at the Ocean Pines Golf Club. Ocean Pines Golf Club members will host the event with all proceeds benefiting the Golf Members’ Council Scholarship Fund and the Junior Golf Fund. The cost is $22.50 per person and the fee includes a light-fare boxed dinner of chicken, tuna, or chicken salad wraps with chips and sodas or iced tea. A cash bar will also be available. Cart and greens fees are the responsibility of each participant. For more information or to sign up, contact wblischak@yahoo.com, or call the pro shop at 410-641-6057. June 21: Luncheon The Democratic Women’s Club of Worcester County’s luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club’s ballroom. All are welcome. The first in-person event in more than a year will include choice of three entrees and dessert, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more. Social distancing protocols in place. Cost is $30. Deadline for registra-

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch tion and payment is June 1. Reservation form is on the DWC’s Facebook page, website, www.dwcmd.org, or email, demwomensclubwc@gmail.com. June 21-24: Summer Wellness Camp Worcester County Health Department is hosting a free four-day Summer Wellness Camp, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke. The camp will include local guest speakers with presentations that will help prepare youth for their teenage years. Field trips around Worcester County will also be included, incentives like power banks, bookbags, and pop sockets and a free boxed lunch to-go for each day. Due to space, the program is limited to 12 participants (ages 13-19 years old). Registration is required. The first 10 participants to attend will receive True Wireless Stereo Earbuds. To enroll call 410-632-1100, ext. 1103 or email twila.fykes@maryland.gov. June 22: Medical Office Job Fair Atlantic General Hospital and Health System on Healthway Drive in Berlin will be interviewing applicants for open positions in the organization’s physician practices during an upcoming job fair. Offers will be made to qualified candidates for medical receptionist and medical office assistant positions on the spot! No appointment is necessary, and the first 30 individuals to attend the job fair will receive a gift card. 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 23: Monthly Meeting The First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League Meets at the Ocean

City American Legion Post 166 on 23rd Street at noon. Any Marines and Navy Corpsman who have served, living in Worcester and Sussex Counties, are welcome to join us to meet their fellow veterans and consider joining the detachment and support community service through camaraderie and volunteerism. 410-430-7181 or websergeant@firststatemarines.org.

July 24: Kiwanis Club Car Show The first Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City Car Show will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Ocean Pines Veterans Memorial Park. Registration costs $15 per entrant from 8-9 a.m. There will be judged classes, trophies and awards.

June 24: Summerfest Summerfest, a free Wicomico County Recreation & Parks event series for kids and families, is back at community parks this summer. Come out to socialize, eat snacks, play games, listen to music and watch a movie on the big screen. Events will be held on select Thursdays from 5:30-10 p.m. at the following locations: June 24 at Lake Street Playground; July 8 at Indian Village Playground; July 22 at Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park; and Aug. 12 at Doverdale Playground. DJ And One will be on-site providing music. He will be joined by hosts The OG Show, Stizzy Stacckz, DJ J-Town and C-Mack.

June 26: Yard Sale The Parke at Ocean Pines is holding its community sale (rain date is Sunday, June 27) from 7 a.m. to noon in the drive-

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July 3: Berlin Fireworks At dusk fireworks will be held in Berlin at Heron Park.

July 9: Bathtub Races The Bathtub Races are back for 2nd Friday in Berlin. Bathtubs of all shapes and sizes race down Main Street for the winning trophy. Parade begins at 6 p.m. with races at 6:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce featuring Ocean98 DJs Big Al Reno & Schwab. 410-641-4775.

July 14: Job Fair Prospective employers from across Worcester County will be on hand offering hundreds of seasonal and yearround jobs at the Open Air Job Fair at Elks Lodge #1624 in Pocomoke from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Employers offering competitive wages and signing bonuses will be accepting applications and hiring onsite. No registration is required. Come prepared to apply and interview. Training and transportation resources will be available onsite. Space is also available at no cost for employers who would like to participate. This event will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact WCTED Workforce Engagement Specialist Jackie Trieu at jtrieu@co.worcester.md.us or at (410) 632-3110.

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Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 45th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, June 18: Wes Davis, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19: Colossal Fossil Sauce, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Keith White Duo, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: Aaron Howell, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24: Ward Ewing, 9 p.m.

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DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, June 18 Crawl St. Tavern: Tuesdays

BEATS BY WAX Crawl St. Tavern: Monday, June 21 Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Sundays & Wednesdays

9TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2641 9th St. & Boardwalk Friday, June 18: Caitie Adler, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19: Aaron Howell, 6 p.m. Thursdays: Chino Rankin, 6 p.m. ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley

DJ BK Greene Turtle North: Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19 Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

BUXY’S SALTY DOG/DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Thursday, June 24: Aaron Howell Duo Sundays: Local’s Party w/ DJ BK CAPTAIN’S TABLE 410-289-7192 15th St. & Baltimore Ave. In The Courtyard Marriott Fridays: Phil Perdue COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL CASTLE IN THE SAND HOTEL 37th & 38th St. 410-289-6846 Friday, June 18: Darin Engh, Noon; Monkee Paw, 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19: The Everafter, Noon, 33 RPM, 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Chris Diller Duo, Noon; Lauren Glick Band, 4 p.m. Monday, June 21: Nate Clendenen, Noon Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 22: Josh Pryor, 11:30 a.m.; Bilenki Duo, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: Kevin Poole, Noon; Smooth & Remy, 4 p.m. Thursday, June 24: Keri Anthony, Noon; Lime Green Band, 4 p.m.

SHOTS FIRED Crawl Street Tavern: Friday, June 18

BEATS BY ADAM DUTCH Purple Moose: Friday & Sunday, June 18 & 20, Tuesday June 22, Thursday, June 24

BRYAN CLARK Fager’s Island: Sunday, June 20

SURREAL Purple Moose Saloon: Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19

COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Saturday, June 19: Jim Long, 2 p.m. Sundays: DJ Wax, 10 a.m. Wednesdays: DJ Wax, 8 p.m.

BEATS BY STYLER Pickles Pub: Sunday, June 20 Fridays & Wednesdays

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Friday -Sunday, June 18-20

CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Sunday, June 20: TBA Wednesday, June 23: Jason Lee, 5 p.m. CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, June 18: Shots Fired, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19: Side Project, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Karaoke w/DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m. Monday, June 21: DJ Wax, 10 p.m., Tuesday, June 22: DJ RobCee, 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: EDM w/Reckless Minds, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24: Joy On Fire, 9 p.m. CORK BAR Sunday, June 20: Trailer Park Romeo, 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, June 18: The 8-Trax, 5:30 p.m.; DJ RobCee, 9:30, All Star Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19: Other Brother Darryl, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Willoughby, 9:30 p.m.; Shake The Room, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Bryan Clark, 6 p.m. Monday, June 21: Animal House, 5 p.m., DJ Hector, 9 p.m. (deck) The Rockets, 10 p.m.(stage) Thursday, June 24: DJ Groove, 9:30 p.m.

JIMI SMOOTH BAND Ocean Club/Clarion: Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19

KARAOKE W/WOOD Pickles Pub: Mondays

STEPHEN ANTHONY Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19

DARIN ENGH Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill: Friday, June 18

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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE WEST 410-213-1500 Rte. 611, West OC Friday, June 18: TBA

COLOSSAL FOSSIL SAUCE 45th St. Taphouse: Saturday, June 19

ALL STAR BAND Fager’s Island: Friday, June 18

HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, June 18: DJ Billy T, 3 p.m. Saturday June 19: Dust N Bones Duo, 1 p.m.; DJ Billy T, 6 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Opposite Directions, 1 p.m.; DJ Billy T, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24: DJ Nilly, 3 p.m. MULLIGAN’S 410-213-7717 12445 Ocean Gateway, West OC Thursday, June 24: TBA

SMOOTH & REMY Coconuts Beach Bar: Wednesday, June 23

FULL CIRCLE OP Yacht Club: Saturday, June 19 Seacrets: Monday, June 21 & Wednesday, June 23

OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19: Jimi Smooth Band, DJ Twitch, 7 p.m. Mondays DJ Twitch, 7 p.m. Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19: Stephen Anthony, Noon Friday-Sunday, June 18-20: On The Edge, 4 p.m. Monday & Tuesday, June 21 & 22: First Class Wednesday & Thursday, June 23 & 24: On The Edge, 4 p.m. OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Rd., Ocean Pines Friday, June 18: Great Train Robbery Saturday, June 19: Full Circle Sunday, June 20: Marcella

AARON HOWELL DUO 9th St. Taphouse: Saturday June 19 45th St. Taphouse: Wednesday, June 23 Dry Dock 28: Thursday, June 24

JIM LONG BAND Seacrets: Friday, June 18 Coins Pub: Saturday, June 19 (solo)

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Harborside: Sunday, June 20 Seacrets: Tuesday, June 22

ANIMAL HOUSE Fager’s Island: Monday, June 21

LAUREN GLICK BAND Coconuts Beach Bar: Sunday, June 20

JOY ON FIRE Crawl St. Tavern: Thursday, June 24

PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, June 18: Beats By Styler, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19: Rogue Citizens Sunday, June 20: Beats By Styler Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Sts. On The Boardwalk Friday, June 18: DJ Adam Dutch, 2 p.m., Surreal, 10 p.m. Saturday, June 19: DJ Rut, 2 p.m., Surreal, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 20: DJ Rut, 2 p.m.; DJ Adam Dutch, 10 p.m. Monday, June 21: DJ Rut, 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 22: DJ Adam Dutch, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: DJ Rut, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 24: DJ Adam Dutch, 9 p.m. SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, June 18: Jim Long Band, 5 p.m., 9 Mile Roots, 9 p.m., Lost In Paris, 10 p.m. Saturday, June 19: DJ Bobby O, 10 a.m. Hot Toddys, 1 p.m., 9 Mile Roots, 5 p.m., The Way Outs, 9 p.m., Kono Nation, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 20: Triple Rail Turn, 5 p.m. The Burnsiders, 9 p.m.; Amish Outlaws, 10 p.m. Monday, June 21: Full Circle, 5 p.m.; The Burnsiders, 9 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22: Opposite Directions, 5 p.m.; Adwela & The Uprising, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: Full Circle Duo, 5 p.m. Adwela & The Uprising, 9 p.m.; My Hero Zero, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24: John McNutt Band, 5 p.m., I&I Riddim Reggae, 9 p.m. Go Go Gadjet, 10 p.m.

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SALISBURY – Amateur and professional photographers have the opportunity to submit photos that demonstrate the lifestyle, beauty and assets of Wicomico County for Wicomico County Tourism’s 2021 Photo Contest. Photos can be of anything taken in Wicomico County in the past two years, although some suggested topics include nature and the outdoors, culture, shopping, food and drink, wineries and breweries, festivals and events, and history. The contest is open to photographers ages 18 and older. It is free to enter the contest, and each photographer can submit up to 10 photos.

The first-place prize is $500 and the winner’s photograph displayed on the Wicomico County Tourism website, in a Wicomico County Tourism e-newsletter and in the next published Wicomico County Tourism visitors guide. Secondand third-place winners will be awarded $250 and $100, respectively, with the opportunity for their winning photographs to be displayed on the tourism website and in the guide. The contest is open now, and entries will be accepted until Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. Full photo contest rules and an online entry form can be found at www.WicomicoTourism.org.

BERLIN – The two large Republic Recycling dumpsters currently located near the entrance of Heron Park are scheduled for removal the week of June 28. The cardboard-only dumpster will remain. “The two large recycling dumpsters cost the town approximately $50,000 a year, on top of the cost to the town to provide curbside recycling pickup to our residents and qualifying businesses,” said Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood. “Non-recyclables are frequently placed in the dumpsters and items are often left by non-residents. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to remove the dumpsters.” Fleetwood reminds town trash cus-

tomers that free, curbside collection of recycling is provided once per week, along with free yard and bulk waste collections twice a year. Recycling only needs to be separated by type. Worcester County also offers free recycling drop off stations at a number of locations throughout the county, including the two nearest Berlin at 9636 Mill Haven Road off of Flower Street, and in front of Walmart off of Ocean Gateway (Route 50). Neither of these locations require a landfill permit and the Walmart location is accessible 24-hours, seven days a week. For more information about Worcester County’s recycling program, please visit www.co.worcester.md.us.

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(Editor’s Note: The following is a series on the men and women who have spent their summers protecting all those who came to Ocean City for fun and safe vacation.) OCEAN CITY – People join the Ocean City Beach Patrol for a variety of reasons. Some just want a memorable and fun job for the summer before the "real world" and careers come calling. Others try out as a way to push themselves both mentally and physically. Several get jobs in education and return

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each summer to a job they love. But there are some who take on the job and become transformed by the adventure in ways they never could have predicted. Andy Schmidt was just such a guard. As a kid growing up in Kensington, Md., Andy didn't know that a chance meeting would change his life. It was 1987 when he headed over to a "beach party" at a neighbor's house. At that party were two Ocean City Beach Patrol

lifeguards Greg Pugh and Carl Krogmann. They were introduced and immediately began telling Andy of the adventures and rescues they had patrolling the beaches of Ocean City. Andy was a natural athlete, and the pair of guards convinced him that he should try out for the job. That's just what he did as soon as the summer started and immediately began his time on beach patrol. "So many moments were memorable," he recalls. On one of his first rescues, Andy remembers going in after one guy in trouble and that he "got too close. He climbed all over me and I had to pull my buoy, so I wouldn’t go under. We were right on the jetty and had to go around to get in. When we finally got in, the guy laid down for a while after nearly drowning so close to shore. A bunch of his family members gathered around and started giving him a hard time about what happened and how he shouldn’t have been out there, not knowing how to swim." Andy would guard for two summers, but that was enough to carry a lifetime impact for him. "OCBP and Ocean City changed my life. It prepared me for living on my own and gave me the courage to explore places further from my comfort zone,” he said.

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Two summers as a lifeguard in Ocean City “changed my life,” said Andy Schmidt.

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After listening to the stories told by other guards who traveled the world in the off season, he knew that his life was not going to be ordinary. Like the others before him, Andy was ready to embrace adventure. "That’s how I got out to Hawaii, that then took too me to other far out places, like Mexico, and Indonesia, and Alaska, and now the raddest of all, starting a family,” he said. “You have to build up to adventures and Ocean City got me my first taste of trying things out on my own. It will always stand out as one of the best times of my life." Andy Schmidt now lives in Hawaii with his wife and new son. His adventure continues.

Free Platform Tennis Clinic Offered June 23

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BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Racquet Center is offering a free clinic for new platform tennis players on June 23. Platform tennis is an outdoor racquet sport for any age group that combines elements of tennis and racquetball. The game is usually played as a doubles sport, with players using a solid paddle and a spongy ball. Platform tennis courts are one-third of the size of a normal court, and surrounded by screens to help keep the ball in play. The free clinics are scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Organizers will supply all the necessary equipment. "Even if you’ve never played a racquet sport, we will get you playing,” Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association (OPPTA) Board member Karen Kaplan said. “If you used to play, you will love this game that’s played year-round on our fenced-in platform courts.” The OPPTA offers four drop-ins each week, along with co-ed, men’s and ladies’ leagues, and social events. “It’s a very friendly group,” Kaplan said. “Come on down and join us.” For questions or more information, email oppaddle2020@gmail.com, call 516-508-0313, or visit https://www.oceanpines.org/web/pages/platformtennis.

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During their June 1, 2021 meeting, the Worcester County Commissioners presented commendations to representatives from the Berlin Fire Company (BFC), Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, Showell Volunteer Fire Department and Willards Volunteer Fire Company for responding to reports of a house fire on Donaway Road and for the crucial role each department played in saving lives. The commissioners also honored BFC Chief RJ Rhode and Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company Associate Member Bob Rhode who rescued a female occupant trapped in the house by performing a window rescue. Submitted Photo

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Pictured, from left, at an awards presentation were Superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools Louis H. Taylor, firstplace poetry contest winner Renata Levitt and Worcester County Garden Club Youth Contests co-chairs Joanne Kirby and Brigid Slavin. Submitted Photo


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BERLIN – The following represents a collection of press releases and announcements about local student achievements in high school and college. •Sponsored by the Worcester County Garden Club, Stephen Decatur Middle School student Renata Levitt was recently presented with an award for placing first in the National Garden Clubs, Inc. 2019-2020 Youth Poetry Contest. According to Worcester County Garden Club Youth Contests chairman Joanne Kirby and co-chairman Brigid Slavin, Levitt wrote the poem “My Grandmother’s Garden” when she was in sixth grade, but restrictions imposed during the COVID pandemic delayed award. The Worcester County Garden Club is a member of Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to provide support, leadership and education for garden clubs and the public about best practices for horticulture, conservation, and landscape design. Individuals interested in learning more about Worcester County Garden Club can contact the membership chair at WorCtyGardenClub@gmail.com. •The following students from Pocomoke High School were awarded scholarships from the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club on May 20. Due to the fact the boat show was cancelled this past winter, the club had limited funding to give scholarships. Still, a total of $66,000 in scholarships were given to students at Stephen Decatur High School, Snow Hill High School and Pocomoke High School. Pocomoke students, listed with their collection selections, receiving scholarships were Madison McDorman, $2,000, Salisbury University; Anna Butler, $2,000, Culinary Institute of Va.; Madelyn Clayton, $2,000, Towson University; Dasia Conner, $2,000, Salisbury University; Grace Robinson, $2,000, University of Maryland College Park; Ty'Lia Branch, $1,500, Howard University; Janai Taylor, $1,500, Old Dominion University; Jonathan Moore, $1,000, Old Dominion University; and Joseph Moore, $1,000, University of Northwestern Ohio. Snow Hill students presented scholarships from the club were Charles Blakelock, Mount St. Mary’s; Mazie Brinker, Salisbury University; Darius Dale, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Amelia Jacobs, Salisbury University; and Jasmyne Price, Hampton University. • Kai McGovern, Class of 2022, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester at the University of Vermont. McGovern from Berlin is in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school. Also, McGovern was recently inducted into the Alpha Omicron Chapter of the Xi Sigma PI National Forestry Honor Society based on his outstanding academic achievement in forestry and related coursework at the university. SEE NEXT PAGE

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Ocean City’s own Katie Hofman recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy class of 2021 in Annapolis. She received her Bachelor of Science degree English, with merit, Dean’s List and was commissioned marine core air, with the rank of Second Lieutenant United States Marine Corps. She now will attend marine basic school in Quantico, Virginia for six months then attend flight school in Pensacola, Fla. Submitted Photo

•James Madison University announced the following students who graduated during the May 2021 commencement exercises – Ann Woll of Berlin, who graduated with a degree in history, and Whitney Van Kirk of Ocean City, who graduated with a degree in writing, rhetoric and technical communication. •Berlin resident Ann Woll, has been named to the President's List at James Madison University for the spring 2021 semester. •James Madison University has announced the following students made the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester. Caroline Pasquariello of Berlin, who is majoring in marketing; Corinne Krasner of Berlin, who is majoring in musical theatre; and Alexa Upperman of Berlin, who is majoring in nursing. •Gabrielle Izzett of Berlin is one of 430 students at Shenandoah University who made the President's List for the Spring 2021 semester. •Among the 898 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University named to the President's List for the Spring 2021 semester was Berlin resident Katherine Mitchell, a Marine Science major. Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, located just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. •More than 2,100 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean's List for the spring semester, including Patrick Miller, a Business Administration major from Ocean City. •Lehigh University Dean's List status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Andrew Luhmann of Ocean City in the spring semester.

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team’s run through the state regional playoffs ended on Monday with a 3-1 loss to Atholton in the regional championship. The Seahawks were dominant for much of the short spring season, compiling a 9-1 regular season record. The season included win streaks of five and seven games, sandwiched around the only regular season loss, 3-2, to Park-

side, back on May 21. Decatur routed Bayside South rival Bennett, 14-4, in the state 3A-South Section II semifinals last Thursday in their opener in the region playoffs, then edged Easton, 2-1, in the section championship on Saturday. On Monday, the Seahawks faced Atholton in the 3A-South Region championship and fell 3-2, ending what was otherwise a remarkable season. Decatur finished with an overall 11-2 record, including a 9-1 mark in the regular season.

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s outdoor track teams acquitted themselves well last week at the state 3A-South divisional championships with high finishes in nearly every event. On the boys’ side, in the 100, Jaden Holland finished eighth and Zimere Handy finished ninth. Handy was third in the 200, while Holland finished sixth. In the 800, Tristan Dutton was seventh and Ethan Justice was ninth. Dutton finished third in the 1,600, while Liam Foley came in fourth. Foley was second in the 3,200, while Philip Becnel was third. The Decatur boys finished second in the 4x800 relay and fourth in the 4x400. In the field events, Decatur’s Owen Mielnik finished first in the pole vault. Bryce Solomon was sixth in the

discus and sixth in the shot put. On the girls’ side, in the 100, Alexis Berrie finished eighth and Breanne Ferguson finished ninth. Berrie also finished seventh in the 200, while Mackenzie Cathell finished eighth in the 400. Carolina Novelli was fifth in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600. Avery Braciszewski was fifth in the 1,600. Braciszewski also finished third in the 3,200, while Amalia Murphy finished fourth. Alexandria Urbanski finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, while Summer Brenner was fourth. Brenner also finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles. The Decatur girls finished second in the 4x100, second in the 4x800 and fourth in the 4x400. In the field events, Brenner finished second in the high jump, while Jessica Janney was third. Janney also finished third in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

Several Worcester Prep spring season scholar-athletes last month were named to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) All-Conference teams in their respective sports. Pictured front row, from left: Annie Carter, Reagan Sterrs, Myranda Beebe, Caitlin Williams, Brooke Emeigh, Morgan Schoch, Sumira Sehgal, Summer Walker and Lebby Becker. Pictured middle row, from left: Graham McColgan, Austin Airey, Ryan Brafman, Hunter Gentry, Riley Schoch, Harrison Humes, and Graham McCabe. Pictured back row, from left: Brice Richins, Jack Gardner, Joseph Schwartz, Ian Lewis, Brugh Moore, and Connor Carpenter. Not pictured are Claire Williams and Tristan Weinstein. Submitted photo

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BERLIN – When Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team looks back on the COVID-shortened 2021 season, it will point at rival Parkside as the hurdle it could not overcome this year. The Seahawks went 5-3 in the shortened season, their only three losses coming at the hands of old Bayside South rival Parkside. Decatur started the season with a 16-7 loss to the Rams, before winning the next two

against Cambridge-South Dorchester and Bennett. On May 21, Decatur fell to the Rams again, although the gap narrowed with the 6-1 defeat. The Seahawks won their last two regular season games entering the state 2A-East sectional playoffs. Decatur beat Bennett, 6-5, last Wednesday for their third win of the season over the Clippers. Awaiting in the second round, however, was Parkside, and the Seahawks fell to the Rams last Saturday in a tight one, 11-8. Decatur finished the season with a 5-3 mark.

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team’s dream of a perfect season and a possible state championship slipped away with an 8-4 loss to Easton in the state sectional final last weekend. The Seahawks ran the table in the regular season, going a perfect 6-0

while dominating most opponents. Decatur earned the top seed in the state 2A-East Section II when the brackets were released last week. The Seahawks drubbed North Caroline, 20-1 in the section semifinals last Wednesday, keeping the winning streak alive. However, the season ended with an 8-4 loss to Easton in the section final last Friday. The Seahawks had won seven straight before the loss to the Warriors.

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with Scott Lenox Hello everyone and welcome to another Fish in OC fishing report. We had some more awesome fishing this week both inshore and offshore. Sea bass fishing was good again, yellowfin tuna showed up in the canyons in big numbers and there was some big news in the offshore fishing world with the catch and release of the first white marlin of the season for 2021. I got a text just after 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 13 with a message that read, “Tuna Fowl just released a white marlin.” I did a little digging and confirmed a bit later that the Tuna Fowl had indeed released a white marlin and finally one of the most highly anticipated fish of the season had been caught and released. The first white marlin of the season ate a spreader bar in the Washington Canyon and was witnessed by Captain Corbin Ensor, Dominic Maranto, Brad Young, Luke Schmitt and Nick Prince. The Tuna Fowl is a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club so they will receive the club’s prize of $5,000, another $5,000 from the Town of Ocean City and an additional $7,000 from the Fishermen United of Ocean City for a total of $17,000. Congratulations to

the crew of the Tuna Fowl out of Sunset Marina. The other big news on the offshore front this week was the arrival of good numbers of yellowfin tuna to the offshore canyons. Quite literally tons of yellowfin tuna in the 25- to 50-pound class were being caught in awesome numbers in the Poorman’s and Washington Canyons with a few larger fish to 75 pounds in the mix. Anglers are using spreader bars, squid chains and medium ballyhoo naked or with skirts to entice bites and the fish are cooperating nicely. There have been a few limits of yellowfin for boats that were in the right place at the right time and it seems that everyone that is trying is at least catching a few fish. As I write my column on Monday night, the fishing is getting even better with some larger fish and several more limits coming in. Remember yellowfin regulations require a minimum size of 27 inches and a creel limit of three fish per person. Sea bass fishing was a little more hit or miss this week, but there were still plenty of nice fish being caught. Anglers fishing over ocean structure using squid, SEE PAGE 74

This crew from Michigan had an awesome trip with Captain Austin Ensor and the Primary Search with tuna, tilefish, red belly rosefish and a nice swordfish.

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Top left, Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters had a nice day for this duo putting them on five keeper flounder. Top middle, this angler on the Morning Star celebrates a double sea bass catch. Top right, Captain Kane Bounds of the Fish Bound has been catching some doormat flounder to over 5 pounds the last few trips. Above left, these guys had a keeper rockfish and two keeper flounder on board the OC Guide Service with Captain John Prather. Above right, the first white marlin of the season was caught on the morning of June 13th by the crew of the Tuna Fowl with Captain Corbin Ensor. The crew will be rewarded a total of $17,000. Opposite page, top left, Captain Mark Hoos of the Marli helped this crew hook 18 yellowfin tuna and a nice mahi. Opposite page, top right, Shawn Flaherty caught a 35-inch blufish that ate a Roy Rig with Big Bird Cropper. Opposite page, middle left, this 54-inch bluefin was caught on board the RoShamBo with Captain Willie Zimmerman. Opposite page, middle right, this jumbo sea bass fell for a bait presented under the Morning Star. Opposite page, bottom left, Captain Ron Callis of the Turnin’ Fins put this group on 11 keeper yellowing tuna up to 50 pounds. Opposite page, bottom right, Brendan Hanley of Pure Lure Gear holds a nice yellowfin tuna he caught fishing with Kevin McCabe on the Double Trouble.

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FROM PAGE 73 clams, crab or artificial baits like Gulp or jigs were catching some good fish to as big as four pounds. The good news is that there were more flounder mixing in on ocean structure as well with several keepers per trip for the local party and charter fleet. Captain Kane Bounds of the Fish Bound had a few trips with some jumbo sea bass up to five pounds and some big flounder up to six pounds. Sea bass fishing will continue all summer with a slow period here or there, but flounder fishing over ocean structure should get better all the time. Flounder fishing in the back bay

picked up nicely last week with clean water being blown into the bay by a few days of a northeast wind. The outgoing tide seemed to be the best and the channel behind Assateague Island and the Thorofare were the best spots. There are plenty of fish in the bay right now and there will be throwback sized fish to weed through, but if you put in your time and fish the clean water you might be able to land a keeper sized fish at 16 ½ inches or better. Our Fish in OC Deadly Double rig in chartreuse was a hot rig last week in the murky water conditions and as the water cleared I got reports of some fish that ate the pink version. Bait the Deadly Double with a 4” swimming mullet and tip it with a live minnow for a decent chance at landing a keeper flounder from the back bay. The Ocean City Inlet and Route 50 Bridge area have been hot for casting jigs and artificial

baits over the last several weeks and there are more species moving into the area that are being caught. Rockfish, bluefish, shad, trout and even a red drum were all caught this past week on lead head with shad rigs like our Fish in OC Thing A Ma JIG and Big Bird’s World Famous Roy Rig. Big Bird’s Roy Rig has caught several keeper sized rockfish over the past weeks and last week it caught the largest bluefish I’ve seen so far when Big Bird’s guest Shawn Flaherty caught a big 35-inch chopper by the Route 50 Bridge. Bridge and shore fishermen fishing the Route 50 Bridge and bulkhead behind Ocean City from the bridge to 2nd street have been having some luck with legal sized rockfish on larger lead head baits with 5” or 6” shad bodies. The first of the outgoing tide seems to be the best and some of the fish being caught are

too big to keep. Remember the legalsize limit for rockfish this year is 28 inches to less than 35 inches and anglers are allowed one fish per person. It’s hard enough to catch a 28-inch fish in Ocean City and having to throw one back that’s over 35 inches is almost criminal. Regulations are regulations though and rockfish aren’t doing the best right now so that is the hand we’ve been dealt. Don’t forget to check out my nightly fishing report the Daily Angle at www.FishinOC.com and if you think you’ve got something newsworthy you can send a photo and info to me at fishinoc@hotmail.com. Until next week, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)

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OCEAN CITY – Are there sharks in the ocean? This is a question I get asked on almost a daily basis. While I would agree that sharks are an interesting topic, statistically speaking they are not among the most dangerous things at the beach. Rip currents, lightning and sand hole collapses have all caused more deaths. Out of those three, the public is most naive about the dangers of sand hole collapses. For some reason there is just something fun about digging a hole on the beach, but we must remember that sand holes are extremely dangerous. Here in Ocean City the beach patrol enforces an ordinance in which a hole’s maximum depth should be no greater than knee deep for the person standing in the hole or the smallest person in the group. That means if I dig a hole for my son or daughter to stand in, it must be less than knee deep for him or her, not

me. With large populations in the water and spread out across the beaches it is sometimes difficult for the lifeguards to spot a hole being dug behind the umbrellas on the beach. If you notice someone digging a large hole, please notify the lifeguard immediately so we can address the issue. If we see a hole that is knee deep, we are going to ask that you stop digging. Even when the hole is knee deep, please avoid tunneling. Our latest event occurred a few summers ago when a young girl kept asking the lifeguard if the hole, she was digging, was too deep. She kept it below knee depth, laid down in it and began to dig a tunnel. The guard and her parents thought she was just lying in the shallow DAMIEN hole. As she dug, the tun- SANZOTTI nel became so large she could fit her head in, and as soon as put her head into that tunnel, the sand caved in. Thankfully,


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her parents and the lifeguard were only few feet away and assisted her out in seconds of the collapse. She made it out ok but she and her family were very shaken. The most surprising thing about the sand hole collapses is how long it takes to dig out a “target.” Even if we know exactly where the hole was it takes many rescuers working diligently and cooperatively to make sure the hole does not collapse again as the rescue is taking place. The clock is against you which means time is of the essence. The amount of time we have to execute a successful extrication is so short that any assistants by specialized equipment that would need to be brought to the scene is useless except in the case of a body recovery, which is the worst-case scenario and is easily avoidable. In recent years this serious danger has been widely documented throughout the world and was even featured in the New England Journal of Medicine. Victims typically become completely buried in the sand when the walls of the hole unexpect-


edly collapse, leaving virtually no evidence of the hole or the location of the victim. Never attempt to tunnel under the sand or dig into the side of a sand mound. One of the most frustrating experiences SRTs have is when they are explaining a safety concern and the parents have an attitude that they can handle the situation if something were to occur. This couldn’t be more wrong. Even witnessing a sand collapse you may not be able to extricate the person in time. Studies have shown that over sixty percent of sand collapse victims die and many of the ones that have survived needed CPR and are left with a permanent disability. Although the beach patrol is proactive and effective in monitoring sand hole digging while we are on duty, holes that are being dug after we go off-duty each day pose a serious risk. (The writer has been with the beach patrol for 16 years and is currently a sergeant. He is a physical education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School.)


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ing 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 JUNE 04, 2021 DOROTHY A. CHATTIN Foreign Personal Representative

Notice is given that the SURROGATE COURT of GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ, appointed DOROTHY A. CHATTIN, 108 SOUTH LINCOLN AVENUE, WENONAH, NJ 08090 as the ADMINISTRATOR of the Estate of MICHAEL A. MASLOWSKI, who died on DECEMBER 20, 2020, domiciled in NEW JERSEY, USA.

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The Maryland resident agent for service of process is G. HOWARD BATHON, whose address is 127 CHARLESBROOKE ROAD, BALTIMORE, MD 21212.


At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mail-



At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 04, 2021 JENNIFER W CARTER Foreign Personal Representative JEFFREY A WAREHIME Foreign Personal Representative JOHN ANDREW WAREHIME Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-04, 06-11, 06-18

THIRD INSERTION MINDY G. SUCHINSKY ESQ. 4550 MONTGOMERY AVE. SUITE 775N BETHESDA, MD 20814 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18763 To all persons interested in the estate of BONNIE L DODD, ESTATE NO. 18763. Notice is given that STEVEN GLENN DODD, 96 WHITING COVE ROAD, LOCUST HILL, VA 23092 and JOEL F. LIPSITZ, 11540 SULLNICK WAY, GAITHERSBURG, MD 20878 was on, MAY 26, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of BONNIE L DODD, who died on MAY 12, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 26TH day of NOVEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers

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to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 04, 2021 STEVEN GLENN DODD Personal Representative JOEL F. LIPSITZ Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-04, 06-11, 06-18


NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18771 Notice is given that the CHANCERY COURT of SUSSEX COUNTY, DE, appointed KATHERINE L. MYRICK, 7104 JOHN CALVERT COURT, ELKRIDGE, MD 21075 and ROBERT A. WEBSTER, 6016 ADOCK LANE, HANOVER, MD 21076 as the EXECUTORS of the Estate of CATHERINE M. WEBSTER who died on DECEMBER 17, 2020, domiciled in DELAWARE, USA. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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(2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 11, 2021 KATHERINE L. MYRICK Foreign Personal Representative ROBERT A. WEBSTER Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-11, 06-18, 06-25


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18775 To all persons interested in the estate of LARRY DENZIL KENT, ESTATE NO. 18775. Notice is given that LORI MILLER, 9 CLARK AVENUE, POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 was on, JUNE 07, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of LARRY DENZIL KENT, who died on MARCH 23, 2021, 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.

against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 11, 2021 LORI MILLER Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-11, 06-18, 06-25



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 7TH day of DECEMBER, 2021.


Any person having a claim



ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland this 8th day of JUNE, 2021, that the foreclosure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceeedings, made and reported by Leslie Lobos, Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 12TH day of JULY, 2021, provided a copy of this Order be inserted in some daily newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 5th day of JULY, 2021. The Report of Sale filed in the above case states the amount of the sales to be as indicated below for the referenced time-share intervals: Timeshare Price Week-Unit Wk 15, #Ae5 $50.00 Wk 43, #Bi35 $50.00 Wk 09, #Bo41 $50.00 Wk 42, #Bu47 $50.00 Wk 12, #Bv48 $50.00 Wk 46, #Bv48 $50.00 Wk 38, #Bz52 $1000.00 Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 11, 2021 TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x 06-11, 06-18, 06-25



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sure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceeedings, made and reported by Leslie Lobos, Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 12TH day of JULY, 2021, provided a copy of this Order be inserted in some daily newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 5th day of JULY, 2021. The Report of Sale filed in the above case states the amount of the sales to be as indicated below for the referenced time-share intervals: Timeshare Unit-Week Aj10-45 Ay25-46 Ay25-48 Bb28-33 Bb28-35 Bb28-42 Bb28-46 Bc29-13 Bc29-51 Bg33-12 Bg33-32 Bq43-14 Br44-36 Br44-43

Price $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 Not Offered For Sale Not Offered For Sale $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 Not Offered For Sale Not Offered For Sale Not Offered For Sale Not Offered For Sale $50.00

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 11, 2021 TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x 06-11, 06-18, 06-25


SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18681 To all persons interested in the estate of CLARENCE ELLIOTT FITCHETT. Notice is given that MARGARET STEEN, 113 BREAKWATER COURT, JOPPA, MD 21805, was on JUNE 08, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of CLARENCE ELLIOTT FITCHETT, who died on MARCH 11, 2021 with a will. Further information can be

obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 18, 2021 MARGARET STEEN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 06-18



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Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. To all persons interested in the estate of MARIGOLD KEE HENRY, ESTATE NO. 18770. Notice is given that BARRY HENRY, 12311 SINEPUXENT ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, JUNE 11, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MARIGOLD KEE HENRY, who died on SEPTEMBER 8, 2003, 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 11TH day of DECEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 18, 2021 BARRY HENRY Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-18, 06-25, 07-02


NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18774 To all persons interested in the estate of TERRENCE SEYMOUR, ESTATE NO. 18774. Notice is given that THOMAS SEYMOUR, 7 SAINT CATHERINE DRIVE, CARROLLTON, VA 23314 was on, JUNE 07, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of TERRENCE SEYMOUR, who died on MAY 02, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 7TH day of DECEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-18, 06-25, 07-02


JOHN C. SEIPP, ESQ. 105 CAMDEN STREET SALISBURY, MD 21801-4916 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18781 Notice is given that the ORPHANS’ COURT of PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, PA, appointed KENNETH CUSTIS, 5757 HADDINGTON ST., PHILADELPHIA, PA 19131 as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of KELVIN GLENN CUSTIS AKA KEVIN CUSTIS who died on SEPTEMBER 02, 2019, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent of service of process is JOHN C. SEIPP, ESQ., whose address is 105 CAMDEN STREET, SALISBURY, MD 21801. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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(2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred.

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TERESA KAY RIGGIN Personal Representative HELEN MAE VOGT Personal Representative KENNETH CUSTIS Foreign Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18784 To all persons interested in the estate of KATHLEEN H MITCHELL, ESTATE NO. 18784. Notice is given that TERESA KAY RIGGIN, 307 S BAY STREET, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 and HELEN MAE VOGT, 811 SUNDAY DRIVE, DENTON, MD 21629 was on, JUNE 09, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of KATHLEEN H MITCHELL, who died on MAY 25, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 9TH day of DECEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not pre-

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LESLIE CASE DIPIETRO, ESQ. PROCINO-WELLS & WOODLAND, LLC 225 HIGH STREET SEAFORD, DE 19973 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18789 To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES D MITCHELL AKA JAMES DOUGLAS MITCHELL, ESTATE NO. 18789. Notice is given that LISA ANN MITCHELL, 3613 FARRAGUT AVENUE, KENSINGTON, MD 20895 was on, JUNE 11, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JAMES D MITCHELL, who died on APRIL 26, 2021, 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 11TH day of DECEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of

the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 18, 2021 LISA ANN MITCHELL Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 06-18, 06-25, 07-02


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND CIVIL CASE NO. C-23-FM-21-000211 IN THE MATTER OF TIMOTHY SINCLAIR DOTSON FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO KATE MAY DOTSON NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION (ADULT) (MD. RULE 15-901) The above petitioner has filed a petition for Change of Name. They seek to change their name from TIMOTHY SINCLAIR DOTSON to KATIE MAY DOTSON. The petitioner is seeking a name change because: I WANT MY LEGAL NAME TO BE KATIE MAY DOTSON BECAUSE THAT IS THE NAME I AM KNOWN BY. Any person may file an objection to the Petition for Change of Name on or before JULY 24, 2021. The objection must be supported by an affidavit (written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation) and served on the Petitioner (Md. Rule 1321). If no timely objection is filed, the court may issue a judgement or grant the name change. A copy of this notice must be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 18, 2021 SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, MD Room 104 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 06-18

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here are things that occur in life we often describe as, “This is Autism.” The inexplainable situations that defy reason, but they are our reality. It may sound strange, but there are many positives that have come our family’s way because of Carson’s special needs. His greatest gift to us is perspective, as I often think of him when I get overwhelmed by juggling life. I remember his challenges and the grace and courage he displays every day. Through watching him overcome or at least navigate through his disabilities, I am motivated to be a better person. With our kids, our approach is to face life with a bit of levity. There is no other way for us because enough serious things occur we must embrace some aspects with humor. Pam has joked in the past we must laugh so we don’t cry. It’s a good way to put it. Here’s a few examples: •This is Autism. As Carson and I were headed out the door to school one morning, he decided at the last minute he didn’t want to wear his Surfers Healing hat for field day. He stopped with one foot out the door and raced upstairs to his room. He came down with a huge sombrero. This is an enormous hat, which extends off his head a good 18 inches. It’s so wide he can’t walk through a door with it on. Anxious to leave, I told him he couldn’t wear that kind of hat for field day. It’s interesting Carson detests being the center of attention, but yet he wants to wear something that will do just that. After I rejected the idea, he raced back upstairs. I waited a minute, hoping he would return with his second choice. It didn’t happen. He was hiding behind his door crying with his sombrero. Trying unsuccessfully to get him redirected to a downstairs closet with

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other hats, I ultimately decided this was not a fight worth waging at the time. We walked out of the house with the massive sombrero. I drove to school that morning looking out my window because his massive hat was blocking my view. The kid who hates attention walked into the school with it on, seemingly unfazed by the giggles from others in the drop off line. He got a horn beep from a laughing mom in her minivan. When I recounted the story later, Pam made lemonade out of lemons, adding at least it provides a lot of sun protection for field day. It was true. •Before we even left the dock for a fishing trip last weekend, Carson made the wrong choice of snatching Beckett’s sunglasses off his face and throwing them into the bay. He did the same thing to me while on vacation many years ago. Though we are conditioned to expect the unexpected with Carson, we were all shocked by this action. It’s been a long time since he did something so mean and random. Equally disturbing was the lack of remorse displayed after the fact. We gave him a stiff consequence. This is Autism. A positive of the situation was Beckett’s tolerance toward his little brother. Pam told Carson he had to give Beckett his sunglasses as a result of making the bad decision. Beckett refused to take them, knowing Carson has issues with his eyes. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but he declined, playing down the situation and realizing it would make a bad situation worse. •Carson was recognized as a Principal’s List member at Berlin Intermediate School last week. With parents unavailable to attend, the school livestreamed the ceremony on its YouTube channel. I watched from work and Pam, who was with Beckett at the Ocean City skate park after he finished

finals, viewed it on her phone. Because he is shy and abhors public adulation, he walked up with his trusted Educational Assistant, Mr. DJ, and refused to pose for a photo with the principal. He hid behind Mr. DJ because he knew there was a camera nearby. After a few awkward seconds, he did agree to grab the certificate from his principal before racing to his seat. This from the same kid who wore a massive sombrero during field day. This is Autism. •A key thing with kids with special needs is to celebrate the wins and not dwell on the unfortunate aspects. Truth be told, there is a lot ]to be concerned about with Carson over the long term. However, it’s best to not thing about the grand picture and instead focus on the daily positives, of which there are many. For instance, over the course of the spring, Pam and I undertook multiple landscaping projects around the house. The fact we can leave Carson alone in the house is a huge change for us. There were many years when he could not be unsupervised. He had to be watched because anything was possible. He was so unpredictable we had to install lockbolts across the top of all our doors because he was a flight risk. Nowadays, he helps us with projects. When he is tired, it’s common for him to work on a puzzle inside by himself. He will occasionally knock on a window where he can see us and give us a thumb up while holding a puzzle piece in the other hand. This is Autism. It’s not a journey I, or anyone for that matter, would ever choose, but there are blessings to savor along the way.

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

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The worst motel fire in Ocean City’s history took place on June 12, 1988, at the Beachcomber Motel on 12th Street and Edgewater Avenue. It was Senior Week and the motel was full of high school and college kids. In those days sprinklers were not required in buildings under five stories tall; the Beachcomber was only three stories high and not sprinklered. The alarm came in at 3:19 a.m. and first arriving firefighters found fire shooting from windows on the third floor and moving fast. People were trapped and began jumping into a trash dumpster below. One man dropped his year old baby, which was rescued by a police officer. The baby was safe but the father jumped and hit the side of the dumpster. He was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious injuries. Two girls died in the fire while 14 others suffered serious injuries. Most of the occupants escaped with just the clothes they were wearing. The fire was labeled suspicious – there was talk that kids had been “fireballing” (spitting high proof alcohol on an open flame), but that was never proven. No one was ever charged and the case remains unsolved today. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Photo from Bunk Mann’s collection

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