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Perfect Weather, Blue Angels Bring Crowds To Resort

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels were the headliners for the OC Air Show for the third time last weekend.

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OCEAN CITY – With picture-perfect weather and a diverse line-up featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, last weekend’s OC Air Show was one of the biggest and best in recent memory. Everything lined up just right with a perfect forecast and the Blue Angels back in the line-up on what has essentially become a two-year rotation for the headliner between the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and their Navy counterparts. Jets and planes of all sizes started making their presence felt with flyovers in the resort beginning midweek last week including a practice on Friday. By midday on Saturday, the anticipation reached its zenith as the air show began to unfold against the backdrop of clear blue skies and white puffy clouds. The momentum built throughout the afternoon on Saturday, reaching a crescendo with the sudden and often jolting appearance of the Blue Angels, which are often heard before they are seen. Mayor Rick Meehan offered his assessment of the 2019 event at the close of Monday’s council meeting and thanked the performers, the event’s promoters and the various town departments that contributed to its success. “It was a great event,” he said. “The weather was perfect on both Saturday and Sunday and really couldn’t have been much better.” With the success of the event comes the requisite traffic jams following the special event and last weekend’s tie-ups were among the worst ever for some. Anecdotally, there were many reports of taking over an hour to go just 10 blocks and traffic backed up along all major arteries including Coastal Highway, Baltimore Avenue and St. Louis Avenue. Meehan on Monday acknowledged the post-event traffic problems, which are largely unavoidable with so many people crammed into the downtown area for the annual spectacle. “I know we still have some transportation issues to resolve,” he said. “It’s almost impossible to move all of those people converging in one general area. We will continue to look at ways to make it better.” Despite a rough trip back to wherever residents and visitors were going after the air show, the event left enthusiasts with an overall feel-good vibe, according to Meehan. “Saturday at noon I was standing on the Boardwalk for the opening ceremony and they introduced the 14year-old girl who was going to sing SEE NEXT PAGE

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the national anthem and the narrator asked everyone on the beach to turn and face the flag,” he said. “The thing that was so unbelievable is it was not only the people on the beach for the air show that stood up, it was all of the people behind us on the balconies and in the hotel areas on the Boardwalk.” Meehan said the swelling of patriotic pride associated with the air show also carried over to the Boardwalk. “Most of the people on the Boardwalk stopped and stood at attention during the anthem as well,” he said. “If I had to give you a number, I’d say 99.5% of the people on the Boardwalk stopped and put their hands over their hearts for the Star-Spangled Banner.” Meehan said the display of patriotism during the anthem and the start of the show was refreshing during a time when many have grown cynical about their country. “It makes you feel good because it’s not something you see enough of in 2019,” he said. For the resort’s business community, air show weekend continued to be the real catalyst for the summer season. To be sure, there were big crowds on the traditional Memorial Day weekend, which was also blessed with great weather this year as well, but the air show is when the town really starts jumping as evidenced by the hotels and motels with no vacancies and long lines at the resort’s many restaurants. Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and CEO Melanie Pursel said this week the organization’s members all reported great numbers for air show weekend. “It was a great success,” she said. “We were out there at the show center all weekend and everyone we spoke with from the vendors and sponsors to the air show guests and event promoters were extremely pleased with the weekend.” Pursel agreed everything lined up perfectly for what was perhaps one of the biggest air show weekends for the resort. “The weather was absolutely perfect, and the performers were top notch,” she said. “There was a lot of great energy around the entire event.” Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said the organization had not yet collected all occupancy numbers, but agreed last week’s air show proved to be a special one. “This past weekend was fabulous,” she said. “The weather was stellar and there were big crowds everywhere. It was an extremely strong weekend for most.”

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Sprinklers Limit Fire Damage

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OCEAN CITY – A properly functioning sprinkler system is being credited for saving a restaurant in a beachfront hotel. Around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) was dispatched to a fire alarm activation indicating a fire sprinkler waterflow at the Castle in the Sand Hotel. While firefighters were responding to the initial call, a second call came in minutes later from hotel staff reporting they could see flames emanating from the restaurant. When firefighters arrived, they found the alarm system sounding and the hotel occupants evacuating. Hotel staff directed OCFD responders to the basement where they found a single fire sprinkler had discharged and extinguished the fire, limiting damage to a small area in the rear of the restaurant. Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley credited the hotel’s fire suppression system for preventing further damage and potential injury. “A properly functioning fire sprinkler system saved lives and property at the Caste in the Sand this morning,” he said on Tuesday. “The hotel’s diligence in servicing and maintaining its fire protection systems ensured that

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everything worked properly, which limited the damage and ensured the safe evacuation of hotel occupants.” Once the fire was suppressed and safety was ensured, hotel occupants returned to their rooms within about 30 minutes of the initial call. The Beach House restaurant in the Castle in the Sand was expected to return to normal business following a brief cleanup. Fire Marshal’s Office investigators have ruled the cause of the fire as accidental and attributed it to the spontaneous combustion of laundered, cooking oil-saturated cleaning rags, a scenario deemed common in restaurants. “This phenomenon is unfortunately a common occurrence in commercial kitchens,” said Hartley. “We often see fires that begin due to cleaning towels that have soaked up vegetable-based cooking oils and spontaneously ignite, even after being properly washed and dried.” As a result, the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging restaurant employees to minimize the likelihood of a spontaneous ignition incident by ensuring dryer cooling and tumbling cycles are utilized, towels are spread out to minimize pile sizes and also by storing clean and dirty towels in non-combustible hampers or other containers.

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SNOW HILL – An additional $700,000 in revenue for Ocean City this fiscal year appears to hinge on one man’s vote. After the Worcester County Commissioners approved legislation last month enabling the county to move forward with increasing the room tax rate, Commissioner Josh Nordstrom made it clear the increase didn’t yet have his support. In order for the rate to move from 4.5% to 5%, the increase needs the support of all seven commissioners. Nordstrom says he’s still not sure how he’ll vote on the issue. His indecision stems from what he considers the lack of concern his peers have for the

south end of Worcester County. “My constituents expect me to fight and let them know that if you need my vote, you better start listening,” he said. Nordstrom, who is in his first year as a commissioner, said he believed even as he campaigned that the southern region of the county was often overlooked by government. While the county gives Pocomoke City a grant like the other towns receive, and also supports various organizations in the south end, Nordstrom says it’s not much compared to the “inordinate” amount of money that’s spent in northern Worcester County. “It was my belief we were being mostly ignored,” he said. “This past budget cycle confirmed that. The votes that were taken, the shocking lack of respect for the people I represent, I

went from being frustrated to being angry. I realized something had to be done to make them listen.” During the budget process, Nordstrom proposed three separate initiatives he thought would benefit the southern portion of the county. None of them were approved. The initiative he’d put the most hope in was an effort to provide Snow Hill and Pocomoke each with the equivalent of 10% of the county’s table games revenue. He said it would equate to roughly $38,000 per municipality. “It’s not a lot of money,” Nordstrom said. “It’s more symbolic.” While it could be maintained the municipalities are too far away to be impacted by the casino, Nordstrom pointed out that plenty of people come from the south and traveled through

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Pocomoke and Snow Hill to get to the casino. He said the funding could go a long way toward helping the towns with their various infrastructure needs. “Until my fellow commissioners recognize that, and address the issues the southern end of the county faces, I’ve got to keep trying,” Nordstrom said. That’s where his indecision regarding the room tax vote comes in. The 5% room tax increase, if it goes into effect Jan. 1, would bring in an additional $700,000 in revenue for Ocean City this fiscal year. When the new rate is fully phased in in fiscal year 2021, it would mean additional revenue of $1.7 million for the resort. Fully phased in, the increase would mean additional revenue of $88,000 for Worcester County, $17,000 for Pocomoke, $3,000 for Berlin and $1,000 for Snow Hill. “It overwhelmingly benefits one part of the county,” Nordstrom said, referencing Ocean City. “It’s going to benefit them more than anyone else. If you’re not going to listen when I talk about the needs of the south end, it’s more difficult for me to lend my vote to the things you believe in. We ought to be working toward what’s best for the whole county.” Nordstrom says all he wants to hear from his fellow commissioners is a willingness to support some of the needs in District 1. “I’m not hearing ‘hey we’re here to help,’” he said. “What I am hearing are jokes, jokes at the expense of good people, hardworking people that pay taxes, people that are virtually ignored.” Nordstrom said he’s not playing a game. “If they lived in my district they’d be very frustrated with their county government as well,” he said, adding that as he’d gone door-to-door during the campaign process countless residents had expressed their dissatisfaction. Nordstrom stressed that he had his four-year term to accomplish as much as he possibly could. He’s hopeful that the commissioners will reconsider the ideas he brought up during the budget process, which in addition to casino revenue included tax incentives for businesses in southern Worcester County as well as infrastructure funding for Pocomoke. He said his stance on the room tax issue is not meant to upset anyone but rather to ensure that District 1 concerns are heard. “My constituents did not elect me to stay quiet,” he said. “If they wanted someone to go along and get along they picked the wrong person.” The commissioners are expected to introduce a resolution to increase the room tax rate in July, with a public hearing in August. The resolution will require a unanimous vote from the commissioners in order to pass. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, who represents Ocean City, declined to comment on the matter, saying, “I’m not going to get into a battle in the press about this.”

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OCEAN CITY – A 300-foot-plus meteorological tower will be installed about 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City next month in advance of the US Wind offshore wind farm project. At the close of Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, Mayor Rick Meehan provided a briefing on a public hearing held last Thursday in Ocean Pines on the pending installation of a 328-foot tall meteorological, or met, tower, in roughly the middle of US Wind’s approved Wind Energy Area. The tower will be used to collect wind resource data within the Maryland lease area in advance of the future installation of as many as 32 massive offshore wind turbines. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017 approved two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City, town officials have been in a prolonged battle to have the two approved companies site their wind turbines as far as 26 nautical miles off the coast, or a distance believed to have them not visible from the shoreline. After considerable debate, US Wind acquiesced somewhat and

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has since agreed to place its turbines no closer than 17 miles from the resort’s coast. The installation of the met tower slated to begin roughly in the middle of July is the next step in what has been a long development process. Meehan said on Monday he heard about last Thursday’s public meeting in Ocean Pines indirectly and attended it with Worcester County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic. “It was a public hearing, but there weren’t a lot of people there because I don’t think there was a lot of notice about it,” he said. “There were some commercial fishermen there and they’re very concerned about the pounding of the pilings, especially at this time of year with the fishing industry and the White Marlin Open and the Poor Girl’s tournament and all of the other tournaments about to take place.” State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) said she was informed of the meeting via an email from a US Wind representative last Monday, three days in advance. She said the email was an invitation “to all stakeholders to a briefing on the meteorological tower that will be constructed 15 nautical miles offshore from Ocean City.” “I, too, share Mayor Meehan’s

concerns that interested stakeholders like our commercial and recreational fishermen, local businesses and interested citizens were not aware of the public meeting as US Wind reported that it is moving forward to install the meteorological tower in mid-July,” she said. US Wind officials have said the installation of the met tower will begin in mid-July with a construction schedule of roughly 10 days. The tower will be 328 feet tall with a braced caisson foundation, a steel deck and a galvanized steel mast. The foundation will be sunk at a water depth of around 88 feet. The construction spread will include a lift barge, cargo barge, a tow tug and several crew boats. US Wind has requested a 500-meter safety buffer during the tower construction, although access to the area will not be limited after construction is completed. Meehan said he reiterated the town’s concerns with the project in general at the outset of last Thursday’s public hearing in Ocean Pines. “I was very upfront with our concerns,” he said. “I gave a disclaimer at the beginning that we remain opposed to this project as it’s presented. I asked for the true costs of what’s really going to Maryland com-

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panies with the construction and placement of this meteorological tower. A certain portion of what is being spent on this project is supposed to go to Maryland-based companies. They didn’t have those figures, but they promised to get them to me.” From the beginning, US Wind has extolled the virtues of the economic impact associated with its offshore wind energy project locally and throughout Maryland. In a release from late May announcing the met tower installation plan, US Wind President Riccardo Toto reiterated the overall project is expected to create roughly 7,000 direct and indirect jobs in Maryland including an instate investment of nearly $1.5 billion. “This important milestone represents US Wind’s ongoing commitment to realizing this first-of-its-kind largescale renewable energy project in the state of Maryland,” he said. “We look forward to delivering the significant economic and job-creation benefits that our project represents and to advancing our leadership position in the fast-developing new American industry.” However, the irony of the first major fabrication project associated SEE NEXT PAGE

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with the tower and ultimately the turbines. “I too share the concerns raised by one of our local commercial waterman who attended the June 13 meeting on the possible negative impact of the tower on commercial fishing, especially with it being constructed right before the White Marlin Open,” she said. Meehan said US Wind has conducted similar public meetings during the ramp up to the offshore wind energy project in other jurisdictions around the area except in the one place it matters the most, again suggesting perhaps that is by design. “They’ve had a number of meetings,” he said. “They’ve had them in Salisbury and they’ve had them in Berlin and now Ocean Pines. The people who really have a standing on this issue in terms of the viewshed in particular are the people of Ocean City and if they are going to have additional hearings, they should be here in Ocean City.”

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Carozza agreed, saying, “I fully support Mayor Meehan’s request that the next US Wind meeting be held in Ocean City to give all stakeholders the opportunity to attend and participate in these public forums.” Throughout the process, the Town of Ocean City has supported the US Wind project in general, but has strongly opposed the placement of any turbines within 26 miles of the resort coast, or the distance from which town officials believe the massive turbines would not be visible from the Ocean City shoreline. The town’s opposition regarding the distance from the coast has largely been based on the premise visible turbines would have a detrimental impact on the views from Ocean City shore and, perhaps more importantly, property values. Throughout the debate, town officials have pointed out the size of the individual turbines approved years ago have continued to grow in height exponentially, adding to the angst over their potential visibility from the coast. Carozza said the steadily-growing height of the turbines in the finished project was reason for concern. “I continue to oppose the construction of the wind turbines as the size of the towers has significantly increased from the original proposal, which, I would think, would give standing for the Public Service Commission to review the updated proposal,” she said. “My concerns have been focused on the negative impact on visibility from the shore, potential harm to our commercial and recreational fishing industry and the project’s true cost to ratepayers and taxpayers.”

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FROM PAGE 12 with US Wind’s offshore wind energy project ging to a Louisiana-based firm was not lost on Meehan. “This tower is coming up from Louisiana,” he said. “It wasn’t built in Baltimore or anywhere in Maryland. It was built in Louisiana. It will be installed, I believe, around July 29.” Another concern is the timing of the installation of the massive meteorological tower, particularly in the midst of the offshore sportfishing season and with the White Marlin Open looming in early August. “In June 2018, US Wind held a similar meeting ahead of the planned installation that summer,” a press release reads. “Due to fabrication delays and the input of the fisheries community at that meeting, US Wind agreed to postpone the installation until after the 2018 White Marlin Open. We are aware of the dates of the 2019 White Marlin Open and the planned mid-July installation will be completed before that time.” Meehan said on Monday there was a small contingent of commercial fishermen at last Thursday’s meeting in Ocean Pines that voiced some concerns. “The commercial fishermen that fish for conch and lobsters and clams etc. are very concerned about losing equipment,” he said. “They are also concerned about the construction and noise scaring off fish and scaring their catch away. That was very evident during that meeting.” Meehan said he voiced some of the same concerns about the potential impact of the project on both the commercial and recreational fisheries that work those areas. He also said a union representative from Baltimore was on hand to help ensure significant contracts associated with the offshore wind energy project would be going to Maryland companies as promised. “I said we supported the commercial fishermen in the room,” he said. “There was a representative from a union in Baltimore and I said we supported them as well. We just want this project 26 miles offshore and out of our viewshed. We also want to make sure the promises made to those given industries are kept.” For her part, Carozza said she also listened attentively to commercial fishermen’s concerns about the potential impacts on marine life in the project area, concerns about the damage to or loss of expensive fishing gear, the potential limited access to prime, fertile fishing grounds and other concerns about potential vessel collisions


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Ban On Year-Round Campground Occupancy Questioned

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BERLIN – Permanent residents of White Horse Park are fighting the county’s plans to enforce the campground regulations that currently govern the community. A group made up of full-time residents of White Horse Park is seeking approval of a text amendment that would allow 25% of the park to be inhabited year-round by residents over the age of 55. Currently, the park is classified as a campground subdivision and as such is meant to be seasonal. More than 50 of its 465 units, however, are occupied on a full-time basis and have been for years. “Truly the county has not enforced this up until the last year-and-a-half, for whatever reason,” said Hugh Cropper, the attorney representing the homeowners. “Imagine owning a house, living in it for 20 years, and having the county come and kick you out.” According to Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, both White Horse Park and Assateague Pointe were approved as campground subdivisions in the 1980s. Under the zoning code, campground subdivisions shall not be occupied “as a place of primary residence or domicile.” Between Sept. 30 and April 1, units or sites can not be occu-

White Horse Park residents are pictured at the June 6 meeting of the Worcester County Planning Commission. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

pied for more than 30 consecutive days or an aggregate of 60 days. Tudor said that since the two campground subdivisions were created decades ago, the county did occasionally receive complaints regarding people living in their units full-time. “We’d had complaints from time to time but it’s almost impossible to enforce,” he said. About two years ago, however, complaints reached the Worcester County Commissioners and staff members were asked to look into the situation. They contacted White Horse Park management and were advised that the park would remind its resi-

dents of the restrictions on occupancy. Commissioner Jim Bunting said complaints regarding year-round occupancy at White Horse Park had grown in recent years. He said that when the county asked the park’s board to address the issue initially, that request was ignored because “four or five of the directors were living there.” The county continued to pursue the issue, however, and in a letter last fall the president of the park’s board wrote that steps were being taken to enforce the park’s year-round occupancy prohibition. Brian Fenstermacher, president of the board, wrote that park management was monitoring occu-

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pancy and sending warning letters to residents who violated rules. “Progress has already been made,” he wrote. “Since June 30, 2018, four homes of full-time residents have been sold and five full time renters have moved out…” Meanwhile, year-round residents who don’t want to move hired Cropper to help them find a solution. He says there are now about 55 people living in White Horse Park full-time. Many of them are senior citizens and have lived there for decades. “There’s never been a problem,” he said. “At first I wasn’t going to take their case but there’s probably 30 people that truly have nowhere to go. We have a shortage of affordable housing in this community.” Cropper drafted and submitted to the county a text amendment that would permit, by special exception, yearround occupancy of no more than 25% of the units within a campground subdivision by people at least 55 years old. When it was initially presented to Worcester County Planning Commission in May, officials opted to table a decision on the amendment. “We’ve been inundated with emails on both sides,” Tudor said. Many of those who sent emails, citing tension within the community, opted not to sign their missives. SEE PAGE 79

Proposed Marina Outside Fenwick Raises Concerns

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FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island this week agreed to send a letter of concern regarding the development of a proposed marina on Lighthouse Cove Lane. On Monday, the Fenwick Island Town Council convened in a special meeting to discuss a proposed 22-slip minor marina along the bulkheads of a new development on Lighthouse Cove Lane. According to a subaqueous lands lease, permit, water quality and marina application sent to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the marina would be part of a larger redevelopment project to be named Fenwick Light.

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Located just north of Route 54, the property would feature 19 new townhomes and 22 watercraft slips on the canals east, west and north of the development. And while the property is located outside town limits, officials this week identified ways in which the proposed marina could impact incorporated properties and water navigation. Of the 22 proposed watercraft slips, six would be located on public subaqueous land to the north of the redeveloped property, making the width of the canal narrower for boats docking at

properties along Oyster Bay Drive. “I think that’s an area of concern for some people,” Town Manager Terry Tieman said. Oyster Bay Drive resident Ray Fager said additional boat slips to the north of the Fenwick Light community would add to existing navigation issues along the canal. “This is like driving a truck with a trailer behind it and going around a corner in a 90-degree turn,” he said. “And then you have WaveRunners, paddleboarders, kayakers and all kind of things coming in there. You see











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more and more traffic there all the time. It’s an accident waiting to happen.” Fenwick Island resident Bill Weistling agreed. “It’s probably the tightest spot of the canal,” he said, “and they are taking it out maybe another 15 feet or more to put the six slips in.” Tieman, however, said it was unclear how much space the six slips would occupy in the canal. “We are just not sure,” she said. Weistling also noted the application failed to specify certain findings from a siting and design study of the marina. “They mention there is no impact to neighboring properties, but they didn’t give any additional information …,” he said. Fager also argued that several Oyster Bay residents were never contacted about the proposed marina. “Several of my neighbors didn’t get notices,” he said, “me included.” Weistling added that most of the concerns involved the six slips in the public canal. “What affects us is what they do at the north end of that property and how it will affect Fenwick properties …,” he said. “I don’t believe there is enough information.” Mayor Gene Langan agreed. “I don’t think we should oppose this, but I think we have enough questions we need answered,” he said. “We really don’t have enough information to make an informed decision right now.” To that end, the council voted unanimously to send a letter of concern to DNREC stating the town’s issues with the proposed marina on Lighthouse Cove Lane and requesting additional information. The council also agreed to request a public hearing on the proposed project. “I think we have to look after the welfare of people over in the Oyster Bay community,” Councilwoman Vicki Carmean said.

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OCEAN CITY – A manatee sighting in the coastal bays near Sunset Marina on Wednesday was not as rare as some might believe for this time of year, but nonetheless the National Aquarium animal rescue team is advising those who spot the farranging sea cow to give it plenty of distance and report its location. On Wednesday evening, a manatee was spotted in the back bays near West Ocean City, and while it is somewhat unusual to see the mammals this far north at this time of year, it certainly isn’t unheard of. The National Aquarium was advised of the manatee sighting and staffers were sent to the area to look for it so far out of its natural range to no avail. “The National Aquarium was alert-

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ed of the sighting, however, our staff was unable to spot the animal in the places that were reported,” an aquarium spokesperson said on Thursday. “We ask the public to please report new sightings to the aquarium’s stranding hotline at 410-576-3880 and stay at least 150 feet away from the animal, including when in boats, paddleboards and kayaks.” Florida, or West Indian, manatees prefer warmer water temperatures and typically congregate in shallow waters. They cannot survive in water with temperatures below 60 degrees. The coastal areas of Georgia are typically the northernmost range for West Indian manatees because their low metabolic rate does not protect them in cold water. Prolonged exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit can result in cold stress syndrome and ultimately death.

Manatees have been seen this far north before although it is somewhat unusual. In July 2015, a manatee was spotted in the area of the Inlet around the Coast Guard station and around the same time another was spotted in the Chesapeake Bay. They have been seen as far north as Cape Cod in 1995 and around New York City and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island in 2006. According to a National Aquarium blog entry from last year when a manatee was spotted in the Chesapeake, it is not completely unusual for the sea creatures to be seen this far north. “West Indian manatees, the species found in North America, primarily live in Florida, but there are regular manatee sightings off the coast of Maryland and the rest of the mid-Atlantic in the summer months, when


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water in the region is warm enough for these gentle giants,” the report reads. “Manatees travel this far north because they are on the hunt for food. They are herbivores and the submerged aquatic vegetation is ideal for their voracious appetites. They can spend up to seven hours a day snacking on plants and can eat 100 to 200 pounds of food in 24 hours.” According to Save the Manatee, an organization devoted to protecting the large, slow moving mammals, manatees have no natural predators and it is believed they can live 60 years or more. A certain percentage of manatee mortality is attributed to natural causes such as cold stress from extreme water temperature changes, gastrointestinal disease, pneumonia and other diseases. Unfortunately, like many other marine species, most manatee mortality is attributed to man-made factors. Most manatee fatalities are the result of collisions with vessels and watercraft. As a result, a large proportion of manatees exhibit spiral propeller scars on their back to the point some are now identified by humans by the distinctive scar patterns on their backs. Like other marine species, another significant cause of mortality is the ingestion of litter, monofilament lines, fish hooks and tackle and even entanglement in crab trap lines and other gear. According to Save the Manatee, ultimately the loss of habitat is the most serious threat facing manatees in the U.S. at this time. A survey in and around their natural habitat conducted this winter set the current estimated population at 5,733. The West Indian manatees in the U.S. are protected under federal laws including the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which make it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any manatee. They are also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978.

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OCEAN CITY – A Northeast, Md. man allegedly collided with two other vehicles resulting in five victims being sent to the hospital before fleeing the scene in his damaged vehicle and then on foot. Around 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to the area of 50th Street and Coastal Highway for a reported hit-and-run collision involving three vehicles. Ocean City Communications advised the responding officers a black Chevy Silverado struck and damaged a minivan and another sedan and failed to stop and continued driving northbound on Coastal Highway. A witness reportedly followed the truck, later determined to be driven by John Hutzel, 35, of Northeast, Md., until it made a left turn onto 59th Street. Ocean City Communications told responding officers Hutzel had abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot and was last seen in the area of JOHN HUTZEL 62nd Street. OCPD officers interviewed the witness, who told police Hutzel attempted to drive between the two vehicles, which were in their appropriate lanes, and struck and damaged both. Five individuals in the minivan had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision although the extent of their injuries is not known. The witness told police he observed Hutzel drive through three red traffic signals at 52nd Street, 56th Street and 59th Street as he fled the scene. The witness said debris was falling from Hutzel’s damaged truck as he fled the scene of the collision. According to police reports, Hutzel’s headlight assembly became dislodged from the vehicle and was still sitting in the roadway. In addition, the vehicle’s tie-rod completely separated from the wheel hub assembly. Nonetheless, Hutzel reportedly drove the damaged truck to a dead-end at 59th Street and was last seen by the witness fleeing on foot in the direction of 62nd Street. OCPD officers responded to the 62nd Street area and found Hutzel hiding behind a trash can, according to police reports. The officers announced themselves as police, but Hutzel reportedly fled on foot again. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase between condo buildings toward the beach in the area of 63rd Street. Hutzel was charged with 45 total counts from driving while intoxicated to fleeing and eluding police to leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury along with numerous other traffic violations.

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The Deeley Insurance Group team of Trevor Frederick and Delaney Manning are pictured in the championship heat against H.T. Harrison & Sons. Photos by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – Hundreds of excited onlookers lined the sidewalks along Main Street Friday as they cheered on their favorites during the 30th rendition of the Berlin Bathtub Races. Nine local organizations showed off their best attempts at modified bathtubs Friday as they raced down Main Street at the much-loved annual event. After multiple heats, the team from Deeley Insurance Group was declared this year’s winner, outlasting previous two-time winner H.T. Harrison & Sons. “It’s a tradition for Berlin and it’s a completely unique event,” said Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director. “It shows how much fun we can have no matter how old you are.” Teams from Seaside Plumbing, Worcester Recreation and Parks, Deeley Insurance Group, H.T. Harrison & Sons Inc., The Globe, Costa Ventosa Winery, Burley Oak Brewing, Ocean Pines Pickleball and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing paraded down the street to kick off the event. A trio of volunteers donned bathrobes to push the classic red racer built by Jesse Turner, proprietor of the Berlin Shoe Box, when he helped start the bathtub races 30 years ago. “We honored Jesse Turner by showcasing his five-time winning bathtub because he was the one who started it,” Wells said. The tub is displayed throughout the year at the Berlin Welcome Center and also each December in front of the town’s Christmas tree. “We use it to collect shoes to donate to Diakonia,” Wells said. Though she doesn’t have an exact figure, Wells believes close to 2,000 people attended this year’s bathtub races. “If you want to know how many people showed up, I can tell you the ladies room ran out of toilet paper by 6:30 p.m. and the event didn’t start until 6,” she said, adding that town staff had remedied that situation as soon as they’d been made aware of it. Wells said attendees had enjoyed the races as well as the hula hoop contests hosted throughout. Fans were also kept entertained by the finish-line antics of Corporal Merle Bragg of the Berlin Police Department. “He loves this event,” Wells said. He dances and has a great time. It just shows the community how Berlin is. We all get involved.” Burley Oak’s Bryan Brushmiller, who pushed the brewery’s racer in this year’s event, agreed that the bathtub SEE NEXT PAGE

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Officers Assaulted Reuniting Mom With Lost Child OCEAN CITY – An Aberdeen woman was arrested on multiple charges this week after allegedly assaulting an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer who had just helped her find her lost child on the Boardwalk. Around 12:20 a.m. on Monday, OCPD officers were asked by their supervisor to assist in locating the parents of a child found in the area of 6th Street and the Boardwalk. A short time later, an OCPD officer located the child’s parents nearby. According to police reports, the officer advised the child’s mother, identified as Nikhisha Woods, 33, of Aberdeen, that her child was with another officer at 7th Street and that police would take her to him. While OCPD officers were escorting Woods back to her child at 7th Street, they reportedly detected an odor of alcohol and noticed she exhibited signs of being highly intoxicated. As the officer and Woods approached 7th Street where the child was being held, Woods allegedly screamed at her husband, “what the [expletive deleted] were you thinking,” and “how the [expletive deleted] did you lose our child?” OCPD officers reportedly advised Woods not to curse on the crowded Boardwalk because there were children around. At that point, Woods turned her expletive-laced tirade toward the police officers attempting to reunite her with her child, telling them they could not tell her what she could or could not say. At that point, Woods was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. When officers attempted to handcuff Woods, she reportedly resisted and twisted away to the point one officer had to use a leg sweep maneuver to take her to the ground. She was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody, but when police attempted to move her to the transport van, Woods became irate again and began kicking the officers. When the officers got Woods to the transport van, she braced her legs against the side of the door, which prevented police from loading her into the van. OCPD officers ultimately had to apply a violent person restraint device to Woods, who reportedly continued to kick at the officers attempting to apply

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Bicyclist Struck By Bus OCEAN CITY – A bicyclist on Monday rode into the bus lane from a parking lot near 99th Street and was struck by a municipal bus. Around 5 p.m. on Monday, Ocean City Police and emergency responders were dispatched to the area of 99th Street near the old Ocean Plaza Mall for a reported collision involving a bicyclist and an Ocean City municipal bus. The investigation revealed the unidentified bicyclist rode out of an exit from the old mall parking lot into the bus lane and was struck by the bus. The bicyclist failed to stop and yield the right-of-way before entering the bus-bike lane and was determined to be at fault. The bicyclist sustained injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Woman Assaults Officers OCEAN CITY – A Salisbury woman was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly causing a ruckus in a parking lot and then assaulting the officers attempting to take her into custody. Around 11:25 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a nightclub parking lot in the area of 50th Street for a reported assault that had just occurred. Upon arrival, the OCPD officer observed nightclub security staff holding Aitana Satchell, 22, of Salisbury, down on the ground. According to police reports, Satchell was screaming for the security staffers to let her go, attracting the attention of passersby in the parking





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lot. When the officer instructed bar security to let Satchell up, she allegedly launched into an expletive-laced tirade toward the officers and bar staffers. OCPD officers learned Satchell had allegedly assaulted the nightclub security supervisor. The supervisor said he responded to the parking lot area for the aftermath of an apparent fight and found Satchell bleeding from the nose. When the security officer approached Satchell to see if she was okay, she allegedly slapped him in the face with an open hand. At that point, Satchell was placed under arrest for second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. When asked how she got a bloody nose, Satchell reportedly told police she had been in an altercation somewhere in the parking lot. Officers asked Satchell if she wanted to be treated by Ocean City EMS and she indicated she did. Ocean City EMS responded and informed OCPD officers they would be transporting Satchell to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) for treatment of her injuries. An OCPD officer rode in the ambulance with Satchell while another followed in a patrol vehicle. At AGH, hospital staff reportedly attempted to treat Satchell, but she refused to cooperate, answer any questions or receive any treatment and she was discharged. While an OCPD officer escorted Satchell from the hospital, she allegedly began to scream at the officer and everyone else in the area. According to police reports, Satchell spit saliva in the officer’s face, striking him in the eye. The OCPD officer transported Satchell to the Public Safety Building for booking and she continued to scream.

June 21, 2019 During the booking process, Satchell allegedly assaulted two OCPD public safety aides. She was charged with multiple counts of assault.

Robbery, Assault Charges OCEAN CITY – A Severn, Md. man was arrested on assault and robbery charges last weekend after allegedly stealing a female acquaintance’s cash and punching her in the side of the head. Around 11:40 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a motel on 27th Street for a reported robbery and assault that had already occurred. The officer met with a female victim who told police Vincent Marshall, 22, of Severn, Md., took her money and punched her in the face during an argument. The victim reportedly told police Marshall woke up and could not find his money and began searching their room. Marshall reportedly accused the victim of taking his money, but the victim pulled out her cash and told Marshall she had her own money, according to police reports. The victim told police she had around $200 in cash in $20 bills. According to police reports, Marshall asked the victim if he could smell her money because her money was drug money and smelled like marijuana. The victim allowed Marshall to smell her money, at which point he allegedly grabbed it and attempted to run away. When the victim attempted to stop Marshall, he allegedly punched her on the right side of her face. According to police reports, the victim was holding the right side of her face near her eye and exhibited signs of injury consistent with being punched. OCPD officers located Marshall a short time later at a candy store on 28th Street and the victim was brought over to positively identify him. At that point, Marshall was arrested and charged with robbery and assault.

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Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a convenience store on 2nd Street for a reported disorderly male inside the store. Upon arrival, the officer met with a store employee who said the suspect, later identified as Dane Spence, 18, of Carlisle, Pa., had become agitated in the store when she told him his identification was not valid to receive money through Western Union. The OCPD officer asked Spence to step outside the store in an effort to resolve the conflict and the suspect complied. However, when the officer asked Spence to take a seat on a parking bumper for safety reasons, he reportedly refused to comply despite being asked numerous times to do so. The officer attempted to reason with Spence and went back and forth with the suspect, who was becoming increasingly agitated, according to police reports. The officer told Spence if he did not comply voluntarily, the officer would have to force him to sit down, but Spence continued to yell loudly that he did not have to sit down. Finally, another OCPD officer arrived and after failed attempts at compliance, the officers physically forced Spence to the ground. Meanwhile, a crowd of people had gathered on the sidewalk to watch the incident unfold, some of whom pulled out cell phones and began recording the incident. At that point, Spence was arrested for disorderly conduct. While attempting to arrest Spence, the suspect allegedly kicked on officer in the buttocks and another in the leg while in a prone position on the ground and additional assault charges were tacked on.

Flag Thief Nabbed OCEAN CITY – A Riva, Md. man was arrested on theft and other charges last weekend after swiping an American flag and attempting to swipe a Maryland flag from poles near the Boardwalk. Around 6 a.m. last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to the area of 18th Street and the Boardwalk for a reported theft. The OCPD officer arrived and observed a Maryland flag near the

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch beach access from the Boardwalk hanging unclipped from one of attachment to the flag pole. OCPD officers spotted a large group of males and females walking north from the area. One of the males was carrying a large Bud Light table umbrella. OCPD officers stopped the group in the area of 21st Street and questioned Levi Garren, 18, of Riva, Md., who was carrying a backpack. Officers asked Garren if he had any alcohol in the backpack and he indicated he did, according to police reports. After emptying the alcohol from the backpack, Garren reportedly also pulled out an American flag that was determined to be the property of the Town of Ocean City. It was determined there was an empty flag pole holder on the Boardwalk at 17th Street that previously held a flag pole and an American flag. Garren was in possession of the American flag, but the flag pole was not located. A witness told police Garren had also climbed a flag pole at 18th Street that held a Maryland flag and was successful in unclipping one of the flag’s attachments before being scared off. Garren was arrested and charged with theft and malicious destruction of property.

Two Arrested For Assault OCEAN CITY – Two men were arrested on assault charges last weekend after getting in a fight near a busy downtown intersection. Around 1:10 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were patrolling in the area of Baltimore Avenue and Somerset Street when they observed six males preparing to fight. As the officers approached, two of the men identified as Ryan Lambert, 18, of Felton, Del., and Allen Simmons, 34, of Berlin, assumed fighting stances and raised their closed fists toward each other, according to police reports. At one point, Lambert threw a soda cup at Simmons, striking him in the chest. Lambert and Simmons then began striking each other with closed fists. The OCPD officers announced themselves as police officers and ordered them to get on the ground. Both men stopped fighting and complied with the officers’ orders. Each was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and affray.



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Paul E. Stockton II OCEAN CITY – Paul E. Stockton II, 65 of Ocean City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12 at Delaware Hospice. He was born on Feb. 9, 1954 in Indiana to the late Paul and Helen Stockton. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, Ind. Paul spent his work years in baking, mostly as a plant supervisor at Hostess Baking Co. in Indiana. He was a big Purdue University sports fan and loved the Baltimore Ravens. Paul liked spending time at the beach but also liked returning to visit family in Indiana. He enjoyed playing poker as a member of Resort Poker League where he had many friends. Paul is survived and PAUL E. STOCKTON II will be missed by his loving and devoted partner, Joan Ryan; his loving sisters and brother, Leslie Nieman (Michael), Jerry Stockton (Paula), Tammy Stockton (Kellie), and Tracy Markley (Todd); and three nieces and a nephew, Dana Larson (Rick), Blake Markley, Adam Markley, and Carly Markley. In addition to his parents, Paul was proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Marion, and one niece, Rhonda Spears.

Joan Dischner Clark SALISBURY – Joan Dischner Clark, 83, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully at her home on June 9, 2019. Born on Aug. 29, 1935, she was the


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loving wife of the late Edwin F. Clark and together they enjoyed 50 years of marriage. Joan is survived by her two daughters, Joanie Clark DiNardo and Allison Clark Niles; their husbands Dr. Ignatius Loyola DiNardo and Arthur David Niles; and her five grandchildren, Gregory Ignatius DiNardo, Madeline Domeij DiNardo, Lillian Grace DiNardo, Helen Wahlstrom Niles and Harry Goodbody Niles. Joan was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. 29, 1935. She was one of five children born to Edward and Ella Dischner. Joan was raised in the east end of Pittsburgh and graduated JOAN from The Saint Francis DISCHNER CLARK Academy in 1953. A multi-talented business woman with a passion for entertaining, Joan and her husband Ed started their business Party Specialties in 1988. They were known for the festive venues they created. Joan enjoyed playing bridge and golf and was a long-time member of Ocean Pines Golf Club and the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club. She was also an avid gardener and her home always bloomed with violets, orchids and fabulous fig trees. Joan’s family will never forget her independent nature, quick wit and her admiration for a great shirt and a sharp tie.

She lived in Mallard Landing for the past four years where she enjoyed days filled with her loving family and friends, Eastern Shore excursions, puzzles and card games. Her loyal toy poodle Charlie was always by her side and brought her great comfort and companionship. A memorial service will be held at The Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. located at 909 South Schumaker Drive. Please feel free to arrive early to enjoy the museum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Wicomico County, Coastal Hospice or Mac Inc. Area Agency on Aging.

George Phillip Timmons Sr. BERLIN – George Phillip Timmons Sr., age 72, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late William Harrison Timmons and Florence Littleton Timmons. He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Timmons; son, George Phillip Timmons Jr. and Melissa Miller of Berlin; daughter, Stacy Lynn White and Christine Spencer of Berlin; brothers, Billy Timmons of Pocomoke, Charlie Timmons (Karen) of Snow Hill, Bobby Timmons (Margaret) of Pittsville and Frank Timmons (Mary) of Salisbury; sister, Catherine Taylor

June 21, 2019 (Late Cletus) of Pittsville; four grandchildren, Samantha Ours (Jay), Joshua White, Phillip James Timmons and Megan Wharton (Adam); three great grandchildren, Jai Ours, Cade Phillip Ours, Stryder Wharton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proud to pastor at the Church of God of Prophecy for 26 years. He was a salesman at Burke Equipment Company for over 20 years and also proud to have worked at Central Implement Co. for 30 years. He also served in the Army and was proud to have made Sgt.E5 in less than a year. But his greatest and proudest GEORGE PHILLIP accomplishments were being a wonderful hus- TIMMONS SR. band, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be missed by many. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the George P Timmons Rec Building located at 9324 Kitts Branch Rd in Berlin. Pastor Danielle Kellam officiated. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Libertytown. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Church of God of Prophecy 10407 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, Md. 21811. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at

Patricia Ann Moran OCEAN CITY – Patricia Ann Moran, loving wife of Ed Chester, passed peacefully on June 16, 2019 surrounded by family. She is survived by her four daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Gedra, Leslie (David) Lewald, Alicia Moran, and Laura (Saša) Mirković, and her grandchildren, Dylan and Alexandra Lewald, Nicholas Gedra, and Oscar, Stella and Kosta Mirković. Pat was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred Moran, and parents, Lillian and Charles Evans. Born Nov. 5, 1932 in Baltimore, Pat went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from St. Agnes Nursing School with lifelong friends Libby Russell Degnan and Mary Redman. In her youth, she traveled by steamer ship to Europe and worked as a hospital nurse in Bermuda. She met her first husband, teacher Alfred Moran, while she was working as a school nurse at the same school. Her favorite professional job was working as a public health nurse and helping families. Known as the fun mom of the community, Pat could be found out on her bicycle, inner-tubing down Winter’s Run with a host of kids in tow or riding the waves and walking the beaches of Ocean City with her grandkids and kids. A longtime resident of Towson, Forest Hill and Ocean City, Pat was an engaged member of the community. She was a devoted member of the Ocean City Beautification Committee and the Mayor's New Years’ Day Celebration at City Hall. Pat met and married her last love, husband Ed Chester, in Ocean City in 2003. They later moved to Annapolis, SEE PAGE 28

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners have scheduled a special work session in July to discuss a countywide rental license program. On Tuesday, county staff presented the commissioners with four potential legislative bills related to rental licensing. Rather than discuss them this week, the commissioners opted to schedule a work session for July 9 to review those bills. “I just want to make sure we go through and we get this right the first time,” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said. Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, told the commissioners that he and other staff members had been working since January, at the request of the commissioners, to explore a rental licensing program. “You have before you today four separate legislative bills that I believe address the issues we talked about back in January with respect to a comprehensive rental license program for the county,” he said, thanking his fellow staff members for their efforts. “It was a big undertaking in trying to get all of these pieces and parts to fit together.” Before he went into more detail, Mitrecic suggested postponing the discussion for a work session. “In the interest of all of us understanding it, I would like to see us set this in for a work session before we would take this to the public so all of us understand all of the intricacies and if there’s anything that we would like to see cleaned up before the public hearing, that could be done,” he said. The other commissioners agreed and thanked Tudor and staff for their efforts. “I think this is great,” Commissioner Bud Church said. “There’s huge potential here for the county.” Tudor said he understood the interest in a work session because, “this is not simple legislation.” He added that he believed that if the county moved forward with a rental licensing program, there would be an influx of calls, similar to those the county received when it implemented a building code. “This is going to be a major undertaking,” he said. The commissioners agreed to schedule a special meeting for July 9 to discuss Tudor’s proposed bills as well as a separate issue — a resolution establishing standard sewer flow calculations. According to Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan, the Worcester County Sewer Committee drafted a resolution to set standard flow calculations. “This will assist the county in definitively determining the number of equivalent dwelling units required to serve proposed development,” he said.





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FROM PAGE 26 and have lived there since. Throughout her life, she was the neighborhood RN and beloved friend and neighbor to many. As an only child, her lifelong friends became her family. A wake will be held at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Md. Visitation hours are 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Christian services will take place at St. Mary's Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Md. at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 24. Donations in her honor can be made to the Ocean City Beautification Committee, c/o OC Recreation and Parks Department, 200 125th Street, Ocean City, Md. 21842. An online guest book is available at

Jamie Miller OCEAN CITY – Jamie Miller, 60, of Madisonville, Tenn. and Ocean City, died on Friday, June 14, 2019, surrounded by his large, loving family and dear friends. Jamie was a devoted son of the late Joan Wood Miller of Ocean

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch City. He spent the happiest days of his childhood in Ocean City and loved the town as it was when he was a boy. Jamie made life-long friends there and remained in close touch with his childhood friends for the rest of his life. The Eastern Shore also brought Jamie one of his other great loves, Renee Roissier of Laurel, Del. They met in college and were happy together for the rest of her life. In search of adventure, Renee, Jamie and their dogs set off for Alaska in 1984. They married there and founded a small business. Jamie went to work for British Petroleum in the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. Jamie took up weight lifting while living in Alaska and to this day holds state records for squat and bench. The first three of their many children were born in Alaska. In the mid1990s, the family moved to eastern Tennessee and added six more children, many horses, dogs, and a few more small businesses to their already full lives. In these happy years, Jamie commuted to his job in Alaska, spent time at their Ocean City beach house and threw himself into his children’s many sports and hobbies at Greenback School and throughout the community. A man who took great joy in building the family experience, Jamie supported and often found the latest addition to the growing herd of horses he and Renée acquired. Starting with the local 4-H

group, and going on to compete in shows and rodeos around the state, Jamie could often be found proudly watching or assisting his wife and children in their many horse-related pursuits. His most memorable horse activities would be the summer days and long weekends spent camping and trailriding much of the state and national parks in the area and nearby states. Jamie took his two oldest boys, Jackie and Jeremy, to Greenback High School where they both excelled in sports and academics. He also took a special interest in the sport of wrestling. Jamie, with the help of head coach Justin Ridge, molded Greenback into the top team in the east Ten- JAMIE MILLER nessee area and a state contender. Jamie was considered a beloved role model to all the Greenback wrestling team. He would often take his own time, money and big 12-passenger van to wrestling tournaments across the state. Jamie bought countless meals for all the highs school wrestlers, and even let some live in his house for a summer if needed. Jamie continued the role of biggest fan and supporter for all of his children’s sports and activities; including music, dance, basketball, and more. In 2009 their lives were shattered by

June 21, 2019 the tragic murder of his adored wife, Renee. Jamie never returned to his job in Alaska but with the help of his family and many friends he made it through those dark days for the sake of his children. He reconnected with a high school girlfriend, Penny O’Linger. Over the next few years she became his partner in life and business. They founded Anchor Transportation, a freight brokerage. Together they worked this business and the job of rearing his children. Jamie is remembered as a loyal and devoted friend to many. He never stopped rooting for the underdog and was quick to help others. He was generous to all. He had a huge heart and enormous appetite for politics, sports and history. He used his long commutes and late nights to read voraciously. With tremendous courage and strength, he faced his devastating diagnosis of aggressive cancer. Although he tried many things and hoped for the best, he spent much of his remaining time organizing his affairs, leaving positive memories, and issuing clear guidance for his children. Even when he was in excruciating pain, he continued to plan for their future. Jamie was enormously proud of his children and wanted the very best for each one of them. He is survived by Joannie (of Anchorage, Alaska), Officer Jackie Miller (currently Asheville N.C.), Jeremy, Jesse, Jason, Joey, Jerry and Jax of Madisonville, and Janna of Salisbury; his dear partner and friend, Penny O’Linger of Ocean City; an aunt that he considered more of a sister, Susie Erickson of Gettysburg Pa; his four little sisters, Jeanne Gaetano of Salisbury, Cathie Fagerstrom of Arlington, Va., Terry Miller of Ocean City and Kristi Miller of Chicago Ill.; two aunts; an uncle; many cousins, nieces and nephews; a large extended family; the SDHS class of 1977; his Salisbury University wrestling friends; and many others who grieve his loss. Services were held in Tennessee. There will be a celebration of life in Ocean City at a later date. Obituaries cost $50 to appear in The Dispatch and photos are no extra charge. Direct all inquiries to, fax to 410-641-4561 or mail to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811.


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Berlin Resident Starts Petition

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Berlin resident Jeff Smith is pictured at the Berlin library branch Wednesday collecting signatures for his petition effort.

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BERLIN – A Berlin resident has launched a petition drive in an effort to make the town’s latest annexation a referendum question. Berlin resident Jeff Smith is asking town voters to sign a petition that would force the town to hold a referendum for the annexation approved by elected officials May 28. The property the town council voted to annex, six acres near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 818, is expected to become the site of a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store. “What I want is to give people the opportunity to have a conversation on whether or not this is something the town really wants,” Smith said. Smith, who’s lived in town for nearly six years, initially asked officials to postpone their decision regarding the proposed annexation. When that did not happen, he said he explored other options and learned residents were able to petition for a referendum. According to the Maryland Municipal League’s Municipal Annexation Handbook, an annexation resolution becomes effective 45 days after its passage unless it is petitioned to referendum. If Smith is able to get 20% of the town’s registered voters — roughly 700 people — to sign his petition for referendum, the town will be required to hold a referendum asking voters for a yes or no vote on the issue. “It needs to have signatures from 20% of the voters in town limits to qualify,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. She said that if the petition came in with what appeared to be the valid number of signatures, the annexation process would be put on hold while municipal officials worked with the county to verify the names on the petition. “If the petition qualifies we’d have to take the annexation to referendum,” she said. “Basically, we’d have to have a special election at a cost of $2,000 to $3,000.” The last time an annexation went to referendum in Berlin was in 2000. The referendum resulted in the annexation of the Davis Taylor Farm. Allen said the land currently proposed for annexation had been identified as a potential development site years ago. “The property was already in the growth area in the town’s comprehensive plan,” she said. “In 2010 the town identified this as one of the areas they intended to have development.” Property owner Spiro Buas also believes officials planned for the land to one day be developed. Though he owns six lots near the intersection of Route 818 and Route 50 now, he’s owned two of them for decades. He said the town ran water and sewer inSEE NEXT PAGE

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frastructure by the property years ago. He said that the annexation agreement the council approved last month ensures that the developer is responsible for costs associated with the project. “There’s not any additional cost to the city,” he said. Buas said the portion of his property closest to Route 50 was already in town limits. He proposed the annexation of the adjacent land, however, so that he’d have a larger site to work with, which he believes would allow for development of a better project. “Either way I do something there,” he said. “It makes sense for the town to control the look to one of the entrances to Berlin.” He added that the kind of convenience store he was envisioning for the property was something Berlin didn’t yet have. “Today’s modern convenience store, to be competitive, is not the stores of the past,” he said. “Right now Berlin doesn’t have that.” Smith, while he is concerned about the project itself, says his effort to bring the issue to referendum is more about giving residents a voice in the matter. As he sat at the entrance of the Berlin library collecting signatures this week, residents who signed expressed their frustration with the lack of control they felt they had. “My goal is to get the signatures so we can start the dialogue,” Smith said. He’s worried that officials are just looking at the additional tax revenue annexations bring and are not considering the long-term costs associated with them. “The town has designed itself now so that in order to break even we have to keep growing,” he said. “If we continue on this path, growing recklessly and without a vision, we’re going to turn into Salisbury.” Smith plans to knock on doors Saturday seeking signatures for the petition. In the meantime, copies can be signed at Burley Oak Brewery and Salt Water Media. Stephanie Fowler of Salt Water Media said she thought the petition was a way to make sure residents’ voices were heard. While she does not live in Berlin, she is a property owner and said she has been troubled by recent events in town, specifically the tax increases and annexations. “We have been voicing our concerns over and over again and yet it still feels like we are not being heard,” she said. “I hate that everything feels confrontational now because that isn’t the Berlin I opened my store in.” She said she didn’t want a potential 7-Eleven at a dangerous intersection. “We do not want to see the Route 50 corridor become the primary commerce district for the town when we have a beautiful, thriving downtown,” she said.

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BERLIN – Maryland State Highway Administration officials will host an informal informational meeting on the proposed Ocean Parkway roundabout on July 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center. “The informal walk-through meeting allows us to engage citizens individually, but also offers the flexibility to bring people together at a station around common interests and concerns if the need arises,” said Bob Rager, Maryland State Highway Administration district community liaison. “By maintaining an informal, walkthrough atmosphere, we can do this several times throughout the evening as needed and ensure that everyone gets heard. This format also eliminates concerns audience members often have regarding visibility of any screen presentation and difficulty understanding speakers due to room noise or soft voices.” Rager said recent roadwork on Route 589 and Ocean Parkway was “routine survey work related to the



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roundabout concept.” It is unclear if further work will be required, in the near term. Association Vice President Steve Tuttle said he personally forwarded more than 60 emails from homeowners to state transportation officials, most of which were strongly opposed to the idea of a North Gate roundabout. “Many believe it will be very unsafe and they will not be able to use the

North Gate exit from our community, and most believe this project is being thrust upon them because of the PRMC project [on Ocean Parkway],” Tuttle said. “With that kind of community sentiment, we felt it was vital to have an informational meeting with the Maryland State Highway Administration officials present, so our homeowners can express their sentiments and hear directly from the planners of this project.”






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OCEAN CITY – Officials in Ocean City are seeking a state grant to fund a shared bike path project in the Montego Bay community. In a meeting of the Ocean City Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee this week, President Paul Mauser announced the town has applied for grant funding through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program to construct a shared bike lane in the community of Montego Bay. “The project involves 2.5 miles of shared bike lane in the Montego Bay community,” he said. “It will include mostly shared roads, signage and new crosswalks.” The project will be part of Ocean City’s ongoing effort to establish a continual bike path system along side streets from one end of the resort to the other. The goal is to minimize the need for bicycles to interact with vehicles on the town’s major roadways, including Coastal Highway. In 2016, for example, the city received more than $50,000 from the Bikeways Program to create a bike route along Sinepuxent Avenue, which runs from 146th Street to Montego Bay. And now, the town is seeking additional grant funding to continue a bike path into the residential community, which consists of more than 1,500 properties. Mauser told the committee this week the grant, if awarded, would be used to establish a shared bike path starting at South Ocean Drive and continuing through Harbour Drive, Gulf Stream Drive, Oyster Lane, Beachcomber Lane and Sea Breeze Drive. “It’s a $75,000 project,” Mauser said, “with $60,000 being grant money for thermoplastic and $15,000 being design work, which is an in-house contribution.”

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Non-Amplified Music Approved For West OC Business

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SNOW HILL – A West Ocean City business will be able to host live music on its second-floor deck following approval from the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC). The BLC gave Pizza Tugos permission to have live music twice a week at the restaurant’s second-floor tiki bar. Though the board had concerns with the restaurant’s request to host four-piece bands, BLC members agreed to allow non-amplified entertainment of two pieces or less. BLC members said they were worried about adding to the noise and distractions at an already busy intersection. “Our concern is not you as an operator,” said William Esham, BLC chairman. “There’s a lot of traffic. That is our concern.” Attorney Hugh Cropper told the board that Pizza Tugos was interested in adding live music to complement the restaurant’s current entertainment options, which included an arcade and tiki bar. “The business has been a success and a real asset to West Ocean City,” he said. Pizza Tugos owner Scott Heise said the restaurant was one of the only late-night eateries in West Ocean City. He said he wanted to add to the facil-

ity’s existing offerings with live music on the deck. “We would like to give the families a little more to do when they’re there,” he said. Heise said the restaurant was surrounded by other commercial properties that wouldn’t be impacted by the addition of live music to Pizza Tugos. Cropper agreed and pointed out that the nearby go-kart track was already quite loud. BLC member Charles Nichols asked what the restaurant would do to deaden the sound from the music. “I don’t anticipate the noise to be a problem,” Heise said. Esham pointed out that he hadn’t answered the question and asked if the restaurant would do anything to deaden the sound. “I don’t anticipate there to be a need,” Heise said, adding that management would be on site to turn down the sound if the music was too loud. Esham said the restaurant had sought entertainment privileges in 2013 and the board had turned down the request. “Our concerns are the same today,” he said, adding that the board didn’t want to approve anything that would have a negative impact on public safety. Heise said that since the 2013 request, Pizza Tugos had built the tiki

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bar on the deck. Because music was proposed for the Route 611 side of the deck, he said the tiki bar would buffer the music from Route 50. He added that Pizza Tugos was one of the only establishments that served alcohol in West Ocean City that didn’t have live entertainment. Thomas Coates, the board’s attorney, said that when Bad Monkey recently asked for permission to offer live music, the board had approved the request but on the condition that the restaurant’s windows were closed. “Entertainment on a public thor-

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oughfare is a concern,” he said. Heise said Pizza Tugos would do whatever was necessary to ensure the music didn’t cause a problem. Though Nichols initially made a motion to deny the restaurant’s request, he withdrew it when Heise offered to seek approval for two-piece entertainment. In the end the board approved a motion to allow Pizza Tugos to host up to two pieces, non-amplified, twice a week from 5 p.m. to midnight as long as curtains were installed along the deck where the entertainment would be situated.

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SALISBURY – Plans for the development of a public park were presented to citizens in Wicomico County this week. On Monday, officials with Davis, Bowen & Friedel presented the public with a draft master plan of a countyowned property known as Pirate’s Wharf. “We were able to start a planning effort, which you will see tonight, and hopefully we will end with a regional park that both our citizens and our visitors will be able to enjoy,” said Steve Miller, the county’s director of recreation, parks and tourism. Last October, County Executive Bob Culver announced the county had received an $820,000 grant from the National Parks Service through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to create a public park on the 340-acre property. And with the help of matching grants and a financial commitment from the Wicomico County Council, the county was able to leverage the federal funding to generate $1.8 million for the first phase of the project. “More than the funding, what we are very pleased about is providing access to one of the most beautiful spots in Wicomico County,” Miller said. “That’s really been the goal of this project from the very beginning, to increase public

“I think we settled on what we would call a low-impact park …,” said Michael Wigley, principal at Davis, Bowen & Freidel. Photo by Bethany Hooper

access and increase our quality of life as citizens of the county.” An event area, a boat ramp and an extensive trail system were just a few of the park elements featured in the proposed master plan presented this week. Michael Wigley, principal at Davis, Bowen & Freidel, said the comprehensive document featured low-impact recreational activities that enhanced the natural surroundings at Pirate’s Wharf, which is located along the Wicomico River. “I think we settled on what we would call a low-impact park,” he said, “which is one that is not particularly active in the offerings it has, but one that does allow for enjoyment of the natural setting.” In the first phase of the park’s devel-


opment, the master plan proposes a 1,500-square-foot pavilion with an adjacent comfort station and playground, a boat ramp and soft launch area, a fishing pier and observation deck overlooking the river, and three parking sites. The plan also features wildlife corridors and historical markings along an extensive trail system. “We wanted to create a sense of wonder and exploration with the location of these trails,” Wigley said. Wigley also provided the public with an overview of the second phase of the park’s development, which features additional trails, parking and event space. “It’s still to be determined and we will be looking for public input for future phases,” he said. “But we wanted to give

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you a glimpse of how the whole master plan comes together at some point.” Joan Maloof, an ecologist who lived on the Pirate’s Wharf property for 30 years, questioned how the county would improve and protect the 225 acres of forested land not included in the master plan. “Two-thirds of Pirate’s Wharf park is not shown here, and that’s the forest across the road,” she said. “And although you don’t have any plans for it in this phase, that could be a mistake because the trails that are there could use a little improvement.” Maloof added that she would also like to see restrictions placed on the forested area. “I think it’s very important at this initial phase that we put a conservation easement on that forest,” she said. “What that will do is ensure that forest will never be opened to logging … We should build that into the budget now.” Senior Project Manager Ken Eaton told Maloof the firm had explored the possibility of improving the trail system within the forest, but ultimately decided to direct the budget to projects that would improve public access near the water. “We thought the funds would be better spent getting the core part of the park done in Phase I,” he said. Miller added that the county would also continue to explore easement options in the future. “Certainly $1.8 million is a lot of money, but when you go into this adding infrastructure and parking none of this is inexpensive,” he said. “There are protections to keep this a recreational space, but to go beyond that is something the county would need to weigh the pros and cons of.” Attendee Don Ross questioned if the county would be required to do additional archeological studies of the property. “I hear talk of the historical importance of these areas, but nothing about the prehistoric significance of this area,” he said. Miller said an environmental assessment of the property – which will be completed this summer – would indicate the need for additional studies. “As part of accepting these federal monies, we are required to do an environmental assessment …,” he said. “It will include recommendations and requirements for the level of archeological services.” Attendee Niamh Shortt asked if the county would limit the size of recreational boats using the boat ramp. “With the small area we have to turn around at the boat ramp, if a guy with a large boat comes in here once he’s probably not coming back twice,” Eaton replied. Miller said the next step in implementing the first phase of the Pirate’s Wharf project would include additional engineering and permitting. The federal grant stipulates the project must be completed by 2022.

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Alleged Burglar Joins Woman In Bed Area Landlord Guilty In Gun Threat

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OCEAN CITY – A man was arrested for burglary last weekend after allegedly breaking into a condominium and climbing in bed to watch television with a woman. Around 2:30 a.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to the area of 42nd Street for reports of a male suspect attempting to break into several condo units. Upon arrival, the OCPD officer observed Rhoan Dennis, 18, of Sunderland, Md., trying to climb a balcony. According to police reports, the officer approached Dennis, who was now sitting on the railing of the balcony, and determined the suspect ex-

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hibited signs of intoxication. Several citizens in the street complained to the officer that Dennis had attempted to break into their units. The OCPD officer met with one female witness who told police she had been in her bed in her apartment when she heard someone enter. The victim reportedly told police she believed it was her adult son. The victim then told police she observed a suspect matching Dennis’ description enter her bedroom and ask her what she was watching on television. Dennis allegedly got into bed with the female victim, who reportedly screamed at the suspect to leave, but he did not immediately comply. Based on the evidence and testimony, Dennis was arrested and charged with burglary and disturbing the peace.



SNOW HILL – A Berlin man faces as many as 26 years in prison after a Worcester County jury this week found him guilty of assault and weapons charges for threatening to blow a tenant’s head off during an incident last November. On Wednesday, a Worcester County Circuit Court jury found Joseph Baker, Sr., 56, of Berlin, guilty of second-degree assault, illegal possession of a rifle by a disqualified person, illegal possession of a rifle by a prohibited person and illegal possession of ammunition. Baker faces a total of 26 years at sentencing, which was deferred by Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Beau Oglesby pending a

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pre-sentence investigation. The charges stem from an incident on Libertytown Road in Berlin back on November 4. Local law enforcement was dispatched to the location for a reported landlord-tenant dispute involving a weapon. The investigation revealed Baker, who was the landlord, threatened to blow his tenant’s head off while pointing a rifle at him. Maryland State Police troopers located Baker nearby and placed him under arrest. MSP troopers also recovered a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition in Baker’s home. A criminal background check revealed Baker was disqualified and prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition. Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser commended the MSP’s investigative efforts which led to the successful prosecution of the case. “We are grateful that no one was injured as a result of this defendant’s actions and we applaud law enforcement for working to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals in Worcester County,” she said.

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BERLIN – A residential fire destroyed a Berlin home and sent its owner to the hospital last week. Around 11:40 p.m. last Thursday, firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Bishopville, Newark, Ocean Pines and Snow Hill responded to a reported house fire at a residence on Bethel Road in Berlin. First-arriving firefighters found the two-story residential structure completely engulfed in flames. It took the combined fire departments over an hour to bring the blaze under control. According to the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office, the owner and occupant of the residence awoke to the smell of smoke and was able to escape prior to the fire department’s arrival. Nonetheless, the owner and occupant was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. According to the fire marshal’s office, there was no smoke alarm activation and the home was not equipped with a residential sprinkler system. The cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office as of midweek. Anyone with information is urged to contact the fire marshal’s office at 410632-5666, or email Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at, or the Maryland Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

County Officials Visit New School

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SHOWELL – The Worcester County Commissioners joined school system officials to tour the construction site of the future Showell Elementary School this week. On Tuesday, the commissioners joined Superintendent Lou Taylor and more than a dozen school system leaders for a visit to the Showell construction site. The new school, which is being built behind the existing building, is expected to be complete by September 2020. “It’s been pretty smooth sailing so far,” Taylor said. After being discussed for years, construction of a new school to replace the decades-old existing facility on Route 589 began last fall with site clearing. Trees were cleared behind the current building to make way for the new 98,000-square-foot facility. In the months since, the building itself has begun to go up. “We’re really excited,” Taylor said during this week’s tour. He said he was amazed at the progress that had been made in just the five weeks since he’d offered a previous tour. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that there was an abundance of work that still had to be done in order for the school to open in the fall of 2020. As soon as the school 2019-2020 school year ends, crews will have just the summer months to demolish the existing school and get a new bus loop built so that the new facility can open in September. “The challenging part’s going to be next August,” Taylor said. “There’s not a minute we can let go.” Taylor credited Showell’s teachers and administrators for their patience during the construction process, but pointed out that it would be worth the wait, as the school would nearly double in size. Fourth grade, which Showell hasn’t been able to accommodate in recent years, is expected to move from Berlin Intermediate School (BIS) back to Showell once the new building is complete. “We’re hoping that eliminates the trailers at BIS,” he said. Taylor said that toward the end of the planning process for the new school, officials had also added a wing for pre-kindergarten onto the building’s plans in order to prepare for the future. “At least one of our schools will be ready when it’s mandated by the state,” he said. Taylor thanked Oak Contracting’s Bill Moschler and Becker Morgan Group’s Brad Hastings, who led Tuesday’s tour. “It’s been a great project so far,” Taylor said. “Keep it going and get us open next September.”

Becker Morgan Group’s Brad Hastings is shown pointing out the third grade commons area at the new Showell Elementary School. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

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A rocket carrying experiments from the Wallops Island Flight Facility was pictured early Thursday morning. Photo courtesy of NASA

WALLOPS – A week after breaking ground on a significant solar energy project, another successful rocket launch from the Wallops Island Flight Facility early Thursday morning provided further evidence of NASA’s long-term commitment to the facility just south of Ocean City and Assateague. A Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying student experiments was successfully launched around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. While not quite providing a spectacle equal to the larger Antares orbital rocket launches to the International Space Station a couple times a year from Wallops, the sounding rocket launch arched its way across the

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early Thursday morning sky and was visible for many early-risers across the Lower Shore. Thursday’s launch came just a week after NASA announced a major investment in the Wallops Flight Facility, which has become a significant economic engine on the Lower Shore including Worcester and Somerset counties in recent years. The Wallops Island Flight Facility broke ground last week on a solar project that is expected to reduce the consumption of non-renewable energy sources at the facility by as much as 80%. In the last decade or so, the Wallops Island Flight Facility has expanded its operations creating hundreds of new meaningful and well-paying government and private sector jobs across the Lower Shore including Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset. The expanded presence at Wallops has also created millions of dollars in direct and indirect economic impact on the Lower Shore. With the influx of federal funding, Wallops has flourished in recent years with several significant orbital and suborbital launches each year. There has been some tourismbased economic benefit as visitors have flocked to various points along the shore to view the larger launches including Ocean City and Assateague, for example. Wallops Island Flight Facility Director Dave Pierce said last week the investments in the facility, including the massive solar energy project, signal NASA’s commitment to its facility on the Lower Shore. “Perhaps no other time in my more than 30 years of service at Wallops has there been such a rapid uptick in growth and investments at the facility,” he said. “These investments are proof positive of the agency’s commitment to Wallops and they underscore the fact that Wallops is critical to the NASA mission.” The new 13-megawatt solar farm at Wallops will include both suntracking ground-mounted arrays near the facility’s airfield along with carport-style canopy arrays. The project is just the latest in an attempt to improve efficiency. The new installations represent the first time the facility has made such a significant investment in renewable energy. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the solar project is predicted to be the equivalent of removing over 4,200 cars from the road each year. “The solar farm is a very visible project because of the renewable and environmental aspects that it has and the sustainability goals that it meets,” said Wallops Solar Farm Project Manager Harold White. “It’s a great opportunity for the Eastern Shore, NASA and Wallops.”

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OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC 10 92nd Street $600,000 • MLS #1001563118 5 bed, 2 full + 2 half bt, 2,240 sqft NO HOA Fee, RE Tax $650/m 60’x100’ lot, 1964 Coastal Cottage, ½ Block to Beach, Lots of Parking

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

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BISHOPVILLE 12004 WOODSMAN POINT ROAD $439,000 • MLS #MDWO102372 5 bed, 3 bt, 3,300 sqft, built 1996 No HOA fee, RE Tax $240/m ¾ Acre Fenced Lot, Dbl Garage, Fam Rm, Bonus Rm, Updated

BAY VIEW ~ OC EMERSON TOWERS #402 on Wicomico Street $475,000 • MLS #1001564166 3 bed, 3 bt, 1,835 sqft, built 2006 Condo Fee $400/m, RE Tax $436/m Deep Water Slip - 15.6’ x 34.5’, Gated Parking, Secure Lobby, Views

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

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC ATLANTIC COURT #303 at 72nd Street $170,000 • MLS #1001560000 2 bed, 1 ½ bt, 594 sqft, built 1972 Condo Fee $284/m, RE Tax $159/m Sunny Top Floor, Quieter Mid-Building, Lots of Updates, ½ Block to Beach

OCEAN BLOCK ~ OC SEA MARK #302 at 63rd Street $160,000 • MLS #MDWO103514 1 bed, 1 bt, 533 sqft, built 1974 Condo Fee $318/m, RE Tax $117/m Sunny Top Floor, East Balcony, Building Exterior Updated

CANAL FRONT ~ OC JOCKEY BEACH #240 at 123rd Street $150,000 • MLS #MDWO102924 1 bed, 1 bt, 589 sqft, built 1984 Condo Fee $130/m, RE Tax $168/m Water Front Private Balcony, Pool, Lots of Updates & Parking

NEWARK 9502 CROPPERS ISLAND ROAD $600,000 • MLS #MDWO105772 WATER FRONT 1.08 Wooded Acre 6 bed, 6 ½ bt, 4,755 sqft, built 1978 Country, No HOA fee, RE Tax $334/m 4-Bay Garage Detached with Full Loft

LIGHTHOUSE SOUND ~ LOT #6 12310 SOUTHHAMPTON DR via Rt 90 $250,000 • MLS #1001561434 Water View, Elevated ½ Acre, 2nd Tee, Quick Beach Access, Quality Homes HOA $47/m, RE Tax $135/m GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY

NEWARK ~ WATER FRONT LOT CROPPERS ISLAND RD via #113S $90,000, 100’ +/- on Porter Creek #7 @ 1.04 Acres, MLS #1001558864 Wooded, County Road Access South of Berlin Country Lifestyle, Estate Sale with Current Survey

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River Of Hope Art Campaign Launched

SNOW HILL – The opioid awareness campaign Worcester Goes Purple this week announced a partnership with the Worcester County Arts Council to create a River of Hope art installation. Worcester Goes Purple (WGP) has secured grant funding from the Worcester County Arts Council to install an art rock river, using hundreds of rocks that community members will paint purple at several upcoming events across the county. The community is invited to paint these rocks in honor of those who have died from an overdose or are struggling with addiction. Attendees can look for the purple WGP table display at several events around the county in coming months including the Blessing of the Combines in Snow Hill on Aug. 3, Fourth Friday Street Festival in Pocomoke on Aug. 22, the Small Town ThrowDown in Berlin on Sept. 7 and Sunfest in Ocean City on Sept. 21. When complete, the painted rocks will become a beautiful River of Hope awareness art installation at the Atlantic Club in Ocean City. The Atlantic Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals in recovery and those trying to achieve sobriety.

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SALISBURY – The city of Salisbury and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) this week announced the Amended Consent Order against Salisbury’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) has been terminated, indicating the successful startup of the new, environmentally responsible plant. While WWTP contributions to nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay watershed remain small, declining by 75% since 1985, enhanced nutrient reduction facilities like Salisbury’s new plant are playing a significant role in the improving Wicomico River and the Chesapeake Bay. The consent order, which was instated in 2012, required that Salisbury achieve compliance with its provisions by Dec. 31, 2017. These provisions stipulated enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) including nutrient parameters for the discharge into the Wicomico River. Construction on the new WWTP started in June 2015, and the plant has been meeting permit requirements since December 2017. “This is a huge victory for the city of Salisbury and the health of the Wicomico River and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Mayor Jake Day. “As a partner in the 2025 Chesapeake Bay Restoration targets, I am

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proud to say that we are not only in compliance with the permit, but our WWTP is achieving the highest standards of quality and operation. As we put this saga behind us, we can share in the added satisfaction of knowing that our plant is among the best in the region.”

Tax Credit Presentation Planned For Next Week BERLIN – The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) will offer a tax credits presentation at the Worcester County Library Berlin Branch next Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Representatives from SDAT will be at county library’s Berlin branch to provide an overview of the department’s core functions, which include assessing property, administering tax credit programs, and processing and maintaining business charter filings. The presentation will cover tax credit programs such as the Homeowners’ Tax Credit, Renters Tax Credit, and Homestead Tax Credit. Combined, these tax credits help Marylanders save more than $260 million in property taxes each year. Services for business owners and entrepreneurs administered by SDAT will also be discussed during this presentation.

Beauty Spot Nominees Sought OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominees for the 2019 Beauty Spot Awards in the resort. The categories for Beauty Spot nominations including residential, condominium, retail, hotel, motel, commercial, restaurant and Boardwalk. Only nominated properties will be judged and the Beautification Committee is asking for the public’s help in finding those special properties that are evidence of civic pride and community beauty. “A property can be nominated by anyone, including the resident or owner of a residence or business, a relative, neighbor, friend, customer or just a passerby,” said Committee Chair Donna Greenwood. “Once all nominations are in, the Beautification Committee will travel around town to view all the nominated properties and will judge them based on plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery, grasses, design, layout, etc. that complement the property.” To nominate a property, please call Greenwood at 410-289-7060, mail nominations to OCBC, Department of Recreation and Parks, 200 125th Street, Ocean City, Md. 21842 or email to before the July 5 deadline.

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Great Potential For First OC Beach Festival HOW WE SEE IT

The first Jellyfish Festival will be held in Ocean City. It aspires to be an annual event held each June on the beach. Whether that happens will be largely based on this weekend’s attendance. We are rooting for it. The weekend after the OC Air Show and before the Fourth of July holiday has in recent years been a bit of a struggle for Ocean City. It’s a strong weekend typically, but it’s a let down generally because there has never been a marquee event held in between these two large weekends. This beach festival, billed as “The Act of Music and Sports” by organizers, should fill that void. Designed as a family event, the main ingredient of the festival – and the most important because it will ultimately determine the fiscal success – will be live music. Event Director

Brad Hoffman and colleagues went with quantity and quality with the live music bookings. Though musical preferences and styles vary based on individual tastes, there are a few named acts a majority of people will recognize, but the lineup largely features local and regional acts. The idea was to present a large number of respected and regarded acts to present a well-rounded bill throughout the weekend, rather than land one large band that would blow the budget. For a first-time festival, this is a reasoned approach. There was initial disappointment about the lineup, but that was largely due to the organizers reporting some major, national acts as potential bookings to the Ocean City Mayor and Council. The organizers ultimately made the right decision with their conservative approach on

band bookings. Furthermore, it’s important to understand the festival is about a lot more than music. This is where the family aspect comes into play because interest from the kids will be in the added attractions, such as the fat bike ride areas, ninja obstacle course, freestyle motorcross team, arts and crafts, surfing and skate demonstrations and contests and indo board expression sessions, to name several. There will be a lot to review after the weekend for tourism folks and the city – which contributed about $260,000 to it. We are hopeful attendance is strong and the reviews are positive for this first-time endeavor. It’s a worthwhile concept for Ocean City, deserves the support of visitors and locals and fits into the June calendar perfectly.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A Vote For Full-Time Residency Amendment Editor: I am writing in hopes the Worcester County Planning Commission will return a favorable decision with regard to the proposed amendment concerning full time residency in White Horse Park. I am 63 years old, wheelchair bound, require tube feeding and I sleep on a ventilator. My house has been modified through county funding, state funding and federal funding so that I can live independently in my own home. Through a Medicaid Waiver, I have a Self Direct Plan that allows me to pay two employees to aid me in my mission to remain independent. The state and federal governments have decided this plan saves an enormous amount of money for them versus a traditional nursing home. To uproot me from my home would wreak havoc in my life. I could never find a place to rent that would afford me all of the modifications that I have here. These modifications are by no means luxury items, but truly necessary to live independently as I do now. The park also provides guards 24/7 and is a gated community that gives me peace of mind in relationship to my safety. The staff of White Horse Park are always there to lend me a helping hand or deliver my packages. My only income is Social Security disability and this doesn't go far when I am already paying a mortgage. There is no money for renting something else for four months. The thought that I may need to

move is taking a toll on me emotionally as well, as I have no place to go. The amendment goes beyond me and will also affect the two employees that assist me in my daily activities, allowing me to remain independent. So, I plead with you to please consider on my behalf so I can finish out my life in the home I have owned since 1984. Thank you, and God Bless. Stan Gibson Berlin

Taxed Without A Voice Editor: Being taxed with no voice is not a new topic to most Ocean City property owners, but is it now time for a change? Here are the numbers: Ocean City nets more than $84 million in annual revenue and more than half of that is directly from residential rental property and property associated taxes. The population of OC (permanent residents) is less than 7,000, yet condos and homes rented to tourists number over 100,000. The point is the vast majority of revenue in OC is earned by the rental of properties owned by people not themselves Ocean City residents. Those property owners have no vote in OC and as such, have no say in who is elected, at what rate they themselves are taxed, nor how tax dollars are spent. If you don’t like that, you can sell your Ocean City property and invest that capital elsewhere. There is one last gotcha for the property owner however, Ocean City gets 7.5% of the profit made from that

sale. Outrageous. Isn’t it time property owners had a voice in Ocean City? Charles Eary Ocean City

Council’s Budget Work Deserves Another Look Editor: Our elected officials recently completed the 2020 Ocean City budget review. I chuckle how the majority of the council patted themselves on the back for doing such a great job of spending millions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money. They all talked about their efforts to keep property taxes low at 46 cents for each $100 of assessed property value while providing the level of services needed to operate the Town of Ocean City. Did they do a good job? Let’s take a look back at how they did with the 2019 budget. The council approved the 2019 budget of $129.9 million in May 2018. But the final 2019 budget will be $141 million, about 10 percent higher, because the council added a March 2019 budget amendment to increase spending by $11.3 million. This figure is shown on page 112 of the council’s March 4, 2019 meeting information packet. This means that the council’s 2019 budget brought in excess revenues of $11.3 million that the council subsequently spent by approving the March 2019 budget amendment. Councilman Dennis Dare, who has been involved with Ocean City budgets for 32 years, recently reported that one penny on the tax SEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR rate brings in revenue of $899,063. Using Councilman Dare’s $899,063 figure, this $11.3 million increase was equal to about eight cents of a property tax rate. If the council had not spent the $11.3 million, the 2019 budget year would have ended with a significant surplus that could have been used to lower the 2020 property tax rate from 46 cents to 38 cents. Joseph Potter Ocean City

Read Mueller’s Report Editor: I ask everyone to read the Mueller report. It is 448 pages, but as citizens of Maryland’s Lower Shore, and as Americans, we owe it to ourselves, our grandchildren, and our country to read it. I started reading the report, and found it to be readable for someone like me, a voter who cares about our democracy. This report is not full of legalese or language that only attorneys can digest. The Mueller report was written for us, the American people, and for Congress, our representatives. We as taxpayers paid for this report, and we as voters should take the responsibility and time to digest it. If you are like me, you may not want to read every word. That is okay. However, I ask that you take time to read and think about it. Susan P. Buyer Berlin

All About Money In OC Editor: No longer will I or many I know be attending affairs or events in central Ocean City. The parking and the lack of respect for individuals shows the path Ocean City has decided to take and it’s all about money. I’ve been coming to Ocean City since 1952 and seen many changes but of late I no longer feel safe on the streets and its one of the trashiest resorts on the East Coast. I will spend my money in Delaware going forward that cares about its community and families. I sat at a stop light on Route 50 heading down Baltimore Street through six-plus red lights because there were no traffic officials there to stop the blocking of traffic. When you want real money to be spent, make sure the difference is felt and seen by the visitors and owners. C.L. Sharpness

Delegate Wrong On Pittsville Water Crisis Editor:

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A recent story from The Daily Times on the Pittsville water crisis made many folks in town myself included angry when we saw our Delegate Wayne Hartman say, "The color of the water is an aesthetic issue." Delegate Hartman is wrong. The water crisis isn’t just an "aesthetic issue." It is a financial issue for working families, single parents and eldery residents living on fixed incomes who now have another expense to worry about when budgets are already stretched. It is a health issue because residents have had skin reactions, burning eyes, and more negative health effects due to the quality of the water. Finally, this crisis is a peace of mind issue. It took Senator Mary Beth Carozza and Hartman three months after this issue arose to even bother coming out to Pittsville or commenting on the matter at all. Not only that but, residents have also been unable to trust their local leaders as the stories to why this issue has happened has changed several times through the months and there has been a lack of transparency the whole time. We needed you to lead and make sure we got what we needed to get by until this crisis was resolved. However, you were three months late on responding and when you finally did you completely failed to understand the severity of this issue and tried to frame us as if we had nothing to complain about. It is clear to see you have failed us Delegate Hartman and this is something we won’t soon forget. Jared Schablein Pittsville (The writer is the chair of The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus.)

Fund Support Appreciated Editor: A special thank you to everyone in the community who contributed money to make the Franklin Burroughs Golf Scholarship Award Fund possible. To The Dispatch Editor Steve Green for printing pictures and articles; to Cecil Tull, ABC Printing, who printed the award certificates; and to Al “Hondo” Handy for all his help. May God bless each of you. From 2008 to 2019, 17 young people have been given the award. This will be the last year the Franklin Burroughs Golf Scholarships Awards will be given. Thank you, again, everyone for all you did to make this possible. Freeda Burroughs The Woodlands, Texas

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The laws of supply and demand were on full display during last weekend’s OC Air Show. Though difficult to prove historically, I would argue last Saturday featured some of the biggest crowds I have ever seen in Ocean City. The beach was packed from the ocean to the seawall along the Boardwalk as far as I could see from 21st Street, and traffic was intense on most roads for the better part of the day and night. As I was driving into town at 9 a.m. last Saturday, I saw a property owner hanging a handmade sign saying all-day parking for $100. I wondered if anyone would pay it since other private property owners nearby were charging just $40 or $50. While sitting in traffic with thousands of other people trying to get out of town Saturday evening, I counted 10 vehicles in that lot. While some would argue it’s price gouging, I maintain if the market will bear it charge it. Nobody forced the motorists to park there. They found value in it evidently. It looks more and more likely the proposed room tax increase from 4.5% to 5% could be derailed over politics. A unanimous vote by the County Commissioners is needed when it comes up next month. Worcester County Commissioner Josh Nordstrom, who represents Pocomoke City and nearby areas, is fed up with his requests for his home district not being taken seriously by his colleagues. In the spring budget process, Nordstrom sought three changes to benefit his region – Pocomoke receiving 10% of county’s table games revenue, tax incentives for businesses in southern Worcester County and infrastructure funding for Pocomoke. The reality is Pocomoke is not being ignored by the county government. The municipality gets a grant like the other towns and Ocean Pines do, but Nordstrom believes his area needs extra help. Nordstrom is doing what he should be doing for his home constituency. He’s fighting hard for them and they need it. Nordstrom’s opposition to the room tax increase, however, is inconsistent with his vote supporting the next fiscal year’s budget. Since his requests were not included in the budget, he should have voted against it. Nordstrom said he didn’t oppose the budget out of respect for the staff who spent hours crafting the budget. That stance should also apply to the proposed room tax increase as well, however. People have worked hard on that effort as well. “I’m not hearing ‘hey we’re here to help,’” Nordstrom said. “What I am hearing are jokes, jokes at the expense of good people, hardworking people that pay taxes, people that are virtually ignored. … [The room tax] overwhelmingly benefits one part of the county [Ocean City]. It’s going to benefit them more than anyone else. If you’re not going to listen when I talk about the needs of the south end, it’s more difficult for me to lend my vote to the things you believe in. We ought to be working toward what’s best for the whole county.” It doesn’t appear Nordstrom is going to fold here, but I think he should. If he’s not willing to back off his threat to not vote for the room tax hike, the commissioners need to have a meeting of the minds. A starting point may be a pledge to phase-in a percentage of the casino revenues, which is increasing year after year. I could see 5% the first year with the distribution increasing to 10% over five years. The room tax hike needs to go through. The new room tax remains low compared to other resort destinations and the new revenue will help fund more tourism marketing as well as paying for expenses associated with bringing people to this area. Worcester County has a hot potato on its hands with year-round occupancy in campground subdivisions. The county’s zoning code is clear. There is to be no year-round, or “primary,” occupancy at White Horse Park and Assateague Pointe, the only two campground subdivisions in the county that were approved back in the 1980s. The code says, between Sept. 30 and April 1, units are not to be occupied for more than 30 days consecutive or 60 days total. The issue here is people have been living in White Horse Park on a year-round basis for many years. One disabled resident wrote in a letter to the editor this week he’s lived in White Horse Park for more than 30 years on a year-round basis. This man is not alone, as there are reportedly 55 people living in the same community today. The county seems to have been aware of these instances for years, but Development Review and Permitting Director Ed Tudor said, “We’d had complaints from time to time but it’s almost impossible to enforce.” Year-round residents said they were unaware of the restriction until recently. Because of the hardships many of the year-round residents are facing if displaced, attorney Hugh Cropper recommended a text amendment be approved allowing for 25% of the senior unit owners to live there yearround. The support did not seem to be there when it was reviewed. A possible solution to me would be to grandfather in those proving hardship if the code is enforced for a period of two years. The county has said that’s not an option because it’s an existing law on the books. I wonder whether that matters if it hasn’t been enforced for more than three decades.

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OCEAN CITY – The inaugural Jellyfish Festival comes to Ocean City this weekend. On June 21-23, the Jellyfish Festival will make its debut on the beaches of Ocean City. Spanning nearly six blocks north of the pier, the event will feature live music from national, regional and local acts, arts and crafts, and extreme sports and fitness components. “This is a big event for our town, and we feel as though the whole community is gathering around us,” promoter Brad Hoffman said. Live music, extreme sports and family fun will converge in a weekend-long special event that will take place in and around Jellyfish Tentacle Village from

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Somerset Street to North Division Street. The Jellyfish Festival will be broken up into three themed days starting with “Fresh Friday” on June 21. The music begins at noon on the Sea Stage at Caroline Street with Frenchy Tunes, Space Koi and Skribe set to perform. At 11 a.m. on the Beach Stage off Dorchester Street, Melissa Alessi will kick things off followed by The Rogue Citizens, Lower Case Blues, Phantom Limbs, The Swell Fellas and Muskrat Lightning. Beginning at 5 p.m., the AStage off Dorchester Street will feature

ticketed performances by Sweet Leda, King Schascha, Ballyhoo! and Badfish. The live entertainment continues on “Classic Saturday” at noon on the Sea Stage with Jellyheads, Undateables and Full Circle performing until 4:15 p.m. The Beach Stage entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with Frankie Moran followed by Monkee Paw, Don Hall Band, West King String Band, Lauren Glick Band and Stone Senate (ticketed performance at 5 p.m.) The A-Stage will then feature ticketed performances beginning at 6 p.m. by Ravyns, Crack The Sky and STYX.

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And on Sunday, the festival will conclude with “Music with a Message.” Opening performances on the Beach Stage will begin at 11:30 a.m. by Jody Pyles Band and 3C Live. The A-Stage will feature ticketed performances by Nathan Thomas from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Crowder from 4-5 p.m. and Newsboys from 5:30-6:30 p.m. “This festival has exceeded my expectations so far,” Hoffman said. “Our goal is to build a strong foundation in the first year, and I feel as though our team has done that.” The Jellyfish Festival will also include sports and fitness events – including performances by the Monster Energy Freestyle Motocross Team, professional surfing competitions, and skateboarding and ultimate frisbee tournaments – throughout the weekend. Festival participants can take part in the Monster Hydro Beach Fit Challenge – a ninja-style beach obstacle course – yoga sessions, fat tire biking, Indo Board and ultimate frisbee clinics, and skate jams, which give locals an opportunity to mingle with the pros and learn new tricks on a 40-foot miniramp. Professional skateboarders Bucky Lasek, Derek Krasauskas and Rodney Jones will be on hand. The mini-ramp is open to all skaters with skills with a signed waiver. At the Ocean Bowl Skate Park, event organizers will also host a skate jam tournament, which includes music, contests and prizes. The three-day festival will also feature an arts and crafts tent, where local, regional and national artisans will be showing off their crafts to the public. The tent will include a kids art and music area, where local musician Lauren Glick will teach kids songwriting and microphone skills. T.C. Studios will also host an art zone, where families can create their own Jellyfish-inspired art. Hoffman said the Jellyfish Festival is expected to fill a void left by the Dew Tour, a popular multi-sport event held in Ocean City from 2011 to 2014. “This event melts right into the tapestry of year-long events in this town,” he said. “And it gives kids and younger families and event to call their own for years to come.” Hoffman said event organizers are working closely with supporters and sponsors to ensure the event is a success. “We are doing everything to make it the best festival possible …,” he said. “The whole city has embraced and supported this, and they are a major part of making this come together.” The Jellyfish Festival will be held on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 23, from noon to 9 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased at or “We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves,” Hoffman said.

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The Freeman Stage’s Photo Of The Week:

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OCEAN CITY – A private sportfishing boat out of Ocean City made a big splash at the 61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament last weekend, weighing a tournament-record 914-pounder to take first place and a check for over $793,000. The Top Dog, a family-owned private boat based in Ocean City during the summer, competed in the 61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina last week and hauled in a monster 914-pound blue marlin to take the tournament’s top prize. The Top Dog, captained by Ocean City’s Ryan Knapp, fought the big blue for over five hours with angler and boat co-owner Todd Dickerson on the reel.

Once the big blue was landed, the next challenge was getting it onto the boat and getting it back to the scale to weigh at the tournament’s home base in Morehead City, N.C. After several attempts to boat the 914-pounder, the Top Dog crew pulled the beast through the tuna door in the transom and returned to the dock with the fish hanging half in and half out of the boat. The big crowd on hand learned the Top Dog was returning with a big blue that could erase the tournament’s leaderboard and huge cheers went up when the fish was pulled from the boat and run up the scale, topping out at 914-pounds. The 914-pound blue set a new Big Rock record, replacing the 831-pounder that held that distinction for nearly two decades since 2000.

The Ocean City-based Top Dog sportfishing boat last weekend took first place in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a record 915-pound blue marlin. The big blue was brought to the scale with half of is body hanging out of the tuna door in the stern. Submitted Photo

40th Small Boat Tourney In The Books



OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 40th annual Small Boat Tournament was once again a big success last weekend with plenty of action both inshore and offshore. No billfish were released during the tournament last weekend. In the tuna division, it was the crew on the Sea Salt taking first place with a 55pounder worth $3,937. The Sindaco took second place with a 53-pounder worth $823, while the Little Buddy took third with a 51-pounder worth $549. In the dolphin division, it was the crew on

the Black Magic taking first place with a 14-pounder worth $3,937. The Oppor-Tuna-Ty Too took second place with a 13.8-poounder worth $823, while the Gulf Stream took third with a 11.8-pounder worth $549. Closer to shore, in the bluefish division, it was the Hot Flounder sweeping the category and earning $90. In the flounder division, the Teacher’s Pet II took first with a 3.6-pounder and earned the Dale Brown Award and $500. The Fish Magnet II took second with a 2.4-pounder and earned $270. The Ready or Not swept the sea bass division and earned $270 in prize money.

Engle, Townsend Win All-American Honors

Stephen Decatur standout Sarah Engle was named an All-American by U.S. Lacrosse. Pictured above is Engle from a game this season. Submitted Photo



BERLIN – Two Stephen Decatur girls’ varsity lacrosse players recently earned top national awards including All-American honors for Sarah Engle and Academic All-American honors for Logan Townsend. Engle was the Bayside South CoPlayer of the Year this season after another outstanding season. Engle started as a freshman and was the Seahawks’ top goal-scorer and points leader this year. She was named a high school All-American when the lists started coming out last week. Coach Sara Braniecki said Engle made an immediate impact right from the start of her high school career. “Sarah plays a huge role on our team,” she said. “She has been an influential player since she came in as a freshman. She consistently produces both goals and assists and she is a selfless player.” Townsend, meanwhile, was named Academic All-American when the lists were announced last week. The staunch defender was named to the Bayside South All-Conference First Team after another outstanding sea-

son this year, an award well deserved, according to Braniecki. “She is remarkably successful both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field,” she said. “She is a great leader who leads by example and through her passion for the game. One of Logan’s greatest attributes is her ability to prioritize whatever she has going on.” Townsend’s ability to juggle her rigorous course work at Decatur and through her dual enrollment at WorWic Community College along with the demands of a high level high school lacrosse career made her Academic All-American Award possible. “She is a highly involved student at Decatur, but blends that with being a dedicated athlete as well,” said Braniecki. “Logan finds success in all of her academics while continuing to challenge herself through taking rigorous courses and setting herself up for future success, through taking AP classes and participating in the dual enrollment program at Wor-Wic. She never shies away from a challenge, whether it be athletically or academically, and this is something that is going to make her successful in her future endeavors.”

Decatur’s Logan Townsend was named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American last week by the sport’s governing body. Townsend is pictured with Decatur Coach Sara Braniecki. Submitted Photo

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Worcester Prep’s Cooper Richins earned the prestigious Bob Scott Award named for a legendary Johns Hopkins coach. Submitted photo



BERLIN – Worcester Prep lacrosse standout Cooper Richins was recently honored with the prestigious U.S. Lacrosse Bob Scott Award, becoming the first Mallard to earn the distinction. Richins is a member of Worcester Prep’s 12-Letter Club after earning a varsity letter in soccer, basketball and lacrosse in each of his four upper school years. Following another successful season this spring, Richins was named to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference First

Team and the Maryland Independent Lacrosse League All-Conference First-Team. Last week, Richins was named for the prestigious Bob Scott Award by U.S. Lacrosse. The award goes to the player who best exemplifies the fundamentals of lacrosse, works hard to improve his game and is a leader both on and off the field. The award is named for legendary Johns Hopkins University Coach Bob Scott, who coached the Blue Jays from 1955 to 1974. During his tenure, Scott won 155 games at Hopkins along with seven national championships.

Gardner Named Academic All-American

Worcester Prep’s Gracie Gardner last week was named Academic All-American by U.S. Lacrosse. Submitted photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER


BERLIN – Worcester Prep standout student-athlete Gracie Gardner last week was named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American for her exploits on the fields and in the classroom at the Berlin school. Gardner, who plays three varsity

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sports at Worcester and is a member of the school’s 12-Letter Club, was named by U.S. Lacrosse last week as an Academic All-American. She also excels in basketball and soccer, for which she played goalie last year and was named Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Player of the Year after allowing just one goal all season.

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ne week into summer break for the kids, and I’m confused by what I’m observing from them. It’s like everything has changed in a matter of days. In different ways, both Beckett, 11, and Carson, 9, have clearly downshifted into summer living. The summer is supposed to be the most enjoyable time of year when you live at the beach. It’s true in many ways, but of late I’ve been wondering if working families who rely on the peak season to make a living feel that’s truly the case. Like many families, our life is a constant juggling act while balancing work, family and play. Every day of late I’ve been mumbling odd questions to myself. Where is Beckett going today at camp? Does he need sunscreen? Why does he want $2.50 for camp every day? What time is Carson’s speech therapy again? How long will he be at the office today? Who is going where with who tonight? Whose underwear is in the pool again? Why are Beckett’s soccer socks in the driveway? How come Carson’s iPad that he uses to talk with is on the trampoline? Throughout the questions and the summer pace, I have noticed an immediate degradation in attention span, work ethic, general awareness, hygiene and memory. It’s typically more gradual than this but they clearly have embraced the change in routine that comes without school. Some other tidbits from the first week of summer break include: •Beckett came downstairs at 10:45 the other night wondering about dinner. We had actually eaten out already on the way home from a family function. He responded, “I thought that was just ‘Linner’ (combination of lunch and dinner).” I reminded him it was 5 p.m. when we ate. He turned

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his attention then to some snacks and seemed shocked when I started turning out all the lights downstairs because we were turning in. He was shocked to learn we don’t stay up till midnight every evening. •I’m not sure when and why summer means neither kid needs to shower daily. They seem to think it’s optional because there’s no school. Therefore, they don’t need to be clean, brush their hair or teeth and put on different clothes when they wake up. I’m not sure why their teachers and classmates deserve the honor of their cleanliness and all the rest of us do not. •It’s always a hassle putting sunscreen on the kids. It’s June 21 and I’m already out of patience with the whining of having to stand still, the constant moving inch by inch away so that the starting and ending points are across the room and the chilly nature of the spray can. “Oh just take it like a man,” I told Beckett one morning after he express his intention to invent a way for sunscreen to stay warm inside a can at all times. He now repeats my line every single time I put sunscreen on him. •How come nobody is responding to me? I often ask myself this question. That’s because I made a mistake. I must always have eyes on them when speaking. Beckett could be not responding because he’s Facetiming with friends about nonsense that’s more important or he has his headphones on and is oblivious. With Carson it’s simpler. He just chooses to ignore at times. •If you throw a basketball behind your back in the pool at a hoop and it goes awry by 10 feet more than once, I will ignore the sweet looks followed by requests to get out and retrieve it. •When it’s dark out, you must come home (whether there is school or not). It’s about 9 p.m. and it’s time

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for the parents to have the relative peace of mind that comes with knowing their kids are in the house safe and sound for the night. Plus, I usually am ready to assume the position of drifting off to sleep in the middle of my wife’s favorite show. •Reading is not a curse word in June, July and August. Neither of my kids naturally love to read. They do it because they have to in school for good grades. In the summer, they have summer reading requirements. In Beckett’s case, he has to read a certain amount of books and complete thorough book reports. Last summer he wanted to read all the books and then write the reports because writing can be challenging. We told him that would be tough because the material would not be fresh, but asked us to let him try it his way. As expected it didn’t go well because he forgot key parts. This year we are requiring him to read a couple chapters a day. One night this week he started reluctantly and threw a fit when he learned the first chapter was 14 pages (gasp). •Eating vegetables is not optional because it’s summer. One day this week I mixed in peas in Carson’s spaghetti. He didn’t say anything, but I noticed later in the trashcan he had sorted through all the peas. Beckett rushed to his defense, throwing a banana at him and telling him he must eat it if he’s not going to eat his vegetables. A short food fight then ensued, resulting in everyone needing to shower. The complaints began immediately (see the earlier part about showering reluctance).

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The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist club donated $15,000 to Believe in Tomorrow to complete renovations in the Military House on Bayshore Drive. The Military House is used to host families with ill children. The funds will be used to repair the outside deck, steps and fence as well as providing living room furniture. The club has donated to Believe in Tomorrow the past 30 years. Pictured, from left, are Charles Smith, Optimist president; Wayne Littleton, Optimist member and Believe in Tomorrow coordinator; and Joe Hammen, Optimist treasurer. Submitted Photos

Stephen Decatur High School Key Club, a Kiwanis Student Leadership club for high school students, installed a "Free Library Box" at the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark this month. Anyone has access to the books and anyone can donate books. The purpose is to make books more readily available. Pictured, from left, are Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City advisor Roy Foreman, Lydia Woodley of the SDHS Key Club who chaired the project, members of the Kiwanis Aktion Club at the Worcester County Developmental Center and Key Club and project members Samantha McManus and Alyanna Braciszeski.

The Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health in Berlin is the 2019 recipient of the Faith Filled Women’s Conference Centerpiece Contest. At the annual spring conference, designers entered a hand-crafted centerpiece based on the theme “Grow Hope.” Gail Lawn designed the award-winning centerpiece and chose the Grace Center as her charity. Entry fees and conference attendee donations totaled $1,516. Pictured are Sam Layfield, Jackie Failla, Dori Magee, Susan Webster, Bobbi Hauck, Irene Ruscign and Gail Lawn.

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware. Pictured, from left, are Lindsey Barry, controller for SoDel Concepts; Chef Tim Hunter, chef instructor at the Food Bank of Delaware; and Ruthann Messick, the workforce training manager for the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch.

The General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) annually awards DAR Bronze JROTC Medals. Chapter National Defense Committee Chair Pat Arata recently presented this award to Cadet/2NDLT Jadelynn Blank during a ceremony at Snow Hill High School. The Kitty Knight Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 also awards a JROTC Bronze Medal. Member Theresa Nauschuetz presented this award to Cadet/GYSGT Chloe Goddard. Pictured, from left, are Arata, Blank and Nauschuetz.

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A long day on the beach for the OC Air Show Budweiser’s stepfathers ad Talking with my kids in the ocean Venmo A salad with a soft crab on top Working on a rainy day Strangers who call asking for this or that not to be printed Cutting around traffic on a busy beach day Keeping it simple whenever possible Short, productive calls Brick sidewalks

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What a gorgeous weekend for the OC Air Show. I popped in to Fager’s Island’s performer welcome party, the Captain’s Table restaurant inside the Courtyard by Marriott and the Taphouse locations on 4th Street and 45th Street.

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Enjoying the beautiful venue for the multi-chamber mixer at Pocomoke River State Park were Barry Laws, Michael Pruitt, and Mayor Gary Weber of Snow Hill.

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A recent multi-chamber mixer held in Pocomoke River State Park got exciting with Scales and Tales’ Marc Heim and Ashley Brown showing off a Turkey Vulture.

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During Salisbury Airport’s Wings and Wheels, SSG Joe Gygli and Sgt Jonathan Paredes of the US Army, answered questions about the Army helicopter.

New to Ocean Pines Farmers Market for 2019 are Shana and Bill King of Wildwood Lavender Farms out of Quantico.

US Navy Crew Chiefs AWS2 Devon Heard and AWF2 Trenton Olsheski guided visitors around the military aircraft on display at the Wings and Wheels event at Salisbury Airport.

Getting ready for the after mass rush were Ronnie Gatley and Kathy Higgins at last month’s Holy Savior Parish All You Can Eat Breakfast.

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Salisbury Airport Rescue Fire Fighters Kevin Dennis and Michael Harrison talked about their operations at the spring Wings and Wheels event.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): A change of season reinvigorates the Lamb, helping to overcome the effects of a recent slower-paced period. This is a good time to restate your feelings for that certain someone. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): You might not like using your authority to correct a workplace situation, but that's what being placed in charge is all about. Besides, you have people ready to lend support if need be. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Your creativity continues to run high and helps guide you to make some fine choices in the work you're doing. Keep the weekend free for those special people in your life. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Don't be surprised if you experience a sudden spurt of energy strong enough to pull you out of that recent period of indecision and put you back in charge of your own goals. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): This is a good time for Leos and Leonas to set new goals regarding health, educational choices and possible career moves. The plans you make now could be a blueprint for your future. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): You might have much to offer a potential employer, but it can all be overwhelmed by too many details. Let the facts about you speak for themselves without any embellishments. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): This is a good week to balance your responsibilities to your work-a-day world with your obligations to the people in your private life. Expect news that could lead to a change in plans. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): A changing attitude on the part of a once determined adversary could cause changes down the line. Be prepared to take advantage of an unexpected new opportunity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): You'd be a truly wise Sagittarius to be skeptical about an offer that doesn't answer all your questions. Even a colleague's testimonial doesn't replace facts that aren't there. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): It's a good idea to avoid spending on unnecessary purchases this week in order to keep a money reserve against a possible upcoming (but, fortunately, temporary) shortfall. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): More information is what you should demand regarding that workplace situation that recently came to light. Don't be surprised at who might turn up as one of your supporters. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): You might still be in a "treading water" mode, but by midweek, a shift in your aspect favors taking a more active role in pushing for the changes you feel are necessary. Good luck. BORN THIS WEEK: You exude a warm, caring attitude that comforts everyone who comes into your life. Š 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Marketing for Ocean City’s latest new condominium, The Quay (pronounced The Key), was launched. The ad read, “If you thought Carousel and Sea Watch sold quickly, you haven’t seen anything yet!” Preview showings were advertised in this issue with prices beginning at $37,500 for two-bedroom with $1,900 down and no ground rent.

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The Surf and Sands Motel and the Satellite Resort Motel were teamed as “The Ocean Motels” in an advertisement, featuring 150 “Tropical Modern Motel Units with 98 Directly on the Oceanfront.” Featured in the After Dark entertainment

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OCEAN CITY – Some of the defendants in a wrongful death civil suit filed in federal court in May by the family of a local man struck and killed on Coastal Highway during a motorized special event in October 2017 this week filed a motion to dismiss the case. During the October 2017 Endless Summer cruising event, Thomas Lawlor, 57, of Ocean City, attempted to cross Coastal Highway at 76th Street from west to east when he was struck by a Maryland State Police vehicle allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed in response to another incident. Lawlor was struck by an MSP Ford Explorer operated by Trooper James Price as he crossed the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway at 67th Street and ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. In May, the decedent’s wife, Rennae Lawlor, of Lewes, Del., and her two sons filed suit in U.S. District Court, naming Price, the MSP, the state of Maryland and the town of Ocean City as defendants. Price was named as a defendant for his alleged negligence leading up to and including the fatal collision, while the MSP and the state of Maryland were named because Price was acting as their agent at the time of the tragic accident. The town of Ocean City was named as a defendant ostensibly because it knew of the dangers of the various motorized special events, including the October cruising events, as evidenced by the creation of a task force that very year to begin addressing some of the issues associated with the special events. On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a motion to dismiss the case against the trooper, the MSP and the state for varied reasons including the doctrine of immunity that protects state agencies from certain civil suits, a lack of diversity of the plaintiffs that would allow the case to be heard in federal court and, perhaps most importantly, the absence of any malice or gross negligence by the trooper operating the vehicle that killed the victim. Generally speaking, a suit can be heard in federal court if there is some measure of diversity of the plaintiffs. The victim was a resident of Maryland, indeed a resident of Ocean City, while his wife and plaintiff currently resides in Lewes, Del. Nonetheless, the motion to dismiss suggests there is not enough diversity among the plaintiffs to suggest the case should be heard in federal court. In essence, the motion suggests, if anywhere, the civil suit should likely be heard in Maryland where the incident occurred. “The plaintiffs bring various state tort claims based on negligence and gross negligence, but no federal claims,” the memorandum in support of the motion to dismiss reads. “Because there is a lack of complete di-

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versity among the plaintiffs and because the defendants are protected by immunity, the plaintiffs are not entitled to any relief in this court.” The 11th amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords immunity and bars suits against states in federal court and the motion to dismiss filed on Tuesday suggests the state of Maryland cannot be sued in this case and claims against the state should be dismissed. Likewise, the MSP and the individual trooper were acting as instruments and agents of the state, and thus should be afforded the same protections. Under the Maryland Tort Claims Act (MCTA), the immunity standard can be overridden if there is evidence of malice or gross negligence. The suit filed in May suggests the trooper acted with

negligence at the time of the fateful collision, but the motion to dismiss filed on Tuesday suggests otherwise. “The MTCA does not afford Trooper Price immunity if he acted with malice or gross negligence,” the memorandum reads. “He did not act with either and, therefore, is entitled to immunity.” The memorandum in support of the motion to dismiss goes on to define malice and gross negligence standard needed for the suit to hold up. “For an act to be characterized as malice, the actions must be characterized by evil or wrongful motive, intent to injure, knowing and deliberate wrongdoing, ill will or fraud,” the memorandum reads. “… The plaintiffs have not pled any facts to establish a state of mind so spiteful in nature that malice could be deduced and immunity

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BERLIN – The midweek Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is now open for the second year at its White Horse Park location. The Wednesday market, open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 28, joins the Saturday market, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round. Area residents can find local products just minutes away from their Ocean Pines homes. With new morning hours for 2019, many are finding the market a convenient place to restock during the week. The market has also become a draw for seasonal visitors. “We are meeting a lot of new customers at the Wednesday market,” market manager David Bean said. “Many are arriving to the resort area on Saturday afternoon, when the Saturday market has already closed. The midweek market day is giving these resort visitors a chance to enjoy the local flavors.” From Eastern Shore Kettle Korn to farm fresh eggs from the chickens at Brightman Farms, the market has the same great variety found at the Saturday market. Additional Wednesday vendors include Pies Etcetera, which offers fresh, homemade fruit pies made from locally harvested fruit. “Our customers really enjoy our summer fruit pies and are thrilled that

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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 – Mike Burke was one of those larger than life people you meet on rare occasions. He joined the patrol in 1981 and quickly stood out. With his thick black mustache and black curly hair, he reminded a lot of people of television star Tom Selleck. Some even gave him the unofficial nickname of "Burkem P.I.". He didn't mind. In fact, he embraced it, often showing up at OCBP meetings or out on the town dressed in brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. He appreciated the humor in life. But what he did take seriously was the beach patrol. Burke spent a lot of his Ocean City Beach Patrol life downtown in the heavily populated areas. Thousands crowded his beach every day and mass rescues were common. One day, a husband and wife got caught in a rip current and shot out 250 yards in a matter of minutes. "It looked like a commercial … flailing arms and a lot of screaming,” Burke recalled. “I got to them just as the husband says 'save her' and he goes under." Burke quickly handed off his buoy to the woman as he went diving after the man. A few seconds later, he was up, wrestling the exhausted victim onto the buoy with his wife. He yelled at both to, "hold on, we're all gonna make it." Burke got the couple out of the breakers and back up to the beach. "After they laid on the sand for a couple minutes, I said 'stay safe' and got up to head back to the stand," Burke said. Business as usual. The beach life never got old for Burke. After leaving Ocean City and the beach patrol, he started moving west, far west. He now resides in Hawaii and is still living large.

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SALISBURY – The Wicomico County Council said it has postponed voting on a request to provide funding for a senior nutrition program. In May, MAC Inc. Area Agency on Aging announced statewide funding reallocations would reduce its budget for Senior Nutrition Services – including Meals on Wheels – by $113,000, or 46%, effective July 1. The agency said the funding cuts will impact 120 to 150 seniors, create extended waiting lists for nutrition services and ultimately result in a reduction of more than 15,000 meals for seniors on the lower Eastern Shore. Earlier this month, however, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver issued a statement saying he had requested the council’s help in support-

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ing the local Meals on Wheels program. “The loss in funds amounts to an approximate reduction of 15,000 meals for the Meals on Wheels program,” a statement from Culver reads. “I have made a request to the County Council to approve funds from the County’s Contingency Account.” MAC, which stands for Maintaining Active Citizens, serves seniors in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties by providing services that preserve health and independence. And while it recognizes the impact the funding cuts would have on the Meals on Wheels program, the county council last week issued its own statement explaining why it has yet to address Culver’s request. “The Wicomico County Executive has requested authorization for an immediate transfer of the total funding

shortage of $113,000 from the County’s contingency fund to MAC, Inc. so they can continue senior nutrition services,” the statement reads. “It seems reasonable, however, for us to see if we can, first, restore this funding on a state level, not only for this year, but to guarantee protections for future years.” The council said it has sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan expressing its concern regarding the funding cuts made to MAC and requesting the funds be restored. The council also shared its efforts to work with the local delegation to address the matter. “In addition, the Wicomico County Council feels it is necessary to point out that MAC, Inc. serves four counties (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester), all of whom are impacted by these funding cuts,” the statement reads. “Such substantive funding, as proposed, would have

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Wicomico citizens subsidizing a program in support of all four counties and we don’t think that is an equitable solution.” For that reason, the council said it would delay voting on any request to use $113,000 in contingency funding. “The Wicomico County Council has, therefore, postponed voting on the Executive’s proposal to approve funding to MAC, Inc., in the amount of $113,000 until there is a better understanding of the state’s true intentions and a more accurate understanding of our exact obligations,” the statement reads. Culver also called on the community to support the Meals on Wheels program through donations. In recent weeks, MAC Inc. began distributing donation jars in each of the four counties it serves. “Donations cans have been distributed in and around businesses in the County,” a statement from Culver reads. “A $7.50 donation will feed a person for a day. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.” MAC officials added that residents in Wicomico County can visit the MAC center, “sign out a jar,” fill it with change and return it to the facility by the end of June. “However the money is collected, it will serve a single purpose: to raise funds for MAC’s Meals on Wheels program,” a statement read.


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BERLIN – It had been nine years since Emily Cook had last played on the stage at Berlin Intermediate School and she sat head-and-shoulders about the other musicians. Cook played the BIS Spring Orchestra concert on May 30 with the same focus she dedicates to any performance. While Cook, a classical violinist, is principal second violin in the symphony orchestra at Towson University,

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she tested out her skills as a conductor with the BIS orchestra. Before the end of the concert, Lisa Adams, the BIS Orchestra director, handed the podium over to Cook, who conducted the beginning and advanced orchestra classes in a piece entitled, “A Brief History of Music.” As a rising senior at Towson University studying Music Education, Cook jumped at the opportunity to conduct Adams’ orchestra students. “The experience in general was absolutely amazing because I don’t

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think there are that many people [in my program] who can say that they’ve done that before being a senior. It kind of gave me a one-up,” Cook said. Cook first began working with Adams and her students in January 2019 while home on winter break. “She really wanted me to take the wheel and just start,” Cook said. During the winter, Cook began practicing “A Brief History of Music” with Adams’ orchestra classes. “I enjoyed teaching that piece because I’ve taken so many music history classes at Towson. It was really fun because every day we played a new tune from that piece. I gave them a mini-history lesson on that section,” Cook said. “If you’re just playing the notes then you’re just playing the notes, but for them to play the notes with that intent and knowing why, it just brings it out and you don’t even really even realize it but these things just automatically enhance your playing.” Cook assisted Adams in the orchestra, general music and guitar classes. Adams helped Cook gain practical experience teaching younger students about music. “It’s fun to see a former student learning their craft,” Adams said. “When you’re still in the classroom, it

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certain ways.’ It just sparked a new interest in me.” After graduating, Cook enrolled in the Towson University Department of Music and continued to study violin under Dr. Emmanuel Borowsky. Borowsky, a classical violinist and adjunct instructor at Towson University, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland and has toured nearly 40 countries. “I can’t think of anything more difficult to pursue than classical violin,” Borowsky said. “You could easily spend 10 years and not even be close. It’s a long process and she has that drive to pursue it and continually improve.” Borowsky commented on Cook’s consistency and discipline as a student as well as her dedication to music. “The enthusiasm that she has is a really important factor for how she’s going to inspire her students,” Borowsky said. “He’s just been absolutely amazing to have as a teacher and he’s opened so many perspectives that I’d never considered before,” Cook said. “There’s not one formula on how to play the violin. There’s not one equation that is going to get the right answer.” Cook emphasized that freedom and flexibility is crucial in teaching music. “One of the main things I’ve learned is that students need to enjoy themselves,” Cook said. “If they seem anxious or seem nervous, you should never make them feel that way. You always have to make sure they feel comfortable playing and I’m all about creating a safe learning environment. The way I want to be as a teacher has been shaped by my past teachers.”




ing outside of the classroom. “I remember at the end of the piece there was a moment when I was switching between all those time signatures and it just hit me, like, ‘Wow, I’m going to do this for the rest of my life, and it made me really happy,’” Cook said. Cook first began playing the violin in Adams’ class. In 2008, Cook was one of the BIS orchestra program’s inaugural students. Even as a fifth grader practicing a brand-new instrument, Cook displayed promise. “One day, I remember, (Adams) walked me out and waited for my mom to get there, and she talked to her in her car, like, ‘I really think your daughter has potential and is really promising. I really think you should get her lessons,’” Cook said. Cook continued to practice the violin with her private instructor Richard Leavitt in Salisbury in addition to regular school orchestra classes. “I took orchestra all four years of high school and I really loved it. It was a great place for me to express myself and have fun with my other music loving peers,” Cook said. Cook credits her early music teachers with first piquing her interest in music education but says that she first considered music education as a career after taking a Music Theory class with J.D. Foell, the Stephen Decatur High School Orchestra and Band director. “He took it seriously, but he didn’t make music a chore. It was something you should have fun with, and I really took that to heart,” Cook said. “I just knew music as something that I played. And then looking at music theory I was like, ‘Wow, there is so much more to how music is built up and reasons why chords are constructed in



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OCEAN CITY – A trip to the beach is always better when you have everything you need. Taking the time to make sure you have everything will undoubtedly make your day at the beach more enjoyable. First and foremost, make sure you bring sun block and water. These two items are not only essential for a good beach day, but for your health. The key to avoiding sunburn and dehydration begins before you leave your room or house. During hot weather and outdoor activities, the amount of water you drink during the previous 24 hours has a substantial impact on your ability to avoid dehydration and any heat related emergencies. Bring plenty of

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water to make sure you stay hydrated all day. One trick that a lot of lifeguards use is freezing a container of water. The container will melt as you enjoy cool water throughout the day. I cannot over stress the importance of wearing plenty of sun block. Severe sunburn will put a damper on at least a few days of any vacation. Every summer we see cases of sunburn that are so severe medical treatment is required. To help prevent painful and damaging sunburn you should apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 right out of the shower and before getting dressed (making sure all areas of skin are protected). This allows the sunscreen to be absorbed and provides better protec-

tion, and even more importantly is the need to reapply frequently throughout the day especially if you are in and out of the water. All too often people get so preoccupied with playing on the beach and in the water that they forget to reapply. The beach patrol has pamphlets that have charts indicating how much a person should reapply DAMIEN SANZOTTI based on the SPF. This chart is also on the sign on the back of each lifeguard stand. However, everyone is different and so is their skin type. Sunscreen with a higher rating than an SPF 50 does not offer much more

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protection and often leads to a false sense of not needing to re-apply as often. Make sure you purchase a highquality sunscreen that is classified as “broad spectrum” and apply liberally and re-apply often. Also, typical clothing does not block as much of the harmful UV rays as a quality sunscreen, so don’t skip the sunscreen because you are wearing a T-shirt. Another time when people seem to get severe sunburn is on a cloudy day. The clouds filter out the Infrared (warming) radiation but allow the Ultraviolet (burning) radiation to pass through, resulting in unprotected skin getting a severe burn. A simple sunburn may not seem like a big deal, however, the more sunburns a person receives in a lifetime the greater risk is associated with developing “skin cancers.” These are some factors you should consider when purchasing, applying and re-applying sun block. While on vacation also make sure you have any medications that you might need throughout the day, especially items that may be needed in an emergency such as heart medication, insulin, asthma inhaler, epi-pen, etc. Every summer the beach patrol responds to emergencies that could have been avoided if the person brought their medication. If you are having any type of a medical issue let the Surf Rescue Technician on your beach know immediately before it becomes an emergency. Beach patrons sometimes make the mistake and bring some unnecessary items to the beach. At the top of that list is alcohol. Alcohol is illegal on the beach in Ocean City and is a citable offense that will be enforced by the Ocean City Beach Patrol and Ocean City Police Department. Besides being illegal, alcohol increases your chances of being stricken by a heat related illness, as hundreds of beach patrons are each season. We also recommend that people do not bring items of value to the beach. Every summer our supervisors are involved with beach patrons who are frantically searching for lost jewelry that is sentimental or of extremely high value. Losing something like car keys, an engagement ring, expensive eyeglasses, passport or wallet can be quite upsetting. People lose prescription eyeglasses in the surf almost daily (because they forget to remove them), never to be recovered. At the end of each season we have boxes of keys and glasses that were lost on the beach or in the water. Furthermore, we deal with thefts on the beach every summer. Keep it simple and just bring the basics to the beach.

– Damien Sanzotti Special To The Dispatch (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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BERLIN – In recognition of its exemplary commitment to workplace wellness initiatives, Taylor Bank has received the Healthiest Maryland Businesses’ Wellness at Work Gold Award, the top designation. The Wellness at Work Awards recognize employers committed to improving employee health and well-being. Taylor Bank won the Silver Award in 2018. “We are thrilled to receive recognition for our efforts and commitment to providing ongoing wellness programs to our associates,” said Taylor Bank President/CEO Raymond M. Thompson. “Alysson DuPont’s leadership as Director of Human Resources, Rachel Mulholland’s contributions as our Personnel and Benefits Specialist, and the efforts of our Fiscally Fit Committee have included a focus on wellness and an emphasis on partnership with other organizations, such as the Worcester County Health Department, that have helped us create a wellness culture. Taylor Bank will continue to strive to enhance the opportunities we bring to our company, such as worksite wellness events, activities, and other resources to help employees enrich their health.” Taylor Bank’s Fiscally Fit Program, established in 2012, encourages associates to achieve their fitness and wellness goals through regular exercise and activities.

Board Member Appointed

SALISBURY – The Bank of Delmarva President and CEO John W. Breda announced the addition of Ronald J. Boltz to the Board of Directors of the bank. Boltz is the president of Alarm Engineering, a security company based in Salisbury and serving clients in seven states. He is the chair of the Greater Sal-

isbury Committee and Trinity United Methodist Church Administrative Board. In addition, Ron is past president and charter member of the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary and board member of the Wicomico Child Advo- ROnALD J. BOLTz cacy Center. He is a member and past board member of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

Agents Ranked High

OCEAN CITY – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ocean City offices recently had several agents ranking in May’s top 100 for the Greater Baltimore region. The local agents were Jamie Caine, third; Nancy Reither, fourth; Kim Bounds, 25; Maryellen Rosenblit, 27; Ed Galyon, 34; Shawn Kotwica, 42; Eric Green, 46; Michael Nolen, 52; Marianne Leizure, 57; Michele Pompa, 65; Whitney Jarvis, 70; Nina Littleton, 87; Peck Miller, 92; and Cyndie Hollowell, 96. The top teams represented locally were McNamara & Associates, 18, and Rick Meehan/Katy Durham, 20.

Executive Officer Named

SALISBURY – The Lower Shore Enterprises Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Ramona Bradley as chief executive officer. Bradley began her duties last month. From 1998 to 2017, she worked with Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. (DILA), in many leadership roles, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Ramona earned her Master’s Degree in nursing and continued her healthcare See nexT PAGe

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Largest Liquor Store In OC Area! Cold & Warm Beer Two members of the Coastal Association of ReALTORS® recently achieved the coveted national ReALTOR® emeritus status. edie Brennan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean Pines and Bobby Jester of Keller Williams Realty Delmarva were approved as national ReALTOR® emeritus by the national Association of ReALTORS® (nAR). A ReALTOR® is eligible for emeritus status after holding membership in nAR and Coastal for a cumulative period of 40 years. emeritus members must also complete at least one year of volunteer service for an nAR committee. Pictured, from left, are Jester, Coastal President Bernie Flax and Brennan.

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SALISBURY -- Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) physicians, leaders and clinicians were recently honored with the Center of Distinction Award, which was presented to Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. RAMOnA BRADLey There were 621 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award and 423 achieved the honor. “Peninsula Regional Health System and PRMC are pleased to offer exceptional wound care services for the community we serve. It is an honor to accept this national Center of Distinction Award on behalf of the dedicated wound care professionals in the Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center,” said Cindy Luns-ford, Executive Vice President, Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers® and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. “Achieving Center of Distinction status is especially important because it means that the entire staff is working together as a team to deliver the best evidenced based and most current treatment for individuals with chronic wounds. I am especially proud of the team for their dedication to excellence. “Without this dedication, we could not

have achieved these results for our community of patients,” said James Burns, Medical Director, Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center. Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds, which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Leading edge treatments at the Center include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

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BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council will host the 35th Annual Ocean Pines-Taylor Bank Golf Scramble at the Ocean Pines Golf Club on Wednesday, July 17 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This year’s event is being held in honor of long-time Ocean Pines Golf Club member Jim Beisler, who passed away last November. Beisler was president of the Ocean Pines Board of Golf Governors (now the Golf Members’ Council) that is responsible for the tournament and oversees the scholarship and junior golf awards that are presented. The tournament benefits junior golf in the area by helping support junior golf clinics and an annual tournament for junior golfers. It also raises funds for scholarships that are presented to local high school seniors who have demonstrated an interest in golf. The public entry fee is $85 per person, which includes greens fee, cart, team prizes, men’s and ladies’ closestto-the-pin prizes, door prizes, continental breakfast, on-course refreshments and lunch at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club following the tournament. The entry fee for Ocean Pines Golf members with a cart package is $55, or $70 for members without a cart package. Players may sign up individually or as a foursome. Individuals or incomplete teams will be paired. Taylor Bank is the longtime event Title Sponsor. This year, the Optimists of Ocean City/Berlin and Deeley Insurance Group are Platinum Sponsors. Mike’s Carpet Connection has again signed on as a Silver Sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, including personal and business tee signs and tee-sign packages. Applications may be picked up at the Ocean Pines Golf Club. The entry deadline is July 12, and fees may be dropped off at or mailed to the Golf Shop at Ocean Pines Golf Club at 100 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean Pines, Md., 21811. Checks should be made payable to “Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council.”

Berlin Mayor Defends Personnel Change Amid Questions

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BERLIN – A personnel change that surprised some town officials prompted discussion at last week’s meeting of the Berlin Town Council. At the close of June 10’s meeting, Councilman Dean Burrell brought attention to Jeff Fleetwood, the town’s managing director, was now listed as managing director and public works director. “Is that something we should approve?” Burrell said. Mayor Gee Williams explained that the change came as a result of the retirement of Jane Kreiter, who previously served as the town’s water resources and public works director. Williams said Jamey Latchum, who’d worked with Kreiter for years, would lead the water resources department while the public works administrative duties would be handled by Fleetwood. “That represents a change in the operation of the Town of Berlin and I think that should have been brought here for discussion and approved,” Burrell said, adding that it was no reflection on Fleetwood. In an interview later last week, Williams said the decision had been administrative. “As far as I’m concerned, the mayor is, according to our code, the chief ex-

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ecutive of the town,” Williams said. “This is an administrative decision.” He said Kreiter had approached officials several years ago about merging the public works and water departments because she had the background to handle both. “It only made sense when Jane left to go back to separate superintendents,” he said. He said that Fleetwood would handle public works administration while longtime superintendent Dave Wheaton would remain in his role and Latchum would lead the water resources department. “It made for a very smooth and seamless transition,” Williams said. “If Dean thinks the mayor can’t make an administrative decision we’ve got to change our whole form of govern-

ment.” The mayor added that considering the town’s financial challenges, it made sense to save money by not replacing Kreiter. “In addition to cutting costs this seemed an obvious action to take,” he said. Councilman Zack Tyndall said he thought Latchum and Fleetwood were well deserving of their new roles and responsibilities. He nevertheless agrees with Burrell. “According to the town charter Section C4-4: Powers and Duties of the Mayor, it explicitly states that ‘The mayor, with approval of the council, shall appoint the heads of all offices, departments and agencies of the town government as established by this Charter or by ordinance,’” Tyndall

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said. “With this being said, I agree with my colleague Councilmember Burrell that those appointments should’ve come before the council for a vote.” Councilman Troy Purnell said he was not concerned with the way the personnel changes had been handled. He was aware Fleetwood would be taking on the new responsibilities but said that perhaps that was because he communicated with Kreiter more frequently than some of his colleagues. “I thought it was a great idea,” he said. “He’s been taking on more and more all along knowing Jane was stepping aside.” Councilman Thom Gulyas said it was within the mayor’s and town administrator’s authority to make changes as long as there hadn’t been an increase in pay of $10,000 or more.

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17873 To all persons interested in the estate of CHARLES K. GRUSHOLT, ESTATE NO. 17873. Notice is given that SCOTT B. GRUSHOLT, 5088 LERCH DRIVE, SHADY SIDE, MD 20764, was on MAY 31, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CHARLES K. GRUSHOLT, who died on APRIL 05, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the

Register of Wills on or before the 30TH day of NOVEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim

forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 07, 2019 SCOTT B.GRUSHOLT 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 6-07, 6-14, 6-21



ESTATE NO. 17874 To all persons interested in the estate of EDMOND J. FLEMING, AKA: EAMONN FLEMING, ESTATE NO. 17874. Notice is given that ROBERT A. EATON, PO BOX 41, SALISBURY, MD 21803, was on MAY 31, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of EDMOND J. FLEMING, , who died on MAY 26, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 30TH day of NOVEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the

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Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 07, 2019 ROBERT A. EATON 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 6-07, 6-14, 6-21

THIRD INSERTION BARBARA R. TRADER, ESQ. 122 EAS MAIN STREET SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17865 To all persons interested in the estate of BETTY L. LAWS, ESTATE NO. 17865. Notice is given that BARRY R. LAWS, 300 W. GREEN STREET, SNOW HILL, MD 21863, was on MAY 29, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of BETTY L. LAWS, who died on APRIL 20, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 29TH day of NOVEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 07, 2019 BARRY R. LAWS 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 6-07, 6-14, 6-21


ROMELIA PROPERTIES, LLC, a Maryland limited liability company 3 St. George’ s Road Baltimore, MD 21210 V. JAMES W. PURNELL (deceased) (no estate opened) P.O. Box 147 Stockton, Maryland 21864 Defendant and WORCESTER COUNTY Serve on: Maureen Howarth, Esq. One West Market Street. Room 1103 Snow Hill, MD 21863 Defendant and Unknown owner of property described as LOT APP 1/2 AC 72' X 305' W SIDE R-12, Parcel No. 08-004994, the unknown owner's heirs, devisees, and personal representatives and their or any of their heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right. title, and interest. Defendants and All persons that have or claim to have an interest in property located· in Worcester County, MD, described as LOT APP 1/2 AC 72' X 305' W SIDE R-12, Parcel No. 08-004994, Assessed to James W. Purnell. Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding, is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following parcel, sold by Phil Thompson, Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Treasurer of Worcester County, to the Plaintiff, and described as follows: LOT APP 1/2 AC 72' X 305' W SIDE R-12. The property is further identified as Parcel No. 08-004994; assessed to W. James Purnell, Deed Reference 177/107, and lmown as 1537 Snow Hill Road, in Stockton, Maryland. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary to re-

deem the property has not been paid. It-is thereupon, this 4th of JUNE, 2019, by the Circuit Court for WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in The Dispatch, for Worcester County, once a week for three successive weeks, warning ail persons interested in the property to appear in this Court and answer the Complaint or redeem the property by AUGUST 4, 2019; and that the failure to answer the Complaint or redeem the property within the time limit set forth above may result in a final judgment foreclosing all tights of redemption in the property and vesting in the Plaintiff a fee simple title free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 07, 2019 BRIAN D. SHOCKLEY JUDGE FOR THE CIRCUIT COURT OF WORCESTER COUNTY MARYLAND 3X 6-7, 6-14, 6-21

SECOND INSERTION MELVIN J. CALDWELL, JR. ESQ. CALDWELL & WHITEHEAD PA 109 CAMDEN STREET P.O. BOX 4520 SALISBURY, MD 21803-4520 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17881 To all persons interested in the estate of SHIRLEY A. DALE, AKA: SHIRLEY AVALON DALE, ESTATE NO. 17881. Notice is given that CARLA RENEE ROSS, 27 THOUSAND OAKS TERRACE, HOWELL, NJ 07731, was on JUNE 06, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of SHIRLEY A. DALE, who died on JANUARY 3, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by con-

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tacting 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 6TH day of DECEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 14, 2019 CARLA RENEE ROSS 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 6-14, 6-21, 6-28


To all persons interested in the estate of JOANN M VOITEK, ESTATE NO. 17875. Notice is given that MARIA BEAN, 22644 FALCON SQUARE, ASHBURN, VA 20148, was on MAY 31, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JOANN M VOITEK, who died on APRIL 4, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 30TH day of NOVEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 14, 2019 MARIA BEAN 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 6-14, 6-21, 6-28

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To all persons interested in the estate of CHARLOTTE SOPHIA TETER, ESTATE NO. 17849. Notice is given that JOSEPH E. MOORE, ESQ., 3509 COASTAL HIGHWAY, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on JUNE 11, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CHARLOTTE SOPHIA TETER, who died on MAY 03, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the

estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 11TH day of DECEMBER, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the un-

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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 tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 14, 2019 JOSEPH E. MOORE, ESQ. 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 6-14, 6-21, 6-28

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As a result of generous donations by family and friends to the Bob Givarz Memorial Fund, the Ocean City Development Corporation recently purchased two Boardwalk items in his memory. A boardwalk bench, above right, with a commemorative metal plaque was installed at 9th Street next to his family’s Alaska Stand. Pictured, from left, are Dennis and Jodi Renner (niece of Bob), Leslye Givarz (sister) and her husband Ken Kambis and Stephanie Meehan, of the OCDC Board and Givarz family friend. In addition, a new bike rack was also installed at 9th Street. Above, Leslye Givarz is pictured with her brother’s sister bike with the hamburger ring bell. Submitted Photos

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The Annual Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Academic Convocation ceremony was held on May 22, where awards were given for academic achievement in all subject areas, in addition to perfect attendance and service to the school. The evening’s most prestigious Academic Convocation award honors were bestowed to the four students pictured. Best All-Round student awards are selected by a written vote of faculty and staff. Pictured, from left, are Junior Quinn McColgan, Best AllRound student, Grades 9-11; Junior Eli Prushansky, Head of School Academic Award, Grades 9-11; seventh grader Vanesska Hall, Best All-Round student, Grades 6-8; and sixth grader Danielle Carr, Head of School Academic Award, Grades 6-8. Worcester Prep sophomores Waverly Choy and Hannah Perdue were selected as Ambassadors to attend the 40th Annual Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar this summer. More than 200 high school student leaders representing all Maryland counties attended the four-day seminar at either Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg or Wesley College in Dover. The Student Ambassadors interacted with distinguished leaders in the business, governmental and educational arenas.

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The Ocean Pines Garden Club presented a $1,500 scholarship award to Madelyn Nauschuetz, a graduating senior of Stephen Decatur High School. Nauschuetz, pictured with OPGC President Linda Baker, will be studying Environmental Science at the University of Maryland.

The featured guest speaker at the Worcester Prep Academic Convocation was WPS Class of 2005 Alumna Taylor Lucy, who was named Best All-Round student in eighth grade at the same event 18 years ago. During her 13 years at Worcester Prep, Lucy was active in all aspects of Worcester life and excelled in the classroom and in sports. Following graduation from WPS, she attended Villanova University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English. While at Villanova she played lacrosse all four years and was named a captain her senior year. She has spent the past eight years as a television producer for the BRAVO network, including Real Housewives of N.J. Lucy, center, is pictured former teachers Carol Hartnett, Head of Middle School Megan Wallace, Nancy Raskauskas and Linda Bragg.

Colleen Shanahan, an 11th grader at Stephen Decatur High School, won the Special Award on June 7 at the Ocean City Center for the Arts for her artwork in the United Way's Lower Shore Addiction Awareness Visual Arts Competition. Shanahan is also a 2019 Art League of Ocean City college scholarship winner.

Worcester Prep fourth grader Mia Jaoude of Lewes acted as Head of School on May 30. Her parents purchased the “Head of School for a Day” at the school’s annual gala fundraising auction in March. She is pictured with Head of School Randal Brown. As Head of School, she allowed all students to wear casual clothing instead of uniforms if they donated $1 to her favorite charity. She raised more than $440 for National Geographic Animal Rescue.

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FROM PAGE 15 “It’s always been against the bylaws to live here full-time,” one anonymous letter reads. “Just because you got away with it doesn’t make it the law. Even if the exception is made to allow 25% of the unit owners to live in the park full time how are you going to determine who has that privilege?” A hand-written letter from a 19-year resident of White Horse Park points out that her assessment notice from the state lists her White Horse Park property as her permanent residence. “If I were forced to vacate my home based on a ‘campground subdivision’ I would be homeless,” she wrote. “I have nowhere to go and housing in this area is way beyond my resources.” Other emails include similar pleas. “We were shocked last June to find out we were living in violation of the county code,” one woman wrote. “Many of my elderly neighbors have lived here for years. We spent everything in our savings with the purchase of this home. We have actively been looking for other purchase options here in the county but unable to find anything within our budget. As senior citizens a mortgage payment is not an option for us.” Though many people have lived in the park for years, the White Horse Park Declaration of Restrictions does state that the facility is meant for seasonal use. “No campsite shall be the primary and principal residence of the owner, or any other occupant thereof, it being the express intention of the declarant that each campsite be used and occupied for camping and recreational purposes only by a single household,” the document reads. Nevertheless, Cropper says not everyone realized they weren’t allowed to live at White Horse Park when they bought there. One of his clients, Susan Naplachowski, even worked as park manager while living in her unit fulltime. Cropper said the issue was also complicated by the fact that many of the full-time residents had upgraded their homes—meaning they’d gone through the county to get building permits—and that many listed their White Horse Park address on their driver’s licenses as their permanent residence. He believes the text amendment he submitted creates a way for Naplachowski and her fellow year-round residents to stay in White Horse Park. County employees, however, have various concerns with the proposal. Tudor said it would be difficult to enforce and also pointed out that White Horse Park had been developed as a campground and was never designed for year-round occupancy. He said roads within White Horse Park were constructed to private campground standards and would need to be upgraded to meet today’s construction standards. He said water and sewer issues also came into play. Currently, White Horse Park has 186 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) and is assessed at 100 gallons per day per lot

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for seasonal occupancy. The park is billed quarterly and has just one meter for the entire property. If full-time occupancy were permitted, Tudor said the campground would need an additional 279 EDUs — one for each lot — at a total cost of $4.2 million. “If you move to a permanent yearround use that’s no different than any other subdivision and should be charged the same EDUs,” Tudor said. Cropper maintains that nothing need change as far as the park’s existing infrastructure, as it had been sufficient for the community since it was built. He added that though staff predicts a floodgate of applications from people interested in being among the 25% allowed through the amendment, he doesn’t expect that to happen. He said

there were only two campground subdivisions in the county and there would never be any more. “Assateague Pointe is already maxed out with sewer and their board doesn’t want year-round occupancy. For all intents and purposes, the only place it’ll apply to is White Horse Park.” Troy Purnell, a board member at Assateague Pointe and one of its original developers, confirmed that the board there does not want to see fulltime occupancy allowed and as such doesn’t support the proposed amendment. He said they’re afraid that allowing any sort of year-round living in the 529-site park could turn it into a lowincome community. “It’s not what they thought they were buying into,” he said.

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Purnell was among the dozens in attendance at the June 6 meeting of the Worcester County Planning Commission to testify regarding the proposed text amendment. Though many of those in attendance were there to voice support of the amendment, Cropper said he felt as though he had to table it when he realized county staff had prepared a presentation he hadn’t seen prior to the meeting. Nevertheless, he plans to return to the commission’s July meeting to seek a recommendation for the amendment. Regardless of whether that recommendation is in favor of or against his proposal, the Worcester County Commissioners will be the next to review it. Bunting says he will consider whatever Cropper presents with an open mind.

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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157. Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-641-6876. Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month. Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-629-6123. Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. All are welcome. dance@delmarvahanddancing.-com or 410-208-1151. Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting 2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

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anyone. Christian-based program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813. First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words. Every Sunday Now Through Sept. 29: Berlin Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Producers-only market featuring locally handmade or grown products. More than 20 vendors including fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, seafood, poultry, farm-fresh eggs, organic goods, wood working, beauty products and much more. Live music by local artists, kids crafts and a petting zoo. Berlin Welcome Center: 410-973-2051. June 21: Fish Dinner 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Bowen United Methodist Church, 8421 Newark Rd., Newark. Platters $10 each. Platters include flounder filet, mac and cheese, green beans, corn bread and dessert. Dine-in includes beverage. Shave ice will be available for purchase from the Aloha Shop van. June 22: Crab Cake Dinner and Southern Gospel Music 4:30-6 p.m. Powellville United Methodist Church, 35606 Mt. Hermon Rd., Powellville. $12 Crab Cake platters, $10 BBQ Pork platters. Eat-in or carryout. Platters include mac & cheese, green beans and a drink. Music by The Riders of Lumberton Mississippi at 6 p.m. For more information, call 443-880-8804. June 22: Church Rummage Sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 1301 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City.

June 22: Teach a Kid to Fish Day 9-11 a.m. South Gate Pond near Sports Core Pool, Ocean Pines. Kids of all ages invited to learn fishing skills with Ocean Pines Anglers Club. Free event. Bring your own rod. Bait will be provided. Raffle to win rod and reel. Insect repellent and bottled water recommended. Jack Barnes, 410-6417662. June 22: Return to Goat Island Paddle Festival

7:30 a.m. Byrd Park, Snow Hill. First race at 8:30 a.m. Activities include short distance children’s fun race, one-mile open race for first-time paddleboarders, six-mile recreational flatwater race for intermediate to advanced paddlers and 17-mile flatwater race. For information and registration, visit June 25: Seafood with the Knights of Columbus 5-6 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Steamed crabs, shrimp and seafood entrees. Cash bar available. Must pre-order Monday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. by calling 410-524-7994. June 28: Knights of Columbus Bingo 5 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Over $1,000 a night and chance to win the $1,000 big-jackpot game each week. For more information, call 410-524-7994. June 29: AUCE Breakfast Buffet 7-10 a.m. Whaleyville United Methodist Church, 11716 Sheppards Crossing Rd., Whaleyville. $8 for adults, $4 for children. Includes pancakes, breakfast meats, eggs and fruit.

June 29: Democratic Club Of Ocean City And Berlin 4-7 p.m. Annual picnic. Fiesta Park, Ocean City. Chicken, salads, desserts and beverages will be served. $15. Reservations: 410-629-9107. Make check payable to DCOCB, mail to DCOCB, P.O. Box 3195, Ocean City, Md. 21843. June-Sept. 8 Saturdays: Yoga On The Beach 8 a.m. Enjoy low-impact exercise to increase balance, flexibility and reduce stress to the sound of ambient waves. All levels welcome. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. Donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. Bring your own beach towel. Meet at the Shade Pavilion in North Beach parking lot, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin. July 2: Ravens Roost 58 Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m. Pit & Pub, 2706 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. New members welcome. Dues are $20 per year. If interested, please attend.

July 2: Seafood with the Knights of Columbus 5-6 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Steamed crabs, shrimp and seafood entrees. Cash bar available. Must pre-order Monday or Tuesday

June 21, 2019 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. by calling 410-524-7994.

July 5: Knights of Columbus Bingo 5 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Over $1,000 a night and chance to win the $1,000 big-jackpot game each week. For more information, call 410-5247994.

July 6: Outdoor Flea Market 8 a.m.-noon. Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin. 35+ vendors. Breakfast and baked items. Bethany Church, 410-207-7039 or July 6: BBQ Fundraiser 10 a.m. American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. $9. Includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans and roll. July 6: BBQ Fundraiser 10 a.m. American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. $9. Includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans and roll.

July 9, 10, 11: Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course 6-9 p.m. Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin. $15 for all three classes. Complete course to earn Maryland Safe Boating Certificate. Class includes piloting in local waters, knot-tying and marine maintenance. Sponsored by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. For more information and to register, contact Barry Cohen at 410935-4807 or

July 10, 17, 24, 31: Diabetes Self-Management Education 3:30-5:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, 9707 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Series will address blood glucose monitoring, nutrition and exercise. Advance registration and referral from primary care provider required. Diabetes Self-Management is a Medicare benefit and the cost of the classes is covered by most insurances. For information and to register, call 410-208-9761. July 13: MAC Inc. Fun Day at Jolly Roger 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jolly Roger Amusement Park, 2901 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City. $25 per ticket. Advance sale only. Includes Splash Mountain Water Park (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), amusement park rides (2-6 p.m.) and miniature golf (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Excludes Speed World and Zip Line. Water basketball and volleyball for adults. Free admittance to water park for children under two. For information and tickets, call 410-742-0505. July 13: Kiwanis Annual Summer Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12, free for children under 5. Pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, and more. Carryout available. Proceeds to Youth of our Community.

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Captain Anthony Matarese Jr. showed this crew a good time and some awesome fishing when they released a white marlin and boxed over 20 yellowfin tuna on a trip to the Poor Man’s Canyon.

Captain Jason Mumford got a little help from Captain Mark Hoos Jr. and put this crew on nine keeper flounder while fishing the Inlet. Submitted Photos

Kathy Creel used her angling prowess to take the fish pool on board the Morning Star with an 18 ½-inch sea bass.

Jacob Lewis was fishing with Ayrton “They Kayak Crouton” of Spring Mix II when he landed this beautiful 23 ½-inch weakfish in the Inlet.

Another week of fishing is in the books and we found once again that Mother Nature is going to impose her will and keep us off the water on occasion this season. Thankfully, we had more fishable days than non-fishable days last week and those fishable days were very good. The wind had things stirred up in the back bay, making it a challenge to land a flounder, but in the ocean where water clarity isn’t an issue we had a very good sea bass bite on structure and the yellowfin tuna fishing out in the canyons was nothing short of epic. The family and I got out for a few hours on Saturday to watch the OC Air Show and the plan was to do a little flounder fishing at the same time. That plan changed when we got out on the bay and had to contend with a million boats anchored to watch the show, a stiff 20-knot-plus wind out of the south and water that was a color somewhere between dark brown and burnt umber. We later came to find out we had simply missed the tide. Anglers on the

same day fishing the high tide had good luck thanks to cleaner water conditions and lighter breezes. Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of keepers from behind Assateague Island and Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters had some good fish from the OC Inlet. There were also some bluefish and small rockfish caught from around the Route 50 Bridge and south jetty by anglers casting jigs, bucktails and Roy Rigs. The flounder are biting best on live minnows, shiners or Gulp baits on a top and bottom rig like our Dale Timmons’ Deadly Double. Pink has been hot lately, but chartreuse is the way to go if the water isn’t the cleanest. Budd Heim is still in the lead for our season long Doormat Derby with a nice 6pound fish that he caught in the east channel. The ocean going party boat fleet has been tied to the dock more than they’d like to be and much to the dis-


These veterans had a great time flounder fishing on the Ocean City Guide Service with Captain John Prather.

Captain Mike Burt and mates David Burt and Brian Denton put this crew on eight yellowfin tuna, a mahi and a blue marlin release.

Jason Hinton and his crew had an incredible day on the MARLI when they boxed their limit of 18 yellowfin tuna and released another 58.

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Captain Chris Little of Talkin’ Trash had to get an elevated shot to fit the limit of yellowfin tuna that he put this crew on last weekend.

may of anglers looking to put some sea bass fillets in the freezer. When Mother Nature allows, the fleet has been doing well with sea bass, some more flounder and the occasional exotic fish like the monkfish caught on board the Ocean Princess early this month. The Princess, Morning Star, Angler and Judith M have all been having luck with squid, clams, Gulp baits and jigs fishing over ocean structure anywhere from 50 to 120 feet of water. The offshore charter fleet has been feeling the weather pain recently with winds blowing three or four days out of

The largest tuna I’ve seen this season came off the Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt last week when he put his crew on bigeyes of 142 and 185 pounds.

the week, but when they can get out yellowfin tuna fishing has been absolutely on fire. Two hundred fathoms or so in the Poor Man’s and Baltimore Canyons have been the hot spots with a few fish coming from inside 50 fathoms. Spreader bars, daisy chains and ballyhoo have been producing the most fish. Multiple boats have reported every rod going down during a strike with reports of fish crashing teasers and spreader bars just hanging in the water. Some of the best catches over the past week have been from boats you’ve seen in this report before. Captain Mark Hoos of the MARLI had an insane day of tuna fishing last week when he put his crew on a limit of 18 yellowfin tuna between 20 and 50 pounds and released another 58 yel-

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The crew of the Sea Salt took first place honors and $3,937 for their 55.2-pound yellowfin tuna caught during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Small Boat Tournament.

lowfin for a total of 76 fish caught. Captain Mark has been fishing Ocean City for over 30 years and has never seen anything like it. Hopefully those fish and some of the bigeyes will stick around for next month’s tuna tournament. If you’re looking to catch a bigeye you can troll the same stuff in the same areas that the yellowfin are being caught, but you’re going to want to hook it to something a little sturdier. Most bigeye bites are coming on larger ballyhoo trolled a little further back in the spread. Rig up a large or horse ballyhoo with an Ilander style lure in front on 200-pound leader and strap that to an 80 wide sized reel on an 80-100-pound class rod. Even with this setup a bigeye can take a while to land, and though it can be done,

you’re going to be in for one heck of a fight if you hook one on anything less, especially if you’re fighting stand up. I’ll be bringing next week’s column to you from a cruise around Alaska. The family and I will be doing some salmon fishing on our trip and I’ll be sure to report on that during my Daily Angle fishing report at If you have any photos or reports you’d like to include in the Daily Angle or if you have a photo you’d like considered for my Dispatch article you can email them to Until next week, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)

Page 84 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE CRAB HOUSE & CARRYOUT Rte. 611, Assateague Island • 410-641-4330 On the way to visit the ponies of Assateague, stop by this rustic crab house. Enjoy Maryland crabs by the dozen, or try the all-you-can-eat specials including snow crab legs. Their extensive menu features various appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and ribs. The kids can enjoy their own menu along with the great game room. Great for casual dining or carry-out. House specialties: All-you-caneat, crab cakes, steaks and ribs. ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! CARIBBEAN JOE’S BAR AND GRILLE 12614 Ocean Gateway Next To Alamo Hotel 443-664-8509 Completely renovated and under new ownership, we are proudly located at the first ever motel in Ocean City, “The Alamo.” You truly will not believe what we’ve done! Thursday we have fresh 1/2-lb. burgers served on a delicious Hawaiian Roll for only $5.

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Wash it down with a natural light for only $1. We also have tender pulled-pork sandwiches and unique chicken salad to die for. We’re open 7 days a week when the season kicks in. Come see our Caribbean atmosphere, 7 flat-screen TVs and the coolest pool bar in Ocean City.

CRAB ALLEY Golf Course Road, West Ocean City Head Of Commercial Fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • Just close enough to be out of the way-located at the head of the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City, Crab Alley has it all! Spectacular view, casual and fun atmosphere, super service and mouth-watering food combine to make “The Alley” a true locals’ favorite. Enjoy our light fare and full menu of unbelievably fresh seafood, chicken and steaks indoors or on our upper deck. We offer appetizers, sandwiches and a children’s menu too. Our name says it all -”crack’em and attack ‘em”. Big Fat Crabs both by the dozen and all you can enjoy specials. Check out our website for our fantastic happy hour food and drink specials or find us on Facebook. Having a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop! DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-and-cheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out for a list of our regular menu items FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL South Harbor Road • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original

fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course.

HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. MAD FISH BAR & GRILL 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City West Ocean City’s newest restaurant created by the team of The Embers and Blu Crabhouse. Located conveniently on the harbor with tremendous views of the Inlet and sunsets, the brand new menu offers something for everyone. Fresh fish and classic seafood dishes will tempt most, but the rack of ribs from the land side never disappoints. Lighter options, like Certified Angus Beef burgers and fish and shrimp tacos, are also offered along with a diverse kids menu. Check out the outdoor decks for drink specials and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET 28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade

June 21, 2019 and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. Featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, all-you-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood & non-selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open daily at noon. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. SaturdaySunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue • 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen SEE NEXT PAGE

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with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway • 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, crab cakes, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent happy hour with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open daily at 3 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 • Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant and RawBar has been bringing Ocean City, MD the Freshest Seafood, an award winning RawBar, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, unlimited sides and a view you have to see to believe for the past 35 years. Please come join us at the end of the Boardwalk where the Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Banquet and wedding space available. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue • 410-289-7377 Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “mustvisit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-caneat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections

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phere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost!

HOBBIT RESTAURANT 81st Street, Bayside • 410-524-8100 Beautiful panoramic views day and night from the bayside await in a warm, sleek and sophisticated dining room. Forgetting the view, the menu will also please, featuring the Hobbit Catch, Veal Pistachio and Jumbo Lump crabcakes. Fresh, new preparations from the chef will also never disappoint. The bar is friendly and inviting with bar stools and lounge seating available.


JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer. MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront • 410-289-1201 Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Freddy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M.R. DUCKS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLE Talbot St. & The Bay • 410-289-9125 A world-famous, open-air gazebo bar on the bay. Deck seating available for lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. No cover and plenty of parking. Wings, crab dip, burger, steamed shrimp, crab cakes and much more. Kid-friendly menu. Great sunsets and cool drinks. One block south of the Rte. 50 bridge. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-6801 Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmos-

ABBEY BURGER BISTRO • 410-250-2333 12601 Coastal Highway An enticing selection of flavors are offered for any burger palate, from rotating exotic meats like antelope to locally raised Dry Aged Black Angus to Delicious Handmade Vegetarians and even Vegan options. All are hand-pattied and made to order. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own using our signature ‘Build A Burger’ checklist, or simply choose one of the tested and proven classics and leave it to the chef. A wide selection of local, domestic, and imported beers and micro-brews as well as an expansive bar are featured. Also offered are adult and children’s arcade games as well as a children’s play area. BILLY’S SUB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 Rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Freshdough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: See other listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round. CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us

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FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE • 302-539-2500 Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials. GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-caneat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! SURF’S EDGE DELI & PIZZERIA 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island 302-537-5565 Best Salads award by Coastal Style 4 years in a row. Healthy, casual dining featuring home-made salads, fresh salads, subs, paninis, sandwiches and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner. Children’s menu, takeout and delivery available. TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island 302-436-2305 “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.

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Ocean City’s Easter parade and sunrise service began in 1947. Centered on the bandstand at Somerset Street, it become an annual tradition for over 25 years. Many locals recall getting dressed up and parading down the Boardwalk in hope of winning a prize for their Easter outfits. Others remember the Lions Club sponsoring an Easter egg hunt and their famous “animal hunt” where live rabbits, pigs and chickens were prizes for children quick enough to capture one for a pet. Easter was a popular holiday in the mid-20th Century Ocean City but as the town grew in the 1970s the Easter parade faded from the scene. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to Photo from Bunk Mann’s collection

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