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Peaceful Morning: A surfer is pictured on Assateague Island Thursday at sunrise with dolphin nearby. Preliminary Plans For Downtown Park Redevelopment Get Reviewed In Resort

For Second Time In A Month, Berlin Council Rejects Stormwater Project

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Editorial PAGE 43

Sports

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Fatherhood PAGE 48

Music

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Business PAGE 64

Classifieds PAGE 70

Things To Do PAGE 78

Vanishing OC PAGE 86

Community PAGE 1B

Things I Like PAGE 3B

Faces In Places PAGE 6B

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People In Society PAGE 14B


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Suspected Drunk Driver Wipes Out Median Fence Section

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SHA Will Replace Damaged Portion

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

The section of median fence removed after an alleged drunk driver crashed into it last weekend is pictured. Photo by Shawn Soper

OCEAN CITY – It took over a year, but as predicted, a suspected drunkdriver crashed into the median near the convention center last weekend and took out a large section of the fence. In May 2018, the State Highway Administration (SHA) completed a muchdebated project to install a decorative dune-style fence down the center median of Coastal Highway along with enhanced LED lighting from Convention Center Drive to 62nd Street. The intent of the median fence was to force

pedestrians to cross the highway at marked crosswalks and not dash across between blocks. During the planning and design phase, detractors said some pedestrians would still run across mid-block anyway and attempt to go over or under the median fence and that has happened on occasion. Other detractors predicted a vehicle would eventually collide with the fence and take out a large section of it. Anticipating such a collision, the median fence was designed in such a way that if a vehicle collided with it, just small sections would be damaged or destroyed without taking out an entire block. During the construction phase, SHA built replacement sections that could easily be installed in the event a section was damaged or destroyed. SHA officials this week confirmed they had a section of new fence ready to install in the damaged area, although it remained blocked with barrels and yellow tape as of mid-week. Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department officer was dispatched to the area of 40th Street and Coastal Highway for a reported vehicle collision involving property damage. According to police reports, the officer arrived and discovered a vehicle had left the roadway, collided with the fence and came to rest on the median. The driver, identified as Raul Reyes-Perez, 23, of Salisbury, was standing outside the vehicle when police arrived. Another OCPD officer arrived and reported seeing ReyesPerez stopped at the intersection at 45th Street. When the light turned green, Reyes-Perez drove south on Coastal Highway, drifted far to the right to the point he nearly struck the curb on the east side of the road. Reyes-Perez then jerked the vehicle abruptly back to the west across all lanes of Coastal Highway before striking the median and taking out a section of fence. According to police reports, the front of the vehicle went airborne, knocking down a section of the fence and coming to rest on the median. According to police reports, ReyesPerez exhibited signs of intoxication. He did not complete field sobriety tests to the officer’s satisfaction and was ultimately arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired and related traffic violations. It’s important to note while the primary goal of the median fence was to encourage, or even force, pedestrians to cross the highway at marked crosswalks, in this particular case it proved to have a secondary function of preventing a vehicle from possibly crossing the median into oncoming traffic on the other side.


OC Creates Credit Line With Local Bank

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week set in motion the creation of a line of credit with a local bank to help fund larger purchases and projects without going to the general fund balance. The Mayor and Council on Tuesday approved a $2.5 million line of credit offered by the Bank of Ocean City. The town will enter the $2.5 million line of credit for a three-year term with a fixed interest rate of 2.9%. Finance Director Chuck Bireley explained the advantage of using a line of credit as opposed to a traditional bank loan is the lower financing costs for the town. The town received offers for the line of credit from three financial institutions and the Bank of Ocean City’s was the best in terms of the interest rate and other factors. Bireley’s recommendation includes a means to quickly pay it back if and when it is used. “If the line of credit is used to purchase property, it would be paid back with the next bond issuance,” he said. “The Bank of Ocean City made a very good offer and the interest rate is fixed. There is a $250 annual fee, but I don’t think that’s unreasonable.” With a healthy fund balance for

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unexpected expenses or purchases, Councilman Dennis Dare questioned why the line of credit was needed. “How much return do we get now on our fund balance,” he said. “I think it’s roughly the same amount as this. I’m not opposed to having this tool in the tool box. In the past, we’ve used fund balance to bridge projects and purchases between bond issuances. Why do we need a line of credit when we have fund balance?” Bireley explained the line of credit would be set aside for larger purchases and projects and would quickly be repaid through the next bond. “Generally, this would be used for purchases over $1 million,” he said. “I agree we should use fund balance for smaller things. The town typically borrows for anything over $1 million and creating the line of credit would be used to pay for those types of things.” Councilman Mark Paddack questioned how much debt the town currently carried in bonds. Bireley explained the number was still relatively high although it continues to decrease as bonds reach maturity. “We were at around $101 million at the end of last year, but that has decreased and will continue to decrease. Now, we’re roughly around $90 million and that is going down,” he said.

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Teen Suffers Spinal Injury In OC

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The Fourth of July holiday was marred when a Baltimore teen suffered a significant neck and spinal cord injury in the surf. Around 1:30 p.m. on July 4, Ben Paepcke, a 2018 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, was body-surfing with his friends in front of a lifeguard stand near 38th Street when he dove under and did not come up, according to a Go Fund Me page set up in his name by his family. Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards immediately assessed the situation and rushed into the water to rescue Paepcke. BEN Other lifeguards in PAEPCKE the area also responded and assisted in stabilizing Paepcke’s neck and back. Once stabilized, Paepcke was transported from the beach. At the hospital, it was discovered Paepcke had broken his neck at C5 and suffered a spinal cord injury. Once he was stabilized, Paepcke was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he was undergoing testing and preparing for multiple surgeries. According to the family’s Go Fund

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Me site, the lifeguards on the scene performed the rescue with their usual aplomb and compassion. “The lifeguard made the family aware that Ben was a strong young man and a fighter and that he was able to keep it together the entire time,” the update following the incident reads. “Ben was able to talk and answer all questions. He is surrounded by loving family and friends. We are asking for your assistance to help the family with impending medical and unforeseen expenses for Ben’s care.” As of Wednesday afternoon, the “Prayers for Pap” page had already raised nearly $45,000 of the stated $200,000 goal in just three days. An update provided on Tuesday stated Paepcke had a steady stream of visitors including family, friends, classmates and teammates over the few days following the incident and that he was dealing with some health-related issues and resting before embarking on the road to recovery. “The entire trauma staff caring for him has been tirelessly helping him through this tough time,” the update shared by his mother on Tuesday reads. “Benjamin and our whole family are so blessed with so much love, prayer, comforting well-wishes and outpouring of generosity. Please pray hard. We feel them.”

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Officials Review Downtown Park Redevelopment Plan

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – A conceptual plan for improvements to a large section of the downtown recreation complex was reviewed this week, but there is no rush to move forward with it until plans are finalized. During Tuesday’s Recreation and Parks Committee meeting, Recreation and Parks Director Susan Petito presented a conceptual plan for the west side of the downtown recreation complex between 3rd and 4th streets. The decades-old park complex is scheduled for a major renovation as the recreation and parks department works through its updated master plan for the entire network of public parks throughout the resort.

The downtown park complex is bisected by St. Louis Avenue and the section to the east is fairly developed with the Ocean Bowl skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts and now, the Wrecktangle obstacle course among other amenities. The section of the park to the west of St. Louis Avenue is largely open space with long-abandoned ballfields and a waterfront, bulk-headed area popular for fishing. It was the section to the west for which conceptual plans were presented on Tuesday. The conceptual plan retains much of the open space in the center of the park, but includes an all-inclusive, ADA-accessible playground, an open-air pavilion, interactive walking trails and other amenities. Petito stressed the plan was

merely conceptual at this point. “It’s just a concept plan, but we’d like to start moving forward with it,” she said. “It’s a snapshot of what the west block of the downtown recreation complex could become. It includes a lot of green open space, an interactive playground and walkways throughout.” Committee members generally liked the concept plan, but had some questions, particularly with the pavilion, which, they believe, could become a haven for illicit activity after dark. Council President Lloyd Martin pointed out the old baseball and softball dugouts in the park were removed for that reason. “The pavilion is beautiful, and it would be a nice addition,” he said. “We took out the old baseball dug-

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outs because we had problems down there. I would hate to get rid of one problem and create a new one.” Councilman Mark Paddack agreed the proposed pavilion was attractive, but also voiced concern about it not always being used for its intended purpose. “There are a lot of people around Chicago Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets that use this park,” he said. “It would be a nice amenity, but it would have to be patrolled. The old baseball dugouts were three-sided and they were hard to patrol without getting out. An open pavilion like this could be checked pretty easily with just a drive-by.” Earlier in the meeting, committee members approved a grant application to the state for expanding the dog park at 94th Street, and there was some discussion about piggybacking the downtown recreation complex in the same grant application. However, Councilman John Gehrig said the conceptual plan presented on Tuesday was just that and it was too soon to begin submitting a project proposal without more discussion. “It seems like the dog park is ready to go and it’s consistent with what we want to do, especially with the increase in demand for petfriendly amenities,” he said. “We’ve talked about this downtown park, but if we apply for a grant and get approved, we might be locked into doing it before we really nail down a final plan.” Petito said there were two paths to follow in terms of grants from the DNR. One is Program Open Space and the other is a Community Parks and Playgrounds grant. She said the town could move forward with the grant application for the dog park and apply for a second grant for the downtown recreation complex at a later date. “We can go forward with the dog park grant this year,” she said. “Next August, we can submit a grant application for the downtown park after we decide what we want to do down there.” Martin agreed the town should have a firm plan in place before submitting a grant application to the state for the downtown recreation complex. “I think there needs to be more discussion on this,” he said. “We want to do it right and not halfway where we come back and say we wished we had done something differently.” Paddack said that section of the downtown area was going through a renaissance of sorts and the conceptual plan presented on Tuesday could be part of that. “This has a lot of potential,” he said. “There is a big new hotel coming on line down there, there are a lot of year-round residents in that area and there is a lot of commercial activity with de Lazy Lizard right there.”


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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – A Pittsburgh man faces assault charges and a Pasadena, Md. man faces weapons charges after an alleged altercation on the Ocean City Fishing Pier involving a knife and a gun. Around 11:15 p.m. last Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was on bicycle patrol in the downtown Boardwalk area when he was dispatched to the Ocean City Fishing Pier for a report of a male suspect, later identified as Shawn

Drummond, 41, of Pittsburgh, Pa., pulling a knife and threatening to assault another man, later identified as Kevin Hudler, 30, of Pasadena. Ocean City Communications provided a description of Drummond including what he was wearing and that he was carrying fishing tackle. OCPD officers located Drummond walking away from the fishing pier on the north side of the Jolly Roger amusement park. According to police reports, Drummond told police he did pull a knife on Hudler in self-defense because Hudler had pulled a gun on him. Drummond

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More Inventory, Short-Term Rentals Impact Room Rates

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – While Ocean City and Worcester County continue to grapple with the short-term rental conundrum, it appears a glut of new hotel rooms in the resort has ramped up the competition. During Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting, members discussed the section of the tourism strategic plan related to increasing hotel and motel occupancy during the season and throughout the year. Inevitably, the discussion came around again to the impact of growing short-term rental platforms such was Airbnb and VRBO, for example, on traditional hotel and motel vacation bookings. For over a year, Ocean City officials have been monitoring the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals in the resort brokered by online platforms and its impact on traditional hotel and motel occupancy. Perhaps a larger issue is the spike in hotel room inventory in Ocean City with several significant lodging establishments opening this year and others moving closer to completion. Mid-week dates continue to present challenges, especially with a glut of new hotel rooms coming on line along with the growing short-term rental market. Ocean City HotelMotel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said this week the result is an increase in competition among the resort’s hotels. “There are some rate wars going on now because of all of the new inventory,” she said. “I think it’s also the short-term rentals. That has increased drastically. Sure, there are a thousand new hotel rooms, but there is a shift in what visitors are looking for.” Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and CEO Melanie Pursel agreed the short-term rental market is gaining much more attention. All one has to do is flip around the television channels to see a plethora of national ads pushing short-term rentals, she said. “There’s a national ad blitz going on,” she said. “You see it all over the place. Now, sites like booking.com and Expedia are advertising them.” In Ocean City, the concern has largely been on two fronts including the apparent lack of room tax collection on the one hand, and the sanctity of the neighborhoods in which short-term vacation rentals are located. Airbnb, VRBO and similar Internet sites enable property owners SEE NEXT PAGE


New Youth Sports Complex Study In Early Stages Consultant Currently Interviewing Officials

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The highly anticipated study to determine the feasibility of sports complex to help rebrand Ocean City as a youth sports destination has taken its first early steps with preliminary interviews with resort tourism officials. During Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting, a discussion of the town’s tourism strategic plan and the effort to expand tourism inevitably came around to the discussion of the pending study to determine the potential for developing a youth sports complex somewhere in the north end of Worcester. Throughout much of the last year, resort officials have expressed a desire to pursue the growing youth sports market to expand tourism in the off-season months. In March, the Mayor and Council approved a request to initiate a study of a potential sports complex, either indoor, outdoor or a combination of both, to attract more youth sports leagues and tournaments. The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) already contracts with the private-sector consulting firm Crossroads on studies. In March, the Mayor and Council petitioned the MSA to have Crossroads begin exploring the feasibility of a sports complex in or around the resort area or the north end of Worcester County. For the record, Ocean City has worked with Crossroads in the past during a study to explore expanding the Roland E. Powell Convention Center a few years back. Crossroads also conducted a similar sports complex study for Worcester County, although that project does not have the support of the majority of the county’s elected officials. Crossroads has already begun interviewing

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city elected officials, various department heads and other stakeholders to determine just what Ocean City is looking to accomplish with its sports marketing and potential youth sports complex, tourism commission chair Matt James said on Monday. “They’re trying to find out just what we’re looking for,” he said. “Then, they will do the study based on that information.” Council Secretary and commission member Mary Knight said the preliminary interviews are just part of a larger undertaking. “It’s going to take a while,” she said. “It’s a long, drawn out process.” Tourism commission member Michael James said it appeared from the early interviews at least some of the consultants were locking in on the county’s proposed facility as an answer to Ocean City’s sports marketing plans. “I’m not sure they grasp our concept,” he said. “If they put ballfields down Route 113 somewhere, that won’t help Ocean City at all. It kind of defeats the purpose.” However, Knight said the Mayor and Council made it clear during preliminary interviews the town was seeking an independent study unique to Ocean City and not a piggyback on the county’s previous study. “I think every councilmember reiterated your point,” she said. “I think that message was received very clear.” The county’s initial plan was to develop a midsized arena to attract a lower-level professional hockey team along with an associated indoor-outdoor sports complex. The hockey arena concept was not recommended, although Crossroads did tell the county there was potential for a sports complex somewhere in Worcester to attract the growing youth sports market. The county never acted on its own Crossroads study officially, but the same company is now exploring the possibilities for the Town of Ocean City with a separate study. The potential exists for a partnership between the town and the county on a sports complex somewhere off the island, likely in the north end of Worcester, but for now, Ocean City is moving forward on its own path.

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to rent homes, apartments and even single rooms to visitors searching for accommodations by bypassing the traditional rental companies. Just as Uber has transformed the public transportation industry, Airbnb, VRBO and similar companies have rocked the traditional rental industry with millions of available vacation accommodations in thousands of cities across the U.S. including Ocean City. Resort officials for months have been exploring ways to monitor and regulate the short-term vacation rental market locally with more scrutiny on room tax collection and business license acquisition, for example. Just last week, the Worcester County Commissioners debated tighter shortterm rental policies to address the growing issues in West Ocean City for example. Jones said resort tourism officials need to remain vigilant. “We’re going to make sure our voices continue to be heard,” she said. “We want to make sure we have a level playing field.” There was also some discussion about the level and quality of service a traditional hotel or motel provides to guests as opposed to the private short-term rentals. Pursel said traditional hotels need to market that aspect.

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OPA Board Approves Salary Study Don’t Mind Me:

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OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors agreed to spend up to $100,000 on a compensation study. At a meeting Saturday, the board voted 6-0 to authorize the general manager to negotiate a contract not to exceed $100,000 for a full compensation study. The study is expected to include an analysis of OPA positions and salaries as well as an external salary survey and benefits study, among other things. “In the last two budget cycles OPA has made decisions impacting benefits and compensation for employees with the promise to employees and OPA members that a professional compensation study would be conducted to guide present and future decisions,” said board member Colette Horn. Horn told the board that the association sent a request for proposals for the study to several vendors but only received one bid. Nevertheless, she said the workgroup created by General Manager John Viola had reviewed the proposal and contacted the company’s references and wanted to proceed with a contract. “The bidder has extensive experience doing this type of work for Eastern Shore municipalities,” she said. Horn said she realized there was some “sticker shock” associated with the proposal but stressed that the two pay studies the board had already authorized hadn’t met OPA’s needs. She said the association owed members and employees a proper salary study. “We agreed that we’d give no raises this past year and that in the next year we would have the information needed to make rational decisions about pay increases and adjustments based on the belief that thereg are

some employees that are overpaid there are some employees that are underpaid,” she said. Board member Frank Daly agreed. “Over the past three years we’ve conducted two compensation studies,” he said. “One says none of our employees are overpaid. One says that 10%-plus are overpaid. One didn’t include the police force which is 25% of our budget. The other compensation study didn’t look at comparable homeowners associations to see what they paid. Neither of the studies looked at our benefits.” Board member Jeff Knepper said the study would be valuable because it would serve the association for several years. “This is not something that just occurs today,” he said. “It occurs with value over a period of time. That’s what other people who have done studies with this particular provider have said to us. They think the biggest value is the fact that it lives four years, five years, six years.” Board member Steve Tuttle said he supported the concept of the study but was concerned about the price, as OPA had budgeted just $25,000 for the study. Doug Parks, president of the board, agreed that the price was high and suggested that the association work with the provider to find ways to cut certain costs within the proposal. “I think there are points within this cost breakdown where we need to push that vendor,” he said. “We should be challenging ourselves to make sure that we make every effort. We owe the membership, we owe ourselves, we owe the employees that level of effort.” Horn said that there were opportunities to save money within the proposal and that was why she’d suggested a “not-to-exceed” contract amount. The board voted 6-0 to authorize the general manager to proceed with negotiations.

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OCEAN CITY – With the exception of a few key dates including the air show, municipal bus ridership continued to decline in a three-year comparison last month as resort officials continue to explore ways to reverse the trend. The Transportation Committee this week continued to explore the updated three-year comparison of municipal bus ridership with June now in the books and the bad news is the numbers continue to decline from a peak in 2017. The good news is the municipal bus system is meeting its goals in terms of wait times and frequency of buses and despite the drop-off in the number of riders, the revenue gener-

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ated during June was remarkably constant. Transportation Director Mark Rickards told committee members June is a good barometer for the season because it typically is the best month of the summer. However, he said June ridership numbers appeared to dip slightly because the month’s main target audience – high school graduates – appear to be finding other modes of transportation. “June has been our best month historically,” he said. “Where was the decrease? It was during the first half of the month. The high school graduates are not riding the bus as much as they once did.” The statistics show ridership numbers from June at 575,000, down from the 611,000 last June and down even

further from the 688,000 that rode in June 2017, which has been the highwater mark in recent years. “Air Show Saturday was the best day of the month,” said Rickards. “We held serve during the air show and firemen’s week, but then we saw a drop-off at the end of the month. Overall, it was a good month operationally.” Despite a decline in the overall ridership numbers for June, the month held its own in terms of revenue collected in a comparison with the same month last year. “The June revenue is almost even despite ridership being down,” he said. “We’re losing ridership but not revenue. I think some people aren’t using the all-day pass as much.” The statistics appear to bear that sentiment out at least from last year to

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this year, but the three-year comparison tells a slightly different story. For example, bus revenue for June 2019 came in at $566,065, while the same month in 2018 generated $566,900. However, June 2017 generated over $645,000 in bus revenue. Councilman Tony DeLuca said he wasn’t happy with the overall trend considering everything else appears to be up this summer. “Ridership and revenue going down year after year is extremely disappointing,” he said. “Room tax is up, occupancy is up, food and sales tax are up. It seems obvious to me. When you have the people you need, we’re up. When you don’t have the people, we’re down.” While the municipal bus system is meeting its goals in terms of wait times for customers, the department continues to struggle with meeting the desired deployments, largely because of a diminishing pool of drivers. From a peak of available drivers at 155 in 2017, the number declined to 139 last year and about 127 this year, although the exact number is somewhat of a moving target for a variety of reasons. Operations Manager Steve Bartlett said despite rigorous recruiting efforts during the offseason, meeting the desired number of drivers remains challenging for a variety of reasons. Bartlett said even on days when the entire shift roster is filled out, there are often call-outs or other no-shows for different reasons. For example, of the 145 total hires for this year, 18 have left or are unavailable. “I have five, six or seven people out with medical reasons,” he said. “Some others have problems with the MVA and their licenses etc. Those are critical people. The medical stuff is out of control. Maybe it’s just a fluke and will correct itself.” Mayor Rick Meehan pointed out the goal for the total number of drivers hired is intentionally set high because there is always a certain level of attrition. Public Works Director Hal Adkins said the shortfall in the desired number of drivers was not for a lack of recruiting and retaining effort. “I think in some cases, the people we need to fill these shifts simply don’t exist,” Adkins said. “I don’t want anybody to leave here thinking we haven’t tried everything we can for recruitment.” Councilman Dennis Dare believed the deployment levels were secondary to meeting wait times for customers. “It all comes down to headways,” he said. “If you have a goal for 10minute headways and you’re meeting those goals, it doesn’t matter how many drivers we have.” Nonetheless, Bartlett said the department will continue to meet those headway objectives by hook or by crook. “The staff I do have are great,” he said. “Some step up and don’t go home until the job is done. On Air Show Saturday, we had people working 10 to 12 hours.”


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WOC Bike Path Concerns, Potential Shared Use Discussed

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OCEAN CITY – A handful of bikerelated projects dominated most of the discussion at a resort committee meeting this week. On Wednesday, the Ocean City Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) discussed several concerns and ideas related to ongoing projects in and around Ocean City. In late June, officials broke ground on a new bike and pedestrian path in West Ocean City. And this week, the State Highway Administration (SHA) began the first stages of construction with a drainage pipe project on Golf Course Road. For the most part, the 10-foot wide trail will run along the south side of Route 50 from Route 611 to the bridge The project also includes a crossing at the intersection near Hooper’s Crab House where bikers and pedestrians can access a path. While the new trail is located outside the resort, Councilman Tony DeLuca relayed concerns from West Ocean City businesses to SHA Assistant District Engineer Jana Potvin, a member of the town’s BPAC committee. “Matt James, a councilman, got two calls from businesses south of Route 50 saying the crossing is very dangerous because SHA took the south side

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of Route 50,” he said. “It has 15 driveways versus the northside of Route 50, which has five driveways.” DeLuca noted the businesses were concerned the entrances to commercial driveways could be dangerous for bikers and pedestrians using the trail. Potvin, however, said several pedestrian counts along that corridor highlighted a demand for a trail on the south side of Route 50. She also pointed out existing bike and pedestrian facilities to the north of Route 50. “This way we provide connectivity to both sides of the roadway,” she said. Bill Neville, the town’s director of planning and community development, questioned if the trail crossings would include stop bars and markings at the entrances to commercial businesses. “There are probably some things built into your design that are part of this answer,” he said. Potvin said she would review the plans and discuss the issue further at the committee’s next meeting. “Our access management standards traditionally have stop signs and stop bars and yield signs and yield bars at commercial driveway entrances,” she said. “I would have to look at the plans and verify what is there and what isn’t.” The committee on Wednesday also discussed the possibility of a shared use path on a 14-foot-wide sidewalk along South Philadelphia Avenue.

Committee President Paul Mauser said committee members identified the sidewalk as a potential shared use path while reviewing impediments that prohibited the town from installing a continuous bike path in the downtown area. “We were looking at that area saying, ‘How the heck are we going to fit a bike lane in downtown when there are so many physical impediments and fences and buildings block to block,’” he said. “Our idea was to put the route on the west side of Philadelphia Avenue along this potential shared use path.” DeLuca said the path, which runs from North Division Street to South 1st Street, could be used for bikers and pedestrians traveling between the Inlet and St. Louis Avenue. Mauser noted, however, the sidewalk is in state right of way and that the town would have to pass an ordinance to allow bikes to operate on the path. “We do want to consider that,” he said. Potvin said the sidewalk was wide enough to accommodate a shared use path, but questioned what improvements would be needed to meet state design standards. “I will get those answers to you,” she said. In May, town council members re-

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ceived contact from a resident requesting bike racks be installed at street ends near the beach. While they noted the demand for bike parking at street ends, members discussed the opportunity for a pilot project at 28th and 67th streets. Public Works Director Hal Adkins noted the department could also construct simple wooden frames near the dunes as part of the program. This week, however, DeLuca shared some comments from the Mayor and Council regarding the design and location of the bike racks. “What we need is a drawing for the Mayor and Council to approve and what streets we want to test, he said. “We can probably test two or three streets, or even four.” DeLuca said Councilman Mark Paddack also recommended several street ends in north Ocean City. “Maybe we should test one up north,” he said. Neville questioned if the town would need state approval to test the bike racks near the dunes. “There isn’t a lot of room at the street ends where the asphalt ends and where the dune easement is,” he said. “Is there a zone to do this in?” Mauser, a liaison to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ dune maintenance program, said he would contact the department.


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BERLIN – Town leaders agreed not to move forward with a stormwater project in the Graham Avenue neighborhood. In spite of a request from staff, officials opted not to raise stormwater fees this fall to help cover the cost of a submerged gravel wetland on Graham Avenue. “There’s no way in hell I’m going to vote to raise these things now,” Councilman Thom Gulyas said. “We’ve done enough to everybody in town. It’s enough. We can revisit it next year. But for right now absolutely not.” At its last meeting, the town council voted not to use money from the water fund to support the stormwater fund to allow construction of a submerged gravel wetland on Graham Avenue. As a result of that vote, Town Administrator Laura Allen approached the council Monday to determine whether officials would consider raising stormwater fees so that the money for the project could be generated that way. While the project would be primarily funded with a $75,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, $37,500 in additional funding was required. Allen proposed increasing the residential stormwater fee from $50 to $100 and increasing the commercial

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fee 30%. The commercial fee is currently $25 per 2,100 square feet of impervious surface (ERU). She said the increase would allow the wetland project to move forward and would also bolster the struggling stormwater fund. Allen pointed out stormwater fees had not been adjusted since the utility was created in 2013. She said that when the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center recommended fees at that time, $50 for residential and $45 per EDU for commercial had been put forth. “So the initial setting of the commercial fee was substantially lower than that recommended by the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center,” she said. “The increase in the fee would also enable the stormwater fund to stop borrowing from the general fund.” She said stormwater borrowed between $30,000 and $50,000 from the general fund each year. Allen said that the proposed increase, which would go into effect Oct. 1, would generate an additional $100,000 for the utility. “I think it would be a mistake to return the (grant) funding to the Chesapeake Bay Trust,” she added. Allen said that after the council voted not to use the general fund to support the project last month, she contacted various grant agencies seeking additional support. While those ef-

forts were unsuccessful, Frank Piorko of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program did attend Monday’s meeting to speak in favor of the project. “We feel Berlin is to be commended for taking steps years ago to manage their stormwater related challenges without having the EPA mandated program so many small municipalities do,” he said. He said his organization would continue to work with the town to explore funding opportunities that could help with its stormwater initiatives. “Those small incremental reductions really add up,” he said. When asked about the timelines associated with the Chesapeake Bay Trust grant, Allen said the town was supposed to have the project completed by Sept. 1 but was seeking an extension. Councilman Zack Tyndall said that by the time the town received the money from the increased fees that grant’s deadline would have passed. “The money would be coming from the stormwater utility,” Allen said. Resident Rose Zollinger asked why residents were facing a 100% increase when businesses were not. Allen said the increase was a small dollar amount and would increase what residents paid from roughly $4 a month to $8 a month. “We are at the $50 recommended by the study whereas commercial never

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even approached the $45,” resident Marie Velong said. “That’s something to me that you could consider.” Resident Jason Walter said the town’s stormwater consultant last month had acknowledged that the Graham Avenue project wouldn’t alleviate flooding. Allen replied that the consultant had said it would help. Williams said that improving the stormwater situation in the Graham Avenue area would be one of the town’s most expensive stormwater initiatives. “There’s no way we’re going to stormwater pond our way out of that neighborhood’s problem…,” he said. “There’s no way to do it on the cheap.” So far, Walter said all he’d seen the town do was spend money to hold water on the east side of town and had not in fact done anything to expedite its removal from town. “If we’d expedited the movement of water from the western and central part of town to the eastern part of town the flooding that was already severe there, basically houses would not be inhabitable,” Williams said, adding that the projects done on the east side of town so far provided capacity to hold the water temporarily before it was released. He added that addressing stormwater was critical for the future of the town. SEE NEXT PAGE


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“If we don’t take care of our stormwater problem, future generations in our town will have to decide which neighborhoods to abandon,” he said. “This climate change stuff is real. Properties are just not going to be inhabitable.” When Walter asked where most of the town’s runoff was coming from, officials said it came from impervious surface. Walter pointed out that the majority of impervious surface in town had been created by businesses. When Williams polled the council, Councilmen Troy Purnell and Dean Burrell indicated they’d be willing to continue discussions regarding Allen’s proposed increases. “There is no one thing that’s going to solve the stormwater management issue in the town,” Burrell said. “It is a compilation of the whole plan that is going to put us in a better place.” He added that he thought a higher commercial increase should be considered to make the proposal more equitable. Tyndall said he was willing to discuss fee increases going forward but not in relation to the Graham Avenue project. “I think we voted on that in my opinion last meeting,” he said. “I think that stands as far as my vote goes.” Gulyas agreed. “It is real frustrating that we did vote on this last time,” he said. “I feel like this is being thrown back on us again. To the best of my knowledge in four and a half years this is the first time we’ve ever had anything brought up twice, especially back-to-back meetings. “ He said his vote from the last meeting stood and that he was sorry that the grant would have to be returned. He added that he’d suggested increasing stormwater fees in February but didn’t want to see them hiked now. As Councilman Elroy Brittingham was absent and the council was split on whether to continue discussion on the fee increases, Williams said it looked like the town should return the grant and make a plan to increase stormwater fees next year. “I think that makes sense that we look at the structure and any way to make it more equitable for next fiscal year, and that in the mean time we have the time to look at that and determine what other funding sources might be available,” he said. Tyndall said the council might even want to start the fee discussion soon. “If that fund’s in a financial pickle we need to start that conversation as early as possible,” he said. “It sounds like by the report that it’s maybe not in its best condition.” Allen said she’d shared that news with officials in February.

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Motor Vehicle Theft, Weapons Charges OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested following a domestic dispute when he allegedly took the victim’s new car. Around 6:45 a.m. last Thursday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported domestic incident at a hotel on 31st Street. OCPD officers met with the female victim who told police Stephen Hillegas, 49, of Oley, Pa., had a history of carrying weapons although she was uncertain if he had any weapons on his person during the incident. While officers were interviewing the victim on a hotel balcony, they observed Hillegas on the sidewalk yelling up to the room and ordered him to stay where he was. However, Hillegas allegedly fled the area in the victim’s vehicle, a new BMW she had purchased just days earlier. After a brief search of the area, Hillegas and the victim’s vehicle were located on a fast-food restaurant parking lot just a few blocks away. OCPD officers approached, but Hillegas reportedly got out of the vehicle, ran through a nearby nightclub parking lot and dashed out into a crowded Coastal Highway, causing numerous vehicles to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting him. OCPD officers caught up to Hillegas at a shopping center on the opposite side of the highway and took him into custody. Back at the hotel, OCPD officers interviewed the victim, who told police Hillegas was her exboyfriend and that he had been banging on the hotel door attempting to gain entrance. When she refused to open the door, he began to attempt climbing up the balcony, according to police reports. Hillegas reportedly told the victim not to call police because there was something in her vehicle that could get her into trouble, according to police reports. The victim told police she did own a handgun that was locked in a safe at home in Pennsylvania and that was the only thing to which Hillegas could be referring. In addition, the victim told police she had just purchased the vehicle days earlier and it was registered in her name and Hillegas did not have permission to drive it. Back at the fast-food restaurant,

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A second driver’s license on his person was a real Maryland driver’s license with the name Chase Nalls, which also identified him as being over 21. According to police reports, each of the licenses had pictures with similar facial features to those of Adams that would allow him to purchase alcohol and enter bars underage. During the arrest, Adams was unresponsive and Ocean City EMS were notified. Ocean City EMS arrived and determined Adams needed to be transported to the hospital although the outcome of that trip is not known. Adams was charged with second-degree assault, intoxicated endangerment, disorderly conduct and possession of cocaine.

Angry Suspect Subdued OCEAN CITY – A Pasadena, Md. man was arrested on multiple charges last week after allegedly refusing to get off a resort bus, striking several signs and utility poles and launching into an expletive-laced tirade at Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers. Around 2:30 a.m. last Thursday, an OCPD officer was dispatched to the bus stop at 26th Street for a report of a group of people refusing to exit the bus. The officer arrived and observed a male suspect later identified as Lawrence Black, 23, of Pasadena, along with two unidentified females standing outside the bus while talking to another officer. According to police reports, after a brief interview, Black was allowed to leave the area without further incident. However, according to police reports, Black crossed Philadelphia Avenue to the east and walked north while punching a telephone pole, an electric box and a dumpster, all while screaming incoherent noises. According to police reports, OCPD were still on the opposite side of Philadelphia Avenue at least 100 feet from Black, which was well outside the town’s noise ordinance limitation. An OCPD officer drove his patrol vehicle across the roadway and stopped Black, placing him under arrest and putting him in handcuffs. While Black was seated on the ground awaiting the arrival of a transport wagon, Black reportedly launched into an expletive-laced tirade at the group of officers on the scene. OCPD officers told Black to stop yelling obscenities, but he refused to comply, according to police reports. He then started thrashing his body around, screaming “I don’t care what happens to me,” while continuing to launch expletives and racial slurs at the officers. According to police reports, Black continued to thrash around and violently kick his legs until the time the transport wagon arrived, striking at least one OCPD officer with his head in the process. Black was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, failure to obey a

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lawful order and disturbing the peace.

Crack Dealer Pleads Guilty OCEAN CITY – A Berlin man, arrested in February for selling crack cocaine to an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on different occasions, pleaded guilty this week and awaits his fate pending a sentencing hearing. Last November, an OCPD narcotics detective began an investigation into a suspect believed to be involved in distributing crack cocaine in the resort. On Jan. 11, the OCPD detective made arrangements with Joshua Pitts, 50, of Berlin, to purchase crack cocaine at an appointed place and time and the deal was allegedly consummated as planned. On Jan. 23, the same detective made arrangements with Pitts to purchase crack cocaine at an appointed place and time and that deal was allegedly consummated. A similar deal was allegedly completed on Feb. 7. On Feb. 14, the undercover detective allegedly made arrangements with Pitts for another crack cocaine deal. The deal was completed in the area of 120th Street and the officer and suspect parted ways. A short time later, Pitts was stopped in his vehicle in the area of 123rd Street and a search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of crack cocaine in two bags. Last week, Pitts pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and sentencing was deferred to a later date.

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Probation For Burglar OCEAN CITY – A Wilmington, Del. man, arrested in May after first entering a residence and later attempting to break into a resort business with a garden hoe, pleaded guilty this week to trespassing and was placed on probation. Around 7 a.m. on May 16, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded an apartment on 72nd Street for a reported breaking and entering that had already occurred. While responding to the scene, an OCPD officer observed Kamren Nikolich, 21, walking down the center lane of Coastal Highway in the area of 71st Street swinging a garden hoe before he tumbled into the median. Nikolich then ran across Coastal Highway, causing approaching vehicles to brake suddenly to avoid hitting him. While police continued to observe Nikolich, he reportedly used the garden hoe to chop the tops off of some bushes. Nikolich then approached a business in the area, stumbled around to the south entrance of the business and attempted to enter a locked door, swinging the garden hoe at the glass door as if he was trying to break it, according to police reports. At that point, Nikolich was taken into custody and charged with burglary and intoxicated endangerment. This week, he pleaded guilty to trespassing and was placed on probation for one year.

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Creative Solution Could Expand Ocean City’s Dog Park

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – With creative planning and financing, Ocean City’s diminutive dog park at 94th Street could triple in size with little out-of-pocket expense. Over the last year or so, the town has been exploring ways to expand the narrow dog park on 94th Street. The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department last year submitted a grant through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a major

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renovation of the heavily-used 94th Street dog park. However, that grant request was turned down for a variety of reasons, although the department is preparing to resubmit a new grant application next month for the dog park. In the meantime, Public Works Director Hal Adkins on Tuesday presented a short-term plan to the recreation and parks committee that will allow the department to triple or even quadruple the size of the dog park in the same basic footprint at little cost. The dog park currently has a stormwater retention area, essentially a

marsh, running down the length of one side. Adkins’ plan is to excavate that marshy area and backfill it with an abundance of dirt his department already has nearby at a construction depot of sorts behind the old mall. A new stormwater retention pond would be created to handle the runoff formerly handled by the marshy area. “That whole lower area is basically just stormwater retention,” he said. “It can be excavated and filled and that will triple or maybe quadruple the size of the dog park. All of the stormwater that drains to that point will still drain there, but it will install a pond and a relatively short length of drain pipe to handle the runoff.” Adkins called the proposed project a win-win because he already has to move the large mounds of dirt at the public works storage area behind the old mall. The original plan was to truck it to a depository of sorts at the Ocean City Airport, but using it at the dog park nearby will save a lot of time and money. “On the back side of the old mall, I have a construction site with piles and piles of dirt I have to move,” he said. “What was going to be a $100,000 project will now cost the recreation department about $20,000. I have everything I need right there behind the old mall. It’s like the stars aligned perfectly on this one.” Recreation and Parks Director Sus-

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an Petito said her department’s funding for that segment of the dog park expansion had already been found in her capital improvement fund balance. “The out-of-pocket expense for the public works portion of the project is estimated at around $23,000,” she said. “We’ve already found the money is available in our fund balance left over from other projects.” Adkins’ proposed project will achieve the goals of expanding the overused dog park at 94th Street in the short term with a larger expansion and enhancement project still planned for the future if the DNR approves the grant. “I can do the bulk of this work in a couple of weeks in August,” he said. “Then, you guys can come behind and do what you need to do with fencing and sod, etc.” The recreation and parks committee approved the proposal unanimously. Petito said her department would move forward with the grant application to the DNR in mid-August. “The application is due in August and we feel good about getting it this time around,” she said. “If we get the grant, we can follow up with other improvements including maybe artificial turf because natural grass is so hard to maintain in a dog park. We can also come in with some attractive fencing and maybe a water feature of some sort.”

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OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved a new contract with Mediacom on Saturday. According to officials, the new contract will allow the association to move forward from the month-tomonth agreement currently in place. “The new contract provides the same standard services but also addresses several important issues including compliance with federal law regarding the removal of the exclusive use of easements and the rights of way,” said Doug Parks, president of the board. Parks said at Saturday’s meeting that the new contract had been negotiated and reviewed by a workgroup as well as by the attorneys for both parties and the board of directors. He said it was important for the community to understand that what was being approved was not a retail agreement but a right of way agreement. “Back in 1978 when the contract was first created, the federal government allowed the exclusive use of the rights of way,” Parks said. “What that means is company ‘x, y or z’ that wanted to come in and also provide services could not use the same easements that Mediacom was granted the exclusive use of.” Parks said the Federal Communications Commission no longer allowed that. “In essence this allows us now to be in compliance with a new contract that now allows future and any interested parties to come in and they know they won’t be bound by having to come in through some other easement or some other right of way,” he said. “They can use the existing ones.” Parks is optimistic that the change will bring more providers to Ocean Pines. “However, that being said, the incumbent certainly has the crux of the market and I’m sure that there’s algorithms that the other service providers use to determine… whether an investment is worthwhile,” he said. Under the last Mediacom contract, Parks said the association received 3% of cable television revenues. With the new contract it will receive 1.6% of all Mediacom services in Ocean Pines – phone, internet and television. “The benefit there is as the medium evolves and the way people consume information changes over time, there’s going to be much more of a demand for internet services and less of a demand on basic cable TV services,” Parks said. For now, Parks expects the association to receive the same amount it has been, $150,000 to $160,000, with the new contract.

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Police Commission ‘Neutral’ On Bar’s Parking Spaces Request

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A request to use six public parking spaces near the Cowboy Coast Country Saloon received a “neutral” recommendation from a resort commission this week, but not before considerable debate on the impacts it would have on the surrounding area. On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission heard a request from Cowboy Coast owner Mark Bogosh to use six non-metered parking spaces on 18th Street during certain concert events. Specifically, the request calls for use of the six parking spots between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. on days in which the venue would host

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national and regional acts. “Every year I try to do more and more concerts,” Bogosh said. “Our parking is always an issue because all of the national acts we try to bring in have tour buses.” Bogosh told the commission if his request was granted, it would reserve the six public parking spaces for tour bus parking and free up space in his own parking lot to the south of the building. However, Council President Lloyd Martin, chair of the commission, argued the request, if approved by the Mayor and Council, could impact park-

ing in an already troublesome area of town. “I know there are some concerns from our staff,” he said. “It’s a very busy area down there.” While most concert dates are scheduled for Thursday evenings, Martin said he was concerned about reserving the six spaces during the day. He suggested Bogosh could reach out to the neighboring Catholic church for additional parking. “I know parking is at a premium down there …,” he said. “We are trying to figure out why you couldn’t just utilize maybe some spaces at the

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Catholic church on Thursday nights or afternoons, having the bus drop off and park over there. That way you wouldn’t utilize public parking.” Mayor Rick Meehan noted that blocking off the parking spots would require staff to post a notice 48 hours prior to the requested start time. Police Chief Ross Buzzuro added the reserved parking spots would then be designated as a tow-away zone. “The last thing we want to do is deter your business from making money,” Martin said. “But at the same time, we need to look out for everyone else … It makes it tough.” Council Secretary Mary Knight questioned why the bus would need to stay at the concert venue after unloading equipment. “I’m sure the Catholic church would be amenable to leasing spaces,” she said. “Why do you need to stay there the rest of the time?” Bogosh said many of the national acts use their tour buses as hotels and dressing rooms. He said the six parking spots are located next to the stage doors, allowing the performers access to their bus before and after shows. “It would obviously benefit me bringing in bigger acts and I think the impact would be minimal,” he said. “Those six spots are generally used by my customers … During the week, those spots are rarely used.” Councilman Matt James said he had no problem with Bogosh’s request. He then made a motion to forward a favorable recommendation to the Mayor and Council, which died for lack of a second. “I want to work something out to make sure you can make this happen,” Martin said. “But I don’t see this as the right thing to use those six spots.” Knight agreed. “It sets a precedent,” she said. Bogosh said he was willing to work with officials to address their concerns and asked them to reconsider the request. Meehan said he was concerned about reserving the parking spaces for national acts scheduled to perform at the venue on Saturdays. He did, however, offer to support a recommendation if it allowed nearby residents and business owners to share any concerns with the Mayor and Council. “It will be an agenda item and if there are other people who have a problem with it they can comment … ,” he said. “It’s something we need to take into consideration, and that’s not going to happen here.” After further discussion, the commission voted unanimously to forward a “neutral recommendation for further discussion” with the full Mayor and Council. “If there’s pictures or anything you can bring to the Mayor and Council to help state your case, I would do that,” Meehan said.


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Efforts are shown being made to stabilize a vehicle that inadvertently left the parking area of the Oceana condominium. Photo by the OCVFC BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City first-responders had their hands full on Tuesday when a vehicle left a beach-front parking area on 82nd Street and got suspended half on the beach with two occupants inside. The Ocean City Fire Department arrived on the scene and found the front end of the vehicle suspended over the beach with the rear of the vehicle still in an elevated parking area.

The vehicle was very unstable with two occupants still inside and a large crowd gathering on the beach and surrounding area. Firefighters and paramedics were able to brace the vehicle to keep it from rolling over and safely extracted the two occupants. Crews were able to secure the vehicle and create a safe space until the towing company arrived. The two occupants removed from the vehicle refused medical treatment. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Restart Program Offers Summer Work For Students

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

NEWARK – A new program through the Worcester County Board of Education is providing local students with the opportunity for summer work. Students in the county’s Restart program, formerly known as alternative school, were given the chance this year to take part in a six-week work experience program at the school system’s central office. “The summer program is brand new,” said Brian Phillips, assistant principal at Worcester Technical High School. “The goal is to give the students employment.” Since last year, the school system’s alternative school program — now referred to as Restart — has been housed in the central office. Last year, Superintendent Lou Taylor moved it to Worcester Technical High School. Students who participated in the program during the last school year were offered the chance to take part in the summer work program created by Annette Wallace, the school system’s chief operating offi-

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cer. “One of the goals that Dr. Wallace has for the board of education, it being the building from the 1950s, is to make it look nicer,” Phillips said. “She thought it best to utilize the Restart students to give them work experience and also help to increase the aesthetics of the board of education building.” While some students already had summer jobs lined up, others were eager to find paying work at the central office. Currently four students are busy painting the building’s outdated walls, trim and ceiling. “They’re very interested in working hard for their money,” said teacher Brittany Tracy, who’s helping to oversee the program. Tom Zimmer, principal of Worcester Tech, said the summer work program was also giving students a chance to interact with adults they wouldn’t ordinarily encounter. “I think it’s been a good situation for them because the adult interaction in this building has been very positive,” he said. “It’s good for adults, they hear the word alternative

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Students in the county’s Restart program are pictured working on a hallway inside Worcester Technical High School. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

and they think something oddly out there and then they meet these kids one on one and they go ‘wow that’s a good kid.’ Yeah they are. They just need a chance.”

Zimmer says he’s also already seeing the benefits of Taylor’s decision to house the Restart program in Worcester Tech rather than the central office. “Our hopes for many of them are to find something that catches their eye …,” he said, adding that one student in the program had transitioned into Worcester Tech’s automotive class. “Mr. Taylor was the one who wanted to move the program into our building. I think it was a great idea on his part. It does put these students right in the middle of a functioning school. they’re not isolated. They get opportunities in our building they wouldn’t have had.” And while students enter the alternative program after struggling in their home schools, Zimmer said that once they work with instructors in Restart they’re often able to move back to regular classes. “Any student that comes in, we hope they exit into a program in our building or exit back into a program in their own building,” he said. “We’re very successful this year with 75% of students that spent any time (in Restart) have exited the program.”

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Travel Channel Show Films Segment In Ocean City

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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OCEAN CITY – As visitors and locals were enjoying the start of a busy summer season, the film crew of a national television series quietly made its way to Ocean City last month to feature several resort businesses for an upcoming episode. In June, the cast and crew of Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” visited Ocean City to film segments for an episode to air in the near future. Businesses that participated in the filming included Fish Tales, Dolle’s Candyland and Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour. A synopsis of the show reads, “Armed with a serious love of food and years of experience in the restaurant business, Casey Webb travels the

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country in search of America's most delicious dishes and ultimate eating challenges. From a hulking four-pound Reuben sandwich in Milwaukee to a monstrous gallon-sized ice cream sundae in New Orleans, Casey steps up to the table with gusto. New man, new food — same epic battle.” Kostadin Petrov, partner and general manager at Justine’s, said the filming was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “I couldn’t sleep for three nights I was so nervous. I had never been in front of a camera,” he said. “But when the film crew came in that morning, everybody was so nice and friendly.” Petrov said recruiters with the show reached out to him and his business partner, Tom Quimby, in April. “We started emailing back and forth

Casey Webb, left, is pictured with Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour partner Kostadin Petrov. Submitted Photo

and talking about being involved with the TV show,” he said. “It took around a month before everything was good to go.” On June 8, the film crew and show

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host, Casey Webb, arrived at Justine’s to shoot the “Titanic” ice cream sundae food challenge. Petrov said the sundae is served in a large sand bucket and includes eight scoops of ice cream, six toppings, four cones, an “iceberg” of whipped cream and four cherries. “A lot of people attempt this challenge,” he said. “We started the challenge in 2013, and from 2013 to 2019 roughly 30 people have succeeded … That’s a little less than 3% of the people who’ve tried it.” While this was his first experience with television production, Petrov said Justine’s is no stranger to national recognition. To date, the ice cream shop – which also has a location in St. Michaels – has been featured in “Chicago Tribune,” “Life Magazine,” “Chocolatier Magazine,” “The New York Times” and “The Philadelphia Inquirer.” While he couldn’t discuss the outcome of the food challenge, Petrov encouraged everyone to watch the episode when it receives an air date for the fall season of “Man v. Food.” “The only experience I’ve had with TV shows is watching them,” he joked. “But it was nice experience.” Andrew Dolle, co-owner of Dolle’s Candyland, agreed. “When they were here, it was a lot of fun,” he said. “We had a blast.”

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Campaign Launched For New Salisbury Dog Park

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

SALISBURY – Officials in Salisbury are seeking the community’s support for the creation of a new dog park. Last week, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate and the City of Salisbury announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of a new dog park in downtown Salisbury. Officials said the idea is to create a fenced-in, 4,000-square-foot dog park along the Salisbury Riverwalk outfitted with a doggy drinking fountain, a granite hill, fresh landscaping, doggie bag stations and bench seating. “With residential space in our downtown already full to capacity, and more being built every day, it is certain that we

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will continue to see an increase in the number of families with pets who choose to live here,” said Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day. “When we think about the sorts of amenities that make living downtown so appealing, an offleash dog park might not be the first thing that jumps to mind for some – but for dog owners, access to the Bark Park could clinch the decision to live downtown.” If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $5,000 by Aug. 15 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate and the SVN Com-

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BERLIN – Citizens will have the chance to share their thoughts on the proposed renaming of Berlin Falls Park at a public hearing next month. On Aug. 12, the town council will host a public hearing regarding the renaming of Berlin Falls Park to Heron Park. The name change was recommended by the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee on Monday after the group gathered input through a survey. “It’s good to know that there’s at least some agreement,” Mayor Gee Williams said. Amy Field and Jack Orris, chair and vice chair of the advisory committee, met with the town council Monday to provide an update on the committee’s activities and to share the name recommendation. While town leaders labeled the park with

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BERLIN – The Berlin Planning Commission voted 6-0 this week to provide a recommendation in support of the annexation of the I.G. Burton Chevrolet property. The commission on Wednesday agreed to forward the town council a favorable recommendation regarding the annexation of the I.G. Burton Chevrolet property on Old Ocean City Boulevard. The vote came after a brief presentation by the car dealership’s attorney and no comments from the public. According to Sandy McCallister, the attorney representing the dealership, the annexation will allow I.G. Burton Chevrolet to connect to town water and sewer but will change little else. “There’s no development plan, no subdivision, no change in use,” he said. “Nobody’ll drive by the next week and know anything’s different.” After voting to support the annexation, the commission went on to consider a planned unit development (PUD) revision proposed by Troy Purnell for Purnell Crossing. Purnell explained that while he’d received approval last month to adjust the section of the PUD near the townhouses to include apartments, he was now asking to adjust plans for the portion of the property closer to The Cottages at Berlin. As previously approved, the PUD called for 30 single family homes to be built behind The Cottages, on the right side of Prospect Drive. Purnell said he now wanted to build just 22 houses on that section of the PUD. “The biggest difference is the lots are all larger,” he said. Commission members had no objections. “I don’t see how we can complain about larger lots and less density,” commission member Pete Cosby said. He added, however, that he wanted Purnell to start illustrating the

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Susan Wheeler Brasher Davis OCEAN CITY – Susan Wheeler Brasher Davis passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22, 2019, at University of Maryland Medical Center after a five-year battle with metastatic lung cancer. The daughter of Kate Bunting and Larry Brasher and step-daughter of Coleman Bunting, Sr. she was born at PRMC in Salisbury on Sept. 23, 1963 and raised in Ocean City. She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Davis II, her son, Richard L. “Trey” Dav-is, III, his partner Jessica Ryan Duckworth and their child, Kyla Lily Davis, and sister, Amy Rothermel (Bob) all of SUSAN Ocean City; step-sib- WHEELER lings Elaine Gordy BRASHER DAVIS (Chuck) of Salisbury, Coleman Bun-ting, Jr. (Dawn) and Chet Bunting (Barb), mother-in-law, Faye Robbins of Centre, Ala. and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother James, sister-in-law Cheryl Lynne Chapman and brother-in-law William Franklin Davis. Susan was a 1981 graduate of

Stephen Decatur High School and attended The Pennsylvania State University. She spent her entire life in the hospitality industry and, along with her sister, was a fifth generation owneroperator of the Belmont Hotel in Ocean City. She loved her Belmont family and made countless friends over the years, many of whom watched her grow up as they would vacation each and every summer. For several years, she cooked dinners for the guests on the American Plan which included meals with the room rentals. However, she is most remembered for managing the front desk where she oft times sat on the porch visiting with the many guests who would change from week to week. The guest appreciation weekends in September were a particular highlight. In 2004, when the family decided to redevelop the property after 100 years in the hotel business, Susan began working in retail. She worked several years at the Unclaimed Furniture and Freight Store in Berlin, the West Ocean City LCB Store and the Dollar Tree in the White Marlin Mall. In most recent years, she worked in the Heroes, Play to Win and The Cave stores of the Inlet Village in Ocean City where she enjoyed a spe-

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SALISBURY – A $34,000 grant is expected to cover the costs of renovating a ball field in Wicomico County. The Wicomico County Council approved on July 2 a request from the recreation, parks and tourism department to accept a Program Open Space grant in the amount of $34,200, which would be used to reimburse the county for a renovation project at the Mason Dixon Sports Complex. Recreation, Parks and Tourism Deputy Director Pam Oland told the council work to renovate a tee ball field at the complex was completed in fiscal year 2019 and that grant funds would be used to reimburse the county. “We have actually completed the

work at these ball fields,” she said. “So this grant would actually reimburse the county for money we have already spent.” Councilman Larry Dodd applauded the work being done at the complex, but questioned how the county would have paid for the renovation if it didn’t receive the grant. “I’m glad this was done,” he said. “But what would have happened if we didn’t get a grant? Did we have money in the budget for it anyway?” Oland said the department would have found money in the budget. “We made a decision that this met our plan to try to expand and renovate that ball field to help with USSSA and other tournaments we host,” she said. With no further discussion, the council voted 6-0 to accept the grant.

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8th Rabies Case Confirmed OCEAN PINES – The Worcester County Health Department this week announced there have been eight confirmed cases of rabies in the county thus far in 2019 including a positive test on a groundhog on Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines last Wednesday. Rabies is an ongoing issue in Worcester County and affects local wildlife. The animals most frequently confirmed with rabies are raccoons, followed by foxes, skunks, groundhogs and cats. Cats are the domestic animal most likely to be unvaccinated and are at higher risk of exposure to rabid wildlife while outdoors. Worcester Health offers several tips for avoiding contact with rabies this summer. Have your dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated regularly and keep those vaccinations current in accordance with the law. Do not let your pets roam free. They are more likely

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July 12, 2019 and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. Four months after having her left arm removed due to a shark attack, Hamilton was back in the ocean competing in surf contests. Her story is inspirational and this movie is recommended to anyone who wants to be moved by the fact that some things in life aren’t easy, but they are possible. Many of the area’s surfers will be at this Sunday night showing, but you don’t have to be a surfer to be inspired by this true story. The movie will be shown at 6:45 p.m. at the Sun and Surf Theater on 145th Street.

Casino Revenue Drops BERLIN – For the first time in many months, the monthly revenue at the Ocean Downs Casino declined slightly in June compared to the same month last year, following a trend for Maryland’s other operating gaming locations. Maryland Lottery and Gaming officials this week announced the June revenue numbers for the state’s six operating casinos and statewide the numbers continued to decline. Across Maryland, casinos brought in nearly $143 million in June, representing an overall decrease of around 4%. The June numbers continue a downward trend statewide in recent months, but the Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin has bucked the trend over the last several months. However, when the June 2019 numbers were released this week, the Ocean Downs Casino grossed $6.8 million, representing a decrease of around 5%, or just about the state average. Just two casinos in the state – Live Casino and Hotel in Anne Arundel County and Rocky Gap Casino and Resort – registered revenue jumps while four others showed declines.

Kid’s Classic Tourney Set OCEAN CITY – Young anglers will get their moment in the spotlight next weekend when the Ocean City Marlin Club hosts its 15th Annual Kid’s Classic Tournament. The event is open to all anglers age 19 or younger and will taking place in the waters in and around the resort area from the back bays to the ocean. The annual tournament is held for the benefit of the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, a national program that provides opportunities for kids with special needs, whether they are suffering from a life-threatening illness or suffer from long-term disability, to enjoy a day on the water catching fish. The event gets underway next Friday with registration and a captain’s meeting before the action inshore and offshore gets underway next Saturday and Sunday. Sunset Marina will host the weigh-ins each fishing day but most of the tournament activity will be centered at the host Ocean City Marlin Club. Registration is set for July 19 while fishing days are set for July 20 & 21.


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It’s summer but education officials across Maryland are evaluating how to provide more mental health services for their schools while not breaking the budget. Mental health with children and teens is complicated by the variety of social and emotional needs. First, there are heightened instability issues at home today to confront in many cases. There’s also new forms of bullying inside and outside of school to work through. There are complicated learning differences and disabilities, which inevitably lead to anxiety for many. In severe cases, there are suicidal tendencies needing expert attention. Anne Arundel County announced this week the creation of a mental health task force to examine how the school system can better address the issues they are facing within their middle and high schools primarily. One of the critical goals is some sort of overlapping coordination of services between the school and at home. In most cases, simple services at school will not be enough to address the concerns of a child. There will need to be home services and even providers outside the home. In Worcester County, the problem is real. Data shows a 71% increase in youth accessing mental health services in the county from 2016 to 2019. Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor has reported mental health issues and the demands associated with them among the student body remains a top priority for the school system. This month, thanks to grant funding through the state, the school system will host a two-day training session, “Psychology of School Threat Assessments,” to educate staff on the psychological and behavioral aspects of threat assessment and management. Additionally, Worcester County has moved forward with the creation of a mental health coordinator position, “to establish and implement mental health supports in meeting the needs of students such that they are able to access their instructional program.” Teachers are routinely being put in situations outside their comfort zones and beyond the boundaries of typical educator roles. Rather than focus on the matters of curriculum and instruction, they are oftentimes serving as guidance counselors and behavioral therapists. This is not healthy for the teachers, who in most cases already suffer from the grind of their daily work life without absorbing a role they are not trained to serve. There will be no easy fix for addressing these mental health issues, but the only non-option is to do nothing because the problems are here to stay.

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The surprising aspect about the median fence being seriously damaged in an accident is it took more than a year. In the wee hours of the morning last Sunday, a suspected intoxicated man crashed his vehicle into the median fence near 40th Street, resulting in about a 40-foot section of the median fence needing to be removed. It’s expensive to replace, but the State Highway Administration reportedly has some extra sections of the fence available from the installation project and will replace it soon. The fence was engineered so portions of the fence could be removed in the event of an accident. Although the fence is a divisive issue for many, it’s clear to me it’s making a difference. While there are still reports of lamebrains walking along the fence to get to a crosswalk, the data confirms the section of Coastal Highway from the convention center to the Route 90 Bridge is safer today for pedestrians than it was two years ago. Regarding last weekend’s accident, it’s not a leap to assume the fence prevented a serious multi-vehicle accident. The median in the area where the accident occurred is tiny and the vehicle almost assuredly would have jumped it into oncoming southbound traffic. Though numbers are often used to mislead, it’s impossible to argue with some economic data put forward by Maryland this week. Updated indicators on Maryland’s economy released this week include $1.2 billion cuts in tolls, taxes and fees since 2014, ranked as the eighth strongest economy in the country currently, 120,000 jobs gained under Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration, the second lowest poverty rate in the nation at this time and unemployment down 30% over the last four years. Clearly, Hogan, in the first year of his second and final term, has a lot to boast about. “Four years ago, Maryland was at a critical turning point,” Hogan wrote on his Facebook page. “Our economy was floundering, and too many Marylanders were struggling just to get by. Forty-three consecutive tax hikes had taken billions of dollars out of Marylanders’ pockets. We had lost 8,000 businesses and 100,000 jobs, our unemployment rate had nearly doubled, and our economic performance ranked 49th out of 50 states. … Together, we truly are changing Maryland for the better.” When confronted with the possibility of increasing the town’s stormwater fee for businesses and residences to help pay for a project aimed at easing flooding, Berlin Councilman Thom Gulyas reacted in a strong fashion. He was on the money. “There’s no way in hell I’m going to vote to raise these things now,” Gulyas said. “We’ve done enough to everybody in town. It’s enough. We can revisit it next year. But for right now absolutely not.” Additionally, Gulyas was irritated the matter even returned to the council after last month rejecting the project, saying, “It is real frustrating that we did vote on this last time. I feel like this is being thrown back on us again. To the best of my knowledge in four and a half years this is the first time we’ve ever had anything brought up twice, especially back to back meetings.” The project in question was a submerged gravel wetland on Graham Avenue. The area floods often and the plan was to retrofit an open area between our newspaper’s office and Burley Oak Brewery off Old Ocean City Boulevard into a wetland that may or may not be able to absorb the water that accumulates nearby. The project was estimated to cost $112,500 -$75,000 of which would come from a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant with the additional funding needing to come from Berlin. Town Administrator Laura Allen made another pitch before the council to increase the stormwater fees to help cover the project’s cost rather than reject the grant. She pointed out the town’s current stormwater utility fees were set lower than originally advised by the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. In the end, the council agreed with Gulyas the timing was not right to increase this fee after the associated tax and fee increases included in the town’s current budget. This was a logical move. Although she’s been a divisive individual for some political comments she has made, U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe delivered a tremendous speech during this week’s celebration of the World Cup champion team. Here are some quotes I thought worthy of sharing. “This is my charge to everyone,” she said. “We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more, and talk less. We got to know this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person … It is our responsibility to make this world a better place. I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders and understanding the position that we have and the platform we have within this world. ... it’s time to come together. … This is my charge to everybody, ‘Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside of yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you’ve ever been before.”


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OCEAN CITY – With thousands of burger combinations, an expanded menu and major renovations, a new management company is eager to make its mark on a well-established resort eatery. Located on 126th Street in Ocean City, The Abbey Burger Bistro has served locals and visitors alike since 2013. But since the beginning of the year, business partners at Matt Ortt Companies have been busy preparing for their first season of management at the Ocean City location. “It was run by the group that started The Abbey Burger, but most of their focus has been across the bridge,” said

One of the signature burgers and one of the seafood dishes on The Abbey Burger Bistro menu are pictured. Submitted Photos

Managing Partner Matt Ortt. “So they looked for a company like us that could come in and manage the restaurant.” Since 2008, The Abbey Burger Bistro

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most part what comes with it.” Patrons can also choose among the 60-plus varieties of bottled and draft beer and a selection of adult milkshakes, including a Berger Cookie Milkshake with vanilla vodka and Godiva liqueur and a Cinnamon Toast Milkshake with RumChata and cinnamon whiskey. Non-alcoholic milkshakes are also available. “The menu really has something for everybody,” Diepold said. Since re-opening in May, Ortt said sales have grown and both new and returning employees have learned

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will be owned by us and only us,” he said. “The Matt Ortt Companies will be opening a new restaurant on the Boardwalk in April 2020.” Ortt said the company has teamed up with The Harrison Group to lease space from the Quality Inn on 16th Street. The new restaurant, Black Salt Bistro, will include a raw bar, open patio, pool bar and more. “All the paperwork has been signed, and we start construction in November,” he said. Ortt explained that passion is a driving force behind the company’s

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success. “If you are passionate about what you do and look at every person as a guest coming to a party, you make 99.99% of them happy and coming back,” he said. “That’s all we’ve done. There’s no secret to our success. We put in the time and effort and care about what we do.” The Abbey Burger Bistro is currently open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.abbeyburger.com/ocean-city or the restaurant’s Facebook page. “It is definitely a one-of-a-kind restaurant,” Diepold said.


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37th Canyon Kickoff A Big Success

The happy crew on the Gret’s Three J’s took first place in the billfish release division of the Marlin Club’s 37th annual Canyon Kickoff last weekend and earned over $30,000 in prize money. Submitted Photo

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

Berlin Little League Teams Win State Titles

The Berlin Little League Intermediate All-Stars this week won the Maryland state championship and advanced to the regional tournament. Submitted Photo

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – The hits kept coming this week for the Berlin Little League with a handful of District 8 champions crowned and a couple of teams already clinching state championships and moving on. Little League All-Star season is well underway and already Berlin is starting to pile up the accolades and collect championship hardware. Over the course of last weekend, the Berlin Little League Intermediate All-Stars, the Berlin Little League Major League Softball All-Stars and the Berlin Little League 9-10 All-

Stars all won District 8 championships to move on to their respective state tournaments. On Monday, the Intermediate AllStars won the state championship, beating St. Mary’s in the title game, and advanced to the regional tournament. On Tuesday, the major league softball team followed suit with a dramatic last-inning win to capture the state championship. The Berlin 9-10 All-Stars also won the District 8 championship and are competing this week in their state tournament. Some of Berlin’s other age division teams continued to move along in their District 8 tournaments this week.

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th Annual Canyon Kickoff was once again a huge success with dozens of boats and hundreds of anglers filling out the leaderboard in several categories and collecting thousands in prize money. The Canyon Kick-Off, held each year on or near the Fourth of July weekend, is the first major event of the season each year for the Ocean City Marlin Club and serves as a prelude to the more high-profile tournaments including the Ocean City Tuna Tournament next weekend, the Big Fish Classic later this month and, of course the White Marlin Open next month. With plenty of billfish releases and tuna and dolphin weighed at the scales all weekend, the Canyon Kick-Off lived up to its name as the first significant offshore fishing event of the season. In the billfish release division, it was the crew on the Gret’s Three J’s taking first place with 650 points, earning a

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The Berlin Major League Softball All-Stars on Tuesday won the state championship in their division to advance. Submitted Photo

check for $30,420. The Gret’s Three J’s caught and released five white marlin and one blue marlin and also weighed two qualifying dolphin and three tuna. The Billfisher took second place with 600 points and earned $4,212, while the Buckshot was third with 600 release points and earned $2,808. In the yellowfin, bigeye or longfin tuna division, it was the crew on the Sindaco taking first place with a 142pounder worth $12,847. The Canyon Hunter took second with a 112-pounder and earned $13,018 in prize money. The Sindaco also took third in the division with a 95-pounder and earned an additional $2,079. In the dolphin division, the Makenzie Rae took first place with a whopping 52-pounder worth $22,747. The Lucky Duck II weighed a 19-pounder and earned $3,118 in prize money. The Buckshot and the Head Hunter each weighed 17-pound dolphin and each won $1,039 in prize money. The FinAlly took first in the bluefin tuna division with an 87-pounder, while the Husevo took second with a 53-pounder.

OCEAN CITY- The 32nd annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament is underway with dozens of boats and hundreds of anglers searching the canyons off the coast of the resort in search of the burly behemoths. The tuna bite has been rock solid thus far this summer, setting up what should be a memorable 2019 Ocean City Tuna Tournament. The event got started Thursday with a captain’s meeting and late registration at the host Ocean City Fishing Center, but the real action gets underway today with the first of three official fishing days. The annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament is one of the highlights of the summer offshore tournament season each year, second only perhaps to the

White Marlin Open in terms of prize money awarded and anglers participating. Thousands of spectators will cram into the Ocean City Fishing Center over the course of the four-day event, which has become a celebration of fishing, food, drinks, live entertainment and, of course, the daily weigh-ins at the scale. Weigh-ins will be held Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fishing Center and Sunset Marina, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Fishing Center only. From modest beginnings in 1988 when just 38 boats competed for $9,000 in prize money, the tuna tournament has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two decades plus. Last year, 104 boats and hundreds of anglers competed for over $857,000 in several categories.


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OCEAN CITY - Nearly 6,000 softball players from all over the country and beyond will descend on the Lower Shore this week for the first events of the U.S. Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern World Series. This year’s event begins next Wednesday and will continue through the end of the month with competition each week in different age brackets. The USSSA Eastern World Series will draw over 400 teams from 15 states and Canada to the Worcester-Wicomico region including Ocean City over the three-week life of the tournament. The event generates an estimated $19 million in economic impact and hotel room-night demand in excess of 10,000. The tournament gets underway next week with the first of three legs of the tournament for the under-10 and under-12 open divisions. The second leg from July 23-28 will feature the under-14 open division and

the under-14 “B” division. The final leg will feature the under-16 open division, the under-18 open division and the under-18 “B” division. The 2018 event will once again be billed under the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA), the partnership formed in 2014 between Wicomico and Worcester Counties and the Town of Ocean City. The partnership is the first of its kind in the nation and leverages the combined assets of each jurisdiction in order to attract, retain and build sports marketing events. For example, while Wicomico and Worcester have the athletic facilities to handle the events,Ocean City has the hotel rooms and other amenities to accommodate the players, coaches, families, friends and fans. “Many participants turn the tournament into a vacation for the whole family,” said Wicomico County marketing representative Andrew Kurtz. “Wicomico and Worcester Counties and the town of Ocean City will see a boost in tourist activities throughout the three weeks as a result of the tournament.”

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY - The Ocean Games return to the resort next Saturday with hundreds of participants expected to compete in various long-distance swimming all for a good cause. The 7th annual event set for next Saturday features a nine-mile open ocean swim off the beach in Ocean City. The course will run parallel to the beach and the direction will be determined on the day of the race depending on the current direction and other conditions. There will also be a ninemile relay swim and a three-mile swim. In the nine-mile races, each swimmer will be accompanied by a

safety kayaker. Finally, the last competition included in the Ocean Games will take place on dry land with the Beach Flight ultimate Frisbee event. Teams will compete in the popular Ultimate Frisbee competition with a champion crowned following a round robin format. While the spirited competition will be the highlight of next Saturday’s events, perhaps more important is the good cause for which the Ocean Games are dedicated – the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program. The event was conceived by Berlin native Corey Davis, who was treated at the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program following a brain injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident.

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o two travel adventures are the same. That’s what I was thinking last Friday morning as I pulled over on Route 1 in northern Delaware. The final destination on this particular road trip was New Rochelle, N.Y. to spend the weekend with family. The plan was to drive from Berlin to Wilmington, Del. and catch a train to New York. Before we were even out of the state on Friday, Beckett complained his stomach was killing him. We stopped so he could use the bathroom and he seemed better. About an hour later, he was vomiting in a cup that held a smoothie his mom had for breakfast. That cup came in handy until I was able to navigate to the shoulder so he could finish the job. Before I could get over to him on the side of road, I did something foolish and regrettable. I dumped out the smoothie cup’s gross contents onto the road and then stepped right into a pool of it in my flipflops without thinking. It was not my brightest moment and certainly a disgusting one. As Beckett was throwing up in the grass off Route 1, he noticed my gross feet and flipflops as a result of stepping in and then walking through his earlier discharge. In between hurling he was able to mutter “how nasty” and “memories.” I agreed as I wiped my feet in the grass somewhere north of Dover before a toll booth. He was right about the memories part because it’s certainly a morning I will not soon forget. By the way it was 8 a.m. A lot had happened to us before most even enjoyed some breakfast. The good news is he evidently had a case of motion sickness. As soon as he vomited and had some-

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thing to drink, he was fine and back to himself. His skin color went from green to normal in a matter of minutes. As quickly as he got ill, he had improved. We spent the remaining part of the trip talking about the various types of vomits and how each one is different. I remarked how road trips with him and his brother are like that as well. He reminded me it could have been worse. He could have vomited all over the inside of the truck. He then gave himself quite a bit of credit for being such a clean puker with a great aim. He stayed on that topic for the remaining part of our driving leg. Although it was only a two-hour drive, it was one of the longest travel experiences I can remember. We were all excited when we got to the train station in Wilmington to get some space and to get far away from that smoothie-turned-vomit cup. The two-hour train ride to New York was uneventful and the kids were thrilled the Wi-Fi was working well. Amazingly, despite the earlier bout of motion sickness, Beckett was able to sit at our table and tolerate riding backwards all the way to our stop. This was confusing and relieving at the same time. He even put back the best cheeseburger he had ever had. Considering it was microwaved and I have grilled tons of burgers for him in his life, I ignored that comment and blamed that claim on the vomiting spell. Once we reached our destination, it was great to see the boys interact with their little niece. Due to our family’s unique makeup, Beckett, 11, and Carson, 9, are uncles to Zoe, who was born in February. As I’ve mentioned in the past, Pam raised her stepson Steven, Zoe’s father, in a previous marriage. Steven and his wife, Trang, recently purchased a

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The Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club presented a Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Kim Heffner of the Carousel Hotel for her dedication to coordinate the Rotary Youth and Leadership Awards, which has been held at the Carousel for five years. Pictured, from left, are Club President Margaret Mudron, District 7630 Lt. Gov. Bob Smith, Heffner, RYLA Chair Phil Reed and District Governor Nominee Stephen Capelli.

The Ladies & Sons of Italy organization recently hosted a special dinner for the 40 students who arrived here from Italy to work for the summer. Students are holding the cake made for them in their honor. Submitted Photos

Mary Burgess of the Worcester County Republican Central Committee recently presented the Aris T. Allen Award for 2018 for outstanding voter registration efforts to the Republican Women of Worcester County. Accepting the award is Beth Rodier, president of RWWC.

General Levin Winder Chapter Regent Gail Weldin recently attended the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 128th Continental Congress at DAR Constitution Hall. The many accomplishments of NSDAR were celebrated and many awards presented, including the DAR Americanism Award to Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the trivia show Jeopardy! Above, Weldin is pictured with a bronze eagle statue at DAR Constitution Hall.

The Pine'eer Craft Club of Ocean Pines announced the crafter of the month for July is Ginger McGovern. She is the assistant shop manager for the craft shop and handles reservations for the upcoming annual Artisan and Craft Festival.


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Each week staff photographer Chris Parypa is tasked with submitting a photo from his vast library to be featured in this space. Above. A surf rescue technician stands guard over the Inlet beach over the Fourth of July weekend. To purchase any of Parypa’s photos, click over to www.chrisparypa.com.


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Summer Of 1960 Managing Director Dr. Charles Purnell was offering rooms at The Atlantic Hotel under two distinctions: $7 per day for running water rooms and $11 per day for rooms with bath. Josie & Maria’s Supper Club & Lounge was offering “Italian & American Food” on Philadelphia Avenue at 17th Street.

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Edward H. and Philip E. Fisher were the pharmacists working at Fisher’s Pharmacy at 105 S. Baltimore Ave. They could be reaching by dialing “Atlantic 9-6266”.

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Bernies on Baltimore Avenue was selling beach umbrellas for $7.95, beach chairs for $1.49 and surf mats for $4.95. Jarvis Realtor was announcing “Mallard Island Home Sites” on 15th Street and Teal Drive. Lots were priced $5,000 and up at this time.

“Building a bigger and better Ocean City” was the message of George Bert Cropper’s advertisement.

Dick Lohmeyer’s After Dark column started this way: “Ocean City’s own Engh Brothers are due orchids for their new addition to the resort’s list of top after dark fun spots. They call it the Red Note Café and a Café it is, complete with tiny piano which Lynn Engh plays whenever the mood strikes him.”

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Your Aries leadership qualities can help bring order out of all that confusion, whether it's on the job or in the home. But be careful to guide, not goad, others into following you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Applying a more personal view to a joblinked issue could help provide better insight into those persistent problems. Use your keen Taurean logic to cut through the double-talk. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Taking some time off could be the best way to get through that seemingly endless round of demands. You'll return refreshed and ready to tackle things from a new perspective. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Restoring a sagging professional relationship takes a lot of effort. By all means, state your position. But also make sure you pay close attention to the other person's point of view. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): A hot prospect intrigues the Big Cat, who is always on the prowl for a promising investment. But be careful that this "promise" has a chance of being kept. Check it out more carefully. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): A friend could use some of your compassion and concern. If he or she doesn't ask for help, be sure you step up and make the first move. Also, check out a new career possibility. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): You might have difficulty getting your opinions heard because of all the noise being made by the other side. But hang in there. Others should line up with you once they learn the facts. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Offering to help a colleague is commendable. But before you commit your time and effort, check to see if that person's situation is all that he or she has led you to believe it is. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): You soon should be seeing positive results from your recent efforts on behalf of a family member. On another matter, check that you have all the facts regarding a job assignment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Your aspects favor closer family relationships this week. Take time for visits, whether in person, by phone, by mail or in cyberspace. Let them know how important they are to you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): A missed opportunity isn't always a negative. Maybe your instincts are telling you not to rush into something you "thought" was worthwhile. Make time for family this weekend. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Your sense of humor helps you get through a tricky situation. But some stick-in-the-muds might not be so willing to make the changes that you and others agree are necessary. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making everyone you know -or even just met -- feel important and welcome in your life. © 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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During the J-1 Student Welcome Party, Lizzy Miller and Savannah O’Dell of the Ocean City Beach Patrol made sure participants knew how to stay safe at the beach.

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FEATURING THOSE HELPING CAUSES IN THE RESORT AREA

It was a family affair at the Telescope Pictures 118th location grand opening with Jonathan and Kristin Casey serving the adult beverages.

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Joining in on the grand opening celebration of their new 118th location, were Telescopers Madi Dudley, Charlie Fogel, Tom Lutsky, Bella Riva and Molly Imbriale.

Having fun in the sun with the J-1 participants, were Susan Jones, Melanie Pursel, and Lisa Layfield at the Welcome Pool Party.

Lions Club members Ed and Barbara Stephens sold ice cold beverages at the 2019 Hebron Fireman's Carnival.

At the 2019 Hebron Fireman's Carnival, Amanda Long and John Wilson, worked the instant bingo booth.

New members of the Atlantic General Hospital Junior Auxiliary Group, Diane Nicolosi and Kim Huerta, came out for the June Social.

Telescope Pictures owners Jon and Samantha Cameron celebrated 30 years of business with the grand opening of a new location on 118th Street.

Ocean City Firefighter Paramedics Joe Daw and Kim Tull gave out local service information to attendees of the J-1 Student Welcome Party at Residence Inn.

Atlantic General Hospital Junior Auxiliary Group Secretary Dawn Hodge thanked Old Pro owner Judy Schoellkopf for hosting the June Social at the 68th Street Location.


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THE DISPATCH’S PETS OF THE MONTH

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Pet’s Name: Dundee Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-year-old Australian labradoodle Pet’s Owner: Debbie Bowman

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Pet’s Name: Cinder & Ash Pet’s Age/Breed: 22-month-old brown chessie and grey chessie Pet’s Owners: Anne and Michael Giusti

Pet’s Name: Millie Pet’s Age/Breed: … Pet’s Owners: Billy & Tracey Thompson

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Pet’s Name: KC Pet’s Age/Breed: 16-month-old golden retriever Pet’s Owner: Kevin Honchar

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Pet’s Name: Reef Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old golden retriever Pet’s Owner: Scot Wells

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Crockett and Davey, owned by Drew and Laurie Haugh. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at editor@mdcoastdispatch.com (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on Aug. 9.

RACETRACK AUTO SALES Pet’s Name: Niko Pet’s Age/Breed: 5-month-old chihuahua Pet’s Owner: Kara Konski

Pet’s Name: Benji Pet’s Age/Breed: 13-year-old Pomeranian/shelty mix Pet’s Owners: Pat & Joe Dyer

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Pet’s Name: Lincoln & Ridge Pet’s Age/Breed: Australian shepherds, 1 and 5 months Pet’s Owner: Susan Perdue

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Best Day Announces Beach Events For Special Needs Kids

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OCEAN CITY – The Mid Atlantic Chapter of The Best Day Foundation announced this week it will return to Ocean City the weekend of Sept. 7-8. The organization, which hosts several events in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland each year, seeks to provide a personalized, fun and safe experience for participants with disabilities and make the ocean accessible to everyone, while providing them with confidence and independence throughout the day. During the events, participants will have the opportunity to explore water sports like surfing, stand up paddle boarding and more as well as beach ac-

tivities like obstacle courses. For the entire day, each participant will be paired with a beach buddy who will assist with beach and ocean activities. Individuals with developmental, physical, injury or illness induced challenges are welcome to attend the events. Special beach wheelchairs and custom surf chairs will be available for use. “Best Day events are magical, memorable days for participants, their families, and volunteers,” said Alexis Downham, co-chair of the Mid Atlantic Chapter and East Coast event coordinator. “Parents will often tell us that their child will never surf or even walk on the beach. With the patience and

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encouragement of our volunteers, they are often the last ones out of the water. We get emails all throughout the year about participants wearing their medals all year long, eagerly awaiting their chance to catch another wave. These days put smiles on the faces and in the hearts of everyone involved.” There are still a few spots open for each of the upcoming events in September. Interested families can go to the Best Day website, https://bestdayfoundation.org/registration/ to complete a profile and register for the event. Best Day is also always looking to add to its volunteer roster. No special experience or expertise is required

and there are roles for everyone – just bring your helping hands and an open heart. Volunteers can also register at https://bestdayfoundation.org/registration/ Thanks to local and national sponsors, each participant and volunteer receive a free lunch, T-shirts and other swag. The Best Day Foundation enables children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement and connect them with diverse populations in their community.

ADOPT A PET FROM THE SHELTER These Loving Animals, Sponsored Each Month By Local Businesses, Are Available For Adoption At The Ocean City Humane Society: 410-213-0146.

To Sponsor A Pet, Call 410-641-4561 • Annually, 10% Of The Proceeds From This Page Are Donated To The Shelter

The Humane Society Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Care For The Cats And Dogs. Any Amount Of Time You Can Spare Will Be Appreciated.

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The Freeman Stage’s Photo Of The Week:

Each week during the season The Freeman Stage will submit a photo of the week from the Selbyville venue. Above, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes had the crowd on their feet and dancing during their performance on July 5. To learn more about Photo by Justin Odendhal/The Freeman Stage upcoming events, click over to www.freemanstage.org.

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Who’s Where When 28th/127th Street Pit & Pub 410-289-2020 • 443-664-7482 28th St. & Coastal hwy. & 127th St. & Coastal hwy. Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.)

45th Street taPhouSe 443-664-2201 • 4507 Coastal hwy. Friday, July 12: Collin Saturday, July 13: Rymack Sunday, July 14: Phil Knight Wednesday, July 17: Phil Knight Thursday, July 18: Ward Ewing

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SEAN LOOMIS Coconuts Beach Bar: Tuesday, July 16 Mad Fish: Wednesday, July 17

DJ BK Greene Turtle North: Friday, July 12 Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

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

DJ DUSTY Clarion/Ocean Club: Every Friday & Saturday

buxy’S Salty Dog/Dry DoCk 28 410-289-0973 • 28th St. & Coastal hwy. Friday, July 5: DJ Wax Sundays: Local Party w/DJ BK Caribbean Pool bar 410-289-6181 • 2nd St. & boardwalk Friday, July 12: Three On The Tree Saturday, July 13: Permilla Project Sunday, July 14: No Byscuyts Monday, July 15: Dave Sherman Tuesday, July 16: Smooth & Remy Wednesday, July 17: Murphy’s Law Thursday, July 18: Spiffy & Friends

CaPtain’S table 410-289-7192 • Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 15th St. & baltimore ave. Every Thursday Thru Saturday: Phil Perdue On Piano

ON THE EDGE Clarion/Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13 Lenny’s Beach Bar: Monday-Thursday, July 15-18

BRYAN CLARK Fager’s Island: Tuesday, July 16

Clarion hotel 410-524-3535 • 10100 Coastal highway Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13: On The Edge Fridays & Saturdays: DJ Dusty Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday-Sunday, July 12-14: First Class Monday-Thursday, July 15-18: On The Edge

CoConutS beaCh bar & grill CaStle in the SanD hotel 37th & 38th St. • 410-289-6846 Friday, July 12: Darin Engh, Lime Green Band Saturday, July 13: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama, Top Dead Center Sunday, July 14: Wes Davis Duo, Identity Crisis Monday, July 15: Nate Clendenen, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, July 16: Sean Loomis, Bilenki Duo Wednesday, July 17: Smooth & Remy, Chris Button & Joe Mama Thursday, July 18: Kevin Poole, The Rogue Citizens

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

KALEB BROWN Green Turtle North: Thursday, July 18 Higgins Crab Hose South: Thursdays

DR. HARMONICA & ROCKETT 88 Greene Turtle West: Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13

JOE MAMA Coconuts Beach Bar: Saturday, July 13 & Wednesday, July 17 Lobster Shanty: Sundays

CrabCake faCtory baySiDe 302-988-5000 • rt. 54 fenwick island, De Friday, July 12: Poole Brothers Sunday, July 14: Chris Button Wednesday, July 17: Taylor Knox

fager’S iSlanD 410-524-5500 • 60th St. in the bay Friday, July 12: Sons Of Pirates, DJ Hook, Jumper Saturday, July 13: Pebble To Pearl, DK Dnial, Jumper Sunday, July 14: DJ RobCee, Captain Fantastic, DJ Willoughby Monday, July 15: Josh Christina, DJ RobCee, IV Stone Tuesday, July 16: DJ Adam Dutch, Bryan Clark, DJ Hook Wednesday, July 17: DJ Adam Dutch, DJ Greg Thursday, July 18: DJ Bigler, DJ Spinz, This Must Be The Party

DJ BIGLER Harborside: Wednesday, July 17 Fager’s Island: Thursday, July 18

RANDY LEE ASHCRAFT & SWC Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Wednesdays Smitty McGee’s: Thursdays & Fridays

JUMPER Fager’s Island: Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13

greene turtle north 410-723-2120 • 11601 Coastal hwy. Friday, July 12: DJ BK Saturday, July 13: Jonathan Plevyak Mondays: Karaoke W/ DJ Wood Tuesdays: DJ Casper Wednesdays: DJ Wiz Thursday, July 18: Kaleb Brown

BEATS BY WAX Dry Dock 28: Friday, July 12 127th St. Pit & Pub: Wednesdays Pickles Pub: Thursdays

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greene turtle WeSt 410-213-1500 • rte. 611, West oC Friday, July 12: The Rogue Citizens Saturday, July 13: Space Koi

harborSiDe 410-213-1846 • South harbor road, West oC Fridays: DJ Billy T Saturday, July 13: Chris Button/Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sunday, July 14: Opposite Directions,

OTTO GRUNDMAN Crabcake Factory: Thursdays

BIRD DOG & THE ROAD KINGS M.R. Ducks: Sunday, July 14


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Who’s Where When Rockoholics Mondays: Blake Haley, DJ Billy T Tuesdays: Dust N Bones Wednesdays: DJ Billy T, Trivia w/DJ Bigler Thursdays: Opposite Directions

DOC MARTEN & THE FLANNELS Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13

POOLE BROTHERS Crab Cake Factory Bayside: Friday, July 12 Mad Fish: Saturday, July 13

harPoon hanna’S 302-539-3095 • rt. 54 & the bay, fenwick island, De Friday, July 12: Tranzfusion Saturday, July 13: Dave Sherman Sunday, July 14: Kevin Poole, Dale Teat Monday, July 15: Dave Hawkins Tuesday, July 16: Kevin Poole Wednesday, July 17: Dave Sherman Thursday, July 18: Dale Teat

high StakeS bar & grill 302-537-6971 • rt. 54, fenwick island, De Friday, July 12: Monkee Paw Saturday, July 13: Josh Pryor Duo Thursdays: Baltimore Bob Fridays & Saturdays: Bob Burns higginS Crab houSe 410-289-2581 • 31st. St. & Coastal hwy. Wednesdays: Blake Haley Thursdays: Kaleb Brown

hooterS 410-213-1841 12513 ocean gateway, rte. 50, West oC Friday, July 12: DJ BK Sunday, July 13: Classic Vibe

BLIND WIND Lobster Shanty: Wednesday, July 17

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Seacrets: Tuesday, July 16 Harborside: Sundays & Thursdays

johnny’S Pizza & Pub 410-723-5600 • rt. 54 fenwick island, De Wednesdays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

lobSter Shanty 302-436-2305 • 56th St. & Coastal hwy., bayside Sunday, July 14: Joe Mama w/Carl Bailey Wednesday, July 17: Blind Wind Thursday, July 18: Anthony Carmen M.r. DuCkS 410-289-9125 • 311 talbot St. Friday, July 12: Side Project Saturday, July 13: Eleven Eleven Sunday, July 14: Bird Dog & The Road Kings Wednesday, July 17: DJ Batman Thursday, July 18: Dust N Bones

ELEVEN ELEVEN M.R. Ducks: Saturday, July 13

INNASENSE Seacrets: Friday-Sunday, July 12-14

MaD fiSh 410-213-2525 • 12817 harbor rd., West o.C. Friday, July 12: Ray Holiday Saturday, July 13: Poole Brothers Sunday, July 14: Funk Shué Mondays: International Night w/DJ Electron Wednesday, July 17: Sean Loomis, Karaoke w/Chuck D PiCkleS Pub 410-289-4891 • 8th St. & Philadelphia ave. Friday, July 12: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, July 13: Lime Green Mondays: Karaoke W/ Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays: Beats By Wax

PurPle MooSe 410-289-6953 • between Caroline & talbot Streets on the boardwalk Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13: Doc Marten & The Flannels Sunday & Monday, July 14 & 15: Signal 13 Tuesday & Wednesday, July 16 & 17, VJ Mazi Thursday, July 18: High Voltage Friday-Sunday, July 12-14: CK The DJ

THIS MUST BE THE PARTY Fager’s Island: Thursday, July 18

LIME GREEN Pickles Pub: Saturday, July 13

SMOOTH & REMY Coconuts Beach Bar: Wednesday, July 17

FIRST CLASS Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday- Sunday, July 12-14

SMitty MCgee’S 302-436-4716 37234 lighthouse rd., West fenwick ireland, De Thursdays & Fridays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

SeaCretS 410-524-4900 • 49th St.& Coastal hwy. Friday, July 12: DJ Bobby O, Jim Long Band, Innasense, Split Decision Saturday, July 13: Cruz In De Bay, Light Up The Moon, Innasense, Lima Bean Riot, Steal The Sky Sunday, July 14: Bobby O In De Bay, Triple Rail Turn, Innasense, The Event Horizon Monday, July 15: Bobby On De Bay, Full Circle, Rising Sun Reggae Tuesday, July 16: Bobby On De Bay, Opposite Directions, Rising Sun Reggae Wednesday, July 17: Bobby On De Bay, Full Circle Duo, Zion Reggae Band, The Rockets Thursday, July 18: DJ Bobby O, The Freddie Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Go Go Gadjet


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SALISBURY – Over 5,250 softball players will soon be on the Lower Eastern Shore for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern Nationals. This year’s Eastern Nationals will be held from July 17-Aug. 3. The event draws over 350 girls’ softball teams from 19 states and Canada to the region over three weeks. States represented include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia. The event generates an estimated economic impact of over $20 million and a hotel room night demand in excess of 10,000. “Many participants turn the tournament into a vacation for the whole family,” said Andrew Kurtz, Wicomico County sports marketing representative. “Wicomico and Worcester counties and the Town of Ocean City will see a boost in tourist activities throughout the three weeks as a result of the tournament.” This is Wicomico County’s 13th year hosting USSSA events. “Over the years we have worked with USSSA East and our partners in the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA) to help grow the Eastern Nationals,” Kurtz said. “This event is now one of the largest fast-pitch tournaments in one location in the nation.” MAASA, a formal sports marketing partnership between Wicomico and Worcester Counties and the Town of Ocean City, was formed in 2014 to accommodate the growth of the Eastern Nationals, which had expanded beyond Wicomico County’s borders. Since then, the Eastern Nationals, along with other large-scale sports marketing events on the shore, have been billed under the MAASA umbrella. “An event of this magnitude is not possible without the support of the MAASA partners,” Kurtz said. “We are excited for teams to come here to compete and experience everything the Eastern Shore has to offer.” The recently-expanded Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury provides the main fields of play for the tournament. Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include East Wicomico Little League, Eastside Youth Sports Complex, Mason Dixon Sports Complex and WinterPlace Park. In Worcester County, games are scheduled at John Walter Smith Park and at Northside Park. Tournament games are open to the public with no admission fee charged. In accordance with USSSA national guidelines, schedules will be released at the beginning of each tournament week, and will be posted to the USSSA website.


Warren Williams: Like Father Like Son

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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 – Thule, Greenland was never much of a beach town. So, after four year there while serving in the Army, Warren Williams was ready to get back to his native Ocean City. It was 1963 and Williams joined up with the beach patrol without delay. Little did he know that this was the organization that he would be a part of for the next 40 years. While guarding that first summer, Warren met a tall, voluptuous, blonde waitress from Phillips Beach Plaza named Lana. They fell in love, married the following March, and by the next summer had a son, who they named Sean. Family usually meant the end of a beach patrol career, but Williams was not ready to give up on summers at the ocean. He continued guarding the following summers while finishing his engineering degree at the University of Maryland. After graduating in 1969, he got a dream job with N.A.S.A., but still refused to give up the beach patrol. He saved up his leave and worked every weekend so that he could stay on the patrol. He enjoyed N.A.S.A., but he loved the beach. His son, Sean, remembers, "it was always an unspoken understanding between my father and me that I would one day be a part of the OCBP. Whether it was the custom-made, miniature torpedo buoy he gave me on my fifth birthday or teaching me semaphore when I was old enough to read." It was a real bonding for the two. "Father-son conversations that were rare and awkward during my teenaged years suddenly became more frequent and usually revolved around lifeguarding," Sean Williams recalled.

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SALISBURY – Worcester Preparatory School students Morgan Schoch, grade 8, and Riley Schoch, grade 9, recently performed classical Russian piano pieces for the 13th Annual Celebration of Great Composers: From Russia with Music, Beautiful Stories and Heritage of Russian Composers in Holloway Hall at Salisbury University. Morgan Schoch performed music composed by Russian composer Samuel Maykapar (1867-1938) and Riley Schoch played composer Dmitri Kabalevsky’s (1904-1987) Toccatina op.27, no 12.

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This concert series was founded in 2006 as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth and has continued since with a different theme each year. The annual piano concert series is open to the public and is a fundraiser for the Salisbury University Performing Arts Fund. In addition to providing an opportunity to bring young pianists to SU’s Concert Hall, the concert brought special guest and performer Russian composer Kat Souponetsky. Composer and pianist Kat Souponetsky is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and Man-

hattan School of Music. Her works have been performed and broadcasted across the globe, including the United States, Europe, Russia, and Australia. Souponetsky shared several of her compositions with the packed auditorium.

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BERLIN – Heavy boating traffic at the Ocean Pines Marina recently led to the hiring of a security detail to work on weekends and holidays. Because of the increased success at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, the marina started experiencing some issues last year, including those without boat slips occasionally docking in spots reserved for those with a paid boat slip. Some other boaters have taken to parking at the gas docks. Security was included in the fiscal 2020 budget in the form of additional staff hours. As the marina became busier, Marina Manager Ron Fisher suggested a security service, which was supported by Operations Director Colby Phillips and General Manager John Viola. The additional security began near the end of June and reports directly to Fisher. “Safety is always a priority and we felt the added security would help ensure our boaters have a pleasant and safe experience,” Viola said. Signs are posted at the marina instructing boaters where they can and cannot dock. Additionally, the security detail starting July 4 began handing out diagrams to those who do not have a boat slip, showing them where the available spots are, although there is no guarantee of one being available. Security guards are instructed to ask boaters who dock at the gas

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FENWICK ISLAND – Fenwick Island could soon move forward with the first phase of a sidewalk construction project using $250,000 in state capital funds. On Tuesday, the Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee met to discuss the town’s strategy for starting construction on a continuous sidewalk along Coastal Highway after working with Representative Ron Gray to secure $250,000 from the state’s bond bill. “We didn’t know where to find funding or how to get started,” said Councilwoman and committee chair Vicki Carmean. “And then Ron Gray came to the rescue …” Gray, a member of the state’s Bond Committee, said he initially asked for $500,000 to be placed in the bond bill for the first phase of the sidewalk project, which would include six blocks on the west side of Coastal Highway from James through Dagsboro streets. The bill, however, passed with $250,000 for

Fenwick Island. “In the end, what we did get was $250,000,” he said. “Once that was passed on June 30, the Office of the Controller General sent out a letter to anybody that got money. So a letter will be sent here to Mayor Gene Langan saying there is $250,000 allotted to sidewalks for Fenwick Island.” To that end, the committee this week questioned how it should proceed with the project. A preliminary report prepared by The Kercher Group, an engineering firm, estimated the first phase of construction to cost $496,266. “A big part of the question with this $250,000 is what do we do?” Councilman Richard Mais said. “How is the town going to come up with the other $250,000 to do this initial phase?” Carmean told the committee the $250,000 – coupled with money earmarked for the project – could allow the town to begin construction at the north end of town. “I think it’s enough to get us started,” she said, “a really good start.”

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the guidelines for using state money would be made clear in the coming days, after the town receives its letter from the Office of the Controller General. “Every good news comes with a little bit of bad news,” Carmean added. “The bad news for us isn’t that bad. It’s just that we don’t know how to get started, and we need to take that first step.” The committee agreed, however, that it would continue to pursue a town-led construction project in the hopes of saving money. Earlier this year, the Delaware Department of Transportation presented town officials with a $10 million cost estimate to complete two miles of sidewalk along the town’s main corridor. Roughly 20%, or $2 million, of the project would be the town’s responsibility. “When you use federal dollars, there are certain things they have to do,” Tieman said. “They have to examine the surrounding environment and all the studies add up. The other thing is the prevailing minimum wage.”

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Tieman said the town could reach out to The Kercher Group for a more detailed cost estimate and construction plans after receiving its notice from the state. “I would really like to get that letter first just to make sure we are not doing something that would prohibit us from getting the money,” she said. Gray told the committee funding for the project was warranted. “I think it’s a great project for the town,” he said. “A lot of Delawareans from up north come down to Fenwick Island, and we want them to be safe while they are here.” Councilwoman Julie Lee agreed. “It is a safety issue,” she said. “There’s no question about it.” Tieman said she would like to see construction begin before the next summer season. “This is the toughest section,” she said. “If we get this done, then we will really be saying something.” Lee added that starting on the west side of Coastal Highway would benefit pedestrians. She noted that those on the east side of Coastal Highway could easily use Bunting Avenue – a block off of Fenwick’s main corridor – to walk from one end of town to another. “On the east side, there is a thoroughfare people can walk from one end of the town to another,” she said, “whereas on the west side there is no option. I think that’s the big issue.” Without a quorum, the committee could not vote on a course of action at Tuesday’s meeting. The group did, however, agree to wait for communication from the state before moving forward with the project. “When you look at where we were a year ago compared to now, we are in a much better position,” Tieman said. “We know a lot more than we did, and we have a lot more money now too.”

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SALISBURY – Wicomico County will soon begin the process of removing invasive Japanese wisteria from Pemberton Park in Salisbury. The wisteria removal project is part of a new invasive species initiative by the Natural Resources Conservation Advisory Committee (NRCAC) of Wicomico County, in partnership with Wicomico County and the Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT). Wisteria has covered a large area on the east side of Pemberton Park, pulling down several trees. To restore the native habitat, the wisteria vines must be removed. Trees that have been damaged or have fallen will be removed and replaced by native species. A maintenance program of periodic herbicide application will also be established. In the long term, the project will improve visitor experience and increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity. The project is estimated to take about five years, depending on how the wisteria responds to treatment. While the restoration is underway, portions of Pemberton Park may be temporarily closed to the public when crews are applying herbicides or mowing. Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver supported the project from its inception, budgeting $25,000 to kickstart the initiative and begin restoration at Pemberton Park. NRCAC and the LSLT will apply for additional grant funds to contribute to the project at Pemberton, as well as support additional invasive plant species removal at other Wicomico County parks. In addition to the wisteria removal at Pemberton, the group is also developing a program to educate Wicomico County residents about early detection and response to invasive plants in an effort to minimize the amount of infestations on the Lower Shore. The long-term goal is to establish a program that can be replicated throughout the state of Maryland.

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BERLIN – Berlin has been selected as the new home of acclaimed glass artist Michele Krempa and her company, Seachelle Designs®, LLC. Her glass Studio will leave Salisbury after many years. The company has roughly 200 retail jewelry stores, boutiques and gift shops across the country and in the Caribbean, carrying her multi themed glass jewelry lines. In the new Berlin location, Krempa and her personally trained glass artisans will cater to the local community and the thousands of visitors to Berlin, with the opening of Beach Memories®. The shop, opening in August, will be a mix of a working glass art studio and a retail shop at 106 N. Main St (formerly Culver’s Antiques). The new locale will display Seachelle Designs® many jewelry lines and allow visitors to observe the glass bead making process first hand. In the near future Beach Memories®, will offer to the public, “Make and Take” jewelry classes. Krempa has been at the craft of making Murano glass beads for 20 years, has won numerous art awards and to date tens of thousands of customers own the coveted hand-crafted jewelry she designs. The popular Beach Memories® Collection, features sand from one’s favorite beach. Seachelle Design’s® Patent Pending Design, encases beach sand in the beads. At the shop visitors can observe the artists creating glass beads, transforming them into jewelry. Shoppers will be able to browse the end result during their visit.

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The Greyhound Store Will Host Book Signing

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BERLIN – Mary K. Tilghman will launch her new novella, “Love Letters & Gingerbread,” at The Greyhound, an independent bookstore in Berlin, on Wednesday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. Tilghman, who splits her time between Baltimore and Ocean Pines, will sign both the new Christmas-themed novella as well as the second edition of “Divided Loyalties,” a Civil War story set after the Battle of Antietam. “Love Letters & Gingerbread” recalls the romances of two sisters living in 1831 Annapolis. Patsy burns with love for Vincent, until he goes away for the Christmas season. Her still-unmarried older sister, Angela, is devoted to helping her family when Gordon knocks at her door and enters her heart. Changes in circumstances prompt the sisters to reconsider what love really is. The story, which can be read on its own, was inspired by two minor characters in “Divided Loyalties.” Set in 1862 Sharpsburg, “Divided Loyalties” tells the story of 18-year-old Maureen who chooses to listen to her heart and volunteer as a nurse in a battlefield tent hospital — even though she knows disobeying her father may cost her a place in his heart. “Love Letters & Gingerbread” is Tilghman’s second book published July 1. She has spent 40 years writing for Eastern Shore and Baltimore newspapers and magazines. In addition, she wrote six editions of Frommer’s travel guide for Maryland and Delaware. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Maryland Romance Writers and the Historical Novel Society. She is currently working on a novel set in 1895 Ocean City.

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Some Practical Advice To Keep Kids From Getting Lost

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OCEAN CITY – As a father of three children, two girls and a boy, one of my biggest fears is losing my kids in a crowded area and not being able to find them. During the summer months in Ocean City, the beach can become one of the most crowded places your children will ever experience. Over my 16 years with the beach patrol, I have had the opportunity to return many lost children to their parents. Some of these experiences have been very emotional depending on the age of the child and how long they had been missing. Many of these situations could have been prevented. My children are seven and five years old and 18 months, so one of the very first things that we do when we get to the beach is meet the lifeguard. I make sure that I introduce them and reinforce the fact that if they cannot find mom and dad, then they tell the person in the big white chair. Our lifeguards’ primary concern is watching the water, but they often spend a portion of their time on busy days reuniting families. They will be appreciative

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you are taking the time to try to prevent that from happening. On a busy weekend in July, it is not uncommon for the patrol to have 100 separated party cases. Next, I show my daughters the street sign that faces the beach at the dune access. It has the number of the street on it and they can usually remember it with ease. I typically point out a few distinguishable buildings in the background to help orient them to the area. To a young child standing at the water’s edge, the beach can look like a repeating pattern of umbrellas and chairs, making parents disappear quite easily. My kids are also good with numbers, so we have been practicing the memorization of my cell phone number. Our lifeguards have the ability to make radio contact with our dispatcher who can place a call to parents if needed. When kids get panicked, they tend to pick up the pace and cover more ground as they search frantically for something familiar. They also tend to take paths of least resistance by walking at the water’s edge and with the wind at their back.

These commonalities actually assist the lifeguards during their search by allowing the child to be more visible to the guards. Once a search is initiated, semaphore communication (the flag language that you will see when sitting on the beach) is sent to each guard so that they can visually sweep their area from the high vantage point of their chair. This information typically includes the name, age and swimsuit color. Radio communication is also used to send the inDAMIEN SANZOTTI formation faster and to a larger area. It is extremely helpful to keep a family member with one of our guards so that when we do locate the child, finding the parents for a reunion is easier. Our sergeants, who ride the ATV’s, will also sweep the area searching for the lost individual. My hope is the next time you are on the beach with your kids that you will take the time to implement some of the ideas that I have outlined. Having a plan that

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your child is aware of is a surefire way to make the process of reuniting the two of you much easier, if needed at all. I’m proud to say that the beach patrol has been able to return 100% of all the children who have been lost on the beach. Captain's Note: The beach patrol reunites between 1,000 and 2,000 separated parties each year. Our records have included children one year old and confused adults into their 90s. However, most lost children are between four and nine years of age and are returned within a few minutes. Most children become lost when each adult thinks another adult is watching the child. Therefore, communicate specifically who is watching the child throughout the day. Additionally, many of the older children who become lost are located in the direction of the prevailing current, because they were busy playing in the waves and unknowingly were being moved down the beach away from familiar surroundings. A final statistic is that most lost children were being watched by the fathers when they went missing. The most important thing you can do if you cannot locate your child is not panic and immediately report it to the SRT on your beach, rather than begin your own search. We may have already located your child and are just waiting for someone to report the lost child. The best way to assure a pleasurable fun filled day at the beach is to check in each day with the nearest Surf Rescue Technician (SRT) before you or your loved ones begin their day at the beach or enter the water. This allows the SRT to tell you about the water conditions and get to know you and your family and can be aware of any special circumstances and lets children know that “their” lifeguard is there to help. Have fun and avoid the devastating feeling of a missing child.

– 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 the insurance world, agents can be classified as captive or independent, but what effect does that have on the consumer? To start, a captive agent is one who holds a contract with only one insurance company. They are bound by the products that one company offers and become versed on the limited number of products they have accessibility to for client needs. In the event one of these products does not fit a prospective client’s needs or desires, or the client does not qualify, a captive agent would be hard pressed for alternatives. To make this captive structure attractive to agents, companies frequently offer support on the back end; captive agents may be paid a salary, receive health insurance benefits, or be provided office space, to name just a few of the ways KRISTIN COANE producers may be enticed to align with a captive firm. Alternatively, independent agents represent many companies and can recommend products from any company they see fit for a client’s needs. These types of agents can obtain a contract as needed which permits product solicitation with whomever they are contracted with. This allows not only for a much broader product selection, but for objective evaluation to fit a client’s needs and desires. There are usually very little benefits – sometimes none – that make independent selling attractive in the eyes of the agent, outside of the option of product choice. An agent with flexibility in this regard is truly able to find a solution that is in the best interest of the client. A captive agent represents the financial industry to you whereas an independent agent represents you to the industry. When considering working with an insurance company or financial advisor, knowing whether they are captive or independent is important. We relate this decision to buying ice cream – do you want a shop that offers vanilla or a shop that has a variety of flavors to choose from? The principal is the same with insurance. (The writer has has been part of the Key Financial Services team for the past 14 years. Key Financial Services has been located in Berlin since 2004.)


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death, the decedent created a Revocable Trust for which the undersigned, JEROME BERNARD KACZMAREK, WHOSE ADDRESS IS 7965 LONGVIEW ROAD, BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH 44147-1225, is now the trustee. To have a claim satisfied from the property of this trust, a person who has a

claim decedent must present the claim on or before the date that is 6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice to the undersigned trustee at the address stated above. The claim must include the following information: •A verified written statement of the claim indicating its basis;

•The name and address of the claimant; •If the claim is not yet due, the date on which it will become due; •If the claim is contingent, the nature of the contingency; •If the claim is secured, a description of the security; and •The specific amount

claimed. Any claim not presented to the trustee on or before that date or any extension provided by law is unenforceable. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JUNE 28, 2019


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MARY G. LOKER ESQ. SMITH, GILDEA & SCHMIDT, LLC 600 WASHINGTON AVENUE, SUITE 200 TOWSON, MD 21204 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17898 To all persons interested in the estate of JOSEPH DAUGHERTY WARFIELD, ESTATE NO. 17898. Notice is given that DINAH E. WIMBROW-WARFIELD, 7842 PUBLIC LANDING ROAD, SNOW HILL, MD 21863, was on JUNE 24, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JOSEPH DAUGHERTY WARFIELD, who died on JUNE 15, 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 24TH 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

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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 28, 2019 DINAH E. WIMBROWWARFIELD 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 6-28, 7-05, 7-12

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JAMES W. ALMAND ESQ AYRES JENKINS GORDY & ALMAND, PA 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17885 To all persons interested in the estate of JOHN L KLINE, AKA JOHN LEON KLINE, ESTATE NO. 17885. Notice is given that JODY L DRUCK, 24450 BLUE BLVD., MILLSBORO, DE 19966, and TERRANCE L KLINE, 121 BOXWOOD ROAD, MANCHESTER, PA 17345, was on JUNE 11, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JOHN L KLINE, who died on APRIL 12, 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.

sentative 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 28, 2019 JODY L DRUCK TERRANCE L KLINE 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 6-28, 7-05, 7-12

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ROBERT A BENSON, ESQ LAWS, INSLEY & BENSON, P.A. 209 EAST MAIN STREET SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17907

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 undersigned personal repre-

To all persons interested in the estate of MARGUERITE HAYMAN ENSOR, ESTATE NO. 17907. Notice is given that CORY S. PERDUE, 31852 MT HERMON ROAD, SALISBURY, MD 21804, was on JUNE 28, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MARGUERITE HAYMAN ENSOR, who died on JUNE

2, 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 28TH 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 JULY 5, 2019 CORY S. PERDUE 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 7-05, 7-12, 7-19

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PATRICIA CLEARY, ESQ. LAW OFFICES OF PATRICIA CLEARY, LLC 10294 ERIE WAY NEW MARKET, MD 21774 NOTICE OF

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APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17904 To all persons interested in the estate of EVELYN J. SCHIAVONE, ESTATE NO. 17904. Notice is given that MARY ANNE S. DALY, 33 WALNUT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941, and F. MARK SCHIAVONE, 2328 ENGLE MOLER ROAD, HARPER'S FERRY, WVA, 25425 were on JUNE 28, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ,EVELYN J. SCHIAVONE, who died on JUNE 17, 2019, with a will.

MARY ANNE S. DALY F. MARK SCHIAVONE 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 7-05, 7-12, 7-19

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CALDWELL & WHITEHEAD, P.A. KATHRYN A WHITEHEAD ESQ 109 CAMDEN STREET PO BOX 4520 SALISBURY, MD 21803-4520

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.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

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 28TH day of DECEMBER, 2019.

Notice is given that the ORPHANS; COURT of YORK COUNTY, PA, appointed KIRIL STEFAN ALEXANDROV, 406 FRANKLIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of MARIA TODOROVA ALEXANDROV, who died on DECEMBER 20, 2017, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is KATHRYN A. WHITEHEAD, whose address is 109 CAMDEN STREET, SALISBURY, MD 21801. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice.

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 JULY 5, 2019

ESTATE NO. 17894


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inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966.

Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 5, 2019 KIRIL STEFAN ALEXANDROV 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 7-5, 7-12, 7-19

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21803-0910 SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17913 To all persons interested in the estate of THOMAS O. KEECH, AKA: THOMAS OWENS KEECH. Notice is given that, ROSEMARY S. KEECH, 1407 NORTH CHASE STREET PO BOX 1341, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on JULY 08, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of: THOMAS O. KEECH, 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 ob-

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Couple Brings Salon To West OC

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Owners Tim Ho and Holly Luu opened their first Maryland location earlier this year after more than 20 years of operating businesses in Delaware.

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WEST OCEAN CITY – The owners of a successful Delaware nail salon are bringing exceptional quality and affordable service to residents and visitors in West Ocean City. Located within Teal Marsh Plaza on Route 611, Venus 2 Nails & Spa offers the latest nail trends and salon services. Tim Ho, who owns and operates the salon with his wife, Holly Luu, said they opened the West Ocean City salon five months ago. “We decided to come down here and open another salon,” he said. “So

far, business has been good.” More than 20 years ago, the owners opened their first nail salon in Millville, Del., followed by a second location in Fenwick. Like its other locations, Ho said Venus 2 features state-of-the-art sanitation equipment, brand name products and the latest in nail treatments in a welcoming environment. “It’s a friendly atmosphere,” he said. “And I think we do a great job.” Services include basic manicures and pedicures, gel and acrylic nails, nail repair and polish changes. Venus 2 also offers signature pedicure treatments, hand-painted designs, waxing and more. Customer Robin Odierno said she has been coming to Venus 2 since it opened in February. “I came here because my manicurist stopped doing nails and I wasn’t happy with other salons I had tried,” she said. “When I met Tim, I said this is where I want to be.” Odierno highlighted the cleanliness at Venus 2. The salon uses brand new nail files, buffers and pumice stones for every client and disposable liners in every pedicure bowl. Ho said all metal instruments are pre-cleaned and then sterilized in a hospital-grade autoclave, which subjects the tools to high pressure and saturated steam at 249 degrees. He added that Venus 2 is also one of the first salons on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to implement the Salon Safe ventilation system, which captures harmful chemical vapors and brings in fresh, clean air. “It is a nice, clean and sanitized salon,” he said. The salon also features eight manicure stations, 12 pedicure chairs and a full complement of staff. “It’s very relaxing and the atmosphere is nice,” Ho said. “People love coming here.” Venus 2 Nails & Spa is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter. For more information, call 410-3905383 or visit www.venusnailsoceancity.com or the salon’s Facebook page. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.


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BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market recently introduced Buzzy, its new honeybee mascot. Buzzy is the newest addition to the market’s family friendly atmosphere. The huggable bee strolls the marketplace and engages with shoppers. “Buzzy will also take part in activities at the Kids’ Market Zone and sometimes join resident chef Maggie Hearn in the market’s open-air kitchen,” Janice Curtis, director of marketplace features, said. Portraying Buzzy is Jaya Shaub, a ninth-grade student at Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, Del. Shaub received the English Language Department’s award for the 2018/2019 school year and aspires to be an author and physical therapist. The oversized yellow and black striped bee costume was gifted to the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market by Stag Run Farm, a year-round merchant at the market also based in

Georgetown. With an extensive apiary, Stag Run Farm has hives that pollinate all its various crops. They also offer their Chrissy Bee’s Honey at the market. “Buzzy and his friends are very important to the pollination of all our crops, including our apple and peach tree orchards,” Craig Brady, beekeeper and co-owner of Stag Run Farm, said. Bees like Buzzy are members of the genus Apis, the classification for the honeybee. There are more than 20,000 known species of bees, worldwide. “By introducing Buzzy, we are hoping to encourage conversations between our youngest shoppers and their parents about the importance of pollinators to the foods we eat,” Market Manager David Bean said. The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market runs Wednesdays, through Aug. 28, and Saturdays, year-round, at White Horse Park on 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Ocean City Announces New Chief Building Official

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OCEAN CITY – The newest member of the Town of Ocean City, Jake Doub, has joined the town as the chief building official. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, both in the field and in the office, Doub’s passion for building science has led him to becoming ICC certified as a Building Official, Master Code Professional, Coastal Construction Inspector, and as an ASFPM Floodplain Manager. Over his career, Doub obtained a total of 39 International Code Council certifications and has worked in both the private and public sector, giving him the ability to understand what it is like to be a client and customer. In addition, he fully understands the responsibilities that come with the enforcement aspect of building codes. Doub’s career highlights include numerous opportunities to be involved with projects that vary from hospital facilities, metal extrusion factory, nuclear power generation facility, airports, petroleum transportation depot, and many other developments in-between.

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“The first time I experienced the ocean was over 10 years ago, when I stayed oceanfront for a week vacation,” Doub said. “I fell in love with the Town of Ocean City and the ocean itself. After multiple return trips to Ocean City, I am excited to finally call this community my home.”

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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. jeanduck47@gmail.com. Second Tuesday of Month: Eastern Shore Stamp Club Meeting 6 p.m. Salisbury branch, Wicomico County Library. Meetings held in basement.

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: Community Bible Study (Women and Children) September 2019 through May 2020. Harvest Baptist Church, 29945 Dixon Rd., Salisbury. Pre-registration now open. $35 for adults, $10 for children. Thirty-week study of Revelation, Galatians and Colossians. Women of all ages and Bible knowledge welcome. Coordinator Linda Frey, 410-4228773. Register and pay online at Salisbury.CBSclass.org.

Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. All are welcome. dance@delmarvahanddancing.com or http://delmarvahanddancing.com. 410-208-1151.

Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting 2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

Every Thursday: Beach Singles 45 Plus, happy hour 4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy.,

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Second Thursday: Ocean Pines Garden Club 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Visitors and new members welcome.

Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994. Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry 6:30-8:30 p.m. FORGE Center, 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. Designed for kids ages 5-65, the program provides a meal, music, games, activities and a life lesson that can be of use to anyone. Christian-based program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813.

Every Saturday: Goat and Sheep Seminars 10 a.m. Tractor Supply Co., Berlin and Farmers & Planters Too, Salisbury. Free programs focusing on small ruminant health, fencing and pasture management and feeding. Programs by University of Maryland Extension. For full schedule and registration, contact Maegan Perdue, mperdue@umd.edu or 410-632-1972. 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-Sept. 8 Saturdays: Yoga On The Beach 8 a.m. Enjoy low-impact exercise to in-

crease 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 12: Maryland Crab Cake Dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 Main St., Berlin. $8 Maryland crab cake sandwich, $12 Maryland crab cake sandwich platter with green beans, baked potato, cole slaw and $20 two Maryland crab cake sandwich platter with sides. Bake sale table and carry-out available.

July 13: Ocean Pines Anglers Club 9:30 a.m. Ocean Pines Branch, Worcester County Library. Champion bass fisherman Jim Short will speak on effect of tides and currents on fresh and saltwater fish. Updates on local fishing issues. July 13: Delmarva Chorus Coffee, Tea and Aloha Harmony Fundraiser 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. $10 donation for coffee, tea and baked goods. 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more. Candy, 410-6415888. Ginny, 410-2028-6557.

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 Assateague Room. $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. www.kiwanisofopoc.org. For advance tickets, call Ralph Chinn, 410-2086719. July 14: Concert on the Lawn 6-7 p.m. Taylor House Museum, Berlin. Evening concert featuring The High & Wides.

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July 14: Gospel Dinner Cabaret 4 p.m. Germantown School Community Heritage Center, 10223 Trappe Rd. Berlin. Praise music featuring Alfreda Dennis Bowyer. Accompaniment by pianist Ida Cox. $25 per ticket. Dinner included. For tickets, call 410-6410638. July 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 410-2089761.

July 18: Pine’eer Craft Club Meeting 9:30 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Business meeting at 10 a.m. July project will be beaded pendants. $6 small pendant, $10 large pendant and additional $2 for chain. Call to reserve your project. Project leader Sharon Cooper, 410-208-2729.

July 20: 18th Annual Santa Sprint 5K 7:30 a.m. North Beach Restaurant, 125 McKinley St., Dewey Beach. $25 for advance registration, $30 after July 18. Event-day registration at 6:30 a.m. $5 tickets for non-participants to postrace party. Dewey Claus Crawl following the race. Register for Crawl at deweyclauscrawl.com. Register for race at https://raceroster.com/events/2019/21131/18th-santa-sprint-5k-atnorth-beach. July 20: 23rd Annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest 9-10:30 a.m. South Gate Pond, Ocean Pines. Registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free event for children ages 416. Trophies will be awarded to the biggest fish caught in each age group. Bring your own rod and reel. Bait will be provided. John McFalls, 610-5051697.

July 20: Grace Center’s Motherhood Walk 9 a.m. Stephen Decatur Park, Berlin. Registration at 8:30 a.m. $20 registration includes t-shirt. Light breakfast available for purchase. Walk dedicated to education and empowerment of mothers battling addiction. For tickets, call 443-513-4124 or visit gracematernalhealth.org/events/.

July 21: Crab Cake Platter Dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bishopville Volunteer Fie Department Auxiliary, Main Station. One crab cake on a roll, cole slaw, bag of chips, one beverage (water/soda): $12. Pre-orders recommended as there are only 100 platters available. Call or text 619-922-9950 to reserve dinners.


Ocean City’s Magic

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History Revisited

BERLIN – I recently recaptured some of the old “magic” I always felt in Ocean City. When you live here, it's easy to forget the magic when you're caught up in everyday life -- making a living, doctor's appointments, grass to cut, etc. When you're here on vacation, most of the time these ordinary things rarely happen, and it's easier to feel the magic. I remember the first time I felt the magic. It was June, and I had just finished my first year of pre-med at the University of Maryland. Almost everyone on campus was going "downyoshun" as soon as the semester was over. I donned my khakis, black and white saddles, navy-blue polo JOSEPH F. shirt, and joined them. PALMISANO As soon as we crossed the Route 50 Bridge and "breathed the salty air," we were engulfed in the magic. It was like the whole campus of Maryland was at 9th Street and the Boardwalk. The Beach Club had tables set up right on the Boardwalk and served pitchers of beer, which was very conducive to raucous, unending chug-a-lug games as we attempted to prove our manhood (or girlhood.) Then we plunged into the ocean and were instantly refreshed. We slept on cots in the attic of the Pink House and lived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, unless we could afford a decent meal at the Dinner Bell. The magic lasted until we left and was always restored when we returned, usually the following summer. The lucky ones stayed in OC with jobs. Ask any of them, they'll tell you that was the best time of their lives. With time and maturity, the magic is different. You could afford an apartment, go to the Embers, but especially walk down the boards to the Irish House. A must in those days. When you live here, you like it, but sometimes you lose the magic. After 15 years, sometimes you don't feel it at all. So, I returned to 9th Street today, maybe to find it again. And I did, partially, memories, but no familiar landmarks. The Beach Club, Hess Apparel, Sergeant Peppers, the Auction Gallery are all gone. I sat on a bench and struck up a conversation with a guy almost my age. We reminisced, and I could feel the magic slowly return, but different and tempered by time. I finally realized the magic was within me with my own memories. It's up to succeeding generations to find their own magic. It's there, if you look for it. – By Joseph F. Palmisano Special To The Dispatch (The writer is a retired physician who shares insights about historically significant events and personal reflections on the area. The Ocean Pines resident is the author of “Doctor Joe, A Family Doctor In The Twentieth Century.” He can be reached at docjoep@aol.com.)

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with Scott Lenox

Mike Snedaker was fishing with Juan and Lucas Franzetti and the Magassy twins when he landed this huge 93-pound cobia.

Captain Kyle Peet of the No Quarter put this crew on four jumbo yellowfin tuna and four bigeye up to 139 pounds.

Bobby Layton of the Wrecker was fishing with Captain Wes Pollitt on the Lisa when he sightcasted this keeper cobia just off the Inlet.

Now that the 4th of July is in our rearview mirror we’ve reached that time in the summer where just about every species of fish we catch around Ocean City is available and anxious anglers are out in full force trying to land them. We’ve also reached that time in the summer where we will have a fishing tournament just about every weekend, and there will be some big money changing hands. We are having a great season so far and even though tuna fishing has been tough at times the past few weeks there are still plenty of them around, and inshore fishing for flounder last week was some of the best I’ve ever seen in Ocean City in my 29 years living here. Usually sometime in July the offshore waters off Ocean City become generally warm and temperature breaks become less prevalent. This is not a good thing for tuna fishing because bait and predators tend to hang around differing surface temperatures as they cruise the offshore canyons. Add to the equation that there are a lot more boats trying for tuna in the summer months and you have a recipe for some slow fishing. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of tuna out there, but they are going to be harder to find and boat pressure will definitely push them down from eating at the surface. My advice for mid-summer tuna fishing is to look for water temps in the low-70s around temperature breaks and fish during the week if you can. The best spots for tuna fishing this past week were the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons where the water was a little cooler and bait was thicker. Spreader bars, daisy chains and skirted ballyhoo are still doing the trick, but

after this weekend’s Ocean City Tuna Tournament I’m guessing that a lot of boats will switch to chunking to catch their tuna. Once the fleet starts chunking butterfish and sardines, it’s hard to get tuna to eat a trolled bait so there is an unwritten rule that there is no chunking before the OC Tuna Tournament. After the tournament however, it’s no holds barred for getting meat in the boat. Last week we had some of the best bay flounder fishing that I have ever seen in Ocean City with conditions being pretty much perfect for it. The sun was shining, bay water was clean and the high tide fell right in the middle of the day allowing for both an incoming and outgoing tide bite. There is a lot of bait in our bays right now and because of it, a lot of flounder. I had great luck on a couple of trips with the family on our Dale Timmon’s Deadly Double rigs and the inshore charter boat fleet absolutely crushed the flounder. On the 4th of July alone, Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had three trips where he put a total of 24 keeper flounder in the boat, and Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters had three trips where he put a total of 32 keeper flounder in the boat. That is insane. Gulp baits, minnows and shiners are going to catch you fish and you’ll have to weed through throwbacks to catch your keepers, but if you can find some small live spot or live mullet that are in our bays you’ll have your best luck at catching a bigger fish. The top three spots in our season long Doormat Derby are 6, 7 and 8 pounds. This past weekend was the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Canyon Kick Off Tour-

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This crew had one of the best bay flounder trips I’ve ever seen when they boxed 16 keepers on the Lucky Break Charters.

Steve Ratcliff was fishing with David Wells and the boys over ocean structure when he landed this 8-pound flounder to take the lead in the Doormat Derby.

Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service put this four-man crew on 12 keeper flounder while drifting the south bay with Gulp and Zman baits.

This 6-plus pound flounder was caught by Ryan De’Allessandra at the Old Grounds while fishing on the Ocean Princess.

This masked marauder snuck up on a couple of big flounder while fishing on board the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak.

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Capitan Mark Hoos of the MARLI added to his impressive tuna numbers when he put this crew on seven stud yellowfin tuna.

nament which is the unofficial start to the offshore fishing season. Nowadays the Memorial Day Tournament is the start to the offshore fishing season, but the Canyon Kick Off is a great tournament that usually has good participation. This year the prestigious billfish release division was won by the Gret’s

Three J’s captained by Ronnie Fields, second place was won by the Duffie family on the Billfisher just 50 points behind, and third place was taken by the crew of the Buckshot with Captain Gary Stamm. This weekend is the 32nd Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament at the Ocean City Fishing Center. I look for this to be a great tournament this year because the weather looks really good and the economy is booming. Tournament officials will adjust the tournament

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This crew had a day on the Boss Hogg out of Sunset Marina with Captain Corey Kennington boxing four mahi and 15 yellowfin tuna.

bluefin regulations and only allow charter boats two “under” bluefins so that things stay fair for private boats. All tuna tournament participating boats will be permitted to keep two bluefin tuna from 27 inches to less than 47 inches and one from 47 inches to less than 73 inches. This year’s tournament could be interesting as there are bluefin, yellowfin, longfin and bigeye tuna all being caught in our canyons. Strategy on where to fish will play an important role as teams compete in largest fish and

total stringer categories. If you can’t get to the Fishing Center to watch the weigh-ins, you can watch it live at www.ocfishing.com as me and the Hooked on OC crew will be bringing it to you direct. I’ll see you at the scales. Until next week, tight lines.

(The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)


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BERLIN – Ocean Pines will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 36th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event, Tuesday, Aug. 6. In Ocean Pines, the event will be held for the second year in White Horse Park, from 5-7 p.m. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and this year will include more than 16,790 communities in the United States and Canada, as well as at military bases throughout the world. In total, more than 38.6 million people are expected to participate in “Amer-

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ica’s Night Out Against Crime.” “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.” Ocean Pines is seeking community partners to help with activities and programs during National Night Out. Last year, local, county and state police and neighborhood watch groups came out, along with a few other community groups and nonprof-

its. There was free food – hotdogs, chips, soda and water – and some light live entertainment geared toward children and families. This year, Ocean Pines is hoping to build on the community aspect of the event and include more local groups, with a focus on highlighting the people and organizations that make our community so special. By participating, an organization can set up a small table with general information for the public, bring a craft or another small project to engage children and young people, bring information or a project to engage Ocean

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Pines’ senior population, donate an item to be given out as a raffle or door prize, provide music, or give away school supplies ahead of the new school year. New and creative ideas for the event are encouraged and monetary donations to help offset costs associated with the event are also needed. There is space for about 40 groups, which will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions or more information about participating, contact the Ocean Pines Marketing Department at 410-641-7717 or email info@oceanpines.org by Friday, July 19.


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Page 84 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • www.restaurant213.com Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE 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-can-eat, crab cakes, steaks and ribs. ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 www.assateaguedinerandbar.com Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! 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 • www.craballey.com 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. www.dumsersdairyland.com 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 • www.foxpizzamd.com Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out foxspizzamd.com 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 • www.hootersofoc.com New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wingfest 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 410-213-2525 • madfishoc.com 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. Happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • www.ruthschris.com 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 • ocshark.com We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET 28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • www.pitandpub.com Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • www.32palm.com Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped

July 12, 2019 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 • www.blucrabhouse.com Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. 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 www.thebonfirerestaurant.com 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • www.buxys.com Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, 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 • dry85.com Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen SEE NEXT PAGE


July 12, 2019 FROM PAGE 84 with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway • 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • www.embers.com The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, 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 • www.fagers.com Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 • www.harborwatchrestaurant.com 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 www.happyjackpancakehouse.com Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “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 • www.hootersofoc.com Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos,

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and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the worldfamous Hooters Girls.

until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website www.seacrets.com for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost!

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.

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

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. Fresh-dough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: www.CrabcakeFactory-USA.com. See other 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 sea-

Page 85 food, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at crabcakefactoryonline.com or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. 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 www.facebook.com/OriginalGreeneTurtle This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-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 www.smittymcgees.com Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! 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, take-out and delivery available. TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island 302-436-2305 www.twiningshanty.com “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.


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The Alaska Stand was founded by Benjamin Givarz in 1933 on the Boardwalk at Wicomico Street. Not only did Mr. Givarz overcome economic problems associated with the Great Depression but also lost a prime week of the tourist season that year to the hurricane that created Ocean City’s Inlet. The Alaska Stand survived both to become a local icon. The Alaska Stand took its name from a homemade concoction called a “Frozen Alaska” where a slab of ice cream on a stick was dipped into warm chocolate. Other popular items included hot dogs, hamburgers and a variety of fresh fruit juices. A second location opened on 9th Street in 1968 and the Wicomico Street stand changed ownership in the mid-90s and is now known as The Atlantic Stand. The Alaska Stand remains a Boardwalk tradition at 9th Street — still in the Givarz family for over 86 years. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Photo courtesy Bob Givarz


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