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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Leaders of state and local NAACP branches completed a Freedom Bus tour of the Eastern Shore with a rally in front of City Hall in Ocean City on Monday evening. The tour began in Annapolis and included stops in Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and finally Ocean City. The final destination was chosen for the rally in peaceful protest following perceived excessive force by resort police officers against young African-American males in separate incidents on the Boardwalk in June. Those incidents have been the subject of an internal investigation by the police department. It’s important to note snippets of those incidents went viral on

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social media but the videos only showed fractions of larger events on the Boardwalk that escalated when the individuals involved reportedly did not comply with officers’ orders. On Monday, as the crowds from the Freedom Bus gathered in front of City Hall, NAACP leaders met inside with Mayor Rick Meehan and other city officials. While the details of the closed meeting have not been made public, the coalition’s leadership said it was productive when they came out for the rally. Carl Snowden of the Caucus of African-American Leaders, who organized Monday’s Freedom Bus tour across the Eastern Shore, said the incidents on the Boardwalk in June prompted the meeting with Meehan and other city officials. “We were very concerned with what

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we saw in June,” he said. “We want to work with the mayor and his administration to address what we believe was ex-

cessive force against young African-American males in those incidents, but also the systemic racism that continues to exist on the Eastern Shore. We’re thankful that the mayor agreed to meet with us.” The coalition leaders said they made a handful of requests from the city including in the budget a new position to ensure diversity and accountability. The coalition leaders said it was not appropriate to have an internal investigation and called for an independent agency to conduct the investigation. The leadership also suggested the officers involved should have been suspended during the investigation. Worcester County NAACP President Ivory Smith said Monday’s meeting with resort officials was the first step in what will likely be a long process. “It’s going to take some time,” he said. “The mayor is going to work with us and we’re going to hold them accountable. Everybody in this group needs to follow up and keep the pressure on.” Salisbury University NAACP Chapter President Dorien Rogers asserted young African-American males were unduly targeted by local law enforcement. “We have young students that come here, and they do not deserve to be targeted for the color of their skin,” he said. “We shall not have that.” After some speeches and songs, the large group crossed Baltimore Avenue and marched a couple of blocks along the Boardwalk. Town of Ocean City spokesperson Jessica Waters issued a comment after the meeting, which stemmed from a request by Baltimore Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett. “The Mayor’s Office received a request for a meeting from Delegate Bartlett in mid-June. The mayor was happy to honor the request with the delegate, as open communication, transparency and positive dialogue with our state partners is always our goal,” the statement read. “The town fully supports the peaceful demonstrations made in Ocean City and across the Eastern Shore today. We are always supportive of individuals expressing their frustrations and requests for change. Ocean City is dedicated to listening and learning with compassion and professionalism.”


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Public Hearing Likely Before County Proceeds On North Sports Complex

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – The public is expected to have a chance to weigh in on a plan to establish a sports complex in northern Worcester County. Several of the Worcester County Commissioners made it clear this week they wanted to hear from the public before the county purchased land it’s considering for a sports complex. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, president of the board, said that because the county didn’t want to identify the property before a contract was in place, the public hearing should take place after that point. He said all the county had done so far was agree to get an appraisal of the land being considered. “We haven’t even talked with the property owner,” he said. “We knew we needed a second appraisal to get Program Open Space to fund it.” Though the commissioners and county officials have discussed the potential for a sports complex for years, in early July the commissioners agreed to order an appraisal of a specific property. Though the property owner had one appraisal, Mitrecic said that because the county wanted to purchase the site using Program Open Space funds, two appraisals would be needed. The commissioners voted 5-2, with Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino opposed, to move forward with an appraisal during their July 6 meeting. This week, Bertino, who represents Ocean Pines, said that as a result of that decision he’d been questioned about the purchase process. According to oceanpinesforum.com, a website run by Pines resident Joe Reynolds, the property being considered is at the southeast corner of Route 589 and Route 113, just north of Showell Park. “The sad part of all this? It looks like people living in Ocean Pines will have absolutely no influence at the county level on whether this massive project is built or not,” Reynolds wrote online. “Ocean City wants more tourism dollars and five commissioners seem ready to give it to them, regardless of the potential impact on quality of life outside Ocean City, especially along the Route 589 corridor. If a massive sports complex is to be built, the commissioners should be urged to find land, or a site plan, where traffic will not adversely impact local residential communities.” Though Roscoe Leslie, the county attorney, said this week that the county didn’t have to host a public hearing, Mitrecic said he’d assumed the county would hold one anyway. While Bunting expressed interest in setting one up as soon as possible, Mitrecic said it was too early.

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“During the talks to purchase a property, we can’t identify the property,” he said. “So a public hearing would be just about the concept, it wouldn’t have anything to do with where it went or how it went or whatever else. Until we are able to purchase a piece of property and have it contracted I don’t see how we could have a public hearing.” He said that after appraisals and negotiations, a public hearing could be held. Leslie agreed. “You can structure your contract with all kinds of contingencies,” he said. Mitrecic said he and Leslie and Weston Young, the county’s incoming chief administrative officer, had a preliminary meeting with representatives of a turf company and a management company. They are scheduled to make a presentation to the commissioners at their second meeting in August. Young said that meeting would give the commissioners an idea of the various scenarios that were possible. “By the end of the year they’ll have 35 locations that they manage and each one sounds like they have a slightly different arrangement with the home county or city,” Young said. Mitrecic said that he’d stressed to the company that county officials wanted residents to be able to use the sports complex when tournaments were not underway. He said company representatives had asked about the county’s interest in water parks, RV parking and hotels on site. “I left pretty much everything up to them,” he said. Bertino said he was concerned that the company was putting together a proposal without input from more commissioners. “I certainly understand the need for preliminary conversations but it seems to me a framework is being established, albeit very generally and at an altitude of 30,000 feet, but that a framework’s being put together by a few people,” he said. Mitrecic said the primary purpose of the meeting had been to set a date for all of the commissioners to meet with the company, which has been scheduled for Aug. 17. “It’s been clear to me you didn’t want the county to run it,” Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins said. “You wanted a private developer to come in. Based on that direction that’s what we’re trying to plan out.” Mitrecic said he’d stressed to the management company that a complex in Worcester County would have to be privately run and that the company had indicated there were numerous possibilities. “I think the goal of the August meeting is to show what could be available,” Young said. “They can at least show you what they’ve done elsewhere and explain their business model.”


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County License Board Confirms No More Carryout Drinks

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – Local bars and restaurants will not be able to continue offering carryout alcoholic drinks following a decision by the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners. The board voted unanimously Wednesday not to give establishments the ability to offer drinks to go. Though representatives of three local restaurants advocated for continuing the practice, two well known Ocean City restaurateurs, Shawn Harman of Fish Tales and Greg Shockley of Shenanigan’s, spoke in opposition. “I don’t want to become New Orleans,” Harman said. “It kind of rubs against the whole ‘we’re a family town’

thing.” The three-member Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC) held a public hearing this week regarding Maryland House Bill 12 and Senate Bill 205, which gave local liquor boards the option to adopt regulations allowing the continuation of carryout drink sales by bars and restaurants. Though the to-go sales were permitted during the pandemic, they were allowed through executive order, which expired July 1. The board agreed to hold a hearing to consider continuing the practice this week after receiving input from some local establishments. Attorney Mark Cropper, representing Guido’s Burritos, submitted a letter in support of allowing businesses to offer to-go drinks.

“…even with seating being restored to pre-pandemic conditions, Guido’s believes that continuing the off-premises sale of alcoholic beverages is essential to its business survival,” Cropper wrote. “In fact, prior to the termination of this opportunity by the board, Guido’s estimates that in excess of 15% of its daily sales were attributable to the carry-out business.” Neely James of Mother’s Cantina on 28th Street said she too wanted to see the practice continue and that the restaurant’s financial data showed how it had helped boost sales. She said being able to offer carryout drinks to go with carryout meals had given customers who weren’t comfortable dining out a chance to enjoy the Mother’s Cantina experience at home. “It is clear in our numbers we have

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not recovered from COVID yet,” she said. “We are still working to rebuild.” BLC member Marty Pusey asked if the restaurant was busy. “Ocean City’s having a banner year,” she said. James acknowledged it was busy but said there was a staffing shortage in the resort. As a result, the restaurant has had to increase pay — dishwashers can make $18 an hour — and reduce its hours. “Our overhead just keeps going up and up,” she said. She said the restaurant’s alcohol sales were $300,000 less than they were in 2019. Board members, however, pointed out that the year wasn’t yet over. BLC Chairman William Esham also said the restaurant had received roughly $450,000 in PPP funds. James said those funds had allowed the restaurant to cover payroll and stay open during the pandemic. Esham said he was in the hospitality business in Ocean City and his perspective was the resort was recovering. “I don’t know what your business is doing but ours is bursting at the seams,” he said. “People are going out.” Caitlin Evans of Dockside in Pocomoke told the board she supported a carryout drinks allowance. She said it had played a large part in her restaurant’s success during the pandemic. “There are a number of people that are still choosing to not go out,” she said. Liz Acker of Oaked 110 in Snow Hill offered similar comments. “The cost of running a business has increased this year…,” she said. “We’re looking for any way to make up that revenue.” Harman, however, said there was no enforcement associated with the togo drinks and that litter from them was all over the resort. He said it also led to increased drinking. “On the Boardwalk, it complicates a lot of other interactions with people,” he said. Shockley said he was also opposed to carryout drinks. He said offering drinks to-go had helped his business last summer during the pandemic but that that was an extreme situation. He added that the abundance of to-go drinks resulted in more drinking on the Boardwalk, to the point that last summer people were just sitting on the wall drinking or walking the boards carrying their own bottle of liquor. “It just makes things a lot worse than they need to be,” he said. Shockley added that he worried that if the to-go provision was extended, some restaurants would seek more privileges in the future. “Ocean City advertises itself as a family town,” he said. “One of the complaints you hear is that it’s become a SEE PAGE 44


Pa. Man Drowns In After-Hours Swim

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man perished after becoming distressed in strong ocean currents at 19th Street last Friday. Around 8:40 p.m. last Friday, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) responded to the beach at 19th Street to assist the Ocean City Fire Department. Ocean City Communications reported four swimmers in the ocean were in distress. One of the swimmers, a 33-year-old male from Pennsylvania, became distressed in the current. Bystanders in the area entered the water to assist and

pulled the victim from the ocean as police and EMS arrived on the scene. Lifesaving measures were applied on the beach and the victim was transported to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, where he was pronounced deceased. The name of the victim has not been released at this time. The incident serves as a grim reminder for residents and visitors to always swim in the ocean only when the Ocean City Beach Patrol is guarding the beach. Each summer, there are tragic incidents that occur after the Beach Patrol stops manning the stands at 5:30 p.m. The OCPB’s mantra continues to be “Keep Your Feet in the Sand until a Guard’s in the Stand. “

Reward Offered In West OC Arson Case BY STEVE GREEN

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BERLIN – A monetary reward is now being offered for information resulting in the arrest of a suspected arsonist. After an investigation last month, the Worcester County Fire Marshal found the fire at 12847 Harbor Road on the commercial harbor in West Ocean City to be arson. The early-morning blaze destroyed an unoccupied home and boat house and damaged three neigh-

boring properties. Two firefighters were injured in the incident but later released from medical care. A press release from the fire marshal read, “The owners of the property are offering a $2,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).” Anyone with information is asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-632-5666 or the Maryland Fire and Arson hotline at 1800-492-7529. You can remain anonymous with your tip.

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Route 54 Hotel Project Headed To Sussex Council

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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GEORGETOWN – Plans for a hotel and restaurant off Route 54 will advance to the Sussex County Council following a tie vote of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission. At a meeting earlier this month, the commission voted 2-2, with Commissioner Holly Wingate abstaining, on a motion recommending the denial of a conditional use request from Carl M. Freeman Companies to develop a hotel and restaurant on 9.2 acres of land in the

AR-1 agricultural district. As the commission was deadlocked on whether to support the recommendation, members decided to advance the applicant’s request to the Sussex County Council. “The ordinance requires us to have three affirmative votes for a motion to pass. If it’s 2-2, the motion will fail,” Commission Chair Robert Wheatley said. “After that, if that happens, then our choices are to have a different motion – move to approve or move to table – or let it go forward as a denial, but the reason for denial will not be the motion because

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it did not get three affirmative votes.” In June, the planning and zoning commission held a public hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance granting Carl M. Freeman Companies a conditional use of land in the AR-1 district for the development of a 70-room hotel and 8,500square-foot restaurant at Route 54 and Bennett Avenue. The proposed development, however, was met with opposition from surrounding property owners concerned the project would adversely impact wetlands, traffic and emergency response times, among other things. At the start of this month’s meeting, Commissioner Bruce Mears made a motion to recommend the denial of the applicant’s conditional use request, citing issues such as parking, traffic congestion and the sensitivity of surrounding wetlands, to name a few. He added the commission also received letters of opposition from more than 160 property owners near the site. “While the site is designated as a coastal area on the comprehensive plan, the proposed hotel and restaurant is too intensive for the area,” he said. “It’s not compatible and would be out of character with the surrounding properties, and does not promote the orderly growth, convenience, prosperity and welfare of the county.” Commissioner Kim Hoey Stevenson supported the motion. “In this case, I think the commercial

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use they’re talking about would be higher density and more traffic than other uses that should go there,” she said. “I’m not saying it shouldn’t be developed.” Commissioner Keller Hopkins, however, told members he opposed the motion. He questioned what surrounding property owners would do if it were their land. “I wonder if they would have the same perspective if it was their land and they were trying to do something with it …,” he said. “Just because you have 20, or 30, or 50, or 100 people that feel they should be able to tell you what you should be able to do with your land, I don’t think that’s a healthy direction to move in.” Wheatley said he supported the applicant’s request, as there was currently no hotel in the area. “I thought the fact that there was no hotel in the area was a reason to have one there …,” he said. “This is essentially an infill project.” After further discussion, the commission voted 2-2 to recommend the denial of the applicant’s conditional use request. The denial will now advance to the Sussex County Council, which will hold a public hearing on July 27 at 1:30 p.m. “My motion was not driven by opposition …,” Mears said. “It was driven by a great idea in a wrong location.” A 214-page information sheet on the project can be found at sussexcountyde.gov.

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Partnership Eyes Artificial Nesting Islands For Watershed

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – State, local and regional conservation groups announced this week they are partnering to create an artificial island to host certain endangered colonial nesting birds as their natural habitats continue to disappear. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) and Audubon Mid-Atlantic are partnering on research and monitoring efforts to preserve three of Maryland’s endangered colonial nesting birds including the common tern, the royal tern and the black skimmer. The species typically nest in small colonies on tiny islands in the coastal bays at certain times of the year, but their natural habitats have come under pressure in

Artificial islands, such as the one pictured, could appear in the coastal bays watershed to help colonial nesting birds. Photo courtesy of DNR

recent years from shoreline erosion, sea level rise and even some man-made factors. The monitored colonial nesting bird

populations have declined by as much as 95% since the mid-1980s. To that end, the conservation partnership has undertaken a pilot program to create an

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artificial island that mimics the ideal bird species’ nesting areas at undisclosed locations around the coastal bays. Local wood artisans John Collins and Todd Peterson constructed the platforms, which are loaded with crushed clam shell and anchored at different locations. The platforms use a social attraction method that draws the seabirds to the artificial islands with bird decoys and audio recordings of bird calls, a model that has been successful in other parts of the U.S. and Canada, for example. Chick shelters and decoys have been placed on the artificial islands to attract the endangered seabirds to their new ideal nesting grounds. Audubon Mid-Atlantic Director of Bird Conservation Dr. David Curson explained the importance of maintaining the seabirds natural nesting areas, while creating artificial platforms in the coastal bays to provide alternatives. “Island-nesting terns and skimmers in the coastal bays are in trouble and are on the cusp of being extirpated, or wiped out, from Maryland as breeding species,” he said. “As suitable habitat for these birds dwindle from the effects of a changing climate like shoreline erosion and sea level rise, it’s more important than ever to do what we can to keep them as part of the coastal ecosystem. We need a two-pronged strategy of ongoing sand management to maintain their natural islands to combat erosion, and provide artificial habitat as an interim measure until the species populations are stable again.” The nesting platforms will be monitored throughout the season. If the artificial platform program is successful, consideration will be given to launching more of them in the coastal bays around the resort area in the future, according to MCBP’s Roman Jesien. “We hope that these nesting platforms work in the short-term while we continue our efforts to restore and conserve our natural islands long-term,” he said. Maryland DNR regional ecologist Dave Brinker outlined just how desperate the situation has become for the threatened and endangered species of nesting birds in the coastal bays. “In the late 1980s, there were about 3,000 pairs of common terns and 300 pairs of black skimmers nesting in the coastal bays,” he said. “Today, there are fewer than five pairs of black skimmers and only 500 pairs of common terns that nest in Maryland each summer. The nesting platform project is an effort to stop this decline and retain nesting common terns and black skimmers in the Maryland coastal bays.” The DNR is providing financial and technical support for the artificial island program. “The steep population declines in these important bird species warrants our immediate attention,” said DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “We are pleased to assist with this interim measure as well as long-term measures to give them the best chance to rebound.”


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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Red kangaroos, twotoed sloths, bearded dragons and other exotic animals will soon be seen around Ocean City after resort officials approved a special permit request to exhibit non-domesticated animals in certain places under certain conditions. The Mayor and Council had before them last Monday a special permit request from the Barn Hill Preserve in Delaware to allow for the exhibition of exotic animals as a visitor attraction at certain businesses and other special events. Town officials passed an ordinance years ago making it unlawful to harbor certain exotic animals within city limits including, for example, snakes and alligators, without a special permit largely from a public safety aspect and the safety of first-responders that might report to an incident. Since 2017, the Mayor and Council have approved the special permit request for Barn Hill to exhibit exotic nondomesticated animals at some businesses and other special events. Barn Hill’s list of exotic animals is extensive, but includes such creatures as red kangaroos, Eurasian lynx kittens, bearded dragons, hedgehogs, armadillos and blue-tongue skinks, for example. The animals would be brought into the resort for display at certain businesses partnering with Barn Hill and returned to the preserve in Delaware after the shows, according to a letter to the Mayor and Council from Barn Hill Preserve President Joshua Mueller. “Barn Hill Preserve’s employees have extensive training and experience with all of the animals that are shown to the public,” the letter reads. “When we visit a business, we will be bringing two to three animals at a time.” Mueller explained the exotic animals will only be in Ocean City at the appointed times and places. “None of these animals will be housed in Ocean City at any time,” the letter reads. “We only intend to bring them into the city on select dates and times, and then return them back to their housed place in Delaware.” The intent is to introduce residents and tourists to animals they otherwise might never get to see up close and personal. “Our goal is to educate the community on all of the wildlife in the world,” the letter reads. “We try to make it fun and exciting by allowing people to see up close some of our animals that are generally only seen in the wild or at zoos.” In the letter, Mueller said the exotic animal displays provide another amenity for guests. “We want to help our local businesses during these tough times and plan on abiding by all state and local regulations,” the letter reads. “Our hopes are to continue to bring tourists into the town and offering safe and fun activities for them.”

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OCEAN CITY – In yet another example of a resort business adjusting and adapting to a post-COVID-19 world, resort planners this week signed off on a permanent outdoor dining area for a north-end restaurant. Throughout the pandemic, Ocean City allowed businesses to create temporary outdoor seating areas to meet state restrictions on capacity and distancing, for example. As a result, many businesses came up with creative

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ways to expand their outdoor seating capacity and more than a few have decided to make those outdoor areas permanent. Such was the case this week when the Ocean City Planning Commission had before it a request from the Taphouse Tavern at the north end of a shopping center at 138th Street to construct an outdoor seating area covered with a pergola and landscaped with palm trees along the north side of the business adjacent to the public sidewalk. The expanded outdoor seating area will be comprised of nearly 800

square feet and will fit into the property’s footprint with room to spare. The additional outdoor seating area for the Taphouse Tavern does not exceed the square footage of the existing restaurant, so there is no impact on parking for the establishment. In other cases earlier this year, making temporary outdoor seating areas permanent did require some special exceptions for parking, but that was not the case with the request before the commission on Tuesday. Zoning Administrator Kay Gordy said the request was not a major departure from the existing establishment and the outdoor seating area would meet the demand from guests for more outdoor opportunities. “It’s very minor,” she said. “It follows a recent path of expanded outdoor dining. Over the years, we’ve seen an increased demand for outdoor dining, but with the COVID pandemic over the last year, the demand has really increased.” Gordy said the site plan request followed a recent post-COVID pattern to make outdoor dining areas permanent. “This is a wish to accommodate some patrons’ demand for more outdoor dining,” she said. “It’s similar to some of the other requests you have reviewed and approved already. The recommendation from staff is to approve the site plan as presented to meet the needs and desires of the

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business’s guests.” The planning commission ultimately signed off on the site plan without attaching any formal conditions, although they did make some recommendations. For example, Planning Commissioner Peck Miller expressed a desire for careful policing for blowing trash, not just for Taphouse Tavern specifically, but all new outdoor dining areas in general. “With the outdoor dining areas being added, the amount of outdoor trash blowing around has become more prevalent I’ve noticed in some areas,” he said. “Whatever they put in, I’d like to make sure they have ample trash receptacles and police that outdoor area morning and night.” Planning Commission chair Pam Buckley said the design of the new outdoor seating area at Taphouse Tavern was attractive, but made some suggestions on the landscaping for the project. “I’d like to see you get as much landscaping in there as possible,” she said. “I know the palm trees look wonderful, but they’re not going to last you through the winter. You might want something a little hardier out there.” The commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the Taphouse Tavern’s proposed 756-squarefoot outdoor seating area.


OPA Board Takes No Action Over Favoritism Claims

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OCEAN PINES – Following a special meeting this week, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors agreed not to act on allegations against the Elections Committee. On Sunday, the association board met in a special meeting to discuss allegations of bias made by two board candidates against the Ocean Pines Elections Commission and its chairman, Steve Habeger. While the meeting included a motion to go into closed session to discuss the matter with the OPA attorney, members ultimately voted against it, arguing the board shouldn’t involve itself. “My feeling is the committee shouldn’t make a statement on the subject matter unless the board believes that there is, or has evaluated whether there is or is not, bias,” OPA attorney Jeremy Tucker told board members this week. Sunday’s special meeting was held less than a week after board candidates Stuart Lakernick and Richard Farr alleged online that the Elections Committee showed bias and favoritism toward candidate Frank Daly when scheduling its second candidate forum for the 2021 election. The event, held on July 13, featured only two participants – Daly and board candidate David Hardy. In separate social media posts, Farr and Lakernick said scheduling conflicts had precluded them from attending Tuesday’s forum. They also argued the committee accommodated Daly’s schedule in planning a second forum, but not their own. “We were told the second candidate forum had to be rescheduled due to Frank Daly's wedding anniversary. We had no issue with that,” Lakernick wrote in a Facebook post last week. “However, when alternative dates were offered, myself and Rick Farr had obligations that could not be changed. It is disheartening to see that the candidate forum is still being held without the 2 of us. We do not understand why accommodations were not made for us as were made for Frank Daly.” When questioned about Lakernick and Farr’s absence from the second candidate forum, Habeger said both candidates declined to participate. In a statement issued July 14, Habeger said the second forum was originally scheduled for June 19. When at least two candidates notified the committee they could not attend, the forum was canceled, and other dates were considered. “On June 8, Elections Committee (EC) sent the candidates a set of three dates for a second forum,” he wrote. “On Friday, June 18, Stuart Lakernick called me and told me that he did not intend to participate in a future candidate forum. Stuart cited the low number of people who had viewed the video of the first forSEE PAGE 18

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FROM PAGE 17 um. As I recall, fewer than 300 people had viewed the forum at that time. On Monday, June 21, Rick Farr sent an email to the EC which said, in part, ‘I have decided that will not be participating the (sic) second candidate forum.’ Both statements of non-participation were clear and unequivocal.” In a comment late last week, Lakernick said Habeger’s comments did not disclose the entire reason for not attending the forum. He noted he was unable to make the event because of a work-related commitment. “I did tell Steve that I was not overly concerned about missing this forum since only a handful of people came the last one and only about 400 folks even bothered to view it on YouTube after the fact,” he said. “I also did not understand

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why we were having a second forum when the interest from the community was so light on the first one. Regardless, I said that date wasn’t workable for me. I never heard anything more.” Both Daly and Farr did not return interview requests this week. Both, however, have shared their views on oceanpinesforum.com, a website created by association member Joe Reynolds. Farr, who was unable to attend, argued the Elections Committee was “non-neutral” and “very partial to the current board member seeking re-election.” Daly offered his own comments, adding, “The notion that the committee extended any special consideration to me, or that I requested any special consideration, is a flat out lie designed to do nothing more than impugn the credibility of the Elections Committee.”

In his statement last week, Habeger said all candidates were invited to participate in the second forum, which continued to be held in light of community interest. “The availability of a suitable location was a severe constraint on producing a second forum,” he said. “An additional scheduling constraint was a goal of the EC to finish forums before mailing the ballots. If OPA members were to mark their ballots immediately upon receipt of the ballot and then a forum causes them to reconsider their votes, the process seems ineffective.” During Sunday’s special meeting, Directors Doug Park and Tom Janasek voiced their opposition to the meeting, arguing the issues being discussed did not involve the board. “Us having a closed meeting about

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the election makes us look like we’re trying to influence the election,” Janasek added. “That’s what it does.” President Larry Perrone said he disagreed. “Two candidates accused our Elections Committee chairman and the committee of bias against them in favor of another candidate,” Perrone said. “I disagree with you that this does fall within the purview of the board. The integrity of the elections is of the upmost importance, and we have two candidates questioning the integrity of the elections. So the purpose of this meeting is to discuss whether or not the board should do anything, and if we should what we’re going to do.” Director Camilla Rogers, board liaison for the Elections Committee, said she spoke to committee members and noted that they did not want the board involved. “They believe, and I concur, that they want the election to be fair to the public. They are concerned about the public and having a community-based election,” she said. “I think we are overstepping our boundaries by getting involved, and I must advocate for the committee I represent.” Tucker said the purpose of Sunday’s closed meeting was to discuss the legal implications of any statements made by the board regarding the issue. “I would be concerned if open statements were made that, if broadcasted out, could be used against to impugn the integrity of the election,” he said. Horn, however, said the board had no plans to discuss the validity of the election. “We’re going to be discussing the appropriateness of the board putting out a statement in support of our Elections Committee and our elections process,” she said. When asked his thoughts on the matter, Tucker opined it should be committee’s responsibility to provide a statement. “It’s already been done …,” Janasek replied. “That should be enough for us. I don’t know why we need to be involved.” Daly, however, said Habeger’s statement should be broadcast to the community. “The charges of bias and favoritism were made specifically against the committee, not against the board … I think the public response to that should come from the committee,” he said. “The only obligation of the association and the board with regards to that is to make sure that public response to those allegations of favoritism and bias be transmitted to as many of our 8,452 homeowners as soon as possible.” Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis said the statement had been published on the association’s website and social media pages and distributed to homeowners and local media. After further discussion, Perrone’s motion to go into closed session failed with all seven board members opposed.


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Ocean City Hosts Maryland State Surfing Championships

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Ocean City resident Reef Henson, who won the U-12 open shortboard division, is pictured last weekend. Photo by Andrea Bowland/ESA Delmarva BY BRYAN RUSSO

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OCEAN CITY – More than 75 surfers of all ages paddled into the midtown surf in Ocean City last Saturday with hopes of “dropping in” and becoming a Maryland State Champion. The Delmarva Chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) hosted the day-long event on the beach at 36th Street, premiered a brand new electronic scoring system and showcased an abundant level of young talent and endless “stoke.” “We were excited to run this event using Live Heats, which allows competitors and spectators to see their scores and results in real time,” said ESA DMV Co-Director and Competition Director Laura Bren. The system, which is used at many of the top surfing competitions in the world, helps not only add excitement on the beach for spectators, but carries a valuable educational component for the young surfers. “It helps prepare our members for higher levels of competition as real-time scoring can often influence how a surfer approaches a heat,” said Bren. The system was deemed a “game changer” by many of the contestants and the technology upgrade seemed to give an additional boost to the performances in the water. Local surfers had a huge day at the state competition with 11-year old Gavin Bren taking home three first place trophies in boys U-14, boys U-16 and Open Shortboard, while 10-year-old Reef Henson was crowned champion in the boys U-12 division. Finn Ramnarian, another local teen, took first in boys U-18 and second in boys U-16. Twin brothers Karver and Cruz Henson took first and second place honors in U-14 Menehune Longboard division, while local youths Wesley Masenior and Jack Adkins took the two top spots in Open Bodyboard. Dillon Scopp won Junior Longboard U-18 boys as well.

In the girls’ division, Clementine Kohut took first place in U-12 while Luca Russo and Carolina Labin battled it out for the top two places in U-14 and U-16. Labin won a close final heat against Russo in the U-16 final, while Russo took home the championship in U-14. Alexandra Dawson and Samantha Le Crone were first and second place finishers in Junior Women U-18, respectively. “It was an amazing day of surfing by all of our competitors from the smallest kids in the push in division to our adult contestants in the Legends and Grand Legends divisions”, said Kevin Henson, who is the ESA DMV Co-Director. “We’ve got a great group of volunteers and parents, and it’s exciting to watch our sport and our membership continue to grow.” In the adult division, local promoter Brad Hoffman won the Legends final, while two former ESA Delmarva standouts, Fletcher Birch (Senior Men) and Craig Garfield (Open Longboard) took home some new shiny hardware for their trophy cases. Aria Di Liberto and Meara Johnson were first and second place finishers in the Women’s Longboard division and switched places on the podium for the Women’s Shortboard division with Johnson taking the top prize. Bill Helmuth took home first place in Grand Legends Longboard, while Brian Floyd won first place in Legends Longboard and Louis Papa won Men’s Longboard. Perhaps the purest and most joyful moment on the beach was during the “Push-N-Go” division that featured the littlest “groms” being pushed in on longboards by their parents. “We all love that event,” said Henson. “It often brings the biggest cheers from the beach and the smiles of those kids when they come out of the water is what this sport is all about.” The ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world, and for over 50 years has been committed to enviSEE NEXT PAGE


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Competitors are pictured during last weekend’s Maryland State Surfing Championships, hosted by the ESA Delmarva. Photo by Andrea Bowland/ESA Delmarva

ronmental awareness as well as amateur surfing. It has been the pipeline for world renowned surfers such as 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, 2001 World Champion CJ Hogood, and fourtime world champions Frieda Zamba and Lisa Anderson. The Delmarva District is one of the fastest growing chapters in the ESA, with almost 250 members. The all-volunteer organization puts on surf contests for residents of Maryland, Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Virginia four to five times a year, including the Maryland State Surfing Championships. “Our local team is producing talent

and experiencing success at higher levels of competition each and every year,” said Bren. “We now have two ESA AllStars, the current NSSA East Coast Mini-Grom Champion, a 2020 NSSA National Finalist and a member of the USA Surfing Olympic Junior Developmental Team. This success continues to motivate and encourage our youth to aspire to greatness.” In the end, the 2021 Maryland State Surfing Championships gave spectators and competitors a day filled with stellar surfing, local pride and some stoked newly crowned champions. Learn more at https://delmarva.surfesa.org/

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Fenwick Hotel Owner Appealing Variance Rejection

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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FENWICK ISLAND – A local developer will appeal a state board’s decision to deny his hotel a variance for an outdoor pool bar with live entertainment. In May, nearly seven months after a contentious public hearing, the Delaware Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC) denied the connections of the Fenwick Shores hotel a variance permitting an outdoor pool bar, outdoor live entertainment, and external speakers and paging system on the hotel’s second-floor pool deck. Now, the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Commission will consider an appeal to reverse the OABCC’s de-

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cision. “I think we have a good case,” said Fenwick Shores developer Spiro Buas. “I don’t think the decision was well thought out.” In 2018, Buas demolished the aging Sands Motel on Coastal Highway and began building a new hotel in its place. Fenwick Shores – a 65-room boutique hotel developed under Hilton’s Tapestry Collection brand – opened to the public last fall. In addition to its guest rooms and amenities, the hotel features an outdoor pool on the second-floor deck, as well as food and beverage operations. To allow for alcohol service for hotel guests, Buas applied with the OABCC for a hotel license. Last October, however, the agency

scheduled a virtual hearing in response to written objections from community members. At that meeting, the OABCC granted the hotel a license to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol inside the premises. However, a decision to license the hotel’s second-floor pool deck was deferred until the agency could further review testimony provided by more than 100 residents and property owners. In a conclusion issued in May, the OABCC granted Fenwick Shores patio permit allowing the service and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the outdoor pool and seated dining area, but not the developer’s request for a variance permitting an outdoor bar, outdoor live entertainment, and external speakers and paging system.

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“To be approved for a variance, an applicant must show ‘good cause’ for the requested variance …,” the decision reads. “This Office concludes the applicant provided no evidence to support the requested variance.” In an interview this week, Buas highlighted the challenges of having alcohol service on the second-floor deck without the use of the bar. Without the variance, he said, the hotel can’t possess, sell or allow the consumption of alcohol at the outdoor bar. “The reason we’re appealing is the commissioner didn’t take all the evidence into account and may have ruled in error ...,” he said. “To do what we’re required to do, it’s just unreasonable.” A public hearing to consider the hotel’s appeal will take place at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at Milford City Hall, where the commission will hear oral arguments for each side. The opposition will be presented by William Rhodunda, a Wilmington-based attorney representing a group of Fenwick Island property owners concerned about the pool bar and its associated live or recorded music. Rhodunda did not return interview requests this week. However, in October’s public hearing, he argued the outdoor amenity would adversely impact nearby residents. “The issue here is the accessibility to this party area, and it appears there is open access to this area where you don’t have to go through the hotel lobby,” he said at the time. “What our concern is here is that this is essentially a neighborhood bar.” Rhodunda asserted the applicant had not provided proof that the variance was necessary to operate. “The applicant has an obligation going forward to show good cause to need these things,” he said. “The applicant has completely failed to state good cause.” In a separate matter, some of the concerned homeowners who have testified against the permitting of the outdoor bar have hired Rhodunda to represent them after alleging the town had violated its zoning code in allowing the bar to be constructed in the first place. A petition to have the town enforce its zoning code is currently making its way through Delaware Superior Court, but the results of that effort remain to be seen. “As for the appeal to … the liquor board decision, that is a separate matter in itself and is not a zoning issue,” Buas said this week. “I understand the decision was complicated and overwhelming, with so many focusing on the ‘outdoor bar’ issue. The hearing went on until almost midnight and was cut short, not allowing many supporters to speak due to the late hour. I believe the hotel should have been granted the variances as applied for. Therefore, a decision was made to appeal the ruling.”


County Moving Ahead With Proposed Agritourism Legislation

July 23, 2021

BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

SNOW HILL – Agritourism legislation is moving forward this week after the majority of the Worcester County Commissioners agreed to put their name on the bill. The agritourism bill discussed among county officials for the last several months is now moving toward a public hearing as five of the commissioners put their name on it. Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino expressed concern about the bill’s impact on traditional agriculture. “We are stewards of the agricultural complexion of this county,” Bertino said. “And not just for now but for generations to come. These changes will be permanent and county wide.” County staff presented the commissioners Tuesday with a draft agritourism bill that incorporated changes recommended earlier this month, including increased setbacks and limits on the number of festivals permitted. The new draft also sets the use as a special exception, which would require approval from the county’s board of zoning appeals. When asked how the new bill would impact existing businesses, staff said they’d be nonconforming but would be able to continue to operate as they were now. Melanie Pursel, director of the Worcester County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, said that while businesses had some concerns about the increased setbacks, she wanted to see some sort of agritourism regulations put in place. “We’re trying to reach a compromise and move forward with this,” she said. Bertino said that because existing businesses wanted to see agritourism changes perhaps the changes should just apply to them. “Why can’t we address the concerns of these particular businesses without changing the zoning?” he said, adding that zoning impacted the entire county. Staff said the code didn’t currently address agricultural alcohol production and that existing farm breweries had been likened to wineries and required to seek special exceptions. “I think our concern is, if they have to keep getting special exceptions, it’s open to interpretation and it leaves them vulnerable,” Pursel said. Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins said the county had pursued the agritourism changes to increase revenue. “Throughout the state, throughout the country, you’re starting to see these venues be more popular,” Higgins said. “It was felt if we’re too strict we’ll never attract that new business here and provide that opportunity to the local farmers that are here, the ability to go into that type of business plan.” Weston Young, the incoming chief

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administrative officer, agreed and said it was a way to promote economic development in super rural areas. “Right now we’re talking alcohol production but conversations also include weddings in barns,” he said. “If you take a step back that is economic development in rural areas.” Bunting said the county’s agricultural district was supposed to be pure. If anything, he said he’d consider agritourism in the A-2 district but that he still felt the setbacks needed to be larger. he noted that areas of the county were already inundated with tourists. “Nobody’s suffering for business,” he said. “We can address the issues this handful of people have instead of changing all the whole county, allowing this county wide. It’s not right.” Commissioner Josh Nordstrom said the agritourism regulations would give farmers the chance to do more with their land. “If we’re just addressing the businesses that are there we’re missing most of it,” he said. “I don’t see this as hurting farmers at all. I think this is something that will help farmers by and large and use their land in the ways that make them most money. Isn’t that what they all want? To get the most money per acre out of their land?” Pursel stressed the changes would give farmers another option. “We’re just trying to make a step forward here,” she said. Bunting maintained that the changes would impact the entire county, not just areas where economic development might be needed. He said the proposal was not in alignment with the county’s comprehensive plan. Commissioner Ted Elder said he represented more farmers than any of his peers. “Everyone that I’ve talked to, even if they weren’t willing to do this, thinks it ought to be an option available to them,” Elder said. “Nobody wants more restrictions … This actually takes and gives them another option to use. Sometimes it can save a farm.” Bunting, noting that he’d spent years on the county’s planning commission as well as its board of zoning appeals, said land was zoned the way it was for a reason. “Events in an ag district compete with properly zoned properties,” he said. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said farmers — and the rest of the general public — would have a chance to comment on the proposed changes when the commissioners held a public hearing on the bill. He acknowledged that some farmers might not want to see changes in the agricultural district. “I also know there’s a building boom going on and these farms could be subdivided into building lots and we could lose farms to houses and developments,” he said. “If this gives them an option to keep their farm and not sell it off … I have to support it.”

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OCEAN CITY – Officials last week shared the successes and shortcomings of an ongoing anti-litter campaign. Last week, members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, provided an update on the town’s Litter Free OC campaign. “We did the best we could,” said Gail Blazer, the town’s environmental engineer. “We put it out there and got a lot of notoriety and press. But I think in June and early July, we just had clientele that didn’t have the social responsibility they should have. It’s just what happens, what we have to deal with.” Late last year, the Green Team began discussing ways to address a growing litter problem in Ocean City after a particularly troublesome summer season. Despite the efforts of the town’s public works department and various volunteer cleanup programs, officials noted the town continued to experience largerthan-average trash volume, which was largely attributed to an increase in car-

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ryout during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the Green Team joined forces with town departments, environmental organizations, private businesses and local schools to launch a multi-faceted initiative called “Litter Free OC.” At the beginning of the summer season, Ocean City launched its extensive

anti-litter campaign, using advertisements, social media posts and the like to promote the town’s education and enforcement efforts. In an update last week, however, Blazer said the town continued to see a significant amount of litter along the streets. “Public works is still doing a great job,” she said. “When I go out to the

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BERLIN – Area residents shared their views on race relations during a conversation hosted by the Worcester County NAACP this week. In front of a crowd of local residents as well as visitors participating in the “Maryland’s Freedom Summer” bus ride, Black residents talked about their experiences living on the Eastern Shore and ways to ensure racism was a thing of the past. “How do you do it?” said James Purnell, the first African American Worcester County Commissioner. “We have to work together. It’s going to take all of us to accomplish anything.” Dozens gathered at American Legion Post 231 Monday for the discussion hosted by the Worcester County NAACP. Panelists, including Berlin Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols, Pocomoke City Councilman Todd Nock and longtime Worcester County resident Doretha Davis, were asked a series of questions focused on race relations. Though they expressed disappointment with police actions during a June 12 incident in Ocean City, most of their comments addressed broader issues. When asked if the American justice system was biased against nonwhite people, Davis said it was. “But at the same time the American justice system became very different against anyone that doesn’t have any money,” she said. “I work with all different kinds of people, if you’re poor and you’re white, your justice is the same as mine.” Nock, recounting the way he was pulled over while driving last year, disagreed. “There have been times I have been stopped, not for doing anything, but just because I was driving while Black…,” he said. “We are still held to a lower standard than white people, whether they’re rich or poor. Try being poor and being Black.” “Try being educated and Black,” Nichols said. As far as training to de-escalate situations, panelists offered various insights. Davis said people should consider the other person’s point of view. “De-escalating a situation only requires you to know how to talk to human beings,” she said. Nock said there was no training for racism. “Racism is something that is embedded in people,” he said. “But the one thing that can change is accountability. What needs to happen is when we hire these police officers as elected officials, we have to start making sure our police department reflects our demographics.” He said if a town was made up of 50% African American residents, its police force should be made up of 50% African American officers. Nichols pointed out that human resources departments often said African

Race relations were discussed at a meeting this week organized by the Worcester County NAACP at the American Legion Post 231. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

Americans weren’t applying for jobs. “A lot are applying,” she said, adding that in some cases, minor infractions from an individual’s juvenile years were held against them. Davis said she thought community policing — officers knowing and interacting with people in the community — would help with volatile situations. “De-escalating a problem starts prior to you engaging with the person,” she said. Nock said the problem with that was that officers who might have engaged

with an 8-year-old Black boy were intimidated when they encountered that boy as a teenager. “Black men aren’t seen as a threat until they become a teenager,” he said. Davis objected. “Policing starts when you know the kids,” she said. When asked how to get minorities in good paying jobs in Worcester County, Nock encouraged minorities to run for office. “It can’t just be us anymore,” he said. “We have to start running for office. We

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need to get ourselves in position where we can pull up the people that are getting left behind.” Nichols too urged African Americans to get involved, whether it was as an elected official or as a committee member. “Right now, in the town of Berlin we are taking applications for every single committee,” she said. “My mayor said to me ‘I’m a little worried because there’s no representation showing up to apply from District 3 and 4.’ Let me make that clear for you. There’s no representation showing up from our brown and Black community. I’m concerned. Please reach out. My comments to the folks in this town — get up, stand up, speak up, be a part. If you don’t speak up for yourself who is going to? If you don’t emulate and model for those young men and women that this can be done, change can happen, they’re not going to know. The same way you model bed time, meal time, shower time, respect, model for them the way to be an active participant in your community.” Purnell recalled his time as an elected official and said positive changes had been made in recent years but encouraged everyone to continue working together. “We’ve come a mighty long ways, but we’ve got a long way to go and we’ve got to do it together,” he said.


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Jolly Roger Plans Christmas In July

OCEAN CITY – Jolly Roger Amusement Parks is celebrating Christmas in July this weekend with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Jolly Roger Amusement Parks will again be partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve, who will be collecting new, unwrapped toys or $20 donations at the amusement park on 30th Street as well as the pier. Unwrapped toys and monetary donations can be donated to the Guest Services buildings at both locations, both days, to receive the 20% off discount. In years past, the Toys for Tots local program has donated over 7,000 toys to over 4,000 local children. In 2019 Jolly Roger Parks received 177 toys and $5,320 in donations for local families. When you donate a new, unwrapped toy, or give a $20 donation, you will receive a 20% discount on any Jolly Roger purchase, to be used July 24- 27. This 20% discount can be applied to anything from park passes to apparel. Along with the fundraiser, Christmas in July celebrations will be held at both Jolly Roger locations. Get your free Jolly Pix with Santa Claus and stay for special holiday performances by Circus Smile, Dastardly Dave the Pirate, and Lollipop the Clown at the Pier and 30th Street. The schedule of events for “Christmas Eve” on July 24 kicks off with Santa Claus at the pier from noon-3 p.m. followed by Circus Smile at the Pier from 2-3 p.m. followed by Dastardly Dave the Pirate at 3 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. Lol-

lipop the Clown. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, there will be a special holiday edition of Circus Smile at 30th Street. From 6-9 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the 30th Street park followed at 9 p.m. by a special holiday edition of Circus Smile. On “Christmas Day” July 25, the day will open at 9:30 a.m. at 30th Street with a ceremony as Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan will join Jolly Roger Amusement Parks and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for a celebration ceremony. “The Town of Ocean City is delighted to hear that Jolly Roger Amusement Park is able to again celebrate Christmas in July this year,” said Meehan. “Jolly Roger has always been a generous and giving partner in the Ocean City business community. Their partnership with Toys for Tots to benefit those less fortunate during the holidays, is another example of just how generous the business community is here in Ocean City.” From noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Santa Claus will be at the SpeedWorld and Splash Mountain Water Park Building. From 2-3 p.m., Circus Smile will take place at the pier followed at 3 p.m. by Dastardly Dave the Pirate at the Pier. The festivities continue from 4-6 p.m. with Lollipop the Clown at the pier. At 30th Street at 5 p.m. there will be a special holiday edition of Circus Smile at 30th Street. Santa Claus will be at the Pier greeting guests from 6-9 p.m. followed by a special holiday edition of Circus Smile at 9 p.m. at 30th Street.


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Naked In The Bay OCEAN CITY – An Eden, Md., man was arrested on indecent exposure and other charges this week after allegedly flailing around naked in the bay at a midtown restaurant. Around 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a midtown nightclub for a reported trespassing. Upon arrival, officers located a suspect later identified as Conner Ains, 21, lying face down on the bayside beach with no clothes on, according to police reports. A bartender reportedly advised Ains was refusing to come out of the water and appeared to be heavily intoxicated. The bartender reportedly told police he was concerned and pulled Ains out of the water and onto the beach. As the officer approached Ains, he jumped back into the water and began to swim away, according to police reports. The bartender went back into the water to attempt to bring Ains back in and the two struggled for a couple of minutes as Ains tried to swim farther away. Ains was kneeling in the water about 25 feet from the shore before standing up and exposing himself to bar staffers and police officers, according to police reports. The bartender reportedly took off his own shorts and threw them to Ains in order to stop him from continuing to expose himself. Ains’ dry shorts were ultimately found in the outside dining area of the facility. He eventually put on the bartender’s shorts and walked out of the

COPS & COURTS bay and he was arrested for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. He was transferred to the Public Safety Building for booking, and at around 5 a.m., booking personnel found him lying unresponsive on his cell floor and Ocean City EMS was called. Ains was unresponsive on his cell floor, so EMS decided to transport him to the hospital. Once in the ambulance, Ains suddenly awoke and said he was OK. He later told police he acted like he had passed out so he could get out of his jail cell and call a lawyer, according to police reports. He was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and other counts.

Parking Lot Scuffle OCEAN CITY – A local man was arrested last week after allegedly scrapping with another man in the parking lot of a bayfront restaurant at closing time. Shortly after 2 a.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in a parking area of a nightclub at Herring Way observed two men involved in a physical altercation. According to police reports, one of

the combatants, identified as Brandon Hudson, 33, of Ocean City, was wrestling on the ground with the other man. When Hudson got up, he reportedly stood over the other man and began to strike him in the face multiple times with closed fists. A crowd surrounded the two combatants while multiple staff members attempted to break them apart and end the altercation. Hudson was determined to be a primary aggressor and he was arrested and charged with affray and disorderly conduct.

Multiple Assaults Arrest OCEAN CITY – A New Castle, Del., woman was arrested on numerous charges last weekend after causing a scene at a midtown liquor store parking lot. Around 2:10 a.m. last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to the area of the liquor store for a reported assault in progress. The officer arrived and reportedly observed a female suspect, later identified as Brittany Holotanko, 29, of New Castle, Del., running

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Burglary, False Alarm Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Wilmington, Del., man was arrested last weekend after allegedly activating a fire alarm at a midtown condo building and entering a unit uninvited. Around 1:45 a.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a condo at 43rd Street for a reported malicious destruction of property. The officer met with the SEE NEXT PAGE


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... COPS & COURTS complainant, who advised he was seated on his balcony with a group of friends when he heard the building’s fire alarm activate. The victim went to the front door of his unit to investigate what was going on when he saw the suspect, later identified as Jesse Garcia, 25, of Wilmington, Del., slouched against the wall in the hallway with a fire alarm broken on the ground next to him, according to police reports. The witness went back into his unit, but Garcia reportedly turned the door handle and entered the unit. The witness reportedly screamed at Garcia to get out and he complied and left. When the officer arrived, the building’s fire alarm was still activated. A description of Garcia provided by the witness was broadcasted and he was located a short time later leaning up against a light post on the corner of 45th Street and Coastal Highway, according to police reports. The witness was brought over and positively identified Garcia, who was arrested and charged with fourth-degree burglary and intentionally activating a fire alarm in a non-emergency.

Smoking Violation Leads To Weapons Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week after allegedly being found with two loaded handguns on his person on the Boardwalk.

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Around 6:10 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling on the Boardwalk observed a suspect, later identified as Isaiah Christy, 21, of Lyndora, Pa., sitting on a bench smoking a cigarette. The officer approached Christy and asked him for identification, at which point the officer observed an open container of alcohol in Christy’s cargo shorts pocket. The officer confiscated the bottle of alcoholic beverage and poured out its contents. When asked if he had any other contraband on his person, Christy reportedly told the officer no. As the officer was walking with Christy, he asked the suspect again if he had anything on his person the officer should know about, and he said, “I have my old woman’s guns on me,” according to police reports. The officer searched Christy, who had one 9mm handgun in his waistband and another 9mm handgun in the pocket of his shorts. Each of the weapons had one round chambered. Christy was arrested and charged with numerous weapons violations along with open container.

Street for a reported theft. The officer met with a front desk clerk who advised an individual calling from Alabama had complained his credit card was used unauthorized at the motel. The caller had reportedly advised an individual identified as Megan Orf, 43, of Manassas, Va., would be checking in and provided the clerk with her description and a description of her vehicle. When Orf arrived, the clerk told her the room was not ready and to check back in 30 minutes, according to police reports. Orf came back to check in and told the clerk the credit card’s owner was unable to check in at that time because he was away. A total of $119 was pre-charged to the victim’s credit card, and Orf reportedly told the clerk she would pay the outstanding balance of

roughly $154 in cash, according to police reports. The OCPD officer called the victim, who confirmed he did not authorize his credit card payment to the motel. He reportedly told police he had dated Orf before moving to Alabama and she had his credit card information. He also told the officer another unauthorized charge for a cable bill in Virginia had also recently posted to his account, according to police reports. Around 1:45 p.m., the clerk called the officer and said Orf was back at the motel checking in with another male. OCPD officer responded to the rented unit on the second floor and found Orf inside with a male. Orf was arrested and charged with theft less than $1,500 and credit card fraud.

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Man Charged After Video Confirms Pistol Whipping Incident

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested for first-degree assault last weekend after allegedly pistol-whipping another man during an altercation. Around 12:40 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a reported assault around 2nd Street and Baltimore Avenue. A witness reportedly told officers he witnessed a fight between two groups and captured a portion of the altercation on video.

Officers watched the video and observed Michael Taxacher, 29, of Connellsville, Pa., pointing an object later determined to be a handgun at a male victim, who had his hands raised and was holding what appeared to be a shoe, according to police reports. While the victim was still standing with his hands raised, Taxacher allegedly walked toward the victim and struck him in the face with the handgun. Taxacher’s strike was a straight punch to the left eye with the front of the firearm. In the video, the victim is seen falling backward and remained on the ground

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for the entire segment, according to police reports. In the video, Taxacher is seen walking away from the victim while carrying the handgun, according to police reports. Taxacher was located and detained. The victim sustained major injuries to his face and left eye and was transported to Atlantic General Hospital. Before being transported, the victim was interviewed by Ocean City Police and admitted there had been a fight between he and Taxacher and other unknown males. The victim admitted at one point he pulled out a knife to defend himself because he feared for his life during the altercation. The victim could not remember at which point in the altercation he pulled out the knife, according to police reports. Officers interviewed Taxacher, who reportedly told police he and his group, including their female companions, were walking home from a bar when they encountered the victim on the second-floor porch of his rental unit. Taxacher said words were exchanged and the victim came down from his porch, according to police reports. Taxacher said there was modest scuffle on the ground and the victim pulled out a knife. Taxacher said his vehicle was parked about 50 feet away and he told his girlfriend to unlock it. Taxacher told police he opened the driver’s door and retrieved his handgun from the

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center console, according to police reports. Taxacher reportedly told police “I should have shot his [expletive deleted.]” Taxacher reportedly told police the gun was loaded, but he didn’t keep a round in the chamber. Taxacher told officers he racked the slide of his firearm as he walked back toward the victim, according to police reports. Taxacher reportedly told police “I’m scared to take someone’s life, but the dude had a knife,” according to police reports. Taxacher reportedly told police he had his gun drawn on the victim, who appeared to be unphased by the presence of the firearm, and told officers, “He’s lucky to be alive,” according to police reports. Taxacher admitted hitting the victim, but said he could not remember if he punched him with his hand or the weapon. After he hit the victim, Taxacher walked back to his vehicle and rendered the firearm safe by removing the magazine and racking the slide to remove a round from the chamber. Officers obtained the keys to Taxacher’s vehicle and retrieved the Sig Sauer 9mm handgun. A check with communications revealed Taxacher was the registered owner of the weapon. According to police, the gun had blood splatter and human tissue on it. Taxacher was arrested and charged with first- and seconddegree assault, reckless endangerment and numerous weapons counts.


Teens Face Attempted Murder Charges Man Critically Injured In Accident

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and other counts following a stabbing during a domestic incident in Berlin on Tuesday morning. Around 9:52 a.m. on Tuesday, the Berlin Police Department received a 911 call regarding a domestic incident that had occurred in the area of the Oceans East Luxury Apartments on Shore Break Lane near the Stephen Decatur High School and Middle School. Berlin EMS was dispatched to the scene as well. Shortly after arrival, the Berlin Police Department learned a family member at the residence had injured another family member. Multiple reliable sources have reported a teenage girl stabbed her father. Upon arrival, officers observed an adult male suffering from stab wounds. Berlin EMS transported the victim to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where his condition was listed as serious, but not life-threatening. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) was called in to lead the investigation. The known suspect fled the area prior to law enforcement’s arrival on the scene on Tuesday morning. The Maryland State Police

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Forensics Science Division also responded to process the scene for evidence. The teenage suspect remained at large of Tuesday morning. Late Wednesday, WCBI announced two juvenile suspects have been identified and taken into custody regarding the incident. The juvenile suspects have both been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other related counts. With the suspects still at-large on Tuesday, schools in the area, including Stephen Decatur High School, Stephen Decatur Middle School and the Coastal Early Learning Center, were all placed under a shelter-in-place status out of an abundance of caution. The schools remained in that status for over an hour, or until around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. With a shelter-in-place order, the exterior of the building is locked with no one entering or exiting, but movement within the building continues as normal. During the shelter-in-place order on Tuesday, there were 40 students in summer academy at Stephen Decatur Middle School and 25 at Stephen Decatur High School along with teachers and staff. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact WCBI at 410632-1111, or the Berlin Police Department at 410-641-1333. Callers may remain anonymous.

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

FENWICK ISLAND – A Selbyville man was critically injured last week when his scooter was struck by a motor vehicle on Route 54. Around 12:15 p.m. last Thursday, Delaware State Police (DSP) responded to a serious motor vehicle collision. The investigation revealed a 2007 Chevrolet Express van, operated by a 64-year-old Selbyville man, was stopped in the westbound lane while attempting to make a left turn into the parking lot of the Fenwick Hardware store. Meanwhile, a 2004 Yamaha scooter,

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operated by a 70-year-old Selbyville man, was traveling eastbound on the shoulder of Route 54 nearing the entrance to the hardware store parking lot. The operator of the van reportedly attempted to make the left turn and failed to see the scooter. The scooter operator was ejected and landed in the hardware store parking lot. The operator of the scooter sustained serious injuries in the collision and was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition. The eastbound lane of Route 54 was shut down for about an hour, as the Delaware State Police Reconstruction Unit conducted its investigation.


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Ocean City Museum Offering Free Daily Programs

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN CITY – Officials at a resort museum are encouraging people to come out and attend the facility’s free summer programs. Through Aug. 28, the Ocean City LifeSaving Station Museum will host free summer programs, six days a week. Assistant Curator Cara Downey said the half-hour programs begin at 10 a.m. and are open to visitors of all ages. “These programs offer education about the area and encourage people to learn

more about Ocean City and what’s around them, both nature-wise and historically,” she said. “We have such a rich history here.” Downey said the museum has hosted free summer programs for visitors for roughly two decades. While the facility launched its daily events on July 4, she said people can participate throughout the months of July and August. “We have a different program every day,” she noted. On Mondays, the museum presents “History of Our Surfmen,” a program about the U.S. Life Saving Service and

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Free, weekly events conclude with a “Land, Sky and Sea” program on Fridays and an “Aquarium Feeding” program on Saturdays, during which participants can discover the wildlife that inhabit the ocean and coastal bays as they watch aquarium animals eat their morning meal. “We also have a daily aquarium program that runs through August,” Downey said. “People can participate with paid admission to the museum.” For more information on the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, or to learn more about its free summer programs, visit ocmuseum.org.

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Robert Francis Huntt BERLIN – Robert Francis Huntt, age 88, died on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Francis Anderson Huntt and Ethel (Porter) Huntt. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan Colleran Huntt, and children, Sharon E. Huntt (Michael Maroney), Michael Ward Huntt (Mary) and Coleen Patricia Huntt-Kane (Daniel), all of Ellicott City, Md. There are five grandchildren, Francis Goldberg (Kelly), Samantha Huntt ROBERT FRANCIS Vonsiatsky (Anastase), HUNTT David Kane (Christina), Michael Kane (Katie) and Mark Kane (Lauren), and eight great-grandchildren, Oakli, Ava, Anastase, Archer, Eleanor, Mollie, Isla and Reese. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Kostkowski. Mr. Huntt attended St. Bernadine Catholic School in Baltimore, where he started out as an apprentice plasterer in the eighth grade. Graduating from Calvert Hall College High School, he later coached girls basketball, was an NRA Youth Rifle Instructor. He was a United States Navy and Army Veteran. Mr. Huntt had worked as a switchman for C & P Telephone Company for 43 years. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing and was an avid traveler. In later years he liked reading about history. He was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, member of the Knights of Columbus, the Ocean City American Legion Post #166, the Irish American Club, the NRA and the telephone Pioneer’s Club. He also served as an election judge and you could always find him at the church cashiering for the Christmas Bazaar. Services were held. Interment will be in National Cemetery in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060-9979, or Calvert Hall College High School, 8102 LaSalle Rd, Towson, Md. 21286, or Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1701 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City, Md. 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com

Helen N. Curley OCEAN PINES – Helen N. Curley (nee Dietrich) passed on Tuesday, July 12, 2021. She is survived by her loving niece Lisa Ford of Virginia, loving nephew Mark Hess of California and by her beloved cat George. Helen is a graduate of Seton High school. She worked 28 years at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, beginning as a case worker and ending as head of the Appeals Unit of the Family Investment program. She served as president of National Eligibility Workers for several years and was active in AFSCME. HELEN N. CURLEY In 1999 she moved to Ocean Pines to be close to the ocean. She soon assumed duties as an officer of the Marina Village Association. From

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OBITUARIES her first floor patio, she had a great view of the bay and Ocean City in the distance. As the “Queen of Marina Village,” she met and got to know all who stopped by to say hello and chat. She shared her love of soul music from back in the 50s and 60s and found many who enjoyed the same. She had a lasting friendship with young Phillip Flowers, a soul singer who lived in Las Vegas but who is now deceased. Helen spent a great deal of her summers at the pool working on her notably dark suntan. Plans to honor her memory have not been finalized. A donation in her memory may be made to The Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent to www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Mildred Louise Niblett Nock BERLIN – Mildred Louise Niblett Nock, age 96, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Berlin. Born in Pocomoke, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Bessie (Phillips) Niblett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Henry Nock, and two brothers Linwood and Burley Niblett. Surviving are her children Lloyd “Sonny” Nathan Nock (Vicky) of Berlin and Shirley N. Scott (Bennett) of Berlin. There are five grandchildren, David Scott, Sharon Bradford, Kelly Bowden, Brandy Nock and Nathan Nock, and 11 great-grandchildren, MILDRED NOCK Matthew, Michael, and Luke Scott, and Will and Jenna Bradford, Ethan Nock, Tucker Nock, Emily Bowden, Kayla Bowden Warnick, Conner Farran and Jack Phillips. Also surviving is her sister, Norma Knight of Pocomoke, several nieces and nephews, and special companion, her cat Tinker. Mrs. Nock had been a devoted wife, beloved mother and homemaker. She had also worked with her husband with the many jobs on their farm. She was a member of Stevenson United Methodist Church, the Methodist Women, and Alter Guild. In later years, she attended the Community Church at Ocean Pines with her daughter. Services were held. Interment will be private for the family in Evergreen Cemetery. A donation in her memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Edna E. Dennis BERLIN – Edna E. Dennis (92), of Berlin, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 16, 2021. She was born on Nov. 21, 1928 in Berlin, the daughter of the late John W. and Bertha West. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Walter J. Dennis, their son John EDNA E. DENNIS and his wife Gayle of Little Valley, N.Y., and daughter Denise

Lane and her fiancé Tom Taylor of Berlin. She was an adored grandmother to Dennis and his wife Cortney, Kristopher, Lisa, Laura, John Jr. and his wife Heather, Patrick, Megan, Caitlin and Zachary. She had 11 great grandchildren that were very dear to her heart. Also surviving are special “daughters,” Mary Suzanne Dennis and Nancy Gadra. She loved her host of nieces and nephews, other family members and many friends. As the last surviving child of John and Bertha, she was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin and her stepson, Mike Dennis. Mrs. Dennis retired in 2006, after 36 years of service with the Worcester County Board of Education. She would often see students in the community that fondly remembered her as the “Lunch lady” at Berlin Intermediate School. She was a member of St. Martins Methodist Church and a devoted member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 123, raising money for veterans with her special friend, Ann Orlando. She enjoyed reading the local newspapers on Friday mornings, red geraniums on her doorstep in the spring, Christmas, and visits with her dear friends and family. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and other staff of Atlantic General Hospital and the staff of Amedisys Home Health Care for their care and compassion. Services were held and the burial followed at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lissencephaly Foundation at lissfoundation.org or PO Box 698, Shasta Lake, Calif. 96019; or American Legion Auxiliary Unit 123, PO Box 412, Berlin, Md. 21811. Condolences may be sent to the family via burbagefuneralhome.com.

Margaret Jones Hudson OCEAN PINES – Margaret Jones Hudson, age 96, departed this world to join her beloved husband, James Franklin Hudson, and her youngest daughter, Carolyn Hudson Bradshaw, on Dec. 26, 2020. Margaret was born on Jan. 14, 1924, in West MARGARET JONES Ocean City, the daughHUDSON ter of the late James and Elsie Webb Jones. She was a graduate of Ocean City High School in June of 1940 and also attended St Mary's College in St Mary's. Before traveling to college, she met her best friend and future husband, James Franklin Hudson. After completing a year at St. Mary's, they were married on Aug. 5, 1941, at St. Paul's- bythe-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. They were married 68 years before her husband's death in 2009. Together they raised three daughters. During WWII, with her husband stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, Margaret worked in the lab of a petroleum company. After the war, they settled in Delmar, Maryland where Jim worked for DuPont. In 1953 they were transferred to

July 23, 2021 Grifton, North Carolina. Margaret was an advocate for women. While working for DuPont, she would argue for equal pay for equal work. After retirement, Margaret and Jim moved to Ocean Pines to be near family. While in Ocean Pines Margaret became active in the community. She was instrumental in establishing the Republican Women's Club, serving as its first president, advocating for both the Ocean Pines Library and Post Office. In addition to her civic activities, Margaret loved reading. She was a skilled seamstress and an avid gardener. She and Jim loved boating and were passionate about traveling together. Margaret and Jim traveled extensively to such places as Morocco, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and throughout the US. Margaret is survived by two daughters, Ellen Hudson Bunting (Dick) and Linda Hudson Smith (Bill); five grandchildren, Kathy Bunting Howarth (David), Rick Bunting (Misty), Shannon Smith Donoway (Troy), James Hudson Bradshaw (Shayna) and Mathew Beau Bradshaw; and eight great-grandchildren, Maggie and Maddox Bunting, Corinne and Ian Donoway, Davin and Aidan Howarth, and Zelda and Ronin Bradshaw; and special nieces Jeanne Herman and Lee Weeks. A celebration of life will be held at Taylorville Church on July 25 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church 302 N. Baltimore Ave. Ocean City, Md. 21843. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefunerlhome.com.

Jon J. Javornicky BERLIN – Jon “Jack” J. Javornicky, age 82, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 at his home in Ocean Pines surrounded by his loving family. Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Lehotay) Javornicky. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy Javornicky, and daughters, Deanna “Dee Dee” Myers, Kathlyn “Lynn” Hayes and her husband Wayne, and JON J. Carla Weaver and her husband Bobby. He is JAVORNICKY also survived by five grandchildren, Joey, Jamie (along with her husband, Dave), Katelyn, Hannah and Hayden, and one great-grandchild, Adalena. He is predeceased by Dee Dee’s late husband, James Myers. Jon had served in the United States Air Force and later worked as an engineer associate with Lucent/AT&T where he retired from in 1996. He also held a private pilot license and enjoyed flying. His other hobbies included bowling and boating and he was a communicant of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Kathy, along with their children and grandchildren. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph MPR Cocucci will officiate. A donation in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.


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OCEAN PINES – Officials with the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) say they are monitoring delays in the postal service as election materials wait to be processed and mailed to homeowners. On Wednesday, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee issued a statement to association members detailing potential delays in the arrival of ballots for this year’s board election. While election materials – 7,777 ballots and 710 letters to ineligible voters – were posted on July 16, the committee noted the backlog of mail waiting to be processed. “All such bulk mailings are shipped to Baltimore for imaging and sorting, then sent to destination post offices. We’re told there are trailer trucks full of mail waiting to be processed in Baltimore,” the statement reads. “We have never experienced such a delay before. All we can do is wait. We will inform OPA members when the election materials appear in our mailboxes.” In a board meeting Wednesday evening, President Larry Perrone said he had been in contact with Elections Committee Chair Steve Habeger regarding problems with the postal service. “The problem is that, as it was in the spring, there are tractor trailer loads of mail sitting there that is taking a long time to process …,” he said. “I consulted with

counsel just before the meeting this evening, and we are going to monitor the situation.” Perrone noted that if the delays continued, the board could consider changes to Resolution M-06, which establishes election procedures. “We can change the date of the annual meeting,” he said. “The ballots have to be in the Wednesday before the annual meeting.” Perrone told community members this week the board would continue to monitor the situation before taking any actions. “We’ll be able to get a better idea within the community here when people start to get their ballots, and then when we get to see the ballots come in,” he said. “We want to stress, at least to the community members here in Ocean Pines, when you get your ballot please fill it out and drop it off at the drop box in the vestibule of the police department to avoid the delays that may happen here.” Perrone noted he was most concerned with the community’s ability to turn in their ballots before the deadline, Aug. 11. “This prejudices and helps all four members equally that are running for the board. It affects them all the same way as far as we’re concerned,” he said. “What our concern is, is the impact on the community and the vote of the community. We want to make sure the community has ample time to get their votes in.”

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Director Camilla Rogers, board liaison to the Elections Committee, said she would continue to receive updates from Habeger. She told board members she would write a motion to change M-06, should it become necessary. “We’ll be talking about this a little more,” Perrone replied. “Habeger will absolutely be involved in this.” During public comments, resident Joe Reynolds pointed out that any changes to the annual meeting date would require a change to the bylaws. “The bylaws state the annual meeting shall be held on the second Saturday in

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SALISBURY – Legislation for a tax incentive program will move forward to a public hearing. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted 4-3 to introduce legislation that would create a tax credit for new hotel and multi-family development. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly passed enabling legislation to give all municipalities in Wicomico County – and Wicomico County as a whole – the ability to establish a property tax credit for hotel and multi-family development projects. And late last month, the City of Salisbury passed its own HORIZON (Hotel and Residential Incentive Zone) program, which is expected to incentivize large-scale development projects in the downtown area through reduced property taxes. Earlier this month, however, city officials came before the county council with a request to adopt a similar program that would spur further development in downtown Salisbury. The county’s proposed incentive program would offer multi-family and hotel developers reduced property taxes on improved lots before gradually increasing over 10 years. “This is not a tax giveaway,” Councilman John Cannon said earlier this month. “We’re not giving away one dollar of current taxes Wicomico County currently collects. What we’re doing is trying to give relief only to the improved investment value of those properties.” Back on the agenda this week, the council voted 4-3 to introduce the bill with one amendment. A motion to table the bill’s introduction failed, with Councilman Joe Holloway, Council President Larry Dodd and Councilwoman Nicole Acle in favor and Councilmen Bill McCain, Josh Hastings, Ernie Davis and Cannon opposed. The county council will hold a public hearing on the legislative bill at its Aug. 17 meeting. County leaders this week also revisited Holloway’s pitch for a countywide tax incentive program. In a work session on Tuesday, Holloway said he was seeking the council’s consensus after in-

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troducing the proposed program last month. “I see we’re moving ahead with the Horizon project, giving tax credits to large-scale developers,” he said. “I feel if we do that, we need to also give the taxpayers of Wicomico County a break.” The legislative bill reads, “to provide a prorated real property tax credit to each real property taxpayer equivalent to a prorated portion of the property tax credit granted under the manufacturer’s tax exemption, the arts and entertainment property tax credit, and hotel or multifamily residential development property tax credit.” Officials said the proposed program would need enabling legislation from the General Assembly. “I see it only fair, if we’re going to give the tax abatement to developers, especially large-scale developers, we do the same thing for the citizens of Wicomico County,” Holloway said. McCain questioned the reasons for revisiting the proposed program, as it had little support from council members at their last meeting. Cannon argued it would be easier to change the tax rate in the next budget cycle. “We can do this in the next budget cycle, change the tax rate in the next budget cycle,” he said. “That way, this will go into effect in like eight months instead of two years.” Holloway, however, argued enabling legislation would ensure its success. “That’s correct,” he replied. “But if it’s passed as a state law, we would have to do it. You are saying we can do it. ‘Can’ and ‘having to’ are two different things.” Acle questioned if Holloway had completed any economic impact study to see how the proposed program would impact county services. “I have had as much of an impact study done on this as we’ve had done on the Horizon project,” he replied, “and that is none.” McCain objected to Holloway’s comment. “That is not the case,” he argued. After further discussion, the council failed to reach a consensus to pursue the proposed program. Dodd and Holloway were the only two supporters.

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BERLIN – In an effort to expand its reach, the Worcester County Arts Council worked with local schools to offer a first of its kind Summer Arts Week. From July 19-23, the Worcester County Arts Council (WCAC) partnered with Worcester County Public Schools to bring the arts to area elementary schools. Throughout the week, visual artists and musicians shared their work with students. “We thought we’d take the program to the kids,” said Donna Main, president of the Worcester County Arts Council’s board. “We’re hoping this will expand our presence in the county.” For decades, the WCAC has offered a week-long summer arts program to local children. Because it was typically held in Berlin, however, it wasn’t as accessible to students in Snow Hill and Pocomoke. This year, WCAC board member Priscilla Zytkowicz suggested the WCAC bring its summer program to the children by visiting elementary schools during their summer academy sessions.

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SELBYVILLE – Freeman Arts Pavilion is now offering single ticket sales for all performances scheduled on and after Aug. 15. The fundraising arts nonprofit located in Selbyville has a large, open-air venue that features pod seating. Starting July 21, patrons can purchase single, two, three or four seats within the pod instead of purchasing the whole pod. The latest changes are in light of the restrictions being lifted on July 13 by Gov. John Carney. Ahead of this new development, the staff added two-person pods to a select number of shows before Aug. 14. “There have been a lot of firsts this year for our team,” said Patti Grimes, executive director. “A new name, a new venue and a new ticketing system. We wanted to ensure we can successfully offer new opportunities for our patrons while still maintaining their safety ...” “We heard patrons when they asked about seating options for two or three people,” she said. “We couldn’t safely offer that while still adhering to the public health guidelines, but when the lifting of the State of Emergency Order was an-

nounced earlier this month, our team started brainstorming once again.” The pod system is still in place, seating four patrons per pod. Patrons can purchase a single and up to four tickets per pod. Patrons can purchase up to two pods, or eight tickets per event. Since pods can accommodate up to four patrons — patrons buying less than the total amount, may be sharing a pod with other patrons. All performances will continue to be bring your own chair events. “We have a spectacular two months ahead of us — some of the best performances are scheduled for August and September, so we are very excited to be able to introduce this revised ticket sales opportunity,” said Grimes. “It has been a challenge staying aligned with all the health regulations. All we want to do is continue to deliver simple joy to our patrons, safely.” Freeman Arts is not adding additional capacity to this season’s layout. Performances that are already sold out will not have more seats added. Additionally, the new seating will not be retroactive for prior purchases.

FROM PAGE 8 party town. The backbone of Ocean City’s business is keeping the families coming to town, keeping them comfortable and safe and happy when they come. This year on the Boardwalk is a whole different world. You see families walking back on the Boardwalk again and they’re having fun. The introduction of alcohol just adds something that is not really needed on the Boardwalk.” Like Harman, he said enforcement was an issue, as the BLC didn’t have an enforcement budget and the police were busy enough already. A representative of the Worcester County Health Department said she wasn’t in support or opposition of to-go drinks but cited local drinking statistics. She said that if there was more availability of and access to alcohol, drinking related issues could increase. BLC member Charles Nichols made a motion not to accept the regulations allowing carryout alcohol sales, referencing issues the board needed to consider related to crime, traffic, parking and convenience. BLC member Marty Pusey agreed that the board had to

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consider a variety of factors in making a decision. She pointed out that no one had discussed the impact to-go sales had on those with a Class A license, which permitted the off sale of package goods. “This could in a sense be hurting Class A folks,” she said. Pusey said she was sympathetic to licensees but didn’t want to see Ocean City become like Key West. “That is not the kind of community we want in Ocean City,” she said. She added, however, that if COVID numbers increased and restrictions were once again put in place, the board would likely reconsider the issue. “I feel this law is usurping the process the board goes through when we review each and every request for a license,” Pusey said. “They come before us, we consider what their need is, what community they’re in. This is just bypassing that whole process as well as hurting one entire class of licenses.” Pusey also brought up enforcement and said it was practically impossible. “What are we promoting in our community because of the difficulty in enforcement?” she said. Esham said that there were 334 license holders in Worcester County and three had come Wednesday to testify in support of to-go drinks. He said his concern with allowing it was that it would enable public consumption, which was against the law. “It would put an extra burden on all the police and/or the sheriff’s department in the entire county, not just Ocean City, but it would put an extreme burden on Ocean City which has 70% of our licenses,” he said. He added that it would also make things harder on lifeguards on the beach and could make it easier for people to drink and drive. Esham also referenced Class A license holders. “There are approximately 133 that have off-sale privileges that as she says have paid for their license,” Esham said. “If we open up the entire county for carryout, it certainly isn’t going to help them. While we may be helping a few, we might be hurting others.”


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Chamber Staff Additions OCEAN CITY – The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce has added two new faces to its staff. The new events manager is Heather LaFollette, who brings years of marketing and advertising experience and will coordinate and manage all chamber activities and assist members HEATHER LAFOLLETTE with their presence on the chamber’s website. She will also be interacting with visitors, locals and members in the visitor center. She moved to the area about three years ago from St. Mary’s County. LAURA BLAIR Laura Blair was brought on board as administrative and customer support. She will assist visitors, locals and members in the visitor center and provide support to membership services and publications. A native of Massachusetts, she

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July 23, 2021 tional Seashore. The 18-hole championship golf course features a variety of water holes, large white-sand bunkers, elevated tees, rolling fairways and contoured greens. Eagle's Landing is committed to protecting and preserving its natural resources and habitat and is the first fully certified Audubon Sanctuary in Maryland.

Bank CEO Recognized studied public communications in Washington, DC, then worked as a community relations director and a membership director. She moved to Ocean City from Montgomery County in 2018.

Golf Course Honored OCEAN CITY – The municipallyowned Eagle's Landing Golf Course which has just been named to GOLF.com's "25 Underrated Municipal Golf Courses," according to a poll of the magazine's readers. Owned and operated by the Town of Ocean City for more than 30 years, Eagle’s Landing is the only Maryland golf course to make the list.

"We are thrilled to be included on GOLF.com's list and for Eagle's Landing to be recognized for the unique experience it offers golfers," said Bob Croll, Head Golf Professional at Eagle's Landing Golf Course. "Eagle's Landing is truly a crown jewel of Ocean City and showcases the beauty of the Eastern Shore environment, while also offering a challenging, championship course." Designed by renowned golf course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Eagle's Landing was recognized on GOLF.com's list for its lush greens, an abundance of wildlife, and spectacular views of the Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague Island Na-

BERLIN – Shore United Bank congratulates President & CEO Scott Beatty, Jr on being named by The Daily Record’s Power 30 for the year 2020. Introduced on June 30,2021, this list showcases the top 30 leaders in Maryland’s banking and financial services. The COVID-19 pandemic presented the banking industry with the incredible challenge to do its part in safeguarding the nation’s economy. This includes businesses in need of financing to stay open and make payroll, as well as individual customers in need of assistance. SCOTT BEATTY, JR. “Our execution of the federal Payroll Protection Program was our biggest success,” Beatty said. “Our staff literally worked every weekend, all day, and all night to make sure our customers got the support they so desperately needed. Through the two rounds of the program Shore United Bank processed 2,454 loans totaling $196 million. We know this saved many businesses from failure.” Shore United Bank has recently announced it has entered a definitive agreement with Anne Arundel County’s Severn Bank, a merger demonstrating the bank’s growing potential. Beatty is a local, Eastern Shore native, graduate of Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business, and has been a senior executive at Shore United Bank since 2005, CEO since 2013. “I am both honored and humbled by the recognition as one of the top 30 leaders in Maryland’s banking and financial services in 2020 by The Daily Record, but the credit truly should go to the amazing staff I work with every day at Shore United Bank,” said Beatty.

Surgeon Welcomed Back SALISBURY – TidalHealth announced cardiothoracic surgeon Kurt E. Wehberg, MD, has rejoined the health system. Wehberg is part of the new TidalHealth Cardiovascular Surgery practice at the TidalHealth Millsboro Campus at 30265 Commerce Drive, Suite 103 in Millsboro, Del., just off Route 113 near Lowe’s. The new practice opened July 12. Wehberg, who is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed both a residency and fellowship at the University of Maryland Medial System. He first joined TidalHealth in 2001 and was an integral part of the DR. KURT growth and success of E. WEHBERG the organization’s award-winning cardiothoracic surgery service. Along with traditional open-heart surgical services, SEE NEXT PAGE


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... BUSINESS NEWS Wehberg pioneered minimally invasive robotic heart and lung procedures as well as other cardiac breakthroughs like transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) to improve blood flow to the heart. Wehberg was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform TMR both traditionally and robotically. Wehberg will be among a team that will be expanding TidalHealth’s unequaled nearly 50-year history of cardiovascular and thoracic procedures in Sussex County. He’ll be offering thoracic screening and robotic-assisted surgeries at TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford, seeing patients there and in Millsboro.

Top Design Firm Announced SALISBURY – Engineering News Record (ENR) recognized Becker Morgan Group as a 2021 Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firm for the eighth year in a row, ranking the firm #68. This ranking represents an 18-point climb up the list from the prior year. Projects contributing to Becker Morgan Group’s success in 2021 include Capital School District’s Interconnected Middle Schools, TidalHealth Surgery Center, Chestertown YMCA, and the Ocean City Convention Center Expansion. “We are proud of our talented staff and thankful for our devoted clients who have made this achievement possible,” said Founder and President W. Ronald Morgan, AIA.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch ENR is the news leader for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The annual Top Design Firms list ranks the largest U.S. design firms based on design-specific revenue in each region; the Mid-Atlantic encompasses Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC.

Pa. License Obtained SALISBURY – Tonney Insley, Senior Advisor with SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, has obtained a Pennsylvania Real Estate license. Insley has consistently grown his market share on the Eastern Shore representing buyers and sellers as well and landlords and tenants. In the last few years, he has participated in 14 sales transactions in downtown Salisbury alone and finished with the Achiever’s status at SVN International Corp (over $300,000 in gross commission income). Insley has family ties to Pennsylvania and graduated from Gettysburg College, so obtaining his real estate license had always been a goal. SVN Miller Commercial recently secured their PA brokerage license, clearing the way for Insley’s advisory services to expand, extending his service reach to better serve his clients. “I am always looking for ways to better serve my clients and having a greater geographical reach is just a no-brainer,” said Insley. Insley has already secured the listing of a 78,464-square-foot retail center situated on 12 acres in Chambersburg, Pa. located in Franklin County. The shopping center is anchored by a regional bank headquarters and is currently 97% leased with national and regional credit tenants.

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BY COLLIN MACOMBER

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BERLIN – According to PwC’s recent Retirement in America report, the median retirement savings among people ages 55 to 64 is $120,000. Unfortunately, that likely would provide less than $1,000 per month for a retiree, for only 15 years. There’s an interesting dichotomy among demographics when it comes COLLIN to retirement planning MACOMBER these days. There are those who believe they will work beyond age 70, or even never retire. Some believe they’ll need to keep working for financial reasons, while others simply want to stay engaged. But then there’s another cohort (one-third of workers younger than 54) who aspire to retire by age 55, according to a 2020 survey by the research firm Hearts & Wallets. Clearly, the pandemic affected some households’ financial situation more than others. But the primary way to successfully fund retirement is to have a plan, and those who want to retire early generally do. Those who think they’ll never be able to stop working may have either failed to plan adequately or circumstances conspired to send those plans awry. Wherever you are in your planning stage, it never hurts to get advice. We’d be happy

to review your current finances — and your retirement plan if you already have one — to either get you on track or ensure you’re still on the right path to retiring when and how you want. Bear in mind that approximately 40 million people do not have the advantage of investing in an employer-sponsored retirement plan because they work for a small business. There appears to be a growing trend to address this situation, as multiemployer and pooled-employer plans (MEP/PEP) are starting to come on board. A 2019 survey of retirement plan participants by American Century Investments found the number one regret among retirees was not saving enough money for retirement. Not saving enough could lead to working longer than you wanted or scaling back to a lower-cost retirement lifestyle. For current retirees or those expecting to retire soon, the recent rise in inflation is not without its advantages. For example, in April the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased to 4.7% over 12 months ago. This inflation measure means the next COLA increase could reflect the 4.7% increase next year. For context, Social Security benefits rose by only 1.3% in 2021. The actual adjustment will be calculated later this year. (The writer is an investment advisor with Key Financial Services. The entire KFS team can be reached at 410-629-0357.)

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SALISBURY – A request for increased funding is expected to benefit two shoreline restoration projects in Wicomico. On Tuesday, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism Director Steve Miller came before the Wicomico County Council seeking support to accept an increased loan amount for shoreline restoration projects at Cove Road and Roaring Point. “Our concern is that these beaches are eroding …,” he told council members this week. “Our concern is if we don’t do anything, they’re not going to fix themselves. And eventually we are going to lose those beaches, which are assets to the county.” In 2018, the county council approved an interest-free loan from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to complete the two shoreline restoration projects. Since that time, the county has completed a lengthy design and permitting process. But Miller noted recent con-

struction bids for the projects came in significantly higher than originally budgeted. “It’s a little more than double what we had anticipated when we got approved for the 0% loan,” he said. “The reason we are here today is to seek council consensus to approach DNR and see if they would consider increasing that 0% interest loan amount, which would allow us to award the projects and proceed with these projects.” Officials said the request would have no impact on the current fiscal budget, but would impact yearly loan repayments in out years. “We had an estimate of $16,000 … ,” said Bhaskaran Subramanian, shoreline conservation chief for DNR. “It will probably be $37,000.” When asked what the projects would accomplish, Subramanian said it would increase the width of the beach. “It’s probably going to go 50 feet into the water,” he replied. “So it’s definitely going to be a bigger beach, but it’s not going to be the next Ocean City.” Councilwoman Nicole Acle questioned if that would impact visitation,

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maintenance and parking. While he noted his department had increased manpower, Miller said it was something for the county to consider. “What we’re here to do is protect what we’re losing,” he said. “As far as future plans and other expansions … those are all unanswered questions at this point.” Councilman Joe Holloway suggested the department address parking issues in addition to shoreline erosion. “I understand saving the beach. I’m all for it,” he said. “But you are being shortsighted, and you’re creating more

problems for the residents who do live down there.” Officials noted, however, that options were limited. “Until the opportunity presents itself, I’m not sure what else you can do there,” Councilman Bill McCain said. After further discussion, the council reached a consensus to accept an increased loan amount, pending state approval. Officials also agreed to hold a future work session on parking and other issues at the beaches. “It’s not an easy fix,” Miller said, “but we feel like this is an important project.”

SALISBURY – The Wicomico Farm & Home Show and Wicomico County have announced the return of the Wicomico County Fair from Aug. 20-22 at WinterPlace Park. This year’s event will celebrate 85 years of fair traditions, and it is presented by Perdue Farms, Toyota and

the Pohanka Automotive Group. The Wicomico County Fair serves to showcase the importance of agriculture on the Eastern Shore during a weekend-long, family-friendly event. “We are excited to be back following last year’s COVID-related hiatus,” said Zach Evans, Wicomico County Fair chair. “We can’t wait to see everyone back at WinterPlace Park in August.” This year’s premium book has been printed in a special pull-out section of the Salisbury Independent’s July 15 edition. The book includes rules and registration information for livestock exhibits and home arts. This information is also available online at www.WicomicoFair.com. Registration forms must be received by Friday, Aug. 6. Returning fair events include the Maryland High School Rodeo, MasonDixon Deputies-sanctioned mounted shooting competition, jousting competitions, petting farm, garden tractor pulling, axe throwing, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, pie eating contest, car and Jeep shows, live music, fireworks and more. Admission and parking at the Fair are free. For more information, visit www.WicomicoFair.com. Vendor spots are still available. To apply, visit www.WicomicoFair.com.

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Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy How We See It

There are more than 330 alcohol licenses in Worcester County and only three spoke during a public hearing for an extension of carryout drinks. This lack of robust support to allow togo drinks resulted in an easy call for the Worcester Board of License Commissioners. Couple the paltry turnout with opposition from veteran restaurateurs Shawn Harman and Greg Shockley amid public health and enforcement concerns and the 3-0 vote seems justified.

For the board to seriously consider allowing take-out drinks, severe economic hardship needed to be demonstrated. The consensus among the local business community is economic recovery is happening. There does not appear to be enough of an economic impact to trump public safety concerns about excessive drinking in public, a few overindulgent business owners not following the intent of the law and enforcement issues. For all those who benefited, there

were other sectors who were hurt by the carryout drinks perk. Retail stores were clearly impacted as customers were able to buy their margarita jugs with their Mexican fare and get their beer with their crab cake sandwiches. It’s time to trend toward normalcy for all of society, including the restaurant industry. We support the board’s call, but agree it should be revisited should pandemic restrictions on restaurants return in the future.

Letters To The Editor Beach Patrol Appreciation Editor: On Sunday July 18, 2021 we were on the beach in the late afternoon enjoying the weather and the end of another great week in Ocean City. At about 5 p.m. we noticed the waves to be packing a bit more punch than earlier in the day and the current was really gaining strength. At this time we noticed an unattended soccer ball in the ocean. With a somewhat silly reference to a famous scene in the move “Castaway”, my better half said, “Oh no, somebody lost Wilson.” A couple of minutes after noticing “Wilson”, we saw a swimmer who decided to swim out and attempt to retrieve the ball. With each stroke the guy took out east towards the sea, the ball managed to drift a bit further. We took notice of how very far out from shore he was and started to grow concerned. We looked up at the beach patrol stand and saw that the Surf Rescue Technician on duty noticed the dangerous scene as well. Sure enough, the swimmer got tired, turned around with never getting the ball and started to swim back to shore. However, he was exhausted and could not make it. He panicked and waved his hands for assistance. The SRT, bolted from his stand and hit the ocean waters like a horse breaking out of the starting gate. As he swam to rescue the swimmer from his post on Talbot Street, a female SRT from the stand just north of the pier left her perch and went to the scene with her buoy over her head. It was a well-trained team in action. We watched the SRT (Paul) assist the swimmer back to shore. Once on firm footing the swimmer who was once in danger of losing his life just sort of walked away a tad embarrassed. Meanwhile, we knew we just saw a life be saved. It was very sad to learn that just two days earlier a swimmer was not so lucky and ended up drowning just a few blocks north from the site of the rescue we witnessed. We are forever thankful to have SRTs like Paul out there working miracles. The entire OCBP operation is amazing from top down. We residents, and vacationers are very fortunate to have them. Please follow their

advice and “keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard is in the stand”. The life you save could be your own. M. Scott Chismar Crofton and Ocean City

Keeping Them Wild Editor: There has been a lot of talk about the relocation of the young horse on Assateague Island lately. This is long, so bear with me. Most of it hurts my heart and leaves a chorus of "They know not what they do" ringing in my ears. First, let me say that my own heart goes out to the National Park Service for feeling they had to make this call last week. I respect it, but I don't have to love it. I imagine they didn't love it, either. I was not a fly on the wall, or privy to the discussions that preceded making the call, but it's my bet that the public and social media pressure fever pitch, coupled with the pony paparazzi and internet "vets" following the band around to "report" on the foal's condition made it impossible to justify leaving her with her band. Second, let me say that I'm not antiChincoteague, anti-fire department, or anti-Saltwater Cowboys either. The way that the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) runs all of that is a time-honored tradition that I took part in as a child, and I've even owned a Pony Penning pony. I choose not to as an adult, but I have thought of taking my grandkids. People feel very strongly about it, and there's a sense of pride and accomplishment for those who are a part of that process. I get it. I respect it. I am sure that CVFD had its share of public pressure on the matter as well. My point is this. Please know the full measure what you're asking, or demanding. Do your research, try and look at all sides of an issue, not just the one that's cushy and in your comfort zone before demanding action. Your "two cents" may often cost much, much, more than that. For those who don't know, I grew up on the very last farm on the left before you curve left to go to Assateague -Humphreys Sandy Point Farm. I walked and biked to the island as a child, spent time on it with my parents. I spend a lot

of time there now. There aren't many things, besides my family, that bring me more joy than sitting on that island, soaking in one of the last places on this peninsula where you can go to any number of points and not see a single condo or a hotel, or even a human in any direction. I revel in the unaltered, unfiltered nature of it all. A mare was hit and eventually died on the Maryland side of the island recently. She had foaled this year, and it seemed the foal had been injured as well. There was a lot of public outcry over not having efforts made by a vet to save the mare, or having park staff step in to get the foal seen by a vet. This isn't something the NPS does. The ponies are wildlife, plain and simple. They are as much a part of the island as the Sika deer, the fox, the whitetails and the birds. They are born, they reproduce, they live and they die. They do so without human intervention. If the island were to close off to humans entirely tomorrow, the Maryland herd would survive, and even thrive. They do that without ever having felt a halter or saddle or bridle bit. Without ever having seen the inside of a trailer, stall, pasture or fence, or without ever having shoes nailed to their feet. It's not always pretty, but always breathtaking. The only intervention performed is typically birth control darting, when a population surge makes it look like the numbers are swinging over the threshold that the island's resources can comfortably support. Now let's think about that for a minute. The Maryland side could, conceivably, auction off excess foals and pad the budget of the island with the proceeds, but they don't. The population control takes money from their pockets, but insures the balance of resources necessary for survival in the island's ecology. So why do they not? Because they are simply stewards of the park, and its wildlife and resources. It's their job to protect them, not profit from them. There's a complex and ever changing social structure among the herd. Family structures and bands, with both fluid and constant members, roam about the island at will. They're fenced SEE NEXT PAGE


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Letters To The Editor only by natural barriers and the Verrazano Bridge. The island is theirs. We're the guests. There are constant skirmishes amongst band stallions over mares and territory, but they work it out just as they have forever. Survival of the fittest is the only selective breeding program here. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. Much like the mustangs, surviving since time immemorial, there's been public outcry that they need "care" and that to not provide them with it is socially irresponsible, morally unacceptable, and even "Cruelty to animals." For the love of all things holy, don't tell the ponies. They don't know. Unfortunately, neither do most of the folks that think taking a wild horse from its band, its home range, and chucking it in a corral is an "upgrade." Bottom line, nothing against Chincoteague, but facts are simply facts. The Chincoteague herd is not the touchy feely one from the Misty books. It's a business. A for-profit, managed, selective breeding, captive livestock business, that takes place on public land by permit for nearly a century. A business that raised over $271,000 in 2019. There have been 1,297 ponies sold just between 1999 and 2019, bringing in $1,960,829 in those years. (Data from Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce). That's $2 million, in only 10 of those years. The Virginia ponies aren't "free," they're behind fences in large pastures in a grazing range on public land. Three times a year, they're rounded up, branded, vetted, have shots, hoof care, teeth floated. Once a year, every foal born that year is rounded up for auction. Most are sold to private buyers, for profit. That's farming, folks, not a refuge, park or sanctuary, not a preserve. They just happen to hold a permit to graze their private livestock on a refuge. A certain fluid number, necessary to keep the total herd numbers under the 150 the federal public lands grazing permit allows, are designated as "buyback" ponies. Chosen by public popularity, or because they possess traits, coloring, conformation or lineage desirable to the herd going forward. That's selective captive breeding. So, my point is, I recently watched a foal who'd lost her mother graze, sleep, travel and even play with her band. She was free to go where she pleased. She had a slight limp, which seemed to be improving, and the definite protection of more than one of her bandmates. On a Monday, she was captured, loaded confused and likely terrified into a vehicle, and transported to a corral on the Virginia side. They've stated she won't be auctioned. Of course not, because it will strengthen the gene pool of the Virginia herd. It's in the best interest of the busi-

ness that is Pony Penning. It's a budgetary and management decision. Not one of the heart. As a whole, let's get right with that reality. I'm tired of seeing the deluded folks who believe this is all a glorious, necessary, righteous rescue. By buying into that delusion, we lay the groundwork for a cosmic shift in the ecology of the island we all love. Today, it's a foal, tomorrow, there will be public outcry for every horse with a hoof chip to be shipped off to a Chincoteague carnival grounds corral. So now, for those who feel this is "for the best", "Awesome", it's making you "cry tears of happiness", I ask you to consider the following. Sunday, no one owned that foal. It was the last day she would be truly free. She was part of a band, a herd, a family. Part of the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places remaining in America, but she was not property. Today, she is property. An asset, a commodity. She's breeding livestock owned by the CVFD. She'll have more human hands now than her whole band likely has in their collective lifespans. She will never again not be behind a fence or in a corral. Whether the fences are there to keep humans out or ponies in won't matter much to her. Sunday, she had a future as a free, wild mare who would someday help carry on the genes of her mother within the herd. Those genes are now lost to the Maryland herd. They may be a part of the Virginia herd, but that rests solely on whether or not her foals are chosen as buybacks. The thing that we know is that every single one she has in her lifetime will be taken from her and auctioned off, either as a buyback or to a private owner. Every foal, and she'll be permitted to keep on having them every year she can conceive and carry. Her future is now to be a privately-owned broodmare. So, before the next "Bash the National Park Service" fest, I urge you to walk a mile in the unshod feet of the wild ponies, another in the Virginia herd, do some reading and research, and before you volunteer as keyboard warrior for either side of the manure pile, maybe ask yourself which life you'd prefer as a pony? Everything has a cost. Everything has consequences. If you visit the park, please, just slow the hell down. Breathe, enjoy, take it in. There's no place like it, and no reason for you to be in that kind of hurry. There's a lot to see, and if you're going fast enough to hit any wildlife, you are surely missing it. I sincerely hope recent events aren't the beginning of a huge shift in the park as we know it. If that dies, part of me will die with it. I will remain Team #Keepemwild Lisa Bryant Berlin

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Between The Lines by Publisher/Editor Steve Green Though officially because of a light agenda, it’s presumed the Ocean City Mayor and Council canceled its meeting Monday night in part due to the Freedom Bus effort ending its tour of the shore at City Hall the same day. Attendees of the tour made it clear they were planning to crowd the council meeting in a show of concern for how they perceive police treated two individuals last month. Though seemingly well-intentioned, the tour’s representatives who spoke at City Hall after a meeting with Mayor Rick Meehan and other officials were long on rhetoric and short on productive and meaningful dialogue. Worcester County NAACP President Ivory Smith’s comments were the most reasonable, saying, “The mayor is going to work with us and we’re going to hold them accountable. Everybody in this group needs to follow up and keep the pressure on.” However, Salisbury University NAACP Chapter President Dorien Rogers went the other direction, saying, “We have young students that come here, and they do not deserve to be targeted for the color of their skin. We shall not have that.” It’s wrong to maintain the individuals featured in the viral online videos were “targeted” because they were Black. It’s the easy and predictable route to gain attention rather than diving deeper into the full context of the situations and understanding the conflict arose from a lack of compliance with police requests. Consistency and accuracy are paramount in these situations when police misconduct and racial profiling are alleged. There were no marches or press conferences held last summer when there were multiple instances of Black men assaulting white men on the Boardwalk. One disturbing video showed a white man being punched repeatedly by Black men even after he was unconscious. There were other instances of Black on Black crimes as well. It was a good thing there was no outrage because words and actions most likely precipitated the brawls. The full context and all the details must be absorbed before jumping to conclusions. It’s why the tough and inflammatory talk before the media is unproductive. Claims of “systemic racism that continues to exist on the Eastern Shore,” which was said by Carl Snowden of the Caucus of African-American Leaders, led metropolitan news broadcasts and furthered an agenda, but have no place in meaningful discussions. Rather, blunt conversations about race should be more like the meeting held by the local NAACP this week. There was direct talk and concerns shared, but it was not inflammatory and geared toward television cameras like we saw in Ocean City with the bus tour representatives. All too often people shy away from talking about race because it makes them uncomfortable. Nobody wants to say the wrong thing and be perceived in an extreme light. It’s understandable to be weary as race is a sensitive subject for many, but we need to be frank. For example, Berlin Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols, a Black woman who works in the education system, is refreshing when she talks about race. She expressed many blunt opinions at this week’s meeting and also called out her community for not being active enough in their hometowns. “Right now, in the town of Berlin we are taking applications for every single committee,” she said. “My mayor said to me ‘I’m a little worried because there’s no representation showing up to apply from District 3 and 4.’ Let me make that clear for you. There’s no representation showing up from our brown and black community. I’m concerned. Please reach out. My comments to the folks in this town — get up, stand up, speak up, be a part. If you don’t speak up for yourself who is going to?” She continued, “If you don’t emulate and model for those young men and women that this can be done, change can’t happen, they’re not going to know. The same way you model bed time, meal time, shower time, respect, model for them the way to be an active participant in your community.” It’s known the potential site for a major sports complex is in northern Worcester County. It makes the most sense, and it has been learned the proposed location is near the intersection of Routes 589 and 113, raising concerns about traffic for many. These are issues that will need to be ironed out in the future, but it’s important to realize this effort is in the earliest of stages. It’s too early to even have a public hearing at this point. The county’s appraisal of the property must closely mirror the private property owner’s appraisal before it can even be considered for Program Open Space funding, which would be the primary money source. Nonetheless, it was interesting to learn this week county officials have met with a management company who operates sports complexes like Worcester County envisions. This is an important development because the consensus among the County Commissioners was they didn’t want county staff managing the facility. The management company, which evidently operates 35 sports complexes, will be making a presentation to the commissioners next month. While this is a key piece to the puzzle, I think it will also be interesting to hear what the citizens of the county want to see at this sports complex. Do they want an indoor pool facility in addition to sports fields? Should the project feature hotels, restaurants and entertainment amenities? It’s too early but the potential is exciting.


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The Ocean City Surf Club donated $1,500 to the Ocean City Beach Patrol for its water and beach safety activity books for children. Pictured, front from left, are Lieutenant Ward Kovacs, Captain Butch Arbin, Surf Club President Tommy Vach, Surf Club Vice-President Rusty Ruszin, Beach Patrol Public Education Coordinator Kristin Joson and Crew Captain Josh Wilder. Submitted Photos

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean City-Ocean Pines welcomed nine new members during the last year and six were able to attend the July 14 meeting to be ceremoniously inducted. Pictured, from left, are inductees Jim Maratea, Holly and Arnie Popkin, Doreen O'Connor, Sandy McAbee and Elena McComas with Membership Chair Shelley Cohen and President Steve Cohen.

Beebe Medical Foundation Gift Officer Diane Barlow and President Tom Protack receive vans provided by funds from the Jean & Joan Tournament and Beebe Medical Foundation. Van drivers Paul Taylor and Paula Twigg are at center with Foundation Executive Director of Development Kay Young, Oncology Services Executive Director Maurice Winkfield, and Manager of Psychosocial Services Rita Williams.

Ravens Roost #44 of Ocean City announced $13,700 in scholarship awards to seven graduating seniors at three area high schools this spring. Recipients (with their colleges of choice) from Indian River High School included Declan Burke, Salisbury University ($2,200); Savannah O'Shields, West Virginia Wesleyan ($2,200); and Drew Szlasa, Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University ($500). Graduates recognized from Stephen Decatur High School were Macy Dill, above with Scholarship Co-Chair Don Mullen, Temple University ($2,200), and Brooklynn Pugner, below, Washington College ($2,200). Honored from Worcester Preparatory School were Sophia Ludt, Davidson College ($2,200) and Graham McColgan, Notre Dame University ($2,200).


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Freeman Arts Pavilion’s Photo Of The Week: Each week during the season Freeman Arts Pavilion will submit a photo of the week from the

Selbyville venue. Above, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes returned to Selbyville with a sold-out show on July 16. To learn more about upcoming events, click over to freemanarts.org. Photo by Natalee DeHart/Freeman Arts Pavilion.


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Ocean Pines Anglers Club hosted another successful Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest last Saturday at the South Pond in Ocean Pines. The event drew 64 contestants ages 4 to 16 and 155 fish were caught. Trophies, prizes and rods and reels were given to first, second and third place winners in each age group for largest fish and most fish. Every youth entered received a prize thanks to the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club. A drawing was held for two grand prizes -- a deep sea fishing trip aboard the Angler and a Mike Vitak hand-made custom rod and reel. Above, from left, are largest fish winners Pierson Parrish, ages 4-7; Anthony Giannotta, also pictured below right, ages 8-11, with his 17 ½-inch bass; Trey Prozzillo, ages 12-16. Below, second and third place winners for largest and most fish are pictured. Submitted Photos

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Every Friday: Bingo Knights of Columbus will host with doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Columbus Hall at 9901 Coastal Highway, behind St. Luke's Church. Light refreshments available. Call 410-524-7994 with any questions.

Every Sunday: Berlin Farmers Market Main Street will be closed every Sunday through September from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Berlin. A producers only market featuring produce, flowers, baked goods, art and homemade products. Free parking. Every Tuesday: Dancing The Delmarva Hand Dance Club holds dancing at the Selbyville Elks Lodge 2173 from 5:30-9 p.m. delmarvahanddancing.com.

Every Tuesday: Steamed Crabs Through the summer, 5 p.m. until about 6:30, come to Knights of Columbus Hall for a great seafood dinner at 9901 Coastal Highway. If you would like steamed crabs or shrimp, you must pre-order on Monday or Tuesday morning between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 410-524-7994 with questions or to pre-order crabs and shrimp. Weekly Programs Through Aug. 31: Museum Programs Free weekly programs beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Monday: History of our Surfman, learn about the U.S Life Saving Service and the heroic men who rescued ships in distress off the coast of Ocean City. Tuesday: Beach Safety, learn how to be safe in the surf and spell your name using semaphore. The famous Ocean City Beach Patrol is on hand with everything you need to know. Wednesday: Knot Tying, become an expert at nautical knots with help from the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary. Thursday: All About Sharks, discover what types of sharks are found off the coast of Ocean City. Friday: Land Sky, & Sea, learn how the island was formed, what birds fly overhead, and what creatures inhabit our ocean and coastal bays. Daily at 11:30 a.m.: Aquarium Feeding Daily, discover the wildlife that inhabits the ocean and coastal bays, as you watch our aquarium animals eat their morning meal. July 28: Vaccination Clinics The Worcester County Health Department is partnering with the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce to offer COVID-19 vaccines from noon-3 p.m. at the chamber building on Rte. 50. Appointments are recommended to reserve your vaccine, but walk-ups will be accommodated as vaccine supply al-

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Things To Do lows. To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit worcesterhealth.org or if you need assistance scheduling, call 667-253-2140. These clinics offer Johnson & Johnson as well as Moderna. Please indicate during registration which you prefer. July 29: Sunset Park Concerts The Ocean City Development Corporation will hold Sunset Park Party Nights downtown on Thursday nights from 7-9 featuring local and regional bands. www.oceancitymd.gov for summer concert series.

July 29: Beach Dance Party Head to the Boardwalk and the Caroline Street Stage for a weekly beach dance party under the lights beginning at 7:30 p.m. www.oceancitymd.gov for summer concert series.

July 23-24, 26: Annual Book Sale The Friends of the Ocean Pines Library will be hosting their 20th Book Sale at the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin. The sale will feature over 20,000 hard and soft cover books, CD's, DVD's and Audio Books, all priced 50 cents to $2 each. Topics include children's, fiction, nonfiction, history, art, music, self-help, biography, science fiction, westerns, animals and nature, foreign language, home school and education, cookbooks, crafts and hobbies and many more. There will also be a specials room where you may purchase antique, author signed, first editions, rare, collections, historical, local interests, reference and more which are all priced individually. All proceeds benefit the Ocean Pines library with equipment and other needs that cannot always be provided through the budget provided by Worcester County. Hours are Friday, July 23, 6-8 p.m. (Friends only, but membership available for just $5); Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Monday, July 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., everything half-price including specials room. Cash or check only. Rain or shine. No limits. Dealers welcome. July 25, Aug. 22: Knights Breakfast 8:30 until 11;30, come have breakfast with the Knights of Columbus. $12.00, all you can eat, Come to Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Highway, on the bay behind St. Luke's Catholic Church. 410-524-7994

July 26-28: Jesus At The Beach Festival Convention Center 40th St, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us for praise, worship, dance, drama, testimony, preaching, prayer, and Holy Spirit ministry. 7-10 p.m. come to North Divis ion Street beach for fellowship. Free. Sonspot.org.

July 28: Appreciation Day Hosted by Sinepuxent Brewery off Route 611, Worcester Backs The Blue, Inc. is holding a First Responder Appreciation Day from 4-8 p.m. at Sinepuxent Brewery with a live auction, 50/50 raffle, food, silent auction and live entertainment. July 29: AGH Job Fair Atlantic General Hospital and Health System will be holding a job fair at the James G. Barrett Medical Office Buiding rotunda to recruit for all open positions within the healthcare organization. Benefits packages are available for both part-time and fulltime positions. In depth information regarding job descriptions and benefits packages will be shard. Interviews will be conducted on site for qualified candidates. Interested individuals can register to attend by calling 410-641-9612 or emailing jobs@atlanticgeneral.org.

July 31: Porterhouse Steak Dinner Hosting will be the American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. For $20 you will receive a 16-ounce Butch er Shop Porterhouse Steak with baked potato, salad and roll. Public welcomed, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Sundaes in the Park Bring your chair to Northside Park and your sweet tooth on Sunday nights all summer long. Sit back and enjoy your favorite bands with a tasty ice cream treat. Following the concert, get ready for the first of its kind OC Drone Show over the Bay at 9 pm. www.oceancitymd.gov for summer concert series. Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Sunset Park Concerts The Ocean City Development Corporation will hold Sunset Park Party Nights downtown on Thursday nights from 7-9 featuring local and regional bands. www.oceanci tymd.gov for summer concert series. Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Beach Dance Party

July 23, 2021 Head to the Boardwalk and the Caroline Street Stage for a weekly beach dance party under the lights beginning at 7:30 p.m. www.oceancitymd.gov for summer concert series. Aug. 7: Artisan, Craft Festival The Pine'eer Artisan and Craft Club is looking for artisan and crafters to show their handmade items at White Horse Park, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Space reservations available by contacting Jane Wolnik at 410-2084225.

Aug. 7: Community Yard Sale Worcester County NAACP to sponsor community yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon at Stephen Decatur High School’s parking lot. Call 443-513-1745 or 443-944-6701 to hold your spot at $20 per space. Spaces are limited. Tables will not be provided.

Aug. 7: Boating Safety Course The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd. Cost is $20.00. Register or get more information by calling Barry Cohen at 410-935-4807, or Email: CGAUXOC@Gmail.com

Aug. 9: TIPS Training The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will offer discounted TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) classes and certification to Worcester County alcohol licensed establishments. The TIPS summer class will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Worcester County Health Department (6040 Public Landing Rd, Snow Hill, Md. 21863). Cost for the training is $45 per participant, or $40 per participant for groups of 10 or more from the same establishment. To schedule, call Lynn Suarez (410-632-1100 ext. 1109). Aug. 10: Service Animal Afternoon An Afternoon with a Service Animal will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ocean Pines branch library. Learn about service animals and how they can help our neighbors in the community. Meet some hard-working service dogs and the friends that handle them. Register at www.worcesterlibrary.org under events.

Sept. 5: Sundaes in the Park Bring your chair to Northside Park and your sweet tooth on Sunday nights all summer long. Sit back and enjoy your favorite bands with a tasty ice cream treat. Following the concert, get ready for the first of its kind OC Drone Show over the Bay at 9 pm. www.oceancitymd.gov for summer concert series.


Bottle Filling Stations Possible

July 23, 2021

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN CITY – Members of a resort committee say they will consider a federal grant for public bottle filling stations. Members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) met last week with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Donna Morrow to discuss securing bottle filling stations through a federal grant. Morrow told officials a working group of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean is currently considering a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reduce marine debris. She said she was gauging the town’s interest in receiving bottle filling stations purchased with the grant money. “This working group has already obtained one grant from the NOAA marine debris program targeting intentional balloon releases …,” she said. “The group got together and said ‘Hey, maybe we should put in an application to get money from NOAA where we can install these bottle filling stations in our five coastal, mid-Atlantic states.’ It would be a great way to encourage beachgoers, whether they are day-trippers, or they are there for a longer stay, to bring their reusable bottles.” Morrow said the grant would require matching funds or in-kind contributions. Each station, she noted, would cost roughly $7,000.

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“You might be able to help us with a non-federal match,” she said. “Maybe public works could install them. That cost of installation could very easily meet the one-to-one match.” Morrow said the working group would submit the grant application in the fall, with approval expected for next spring. “If you guys want to get back to me with quantity, confirmed match, availability and possible locations … that’s really all we would need at this point,” she said. “When we submit our letter of intent, we would probably need a letter of support.” Gail Blazer, environmental engineer for the town, said it was something the committee would discuss. She said the town could consider installing one station near the Boardwalk as a pilot program. “We’re here to figure out what it is you need from the town to maybe move this forward,” she said.

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Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 45th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 23: Sean Loomis & Adam Bilenki Saturday, July 24: Colossal Fossil Sauce Sunday, July 25: Anna Burgess Wednesday, July 28: Aaron Howell Thursday, July 29: Ward Ewing

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DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, July 23 Crawl St. Tavern: Tuesdays

On The Beach BEATS BY WAX Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, July 23 Crawl St. Tavern: Monday, July 26 Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Sundays & Wednesdays

9TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2641 9th St. & Boardwalk Friday, July 23: Wes Davis Saturday, July 24: Scott Glorioso Thursdays: Chino Rankin ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Fridays: Zander Jett Mondays: Earl Beardsley BUXY’S SALTY DOG/DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 16: Pittsburgh Dad, DJ Wax Saturday, July 17: Matt Tichon Sundays: Local’s Party w/ DJ BK

DJ BK Greene Turtle North: Friday, July 23 Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

AMERICAN PINK FLOYD Fager’s Island: Thursday, July 29

CAPTAIN’S TABLE 410-289-7192 15th St. & Baltimore Ave. In The Courtyard Marriott Fridays: Phil Perdue COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL CASTLE IN THE SAND HOTEL 37th & 38th St. 410-289-6846 Friday, July 23: Darin Engh, Colossal Fossil Sauce Saturday, July 24: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama, Top Dead Center Sunday, July 25: Matt Tichon, Rick & Regina Monday, July 26: Sean Loomis, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, July 27: Heather Vidal, Keri Anthony Wednesday, July 28: Kevin Poole, Lime Green Band Thursday, July 29: Heather Vidal, Endless Ember

PITTSBURGH DAD Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, July 23

AARON HOWELL 45th St. Taphouse: Wednesday,

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LOWER CASE BLUES Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, July 23

COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Saturday, July 24: Jim Long Sundays & Wednesdays: DJ Wax Thursday, July 29: High Five Swan Dive

BEATS BY STYLER Pickles Pub: Fridays, Sundays & Wednesdays

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Friday & Sunday July 23 & 25 Thursday, July 29

CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Sunday, July 25: Reform School Wednesday, July 28: Smooth & Rhythm CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, July 23: Lower Case Blues Saturday, July 24: Runner-Ups Sunday, July 25: Karaoke w/DJ Jeremy Monday, July 26: DJ Wax, Tuesday, July 27: DJ RobCee Wednesday, July 28: EDM w/Reckless Minds Thursday, July 29: Slamm CORK BAR Sunday, July 25: Going Coastal FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, July 23: Petty Coat Junction, DJ RobCee, No Go Romeo Saturday, July 24: Petty Coat Junction, DJ Kardiair, Bigg Romeo Sunday, July 25: The 1974, 70’s Flashback, DJ Groove Monday, July 26: The 1974, DJ Hector, The Rockets Tuesday, July 27: DJ Hector Wednesday, July 28: DJ Adam Dutch Thursday, July 29: American Pink Floyd, DJ Groove, Rogue Citizens

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CHINO RANKIN 9th St. Taphouse: Thursdays

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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE NORTH 410-723-2120 116th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 23: DJ BK Saturday, July 24: DJ Love

COLOSSAL FOSSIL SAUCE Coconuts Beach Bar: Friday, July 23 45th St. Taphouse: Saturday, July 24

HIGH FIVE SWAN DIVE Coins Pub: Thursday, July 29

HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, July 23: DJ Billy T Saturday July 24: Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sunday, July 25: Loomis & Bilenki, DJ Billy T Thursday, July 29: DJ Billy T MULLIGAN’S 410-213-7717 12445 Ocean Gateway, West OC Saturday, July 24: TBA OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, July 23 & 24: On The Edge Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill Friday & Saturday, July 23 & 24: Stephen Anthony Friday-Sunday, July 23-25: On The Edge Monday-Thursday, July 26-29: First Class

SMOOTH & RHYTHM Crabcake Factory Bayside: Wednesday, July 28

NATALIE DAVIS BAND Pickles Pub: Saturday, July 24

OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Rd., Ocean Pines Friday, July 23: Tranzfusion Saturday, July 24: Jaded Love Sunday, July 25: Radio Bravo Thursday, July 29: Nelly’s Echo PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, July 23: Beats By Styler Saturday, July 24: Natalie Davis Band Sunday, July 25: Beats By Styler Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax

GO GO GADJET Seacrets: Thursday, July 29

GOING COASTAL Cork Bar: Sunday, July 25

KEVIN POOLE & JOE MAMA Coconuts Beach Bar: Saturday, July 24

HIGH VOLTAGE (AC/DC TRIBUTE) Purple Moose: Thursday, July 29

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GUARDING THE BEACH

BY DAMIEN SANZOTTI

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OCEAN CITY – As a father of three children, one of my biggest fears is losing my kids in a crowded area and not being able to find them. However, over my career with the beach patrol, I have had the opportunity to return many lost children to their parents. Parents, please pay attention because in this article, we will discuss how to prevent this scary moment during your time on the sand. My children are 9, 7, and 3 years old, and one of the very first things that we do when we get to the beach, is meet the lifeguard. I make sure that I take the time to 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 appreciate this so that if a child does get lost, they can work to reunite parties faster and go back to their primary concern – watching the water. This is

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crucial especially on busy weekends in the peak of summer, when it is not uncommon to have over 50 separated party cases on our beaches. Next, I show my kids the numbered street sign that faces the beach at the dune access. 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 very 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

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Darren Foreman: The Care Free And Serious OCBP Alumni of the Week

(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 – Darren Foreman and his twin brother Dean were no strangers to summers at the beach. The Foreman family made the Delmarva coastline their vacation spot of choice for years. After the school year at St. Paul's in Baltimore would end, the boys headed to the shore. "We had a house in Fenwick. I spent every summer down there from the age of 5 to 21," he said. As they got older, the brothers figured that they might as well get jobs while they were spending their summers at the beach. For two young fellows looking for some adventure and their own spending money, it was certainly a more exciting thing to do than sitting with the parents all day. "My brother and I were working as pool guards at the Sheraton (now the Clarion Hotel) for several summers, which was

really boring,” he said. “We’d always known the beach patrol was really tough to get on, but we finally decided just to go for it. We were shocked that we made it." It was the summer of 1981 when Darren took the stand for the first time on 19th Street. It was a busy downtown beach that kept him on the move all season. His record and reviews from crew chiefs and officers alike led to him being asked back every season. By the summer of 1982, he'd find himself guarding the crowded beaches of Ocean City's condo row, where the rescues continued. "Like all of us, I probably had a couple of hundred pulls over the years," he said. Of course, rescues were not the only thing that kept Darren busy. "I really loved being on the Ocean City Beach Patrol,” he recalled. “Being a young guy and a local, we all felt like princes of the city. There was a touch of glamour to it. And at night all the bars let us in for free, never waiting in line, so that was cool. All in all, I just remember being young and care free, in the best shape if my life. It was the

best job in OC." In the midst of the care free, there is always the possibility of the serious. For Darren, and for all Ocean City guards, those times come without warning. "One of my most prominent memories is not really a good one,” he said. “An older man, with serious medical conditions had a heart attack on the beach and I was the first one to get to him. Another guard quickly joined me, and as we'd been trained, we started CPR. The ambulance came in about five minutes. They emptied two drug boxes working on the man, and defibrillated him 10 times. He actually opened his eyes after about the sixth time and spoke, but unfortunately he went out again." He added, "We found out later that he didn’t pull through. This was tough, yet I was really proud about how well the system worked. Two guards off the stands and meeting at the spot, the other guards up and keeping watch, the EMT call going quickly out. It was a sad outcome, but the guards did exactly what they were sup-

Darren Foreman is pictured with his fellow lifeguards in the early-80s.

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People in Society The BBQ Chicken fundraiser couldn’t happen without the grillers, Mark Johnson and Kevin Custis, to benefit the Berlin Seahawks Pop Warner program.

by Jeanette Deskiewicz Featuring Those Helping Causes In The Resort Area

Ladies of Calvary United Methodist Church Sylvia Dixon, Beatrice Spence and Rosie Dennis served their delicious homemade side dishes with a smile at the recent Fish Fry fundraiser.

At their recent fundraiser, Calvary United Methodist Church’s A-Team of Hilton Timmons Jr., Lewis Dixon, Hilton Timmons Sr., Shawn Coston, Tom Foreman and Gerald Timmons Sr. kept the fish frying.

During last week’s Sunset Park Party Night Concert, Bill Dooley, Dan Worman, and Donna Reid sold refreshments to benefit the OC Recreation Boosters.

Berlin Chamber bathing beauties Larnet St. Amant and Tori Grundman sold the 50/50 chances to the crowd at this years Bathtub Races.

Getting the party started for the annual Berlin Bathtub Races were Ocean 98 DJ’s Stevie Jay and Big Al.

The Berlin Bathtub Races returned this year with Tanja Giles and Steve Frene making sure everything was in place before the races began.

Berlin Seahawks Pop Warner President Tony Morris and Assistant Cheerleading Coach Rakiya Morris range up the sales at their recent BBQ Chicken Fundraiser.

Welcoming music lovers to Sunset Park for the first Thursday Night Concert of the season were Glenn Irwin and Joslyn Harman of the Ocean City Development Corporation.

Taking the orders for the Fish Fry fundraiser were Dot Foreman and Charlene Dixon of Calvary United Methodist Church.


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SPORTS Jr. League All-Stars Capture State Title In The News

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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The Berlin Little League Junior League Softball All-Stars last weekend captured the state championship in their division, beating Montgomery County, 111, in the title game. Photo by Ed Chambers

BERLIN – Berlin Little League’s Junior League Softball All-Stars last weekend captured the state championship after a week-long tournament in western Maryland. The Berlin Little League Junior League Softball All-Stars plowed through its brackets in impressive fashion, beating District 6 champ South Caroline, District 7 champion St. Mary’s and District 5 champion Havre de Grace to reach

the state championship game. In the title game against Montgomery County Little League last Saturday, the Berlin girls left nothing to chance with an 11-1 win. Many of the girls on this year’s state championship team were part of a team two years ago that won the state championship and advanced to the regional tournament in Connecticut. The tournament spanned seven days, and because host Hancock is over four hours away, some of the families stayed in hotels, while others drove back and forth multiple times.

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 17th Annual Kid’s Classic last weekend was a huge success with hundreds of young anglers competing for a worthy cause. 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 Southern C’s took first place in the dolphin division, while the Fishbone took both second and third. In the tuna division, it was Reel Fin Addict taking first

place, while the Maverick was second and the Reel Fast was third. The Fish Bound took first in the flounder division and tied for second with the Bluebill. The Absolut Pleasure took first place in the mackerel division, and tied with the Ready or Not for second place. In the croaker division, the WiggOne took first, while the Partnership took second and third. The Miss Mary came in first in the spot division, while the Partnership and the Duffie 20 tied for second. The Duffie 20 was first in the bluefish division, while the Ready or Not took second. The Fish Bound took first and second place in the seabass division, while the Just One More and the Family Tree tied for second.


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with Scott Lenox It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the middle of July already. The Ocean City Tuna Tournament is in the books, the Big Fish Classic is this weekend and then next weekend is the White Marlin Open. Summer is going by too fast if you ask me so make sure you make the most of it and get fishing while you can and don’t let the summer of 2021 slip by too quickly. I know I’m going to be busy over the next several weeks, but I’m going to make sure I soak it all in as I go. Offshore fishing started off on fire this week with some jumbo yellowfin tuna being caught and ended like a burnt match with some anglers finding it tough to get a bite. With the Ocean City Tuna Tournament completed, the unwritten law that you can’t chunk has been tabled for the rest of the season. Early last week tuna fishermen took full advantage and were chunking up some huge yellowfin at lumps like the Hot Dog. These were big fish in the 70-80-pound class with a couple of fish just over 100 pounds. They were all eating chunked butterfish, but it fell off just as quickly as it started. The offshore fleet quickly reverted back to trolling the canyons in search of the yellowfin tuna,

finding some, and other species like white marlin, blue marlin and mahi. There have been a few white marlin caught, a few less blue marlin caught and some mahi caught, but in general offshore fishing has been tough the past week. I think anglers fishing this weekend’s Big Fish Classic will find some fish and things will pick right back up as we should as we see some water pushing in from the Gulf Stream to cause some temperature breaks in the coming weeks. Just like tuna fishing, bottom fishing for sea bass fell off slightly this week, but flounder fishing the same areas picked up nicely making it easier to swallow. The oceangoing party and charter fleet caught fewer sea bass on the wrecks and reefs off Ocean City this past week, but thankfully they caught more and more flounder. There were some nice fish caught upwards of seven pounds and I saw several four-fish per person limits of 16 ½-inch fish from the fleet. My buddy Kurt Presnell has gone flounder fishing three times in the past couple of weeks and caught his limit every SEE PAGE 68

This lucky angler caught a limit of nice flounder aboard the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak. Submitted Photos


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Above top left, Captain Ron Callis of Turnin’ Fins chunked up six nice yellowfin tuna for this group. Above top center, Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters put this angler on a 49-inch red drum that was safely released. Above top right, this dude lucked into a 20-inch keeper flounder with Captain Wayne Blanks of Bayside Guide Service. Above left, this group had a great time chunking up some big yellowfin tuna with Captain Mike Burt and the crew of the Pumpin’ Hard. Above right, Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey put this group on some jumbo yellowfin tuna in the 70-80 pound class. Opposite page, top left, the kids on board the Fish Bound caught a ton of fish including first place flounder and sea bass in the OCMD Kid’s Classic Tournament. Opposite page, top right, this young lady caught a beautiful king mackerel while fishing with Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters. Opposite page, middle left, Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service found the clean water and put this happy group on a mess of flounder. Opposite page, middle right, a healthy limit of flounder came on board the Morning Star. Opposite page, bottom left, Mate Joey Abbatichio of the Miss Ocean City hoists a nice keeper flounder for his lucky angler. Opposite page, bottom right, this duo caught and released a sailfish and boxed two nice yellowfin tuna on board the Boss Hogg.

... Fish In OC FROM PAGE 67 time. Now Kurt is an exceptional flounder fisherman, but that still means that there are plenty of fish out there, and flounder fishing should be good from now through October for those fishing over ocean structure. Flounder fishing in the back bay was hit or miss over the past week with tough conditions. The cleanest water was found at the top of the high tide and most days saw a tide either very early or very late in the day. That meant flounder fishermen either had to get out early or stay late to catch the best conditions and in turn, the flounder. There are plenty of

fish in the bay, but the keeper sized fish can be found in deeper water around the OC Inlet and the Thorofare. Gulp and live minnows on the Deadly Double are still catching a bunch of fish, but now there are some bunker and mullet being caught in the bay, so many of us veterans will be switching over to one hook rigs like the Fish in OC Live Bait Rig. Fish deeper water with bunker, spot or mullet on a slow drift and you could just go over a doormat over the next couple of months. A pleasant surprise for back bay fishermen has been the arrival of some large schools of croaker that anglers are having a great time catching. We haven’t seen croaker in our bays for quite a few years so this tasty little bottom feeder is a welcome addition. Most

of the fish are small in the 7” to 8” range, but there are some keeper sized fish over 9” as well. Anglers are having the best luck on the incoming tide around Harbor Island and in the Thorofare using scented squid, bloodworms or Fishbites on rigs like our Fish in OC Two Hook Float Rig. This rig has perfect sized hooks for croaker and larger spot and the floats help keep bait off the bottom away from pesky crabs. There are still some keeper sized rockfish and some large bluefish being caught around the Inlet and the Route 50 Bridge over the past week or so. Anglers using live spot or artificial lures like Stretch 20s have been catching some good fish between 25” and 40”. This weekend brings us the 8th Annual Big Fish Classic Tournament at the

Talbot Street Pier. This is a fish one “window” of two “window” event with windows being 32 hours long. Scales action will take place at Talbot Street Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 from 4-9 p.m. and on Sunday, July 25 from 4-8 p.m. I will be the emcee for the event and the Hooked On OC crew and I will be bringing it to you live all weekend long. Stop by Talbot Street and say hi or if you can’t make it you can watch us live at www.BigFishClassic.com. I’ll bring you all of the big winners right here next week. Until then, 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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Third Insertion NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18790 Notice is given that the REGISTER OF WILLS COURT of CHESTER COUNTY, PA, appointed THOMAS T. MCCLOY, 104 CAMPBELL DRIVE, SOMMERS POINT, NJ 08244 as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of JAMES F. GOGGIN who died on SEPTEMBER 08, 2017, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is MILES P. HAW whose address is 303 E. CROSS STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21230. 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; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication

JULY 09, 2021 THOMAS T. MCCLOY Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 07-09, 07-16, 07-23

Second Insertion PAUL D WILBER, ESQ WEBB, BURNETT, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & MATHERS, LLP PO BOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18815 To all persons interested in the estate of MILDRED WELLS WARREN, ESTATE NO. 18815. Notice is given that PATRICIA E WARREN, 9202 CAREY ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811 and STEVEN E WARREN, 36227 PINE STREET, WILLARDS, MD 21874 was on, JULY 09, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MILDRED WELLS WARREN, who died on JUNE 04, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 9TH day of JANUARY, 2022.


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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or email classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 16, 2021 PATRICIA E WARREN Personal Representative STEVEN E WARREN 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 07-16, 07-23, 07-30

Second Insertion LESLIE LOBOS, ESQ. IN-HOUSE COUNSEL PINES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000103 BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff v. MARY JANE MACKIN, ET AL. Defendants TRUSTEE’S SALE

OF TIME SHARE INTERVALS IN THE BORDERLINKS I CONDOMINIUM, OCEAN PINES, MD By virtue of a certain Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-21-000103, the undersigned Trustee, will offer for sale at public auction at the entrance of the Borderlinks I Condominium, located at, 438 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland, the following described property located in Ocean Pines, Worcester County, Maryland, on Friday, August 06, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., the following timeshare intervals: Time Condomimium Unit Interval Ae5 Ae5 Ae5 Ak11 Ak11 Aq17 Aq17 Ar18 Bi35 Bi35 Bi35 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bk37 Bk37 Bo41 Bo41

45 48 52 9 38 12 35 36 37 38 45 3 7 35 47 48 11 52 47 51

Each time interval being one week per year in the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Borderlinks I Condominium, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Declaration of Condominium and Timeshare recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, as to each condominium unit and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties and guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The Trustee reserves the right to

Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of the sales price per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, 2021 maintenance fees and all other settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be within fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. For more information, call: Leslie Lobos, Esq., Trustee, at 240-449-8862. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 16, 2021 3x 07-16, 07-23, 07-30

First Insertion JEFFREY E BADGER ESQ LONG, BADGER, & SHELLER, LLP 124 E. MAIN STREET PO BOX 259 SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18773 To all persons interested in the estate of PEGGY JOYCE CAFFI, ESTATE NO. 18773. Notice is given that LAURA SMITH, P.O. BOX 136, NANTICOKE, MD 21840 was on, JULY 19, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of PEGGY JOYCE CAFFI, who died on MARCH 12, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 19TH day of JANUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the

personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 LAURA SMITH 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 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

First Insertion MARIANNA BATIE ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, SUITE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18823 To all persons interested in the estate of MARIE D. MICHAEL, ESTATE NO. 18823. Notice is given that GARY A. MICHAEL, 7 BIRCH PLACE, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, JULY 16, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MARIE D. MICHAEL, who died on APRIL 12, 2016, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 16TH day of JANUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other

Page 73 written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 GARY A. MICHAEL 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 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

First Insertion JAMES F. TRUITT, JR. 20 EAST TIMONIUM ROAD SUITE 106 TIMONIUM, MARLYAND 21093 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND IN EQUITY CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000093 TERRAPIN CERTIFICATES, LLC C/O JAMES F. TRUITT, JR. 20 EAST TIMONIUM ROAD, SUITE 106 TIMONIUM, MARLYAND 21093 Plaintiff vs. GREGORY NIGRIN MICHAEL DUFOUR, TRUSTEE MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. COLDWELL BANKER HOME LOANS 3701 COASTAL HIGHWAY, CONDO UNIT 240 I AND WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND (FOR MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE 14-1836(B)(1)(V) PURPOSES ONLY) AND ANY AND ALL PERSON HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY INEREST IN THE FEE SIMPLE IN THE PROPERTIES AND PREMISES SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER DESCRIBED ON THE TAX ROLLS WORCESTER COUNTY COLLECTOR OF STATE AND COUNTY TAXES FOR SAID COUNTY KNOWN AS: 3701 COASTAL HIGHWAY, CONDO UNIT 024014, OCEAN CITY MD 21842, 10TH (TENTH) ELECTION DISTRICT, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: ALL THAT LOT OF LAND AND IMPS

DESCRIBED AS BRADLEY ON THE BAY CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 240, B1 P4, ASSESSED TO GREGORY C. NIGRIN, ASSESSED VALUE $117,000 WASTEWATER, INTEREST AND PENALTIES DUE $872.71 Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property, 3701 Coastal Highway, Condo Unit 024014, Ocean City, MD 21842 in the County of Worcester, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the County of Worcester and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: All that lot of land and imps described as Bradley on the Bay Condominium, Unit 240, B1 P4, Assessed to Gregory C. Nigrin, Assessed Value $117,000 Wastewater, Interest, and Penalties Due $872.71. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. It is thereupon this 12TH OF JULY, 2021 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, ORDERED, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in some newspaper having general circulation in Worcester County once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2021 and redeem the property 3701 Coastal Highway, Condo Unit 024014, Ocean City, MD 21842 and answer the complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff’s title, free and clear of all encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 BEAU H. OGLESBY JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

First Insertion JAMES F. TRUITT, JR. 20 EAST TIMONIUM ROAD SUITE 106 TIMONIUM, MARLYAND 21093 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND IN EQUITY CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000094 TERRAPIN CERTIFICATES, LLC


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The Dispatch Legal Notices CONTACT INFORMATION LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. Email: classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com For more information call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin MD 21811 C/O JAMES F. TRUITT, JR. 20 EAST TIMONIUM ROAD, SUITE 106 TIMONIUM, MARLYAND 21093 Plaintiff vs. MATTHEW B. RHODES KENNETH R. GIFT, TRUSTEE LOYOLA FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK NKA TRUIST BANK 722 ANCHOR CHAIN ROAD, CONDO UNIT 0014B AND WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND (FOR MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE 14-1836(B)(1)(V) PURPOSES ONLY) AND ANY AND ALL PERSON HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY INEREST IN THE FEE SIMPLE IN THE PROPERTIES AND PREMISES SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER DESCRIBED ON THE TAX ROLLS WORCESTER COUNTY COLLECTOR OF STATE AND COUNTY TAXES FOR SAID COUNTY KNOWN AS: 722 ANCHOR CHAIN ROAD, CONDO UNIT 0014B OCEAN CITY MD 21842, 10TH (TENTH) ELECTION DISTRICT, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: ALL THAT LOT OF LAND AND IMPS DESCRIBED AS HARBOR LIGHTS CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 0014B, ASSESSED TO MATTHEW B. RHODES, ASSESSED VALUE $121,500 WASTEWATER, INTEREST AND PENALTIES DUE $1361.26 Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property, 722 Anchor Chain Road, Condo Unit 0014B, Ocean City, MD 21842 in the County of Worcester, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the County of Worcester and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: All that lot of land and imps described as Harbor Lights Condominium, Unit 0014B, Assessed to Matthew B. Rhodes, Assessed Value $121,500 Wastewater, Interest, and Penalties Due $1,361.26.

The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. It is thereupon this 12TH OF JULY, 2021 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, ORDERED, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in some newspaper having general circulation in Worcester County once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2021 and redeem the property 722 Anchor Chain Road, Condo Unit 0014B, Ocean City, MD 21842 and answer the complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff’s title, free and clear of all encumbrances. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 BEAU H. OGLESBY JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

First Insertion MARIANNA BATIE ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, SUITE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18829

Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff

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 20TH day of JANUARY, 2022.

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Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 NANCY E SCHRIVER 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 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

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

To all persons interested in the estate of PHYLLIS MCCABE AKA PHYLLIS E MCCABE, ESTATE NO. 18829. Notice is given that NANCY E SCHRIVER, 12240 COLLINS ROAD, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813 was on, JULY 20, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of PHYLLIS MCCABE, who died on JUNE 02, 2021, with a will.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000111

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the

BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

WILLIAM E. HUDSON, ET AL. Defendants TRUSTEE’S SALE OF TIME SHARE INTERVALS IN THE BORDERLINKS I CONDOMINIUM, OCEAN PINES, MD By virtue of a certain Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-21-000111, the undersigned Trustee, will offer for sale at public auction at the entrance of the Borderlinks I Condominium, located at, 438 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland, the following described property located in

July 23, 2021 Ocean Pines, Worcester County, Maryland, on Friday, August 06, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., the following timeshare intervals: Condomimium Time Unit Interval Bi35 Bj36 Bu47 Bu47 Bu47 Bv48 Bv48 Bv48 Bz52 Bz52

4 4 41 43 47 15 34 48 6 9

Each time interval being one week per year in the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Borderlinks I Condominium, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Declaration of Condominium and Timeshare recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, as to each condominium unit and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties and guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The

Trustee reserves the right to withdraw any interval from the sale and/or to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of the sales price per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, 2021 maintenance fees and all other settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be within fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. For more information, call: Leslie Lobos, Esq., Trustee, at 240-449-8862. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 23, 2021 3x 07-23, 07-30, 08-06

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amily time in the pool sure makes me appreciate a solo dip. A guilty pleasure of mine when Pam is working and both kids are settled at home is sneaking out of the house for a quick swim alone. It’s a chance to unwind after work, smell the roses amid the stresses of life and take some time – even if it’s just a few minutes – to myself. It’s therapeutic. The opposite feeling typically arises when I take both boys, now 13 and 11 years old, in the pool. Though I always enjoy the guy time with my sons, there is not much relaxation with them in the pool. There are basketballs, volleyballs and footballs constantly flying. While rebounding or playing catch with Beckett, I am usually getting splashed from Carson’s cannonballs and fielding requests to race him to a diving stick. It’s fun to juggle it all and provides memories I hope to remember forever. It’s also exhausting. One night this week after playing with them in the pool I couldn’t help but reflect on how different things are now. Before they could both swim well, I remember a time when I was nervous taking both boys in the pool at the same time. This anxiety was typically a result of Carson clinging to me and Beckett ignoring repeated warnings to not go into the deep end or jump in backwards. Being adept swimmers now, there’s no concerns about safety. Nowadays it’s words of caution about hanging on the basketball hoop, doing flips into the pool and reminding them it’s not wise to try and pin each other to the bottom of the pool while wrestling. Both boys are still reckless but in different ways. When they were young, they didn’t know any better. Now, they clearly understand the dangers, but I am convinced their actions oftentimes are

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each days sure have changed over the years. Years ago, I remember Pam and I would strategize the whole day out the night before. We would work together to organize our day and how best to make it work with two toddlers. We would apply sunscreen before dressing the kids in the morning; pack meals and snacks the night before; mobilize tactically around nap schedules; and aim for getting out of the house early in the morning. If we were lucky, when the kids were especially young, we could get them both to nap while on the beach in the afternoon. A good double nap would extend our beach days by a lot. On Assateague’s OSV, one of us would often sit in our truck with them while they were strapped into their car seats, reading to them with the hopes they would nap in the afternoon. I remember that feeling of success if I was able to get them both to nap at the same time. Pam and I would then sit and relax on the beach, staring at the truck in case either of them woke up or moved. Even when all was right with the boys, our beach days were typically short when they were young. There were instances when my kids were

young toddlers when we had 30-minute beach days. They were just off. Everything got to be a fight. We couldn’t make it work on certain days. If it can’t be relaxing and enjoyable, our idea was let’s just leave, no matter how long we prepared and how many trips it took to get everything set up. It was fine because I would just physically wear down as the day went on. In Pam’s case, her constant fear the kids would get hurt with me in the ocean, eat too much sand and roam off during a moment of inattentiveness resulted in mental exhaustion for her. When they were young, the amount of items we would take to the beach required two “wheelie” runs from the parking spot. We would pack two coolers, one for the adults and one for the kids, in addition to all too many sand toys, umbrellas, towels, changes of clothes, boogie boards, balls and chairs. That’s why we routinely hit the Assateague OSV because we had everything we could possibly need nearby. It was incredibly convenient. Nowadays, we pack a lot less for the beach than we did years ago. While we are by no means packing light, we have managed to get everything down to one wheelie full of chairs, balls and a shovel or two and a cooler. It’s a refreshing change. One of my favorite things to do with my kids is swim in the ocean. We have hilarious conversations about nothing serious and just goof around about all aspects of life. I point out pretty girls to them and they always say they are going to tell their mother. They invariably do. There are certainly worse ways to spend a day. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21 to April 19): You face the possibility of raising your relationship to another level. However, your partner might demand that you make promises for which you're not sure you're ready. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): As changes continue, expect things to get a little more hectic at your workplace. An unexpected travel opportunity could open new career prospects. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Confront the person who caused your hurt feelings and demand a full explanation for his or her actions. You'll not only recover your self-esteem, but you'll also gain the respect of others. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): That personal problem in the workplace is compounded by someone's biased interference. Stand your ground, and you'll soon find allies gathering around you. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): You don't accept disapproval easily. But instead of hiding out in your den to lick your wounded pride, turn the criticism into a valuable lesson for future use. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): That former friend you thought you'd cut out of your life is still affecting other relationships. Counter his or her lies with the truth. Your friends are ready to listen. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): What appears to be an unfair situation might

simply be the result of a misunderstanding. If you feel something is out of balance, by all means, correct it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): A stalled relationship won't budge until you make the first move. Your partner offers a surprising explanation about what got it mired down in the first place. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): A co-worker shares some startling news, but before you can use it to your advantage, make sure it's true. The weekend favors family matters. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Your usual conservative approach to family situations might not work at this time. Keep an open mind about developments, and you might be pleasantly surprised. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Plans might have to be put on hold because of a family member's problems. Don't hesitate to get involved. Your help could make all the difference. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Relationships in the home and in the workplace need your careful attention during this period. Be careful not to allow misunderstandings to create problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a keen, insightful intellect and enjoy debating your views with others who disagree with you. You also love to solve puzzles -- the harder, the better. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Things I Like... By Steve Green Dinner on the Boardwalk

A eulogy that brings laughs and tears

vanishing

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WITH BUNK MANN

Being first at something

Seeing my son doing his summer reading Watching kids try to play pool

A scrapple, egg and cheese sandwich every now and again

Getting lucky with no Bay Bridge traffic Personalized picture calendars

“We Heart Berlin” bumper stickers

S’mores and a bonfire on a Saturday night The last few pieces of a difficult puzzle

The 64th Street Super Market was the first strip shopping mall in what was in those days the lightly populated northern section of Ocean City. This photo, circa 1967, is from a postcard. The shopping center still exists but, thanks in part to the opening of the Route 90 Bridge in 1971, the surrounding area has experienced tremendous growth. Today over half of the year-round population of Ocean City lives north of the Route 90 Bridge. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanPostcard image by Fred Brueckmann ishingoc.com.


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