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Officials Discuss Room Tax Revenue

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White Marlin Open Returns Monday

A Wow Moment:

A manta ray provided a rare moment for a photographer when it emerged from the ocean Photo by Bill Fuhrer last Saturday in north Ocean City.

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Fenwick Council Election Preview

Christmas In July:

Santa Claus arrives to Fish Tales as part of a Toys for Tots fundraiser. For more on last Photo by Steve Green weekend’s local charitable efforts, see pages 38-39.

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Resort Council Debates Best Uses For Room Tax Revenue

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OCEAN CITY – A seemingly innocuous proposed room tax ordinance change led to a much larger debate at City Hall this week about how much should be reinvested in tourism marketing and special events. During Tuesday’s work session, a proposed ordinance amendment updating some the language in the town’s existing room tax ordinance was introduced and seemed to be on its way to first reading on Monday before a larger and lengthy debate about how the room tax should expended unfolded. In 2019, the room tax rate was increased from 4.5% to 5%. Under the town’s existing ordinance adopted in 2007, 2% of the entire gross room tax revenue is dedicated to destination marketing. The ordinance amendment presented on Tuesday would not change that 2% dedication. Rather, it would alter the language in the existing ordinance to expand on the permitted expenditures. For example, while the current ordinance lists a permitted expenditure for the 2% of the

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gross room tax as “destination marketing,” the proposed amendment would expand that to “marketing, promotions and special events.” The idea is to give Business and Tourism Development Director Tom Perlozzo and his staff more leeway in how the room tax revenue can be expended. Traditionally, the percentage of the room tax has been dedicated to advertising and other promotions, but Perlozzo’s position was created with the goal of having a city leader charged with thinking outside the box, bringing in more family-friendly special events and essentially rebrand the resort’s image. Changing the language in the ordinance would give him more flexibility in how to spend the dedicated room tax revenue. Of course, with expanded tourism and longer shoulder seasons comes the need for more services, including extra police, more public works and strains on other departments. The existing room tax ordinance sets aside some revenue to offset the cost of increasing tourism. With 2% already dedicated directly to marketing Ocean City as a destination, Councilman John Gehrig suggested that number could be increased to 2.2% or even something higher. He pointed out just how much of the gross room tax revenue ends up on the marketing side of the ledger. “The advertising budget is paid by the guests,” he said. “It is funded 100% through the room tax. About 44% of it is dedicated to tourism, and 56% is dedicated to the cost of tourism, such as police, public safety and public works.” Budget Manager Jennie Knapp said a percentage of the room tax revenue needed to be dedicated to the cost of doing business in the form of more police and other services. “The room tax is our second largest revenue source,” she said. “General fund expenditures will continue to grow as room tax grows. It goes to public safety, police, public works, the Beach Patrol. It has to come from somewhere if you don’t want to raise the property tax.” For his part, Perlozzo said the existing 2% would work for he and his staff without a significant increase immediately. “Obviously, I’m coming in on the tail end of this,” he said. “I believe room tax should be invested in marketing and advertising, but also in special events or a specific tool we need for marketing.” Gehrig said the intent of the proposed ordinance amendment stopped a little short of achieving the ultimate SEE PAGE 30

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48th Annual White Marlin Open Returns Next Week

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OCEAN CITY – With a few new wrinkles, Ocean City will once again become the epicenter of the sportfishing universe next week when thousands of anglers and spectators cram into the resort for the 48th Annual White Marlin Open. For the past 47 years, the White Marlin Open (WMO), deemed the largest and richest billfish tournament in the world, has been one of the highlights of the summer. Last year’s WMO was decidedly different with changes and limitations because of COVID-19. For example, while the potential winners were weighed at the scale at host Harbour Island, just as it had been done for decades, spectators were not al-

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lowed to gather around the scale. There was still plenty of activity around the marina as the boats weighing fish came and went, but there were no big throngs packed around the scale because of the pandemic. Last August, with COVID-related restrictions on distancing and gathering sizes still in effect, the WMO organizers came up with a modified plan to open a venue for spectators at the downtown recreation complex between 3rd and 4th streets on the bay. The downtown venue included a large LED screen streaming the weigh-ins from host Harbour Island and open waterfront areas along the bay from which spectators could view the boats returning to the scales along with other amenities. This year, despite COVID restrictions being eased and the state-of-emergen-

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Last year’s big winner of $1.85 million was the team from the Canyon Blues with this 97-pound white marlin. Photo by Hooked On OC

cy expired, WMO officials are bringing back a bigger and better version of the

same concept. There is an expected return to normalcy at host Harbour Island this year during the White Marlin Open with COVID restrictions being eased, but tournament officials are bringing back Marlin Fest to the downtown recreation complex. Marlin Fest is proposed to complement the annual tournament at Harbour Island, not replace it. The event will offer an alternative to spread out and enjoy the tournament in a wide open, COVIDsafe, family friendly atmosphere. The event will include a free, festival-like atmosphere at the park with live-streaming of the weigh-ins from tournament host Harbour Island at 14th Street, expansive views for the participating boats returning, numerous vendors, live entertainment each night and food and beverage sales including alcohol this year. Last year, nothing changed in terms of the tournament itself and the daily weigh-ins were held at Harbour Island just as they have been for decades. While things were certainly different on the land, the 2020 WMO was memorable for a lot of reasons in terms of what was happening offshore and at the scale. Despite the pandemic, a total of 433 boats and over 3,500 registered anglers participated last year. The 2020 WMO paid out over $6.8 million in prize money. This year, the tournament has added a $20,000 winner-take-all category for white marlin and the total purse is expected to soar to over $8 million. Last year, the top prize for first place in the signature white marlin category went to angler Brandon Golueke and the crew on the Canyon Blues with a whopping 97-pounder worth $1.85 million. Second place in the white marlin division went to angler Taylor Fields on the Drillin & Billin with a 77-pounder worth $1.76 million. Another big payout last year went to angler Travis Ort on the Restless Lady II for the secondplace tuna, a 114-pounder worth $1.4 million. The WMO gets underway next Monday, the first of five official fishing days, and runs through next Friday. Captains and crews must decide to fish three of the five scheduled days. The scale at Harbour Island opens at 4 p.m. each day and closes at 9:15 p.m.

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Berlin Approves Plans To Paint 3 Basketball Courts

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BERLIN – The basketball courts at Henry Park are set to receive a makeover this fall following approval from elected officials. The Berlin Town Council on Monday voted 4-0 to approve a local nonprofit’s proposal to paint the courts at Henry Park. We Heart Berlin Inc. has partnered with artist Shelton Hawkins to transform the basketball courts into a piece of artwork. “Embellishing existing courts with art installations drives attention,” said Tony Weeg, founder of We Heart Berlin. “It drives new life and sort of gives the kids that are there during this period a new sense of ownership for a new beautiful thing they’re sort of in charge of. That’s what we hope to bring with this.” Resident Adrian Bowen told the council he’d wanted to see the courts at Henry Park painted as soon as he saw the work Hawkins did at a park in Easton. “Just being someone who grew up in this area, I played a lot at Henry Park,” Bowen said. “I started to see the park being used for the wrong things, in the wrong way, treated disrespectfully. Nobody stepped foot on the court to play basketball so I felt, talking to Mr. Hawkins and seeing what it did for the park in EasSEE NEXT PAGE

Tickets Available For Paisley Concert

OCEAN CITY – Tickets will go on sale Friday for country music superstar Brad Paisley’s beach concert in Ocean City Sunday, Sept. 5. Paisley has earned his place in country music history as one of the genre’s most talented and decorated male solo artists. Over the past 20 years, his songwriting and unmatched showmanship have won him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, among many others. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley has written 21 of his 24 No. 1 hits, and in 2008 became the first artist to achieve 10 consecutive Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 singles. The 2010 CMA Entertainer of the Year’s past works have amassed over 3.9 billion ondemand streams. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at, the Ticketmaster Mobile App and the Ocean City Box Office. For more information visit

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Pictured, from left, on the Henry Park basketball courts are effort organizers Adrian Bowen, Shelton Hawkins and Tony Weeg. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

ton, I want to try to do the same thing, to kind of bring to life, Henry Park.” Weeg learned of Bowen’s idea just as he was forming the We Heart Berlin nonprofit. He invited Bowen to join its board so the organization could tackle the project. They were able to raise $9,000 — the estimated project cost — through grants from two local groups. The nonprofit also raised $2,000 from within the community for the project. That will serve as contingency funding for unforeseen expenses, Weeg said. When asked about maintenance, Weeg said maintaining the court shouldn’t be any different than it was now. “If you want us to help we’ll help,” he said. He added that there was no need to remove the courts’ existing paint, as it would be painted over. Hawkins is scheduled to come to Berlin the second and third week in September to work on the project. He’ll create a grid using chalk and volunteers will handle the painting. Bowen said that if the community was involved in the process, local children would have a vested interest in the park. It will also give them a chance to complete required service learning hours. “A lot of our kids need community service hours,” he said. “I wanted to use this as a tool for them to get community service hours.” Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood asked if We Heart Berlin had any suggestions on how to keep people off the courts while work was underway. Weeg said yellow tape and local involvement in the project should be sufficient. “We hope for the best,” he said. “It’s Berlin. It’s a good place.” Bowen added that there was little traffic on the courts in September. Councilman Jay Knerr voiced his support for the project and praised We Heart Berlin’s fundraising efforts. “It’s amazing you raised all the money to make it happen,” Knerr said. “This is community involvement at its best.” Fleetwood asked if there were any guarantees regarding Hawkins’ work. “I don’t have any sort of assurance or insurance,” Weeg said. “I only have his track record.” He said that if the project needed to be touched up in the future We Heart Berlin could help make that happen. “We are a money raising machine,” he

said. Councilman Dean Burrell and Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols also expressed excitement about the project. Nichols said she really wanted to see the community play a role in it. “This can do great things,” she said. Weeg agreed and said he hoped it would help the town in its efforts to get funding for lighting for the basketball courts at Henry Park. “We know this is going to create attention,” he said. “It’s going to drive interest in the east side of town. It’s going to help us get lights. It’s going to do all the things I want it to do.” Following the council’s 4-0 vote to approve the project Monday night, Weeg, Bowen and Hawkins visited Henry Park with local media outlets throughout the week. Hawkins said he was happy to work with We Heart Berlin on the project. “Anytime somebody reaches out and they want to better their community I’m always going to try to help as much as I can,” he said. He believes Henry Park is an ideal location for an art installation on the basketball courts because of its proximity to Route 113. “This location is probably one of the better ones in the state of Maryland because it’s so visible with highway traffic,” he said, adding that he’d just seen a family from Iowa stop and check out the courts on their way past. “That alone lets me know it’s going to be really visible.”

Designs for two of the three basketball courts at Henry Park are pictured. Submitted Photo

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Long-Time County Department Head Retires After 28 Years

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SNOW HILL – Ed Tudor, longtime director of the Worcester County Department of Development Review and Permitting, stepped down last week after nearly three decades in the role. Tudor, head of the county’s zoning department, retired Friday after 28 years with Worcester County. “It was just time,” Tudor said in an interview this week. Tudor was in the contracting business in the early 1990s, also serving as a member of a county board, when he was ad-

vised there was a vacancy in the zoning office. “I thought I’d give it a shot,” he said. He had little idea he’d spend decades there. Initially, Tudor was tasked with issuing permits. It wasn’t long, however, before Gerry Mason, who was then the county’s chief administrative officer, asked for his thoughts on the department. Tudor soon found himself leading it. At the time, the county was still adjusting to the building code and the comprehensive rezoning of 1992. “A lot of things changed really quickly,” Tudor said. In the ensuing years, Tudor worked




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with Phyllis Wimbrow, his longtime deputy, to review text amendments, draft language to address new zoning issues and rewrite the zoning code. Tudor drafted the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area program, an adult entertainment ordinance, body piercing legislation and language governing under-21 clubs. “They were new things totally from scratch,” he said. “You had to study and learn about a topic before you attempted to do the work.” The most challenging aspect of the job for Tudor was dealing with politics. He enjoyed the intricacies of drafting new language for the code, however. “You have to be precise,” he said. Much of the language he and Wimbrow drafted was done at the instruction of the county’s planning commission or the Worcester County Commissioners. “Even if we didn’t support it we always felt it was necessary to do the best we could because if it did pass, we wanted it to be consistent,” Tudor said. While he’s looking forward to retirement, Tudor says he will miss his co-workers. “The staff — not just in my office but all the county staff,” he said. “I always felt it was a big family.” He’s confident he’s leaving the Department of Development Review and Permitting in capable hands, as Jennifer Keener, who has served as deputy director since last year, is taking over. Nevertheless, Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins — who is also set

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City Council Supports Expanded OC BikeFest Concept

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OCEAN CITY – OC BikeFest will be extended this fall, but it won’t be the twoweek event tentatively proposed in the fall. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) for OC BikeFest, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 19 with the event festival at the Inlet lot. The MOU included some new requests from event producer OC Jams, including taking over the Inlet lot for the entire week from Monday, Sept. 13 through the following Sunday, Sept. 19. A free concert at the Inlet lot has been added to OC BikeFest on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and the producer needs

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additional days on the front end for the event set-up. While OC BikeFest will be extended this fall, it will not be a two-week event as proposed last fall. In November, OC Jams proposed a two-week bike week bookended on either weekend with big concerts and other events. Under one proposal, the second week would overlap with the often-troublesome pop-up motorized event, but town officials were less than keen on intermeshing bike week with the unsanctioned event. In response to a question from the public during Tuesday’s work session about the proposed two-week OC BikeFest, Councilman Mark Paddack said it was just not a good idea. “We have discussed this publicly in the fall and the compromise is what is here before us today with a little longer

event, but not a two-week event,” he said. “Tying the BikeFest with the popup event is like mixing oil and water and I’ve said that publicly. I don’t think that’s a good mix, but I do like the idea of extending this event.” At the outset of Tuesday’s discussion on the MOU, Special Events Coordinator Lisa Mitchell explained there was some misinformation in the packet about the level of room tax generated during bike week. The information in the packet suggested the entire room tax collected during the month of September 2019 was $1.9 million, but the data suggested room tax collected during the five-day bike week in 2019 alone was over $2 million, which didn’t jibe with the overall monthly total. Mitchell said the error was due to a data collection issue that counted the number of bike week in-

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dividual attendees as renting single rooms. “BikeFest is obviously a little different than a convention,” she said. “Whereas a convention typically has one attendee per motel room, an event like BikeFest has multiple attendees in one room or one condo. As a result, the room tax is actually less than that.” Budget Manager Jennie Knapp explained the total room tax collected in September 2019 was $1.9 million. Last year, when there was no official OC BikeFest because of COVID restrictions still in place, the total room tax collected in September was right around $2 million, or slightly higher than the prior year. Knapp said room tax is calculated monthly, and can’t be broken down by week or even specific weekend, which makes it difficult to quantify the economic impact of bike week. Councilman John Gehrig said despite there being no formal bike week event last September, large numbers of bikers came anyway. “There was no BikeFest in 2020 because of COVID, but there were still a lot of bikers in town,” he said. “I don’t want to give the impression we don’t need BikeFest.” Mayor Rick Meehan raised concern about a proposed motorcycle parade on the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 18. According to the draft MOU, the staff had no concerns with the proposed parade as along as of the motorcycles were off the Boardwalk by 2 p.m. Meehan said he believed the parade should be set much earlier. “In the notes it said the parade would end at 2 p.m.,” he said. “Don’t the trams still start at noon? Typically, that’s still a busy weekend to have a bike parade on the Boardwalk at 2 p.m. We need to better define that time period. There are still a lot of people up there at that time.” The draft MOU would also adjust the days on which the town’s trailer parking permit ordinance would be in place. Typically, the trailer ordinance during motorized special events is in place from Thursday to Sunday. However, the draft MOU calls for it to be in place from Monday until the following Sunday. A few years ago, in order to combat an inordinate amount of trailers parked on public streets and in residential neighborhoods, the town adopted an ordinance creating a trailer parking permit that limited the areas where they could be stored and removed them entirely from major roadways such as Baltimore Avenue, for example. Gehrig questioned if the trailer parking permit ordinance was still valid, or if it needed to be reviewed. Meehan explained the reasoning behind the original ordinance. “It’s to regulate the number of trailers that are on the streets and back in neighborhoods and in front of people’s houses,” he said. “It encourages them to park the trailers on private property which, amazingly, a lot of our property owners have allowed them to do. It’s worked pretty well I think.” Meehan said the trailer parking perSEE NEXT PAGE

Trio Arrested In Resort Burglary

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OCEAN CITY – Three females from Baltimore were arrested on burglary charges last weekend after allegedly breaking into and stealing property from a residence. Around 9:20 p.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to the area of 6th Street and the Boardwalk for a reported burglary that had just occurred. Officers met with the victim, who reportedly told police he was sitting on the back porch of his unit when he saw three suspects inside through the window. The victim told police he ran inside to confront the suspects, but they all fled the scene on foot. The victim said the three female suspects were last seen running south on Baltimore Avenue. Officers located the three female suspects a short time later. They were identified as Dewaye Raysor, 20, Nadia Bowie, 22, and Ayanna Campbell, 19.

The victim told police multiple items had been stolen during the alleged burglary, including a purse containing $400 in cash along with driver’s licenses and credit cards, two bottles of wine and a tablet in a yellow case. A restaurant employee delivering food in the area said he saw the suspects fleeing the area and would be able to identify them if he saw them again, according to police reports. Officers brought the delivery person to the area where they had detained the suspects and he positively identified them as the suspects. The victim was also brought to the arrest scene and positively identified Raysor and Campbell, but said he did not see Bowie inside the unit, according to police reports. While Raysor was being detained on the curb, a bottle of red wine matching the description provided by the victim rolled out and shattered on the ground. The other stolen items were also discovered. Raysor, Campbell and Bowie were each arrested and charged with first-,

mit ordinance has achieved the desired results. “There are a lot less trailers on public streets,” he said. “It just makes for a better event for the residents as well as those that are participating.” However, Gehrig asserted the original intent behind the trailer ordinance was to deter participants from congregating around the trailers on the public streets. “This started as a way to deter some of the drinking and congregating,” he said. “Somehow, it migrated into a trailer ordinance. Let’s have a trailer ordinance because it’s a public safety issue around Baltimore Avenue and the intersections.” Paddack had his own recollection about the genesis of the trailer ordinance as a public safety issue, particularly on Baltimore Avenue. “During special events, participants are allowed to purchase a permit to park trailers on the public street,” he said. “The key component of this is Baltimore Avenue. That is a serious traffic safety issue with trailers parked along that av-

enue.” Paddack said he didn’t recall the congregating as the catalyst behind the original trailer parking permit ordinance. “I don’t recall the issue of partying and the trailers,” he said. “They want their vehicles parked near their trailers and it’s usually in a residential neighborhood. I remember Baltimore Avenue being the real catalyst for the trailer permit ordinance.” Paddack made a motion to approve the draft OC BikeFest MOU and its various elements. He later amended the motion to include an earlier finish time for the Boardwalk motorcycle parade. “There are a number of events that participate on the Boardwalk,” he said. “I’ll amend the motion so that there aren’t any motorcycles on the Boardwalk after 10 a.m.” The council unanimously approved the draft MOU with the change in the stop time for the Boardwalk parade. The final MOU will come back to the Mayor and Council for review and approval before the event in September.



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BERLIN – Community members are rallying around a Berlin family this week following a house fire. At around 6 p.m. on Monday, the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin Police Department responded to a reported house fire on Stevenson Lane. Resident Josh Davis – a marketing director for the Ocean Pines Association – said he and his girlfriend were home with his two children when the incident occurred. “We were making dinner, and I put a pot of oil on the stove to make French fries like I’ve done many times before,” he said. “My girlfriend was cooking other things, so I went upstairs to work. She came upstairs to tell me something, and while we were talking my daughter came up to tell us there was smoke in the kitchen.” Davis said the family ran downstairs to find the pot on fire. When he realized the flames were too big to smother, he and his family left the house and called 911. Davis noted first responders were able to put out the grease fire quickly. However, a small, secondary fire occurred when insulation sparked on the roof. He said the fire department was at the scene for more than an hour. “I can’t say enough nice things about the Berlin Fire Company, the Worcester

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County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Berlin Police Department,” he said. “They got there so fast and were so kind. I was pacing outside for more than hour with bare feet. They brought us shoes, water and towels to wipe off our faces.” Davis added first responders also assisted the family in searching for their three cats. “They looked all around …,” he said. “They even did a thermal scan twice. When we were allowed to go back in af-

ter the smoke cleared, we found them hiding under the bookshelf. The fire people said they had never seen anything like that in their lives.” Davis said he and his family are currently staying in Salisbury as they await a report from the fire marshal’s office. In the meantime, community member Colby Phillips has launched a GoFundMe page to assist the family. “Right now until they get a place, I created a Go Fund Me to help them as they had no insurance,” she wrote in a

Facebook post. "Once they find a rental, I will repost about items needed. They aren’t allowed in the home right now, but much was smoke damaged. Anyone who knows Josh Davis knows his kind heart and that he would do anything to help others.” Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall added, “Last night, Josh Davis and his family had a fire in their house in Berlin. Josh, a former Bayside Gazette reporter, covered the Town of Berlin Maryland for years. Please consider donating … to help his family during this difficult time.” Davis said he is thankful for the many people who reached out following the fire. “We decided we weren’t going to turn down any help, as this is something we’ve never gone through before. We’re scared and, frankly, in shock …,” he said. “I’m just so grateful to everyone who reached out and offered to help.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Davis said he learned a valuable lesson following Monday’s fire that he wanted to share with the community. “The fire marshal said what we should have done is cover the pot with a big lid, or even throw baking soda on it …,” he explained. “We didn’t even have a fire extinguisher in the house either. Never again.”

Elected Officials Hear More About Drainage Concerns

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BERLIN – A resident of Westminster Drive shared ongoing neighborhood drainage concerns with town officials this week. Westminster Drive resident Mary Hedlesky approached the Berlin Town Council this week to express frustration with longtime drainage issues in her neighborhood. Officials said that while progress might be slow, they were aware of the situation. “We are looking into it,” said Councilman Jack Orris. “It is a problem.” Hedlesky told the council she was voicing her concerns after emailing and contacting various county, state and municipal officials regarding drainage problems in her neighborhood. She said the primary issue seemed to be a swale that hadn’t been maintained but that surrounding development, including the addition of athletic fields to Worcester Preparatory School, had also aggravated the problem. Though there is a stormwater pond in the area, Hedlesky said water never made it that far. “The water literally shoots straight up,” she said. “It looks like a fountain.” She said she’d talked to private contractors about the issue but believed solving the problem would have to be a cooperative effort. “We need to get past this and say everybody’s messed up, how can we fix this?” she said. When asked if her house was the only one affected, Hedlesky said it was not. She encouraged council members to visit her yard to get a first-hand look at the community’s problem. “It’s just something that really needs to be addressed,” she said. Marie Velong, a West Street resident, agreed and said she’d explored the area after significant rain events. “They have water after West Street is clear,” she said. Orris acknowledged there was a drainage issue in the community and said that he had been in communication with town staff regarding it. “We’re working on what could possibly be done, if anything,” he said. Darl Kolar of EA Engineering, Science and Technology, the town’s stormwater consultant, said he was well aware of the drainage issues in that area of Berlin. He said the swale needed to be addressed but there would be larger improvements needed as well. He said he’d be happy to visit Hedlesky’s property during a heavy rain to get a closer look at the issue. Councilman Dean Burrell said elected officials wanted to see the flooding alleviated too. “We will do our best, once we get started, to address this,” he said.

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OCEAN CITY – An iconic Boardwalk hotel property that changed hands earlier this year could be redeveloped as a hotel and conference center, but it will likely take the reconfiguration of an existing alley to make it possible. The Mayor and Council had before them this week a preliminary request to transfer ownership of Washington Lane, essentially an existing alley, between 13th and 14th streets to the developer of the old Phillips Beach Plaza Hotel property. The developer, who purchased the historic property earlier this year, has preliminary plans to redevelop the entire block between 13th and 14th streets and the Boardwalk

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and Baltimore Avenue, with a resort hotel and conference center. However, the existing town-owned Washington Lane between 13th and 14th streets bisects the property, complicating the major city block redevelopment plan. The developer intends to propose a single master plan for the redevelopment of the block under a planned overlay district (POD). However, under the town’s existing code, a POD must encompass 90,000 square feet at a minimum to qualify. Currently, the two big parcels the developer owns on the block encompass 85,200 square feet, which falls just short of the minimum requirement to qualify for a POD. To that end, the developer has proposed to include the existing alley a-

long Washington Lane between 13th and 14th streets in the square footage calculation for the POD. In order for that to happen, the town has been asked to essentially abandon the existing alley and convey it to the developer in order to meet his square footage needs for the major redevelopment project. Under the proposal, the developer would then convey the alley back to the town as a public easement open for motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic just as it is now. Essentially, the proposal is a land swap that allows the developer to meet the square footage needs for a POD. While no formal plans have been submitted in what will likely be a lengthy approval process, ostensibly the de-

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veloper could connect the two parcels with a structure, while allowing regular pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the alley below. Tuesday’s presentation was essentially just a feeling-out of sorts to gage if Mayor and Council members were at least receptive to the idea, according to Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville. “It’s in the pre-application process,” he said. “It’s really a great opportunity to redevelop an entire city block with a hotel-restaurant complex at the old Phillips Beach Plaza. The challenge is, Washington Lane bisects the property.” Neville explained the developer needed the alley easement to meet the calculations for the POD. “We’re partly there for consolidating it into a single parcel,” he said. “It could be as simple as approval from the Mayor and Council to move forward with an application. It’s a procedural issue at this point.” Councilman John Gehrig made a motion to allow the process to move forward, a motion seconded by Councilman Mark Paddack with a condition. “We are willing to allow this proposal to move forward, but that alley would have to remain open to traffic, bicycles and pedestrians,” he said. “That alley is part of our overall bike path network throughout the city.” Attorney Hugh Cropper, who was representing the developer on Tuesday, said the proposal could represent a net gain for the town. “We’re asking you to abandon the alley and then we can convey it back to the town as an easement,” he said. “It would actually be even wider. The existing alley is 16 feet wide, and what we would convey back would be 23 feet wide. You’d actually gain seven feet.” Cropper explained Tuesday’s presentation was just a first step in what will be a lengthy approval process with many layers. “We’re just asking for permission to move forward with an application,” he said. “The next step would be a concept review with the planning commission. It’s going to be a long process.” While the council endorsed the concept, Mayor Rick Meehan said he was not entirely comfortable with some of the verbiage in the proposal. “I’m not sure about the word abandon,” he said. “I think we would need an appraisal to see if there is any value.” Paddack said the word “abandon” was largely semantic at this early stage and there would be a legal process for conveying the property. “We’re not really abandoning this property,” he said. “We’re going to get it back. We’re going to get it back with seven more feet.” The council voted 7-0 to endorse the concept and allow the developer to move forward with a formal application.

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BERLIN – Mayor Zack Tyndall missed his first council meeting since being elected Monday. Tyndall was attacked by two dogs near Salisbury University last week and is currently home recovering. He’s hopeful he’ll see some improvement in his mobility by the end of the week but in the meantime has had to cancel several engagements. His absence at Monday’s meeting will likely be noted, as he rarely misses town meetings and the agenda was full. “Out of five years I’ve only missed two meetings,” he said.

Tyndall, who works at Salisbury University, must get COVID-19 tests twice a week there. He said that as he was leaving the building where he received his test last Thursday, he was attacked by two unleashed dogs and now has some muscle damage in his left leg. The dogs have been placed in quarantine by the Wicomico County Health Department, Tyndall said. Tyndall became Berlin’s youngest mayor last fall, winning a five-person race, after serving as a town council member since 2016. At Salisbury University, he is acting assistant director of the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center.

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GEORGETOWN – Leaders in Sussex County this week agreed to defer a vote on a controversial conditional use request. Following an hours-long public hearing on Tuesday, the Sussex County Council voted unanimously to defer voting on a conditional use request from the Carl M. Freeman Companies to develop a hotel and restaurant on a 9.2-acre parcel off Route 54. Councilman John Rieley, who represents that area of the county, told attendees the deferral would allow the council to review materials and testimony. “I recognize the passion in the room, but to give it due consideration I’m going to request we defer the vote …,” he said. “We’re going to give due consideration to everything presented.” Tuesday’s public hearing came less than a month after the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 2-2 to recommend a denial of the company’s application. Commission members ultimately agreed to advance the applicant’s conditional use request as a denial, citing the lack of three affirmative votes. “There’s no recommendation of approval, there’s no recommendation of denial, there’s no recommendation,” Jim Fuqua, the company’s attorney, told council members this week. “You are on your own for this one.” In June, the planning and zoning commission held a public hearing on 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 8,500-square-foot restaurant at Route 54 and Bennett Avenue. Fuqua told the council this week the conditional use request – unlike a zoning change – would allow for restrictions on the property. “Freeman chose the conditional use application process because it allows the applicant to accomplish this hotel and restaurant … while allowing the county council to propose conditions that will control the use and minimize the impact,” he said.

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Fuqua noted the proposed development would be similar to uses at surrounding properties and was supported by the county’s comprehensive plan, as it would strengthen the county’s position as a tourism destination. “Those considerations factually and legally entitle them to your approval,” he said. Several nearby residents, however, told council members this week they opposed the project because it would bring more traffic to Route 54. While the developer would be required to fund the cost of a signal light at the intersection, resident Frank Cintron argued it would only cause more congestion. “I know you have to have businesses,” he said, “but that’s not the right place for that one.” Local farmer Henry Bennett, whose family once owned the property in question, agreed. “Another intersection on Route 54 would back up traffic for miles,” he said. Nancy Flacco, representing the Southern Sussex County Community Action Group, said she was concerned the development would impact quality of life for area residents. “Let me emphasize we are not against development, but rather we are against development without consideration for public safety and environmental impacts,” she said. Residents this week also shared their concerns surrounding wetlands. Fuqua, however, said 53% of the 9.2-acre parcel would remain undeveloped. He added the wetlands would have significant buffers that exceeded requirements. “No wetlands will be encroached, disturbed or touched,” he said. Other topics of concern relating to the proposed conditional use application included pedestrian safety, emergency response times, stormwater runoff and flooding, to name a few. Council staff noted the conditional use request received one comment in favor and 386 in opposition, though some were duplicates. “They have to prove a hardship,” Fenwick Landing resident Fred Pioggia said. “I have not heard of any hardship.”

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BFC, Town Discuss Quarterly Report

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BERLIN – Town officials want to see more detailed financial reports from the Berlin Fire Company. As representatives from the Berlin Fire Company (BFC) presented the Berlin Town Council with a quarterly report this week, Councilman Dean Burrell suggested the agency bring more detailed accounts in the future. “We just need to be as specific as possible when it comes to allocating taxpayer money,” Burrell said. BFC President David Fitzgerald and Fire Chief R.J. Rhode presented officials with a report for April 1 through June 30 during Monday’s regular council meeting. They reported that 40% of BFC fire/rescue calls were in town, while 60% of calls were out of town. The busiest day during the quarter was Tuesday while the busiest time of day was between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The fire company’s expense budget was highlighted by a computer failure, HVAC replacement, an engine repair and rising fuel costs. On the EMS side, 56.7% of calls (255) were in town while 43.3% of calls (195) were out of town limits. EMS budget highlights, Fitzgerald said, included increased medical supply costs and payroll costs related to shift coverage. He added that cardiac monitors would soon need to be replaced at a cost of $85,000 to $100,000. “Our EMS account doesn’t have con-

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SALISBURY – A financial literacy organization is teaming up with two charitable foundations as it prepares to launch an immersive learning facility in Salisbury. Last Thursday, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore announced its partnership with The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and The Richard A. Henson Foundation for the creation of the Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center. Officials say the two foundations will provide $1.25 million in matching donations toward a $5.5 million capital campaign for the 25-000-square-foot, stateof-the-art facility, which will be constructed within the former Kmart shopping center off Route 50. Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore also announced receipt of an anonymous $1 million donation, bringing the total of the campaign to $3.5 million. “This will be a true game-changer for the students on the shore, our community, and for thousands of students in our region who deserve real-world experiences that prepare them for the future,” Junior Achievement’s President and CEO Jayme Hayes said in a statement, adding that the learning center will “enhance our ability to impact more youth with experiential programming that fuels the workforce pipeline and ensures that area youth grow into career-ready, financially responsible, and entrepreneurially minded citizens.” The Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center, which is slated to open in the fall of 2023, is an experiential learning facility that will house Junior Achievement’s capstone programs, Biztown and Finance Park, as well as a Career Center. These capstone programs include an in-classroom curriculum that culminates in a real-life simulation to help students learn crucial life skills, while a mock city will provide students the opportunity to build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions. “For the first time in history, two of our greatest supporting foundations on the shore are joining Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore to build the ultimate experiential learning facility for students to better understand careers, manage money and see life as an adult …,” Hayes said in last week’s press conference. “25,000 square feet of this building behind me will manifest into an experience of what it is like to be an adult, if only for one day. Enough for them to stop and realize how important the decisions they make today can be on their future. We want to give them the power to see all their possibilities.” Officials noted there are 58 similar facilities across the country, including three currently located in Maryland and one in Northern Delaware. This will be the first facility of its kind on the Eastern Shore. SEE PAGE 24

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FROM PAGE 23 “At Perdue Farms, we are committed to improving the quality of life in our communities. Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is such an asset to our hometown community, and the future of financial education for students in the region is about to get a lot more fun because of the opportunities available through the Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms. “It is because of the foresight of Frank Perdue and Mr. Henson that, together through our Foundations, we can carry on their philanthropic legacies with this joint gift to a program that they both helped bring to the Eastern Shore decades ago.” Greg Olinde, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Richard A. Henson Foundation, agreed. “This new Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center will help to continue to provide hands-on learning experiences to middle and high school students across the Eastern Shore,” he said. “We are incredibly proud of the work of Junior Achievement and the hundreds of volunteers annually, helping to elevate and prepare our youth for exciting futures.” State Sen. Mary Beth Carozza told community leaders last week the activities that will occur day in and day out at the learning facility will be similar to those experienced at Junior Achievement’s Inspire events. For the last two years, eighth graders from across the Eastern Shore have gathered for a day of career exploration through hands-on activities. “We are keeping our young talent right here on the shore, where they will have an opportunity through this Junior Achievement center, to live and work, pursuing their dreams here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” she said. The Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center will serve students from eight of the nine counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Accomack County in Virginia. Upon completion, Junior Achievement estimates that more than 10,000 students will visit the facility each year. It is planned that during the K-12 experience, students will visit the center three different times above and beyond their two to three in-classroom interactions as well. “The Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC), made up of nine superintendents on the Eastern Shore are excited to see this amazing project and experiential facility come to fruition,” said Lou Taylor, President of ESMEC and Superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools. “Our longterm partnership with Junior Achievement and making sure our students have a well-rounded education is something we support and look forward to growing.” Junior Achievement has been serving Delmarva since 1985 teaching students about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit

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Motel Melee Arrest OCEAN CITY – A local man was arrested on multiple charges last week after allegedly fighting with a manager at a downtown motel and destroying motel property. Around 8:45 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a motel at 26th Street for a reported individual refusing to leave. Upon arrival, OCPD officers observed a suspect, later identified as Jamie Zielinski, 40, of Ocean City, arguing with a motel manager. According to police reports, Zielinski was under the influence of drugs and had a physical altercation with the motel manager. When interviewed, the manager reportedly told police he had received multiple complaints about Zielinski being unconscious in the motel courtyard, according to police reports. The manager reportedly confronted Zielinski in the motel’s mechanics room and a physical altercation ensued. According to police reports, the motel manager was sweating and breathing heavily and was bleeding from his elbow. Officers inspected the motel’s mechanics room and found it to be in disarray. According to police reports, there were signs knocked over, a power drill was on the floor and there were numerous containers of nails and screws thrown around the floor. The manager was still distraught from the altercation and could provide little other detail about the fight in the motel’s mechanics room, according to police reports.

COPS & COURTS The manager reportedly told officers when he approached Zielinski in the mechanics room, he grabbed the suspect by the arm in an attempt to escort him from the premises. Zielinski then started punching and kicking the manager and hitting him in any way he could, according to police reports. Officers interviewed a witness, who told police he observed Zielinski and the motel manager fighting in the courtyard. The witness told police Zielinski was thrown out of the nearby mechanics room and a fight ensued with the manager in the courtyard of the motel, according to police reports. Zielinski was evaluated by Ocean City EMS and reportedly said he was on Suboxone and did not feel well and wanted to go to the hospital. Zielinski then changed his mind and jumped out of the ambulance, according to police reports. At that time, OCPD officers were just arriving on the scene. By now, a crowd of around 30 people had gathered to witness the scene, according to police reports. Zielinski walked south on the sidewalk at 26th Street and took a radio he had in his possession and threw it 20 feet into the

air, with little regard to where it would come down among the crowd that had gathered, according to police reports. He attempted to catch the radio as it came down, but missed and it smashed in pieces on the ground. Officers attempted to arrest Zielinski at that point, but he reportedly resisted. Once in handcuffs, Zielinski refused to sit on the curb as ordered. OCPD officers got blood on them during the confrontation and Zielinski told them he was HIV positive and that he hoped he had given them HIV, according to police reports. Zielinski reportedly continued to yell racially-charged expletives at the crowd and at the officers during the confrontation. He was ultimately charged with second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other counts.

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cean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched for a reported disorderly male. Upon arrival, the officers were informed a suspect, later identified as Edwin Mata-Ruiz, 21, of Dagsboro, Del., had assaulted someone inside the bar and staff had escorted them out and he had fought with staffers, according to police reports. When OCPD officers arrived, bar staff was holding Mata-Ruiz down on the ground. When officers arrived, they reportedly could hear Mata-Ruiz screaming profanities while a crowd gathered around the scene. When OCPD officers attempted to detain Mata-Ruiz and escort him away from the crowd, he reportedly twisted his body violently and resisted. At one point, he shoulderchecked one officer and struck another in the torso. Once officers carried MataRuiz from the property to the parking lot and attempted to calm him down, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of second-degree assault on police officers.

Bounced From Nightclub OCEAN CITY – A New York man was arrested last weekend after allegedly getting bounced from a midtown nightclub and later scrapping with police officers attempting to detain him. Around 1:25 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a midtown nightclub for a reported assault. Upon arrival, OCPD officers observed bar staff members escorting a male suspect later identified as Jesse Cusimano, 30, of Staten Island, N.Y., out of the bar and through the gates, according to police reports. OCPD officers reportedly observed Cusimano punch a bar security staffer in the face with a closed fist. Cusimano attempted a second punch on the bar staffer, but missed, according to police reports. Bar security staff was eventually able to detain Cusimano on the ground. When he refused to leave, OCPD officer advised him he was under arrest, according to police reports. When OCPD officers attempted to handcuff Cusimano, he reportedly refused to turn over and offer his hands. He reportedly continued to resist as OCPD officers and bar staff attempted to roll him over and get him in handcuffs, according to police reports. By now, a large crowd had gathered and were filming the incident with cell phones, according to police reports. Cusimano was ultimately subdued after continuing to resist while officers attempted to take him to a transport van. Once at the Public Safety Building, Cusimano continued to resist and allegedly assaulted to public safety aides during the booking process. He was charged with multiple counts of seconddegree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Street Sign Swiped OCEAN CITY – A Hanover, Md., man was arrested for theft and malicious destruction of property last week after alSEE NEXT PAGE

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... COPS & COURTS legedly swiping an Ocean City street sign. Around 3:10 a.m. last Wednesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 85th Street for a reported theft of a town street sign. OCPD officers stopped two individuals, one of whom was identified as Steven Murdoch, 26, of Hanover, Md. Officers observed Murdoch drop the 83rd Street sign in the grass about 50 feet from where they had been detained, according to police reports. Murdoch and the other man reportedly told police they had found the sign on the ground and that they had not caused it any damage. OCPD officers inspected the original sign pole at 83rd Street and found the brackets that hold the sign in place to be broken. The pole was leaning toward the curb and there was a small cement wall from which an individual could reach the sign. Murdoch was arrested and charged with theft and malicious destruction of property. The other individual, who was not charged, told OCPD officers 83 was his school bus number and the sign was nostalgic for him, according to police reports.

More Sign Stealing OCEAN CITY – A Windsor Mill, Md., man was arrested on theft and other charges last week after allegedly swiping an A-framed sign from a midtown

bar. Last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the area of 41st Street observed an individual later identified as Tyler Jones, 23, of Windsor Mill, Md., walking down the sidewalk carrying an A-framed sign typically used by local businesses. When the officer exited his vehicle, Jones threw the sign in the air and it landed in shrubbery near the sidewalk at 42nd Street and Coastal Highway, according to police reports. Jones was detained and arrested for littering to start with. OCPD officers determined the sign had been taken from a bar at 54th Street, or 12 blocks away. Jones was also charged with theft and malicious destruction of property because the sign broke when Jones threw it in the air and it landed in the shrubbery, according to police reports.

Assault, Theft Arrest OCEAN CITY – A New York man was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a downtown motel and stealing and damaging her property. Around 5:15 a.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a downtown motel for a reported assault. The officers met with a female victim, who reportedly told police she and her boyfriend, later identified as Christopher Jones, 31, of Flushing, N.Y., had been arguing at a Boardwalk bar and the fight continued when they returned to their motel room. The victim reportedly told police she

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did not want to continue fighting and left to walk back to the Boardwalk. The victim told police Jones called her repeatedly and told her he needed to get into their room to get an inhaler for his asthma. The victim said she believed it was a set-up by Jones to get her to return to the unit, but that she didn’t want to leave him stranded without medical assistance, according to police reports. The victim reportedly returned to the motel room and let Jones in, but he kicked her in the back and forced her out of the door. The victim left the motel area again, but Jones called her and said “Listen to what I’m about to do to your car,” according to police reports. The victim then reportedly heard a loud bang over the phone. When she returned to the motel, the victim discov-

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Park Place Jewelers presented $20,000 in donations this week to four local charities – Atlantic General Hospital (AGH), Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, the Rebecca and Leighton Moore Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit and the Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF). Each charity was presented a $5,000 donation, representing a portion of Park Place Jewelers’ sales during the month of May, which marked the 25th anniversary for the business. Park Place Jewelers has two locations – one on the Boardwalk at 2nd Street in Ocean City and in West Ocean City at the Park Place Plaza. On Tuesday, representatives from three of the four chosen charities were on hand to receive donations from Park Place Jewelers owners Todd, Jill and Sophia Ferrante. A check presentation to the Rebecca and Leighton Moore Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit will take place at a future date. Above left, pictured, from left, are Sophia, Todd and Jill Ferrante, AGH President/CEO Michael Franklin, AGH Foundation Chair Steve Green, AGH Vice President of Public Relations Toni Keiser and AGH Development Officer Caroline Phillips. Above right, pictured from left, are Jill, Todd and Sophia Ferrante with WCEF Manager of Operations and Community Relations Olivia Momme, WCEF Board Chairman Raymond Thompson and WCEF Board member Lou Taylor, superintendent of schools for Worcester County. Below right, accepting a $5,000 donation from the Ferrantes on behalf of the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation was Program Coordinator Wayne Littleton. Submitted Photos


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FROM PAGE 4 goal. “We just need to tighten up some of the language,” he said. “I think we have a good formula. It works. We just need to be sure we don’t keep chipping away at the base to the point the top line will stop growing.” Knapp reiterated the investment in police, fire, EMS, public works and emergency services, for example, had to increase to keep up with the growth in tourism. “We’re losing money on the cost of the growth of tourism,” she said. “We need to pay police overtime and an extra ambulance crew. That has to come from somewhere. A portion of this goes to marketing the product and portion goes to the cost of the product.” Councilman Mark Paddack said investing in the product could change the visitor dynamics in the resort. “I agree we’re investing in the destination,” he said. “The common theme I hear out there is about the quality of the tourism and the people that are coming here. We’re in a position to facilitate improving on the complaints I hear from our residents and my neighbors.” Paddack said if the need for more police and more public works, for example, is driven by growth in tourism, then that cost should be borne by the visitors and not the resident taxpayers. “At 2%, the revenue is going to go up, but along with that the expenditures for our public works department, our maintenance department, our police department and fire and EMS are going up as well,” he said. “The property owners shouldn’t pay for those increases if it is driven by tourism.” Councilman Lloyd Martin said he was on the council when a portion of the room tax was first dedicated to advertising and marketing, and the measure has helped Ocean City withstand a few economic downturns since. “The advertising budget has grown since then,” he said. “We were one of the few towns that actually increased its advertising budget during the downturn. We didn’t fail because we increased our advertising budget. We haven’t had a lull in our room tax since then.” Martin said keeping the 2% of gross room tax dedicated to its permitted uses continues to make sense and said that percentage could be raised in the future. “This 2% is working,” he said. “We’ve raised it incrementally and as we did that, our services didn’t suffer. We’re getting to a breaking point now with things costing more. It’s not just about more radio or TV ads, it’s about getting events to come here. That 2% is something that works for him right now. We

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can decide to raise it later if need be.” Knapp pointed out the percentage of room tax revenue that is dedicated to providing services such as police and public works is a very small percentage of the overall costs of those services. Gehrig, however, asserted those services should be paid for through the town’s robust general fund and more room tax revenue should be dedicated to marketing the product. “We don’t have a budget issue in the general fund,” he said. “We’re paying our bills. We have money in the bank. There are so many more people that want to come to Ocean City and so many more ways to bring them here.” Perlozzo attempted to boil down the proposed ordinance change to its simplest terms. “The intent of this is destination tourism,” he said. “The intent is to bring people to town. If we do better in marketing the destination, that number will go up, not the percentage but the bottom line.” Gehrig said more room tax revenue should be dedicated to expanding tourism and rebranding the resort. “We’re talking about investing in big ideas,” he said. “The advertising budget is going to grow, but we’re talking about special events and a sports complex and who knows what big idea is going to come.” Gehrig said locking in the dedicated room tax at 2% was short-sighted and continued to push for something higher. “We can say we need more police and more public works, and all of that is true,” he said. “Rebranding Ocean City to solve our problems, which are major and can cripple us, requires investment too. As we increase tax rates, to say that none of that should go to our product, is short-sighted. It’s anti-business. We need to be all in on business. That’s how we succeed.” Mayor Rick Meehan said the town is achieving its desired goals with the room tax dedication set at 2%. “Our product is Ocean City,” he said. “We understand how all of this works together. When people think of Ocean City, they think of clean and safe. We’ve done that.” Meehan suggested moving forward with the proposed ordinance amendment expeditiously and revisiting the dedicated percentage down the road. “It took a year-and-a-half to hire a business and tourism director. Conversations like this are important, but need to move forward,” the mayor said. “If we’re successful, it going to continue to grow. Let’s get it right, but let’s move forward.” The council voted 6-1, with Gehrig opposed, to move the proposed ordinance amendment to first reading on Monday.

Beach Stand Operator Seeks Umbrella Suit Dismissal

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OCEAN CITY – A resort beach stand operator named in a federal civil suit filed by a victim impaled by a flying umbrella has filed a motion to dismiss the case. In July 2018, Pennsylvania resident Jill Mendygral was impaled in the chest by a rented beach umbrella that had become dislodged from the sand and thrown through the air by a wind gust. In June, Mendygral, through her attorneys, filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court alleging negligence against the two named defendants, the Town of Ocean City and the beach equipment rental company 85 N Sunny, LLC. The suit seeks damages in excess of $75,000 against each of the named defendants. Late last month, the town, through its attorney, filed a motion to dismiss the case against it, asserting the complaint lacks any cognizable claim against Ocean City. The town’s answer to the suit also evoked the doctrine of governmental immunity. Earlier this month, 85 N Sunny LLC filed its own formal answer to the complaint amended by the plaintiff a week earlier. In the formal answer, the beach rental operator categorically denies nearly every averment spelled out in the amended complaint. “The amended complaint fails to state a cause of action upon which relief may

be granted,” the answer reads. “There is no basis for awarding damages against the defendant under the facts and circumstances as set out in the amended complaint.” In its formal answer, 85 N Sunny LLC denies any negligence and asserts the umbrella dislodged from the sand during a wind gust was an unforeseeable act of God. “The defendant specifically denies that it breached any duty or obligation to the plaintiff and the defendant generally denies that it was negligent and demands strict proof as to all of the plaintiff’s counts and claims,” the answer reads. “The plaintiff’s injuries and damages, if any, were caused by an ‘act of God’ and were unforeseeable as a matter of law.” Around 3:10 p.m. on July 22, 2018, Ocean City first responders were dispatched to the beach at 54th Street after a gust of wind dislodged an unattended rental umbrella and sent it tumbling down the beach where it impaled Mendygral. The point of the wood-shaft umbrella hit the victim, who was sitting in a beach chair, and pierced her skin in the upper left chest below the collarbone. Ocean City Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Technicians (SRTs) quickly responded and, with the help of bystanders, secured the blowing umbrella while the first SRT on the scene began rendering aid and keeping the victim calm.

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Ocean City Fire Department and EMS personnel arrived quickly and took over first-aid measures. Ocean City Fire Department personnel cut the umbrella’s wooden pole to facilitate taking the victim from the beach to awaiting paramedics. The victim was transported from the beach by Ocean City EMS and was transported to a designated medevac pad at 32nd Street via ambulance. She was transferred to the Maryland State Police medevac helicopter and taken to now-TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she underwent emergency surgery. The

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suit filed last week outlines the timeline of the incident and the injuries and suffering Mendygral allegedly did and continues to endure. The suit asserts the town and 85 N Sunny LLC were negligent because they knew or should have known a dangerous condition existed on the beach and the rented open umbrella was subject to the forces of the wind, and that defendants failed to warn her of the dangerous conditions. The formal answers filed by each defendant assert at least some contributory negligence and assumption of risk for the plaintiff.

Berlin Museum Will Host Peach Festival Next Saturday

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On July 31, 1913, the first “Great Peach Fest” was held in Berlin. Hosted by J. G. Harrison & Sons, the meeting of 2,000 horticulturalists was described by the Philadelphia Public Ledger as a “Great Gathering of Fruit-Growers,” who came to inspect the orchards of Harrisons’ Nurseries and learn about the innovative spraying method used to save the year’s peach crop. This meeting was the inspiration for the first, modern-day peach festival. Submitted Photo BY CHARLENE SHARPE


BERLIN – A popular Berlin tradition will return the first Saturday in August as the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum hosts its annual Peach Festival. After offering a scaled down event last year, organizers are welcoming the public to the museum lawn for this year’s festival on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. “This is a major fundraiser for the museum,” said Melissa Reid, president of the Taylor House Museum. “We are fortunate to have an amazing location — a beautiful lawn with shade trees. When you come and buy peaches for yourself, you’re really helping the museum.” As its name suggests, the Berlin Peach Festival will highlight the fruit that played such a big part of the town’s his-

tory. Peaches will be available for purchase on the lawn — by the bag and half-bushel — as attendees enjoy music performed by the Bilenki Duo. Peach preserves, slushies and items from the Taylor House Museum’s gift shop will also be set up for sale. Area residents who think they’ve perfected their peach pie recipes are invited to enter this year’s peach pie baking contest. Interested bakers should drop

their pies — and accompanying recipes — off at the museum by 11 a.m. In addition to raising funds for the museum, the Peach Festival will give attendees a chance to get a glimpse of its interior, as the first floor of the 1832 house will be open throughout the day. “It provides a taste of what the museum is like,” Reid said. Visitors can also peruse tables set up by local nonprofit organizations. Reid said the museum made an effort to invite local groups to the lawn rather than artisans so that people interested in shopping would walk through the array of shops downtown. “Instead of craft vendors, we’re encouraging people to come to town and then visit the stores,” Reid said. To further entice visitors to browse though local businesses, the festival this year includes a scavenger hunt with clues in shop windows. Those who have filled in the answers to the hunt questions after visiting participating shops will be entered in a drawing to win a tote bag full of items from the museum’s gift shop. “One thing we realized, while the festival has been amazing for the museum, the event was so popular it outgrew the lawn,” Reid said. “We’re hoping people will walk all the way through town.” Embracing the concept, several shops and local churches will have peach themed items for sale throughout the day. Jack Orris, a town councilman as well as a member of the museum’s board, is hopeful this year’s festival will expand on the success of last year’s event. “The Peach Festival was always a great community event; however, due to COVID restrictions last year, we were able to safely expand the festival all the way down Main Street,” he said. “This helped folks who visited the museum and attended the event also get to see more of our town and patronize the restaurants and businesses, all while enjoying a staple of Berlin history — the peach. I’m looking forward to another successful year.”

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Human Waste Concerns Reported On Assateague OSV Area

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ASSATEAGUE – As usage of the oversand vehicle (OSV) zone increases, one area resident says she is concerned with the growing level of human waste being found on the beaches of Assateague Island. Salisbury resident Beth McClincy says she and her husband have been going to Assateague’s OSV zone for years. She noted the beauty of the barrier island is one of the main reasons her family decided to move from Pennsylvania to the Eastern Shore.

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in the OSV zone. “OSV visitors often use the portable toilets located at Little Levels and Stateline backcountry sites and many carry their own portable toilets,” she said. “In non-developed areas of the park, visitors should adhere to the Leave No Trace Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly.” Davis noted federal law prohibits the disposal of human body waste in developed areas – except at designated locations or in fixtures provided for that purpose – and the disposal of human body waste in non-developed areas within 100 feet of water. She added visitors who witness people urinating or defecating should report the violation by calling the park dispatch number, 757898-0058. “This number is staffed 24 hours a day and a dispatcher will contact a Law Enforcement Ranger,” she said. It should be noted National Park Service staff collects water samples weekly at six beach locations on Assateague Island to monitor enterococci bacteria levels, an indicator for fecal contamination in marine waters. While fecal bacteria are present in marine waters at very low levels, Davis noted elevated bacterial concentrations can cause illness. “Health problems caused from fecal contamination may include gastroenteritis, skin rashes, diarrhea, viral infections and hepatitis,” she said. “… Assateague’s Beach Water Quality monitoring program is in place to help protect the visiting public from possible health risks.”

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State Record Swordfish Confirmed

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The crew of the Real One are pictured with the new state record 301-pound swordfish caught last weekend during the Big Fish Classic. Submitted Photos

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OCEAN CITY – The first Maryland state record swordfish is now officially on the books after the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) late this week confirmed the 301-pounder caught during the Huk Big Fish Classic in Ocean City last weekend. As its name implies, the Big Fish Classic held last week at the historic Talbot Street docks recognizes the winner which brings in the largest single fish during the two-day event. That distinction went to angler Pete Schultz and the crew on the Real One, which hauled in a 301-pound swordfish to take first-place

in the signature division. The Real One placed in other divisions and took home a tournament-high $542,648 in prize money for its efforts in the Big Fish Classic. The winning 301pound swordfish was quickly deemed a new state record in Maryland and on Thursday, the DNR confirmed the record catch. The DNR compiles state records for various species in different divisions including the Atlantic Division. A few years back, DNR Fisheries added swordfish to the record books and set the minimum qualifying weight at 350 pounds. That was reduced to 300 pounds last year, but before last weekend, the slot was listed as vacant on the state record books. With the 301-pounder caught and weighed by Schultz and the crew on the Real One during the Big Fish Classic last weekend, that slot on the state’s record books has now been officially filled. Schultz and the Real One are now the first official state record-holder for swordfish, or Xiphias gladius. The record sword was caught in the Washington Canyon roughly 50 miles off the coast during the Big Fish Classic, a two-day tournament during which boats and teams of anglers fish in one of two overnight 32-hour windows. The big sword was taken on a dead eel on a circle hook on a 65-pound braid line and a 150-pound leader. Schultz described the record swordfish as “the fish of a lifetime.” After the big sword was hooked, it took Schultz and the crew on the Real One an epic eight hours to boat. While Schultz was the angler on the reel for those eight hours, he praised his crew for the record catch this week. “We put so much effort into this,” he said. “Everyone had a crucial role.” The swordfish weight was officially certified last weekend by David Hedges at the Talbot Street Pier. A DNR biologist confirmed the new state record late this week.

Angler Pete Schultz and the crew are pictured after finally boating the massive swordfish.

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Eastern Shore Physical Therapy



BERLIN – Lighting for the Henry Park basketball courts is officially the town’s top priority as it seeks Program Open Space funding. The Berlin Town Council voted 4-0 Monday to approve a fiscal year 2023 Program Open Space Annual Program for Development that includes lighting for the basketball courts at Henry Park as well as ping pong equipment for Burbage Park, a skate park study and an inclusive playground. The program for development is essentially a wish list of what the town would like to achieve with Program Open Space funding. “This project list has been a living document for years and years,” Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said. According to Bohlen, the town applies for a Community Parks and Playgrounds grant through Program Open Space every year. Because the installation of lighting at the Henry Park basketball courts has been a priority for several years but has yet to be funded, Bohlen said the Berlin Parks Commission recommended making that the town’s top priority on the program for development. Ping pong tables at Burbage Park, a skate park study and an inclusive playground have been added to the list as a result of recent community discussion. The skate park study, she said, would involve professionals coming to Berlin to assess various locations and determine what type of park would best suit the municipality. “Look at Ocean Pines, which has sunken in the ground obstacles whereas Ocean City they’re all above ground,” she said. “We need that sort of thing, someone to look at that and make that kind of determination.” The addition of an inclusive playground to the list of future projects came at the suggestion of Mayor Zack Tyndall. Tyndall provided the council with additional information he’d received from Playground Specialists Inc., a vendor he met at a Maryland Municipal League event. Tyndall said he was interested in creating an inclusive playground in Berlin because it was something local families wanted. He said several even traveled to playgrounds elsewhere. “That’s not something I like to hear,” he said. Tyndall said much of the equipment at Stephen Decatur Park was more than 15 years old. Some of it he even played on when he was a child. “I think we need to look at that whole place and space comprehensively, making it so children of different ages and abilities can play together in one spot,” he said. “I think this needs to be a community dialogue.” Though the proposal from Playground Specialists Inc. was close to $800,000, Tyndall said there could be grant opportunities the town hadn’t explored lately.

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FENWICK ISLAND – Four town council candidates have filed a complaint with the Fenwick Island Board of Elections questioning pre-election activities. On Friday, July 30, the town’s board of elections will hold a special meeting to consider the legality of certain pre-election activities in Fenwick Island after receiving a complaint from four candidates in this year’s town council election. The complaint – signed by candidates Janice Bortner, Jacque Napolitano, Na-


talie Magdeburger and Paul Breger – alleges rule changes and processing errors for absentee ballot request forms, among other things, contradict provisions of the state code regarding municipal elections. “It’s a hotly contested election, and at the end of the day we want it to be fair,” Magdeburger said in an interview this week. “Hopefully that will happen, but if we don’t say anything we lose that right.” The two-page complaint, filed with the town last Friday, alleges rules requiring notarizing affidavits for absentee ballot request forms were changed ahead of

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the Aug. 7 election. “Originally, the instructions provided that a Notarizing Affidavit was necessary for all voters but was changed on July 19th to provide that non-resident property owner need not provide a Notarizing Affidavit,” the complaint reads. The candidates also called into question activities surrounding absentee ballot request forms. They alleged some request forms are getting lost and not being processed for 7-10 days. “We’ve been told one person had called and asked for an absentee ballot and didn’t get it …,” Magdeburger said. “He called again, and they lost his request." The complaint also highlights drop-off locations for absentee ballots and questions the security of the ballot box located within town hall. “There appears to be no chain of custody protocol for absentee ballots received in the mail,” the complaint adds. “When are these ballots placed in the secured ballot box and by whom? Ballots should be delivered by the U.S. Post Office directly into the secured ballot box.” The candidates also questioned a memorandum town staff mailed to homeowners within the voter’s information packet. The letter, Magdeburger said, addresses issues such as building heights, outdoor bars, outdoor speakers and shuttles. “The aforesaid Memorandum was in-

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cluded in the ‘Voter’s Information Packet’ and mailed to all homeowners at taxpayers’ expense with the voter’s information,” the complaint reads. “This Memorandum tainted the election, providing inaccurate information.” The Fenwick Island Board of Elections will hold a special meeting on Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m. to discuss the candidates’ complaint. The candidates have requested the board issue subpoenas to have witnesses – including Councilmen Gene Langan, Richard Mais, Bill Weistling and Mike Houser, Town Manager Terry Tieman and Town Solicitor Mary SchriderFox – testify, as well as documentation relating to the memorandum, notarizing affidavit, absentee request forms and more. The town did not respond to a request for comment this week. The Delaware code states, “Within 24 hours of the special public meeting, the municipal Board of Elections shall issue a written decision on whether the preelection action or activity was legally incorrect and ordering lawful action necessary to correct such legal error in the pre-election action or activity. The Board of Elections shall immediately make its decision available to the public. If the municipality’s Board of Elections fails to meet and issue a written decision within the time frames set forth herein, the citizen may file the complaint directly with the State Election Commissioner.”


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FENWICK ISLAND – Fenwick Island voters will have much to consider next week when they head to the polls for this year’s town council election. On Saturday, Aug. 7, the Town of Fenwick Island will hold its municipal election for the offices of town council. This year, eight candidates will vie for four seats currently held by Mike Houser, Gene Langan, Richard Mais and Bill Weistling. In addition to the four incumbents, candidates for this year’s election include Janice Bortner, Paul Breger, Natalie Magdeburger and Jacque Napolitano. Ahead of next week’s election, The Dispatch asked each candidate to answer a series of questions. The following highlights the responses of seven participants. Breger did not participate. Q: Why are you running as a candidate for the Fenwick Island Town Council? Bortner: Like many of our neighbors, we chose Fenwick Island 26 years ago for its quiet, family-friendly atmosphere and recently reinvested in the community JANICE by rebuilding our home. BORTNER Fenwick Island is at a critical juncture. The Town faces pressure not only within

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its limits from current proposals to increase commercial density and height limits but also outside its limits from rapid residential development along Route 54. High-density commercial zoning and overcrowded beaches are common along the Delmarva Coast, but few towns can claim Fenwick Island's quiet, uncrowded charm. I'm running for Town Council to preserve Fenwick Island's distinguishing features for future generations. Houser: I will continue to give back to Fenwick for the many benefits associated with being a citizen of this Town. I am first, foremost, and forever a resident of the Town of Fenwick Island. I have been coming to Fenwick Island since the 60’s, and owned a home MIKE HOUSER since 1978. My children, Mitch, a United Airlines captain, and Heather, an interior designer, have grown up in Fenwick, and worked summers at Warren’s Restaurant. My spouse, BJ, and her family, owned properties in Fenwick Island from the 50’s to the 70’s. A most significant factor in our lives is the happiness and sense of well-being in this Town over the years. I am, like each of the incumbents, focused on using experience, expertise, and energy to maintain this vector. The record of the Council reinforces the desirability of Fenwick

Island residency and the values associated with this Town. Langan: I have been on the Town Council for 11 years and have been Mayor for 6 years, during those years I have been involved in many projects that have had a positive effect on both the residential and commercial zones in FenGENE wick. Currently, there are LANGAN projects in the works that I want to see come to fruition. I have the experience and the knowledge of municipal government that can be beneficial to this great town. Magdeburger: As a second-generation Fenwick Islander, I am running to protect the family-friendly atmosphere that has been the mainstay in Fenwick since 1953. Current leadership has prioritized developers’ interests over that of the residents. Participating in a “stakeholders” meeting with NATALIE Orsted, failing to enforce MAGDEBURGER ordinances prohibiting outdoor bars, commissioning a plan to increase the height of the commercial district, allowing shuttles and failing to address flooding has left Fenwick susceptible to losing her “Quiet Resort” identity. Lack of transparency, committee

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packing and restrictions on public participation has also created deep discord. To protect Fenwick and heal the divide, new leadership is vital. Mais: I am running as a candidate for the Fenwick Island Town Council because I would like to continue to lead the Town to be a better place to live and visit. Our Town currently enjoys great fiscal health and our beaches RICHARD MAIS and town are safe and clean. We have several ongoing projects including dredging, sidewalks and flooding on our bay side of town. All of these projects require a great deal of creative planning and funding and I would like to help move them to completion. As the Town continues to confront pressure from development inside and outside our Town limits, I will continue to work hard to see that Fenwick Island remains a great town. Napolitano: When I first started attending Fenwick Island’s Council meetings in 2015, I enjoyed staying informed, meeting neighbors and having discussions. However, that friendly atmosphere changed once the Sands Motel was sold. Anyone who questioned hotel accommodations was deemed a trouble maker. Indeed during the hotel’s construction, my own concerns about floodSEE PAGE 46

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FROM PAGE 43 ing, vehicles blocking my driveway, and porta-potties placed near my windows were not only dismissed but I was also labeled a “chronic complainer.” In January 2020, Town officials assured everyone that the Fenwick Shores’ ABC application violated ordinances in effect since the 1950’s. Still, the Town ManagJACQUE er’s letter to the ABC NAPOLITANO Commission advised that the outdoor bar was in compliance with Town Code. Along with others, I joined an incredible movement to oppose the outdoor bar, something the Council should have done. Thus while my desire to serve on the Town Council developed out of challenges, I want to provide the community with the friendly respect and integrity it deserves. Weistling: As a property owner for 37 years, a full-time resident for 30 years and especially as a volunteer for town projects for over 25 years, I have worked closely with talented council members, committee members and members of the public. Due to my recruitment on these many committees through the years, I am familiar with the broad spectrum of the town’s routine and complicated projects. Sidewalks, dredging, BILL drainage, streets, and WEISTLING ordinances are a few of the current ones. I am dedicated to continuing to improve our town through my volunteer services. Q: Fenwick Island and surrounding towns have adopted the moniker “The Quiet Resorts” for their emphasis on natural recreation, family friendly activities and small-town charm. As the town ages and properties are redeveloped, how do you propose Fenwick Island maintain its character as a quiet resort town while promoting economic development? Bortner: Historically residents of Fenwick Island have defended our uniquely quiet Town by supporting purposeful regulations – notably restrictions on parking, building density, new development and noise. However, regulations are useless if elected officials choose to ignore them. The residential community accounts for a majority of the Town's tax revenue and responsible economic growth is achievable without forsaking the Town's residential characteristics. The Town's commercial establishments benefit from a unique asset – the surrounding robust residential population. Resident-friendly commercial growth will optimize tax revenue, but such responsible growth is only achievable through residential/commercial collaboration responsive to the concerns of both constituencies. Houser: In the early 50’s, Fenwick Island’s founders envisioned and laid out the Town’s incorporated area with both residential and commercial zones. To-

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day, some detractors would like to eliminate the commercial zone. This is no more likely than elimination of the residential area. It is my primary goal, along with the other Council incumbents, to successfully manage the interface between these two. I will continue to foster a sense of equanimity in these areas, devoid of the current misrepresentations and misplaced animosity generated by a few uninformed “groupthink” individuals. Fenwick Island has never been in better shape fiscally, socially, and organizationally. Many of our Town’s most desirable attributes, such as the Junior Lifeguard Program, Bonfires on the Beach, Town Playground, Children’s Garden, “Storytime in the Park” events, and the Town Market are beginning to flourish again with the wind down of the pandemic. My goal is to rekindle this sense of well-being and respect for all citizens of Fenwick. Langan: The incorporated portion of Fenwick Island has delineated boundaries, this will not change, therefore the town cannot physically expand. It will remain small and quiet, and not lose its charm. Furthermore, the commercial zone will not expand as it is space limited. Owners of undeveloped property in the commercial zone must follow town ordinances and building codes as do the residential property owners. Magdeburger: Fenwick’s appeal and Quiet Resort atmosphere is not by chance but rather by prioritizing the protection of our uncrowded family-friendly beaches. This should continue to be our goal. A taller and more expansive commercial district with outdoor bars and shuttle services is not the answer to protecting the charm of Fenwick’s Quiet Resort, particularly since business license fees account for only 2% of the Town’s operating revenues. Rather, we should seek to attract new businesses who will embrace and honor our Quiet Resort atmosphere. This will allow Fenwick to maintain her unique allure among the local beach communities. Mais: I will continue to address the issues of economic development and maintaining our character as a quiet resort town as I have by chairing the Ad Hoc Commercial District Planning Committee. It has always been and will continue to be a challenge to balance the convenience of a viable commercial district within an easy walking or biking distance and not infringe on our residential neighborhoods. We have hired a consultant who has worked with many other coastal towns to help us anticipate, recognize and address issues like noise, odors, traffic and appearance. It is an issue that will continue to challenge us as our business district ages and is redeveloped. I would like to see a reasonable and attractive development of our commercial district without unduly impacting our residents. Napolitano: Most people buy property here to escape from the stress of everyday life by spending time at their “Happy Place” in the Quiet Resorts. To ensure that the Town remains the place we treasure also means looking at other

factors, including the commercial push to increase density, building heights, and development, not only in Fenwick but also along Route 54. Enforcing existing ordinances and safeguarding our community values must be balanced against the needs of economic development in Fenwick’s small commercial zone. Above all, we must protect the beauty of the coastal area and the marine environment. Fenwick needs ordinances that require standards to attract high end businesses that would be comfortable coming into Fenwick Island. Weistling: The interests of both the residential and commercial zones need to be continually addressed. With new development occurring now mainly throughout our residential zone, the aging commercial zone may soon follow. NOW is the time for us to gather input from the residents and business owners to determine the preferred guidelines for the future designs of any improvements in the commercial district. The current Ad Hoc Commercial District Committee is a perfect starting point. Public input is received during these meetings and public workshops will be held to gather more input and inform the public with design sketches for review. Q: What do you hope to accomplish if elected to the post? Bortner: Now, more than ever, the Town needs proactive elected leaders solely accountable to residents. Fenwick Island's unique characteristics will be preserved only through cooperation, transparency and accountability. If elected, I pledge to: enforce ordinances that protect our quiet family-oriented Town; respect the concerns of residents and facilitate government transparency; defend our Town from those attempting to wield influence in favor of undesirable change; and solve bayside flooding and dredging issues with qualified professionals. As your representation on the Council, I will have the courage and passion to protect Fenwick Island's culture and residential character for future generations. Houser: My priority for the next term is to initiate actions to enable residents west of Coastal Highway to elevate their properties to obviate the ongoing effects of sea level rise. No one entity, not Federal, State, County, or Municipal, can do this alone. Initially, property owners must be given the opportunity individually to improve lot elevation. There is no need to increase the height limitation above the current 32’. Subsequently, the Town will begin to raise roadway levels and surface water handling systems. The perspective candidates have offered no intelligent, nor effective, balance in their critiques. Only the incumbents have maintained a clear, focused approach to preserving Fenwick’s traditions with future solutions. Langan: I hope to complete the current projects in progress, pedestrian safety, sidewalks, dredging, and bayside flooding. They are very big and important projects for the improvement of life in Fenwick Island. In addition, I would like to see the differing factions come to-

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gether for the benefit of this special town. Magdeburger: If elected, I pledge to apply my 35 years of legal experience to: protect the residential Quiet Resort character of Fenwick; protect the beach and bay environment; ensure transparency of Town Council activities; treat all residents with respect while encouraging committee service and public participation; address bayside flooding with sound engineering assessments; maintain public safety and retain police force (Fenwick’s force is one of the lowest paid in the beach communities); and promote fiscal responsibility to avoid the Town Manager recently proposed 5 year 66% tax increase. Mais: If elected I plan to continue the Town Council's sound finances and fiscal management. I will work to solve pressing issues like bayside flooding and drainage due to climate change and sea-level rise. Part of the solutions to these issues began several years ago with allowance for free boarding to help residents elevate their homes up to two feet to remove their utilities from potential flooding (which we have seen over and over). I will continue to support the Town's efforts to address the dredging issues we have on the bay side of our town. Many channels have silted in over the years and prevent our residents with boats and other watercraft from fully enjoying the pleasures of their watercrafts. I will continue to support our excellent Police Department, Beach Patrol and all of our Town's professional staff, through proper funding and policies to help them do the great job they do. Napolitano: If I am elected to be a town council member, I intend to listen to the concerns of the community plus maintain a balanced relationship between the residential and the commercial zones. Because transparency regarding town issues has been very important to me as an individual, I would like to be sure that all property owners are kept aware of town issues. Addressing and prioritizing the needs of the Fenwick community, including mitigation of the bayside flooding, is paramount. Adhering to town ordinances is also critical because the ordinances are only as good as their enforcement. Lastly, I pledge to be fiscally responsible to make sure the residents remain safe, the roads are kept repaired, and we make every last cent count. Weistling: If elected I will continue to work on improving and maintaining the character of the town. Goals include State and County funding for sidewalks, bay channels, dredging for boater access and safety, input from the public, both business and residents, regarding preferred guidelines for all future improvements to the commercial zone, work with engineers for better drainage possibilities for our town streets, a more restrictive ordinance that continues to prevent outside shuttle service, and to continue addressing the needs of this town in the future with a positive viewpoint while representing all of the property owners.

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The Ocean City Lions Club enjoyed a special presentation about the history and tales of the Assateague Island hunting lodges. Photographer Allen Sklar provided pictures from his vast collection to facilitate the presentation. Pictured, from left, are OC Lions President Scott Stark with presenters Ed Phillips, Rick Savage and Sklar.

Buchanan Subaru Office Manager Christy Frostrom, left, presents Share the Love proceeds of $4,500 to MAC Executive Director Pattie Tingle. Buchanan Subaru, located in Pocomoke City, recently, chose MAC as its hometown charity recipient as part of the National Subaru Share the Love Program. The funds are targeted for MAC’s home-delivered meals program. Submitted Photos

The Republican Woman of Worcester County’s (RWWC) 2021 Future Success Award for Snow Hill High School was presented to Jakhi Blunt, who plans to attend the Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach in the fall. The award is given each year to students who show remarkable personal growth and achievement during high school. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Scot Tingle, Assistant Principal of Snow Hill High School; Blunt; and Liz Mumford and Yvonne Babcock, members of the RWWC Literacy Committee.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City recently continued its year-long community service project called "Companion Dolls." The club stuffed dolls at a weekly meeting this month, Above, Chair Diane Sparzak instructs members Roy Foreman, Jim Spicknall and Dick Clagett.

The Salisbury University Police Department recently honored Pfc. Shane Baker with its Life-Saving Award. Baker is credited with saving the life of a child while on vacation, off duty, at a camping resort in Worcester County. While at the resort’s pool, the officer saw a father attending to a child who appeared to be choking. Noting the father’s efforts were not effective and the child was turning blue, Baker stepped in to assist, providing instructions and ultimately delivering back blows and first aid that cleared her airway. The child’s family later expressed appreciation on Facebook. “If not for the actions taken by Baker at that time and moment, the outcome for this family could have been the unthinkable,” said SU Police Chief Edwin Lashley. “Pfc. Baker’s swift actions will certainly be appreciated by this family for a lifetime.” Pictured, from left, are Lashley, Lt. Dan Calhoun, Baker and Dr. Janet Wormack, SU vice president of administration and finance.

The Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health in Berlin recently received a “Special Delivery” courtesy of the ladies of the “Knifty Knitters” from the Ateaze Senior Center in Baltimore. Ronnie Schuman delivered several bags loaded with handmade crocheted blankets, hats, dolls, octopi and jelly fish to restock the shelves of the Baby Boutique at the Grace Center. Mothers can select from items in the boutique by using the points they have earned by attending individual and class sessions, keeping appointments or to meet special needs. Pictured are Schuman, representing the Knifty Knitters; Jackie Failla, nurse manager at Grace; and Jasmine Dennis, Grace’s executive director.

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Art League Of OC Announces New Monthly Exhibit

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OCEAN CITY — The Art League of Ocean City invites the public to a trio of free in-person First Friday art openings on Aug. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street bayside opens four new shows, with exhibitions also taking place at the Princess Royale Oceanfront and Coffee Beanery. A retrospective of Ed Challenger’s art career opens in the Thaler Gallery at the arts center showing a variety of his work over the years. Born in 1932 in Newcastle, Del., he served in the United States Navy before attending the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). His varied commercial art career saw him work as a freelance commercial artist, art director, and illustrator for various Pennsylvania ad agencies and companies. Challenger became a self-employed sculptor at age 41, and for the next 20 years exhibited his work all over the East Coast in juried exhibitions, working in metals, steel, cold cast bronze, and foundry bronze. His work was also sold at the Sales Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At age 62 he retired to Bishopville to a life of painting and printmaking. Experimenting with various media has been his forte – oils, pastels, pen and ink, egg tempera, printmaking – both in realism and abstraction. Carol Gentes of Selbyville, Del. is an artist, muralist, photographer, and former interior decorator. She fills Studio E at the Arts Center in August with paintings made from the precise placement of dots on textured paper as well as her nature photography. Birds, insects, and animals are her inspiration and recurring themes in her art. Jill Glassman of Ocean Pines, a former resident of Annapolis, moved to the Eastern Shore in 2003 where she is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assn., Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Art League of Ocean City, the Academy Art Museum, and a juried member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Her most recent awards include first place in the 2019 Plein Air Easton Quick Draw. Helen Prah of Ocean City is the art center’s artisan for August. Prah wirewraps gemstones in sterling silver and also creates wax-coated pine needle baskets inspired by her time in the Southwest, using waxed thread from Brazil and stone centers from Arizona, then coating her creations in natural beeswax. The 21st Annual Beverly Bassford Juried Show continues in The Galleria until mid-August, when the “Artists Paint OC” plein air exhibits opens on Aug. 14. The First Friday receptions continue in other points in north Ocean City. The main lobby gallery at the Princess Royale Oceanfront, 9100 Coastal Hwy. opens an exhibit entitled “Memories of Ocean City Vacation” by painter Leo

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Kahl of Ocean View, Del. Kahl senses and documents the art hidden within everyday lives. Proficient in multiple mediums, he primarily uses watercolor to express his reactions to mood-rich scenes. A second satellite gallery on 94th St. is located less than a block from the Arts Center at the Coffee Beanery and features the work of Susan Hunsberger who composes her work as a puzzle of shapes. Her focus is mixed media using primarily acrylic and fabric in the co-existence of design and form. Refreshments at the Arts Center are sponsored by PKS Investments. All shows will be on display until August 28. More information is available at or by calling 410-524-9433.

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Each week staff photographer Chris Parypa is tasked with submitting a photo from his vast library to be featured in this space. Above, mid-town Coastal Highway is all quiet shortly after sunrise on July 21. To purchase any of Parypa’s photos, click over to

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Shore Break Poses Serious Dangers Guarding the Beach



OCEAN CITY – Playing in the surf is fun. It is undoubtedly one of the main reasons many people come to the beach for vacation. Whether it is body surfing, boogie boarding, surfing at one of our surfing beaches, or just wading in the water, playing in the ocean is one of the least expensive and fun things you can do at the beach. However, each season we have several weeks when we have inDAMIEN creased shore break in SANZOTTI Ocean City. Shore break is when waves build as they approach shores and break in shallow water or even directly onto the beach. Shore break can be dangerous for bathers of all ages and can cause severe injury, paralysis and even death. Shore break can occur anywhere in Ocean City and depends on the shape and depth of the sea floor bottom (bathymetry). When waves get to shallow water near the shore, their height increases; so, a three-foot wave can become a five- or six-foot wave that will then “break” onto the beach with incredible force. The waves propel one’s body with great amounts of force, and when it hits the wet sand, it is like hitting concrete. These waves are unpredictable and dangerous because they can cause serious shoulder, neck, and spinal injuries to even the most experienced swimmer. The beach patrol recommends that you never attempt to ride waves that are breaking on the shore or play in the impact zone (the area where the force of the wave is being delivered). The beach patrol always advises people not to body surf or boogie board in shore break, but people do not always listen. Some of the injuries sustained are minor although even an abrasion to the forehead or a bloody nose is treated as the most serious spinal injury as a precaution, due to the mechanism of injury. In many cases the injury sustained is minor, like a bruise or pulled muscle,

and often the person returns to the beach later that day. But in other cases, the injuries sustained can be much more serious. In the past, a beachgoer approached one of our employees complaining of a sore neck after wiping out, but he did not want to receive treatment. Luckily, the lifeguard was able to convince him to be treated and as it turned out, he had broken his neck. Many of the most serious injuries that occur in shore break happen to 35- to 50-year-old males. According to researchers, this age and gender demographic is more likely to exhibit poor decision-making in the surf; furthermore, the body becomes more fragile (reduced flexibility of the spine) and more susceptible to injury in this age group. If you have any questions about whether the waves are safe for boogie boarding or body surfing, please talk to a lifeguard. Our lifeguards are trained to assess the surf condition and will gladly give you information about the ocean conditions. Shore break can also cause many problems for children and elderly or less mobile individuals. Please make sure you are standing near your child in these conditions as they can get swallowed up by a wave and pulled out into the ocean. Elderly or less mobile individuals tend to get stuck in the area where waves are breaking on shore, and often time will get knocked down. Another activity that makes our SRT’s fearful for your welfare is watching people stand and allow waves to hit them in the back, allowing them to crash into your back is like being rear ended in a car accident and may result in a whiplash type injury to your neck or back and a sudden large wave may cause a sudden, serious injury. When exiting the water, watch the incoming waves so you do not get caught off guard. Remember, “When in doubt, don’t go out,” and “Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand.” (The writer has been with the beach patrol for 18 years and is currently a sergeant. He is a physical education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School.)

Matt McGinnis: A Late Start With Long Lasting Results

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(Editor’s Note: The following is a series on the men and women who have spent their summers protecting all those who came to Ocean City for fun and safe vacation.) OCEAN CITY – Matt McGinnis was not a local Maryland guy but did become one. "My dad was a successful businessman and we moved quite a bit,” McGinnis said. “I was born in Chicago, raised between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio." And yet his family did end up vacationing in Ocean City where, as a kid, Matt always looked up to the guards on the beach. Matt ended up attending Salisbury University where he became friends with several beach patrol members, including Brent Weingard and Wes Smith. "They both encouraged me to try out in the summer of 1994. I already had a pool guarding job lined up for the summer but I said what the heck and went for it," he recalled. Matt passed the test in late June and was looking forward to starting rookie school when an unexpected opportunity came his way. He said, "It was Sergeant Ward Kovacs who told me there were not enough participants to conduct a training academy. So he proceeded to offer me a different job, Surf Beach Facilitator (a guard who oversees the des-

ignated surfing beaches as they move from day to day). He said it would be a great head start for the following summer. I took the job and I had a blast. I got to meet a ton of guards and was able to get a head start on learning semaphore and other lifeguarding protocols." He learned his job well and was rewarded the next summer with his own stand on 60th Street. It was on this street that his first bonafide rescue took place. "It was my first real emergency experience when a female swimmer at 60th Street got pulled way offshore due to the west winds that day,” Matt recalled. “I remember that Sergeant Smith was at my stand talking with me. We both tried to get her attention, but she just kept looking east. Sergeant Smith told me to go as he ran down to 58th Street to get our crew's paddle board. I recall finally getting out to her and she immediately lunged for me. Just like what they talk about in training. She was holding the buoy line and kept grabbing for me. I blew three whistles and proceeded to put her in a cross-chest hold in order to swim her in. The next thing I knew, Sergeant Smith was there with the paddle board. We couldn't get her on the board because she was in such shock. I had to cross-chest carry her in while holding

Matt McGinnis is pictured with some youngsters who completed the junior beach patrol program he helped create in the late-1990s. Submitted Photo

the paddleboard. When we got her to shallow water, she grabbed Sergeant Smith so tight and would not let go. We had to sit with her and the paramedics until she finally let go." For nine summers, Matt rose through the ranks of the Ocean City Beach Pa-

trol, from guard to crew chief and finally to sergeant. It was then that Matt got his chance to leave his mark on the OCBP. "During my first year as a sergeant, Captain Arbin asked me to create and implement a junior lifeguard program,” he said. “My goal was to show young people a day in the life of a beach guard and to possibly encourage and inspire them to one day take the test and join our awesome organization. For that first summer in 1998, we held two weeks of junior beach patrol camp at 130th Street. We taught the campers everything from life-saving skills, to semaphore, and what it means to work together and be great teammates. After that first summer, we had three junior guards test and make the patrol. We also won an award from the State of Maryland Parks and Recreation Department for our new and innovative program." Matt's experience on Beach Patrol transformed him. "OCBP meant everything to me. It allowed me to make lifelong friends. It gave me mentors and it gave me life lessons that I will never forget," he said. Matt lives in Salisbury with his wife, step son and their two chocolate labs. He is currently the Director of Athletics at the Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin.

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People in Society Helping out at the first post pandemic Holy Savior Parish Monthly Breakfast were young parishioners Kylee MacPherson, Tyler MacPherson, Amber Marshall and Jacob Marshall.

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Earlier this month as part of the Vacation Bible S'more Time Series at Buckingham Presbyterian Church Pastor Mark Piedmonte and Quinn Szper told the story of Jonah and the Whale.

The Holy Savior Parish Monthly Breakfast is back, with Roberta Ludwig and Frank Gatley selling raffles tickets to the hungry diners.

Swimmers Mike Lahey and Dave Speier took part in the Annual Ocean Games in preparation for their 20 mile Bay Bridge Tunnel Relay Race on July 31.

Trying their hand at axe throwing were Joey Abbaticchio and Jackie Sarbu at the July Ocean Pines Chamber Business After Hours held at the Angry Axe and Rage Room.

Director of Kayak Safety Kurt Zender had his son, Vaughn, helping him out at this year’s Ocean Games.

Angry Axe and Rage Room owners Cat Curran and John Parsons welcomed Ocean Pines Chamber Members into their West Ocean City venue for the July Business After Hours.

Ocean Games Operations Director Jason Chance and Founder Corey Davis directed traffic at the well-attended pre-race dinner.

During the recent Buckingham Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible S'more Time, Erika Cook and Debi Cook assisted with the Jonah and the Whale themed craft project.

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helicopter okayed For celebrity Game

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SNOW HILL – County officials approved plans for a helicopter to land at the Worcester County Recreation Center during a celebrity basketball event next month. The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from a local bodyguard for an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter to land at the recreation center Aug. 28. Kelly Rados, the county’s director of recreation and parks, presented the commissioners this week with a request from local bodyguard Adriano “Bubba” Almony to have a helicopter land at the recreation center during Almony’s Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Aug. 28. The game is meant to raise awareness and proceeds for cancer, bullying and mental health. Commissioner Josh Nordstrom asked why a helicopter was involved in the event. “He is partnered with the Army National Guard and they’re doing a lot of fanfare before the event, leading up to the actual basketball game.” Rados said. “It’s just a request that he put in that he thought would help attract other people.” She added that one of the players that had ties to the military would likely arrive on the helicopter. “It’s also a good recruiting tool,” Commissioner Bud Church said. Nordstrom said he wanted to make sure there wasn’t any danger to anyone during the event. Rados said her department would work with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police to designate the landing site and set up safety precautions. “We have reserved all the baseball fields so there will be nothing else going on outside,” Rados said. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Worcester County Recreation Center. According to Almony, a fan-fest will start at noon and the basketball game will begin at 5 p.m.

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Anniversary Committee Raises $196K For Hospital

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On May 21, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation held its Anniversary Celebration to commemorate 28 years of service to the Eastern Shore community. Due to the pandemic emergency, this year’s theme was, “The Party To Which You Give But Don’t Go.” Although not able to celebrate in person like previous years, the community put forth a tremendous effort to continue with the event recognizing our health care heroes and our community hospital. Through the collaborative efforts of the Anniversary Celebration committee, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation was able to raise $196,000 with the generous support of 146 sponsors and an auction containing prizes of various categories. Pictured, from left, are anniversary committee members Jessica Jersey, Gail Whaley, Toni Keiser (AGH VP Public Relations), Lisa Cook, Kam LaBrunda (AGH Development Analyst), Steve Green (AGH Foundation Board Chair), Sara Hambury (Committee Co-Chair), Emily Tunis (Committee Co-Chair), and Caroline Phillips (AGH Development Officer). Committee members not pictured include Christine Glick, Aaron Finney, April Gershenfeld, Ellen Waters, Dawne Pappas, Basil Hanlon, Jessica Hales, JL Cropper, Kathy Marshall, Kevin Myers, Karen Tomasello, Laura Mathabel, Madalaine How, Morgan Fisher, Pam Adkins, Eileen Taglienti, Sonia Baker, Steven Sweigert and Joy Stokes (AGH Special Events Coordinator). Submitted Photo

Fenwick Council Votes 6-0 To Adopt $4.1 Million Budget

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FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island last week adopted a $4.1 million budget for the coming fiscal year. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted 6-0 to approve a fiscal year 2022 budget of $4,190,477, as well as a fee schedule that includes a property tax rate of 0.1740 per $100 of assessed value. The spending plan includes an operating budget of $2,341,192 and a capital budget of $1,849,285. “Fenwick did very well during the pandemic, but when making this budget last year we weren’t sure what would happen,” Town Manager Terry Tieman told officials during budget preparations late last month. “We wanted to take a conservative approach again this year.” The operating budget approved last week includes a $81,779, or a roughly 3.8%, increase over the current budget. Revenues includes $2.23 million in transfers, $724,250 in taxes and $405,000 in rental receipt tax, while expenses include $832,414 for the police department, $456,410 for general government and $407,860 for lifeguards, to name a few. Elected leaders last week also voted to approve funds for several capital projects in the coming year. The capital improvement budget includes $1.1 million for hydraulic dredging, $545,000 for new


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sidewalks and $92,000 for a police vehicle. With no discussion, the council voted 6-0, with Councilman Bernie Merritt absent, to approve the operating and capital budgets last week. The new fiscal year begins on Aug. 1. Following the vote, however, town officials took time to address false reports of a proposed 66% tax increase. When asked to explain the situation, Tieman told community members she believed the rumors began after last month’s budget committee meeting. She noted a committee member’s questions about the tax rate delved into further conversations about the need for an increase, which she noted hasn’t happened since 2002. “We also went on to explain to the council and budget committee that we are relying heavily on our RTT [realty

transfer tax] funds, and that that’s not the best financial plan to use and that we should become less reliant on RTT …,” she explained. “I believe at that point the committee member said, ‘Well how much would the tax increase be to stop relying on that?’ And I responded it would take a 10-cent tax increase, about $400,000.” Tieman noted, however, that any proposed tax increase would not occur in one year. “To my recollection another committee member indicated that’s a huge increase, and I agree that is a huge increase,” she said. “But I would not suggest that we would ever implement that in one year. I think we need a planned strategy for becoming less dependent on our RTT money, and that we need more sustainable revenue sources.” Councilman Mike Houser told com-

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munity members that discussions on different tax rates were an attempt to plan for the future. “I want to point out in this process it would be foolhardy not to create scenarios for the future,” he said. “That’s all that was being done.” During public comments last week, resident Mark Tingle said he was the committee member to broach the subject of the town’s tax rate at last month’s budget meeting. “Thirty percent of our budget is covered by taxes. That’s lowly insufficient,” he said. “Back in 2008, 2009, other towns in Delaware were relying on RTT money – mainly Ocean View, Millville – and they were all on the verge of bankruptcy after the crisis. I knew the answer, I asked the question, and then it was turned into something that wasn’t the case.”

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Wicomico Will Further Discuss Countywide Goals

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Honorary Member:

Earlier this summer, Marie Gillmore was surprised by The First State Marines with an honorary membership. The membership of First State Marines voted unanimously to recognize her for her dedicated commitment to veterans and their families. “Without Marie’s leadership our community would not have the good fortune to have the Wall that Heals visit the Worcester Veterans Memorial,” said Frank Del Piano, past commandant of the First State Detachment, Marine Corps League. She has been permanently added to the membership roster and is entitled to participate and entitled to benefits or regular membership. Submitted Photo

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SALISBURY – As Wicomico entered a new fiscal year earlier this month, elected officials began to discuss county goals for 2022. Last week, the Wicomico County Council agreed to begin the process of developing countywide goals for the fiscal year. “I think it’s something we need to stay on top of,” said Council President Larry Dodd. In 2019, Councilman Bill McCain presented the county council with the idea for a countywide strategic plan that would identify long-range goals and the strategies for achieving them. “This isn’t rules or legislation we are trying to create,” he said at the time. “A plan should be flexible, but at the same time it gives you a roadmap, a direction.” Since that time, the council has adopted a strategic planning document that outlines several goals, including making improvements to the Wicomico County public school system, preserving public safety and expanding water and sewer services to needed areas in the county. In their discussions last week, council members shared their desires to maintain a list of countywide goals. “For me, one of the highest priorities is water and sewer,” Dodd said. McCain agreed. “Exactly, but there must be some timeframes because we are so behind on that issue and there are other variables that come with that,” he said. “We have to at the same time make sure we are protecting our ag district as we do this, the whole zoning side of it, as we expand sewer.” Councilman John Cannon said he had developed a list of goals for the county to reach for in the coming years. He said he supported the idea of each councilperson developing a list and presenting it to the council. “Regarding goals, I have about 17 which I would be glad to share with the entire council …,” he said. “Simple goals, like wastewater, branding of Wicomico County, etc.” After further discussion, the council agreed to add the topic to a future work session. “Maybe we can put that on the agenda for next time,” McCain said.

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Museum Scholarship: The Ocean City Museum Society recently

awarded Stephen Decatur graduate Jaiden Denk with the George & Suzanne Hurley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Denk will be attending Salisbury University in the fall, where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Applicants are asked to write an essay on a historical place within Worcester County and discuss its meaning to the community and why it should be preserved. Denk chose to write about the Henry Hotel and former owner Pearl Bonner. For more information about the memorial scholarship, visit the museum’s website at Pictured, from left, are Bob Rothermel, Shirley Moran and Denk with his parents, Kathy and Tres Denk.

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SNOW HILL – A new asset management program is expected to help the county better track the condition of its equipment. The Worcester County Commissioners this week agreed to spend slightly more than $100,000 on a facility condition assessment proposal. “We’ll have a better approach to managing things as we move forward,” Public Works Director Dallas Baker said. Baker told the commissioners he was recommending purchase of an addon to a program the county already used to generate work orders. The program, from Dude Solutions, would provide an array of information to assist the county’s maintenance staff. “Facility Dude, despite the funny name, is an asset management program that we use to help track our workloads and our work tickets for maintaining the various facilities in the county,” Baker said. “What we’re proposing is expanding those services to a more proactive asset management approach.” He said he wanted the county to have a more proactive approach. “If you ask me right now how we determine what our daily workload is and

what we’re going to be working on in maintenance, I can say well it’s whatever’s broke,” he said. With an asset management program, there’s a database that indicates the average lifespan of various pieces of equipment so the county can plan for timely replacement. Baker said if an air conditioning unit was approaching its average lifespan, for example, staff could plan to replace it in the winter, when it wasn’t in use and when prices were lower. The program will also track maintenance costs over a piece of equipment’s life. “Right now we don’t have that,” he said. “So if you ask me how much have we spent on this one single piece of equipment, I can’t tell you. With this new software we’ll be able to track those costs so I can present to you better information that says why we’re presenting a piece of equipment for replacement with actual dollars behind it. That’s the approach we want to take moving forward with maintenance, instead of ‘hey guys something’s broke we need to start fixing it.” The commissioners voted 6-1, with Commissioner Ted Elder opposed, to approve the facility assessment proposal.

Brown Box Theatre Announces Eastern Shore Tour Dates

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BERLIN – Brown Box Theatre Project, a Boston-based outdoor Shakespeare touring company, announced this month its 10th year of free Shakespeare with the troupe’s largest tour to date. After a 2020 postponement, Brown Box returns in 2021 with an extended U.S. tour featuring the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and CoFounder Kyler Taustin, Brown Box will tour Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of trickery, jealousy, deceit and masquerade for 10 weeks to three regions across the country including Indiana in July; Massachusetts (Aug. 6-29 with 10 outdoor locations); and the Delmarva region (Sept. 2-26 with 18 outdoor performances). All Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Since 2010 the Brown Box Theatre Project has been committed to reinventing the way theatre is created and consumed, by transforming public spaces into vibrant cultural and tourist destinations. Brown Box has perfected the art of the tour, delivering outdoor programming that offers audiences a free theater experience in an outdoor setting while maintaining safe social distancing. Brown Box Theatre Project’s touring Shakespeare events include professionally designed sets, lighting, costumes and props, performed by skilled regional actors. Each program is built, performed, and packed away at each individual location. “For the past 11 years, Brown Box has been on the cutting edge transforming public spaces into creative destinations, inviting audiences to enjoy the performing arts in an outdoor, safe, and accessible way,” said Taustin. “We are more than ready to pack up and hit the road again to new destinations across the country, bringing communities together for a night under the stars, to experience the works of William Shakespeare. We hope that Shakespeare’s hilarious Much Ado About Nothing will allow audiences from Indiana to Massachusetts to Delmarva some muchneeded escapism while offering the Bard’s brilliant take on a changing postwar society where preconceived notions of love, trust, and compassion are changed through understanding and empathy.” Much Ado About Nothing will feature professional artists, designers and actors including Debbie Aboaba as “Hero,” Margaret Clark as “Beatrice,” Drew Cleveland as “Don John,” Abuzar Farrukh as “Borachio,” Christopher Ho as “Claudio,” Lorraine Kanyike as “Leonata,” Emma Meyerson as “Margaret,” Francis Xavier Norton as “Dogberry,” Spencer Parli Tew as “Don Pedro” and Cam Torres as ‘Benedick.” Much Ado About Nothing is about a group of soldiers, upon their return from war, are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jeal-

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ousy, deceit and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedick and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust. The Delmarva performances will include the following shows, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. unless noted: Sept. 2: The Freeman Arts Pavilion, 31750 Lake View Dr, Selbyville, Del., 7 p.m. curtain Sept. 3: Sturgis Park, Snow Hill, 100

River St, Snow Hill, Md. Sept. 4: Pitts St., Berlin, Sept. 5: Robert Reed Waterfront Park, Main Street, Chincoteague, Va. Sept. 9: Sunset Park, 1 S. Division Street Ocean City Sept. 10: Seaford Jay’s Nest. 490 North Market Street Ext., Seaford, Del. Sept. 11: Wilmington State Parks, Rockford Park, 2000 Lookout Drive, Wilmington, Del. Sept. 12: Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes, Del. Sept. 15: Holts Landing State Park, 27046 Holts Landing Rd, Dagsboro, Del. Sept. 16: First Heritage State Park,

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102 S State St, Dover, Del. Sept. 17: Teakle Mansion, 11736 Mansion St, Princess Anne, Md. Sept. 18; Muskrat Park, 207 Willow Green St, St. Michaels, Md. Sept. 19: Pohanka Riverwalk Ampitheater, 210 S. Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury Md. Sept. 22: Long Wharf Park, 2 Yacht Club Drive, Cambridge Sept. 23: J. Millard Tawes Museum, Somers Cove Marina, 3 Ninth St, Crisfield Sept. 24: Exmore Town Park, 3386 Main St, Exmore, Va. Sept. 25: Avalon Park, 7 Louisa Lane, Charlestown Sept. 26: Northside Park, 200 125th St., Ocean City Visit for more show information.

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SALISBURY – Salisbury University is celebrating the following recent faculty successes: Dr. Diane Davis, chair of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, received a $3,000 American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Foundation Program Enhancement Grant to help replace clinical-grade microscopes in the program’s teaching laboratories. Last replaced in 1992, these microscopes are used by hematology and microbiology students after graduating from the student-grade microscopes used during their first year in the program. In the past three decades, parts for the current clinical-grade microscopes are becoming scarce, making it more practical and cost-efficient to replace them. Davis’ grant application was selected from several hundred received by the ASCP Foundation this funding cycle. Dr. David Emerson, associate professor of accounting and legal studies, was named one of four 2021 Outstanding Faculty Advisors for the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) international accounting, finance and information systems honor society. Emerson advises SU’s Iota Pi chapter of BAP. The chapter’s accomplishments in the past year included assisting the Humane Society of Wicomico County and helping Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County build a ramp for a local wheelchair-bound resident. The chapter also raised a record amount at its annual golf tournament fundraiser, topping the previous record by more than 30 percent. A 50/50 drawing held during the tournament raised some $1,200 for the family of Cpl. Keith Heacook, a Delmar, MD/DE, police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this year. Dr. Frank Shipper, professor emeritus of management, was invited to present on his body of work at the annual Beyster Symposium at the University of California, San Diego’s Beyster Institute. “Professor Shipper has received several research fellowships from the Institute over the years and has distinguished himself nationally as the most

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Free Outdoor Movie Set For Showell Park

BERLIN – Worcester County Recreation & Parks staff invite the community to participate in a free outdoor movie night on Aug. 6 at the Showell Park ball fields. Festivities and concessions for snack and drink purchases will open at 8 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting for the new concession stand at 8:30 p.m., with free popcorn to be passed out. At 9 p.m. The Sandlot movie will play on a 40-foot screen and be followed by a laser show. Families should bring chairs or blankets to sit in the outfield. Showell Park is located at 11281 Racetrack Rd.

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SNOW HILL – To honor volunteers whose contributions help improve the quality of life locally, Worcester County residents are invited to nominate individuals, organizations, and businesses for the Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County awards. The nomination period is open now through Friday, Sept. 17. “Since we were unable to host the volunteer spirit awards program last year, Worcester County will be recognizing volunteer contributions that took place between March 2020 and June 2021,” Human Resources Specialist Kelly Brinkley said. “This year we have also added a special category, pandemic response champion, to honor those who have made extraordinary contributions that have aided in the local response to the COVID-19 crisis.” Volunteer Spirit nominations will be accepted for each of the following nine categories, with one winner to be chosen from each: paramedic response champion, emerging leader, faithbased, lifetime achievement, veteran, local business, group/team, individual and nonprofit volunteer program. Nominees should reside in and represent the volunteer spirit of Worcester County. Nomination forms may be filled out and submitted online at (click on news). Hard copies will also be available at all five branch libraries, the County Administration Office in the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill, or by contacting Brinkley at 410-632-0090 or To highlight the outstanding services of the volunteers, the Worcester County commissioners will host a recognition ceremony for nominees selected as award winners on Oct. 21. The Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County takes place in cooperation with the annual Governor’s Service Awards program.

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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 Life-Saving 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 to 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.

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BERLIN – August on the Eastern Shore would not be complete without the tantalizing sounds of chamber music, and this summer is no exception. Chamber Music by the Sea is set to deliver a flurry of excitement since nothing can stop the Eastern Shore’s premier chamber festival from sharing its annual dose of inspiration, joy, and fun to our communities, connecting us through the power of music. With uncertainties remaining about indoor venue capacity and travel for the international roster of musicians, this summer’s festivities once again will take place virtually, hopefully for the last time. In its sixth season, Chamber Music by the Sea is delighted to introduce audiences to the dazzling artistry of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, co-founded by violinist and festival artistic director Elena Urioste and pianist Tom Poster. Described by The Arts Desk as “a sparky, shape-shifting ensemble of starry young musicians” and lauded by The Times for its “exhilarating performances,” Kaleidoscope was recently selected as an Associate Ensemble of London’s legendary Wigmore Hall. The acclaimed

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suous piano quintet, and the spirited piano quintet of Florence Price, which receives its world premiere recording on Kaleidoscope’s soon-to-be-released debut CD, American Quintets. Returning audiences know that no Chamber Music by the Sea festival would be complete without the charming arrangements of pianist Tom Poster, so come prepared for this year’s delightful surprises. In addition to Urioste and Poster, the Kaleidoscope festival roster includes several returning favorites -- violinist Melissa White, violist Rosalind Ventris, cellist Laura van der Heijden, and tenor Karim Sulayman. New to the festival in 2021 are violinist Savitri Grier, violist Stephen Upshaw, cellist Zlatomir Fung, and double bassist Joseph Conyers. This extraordinary group of artists includes Grammy Award winners, the first prize laureate of the international Tchaikovsky Competition, recipients of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and BBC New Generation Artists. This year’s virtual festival will run from Aug. 3-7 and includes three evening concerts plus a free, interactive Saturday morning mini-concert suitable for


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BERLIN – A coming-soon community survey was the major topic of discussion during a presentation by Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chairman Bernie McGorry last week. “We’re very close to [releasing] … the property owner’s survey,” he said, adding later that the committee was targeting a release in August. McGorry said committee members, Board liaison Colette Horn, and some Ocean Pines staff aided in the development of a draft survey, which is meant to guide strategic planning over the next three-to-five years.

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He said a strategic plan, among other things, should help better align the board and management on key principles and directions, and help communicate that direction more clearly. McGorry, who previously worked in marketing for the Hershey Company, Kraft Foods and Perdue Farms, offered an example of how strategic planning can work in the business world.

“We would decide that we’re not going to launch any new products this year – we're going to focus on current products,” he said. “Six months through the year, the VP of sales comes up and says, ‘We need new products.’ No, we made the decision [that] we’re going to focus on selling the products we introduced last year. “It’s no different than amenities,” he continued. “You can invest in current amenities, or you can invest in new amenities.” McGorry later added, “We probably don’t have the dollars to do both right away, but based on what the property owners’ input is, we can establish clear strategic priorities and plans.” In working toward the survey of Ocean Pines homeowners, McGorry said the committee collected data from Association department heads and committee chairs, and benchmarked neighboring and similar communities including Bayside, GlenRiddle, Montgomery Village, and Crofton. “We’re a little bit different than a lot of them … but you learn some things by looking at some other homeowner’s associations, and we’ll be applying those

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lessons learned,” he said. The next step, McGorry said, is a survey of Ocean Pines property owners. "The timing of [the strategic plan] is really going to be based on when we get the survey results back,” he said. “We’d love to get this done before the budgeting process … but it’s really going to be based on how many surveys we get back and when we get them back. “Once we finish up the survey, we’ll be able to really say, ‘Here’s a summary of all our work’ … and hopefully it’ll be just really crystal clear on what the strategy should be,” he added. McGorry said the current plan is to release the survey in late August through October or November in a hybrid manner, both using the online “Survey Monkey” platform, and with hard copies available upon request. The estimated cost is $1,500-$3,000. He said the survey would have about 15 questions and should take roughly 15 minutes to complete. “We have a committee meeting tomorrow where we’re going to look at it one more time … and we’re going to ask for any final homeowner, Board [or] staff input within the next week, and get it released,” he said. “We welcome anybody’s input.” To contact McGorry about the survey, email

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Announcements BERLIN – The following announcements were submitted for publication from the local students’ colleges of choice. •Zachary Tucker of Fenwick Island, Del. was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's (MAC) 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll. Tucker, a graduate of Century High School, is a member of the Lebanon Valley College men's basketball team(s) and is majoring in business administration. •Widener University honored its graduates at ceremonies between May 11 and 14 on the campus in Chester, Pa. Among the graduates were Ryan Sauer of Ocean City, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering cum laude; Keith Cheek of Berlin, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from the School of Business Administration; Katrina Harrell of Ocean City who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the School of Nursing; and Blair Nowacki of Ocean City, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the School of Nursing. •The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named more than 400 students to its spring 2021 Dean's list including Eunice S. Adjapong, a freshman economics student from Salisbury. Dean's list status is awarded to students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. •Michael Kanavy has been named to the Spring 2021 Dean's List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the Spring of 2021. Kanavy of Selbyville, Del. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student. •Coastal Carolina University recognized nearly 1,200 students during its in-person Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies. Among the graduates were Christopher Leitgeb of Ocean City and Patrick Miller of Ocean City. •Erin Trask of Berlin was named to the College of the Holy Cross Spring 2021 Dean's List. A member of the Class of 2024, Trask is majoring in History and Spanish. •Abigail Yesko, a forensic science major from Berlin, has been named to Youngstown State University's President's List for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the Spring Semester 2021. •Tiffany Hastings of Ocean City was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hastings was initiated at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. •Nick Gordon of Berlin will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the Class of 2025. Gordon, who will be majoring in Business Studies, will begin studying at Clarkson in the

fall. •Sarah Ashmore, a native of Bethany Beach, Del., has been named to Emerson College's Dean's List for the Spring 2021 semester. Ashmore is majoring in Journalism and is a member of the Class of 2022. The requirement to make Emerson's Dean's List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. •The following local students were awarded Dean's List academic honors for the spring 2021 semester at St. Mary's College of Maryland: Kathryn Dennis of Ocean City and Erin Hurley of Berlin. •Bucknell University has released the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2020-21 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition. Lydia Kappel-

meier, class of 2021, of Berlin, achieved dean's list status for spring 2021. •Bethel University Vice President Dr. Kimberly Martin announced the College of Professional Studies Dean's List included Berlin resident Alexander Wright. •Jillian Griggs of Berlin has been named to Adelphi University's Spring 2021 Dean's List. Griggs was among a select group of outstanding students recognized by Adelphi's deans of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Science, Business, Nursing and Public Health, Social Work and Psychology for superior academic performance. The list comprises full-time students registered for 12 or more credits who have completed at least nine graded credits and achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester. This recognition becomes part of the student's academic record and is entered into the individual's tran-

script. •The following area students have earned degrees from Frostburg State University for the spring semester. While the 158th commencement ceremony has been postponed, diplomas were still awarded to nearly 700 candidates for degrees. The graduates were Madison Doody, of Berlin, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies, and Hunter Morris, of Berlin, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music. •Gettysburg College students with a quality point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester's work are placed on the College's Deans' Commendation List. Audrey Stearns of Berlin has been placed on the Deans' Commendation List for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2021 semester.

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OBITUARIES Sheila Brex BERLIN – Sheila Brex, 96, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin, surrounded by her loving family. Sheila was born in Chester, England and she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hurst of Chester, England. Mrs. Brex, along with her late husband, Captain Edward Oscar Brex owned the Mast restau- SHEILA BREX rant and motel, as well as a successful fishing and cruising business aboard the Taurus headboat. Alongside of being a business owner, Mrs. Brex was a weather girl for WBOC-TV. She served her home country in the Royal Navy during World War II, where she there met her husband, Mr. Brex. She was a very active member in the Ocean City, Catholic church community. Mrs. Brex is survived by her two daughters, Vanessa M. Hensley (Brex) of Berlin and Alicia M. Morrow (Brex) of Virginia Beach, Va. She was a proud grandmother to granddaughters Lisa Glenn (Miller) of Sinking Spring, Pa., Jessica Stewart (Morrow) of Virginia Beach, Va. and grandsons Matthew Morrow and Andrew Morrow of Virginia Beach, Va.; great-granddaughters Allison Glenn, Emily Glenn, Skylar Stewart; and great-grandson Owen Morrow.

Mrs. Brex was one of 13 siblings and is survived by her sister Jean Gardiner and many English relatives. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Savior Catholic Church, Ocean City on Wednesday, July 28. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin. Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, Md. 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.

Sally Ann Timbol OCEAN PINES – It is with great sadness the Timbol family announce the passing of their beloved Matriarch, Sally Ann Timbol on July 22, 2021. She peacefully passed shortly after midnight at the Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin after a long battle with health issues. Sally was born on May 4, 1937 in Washington, DC to Louis and Edna Risheill and grew up in the Foggy Bottom Georgetown District. She was a ballroom dancer and studied ballet with Madam D’La Tour as a Protege. Sally had three siblings, William (deceased), Carol Sue (deceased) and Ed- SALLY ANN TIMBOL na May. In 1953, she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Fred Fernando Alfaro Emiliano Zapata Timbol, and were happily married for more than 68 incredible years. Sally and her husband Fred had four children, Debra, Ricardo, Steven, and Fred. She and her family lived in Washington DC and the Silver Spring area until retiring to the Ocean Pines near Ocean City. Sally was an avid golfer. She loved the beach and most importantly spending time with her family and feasting on crabs. There wasn’t a blue crab that didn’t meet the end of her wooden mallet. Her favorite thing to do in the mornings was enjoy the beautiful canvas of nature in her back yard while eating breakfast with her beloved husband. Sally was an incredible wife and mother. Always putting the needs of those she loved before her own. The love for her family was unwavering. She was kind, thoughtful, and extremely witty. You’d never know just how powerful she was by looking at her tiny stature. If you knew her, she always left a lasting impression. Sally was a simple person and always knew what she wanted and no one could convince her otherwise. Sally is survived by husband Fred; daughter Debra and son in law Frank; son Rick and daughter in law Mary; son Steven and daughter in law Dorina; son Fred and fiancé Dana; sister Edna May; brother in law Daniel; sister in law MaryEllen; nine grandchildren, Charlie, Jennifer, Frank, Dan, Darryl, Steven Jr, SEE NEXT PAGE

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the public. She leaves behind a stepson, David Jessich of Austin, Texas; two stepdaughters, Lorraine Jessich of Snohomish, Wash. and Nancy Jessich of Worthington, Ohio; and four step-grandchildren, Christopher Jessich of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Michael Jessich of Naples, Fla., and Laura and Brian Jessich both of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by three step-nieces, Barbara McTernan of Burtonsville, Karen Rogers of Overland Park, Kan. and Pat Tarr of Ocean Pines, and a step-nephew, James McTernan, as well as by her two cousins, Eileen Judge of Dublin, Ireland and Frances Healy of Quincy, Mass. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2021. Correspondence and memories may be shared with David Jessich at 3600 Avendale Drive, Austin, Texas 78738 or Arrangements in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

OCEAN PINES – Dympnia (also known as Dympna) Marie Judge Jessich passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 5, 2021 in Austin, Texas. She was 87. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael Judge and Mary Ann Fallen Judge; her husband, Frank Jessich; her twin brother, Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M., Chaplain, FDNY; and her sister, Erin McTernan. Dympnia was born in Brooklyn and after graduating from the College of St. Elizabeth taught school in New York City. DYMPNIA MARIE JUDGE In the early 1960’s she JESSICH joined the Arabian American Oil Company, where she was a teacher in Ras Taunra. After leaving Saudi Arabia, she moved to the Netherlands where she married Frank Jessich. Following his retirement from Aramco in 1982, they settled in Ocean Pines. Dympnia was passionate about traveling, learning about different cultures, and education. She inspired others and was generous with her time and charitable organizations. She was a history buff and liked art history. She volunteered for National Public Radio in Salisbury, where she enjoyed researching the classical music before playing for

OCEAN PINES – Robert (Bob) Poremski, 77, of Ocean Pines, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021, at his home surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born on March 22, 1944 and was the son of Thomas B. Poremski Sr. and Marie M. (Goralski) Poremski of Baltimore. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of 56 years and his two daughters Christine Kuzmick of Thousand Oaks Calif. and Cindy Giannini and her husband, Steve of Ocean Pines. He has ROBERT three grandchildren that were the light of his life, POREMSKI Jacob and Ashley Kuzmick and Chase Giannini. He is preceded in death by his older brother, Bernard Poremski, and survived by his brother, Thomas Poremski, and sister Joan Coe. He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Bob graduated in 1962 from Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore and graduated from John Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree. He worked for several engineering companies before relocating to the Eastern Shore in 1985. He then started a custom home building business (Poremski Homes), which he en-

... OBITUARIES Bethany, Antonia and Kelly; two step grandchildren, Melissa and Sara; five step great grandchildren, Elaina, Olivia, Aiden, Logan and Scarlett; eight great grandsons, William, Mathew, Brandon, Austin, Ryan, Kyle, Frankie, Jayden, Brady and Carly; 11 great-great grandchildren, Leona, Mattie, Emma, Matthew, Liam, Wyatt, Miles, Carmen, Elliott, George and Emmitt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Sally’s passing was remarkable. She left this earth with so much grace and dignity. A great reminder of the power of the human spirit. She left a tremendous legacy behind. One that will be extremely hard to follow. As her favorite song by Frank Sinatra said, “I did it my way!”

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joyed for over 20 years. He also had a lifelong career in real estate. Bob was a devoted family man and loving father and pop pop. He lived life to the fullest and was interested in many things including reading and learning, playing tennis, pickleball, platform tennis, kayaking, sailing and watching sports. He also loved sitting on his back deck enjoying the beautiful views and wildlife, while listening to music. But most of all, he loved his family, grandchildren and his cat, Misty. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, Md. 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit

Eric Martin Pierce BERLIN – Eric Martin Pierce, age 56, of Berlin, passed away peacefully at his home on July 5 with his cat Corn-Nut by his side. Eric leaves behind his partner in life of 13 ERIC MARTIN PIERCE years, Jennifer Brown; two children, Charlie Pierce and Lyd-

ia Cook; brother George Pierce; and many lifelong friends that held him proudly as their own. There will be a Celebration of Life held at Eric's home in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 1 where friends and family alike are invited to come honor Eric on what would have been his 57th birthday. Eric was born Aug. 1 1965 to the late Mary and George Pierce of Cockeysville where his childhood friendships were sown into what would be a lifelong brotherhood. In 1994, Eric first moved to Ocean City chasing his passion for the surf, rock and roll, and the life of the party. Jack of all trades but a master of only one, and that was the friendships he built with sheer authenticity. To all that knew Eric, we befriended the kind selfless and loyal man who was sometimes known as a walking party. It was that thirst for finding himself at one with the world around him, be it on his surfboard skimming the oceans crests, the unity of friends or in the love of family that he so immensely shared with us that kindled such authentic relationships. #EpicEric In continuing with his legacy in life, in death his generosity continues with the help of the Anatomy Gift Registry, where medical communities are able to continue to discover cures, conditions and save lives.

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Concerns are mounting over another possible upward swing in coronavirus cases. While there does appear to be legitimate reason to worry, especially with the problematic variant and breakthrough and double positivity cases on the rise, proper perspective is important. Worcester County’s positivity rate was 3.46% on Wednesday (above the statewide 2.45%). This is a low number that should not result in a panic and drastic changes to the normal aspects of life being enjoyed today. For comparison, the last time the county’s positive rate exceeded 5% was in early May. We continue to trend in the right direction, but we should all return to keeping an eye on the data moving forward because there is an upswing, not a spike, in cases. The good news is thus far state government officials seem to have a good take on the upward trend, and there appears to be a policy of letting “local rule” carry important decisions. With some wide extremes of case data, vaccination levels and individual demographics at play, it’s paramount local officials get to make calls for themselves on weighty matters like face coverings, for example. With the calendar flipping to August this weekend, the focus is turning to school for families with schoolaged kids as well as teachers. The

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thought all along was the school year here would begin without masks and basically be normal with the exception of transportation. Some jurisdictions, such as the two largest school systems in the state, Montgomery and Baltimore counties, have already said masks will be required for all because of the CDC’s updated guidance. It’s important to remember this is guidance, but CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s comments on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio Reports hosted by Dr. Marc Siegel are concerning because of the blanket approach. “With the goal of leaning in and making sure we can get our children back to school full-time and knowing that the majority of people who are attending these schools will not be fully vaccinated, we are now recommending that everybody wear masks in the schools indoors,” she said. “We've seen throughout the summer in summer schools, places that have not imposed those prevention strategies, are having outbreaks and have had to close. So what we're recommending now is that everyone in K through 12 schools wear a mask indoors, including all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. And we've come to that for several reasons now, even different from where we were in early July, when our guidance came out initially. First is we

simply have more Delta now than we did then. Second, we have more than twice the number of infections now than we did then. Third is that we don't have a vaccine for 11 and under, we knew that and our 12- to 17-year-olds, we only have about a third of people vaccinated at this time.” Her comments about summer school are wrong for Worcester County. There was no outburst of cases in summer school or even at summer camps. After July 1, masking was optional at summer school. Yet, there was not a reported shift in positive cases. Further good news for parents weary of masking their children again is Worcester County Public Schools officials have shown a reasoned, though aggressive approach throughout the pandemic. Decision makers have shown a resistance to over-reacting to every change in guidance from the federal levels, understanding Worcester County is unique. This is sound leadership. Without a major spike in positivity – say exceeding 5% for more than 10 days straight, for example – we think Worcester schools should reopen in the fall under the same plan as the summer – masks are optional with best efforts continuing to be made to distance the children when possible.

Letters To The Editor Making Sausage Editor: We are a society of laws and the first society known to mankind that bases our laws on God given rights that can never be changed or repealed. However, adding law on top of law eventually reduces the enforceability of all laws. Too many laws places our essential right, of equality under the law, in jeopardy. Regulators in an honest effort to enforce the laws are overwhelmed. Instead of equal enforcement we end up with arbitrary enforcement. Over time arbitrary enforcement always leads to soft corruption and eventually hard corruption. For years I have watched the sausage making by members of our council. I have had lengthy conversations with Matt James, John Gehrig and more recently with Mark Paddock before they were all elected about my concern that the town was making too much sausage. Although they all listened, after they were elected, they melded in to their new lives as members, in a monkey see monkey do fashion and nothing changed. My concern was and is that the method of payment of the sausage

packager, the City Solicitor causes the over production of sausage. We pay Heather Stansbury as we did Guy Ayres by the amount of sausage they package, as opposed to an annual salary which is the way almost all other municipalities do it. Is it any wonder we produce so much sausage? For the last couple years, I was hopeful, the sausage making had slowed to 19 and 16 a year under Heather Stansbury, but this year it looks like she has gotten her sea legs. The sausage production has increased back to Guy Ayres average of 25-30 Ordinance per year. This number is unmatched by other jurisdictions and puts unnecessary if not impossible workloads on staff and police to enforce the laws equally which too often ends up as arbitrary enforcement in the best case. During Guy Ayres’ tenure his firm received about $400,000 to $500,000 a year charging piecemeal to package the sausage the council members made. While the City Solicitor in Annapolis received a salary of $149,000 a year and packaged far less sausage. Its human nature when you pay someone per package of sausage you get more sausage than when you pay them

an annual salary. The Town does not need extra sausage. I never took issue with the amount of money Guy Ayres’ firm received but always was concerned with the secondary costs to enforce the excess sausage equally about whether we needed all that bundled sausage? The continually increasing sausage in the least places added, unnecessary workloads on regulators and the police. In all likelihood it’s worse than that. For full disclosure I also tried to broach the topic with young Mr. Buas whose comment ended the discussion when he said, “I adore Heather,” our city solicitor. This issue is not about Heather personally. It is about the method the council is paying the City Solicitor. If you take a long view, on average 25 to 30 sausages are made by the members a year. Now I have been here 60+ years or 1,200+ sausages ago and I can attest to the fact that Ocean City was a great place to live 60 years ago before the 1,200+ sausages. Now it is true that some of the sausage is needed but I suspect not more than 5% and there are good reasons why. SEE NEXT PAGE

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Letters To The Editor The excess sausage keeps falling on the desks of regulators and police to be enforced. As the pile of sausage grows, often at the rate of one every other week the ability for regulators and police to enforce it diminishes; violating our most elemental right of equality under the Law. Therefore, enforcement becomes arbitrary. Eventually as the sausage flow continues enforcement becomes even more ambiguous; totally the fault of the excess sausage not the people. We are not there yet but we are in dire need of council members who rule with a red pencil. There is no doubt that our members who create the sausage have the best of intentions. It goes something like this as they sit on their duffs in town meetings a “do-good idea” that makes the hair on councilmen’s legs stand up and before you know it the new sausage is packaged by the City Solicitor who often suggests more sausage for a legal reason. Gone are the days when council members Vince Gisriel or Jim Hall limited sausage production. Of course, we are a nation of laws but I am a believer in our right of equal enforcement of the law and KISS, keep it simple stupid, so that all laws are understood. Over time too much sausage always leads to arbitrary and sometimes capricious enforcement that proceed soft corruption when certain citizens are given breaks and finally hard corruption. When sausage production is unimpeded and laws violate KISS, our basic right of “equality under the law” is threatened and compromised. No law should be imposed without strong consideration of the Community’s ability to enforce it equally. Maybe we need to teach our members on the council that sometimes a red pencil is needed to eliminate aged cumbersome sausage. Or a rule that for every new sausage packaged two or more old packages should be sunset. Tony Christ Ocean City Falls Church, Va.

Require Vaccinations Editor: Dr. Fauci says “we will try anything and everything” to get people vaccinated, like appealing to trusted confidants of the unvaccinated to reason with them. (PBS Nightly News, July 19, 2021) Interestingly, Dr. Fauci does not even go near suggesting actual enforcement of public health law, the only thing that has ever worked in the history of

the world to end epidemics. Our infectious disease expert knows that today’s young people in their 20s and 30s will do very little in their own health interests unless and until they are forced to, just like when they were teenagers. But the mouthpiece of two administrations also knows that rule of law is politically unpopular today, so he sides with libertarians who think no one should ever be required to do anything against their will. Here’s the thing. Our Millennials and Zers are happy to do whatever is required of them at work in order to get their paychecks, at pain of firing if they don’t. Why can’t government require them to get vaccinated in order to get their good citizenship paychecks, at pain of fine or lengthy community service if they don’t? Kimball Shinkoskey

OC Wrong To Meet Editor: Two things. 1. I am writing to you today in regards of my statements not being mentioned in your newspaper about my deplorable rental house and the city’s lack of inspections and accountability for landlords. I do not have a problem with your newspaper. But what I do disagree with is legitimate health concerns in the town of ocean city and they are being ignored. 2. BLM predictions. Furthermore, I have stated a grim truth about last month’s incident with the police. I stand and full agree with the police’s decision on what they did. In previous months in City Council meetings, I said it will only take one incident, justified or not, to occur in Ocean City and the town will feel the fire and destruction of BLM. Every protest starts as peaceful until it does not go their way and cities become Berlin (1930s, 1940s). I said it in a city council meeting. I gambled on the facts and guess what? So far I’m right. Even furthermore, why the hell did the mayor and local leaders have a closed session with the group? What would happen if they are found guilty? Cities have burned like the reign of fire because of non-guilty verdicts. How would it look if BLM riots Ocean City after being invited in the fort (City Hall)? Should I remind you of the footage taken of the same group last year putting fear on the businesses and tourists. My final statement is what’s The Dispatch going to report when and if these riots break out? DT Hagan Ocean City

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Between The Lines by Publisher/Editor Steve Green The best way to truly get a sense of how the summer is going is to get out and explore first hand. Here are some personal observations from several beach days in Ocean City and Assateague, numerous restaurant visits and trips to the Boardwalk over the last two weeks. •As a reporter, negative things often make the lead. The only negative aspects I observed were tremendous traffic throughout most of the day – a sign of success to be certain – and trash. First, the only way to avoid traffic to the beach this summer is to go early. On Assateague last Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the backup to get into the federal park was about 40 vehicles. An hour later, it was at least double. Heading into Ocean City last Friday (not Saturday) at 11 a.m., Route 90 was backed up to the Ocean Pines exit. On Route 50, it was a stop-andgo traffic beginning at the Grand Prix amusement park. A planned lunch in Ocean City became a detour to West Ocean City. The same scenario played out Wednesday of this week. Everyone expects traffic backups entering Ocean City and Assateague on the weekends, but this summer it seems to be a daily occurrence. A sign of crowds and success to be certain, but an adjustment nonetheless for locals. Secondly, and this is no surprise, but people generally do not pick up after themselves. Add this reality to the fact people on vacation are especially oblivious of what they leave behind, and the situation is disturbing. It’s unfortunate but a reality. Before I went to Jolly Roger Amusement Park to cover the Christmas in July ceremony last Sunday morning, I hit the Boardwalk around 7th to 3rd streets for about 45 minutes. The litter was significant. Debris was strewn about the Boardwalk, but it was the side streets where it was most pronounced. Trash gathered in the corners in the street ends were the worst. In one street corner were a few Dunkin cups, three Natural Lite cans, a 7-Eleven cup, a cigarette packet wrapper and a bundle of unused napkins. Mix in with that some sand and unrecognizable debris and it was at least trash bag full of garbage on most street ends. I know the town’s well-intentioned public works crews do their best. They just can’t keep up. They were out and about as I observed the trash blowing around. They start working before the crack of dawn literally cleaning the beach and boards from the mess the night before, but they can’t account for everything. The only takeaway is the need for the litter-free campaign and the importance of spreading awareness. I don’t know what the town can do really aside from hammering home the messaging of being responsible and appealing to people’s morals and humanity. It’s an impossible situation with the only true hope to model the correct behavior in the hopes guilt and responsibility will eventually click. City Engineer Gail Blazer touched on this earlier this month when talking about the litter-free campaign, saying, “It’s just hard to deal with the clientele we are dealing with, not to be disrespectful. It’s hard.” •In a typical summer, success varies by every individual business. A reporter could interview 10 different operators and hear a range of extreme reactions based on location, weather patterns and industry. One retail business downtown could be having a record summer, while a similar type of operator mid-town reports a 10% drop from last year. Not this year – everyone is rolling and having an exceptional summer season. If they are not busy, it’s cause for concern. Quick Internet searches throughout this summer confirm hotel rates, set largely on demand vs. supply, have never been higher (in some cases $600-plus or more a night). Restaurants are full for dinner before 5 p.m. in many cases. Nearly all owners and managers are saying the same thing – business is super, (for example, at 12:30 p.m. a sunny Sunday Fish Tales was on a 20-minute wait for lunch), but the common concern seems to be the employees. One restaurant manager I spoke with this week said he has six college-age employees working 15-hour shifts and banking at least $600 a day in tips. He said they have been super stars and deserve every penny. He said they have been amazing, saying, “I don’t know what we are going to do when they all go back to school Aug. 15.” This is the primary concern right now for many businesses. They are understaffed but it’s only going to get worse as college kids starting return to their campuses in August. The crowds will still be here. •The volume of bike traffic and pedestrians on the Boardwalk Sunday morning was amazing. I briefly talked to one father I knew. He said they walked their bikes for blocks because it was too crowded for his kids, lamenting the fact they arrived too late. He wanted to be on boards by 9 a.m. When he and his family arrived at 10, it was too late to enjoy because of the crowds, according to him. Arrive early applies to the biking on the boards, too. •I had a casual conversation with Mayor Rick Meehan last Sunday. The last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August are the busiest times of year in Ocean City traditionally. The window is likely larger this summer. The mayor said he was on the Boardwalk Saturday night for a while. He reported never seeing more people in all his years of living in Ocean City. It’s one thing everyone can agree on this year – the area is in the midst of a banner season.

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OCEAN PINES – Association officials last week approved $190,000 in emergency replacement work for a failing bulkhead at the golf course. Last week, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to proceed with $190,635 of bulkhead work along the third green of the gold course. General Manager John Viola told board members the section – originally slated for replacement in the 2022-2023

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season – would be replaced to prevent damage to the course and nearby bridge. “It’s really bad,” he said. “This should have been done three years ago.” Viola said the replacement would cost $355 per linear foot. He added Fisher Marine submitted the lowest bid price.


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“It’s 537 linear feet,” he said. “We do have money in the budget.” When asked how directors should respond to residents who have complaints about failing bulkheads at their properties, officials encouraged them to contact He said input from community members would assist the association as it begins to develop its next four-year replacement plan. “We are looking at the next four-year plan, where they go out and review everything and put it together …,” he said. “There is a list, just like the roads, where everything is rated.” When asked how long the replacement work would take, Viola said it would take roughly a month to complete. He noted there would be minimal disruptions at the golf course. “We believe we’ll only need to shut that bridge down … for half a day, a day at the most,” he added. The board last week also agreed to extend a three-year contract with Matt Ortt Companies for food and beverage operations.

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Viola noted a $130,000 operating profit in the first year of the contract would trigger a fourth year to be added. While the company missed that mark by $10,996, he said company leaders were asking the board to consider the extension. “With the PPP, Matt Ortt was about $11,000 short of the automatic trigger. However, they provided a lot of company service during COVID …,” he said. “They are asking for relief on that, asking for the trigger of the fourth year.” Viola added that as a gesture of good faith, Matt Ortt Companies was willing to increase their profit threshold for a fifthyear extension from $160,000 to $175,000. “They’re willing to increase that $160,000 to $175,000 the second year to offset this $10,000 …,” he said. “I’m telling you next year they will knock it out of the park.” Director Doug Parks said he supported the motion to extend the company’s contract and increase the second-year operating profit threshold. He noted, however, that contract changes would be dependent on the input of legal counsel. “I just want to make sure we are doing it with the proper procedure …,” he said. “I want to make sure we’ve checked with the Matt Ortt Companies attorneys and our attorneys.” With no further discussion, the board voted unanimously to the proposed contract extension.

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And Real Estate News Freeman Outlines Public Nature Transfer BERLIN – Part of the Carl M. Freeman Companies’ philosophy has always been to create places that enrich lives. For that reason, the company announced this week 673 acres that make up the former Bay Club and an adjacent farm, formerly considered for commercial and residential redevelopment by Carl M. Freeman Companies, will be transferred to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for use as public green space. Plans include removing the structures and golf cart paths from the Bay Club site, formerly a 36-hole golf course. The property, which sits just west of the Berlin town limits, will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service and Chesapeake Forest Lands. “We are always hyper-focused on quality of life for the people in and around our communities, and we’re delighted to make it possible for the residents of Berlin, Worcester County and the state of Maryland to enjoy this unique natural asset,” said Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies. “CMFC has a solid, verifiable history of being outstanding stewards of the environment. We are consistently working with many different preservation groups such as the Center for the Inland Bays and Sussex County Land Trust and have preserved hundreds of acres of wetlands over the years.” Freeman added, “This is going to be something families in the Berlin and Ocean City areas will enjoy for years to come, with an opportunity to immerse themselves into nature.” Jeff Evans, director of marketing for Carl M. Freeman Companies, agreed the green space will be a proud area for town residents. “We’re excited to be able to participate in this significant contribution to Berlin’s greenbelt,” said Evans. “It’s always our priority to provide outdoor recreation in all our communities and helping the town of Berlin and Worcester County create a new area for outdoor recreation has been exceptionally rewarding.” Once opened to the public, the new nature area will be one of just a few on the Delmarva peninsula and the closest inland preserve to the Ocean City area. The Maryland Board of Public Works, which recommended the sale’s approval, has said the land, a mix of forests, fields and the former golf club fairways, will be reforested with native trees to “maximize hunting and other recreational activities while protecting water quality.” Plans for the site include nature walking trails, hunting, forestry and potential equestrian trails, the agency says. Carl M. Freeman Companies has chosen not to develop the 673-acre for-

mer Bay Club golf course and instead, transfer the land to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for use as public nature area. According to the Urban Lands Institute, shared public spaces that allow equitable access for residents have a direct positive impact on human health. The sale of The Bay Club property ensures that everyone in Berlin and Worcester County will be able to enjoy the natural wonders of the lower Eastern Shore. Freeman originally purchased The Bay Club and the adjacent farm in the late 1990s. The transfer of the property began in fall of 2020 and was facilitated by the Lower Shore Land Trust, which works to establish conservation easements along the southern end of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and help landowners preserve property from future development. Evans says once demolition of the old golf paths and club structures is complete, he anticipates the nature preserve will be open to the public sometime in 2022.

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Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 45th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 30: Jason Lee Saturday, July 31: Stepbrothers Sunday, Aug. 1: Keith White Duo Wednesday, Aug. 4: Aaron Howell Thursday, Aug. 5: Ward Ewing

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Best Beats BEATS BY WAX Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, July 30 Crawl St. Tavern: Monday, Aug. 2 Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Sundays & Wednesdays

ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Fridays: Zander Jett Mondays: Earl Beardsley

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 30: Darin Engh, Monkee Paw Saturday, July 31: Smooth & Remy, The Rockoholics Sunday, Aug. 1: Aaron Howell, Chris Diller Monday, Aug. 2: Nate Clendenen, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, Aug. 3: Jack Worthington, Whisky Train Wednesday, Aug. 4: Keri Anthony, Marcella Peters Duo Thursday, Aug. 5: Shortcut Sunny, Heather Vidal & Friends COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 30: Mike Petito Saturday, July 31: Jim Long Sundays & Wednesdays: DJ Wax Thursday, Aug. 5: TBA

DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, July 30 Monday, Aug. 2 Crawl St. Tavern: Tuesdays

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9TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2641 9th St. & Boardwalk Friday, July 30: Scott Glorioso Saturday, July 31: Aaron Howell Thursdays: Chino Rankin

BUXY’S SALTY DOG/DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 30: DJ Wax Sundays: Local’s Party w/ DJ BK Thursday, Aug. 5: Dust N Bones Duo

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DJ BK Greene Turtle North: Friday, July 30 Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

AMERICAN PINK FLOYD Fager’s Island: Sunday, Aug. 1 DARIN ENGH Coconuts Beach Bar: Friday, July 30

AARON HOWELL 9th St. Taphouse: Saturday, July 31

Coconuts: Sunday, Aug. 1 45th St. Taphouse: Wednesday, Aug. 4

COLOSSAL FOSSIL SAUCE Crawl St. Tavern: Saturday, July 31

BEATS BY STYLER Pickles Pub: Fridays, Sundays & Wednesdays

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Friday, July 30 Sunday, Aug. 1 & Thursday, Aug. 5

CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Sunday, Aug. 1: Rick & Regina Wednesday, Aug. 4: Smooth & Remy CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, July 30: Ricky LaRicci & The Leftovers Saturday, July 31: Colossal Fossil Sauce Sunday, Aug. 1: Karaoke w/DJ Jeremy Monday, Aug. 2: DJ Wax, Tuesday, Aug. 3: DJ RobCee Wednesday, Aug. 4: EDM w/Reckless Minds Thursday, Aug. 5: 3/4 Band CORK BAR Sunday, Aug. 1: TBA FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, July 30: Wazoo, DJ RobCee, Everwatt Saturday, July 31: The Epics, DJ Groove, Starcrush Sunday, Aug. 1: Mitch & The Soul Elements, American Pink Floyd Monday, Aug. 2: Josh Christina, DJ RobCee, IV Stone Tuesday, Aug. 3: DJ Hector, Bryan Clark Wednesday, Aug. 4: DJ Adam Dutch, DJ Bigler Thursday, Aug. 5: Party Fowl, DJ Groove

ON THE EDGE Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1 Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 4 & 5

BRYAN CLARK Fager’s Island: Tuesday, Aug. 3

STEPHEN ANTHONY Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31

DJ BIGLER Fager’s Island: Wednesday, Aug. 4

ALTER EGO Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31

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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE NORTH 410-723-2120 116th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 30: DJ BK Saturday, July 31: DJ Love

JOEY HARKUM BAND Pickles Pub: Saturday, July 31

SMOOTH & REMY Coconuts Beach Bar: Saturday, July 31 Crabcake Factory Bayside: Wednesday, Aug. 4

FULL CIRCLE OP Yacht Club: Saturday, July 31 Seacrets: Monday & Wednesday, Aug. 2 & 4

KEITH WHITE DUO 45th St. Taphouse: Sunday, Aug. 1

THE DUNEHOUNDS Harborside: Sunday, Aug. 1

HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, July 30: DJ Billy T Saturday July 31: Sean Loomis Sunday, Aug. 1: The Dunehounds, DJ Billy T Thursday, Aug. 5: DJ Billy T MULLIGAN’S 410-213-7717 12445 Ocean Gateway, West OC Saturday, July 31: TBA OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31: New Censation Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31: Stephen Anthony Friday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1: On The Edge Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 2 & 3: First Class Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 4 & 5: On The Edge OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Rd., Ocean Pines Friday, July 30: Great Train Robbery Saturday, July 31: Full Circle Sunday, Aug. 1: Marcella Thursday, Aug. 5: Zander Jett PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, July 30: Beats By Styler Saturday, July 31: Joey Harkum Band Sunday, Aug. 1: Beats By Styler Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax

RICK & REGINA Crabcake Factory Bayside: Sunday, Aug. 1

ANTHEM Seacrets: Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31

DUST N BONES DUO Buxy’s Salty Dog: Thursday, Aug. 5

RICKY LARICCI & THE LEFTOVERS Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, July 30

FIRST CLASS Lenny’s Beach Bar: Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 2 & 3

PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Sts. On The Boardwalk Friday, July 30: DJ Rut, Alter Ego Saturday, July 31: DJ Rut, Alter Ego Sunday, Aug. 1: DJ Rut Monday, Aug. 2: DJ Rut Tuesday, Aug. 3: DJ Adam Dutch Wednesday, Aug. 4: DJ Rut Thursday, Aug. 5: DJ Adam Dutch SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, July 30: Jim Long Band, Anthem, The Benderz Saturday, July 31: DJ Bobby O, Fat Mezz, Anthem, Late Last Night, Cherry Crush Sunday, Aug. 1: Triple Rail Turn Adwela & The Uprising, Tropidelic Monday, Aug. 2: Full Circle, Adwela & The Uprising, Shake, Shake, Shake Tuesday, Aug. 3: Opposite Directions, Yawd Lynk, Kono Nation Wednesday, Aug. 4: Full Circle Duo, Yawd Lynk, My Hero Zero Thursday, Aug. 5: John McNutt Band, Zion Reggae Band, Go Go Gadjet

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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.

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 410524-7994 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,

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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 16ounce Butcher 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. for summer concert series.

Aug. 4: Story Time On Beach Meet the Worcester County Library at 10 a.m. on the beach in front of the Clarion Hotel and listen to fun stories read by the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Learn some water safety tips and see a lifeguard flag demonstration. All ages welcome. To register go to under events 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. for summer concert series.

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: 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. 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 410-208-4225.

Aug. 7: Pines Flounder Tourney Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Flounder Tournament and Auction will take place. Larger cash prizes and calcuttas will be featured. Must be registered by Friday, Aug. 6 at moon. Weigh-ins will take place at the Ocean Pines Marina and Yacht Club. For more information and to register, call the Ocean Pines Chamber at 410-6415306 or email

Aug. 10: Autism Conference Atlantic General Hospital will be hosting the 5th Annual Autism Awareness Conference via video call (Zoom) from 4-6 p.m. This event is free to the community. Internet access is required. Katie Dorsch, registered dietitian at Atlantic General, will be discussing “Autism and Nutrition.” Maureen van Stone, Esq., director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will discuss “Return to School during the COVID19 Pandemic for Students with Disabilities.” Dr. Deepa Menon, assistant medical director at the Center for

Things To Do activities are printed free of charge. To ensure that an event is listed in a timely manner, please submit information as early as possible, since all items will be listed in advance as space permits. Be sure to include the date, name of event, time, location, address and a contact number. Email to; fax to 410-641-0966; or mail to The Dispatch, P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811.

July 30, 2021 Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will discuss “School Re-Entry Post COVID: Supporting Families and Children with Autism.” Advance registration is required. Please call 410-641-9268 or email to register.

Aug. 12: Registration Deadline Wor-Wic Community College is inviting parents and their high school juniors and seniors who are interested in beginning dual enrollment this fall to attend a free information session at 6 p.m. Visit the events section of for more information or to register. 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

Aug. 23: Writing For Wellness At 1:30 p.m., the Ocean Pines branch will hold a session on how writing about stressful experiences like illness may boost health and psychological well-being. Group uses exercises to stimulate creative expression. Andrea Schlottman facilitates this program.

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. for summer concert series. Sept. 16: Patriot Day Fashion Show Luncheon The Republican Women of Worcester County announce the 12th Annual Patriot Day Fashion Show Luncheon to be held at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Fashions are presented by Bruder Hill of Berlin. Cost of the luncheon is $35 per person. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. For more information and/or to download the reservations flyer,

Your Neighborhood Toy Store at the Beach! LEGO, Kites, Games, Puzzles, Crafts, Baby Gifts, Books, Beach Toys, And More TAX FREE SHOPPING FREE PARKING in our Fenwick Location Two Great Locations: On the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach, DE 302-539-TOYS (8697) 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE (Next to Fenwick Crabhouse) 302-581-0241

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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s highly-successful 2021 varsity softball team was rewarded handsomely when the Bayside South awards were announced last week including the Player of the Year Award and the Coach of the Year Award. The Seahawks had a strong run through the regular season and the state regional playoffs before bowing out in the regional championship game. Decatur won its first eight games of the season before suffering its first loss and finished with a 9-2 record. The Seahawks earned the number-two seed in the state 3A-

South region and won its first game before falling in the regional championship. As a result, Decatur’s Alexa Eisemann was named Bayside South Player of the Year last week. Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz was named Bayside South Coach of the Year for the second time in a row. Joining Eisemann from Decatur on the First Team All-Conference Team were Skylar Griffin and Leah Simpson. Named to the Bayside South Second Team AllConference Team from Decatur were Lexi Mumford, Katie Wrench, Abby Wesche and McKenna Horner. Earning honorable mentions from Decatur were Sarah Smith, Brooklyn Pugner, and Chloe Candelero.

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State Record Sword Tops Big Fish Classic In The News

8:30-11:30 a.m.• 12:30-3:30 p.m. • 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The FFMD crew weighed this 239-pound swordfish to take second in the biggest fish category in the Big Fish Classic last weekend and earned over $72,000 in prize money. Photo courtesy of Fish in OC






OCEAN CITY – The 8th Annual Huk Big Fish Classic was a huge success last weekend with a potential state record swordfish taking the tournament’s top prize. The Big Fish Classic was held last weekend on the pier at Talbot Street, which is essentially the epicenter for Ocean City’s rich fishing history. The Big Fish Classic is a two-day, 32-hour tournament where the largest fish caught of any species is rewarded. Boats and teams of anglers had to decide to fish in one of two 32-hour slots, either Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday. There were several categories for which anglers and boats were rewarded, but the essence of the event is bringing the biggest fish to the historic Talbot Street docks.

To that end, the biggest single fish brought to the scale during the twoday event was a 301-pound swordfish caught by Real One, which should soon be officially recognized as a new state record for the species. The 301-pounder weighed by the Real One was worth a tournament record $542,648. The crew on the FFMD took second in the single heaviest fish category with a 239-pound swordfish worth $72,125, while the Restless Lady II took third in the category with a 184-pound sword worth $65,670. The crew on the Chaser also had a big weekend, taking first in the heaviest stringer category with 339 pounds, and also first in the heaviest tuna category for a total of $203,232 in prize money. A total of 110 boats competed in the Huk Big Fish Classic with a record $1.2 million in prize money doled out to the winners in several categories

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with Scott Lenox The 48th Annual White Marlin Open starts next week and with a new $20,000 winner-take-all white marlin added entry level it could be the largest purse ever. Last year was $6.8 million so that is saying something. Except for a few weather days, fishing was good last week and we had an exciting event with another record purse in the 8th Annual HUK Big Fish Classic at the Talbot Street Pier. A record 110 boats competed with another record of $1.2 million in prize money up for grabs. The weather forecast was best for Friday/Saturday fishing so 97 of the 110 boats fished the first window and we had a crazy busy day of scales on Saturday. This was the year of the swordfish and the big yellowfin tuna for Big Fish and none were bigger than the two biggest money winners of the weekend. Todd Burbage and the crew of his Chaser with Captain Dale Gurgo showed up on Saturday evening with a bunch of big yellowfin tuna including the biggest of the tournament at 111 pounds. The five-fish stringer weighed 339.5 pounds and was good enough for first place in the stringer category. Add that to the first-place heaviest yellowfin and the

crew of the Chaser walked away with a check for over $202,000 on Sunday night. The big yellowfins were a great story, but the best story of the weekend was the 301-pound swordfish caught by Pete Schultz on board his Real One. Pete caught the fish by himself and it took over eight hours for he and the crew to get the big sword in the boat. Real One’s swordfish won first place big fish and a few other categories and received a Big Fish tournament record payout of over $540,000. Since Pete fought this big swordfish on rod and reel it is now a new “pending” state record for swordfish in Maryland. The DNR made swordfish a state record consideration a few years ago, but up until this weekend no one had caught a sword manually on rod and reel over the 300-pound minimum. Real One’s 301-pound swordfish caught during the Big Fish Classic has already been verified in person by DNR representatives and is now pending paperwork and further review. I think they’ll get it. Though there were no qualifying blue marlin and only a few qualifying white marlin, there were several marlin reSEE PAGE 60

The crew of Real One caught a real huge one when they landed this 301-pound swordfish good for first place in the HUK Big Fish Classic. Submitted Photos

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Above top left, this crew caught six yellowfin fishing on the Turnin’ Fins with Captain Ron Callis. Above top center left, Captain Chris Watkowksi of the Spring Mix II put this angler on a stud 112-pound bigeye tuna. Above top center right, these shooters found a big southern ray in the south bay thanks to Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing. Above top right, this kid caught a doormat flounder on board the Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting at the helm. Above left, Todd Burbage and the crew of his Chaser won top tuna honors with a huge 111-pound yellowfin tuna that was part of a five-fish stringer of 339.5 pounds. Above right, Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey chunked up a limit of yellowfin tuna for this lucky group. Opposite page, top left, these folks caught a box full of keeper flounder while fishing ocean structure on board Chasin’ Tides Charters with Captain Chase Eberle. Opposite page, top right, Captain Jeremy Blunt of the Wrecker had an early day with 10 yellowfin tuna and a longfin albacore. Opposite page, middle left, the crew of Talkin’ Trash with Captain Chris Little had a limit of fat yellowfin tuna and two bonus mahi on an awesome trip last week. Opposite page, bottom left, Big Bird Cropper and Shawn Flaherty caught an elusive “Inshore Slam” with a keeper flounder, trout and bluefish. Opposite page, bottom right, alia and Curt Presnell celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by catching a limit of flounder and a bonus mahi over ocean structure.

... Fish In OC FROM PAGE 59 leased during the Big Fish Classic which is music to the ears of anglers entering next week’s White Marlin Open. There were several boats that released six, seven and eight white marlin, but top honors in the release division went to the crew of Kilo Charlie who released 10 white marlin good for 1,000 points. Congratulations to Kilo Charlie, Chaser, Real One and all of the other winners of the 8th Annual HUK Big Fish Classic. Offshore fishing away from the tournament was pretty darn good as anglers had success with catching and releasing

marlin on the troll and catching and not releasing yellowfin tuna on the chunk. The chunking bite was very good a few days with crews using butterfish or sardines. Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey and Captain Chris Little of Talkin’ Trash both put their crews on limits of fat yellowfin tuna over 50 pounds on Sunday. The weather was a little bumpy on Sunday which had most smaller boats staying home and I’m certain that that the lack of a crowd had something to do with the good bite. Flounder fishing in Ocean City’s back bays is pretty good right now when you can find clean water, and it is excellent in the ocean over ocean structure. The party boat fleet is doing very well with plenty of legal sized flounder over 16 1/2” with some big fish up to 6 pounds.

If you know what you’re doing and where to go it wouldn’t be a surprise to catch a limit for yourself. My friends and neighbors Curt and Talia Presnell celebrated their 30th anniversary by fishing some ocean structure and they had a limit of nice flounder and a bonus mahi. Now that’s a happy anniversary. The 48th Annual White Marlin Open is all set for Aug. 2-6. I expect a lot of boats and a record payout. Last year’s payout was over $6.8 million and that was before the new $20,000 winnertake-all white marlin calcutta. If the right players get involved, this added entry level could be a few million dollars in itself. It should be an exciting week of fishing and scales action. Scales will be open every day at Harbor Island from 49:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you

can’t make it in person you can watch the Hooked on OC live broadcast at And don’t forget Marlinfest going on at the 3rd street ballpark. It will be festival atmosphere there with live music, vendors, food and drinks with a terrific view of boats returning on the bay. There will also be a large screen so you don’t miss any of the action. I’ll bring you all of the action in my nightly fishing report the Daily Angle and I’ll have 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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Freeman Arts Pavilion’s Photo Of The Week: Each week during the season the Freeman Arts Pavilion will submit a photo of the week from the Selbyville venue. Above, singer/songwriter Amos Lee performed last Friday, July 24. To learn more about upcoming events, click over to

Photo by Freeman Arts Pavilion/Natalee DeHart



Monday: History of our Surfmen Tuesday: Beach Safety (OC Beach Patrol) Wednesday: Knot Tying (Coast Guard) Thursday: All About Sharks Friday: Land, Sky, & Sea Saturday: Aquarium Feeding Daily Aquarium Feeding Through August 31, 2021 At 11:30 a.m.

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The Castle in the Sand Hotel and The Barefoot Mailman are currently seeking applicants for the following positions for the 2021 season.

NIGHT AUDITOR FRONT DESK STAFF GRILL COOKS Experienced applicants are preferred, but not required. We require a satisfactory pre-employment background check by all applicants. Please contact Bob at 410-289-6846 for further information or to schedule an interview.

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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. 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

Third 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

45 48 52

Ak11 Ak11 Aq17 Aq17 Ar18 Bi35 Bi35 Bi35 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bj36 Bk37 Bk37 Bo41 Bo41

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 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 16, 2021 3x 07-16, 07-23, 07-30


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


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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 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 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


ing 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


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

July 30, 2021 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

Second 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 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. 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 20TH 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 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

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-21-000111 BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff v. 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 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 Condo-

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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 minium 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


the estate of WILLIAM JAMES CUNNINGHAM AKA BILL CUNNINGHAM, ESTATE NO. 18759. Notice is given that KAREN E. FURDA, 17104 OLDE MILL RUN, DERWOOD, MD 20855 was on, JUNE 01, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of WILLIAM JAMES CUNNINGHAM, who died on APRIL 02, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 1ST day of DECEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 30, 2021

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To all persons interested in the estate of CAROL ANN DAFFIN, ESTATE NO. 18814. Notice is given that RYAN MICHAEL ABBOTT, 10109 QUEENS CIRCLE, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 was on, JULY 26, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CAROL ANN DAFFIN, who died on JUNE 19, 2021, with a will.

To all persons interested in the estate of ELLEN MARIE HAYS, ESTATE NO. 18836. Notice is given that JULIE H. BEEBE, 15 OAK DRIVE, MILTON, DE 19968 was on, JULY 26, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ELLEN MARIE HAYS, who died on MAY 15, 2021, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 26TH day of JANUARY, 2022.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 26TH day of JANUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim

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 30, 2021

KAREN E. FURDA Personal Representative

RYAN MICHAEL ABBOTT 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 07-30, 08-06, 08-13

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 07-30, 08-06, 08-13

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First Insertion NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Farmers Bank of Willards wishes to establish a seasonal branch in Ocean City, Maryland: The Farmers Bank of Willards 200 S. Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City, MD 21842 Will become a seasonal branch with the first Seasonal closure effective 11/1/2021 – 03/31/2022. Each year thereafter closure effective October 1st thru March 31st. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the regional director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at its regional office at 350 Fifth Ave., Suite 1200, New York, N.Y. 10118 not later than August 16, 2021. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file at the regional office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the nonconfidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 30, 2021 1x 07-30

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ardon the proud parent moment, but I am incredibly impressed with Carson completing his school’s five-week summer academy. Back in the spring, we debated whether Carson would enroll until the last minute. When the deadline came, we decided to go ahead and sign him up. All the while Pam and I were of the mindset he might not go, and it would be fine if he didn’t. Though it’s best for kids on the spectrum to stay within a structure of school and not fall behind over the summer, Carson actually had a robust school year. He was only in distance learning for about five weeks. Some kids missed five months. Because of his disabilities, he was always in the first wave of kids welcomed back. We were fortunate on that front. As a result of him having a good school year, we did not want to force summer school. We did want to try, however, as we knew it was the best thing for him not to go three months without school. Therefore, we referred to summer school as “camp,” even if it was in the same building and we followed the exact same routine each morning. On the way to “camp,” we listened to crazy and loud music, ranging from country to rap to metal (occasionally mixing in a Los Angeles traffic report), and parked in a doctor’s office parking lot across from school for a nice walk each morning. We did this exact same thing during school. I would joke with him every morning how lucky he was to get to go to “camp,” while I had to head to work. My guess is on the first day of “camp” he realized he had been hoodwinked. He’s sharp and nothing gets passed him. When his morning included literacy, math, science and speech therapy, I am sure he was disappointed. The good news was his afternoons in-

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cluded lighter times for art, physical activity and wellness. There were also a couple field trips mixed in. Nonetheless, I am sure he knew what he was involved in. He was at his school with teachers and many of the same faces. He knew what was going on. It’s why I am so proud he overcame his feelings and went into “camp” prepared for good days. Over the five weeks, there was only one negative situation. There was only one day when he did not attend. He was having a rough day and he refused to go into school. We got to the door and a meltdown occurred, but he was back on track the next day after lots of conversations and a warning or three. It’s important to note there were other mornings when things were not copasetic as well. He didn’t want to leave the house at 7:45 every morning. On most mornings, I was able to turn him around with humor. Since laughing is the best medicine and one of my favorite things to do with him, I had to dig deep some mornings. The problem for me is sometimes I wake up stressed because of the to-do list ahead of me, especially when it involves daily deadlines. Carson forces me to get out of my own head and get some perspective. It’s his gift to us. I can look at him and usually get a grip. He prevents me from being selfish, gets me out of my own space and reminds me to focus on him. One morning this week I was failing miserably. While taking care of a few other things around the house, I reminded him repeatedly to have his breakfast, which was getting cold on the counter. The iPad was monopolizing his attention and he was blowing me off. I was frustrated, resulting in Pam coming downstairs giving me the look. I had temporarily lost my cool because I needed to get him to school on time before a meeting I had early. She

stepped him and got him on track. I had been rushing him and he sensed my aggravation. He does not respond well to that. I know this, of course, but I was stressed and off my game. A hilarious car ride to “camp” was healing for both of us. As I do each morning, I let him control the dial. He always goes to the rap channels first to see if he likes a song. If so, we drop deuces the whole way to school. If not, he turns on heavy metal and we head bang down Main Street. When we can’t find something that does the trick, we joke about how silly some of the band names are, like Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, Megadeth, Anthrax and his personal favorite, We Came As Romans. For some reason, the latter’s band name really tickles him. Though there were far more good days, it’s these times of struggle when I beam with the most pride over our boy. It’s impossible for me not to marvel over how far he has come. There was a time when a bad start to the morning would ruin the entire day. He’s much more resilient and mature now. I am proud of us for being his dedicated, patient advocates every day. The team at his school deserves a tremendous of credit as well for the right blend of professionalism and sentimentality to bring out his best. The most credit must go to the boy himself. Carson is going to do great things. I just know it in my heart. Our calling is to find what gives him his best life. I know it’s going to involve working hard because he has an incredible work ethic when doing something he loves like math, art, building things, swimming, gaming and yard work. In the meantime, we keep on keeping on. (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

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The Ocean City Boat Parade was once a popular event that celebrated the start of the marlin fishing season. Usually held on the third Sunday in June, it attracted thousands of spectators. Originating in 1938, the parade was suspended during World War II and not resumed until 1947. Charter boats, commercial fishing vessels, and even privately-owned boats participated. Decked out with flags and bunting they competed for prizes including a silver bowl inscribed with the winner’s name. The boats would parade through the Inlet and pass the judges stand on the Ocean City Fishing Pier. Proceeding northward for three miles they would turn and head back to the Inlet, always keeping about 50 yards offshore. It was quite a show. The “Boat Parade” sailed into history by the early 1970s but left many good memories for those that had participated or watched. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishinPhoto from Bunk Mann’s collection

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