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Thanks to steady northeast winds, it was a blustery start to the week, resulting in some beach flooding in some areas especially under the Photo by Chris Parypa Wicomico Street Pier.

Resort Beach Patrol Transitions Into Reduced Coverage For Remaining Weeks See page 10 • Photo by Chris Parypa

OC Special Event Funding Levels Discussed During Review Of Proposals See page 4 • Photo by Chris Parypa

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Special Event Funding Requests Sparks Policy Debate

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week approved funding for two special events this fall and next winter, but not before a larger debate about providing subsidies to pre-existing or recurring events. The Mayor and Council had before them Tuesday a request from the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) to provide funding for a Spartan obstacle course run planned for October and Shore Craft Beer’s “Love on Tap” event planned for late February. Each year, Ocean City grants approximately $300,000 to TAB to provide seed money after careful review to special events that provide mutual benefit to the town and a positive return on investment. At Tuesday’s meeting, TAB recom-

mended to the council the city provide $12,000 in funding to Shore Craft Beer’s Love on Tap event at the convention center on Feb. 29, 2020. Shore Craft Beer is moving the event to the convention center this year and the expectation is the larger venue will allow the event to grow from 850 attendees this year to as many as 2,000 next year. TAB also recommended an $80,000 investment in the Spartan obstacle course run in the downtown area scheduled for Oct. 5. Spartan, a national sports event company based in Boston, has selected Ocean City for one of its popular obstacle course races that is expected to attract 3,000 to 4,000 participants. Both recommended events appeared to be headed toward approval until Councilman John Gehrig initiated a debate on the policy for providing TAB

funds for pre-existing events, particularly Shore Craft Beer’s Love on Tap event in February. While he fully supported the event, Gehrig questioned if it was appropriate to provide additional funding for a pre-existing event. “What’s the policy?” he said. “The TAB funding used to be for new events. The Shore Beer Fest events are successful and I’m glad about that, I just think we need to discuss what we’re funding. I just don’t want to open up a policy where every special event is coming back looking for funding.” Shore Craft Beer’s Ann Hillyer pointed out while the February event is pre-existing, the move to the convention center allows it to grow exponentially and there is a cost associated with the move. With a $12,000 investment in TAB funding from the town, the move to the convention center could



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cause a spike on growth for the event. “We’re trying to grow this from 850 to 2,000,” she said. “We’re targeting the beer bloggers and inviting them because that can really expand our target market. The only way to get them here is to offer them tickets at the convention center. We can continue to grow organically little by little, but this would allow us to really grow exponentially by promoting this out-of-market.” Gehrig did not disagree, but questioned if approving the funding for the existing event could open the door to similar requests. “If we fund every request, I think we might be starting a precedent,” he said. “Look, I think this is a great event, but I think we can provide assistance with the extra space needed to allow the event to grow.” Mayor Rick Meehan agreed the policy was worth reviewing, but said with the potential growth of an event in late February, the craft beer event could be considered separately. “It looks like you have a total budget of around $60,000 and you’re looking for $12,000 from the town,” he said. “Because this is taking such a giant leap in growth, we need to look at this on a case-by-case basis. In this case, it sounds like a good investment.” Gehrig asked for a breakdown on how the town’s contribution would be spent. He pointed out it included such things as decorations at the venue and radio ads and hotel rack cards, for example. “We used to ask for a budget so we can see what we’re investing in,” he said. “I just don’t want every event coming in and saying I want $8,000 or I want $12,000 because my event is growing.” Councilman Dennis Dare said the relatively modest investment in the craft beer event could represent a significant return for the town at a time of year when it is needed the most. “I’m looking at a $12,000 investment in an event that will bring 2,000 people to town in February,” he said. “It’s an economic boon at a time when the businesses that are open really need it. We’re looking at 500 rooms in late February.” Councilman Tony DeLuca agreed and pointed out the craft beer event could be looked at outside of the hard and fast policy. “I agree with Dennis,” he said. “This is different. It should be looked at on its own. It’s February and it’s a leap year weekend.” Gehrig did not disagree with the potential grown benefits for the craft beer event, but reiterated he wanted to better define the policy with TAB expenditures. “Everything you said is accurate, and if that is the will of the council, I’m perfectly fine with it,” he said. “I just want to make sure we’re following our policies and guidelines and not just arbitrarily approving these things. The policy has been to provide seed money for new events.” “I support this. It’s a great event and I’ll SEE NEXT PAGE

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NEWARK – Worcester County Public Schools’ 2019 graduating class was offered more than $17 million in scholarships. That figure, as well as statistics on AP (Advanced Placement) course enrollment and the future aspirations of graduating students, was included in a report from Amy Gallagher, the school system’s coordinator of accountability and assessment, to the Board of Education last week. “This is a huge increase, which is very exciting,” Gallagher said. “Our graduates were offered $17 million in merit-based scholarships. They accepted $6.2 million of that $17 million offering, the reason being many times the same student is offered multiple scholarships and they can only accept one based on where they attend school.” Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) had a graduating class of 518 students in 2019. Seventy percent of them graduated from Stephen Decatur

High School. Gallagher said interest remained high in the AP and dual enrollment programs offered. More than 51% of Decatur students took part in AP courses. More than 40% of Pocomoke and Snow Hill’s students were enrolled in AP courses. “In 2019, 383 WCPS students completed 543 Advanced Placement exams, with 69.6% of exams receiving a score of 3 or higher,” Gallagher wrote in her report. “This represents a 5% increase in performance compared to 2018.” She said more students were also participating in dual enrollment programs. More than 30% of Decatur students did in 2019. “They’re taking college courses taught by our teachers and receiving college credit,” Gallagher said. As for future plans, Gallagher said the bulk of the county’s students plann-ed to attend college after graduation. At Pocomoke, 65.6% of grads said they were going to college. At Decatur, 75.6 percent of graduates planned to attend college. At Snow Hill High, 66.3% of graduates said they’d be attending college.

FROM PAGE 4 probably buy a ticket. I just think this may have consequences.” Councilman Mark Paddack said he understood Gehrig’s concerns about the overall policy, but, like his colleagues, pointed out the potential benefits of investing in the pre-existing craft beer event. “I agree at some point they need to operate on their own, but when I looked at this, I immediately thought it was a no-brainer,” he said. “This is a February event that has the potential to really grow.” Council Secretary Mary Knight said potentially exposing as many as 2,000 new visitors to Ocean City in the winter was worth the modest investment. “I know craft beer is extremely popular,” she said. “To have 2,000 people come here and experience Ocean City in February, to experience our restaurants and our nightlife and experience our beautiful hotel rooms is extremely beneficial and a great return on investment. I don’t think we need a blanket

policy. I think we can look at this individually.” Paddack said at some point the council needed to rely on the expertise and advice of TAB. “The Mayor and Council provide $300,000 to TAB and I’m not going to micromanage it,” he said. “They’re looking to grow this from 850 people to 2,000, and I’m trusting their leadership and prudent review to take it to 2,000.” Gehrig likened TAB to one of the many other subcommittees that makes recommendations, but does not direct policy, to the Mayor and Council. “I tend to think of TAB as another subcommittee,” he said. “If the police commission makes a recommendation or the transportation committee makes a recommendation, we don’t just automatically accept it. That’s not how we operate, but that’s what I’m hearing with this.” In the end, the council voted 6-1, with Gehrig opposed, to approve the TAB allocations for both the Spartan obstacle race in October and the Shore Craft Beer Love on Tap event in late February.


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N.Y. Man Dies In Surf Incident

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OCEAN CITY – A New York man lost his life after being knocked down by a large wave while standing in knee-deep water last Sunday during a busy day for emergency services with rough conditions. Shortly after 5 p.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) officers and emergency personnel responded to the beach at 21st Street for a reported swimmer in distress. The call came in around 4:53 p.m. According to Ocean City officials, family members told first-responders the victim could not swim. According to the OCBP, a 76-yearold New York man was standing in knee-deep water near the water’s edge when he was knocked down by a large wave. OCBP surf rescue technicians immediately responded and were able to locate the victim in the surf five blocks south in the area of 16th Street. First-responders administered CPR at the scene and the victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

“Despite the best efforts by our first responders, this was a terrible tragedy for this family and for all of us in the town of Ocean City community,” said Ocean City Communications Director Jessica Waters. The tragic incident highlighted a busy week for the OCBP and emergency services with a perfect storm of sorts with heavy surf, high rip current risk and some beach erosion, coupled with sparser manned beach patrol stands with the annual late summer labor drain. Similar conditions prevailed throughout the week with a strong northeast system still in place for the most part and tropical activity south of Ocean City, reinforcing the town’s ongoing public safety message of “keep your feet in the sand until the beach patrol is in the stands.” According to the beach patrol’s daily surf report, the rip current risk remained high through midweek with waves two to four feet. Manned lifeguard stands are now two- to fourblocks apart this week, although the OCBP is patrolling the beaches with ATVs and is prepared to respond to emergency situations. Swimmers are advised to walk to and swim in front of their nearest manned lifeguard stand.


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BERLIN – After two false starts the Graham Avenue submerged gravel wetland project is now moving forward. The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved an agreement with Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) that will provide additional funding for the project. The council also voted to award the contract for the project to Goody Hill Groundwork. “Thank you for moving this important project forward,” said Frank Piorko, executive director of MCBP. Though the construction of a submerged gravel wetland on Graham Avenue has been a stormwater priority for some time, elected officials turned down staff requests to proceed with it in June and July because of funding concerns. The town has a $75,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust grant for the project and had budgeted $45,500 in town funds but determined the project would actually cost $175,000. Council members said they didn’t want to increase fees for ratepayers or use a loan from the town’s water fund to pay for the project. On Monday, Piorko explained that MCBP would work with the town to make up the funding shortfall. He said MCBP had cost savings on another project in the same watershed and had asked if DNR would allow the organization to use the extra funds to support the Berlin submerged gravel wetland. “I want council to know the back and forth was not a slam dunk,” Piorko said. “Your engineer and others from my staff worked to put together a package for DNR’s consideration. The water quality is the part that’s attractive to them.” He explained that once complete, the submerged gravel wetland would keep the equivalent of 32 bags of fertilizer a year out of the Newport Bay. “Small practices add up in the health of our bays,” he said. Councilman Thom Gulyas asked if there were consequences if the town did not move forward with the project. Natalie Saleh, the town’s finance director, said Berlin would lose the Chesapeake Bay Trust grant as well as the MCBP funding. When asked if returning the grant now would impact the town’s future chances at acquiring grants, Saleh said she thought it would. Mayor Gee Williams praised the power of partnerships such as the one proposed with the MCBP. “Almost everything that needs to be done requires a lot more money than it did even just a few years ago,” he said. “Partnerships make it possible to keep moving forward.” The council voted unanimously to approve the agreement with MCBP and to award the $105,000 contract for the project to Goody Hill. The remainder of the project’s cost will come from landscaping, materials, equipment rental and construction management.

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OCEAN CITY – The annual education drain coupled with this week’s persistent heavy surf and high rip current risks continues to create challenges for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, but the resort’s 10 miles of sandy beaches will remain covered through the holiday weekend and the final stretch of the summer season. The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) slogan “Keep Your Feet in the Sand Until a Lifeguard is in the Stand” will be more important than ever during

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of summer, especially during the week. At the peak of the summer season, the beach patrol’s fullest deployment is typically around 90 stands, or roughly one every block. However, a check of the beach patrol’s daily report midweek revealed the manned lifeguard stands were roughly two- to four-blocks apart with just 28 stands manned on Wednesday. Despite the reduced weekday coverage, the OCBP is expected to have returning lifeguards and increased stands on the weekend through the end of summer. Mobile units will also be on the beach providing coverage. It’s not a unique situation and occurs every year at this time because of the drain on available staff for education reasons. The annual reduced coverage structure typically begins in the third week in August as is largely due to the start of college classes and the return of the beach patrol’s education professionals to their respective positions throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For example, OCBP Captain Butch Arbin is a long-time educator in the Charles County Public Schools system and while students in Maryland public schools do not return until after Labor Day, most educators have already made their way back to their classrooms. Although it hasn’t been updated, a study conducted last year to begin exploring the annual educa-

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tion drain revealed two OCBP lieutenants are educators and of the 12 sergeants on staff, eight were educators and two were college professors. There are 18 crew chiefs, of which eight were educators and two are college professors, and of the 17 assistant crew chiefs, 10 are students, according to last year’s study. Many of the other rank-and-file lifeguards are also college or high school students. During the remaining weeks of summer, the OCBP will get creative with its coverage of the beach as it does every year at this time. As the number of manned stands continues to decrease and the distance between stands grows wider, the OCBP will deploy more mobile rescue units to patrol the beach and assist with coverage. Nonetheless, the OCBP will be on duty daily between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 22, or the last day of Sunfest, just as it is every year. When the weekday coverage reduces, the beach patrol strongly suggests visitors and residents take extra precautions and walk the short distance to swim near a lifeguard. As usual, whether it’s the height of the season or the waning days of August and September, the Beach Patrol urges all beach patrons to restrict any beach or water-related activities to times when the OCBP personnel are on duty.

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OCEAN CITY – A Delmar man faces first-degree assault and other charges after allegedly knocking out his girlfriend on a downtown resort street and causing her to have multiple seizures. Around 9 p.m. last Wednesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported fight in progress on Caroline Street. When officers arrived, they observed a female victim unconscious on the ground. According to police reports, the victim began to have a seizure while her children attempted to hold her steady and protect her. The victim’s children identified her attacker as Joshua Cole, 39, of Del-

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mar. The witnesses told police Cole had left the area and had been heading east in the direction of the Boardwalk. One of the female witnesses told police Cole was upset and got close to her as he was yelling at her. At that point, the victim’s son interceded and attempted to pull Cole back from the girl. According to witness statements, Cole grabbed the son by the throat and pushed him to the ground. The female victim then got out of a vehicle in an attempt to get Cole off of her son, according to police reports. Cole allegedly punched the female victim in the side of the head, knocking her unconscious. The unconscious female victim fell, striking her head on the ground, according to police re-

ports. At that point, the female victim began having her first seizure. Cole then reportedly walked away in the direction of the Boardwalk. Ocean City Emergency Services (EMS) arrived on the scene and eventually transported the victim to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. However, before the victim was transported, OCPD officers reported she had between five and 10 more seizures while EMS were evaluating and treating her. The victim’s son told police Cole was screaming at one female in the group to the point he believed Cole was going to hit her. The victim’s son told police he attempted to pull Cole away from the girl when Cole choked him, threw him to the ground and sat on him. At that point, the female victim

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attempted to intercede when Cole punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground. The victim’s other son corroborated that version of the incident. Cole arrived back at the scene and was interviewed for his version. According to police reports, Cole admitted he was arguing with the girl when the victim’s son grabbed him from behind. He voluntarily admitted grabbing the male victim by the neck and putting him on the ground, but told police “when I got up, the [female victim] was laying on the ground,” and “I don’t know how she got there, but I didn’t punch her,” according to police reports. It’s important to note Cole reportedly made those statements without ever being asked if he had punched the female victim, according to police reports. The female victim’s 13-year-old son who was on the scene provided police with a written statement outlining what transpired and his testimony was identical to the versions provided by the others in the group. Based on the witness and victim testimony and other evidence, Cole was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. He was ordered to be held without bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 19.

Worcester Holds School Year Kick-Off Event

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Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor addresses the crowd of educators Tuesday at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. Photos by Charlene Sharpe BY CHARLENE SHARPE


OCEAN CITY – Worcester County Public Schools encouraged educators to get excited for the new school year with a kickoff celebration this week. On Tuesday, the school system hosted its third annual #WeAreWorcester Opening Kick-Off. Faculty and staff, all clad in Worcester T-shirts, filled the Ocean City Performing Arts Center to hear remarks from elected officials as well as from Superintendent Lou Taylor and motivational speaker Patrick Briggs. “When I look out here this morning, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘wow,’” said Bill Gordy, president of the school board. “Even though we are in our third year of this kickoff event, I’m always amazed at the level of excitement and pride that each of you bring to this arena.” Taylor thanked elected officials for their support of the local educational system and instructed those in the audience to remember what their true purpose was as educators. “The real reason we’re here is for the 6,700 kids that will enter our schools on Tuesday,” he said. “Last year I talked about making it magical. This year, I’m going to talk about the sky being the limit and making a difference.” Taylor recounted experiences from his time as principal of Stephen Decatur High School. He talked about a mentoring program he’d started and how it had shown him the barriers some students faced in their lives. “We’ve got intelligent, smart, gifted people in this audience who can make that difference …,” he said. “We’ve got to get inside of these kids because they deserve that. We remove those barriers and the sky will be the limit.” Briggs, the keynote speaker for this year’s kickoff event, is a director of AVID, a nonprofit that promotes a student-centered approach to teaching. He spoke to the crowd about what he’d learned as a middle school science teacher in Texas and how he believed achievement gaps were actually opportunity and expectation gaps. He said he hated the term “achievement gap.” “It is a label this country slaps on people like me,” Briggs said, adding that he’d grown up in inner city Houston. “I can give you 50 reasons why I should be dead or in prison. I’m a statistical anomaly.” He said the achievement gap didn’t exist for him because he’d met great educators. “That’s why we as educators, we’re the most

powerful people on the planet,” he said. Briggs also talked about efforts to improve student behavior. He said half the country’s prison population would be back in prison within three years of being released. “It’s a punishment,” he said. “Like in-school suspension.” He stressed the importance of building relationships with students. He said the issue with programs like in-school suspension was the fact that the students would eventually return to class and teachers would still have to deal with their behavior. “You going to work on relational capacity or write him up again?” Briggs said. He added that punishment might modify an individual’s behavior when the punisher was present — such as the way motorists slow down when driving by a police car — but said it wouldn’t change their overall behavior. “Punishment doesn’t change behavior,” he said. “Teaching changes behavior.” Tuesday’s back-to-school kickoff culminated with a presentation by Fred Hertrich of the Hertrich Family of Automotive Dealerships. Hertrich presented Gina Russell, the 2019 Worcester County Teacher of the Year, with the keys to a new car she’ll have the use of this year. The company will also be giving away $25,000 in regional classroom grants. “Our company supports educators because the majority of our team, including myself, benefited from a public education on the Eastern Shore,” Hertrich said. “We invest in you because you invested in us. We want to recognize your hard work and sacrifice. We know a strong education system means a strong community.”

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Ramadans Headed Back To Prison After Guilty Pleas

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WEST OCEAN CITY – After pleading guilty earlier this month for their roles in a vast cigarette smuggling and tax evasion conspiracy, two local men were sentenced to prison this week in New York Supreme Court. Last October, federal officials raided the West Ocean City homes of Basel and Samir Ramadan for the second time in six years as part of a larger investigation into a vast cigarette smuggling and money-laundering investigation. The raid by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) officials, along with allied local law enforcement partners, was part of Operation Sidestep, a months-long investigation into an untaxed cigarette smuggling, money-laundering and tax evasion scheme carried out by the two local men. On Aug. 8, both Basel and Samir Ramadan pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the fourth degree, which is classified as felony. Back in court on Monday, Basel Ramadan was sentenced to two to four years in prison as a predicate felon, while Samir Ramadan, also a predicate felon, was sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in prison. The Ramadan brothers also forfeited $367,088 in illegal proceeds as a condition of their guilty pleas, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office. The 21-count indictment charged the Ramadans and their alleged co-conspirator, identified as Fahd Muthana, also known as “Ahmed Abdullah,” 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the three-person cigarette trafficking ring allegedly responsible for distributing over 1.25 million cigarettes and evading nearly $430,000 in tax liability. Code-named Operation Sidestep, federal, state and local law enforcement agents concluded a monthslong investigation into a network that allegedly evaded New York state and New York City excise and sales taxes by trafficking more than 1,500 cartons of untaxed cigarettes per week from Virginia to be sold in retail shops in Brooklyn. The investigation was led by the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) in partnership with the Intelligence Bureau of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and HSI. During the raids at the Ramadans’ West Ocean City homes last October, federal, state and local authorities seized three handguns, one shotgun, three vehicles and over $312,000 in cash. In addition, over 341,000 untaxed cigarettes were seized from the suspects’ storage location in Brooklyn. The raids on the Ramadans’ homes last October and their subsequent indictments marked the sec-

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ond time in six years the brothers were charged for their roles in the same basic operation. In May 2013, federal officials concluded an investigation into a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation with raids on two locations in and around the resort area including the West Ocean City homes of Basel Ramadan and Samir Ramadan. Federal officials on the same day raided the Ramadans’ offices at a restaurant they owned on Sunset Drive near 26th Street in Ocean City. At the Ramadans’ West Ocean City homes in the Oyster Harbor community, $1.4 million in large black bags was recovered, along with 20,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. Also seized were numerous vehicles and other property belonging to the

Ramadans. The Ramadans allegedly conducted the vast cigarette smuggling operation out of their Ocean City properties, but 14 other co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, were also rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region. According to the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Ramadans and their co-conspirators allegedly funneled thousands of cartons of untaxed smokes and millions of dollars in illgotten revenue through Ocean City and Worcester County from a wholesaler in Virginia to a distribution warehouse in Delaware, from whence the illegal, untaxed cigarettes were distributed to retail outlets all over New York City and upstate. Following the raids in May 2013, a

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New York grand jury handed down formal indictments against the Ramadans and their alleged 14 co-conspirators. According to the indictment, the Ramadans were successful in disguising the illicit proceeds and funneling through local banking institutions which allowed them to continue to finance the purchase of thousands of cartons of cigarettes from a Virginia wholesaler. In that case, Basel Ramadan ultimately pleaded guilty to all 198 counts in the indictment against him and was sentenced to four to 12 years and was also ordered to forfeit $1.2 million in ill-gotten gains. Samir Ramadan pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption in 2014 and was sentenced to a maximum of four years and a minimum of two years.

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Berlin Mayor Gee Williams is pictured presenting a commendation to Lt. Jeffrey Lawson at this week’s council meeting. Photo by Charlene Sharpe BY CHARLENE SHARPE


BERLIN – Town leaders recognized Lt. Jeffrey Lawson of the Berlin Police Department this week for his efforts to

save the life of an infant. On Monday, Mayor Gee Williams presented Lawson with a commendation to honor his actions earlier this month when he was confronted by a frantic mother whose baby wasn’t re-

SNOW HILL – Caribbean Joe’s Bar and Grille will host a special Bike Week event next month after receiving approval from the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC). Caribbean Joe’s, located at the Alamo Motel in West Ocean City, will host vendors and live music throughout Bike Week, Sept. 12-15, after receiving permission from the BLC on Aug. 21. Though there was some concern from board members regarding the event’s impact on neighbors, they voted unanimously to approve it. “As far as I know we’ve had no complaints,” said William Esham, chairman of the BLC. According to property owner Mark Odachowski, Bike Week vendors approached him about hosting the event since the area near Hooper’s sponsive. Lawson’s quick thinking helped save the baby’s life. “There are a lot of incidents that don’t actually get reported on because it’s not

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Crab House, which has been used in the past, was no longer available now that a shopping center is under construction there. Odachowski said he thought the Alamo property would be ideal for the event since it was already fenced in. “The whole property’s contained,” he said. He told the board he’d already spoken to neighbors and their only worry had been whether the entertainment would go on late into the night. He explained, however, that it would end at 8 p.m. Odachowski said he would also hire extra security for the event and would use wristbands to ensure that those drinking alcohol were over the age of 21. Board members cautioned Odachowski to plan the event carefully, as it had potential to attract a large crowd. “If this is what you want it to be it’s going to be a big deal,” Esham said. SEE NEXT PAGE

crime, it’s just a matter of public assistance and help,” Williams said. “We thought this was of a special nature. None of us has a greater opportunity to serve the public than our police force.” Lawson, a 23-year member of the Berlin police force, was praised for the “decisive thought and quick action” he exhibited on Aug. 8 when a mother came into the police department on Decatur Street with a non-responsive three-month-old. Williams said Lawson responded in less than a minute, turning the limp baby over and swiping its mouth. Williams said shortly thereafter liquid leaked from the baby’s mouth and it began to cry and act normally. “The lieutenant was informed the baby was given liquid Tylenol, a thick liquid, which caused the infant to choke,” Williams said. “The infant was transported to a local hospital and was doing well.” Police Chief Arnold Downing said the town was fortunate to have officers and supervisors like Lawson on the force. He said he’d spoken to the child’s mother earlier in the day and she said she didn’t even know the name of the officer that had helped her. “A lot of times we are faceless and thankless,” Downing said. “This is a true honor to have the opportunity to acknowledge his actions.” He said Lawson and the town’s other officers continually did admirable things in the course of duty. Just last month, Lawson administered Narcan three times to an overdose victim as another officer did mouth-to-mouth. “These are things that officers do every day,” Downing said. “Thank you for this opportunity to share it with everyone.”

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Odachowski said attendance would be limited by the amount of parking space he had at the property. “It’s going to be to that threshold and that’s it,” he said. After approving Odachowski’s proposal, the board went on to hold hearings for a variety of Ocean City businesses that failed compliance checks by selling alcohol to minors. The board fined the 7-Eleven at 2611 Philadelphia Avenue $2,000 for a June violation, which was the store’s fourth sale to a minor. While the store’s connections did not dispute the fact that clerk Aaron Debaca had made a sale to a minor, in light of the fact that the board’s report stated Debaca had been charged with second-degree assault during the incident, they showed the board the video of the sale. The video shows Debaca removing some

papers from Officer Nathan Kutz’s clipboard and then handing them back to him before being taken into a back room by another employee. “I didn’t know what he was going to do next,” Kutz said. He said Debaca’s agitated behavior prompted him to call for backup. When asked why he was showing the video of the sale if he wasn’t disputing that it occurred, attorney Mark Cropper said it was because he knew the board placed importance on the way law enforcement officers were treated during compliance checks. “I don’t dispute that Mr. Debaca acted inappropriately, was disrespectful and took the paper from the clipboard as is shown,” Cropper said. “I do not feel in any circumstances that that constitutes second degree assault. Because it was put in your re-


port, and knowing how the board looks upon such matters, I wanted the board to see for itself what Officer Kutz is describing as second degree assault. When I look at the video, I don’t think that even comes close.” After adjourning to closed session to consult with the board attorney, the board reconvened and voted unanimously in favor of a $2,000 fine for the store. “You have now had four sales,” Esham said. “If you have another one, it won’t be good.” At this week’s meeting the BLC also issued other fines for sales to minors. The 7-Eleven at 13900 Coastal Highway received a $500 fine, as did Dough Roller at 4103 Coastal Highway and Marina Deck at 306 Dorchester St. Ocean 13, Lizzie’s Café & Bistro and Albertino’s each received letters of reprimand.


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OCEAN CITY – A Jessup, Md. man was arrested last weekend after first attempting to walk away with his child during a domestic dispute and later asking police to shoot him during an incident uptown. Around 8:30 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 135th Street and Sinepuxent Avenue for a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival, the officer observed a vehicle stopped in the travel portion of the roadway and recognized it from a separate incident about a half an hour earlier. OCPD officers observed a male suspect later identified as Jeffrey Fuller, 30, of Jessup, Md., arguing with a woman seated in the vehicle. According to police reports, Fuller was standing outside the vehicle and was screaming that he wanted to take his children with him. Fuller reportedly told police the female was being unreasonable and all he wanted to do was take his children with him. According to police reports, the officer explained to Fuller if he took the children, he would have nowhere to go and no means of carrying the baby items he would need to properly care for them. Nonetheless, Fuller became argumentative and told police they were his children and he could take them if he wanted. The officers told Fuller based on their interactions with him, he was not leaving the area with any child. As the woman was preparing to leave the area, Fuller reportedly walked over to the vehicle, picked up a oneyear-old child and started walking away. While holding his child, Fuller yelled “shoot me officer, just shoot me in the back,” and “I’ve been shot eight times before and I’m not afraid of being shot again,” according to police reports. The officers implored Fuller to return the child safely to the vehicle and he ultimately complied, but not before shouting at police several times to shoot him again. Meanwhile, a crowd of people had gathered on nearby balconies. Fuller was advised he was going to be arrested for disorderly conduct and was placed in handcuffs. Once in handcuffs, Fuller reportedly shouted expletives and tensed up and pulled away from the arresting officers, saying “I’m not going back to jail,” and “just shoot me, shoot me now, I’m not afraid to die.” According to police reports, Fuller continued to resist arrest until he was subdued with a couple of knee strikes to the ground. According to police reports, Fuller exhibited signs of intoxication. During a search, a spring-assisted knife was located on Fuller and additional weapons charges were tacked on.





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WEST OCEAN CITY – An 18-yearold Delaware man faces a slew of charges this week after driving his vehicle through the front doors of a closed West Ocean City business and walking away with a 12-pack of beer before driving away and being caught a short time later. Sometime around 1 a.m. Saturday, Luis Alcantara, 18, of Bridgeville, Del., drove his vehicle through the front doors of the West-O Bottle Shop and Bar on Route 50 in West Ocean City after the business had been closed for the night. The business’s surveillance video revealed Alcantara headed straight for the walk-in beer cooler and took a 12-pack of beer before returning to his vehicle, backing out and leaving the scene. His vehicle was located a short time later behind a West Ocean City doctor’s office and he was taken into custody. Alcantara has been charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property. Following a bail review hearing on Monday, Alcantara was ordered to be held without bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 24. The business owner said the incident was bizarre for a lot of reasons,

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not the least of which was the suspect’s goal in the drive-through burglary – a 12-pack of beer. She said the suspect did not attempt to open the cash register, nor did he target any of the expensive wines, liquors and other inventory on the shelves. The business owner also said despite the inconvenience of the bizarre break-in, the situation could have been much worse if not for Alcantara’s precision driving. The suspect drove straight through the glass doubledoors of the establishment and did not hit the brick-and-mortar elements, causing no significant damage to the building, which is structurally sound. Temporary doors are in place and the business remains open even on the very next day after the early morning

incident on Friday. Despite the hardship and inconvenience of the situation, the business owners have not lost their collective sense of humor following the incident last weekend. A social media post following the incident reads “Our tagline at the Bottle Shop is ‘Come on in my thirsty friends.’ To clarify, we would prefer for the public to limit this to hours that the store is open. We will gladly carry items to your car. No need to drive it in.” The post added, “Thank you to the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack for immediately responding to the alarms at our property, for quickly finding and apprehending the individual and for your continued diligence in protecting our community.”

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OCEAN CITY – The Mayor and Council will officially meet a few less times in 2020 after a new schedule was approved this week, but not as many fewer as some would like. During Tuesday’s work session, the Mayor and Council had before them the rather mundane issue of approving the meeting schedule for the 2020 calendar year. City Clerk Diana Chavis presented a typical Mayor and Council meeting schedule with alternating regular meetings on Monday nights and work sessions on Tuesday afternoons. For next year, however, Chavis recommended a 45-meeting schedule dropping two Monday night meetings that would typically be held. The two dropped Monday meetings would fall during the Maryland Municipal League (MML) conference in the resort in late June and the Monday during the White Marlin Open (WMO) in August. However, Councilman John Gehrig expressed a desire to take it a step further. Whenever a scheduled Monday meeting falls on a municipal holiday, it is typically rescheduled for the next day on a Tuesday. Next week is a perfect example with what would normally be a Monday night meeting pushed to Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Gehrig suggested dropping those meetings that are typically moved to Tuesdays, which would include three more throughout the year, reducing the total number of regular sessions and work sessions to 42. “I’m going to ask to remove a few more,” he said. “I’d like to remove any meeting that we cancel because of a holiday and that we don’t move them to the next day. That’s three more.” Gehrig said if a particular issue came up that needed immediate attention in the interim, a meeting could be called to order. However, Chavis pointed out because of the need to prepare agendas, coordinate with department heads, schedule presenters and publicize meetings, it was better to schedule them and then take them away if they were not needed. “It’s easier to schedule a meeting and then cancel it than it is to try and add a meeting,” she said. Throughout the year, particularly during the summer months, there are often meetings with just one or two items on the agenda, resulting in brief meetings when it takes more time for the prayer and pledge than the actual official business. Gehrig had at least one supporter in eliminating three more meetings in Councilman Matt James. “I would agree we meet a lot,” he said. “Probably more than we need to

sometimes.” Mayor Rick Meehan pointed out once a meeting is scheduled, there is a need or desire to put at least something on the agenda whether it is timesensitive or not. “I think it’s a relevant conversation,” he said. “If you don’t think you need that meeting, it’s a good idea to do it now. If you put a meeting on the schedule, it will inevitably fill up with some things and we’ll have a meeting with just one thing on the agenda and we have a meeting that lasts 20 minutes.” However, Councilman Dennis Dare said it is the expectation that the council meets regularly to conduct the town’s business. “Our staff works 40 hours a week preparing this stuff and they look at their bosses that can’t come in for an hour a week,” he said. “I just think things would get put off and put off.” Typically, official business, such as voting on ordinances, is conducted during the Monday regular meetings. However, Gehrig pointed out there is no reason why those votes can’t be taken during Tuesday work sessions if need be in order to keep an ordinance approval on schedule. “It’s not like we don’t vote on things during work sessions,” he said. “We can get the people’s work done with less meetings.”

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Gehrig dismissed the notion cutting out a few more meetings signaled less of a commitment from the city’s elected officials. “Even if we do this schedule, we still meet three or four times a month,” he said. “It’s not about the time commitment because we all spend a lot of time outside of the meetings preparing.” However, Dare pointed out the meetings are essentially public forums, which would be lessened if the schedule was cut. “When you cut out a meeting, you also cut out an opportunity for the public to speak,” he said. “In addition to that, you also have ordinances that need a first and second reading and that could be pushed back for weeks.” Gehrig said following that logic, it was a little disingenuous to cut the three meetings proposed in Chavis’ schedule. “It cuts both ways,” he said. “If you talk about removing the Aug. 3 meeting because we want to hang out at the White Marlin Open, that’s inconsistent with what you’re saying.” In the end, the council rejected Gehrig’s motion to eliminate the three meetings moved to Tuesdays because of holidays with a 4-3 vote. The council then approved the schedule recommended by Chavis with the MML and WMO Monday meetings eliminated.

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Suspect Does Not Go Quietly OCEAN CITY – A California woman was arrested on at least 20 charges this week after getting stopped for drunk-driving and allegedly going on an aggressive assault spree. Around 12:15 a.m. on Monday, Ocean City Communications broadcasted a lookout after a concerned citizen reported an allegedly intoxicated driver leaving a parking lot near 45th Street. An Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on patrol in the area observed the suspect’s vehicle heading south on Coastal Highway. According to police reports, the vehicle had its left turn signal activated, but instead swerved right across multiple lanes causing vehicles to brake to avoid hitting it. The vehicle stopped briefly at a red traffic signal, but reportedly accelerated quickly through a parking lot and re-entered Coastal Highway without stopping to look for oncoming traffic. According to police reports, the vehicle accelerated to speeds reaching 55 mph in an area with a speed limit posted at 35 mph. OCPD officers stopped the vehicle in the bus lane at 40th Street and made contact with the driver, identified as Lisa Grieco, 54, of Pasadena, Calif. According to police reports, Grieco ex-


hibited signs of intoxication and admitted to consuming multiple Bloody Mary’s at different locations around the resort. She reportedly did not complete field sobriety tests to the officers’ satisfaction and admitted she should have taken a cab or an Uber. At that point, she was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and impaired. However, she reportedly resisted arrest, screaming expletives at police officers and scrapping with them as they attempted to take her into custody. According to police reports, she shoved one officer and stomped on the foot of another. She also kicked an officer and grabbed another’s hands, screaming “you’re so strong,” according to police reports.

Grieco continued screaming, laughing and assaulting officers during the arrest process and ultimately had to be put in a violent person restraint device in order to be put into a transport van. By now, a crowd of pedestrians had gathered to watch the scene unfold and numerous motorists slowed or stopped to watch the proceedings, according to police reports. Grieco continued to scream, despite the officers’ warnings to stop, shouting “get off my [expletive deleted] back,” and “you’re in real [expletive deleted] trouble if you break my back,” according to police reports. Grieco continued to scream so loudly a woman in a third-floor condo with the doors and windows closed called 911




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August 30, 2019 to report a loud disturbance, thinking something was going on right outside her door. In addition, another OCPD officer over a block-and-a-half away could her Grieco screaming at police officers and anyone else who would listen. According to police reports, Grieco continued to scream “help me,” and “call 911,” over and over at least 200 times during her transport to the Public Safety Building for processing. At the Public Safety Building, Grieco reportedly assaulted at least two public safety aides assisting in the booking process. Once in a holding cell, Grieco continued to scream “call 911,” over 100 more times as she banged on the cell door. According to police reports, Grieco was so loud her screams could be heard in the District Court Commissioner’s office through three concrete walls, according to police reports. All in all, Grieco was charged with 20 total counts including driving while impaired and under the influence, resisting arrest, assaults on police officers, disorderly conduct and numerous other traffic offenses.

Stolen Bike Recovered OCEAN CITY – A Baltimore man was arrested for allegedly swiping a bicycle last weekend after an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer stopped him for riding on the Boardwalk just about the same time the theft was reported. Around 3:30 p.m. last weekend, an OCPD officer patrolling in the downtown area stopped Demetrius Moody, 18, of Baltimore, who was riding a bicycle on the Boardwalk during a time when the activity was prohibited. The officer stopped Moody to inform of the ordinance violation and presumably send him along his way off the Boardwalk when a call came in from Ocean City Communications reporting a bicycle had been reported stolen from in front of a coffee shop on 17th Street. A description of the bicycle was provided and it matched the description of the one Moody was riding. Other OCPD officers responded to the coffee shop and met with witnesses and reviewed surveillance video which provided a description matching that of Moody. Moody was detained and was told to sit on a bench by a nearby SEE NEXT PAGE


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restaurant. While Moody was handcuffed and seated on the bench, OCPD officers observed him squirming around and moving his hands before taking a cellphone from his pocket. An OCPD officer reached over and took the phone from Moody, who then became disorderly. According to police reports, Moody shouted expletives at police and told officers to get off of him. A family of four was eating at the restaurant adjacent to where Moody was being detained and becoming disorderly and by now a crowd had gathered in the area to watch the incident unfold. Meanwhile, the theft victim was identified and brought to the location where is stolen bike was located. The victim identified the stolen bicycle as his and told police no one had permission to ride it. When the victim was brought over, the now-contrite Moody apologized, saying “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to steal your bike,” and “I’m not saying this ain’t theft,” according to police reports. Moody was arrested and charged with theft under $100 and disorderly conduct.”

License Plate Reader Nabs Stolen Vehicle OCEAN CITY – Two people were arrested on motor vehicle theft charges last week after a license plate reader alerted on stolen tags on the Route 50 bridge. Around 11:25 p.m. last Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were made aware of a possible stolen vehicle entering the resort after a license plate reader on the Route 50 bridge alerted on stolen tags on a 2003 Toyota Corolla. The vehicle had been reported stolen by the Fairfax, Virginia Police Department. A short time later, an OCPD officer observed the vehicle heading north on Baltimore Avenue and tried to keep it within eyesight while on bicycle patrol. The vehicle eventually parked on 10th Street and OCPD officers conducted a high-risk stop and covered the vehicle and the suspects with drawn handguns. Both occupants were successfully detained without incident. The driver was identified as Latasha Fletcher, 30, of Church Hill, Tenn., and the passenger was identified as Donte Williams, 23, of Reston, Va. When asked to whom the vehicle belonged, Williams told police, “I don’t know, I found the keys,” according to police reports. Williams reportedly told police he found the keys to the vehicle at his work site, located the vehicle to which they belonged and drove off in it. When asked why he thought it was okay, Williams reportedly told police, “I found the keys, I didn’t take them.” Williams told police he had met Fletcher at a hotel in Virginia and that they decided to drive to Ocean City together. For her part, Fletcher acknowledged she had just met Williams three days earlier and they decided to drive to Ocean City, but told police she be-

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Parking Lot Coitus OCEAN CITY – Authorities were alerted earlier this week by a witness of a couple engaged in a sexual act in public, resulting in indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges. Around 11:30 p.m. last Monday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a parking lot in the area of 49th Street for a report of a couple having sex in plain view of the public. Ocean City Communications advised a male witness had called after allegedly seeing the couple engaged in sex from his condo balcony nearby. OCPD officers arrived on the scene and observed a white van with a trailer parked over multiple parking spaces adjacent to a fence. One officer approached the van from the east while a second officer approached from the west side of the van. According to police reports, the officers could observe the male and female couple kissing each other through the van’s windshield. When the officers walked around the van, they observed a female identified as Christina Zarrelli, 22, of Burtonsville, Md., standing in front of and kissing a male identified as John Skilling, 23, of Salisbury along with other sexual activity. According to police reports, Zarrelli was completely naked in the well-lit parking lot, while Skilling was also naked with his shorts down around his ankles. When Skilling saw the police officers, he immediately began scrambling to pull his shorts and underwear back up, while a stunned Zarrelli just stared at the officers. According to police reports, the officers told Zarrelli to put her clothes back on, but because she was engaged in conversation with them, she turned and faced the officers, exposing her breasts and vagina to police. Zarrelli was again told to put on her clothes, but she began to look around as if she didn’t know exactly where her clothes were, according to police reports. At that point, the officers asked Skilling to help the female suspect get her clothes back on and he picked up her dress while she put her underwear back on, according to police reports. Once the suspects were dressed, the officers reportedly told them to turn around and look at the large condominium building behind the area in which they had been engaged in sexual intercourse and the couple seemed to be surprised by the proximity of the condo and the clear view of their actions it afforded the public, according to police reports. OCPD officers interviewed the complainant, who told police he exited his fifth-floor condo to take out the trash when he observed the couple in plain view having sexual intercourse near the van. Skilling and Zarrelli were arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

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SNOW HILL – Dozens of law enforcement officers were recognized this week for their efforts to keep Worcester County residents safe. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) on Wednesday hosted its annual awards ceremony to honor deputies who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2018. “I’m proud and honored to have such wonderful people working for our office,” Sheriff Matt Crisafulli said. “It’s obvious we have such a strong team here.” Crisafulli recognized both individuals and teams of officers for their work on specific cases or for ongoing efforts throughout the year. Among those recognized was Detective Greg Eastman, who was honored for initiating a crack cocaine distribution investigation in Berlin that resulted in the seizure of 397 grams of crack cocaine that had a street value of more than $53,000. Another meritorious service award was given to Corporal Rodney Wells for his focus on cellular telephone forensics. “The Criminal Enforcement Team is often called upon by various allied agencies for this resource for all different types of investigations, to include homicides from across the state of Maryland and Virginia, Crisafulli said. “During 2018 Corporal Wells conducted approximately 350 cellular telephone forensic examinations. A tremendous part of these examinations garnered specific evidence and sustained felony convictions.” Detective Tom Moore’s tireless efforts to close a particular fraud investigation were also highlighted. After a fake company was named in several Worcester County police reports, Moore was able to identify a suspect from Michigan who was eventually extradited to Worcester County. “These scam investigations nearly always end with the case being suspended due to being unable to identify the suspect due to him or her being out of state or even out of the country…,” Crisafulli said. “Detective Moore’s hard work and enthusiasm has helped make a difference in putting a stop to Worcester County residents becoming scam victims and ensuring that justice is served.” Detective Vicki Martin received a Silver Star Award for her investigation into a Pocomoke youth pastor who is now serving 37 years after being convicted for sexual abuse of a minor. Detective Andy Clarke also received the Silver Star Award for his work recovering guns stolen during a burglary. SEE NEXT PAGE

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“Several firearms could have been on the street if it wasn’t for Detective Clarke’s efforts,” Crisafulli said. Amy Carey was recognized as the WCSO Civilian Employee of the Year. Eastman was recognized as Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team Detective of the Year. Crisafulli cited the numerous successful investigations Eastman conducted. Eastman was also the primary detective in Operation Stamp Out, which targeted those distributing the deadly mixture of heroin and fentanyl. “He is dedicated to the mission of the Criminal Enforcement Team and is a vital asset,” Crisafulli said. Detective Corporal Jessica Collins was named Worcester County Bureau of Investigations Detective of the Year. During 2018, Collins investigated 35 cases, authored 16 search warrants and conducted 83 interviews. Collins, who has been a member of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations since 2014, was also praised for her investigation into rogue and vagabond cases in Berlin as well as her work on an armed robbery investigation in Pocomoke. “Collins handles her investigations rigorously and ensures her cases are brought to the appropriate closure while seeking justice for the victims,” Crisafulli said. The Deputy of the Year title was given to Deputy Cameron Gardner. “His positive attitude and willingness to assist others makes him an invaluable part of our team,” Crisafulli said. Other honorees at this week’s ceremony included: Corporal Christopher Larmore, Deputy Paul Bissman, Detective/Corporal Allison Herrman,, Deputy Christopher Parr, Deputy Christopher Boyce, Deputy First Class Stephen Gulyas, Detective Shane Musgrave, Detective Zachary Converse, Sergeant Brooks Phillips, Detective Mike Kirkland, Deputy John Rigoulot, Deputy Phillip Fort, Corporal Josh Moore, Detective Andrea Lewis, Deputy Jeannine Jerscheid, Deputy Sarah Parker, Deputy John Massey, Deputy First Class Julianne O’Toole, Deputy First Class Kenneth Reed, Officer Joshua Pruitt, Detective Kyle Hayes, Sergeant Joseph Bailey, Trooper First Class Brian Teves, Trooper First Class Connor Willey, Sergeant Lindsay Lloyd, Jennifer Burke, Sergeant Nathaniel Passwaters, Corporal Kenneth Parr, Corporal Shawn Goddard, Timothy Sponaugle, Leigh Kennard, Special Agent Ken Oland, Deputy First Class Anthony Rhode, Sergeant Bethany Ramey, Deputy First Class Matthew Weiss, Animal Control Chief Glen Grandstaff, Animal Control Assistant Chief Wayne Young, Officer Kyle Abell, Elizabeth Mathias, Cristi Graham, Susan Ailstock, Trisha Deshields and Tracey Fulton.

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OCEAN CITY – A wrongful death civil suit filed by the family of a local man struck and killed on Coastal Highway was officially dismissed last week in federal court, but it will likely resurface in Worcester County Circuit Court. During the October 2017 Endless Summer cruising event, Thomas Lawlor, 57, of Ocean City, was struck by a Maryland State Police (MSP) Ford Explorer operated by Trooper James Price as he crossed the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway at 67th Street and ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. In May, the decedent’s wife, Rennae Lawlor, of Lewes, Del., and her two sons filed suit in U.S. District Court, naming Price, the MSP, the state of

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Maryland and the town of Ocean City as defendants. However, in June, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case, asserting, among other things, the U.S. District Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction because of the lack of diversity among the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs essentially acknowledged because of the diversity issue, the case should more appropriately be heard in Worcester County Circuit Court and asked the U.S. District Court judge presiding over the case transfer it back to the local level. However, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake last week granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case, citing an inability to transfer it to Circuit Court. The plaintiffs can and likely will file the suit in Worcester County Circuit Court although that has not yet happened.

“The motions to dismiss filed by the Maryland state defendants and by the town of Ocean City have been considered, together with the response and replies,” the judge’s order reads. “Because it appears the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over this case, and because the court is not aware of any mechanism to transfer this case to the appropriate state court, it is hereby ordered that the motions are granted, the case is dismissed without prejudice and the clerk shall close this case.” Federal district courts have jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship when the parties are citizens of different states. In this particular case, the victim, Thomas Lawlor, lived in Ocean City at the time of the incident and his estate was probated in Worcester County. However, his wife Rennae Lawlor, who filed the suit in U.S. Dis-

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trict Court, is a resident of Lewes, Del. The defendants in the case, particularly the Maryland State Police and the trooper behind the wheel during the collision, in June filed the motion to dismiss the case because of a lack of diversity among the plaintiffs. “The plaintiffs bring various state tort claims based on negligence and gross negligence, but no federal claims,” the motion to dismiss reads. “Because there is a lack of complete diversity among the plaintiffs, and because the defendants are protected by immunity, the plaintiffs are not entitled to any relief in this court.” The defendants’ motion to dismiss asserted while the plaintiffs in the case resided at different times in Delaware and New Jersey, the victim lived in Maryland and his estate was probated in Worcester County, which is why the case should be dismissed.

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BERLIN – Cleanup efforts at one of the town’s parks continue after a chemical spill in June. Town officials said Monday that cleanup should be complete at Berlin Falls Park — which is now known as Heron Park — by the end of this week. They approved a $30,453 requisition to Chesapeake Environmental Services (CES) at Monday’s meeting. “This would be the next to last invoice for the cleanup,” Mayor Gee Williams said. In June, a chemical spill was identified at the park on Old Ocean City Boulevard as several old buildings at the former poultry processing plant property were being demolished. Town officials were alerted to the spill by a social media post from a resident that showed dead turtles in what looked like a pool of oil. Town leaders immediately contacted CES to handle the cleanup. Though the town’s annual fireworks display was held at the park July 4, a few weeks later it was closed to the public. It has remained closed, and monitored by security guards, since late July. On Monday, Williams said he expected one more invoice of about $11,000 from CES, as the town has been paying the company monthly as the cleanup has progressed. The town has spent roughly $165,000 on cleanup efforts so far. Town staff said the money has come from the funding leftover from the $3 million bond that was used to purchase the park property. “We’ll receive a final invoice after the cleanup this week for the next meeting,” Williams said. The town is also working with the Maryland Department of the Environment to address the spill.

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OCEAN CITY – Multiple alternatives are on the table for an additional Chesapeake Bay crossing and the lifeline to Ocean City and the Eastern Shore, but it appears one might be a deal-breaker for the state. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) this week announced four options will be brought to the table as a federal review of a potential new crossing over the Chesapeake Bay begins. In 2016, state lawmakers approved a study to begin exploring other alternatives to crossing the Chesapeake and reaching the Eastern Shore and ultimately Ocean City than the existing William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge, or simply the Bay Bridge. On Tuesday, the MDTA announced it would present four options for a new bay crossing as part of the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. The four options presented include a no-build alternative, which would retain the existing dual spans over the Chesapeake while exploring ways to make it more efficient. Other options include a new bay crossing between Pasadena in Anne Arundel County and Rock Hall in Kent County and Centreville in Queen Anne’s County; a new bay crossing between Crofton in Anne Arundel County and Easton in Talbot County; and, finally, an additional span added to the existing Bay Bridge complex. After the MDTA announcement on Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan quickly asserted the latter was the only option he found acceptable. “There is only one option I will ever accept: adding a third span to our existing Bay Bridge,” he said. “While the federal process requires multiple proposals, the data is indisputable. This option would maximize congestion and minimize environmental impact.” Data collected during the Chesapeake Bay crossing study commissioned by the General Assembly indicates all three corridor alternatives would achieve the desired results of reducing congestion and miles-long back-ups. However, the study data suggests adding a new span to the existing Bay Bridge complex would best reduce back-ups, provide the greatest reduction in the duration of unacceptable congestion levels and be the most compatible with existing landuse patterns. MDTA Executive Direc-

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tor Jim Ports agrees. “While the no-build alternative and the three preliminary corridor alternatives are being included in the federal environmental process for further study, traffic models indicate that one of the three -- building a third crossing within the same corridor as the existing Bay Bridge -- would have the most positive impact on reducing traffic,” he said. Naturally there is pushback on any of the options from a variety of sources. Communities in Anne Arundel County on the western shore and the communities on the Eastern Shore where a potential new span would land have objected for a variety of reasons. Environmental groups and land conservation advocates are also pushing for the no-build option, including the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. “We already know that additional bridge spans will ultimately lead to intense housing sprawl and thousands of acres of habitat, farmland and sensitive landscapes being permanently lost to development on the Eastern Shore,” the conservancy said in a statement this week. “So why no first try to fix the congestion at the existing Bay Bridge as best we can prior to making more space for cars to cross. Travel demand management strategies can include real-time traffic monitoring, more public transit, high-speed tolling and incentives for carpools, ride-share apps for commuters or Ocean City travelers.” The presentation this week of the four alternatives is just the next step in what will likely be a lengthy approval process. Tier 1 of the study being undertaken now involves the evaluation of the proposed alternatives using a broad brush for engineering and environmental information collection. In Tier 2, specific alignments within the proposed corridors will be addressed and evaluated. Funded entirely by toll dollars, the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 began in 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2021. The MDTA has scheduled public hearings in the various communities on both sides of the bay throughout September and October. The next steps include publishing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and hold additional public hearings in the fall of 2020. The final steps will include identifying the preferred corridor alternative and publishing a final EIS and record of decision, likely by the summer of 2021.

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FENWICK ISLAND – Citing concerns for pedestrian safety, officials in Fenwick Island last week agreed to purchase crosswalk signs for each designated path. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council made an impromptu decision to purchase crosswalk signs in an effort to bring attention to pedestrians crossing the streets. Mayor Gene Langan said the decision came at a critical time for the town, which experienced a busy summer season this year. “I’ve been coming down here my whole life before we moved here,” he said. “In my 34 summers, this has been the busiest summer I have ever

seen down here. We’ve had the most people and the most cars.” Langan said it was evident that pedestrian safety should be a top priority for the town. In addition to installing sidewalks along Coastal Highway, he also recommended town officials begin the task of looking at crosswalks along the town’s main thoroughfare. “For example, the crosswalk right out here at Bayard Street is a disaster because cars are doing U-turns, people are trying to walk across, and there is no place in the middle, no landing, for these people,” he said. “We really have to do something about this.” Langan told the council it was the responsibility of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to maintain crosswalks along Coastal Highway and urged officials and community members

to share their concerns. “We’ve really got to push them,” he said. Councilwoman Vicki Carmean, chair of the town’s pedestrian safety committee, said crosswalks were among the many concerns voiced by residents at a recent committee meeting. She said she relayed those comments to Fenwick Police Chief William Boyden. “We’re in a very unusual position,” Boyden told the council. “Not only are we the furthest point in the state, we’re clearly the furthest point of interest to the state.” Boyden said since his conversation with Carmean, he had reached out to DelDOT officials and several pedestrian safety committees appointed by the governor. He said it was through email correspondence that he learned the town


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would have to sign an agreement and pay for the signs to install crosswalk signage along Coastal Highway. “The rough estimate for the signs would be about $3,000,” he said. “That doesn’t include the installation. Our public works would be doing the installation themselves.” Boyden noted that other coastal towns, including Dewey, Bethany and South Bethany, also had to purchase their own crosswalk signage along the highway. “I have also reached out to several organizations in the state to get some funding,” he said. “It’s not a ton of money, but I don’t have it in my budget. The budget has already been approved.” Councilman Bill Weistling, however, suggested the town consider purchasing the crosswalk signs. Langan agreed. “I think we should do that,” he said. “We have to be proactive on this.” With no further discussion, the council voted unanimously on a motion to purchase the crosswalk signs. “I don’t see this getting any better as time goes on,” Carmean said. “I’ve never seen a summer like this.”

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SALISBURY – A national festival will return to the streets of downtown Salisbury next weekend. From Sept. 6-8, downtown Salisbury will host the 79th Annual National Folk Festival, now in its second year of a three-year residency in Wicomico County. The free event, produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts, will feature more than 350 performers and artisans, workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Caroline O’Hare, local manager for the National Folk Festival, said planning for this year’s event began as soon as last year’s festival concluded. After hosting a meeting with community stakeholders and identifying issues from last year’s festival, she said organizers are eager to make this year’s event bigger and better. “We looked for ways to improve and streamline the process for this year,” she said. “A lot of it was a ‘work smarter, not harder,’ type of thing.” For example, this year organizers have improved golf cart lanes and stage positions and will introduce bike valets for those who wish to bike to the festival. O’Hare added that the festival will also feature additional marketplace artisans and food vendors.

A performer is pictured during last year’s National Folk Festival in Salisbury. Photo courtesy Edwin Remsberg Photographs

“We are also heavily promoting our downtown restaurants, bars and cafes …,” she said. “Many indicated that they wanted more information on indoor dining.” The festival will also feature an entirely new group of artisans and performers. “There will be no repeats from last year,” she said. O’Hare highlighted a growing interest in the National Folk Festival. She said the number of calls, emails and

digital interactions have increased significantly this year. “I’m expecting our crowd to probably double this year,” she said. “I’m seeing a greater response before this festival, and we’ve had a farther reach.” O’Hare said the National Folk Festival not only benefits Salisbury, but the entire region. She said a study from last year’s festival indicated transactions on accommodations, food and gas generated $18 million in economic impact. “We are looking at this festival to have an economic impact of $45 million by year three …,” she said. “The people that are coming to this festival aren’t just coming to Salisbury. They are exploring the area, and we are excited about that because it brings repeat customers.” For the second year, the National Folk Festival will also bring its Artists in Schools program – sponsored by Whiting-Turning Contracting Company – to Wicomico County Public Schools. On Sept. 6, roughly 10 performance groups from the National Folk Festival will bring their shows to schools throughout the county. “They are very interactive and engage with the students …,” O’Hare said. “Last year, we reached 3,200 students in one day.” In preparation for this year’s festival,

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O’Hare said event organizers are currently seeking volunteers to man the merchandise tents and to join the Bucket Brigade, which circulates buckets and collects donations. “We want this event to be accessible to all,” she said. “When they are out there with the buckets, know that your one-dollar, five-dollar, ten-dollar donation is what is making this festival free.” Volunteers are also needed to be music loggers, or individuals who record performances and document information for the Library of Congress. To register as a volunteer, visit or email A volunteer rally will be held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Sept. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The National Folk Festival will take place from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking will be available in downtown Salisbury and free parking and shuttle services will be offered at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. For more information, visit “With the wide variety of talent, performances and experiences in one place for free, I don’t know of any other festival like this,” O’Hare said. “It’s an all-American festival that celebrates all cultures.”


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Third EEE Virus In Worcester Reported SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department this week received notification from the state of Maryland that a mosquito pool in Whaleyville has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the third positive test for EEE in Worcester County this month. Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior. The Worcester and Wicomico County health departments this week provided tips to help prevent contact

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with mosquitoes and reduce the risk of an EEE infection. For example, remove all standing water around homes as little as half an inch of water can support dozens of mosquitoes. Wear clothing that covers the arms, legs and feet when outdoors and use mosquito repellents, although use repellents sparingly on exposed skin. Minimize outdoor activities at dawn, dusk and in the early evening when mosquitoes are most active.

‘City Helper’ App Launched SALISBURY – Officials this week announced the launch of the free, Amazon Alexa Salisbury City Helper skill, which provides a quick overview

of city services, information and events for citizens. By embracing new technology to deliver information and making it available on multiple digital platforms, the city hopes to reach more residents and increase its ability to provide information and answers to citizens for frequently asked questions. Smart-phone or tablet users can enable the Salisbury City Helper on their Amazon Alexa device through the Alexa smartphone app. Once enabled, a user can ask an Alexa-enabled device many different questions such as, “Alexa, ask the city helper when bulk pickup is,” or "Alexa, ask the city helper when the city council meets,” or even “Alexa, ask the city

August 30, 2019 helper how I pay my property taxes.” “Accessibility is a top priority for us and we are so excited to launch the Alexa Salisbury City Helper skill,” said Mayor Jake Day. “This add-on feature for Amazon Alexa will aid us in making information about city services and events even more accessible to our citizens.”

Lower Shore Gets Fed Economic Grants BERLIN – U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced this week $70,000 in federal funding for the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland for their Economic Development District Planning program. The funding, awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. “Having a clear strategy for economic development is crucial to the success of all local economies,” said Van Hollen. “This investment will help businesses and entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore do just that, and ultimately boost Maryland’s economy as a whole. In the Senate, I’m fighting to ensure the EDA has the funding it needs to help local communities succeed.” For his part, Cardin said the funding could be a game-changer on the Lower Shore. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the growth engine of our economy,” he said. “By supporting their vision and facilitating collaboration, this initiative has the potential to make a real difference in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties for years to come.”

Wicomico County Goes Purple SALISBURY – Wicomico County will be going purple in September, which is National Recovery Month. Wicomico Goes Purple, a collaboration between the Wicomico County Opioid Intervention Team and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, strives to initiate conversations about the dangers of substance misuse and abuse and encourages our community to take a stand against it. The Wicomico Goes Purple campaign will focus on prevention, treatment and recovery resources available throughout our community and will also emphasize the important role that law enforcement plays in combating this epidemic. The Wicomico Goes Purple campaign will kick off on International Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Pregame activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and the game will start promptly at 7:05 p.m. Wicomico County Health Officer Lori Brewster will share important information and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver will throw out the first pitch.

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John Joseph Sauer Sr. OCEAN CITY – John Joseph Sauer Sr., age 95, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Catered Living in Ocean Pines. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Louis Sauer and Bernadette McGonigal Sauer. He is survived by his children, Regina M. Cusson and her husband John, John J. Sauer, Jr. and his wife Debbie, Mary Rose Hueg and her husband Donnie, Joan M. Campbell and Jeffrey M. Sauer and his wife JOHN JOSEPH Sharon. He was an SAUER SR. adored grandfather to Jonathan, Benjamin, Christopher, Kate, Eric, Billy, Christina, Nathan and Ryan and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Preceding him in death was his wife, Joan Couzens Sauer, and his brother, Louis Sauer. Mr. Sauer was a decorated World War II veteran who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and was wounded at Omaha Beach. General Eisenhower personally awarded to him the Purple Heart. He helped liberate the prison camp at Nuremberg, Germany. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the Bronze Star for Heroism, the French Legion of Honor Medal and other medals and awards. Following his military service, he was a firefighter in Baltimore City for over 30 years. He retired and moved to Ocean City where he was an usher and active member of Holy Savior Parish. He served in a volunteer capacity for many organizations. He was an active member of American Legion Post 166 for 30 years. He served as the American Legion Color Guard Captain for 18 years, was designated as Color Guard Captain Emeritus and was inducted into the Color Guard Hall of Fame. He was elected Commander of the Purple Heart Society in both Maryland and in Delaware. He served as a member of the Disabled American Veterans organization and was an officer of the VFW Post 8296. Other volunteer activities included serving as president of the Ocean City AARP organization, as an active member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree and the Hibernian Society. He raised funds for building Atlantic General Hospital, where he served as a volunteer for many years, and for the Ocean City flag monument in Northside Park. He organized feeding the needy by enlist-

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ing the aid of local grocery stores and many volunteers. He was fortunate to reside at Catered Living, Ocean Pines in his final years where the devoted staff developed great affection for him. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. Father William Mathesius officiated. Interment will be at a later date, private for the family. A reception for friends and family was held immediately after the service at Holy Savior. A donation in his memory may be made to St Mary’s Star of the Sea Restoration fund or the John J. and Joan Couzens Sauer Endowed Nursing Fellowship Fund at the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Dr., Unit 3206, Storrs, Conn. 06269-3206. Letters of condolence may be sent via Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Mildred “Millie” Irene Smith SELBYVILLE – Mildred “Millie” Irene Smith, 87, passed away at her home in Selbyville, Del. on Aug. 19, 2019. Millie was born in Bethesda, Md., on June 1, 1932, daughter of the late Joseph and Pearl (Caton) Edwards. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ernest, Josephine, Mary, Joseph “Sonny”, Audrey, Dorothy and Charles. Millie went on to raise her family in Gaithersburg, Md., where she worked as a waitress at the Washingtonian Country Club as well as a town clerk at City Hall for 10 years. In 1975, she moved to Ocean City with her longtime love Jack Yoggerst. Millie was a con- MILDRED summate hard worker. “MILLIE” IRENE SMITH She worked at the Maryland Coast Dispatch for 14 years while always maintaining a waitressing job at various restaurants in Ocean City. She would continue joyfully waitressing well into her retirement. Millie was a veracious reader who loved challenging crossword puzzles and bargain shopping. She will be greatly missed. Millie is survived by her three children, Linda Mohler (John), Donald Adelman, John Smith (Lauren); her devoted daughter-in-law, Lori Adelman; 10 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Memorial services will be private.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Too Much Taxpayer Subsidizing In Resort

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Editor: In 2007, the Mayor & City Council (M&CC) of the Town of Ocean City passed an ordinance that established a funding formula wherein an amount equal to 2% of the annual gross room revenue collected by hotels, motels, etc., goes to the town’s advertising budget. From 2008 to 2018, the town’s advertising budget swelled from $2.2 million to $6.9 million. Just recently, a budget amendment increased the $6.9 million to $7.6 million. The flawed ordinance will continue to overfund advertising, and the M&CC have no intention of correcting the situation. As gross room revenues continue to increase, advertising dollars could quickly rise to $8 or $9 million. How much advertising does the Town need? More importantly, why are we in the advertising business anyway? Advertising is not a function of government. The business community should be funding advertising. If the $7.6 million in room tax paid by tourists went into the general fund to support public safety, public works, and our beach as opposed to advertising, every property owner in Ocean City could see an 18% decrease in their annual property taxes. Every business in Town would enjoy that same reduction, and thus have funds to spend on advertising as they deemed fit. Businesses could pool their advertising dollars with other businesses to increase their marketing exposure. The Chamber of Commerce could be involved in the coordination of advertising and marketing for the town and regional business community. To complicate matters, the M&CC are also exploring the youth sports market. Part of the justification for their recent request to raise the room tax to 5% is to explore a sports complex just outside Ocean City. The M&CC have authorized a study to further determine the feasibility. However, the results of that study may be months away, and it remains to be seen whether the consultants come back with a favorable recommendation. To date, there has been no polling of the citizens to determine if they will support such a facility. A 2017 study conducted for Worcester County revealed that such a sports complex would require an annual subsidy of 25%, not to mention the cost to build it. The county study also reflects that some individuals in-

volved in putting together sports tournaments indicated concerns about the possibility of oversaturation of these facilities in the region. The County Commissioners rejected the concept at that time, in part because their staff found the economic impact to be overly optimistic. How many projects are the property taxpayers of Ocean City expected to subsidize? We already subsidize the convention center, Eagles Landing Golf Course, the airport, advertising and a whole host of “free” events. When is enough, enough? Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr. Ocean City

It Takes A Village For A Great Peach Festival Editor: The Berlin Heritage Foundation’s Peach Festival Committee extends a heartfelt thanks to all those who made our 10th annual festival a great success. We are grateful to all those who donated funds, prizes or in-kind services, volunteered, performed, demonstrated and sold crafts and art, shared educational information, provided delicious food and beverages, judged pies, dared to join in a pie-eating contest or sport a tattoo. What a festive day in Berlin. The Peach Festival Committee

Agencies Thanked For Attending Discussion Editor: Worcester County NAACP held a "Neighborhood Policing" discussion with Worcester County law enforcement on Aug. 15. The law enforcement professionals who donated their time and expertise are appreciated. The practice of community policing involves getting to know your community, partnering with citizen groups and individuals, crime prevention, and being a resource, not a threat, to fellow residents. This initiative is crucial to public safety. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department was represented by Sheriff Matt Crisafulli and Captain Dods. Thanks also to Chief Arnold Downing, Berlin; Chief David Massey, Ocean Pines; Lieutenant Brian Craven, Pocomoke; and Chief Andy McGee, Snow Hill. There were so many years of faithful service to our community within our August meeting. Ivory P. Smith (The writer is the president of the Worcester County NAACP.)

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Quality Meetings Key Over Quantity HOW WE SEE IT

There was arguably more discussion than necessary this week on the topic, but the Ocean City Mayor and Council should adopt a quality over quantity position in the future when it comes to scheduling its open meetings at City Hall. Ocean City elected officials meet more than any other government on the lower shore, but it makes sense because it’s home to one of the largest budgets. Additionally, the weekly meeting schedule allows for more of the government’s business to be conducted in the public’s eye than is seen in other jurisdictions. Since we are in the news reporting business, we want government to meet often in the public arena. We seek subjects and matters to report on in a timely fashion. It’s imperative the public know in detail what their elected officials are doing, especially when it comes to their tax dollars. In Ocean City, the council officially meets 47 times a year (excluding budget sessions), as compared to about 26 times for Worcester County government. Add in the subcommittee schedules and it’s many more times of convening in smaller groups. The council decided this week in 4-3 vote to adopt a 45-meeting schedule in 2020, dropping two summer meetings. An effort was launched by Councilman John Gehrig to further reduce the town’s meeting schedule to 42. Though Gehrig’s reasoning was different, we support that number over the approved 45 since multiple meetings this summer have contained one or two simple matters, resulting in meetings under 30 minutes with the majority of time devoted to standard matters like the pledge and prayer. The council majority did not favor the idea, arguing it’s more difficult to add a meeting than to cancel a meeting if there is not enough business to discuss. This week’s discussion on the matter was a good start. We think the issue can be revisited this same time next year. If the summer plays out as it did these last few months with little to nothing of major importance being discussed at a handful of meetings, the council would be wise to cut further back for the next year. Holding two or three weighty meetings a month in July as well as August is worth considering in the future. It’s more efficient for the city in all respects, and we agree it’s likely something officials will have to coordinate well ahead of time and plan accordingly.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan put his two cents in on the future of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this week, opining additional spans elsewhere in Maryland are out of his consideration. Hogan made it clear he would only support adding another span to the existing bridge. “There is only one option I will ever accept: adding a third span to our existing Bay Bridge,” he said. “While the federal process requires multiple proposals, the data is indisputable. This option would maximize congestion and minimize environmental impact.” Hogan’s preferred option is the most logical and probably the least complicated. Nonetheless, The Baltimore Sun, which always likes to blast Ocean City while promoting beach resorts in Delaware and New Jersey, opined, “It’s an odd position given the years of study still ahead, and one seemingly without much political foundation. Other than local real estate brokers and Ocean City business tycoons, the appetite for growth on the Eastern Shore is far from inexhaustible. Locals weren’t all that wild about William Donald Schaefer’s ‘Reach the Beach’ highway construction initiative a generation ago; it’s hard to believe they want a bigger influx of westerners (people living on the western side of the bay) today.” It's always important for the governor to weigh in on important matters like a potential new Bay Bridge, but the fact of the matter is any sort of construction on this span or another site is six to eight years away at a minimum. Hogan’s term ends in 2022. It’s likely nothing will be decided on this front by then. Next up after six public hearings on the most recent bridge study is a federal review that could take at least two years. Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church last week called the implementation of a countywide rental license program one of the most discussed issues he can recall since being elected in 2002. “I agree with 90% of this legislation,” Commissioner Bud Church said. “There are some very big issues. I’ve been here for 17 years and I can’t say this to be a fact but I think I’ve had more questions and concerns about this legislation than I’ve had on maybe the top two or three issues.” Although there are some specifics to iron out, the bottom line here is the county is moving forward with legislation to mandate property owners renting their property must pay for a rental license through the county. A key piece of this legislation involves occupancy levels. The county’s bill limits the amount of people living in a house or apartment based on a per-bedroom basis. The Coastal Association of Realtors as well as at least two commissioners agreed the number of lodgers should be based on square footage. In a position statement, the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) took special exception to the occupancy issue because it would have huge ramifications on housing in the north end. For example, if six college friends want to rent a two-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot home in Ocean Pines, the county’s law would argue that’s illegal. An argument could be made one room could have three beds and there could be a loft with a futon to accommodate the individuals. CAR’s position paper argues the county could be in violation of the law with that requirement. It read, “Among the core rights that a property owner has is the right to lease or rent the property on a temporary basis to another party. The proposed Zoning Bill would infringe upon that core right by limiting the maximum number of occupants allowed in a shortterm rental for the owner of a short-term rental home with enough bedrooms to accommodate more than “one family or housekeeping unit,” as defined in Section ZS1-103(B) of the Zoning Code. … an ordinance that limits the number of unrelated persons who can occupy a dwelling – as the proposed occupancy limits in the Zoning Bill would do – is subject to review under a discrimination and reasonable accommodation analysis.” During his years in elected office in Ocean City, Vince Gisriel was known for his attention to detail. He certainly displayed that in his nearly 3,500-word written presentation to the Worcester County Commissioners last week opposing the room tax increase. Gisriel provided a considerable amount of research and data to support his claim the increase was unjustified. While I believe the room tax increase was appropriate, Gisriel made some valid points in his testimony against it, including the fact Ocean City continues to keep too much money in its reserves. “At the close of the fiscal years between FY15 and FY18, the town enjoyed a significant surplus in their Reserves or Unassigned Fund Balance, well above the written policy of 15% of the operating budget, and even above their intended goal of 20% of the operating budget,” Gisriel wrote. “There have been plenty of reserves to balance any recent Town budget. Contrary to what they would have you think, the M&CC do not need a ½% room tax increase to balance their budget. Ocean City is flush with money. Don’t let the M&CC tell you otherwise. By the end of FY17 and FY18, the Town closed the books with over $8 million above their 15% reserve policy. That is the equivalent to over 9 cents on the Town property tax rate.”

Unique Wall Art Creation Hobby Evolving To A Business

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BERLIN – What started as an effort to create unique artwork for his home has turned into a successful part-time business for one Berlin resident. When he isn’t surfing, working or fishing, Randy Jenkins spends much of his time in the workshop at the back of his property, creating what he calls lifestyle wall art. Using East Coast cypress wood, he creates images that capture the coastal lifestyle or a memorable event. “I created ‘The Wave’ for me and for everyone else who has a deep attachment to the ocean,” he said. “I created ‘rustic taxidermy’ because your typical fiberglass fish mount usually gets relegated to the garage or man cave – I wanted to put my fish stories on the wall with vibrant colors that my wife and house guests would appreciate – And I am currently working on a first-of-its-kind style of fan art for the reggae rock band The Movement.” Jenkins said he started his side

Rustic Underground founder Randy Jenkins is pictured with some of his latest creations at his home workshop. Photo by Bethany Hooper

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the material Rustic Underground uses to create its unique products. "This is not Home Depot milled lumber" Jenkins said. "Every single piece has a different grain pattern, different knot locations, and different ratio of soft tissues that have been eroded away by the forces of time and the enzymes of Mother Nature. So therefore, every wall art piece I create for someone is one-of-a-kind, and I think that is a big part of the energy and vibe behind the products." Jenkins said Rustic Underground specializes in listening to a client’s ideas and using custom colors to match their homes, businesses or styles. He said Rustic Underground has become a profitable and exciting venture, but added it is more of an artistic outlet for him. “It’s an opportunity for my customers to decorate their homes or businesses with a visual representation of their favorite beach, or their favorite surf trip, or their favorite fish story,” he said. Jenkins noted that he also creates custom picture and mirror frames, coat racks, jewelry organizers and more. He said he has also seen a trend toward the need for larger wall items that are two-by-four feet and three-byfour feet. “The Billfish Foundation just received their approximately three-by-five-foot white marlin, which is the largest item I have made to date,” he said. Jenkins said his business continues to teach him new things. For example, when asked about social media for his business, he explained that he never had a Facebook account or Instagram page until he began Rustic Underground. “I love what I’m doing and I’m doing what I love, and I utilize Instagram as a picture collage portfolio of my work,” Jenkins said. “I welcome you to follow along on the journey.” For more information on Rustic Underground, contact Randy Jenkins at 443-783-4302 or visit, the Rustic Underground Facebook page, or @RusticUnderground on Instagram.


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BERLIN – Fire trucks, dump trucks, tractors, tow trucks and more are slated to roll into Ocean Pines on Saturday, Sept. 7 during the annual Big Truck Day. Children will be able to see, touch and sit in all the oversized vehicles during the free and open to the public event, scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on 11144 Cathell Road. They will also be able to interact with police and firefighters, as well as all manner of “big truck” operators. “We get a lot of people with younger kids, and younger kids just think it’s the greatest thing,” Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue said of the event. “They get to climb on, get in and mess with all these big trucks.” Ocean Pines Police, Public Works and the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department will take part in the event, along with Maryland Natural Resources Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, Harkin's Ready Mix, Seaside Plumbing, and Republic Services. “What makes up a community is not the bylaws or the regulations, it’s the people,” Republic Services Division Manager Anthony Spirito said. “What I love about Ocean Pines are all these different community events that are hosted throughout the year, from Music in the Park, to Bay Day, to Big Truck Day. These events cater to the everyone in our community, big and small. “For me and Republic Services, we love to show off our trucks, especially to the children,” he continued. “Almost every child is amazed by a large truck, especially garbage trucks. We love to let the communities we service know that we are more than just a company that picks up your garbage. We are a company that cares about the communities we service and love to help out in any way possible.” Concessions will be available for sale during the event, and Donahue said many of the participants hand out promotional items, including hard hats for children. “It’s just a fun, free day,” she said. “It’s really geared toward smaller children, because they just think those trucks are just the greatest thing to get on and to play with.” For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. For information on recreation programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, visit

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OC Boats Sweep Top Mid-Atlantic Prizes

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OCEAN CITY – The 28th Mid-Atlantic Tournament that wrapped up last Friday finished in a flourish with leaderboard in several divisions erased and rewritten, but when the dust settled, Ocean City-based boats walked away with most of the significant prize money. The Mid-Atlantic Tournament concluded in dramatic fashion last Friday after five days with the signature white marlin division ending in a tie and several big blue marlin brought to the scale on the final day. The Mid-Atlantic is one the late-season highlights of the resort’s summer offshore fishing tournament season, perhaps second only to the White Marlin Open in terms of prestige and payouts. Heading into the final day last Friday, when 120 of the registered 156 boats heading out to the canyons in less than ideal conditions. With the top white marlin on the leaderboard sitting at 71 pounds, that division was still wide open heading into the final day. In addition, through the first four days, there were no qualifying blue marlin on the leaderboard and many of the boats fishing on Friday set their sights on that division. That all changed quickly last Friday when the scales opened for business in Ocean City and Cape May. First to the scale at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City last Friday was the Moore Bills, based out of the Ocean City Fishing Center, with a white marlin to weigh. The big white topped out at 72 pounds and briefly took over the top spot in the white marlin division.

Shortly thereafter, the crew on the Intents arrived at the scale with a white marlin to weigh and that one also topped out at 72 pounds, putting into a first-place tie with the Moore Bills crew. When the dust settled, the Intents shared first place and earned $527,977 in prize money. The Moore Bills shared first place and earned $453,529, while the Uno Mas was third with a 71-pounder and earned $111,288. The blue marlin leaderboard changed rapidly last Friday. In the end, it was the crew on the Haulin N Ballin taking first place with a 630-pounder worth $556,365 in prize money. The Trash Man was second in the blue marlin division with a 549-pounder worth $178,203. The Pipe Dreamer took third in the blue marlin division with a 473-pounder worth $91,253. In the tuna division, the Stalker took first place with a 226-pound bigeye and second-place with a 207pound big-eye and earned $807,275 in combined prize money, a new record payout in the tuna division in the Mid-Atlantic tournament. The Dem Boys took third with a 96pounder worth $147,353. In the wahoo division, it was the Chain Reaction taking first with a 35pounder worth $1,410. The Special Situation was second with a 29pounder worth $57,481, while the My Time was third with a 28-pounder worth $23,735. There was a first-place tie in the dolphin division with a pair of 33-pounders. The Top Dog earned $68,361, while the Reel Estate earned $34,474. The Sea Wolf was third with a 29-pounder worth $12,596.

New Turf Field Complete At Decatur

The new turf field at Stephen Decatur High School has been installed, just in time for the start of the fall prep sports season. Submitted Photo



BERLIN – On the eve of a new fall sports season, the new turf field at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin has been completed and is ready for its first action. Last February, the Worcester County Commissioners approved roughly $1.4 million in funding for the installation of a new turf field at Stephen Decatur High School. Several months later, the new turf field has been installed and will soon be ready for the upcoming fall sports season at the Berlin high school. The new turf field is the third for Worcester County public high schools with others already in place at Snow Hill and Pocomoke High Schools. The Worcester County Board of Education in February approved the final plans for the new turf field at Decatur. The initial estimate came in at around $1.8 million, but school system facilities planner Joe Price was

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Ocean City-based boats swept many of the high-dollar categories in the MidAtlantic Tournament last week, as evidenced by the big checks and happy smiles on the faces of these local captains. Submitted Photo

able to bring the project in about $400,000 under budget. The project was completed by FieldTurfUSA, the same company that installed the turf fields at Snow Hill and Pocomoke. Decatur’s varsity football team will christen the new field with its home opener against Arcadia on September 6. The boys’ varsity soccer team will play its first official home game on the new turf on September 9, while the girls’ varsity soccer team will play its first home game on September 11. Later in September, the new field will be officially renamed the Robert G. Knox Field at Louis H. Taylor Stadium, for a pair of long-time fixtures at Decatur. Knox has been the head football coach for decades and Taylor is a former principal at Decatur and current Worcester County Public Schools superintendent. A special ceremony is planned at halftime of the September 20 game against Easton. More details on that ceremony will be provided when they become available.

BERLIN – The Stephen Decatur High School varsity football “Tough Guy of the Week” awards will return to the sports pages of The Dispatch again this fall for the 19th year starting next week after the season opener against Arcadia next Friday. Most of the accolades in football at any level are reserved for the glamour guys, the golden-armed quarterbacks and fleet running backs who put points on the board and thrill the crowds, but the weekly “Tough Guy” award is handed out to the Decatur player who most exemplifies the spirit of Seahawk football. Started 19 years ago by Atlantic Physical Therapy president Bob Hammond, the weekly

APT “Tough Guy of the Week” award acknowledges the efforts of an individual player, or sometimes a unit on the team, that do the little things to help the team win that don’t necessarily show up in the box score. The APT “Tough Guy” award recognizes those players. After every Decatur game, Hammond presents a trophy to the tough guy of the week. At the end of the season, a “Tough Guy of the Year” award is presented to the player who best represented the qualities of the award week in and week out during the season. For 19 years, Decatur’s gridiron stars have been rewarded with handsome “Tough Guy” trophies by APT and thousands of dollars have been donated to the program and its players in the name of the beneficiaries of the weekly award.

Prep Football Features New Playoff Format

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BERLIN – When Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team and other area schools open the 2019 season next week, they will be playing under a new scheduling format that will double the number of teams that make the playoffs at the expense of a regular season game. For years, varsity football teams at public schools in Maryland played a 10-game regular season with a points system in each enrollment bracket and geographic region determining which teams make the state playoffs. Last spring at its annual convention in Ocean City, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) approved a change from the longstanding tradition. As a result, instead of 16 teams making the state playoffs from each region, the field will be expanded to 32 teams. To accommodate the extra week of playoff games with the field of teams doubled, each school will now play a nine-game regular season in-

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stead of the traditional 10-game regular season. The same east, west, north and south regions will be adhered to, but instead of the top four teams in each region making the playoffs, eight teams will make the state playoffs. As a result, nearly all of the schools in each region will make the playoffs. Those that fall short will still be put in a separate pool of teams and will be guaranteed a 10th game. Locally, for a team such as Decatur, which has reached the state playoffs many times over the years, but has fallen short in recent years, the new format gives the Seahawks a better chance to reach the post-season. There have been years when Decatur has finished with a 5-4 record or even a 6-3 mark and have been left on the outside looking in. With the new nine-game regular season, Decatur will still play its traditional rivals in the Bayside South and Bayside North. However, the change means the annual seasonending rivalry game with Snow Hill will be moved up to November 1 this year.

61st Labor Day Tournament Underway BY SHAWN J. SOPER


OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament is underway for the 61st time as the “granddaddy” of resort area fishing tournaments. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 61st Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all others in terms of history and prestige. The tournament is the oldest among the tournaments held in and around the resort area each summer. The first was held in 1958 and the annual event has endured for six decades and several generations of local anglers. The tournament got started on Thursday with registration and a captain’s meeting, while the action offshore gets underway on Friday, the first of three fishing days. As the name implies, the focus of the tournament is

on white marlin, but unlike the other high dollar tournaments in recent weeks, there won’t be any billfish weighed at the scale at host Sunset Marina. The tournament’s winner will accumulate the most release points over the three days of fishing. Last year, the crew on the Buckshot with Captain Gary Stamm took first place in the billfish release division with 2,450 total points for 23 white marlin releases and one blue marlin release over two days of fishing worth $9,270. The Haulin N Ballin took second in the release division with 1,550 total points worth $2,322. The Reel Joy took third with 1,200 release points worth $1,548. In the tuna division, the Pumpin Hard took first place with a 150-pound big-eye worth $9,720. In the dolphin division, the Grande Pez took first place with a 28-pounder worth $6,660. The Reel Joy was second with a 25pounder worth $1,836, while the Burn’n Bills took third with a 20pounder worth $1,224.

Bayside Conference Golf Season Opens BY SHAWN J. SOPER


BERLIN – The fall high school golf season kicked off this week with a rare regular season match featuring players from both the Bayside South and Bayside North. The 2019 Bayside Conference fall golf season started on Tuesday with a match at Rum Pointe in Berlin. For the

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first time in 12 years, the match featured players from both ends of the conference squaring off in regular season play. For the record, Kent Island won the match, finishing with a team-low 180. Decatur finished second just seven strokes behind at 187. The Seahawks took top individual honors, however, with Brady Leonard earning the medal on the day with a low score of 37.

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leven weeks ago, I was ready for a change in routine. Now, I’m looking forward to the return of one. As school approaches next week, I’m excited to return to the days of set schedules. While summer is fantastic in many respects, especially the warm weather, it’s also the busiest time of the year in our work world. Hectic would be an understatement to describe our professional life. Add two growing boys going in different directions each day to various activities at disparate times of day and the result is often a lot of running. Over this past week, there were no summer camps, summer school or sitters. As a result, there was a lot more juggling, which makes everything far more complicated. For me, that means stress because I like to keep things simple as much as possible. Though I’m looking forward to school starting and the return of a set schedule of drop-offs and pickups, I suspect there will be a brutal adjustment for the kids. For Beckett, 11, the biggest thing will be the return to a more appropriate bed time and earlier mornings. Our rising sixth grader has become a night owl this summer. It’s common for him to still be awake when it’s time for us to go to bed. Though we make him turn in when we do, he always bemoans the fact. When the next morning at 8 comes and it was time to head off to camp, he was always sluggish. When he must be at school next week by 8, I’m thinking there will be some major struggles for him. As for Carson, 9, he’s entering his last year of elementary school as a rising fourth grader. We always go through an adjustment month or two with Carson and school. I’m hopeful that will not be the case this year, but it’s expected. Until he is comfortable with his new teachers, surroundings

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iving in a home for sale is not a lot of fun, but my kids seem to be fine with it. Over the last month, Pam and I worked hard to get most of our personal belongings out of the house so it’s ready to be seen by potential buyers. The result of those efforts is a house with not a lot in it. While it’s refreshing in many ways, there was a lot of moving and cleaning involved while trying to enjoy summer with the kids and work. Most unused and bulky furniture has been removed from rooms. As part of the process of decluttering and prioritizing, we asked each kid to come up with what they wanted to keep in their room for the time being. At their young ages of 11 and 9 years old, neither kid is particularly nostalgic and had only a few requests for things they wanted to keep with them during the home selling process. I was especially proud of Carson, who cut his stuffed animal collection in half and was willing to do away with his train tables and most of his books for the immediate future. As for Beckett, he didn’t express much of an interest in the process. He wanted to ensure his television and gaming system stayed in place as well as his collection of karate belts and his black belt he earned two years ago. He did ask to keep his tackling dummy. When I told him he doesn’t have one, he said, “exactly,

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These smiling ladies of the Delmarva Chorus recently provided a donation of filled school backpacks for the Worcester G.O.L.D. (and rolls of table coverings for the Worcester County Developmental Center for their new arts program.) The Delmarva Chorus will host a guest night and membership drive Sept. 30 from 7-9 p.m. in the Ocean Pines Community Center.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers Don Schaefer and Joe Britvch have been conducting the 10 a.m. knot tying program for the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum for 27 years. The free summer programs have ended for this season, but the museum looks forward to having them back next year. Submitted Photos

The Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County sponsored a Woodstock Anniversary Celebration this month under the stars at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines. The event was enjoyed by over 100 members and friends. The Woodstock movie, live guitar music and more. Above guests are pictured in their festival attire. Although the event was free to everyone, the DWC asked for donations of school supplies for Worcester County G.O.L.D., collecting four bins of supplies and over $200 in cash for local students.



The Ocean Pines Boat Club Crab Feast was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ocean City on Aug. 17. Club Director Richard and his wife, Commodore Patricia Marchiesello, chaired the event.

The Arcadia Chapter of The Questers held its Annual Bake Sale at the Berlin Peach Festival. The money raised went toward donations to the Taylor House Museum in Berlin. The Questers support the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and landmarks for educational purposes.


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OCEAN CITY – The tournament directors of the Huk Big Fish Classic presented the Raymond A. Wood Foundation (RAWF) with a donation of $5,000 last Tuesday. The donation was the sum of the proceeds from a raffle of fishing gear that took place during the tournament. This was the sixth year for the Huk Big Fish Classic, which has grown quickly over the years, with this year having a $503,300 record purse and 72 boats competing. Winners took in large cash payouts for weighing the heaviest fish. The Raymond A. Wood Foundation was founded in honor of a local brain tumor survivor, Alex Wood (8), an Ocean City Elementary third grader, who was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma brain tumor at age four and still battles the after effects of tumor treatment. RAWF provides hospital-grade medical devices, not covered by insurance, to families managing diabetes insipidus, one of the complications of pituitary brain tumors that can cause extremely high or low blood sodium levels due to fluid imbalances which can ultimately can lead to frequent hospitalizations. In two years, RAWF has provided eleven handheld blood analyzers to patients all over the U.S. which totals over which is almost $150,000 of medical equipment and supplies to help caregivers of pediatric patients manage sodium levels at home, reducing hospitalizations. RAWF also provides educational opportunities for caregivers through a yearly conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, frequent support gatherings for families and free resources to help manage quality-oflife issues for patients. This is the second year RAWF was chosen as a beneficiary of this fundraiser. The raffle winnings were comprised of donated items from Penn Fishing, YETI, Squidnation, Breakthru Beverage Group and K-Coast Surf Shop. The winner, an Ocean City local, was announced on the final day of the tournament. “We are grateful to the tournament directors for once again supporting our work,” said Shawn Wood, co-founder of RAWF. “We currently have a wait list for patients in need of blood analyzers, so this will help us continue to serve them.” More information about the Raymond A. Wood Foundation can be found at and Huk Big Fish Classic at


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Summer Studies: Hundreds of

local students were challenged in the areas of art, history, self-expression, career exploration, culinary arts, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and problem solving in this year’s Summer Scholars classes at Wor-Wic Community College. New cour-ses offered this year included “Junior Journalist,” “Jaws and Claws: the Science of Jurassic Park,” “The Power of Music,” “Superheroes, Sidekicks and Villains” and “What’s in YOUR food?” Top, left, Gavin Mumford and Brayden Smith learn to make frittatas in “The Kids’ Café.” Top, right, Sarah Nottingham and Riya Koshy design a prototype for a solar-powered USB charger in “Think It, Design It, Make It – 3D Design with Sketch-Up.” Above left, Hudson Lumpkin listens to his audio creation in “Acoustic Engineering – It’s All About the Beat.” Above middle, Damien Townsend learns to assemble computer hardware in “Geek Squad 2.0.” Above right, Cassie Johnston uses the forced perspective technique taught in “Shutterbugs.” Submitted Photos

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It was a fun Friday night bouncing around 28th Street, including stops in Coins Pub, Buxy’s Salty Dog and Dry Dock 28, followed by a visit to the Greene Turtle West.

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Yacht Club Adds Smoking Areas

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Two smoking areas have been reserved at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, including this bench area on the marina boardwalk. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – Two designated smoking areas were recently installed at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Starting this week, customers at the Yacht Club and nearby Oasis Pool will only be allowed to smoke in those marked areas. One section is near the fenced-in area just off the main parking lot, while the other is on the marina Boardwalk,

near the ice machine. Both are marked with “DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA” signs, and include an ashtray, picnic table and shade umbrella. Smoking will no longer be permitted on the patio area or near the pool. Clubs Committee Chairman Gary Miller said his group explored the concept after receiving a letter from a concerned resident asking about smoking on Ocean Pines campuses. “He mentioned that there’s kids running around, and people are smoking all over the place, and shouldn’t there be a designated smoking area?” Miller said. “The Clubs Committee did some research, we looked at different laws within Maryland and other communities, and basically decided that it was something we ought to present to Ocean Pines for their consideration.” Working through the committee's Board liaison, Miller said both Operations Director Colby Phillips and General Manager John Viola agreed with the concept of clearly marked, designated smoking sections. He said Ralph DeAngelus, cofounder of the Matt Ortt Companies that manages the Yacht Club, also approved of the concept. “Ralph said their job isn’t to make policy for Ocean Pines – they're strictly doing food and beverage – but whatever Ocean Pines wants them to do, they’ll be glad to enforce,” Miller said. Phillips said creating the designated sections is part of providing good customer service. “We thought it was important to establish a spot for our smokers, so they have an area to go that’s comfortable for them, but also that’s away from the customers that don’t want to be around it while they’re eating or relaxing or swimming,” she said. “I think it just comes down to working together, and in talking with Ralph he was onboard with whatever we needed to do.”

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PARSONSBURG – Residents on the east side of Wicomico County came out in droves to a town hall meeting last week to support the construction of a new library. Last Wednesday evening, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver held his second monthly town hall meeting at the Parsonsburg Fire Department. “I need your help telling me what’s important to you,” Culver said. In addition to sharing their concerns regarding fire and EMS services and drainage, attendees last week also voiced their support for a larger library on the east side of Wicomico County. The Pittsville library – currently located on school property off of Old Ocean City Road – is one of three branches of the Wicomico Public Libraries system and the only one to be based in a portable trailer. Area resident Tonya Laird Lewis told Culver and his staff that space at the library was limited and could not accommodate the growing number of east side residents who utilize the library’s resources on a daily basis. “Are we looking for an 8,000square-foot building?” she said. “No, we are looking for something that will accommodate the east side of the county.” Land acquisition, planning and construction for a new Pittsville library are in the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The estimated project cost totals more than $4 million. And while he acknowledged the need for additional space, and his efforts to find land suitable for a new branch, Culver outlined budget constraints and upcoming capital projects that made funding for a new library difficult. “We have limited resources that we can use,” he said. Lewis, however, said she wanted to ensure officials were taking every effort to follow through with plans for a new library. “We want to make sure when you

go through the CIP, that we know you are looking, that we know you are making a plan that is going to make the library we have a much better facility,” she said. Residents on Wednesday illustrated the need for additional library space and adequate parking. They noted that library staff used every square foot of the portable trailer for resources and programming. “My opinion is this east part of Wicomico County has been totally SEE PAGE 24B

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The existing east side branch of the Wicomico Library is pictured. Submitted Photo

FROM PAGE 23B neglected as far as community resources go,” one resident said. Pittsville Middle School student Brian Saucedo also shared his own experiences at the Pittsville library and advocated for a new facility. “A new library could benefit me by having more materials and books,” he said. “The ladies at the library are wonderful and are always willing to help me when I come in. Also, a new library would allow my friends and I to get more resources for projects or homework info.”

Resident Dawn Toner said there is an immediate need for a new library on the east side of Wicomico County. She said the current facility serves community members from Pittsville, Willards, Parsonsburg and Powellville. “When you put investments into our town, I believe it’s going to pay you back in the future,” she said. For his part, Culver shared his efforts to identify vacant lots that could accommodate a new library. But he said residents could expect a long wait if the county were to build a facility. “If I started right now, it would probably be two-and-a-half or three years before I could break ground …,” he said. “We aren’t letting this drag. The wheels of government don’t turn fast anyhow, but if we were to build from scratch the county part would take so long to do.” Pittsville Police Chief Robert Harris said he didn’t question the need for a new library, but cautioned the executive as he moved forward. “I’m not a fan of taking business property that is lucrative and functional off the tax rolls,” he said. “That’s a bad deal.” Wicomico County Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg noted that the county should first determine the needs of the library. “The first step needs to be a realistic space assessment,” he said. “If we are looking for buildings or vacant lots, we need a realistic idea of what the actual space needs are going to be.” Library Director Ashley Teagle, however, encouraged residents and officials to view the library as more than just a physical space. She said a new facility could be used to provide no-cost resources to residents and business owners. “Wicomico Public Libraries is an innovative system that is doing things in a way that other libraries are not doing …,” she said. “Yes, we are a space and a place, and we do have free internet and WiFi. But I’m always putting out the message that we are more than just books. We can really be a catalyst, working with our county executive to identify what our needs are and tailoring it to the community.”

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BERLIN – Now is the time to prepare for 2020 – make sure to include your business technology in your strategic and budgetary planning. Cards Technology CEO Sam Card shared this week details about the considerations you need to review for 2020 technology plans. Q. What can my business do in Q4 to prepare for 2020? A: To make sure your business is ready for 2020 from a technology standpoint, review your current systems: do a software review and an infrastructure review. Ask yourself, “Are my software

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systems properly supporting my business?” “Is my hardware less than 3 years old?” These questions allow you to make strategic and budgetary decisions for 2020. If you need new or upgraded software, this is the time to consider moving some of your SAM CARD computing to the cloud. Cloud-based products will save you money on server and storage costs in the future. On your infrastructure, you need to take care of the equipment that has passed the three-year mark. If you are moving toward a more mobile workforce, consider switching to all laptops

and install docking stations so employees can work from multiple locations. The main thing is to review your IT systems and incorporate any needs and strategic options into your business technology plan and budget for 2020. Q. What other advice do you have for business owners who are working on their 2020 technology plan? A: Jan. 14, 2020, is when Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Server 2008. If you haven’t addressed this yet, get a plan in place. You’ve got to get that moving forward because your network will be at high risk for cybercrime once Microsoft stops updating these products.

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Q. What should be included in a technology plan? A: Many organizations include a technology plan in their strategic plan, but you can have a separate IT plan. We work with businesses at a high level to put together technology plans. Considerations for inclusion in your technology plan are how staff accesses information and apps, what hardware is needed and documenting how employees are on- and offboarded. We tie all of those together to meet organizational objectives. Q. Will data security continue to be a top priority in 2020? A: Cybercrime is always evolving, and cyber security will continue to be a top concern. I’m still positive about it; I don’t feel like we’re on the losing side of the battle. However, I believe cyber security budgets will need to increase especially in the areas of awareness and prevention training. Data privacy compliance will continue on its upward progress as well, so businesses need to be prepared to meet city, state and federal cyber security standards. (The writer can be reached at To learn more about Cards Technology, visit

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OCEAN CITY – With local dignitaries, including Gov. Larry Hogan, on hand, ground was broken this month for the new Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea on 65th Street in Ocean City. For three decades, families with young children suffering from debilitating diseases have had the opportunity to take a break from the endless medical appointments and stress related to their health challenges with a visit to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea on 65th Street. In the three-plus decades since the facility opened in 1986, nearly one million families have enjoyed a carefree visit to the beach and all the resort area has to offer. On Aug. 15, ground was broken on a second Children’s House by the Sea on 65th Street with Governor Larry Hogan, State Senator Mary Beth Carozza, Delegate Wayne Hartman, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, Believe in Tomorrow Foundation founder and CEO Brian Morrison and others on hand. When completed in late 2020, the new respite property just steps from the beach and ocean will prioritize U.S. military families who have critically ill children and other children with short life expectancies. The latest expansion represents Believe in Tomorrow’s seventh respite facility and second in Ocean City. Additional Childen’s House by the Sea respite facilities are located in Delaware, along with other properties in the mountains of Western Maryland and North Carolina. Hogan was on hand for the groundbreaking as one of his many stops during the Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City. “I have seen first-hand the comfort, hope and joy that Believe in Tomorrow brings to so many families who are having difficult challenges,” he said. “What began with one rented oceanfront condo here in Ocean City more than three decades ago has become an internationally-recognized founda-

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, is pictured with Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation supporters at this month’s ground breaking ceremony for a new facility in Ocean City. Submitted Photo

tion which has provided over 900,000 overnight stays to deserving children and families. I am proud to support the continued growth of Believe in Tomorrow and its programs and offer my congratulations to everyone involved in this important project.”

For his part, Morrison said the newest addition will continue Believe in Tomorrow’s mission created three decades ago. “We are creating this respite to be a place where families can gather and be together during a child’s medical

crisis,” he said. “Our mission is to create environments that are conducive to healing the mind, body and spirit, and to create spaces and opportunities that make every stay a once-in-alifetime experience that helps families refresh, renew and rebuild their lives.”

TOP Soccer Starts September 14 The River Soccer Club offers an outreach program called TOPSOCCER at our soccer complex located on Gum Road in Roxana, Del. This program is designed for youth with special needs. The sessions focus on having fun with soccer in a laidback, structured environment and partnering volunteer buddies in high school and middle school with these special needs participants, ages 4-19. Would you be willing to volunteer one hour a week to play with a special needs kid in our TOPSoccer Program at River Soccer Club? We give community service credits. If you are interested in participating or being a team buddy, please call or text Pete Bussa at 516-456- 5828 or email

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Touch of Italy’s Carlos Carranza, Bill Wilson and Lisa Tratiak presented a cheese making demonstration in conjunction with the August Sip and Ceramics Class at the Art League of Ocean City.

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Wicomico County Fair volunteers Don Roos and Gus Esham made sure the fairgrounds stayed cleaned on opening night.

In Society

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Snow Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary members Linda Shockley, Cindy Ward, Janice Bounds, and Joyce Heiser were in charge of making snow cones at the River Rally & Heritage Festival.

Hanging out at the hot dog stand at the Snow Hill River Rally & Heritage Festival were Tommy DePasquale and Michael Day, promoting the 9/14 Motorcycle Ride to Sturgis.

Offering information about their Environmental Education Programs at the Snow Hill River Rally were Andrea Schlunk and Genevieve Trahan of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.

At this month’s Somerset Plaza concert and classic car show, Ron Laustsen checked out OC Cruzer Vice President Kathy Swagler’s 1970 Chevelle Pro Street.

Ocean City Center for the Arts Office Manager Su Fiske and ceramics instructor Nancy Barnas led the group in making an oil dipping set for this month’s Sip and Ceramics Class.

OC Cruzers Bill and Gail Henning displayed Gail’s ’78 Chevette on Somerset Plaza for the August concert and classic car show sponsored by OCDC.

Avery Hall Insurance Group’s Kevin Hayes and Shayne Ray handed our promotional products from their booth at the Wicomico County Fair.

At the Wicomico County Fair, Christina BowieSimpson and Jessica Taylor talked about the Wicomico Goes Purple Opioid Intervention Team services.

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Jaxon, 5, and Eleanor Mills, 1, in Ocean City

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Kids of Summer

Ary Bunbury, 9, and Falynn Mills, 5, in Ocean City

Clare, 9, and Nora Thomas, 6, in Ocean City

Tanner Cole, 18 months, in West Ocean City

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Gannon Cassidy, 6, Eliza Scott, 8, and Briggs Cassidy, 6, in West Ocean City

It’s our pleasure to produce the 13th Annual Kids of Summer photo series, featuring little ones of all ages, from near and far, enjoying all that comes with the summer season. If you would like your child(ren) featured in this space, there’s still time. Just email us your photo(s) at or mail to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 with the child’s name, age and location.

Maren Kerley, 4, Joie Muhlada, 6, Jace Kerley, 6, and Maxx Muhlada, 3, in Ocean City

Cameron, 5, and Grace McCormick, 3, in Ocean City

Leah, 8, and Ellie Papsan, 4, in Ocean City

Ryder Evans, 4, on Assateague

Hanon, 6, and Yunami Christie, 9, in Hawaii

Izzy Swanson, 8, in Ocean City

Riley Breidenstein, 5 weeks, in Ocean City

Mackenzie Pitruzzella, 17, and Ellie Buckheit, 17, in Ocean City

Raiden O’Dell-Mullen, 3, in Ocean City

Madison Hoke, 6, on Assateague

Baylor Barnes, 2, in Ocean City

Kolbie Faith Clegg, 6 months, in Rehoboth Beach

Wyatt Fisher, 11 months, on Assateague

Maeve Maguire, 11, in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY – Shark week returned to the Discovery Channel just a few weeks ago and while highly informational is quite sensationalized and does a tremendous job of frightening the public to the point where shark sightings (which are actually dolphin, skate and dead horseshoe crab sightings), really seem to rise around Ocean City. However, after working for the beach patrol for 16 years I do know of one particular menacing ocean creature that can cause problems for our vacationers, the jellyfish. There have been few jellyfish stings this year, and the ones I have dealt with have only happened in the past week or two. In reality, shark attacks are highly unlikely; in fact, there has never been one in Ocean City. There is an array of accidents that are much more likely than a shark attack, such as being struck by a flying beach umbrella, suffocating in a sand hole or being struck by lightning. A jellyfish sting is more likely to happen than any of these incidents. People will show some discomfort after being stung by jellyfish. I myself remember being stung as a kid. The type of jelly that we typically see in this area is known as the sea nettle.

The sea nettle jellyfish is saucershaped with brown or red pigment and usually 6-12 inches in diameter. Long tentacles hang from the bell shape of the jellyfish and can extend several feet. These long tentacles can have thousands of nematocysts or stinging cells that act like harpoons and fire into the victim. This all sounds quite scary, but the fact is that the sting from a sea nettle or any other jellyfish encountered in Ocean City is generally harmless. There are about four different species in Maryland that can sting. There are also several species that cannot sting. The sea nettle is the most prevalent of the stinging jellyfish. While causing moderate to severe discomfort, the pain and irritation generally will go away in about 15-30 minutes. DAMIEN SANZOTTI There is a slight chance that a person can have a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic reaction similar to the reaction some people have to a bee sting. Most of us just experience pain and a little swelling from a bee sting, but for a small number of the population a bee sting can be deadly. These people need to carry medication for immediate treatment in the event that a bee stings

them. But I will say that in 16 years of beach lifeguarding I have never seen a jellyfish sting that had a serious anaphylactic reaction, although it is possible. A person with a seafood allergy or bee sting allergy may have a higher risk of developing anaphylactic shock if stung by a jellyfish. Sea nettles are native to these waters meaning that stings are inevitable. One of the most frequent questions that beach lifeguards get is, “When do the jellyfish come?” This is actually a rather difficult question to answer, however there are some scientific variables that do play a role. Two of the most crucial pieces to this puzzle are water temperature and level of salinity. Warmer water increases the likelihood of a jellyfish invasion, which is why we typically see more of them in the later part of the summer. The salinity (saltiness) of the water is affected by the amount of rain and fresh water runoff that occurs. If the water has a high salt content caused by little fresh water mixing with the salt water (which we have experienced this summer), or it has a lower than normal salinity caused by large amounts of fresh water runoff mixing then the jellyfish population will be lower than normal. Jellyfish thrive when the salinity is in a normal range and the other factors are conducive (water tem-

perature, wave action and wind direction). Considering the prevention of being stung, the best thing one could do is stay out of the water. But that’s not really fun, is it? One could also wear a rash guard, wetsuit or shirt while the jellyfish population is high. The sting of a sea nettle is typically not potent enough to go through clothing. The sting is even not strong enough to pierce tougher skin on the body. That is why we almost rarely see a sting on the hands or feet. Swimmers can also do what many lifeguards, surfers and I do. By this point everyone is thinking, “What is the best medicine if I am stung?” I have literally heard the entire spectrum of responses over the years, including vinegar, baking soda, meat tenderizer, sand, urine, etc. I typically tell people, “time” is the best medicine. Removal of the sting cell or when the cell dies off is when the pain will be alleviated. Our lifeguards do typically carry a “sting-kill” wipe in their medical kits to alleviate some of the pain. As always, remember to “Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand.” (The writer has been with the beach patrol for 16 years and is currently a sergeant. He is a physical education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School.)


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who’s where when 28th/127th Street Pit & Pub 410-289-2020 • 443-664-7482 28th St. & CoaStal hwy. & 127th St. & CoaStal hwy. Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.)

45th Street taPhouSe 443-664-2201 • 4507 CoaStal hwy. Friday, Aug. 30: Sean Loomis Saturday, Aug. 31: The Pips Sunday, Sept. 1: Ian McG Monday, Sept. 2: Tim & Animal Wednesday, Sept. 4: Aaron Howell Thursday, Sept. 5: Ward Ewing

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EVERETT SPELLS Fager’s Island: Sunday, Sept. 1

DJ BK Green Turtle North: Friday, Aug. 30 Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

atlantiC hotel 410-641-3589 2 north Main St., berlin Friday, Aug. 30: Zander Jett Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano

DJ DUSTY Clarion/Ocean Club: Every Friday & Saturday

buxy’S Salty Dog/Dry DoCk 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & CoaStal hwy. Friday, Aug. 30: DJ Wax Saturday, Aug. 31: Eastern Electric Sundays: Local Party w/DJ BK

Caribbean Pool bar 410-289-6181 • 2nD St. & boarDwalk Friday, Aug. 30: TBA Saturday, Aug. 31: Funk Shué Sunday, Sept. 1: No Byscuyts Monday, Sept. 2: Dave Sherman

FIRST CLASS Clarion/Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 1

ANDREW ROBEAR Pickles Pub: Saturday, Aug. 31

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

Clarion hotel 410-524-3535 10100 CoaStal highway Ocean Club: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 30 & 31; & Sept. 1: First Class Fridays & Saturdays: DJ Dusty Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 2: On The Edge CoConutS beaCh bar & grill CaStle in the SanD hotel 37th & 38th St. • 410-289-6846 Friday, Aug. 30: Darin Engh, Monkee Paw Saturday, Aug. 31: Top Shelf Duo, Lunasea Band Sunday, Sept. 1:Angeline Leach Duo, Lauren Glick Band Monday, Sept. 2: Nate Clendenen Duo, Bob Wilkinson, Joe Smooth & Pete Tuesday, Sept. 3: Sean Loomis Trio Wednesday, Sept. 4: Dave Hawkins & Joe Mama Thursday, Sept. 5: Keri Anthony CrabCake FaCtory baySiDe 302-988-5000 rt. 54 FenwiCk iSlanD, De Friday, Aug. 30: Bob Wilkinson Sunday, Sept. 1: Chris Button Wednesday, Sept. 4: Kevin Poole

Fager’S iSlanD 410-524-5500 • 60th St. in the bay Friday, Aug. 30: Steve Ports Trio, DJ Hook, It’s All Good Saturday, Aug. 31: Steve Ports Trio, DJ Groove, Bigg Romeo Sunday, Sept. 1: Everett Spells, DJ Greg, DJ RobCee, Under The Covers Monday, Sept. 2: Animal House, DJ Louie T, Goodman Fiske

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

DJ BATMAN M.R. Ducks: Wednesday Sept. 4

UNDER THE COVERS Fager’s Island: Sunday, Sept. 1

JOE MAMA Coconuts: Friday, Aug. 30 & Wednesday, Sept. 4 Lobster Shanty: Sundays

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

TRANZFUSION M.R. Ducks: Monday, Sept. 2

BEATS BY WAX Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, Aug. 30 127th St. Pit & Pub: Wednesdays Pickles Pub: Thursdays

BEATS BY JEREMY Pickles Pub: Fridays & Mondays Harborside: Saturdays

greene turtle north 410-723-2120 • 11601 CoaStal hwy. Friday, Aug. 23: DJ BK Saturday, Aug. 24: DJ Wood Mondays: Karaoke W/ DJ Wood Tuesdays: DJ Casper Wednesdays: DJ Wiz

greene turtle weSt 410-213-1500 • rte. 611, weSt oC Friday, Aug. 30: Lime Green Saturday, Aug. 31: Rogue Citizens

SEAN LOOMIS 45th St. Taphouse: Friday, Aug. 30 Lobster Shanty: Sunday, Sept. 1 Coconuts Beach Bar: Tuesday, Sept. 3

OTTO GRUNDMAN Crabcake Factory: Thursdays

EASTERN ELECTRIC Dry Dock 28: Saturday, Aug. 31

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Who’s Where When HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 SOUTH HARBOR ROAD, WEST OC Fridays: DJ Billy T Saturday, Aug. 31: Chris Button/Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sunday, Sept. 1: Opposite Directions, Jade Lee Mondays: Blake Haley, DJ Billy T Tuesdays: Dust N Bones Wednesdays: DJ Billy T, Trivia w/DJ Bigler Thursdays: Opposite Directions

LIME GREEN Green Turtle West: Friday, Aug. 30

THE LAVA GAME Purple Moose: Sunday & Monday, Sept. 1 & 2

HARPOON HANNA’S 302-539-3095 • RT. 54 & THE BAY, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Aug. 30: Dave Hawkins Saturday, Aug. 31: Dave Sherman Sunday, Sept. 1: Kevin Poole, Dale Teat Monday, Sept. 2: Dave Hawkins Tuesday, Sept. 3: Kevin Poole Wednesday, Sept. 4: Dave Sherman Thursday, Sept. 5: Dale Teat HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL 302-537-6971 RT. 54, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Aug. 30: Kaotik Saturday, Aug. 31: Identity Crisis Thursdays: Baltimore Bob Fridays & Saturdays: Bob Burns

AMISH OUTLAWS Seacrets: Monday, Sept. 2

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Harborside: Sundays & Thursdays

HOOTERS 410-213-1841 12513 OCEAN GATEWAY, RTE. 50, WEST OC Friday, Aug. 30 & Monday, Sept. 2: DJ BK JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 410-723-5600 RT. 54 FENWICK ISLAND, DE Wednesdays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys LOBSTER SHANTY 302-436-2305 56TH ST. & COASTAL HWY., BAYSIDE Sunday, Sept. 1: Joe Mama w/Sean Loomis Thursday, Sept. 5: Full Circle Duo

LAUREN GLICK BAND Coconuts Beach Bar: Sunday, Sept. 1

FULL CIRCLE Seacrets: Monday, Sept. 2 Lobster Shanty: Thursday, Sept. 5 (Duo)

M.R. DUCKS 410-289-9125 • 311 TALBOT ST. Friday, Aug. 30: Timmie Metz Saturday, Aug. 31: Saved By Zero Sunday, Sept. 1: Over Time Monday, Sept. 2: Tranzfusion Wednesday, Sept. 4: DJ Batman PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8TH ST. & PHILADELPHIA AVE. Friday, Aug. 30: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, Aug. 31: Andrew Robear Mondays: Karaoke W/ Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays: Beats By Wax

IDENTITY CRISIS High Stakes Bar & Grille: Saturday, Aug. 31

JOE SMOOTH & BOB WILKINSON Coconuts Beach Bar: Monday, Sept. 2

JAH WORKS Seacrets: Friday & Saturday, Aug. 30 & 31

ON THE EDGE Clarion/Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday-Monday, Aug. 30-Sept 2

PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 BETWEEN CAROLINE & TALBOT STREETS ON THE BOARDWALK Friday & Saturday, Aug. 30 & 31: Alter Ego Sunday & Monday, Sept. 1 & 2: The Lava Game Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 3 & 4, VJ Mazi Friday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 & Thursday, Sept. 5: CK The DJ SMITTY MCGEE’S 302-436-4716 • 37234 LIGHTHOUSE RD., WEST FENWICK IRELAND, DE Thursdays & Fridays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49TH ST.& COASTAL HWY. Friday, Aug. 30: DJ Bobby O, Jim Long Band, Jah Works, Shake 3X Saturday, Aug. 31: Bobby O On De Bay, Shake 3X, Jah Works, Nowhere Slow, Go Go Gadjet Sunday, Sept. 1: Mike T In De Bay, Triple Rail Turn, Jah Works, Nowhere Slow, Lima Bean Riot Monday, Sept. 2: Bobby On De Bay, Full Circle, Amish Outlaws Tuesday, Sept. 3: Cherry Crush Wednesday, Sept. 4: Element K Thursday, Sept. 5: The Freddie Long Band

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OCEAN PINES – An initiative to support local farms will take center stage at an inaugural farm-to-table event in Ocean Pines next month. On Sept. 14, from 4-8 p.m., members of the community are invited to the first Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Hosted by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), the Harvest Dinner will feature farm-fresh food, local oysters, craft brews and

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wine, in addition to live entertainment, a cocktail hour, a silent auction, raffles and door prizes. Maria Payan, event organizer and consultant with SRAP, said proceeds from the event will go to support the Certified Delmarva Grown program, which identifies locally grown food using its own label. “It’s a way for people to know, when they visit farmers markets or restaurants, that the food they are buying is actually grown in this area,” she said. The Certified Delmarva Grown program, administered by the Delmarva Farmers Union, is a regional branding

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initiative and third-party certification for farms and local food purveyors across the Delmarva Peninsula. While many vendors, farm stands, and restaurants claim to sell local foods, the logo ensures that those products are produced on local farms. Carole Morison of the Delmarva Farmers Union said the organization is currently using volunteers to visit and certify local farms. She said money raised from the Harvest Dinner will be used to print Certified Delmarva Grown labels and assist program organizers. “It will help us to develop organizationally,” she said. “This will go a long way to help us out.” Payan said her nonprofit was eager to help the Delmarva Farmers Union and shine a light on the certification program. She said food served at the Harvest Dinner – from the pastureraised chicken and local oysters to the vegetables and duck eggs – will come from farms located on Delmarva. “We are advocates for our farmers, our environment, and the concept of keeping the money local and the farmers farming,” she said. “It’s becoming very challenging for them. So this is really exciting because this new label is really going to help those on the peninsula.” Payan also noted the Harvest Dinner will highlight the many local business owners and artists who donated

items for the silent auction or sponsored the event. She added that local chef Toby Gilbert of Gilbert’s Provisions will prepare the food, baker John Delvecchio will provide the dessert, and local musician Bryan Russo will provide the live entertainment. “You cannot believe the level of support and excitement for this new label and for this event,” she said. “In a time where there is so much discontent, it’s like everyone has come together. This is an agricultural area, this is our heritage. And people want it to stay this way and support the small farmers.” Morison highlighted the importance of supporting local farms. She said in many instances products are brought in from other regions and sold as local. “It’s not fair to the local farmers and it’s not fair to those who want to support our local farmers …,” she said. “It’s important to support local because your dollars stay in the community.” Morison added, “People should know where their food comes from.” The Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner will take place on Sept. 14 with an extended cocktail hour from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Two complimentary drink tickets will be included with a ticket purchase. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

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1 On eligible fixed-rate and adjustable rate first mortgages, PenFed will give a promotional credit of .50% of the loan amount not to exceed $20,000. To receive the maximum amount offered of $20,000, the loan amount must be $4 million. The average promo savings is $1,416 as a lender credit. Available when obtaining an eligible mortgage through PenFed, using a network real estate agent and using our affiliated title providers. In states where PenFed does not have an affiliated title company, and in Florida, New York and Texas, members can choose their own title company and still be eligible for the promotion. The application of additional loan level pricing adjustment will be determined by various loan attributes to include but not limited to the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, credit score, transaction type, property type, product type, occupancy, and subordinate financing. Promotion available for the purchase of a primary residence, second home or investment property only. The promotional credit cannot be used for the downpayment. Other restrictions may apply.On eligible fixed rate VA mortgages, PenFed will give a promotional credit of 0.50% of the total loan amount. Loan amounts available up to Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) 2019 loan limits for the One-Unit Limit. While a veteran may use the promotion to acquire a property up to 2-units in size, the total loan amount will be based on the One-Unit (single-family residence) limit for the county in which the collateral is located. Veteran may finance the funding fee and still be eligible for the promotional credit even if the addition of the financed funding fee exceeds the county loan limit. Available when obtaining an eligible mortgage through PenFed, using a network real estate agent and using our affiliate title providers. In states where PenFed does not have an affiliated title company, and in Florida, New York and Texas, members can choose their own title company and still be eligible for the promotion. Promotion available for the purchase of a primary residence. Applicant is responsible for VA funding fee. Lender credit cannot be used for downpayment. Other restrictions may apply.

Fenwick Hires Engineering Firm

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FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island last week agreed to hire an engineering firm for a dredging project in the Little Assawoman Bay. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to hire Anchor QEA, a Lewes-based engineering firm, to provide design, bidding and construction management for a dredging project of the navigation channel in the town’s neighboring bay. Councilman Bernie Merritt, chair of the town’s dredging committee, said the town received bids from two engineering firms, and Anchor QEA was selected to do the work. “I am happy to announce that we have selected an engineer to take us to the next step in our dredging project,” he said. The council’s approval last week will allow the town to negotiate a contract with Anchor QEA before work can begin. The firm’s services are expected to cost $60,000, which will come from reserves designated for the dredging project. “It’s about time,” Councilwoman Vicki Carmean said. “We’ve been talking about this for two decades.”

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Multiple days of northeast winds in Ocean City resulted in exceptionally high tides. Above, a couple is pictured walking easy at the Inlet with the water nearly over the walkway. Photo by Chris Parypa

Lead Engineer Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA said the dredging project will address shoaling in the back bay system. He said he expected crews to clear between 3,000 and 4,000 linear feet of channel and move the material to another site for reuse. “It should be the most cost-effective project for the town,” he said. Mohan added that between 12,000 and 13,000 cubic yards of material will be removed over the course of two or three weeks once the project begins. “We’re glad to be of assistance to the town …,” he said. “We’ll work with the community to make sure they are aware of the project as we go along.”

Tony Pratt, a consultant helping the coastal communities of Delaware through various dredging and beach replenishment projects, said a dredging project in the Little Assawoman Bay was one piece of a larger puzzle. “In order to have an interconnected system throughout the entire Inland Bays system, you need to speak up,” he said. “There is a vehicle by which you can do that.” Pratt said the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Watershed Stewardship is developing a methodology for prioritizing dredging projects in the Inland Bays

and is seeking the community’s input to cultivate a data-based approach to ensure that Delaware’s navigational channels are kept open and safe. “Money follows the voice,” he said. “Your voice needs to be heard if you want to have this work done beyond just coming out of your community waterways.” Officials in Fenwick Island said the DNREC survey can be found on the town’s website. They encouraged everyone to complete the survey and share it with other community members. “This is so important,” Mayor Gene Langan said. “It’s critical to us.”

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Dream Weaver Offers ‘Healing’ Products, Atmosphere

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BERLIN – Crystals and stones. Fair trade goods. Tapestries. Locally blended essential oils and soaps. Owner Tiffany Lackner said these are just some of the things that keep customers coming back to Dream Weaver time and time again. “We’ve had a very good response to this store,” she said. Located at 2 South Main Street, Dream Weaver is a family owned and operated store featuring fair trade items and handmade apparel, stones and crystals, locally made soaps, essential oils and balms, hemp hair wrappings, tapestries, dream weavers, high-grade CBD products for humans and animals, and more. “People come into this place daily for healing,” Lackner said. “And there have been amazing results and a lot of return customers.” Since 2012, Sean and Tiffany Lackner – along with their family – have operated Dream Weaver, located at the Ocean City Boardwalk. And last November the proprietors opened a second location in downtown Berlin, at the space formerly occupied by A Little Bit Sheepish. “I needed a year-round location because I found that I couldn’t help people in the off-season,” she said.

Manager Brady Freestone is pictured behind the counter at Dream Weaver on Main Street in Berlin. Photo by Bethany Hooper

Lackner said Dream Weaver is more than just a retail store. She said items sold support nonprofits, women’s reforming work, and makers from countries around the world. Dream Weaver also focuses on alternative healing and features its own crystal shop. “When I had started Dream Weaver, my original intention wasn’t to make it a crystal shop,” she said. “I just wanted it to be fair trade and I wanted to help people in other countries and provide the beautiful stuff they made locally.

Through that, we started selling crystal points, and I realized that I believed in this so strongly and needed to redirect my focus. They help so many people.” Lackner said the crystals and stones at Dream Weaver are sold in all forms, including earrings, pendants and bracelets. They can also be made into elixirs and consumed for health benefits. “The stones do so many different things and people aren’t aware of the physical properties and what it can do for your body,” she said. Lackner noted, for example, that stones such as clear quartz can help with tinnitus, diabetes and pain, while fluorite crystal can help fight cancer. “I believe the stones are God’s medicine,” she said. Beginning in September, Dream Weaver will also offer Biomat treatments to customers. Lackner said the mats – filled with amethyst crystals and black tourmaline stones – are heated and used to treat anxiety, insomnia, migraines, stress and more. The store will also have an open mic, live paintings and poetry readings each Friday night from 6:30-9 throughout the fall and winter months and will soon host classes on how to make elixirs. “We’re just trying to make the world a better place,” she said. Lackner said their efforts don’t end there. Dream Weaver is also holding a drawing in December to support David

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Rusko, a family friend who sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall while attending West Virginia University. For $5, participants can enter their name into the drawing. The winner, to be chosen at random by members of Rusko’s family, will win all of the items on display in the storefront window, including a bike, dream catchers, tapestries and more. “We decided to do this to raise some money for him,” he said. “He is unable to walk or talk.” Lackner noted patrons can always find a family member at any of Dream Weaver’s locations. Her son, Brady Freestone, said the store offers things that others do not. “It is a local, family business that is unique to many other businesses in the area,” he said. “There are a lot of fair trade items you wouldn’t find anywhere else.” Berlin’s Dream Weaver is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page or call 443513-3208. Dream Weaver also offers mail order services. “We want to spend one-on-one time with every single customer that comes through the door,” Lackner said. “Everybody is important, and everybody is family. There are no strangers in Dream Weaver.”

Brown Box theatre project plans Free performances

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OCEAN CITY – Kyler Taustin, executive artistic director of Brown Box Theatre Project, has announced dates for the upcoming “Measure for Measure” – Delmarva’s only travelling, free outdoor Shakespeare production. Marking the troupe’s largest and most ambitious production to date, Brown Box will tour Shakespeare’s timeless -- and timely -- tale of power and political corruption to 18 outdoor sites across Delmarva from Aug. 29Sept. 21. All performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no

tickets are needed. Enjoy the bard under the stars on the lawn or bring blankets and lawn chairs. Due to mature themes, this show is recommended for ages 13 and older with the advisory of a parent. Delmarva performances are as follows and start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Aug. 30, Dover, First Heritage State Park Aug, 31, Downtown Berlin, Pitts and Main streets (Rain date: 9/3) Sept. 1, Chincoteague, Robert Reed Park, Main Street

OCEAN CITY – The Epilepsy Foundation Maryland has announced the 2nd Annual End Epilepsy Walk to take place on the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 7. The walk will start and finish at the Boardwalk at South Division Street. It will start at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 8 a.m. Individual walkers who raise $500 or more will win a special prize and the top team will be recognized. The walk will include 5K and 1K lengths, both fully wheelchair accessible. The 1K route turns around at 4th Street, where activities for children will be available. A DJ will play music before and after the walk. Visit the kids’ and vendor tents for giveaways, spon-

sor information, photo booth, and fun. Snacks and bottled water will be available before and after the walk. Epilepsy, or seizure disorder, affects nearly 60,000 Marylanders. The Maryland chapter of the nationwide foundation is increasing epilepsy awareness and continuing to provide education programs, support groups, information and referral, advocacy, family events, and scholarships to people living with epilepsy in the state, as well as their families, teachers, employers, classmates, and co-workers. For more information or to register for the walk, go to

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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 – Carl Krogmann always had a lot going for him. Growing up in Potomac, and attending the prestigious Churchill High, Carl had made a name for himself on the football field. He was a charismatic, good-looking guy with natural athletic abilities and doors opened up for him. But after graduation, he found himself looking for more. He felt that he might find it in Ocean City. Carl's parents had owned a vacation house in Ocean City on 28th Street for many years. In fact, he grew up with beach patrol guards as neighbors on the locals’ friendly street, and they encouraged him to join up when the time was right. That time was the summer of 1984, when Carl decided to try out for the OCBP. His older brother, Ken, had made it the previous summer, so Carl felt he was ready to take the test. He would admit that it was a lot tougher than he thought, but he impressed the officers who were overseeing the tryouts that day and was quickly put on his own stand. Carl took his job as a guard seriously and those who worked next to him knew he had their backs when the ocean and the rips got treacherous. His crew chief and roommate remembers one particular day, “when the conditions were brutal and rescues were constant. During a routine pull, a young boy panicked and swam straight for a rock jetty. With a wave about to take us both over the edge, I literally ‘threw’ the kid over to the other side because I knew Carl (who was ‘covering’ the rescue) would be on top of it. He was and he pulled the boy to safety and then came back to help me out as well.” Each summer, Carl rose through the ranks gaining experience and responsibilities eventually becoming a crew chief. But as focused as he was guarding the beach, Carl never lost his love for life, laughter and the adventures that came with hanging out with his OCBP "family." Everyone who met him came away liking him. And then he was gone. On April 7, 1990, Carl lost his life as the victim in a robbery gone horribly wrong. His funeral was overflowing with his OCBP friends as they said goodbye to a friend who is still remembered and missed.

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First Lady Visit:

Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan made her annual visit to the Ocean City Center for the Arts on Aug. 16 to tour the current exhibits and offer encouraging words to the arts community. Her visit coincides with the the annual Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City every August. Above left, artists Dot and Bob Truitt presented Hogan with a ceramic floral display in appreciation of her role as honorary chairperson of the Art League's annual Sand Submitted Photos Castle Home Tour. Above right, Hogan visited with exhibiting artists Jinchul Kim and Ed Brown, both professors of art at Salisbury University.

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The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) welcomed 11 new members during New Member Orientation this month. Pictured, from left, are Olivia Moyer of Long & Foster in Salisbury; Jacqueline Donohue of Long & Foster in Ocean City; Wendy Milewski of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean City; Mechelle Smith of Coldwell Banker Residential in Salisbury; John Ponio of Century 21 Home Team Realty in Seaford; Sean Salandy of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Selbyville; Bryan Coates of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City; Nicole Rayne of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City; Erin Pruitt of Laird & Associates in Crisfield; Danielle Wicklin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean Pines; and Raymond Nichols of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean City. Submitted Photos

Banking School Graduate BERLIN – Taylor Bank has announced Assistant Vice President, Loan and Business Development Officer Cory Walsh recently graduated with Honors from Maryland Banking School, a three-year banking school provided by the Maryland Bankers Association. “We make it a priority to invest in the future of Taylor Bank, and that means ensuring that our employees are exposed to educational programs and continuing professional development CORY such as the Maryland Banking School,” said WALSH President/CEO Raymond M. Thompson. “We are proud of Cory’s success, and we thank him for his hard work and dedication to this program for the past three years. I know he will utilize the knowledge and experience he gained to continue to serve the bank well.” Walsh joined Taylor Bank in June of 2012 and is responsible for loan generation, business development, and client relationship management in the Sussex County and northern Worcester County markets. He is a graduate of Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

New Animal Hospital Planned SALISBURY – Gillis Gilkerson has announced the start of construction for the new Precious Paws Animal Hospi-

tal at 11843 Ocean Gateway in West Ocean City. “What a great opportunity to help a local business expand and double their space to meet customer needs,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “Our team is dedicated to making the process as easy as possible so the client can focus on their patients and make a seamless transition into their new space upon completion.” The 4,800-square-foot, one-story building will have stone and vinyl siding. The new space will have four exam rooms, a comfort room, two surgery suites, a lobby and two waiting rooms, one for cats and one for dogs. Project manager Don Murray and superintendent Tim Swift expect to have the new veterinary hospital completed by the end of 2019. “We outgrew our space and with our current location being over 50 years old, it was time to expand,” said Brenda Maniatty, Precious Paws Animal Hospital owner. “Gillis Gilkerson has been great to work with. They are handling everything so we can continue to serve our customers. We knew they had veterinary experience because of the work they did for Pets ER and therefore have the foresight to think the project through to meet the needs of our staff and the animals we care for.”

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SALISBURY – Coastal Hospice and Wicomico Nursing Home launched a partnership this summer, providing nursing home residents access to hospice services. “Partnering with Coastal Hospice provides our patients with a crucial extra layer of care for patients approaching the end of life,” said Mary Schwartz, administrator at Wicomico Nursing Home. “This gives patients and their family the support they need to make the decisions required. Coastal Hospice brings nearly four decades of expertise and in just a short time they have become a tremendous asset to our patients and staff.” Patients at the nursing home have access to care from a team of professionals that includes doctors, registered nurses (on call to the facility 24/7), certified hospice aides, social workers, spiritual counselors and trained volunteers. With the completion of the agreement, Coastal Hospice now serves patients in all the nursing homes in Wicomico County, as well as those in Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties. “This agreement is particularly exciting as it assures that residents of all nursing homes in Wicomico County have access to hospice care,” said Coastal Hospice CEO Alane Capen. “Nursing home patients often do not have family nearby, and hospice can provide spiritual care, daily living support, medication recommendations, companionship and other services to augment what the nursing home provides, helping to assure dignity and comfort in a patient’s final months of life.”

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Honorees at the annual Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County Awards banquet are pictured this month with elected officials. Submitted Photo

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Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project Draft Finding of No Significant Impacts and Environmental Assessment: Offshore Shoals in Federal Waters as Sand Sources

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ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), have prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for proposed dredging of offshore shoals in federal waters to obtain sand for the Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project. USACE and MD DNR place sand on the beach of Ocean City, generally every four years, to reduce risk of coastal storm damage. The next sand placement event is anticipated by the year 2022. USACE anticipates dredging an average of approximately 1,070,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore shoals each future sand placement event. USACE and BOEM prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2008 evaluating four shoals in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf as sand sources for the project: Weaver Shoal, Isle of Wight Shoal, Shoal A, and Shoal B (also known as Bass Grounds) (Enclosure). The project has not utilized any of these four offshore shoals as borrow sources yet because sufficient sand was previously available from sources in nearby state waters. The draft EA updates findings of the 2008 EIS. Weaver Shoal is recommended as the sand source for the next nourishment cycle and up to two additional cycles. Dredging would be conducted following constraints to minimize long-term impacts to offshore shoal habitats. Bathymetric surveys would be conducted to assess shoal conditions and plan dredging each cycle. In the future, sand needs would be reassessed, and sand would be dredged through 2044 in accordance with the 2008 EIS. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), USACE and BOEM have prepared this draft EA and evaluated potential effects on the human environment. Resource agency and public input was incorporated into the recommended alternative. All applicable environmental laws have been considered. Changes in impacts from what was described in the 2008 EIS would be minor and not result in significant effects. USACE and BOEM request comments regarding the draft EA and FONSI by September 20, 2019. For federal and state agencies receiving a copy of this notice, we request that you provide comments concerning your responsibilities. The draft EA and FONSI are available at the USACE website: The documents are also available in the following Worcester County, MD, public libraries for review: Berlin Branch, Ocean City Branch, and Ocean Pines Branch. Comments can be submitted electronically to: Written comments can be sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: Christopher Spaur, Planning Division, 10th Floor, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201. If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Spaur by telephone at (410) 962-6134 or by email at the address above.

Pictured, front from left, are Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community College; Jessica Hales, executive director of the Wor-Wic Foundation; Jim Thomas, chairman of the board of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; and Dr. Elinor Phillips Cubbage; and, back, Dr. Allison S. Bartlett, associate professor of English; Dr. Dornell L. Woolford, evening and weekend administrator; and Adam Tavel, professor of English. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – In 2017, a group of administrators and faculty members at Wor-Wic Community College started building an endowment fund to preserve the legacy of Dr. Elinor Phillips Cubbage and to ensure continued funding for Wor-Wic’s honors program and the arts on campus. Cubbage, a professor emeritus who taught English at Wor-Wic since 1977, inspired many Wor-Wic students over more than 40 years. She founded the college’s Arts Club and creative arts journal, “Echoes & Visions,” and oversaw both for more than 20 years. She also founded the honors program in 1995 and went on

to serve as program director for 15 years. A recent donation brought the fund total to the $10,000 needed to create an endowment at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Anyone interested in honoring Cubbage or supporting the arts or honors at Wor-Wic can send a check, made to the Wor-Wic Foundation with “Cubbage Honors & Arts Endowment” written on the memo portion, to the Wor-Wic Foundation, 32000 Campus Dr., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Gifts can be made by credit card by calling 410334-2948 or online through the “Donate” link on the college website at

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County this month agreed to recognize a longtime businesswoman under a new honorary street sign policy. On Aug. 20, the Wicomico County Council approved an honorary street sign to recognize Loretta B. Jolley, who owned and operated Jolley Memorial Chapel for more than 50 years before her passing in 2017. The street sign, labeled “L Jolley Way,” will be placed at North Curlew Road and South Curlew Road, which surrounds Jolley’s business and home in Salisbury. “Council recently adopted an honorary street sign policy, and this is the first application for council’s consideration,” Council Administrator Laura Hurley said. “The county executive has approved the application and the next step is for council to hold a public hearing and vote on the request.” In July, the council approved a policy and application process for installing honorary street signs on county roads. The resolution was an effort to establish guidelines for those wishing to recognize individuals, groups or organizations without changing the official street name. The honoree’s historical or cultural influence, geographical location, character, and service to the nation, state or county, among other things, are considered in the application process. The applicant, Salisbury Councilwoman April Jackson, noted Jolley’s civic involvement and her accomplishments as a Wicomico County resident and business owner. “Upon the death of her husband, she retired and became the owner and operator of Jolley Memorial Chapel, with locations in Salisbury, Deal Island and Berlin, MD,” she wrote in a memo to the council. “Mrs. Jolley assisted and served families in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia for over 50 years.” With no discussion or public comments, the council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve its first honorary street sign application. “It’s my understanding that the resolution approving the request would go to the county executive and forwarded to public works to work out the cost [of the sign],” Hurley said. Council President John Cannon also requested that the county’s administration establish a procedure for dedication ceremonies. “I’m hoping in that process the administration can develop some kind of process whereby there will be a formal dedication on each of these signs,” he said. “I think we’ve left a loose end there.”

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ARLETTE K BRIGHT ESQ THE LAW OFFICES OF ARLETTE K. BRIGHT, PC 213 WEST MAIN STREET, SUITE 206 SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17638 To all persons interested in the estate of OTTIS J. BAKER, AKA: OTTIS JAMES BAKER, ESTATE NO. 17638. Notice is given that KRISTA SUZANNE BAKER, 815 WEST MAIN STREET, FRUITLAND, MD 21826, was on JULY 22, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of OTTIS J. BAKER, who died on OCTOBER 23, 2018, with a will. There was a prior small estate proceeding. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by con-

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 16, 2019 KRISTA SUZANNE BAKER 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 8-16, 8-23, 8-30



The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

tacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 22ND day of JANUARY, 2020. 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

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17937 To all persons interested in the estate of ALICE M. FOREMAN, ESTATE NO. 17937. Notice is given that ALTHELIA FOREMAN, 10110 GERMANTOWN ROAD, GERMANTOWN, MD 21811, and VALERIE FOREMAN, 10110 GERMANTOWN ROAD, GERMANTOWN, MD 21811 was on AUGUST 09, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ALICE M FOREMAN, who died on NOVEMBER 25, 1996, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 9th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. 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

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be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

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

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TARA KATHLEEN BARRETT Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17956 To all persons interested in the estate of LINDA A. BARRETT, ESTATE NO. 17956. Notice is given that TARA KATHLEEN BARRETT, 5930 BOXIRON ROAD, GIRDLETREE, MD 21829, was on AUGUST 12, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of LINDA A. BARRETT, who died on MAY 28, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 12th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not pre-

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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 8-16, 8-23, 8-30


CHRISTOPHER G. MANCINI, ESQ. 115 72ND STREET OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17957 To all persons interested in the estate of ALICE MARIE TARAILA, AKA: ALICE M. TARAILA, ESTATE NO. 17957. Notice is given that BARBARA TARAILA DIX, 27099 PATRIOT DRIVE, SALISBURY, MD, 21801 and WALTER DENY TARAILA, 12158 SOUTH PINEY POINT ROAD, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813, was on AUGUST 13, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ALICE MARIE TARAILA, who died on JUNE 14, 2019 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 13th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. 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 credi-

tor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 23, 2019 BARBARA TARAILA DIX WALTER DENY TARAILA 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 8-23, 8-30, 9-06


FUREY DOOLAN & ABELL, LLP CHARLES S. ABELL ESQ 7600 WISCONSIN AVENUE, #600 BETHESDA, MD 20814 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17958 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of FAIRFAXCOUNTY, VA, appointed PHILLIP K. LEE, 2886 HAVEN LANE, DECATUR, GA 30030 and NANCY L. LEONG, 9413 BETHANY PLACE, MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD 20886, as the COADMINISTRATORS of the Estate of BENJAMIN K. LEE, who died on (title) JANUARY 11, 2018, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is CHARLES S. ABELL ESQ., whose address is 7600 WISCONSIN AVENUE, SUITE 600, BETHESDA, MD 20814. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by

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law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 23, 2019

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

PHILLIP K. LEE NANCY L. LEONG Personal Representative True Test Copy

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tor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-23, 8-30, 9-06

MATTHEW DAVID MCWILLIAM Personal Representative True Test Copy

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13

CHARLOTTE J. BALON RICHARD A. JONES Personal Representative True Test Copy


MICHAEL B MATHERS ESQ WEBB, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & LESLIE, LLP PO BOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17975 To all persons interested in the estate of GAIL MARIE MCWILLIAM, ESTATE NO. 17975. Notice is given that MATTHEW DAVID MCWILLIAM, 19 MOBY DICK DRIVE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on AUGUST 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of GAIL MARIE MCWILLIAM, who died on JUNE 24, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 27th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. 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


PAUL D WILBER ESQ WEBB,BURNETT,CORNBROOKS,WILBER,VORHIS 115 BROAD STREET P. O. BOX 910 SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17959 To all persons interested in the estate of RICHARD E. JONES, ESTATE NO. 17959. Notice is given that CHARLOTTE J. BALON, 9409 KILMANJARO ROAD, COLUMBIA, MD 21045 and RICHARD A. JONES, 8304 CLOUD ST., LAUREL, MD 20724 were on AUGUST 15, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of RICHARD E. JONES, who died on AUGUST 01, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or fore the 15th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. 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 credi-

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13


PETER S. BUAS, ESQ. WILLIAMS, MOORE, SHOCKLEY & HARRISON, LLP 3509 COASTAL HIGHWAY OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17976 To all persons interested in the estate of RALPH M. HITCHCOCK JR., ESTATE NO. 17976. Notice is given that NEIL HITCHCOCK, P.O. BOX 100, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 and ANNA KOST, 17600 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., ASHTON, MD 20861 were on AUGUST 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of RALPH M. HITCHCOCK JR., who died on AUGUST 12, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. 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 27th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will

be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019 NEIL HITCHCOCK ANNA KOST 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 8-30, 9-06, 9-13


NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17961 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA, appointed SAMUEL WAYNE BYRD, 8836 FLATBUSH COURT, MANASSAS, VA 20109 and ELIZABETH ANNE PRATT, 4216 YUCCA FLATS TRAIL, FORT WORTH, TX 76108, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES of the Estate of LINDA BARBARA BYRD, who died on JULY 8, 2018, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is R. ERIK WINDROW, whose address is 6200 COASTAL HWY, #101, OCEAN CITY, MD., 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication

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LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE MARIANNA BATIE ESQ 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, STE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17966 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA, appointedBURKE & HERBERT BANK - TRUST, 117 N. FAIRFAX STREET, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of ROGER H. OLLSEN, who died on MAY 22, 2019, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is MARIANNA BATIE, whose address is 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGH, STE 112, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019 BURKE & HERBERT BANK - TRUST Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House

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FIRST INSERTION SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17963 To all persons interested in the estate of MOSES U. MOORE, AKA: MOSES URIEL MOORE, LARRY MOSES MOORE, MOSES L. MOORE. Notice is given that FRANCES B. WILMER, 134 COVER ROAD, DOVER DE 19901, was on AUGUST 20, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of: MOSES U. MOORE, who died on JULY O2, 2019 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019 FRANCES B. WILMER Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1X 8-30

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Season Concerts

BERLIN – The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Lower Delaware’s only professional symphony, is celebrating its 22nd season, offering concerts from Easton to Ocean City and returning this year to Lewes, Del. The orchestra’s 2019-2020 season will feature an American premiere, iconic masterworks and a number of world-class soloists. Mandolinist Vincent Beer-Demander will be featured in September’s opening concerts in Wye Mills, Washington, D.C., and Ocean City. He will be performing the American premiere of Lalo Schifrin’s “Mandolin Concerto,” followed by Beethoven’s stirring yet inspiring “Symphony No. 7.” Other highlights throughout the year will include November concerts in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines, featuring Haydn’s “Piano Concerto in D Major” with French pianist Dider Castell-Jacomin, along with a performance of Copland’s iconic “Appalachian Spring.” The Holiday Joy concerts in Easton, Lewes and Ocean City will feature Bass Baritone Kevin Short and students from the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio, in a jazz and popular music program that will pay tribute to the great Pops Orchestras of America. On New Year’s Eve in Easton, Soprano Rochelle Bard and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter Andrew Balio will ring in the new year in a highly energetic concert. January will feature the MSO’s inaugural Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition which will be open to the public. The competition’s winner will receive $2,000 and be the featured soloist at the Symphony’s March concerts in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines. The March concert will also include Mozart’s “Symphony No. 33.” Finally, in April, the orchestra will feature Russian-born pianist Boris Slutsky in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and conclude the season with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Performances will be held in Wye Mills and Ocean City. “This year’s season includes an incredible mix of new music, iconic masterworks and amazing soloists,” said Maestro Julien Benichou, “Like every season, the MSO continues to break new ground and introduce new repertoire. We can’t wait to share our 22nd season with our patrons.” The MSO is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc, Delmarva Public Radio, Whats Up? Media and Coastal Style Magazine. Season subscriptions and individual tickets for the MSO’s 2019-2020 season are available online at or by telephone at 888846-8600.

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Deceptive Tactics Critical To War Operation’s Success

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History Revisited



BERLIN – Operation Mincemeat was a deception conceived and carried out by British Naval Intelligence. Among the planners for the operation was Ian Fleming, a lieutenant commander in the British Navy, who would go on to create the James Bond novels. The hoax traveled from London to Scotland to Spain, then Germany, all the way into the hands of Adolf Hitler. The plan used the corpse of a homeless man and faked documents that helped convince Germany that the allies intended to invade Greece instead of Sicily in 1943. First, they obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a homeless man with no relatives. The body was kept frozen until ready for use. The body was given the identity of Major William Martin of the Royal Marines, assigned to combined operations headquarters. In addition to official identification, he was also given "pocket litter" consisting of photographs, love letters, bills, and even ticket stubs to a

London play to help fix the timeline. A chain attached to his wrist was fixed to a briefcase which contained convincing documents between generals that indicated the upcoming invasion of Sicily was only a feint, and the real target was Greece. The body was supposed to be the victim of an airplane crash. It was transported and released from a submarine off the coast of Western Spain early on April 30, 1943. The body was found several hours later by a local fisherman who turned it over to Spanish DR. JOSEPH F. PALMISANO authorities. Eventually the British Consul, who was in on the scheme, and local pathologists did a perfunctory autopsy but never revealed that the corpse had been dead over three months. Spain was neutral but sympathized with Germany, and they turned the briefcase over to the Abwehr, German intelligence, before returning it to the British. The Germans secretly opened


it and copied the papers inside. It was then returned to the Spanish who presented it to the British Admiralty. Because of the removal of a hidden eyelash, British Naval Intelligence was able to determine that the contents of the briefcase had been opened, then resealed. They then knew the information would go all the way to Hitler's desk. He fell for the ruse completely. Hitler convinced Mussolini that the anticipated invasion would take place in Greece, and both countries moved significant numbers of troops, tanks, artillery, and aircraft to Greece. On July 9, 1943, the Allies invaded Sicily in Operation Husky. The resistance was far less than anticipated, and the island was secure by Aug. 17, 1943. The victory led to the deposition of Mussolini and eventually the surrender of Italy. It is generally felt that the successful invasion of mainland Italy led to an earlier termination of the war. An unexpected additional effect of Operation Mincemeat was that the Germans became wary of further deception. As a result, when plans for the

invasion of Normandy fell into their hands through their agents in Turkey, they dismissed it as another ruse, and thus ignored what was really valid data. Because of this, although the highly anticipated invasion of Normandy was a bloody, costly confrontation, It would have been much worse if Rommel and his build-up of troops and armament had been at the site of the invasion, rather than miles to the north. They would have counter-attacked and possibly thwarted the goal of the Allies to gain a foothold on Fortress Europe. Operation Mincemeat was the most successful covert operation of World War ll. To me, it is almost unbelievable that in an era of sophisticated undercover spying, utmost secrecy was maintained although so many people were involved. (The writer is a retired physician who shares insights about historically significant events and personal reflections on the area. The Ocean Pines resident is the author of “Doctor Joe, A Family Doctor In The Twentieth Century.”)

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BERLIN – As September nears, The Freeman Stage is excited to celebrate its final events of the 2019 season. The annual Labor Day celebration with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and fireworks will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. This performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free for all patrons, though seating and admittance are on a first-come, firstserve basis. Patrons can guarantee a seat for this high attendance event by reserving a ticket on for $10; reserved seats will be held until 7:15 p.m. The MSO, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will perform an evening of great jazz and light classics. The fireworks display will immediately follow the performance. “The season finale with the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra is such a magical evening and a celebrated tradition,” said Patti Grimes, the executive director of The Freeman Stage. “The fireworks cap off

the evening as a thank you to the community for their continued support of the arts.” The Arts & Jazz Festival, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, and is an all-day event. This event showcases live jazz performances, one which is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, as well as the work of local artists. This year’s performers include The Joe Baione Sextet at 11 a.m., Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at 1 p.m. and The Lao Tizer Band at 3 p.m. There will also be about 25 vi-

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The finale of last year’s Freeman Stage season is pictured. Submitted Photo

sual artists on the green, who will display and sell their work. This event is free for all and begins at 10 a.m. Patrons should bring their own chairs. “The Arts & Jazz Festival is a wonderful celebration of both the visual and performing arts,” Grimes said. The gates open at 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 10 a.m. for the Arts & Jazz Festival. More information can be found for each event at


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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157. Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-641-6876.

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month. Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. Second Tuesday of Month: Eastern Shore Stamp Club Meeting 6 p.m. Salisbury branch, Wicomico County Library. Meetings held in basement.

Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-629-6123.

Every Wednesday: Community Bible Study (Women and Children) September 2019 through May 2020. Harvest Baptist Church, 29945 Dixon Rd., Salisbury. Pre-registration now open. $35 for adults, $10 for children. Thirty-week study of Revelation, Galatians and Colossians. Women of all ages and Bible knowledge welcome. Coordinator Linda Frey, 410-4228773. Register and pay online at Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. All are welcome. or 410-208-1151.

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

Every Thursday: Beach Singles 45 Plus, happy hour 4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. 302-436-9577, 410-524-

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

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

Every Saturday: Goat and Sheep Seminars 10 a.m. Tractor Supply Co., Berlin and Farmers & Planters Too, Salisbury. Free programs focusing on small ruminant health, fencing and pasture management and feeding. Programs by University of Maryland Extension. For full schedule and registration, contact Maegan Perdue, or 410-632-1972.

First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.

Every Sunday Now Through Sept. 29: Berlin Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Producers-only market featuring locally handmade or grown products. More than 20 vendors including fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, seafood, poultry, farm-fresh eggs, organic goods, wood working, beauty products and much more. Live music by local artists, kids crafts and a petting zoo. Berlin Welcome Center: 410-973-2051.

June-Sept. 8 Saturdays: Yoga On The Beach 8 a.m. Enjoy low-impact exercise to in-

crease balance, flexibility and reduce stress to the sound of ambient waves. All levels welcome. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. Donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. Bring your own beach towel. Meet at the Shade Pavilion in North Beach parking lot, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin.

Aug. 31: Market Day, Yard Sale The Selbyville Elks Market Day and Yard Sale will be held 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Indoor and outdoor tables will be available for $10. Vendors welcome, call Lynne 302-853-5335. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches and bakery items will be available. 13324 Worcester Highway, Bishopville.

Aug. 31: Church Rummage Sale Ocean City Presbyterian Church on 13th Street holding from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 1: Sundaes In The Park Free live music by Sapphire The 80s Music and ice cream sundaes available for a fee. Free children’s activities. Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Sept. 2: Annual Labor Day Picnic Noon-3 p.m. White Horse Park, Ocean Pines. $25 per person. Chicken, baby back ribs, salads and beverages. Catering by Em-Ings. Features music and a speaker. Sponsored by Worcester County Democratic Club. To RSVP, call 301-667-3099. Sept. 3-5: Basic Boating Course The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course at the Ocean Pines Library. The course is required for all boat operators born after July 1, 1972. A certificate is awarded after successful completion of the course. $15 for all three evenings. Register or get more information by calling Barry Cohen at 410-935-4807, or Email Sept. 3: Ravens Roost Meeting At 6:30 p.m. Ravens Roost 58 will hold its monthly meeting. Looking for new members. Group of Baltimore Ravens fans who hold fundraisers and meet for games to raise money for local families in need. Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at 28th Street Pit & Pub. Sept. 4: Free Square Dance Lessons 7-9 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Adults, singles and couples welcome. Additional square dance lessons available October 2019 through May 2020 for a nominal fee.

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Pine Steppes Square Dance Club President Barbara C. Roos, or 908-229-8799.

Sept. 7: Walk To End Epilepsy 8 a.m. Boardwalk at the Inlet, Ocean City. Free registration. Join the Epilepsy Foundation Maryland at this nationwide walk to end epilepsy, a fun, family-friendly walk that brings the community together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education. Features kids’ games, purple tent, scavenger hunt, entertainment. Money raised from the walk helps fund research and awareness, training programs and first aid, as well as improved access sto specialty and supportive care for the more than 60,000 people affected by epilepsy in Maryand. Create a team, sponsor an activity or be a volunteer. or Sept. 7: Corn Hole Tournament Noon- 5 p.m. Berlin Lions Club, 9039 Worcester Hwy., Berlin. Teams of two will face off in a double elimination battle. Food and beverages for sale. $30 per team. Sponsored by Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce. Registration closes Sept. 5. Register online at Sept. 7: Walk for Recovery 1 p.m. Ocean City Boardwalk. Fivemile walk on the Boardwalk starting at the Inlet. Registration at 1 p.m. Walk begins at 2 p.m. First 50 registrants receive a free t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to wear purple. $20 donation requested. Proceeds benefit Worcester County individuals and families touched by the disease of addiction. Register online at For more information, call 410-213-1007.

Sept. 7: Car/Bike Show The 14th Annual Cruizers for Christ Car/Bike Show will be held at the Whaleyville United Methodist Church, located at 11716 Sheppards Crossing Road. Trophies will be given to the Top 20 and "Best in Show". There will be vendors, a silent auction, gospel music, and food for purchase including scrapple sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods. 410-641-0059 Sept. 8: Sunday Worship Time Sunday worship will return to 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church on Route 611 and Snug Harbor Road. Children will leave worship to attend Sunday School following the children’s message. 410-641-2186.

Sept. 9: Diabetes Support Group The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center auditorium on the Peninsula Regional campus. The session this month will SEE NEXT PAGE

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include a talk about diabetes medications, with pharmacist Daehak Yim, PharmD. 410-543-7061. Sept. 10: Ocean Pines Boat Club The Ocean Pines Boat Club is sponsoring a luncheon and fun cruise aboard the Choptank River Queen from 12:15 to 2:30. Open to the public with lunch at Suicide Bridge in Hurlock. $43 per person, inclusive. Doris Lloyd, 410-629-9349 for information and reservations. Deadline is Sept. 1.

Sept. 11: Free Square Dance Lessons 7-9 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Adults, singles and couples welcome. Additional square dance lessons available October 2019 through May 2020 for a nominal fee. Pine Steppes Square Dance Club President Barbara C. Roos, or 908-229-8799.

Sept. 13-14: Regional Performers “An Evening of Regional Performers and Storytellers: Laugh, Love, Inspire” will benefit the American Cancer Society, Wicomico County, at Wor-Wic Community College’s Guerrieri Auditorium. Tickets $10 apiece at (search for event name)

Sept 12-14: Kids Consignment Sale Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will host the consignment event for family and home. Coastal Kids Consignment offers area families the opportunity to sell, shop and save on high-quality, gently used and new merchandise for infants to youth size 14/16 and maternity. Continuing its tradition, financial and in-kind donations will be distributed to Hope and Life Outreach Ministries (HALO) of Salisbury and local churches and shelters. Sept. 13: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will hold its Maryland Crab Cake Dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. Carry-outs available and bake sale table offered. Sept. 14: Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch 4-8 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Local food prepared by Berlin chef Toby Gilbert with music by local musician Bryan Russo. Hosted by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. Portion of proceeds will benefit Delmarva Farmer’s Union. Tickets available by phone at 717-826-7286 or at /Tickets. Sept. 14: Relay For Life Fundraiser The Snow Hill Fire Ladies Auxility and Relay For Life Team Bucket will hold a social cornhole tournament with men’s and women’s brackets at the fire department. Teams randomly chosen the day of the event with $10 per person charge for the fundraiser. Teams welcomed. Food available, beer for sale, raffles and 50/50 all day. Registration starts 10 a.m., play at 11 a.m. 410632-2115 or 410-430-6179.

Sept. 16: Fall Club Meeting The Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County will host its first fall meeting at the Community Center in Ocean Pines. Coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams will discuss environmental issues affecting Worcester County and Berlin. The September non-perishable food donations will go to Diakonia. 410-208-2969.

Sept 17: Financial Peace Nine-week course being taught at Salem UM Church in Selbyville by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Classes held Tuesdays, 6:308:30 p.m. Learn to handle money the way your grandmother did. This class will help you learn to save, invest, and to live like no one else so you can live and give like no one else. There is a material cost. Child care will be provided. To register for the class go to Questions call Burt Murray, 302-228-2758. 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.

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Fish in OC charter partner Stalker with Captain Steve Moore won first and second place tuna in the MidAtlantic with bigeyes of 207 and 226 pounds.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler put this young angler over a big 4.5 pound doormat flounder last week.

Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishin displays the 33=pound mahi that won the Reel Estate over $1,000 per pound in the MidAtlantic.

Bear at the Oceanic Pier got this shot of Christy who caught two very nice pompano while fishing the north sea wall with Fishbites bloodworm.

These anglers had an awesome day of offshore fishing aboard the Spring Mix II with Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Ayrton Pryor.

Cheri P. from East Brunswick, N.J. landed this 5-pound, 5-ounce flounder on a shiner and squid combo while fishing with Captain Drew Zerbe on board the Tortuga.

Craig McIlrath, right, joined Captain Monty Hawkins for a photo with two nice mahi caught aboard the Morning Star. Submitted Photos

These young anglers had a great day with Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters when they had a mixed bag of croaker, flounder and blowfish.

Greetings all and welcome to autumn. Well, not really, but it sure felt like it this past weekend. We had a strong northeast blow that started on Thursday of last week and hadn’t stopped during mid-week. Temperatures were a cool 70s during the day and dipped into the 60s at night giving some the feeling that fall had arrived, but let me assure you the summer season is not quite over yet. The northeast wind on Saturday and Sunday may have messed up fishing for last weekend, but before that there was some awesome fishing and some big fish in the 28th Annual MidAtlantic. The MidAtlantic saw 156 boats participate this year for a purse of over $3.5 million and celebrity fisherman Michael Jordan and his Catch 23 team was the highest total points leader for a day or so, but eventually fell off as other boats racked up points after several white and blue marlin releases. In the end the team of Uno Mas was the points total winner with a score of over 1,500 billfish release points, which is impressive considering a white marlin is only worth 75 points. There were also some big fish weighed in this year’s MidAtlantic. The winning white marlin were a pair of 72pound fish that were caught on the final day of competition by the crew of the Intents and the Moore Bills. Because of added entry levels, the Moore Bills won over $450,000 while the Intents cashed a check for over $500,000. We saw some blue marlin come to the scales on the first couple of days of the MidAtlantic, but none were heavy enough to reach the tournament’s 400pound minimum to qualify. That changed when not one, not two, not three, but four blue marlin hit the scale and qualified at over 400 pounds. The largest of

the day, and the tournament came in the latest and was caught by the crew of the Haulin’ N Ballin’, which already had an incredible August winning the blue marlin category in the White Marlin Open and winning largest dolphin in the Poor Girl’s Open with a new state record 74.5 pounder. Haulin’ N Ballin’s big blue marlin in the MidAtlantic was the largest that I’ve seen this year at a whopping 630 pounds and added an additional $550,000 to their already impressive tournament winnings. The biggest money winners in last week’s MidAtlantic surprisingly came from the tuna category. There is big money in most categories in the MidAtlantic, but most of the largest calcutta pools are for blue and white marlin so to have the largest money winner come from the tuna division was rare. The crew of Fish in OC charter partner Stalker with Captain Steve Moore and crew pulled into Sunset Marina on Wednesday with two large bigeye tuna and jumped into first and second place in the tuna division. The bigeye weighed 207 and 226 pounds and thanks to winning two places and the winner-take-all Tuna Pro Jackpot, the crew of the Stalker cashed two checks in the MidAtlantic that totaled $802,000. That is some impressive money for a tuna category. My good friend Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing participated in the MidAtlantic with some great people aboard the Reel Estate, which is owned and run by Curtis Campbell. Curtis, Jeff and crew caught a 33-pound dolphin that would be tied later in the week, but was still good enough to hold on to some first place money that totaled over $35,000. Away from tournament action, anglers fishing the back bays of Ocean City SEE NEXT PAGE

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Big Bird Cropper and Mike Razmus had a good day at the Route 50 Bridge when they boxed some snapper bluefish and an 18-inch keeper flounder.

found slower flounder fishing, but still had luck with fish on the high tide when the cleanest water could be found. There are a lot more throwback sized fish to weed through this time of year, but it can be worth it as some of the largest fish of the season can be caught from now through October. Gulp, live minnows and shiners will catch you fish, but larger baits like

mullet, bunker and spot are going to give you your best chance at a keeper fish. The ocean going party boat fleet is still feeling frustration with finicky sea bass fishing, but there are more flounder and mahi being caught to dull the pain. There have still been some good days of sea bassing when conditions are right, but it’s been very hit or miss so it’s nice to see some other species picking up the slack. We are having an off year for wreck and reef flounder fishing, but back bay fishing has been very good. I for one wonder if that has something to do with it. The party

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Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service put this duo on some good flounder fishing with three keepers in the box.

boat fleet should see better flounder numbers as we move into the fall, and sea bass fishing should pick up to more consistent with cooling water temperatures. Labor Day weekend is upon us now and with it comes the Ocean City Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament. This is a fish two of three-day event and you do not have to be a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club to participate. Prizes will be awarded for most billfish releases, most billfish releases for boat 34 feet and under and the top three places will be awarded for

heaviest tuna and mahi. If you would like more information or would like to sign up call the club at 410-213-1613. Now that the busy tournament season is behind me it’s time to get back on the water for some flounder fishing. Until next week, tight lines.

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

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OCEAN CITY – Buses and trams will be running full schedules for the Labor Day weekend as the summer of 2019 winds down. The three-day weekend traditionally means the start of school for many. One service that comes to an end temporarily before resuming again for BikeFest and Sunfest weekends is the West Ocean City Park and Ride bus service. Shore Transit buses will resume coming through to the South Division Street Transit facility when the Park and Ride is closed. Bus service will continue on Coastal Highway at the summer level of service every 10 minutes for stops through Sept. 22 with the same low $3 per person. Exact fare is required but in the case of lack of cash, payment by smartphone is available through the EMoney app, which is available in the Apple Store or the App Store depending on your choice of smart phones. Once the app is installed choose “Transit for Ocean City,” set up a payment method and you are set when the bus comes. Once the password is established and the app is set up, the time to access the app and buy the ticket is only seconds, which is sufficient when the bus is approaching to board in an efficient manner. The driver will ask you to validate the pass each time. Riding the trams on Labor Day weekend is a good way not only to see the beach and Boardwalk but also to travel from South First Street on the Boardwalk near Trimper’s to the hotels near 27th Street, a distance of 2.4 miles. The ride on the tram coaches, which can hold up to 80 people, may stop and start often especially the first legs of the trip. The area around Somerset Street, 4th Street and 9th Street going north are especially popular for filling the last seats on the trams as they leave the south end of the Boardwalk. Popular stops going south continue to be 17th Street near the major hotels and also 15th and 12th streets. Remember the $4 oneway fare is accepted throughout the Boardwalk. As an option, conductors and ticket sellers offer a punch pass, which never expires, for $26 for eight, one-way rides, which saves an average of 75 cents per trip. The tram season will be winding down with just four weekends remaining on the Boardwalk -- Labor Day, the weekend after Labor Day, BikeFest and Sunfest. Reduced hours of the week after Labor Day are from 2-10 p.m. including Monday through Thursday, while holiday hours for Labor Day weekend have the trams beginning at 10 a.m. until midnight. Credit cards are accepted for trams or exact fare accepted by the conductor. (The writer is the transit manager for the Town of Ocean City’s Department of Public Works.)

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Page 84 WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE CRAB HOUSE & CARRYOUT Rte. 611, Assateague Island • 410-641-4330 On the way to visit the ponies of Assateague, stop by this rustic crab house. Enjoy Maryland crabs by the dozen, or try the all-you-can-eat specials including snow crab legs. Their extensive menu features various appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and ribs. The kids can enjoy their own menu along with the great game room. Great for casual dining or carry-out. House specialties: All-you-can-eat, crab cakes, steaks and ribs. ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! CARIBBEAN JOE’S BAR AND GRILLE 12614 Ocean Gateway Next To Alamo Hotel 443-664-8509 Completely renovated and under new ownership, we are proudly located at the first ever motel in Ocean City, “The Alamo.” You truly will not believe what we’ve done! Thursday we have fresh 1/2-lb. burgers served on a delicious Hawaiian Roll for only $5. Wash it down with a natural light for only $1. We also have tender pulled-pork sandwiches and unique chicken salad to die for. We’re open 7 days a week when the season kicks in. Come see our Caribbean atmosphere, 7 flat-screen TVs and the coolest pool bar in Ocean City. CRAB ALLEY Golf Course Road, West Ocean City Head Of Commercial Fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • Just close enough to be out of the way-located at the head of the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City, Crab Alley has it all! Spectacular view, casual and fun atmosphere, super service and mouth-watering food combine to make “The Alley” a true locals’ favorite. Enjoy our light fare and full menu of unbelievably fresh seafood, chicken and steaks indoors or on our upper deck. We offer appetizers, sandwiches and a children’s menu too. Our name says it all -”crack’em and attack ‘em”. Big Fat Crabs both by the dozen and all you can enjoy specials. Check out our website for our fantastic happy hour food and drink specials or find us on Facebook. Having a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop!

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DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-andcheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out for a list of our regular menu items

FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL South Harbor Road • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course. HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly

renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET 28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. Featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, all-

August 30, 2019 you-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood & non-selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open Friday-Monday at noon, Tuesday -Thursday at 3 p.m. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. SaturdaySunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue • 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway SEE NEXT PAGE

August 30, 2019 410-289-3322 • The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, crab cakes, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent happy hour with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open Friday-Sunday at 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant and RawBar has been bringing Ocean City, MD the Freshest Seafood, an award winning RawBar, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, unlimited sides and a view you have to see to believe for the past 35 years. Please come join us at the end of the Boardwalk where the Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Banquet and wedding space available. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue • 410-289-7377 Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “must-visit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the world-famous Hooters Girls. HOBBIT RESTAURANT 81st Street, Bayside • 410-524-8100 Beautiful panoramic views day and night from the bayside await in a warm, sleek and sophisticated dining room. Forgetting the view, the menu will also please, featuring the Hobbit Catch, Veal Pistachio and Jumbo Lump crabcakes. Fresh, new preparations from the chef will also never disappoint. The bar is friendly and inviting with bar stools and lounge seating available.

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JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer.

MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront 410-289-1201 Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Freddy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M.R. DUCKS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLE Talbot St. & The Bay • 410-289-9125 A world-famous, open-air gazebo bar on the bay. Deck seating available for lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. No cover and plenty of parking. Wings, crab dip, burger, steamed shrimp, crab cakes and much more. Kid-friendly menu. Great sunsets and cool drinks. One block south of the Rte. 50 bridge. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-6801 Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-5244900. Find us and get lost! 94TH STREET NORTH-FENWICK-BETHANY ABBEY BURGER BISTRO • 410-250-2333 12601 Coastal Highway An enticing selection of flavors are offered for any

burger palate, from rotating exotic meats like antelope to locally raised Dry Aged Black Angus to Delicious Handmade Vegetarians and even Vegan options. All are hand-pattied and made to order. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own using our signature ‘Build A Burger’ checklist, or simply choose one of the tested and proven classics and leave it to the chef. A wide selection of local, domestic, and imported beers and microbrews as well as an expansive bar are featured. Also offered are adult and children’s arcade games as well as a children’s play area. BILLY’S SUB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 Rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Fresh-dough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: See other listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round. CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE • 302-539-2500

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Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials.

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

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The “African Queen” ran aground on Gull Shoals about nine miles off the coast of Ocean City on Dec. 30, 1958. The ship, with a crew of 46 and cargo that included 21,000 tons of crude oil, was headed for the Mobil refinery in Paulsboro, N.J., when disaster struck. As the captain attempted to back the ship off the sandbar, it split in two with the bow section broken at an angle in 27 feet of water and the stern section settled on the sandbar. Fortunately, all of the crew was rescued. The ship sat there for over six weeks while the owners tried to figure how to save her. Finally, they gave up and abandoned the “African Queen” setting off the biggest salvage hunt in Ocean City’s history. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishinPhoto courtesy of Rick and Diane Savage

Ocean city Open HOuses 323 sOutH Bay drive, unit B Open saturday, sunday & MOnday • 11 a.M.-1 p.M.

Amazing townhome/duplex that backs up to Gorman Avenue Park. Enjoy the park view while sitting on the new deck surrounded by beautiful landscaping. 2BR/2.5BA. Hardwood floor in living room. Very quiet neighborhood just blocks from beach. No HOA. $267,000

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Beautiful end townhome! 4BR+Den/3FB/2HB. Amazing Key West feel. Open floor plan, bonus room off kitchen, den/office, 3 porches, outdoor shower, 2 car garage, glimpse of the water. Amazing community offers too many amazing amenities to list! $540,000

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